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Make It Real: How We Achieve a Just Transition in Cities

Festival of the Future City

Watershed  |  £5 – £10

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Cities offer many of the answers to the climate emergency. And there’s growing demands that we make this a just transition. A just transition is about creating a better society that’s healthy for people and the planet; for workers and for disadvantaged communities.

Just transition is an idea that started in the 1970s in communities affected by pollution, and is now used widely by governments, businesses, and campaigners. The crisis we face is worsening as fires in Europe show. New research highlights almost weekly the closer we are to tipping points. 

Any just transition must address not just where we are now, but the communities of the future: people in cities now and those likely to arrive through climate migration. It’s an opportunity as well as a threat; cities have ambition and plans but they are hard to implement. How do we achieve the shift that is needed? 

Following a provocation from Manu Maunganidze (Bristol Green Capital Partnership), Carla Denyer (co-Leader, Green party), Alix Dietzel (University of Bristol), and Gaia Vince, author most recently of Nomad Century: How to Survive the Climate Upheaval, debate just transition and cities. Chaired by Olivia Sweeney.

All attendees will be given a free copy of Bristol 650 book, a collection of newly commissioned essays about the future of Bristol.

Gaia Vince is an honorary senior research fellow at UCL and a science writer and broadcaster interested in the interplay between humans and the planetary environment.

Carla Denyer

Carla Denyer is co-leader of the Green Party of England and Wales, elected along with Adrian Ramsay in October 2021. She has been a Bristol City Councillor since 2015, forming a critical part of the largest Green councillor group in the UK which saw unprecedented success at the May local elections in 2021.

Alix Dietzel is a senior lecturer in politics at the University of Bristol. Her research focuses on climate justice and climate policy, particularly in how we can ensure a just transition.

Manu Maunganidze works at the crossroads between education, environment, culture and diversity. He has been a lifelong vocal and passionate campaigner for equality in the civic and professional spheres. As an inclusion and diversity trainer Maunganidze focuses on issues of cultural competence, institutional change in the context of unconscious bias and recruitment practice, and creating strategies towards better communication and partnership building.

Olivia Sweeney is a lifetime environmentalist and a former Black and Green Ambassador. As part of this, she and two other ambassadors were invited to share the outcomes of their work in the Blue Zone at COP 26.

Pay What You Feel

This event is part of our new ticket pricing structure where we ask people to pay what they feel they can afford in accordance with their means. Read more about it here. Read on for the ticket prices for this event.

One free carer ticket can be booked at the same time for a paying disabled visitor. If you need to book more than one, please contact us before booking to arrange.

Pay It Forward

The Pay It Forward option enables you to book a ticket above the standard price, and will help to subsidise a ticket for someone who requires the Pay What You Can option. This option is aimed at people who are able to meet their basic needs and would like to help somebody else with the cost of their ticket.

  • Is this for me? – I have access to a regular and stable income and I have the means and desire to contribute towards making the event affordable for others and supporting Bristol Ideas.


This recommended price is based on what we’d traditionally charge for a similar event. It helps us make sure that basic costs are covered. This price is aimed at people who are able to meet their basic needs and have enough to live on.

  • Is this for me? – I have access to a regular and disposable income, and I can comfortably afford the recommended ticket price.


This option is lower than the recommended price. It is subsidised by Bristol Ideas and fellow audience members who have booked at the Pay It Forward rate. This price is aimed at people who could do with support to get by.

  • Is this for me? – My access to income is low and unstable and I worry about meeting my basic needs. I would select a concession rate due to my personal circumstances.

No one will be turned away due to lack of funds, so please contact us if you have any queries.

Booking Information

Ticket booking is via Eventbrite. Please review Eventbrite’s terms and conditions and Privacy Policy as Bristol Ideas do not accept any responsibility or liability for the policies. You can read Bristol Ideas’ Privacy policy here.

Please note we only refund tickets if the event is cancelled. Events start punctually and, out of consideration to other audience members and speakers, our policy is not to admit or issue refunds to latecomers. Full Terms and Conditions here.


  • Watershed’s main entrance and Box Office are both on the ground floor which is accessible via a ramped, electronically assisted entrance door.
  • There are two Blue Badge parking spaces to the rear of Watershed on Canons Road.
  • Guide dogs and hearing dogs are very welcome.
  • The first floor of Watershed is accessible via lift from the main entrance and includes level access to all areas, including the cinemas and event spaces.
  • The cinemas and event spaces have induction loops.
  • There is an accessible toilet (with baby changing facilities) near Cinema 1. Follow the signs for the Cinemas and the accessible toilet is just on your left through the double doors before Cinema 1.
  • There are gender neutral toilets in the cinema corridor on the first floor.

Visit Watershed’s Access page for more information.

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