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Real Deal or Greenwash? Planet Pod does politics!

Bored with being fobbed off? Don’t think any of the parties mean it? Listen into Planet Pod’s election special as self-confessed eco maverick and activist Alex Gilbert and Amanda pick their way through the party manifesto commitments – is there hope or is it all hogwash and just how many trees a minute will Labour have to plant to meet their commitments?

Talking Trash

Get down and dirty with Planet Pod.
We talk about waste – methane, landfill and water. How wasteful is the UK? Where does your recycling go? How much is recycled? What is residual waste? Can you avoid making waste in the first place? Can waste have value?
In this third episode of our series about getting to Net Zero, Professors Chris Cheeseman and Nick Voulvoulis of The Grantham Institute spill the beans about what happening in the UK’s bins.

Clean Energy Revolution

Clean Green Energy: locally sourced – locally managed. Just a pipe dream or realistic vision of the future? In the second of our shared series with the Grantham Institute, Dr Jeff Hardy and Dr Madeleine Morris explore what smart local net zero energy systems mean for our communities, for our energy bills and for our lives … a positive smorgasbord of new ways of heating and powering our homes and businesses….!

Planet Pod gets to Zero

Join Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change member and Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group III Professor Jim Skea & Alyssa Gilbert, Director of Policy and Translation at the Grantham Institute for the first in our shared series on getting to Net Zero. They take an in-depth look at the target of net zero emissions and help to answer questions like What is Net Zero? How do we achieve it? What will it look like? Can we get there by 2050?

The Politics of Climate Change

Join Amanda for this special Planet Pod episode recorded live at Tonbridge School as part of the Tonbridge Talks Festival of the Environment.  Panelists debating the Politics of Climate Change include experts from business, politics and conservation: Anjuli Pandit – UK Head of Corporate Sustainability for
BNP Paribas, David Hone – Chief Climate Change Advisor with Shell International, Gareth Redmond-King – Head of Climate Change at WWF-UK & April Clark – Green Party counsellor for Tonbridge and Malling. 

We hear Shell’s prediction that we won’t achieve net zero carbon before 2070, although do we have the technology to prevent catastrophic global warming.  There are more encouraging words from WWF and Green Party, and we hear how BNP Paribas are divesting from all fossil fuel investment.  A lively debate and Q&A session afterwards!

XR Gets Political

With mass occupations disrupting cities across the globe, over a thousand XR protesters were arrested in London alone in a week.
Planet Pod spoke to Marijn van de Geer, Director of Resolution:Possible and an active (and previously arrested!) member of XR from the very start and Steve Shaw, campaigner and founder of Power for People, who is leading the Parliamentary Campaign to get the Three Demands Bill into parliament. How does Extinction Rebellion work? Why get arrested? What is the Three Demands Bill and how will it create change?

Climate Strikes – What’s Next?

In the wake of the global climate strike Amanda talks to the UK Student Climate Network about The Green New Deal and hears from the only law firm in the UK to declare a Climate Emergency, exploring how we should build on the momentum of the biggest climate mobilisation in history. This is the second in our series on Youth Activism.

School’s Out – Strike for the Planet!

On Friday 20 Sept 2019 millions of children and young people around the globe will strike to demand action against the global warming which threatens the planet. What is motivating them to take to the streets? Are they right? Should we support them? Hear from a striking student, a striking lawyer and a strike sceptic in the first of our Youth Activism Series on the Global School Climate Strike

Music for Trees

Find out how music is being used to enhance our enjoyment of trees by joining Amanda in Regent’s Park to explore the Royal Parks’ brand new immersive “Music for Trees” experience.

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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