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Article by Editorial | 29th September 2019

It’s time to take action to save our planet

Following the success of last year’s Deeds and Words Festival of Women’s Voices at EM Forster Theatre in Tonbridge, this year festival directors Kat Portman Smith and Amanda Carpenter turn the focus on the environment, living sustainably and the natural world when Tonbridge Talks: A Festival of the Environment takes place from 4th-6th October.

Bringing together authors, politicians, explorers, chefs, artists and campaigners, this three-day festival aims to inspire, challenge and entertain all ages. Well known names alongside local experts and writers will listen, debate, explore, call to action and more, with a range of events including talks, panel discussions, participatory workshops and performances.

Festival co-director Amanda Carpenter said: “Time is running out and we face a climate emergency. It is tempting to despair, but with the growth in activism and commitment by business, government and communities there are reasons to be optimistic. This festival offers advice, inspiration and encouragement to take action and make changes to save the planet.”

Confirmed speakers across the weekend include BAFTA-winning English naturalist, writer and TV presenter, Steve Backshall and Artic explorer Pen Hadow.

  • More speakers and events are being added all the time, so visit tonbridgetalks.com and emftheatre.com for a full schedule, times and tickets.

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