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Howard Liddell Memorial Lecture and film screening - Eco-Max 3: Barry Commoner - His Life & Legacy

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Howard Liddell Memorial Lecture and Film Screening

Eco-Max 3: Barry Commoner - His Life & Legacy

Date: Thursday 26th October 2017, 5.30 - 9.30pm

Venue: Lecture Theatre G.03, 50 George Square, Edinburgh University


The 3rd Howard Liddell Memorial Lecture will follow the theme of Eco-Max and this year we will focus on the life and legacy of Barry Commoner (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barry_Commoner) – the founder of modern ecology and one of its most provocative thinkers and mobilisers. Commoner is widely recognised as a founder of circular ecology thinking– his book The Closing Circle should be a must read - and yet he remains largely unknown. 

Commoner stood for the presidency of the US in 1980 on the Four Unbending Laws of Ecology. He died on September 2012 aged 95, making 2017 his centenary year.

The event will briefly present Commoner's Four Laws of Ecology and his key concerns about land, air and water pollution. This will be followed by a screening of 'The Plastic Ocean'.



5.30  Registration

6.00  Eco-Max 3

8.00  Discussion – Q& A

8.30  Drinks 

9.30  Close

Presented by Professor Sandy Halliday of Gaia Research this will be the third in a series of lectures dedicated to her late husband Professor Howard Liddell OBE, a co-founder of SEDA and ecological architect.


As in previous years, this will be an enlightening and enervating evening illustrating the best ecological thinking, and why it is needed now more than ever. The event will strengthen the strong impetus for environmental change and innovation in Scotland.


The History of Eco-Max. 

Howard Liddell OBE  was a co-founder of SEDA. When Howard died in 2013 he was working on a book, "Eco-Max”, about pioneers of ecological design and their legacy. The pioneers included Rachel Carson, Barry Commoner, James Lovelock, Fritz Schumacher, Ian McHarg, Sherry Arnstein, Patrick Geddes and Buckminster Fuller.  In 2015 Howard’s widow, Sandy Halliday, gave SEDA's 1st Howard Liddell memorial lecture on this theme and in 2016 SEDA hosted the second event, focusing on the life of Rachel Carson. This year continues the Eco-Max theme. 


Plastic Oceans - https://www.plasticoceans.org

Plastic Oceans is a global network of independent not-for-profits and charitable organizations, united in their aims to change the world’s attitude towards plastic within a generation. Every year we are producing more than 300 million tonnes of plastic, half of this is designed for single use, and each year around 8 million tonnes of it ends up in our oceans. Plastic Oceans is working to change the way we deal with plastic waste by challenging society’s perception that this indestructible substance can be treated as ‘disposable’.


The audience numbers are strictly limited and booking must be made in advance.

Professor Howard Liddell OBE, 1945 - 2013 - Co-founder of SEDA.


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