Mark Carney makes the financial case for tackling climate change

I believe that in 2020 we’ll hear a lot more about what I consider to be the most important issue surrounding climate change: namely financing the transition to a zero-carbon emission economy. I was therefore fascinated to listen to the interview about climate change finance delivered on New Year’s Eve during Greta Thunberg’s guest-edited Today Read more about Mark Carney makes the financial case for tackling climate change[…]

2020 – are we on a Highway to Hell?

As AC/DC memorably sang a few decades ago – are we on a Highway to Hell? Well sometimes I wonder… And so 2019 rolls onto its inevitable finale, ending not just the year but also a decade. So how was it for you? Are you full of fear – intimidated by the magnitude of the Read more about 2020 – are we on a Highway to Hell?[…]

The 2019 election – a new dawn in the UK’s battle against climate change?

Notable for its staggering lack of leadership from governments, COP25 failed to deliver. “The point of no return is no longer on the horizon,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres said. “It is in sight and hurtling towards us.”  “The new generations expect more from us,” added Chile’s Environment Minister Carolina Schmidt, who presided over the United Read more about The 2019 election – a new dawn in the UK’s battle against climate change?[…]

New Global GoalsCast – can companies save the planet?

As you may know through Greta Thunberg’s boating escapades, the interjection from the Pope, and the EU Parliament declaring a climate emergency, the UN’s Climate Change Conference (COP25) kicked off this week in Madrid. In some ways it is a bittersweet time for those of us who champion the global goals. On the one hand, Read more about New Global GoalsCast – can companies save the planet?[…]

Q and A with Ibrahim Kondeh – one migrant’s journey

“I didn’t become strong because I wanted to: I became strong because I had to.” Map of Ibrahim’s journey as seen on Google Earth Ibrahim left his home in search of a better life. Now, the young poet is speaking up for the rights of refugee and migrant children.  We spoke at length to Ibrahim Read more about Q and A with Ibrahim Kondeh – one migrant’s journey[…]

How technology is tackling the slave trade

In 1807 William Wilberforce, along with many supporters, managed to put an end to the Transatlantic slave trade. It’s a historical event that is rightly celebrated.  Yet I wonder if many Britons think that this was the end of slavery in the UK. Sadly this isn’t the case. At an event I recently attended – Read more about How technology is tackling the slave trade[…]

Can a simple text message change a life? For migrants it can

I am really excited to say that the second part of @globalgoalscast‘s episode on migration is now live. It concludes an incredible, tragic but also uplifting story. You can tune in here. More than 30,000 African migrants have died crossing the Mediterranean. Ibrahim Kondeh narrowly escapes becoming one of them. But through luck and courage, Read more about Can a simple text message change a life? For migrants it can[…]

I’m a migrant too… why we need a new debate on migration

The recent discovery of the bodies of 39 Vietnamese migrants in a truck in Essex has once again reminded us that, whether we like it or not, there are still hundreds of thousands of individuals making treacherous journeys to Europe. What was heart wrenching for me was seeing the images of some of the young Read more about I’m a migrant too… why we need a new debate on migration[…]

New Global GoalsCast podcast episode – one migrant’s story

His name is Ibrahim Adnan Kondeh. He is one of thousands of young Africans who have crossed the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean Sea in search of opportunity. Thousands more have died trying.  The latest episode of the podcast I present with Claudia Romo Edelman  is now live and tells a story that is both Read more about New Global GoalsCast podcast episode – one migrant’s story[…]

Are you ready for lab grown meat?

Every once in awhile, I give in and have a steak. A lot less than I used to, but sometimes I end up feeling like Alex the Lion in Madagascar. I just can’t help myself.  I’m well aware of the overwhelming evidence that eating cows is rubbish for my carbon output. Yet 100% giving up Read more about Are you ready for lab grown meat?[…]