Inspiring Sustainability - Podcast


#028: Unshackling ourselves from fossil fuels - Richard Barker at Iona Capital

Season 1, Ep. 28

Richard Barker of Iona Capital talks about what the abolition of slavery in Britain tells us about climate change. The historic moral movement that preceded the industrial revolution is a poorly understood era of Britain but could hold the key to how finance and political campaigning need to change.

This episode follows Richard Barker’s thought provoking TEDTalk and shines a light on possible radical solutions that can unlock the trillions of dollars tied in pension funds for long term sustainable investments. 

Richard Barker is an Adviser and Investment Committee Member at Iona Capital, a specialist environmental infrastructure investor. He has been active in the low carbon space for over a decade having previously been CEO of the UK’s leading biogas company and also CEO of France’s largest aluminium recycling company. He is a member of Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corps.

Highlights of the podcast:

+ Why there is enough wealth in the world to address climate change

+ How a pay cheque to owners of big oil assets can be a solution to climate change

+ Why the finance sector is not fit for purpose and how to fix this

+ Why we should pay more attention to the opportunities than the cost of climate action

+ Effective climate action for individuals, employees, businesses and governments

+ What we can learn from organ donation to change people’s psychology

“What Abolition of Slavery tells us about Climate Change” TEDTalk:

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#033: Why Some Clean Technologies Fail While Others Succeed - Clive Hall of Rushlight Events

Season 1, Ep. 33
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#032: Cleantech + #ClimateAction motivations, frustrations, challenges and opportunities – Hugh Parnell of Cambridge Cleantech

Season 1, Ep. 32
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#031: Game Changers squared: mainstreaming 1000 sustainability solutions – Willem van Hasselt of Solar Impulse Foundation

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