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A Greener Future?


Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM) • Saturday 9th October

1PM – 5PM• £15

With: Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Jonathon Porritt, Lucy Siegle, Natalie Fee and Professor Peter Cox. MC: Martin Wright, chair, Positive News. Presented in association with the University of Exeter’s Green Futures campaign.


Join us for a lively afternoon of insight, discussion and debate, and  to  question the UK’s leading green writers, broadcasters and thinkers.


  • 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 what the latest predictions are for Devon, Britain and the world.


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. Due to current restrictions, there will be no refreshments served, although the café on the ground floor will be open. Attendees are welcome to bring their own drinks with them, provided they are in closed containers.

Climate of Optimism? 1pm to 2.40pm


What’s the latest science? What are the prospects for success at the climate summit? 

Professor Peter Cox

Peter Cox is Professor of Climate System Dynamics at the University of Exeter and one of the world’s leading climate scientists.  Amongst other things, his work highlighted the possibility of Amazon forest dieback under global warming. Peter is a lead author on the latest Assessment Reports of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and is a member of the UK Government’s Science Advisory Council.

Can we be optimistic about climate change?  Jonathon Porritt in conversation with Lucy Siegle

Jonathon Porritt

Jonathon Porritt, Founder Director of Forum for the Future, has been on the front line of environmental campaigning for more than 45 years, working tirelessly to promote solutions to today’s converging environmental crises – as a member of the Green Party, Director of Friends of the Earth in the 1980s, 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 is Hope in Hell, a powerful ‘call to action’ on the Climate Emergency.

Lucy Siegle

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, To Die For: is fashion wearing out the world?, was 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.

Photo by @zoelaw

Eating Better, Living Better 3pm to 5pm

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall in conversation with Natalie Fee

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

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 broadcasting has earned him a BAFTA as well as accolades from Radio 4, The Observer and the Guild of Food Writers. His award-winning books include the best-selling River Cottage Cook Book and River Cottage Veg Every Day. His latest book is Eat Better Forever. Hugh 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 Fee

Natalie Fée is an award-winning environmentalist, author of How to Save the World for Free, 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, 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.

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).

The University of Exeter's Green Futures Campaign

For more than twenty years, the University of Exeter’s experts have been conducting world-leading interdisciplinary research and translating it into real-world impact that is making a difference. They do this by collaborating with business, influencing national and international policy, and by engaging directly with people and communities who are being affected by environment and climate change to co-create solutions.

The University of Exeter’s ‘Green Futures’ campaign and website is designed to take this research and collaboration and drive action on the environment and climate emergency. It aims to secure our future in the next decade through partnerships, skills and knowledge exchange. The website features the latest research and events being produced by the university and are targeted at people of all ages and interests, to help develop knowledge, skills and solutions for a green future. Find out more here.