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Episode 18: With Jonathon Porritt

In this week’s podcast, Patrick speaks to his long time friend, fellow environmentalist and campaigner Jonathon Porritt, Co-Founder of Forum for the Future and former Director of Friends of the Earth. The conversation touches on differences in opinion between conservation organisations and farming groups, and the ways in which this may have led to a separation of policy and public understanding of the relationship between food production and nature.

Jonathon highlights the need to link climate change action and renewable energy – “If we really wanted to treat the climate as the emergency that it is, we could have 100% of the electricity that the entire world needs coming from renewable energy by 2030″ says Jonathon.

On food and farming change, Jonathon explains why “addressing food waste and massive reductions in the amount of intensively reared, factory farmed meat” are vital in maintaining a habitable planet for future generations.

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Jonathon has been on the front line of green 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. 

Climate change is the defining issue of our time – we know, beyond reasonable doubt, what the science now tells us. Just as climate change is accelerating, so too must we – summoning up a greater sense of urgency, courage and shared endeavour than humankind has ever seen before. In Hope in Hell, Porritt confronts that dilemma head on.