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Cake and climate change events

Come along to soak up the atmosphere, take part in WWF’s campaign by telling us what you love about Scotland’s nature, and meet WWF experts at our ‘cake and climate change’ events in the Garden Bookshop. Entry to the Book Festival Village in Charlotte Square Gardens is FREE and everyone is welcome.

Go Deeper with WWF!

12.00 - 1.00pm Monday 12 August, Bookshop Café 

Can’t get enough of Blue Planet? Keen to dive deeper? Join WWF-UK’s Head of Marine Policy, Alec Taylor, and Fisheries Policy Adviser, Rhona Kent, for coffee, cake and an informal chat. From surviving to thriving with WWF

18.00 - 19.00pm Thursday 22 August, Bookshop Café 

Nervous about our planet? Keen to continue your climate conversations? Join WWF Scotland Director, Lang Banks, for coffee, cake and an informal chat. 

The Youth Striker and the Elder

13.30 - 15.00pm Saturday 24nd August

Join 14 year-old Scottish climate striker Holly Gillibrand in conversation with Mary Robinson, first female President of Ireland and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, on changing the world and tackling the climate crisis.

This is an under 25's only event and under 10's must be accompanied by an adult. Free but ticketed – check back soon for tickets.

 

Radical Practice: The Fifth Social Revolution

19.45pm - 20.45pm Sunday 25th August

There has been a pattern of industrial revolutions leading to seismic social change. Last century saw an oil-based revolution bring us state welfare systems, which transformed lives but now face new challenges. Today, radical practitioners from Scotland and beyond share their experiences of leading new forms of change. Social activist and author of Radical Help, Hilary Cottam talks to Katie Kelly from Safer Communities, Baljeet Sandhu from The Lived Experience, and Kajal Odedra from Change.org, author of Do Something: Activism for Everyone.

Mary Robinson - OUR CHILDREN'S PLANET

11.45am - 12:45pm Sunday 25th August

While the realities of climate change are not always visible, the realisation that our grandchildren will live in troubled times can catalyse action. After becoming a grandmother, former Irish president and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson travelled the world to learn about the fight back. In Climate Justice, she describes the people working to overcome the threat. Today she shares her hopeful account in conversation with Ruth Wishart.

Mike Berners-Lee - DISASTER PLANNING

14.00m - 15:00pm Sunday 25th August 

Warnings of looming environmental catastrophe rain down on us with increasing frequency, and only the most ardent climate change sceptics deny we live at a crucial point for the Earth's future. Join sustainability expert Mike Berners-Lee in conversation with WWF-UK CEO Tanya Steele, as he cuts through the noise with practical advice on how we can avoid calamity, drawn from his book There is No Planet B, a ‘Handbook for the Make or Break Years’.

Matt Haig - Notes on a Nervous Planet

17.00pm - 18.00pm Thursday, 22 August

The modern world can make us feel like the walls are closing in, but a vanguard of writers are here to help us cope – and none more so than Matt Haig. After the storming success of Reasons to Stay Alive comes Notes on a Nervous Planet, a wise and witty guide to kicking the habits around everything from sleep to social media to work that are making us less happy. Enjoy an hour that will soothe your 21st century anxieties. Chaired by Lennie Goodings.

 

Alex Rogers - GETTING DEEP WITH THE OCEANS

11.00am - 12.00pm Monday 12th August 

A WWF Fellow, pioneer in marine biology and consultant on BBC’s Blue Planet II, Professor Alex Rogers is understandably concerned about the world’s oceans. The impact of human activity upon our oceans ecosystems is not fully understood, but Rogers is keen to offer a message of optimism. He explores the work being done to reverse our worst excesses in his book The Deep. Come and hear what he has to say in conversation with Sheena McDonald.

Go Deeper with WWF!

12.00 - 1.00pm Monday 12 August, Bookshop Café 

Can’t get enough of Blue Planet? Keen to dive deeper? Join WWF-UK’s Head of Marine Policy, Alec Taylor, and Fisheries Policy Adviser, Rhona Kent, for coffee, cake and an informal chat. You’ll find them in the Bookshop Café after the event.

Tim Winton - A Giant of Australian Literature

13.30pm – 14.30pm Saturday 10th August

Only dreamers or the desperate would cross the vast saltland deserts of Western Australia. So which is Jaxie Clacton, the lonely boy at the heart of Tim Winton’s brutal, tender novel The Shepherd’s Hut? It’s the latest masterful work by one of the world’s greatest living novelists. To celebrate Winton’s first visit to Edinburgh since 1993, he looks back over an oeuvre that includes classics such as Dirt Music, Cloudstreet and Breath.

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