How can we provide a sustainable food supply sufficient to meet the needs of a growing population facing climate change? Robin Todd, Trustee of Concern Universal, Patrick Mulvany, Chair of the UK Food Group, and journalist, smallholder and Chair of London Food, Rosie Boycott.
How do communities adapt to change and migration? Khalid Koser from the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Sue Miller, Baroness of Chilthorne Dorner, Member, UNESCO North Devon's Biosphere Reserve Partnership, and Chikondi Mpokosa, Oxfam’s Global Education Advisor.
What are the implications of climate change on energy supply and security? Founder and CEO of Centre for Social Markets Malini Mehra, Jane Davidson AM, David Mackay, author of Sustainable Energy, and Anthony Giddens, author of The Politics of Climate Change.
How will climate change affect biodiversity and the way we manage freshwater supplies and the oceans as a resource? David Tickner, Head of WWF’s Freshwater Programme, Homero Aridjis, poet, Head of the Group of 100 and Mexico's Ambassador to UNESCO, Lyla Mehta of the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, and Daniela Schmidt, Royal Society University Research Fellow at the University of Bristol.
Peter Florence chairs a hustings for the leading candidates (Plaid Cymru, Labour, Conservative, UKIP and Lib Dem) for the four Welsh seats voted for on 4 June. Questions welcome in advance via hayfestival.com/forum/europe.
Entry to this event is free, but you must book a ticket. There will be a collection for charity at the event.
‘Politics-as-usual won’t deal with the problems we face, while the recipes of the green movement are flawed at source.’ The eminent sociologist introduces a range of new concepts and proposals to fill in the gap, and examines in depth the connections between climate change and energy security.
The 2009 Country Living Magazine Discussion: Thatcher, Farrier, Cooper…Call Centre Worker?
Hay Festival 2009,
Rural skills are under threat, and without training for a new generation of craftspeople, the traditions we treasure will exist only in tales of days gone by. Chaired by countryside writer Daniel Butler, who talks to Hugh Peachey, gypsy wagon restorer and stonemason, Mike Moody, chair of the National Heritage Training Group, and entrepreneur Emma Bridgewater. Followed by a single malt whisky sampling by The Balvenie.
In the sixteenth century the Mediterranean became the battleground for a titanic maritime struggle between Islam and Christianity. Roger Crowley brings to life this extraordinary confrontation, which set frontiers that hold to this day.
The Guardian Sessions: Blueprint for a Safer Planet
Hay Festival 2009,
What is the problem? What are the dangers? What can be done to reduce emissions? At what cost? How can the world adapt? And, what does all this mean for corporations, governments and individuals? Chaired by Ian Katz.
The Guardian Sessions at Hay For the eighth year, the Guardian is proud to be the headline sponsor of the Hay Festival.
Over the past year, the world has seen momentous change – a deepening economic crisis; the dawn of a new era in America; environmental concerns moving higher up the agenda; and increased challenges to our civil liberties... As the world's leading liberal voice, the Guardian is committed to the exploration and debate of these issues.
At this year's festival, the Guardian Sessions, with insight from leading individuals in their fields, will further examine and debate the most pressing concerns facing us today.
Eleven-year-old Lauren has almost come to terms with her parents splitting up when a school history project rekindles some very painful memories and a violent and dangerous jealousy. Set in Herefordshire, the film wrestles with isolation and identity in a rural market town, where people quickly learn how to move on rather than move away. Still Life is the Rural Media Company’s latest ambitious community film production created over the course of a year with the people of Bromyard.
Cambridge 800 Series: Cultures of Extinction – Darwin and the Present
Hay Festival 2009,
We view extinction now with alarm and even horror, and are encouraged to do so by specialist commentators and popular media alike. Darwin saw extinction as humdrum, inevitable and important for his theory. What does this transformation reveal about Darwin and ourselves?
In association with Cambridge University and The Cambridge Festival of Ideas