Event 6

Kevin McCloud, Solitaire Townsend, and Juliet Davenport

Small is Beautiful…Or is it Anymore?

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

‘Small is beautiful’ was the rallying cry of the early environmental movement, whilst cynics dismissed it as a lot of hippy dreaming. Now small, it seems, is back and going Big. Small scale renewable energy technologies like solar and wind, along with the huge progress in battery storage, are now fast becoming some of the cheapest sources of electricity on the planet. How long before every home becomes its own power plant, every home owner their own power company? And how long before local green energy sources combine with digital technologies and 3-D printing to revive local manufacturing? Can small really stay beautiful, or will big prove to be best? Chaired by Writer and Green Futurist, Martin Wright.

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