Climate Change

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:

Al-Karim Govindji

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 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.

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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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