Episode 25 / Bryony Worthington

Putting the Act in Climate Action

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About our Guest /

Baroness Bryony Worthington is a Crossbench member of the House of Lords, who has spent her career working on conservation, energy and climate change issues.


Bryony was appointed as a Life Peer in 2011. Her current roles include co-chairing the cross-party caucus Peers for the Planet in the House of Lords and Co-Director of the Quadrature Climate Foundation.


Her opus magnum is the 2008 Climate Change Act which she wrote as the lead author. She piloted the efforts on this landmark legislation – from the Friends of the Earth’s ‘Big Ask’ campaign all the way through to the parliamentary works. This crucial legislation requires the UK to reduce its carbon emissions to a level of 80% lower than its 1990 emissions.


She founded the NGO Sandbag in 2008, now called Ember. It uses data insights to advocate for a swift transition to clean energy. Between 2016 and 2019 she was the executive director for Europe of the Environmental Defence. Prior to that she worked with numerous environmental NGOs.


Baroness Bryony Worthington read English Literature at Cambridge University

Premieres / January 6, 2021  


Guest Links /


  • Why we really do need nuclear power (June 2015): Click Here

  • 100 UK Leading Environmentalists (Who Happen To Be Women) (November 2020): Click Here

  • UK to Enshrine Carbon Neutrality by 2050 in Ambitious National Law Statement from Baroness Bryony Worthington, Executive Director of Environmental Defense Fund Europe (June 2019)​: Click Here

  • The Climate Change Act at 10: Baroness Bryony Worthington on the best thing she ever did (November 2018): Click Here

  • Fracking: Think again, campaigner urges environmentalists (September 2015): Click Here

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