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Press Release - 21 February 2007

Free public lecture: 21st century cave dwellers

Local people can take a light-hearted look at the serious subject of energy usage and its consequences, in a free public lecture at the University of Bath in Swindon on Wednesday 28 February.

Kevin McCullough, Managing Director of npower renewables, one of the UK’s leading renewable energy companies, will look at how we take energy for granted, without understanding the consequences of our actions.

He hopes to inspire the audience to look at life a little differently, and bear in mind the consequences of the way we live.

“I will discuss issues intended to raise questions about how far we have really come since the times of early man,” said Mr McCullough.

“Sending humans into space, saving lives through unbelievable surgical wonder and the like are of course both miraculous and wondrous, but on the flip side we have the ‘Vicky Pollard’ youth of today coupled with mass consumerism, further allied with a worrying growth in NIMBY attitudes.

“A mentality of ‘I want it all and I want it now but I'm not willing to make any sacrifice whatsoever to get it’, is taking us where exactly?”

Mr McCullough has worked in the UK energy sector since 1984. He has held several managerial positions in the UK and USA and was appointed Managing Director of npower renewables in 2004. The company generates electricity using sustainable, environmentally-friendly resources. It has a wide ranging portfolio that includes both onshore and offshore wind farms and hydro plant.

The lecture is presented in association with the National Museum of Science and Industry.

Admission and parking for the lecture is free and people can just turn up on the evening. The lecture runs from 5.30pm until 6.30pm in the University Hall at the Oakfield campus.

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