The Forum takes place annually at Hay Festival in Wales in May/June. It focuses on issues that face complex, critical problems and which are indicative of the types of dilemmas facing a much wider range of topics. Usually, during the live Festivals, the Forum consists of 5 or 6 debates on the first Thursday of the Festival however the capacity restrictions placed on us due to moving to digital have meant that for 2021 we will just be having one debate in the Forum. We hope to return to a full Forum programme in 2022.
To discuss these concerns we line up a series of stimulating events across the topic areas looking at the issues, and giving you an opportunity to raise questions.
“The thing I love about Hay Festival is that Sustainability has always been part of the part of the scene and a very serious attention paid to these big questions of global sustainability. The rest of the world is catching up with Hay Festival and I can’t help thinking that this is due in large part to the forum that Hay has provided for those ideas over those many years.” – Tony Juniper, Environmentalist and Chair of Natural England - May 2018
"Hay Festival and its Hay on Earth programme play a crucial role in raising awareness and stimulating debate about the key sustainability issues facing the world.” – Mark Lynas.
"Fresh perspectives emerging from the confluence of ideas of artists, policy makers, cultural workers and academics giving participants the opportunity to embrace new ideas and open their minds to new paradigms of thinking.” – Dr Erdelen, Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences at UNESCO describes the Hay on Earth ForumMore about Hay on Earth Forum 2019