Old Cranbrookian Josh Powell gives first Piers Sellers Memorial Lecture

Cranbrook School continued its Fifth Centenary celebrations with a fascinating lecture given by Old Cranbrookian Josh Powell.  Titled “Conserving our Home Planet”, Josh’s talk consisted of a Health Check of Planet Earth.  An audience of over 200 local people including students from Cranbrook and Benenden schools, parents and staff listened enthralled as Josh spoke of the potentially devastating effects of climate change,  ocean acidification and loss of habitat on a whole host of animal species and plant life.  Most tellingly he asked the question whether we were effectively living through a Mass Extinction event, similar to that which wiped out the dinosaurs.  This provoked a lively exchange of questions and answers, providing a riveting end to the first of an annual series of Memorial Lectures in honour of astronaut and fellow Old Cranbrookian, Piers Sellers, who sadly passed away in December 2016.  

The next Fifth Centenary event is an illustrated talk by former Cranbrook parent, Mike Trueman, on Friday 2nd March at 7.30pm in the Queen’s Hall Theatre at Cranbrook School.  This promises to be equally entertaining as Mike narrates events on Everest in May 1996 when numerous mountaineers lost their lives in a now infamous disaster.  Anyone who saw the 2015 film Everest is recommended to go along.

(Pictures courtesy of Aurum Lai)