A hope in hell – Goodgeist Podcast

In this episode I talk to Steve & Dalma about my book, Hope in Hell, and issues including ‘climate doomism’, personal resilience and optimism, nature-based solutions, politics, food, and inter-generational equity.

Published by Goodgeist , 28th Feb 2024

What can we do in these powerful times?

Lively conversation with my former colleague at Forum for the Future, David Bent.

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Published 11th Feb 2024

Forum for the Future – Challenging the status quo, letting go of ‘win-wins’ and finding hope in the next generation

Jonathon Porritt, one of the co-founders of Forum for the Future, steps down after almost 30 years with the international sustainability non-profit.

Here, he reflects on those three decades, and why we need to start thinking very differently about the role of business in accelerating the transition to a just and sustainable world. Jonathon also shares what inspired him to take action for environmental issues right at the start, at a time when few people were talking about it.

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Published by Forum for the Future, 8th May 2023,

Food Matters Live – “It’s sickening, it’s unbelievable” – Jonathon Porritt fires shots

With perfect timing, just before Jonathon Porritt answers the phone to Food Matters Live Elon Musk starts tweeting about climate change. “Global warming risk is overblown in the short term, but significant in the long term” is the hot tweet from the richest man on the planet. And Porritt, one of the original eco-warriors, is unimpressed.

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Published by Food Matters Live, 11th May 2023.

All In – The Sustainable Business Podcast

NEW episode of the All In Podcast on Sustainable Business! @cdjcoulter @DavidGrayson_ & @markpeterlee are joined by @Forum4theFuture‘s @sallyuren & @jonathonporritt to discuss the urgent need to pursue outcomes that are ecologically safe & socially just

Published by All In, Sustainable Business, 9th May 2023.

Farms not Factories – The Great and the Good

This is a cause that really matters to me. Factory farming is something so utterly abhorrent and immoral, that it is still remarkable that there is so much of it in the world today. The level of abuse, the cruelty and sheer inhumanity is so utterly overwhelming for people, that once they know that’s going on, it is absolutely the natural thing to just avoid.

Published by Farms not Factories, 2nd May 2023.

Visioning, Rebelling, Adapting: Sustaining Hope in Hell – 4th May 2022, 14:00 BST (15:00 CEST)

A conversation on hope and the climate crisis with Jonathon Porritt and Rebecca Laycock Pederson, hosted by the Master’s in Strategic Leadership Towards Sustainability.

Tickets available here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/visioning-rebelling-adapting-sustaining-hope-in-hell-tickets-313238243017

New Nuclear: What’s at Stake for Wildlife? – WEBINAR, 7th October 2021

As we fight to salvage our world from the ravages of the climate crisis, why would we choose to inflict further harm on species already struggling to survive?

This forum will explore what can be done to prevent the harm that new nuclear plants would cause. How can we halt the further unnecessary destruction of our last remaining wild spaces? And if we replace nuclear power with renewable energy, have we also adequately addressed the negative impacts of these industries on wildlife?

Join Jonathon, Juliet Davenport (Good Energy), Craig Bennett (The Wildlife Trusts) and actress Diana Quick for a round-table discussion, followed by an opportunity to put questions to the panel.

More details here: https://gmdcnd.com/wildlife/

Register for the webinar here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_xYfWjvQbREyRK_Y-H0nBow

This event is organised by Greater Manchester & District CND, Nuclear Free Local Authorities, Beyond Nuclear, and Chernobyl Children’s Project UK.

ClimateCast – Sky News podcast

Do Extinction Rebellion have the power to make a difference?

The campaign group are renowned for their disruptive and controversial tactics – but does their civil disobedience have an impact on the policy and action that could solve climate change? In this episode of ClimateCast from Sky News, Anna Jones explores with Jonathon the impact of Extinction Rebellion.

First aired by Sky News, 27th August 2021.

edie Sustainability Leaders Forum 2021

edie’s annual event is one of the must-attend highlights of the year, with contributions and workshops by inspiring leaders at the forefront of the global transition to a Net Zero, circular and just economy. Across three days, 90 contributors from business, NGOs, government and investors connect around a common goal: solving the climate crisis.

Jonathon’s keynote (on 4th February) focuses on ‘Inclusive Capitalism: Reimagining the Future of Business‘.

Agenda and passes for all events:

https://event.edie.net/forum/agenda/    https://event.edie.net/forum/2021-pass/

Transformers Podcast, with Kaj Embren

Jonathon and Kaj discuss ‘Hope in Hell’ as a call to action on the Climate Emergency (click below to play).

Jonathon Porritt | Hope in Hell, a “call to action” on the Climate Emergency

First published by The Future is Beautiful, 22nd October 2020

Fully Charged podcast with Robert Llewellyn

An informative and entertaining ramble through topics explored in Jonathon’s book, Hope in Hell.

Podcast 75

First published by Fully Charged, 14th September 2020 

Sustainable Food Trust podcast with Patrick Holden

Jonathon and Sustainable Food Trust Founding Director, Patrick Holden, discuss food and farming. For instance, how might differences of opinion between conservation groups and farming organisations have led to a separation of policy and public understanding of the relationship between food production and nature? On food and farming change, Jonathon explains why addressing food waste and reducing reliance on intensively-reared, factory-farmed meat are vital in maintaining a habitable planet for future generations.


First published by the Sustainable Food Trust, 14th August 2020

‘Hope, Rage and What We’re Going to Do About It’: Outrage + Optimism Podcast with Christiana Figueres

Christiana, Jonathon and the Outrage + Optimism team discuss the role that rage and hope play in pushing us to ask ourselves in light of the Climate Emergency, ‘What are you going to do about it?’

(Click logo for link to Episode 65:)

Also available on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2FnC48e

First published by Outrage + Optimism, 14th August 2020

‘Zoom in on Net Zero’ video interview for BusinessGreen

In the latest in BusinessGreen’s series of ‘Zoom in on Net Zero’ interviews, Jonathon joined BusinessGreen Deputy Editor Michael Holder for a wide-ranging discussion covering the challenges of Net Zero, and his new book, Hope in Hell.


First published by BusinessGreen, 28th July 2020

‘Gaia says no!’ podcast interview with Sumit Bose of Future Net Zero


First published by Future Net Zero, 27th July 2020

Why we may have a hope in hell of surviving the climate change challenge

Audio interview (with transcript) for Irish Tech News. Will we see a Green New Deal in the UK? Do we have reasons to be hopeful? And where does Jonathon’s inspiration come from these days?

by Simon Cocking

First published by Irish Tech News, 14th July 2020

Changing the Rules

Jojo Mehta in conversation with Jonathon Porritt

The Science Show

The Science Show is hosted by science journalist and broadcaster Robyn Williams. Listen again via ABC.

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