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PODCAST: Our renewable future

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Do we stand together with communities around the world and head down a different path into a safer, fairer energy future? Emilian Robert Vicol under a Creative Commons Licence

Phil England and guests argue that we can power Britain and the world using renewable energy and with wise energy use in this month’s Climate Radio podcast.

Phil interviews Alice Hooker-Stroud, research co-ordinator for Zero Carbon Britain (ZCB)  at the Centre for Alternative Technology and Danny Chivers, lead author on Two Energy Futures (TEF) to explore alternative energy solutions.

Listen to the podcast.

We’re standing at a crossroads. It’s time for humanity to make a choice. Do we sit back and allow fossil fuel companies and oil-friendly governments to dig, drill and frack us into a dark and dirty future? Or do we stand together with communities around the world to stop these extreme energy projects, and head down a different path into a safer, fairer energy future?’ Two Energy Futures

A new report by Zero Carbon Britain features two new pieces of research. The first addresses the variability of supply and demand and what we need to do to keep the lights on in a 100 per cent renewable energy scenario. The second is about how we feed ourselves well, using the land available to us in Britain.

Two Energy Futures takes the Zero Carbon Britain blueprint as its starting point along with mainstream figures for the amount of harvestable renewable energy that is available globally. It contrasts this cleaner, fairer energy future with the best scenario that governments and corporations are currently offering us – a world full of extreme energy and catastrophic climate change.

Utopias aren’t chimeras, they are the most noble dreams that people have. Dreams that through struggle can and must be turned into reality’. Juan Manuel Sanchez Gordillo, Mayor of Marinaleda (quoted in The Village Against the World by Dan Hancox).

Listen to this month’s podcast.

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Phil England a New Internationalist contributor

Phil England is producer of Climate Radio and co-founder of the award-winning community radio station Resonance FM. In 2012 he produced an alternative audio tour for the Tate Modern as part of the campaign to end oil sponsorship of the arts. His freelance writing has appeared in The Independent, The Herald, The Ecologist, Variant and The Wire.

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