The Sustainability Agenda

The Sustainability Agenda explores today’s biggest sustainability questions with leading sustainability thinkers.

These experts discuss their views on the biggest sustainability challenges, share the latest thinking, identify what’s working –and what needs to change — and think about the future of sustainability.

All Episodes

Episode 132: Interview with Professor Katharine Hayhoe on how to have a conversation on the highly politicised and divisive subject of climate change

Atmospheric scientist and IPCC author Professor Katharine Hayhoe, a hugely effective communicator about climate change, explains why we need to talk about climate –and advises how to best do it in order to to help inspire collective action.

Episode 131: Interview with French anthropologist Professor Philippe Descola on our relationship with nature

Leading French anthropologist Professor Philippe Descola explores man’s relationship with nature–and suggests how we can, and must today, learn from other ways of connecting to nature–and move beyond the strict separation between the cultural worlds of

Episode 130: Interview with Professor Stephen Macekura exploring critiques of economic growth across the twentieth-century

Professor Stephen Macekura exploring critiques of economic growth across the twentieth-century–those thinkers and activists who have criticized and doubted the virtues of the notion of limitless growth

Episode 129: Interview with James Cameron, a Friend of COP26, about the prospects for COP26

Fascinating Interview with James Cameron, a Friend of COP26, providing a unique insider’s perspective on the highs and lows of the various COPs and the prospects for COP26.

Episode 128: The Geopolitics of Climate Change: interview with Gerald Butts, Vice Chairman of the political risk consultancy, Eurasia Group

As the relationship between the US and China grows more tense, we discuss the geopolitics of climate change. What impact does geopolitics have on national responses to climate change? How is the relationship between China and the US evolving? Has the poli

Episode 127: Innovation Forum Founder Toby Webb on building resilient smallholder supply chains and sustainability trends within the food industry

In this deep dive on sustainability within the food industry, Toby identifies key trends –resilience, disclosure and consumer awareness – driving changes within the food industry generally. He discusses Innovation Forum’s recent detailed study on smallhol

Episode 126: Nigel Topping, the UK’s High-Level Climate Action Champion, on COP26

A fascinating interview with Nigel Topping, the UK’s High-Level Climate Action Champion on the prospects and expectations for the upcoming COP26 in November in Glasgow.

Episode 125: Interview with Jeremy Lent on finding our place in the universe by integrating science and traditional wisdom

Jeremy Lent discusses his fascinating new book Web of Meaning which combines findings in cognitive science, systems theory and traditional Chinese and Buddhist thought, to develop a framework that integrates both science and meaning in a coherent whole.