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‘A Dream of a Low Carbon Future’

On 5th-6th November, students from the School of Chemical and Process Engineering along with researchers from elsewhere in the University launched a new science-based graphic novel. ‘A Dream of a Low Carbon Future’ is a 100 page, full colour, FREE graphic novel aimed at older children and the general reader, and explores a positive view of the future – a sustainable, low carbon society in the UK in the year 2150.

It is the sequel to a graphic novel completed in 2013, which was funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering INGENIOUS scheme for public engagement and short-listed for a national award. The previous work examined different scenarios of the future, whereas the sequel explores an optimistic view in depth, using this to raise awareness of research in low carbon technologies and energy demand reduction within the School of Chemical and Process Engineering, including the Centres for Doctoral Training based in the Energy Building.

The new book was launched at Thought Bubble Comics Festival, one of the biggest comics festivals in the UK, which is held at the Royal Armouries, Leeds. 1000 copies of the book will go to schools, including to some of the children who participated in the project, others will be used as a resource at science festivals and activities hosted by the school over the next year or so.

CDT student, Kelly Marsh promoting 'A Dream of a Low Carbon Future'