A Planet in Crisis: Ideas for Action

A Planet in Crisis: Ideas for Action

‘If we continue on our current path, we will face the collapse of everything that gives us our security.’ That was Sir David Attenborough’s stark warning to the UN Security Council earlier this year. The weight of the Climate Crisis is a burden we have carried on our shoulders for over 60 years, but despite the impact of inaction already being felt across the planet through forest fires, flooding, water shortages, famines and the destruction of ecosystems in our rainforests and oceans: governments and corporations have remained alarmingly slow to change policies and practices. In this series of events we turn to those who offer positive calls to action and creative perspectives for protecting our planet – giving us hope that it’s not too late.

Julian Aguon has witnessed first-hand the impact of globalisation and colonialism on the island of Guam in the Western Pacific. In a bid to support the struggles of peoples across Oceania, the human rights lawyer has founded Blue Ocean Law, working at...

Richard Flanagan: Life Support Systems

Monday 16 August 10:15 - 11:00

Many miles to the south of Australia, Tasmania is best known for its island splendour, Indigenous cultures and its rich biodiversity. But since 2014 it has enjoyed a new claim to fame: Hobart-based Booker Prize-winner Richard Flanagan. Following up on...

Dreaming Big on Climate with Mya-Rose Craig

Age 9+

Monday 16 August 13:15 - 14:00

Indigenous people and people of colour are disproportionately affected by climate change, yet often are not heard in global conversations. In this event, British Bangladeshi environmentalist and race activist Dr Mya-Rose Craig (AKA Birdgirl) talks us...

Michael Morpurgo: Finding Hope in Nature

Families & 5+

Saturday 21 August 10:00 - 10:45

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From War Horse and Private Peaceful to The Butterfly Lion, master storyteller Michael Morpurgo has entranced generations of young people with his heartfelt stories and remarkable animal tales. He joins us today, live in our studio in Edinburgh, to...

Jeff VanderMeer: The End of All Things?

Saturday 21 August 20:15 - 21:15

When he first came to Edinburgh some years ago to discuss his speculative eco thriller Annihilation, we suspected that Jeff VanderMeer would become one of the best-respected science fiction authors of his age. What we didn’t realise was that Cli-Fi...
With the ongoing climate emergency and the coronavirus pandemic coinciding, there are times when we humans might wonder whether it is too late. Too hard to challenge the system, too much of an imaginative stretch to believe things can improve: should we...

Minouche Shafik: Recipe for a Better Society

Monday 23 August 16:15 - 17:15

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We live in a world of discontent: four out of every five people in China, Europe, India, and the United States feel that the system is not working for them. This is a time of polarized politics, culture wars, conflicts over inequality and race, tensions...

John Agard & Piet Grobler: A Poem for Our Planet

Age 7+

Friday 27 August 10:15 - 11:00

Join poet John Agard for a trip into the colourful jungle, with a reading from his glorious new picture book, where you get to meet a playful Coyote and leave with a powerful message about saving our planet. This book is packed with beautiful language,...

Forces of Nature: Youth Voices of Climate Change

Friday 27 August 19:15 - 20:15

According to research by the London School of Economics, the views of young activists are often dismissed as ‘generalised and generationalised’. But there is a growing coalition of young women around the world who are proving their detractors wrong....

Gordon Brown: Global Crisis, Global Solutions

Sunday 29 August 10:00 - 11:00

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Since stepping down as an MP in 2015, former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown has continued to make significant interventions in British public life. He joins us to discuss his latest book, Seven Ways to Change the World, in which he sets out his plan for...