The Sustainability Agenda

Hosted ByFergal Byrne

Exploring today's sustainability questions with leading experts.


All Episodes

Episode 170: Interview with renowned climate scientist Will Steffen, first aired in June 2020, on the dangers of “tipping cascades” that could pose an existential threat to civilization.

In this episode, Will Steffen discusses his research on cascading climate tipping points that pose a growing threat of abrupt and irreversible climate change.

Episode 169: Interview with environmental anthropologist Peter Sutoris on new models for schooling and environmental activism.

In this inspiring interview, Peter Sutoris shares the results of his research into grassroots environmental activism and education–and provides an array of ideas on teaching and community based action needed to deal with to the deeply challenging environ

Episode 168: Veteran activist Stephen Corry, former CEO of Survival International, provides a coruscating analysis of the outcome of COP15

In this hard-hitting, no-holds barred interview, Stephen Corry, who has been working as
indigenous rights activist for some 50 years, provides a coruscating analysis of the outcome of COP15.

Episode 167: Interview with Professor Daniela Gabor on funding the transition to a low carbon economy, first aired June 2021

In this fascinating interview, first aired in June 2021, Daniela discusses the eye-opening sums of money needed to achieve a transition to a low carbon economy –how this can be funded, the role of state in dealing with current environmental challenges,

Episode 166. Pascoe Sabido from Corporate Europe Observatory reflects on the outcome of COP27

Pascoe Sabido from Corporate Europe Observatory reflects on the outcome of COP27 — and discusse the way in which fossil fuel lobbyists operate at the COPs and within the EU to stall and block policies to deal with climate change.

Episode 165 Interview with pioneering American political activist, urban theorist and Marxist environmentalist Mike Davis, first aired in January 2022

A wide-ranging and hard-hitting interview with pioneering American writer, activist, and Marxist environmentalist Mike Davis, recorded in January 2022, about the existential environmental and nuclear dangers we are facing –and the prevailing ideology tha

Episode 164 Harjeet Singh, head of Global Political Strategy at Climate Action Network International on his expectations for COP27

In this timely interview on the eve of COP27, Harjeet Singh shares his expectations for this COP and explains why ‘Loss and Damage’ compensation is the centrepiece of COP27 -and what he believes needs to happen over the next five days.

Episode 163: Interview with David Loy, professor, writer, and Zen teacher of Japanese Zen Buddhism

David Loy presents the key ideas in his latest book EcoDharma—which provides a Buddhist response to our ecological predicament – to deal with today’s environmental and other crises. A profound important discussion.

Episode 162: Groundbreaking nuclear scholar Professor Elaine Scarry shares her views on today’s growing nuclear threats

Groundbreaking nuclear scholar and social thinker Professor Elaine Scarry shares her views on today’s growing nuclear threats –the underlying problems with the nuclear architecture and governance, and discusses how citizens and communities can prepare for