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Award winning writer Ben Macdonald joins us to discuss his new book Cornerstones and the power of books to shape our lives and Rose Malleson, founder of a sustainability book club, shares her recommendations for summer reading.
Biodiversity, habitat loss and threats to wildlife. We speak to Professor Andy Purvis of the Natural History Museum and take a walk around RSPB Minsmere with Ian Barthorpe.
Exploring Climate Anxiety with Dr Patrick Kennedy-Williams, a Clinical Psychologist, Dr Emma Lawrance, Mental Health Innovations Fellow at Imperial College London and Rowenna Davis, Director of Global Future think tank.
Transition to Green Energy – who pays? The producer, the polluter or the consumer? Join our expert guests Neil Hirst, Senior Policy Fellow for Energy and Mitigation at the Grantham Institute and Juliet Davenport, CEO of Good Energy as they discuss the paradigm shift we need in policy and regulation that will free up the consumer so we can make our own decisions about how to heat and power our homes.
Fancy “….a fishy on a little dishy, when the boat comes in”? But, if the boats aren’t going out, there won’t be any fish!
Catch our Local Fish for Dinner podcast produced by Planet Pod for The Blue Marine Foundation and hear how they are supporting sustainable fishing to ensure the fish caught in native waters are getting to customers while Covid 19 has shut down the routes to market, keeping the fishing industry afloat.
And if that’s not enough puns, maybe Chef Mark Hix will reel you in as he shares his Tshirt (and some recipes for unusual fish) with us as well.
Author and walker Peter Fiennes joins Alastair Driver from Rewilding Britain and Amanda to discuss how landscape shapes imagination and how rewilding today is about man and wildlife living in harmony together, not about resetting the baseline or turning the clock back.
In this fascinating “eco-nomics” discussion with guests Professor Michael Grubb and Dr Alex Köberle we explore what choices and opportunities there may be to build a greener economy once the current world health crisis is over. What will the lasting impacts be on global markets and are we likely to see disruptive models emerging which will help drive us towards a more sustainable model for businesses?
We talk to writer and fashion consultant Aja Barber and Sarah Ditty, Global Policy Director at Fashion Revolution about the future of fashion post Covid 19. We ask who bears the cost of the clothes we wear and the exploitative nature of the fashion industry, why it needs to change and what Covid-19 means for the industry and its workers.
Take a break from staring at your own four walls and join our guests to look for beasties, bees and birds right on your doorstep ( or through your window). The Urban Birder, David Lindo, tells us which birds we can see in the city sky – wherever you are. Tony Whitbread and Gill Perkins share their insights into insects, trees, plants and bees.
Join us as we talk to climate science expert Professor Martin Siegert about his work to investigate what conditions were like on earth during the Pliocene era (5.3 to 2.6 million years ago) – the last time atmospheric carbon emissions were around 400ppm for a prolonged period. We explore what conditions then can tell us about what we might encounter if we don’t reduce our current levels of carbon.
Join Amanda and Jim for this special Covid 19-free podcast as they step their way from A to Z and guide you through some useful climate change and environment terms. Essential listening to prep for those Houseparty quizzes or help out with home schooling assignments. We hope all our listeners are staying safe and well and wish everyone good health. Happy listening!
Join us to unpick what we can learn from the current Covid 19 pandemic. Could there be a possible green benefit when we emerge from the worst global health crisis for 100 years? Learn while you self isolate! Listen to Dr Ajay Gambhir and Alyssa Gilbert from Grantham Institute discuss all this and more.
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…..
With nearly 70 episodes under our belt Planet Pod has had the privilege of hearing from over 150 inspirational guests. They all have a call to action – listen to a few of these in this short compilation and download past episodes to hear what else they have to say on a wide range of sustainability topics
Sacha Dench has soared with swans and now plans to fly with ospreys. In this episode in our ‘Environmental Changemakers” series, Amanda finds out what has inspired Sacha to strap herself to her paramotor and take on the challenge of a 7000km expedition accompanying the osprey on its 2020 autumn migration across Europe and Africa.
Our fifth in our Grantham series looks at the role of innovation in helping us to deliver things to the market that have an impact in a timescale which is 10 times shorter and involving 10 times as many people than the Industrial Revolution – and doing this without making too many boo boos along the way! We discuss who has been thinking about what that takes and how we innovate the way we innovate.
We kick off 2020 with Planet Pod’s fourth episode in collaboration with the Grantham Institute which looks at the impact of travel and transport on climate change and our ability to achieve a net zero carbon economy by 2050. Amanda is joined by experts Dr Audrey de Nazelle and Dr Mark Stettler. We look at the intersection between environmental sciences, health behaviour, transportation, air quality and urban planning and consider what’s the right route to get us to a net zero future.
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.
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?
Get down and dirty with Planet Pod.
We talk about waste – methane, landfill and water. How wasteful is the UK? Where does your recycling go? How much is recycled? What is residual waste? Can you avoid making waste in the first place? Can waste have value?
In this third episode of our series about getting to Net Zero, Professors Chris Cheeseman and Nick Voulvoulis of The Grantham Institute spill the beans about what happening in the UK’s bins.
Clean Green Energy: locally sourced – locally managed. Just a pipe dream or realistic vision of the future? In the second of our shared series with the Grantham Institute, Dr Jeff Hardy and Dr Madeleine Morris explore what smart local net zero energy systems mean for our communities, for our energy bills and for our lives … a positive smorgasbord of new ways of heating and powering our homes and businesses….!
Join Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change member and Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group III Professor Jim Skea & Alyssa Gilbert, Director of Policy and Translation at the Grantham Institute for the first in our shared series on getting to Net Zero. They take an in-depth look at the target of net zero emissions and help to answer questions like What is Net Zero? How do we achieve it? What will it look like? Can we get there by 2050?
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?
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.
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 asks whether fashion has to cost the earth or is there a more sustainable way to look at feel good in the clothes and accessories we buy? We talk clothes, women and fashion to Amelia Womack, Deputy Leader of The Green Party and Sustainable Fashion Blogger, Sophie Slater, Co-Founder of Birdsong and Bronwyn Lowenthal, Design and Director of Lowie to explore the real cost of what we wear.
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.
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.
Planet Pod World Environment Day Special talking 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.
Planet Pod gets out of the studio goes walkabout with Tompion Platt, Director of Advocacy and Engagement at The Ramblers and Rory Forsyth, CEO of the Western Front Way
Planet Pod talks to Amelia Womack, Deputy Leader of the Green Party, about why elections are so important for the planet
Planet Pod talks to Amelia Womack, Deputy Leader of the Green Party, about why elections are so important for the planet.
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.
Planet Pod discusses the Future of Energy with DNV GL’s Al Karim Govindji and Joe Wadsworth from Good Energy
Planet Pod discussed the Future of Energy with DNV GL’s Al Karim Govindji and Joe Wadsworth from Good Energy.
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.
Planet Pod goes North – well to the North East anyway! 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.
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.
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 to be in conflict.
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.
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?
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.
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.
“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?
Planet Pod visits BedZed and talks One Planet Living with Bioregional’s Sue Riddlestone and Suzannah Gore
Amanda braves the snowy weather and visits BedZed – the pioneering low carbon housing and community development in Sutton – where she is joined in conversation by Sue Riddlestone, CEO Biogregional and Suzannah Gore, Project Manager, to talk about sustainable consumption and production, One Planet Living and the circular economy (as well as using soap instead of shampoo and the quiet revolution in garden centres at B&Q!)
Did you know that standing barefoot on grass increases feel-good endorphins? Coming back to work after a break can often be a bit of a shock, so we might all welcome some coping hints and tips to deal with the stresses and strains of our personal and professional lives.
Refreshed from our Christmas break, Planet Pod is brimming full of energy for 2019! What better way to start than by talking to our guests Alex Gilbert, TfL’s Senior Energy Strategy Manger, low carbon energy consultant Element Energy’s Celine Cluzel and Naomi Nye, EV Sales Manager at Alfen, about the opportunities and challenges associated with sustainable transport and smart cities. This is the first in a series of podcasts focusing on Global Goal 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities.
Amanda talks to Edward van Reenen, Head of Health and Sustainability at Bywaters about how Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust is working hard to deal with its waste streams in a more sustainable way.
Amanda talks to finance expert Michael Mainelli from Long Finance about Smart Ledgers (aka ‘Block Chain’ ledgers) and finds out why this new accounting technology is playing an increasingly important role in supporting Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG).
Join Amanda and Jim in conversation with Caroline Arnold – Director of Bore Place, and Tom Forward – Education Coordinator at this inspirational sustainable working farm and community in the heart of the Kent Countryside. You can almost taste the freshly pulled leeks, feel the squelch of the mud and smell the breath of the cows as our producer Jim gets well acquainted with the organic dairy herd!
In this short Planet Pod Special we talk to Libby Sandbrook, Business in the Community’s Head of Circular Economy, about BITC’s recently launched Waste to Wealth campaign.Waste to Wealth brings together business, government, academia and civil society to unlock opportunities to double the nation’s resource productivity and reduce avoidable waste by 2030.
Greenbacks are a thing of the past but Green Money is the new currency creating waves in the financial sector.
Join Amanda and her guest host Michael Mainelli from Long Finance, and their guests Sir Roger Gifford, Chairman of the UK Government’s Green Finance Taskforce, and Anne Maria Cronin of Quarter Penny Consulting, as we get to the bottom of Green Finance, including bonds, investment and the progress against the Taskforce report.
In this short Planet Pod Special we join Amanda as she sat down in the middle of Lambeth bridge and joined around 1000 supporters of Extinction Rebellion’s recent Day of Action in London – a peaceful protest to highlight the urgency of the climate crisis facing the world and the need for action now.
Planet Pod goes Gold in Bristol and talks sustainable food with Jane Stevenson, Sara Venn, Heather Mack, Jennifer Best and Angela Raffle
Q: What can you do with 9 tonnes of Pumpkins? A: Make curry, of course! This and other questions were on the menu when sat around the table to chat about sustainable food and how Bristol is going for Gold as a Sustainable Food City with our guests Jane Stevenson – chair of the Bristol Food Network, Sara Venn – head of Incredible Edible Bristol, Jennifer Best – co-Director of award winning Bristol restaurant Poco (winner of most sustainable restaurant of the year 2018), Heather Mack from the sustainable food campaigning organisation Feedback’s and public health expert Dr Angela Raffle from the University of Bristol.
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. Extinction Rebellion is a campaign by the RisingUp Logo network. It aims to promote a fundamental change of our political and economic system to one which maximises well-being and minimises harm.
Join us as we take a safari through the 3500 acres of wild Sussex countryside at Knepp Estate – one of the largest rewilding projects in lowland Europe. With our guide Tom Forward we encounter longhorn cattle, Tamworth pigs and even some airborne White Storks! Isabella Tree who – along with her husband Charlie Burrell – owns and runs Knepp, shares her passion and vision and tells us the story of their extraordinary journey over the last 18 years.
Join Amanda Carpenter as she interviews Helen Pankhurst, Kate Fox and Jennifer Nadel among others at the recent Deeds and Words Festival of women’s voices. The weekend event held to celebrate 100 years of women’s suffrage brought together poets, writers, politicians, campaigners and activists celebrating women making themselves heard across the decades politically, publicly and personally.
Join us for a wide ranging discussion with guests Shehana Gomez, Emma Bean, Natasha Bradshaw, Colin Robertson and Ronan Kennedy in which we explore the tricky and sometimes controversial topic of earth’s jurisprudence – do mountains and rivers have rights? We discuss the Universal Declaration of Mother Earth and how it applies here in the UK and ask: Is the law doing enough to protect and safeguard our rivers, our foreshore and our wild places? If not, what can and should we do?
Planet Pod talks sustainability with James Stephens, Aston Martin’s Director of Global Government & External Affairs
During a break at a recent sustainability seminar hosted by Aston Martin Lagonda at their Gaydon factory (at which Planet Pod hosts Amanda, Jim and Steve ran breakout sessions) Planet Pod took a pit stop to talk with James Stephens, Director of Global Government and External Affairs, about Aston Martin’s approach to sustainability.
During Planet Pod’s summer break we visited Britain’s only free-ranging herd of reindeer in the Cairngorm mountains in Scotland. As well as getting up close and personal to these magnificent creatures and experiencing some of their natural habitat, we talked to Emily and Alex Smith from Cairngorm Reindeer about the origin of the herd and the benefits and challenges of introducing a species such as reindeer to the Highlands.
Planet Pod talks bats, bison and beavers in Sussex – a rewilding discussion with Sussex Wildlife Trust recorded on location at Ebernoe Common with Dr Tony Whitbread (SWT) and Simon Boyle (Argyll Environmental).
Our host Amanda Carpenter (Achill Management) talks about green buildings with guests Helen Heathfield, environmentalist and lead with the Islington Sustainable Energy Partnership, and Julie Hirigoyen, Chief Executive of the UK Green Building Council. We talk about green homes, green buildings and the associated challenges in between.
Our host Amanda Carpenter (Achill Management) talks about sustainable food and food production with our expert guests: Paul Newnham, head of the SDG 2 Advocacy Hub, Helen Munday, Chief Scientific Officer at the Food And Drink Federation and science policy briefs; Julia Porter, National Supply Chain Manager at Bio Bean.
Our host Amanda Carpenter (Achill Management) talks about pro bono support with guests Olga Hancock, who leads the pro bono practice at international law firm Simmons & Simmons, Pascale Bird, coordinator of Legal Response International’s legal advisory service and Charlotte Davis from Christian Aid. We talk about what pro bono is, who does it and why and what it means to those in receipt of it.
Does art imitate life or life imitate art? Join Amanda Carpenter (Achill Management) and her guest co-presenter Julie Flower from The Specialist Generalist as they explore just how much art, design, architecture and the built environment influence how we feel about the world around us and, specifically, the planet and the climate. Special pod guests Michael Pinsky, artist, and Lynne Elvins, independent design strategist, discuss life, art, design and pollution!
In this episode of Planet Pod, we are talking about city streets and green spaces: how do they co-exist in our increasingly urban life? Host Amanda Carpenter (Achill Management) talks with Meredith Whitten, researcher at the LSE; Harry Knibb, sustainability and wellbeing expert working with global consultancy WSP and Steve Kellett, Sustainability Manager for Argent, developer of Kings Cross Granary Square.
In this episode Planet Pod host Amanda Carpenter (Achill Management) talks to Emily Penn, Ocean advocate artist and skipper of all women crew on board eXXpedition talks about her life, her inspiration and the massive challenge facing us all as we try to tackle the plastic tsunami that is flooding our oceans. Recorded live at the LSA Summer Event hosted by Taylor Wessing, this podcast gives an insight into what inspired Emily to take on a life of advocacy on behalf of the planet ocean as she would call it. Emily is about to lead another eXXpedition to the North Pacific – follow her voyage here. She has promised to talk to us when she gets back.
In this episode of Planet Pod hosts Amanda Carpenter (Achill Management) and Steve Malkin (The Planet Mark) are talking to our guests Louise Scott and Carolina Karlström about the UN Sustainable Development Goals, (aka the Global Goals) and how organisations can help achieve these.
This episode of Planet Pod is all about Green Finance in all its guises – green investment, social investment, sustainable income and the green economy. Our host Amanda Carpenter (Achill Management) is joined by Jessica Fries, Executive Chairman of the Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S), long finance expert Michael Mainelli, Executive Chairman of the Z/Yen Group and Paul Druckman, a passionate leader in capital market reform and Non Executive Director of the Financial Reporting Council. As well as our usual “Good, Bad & Ugly” slot we explore a range of issues related to the challenges and opportunities surrounding green finance.
In this episode, Planet Pod host Amanda Carpenter (Achill Management) chats about changing habits and behaviours with guests Leilani Weier, a senior manager at global law firm Linklaters where she runs the firm’s environmental sustainability programme; management and organisational development consultant, facilitator and coach Julie Flower, MD of Specialists Generalist; and Graham Simmonds, MD of Green Rewards and named as one of the 1000 most infuential Londoners and an Eco Hero. (The video which Leilani refers to in the podcast is from cleanseas.org can be viewed on the World Environment Day website or via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?
In this episode of Planet Pod our host Amanda talks Green Consumerism with guests Michelle Johnson, Digital Editor at Tempus Magazine and a journalist with a passion for storytelling and the environment, and Daianna Karaian, founder of Thoughtful Works, a social enterprise harnessing creative talent to make things that make a real difference. As well as our usual “good, bad and ugly” slot, we talk about sustainable travel, consumer attitudes, disruptive products and services and teh challenges facing B2C businesses.
We talk to Caroline May – senior Partner at law firm Norton Rose Fulbright and colleague Jackie O’Keefe – HSE consultant at the firm, Anne Johnson – Chair of UKELA and Frances Scott – founder of 50:50 Parliament to talk about sustainability, the environment and gender politics in the workplace and beyond. Are women greener than men and do they care more?
What really happens to our rubbish ? What can we do about food waste ? What is a ‘Murf’’ (or, properly, a MRF)? Join us for a conversation about waste, about recycling and about loving food of all shapes and sizes with Steve Kearns from Cawston Press, with David Rumble from Bywaters and Mickey Reedy from This is Rubbish CIC.
We talk to self confessed Plastic Addict and co-founder of A Plastic Planet Sian Sutherland about how she launched the plastic free supermarket campaign. Along with fellow guest Alex Robinson from Hubbub we discuss how we can all improve our plastic behaviour, how to get young people involved and what some of the big issues are for business and individuals.