Ep25: Bryony Worthington 'Putting the Act into climate action'
How do we get climate at the forefront of politics? How can we good data influence the climate transition? In the first episode of the second season of Cleaning Up, Michael Liebreich speaks to Bryony Worthington: a crossbench member of the House of Lords, founder of Ember, and the lead author of the 2008 UK Climate Change Act. Summary: Baroness Bryony Worthington is a Crossbench member of the House of Lords, who has spent her career working on conservation, energy and climate change issues. Bryony Worthington was appointed as a Life Peer in 2011. Her current roles include co-chairing the cross-party caucus Peers for the Planet in the House of Lords and Co-Director of the Quadrature Climate Foundation. Her opus magnum is the 2008 Climate Change Act which she wrote as the lead author. She piloted the efforts on this landmark legislation – from the Friends of the Earth’s ‘Big Ask’ campaign all the way through to the parliamentary works. This crucial legislation requires the UK to reduce its carbon emissions to a level of 80% lower than its 1990 emissions. She founded the NGO Sandbag in 2008, now called Ember. It uses data insights to advocate for a swift transition to clean energy. Between 2016 and 2019 she was the executive director for Europe of the Environmental Defense. Prior to that she worked with numerous environmental NGOs. Baroness Bryony Worthington read English Literature at Cambridge University. Key links Official Bio: https://members.parliament.uk/member/4235/contact Wikipedia entry:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bryony_Worthington,_Baroness_Worthington Sandbag https://sandbag.be/ Ember https://ember-climate.org/ Why we really do need nuclear power (June 2015) https://theecologist.org/2015/jun/09/why-we-really-do-need-nuclear-power 100 UK Leading Environmentalists (Who Happen To Be Women) (November 2020) https://www.forbes.com/sites/solitairetownsend/2020/11/16/100-uk-leading-environmentalists-who-happen-to-be-women/?sh=2a7c93ac2451 UK to Enshrine Carbon Neutrality by 2050 in Ambitious National Law Statement from Baroness Bryony Worthington, Executive Director of Environmental Defense Fund Europe (June 2019) https://www.edf.org/media/uk-enshrine-carbon-neutrality-2050-ambitious-national-law The Climate Change Act at 10: Baroness Bryony Worthington on the best thing she ever did (November 2018) https://www.businessgreen.com/interview/3066965/q-a-with-baroness-bryony-worthington-reflecting-on-a-decade-of-the-climate-change-act Fracking: Think again, campaigner urges environmentalists (September 2015) https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-34191713 About Cleaning Up Once a week Michael Liebreich has a conversation (and a drink) with a leader in clean energy, mobility, climate finance or sustainable development. Each episode covers the technical ground on some aspect of the low-carbon transition – but it also delves into the nature of leadership in the climate transition: whether to be optimistic or pessimistic; how to communicate in order to inspire change; personal credos; and so on. And it should be fun – most of the guests are Michael’s friends. Follow Cleaning Up on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/MLCleaningUp](https://twitter.com/MLCleaningUp) Follow Cleaning Up on Linkedin: [https://www.linkedin.com/company/cleaning-up-with-michael-liebreich](https://www.linkedin.com/company/cleaning-up-with-michael-liebreich) Follow Cleaning Up on Facebook: [https://www.facebook.com/MLCleaningUp](https://www.facebook.com/MLCleaningUp) Links to other Podcast Platforms: [https://www.cleaningup.live/](https://www.cleaningup.live/)