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A magical village powered by citizens: Bosnia-Herzegovina's pioneering crowdfunder

02 Nov 2021 | 20.73 MB MP3 file
Real World Media Europe Podcast
Published: 2019
Running time: 30 minutes

Pecka is a mountain village that became a solar energy community following a groundbreaking crowdfunding scheme by Friends of the Earth Europe.

More than €6,000 was raised, which brought solar thermal collectors for hot water and photovoltaic panels for power generation to the mountain village of Pecka.

Earthmatters Autumn 2021

07 Oct 2021 | 3.94 MB PDF file
Welcome to the Autumn 2021 edition of Friends of the Earth's magazine, Earthmatters.

This issue is all about taking on the giants, and how together we can fight for the planet as a global network.

Look forward to a feature on biodiversity, find out all about the habitat's that store carbon, feel inspired by success stories around the world and loads more.

Episode 21: Black Girls Hike

07 Oct 2021 | 15.77 MB MP3 file
As lockdowns ease and we're able to get out again we look at groups working to address the under-representation of black and brown people in the outdoors. Over a couple of future episodes, we speak to people who are challenging this.

Louisa and Danny speak to Rhiane Fatinikun. In 2019 Rhiane set up a small walking group Black Girls Hike, which today has thousands of members, providing a safe space for black women to explore the outdoors and reconnect with nature.

Episode 22: How 17,000 people took Shell to court – and won

28 Sep 2021 | 18.63 MB MP3 file
In summer 2021, in a ground-breaking ruling, a Dutch court ordered Shell to reduce its emissions by 45% by 2030.

The case was brought by Friends of the Earth Netherlands, alongside 17,000 co-plaintiffs and other organisations.

In this episode, Fran and Finn speak to Nine de Pater from Friends of the Earth Netherlands to hear about the case and how these changes can have a wide impact on our planet.

How to Save the Planet podcast will be taking a short break. We'll be back with more interviews in 2022. Thanks for listening!

Episode 20: What’s wrong with the Policing Bill?

11 Jun 2021 | 23.23 MB MP3 file
Head of Political Affairs Dave Timms and Mattey Mitchell from Friends, Families and Travellers reflect on the dangers of the government's controversial new Policing Bill, including the risk it poses to peaceful protest and how the bill affects the rights of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.

Episode 19: Do local elections matter?

27 Apr 2021 | 12.78 MB MP3 file
On 6 May, communities across Wales and much of England will be voting in a series of elections for their next Metro Mayor, local council and Senedd representatives.
We speak to Connie and Jackie, local campaigners in Friends of the Earth's network of grassroots groups, to find out what they want local candidates to prioritise and what they're doing to make sure climate is a priority for all parties.

Mini-series: A better future, episode 3

01 Apr 2021 | 19.31 MB MP3 file
A green, low-carbon future means new jobs and industries that are good for the environment and the people in them. But what counts as a green job, how do you get one, and what should government be doing to create more?

Louisa and Danny chat to Clare Linton from Urban Transport Group and Lola Fayokun from Teach The Future about how to get a green job.

Mini-series: A better future, episode 2

03 Mar 2021 | 23.15 MB MP3 file
Part of our plan for building a greener and fairer future as we recover from the pandemic is to fix the broken economy. But what's broken about it? What might a different approach look like? And what difference would that actually make to your life?

Fran and Danny talk to Adrienne Buller from think tank Common Wealth to uncover answers to all of these burning questions.

Episode 18: A green and stress-free Christmas

03 Mar 2021 | 23.91 MB MP3 file
The holiday season is barrelling towards us, and it can be a stressful time of year, even as we try to relax.

So, Muna and Louisa speak to Tori Tsui, a climate and mental health activist who is loaded with tips on how we can look after ourselves, each other and the planet as we make it through the final hurdle of 2020.

Head to Instagram to follow Tori @toritsui_ 

Episode 16: How are climate and racism connected?

03 Mar 2021 | 19.22 MB MP3 file
What is environmental justice? How are black and brown communities impacted by climate breakdown differently? Why do equality and anti-racism need to be central to the environmental movement?

Muna chats to MP David Lammy, MEP Magid Magid and activist Mikaela Loach about how climate and race are connected, and what we can do to make the environment movement more inclusive.

Episode 15: Loving fashion and the planet

03 Mar 2021 | 18.03 MB MP3 file
As fashion week draws to a close, we take a look at one of our most problematic faves – new clothes.

Muna and Louisa speak to fashion insiders Ros, from  and Marie, founder of CONGREGATIONcollective , to find out what we can do as consumers to push the fashion industry to be better, and what companies and our government should do to make the important changes we need to see.

Episode 14: Greening the transport sector

03 Mar 2021 | 16.51 MB MP3 file
Outside of our major cities, we're mostly reliant on cars to get us around, despite their impact on climate breakdown. Could bike infrastructure and our public transport system ever be accessible enough to challenge the car's rule?

In this episode, Muna talks to Haf from Friends of the Earth Cymru , Ian from Transport for Quality of Life and Ridhi from Sustrans , all of whom are working on making our approach to transport that bit greener.

Episode 13: How to talk about climate

03 Mar 2021 | 21.18 MB MP3 file
Caring about the climate doesn't mean it's easy to talk about, and conversations with friends and family can often get tricky.

Muna and Fran speak to Cassie Flynn  (Strategic Advisor on Climate for the United Nations Development Programme ) about key lessons she's learned from a long career of having those difficult conversations.

Episode 12: Are your taxes funding climate breakdown?

03 Mar 2021 | 22.68 MB MP3 file
The UK claims to be a climate leader, but the truth behind where our tax money goes tells a different story.

Muna and Louisa are joined by Adam McGibbon, an investigator with Global Witness. They discuss how UK tax money is being used to damage our climate and destroy the communities and livelihoods of those most impacted by climate breakdown. They also hear from Ilham Rawoot of Friends of the Earth Mozambique, who's part of a team fighting a damaging gas project in Cabo Delgado.

Episode 11: Nature on your doorstep

03 Mar 2021 | 14.55 MB MP3 file
Lockdown may mean we're spending more time at home, but there's still a lot of the natural world we can look out for (and enjoy) from our doorstep.

In this episode Muna and Isobel speak to 14-year-old RSPB Youth Ambassador, Kabir Kaul , who's on a mission to transform the way we look at urban landscapes and get us all looking out for nature nearby.

We had a couple of tech issues with the mics, so please forgive the sound quality in parts.

Episode 10: Ramadan goes green

03 Mar 2021 | 17.57 MB MP3 file
The Islamic month of Ramadan has kicked off, and for Muslims around the world it's a time for fasting, reflection and community.

This week Climate Campaigner Muna Suleiman talks to 3 British Muslims – Magid Magid, Lamees Hafeez, and Zunaira Malik – about how the coronavirus lockdown has impacted their fasting, cooking channel addictions and advice for making Ramadan as eco friendly as possible.

Episode 9: Dude, where's my COP?

03 Mar 2021 | 18.97 MB MP3 file
The UN climate talks are postponed, but what really happens there anyway? And does the delay mean anything for climate breakdown?

This episode, Muna and Fran chat to Friends of the Earth's International Campaigner Rachel Kennerley. As a regular at the talks, she shares what really goes on there, the highs and lows of the conference, and the impact of a delay to COP 26. All whilst trying to avoid the endless acronyms.

Episode 8: Planet on lockdown

03 Mar 2021 | 22.71 MB MP3 file
Climate Campaigner Muna Suleiman catches up with a few Friends of the Earth staff to see how they're coping and staying connected as we enter life on lockdown.

We discuss how we're looking after ourselves, what social distancing means for activism, experiences with homeschooling, and of course what we're binge watching.

Episode 7: Is Heathrow getting a third runway?

03 Mar 2021 | 13.62 MB MP3 file
Our special bonus episode comes hot on the heels of Friends of the Earth's historic win in the Court of Appeal. On Thursday 27 February, government plans to expand Heathrow airport were ruled illegal, on the grounds that they did not full consider the climate impacts of the project.

But what happens now, and what does this ruling mean for holding the government to account on their promises to take climate action?

Muna and Louisa chat through some of the wider implications with Friends of the Earth lawyer, Katie de Kauwe, who has been working on the case.

Episode 6: Is climate breakdown sexist?

03 Mar 2021 | 16.72 MB MP3 file
With International Women's Day just around the corner (8 March), Muna and Fran meet with Helen Pankhurst to discuss how climate impacts women and girls, and why we're partnering with Care International on their annual March for Women.

We also hear from Sostine in Uganda about a grassroots movement to stop rural livelihoods being destroyed by sugar plantations.