Episode 33

Published on:

28th Nov 2020

There is hope in hell with Jonathon Porritt

Old Fox Young Fox talks to writer, environmental activist and former Director of Friends of the Earth Jonathon Porritt about the climate emergency and why against all the odds, there is still hope.

We trace Jonathon's journey from the activist frontline, to a career in politics, then to founding Forum for the Future, where he saw progress in educating and partnering with the business community on the need to act regarding the climate.

And we discuss his decision to now step back from Forum for the Future and to focus on doing what he can as Chancellor at Keele University and by a more direct role in supporting the next generation of climate activist.

We cover a lot of ground and ask a lot of the tough questions facing our global community including what is the role of civil disobedience in activism? Should we feel guilty at not having done enough or is that energy better used in making small changes to help fight climate change?

About the show:

Old Fox Young Fox is an intergenerational conversation between Jeremy Woolwich and Oliver Happy, one that explores the impacts of a rapidly changing world.


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About our guest:

Jonathon Porritt, Co-Founder of Forum for the Future, is an eminent writer, broadcaster and commentator on sustainable development. Established in 1996, Forum for the Future is now the UK’s leading sustainable development charity. The Forum has a growing presence in the United States, India, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. Jonathon has recently released his book Hope in Hell, is Chancellor for Keele University and has been a strong advocate for the Green movement for several decades.


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Old Fox Young Fox
A show that explores the impacts of a rapidly changing world.
Old Fox Young Fox is an intergenerational conversation where hosts Jeremy Woolwich and Oliver Happy talk through themes impacting our lives, viewed through the lense of different generations and guided by acknowledged experts.

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Baby Boomers, Millennials, Generation X, Y & Z. Blockchain, The Circular Economy, Social Media, AI, Gamification, Brexit, Modern Elders, Happiness, The Gig Economy, The Climate Emergency, Fake News. All present opportunities and threats.

Everything is connected, everything is changing. What does it all mean?
How might it affect our businesses and our lives?

How do we adapt?
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Oliver Happy

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Ollie works in tech and enjoys building things. He hosts indie podcasts Old Fox Young Fox, Problem Busters and Gone Workabout. He's a Kiwi, he eats a lot and loves sharing good ideas. He is determined to leave the world in a better state than he found it.

Jeremy Woolwich

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Jeremy Woolwich is a marketing, communications and strategy consultant with over 30 years of experience. His practice Independent Perspective Ltd. helps companies both global and local, tackle common challenges, plan for change and evolve. Jeremy is our Old Fox and is damn good at it. However the world has changed since Jeremy cut his teeth in business and as the speed of change gathers pace, he is intrigued by the new and emerging trends that are shaking the foundations of how business get things done and the challenges they present to individuals, management teams and the wider community. Jeremy reads widely and enjoys developing strong, educated opinions on things that matter.