Climate change, like nuclear weapons, is a major global threat. With coal, oil and gas responsible for 86% of all carbon dioxide emissions in the past decade, bold and immediate action is being demanded by a growing coalition of subnational and national actors- led by the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty.
An important discussion with acclaimed activist and chair of the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty Tzeporah Berman, alongside environmental campaigner and life peer in the House of Lords, Baroness Bryony Worthington and award-winning journalist and writer Paul Mason as they explore the goals of the treaty, and how we can overcome all obstacles and phase out fossil fuels at the urgent pace required.
Chaired by Conduit Member and Co-Host of the Climate Curious podcast, Maryam Pasha.
Tzeporah Berman been designing environmental campaigns and working on environmental policy in Canada and beyond for over thirty years. She is currently the International Program Director at Stand.earth and the Chair of the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty Initiative. She is the Co-founder of the Global Gas & Oil Network, the former co-director of Greenpeace International’s Global Climate and Energy Program, and the co-founder of ForestEthics (now Stand.earth). Tzeporah was one of the creators and lead negotiators of the Great Bear Rainforest agreement and the Canadian Boreal Forest Initiative. Her work has contributed to the protection of over 40 million hectares of old growth forests. In 2021, she was arrested for blockading the logging of thousand-year-old trees in Fairy Creek on Vancouver Island and she gave a widely-viewed TED Talk presenting the case for a global treaty to phase out fossil fuels.
Baroness Bryony Worthington is a Crossbench member of the House of Lords, having spent a career working on conservation, energy and climate change issues. Prior to her appointment as a Peer in 2011, Baroness Worthington worked at Friends of the Earth on their ‘Big Ask’ campaign – which successfully lobbied for the introduction of new climate change laws. She also worked for Scottish and Southern Energy advising on sustainability – while there she was seconded to Government to work on climate communications and the design of the 2008 Climate Change Act. In 2008, she launched Sandbag, an NGO that uses data insights to advocate for a swift transition to clean energy. During the coalition years of 2011 and 2015, Baroness Worthington served as Shadow Spokesperson for Energy and Climate Change and led on two Energy Bills for the Shadow Ministerial Team. From 2016 to 2019 she was the Executive Director of Environmental Defense Fund Europe.
Paul Mason is a journalist, writer and film-maker. His latest book How To Stop Fascism: History, Ideology, Resistance describes the rise of the modern far-right, its colonisation of conservatism and right-wing populism, and the danger it poses amid the wider process of democratic decay. Paul is the author of seven books, including Postcapitalism (2015), Why It’s Kicking Off Everywhere (2012), Clear Bright Future (2019) and Rare Earth: A Novel (2011). As economics editor at both BBC Newsnight (2001-13) and Channel 4 News (2013-16) he has won numerous awards.
Maryam Pasha is the Curator of TEDxLondon and TEDxLondonWomen and co-host the Climate Curious podcast. The talks she has worked on have been distributed by TED to over 20 million viewers. She is also a storytelling coach, a consultant and a visiting fellow at the Skoll Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford University.