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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?

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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.

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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

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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.

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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...

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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...

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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: Bridget Biddell...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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Fracking explained by Estelle Dehon from Cornerstone Barristers

In this Planet Pod Short public law lawyer Estelle Dehon from Cornerstone Barristers gives us a 5 minute guide to fracking.

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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...

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Air Quality explained by Client Earth’s Katie Nield

In this Planet Pod Short, UK Clean Air Lawyer Katie Nield from Client Earth discusses Air Quality and Air Pollution and the impact this has on our daily lives and health.

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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...

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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...

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Climate Justice – Activism and the Rule of Law

In this short Planet Pod Special we talk to public law lawyer Estelle Dehon from Cornerstone Barristers to get her view on climate justice and why people are motivated by this to take to the streets.  Amanda asks her how climate action sits with the rule of law – two things which might be seen...

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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...

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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...

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Fairtrade Explained by Fairtrade Foundation’s David Finlay

Listen to David Finlay, Supply Chain Manager at Fairtrade Foundation, as he explains what Fairtrade is all about and what makes this such an important programme.

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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...

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Planet Pod talks Sustainable Sourcing with Fairtrade’s David Finlay and eco chef Tom Hunt

Question:  What has a banana, your mobile phone and your fridge got in common?  Answer:  They can all be Fairtrade products! Listen to our latest pod to find out how the gold in your phone (or even in your fridge) is as important to the Fairtrade movement as the banana in your fruitbowl. Join Amanda...

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“Plastic: The End of the Affair?” – Planet Pod talks to Laure Cucuron of TerraCycle and Hubbub’s Saskia Restorick

Is our long term love affair with plastic finally over? Have we woken up as a country to the damage plastic does to our lives, our homes, our planet and our health …… or are we still in this toxic love affair with the single use water bottle? In our Valentines episode we talk with Saskia...

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Circular Economy explained by Suzannah Gore from Bioregional

What do we mean by the Circular Economy and how can the digital world of the internet, big data and innovations in advanced manufacturing techniques such as 3D printing revolutionise our concept of waste and resources?  Listen to this Planet Pod Short to hear from Bioregional’s Suzannah Gore who explains the Circular Economy and how...

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