Film of the Bristol Green Week Schumacher Lecture 2012: Who says we can manage the planet?

Speakers Clive Hamilton (Australian author & academic), Jonathon Porritt (Forum for the Future), James Vaccaro (Director of Investments, Triodos Bank) Festival chair Jonathon Porritt sets the context for the week, then introduces the eminent Australian  author and academic Clive Hamilton, who asks: are we, 21st century humans, capable of managing the planet? Or, by aspiring to become masters of the Earth, are we destined to destroy it? James Vaccaro of Triodos Bank asks: what are the lessons of the global financial crisis?

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Jonathon Porrit

Jonathon Porritt is Founder Director of Forum for the Future, one of the UK’s leading sustainable development charities with 70 staff and over 100 partner organisations, including some of the world’s leading companies. He is an eminent writer, broadcaster and commentator on sustainable development.He was Chairman of the UK Sustainable Development Commission from 2000 to 2009, and is Co-Director of The Prince of Wales’ Business & Sustainability Programme.

In addition he is a Non-Executive Director of Wessex Water, and of Willmott Dixon Holdings, and a Trustee of the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy. He was formerly Director of Friends of the Earth (1984-90); co-chair of the Green Party (1980-83) of which he is still a member; chairman of UNED-UK (1993-96); chairman of Sustainability South West(1999-2001); a Trustee of WWF UK (1991-2005), and on the Board of the SW Regional Development Agency (1999-2008).

Johnathon Porritt Blog

Clive Hamilton


Clive Hamilton is an Australian public intellectual and Professor of Public Ethics at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics and the Vice-Chancellor’s Chair in Public Ethics at Charles Sturt University.He is also the Founder and former Executive Director of the Australia Institute. Hamilton has written about the issue of climate change politics over a period of some 15 years as well as the issues of consumerism and overconsumption.


Clive Hamilton Requiem for a species

Clive Hamilton on the Geo-engineering clique

Clive Hamilton Biography

Clive Hamilton website

James Vaccaro

James has worked for Triodos Bank since 1998 and is a specialist in environmental and social finance. He heads the Investment Banking team and is a Fund Manager for Triodos Renewables plc, investing equity in a range of renewable energy projects. James has been a member of the Advisory Board of the Energy Saving Trust’s Innovation Programme and is a member of the Finance Working Group of the government’s Renewables Advisory Board.

Triodos Bank

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