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Behind the scenes event - Greta Thunberg: A Year to Change the World

Sir David Attenborough and Greta Thunberg sit side by side at a table (photo credit: Alex Board)

In ‘Greta Thunberg: A Year to Change the World’, film crews tracked climate change activist Greta Thunberg as she embarked on a year-long mission that would take her across the globe.

From the melting glaciers of Canada to the coal mines of Europe, Greta explores the science behind global warming and challenges world leaders, calling action on climate change. But when Covid-19 brings life to a standstill Greta is faced with an even bigger challenge – to convince a world reeling from one crisis finally to face another.

To celebrate the latest in our long legacy of co-productions with the BBC we’re offering a unique opportunity to explore behind the scenes and hear from both the OU academics and the BBC team involved in its production. Join the Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) via their YouTube channel on Wednesday 5 May between 12.30 – 1.30pm.

Open to all, this event hosted by STEM’s Dr Janet Sumner will feature:

  • Professor David Humphreys, expert in environmental policy (FASS)
  • Professor Neil Edwards, earth system scientist (STEM)
  • Dr Emma Dewberry, expert in design for sustainability (STEM)
  • Rob Liddell, executive producer from the BBC
  • Joe Myerscough, producer and director from the BBC

Questions for the academics can be emailed in advance to Alternatively, viewers can use the comments section to ask questions when the STEM YouTube stream is live.

Register for the event now on Eventbrite.

Find out more about the series on OpenLearn.

Catch the latest episodes on BBC iPlayer.

Research links:

Find out more about Professor David Humphreys and his research. Read his OpenLearn article ‘Climate change in the global South: Bangladesh and Senegal’ produced in support of the series.

Curriculum / OpenLearn links:

This series was commissioned by Broadcast and Partnerships and is supported by the Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, with particular relevance to Q99 BA (Hons) Environmental Studies, R44 BA (Hons) Geography and R23 BA (Hons) in Social Sciences.

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