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We Are What We Wear

Planet Pod asks whether fashion has to cost the earth or is there a more sustainable way to look and feel good in the clothes and accessories we buy? We explore the real cost of what we wear with Amelia Womack, Deputy Leader of The Green Party and Sustainable Fashion Blogger, Sophie Slater, Co-Founder of Birdsong and Bronwyn Lowenthal, Founder and Design Director of Lowie.

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Amelia Womack’s five years as Green Party deputy leader have seen her work across the country, visiting hundreds of local campaigns, events and organisations. She works to raise awareness of local issues while campaigning for change on a national level.

She was elected in 2014 at the age of 29 and has used this platform to highlight problems affecting young people, from tuition fees to zero hour contracts. Amelia is a leading voice in the campaign to make misogyny a hate crime, and is outspoken on campaigns from ending zero use plastics to opposing the M4 relief road in her home country, Wales.

Amelia holds a BSc in Environmental Biology and MSc in Environmental Technology. She works across a wide range of social and environmental issues, with a particular focus on women’s rights, biodiversity, climate change and community resilience.

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Bronwyn Lowenthal is the Founder and Design Director of Lowie, a London-based sustainable womenswear brand blending traditional techniques and heritage elements in a modern way, with unique knits and prints at its heart.

Bronwyn set up the brand is 2002, initially selling on market stalls and then through retailers such as Liberty, Anthropologie, Le Bon Marche in Paris and Barney’s in New York. The brand now has two standalone retail stores in South London, being named one of ES Magazines best 5 shops for ecowarriors.

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Sophie Slater and Sarah Beckett started Birdsong in 2014, inspired by the skill and creativity in women’s community groups and with the shared vision of building a brand that promised no sweatshops and no photoshop. The team believe in creating beautiful, sustainable clothes that empower the wearer, the worker, and the community that binds us all together. 

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Planet Pod’s Climate Emergency Update

Emissions gaps, carbon budgets, net zero, global heating, 1.5 or 2 degC .....

…… we pick big brains at The Grantham Institute for Climate Change at Imperial College to get the latest update on the climate emergency and unravel the language, science and policy of climate change.

Planet Pod talked to Dr Joeri Rogelj, Leading Climate Scientist and Lecturer in Climate Change and the Environment and Dr Alyssa Gilbert, Head of Policy and Translation for Climate Change and the Environment for this special episode marking Climate Action Week.

Our guests:

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Alyssa Gilbert is the Director of Policy and Translation at the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment. Alyssa connects climate and environment research from across the university with policymakers and businesses to ensure that research has impact. Alyssa was, until recently, a member of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)’s Strategic Programme Advisory Committee (SPAG) and was previously a Board Member of the Climate Markets Investments Association (CMIA).

Prior to joining Imperial in 2015, Alyssa worked at the specialist energy and climate consultancy Ecofys providing policy design and evaluation services.

Find out more about Alyssa here

Click here to see the 9 Things You Can Do About Climate Change which Alyssa and Joeri talk about in this episode

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Dr Joeri Rogelj is Lecturer in Climate Change and the Environment at the Grantham Institute at Imperial College London, and Senior Research Scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA). He researches how we can translate what we know about the climate system into climate policy. He has published over 60 peer-reviewed journal articles, including on scenario analysis of low-carbon emissions pathways, carbon budgets, and interactions between the achievement of climate and sustainable development goals. Over the past decade, Joeri Rogelj has led several major international scientific climate change assessments which involve close tracking of both climate science and international policy, including the annual Emissions Gap Reports by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). He served as a Coordinating Lead Author on the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C, and is currrently a Lead Author on the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report. He is a member of the United Nations Secretary-General Climate Science Advisory Group.

Joeri Rogelj holds a PhD in climate science from ETH Zurich, Switzerland, and a Master’s degree in Engineering and a postgraduate degree in Development Studies, both from KU Leuven, Belgium. In 2016, he was awarded the inaugural Piers Sellers Award for his world-leading contributions to solution-focused climate research.

 

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Once Upon a Farm

Is it ever sustainable to eat beef? When is food “slow food” and what’s the environmental cost and benefit to taking it slow?  Join the Planet Pod team down on the farm as Amanda chats with Bridget and Bill Biddell, owners of Hampton Estate and Shane Holland, Executive Chairman of Slow Food.

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Bridget Biddell (nee Thornton) and her husband Bill run and manage the Hampton Estate in Surrey and live at Hampton Lodge with their two daughters.  Bill is the Chief Executive of the Hampton Estate and Hampton Estate Farms.

Bill graduated from Cambridge University and then qualified as a Chartered Surveyor specialising in commercial property before joining the estate in 1988.

The estate produces 100% grass fed beef from its pedigree Sussex herd and specialises in the growing of Fuggles Hops used by traditional breweries across the UK. The estate woodlands are managed for high quality timber and the estate buildings comprise cottages, houses, offices, workshops and a craft centre.

Bill has been a college governor at Merrist Wood College, Guildford, he sits on the Surrey Nature Partnership, is a director of Stern Farms and has recently stepped down as Chairman of The Surrey Agricultural Society.

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Shane Holland is the Executive Chairman of Slow Food in the UK.  He has held CEO positions within both the business and the third sectors and has chaired a number of large NFPS. Within the third sector his work has specialised in regards to our most vulnerable citizens, their issues of food poverty & food skills, education, offending, and access to service. 

His other current roles include chairing Eat Club, the organisation that teaches food skills to young people and sitting as a  trustee of the charity United St Saviours, which gives grants to community groups and other charities of in excess of £1 million a year alongside running best in class almshouses. 

He is a governor and chair of Friends of Highshore School, a special School which has food education, growing, and food enterprise as an integral part of its curriculum, and is past chair of Plan Zheroes, the platform that connects surplus fresh food with charities and people in need.   

A  food writer – specialist subject, cheese – he also frequently sits on expert panels,  appears both in print and on the radio, lectures at universities, has given a TED Talk as one of their “Architects of Tomorrow”, and carries out dozens of speaking engagements a year.  

We are delighted that Planet Pod was shortlisted as a finalist for the Be The Change Awards 2019.  See our short award entry video here.

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Planet Pod WED Special: From Wild Lynx to Human Swan

In this Planet Pod World Environment Day Special, Amanda took time out during Climate Action North’s Rewilding –  A Solution for Climate Change conference to talk to “Human Swan” Sacha Dench and David Hetherington, Cairngorms National Park Authority ecology advisor and author of “The Lynx and Us”, about how they are encouraging us all to look differently at the way rewilding can provide solutions to climate change.

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Planet Pod goes walkabout with The Ramblers and the Western Front Way

Planet Pod gets out of the studio and goes walkabout with our guests Tompion Platt and Rory Forsyth.  Amanda finds out first hand about the work of The Ramblers in making it easier to access walks in our cities as well as the countryside, and also learns about the Western Front Way – the new, continuous, permanent way marked path from the Swiss border in the South through France and Belgium to the channel coast in the North.

Our guests:

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Tompion Platt is Director of Advocacy and Engagement at The Ramblers, a charity whose goal is to protect the ability of people to enjoy the sense of freedom and benefits that come from being outdoors on foot.  Tom joined the Ramblers in June 2018. Previous to that, he was head of policy and communications with Living Streets and a board member of the International Federation of Pedestrians. 

For over eight years, Tom has campaigned across the UK to improve places for people on foot and promote the social, economic and health benefits of walking. He has led on several high profile campaigns and advised senior policy makers at a national level on the walking agenda. Tom is also a strong believer in the importance of grass-root campaigning and working with volunteers to effect change at a local level. 

Tom is a passionate walker, whether it’s back in the Peak District where he grew up, or exploring a new city on foot.

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Rory Forsyth is CEO of the Western Front Way – a long-distance walking route along the Western Front.  Rory has been visiting the battlefields since he was a young boy and has retained a passion for military history, walking and learning. His key goal is ensuring the Western Front Way stands in the best possible place to succeed. ‘For me personally, life moves incredibly quickly most of the time. Walking over such sacred ground with nothing but birdsong and the company of fellow walkers for company is a truly special experience.’ As CEO, Rory is responsible in directing the operational side of the charity towards short, medium and long term goals. He often speaks on the charity and to potential supporters to maximise the impact of the WFW in the time left before the end of the centenaries. Rory also owns and operates Panshard Ltd, a premium events company specialising in production and delivery of major scale events and campaigns. 

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Get involved with The Ramblers Walking Neighbourhoods campaign here

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Planet Pod talks to Amelia Womack, Deputy Leader of the Green Party, about why elections are so important for the planet

From recycling to upskirting and deciding who wins an election by flipping coin – Amanda talks politics, environment and women’s issues with Amelia Womack, Deputy Leader of the Green Party in this special Planet Pod episode.

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Planet Pod discusses Air Quality with Elle McCall from Hubbub, Kings College London researcher Andrew Grieve and private banker Emily Bernstein from Investec

The air we share is not as clean as is could and should be – but what is air pollution and what is it doing to us? Where are the clean areas and who is most at risk from pollution? Is it better to be a cyclist or an HGV driver? In this episode a marathon runner and a University researcher share their experiences of the recent Hubbub air pollution study in London.

Our guests:

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Elle McAll is a Creative Partner at environmental charity Hubbub UK. She has a track-record of designing and delivering innovative, award-winning sustainability initiatives. She’s currently leading the development of the ‘Air We Share’, a transformative engagement campaign to cut Londoner’s exposure to poor air quality.

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Emily Bernstein joined Investec Private Bank in 2018 as a Business Development Manager specialising in working with high net worth clients who work in the legal profession. Prior to Investec, Emily spent seven years working as a consultant for the youth homeless charity, Centrepoint with a focus on bringing on board high profile celebrities, philanthropists as well as producing fundraising events and creating new fundraising initiatives. In Emily’s spare time, she loves to run marathons and is a champion for sustainability, having recently been an ambassador for the Air We Share campaign.

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Andrew Grieve is a Senior Air Quality Analyst at the School of Population , Health and Environmental Science at Kings College London.  After suffering from asthma as a child, Andrew studied Environmental Science and Information technology at Stirling University with a focus on air pollution.

Andrew joined the monitoring team at King’s in 2005, and has combined his twin passions of air quality and digital technology to pioneer many of the group’s air quality apps and communications platforms such as the London Air, City Air, Lewisham Air apps, helping to bring the public and those responsible for air quality management closer together.

Andrew also speaks regularly at community events and science festivals and appeared across national tv, radio and press.

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Planet Pod discusses the Future of Energy with DNV GL’s Al Karim Govindji and Joe Wadsworth from Good Energy

While the news on climate change and species loss is gloomy (see links below) there is some light on the energy front:  last month we hit 76 hours without coal! What does this mean for consumers and policy makers? How much of our energy comes from wind, solar or nuclear?  What does the future of sustainable energy look like?  Find out the truth behind the stats – and hear our Planet Pod myth busts on green and not so green energy…..

Our guests:

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Al-Karim Govindji is the Director and Service Area Manager for Energy Management within DNV GL’s Energy Advisory practice covering the EMEA region. His teams support governments, multilateral development banks, industrials and utilities on a range of programmes, including on policy impacts to drive energy efficiency, demand side management, site energy efficiency and environmental compliance.

Prior to this Al-Karim worked at The Carbon Trust, with an emphasis on technology innovation. Al-Karim ran a global programme for the UN as part of the Sustainable Energy for All called the Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator; in partnership with UNIDO. Al-Karim was responsible at The Carbon Trust for running a £9m UK Government industrial innovation demonstration programme. Al-Karim has also delivered projects in China and Japan that harness the UK’s offshore wind expertise to identify opportunities for cost reduction and he managed a smart meter project for Colombia and a policy project for Malaysia to promote CHP in industry. Prior to that, Al-Karim had a career in management consulting and banking, working with A.T. Kearney and Bank of America.

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Joe Wadsworth is Head of I&C Sales and Partnerships, Good Energy.  Joe heads up the business sales team at Good Energy focused on larger business sales, corporate partnerships and the broker channel. We are a successful, values-led team with a real purpose – to help our customers and clients engage with how they use, generate or store their energy and be part of a sustainable solution to climate change.

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Planet Pod goes North (well – North East, actually….)

Planet Pod visits three very different world-leading projects, protecting wildlife and acing sustainability in the North East.  Amanda is the guest of Climate Action North who act as her guide visiting the RSPB’s Saltholme Nature Reserve, a Pollinator Park in the middle of the North East Business and Innovation Centre (BIC) in Sunderland and the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust’s Washington Wetland Centre. Amanda is in the company of Sharon Lashley, MD of Climate Action North, who is responsible for Europe’s only solar powered flamingo house.  Intrigued?  Then listen in for more……

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Sharon Lashley is the Managing Director of Climate Action North. She is an environmental practitioner with over 20 years’ experience working with businesses, communities and schools to improve green credentials. Her background working in climate change began in early 2000 whilst working for a plastic packaging factory managing the ISO 14001 Environmental standard and since then she has continually worked to help businesses and communities access knowledge and support to combat climate change.

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Planet Pod celebrates Earth Day at Somerset House with visual artist Justin Brice Guariglia, Carmen Aguilar y Wedge from Hyphen-Labs and curator Karishma Rafferty

Earth Day 2019 at Somerset House – Planet Pod celebrates Earth Day by chatting with some of the artists who have created special installations and art pieces to highlight the loss of species. Hear how Justin Brice Guariglia, visual artist, Carmen Aguilar y Wedge from Hyphen-Labs and Karishma Rafferty who has curated the season have responded.  Dive into the Anxious Ocean or catch your breath at #ReduceSpeedNow

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