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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.

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 repairwhatyouwear.com  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.

Episode 5: Climate keeping you up at night?

03 Mar 2021 | 16.88 MB MP3 file
From fires in Australia to floods in Indonesia, it's no wonder many of us are feeling more than a little on edge about the environment.

This episode Muna talks to producer Isobel, journalist Emma Beddington and psychotherapist Caroline Hickman about "eco anxiety", how to deal with stressful feelings, and why feelings of despair might actually be a good thing. For you, and the planet.

Episode 4: The year that fracking fell

02 Mar 2021 | 12.62 MB MP3 file
After a long and uncertain campaign, 2019 finally became the year the fracking industry fell. It's been a big win for local campaigning, and the environmental movement as a whole.

But why, and how?

Muna talks to Friends of the Earth's lead fracking campaigner, Jamie, and our web guru Fran about why fracking is bad for the climate, how the win happened (and how it was celebrated!), and why activism of all forms is needed to save the planet.

Episode 3: Is this the UK's first climate election?

02 Mar 2021 | 11.47 MB MP3 file
A general election gives us the chance to make our voices heard on the issues that matter most.

And with increased understanding of the climate emergency – and ever more frequent strikes – will this election turn out to be the UK's first climate election?

This episode Muna speaks to creative lead Louisa and political campaigner Rosemary about election fatigue, how to vote and what we should be asking our local candidates ahead of the 2019 election.

What's wrong with the economy, anyway?

26 Feb 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 these burning questions.

Earthmatters Spring 2021

22 Feb 2021 | 7.07 MB PDF file
Welcome to the spring 2021 edition of Friends of the Earth's magazine, Earthmatters.
This issue we celebrate our 50th anniversary, looking back at our network's achievements over the past decade and reflecting on our hopes for the future.
There's also a feature on renewable energy, as well as a look at what forward-thinking cities across the world are doing to make their spaces more climate friendly.