Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival Online 2020
Date Sunday 16 August
Set aside Brexit, Covid, Trump and all of the daily diet of news stories. In his new book, Jonathon Porritt persuasively argues that there is only one political issue that really matters. Unless we change our attitudes and engage comprehensively with the Climate Emergency, our world will become unsustainable and begin to die. As President Emmanuel Macron of France said to the American Congress in April, 2018, ‘There is no Planet B’.
A former director of Friends of the Earth and former co-chair of the Green Party, Jonathon Porritt’s credentials are impeccable, a man whose views demand an audience. Hope in Hell is more than a warning. It offers a plan. Using the Covid pandemic as a stimulus, a turning point, Porritt argues that the necessary economic recovery should focus on low-carbon solutions, harness the power of new thinking already seen in the months of pandemic and involve young people even more in a co-ordinated world-wide campaign to protect and save the environment – to save our planet.
Hope in Hell is a compelling, powerful tour de force, not negative but very positive.
Jonathon talks to Sheena McDonald.
photo credit: S. Daley
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