Christmas comes but once a year, so "Deck the halls with advertising, fa la la la lah, la la la lah....'Tis the time for merchandising...", as the inimitable songster Tom Lehrer sang, way back. "Angels we have heard on high, Tell us to go out and buy"...
Is Christmas just a damaging seasonal celebration of rampant consumerism, or could innovations of various sorts inspire us towards a 'greener' and lower impact way of life? Alternatively, will Santa's sleigh inevitably become obsolete as global warming escalates, and the icy wastes evolve into a new Green Land?
Informed by audience participation, and a touch of humour, the first Keele Green Christmas Lecture will reflect on the nature of technological and societal innovation, and consider whether universities might be able to help avert a nightmare of environmental catastrophes and climate chaos.