We are approaching (or have already passed) the edge of climate change: the threshold at which the runaway effects of anthropogenic climate change will prevent any meaningful attempts to mitigate its consequences for life on Earth. It is widely acknowledged that a temperature rise above 2 degrees centigrade will be catastrophic for humanity and the biodiversity of the planet, but the question remains:

how can we implement significant change, in industry, lifestyles, and society at large in order to apprehend or prepare for its effects on those most at risk?

In this conference, held at The University of Leeds on 8th April 2019, we will interrogate and respond to the meaning of ‘hostile climates’ in diverse and receptive ways, hearing from scholars across the humanities, sciences and beyond contribute to engaging discussion on the topic.