Bryony Worthington, Baroness Worthington
Bryony Katherine Worthington, Baroness Worthington, (born 19 September 1971), is a British environmental campaigner and Labour life peer in the House of Lords. She has promoted change in attitudes to the environment, and action to tackle climate change, and founded Sandbag, a non-profit campaign group designed to increase public awareness of emissions trading, in 2008.
Bryony Worthington was born and grew up in Wales, and graduated in English literature at Queens' College, Cambridge, before joining Operation Raleigh as a fundraiser. In the mid 1990s, she worked for an environmental charity, and by 2000 had moved to work for Friends of the Earth as a climate change campaigner. She then worked for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, implementing public awareness campaigns and helping draft the Climate Change Bill, before becoming head of government relations for the energy company, Scottish and Southern Energy. She left to form Sandbag in 2008.
The Baroness was once "passionately opposed to nuclear power," but came to advocate the adoption of Thorium as a nuclear fuel following the 2009 Manchester Report, an event on climate change mitigation held by The Guardian. Worthington hosted and served as a judging panel member for the Manchester Report; there she met Kirk Sorensen who presented arguments for using Thorium. Sorensen intends to develop a liquid fluoride thorium reactor (LFTR) based on the 1965-1969 Molten-Salt Reactor Experiment.
Worthington is patron of the Weinberg Foundation, a British non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to the promotion and development of molten salt reactor (MSR) technology. It was formally launched on 8 September 2011 in the House of Lords, is based in Somerset House in central London, and is named in honour of Alvin M. Weinberg (1915–2006), a nuclear physicist who pioneered peaceful nuclear technology and advocated Thorium energy.
"The world desperately needs sustainable, low carbon energy to address climate change while lifting people out of poverty. Thorium based reactors, such as those designed by the late Alvin Weinberg, could radically change perceptions of nuclear power leading to widespread deployment." — Baroness Worthington
All-party parliamentary group
On 29 February 2012 a Thorium all-party parliamentary group was formed; its officers were Worthington, Julian Huppert and Ralph Palmer, with twenty other members at founding. Worthington is no longer listed on the APPG registry however.
- Geoffrey Lean (26 November 2010). "Fur will fly as green peer takes ermine". Daily Telegraph.
- Dods (Group) PLC. "Democracy Live - Your representatives - Bryony Worthington". BBC Online. Retrieved 27 December 2013.
- Sandbag: Who We Are
- Financial Times Sustainable Banking Conference, 2009: speaker details
- Leo Hickman (12 September 2008). "Sandbagged: Dealing a blow to carbon trading interview with Bryony Worthington". The Guardian.
- The London Gazette: . 3 February 2011.
- www.parliament.uk: Baroness Worthington
- Business Daily - The nuclear renaissance? (click "More Programme Information" for a text summary of the audio)
- Bryony Worthington (4 July 2011). "Why thorium nuclear power shouldn't be written off". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 May 2012.
- Bryony Worthington (9 March 2012). "Post-Fukushima world must embrace thorium, not ditch nuclear". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 May 2012.
- The Manchester Report
- Thorium advocates launch pressure group
- Duncan Clark (13 July 2009). "Manchester Report: Thorium nuclear power". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 May 2012.
- Weinberg Foundation
- Thorium: the element that could power our future (Wired UK)
- New life for forgotten fuel
- London: Weinberg Foundation to heat up campaign for safe, green, nuclear energy
- New NGO to fuel interest in safe thorium nuclear reactors
- Flibe Energy in the UK, part 3: Weinberg Launch
- Launching The Weinberg Foundation
- New Parliamentary Group Formed to Consider Thorium
- House of Commons - Register Of All-Party Groups as at 22nd March 2012: Thorium Energy at the Wayback Machine (archived 4 May 2012)
- "House of Commons - Register Of All-Party Groups as at 17 January 2014: Thorium Energy". Retrieved 5 February 2014.
- Bryony Worthington on Twitter
- The Thorium Lord
- Driving Force Radio - Thorium / Flibe Energy on YouTube. Worthington and Sorensen discuss "the progress and advantages of thorium technology". Interview with ICOSA Magazine. June 2012.
- Political Challenges of Thorium Molten Salt Reactors - Worthington's presentation at TEAC4 conference.
- Thorium as an alternative to uranium for nuclear power on YouTube - Worthington at the University of Huddersfield.