With: Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall, Jonathon Porritt, Lucy Siegle, Natalie Fee and Professor Peter Cox. MC: Martin Wright, chair, Positive News
A lively afternoon of insight, discussion and debate, and a chance to have your say among the UK’s leading green writers and thinkers.
Enjoy the chance to meet our speakers in person and buy signed copies of their latest books.
Please note: the event consists of two sessions with a short break in between. We hope to be able to provide some refreshments during the break, but this will be dependent on lifting of all current restrictions. More details on this will be provided closer to the time.
Peter Cox is Professor of Climate System Dynamics at the University of Exeter. His expertise is in the modelling of interactions between the land biosphere and climate change. He led the team that carried-out the first climate simulations to include the carbon cycle and vegetation as interactive components. Amongst other things, this work highlighted the possibility of Amazon forest dieback under global warming. 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, Founder Director of Forum for the Future, has been on the front line of environmental campaigning for more than 45 years. He’s been a member of the Green Party throughout that time, and has worked tirelessly to promote the solutions to today’s converging environmental crises – as Director of Friends of the Earth in the 1980s, Co-Founder of Forum for the Future, the UK’s leading sustainability charity, Chair of the UK Sustainable Development Commission (2000-2009), President of Population Matters and The Conservation Volunteers, and Chancellor of Keele University. His work as author and broadcaster has had a huge impact over the years. 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 is a familiar face on UK television where 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? It is also the basis of the celebrated feature documentary, The True Cost. Lucy is a trustee for the ocean conservation charity, Surfers Against Sewage, and a keen kayaker.
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 Fight, Hugh’s War on Waste, Britain’s Fat Fight and, his latest, War on Plastic with Hugh and Anita.
His broadcasting has earned him a BAFTA as well as accolades from Radio 4, The Observer and the Guild of Food Writers and his award-winning books, include the best-selling River Cottage Cook Book and River Cottage Veg Every Day. His latest, Eat Better Forever, was published in December 2020.
He continues to work as a journalist, writing occasionally for the Guardian, Times and other national newspapers. He is a vice president of Fauna & Flora International and a patron of Switchback, a charity that helps young offenders find opportunities in the catering industry.
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 2019 Natalie won the Sunday Times Volvo Visionaries Award for her campaign work with City to Sea, and in 2018 she was listed as one of the UK’s ‘50 New Radicals’ by The Observer / Nesta. In the same year the University of the West of England awarded her the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science in recognition of her services to the environment.
She won the Sheila McKechnie Award for Environmental Justice in 2017 for City to Sea’s #SwitchtheStick campaign and is proud to have been named Bristol 24/7’s Woman of the Year for 2018.
Natalie also sits on the Bristol Advisory Committee for Climate Change.
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 has also produced and directed a number of short films. He was formerly editor-in-chief of Green Futures (now The Futures Centre) and a director of Forum for the Future (India). He’s chaired events for the Hay Festival, the RSA, Reuters and others, and was MC of the annual World Sustainable Development Summit since 2016. He was the keynote speaker on ‘The Case for Optimism*’ at the 2018 Global Good Awards.