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.


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Episode 191: Sir Ronald Cohen, “the father of social investment,” discusses how to reshape capitalism to drive real change.

A fascinating deep dive on impact investment with Sir Ronald Cohen, “the father of social investment.” This is a spirited discussion about Sir Ronald’s book, Impact, exploring his vision...

Episode 190: Dr. Xander Dunlap argues that current environmental policies and “green” technologies are perpetuating ecological destruction.

In this thought-provoking interview, Xander Dunlap argues that current environmental policies and “green” technologies are perpetuating ecological destruction under the guise of sustainability. He contends that solutions like solar...

Episode 189: Interview with Irish rewilding pioneer Eoghan Daltun in the Beara peninsula of Co. Cork, Ireland.

In this fascinating interview, conducted with my daughter, Catherine Byrne, we delve into the world of Eoghan Daltun, an Irish farmer and advocate for rewilding. Eoghan’s journey is a...

Episode 188: Interview with Bhutanese lama Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche…offering a distinctive Buddhist outlook on current environmental crises.

In this compelling interview, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, a revered Bhutanese lama and educator, offers a distinctive Buddhist outlook on the critical environmental crises we are currently facing. Rinpoche stresses...

Episode 187: Interview with indigenous Australian academic and human and earth rights activist, Dr. Anne Poelina.

In this episode, we speak to Dr. Anne Poelina an indigenous Australian academic and human and earth rights activist. Dr. Poelina explains her role as a “Yimardoowarra marnin,” which,...

Episode 186: Interview with Steve Trent, founder of the Environmental Justice Foundation

In this revealing interview, Steve Trent, the founder of the Environmental Justice Foundation, delves into the Foundation’s pivotal work at the intersection of environmental security and human rights. He...

Episode 185: Interview with leading French anthropologist Professor Philippe Descola on man’s relationship with nature.

Fascinating interview with leading French anthropologist Professor Philippe Descola, first posted in 2021, exploring man’s relationship with nature. Professor Descola argues that we can, and must today, learn from...

Episode 184: Interview with Dr. Matthew J. Bell, EY Global Climate Change and Sustainability Services Leader

Matthew is Global Climate Change and Sustainability Services Leader Leader at EY, the professional services company.  He has a background in government climate and energy policy, and science. Matt...