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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. 

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.

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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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Planet Pod talks to arctic explorer Pen Hadow about the urgent need to protect the floating ice reef ecosystem of the arctic

In this special Planet Pod episode Amanda catches up with renowned arctic explorer, advocate and visionary Pen Hadow who talks about what inspired him to push the boundaries of exploration in the arctic region.

Pen describes the disturbing truth of what he has seen with his own eyes – the gradual destruction of what he calls the “floating ice reef ecosystem” of the arctic.  He highlights the vulnerability of an entire habitat from unchecked commercial fishing, international shipping and mineral extraction in the region.

Pen then gives a call to action for all of us to tackle climate change and highlights the important international advocacy work of the 90o North Unit.

The 90º North Unit, founded by Pen, is the only organisation exclusively dedicated to protecting the wildlife and floating ice-reef ecosystem in the Arctic Ocean’s international waters. The Unit is catalysing the conservation process within the United Nations to create the world’s largest protected marine area by 2032.

Many thanks to Charles Russell Speechlys for hosting this podcast.

Our guest:

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As an explorer Pen Hadow has pushed back the boundaries of what is known.

His iconic solo trek from Canada to the North Pole has never been repeated, and his leadership of scientific exploration on the Arctic Ocean is without equal. His mission now is to protect the wildlife of the North Pole’s international waters. He is today’s quintessential explorer.

Hadow believes exploration of the natural world has been never more relevant in human history, with the continued existence of our species now dependent on improving our understanding and management of the natural world. For example, with the Arctic’s sea ice habitat fast disappearing, international research and conservation measures are now urgently needed to protect its threatened unique wildlife and floating ice-reef ecosystem.

He continues to lead an influential non-governmental scientific and public engagement programme, Arctic Mission – an annual expedition programme in support of the international advocacy work of the 90º North Unit.

Links:

Websites:  90º North Unit      Pen Haddow

Twitter: @penhadow    @ArcticMission
 
Pen’s Instagram account

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Planet Pod considers the Ethics of Sustainability with Estelle Dehon from Cornerstone Barristers and consultant physician Veneta Cooney

Are we making the link between poor health and the climate, and is it provoking more acts of protest and civil disobedience? Are the protests effective and what should and could the law do about it? 
 
Join Amanda as she discusses health, the law and ethics with Estelle Dehon, a leading barrister at Cornerstone Barristers whose work includes environment and planning law (with particular expertise in climate change matters) and Dr Veneta Cooney, a consultant physician who specialises in occupational and environmental medicine.

Our guests:

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Estelle Dehon is a public law barrister at Cornerstone Barristers. She is recognised as a leading junior in environment and planning law, with particular expertise in climate change matters. She is described in Chambers & Partners as a “first-rate” advocate who has “a wonderful manner with clients”. 

Estelle appeared for Friends of the Earth in the six-week Lancashire fracking inquiry, represented a well-known activist in the subsequent Court of Appeal fracking challenge and recently appeared for Frack Free Ellesmere Port and Upton at an inquiry in Chester opposing IGas’s use of acid to extract shale gas. She regularly appears in the High Court and Court of Appeal in matters concerning environmental and planning law. Estelle was named as one of The Planner’s Women of Influence in both 2018 and 2019.

The other main area of Estelle’s practice is data protection and access to information. She is a member of the European Commission’s Multistakeholder Expert Group on the GDPR, which assists the Commission in dealing with potential challenges in implementing the GDPR across Europe. She recently represented the investigative journalist Stefania Maurizi before the Information Tribunal in her FOIA challenges concerning information relating to the extradition of Julian Assange and the Met Police’s investigation of WikiLeaks staff members.

 

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Dr Veneta Cooney is a Consultant Physician in Occupational and Environmental Medicine specialising in assessing how the physical and psychological environment impacts on the health of the working population. Of particular interest to her is the psychology of human behaviour and what factors influence how people respond to challenges.

As a long term advocate of the natural environment, she has championed the view that the health of the nation is intrinsically linked to the health of the environment, and all the socio-economic advantages that cascade from that. Having assessed thousands of people over a 28 year clinical career, her focus is on advocating a social rather than medical model of health provision.

 

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Planet Pod goes Underground with Growing Underground’s Richard Ballard and Faye Tomson from District Eating

Something is stirring in the tunnels of South London and it isn’t the Northern Line!

Join Amanda and guest co-host Alex Gilbert as they chat deep below London with Richard Ballard, co-founder of Growing Underground and Faye Tomson, MD of Central Eating.  Hear how how disused WWII air raid shelter tunnels are being put to good use to grow salad crops organically, efficiently and unbelievably fast.  Find out more about how unused heat generated from district heating networks can be used to grow food.  These really are examples of Smart Food Production in action!

Our guests:

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Richard Ballard has started an agricultural revolution along with business partner Steven Dring in the form of Growing Underground. Located 100ft under the streets of London in disused WW2 Air Raid Shelter, this subterranean urban farm sustainably produces micro-greens using the latest LED technology. The duo are now delivering fresh hyper local produce to retailers and the London wholesale markets.

Sustainably feeding the city from within the city, Richard is obsessed by all things green tech and the future of cities.

Click on the following links to view the film he made which inspired Growing Underground – full length and animation only

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Faye Tomson is an Energy and Environmental Engineer with extensive experience working in the fields of district heating, low carbon heat infrastructure projects, and industrial resource efficiency. She has worked on some of the UKs most cutting-edge heat infrastructure projects, as well as with some large-scale industrial food and drink producers, advising on resource efficiency. Faye spent several years working for the UK Government Heat Network Development Unit.

Faye comes from a family of farmers and horticulturalists, so has a lifelong experience of food markets and production. It was this background combined with her previous work experience that led Faye to realise the opportunity for efficiency savings for all stakeholders that can be achieved when the gap between energy use and 
food production is bridged.
Faye is an alumni of the School for Social Entrepreneurs, and as well as being commercially aware, she also has a desire to maximise the very real social benefits that can be achieved through urban and community farming.  

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Guest co-host for this episode:

Alex Gilbert is Senior Energy Strategy Manager at TfL as well as being Principal and Director of Clean Growth Ltd.  In his role with TfL he is curating, commercialising and delivering the energy projects that will assist in the transformation of TfL – London’s largest and most significant energy user.

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