The Stories of Change project aims to help to revive stalled public and political conversations about energy by looking in a fresh way at its past, present and future. These interviews have been recorded by the BBC’s Environment Analyst Roger Harrabin to capture the thinking of leading players in climate change and energy debates at a critical moment in the global conversation. Roger is one of the leading specialist environment journalists in the world and he has been covering these stories for more than a quarter of a century. Normally he would conduct an interview of a few minutes in order to gather the sentences needed to make a news story for TV or radio. We invited him to do something he had never undertaken before: to record interviews that are as long as they need to be in order to ‘go in deep’ into the thinking of these researchers, politicians, business leaders and campaigners. These interviews have been recorded in support of the Stories of Change project. Roger has also drawn on the interviews for his BBC Radio series on climate change in advance of the key December 2015 climate talks at the 2015 Paris Conference of the Parties (‘COP21’). The £1.5m Stories of Change project has been funded by the UK government supported Arts and Humanities Research Council. The project is seeking to support a more dynamic and diverse public debate about transitions in energy systems in the context of the cross-party commitments to decarbonise the UK economy. The team will work with the interviews to write papers and design teaching materials. They will also be presented in ways that connect them all on the Stories of Change web platform.
To find out more about the project please go to http://storiesofchange.ac.uk/.
To listen to the interviews head over to the main Stories of Change page.