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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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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.

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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.

Our guests:

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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.

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 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. 

Links:

Western Front Way website

The Ramblers website

#whyIwalk – Share your stories about why you walk via Twitter and Instagram

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.

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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