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Award-winning British sci-fi author collaborates with Friends of the Earth on a radical new podcast about climate hope

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(Joint press release from Emma Newman and Friends of the Earth)

An award-winning podcaster and science-fiction author is launching an innovative new podcast – Imagining Tomorrow – in an unusual collaboration with the environmental campaigning group Friends of the Earth.

Emma Newman, who is best known for her works depicting a dystopian future, has been on a personal journey to confront her own eco-anxiety, with each episode giving listeners a glimpse into a potential hope-filled future.

With novelists increasingly confronting the climate crisis in their works of fiction, Emma takes listeners with her as she meets the innovators in technology and community action, who are already making a positive planetary impact, and discusses the possibilities of their work with a fellow sci-fi author.

Episode one imagines a future where former-industrial towns can be regenerated and homes can be kept warm in winter and cool in summer, using flooded mines, informed by the work of Dr Catarina Marques as part of the GreenSCIES team. Emma also speaks to the Cym Arian Renewable Energy community benefit society in Wales who have successfully built a £1.3 million wind turbine to power and heat their homes, amid rising energy bills and the cost-of-living crisis, and Clarke Award-winning author Anne Charnock. 

Hugo Award-winning podcaster and Imagining Tomorrow host Emma Newman said: “It might seem like a strange partnership, considering my audience knows my work in dystopian science-fiction.

“But I’ve felt so much anxiety about the environment for as long as I can remember, and after writing negative visions of the future for several years, I felt it was time to try and write something more hopeful.

“I like to write plausible science-fiction that is rooted in reality, and when I struggled to imagine a near-future that was better for people and nature, the despair really set in.

“It wasn’t a failure of imagination, it was a failure of hope, because our attention is constantly being directed onto the worst things happening in the world. I knew good things were happening out there, and so I went looking for them.

“This podcast grew out of a conversation about this process with one of the Friends of the Earth team, and it’s one of the most enjoyable and hope-filled projects I’ve ever worked on. I’ve interviewed so many inspirational people already achieving amazing things in response to the climate crisis. It really does feel like the roadmap to a better future is right there, in our reach. We just need to look in the right places.”

Eleanor Bullimore, director of engagement at Friends of the Earth, said:

“We know from the incredible work of local activists, scientists and academics in our network and beyond that the solutions to the climate and nature crises are out there. 

“We also know the power that comes from local campaigning and individual actions to make a global impact by creating new laws and holding governments to account on protecting the environment.

“Our new podcast is about creating climate hope and the changemakers leading innovative green projects that might seem like science fiction but are already a reality.

“Now we need our political leaders and industries to be on the right side of history and ensure these pockets of hope and possibility can work at scale and that we take the action needed to cut emissions and meet our global climate targets.”

The first episode of Imagining Tomorrow is available to download now from all major podcast platforms. For more information visit: www.foe.uk/imaginingtomorrow.

ENDS

For more information and interviews contact the Friends of the Earth press office on 0207 566 1649 or email media@foe.co.uk.

Notes to editors: 

About Imagining Tomorrow:

It’s hard to imagine a bright future in the face of the climate crisis. This podcast, from Hugo Award winning podcaster and author Emma Newman, will take you on a journey from despair to the most radiant, radical hope. Made in partnership with Friends of the Earth, Imagining Tomorrow shows how we can create a future that is good for people and for nature, based on innovations in technology and community action that are already having a positive impact. Join Emma as she pieces together the roadmap to utopia by interviewing amazing inventors, communities and award-winning science fiction authors. We can’t build a better future until we can imagine it, so let’s imagine it together.

About Emma Newman

Emma Newman writes short stories, novels and novellas in multiple speculative fiction genres. Her novel, After Atlas, was shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke award and the third and fourth novels in the Planetfall series have been shortlisted for a BSFA Best Novel award. The series was shortlisted for the Best Series Hugo Award. Emma is also a professional audiobook narrator, and won the Alfie and Hugo Best Fancast Awards for her podcast Tea and Jeopardy. For more information go to www.enewman.co.uk

About Friends of the Earth:

Friends of the Earth is an international community dedicated to the protection of the natural world and the wellbeing of everyone in it. We bring together more than two million people in 75 countries, combining people power all over the world to transform local actions into global impact. For more information visit: https://friendsoftheearth.uk/ follow us at @friends_earth, or like our Facebook page. Save paper and send an e-card today, available at http://foe.uk/ecogifting

Award-winning British sci-fi author collaborates with Friends of the Earth on a radical new podcast about climate hope

An award-winning podcaster and science-fiction author is launching an innovative new podcast – Imagining Tomorrow – in an unusual collaboration with the environmental campaigning group Friends of the Earth.

Emma Newman, who is best known for her works depicting a dystopian future, has been on a personal journey to confront her own eco-anxiety, with each episode giving listeners a glimpse into a potential hope-filled future.

With novelists increasingly confronting the climate crisis in their works of fiction, Emma takes listeners with her as she meets the innovators in technology and community action, who are already making a positive planetary impact, and discusses the possibilities of their work with a fellow sci-fi author.

Episode one imagines a future where former-industrial towns can be regenerated and homes can be kept warm in winter and cool in summer, using flooded mines, informed by the work of Dr Catarina Marques as part of the GreenSCIES team. Emma also speaks to the Cym Arian Renewable Energy community benefit society in Wales who have successfully built a £1.3 million wind turbine to power and heat their homes, amid rising energy bills and the cost-of-living crisis, and Clarke Award-winning author Anne Charnock. 

Hugo Award-winning podcaster and Imagining Tomorrow host Emma Newman said: “It might seem like a strange partnership, considering my audience knows my work in dystopian science-fiction.

“But I’ve felt so much anxiety about the environment for as long as I can remember, and after writing negative visions of the future for several years, I felt it was time to try and write something more hopeful.

“I like to write plausible science-fiction that is rooted in reality, and when I struggled to imagine a near-future that was better for people and nature, the despair really set in.

“It wasn’t a failure of imagination, it was a failure of hope, because our attention is constantly being directed onto the worst things happening in the world. I knew good things were happening out there, and so I went looking for them.

“This podcast grew out of a conversation about this process with one of the Friends of the Earth team, and it’s one of the most enjoyable and hope-filled projects I’ve ever worked on. I’ve interviewed so many inspirational people already achieving amazing things in response to the climate crisis. It really does feel like the roadmap to a better future is right there, in our reach. We just need to look in the right places.”

Eleanor Bullimore, director of engagement at Friends of the Earth, said:

“We know from the incredible work of local activists, scientists and academics in our network and beyond that the solutions to the climate and nature crises are out there. 

“We also know the power that comes from local campaigning and individual actions to make a global impact by creating new laws and holding governments to account on protecting the environment.

“Our new podcast is about creating climate hope and the changemakers leading innovative green projects that might seem like science fiction but are already a reality.

“Now we need our political leaders and industries to be on the right side of history and ensure these pockets of hope and possibility can work at scale and that we take the action needed to cut emissions and meet our global climate targets.”

The first episode of Imagining Tomorrow is available to download now from all major podcast platforms. For more information visit: www.foe.uk/imaginingtomorrow.

ENDS

For more information and interviews contact the Friends of the Earth press office on 0207 566 1649 or email media@foe.co.uk.

Notes to editors: 

About Imagining Tomorrow:

It’s hard to imagine a bright future in the face of the climate crisis. This podcast, from Hugo Award winning podcaster and author Emma Newman, will take you on a journey from despair to the most radiant, radical hope. Made in partnership with Friends of the Earth, Imagining Tomorrow shows how we can create a future that is good for people and for nature, based on innovations in technology and community action that are already having a positive impact. Join Emma as she pieces together the roadmap to utopia by interviewing amazing inventors, communities and award-winning science fiction authors. We can’t build a better future until we can imagine it, so let’s imagine it together.

About Emma Newman

Emma Newman writes short stories, novels and novellas in multiple speculative fiction genres. Her novel, After Atlas, was shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke award and the third and fourth novels in the Planetfall series have been shortlisted for a BSFA Best Novel award. The series was shortlisted for the Best Series Hugo Award. Emma is also a professional audiobook narrator, and won the Alfie and Hugo Best Fancast Awards for her podcast Tea and Jeopardy. For more information go to www.enewman.co.uk

About Friends of the Earth:

Friends of the Earth is an international community dedicated to the protection of the natural world and the wellbeing of everyone in it. We bring together more than two million people in 75 countries, combining people power all over the world to transform local actions into global impact. For more information visit: https://friendsoftheearth.uk/ follow us at @friends_earth, or like our Facebook page. Save paper and send an e-card today, available at http://foe.uk/ecogifting

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