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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 Miekle 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.

Price: £0.00

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

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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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.  

Price: £7.30

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.

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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

Sean Dagan Wood, Martin Wright and Mark Stevenson

Good News is No News

Event 268 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Environmentalists are good at scare stories; but is a diet of doom and gloom turning people off? Would it be better to inspire people with positive news? Or would that fail to win headlines in a media that still follows the old adage, ‘If it bleeds, it leads’?

Price: £7.30

Science of Solar Workshop

Event W48 Venue: The Storytelling Nook

So many things we take for granted, such as having access to basic services like electricity, remain a significant challenge for millions of people in today’s developing world. Come and find out how solar power works and can provide clean, reliable energy around the world.

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Jonathan Porritt, Claire Fox, Ed Gillespie and Martin Wright

Sustainability in an Age of Brexit and Trump

Event 321 Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

How does the green movement best respond to the collapse of the liberal consensus and the defunding of the American EPA? Is it a useful slap in the face to a movement that may have become a little too comfortably ensconced in the mainstream? Veteran environmentalist Jonathan Porritt joins Claire Fox from the Institute of Ideas and sustainability expert Ed Gillespie to talk with Forum for the Future’s Martin Wright.

Price: £8.30

Mark Maslin

The Cradle of Humanity: How the changing landscape of Africa made us so smart

Event 327 Venue: Oxfam Moot

Humans are rather weak when compared to many other animals. We are not particularly fast and have no natural weapons. Yet we have influenced almost every part of the ecosystem and as a consequence we are changing the global environmental and evolutionary trajectory of the Earth. So how did we become the world’s apex predator and take over the planet? Maslin is Professor of Geography at UCL. He talks to Sarfraz Manzoor.

Price: £7.30