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 161 Interview with Indian Marxist historian Vijay Prashad –looking at today’s environmental problems through a Marxist lens.shad

A wide-ranging, hard hitting discussion with Vijay Prashad exploring the environmental crises we are facing today through a Marxist lens-with a particular focus on the importance of the “common but differentiated responsibilities” contained in Principle 7

Episode 160 Author Ned Beauman talks about his satirical extinction novel, Venemous Lumpsucker

Fascinating, broad ranging discussion on extinction, literary fiction and the climate crisis, environmental satire, and the commodification of nature.

Episode 159: Deep dive on the destruction of the blue commons, with economist Guy Standing

Eye opening discussion on the destruction of the blue commons… the destruction of fragile ocean ecosystems, marine pollution, habitat destruction, and the destruction of coastal communities, driven by overfishing, corporate exploitation, lax regulatory en

Episode 158: interview with McKinsey partner Peter Spiller on how to deal with Scope 3 emissions

McKinsey partner Peter Spiller shares his perspective on key questions around how to tackle Scope 3 emissions, why Scope 3 emissions matter, and he highlights some of the key challenges companies face decarbonizing their supply chains.

E157: Interview with American theologian, philosopher, and environmentalist John B. Cobb

John B. Cobb talks about his half-century long commitment to the environment, and environmental ethics, his life long work as a theologian and philosopher, and why, ay 97, he has cofounded Living Earth Movement to inspire global cooperation for the sake o

Episode 156: interview with Dasha Karma Ura, President of the Center for Bhutan studies, and Gross National Happiness Research

Discussion of the Bhutanese philosophy of Gross National Happiness (GNH) based on measures of individual and collective happiness, well-being of the population, and relationship with the environment, underpinned by Buddhist values.

Episode 155: Art curator and critic Hans Ulrich Obrist discusses the role of art in climate communications and activism

A wide-ranging discussion with art critic and curator Hans Ulrich Obrist on ecology and contemporary art–focussing on his work at the Serpentine Gallery in London–and the potential for climate and environmental art today.

Episode 154: Interview with Professor Helen Thompson on her new book Disorder: Hard Times in the 21st century.

Fascinating interview exploring the interwoven geopolitical, economic, and political history of Western democratic societies revealing the way in which the battles for energy and for resources has ultimately led to many recent crises

Episode 153: Lord Adair Turner on the role of Carbon Dioxide Removals (CDR) in meeting global climate objectives

Lord Adair Turner discussed the work of the Energy Transitions Commission –and the Commission’s recent report on the role of Carbon Dioxide Removals (CDR) in meeting global climate objectives.