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Season 1, Ep. 68
In this fifth episode in our Grantham series of podcasts looking at the challenges of getting to Net Zero, Professors Richard Templer and Peter Childs talk to Amanda about the role of innovation in helping us to deliver things to the market that have an impact in a timescale which is 10 times shorter and involving 10 times as many people than the Industrial Revolution - and doing this without making too many boo boos along the way! We discuss who has been thinking about what that takes and how we innovate the way we innovate.
Exploring the volatility in the energy sector with Dhara Vyas, Director of Advocacy at Energy UK and Dr Jeff Hardy, Senior Research Fellow at the Grantham Institute of Climate Change. Why are bills so high? Why aren't we solving the crisis by building renewables at pace? What renewables would solve the crisis? What does next year look like? How can communities gain control of their own energy supply?
Nature Under Attack
In 2020 the government pledged to protect at least 30% of land and sea for nature by 2030 – the ‘30x30’ target. Two years on and they have made woeful progress. What can we, as citizens, do to challenge this inaction? We speak to Kate Jennings, Head of Site Conservation and Species Policy for the RSPB and Richard Benwell, CEO of Wildlife and Countryside Link; a coalition of over 60 environmental organisations and author of the report "Nature 2030 - Habitats".
Power and Politics
It has been a tumultuous time for nature in the UK with many of the existing legal protections for species and habitats coming under threat. To kick off our new series we speak to Natalie Bennett, Green member of the House of Lords and former leader of the Green Party and Karla Hill, Associate Director at think tank E3G and former Director of Programmes at Client Earth about the relationship between climate and politics. Will the cost of living and energy crises push the agenda for nature protection right out of the frame? Will climate and nature be the defining issue in the next election? Amanda also talks to Planet Pod Executive Producer Jim Haywood for a new segment reflecting on the natural world and exploring innovations in science and technology that will help us restore the balance.