Politics and Activism

Swimming Against the Tide?

Planet Pod talks Brexit, fish and the environment with the two Toms – Dr Tom Appleby and Dr Tom West. We explore what leaving the EU, its regulations and the jurisdiction of the European Courts might mean for the environment in the UK. Will we be like fish out water? Will we have to swim against the tide? Will it open up a can of worms? Or will it get us off the hook and help us find whole new ways to get to Net Zero? Listen in to what our experts have to say…..

PP In Conversation With: Steve Backshall

PP talks to BAFTA-winning naturalist, explorer, adventurer, conservationist, campaigner, writer and broadcaster Steve Backshall. We ask what has inspired him to want to protect the world’s ecosystems and species. How can we shift the political dial and encourage countries to think beyond GDP and start measuring success by the quality of life for future generations. We explore the role of activism in all this and the importance of action based on evidence.

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?

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.

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

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 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.