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A Greener Future?

Exeter Literary Festival 2021 opens in spectacular fashion on Saturday 9th October in the Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM), with a lively afternoon of insight, discussion and debate, and a chance to have your say among the UK’s leading green writers and thinkers.

Join TV’s Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Lucy Siegle, leading environmentalists Jonathon Porritt and Natalie Fee, for a lively afternoon of insight, discussion and debate, chaired by Martin Wright, Positive News. It’s a chance to pick up tips and ask questions of some of the most influential of Britain’s green writers and thinkers.

Questions such as:

  • How can we live, play and eat well without wrecking the planet?
  • What are the most promising solutions to climate change – and how can we make them happen?

And, with just a month to go until the crucial global climate summit in Glasgow, hear from one of the world’s leading climate scientists, Exeter’s own Professor Peter Cox, on the latest predictions are for Devon, Britain and the world.

This exciting opening event takes place in the Royal Albert Memorial Museum from 1pm on Saturday 9th October. Tickets are available right now by clicking here.

Climate of Optimism?

Professor Peter Cox is the Professor of Climate System Dynamics at the University of Exeter. He led the team that carried-out the first climate simulations to include the carbon cycle and vegetation as interactive components. Peter is a lead author on the 4th, 5th and 6th Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and is a member of the Defra Science Advisory Council.

Jonathon Porritt is the Founder Director of Forum for the Future. He has been on the front line of environmental campaigning for more than 45 years and has worked tirelessly to promote the solutions to today’s converging environmental crises. His latest book, Hope in Hell, a powerful ‘call to action’ on the Climate Emergency, was published in June 2020.

Lucy Siegle is a journalist and broadcaster who specialises in climate and nature stories. She has brought many environmental stories to mainstream audiences including the problem of single use plastic for the One Show, BBC1. Her book, Turning the Tide on Plastic: How Humanity (and you) Can Make Our Globe Clean Again was published in 2018. Her first book was on the fashion industry, To Die For: is fashion wearing out the world? was also the basis of the feature documentary The True Cost.

Eating Better, Living Better

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is a multi-award-winning writer and broadcaster known for his uncompromising commitment to seasonal, ethically produced food and his concern for the environment. He has earned a huge following through his River Cottage TV series and books, as well as campaigning documentary series such as Hugh’s Fish FightHugh’s War on WasteBritain’s Fat Fight and, his latest, War on Plastic with Hugh and Anita. His award-winning books include the best-selling River Cottage Cook Book and River Cottage Veg Every Day. His latest book Eat Better Forever was published in December 2020.

Natalie Fée is an award-winning environmentalist, author of How to Save the World for Free, speaker and founder of City to Sea, a UK-based organisation running campaigns to stop plastic pollution at source. In 2017 she won the Sheila McKechnie Award for Environmental Justice in the City to Sea’s #SwitchtheStick campaign, and in 2019 Natalie also won the Sunday Times Volvo Visionaries Award for her campaign work. She also sits on the Bristol Advisory Committee for Climate Change.

In the Chair…

Martin Wright is a writer, speaker and adviser on environmental solutions and sustainable futures, and Chair of Positive News – the media co-operative focused on “good journalism about good stuff”. An award-winning journalist and photographer, his work has been featured in a wide range of newspapers, magazines and websites, including The Guardian, New Scientist and The Times of India, and he has broadcast on major radio and TV networks, including the BBC, Sky, Al Jazeera and independent television. He was formerly editor-in-chief of Green Futures (now The Futures Centre) and a director of Forum for the Future (India).