Upcoming Jersey and Guernsey Society events: 12th and 14th March

To celebrate the start of the new decade we are going to be posting both the upcoming Jersey and Guernsey Society events.

The Jersey Society’s first meeting of the new decade is taking place on the 12th March, this will be both the Annual General Meeting (AGM), and a lecture given by former BBC journalist and climate change expert Jonathan Renouf.

Jonathan Renouf

Renouf will be talking about Jersey’s climate emergency: opportunity or irrelevance?

The States of Jersey has declared a climate emergency, and plans are in place to make Jersey carbon neutral by 2030 – twenty years earlier than the UK. It will mean huge changes, involve a lot of money, and touch on almost every aspect of island life. But are we just wasting our time? What difference can Jersey make to a global problem? Is tackling the climate emergency a once in a generation opportunity, or a complete irrelevance? Jonathan Renouf is a Jerseyman who spent almost 30 years working for the BBC, initially on Newsnight, and then in a variety of roles in the BBC Science Unit. He’s been nominated for three BAFTAs (one of which was for a climate change documentary) and won numerous other awards. He was Executive Producer of the Brian Cox series “Wonders of the Universe”, was deputy editor of “Horizon”, and Executive Producer of the Sky at Night.

Over the last 20 years he’s been involved in almost all the major BBC TV documentaries about climate change, including the most recent David Attenborough film “Climate Change: The Facts”. He’s filmed in the hottest and coldest places on earth, climbed a mountain in the Andes to find the wreckage of a plane that vanished 60 years ago, stood on the edge of two active lava lakes, and thrown up over the side of a boat filming at Easter Island. In August, after 7 months of travelling around the world with his wife and two young children, Jonathan and his family moved back to Jersey. He was a member of the Jersey Electoral Commission, and writes a column in the JEP.

As usual, there will be a three course meal preceding the talk, and bar facilities open throughout.

More details are available on the booking form here.


Following this (two days later!) the Guernsey Society are holding their event on Saturday 14th March entitled ‘We will teach!’ led by Anne Johns and Jenny Head. We will teach! tells the story of some of the many Channel Island women who trained to teach in Salisbury – the first being Eliza Smith from Guernsey who trained in 1843. Anne and Jenny will cover the changing system of education and the impact of this on these strong women.

Meet at Fountains Abbey, 109 Praed Street, London W1 1RL (nearest station Paddington) at 12.15 for a pub lunch.