TV and film

Dr Paul Toyne is often asked for his views and opinions on sustainability, the built environment and specific issues like climate change. Paul "cut his teeth" on campaigning on nature conservation, natural resource use and highlighting the issues of climate change whilst at WWF and at Article 13 Ltd.  A selection of clips of these vintage TV and film appearances are provided below, together with more recent footage on the importance of reducing carbon and environmental impacts in the infrastructure and construction.

“The key driver for low carbon production is the correlation between low carbon and reducing cost” – Dr Paul Toyne

The Nov 2016 Construction Climate Challenge Seminar on Reducing Carbon in Infrastructure Construction was chaired by Dr Paul Toyne, a sustainable construction expert and London Sustainable Development Commissioner.

Featuring some of the most prominent influencers in the field, the film series Construction Climate Talks (CCT) highlights some of the most important issues in climate sustainability today. With a starting-point in the construction industry, which is responsible for more than 30 percent of the worlds greenhouse gas emissions, CCT highlights and educates around issues such as sustainable development in the sector, the concept of green building and how to create greater awareness about sustainability for business.

Paul Toyne explain how sustainability professionals can utilise motivational skills to drive positive change within their organisation and beyond.

Paul provides several tips on how to motivator others ranging from understanding your audience, from making it personal to understanding your end goal.

Dr Paul Toyne describes the importance of understanding future climate change impacts on the UK economy and its society. Paul describes how business needs to adapt and future-proof itself to manage risk and opportunities. 26th January 2012.

ITV national evening news covered the story on how our climate is changing and how El Nino and extreme weather will lead to greater disruption to society - Dr Paul Toyne provides the expert comments. 4th January 2007.

Dr Paul Toyne on national breakfast TV news discusses the UK's presidency of the G8 and its focus on climate change. 1st November 2005.

As the UN met in Montreal in November 2005 to negotiate climate change targets Dr Paul Toyne discusses the political challenges and looks at the pro and cons of different future energy supplies. 29th November 2005.

Live phone in with ITV daytime viewers asking Dr Paul Toyne and Tony Juniper (Friends of the Earth England director) of their views about climate change. 31 August 2005.

Dr Paul Toyne explains to CNN viewers the increased extreme weather and how it could be a consequence of climate change.
14 September 2004.

In a live interview for Channel Four's lunchtime news Dr Paul Toyne discusses the WTO trade meeting in Cancun and what it might mean for sustainable development and business. The significance of being socially responsible for businesses is explained by Paul. 9th September 2003

Ahead of the UN world summit Dr Toyne describes some of the challenges achieving positive change for poverty, climate change and other development goals. 14th September 2004.

In February 2004 Paul appeared in the first of the BBC2 evening television pilot short  called Crisis Command: Could you run the country? Paul together with two other people (a human rights lawyer and a business entrepreneu) tried to manage the country through a series of incidents. Needless to say they struggled to make the right decisions! The clip here is the introduction.

The whole film can be seen shere

In a live studio interview Dr Paul Toyne discusses the Kyoto Protocol and what political efforts are required to manage climate change. 8th February 2005.

The UK Government took over the G8 Presidency for six months and made climate change one of its priorities. Here Paul Toyne describes why its an important step. July 2005

This short clip shown on ITV Evening News was about the prediction that 2006 would be the hottest year on record. Paul Toyne provides expert comments on the potential impacts of warmer ocean temperatures and higher levels of CO2 in our atmosphere. 24th September 2006.

Dr Paul Toyne describes why there is a need for governments to take leadership on climate change and provide positive opportunities for business to innovate. Paul make the case for both energy conservation and efficiency and then the need to invest in renewable energies. 14 September 2004.

This live studio debate featuring Dr Paul Toyne discussed the ratification of the Kyoto Protocol. Dr Toyne suggested that businesses who could manage the risk and opportunities associated with climate change would prosper. 16th February 2004.

Dr Paul Toyne provides expert commentary on the topical corporate governance issues in business. This interview looks into ethics and how company boards manage responsibility. CNBC Europe 5th April 2004.

Dr Paul Toyne comments on corporate governance issues in the business world: looking at financial regulation and company disclosures. CNBC Europe Morning Exchange 14th April 2005.

Business news show focusing what is acceptable for companies to disclose. Dr Paul Toyne answers questions on the ethical dilemmas surrounding what hospitality is acceptable. CNBC Europe. 15th October 2004.

Live discussion on the roles and responsibility of the chairman and the CEO. 5th April 2004.

Topical news story about the top ten most wanted species in the world. They are wanted for food or medicinal properties. Dr Toyne was asked to describe why these animals were facing extinction. 7th June 1997

Dr Paul Toyne describes the agreements made at CITES conference meeting in Zimbabwe and how they impact on elephant conservation in a live studio interview for BBC lunchtime news. 19th June 1997.

This is a clip from a  BBC 1 Look East regional evening news programme. Paul was interviewed about his discovery of a new species of butterfly and the auctioning of naming rights which was won by Isobel Talks. In case you were wondering the interview was filmed at Syon House's butterfly room at Isleworth in Middlesex.

Whilst working at WWF, Paul received a phone call from Simon Fuller (one of the originators of Pop Idols amongst other things) he wanted to meet and consider ideas for his pop band SClub7 being ambassadors for different animals. The outcome was a series of TV programmes called SClub7 Go Wild! Each programme describes the individual band members search to see their animal in the wild. As Paul was already working on the conservation of the Siberian Tiger he played the role of the biologist who welcomes Rachel Stevens to a tiger reserve. The film was originally shown on BBC1 and then aired all over the world, as well as seeing on DVD and videos. 


Two clips are shown here. If you are interested in all programmes Youtube has them.

Paul Toyne describes the natural history and threats, including climate change, to the Siberian Tiger found only in the Russian Far East. The Siberian (or Amur) Tiger is the largest of all the tiger sub -species. This programme was aired on UK's Channel Four Saturday morning children's show. 1998.

In a live studio interview Dr Paul Toyne explains the outcomes of an international meeting  about the trade in endangered species,  particularly African elephants and ivory trade. Unfortunately, today wild populations have continued to decline due to poaching. 19 June 1997.

Dr Paul Toyne describes the plight of the sturgeon - a pre-historic fish  -that produce eggs (caviar) due to over-fishing and poor law enforcement in the Caspian Sea. February 1997.

Chinese Breakfast News covered the story that male Asian Elephants with tusks were declining. Not all male elephants grow tusks, it is generic, and the killing of only males with tusks for the ivory, may reduce the ability of future male elephants to have tusks, as less males with the right genes will live to breed. Dr Paul Toyne describes the impact of ivory poacher on Asian Elephants and calls for better law enforcement to protect elephants from poachers.  Chinese Breakfast News, Channel East. 2000.

The plight of European Bears was highlighted on BBC1 breakfast by Paul Toyne. Paul describes the threats to bears across their range states in Europe and solutions to help conserve  Paul was director of a WWF campaign to raise awareness on the plight of carnivores. 1999.

This news article explored the benefits of genetic cloning for animal conservation. Dr Paul Toyne, speaking on behalf of WWF, made the point that the cloned animals natural environment needs to be viable, or else it will be just a vanity project for wildlife parks. Channel 5 News. 9th October 2000.

Dr Paul Toyne, whilst at WWF-UK, directed a successful campaign to raise awareness and funds for conservation of the tiger. To launch the campaign Paul with David Hoyle wrote a status report published by WWF. The clip shown here is part of a longer piece aired on BBC1. January 1998.

Due to the break-up of the former Soviet Union the previously regulated fishing of sturgeon for their egg, the caviar, had become rife with corruption and sturgeon numbers in the Caspian Sea were declining sharply. Dr Paul Toyne was working for WWF, who in collaboration with TRAFFIC, published a report on the problems. News programmes like Sky picked up the story. Sky International News. 19th January 1997.

The Great Escape was a daytime BBC1 travel show that looked at different destinations in each programme. In this clip, Nick Knowles the presenter, talk to Paul Toyne about the dangers of buying illegal wildlife souvenirs and medicines whilst in Thailand. BBC1. 16th June 1997.

Paul Toyne appears on Raw TV, an ITV Carlton programme made for children. In the show he describes the plight of tigers and describes some of the activities in place to aid their conservation. 19 August 1999.

Interviewed on the importance of  the Podocarpus National Park in Ecuador. Loja 1990.
Interviewed on the importance of the Podocarpus National Park in Ecuador. Loja 1990.