19 episodes

Offering solutions and practical tips as well as hearing from experts, campaigners and well-known names. Liz Bonnin and the team explore the impacts of climate change.

What Planet Are We On? ...with Liz Bonnin BBC

    • Science
    • 4.7 • 84 Ratings

Offering solutions and practical tips as well as hearing from experts, campaigners and well-known names. Liz Bonnin and the team explore the impacts of climate change.

    What do YOU want to ask the experts?

    What do YOU want to ask the experts?

    A quick hello from the team of ‘What Planet Are We On?’ to tell you about a special episode we’re making this autumn to answer YOUR climate questions.

    We’ll be back with our host Liz Bonnin alongside the BBC’s environment correspondent Matt McGrath and science correspondent Victoria Gill.

    Plus, we’ll be joined by Professor Jim Watson from UCL’s Institute of Sustainable Resources.

    So send us your question about climate change or the UN’s major conference, COP26, to what.planet@bbc.co.uk and we’ll try to answer as many of them as we can. What do you want to ask the experts?

    • 1 min
    Bonus content: Brian Eno and James Thornton - ‘Changing The System’

    Bonus content: Brian Eno and James Thornton - ‘Changing The System’

    This is a bonus episode recorded at the Manchester Science Festival. Liz Bonnin talks to the acclaimed musician, Brian Eno, and environmental lawyer, James Thornton, along with a virtual audience about how our legal system can help tackle climate change and protect all life on earth. They also get into art, philosophy and creating an ecological civilization too! James is chief executive of ClientEarth, an environmental charity using the law to bring about systemic change and Brian is a trustee of the group.

    The event was part of a series of ‘Climate Talks’ from the Science Museum Group taking place throughout 2021. For more information, please visit this website, https://www.scienceandindustrymuseum.org.uk/.

    • 40 min
    Bonus content: Our 10 favourite climate solutions

    Bonus content: Our 10 favourite climate solutions

    In this bonus clip, Liz Bonnin, Matt McGrath and Victoria Gill talk about their favourite climate solutions from this series.

    We’ve heard over 100 solutions, tips or ideas from our guests - so we've put the longlist on the 'What Planet Are We On?' website so you can see them all.

    • 13 min
    Ep 10. Christiana Figueres – Stubborn optimism and leadership

    Ep 10. Christiana Figueres – Stubborn optimism and leadership

    This episode is about leadership. The team are joined by the UN’s former top climate diplomat, Christiana Figueres, and her political strategist, Tom Rivett-Carnac, who helped bring together world leaders for the historic Paris Agreement to combat climate change in 2015. They host the ‘Outrage and Optimism’ pod and they’ve written a book called ‘The Future We Choose’. Liz Bonnin, Victoria Gill and Matt McGrath discuss the challenges and opportunities for leaders acting to bring down emissions and hear why Christiana remains stubbornly optimistic for the future.

    • 40 min
    Stubborn optimism and leadership, Part 2

    Stubborn optimism and leadership, Part 2

    In part 2, we hear from some of the world’s leading young activists; Jamie Margolin, an American climate justice campaigner and the co-executive director of Zero Hour; Vanessa Nakate, a Ugandan climate justice activist and founder of the Rise Up Movement; and 15 year-old environmentalist, Holly Gillibrand, who was one of the youngest climate activists in the UK when she first began school strikes in the Scottish Highlands where she lives. They talk to Liz Bonnin, Matt McGrath and Victoria Gill about who inspires them and about the pressures of having to step up when they feel some world leaders have checked out.

    • 33 min
    Ep 9. Foals’ Edwin Congreave – ‘A Message People Don’t Want To Hear’

    Ep 9. Foals’ Edwin Congreave – ‘A Message People Don’t Want To Hear’

    This episode is about a musician in the award-winning British band, Foals, who wants to see big changes in both the live music industry and wider society. In a rare and personal interview, Edwin Congreave, says certain types of heavily polluting tours shouldn’t take place anymore and there are greener alternatives to connect with audiences. Edwin speaks to Matt McGrath and Victoria Gill about his own realisation about the fragility of our planet, his vision for the future of the live music industry and how bands could tour differently. And he calls on society to ask itself, 'what are we going to do about this'?

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
84 Ratings

84 Ratings

Relts ,

Connecting with the climate

What a great podcast, informative and inspirational hosts and guests tackling the big climate issues but through a lens that we can all relate to. Want to learn more about the environmental problems and solutions? This podcast is for you!

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Brilliant

Made me laugh, made me cry and most of all made me think. Thank you

LunaLovegood289 ,

A must listen

I am so glad that I came across this podcast. It is a brilliant guide to the crises we are in, and exploring the environmental crises with brilliant guests and science. It is a fantastic podcast, and full of hope, as well as scientific seriousness.

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