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Environment & Sustainability

Hay on Earth 2017 Forum

Event 1 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Hay on Earth 2017 Forum

For this year’s Forum we bring you inspirational entrepreneurs who have found, and are developing, innovative ways of growing food, using waste, transporting goods and people. 

Full Day ticket allows entry to all five sessions. Events: 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 and 9

Price: £33.30
 
 

George Marshall talks to Oliver Balch

Talking Climate – From Research to Practice

Event 2 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

A fresh approach to climate change communication: five core principles for public engagement that can propel climate change discourse out of the margins and into the mainstream. Marshall is the author of Don’t Even Think About It: Why our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Kresse Wesling talks to Andy Fryers

Firehoses to Fashion – Elvis & Kresse

Event 3 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Kresse Wesling talks to Andy Fryers

Elvis & Kresse was founded after co-owner Kresse Wesling fell in love with a fire hose. When she found out that the London Fire Brigade threw tons of damaged fire hoses into landfill, she knew there must be a use for them. From bags and belts, purses to phone covers, the business now creates lifestyle accessories by re-engineering seemingly useless waste. It has seen phenomenal growth, saving tonnes of waste from landfill and opening outlets in ten countries.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Kate Hofman and Steve Dring talk to Kitty Corrigan

Growing Underground and GrowUp Urban Farms

Event 4 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

With an increasing population, climate change and concerns about food (in)security, new and innovative farming methods are required. Steve Dring started the UK’s first underground farm based in disused air raid shelters, growing herbs and salad plants. Kate Hofman runs GrowUp Urban Farms, the UK’s first commercial aquaponics urban-farming business, cultivating both fish and salad plants in one integrated system from a warehouse in London.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Hugo Spowers, Fiona Clancy and Will Vaughan talk to Andy Fryers

Transport Futures

Event 5 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Hugo Spowers, Fiona Clancy and Will Vaughan talk to Andy Fryers

Spowers is the Chief Engineer and Founder of Riversimple, whose goal is simple – to pursue, systematically, the elimination of the environmental impact of personal transport. Spowers, Clancy and their team have created Rasa, a super-efficient, hydrogen-powered car. They are joined by Will Vaughan, CEO of Hereford Pedicabs and Cargo, who provide financially and environmentally sustainable services by bike – including parcel delivery, trade waste recycling, inner city advertising and pedicab hire.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Helen Browning, David Speller and Jake Freestone talk to Rob Yorke

Green-tech tinted glasses: how smarter agriculture can reduce farming’s footprint

Event 7 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Helen Browning, David Speller and Jake Freestone talk to Rob Yorke

Crop drones, precision pesticides, earthworm management, poultry software and GPS- directed tractors are just some of the new technologies that are revolutionising agriculture. The panel discusses agri-tech innovation helping farmers to become more efficient by using fewer resources. Browning is CEO of the Soil Association, Speller is an award-winning poultry farmer, Freestone a Linking Environment and Farming accredited farm manager.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Sarah Thomas, Darragh Martin, Justina Hart and David Thorpe talk to Mark Goldthorpe

Realistic Utopias: Imagining The World Changed by Climate

Event 8 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

What can the worlds of fiction, poetry, non-fiction and drama contribute to how we understand and respond to climate change? Do humans respond to stories more than facts? The work stems from a project called Weatherfronts: climate change and the stories we tell. The pieces referenced here were commissioned by TippingPoint, Free Word and partners 2014-2016. Weatherfronts brought together writers and leading climate change experts to inspire new writing that would encourage people to act to help our environment. 

Price: £7.30
 
 

Stephen Moss

Wonderland: A Year of Britain’s Wildlife, Day by Day

Event 15 Venue: Oxfam Moot

Stephen Moss

From blackbirds, beavers and beetles to tawny owls, natterjack toads and lemon slugs,  every  day of the year, winter or summer, in every corner of the British Isles, there's plenty to see if you know where -- and how -- to look. The Springwatch star’s books include The Bumper Book of Nature and Tweet of the Day.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Katie Hill, Gareth Jones and Nick Davies talk to Andy Middleton

The Best for Wales Project

Event 16 Venue: Good Energy Stage

Katie Hill, Gareth Jones and Nick Davies talk to Andy Middleton

How can we shift from ‘doing better’ to ‘doing what’s needed’ and doing it now across Wales? Best for Wales will celebrate and inspire sustainable innovation. Hill is CEO of B Lab UK; Jones is Founder of Welsh ICE and Davies is founder of Neighbourly. Chaired by maverick thinker Andy Middleton from TYF.

The event will be followed by a free Best for Wales workshop (see event 26).
Price: £7.30
 
 

Dan Haworth-Salter, Sue Bell and Conrad Feather talk to Diana Toynbee

The Size of Herefordshire

Event 25 Venue: Cube

Dan Haworth-Salter, Sue Bell and Conrad Feather talk to Diana Toynbee

Among the bravest fighters for the Amazon rainforest are the Wampis people from Peru.  They’re supported by the Size of Herefordshire, a local group, who are just back from visiting them and join us with photographs, films and stories.

Price: £6.30
 
 

Andy Middleton, Anne Meikle and Alan Netherwood

Workshop – Best for Wales

Event 26 Venue: Compass

What are the actions required that can improve the integration of the third sector, business and public sector together to be best for Wales? Meikle from WWF Cymru and sustainability consultant Netherwood will report back on the first year of the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act 2015. Businesses that demonstrate their alignment with the WFG Act goals build resilience and engagement as well as delivering the outcomes that support any tendering or public sector work they’re engaged in.

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Kate Evans

Harmony for Elephants

Event 42 Venue: Oxfam Moot

Kate Evans

Elephants are ecosystem shapers. By knocking down trees and opening up bushy areas, they can increase the amount of grass available to other herbivores in the system. They move across vast distances, using distinct pathways that also offer easy travel routes to other species. Elephants can  act as seed dispersers, facilitating the growth of many woody species by depositing seeds in their faeces. In this illustrated introduction, the zoologist and founder of the Botswana conservation project Elephants for Africa explores the conservation and study of elephants in their natural eco-systems.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Sarah Woods, Bill McGuire and Andrew Simms

There was a Knock at the Door – can modern folk tales help to understand these troubling times?

Event 51 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

‘Strange’ is the new ‘normal’ for global events. Throughout history, folk tales emerged to help us come to terms with extreme events. With the world as it is today, might stories make better sense of things than news reports? Artist and playwright Sarah Woods is joined by Andrew Simms, editor of a new collection of tales There was a Knock at the Door, and Bill McGuire, Professor of Geophysical and Climate Hazards at UCL and author of Waking the Giant.

Price: £7.30
 
 

RSPB CYMRU WORKSHOPS

Minibeast Safari and Treasure Hunt

Event W81 Venue: RSPB Stand

Ready for an adventure? Grab your nets and pots and come on a safari into the wild garden to find what creatures are hiding under the leaves, logs and in the long grass. Along the way you’ll discover the many shades of colours that nature takes, as you collect natural treasures and create a colour collage.

Family event
Price: £5.30
 
 

George Peterken, Fiona Stafford and Christiana Payne

Living Landscapes – Tree Charter Series 1

Event 71 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

The changing ‘treescape’ of the UK holds clues to social, political and natural events throughout history. From agriculture to boat building, Dutch elm disease and the great storm of 1987, the state of trees and woods in our landscape tell a story of our past and hold lessons for our future. Author Fiona Stafford and woodland ecologist George Peterken, both featured in Arboreal, a Common Ground collection of woodland writing, talk to Christiana Payne, Professor of History of Art at Oxford Brookes University.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Peter Singer talks to Stephen Fry

Things That Matter

Event 72 Venue: Tata Tent

The Australian writer and thinker is often described as the world’s most influential living philosopher. He is known especially for his work on the ethics of our treatment of animals, for his controversial critique of the sanctity of life ethics in bioethics, and for his writing on the obligations of the affluent to aid those living in extreme poverty. His books include Animal Liberation, Practical Ethics, The Most Good You Can Do, The Life You Can Save, Famine, Affluence and Morality, and most recently Ethics in the Real World: 82 Brief Essays on Things That Matter. He talks to the Festival president.

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Rahaf Harfoush

The Hidden Forces Behind our Technologies

Event 95 Venue: Starlight Stage

Rahaf Harfoush

Digital disruption and innovation are like any tools: capable of being used and abused. How are these technologies already influencing our attitudes, beliefs and behaviours and how do we ensure that these tools bring real and lasting benefits to society? Rahaf Harfoush is a digital anthropologist and best-selling author of The Decoded Company, and Yes We Did: An Insider’s Look at How Social Media Built the Obama Brand. Rahaf is the founder of Red Thread, a think-tank specialising in digital culture. She is currently working on her third book called Hustle and Float about  the intersections of technology, contemporary work culture and a post-work society. Formerly, Rahaf was the Associate Director of the Technology Pioneer Programme at the World Economic Forum, and the Research Coordinator on Don Tapscott’s Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything. She was recognised by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Shaper, and by the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society as a Rising Talent for her thought-leadership in the fields of digital culture and technology.

Rahaf Harfoush is selected for Hay 30 – celebrating a new generation of thinkers, supported by The CASE Foundation
Price: £7.30
 
 

Tobias Jones, Jackie Morris and Zaffar Kunial

Staying Rooted – Tree Charter Series 2

Event 119 Venue: Cube

A connection with trees and woods helps people find inspiration, inner calm and mental balance. Author and journalist Tobias Jones and poet Zaffar Kunial are both featured in Arboreal, a Common Ground collection of woodland writing. They are joined by the illustrator Jackie Morris to discuss the role of trees and woods in finding inspiration and mental balance in our lives.  

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RSPB CYMRU WORKSHOPS

Minibeast Safari and Treasure Hunt

Event W82 Venue: RSPB Stand

Ready for an adventure? Grab your nets and pots and come on a safari into the wild garden to find what creatures are hiding under the leaves, logs and in the long grass. Along the way you’ll discover the many shades of colours that nature takes, as you collect natural treasures and create a colour collage.

Family event
Price: £5.30
 
 

Kate Raworth, David Pitt-Watson and Juliet Davenport talk to Andy Fryers

Money, Money, Money–How to Use it For Good

Event 136 Venue: Starlight Stage

Kate Raworth, David Pitt-Watson and Juliet Davenport talk to Andy Fryers

How do we make better use of finance and money, turning it into a force for societal and environmental good? Renegade economist Kate Raworth, responsible investment and business expert David Pitt-Watson, and CEO of Good Energy, Juliet Davenport discuss possible futures for pension funds, stock markets, bitcoin and cash.

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Danny Dorling

The Human Atlas of Europe

Event 141 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

The geographer explores Europe’s society, culture, economy, politics and environment using state-of-the-art mapping techniques. With maps ranging from life expectancy, greenhouse gas emissions, GDP to Eurovision voting, Dorling addresses fundamental questions around social cohesion and sustainable growth as Europe negotiates the UK’s exit while continuing through the economic crisis. His other books that have been featured at Hay include Inequality and the 1%, Population 10 Billion, All That Is Solid and Injustice.

See also event 163
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Marcus Brigstocke, Saci Lloyd, Ed Gillespie and Juliet Davenport

I’m An Expert, Get Me Out of Here

Event 198 Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

Join enthusiastic host Ed Gillespie and two teams of the great and the good for this riotous and irreverent game show. Expect a heady mix of topicality, tomfoolery and randomness. No (live) insects will be hurt during the proceedings. We can’t guarantee the same for our heroic participants’ feelings, pride or reputation.

Price: £7.30
 
 

David M. Pyle

Volcanoes: Encounters Through the Ages

Event 226 Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

David M. Pyle

Whether as signposts to an underworld, beacons to ancient mariners or as extraordinary manifestations of the natural world, volcanoes have intrigued many people, who have left records of their encounters in letters, diaries, sketches and illustrations. The Oxford volcanologist shares contemporary accounts of eruptions – from Pliny’s 79 CE report of Vesuvius to 21st century imaging of Santorini.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Mark Stevenson talks to Andy Fryers

We Do Things Differently

Event 227 Venue: Good Energy Stage

Our systems are failing. Old models for education, healthcare, government, food production and energy supply are no longer fit for purpose. As the world’s population heads towards eight billion, it’s clear that we need new approaches. Futurist Mark Stevenson sets out across four continents to find them. From Brazilian favelas to high- tech Boston, and from rural India to a shed inventor in England’s home counties, We Do Things Differently travels the world to find the advance guard re-imagining our future.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Louise Gray talks to Andy Fryers

The Ethical Carnivore

Event 252 Venue: Cube

Louise Gray talks to Andy Fryers

We should all know exactly where our meat comes from. But what if you took this modern-day maxim to its logical conclusion? What if you only ate animals you killed yourself? Gray decided to do exactly that. Starting small, Louise shucked oysters and caught fish before moving on to shooting pigeons, rabbits and more. Questioning modern attitudes to the meat we eat and asking the question: How did we end up eating so much meat, with so little idea how animals are raised and killed on our behalf?

Price: £7.30