In episode six, two special guest hosts report back from COP26 in Glasgow. Jamie Brogan, from Edinburgh Climate Change Institute and Simon Moore, from the University of Leeds, talk to a variety of delegates about the relationship between global negotiations and local level climate action.
Gill Rodriguez from the International SeaKeepers Society explains how global pledges help encourage individuals to take action in their own lives. Glasgow resident Alex Horsburgh gives a local’s perspective, arguing that Glaswegian residents are more open to change than most politicians.
Activists Annwen Thurlow and Daisy Earl discuss the power of local communities to create change, and the importance of centring people in global climate talks.
Actor and musician Keith Bartlett tells his story of co-writing the Mothership Earth Song – a plea from Mother Earth for governments to combat climate change. We hear six different versions of the song, which has now been translated and performed in 25 different languages by female vocalists from around the world.
Bobby Holdbrook from Advanced Bacterial Sciences gives his perspective on the role small businesses can play in the transition to a green economy.
Tracy Irvine from Oasis Hub describes how communities working to protect themselves from flooding can set an example that can be scaled up nationally and across continents. David Richardson discusses a film he’s working on about what he sees as a key issue in the climate crisis, overpopulation.
And finally, Simon wraps up the episode alongside PCAN Associate Rosanna Harvey-Crawford, discussing the ups and downs of their experiences at COP26.
Recorded, produced and edited by Simon Moore from the University of Leeds.
Intro and outro music by Lloyd Richards. The Mothership Earth Song was co-written by Keith Bartlett and Paddy Cunneen and the versions included in this episode were performed in English, Greek, Urdu, Indonesian and Turkish.