The Fragile Planet

The Fragile Planet

‘Around the year 2030… we will be in a position where we set off an irreversible chain reaction beyond human control, that will most likely lead to the end of our civilization as we know it’: a stark warning delivered by 16 year old climate activist Greta Thunberg. This series brings together environment specialists, scientists and activists to ask: how can we avert disaster? We also take time to celebrate the wonders of the natural world with writers, including Erling Kagge, Kathleen Jamie, Robert Macfarlane and Amanda Thomson; and the WWF supports events offering some positive stories about what’s already being done to protect our planet, with authors discussing the oceans, climate justice and everyday activism.

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From Carbon’s Casualties to Climate Solutions

Next Steps to Saving the Planet

Sunday 11 August 19:30 - 21:00

Since 2015, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times photographer Josh Haner has documented the realities of climate change across the globe. His photo series Carbon’s Casualties explores the many consequences of a warming world, offering the space to...
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Alex Rogers

Getting Deep with the Oceans

Monday 12 August 11:00 - 12:00

A pioneer in marine biology and consultant on BBC’s Blue Planet II, Alex Rogers is understandably concerned about the world’s oceans. The impact of human activity upon the ecosystems of the oceans may still be fully uncovered, but in the meantime...
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Steve Jones

Good Day Sunshine

Tuesday 13 August 15:45 - 16:45

We can’t guarantee the sun will shine on Edinburgh this August, but Steve Jones joins us to explore just how crucial our nearest star is to life on Earth. Here Comes the Sun is the UCL emeritus professor's most personal book yet: as well as exploring...

David Gange & Amanda Thomson

Words Carried on Waves

Friday 16 August 16:00 - 17:00

For The Frayed Atlantic Edge, historian David Gange took a kayak journey through nature and language along Britain's coasts from Shetland to Cornwall. Along the way, he will certainly have used some of the words in Amanda Thomson’s gorgeous A Scots...

Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson

Can humanity survive?

Monday 19 August 16:00 - 17:00

Here’s a quote to conjure with from Professor E O Wilson: ‘If invertebrates were to disappear, I doubt that the human species could live more than a few months’. Award-winning Norwegian professor of Life Sciences, Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson was taken...

Inspire a Generation with Science Books

Their Future in Their Hands

Thursday 22 August 18:30 - 19:30

Global warming, plastic pollution and species extinction are hot topics but what do these scary terms mean to children? Can we inspire them to take an environmental interest early on? Join eco-science teacher Sarah Eames and authors Nicola Davies and...
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Robert Macfarlane

A Journey into Deep Time

Thursday 22 August 18:45 - 19:45

Robert Macfarlane’s quietly profound nature writing has captured the minds of millions with its lyrical prose and connection of landscape to emotion, stories and myths. After 2017’s stellar The Lost Words, he’s heading to the unknown realms...

Mary Robinson

Our Children's Planet

Sunday 25 August 11:45 - 12:45

While the realities of climate change are not always visible, the realisation that our grandchildren will live in troubled times can catalyse action. After becoming a grandmother, former Irish president and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary...

Mike Berners-Lee

Disaster Planning

Sunday 25 August 14:00 - 15:00

Warnings of looming environmental catastrophe rain down on us with increasing frequency, and only the most ardent climate change sceptics deny we live at a crucial point for the Earth's future. Join sustainability expert Mike Berners-Lee in conversation...

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