Irene Manton Lecture Manchester: I’m a Butterfly, Get Me Out of Here…

Manchester Museum, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL
Organiser: Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, The University of Manchester

REGIONAL LECTURE 16:00–18:00 Thursday 7 December 2017

Polygonia c-album by Charlesjsharp, via Wikimedia Commons
Polygonia c-album by Charlesjsharp, via Wikimedia Commons

Climate change is already starting to take effect and these changes will require almost all life on Earth to adapt. Insects such as butterflies, that are mobile and very responsive to changes in climate, are already starting to adapt. In the UK some butterflies are adapting by moving further north—but many other species are not able to track across landscapes made up of sprawling city regions like Greater Manchester.

At the same time, humans are also starting to realise the importance of adapting to climate change. This is particularly important in urban areas; where the impacts of climate change and the number of people exposed to them are most concentrated. But how can cities prepare for climate change? And can the way we adapt our cities help other species adapt to climate change as well?

Dr Anna Gilchrist is Lecturer in Environmental Planning at the University on Manchester.