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Planet Pod talks Sustainable Living and Christmas Giving with Caroline Arnold at Bore Place

Join Amanda and Jim in conversation with Caroline Arnold – Director of Bore Place, and Tom Forward – Education Coordinator at this inspirational sustainable working farm and community in the heart of the Kent Countryside. You can almost taste the freshly pulled leeks, feel the squelch of the mud and smell the breath of the cows as our producer Jim gets well acquainted with the organic dairy herd!

Planet Pod talks Green Money with Sir Roger Gifford, Anne Maria Cronin and Michael Mainelli

Greenbacks are a thing of the past but Green Money is the new currency creating waves in the financial sector.
Join Amanda and her guest host Michael Mainelli from Long Finance, and their guests Sir Roger Gifford, Chairman of the UK Government’s Green Finance Taskforce, and Anne Maria Cronin of Quarter Penny Consulting, as we get to the bottom of Green Finance, including bonds, investment and the progress against the Taskforce report.

Planet Pod goes Gold in Bristol and talks sustainable food with Jane Stevenson, Sara Venn, Heather Mack, Jennifer Best and Angela Raffle

Q: What can you do with 9 tonnes of Pumpkins? A: Make curry, of course!

This and other questions were on the menu when we sat around the table to chat about sustainable food and how Bristol is going for Gold as a Sustainable Food City with our guests Jane Stevenson – chair of the Bristol Food Network, Sara Venn – head of Incredible Edible Bristol, Jennifer Best – co-Director of award winning Bristol restaurant Poco (winner of most sustainable restaurant of the year 2018), Heather Mack from the sustainable food campaigning organisation Feedback’s and public health expert Dr Angela Raffle from the University of Bristol.

We talk food love and reconnecting with our sense of the seasons – and of course Pumpkins!  See below for a mouth-watering recipe. 

LINKS:
Bristol Food Network

Bristol Food Alliance

Sustainable Food Cities (to find a city near you which is a member of the SFC network)

Feedback sustainable food campaign

Incredible Edible Bristol

With thanks to Heather Mack, here is a yummy Pumpkin Curry recipe for using up all those pumpkins!! :

(Dependent on the size of the pumpkin – serves roughly 4).

1 pumpkin (or as much pumpkin as you want)
2 onions – Diced
4 bulbs of garlic
3cm of ginger
4tsp garam masala (or more to taste) + cumin seeds or anything else you really like.
1 can coconut milk
Any other veg that needs using up.
 
Fry onions till they begin to brown, then add onion and garlic, after 1 minute add spices, pumpkin and any hard vegetables. Add coconut milk and enough water to cover vegetables, simmer for 10 minutes then add any softer vegetables. Once pumpkin is soft spoon out 1/2 the sauce and 1/2 the pumpkin (and any other root veg) and blend. Add back to the pan, season and serve with rice or naan.

Our guests:

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Jennifer Best is co-owner of Poco, a British seasonal tapas restaurant in the heart of Stokes Croft. Poco’s mission is to be a part of a positive change in the food system and to contribute to a more sustainable future. Ethical sourcing, strict waste management, and staff training and welfare are amongst the company’s forward-thinking policies that made Poco the Sustainable Restaurant Association’s ‘UK’s Sustainable Restaurant of the Year’ in 2016 and 2018.

Jennifer is also on the Advisory Board for Catalyse Change CIC, an organisation that supports girls and young women to become change-makers and leaders in the Green Economy.

Sara Venn

Sara Venn runs Incredible Edible Bristol which is part of the worldwide Incredible Edible movement, bringing communities together and supporting a kinder and more connected city using food and growing as a trojan horse to do this. We work with communities, listening to their ideas and supporting them to come into fruition, gently teaching the rabidly disappearing skills of good horticulture and growing as we go, as well as offering other support as the communities need them. Within that we also run a few garden in the city centre from our central team, bringing food to approx 20 city centre spaces, and gently supporting the idea of edible landscapes

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Jane Stevenson is Chair of Bristol Food Network, a Community Interest Company which supports, informs and connects individuals, community projects, organisations and businesses who share a vision to transform Bristol into a sustainable food city.

Angela Raffle

Dr Angela Raffle qualified in medicine in 1980 and became a national and international figure in the world of health screening programmes. in 2008 she joined Transition Bristol volunteers, leading her into Bristol’s food movement, helping with the ‘Who Feeds Bristol’ report, Bristol Food Policy Council and The Community Farm CSA in the Chew Valley, where she is chair of the management committee.  She is a big fan of the Transition Movement and the philosophy of ‘start with your self’.

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Heather Mack is interested in all aspects of food waste, and sustainable food in Bristol, starting off with FoodCycle she spent a lot of time redistributing and cooking with food that would have gone to waste. She’s now helping the Bristol Food Network plan the community engagement activities to reduce food waste as part of our bid to be a Gold Sustainable Food City. She also works for Feedback, a sustainable food campaigning organisation, running the Gleaning network for the West of England, they rescue fruit and veg that would have been wasted on farmers fields.

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Planet Pod on the edge with Extinction Rebellion’s Dr Gail Bradbrook and Roger Hallam

We grabbed the opportunity to catch up with Extinction Rebellion’s Dr Gail Bradbrook and Roger Hallam, together with Teddy – one of the campaign’s younger members – as they made preparations for Extinction Rebellion’s press conference in a busy (and quite noisy!) London pub.  We apologise for the sound quality but, we hope, the message will still be crystal clear!

Extinction Rebellion is a campaign by the   network. It aims to promote a fundamental change of our political and economic system to one which maximises well-being and minimises harm.

LINKS:
Rising UP!

Our guests:

Roger Hallam

Roger Hallam is a PhD researcher on effective radical campaign design at King’s College London

 

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Gail Bradbrook is an economic justice campaigner and compassionate revolutionary. She runs a charity focussed on universal access to the internet, is a Mum and has a PhD in Molecular Biophysics. Here’s Gail talking about economics and the need for a different kind of economy.

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Planet Pod goes on safari at Knepp Estate and talks with Isabella Tree

Join us as we take a safari through the 3500 acres of wild Sussex countryside at Knepp Estate – one of the largest rewilding projects in lowland Europe. With our guide Tom Forward we encounter longhorn cattle, Tamworth pigs and even some airborne White Storks!  Isabella Tree who –  along with her husband Charlie Burrell – owns and runs Knepp, shares her passion and vision and tells us the story of their extraordinary journey over the last 18 years.

LINKS:
Knepp Estate and Knepp Safaris

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Isabella Tree writes for publications such as National Geographic, Granta, The Sunday Times and The Observer. Her articles have been selected for The Best American Travel Writing and Reader’s Digest Today’s Best Non-Fiction, and she was Overall Winner of the Travelex Travel Writer Awards. 

She published her first book The Bird Man – a Biography of John Gould when she was 25.

Her latest book Wilding – the Return of Nature to an English Farm charts the story of the pioneering rewilding project in West Sussex where she lives with her husband Charlie Burrell.  

 

‘The remarkable story of an astounding transformation’ George Monbiot, author of Feral.

In Wilding, Isabella Tree tells the story of the ‘Knepp experiment’, a pioneering rewilding project in West Sussex, using free-roaming grazing animals to create new habitats for wildlife. Part gripping memoir, part fascinating account of the ecology of our countryside, Wilding is, above all, an inspiring story of hope.

Forced to accept that intensive farming on the heavy clay of their land at Knepp was economically unsustainable, Isabella Tree and her husband Charlie Burrell made a spectacular leap of faith: they decided to step back and let nature take over. Thanks to the introduction of free-roaming cattle, ponies, pigs and deer – proxies of the large animals that once roamed Britain – the 3,500 acre project has seen extraordinary increases in wildlife numbers and diversity in little over a decade.

Extremely rare species, including turtle doves, nightingales, peregrine falcons, lesser spotted woodpeckers and purple emperor butterflies, are now breeding at Knepp, and populations of other species are rocketing. The Burrells’ degraded agricultural land has become a functioning ecosystem again, heaving with life – all by itself.

Personal and inspirational, Wilding is an astonishing account of the beauty and strength of nature, when it is given as much freedom as possible.

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How wild is our law? Planet Pod in conversation with the UKELA special interest group on Wild Law

Join Planet Pod host Amanda for a wide ranging discussion with guests Shehana Gomez, Emma Bean, Natasha Bradshaw, Colin Robertson and Rónán Kennedy in which we explore the tricky and sometimes controversial topic of earth’s jurisprudence – do mountains and rivers have rights? We discuss the Universal Declaration of Mother Earth and how it applies here in the UK and we ask: Is the law doing enough to protect and safeguard our rivers, our foreshore and our wild places? If not, what can and should we do?

LINKS:
UKELA Wild Law Special Interest Group

 

Universal Declaration on the Rights of Mother Earth

New Zealand Law: Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui River Claims Settlement) Act 2017 

United Nations Harmony with Nature Programme

Geneva Forum on Rights of Nature

European Ecological Law and Governance Association (ELGA)

River Frome bye-law project – Publication:  Perrin-Taillat, Michèle. 2017. Rights of nature and wild cities – river rights in Frome: a case study. In Environmental Law & Management Vol. 29. Issues 5-6, p. 236 – 239.  See also this article.

Ben Nevis as legal person:  Articles from UKELA, John Muir Trust and the Scotsman

Project for a European Citizen’s Initiative draft Directive on Rights of Nature

Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature (GARN)

Our guests:

Shehana Gomez

Shehana Gomez practised as a solicitor for about 10 years, first in immigration law in private practice and then in local government, specialising in children’s social care. She currently works as an associate lecturer at the Open University. She recently completed a LLM in Environmental Law and Sustainable Development and is co-convenor of UKELA’s wild law special interest group.

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Rónán Kennedy researches and teaches environmental law, information technology law, and the intersections between these at the National University of Ireland Galway. He has a background in information technology and information systems. In 2016, he was appointed to the Advisory Committee of the Environmental Protection Agency on the nomination of the Irish Environmental Law Association.

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Emma Bean is a former real estate solicitor now researching marine legal issues. Emma’s projects have included advising on the legality of regulating bait digging activity in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and an ongoing project advising Historic England on the protection of underwater cultural heritage assets. Emma is presently undertaking a PhD at the University of the West of England (Bristol, UK), researching the public right to fish and its impact on the management of fisheries.

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Colin Robertson worked as lawyer in UK government and the EU Commission legal service, then as lawyer-linguist at the EU Council of Ministers. Retired now, he is active in Wild Law and Rights of Nature and an Expert with the UN Harmony with Nature Programme.

Natasha Bradshaw is researching for a Doctorate at the University of the West of England (Bristol, UK) on collaborative governance to support coastal stewardship. Prior to this she led the oceans governance programme and Celtic Seas Partnership for WWF-UK and spent ten years managing UK coastal & estuary partnerships in SW England.

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Planet Pod talks sustainability with James Stephens, Aston Martin’s Director of Global Government & External Affairs

During a a break at a recent sustainability seminar hosted by Aston Martin Lagonda at their Gaydon factory (at which Planet Pod hosts Amanda, Jim and Steve ran breakout sessions) Planet Pod took a pit stop to talk with James Stephens, Director of Global Government and External Affairs, about Aston Martin’s approach to sustainability.  James discusses the drivers for sustainability for this luxury marque and the importance of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (aka Global Goals) and explains to Amanda staff engagement with the car manufacturer’s operational sustainability programme.  We also get a glimpse of the future of high-end personal mobility in the form of the Aston Martin Volante Vision Concept and discuss the company’s plans for prestige EVs.

LINKS:
Aston Martin

Volante Vision Concept

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James Stephens has been Director Global Government & External Affairs at Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd. since August 2015. He is responsible for government affairs, corporate social responsibility and stakeholder relations for Aston Martin Lagonda worldwide.

Prior to Aston Martin Lagonda he served in a number of senior positions for Nissan Motor Company in Europe and BAE Systems in both the UK and United States.

 

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Planet Pod visits the Cairngorm Reindeer with Emily and Alex Smith

During Planet Pod’s summer break we visited Britain’s only free-ranging herd of reindeer in the Cairngorm mountains in Scotland.  As well as getting up close and personal to these magnificent creatures and experiencing some of their natural habitat, we talked to Emily and Alex Smith from Cairngorm Reindeer about the origin of the herd and the benefits and challenges of introducing a species such as reindeer to the Highlands.

LINKS:
Cairngorm Reindeer company

Adopt a Reindeer


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Planet Pod talks Rewilding with Dr Tony Whitbread and Simon Boyle

Planet Pod talks bats, bison and beavers in Sussex – a rewilding discussion with Sussex Wildlife Trust recorded on location at Ebernoe Common.

Join the team as they dodge the late summer rain and walk and talk about re-wilding. What it is – bottom up or top down, the case for wolves and beavers in the UK and tips on what you can do in your plot.

Dr Tony Whitbread (SWT) and Simon Boyle (Argyll Environmental) took shelter with Amanda and Jim in the porch of a country churchyard to chat about how re-wilding really works, what it means and its many benefits.  Then, when the rain stopped, they took a leisurely stroll round the 80 hectares of Ebernoe Common.

Useful links to some of the things mentioned by our guests include:

LINKS:
Short film on Yellowstone

Sussex Wildlife Trust

Wildlife Trusts elsewhere

UKELA Conference on Wild Law 21.9.18

Helen Craddock

Helen Craddock’s passion for nature really blossomed whilst studying for a Foundation degree in Countryside Management at Plumpton College. At Brighton University her dissertation was on "Can beavers be reintroduced to Sussex? A preliminary model of habitat suitability using GIS" the research for which greatly developed her understanding of the concepts of rewilding and ecosystem services. An active member of Ukela Helen has recently started working for Natural England as a Wildlife Advisor.

Katie Purchase

Katie Purchase graduated from University of Nottingham with a degree in animal science. Since then she has channelled her interests to wildlife conservation and is about to complete my masters in global wildlife health and conservation at the University of Bristol. She plans to move on to a career in wildlife legislation, with the hope of eventually being involved in improving policies that relate to wildlife and the surrounding environment.

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Planet Pod on Green Buildings

Our host Amanda Carpenter (Achill Management) talks about green buildings with guests Helen Heathfield, environmentalist and lead with the Islington Sustainable Energy Partnership, and Julie Hirigoyen, Chief Executive of the UK Green Building Council. We talk about green homes, green buildings and the associated challenges in between.