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Interesting Stuff - Radio & TV Programmes

We love it when we get a WCA members sending in suggestions for this website. We have been seeing an increasing number of people who listen to something interesting on the radio or see something on the TV that they think will be of interest to other like minded people. Please do use the suggestion box shown below. We just need the relevant link and about 30 words to describe the programme and we will add it here. 

Jonathan Pie: The World's End -
(COP26 short film with George Monbiot, Caroline Lucas & Ed Miliband)

As all the environment correspondents are sick with COVID, reporter Jonathan Pie gets sent to the UN Climate Conference in Glasgow (aka COP26) despite knowing very little about the climate crisis. But he reckons he can wing it.

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COP Out with Clive Lewis MP and Rupert Read 
Unbreak The Planet with Dr Mike Galsworthy

Labour MP Clive Lewis and former Extinction Rebellion spokesperson Rupert Read join Mike to talk about COP26 and whether a Green New Deal can save us.

Click HERE to listen

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The Birds and The Bees Show - Swindon 105.5

Since May 2021, The WCA have been delighted to work with Glynis Hales who hosts The Birds & The Bees show on Radio 105.5fm. Each week the WCA puts forward one of its members to talk about various aspects of the WCA and the environment. Click on the various links below to listen. 

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Christian Lange from Wiltshire Climate Alliance is on telling us about how they started and how you can get involved. He also sent us the very interesting music for this week.

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The amazing Neil Pullen from Wiltshire Wildlife Trust tells us about the Forest Meadows project in Swindon and how you can get involved.

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We talk about sustainable transport with Andrew Nicolson of Wiltshire Climate Alliance.

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We talk to Cllr Liz Alstrom about wildlife verges in Chippenham and being a new councillor. Keith tells us about upcoming Zero Carbon Tour.

Climate Outreach report 'Britain Talks Climate'  - How the British public view climate change

If you want to know how best to communicate the message about climate change, then we highly recommend reading this report which can be found on this link or view the video below. -Climate Outreach researchers have broken down the British Public into 7 segments (eg Conservative backbone or Loyal Nationals) and provide advice on what messages work for each group. The good news is that there is general consensus that climate change is real and that it needs to be tackled.  

We're looking at Billions of People not being able to Survive' | Peter Carter, Expert IPCC Reviewer

Peter Carter, M.D. and Roger Hallam discuss the science and ethics with regards to climate emergency for all of us struggling to understand what's actually going on, what needs to happen and what we need to do.

This is NOT a video for the faint hearted but it is important for us to know what needs to be done now.

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Youth Coordinator's Blog

Our Youth Coordinator, Poppy, is studying for an MSc in Sustainability and writes about sustainable living and environmental issues on her blog and associated Instagram

If you're interested in planning ahead for international and national events (such as Earth Day and COP26), Poppy has created this 2021 Sustainability Calendar which is free to download

Climate justice can't happen without racial justice | David Lammy

Why has there been so little mention of saving Black lives from the climate emergency? For too long, racial justice efforts have been distinguished from climate justice work, says David Lammy, Member of Parliament for Tottenham, England. In a stirring talk about building a new movement to care for the planet, Lammy calls for inclusion and support of Black and minority leadership on climate issues and a global recognition that we can't solve climate change without racial, social and intergenerational justice.

This talk was part of the Countdown Global Launch on 10.10.2020. (Watch the full event here: Countdown is TED's global initiative to accelerate solutions to the climate crisis. The goal: to build a better future by cutting greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030, in the race to a zero-carbon world. Get involved at

‘Kiss the Ground’ : Regenerating Hope for the Climate

An optimistic climate documentary narrated by Woody Harrelson argues for the healing power of soil, which could offer a solution to the climate crisis.

The actor Woody Harrelson narrates the documentary “Kiss the Ground,” a frenetic but ultimately persuasive and optimistic plan to counter the climate crisis. Streaming on Netflix, the film makes a case for the healing power of soil, arguing that its capacity to sequester carbon could be the key to reversing the effects of climate change.

Directed by Joshua Tickell.  The film begins by examining how tilling and the use of pesticides have led to soil erosion, and then traces the damage done to our ecology, health and climate. The filmmakers find a solution in regenerative farming, an ethical practice designed to restore degraded lands and facilitate carbon drawdown.

We would be interested to hear your views - Is it dangerous or too simple to say that this is 'The Solution'

Do comment on our forum section

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BBC's Food programme - English Pastoral Food

Dan Saladino visits shepherd and writer James Rebanks whose farm in Cumbria spans three generations. What does can that history teach us about where food and farming go next?

In his latest book English Pastoral: An Inheritance James Rebanks provides an insiders account of the seismic changes to farming from the 1960s to the present day. Farming became brilliantly productive, he argues , but ecologically destructive. He explains how Cumbria's landscape was transformed by more intensive agriculture, and what we can do now to bring life back to the soil, to natural habitats and still the produce the food we need.

Click HERE to listen on BBC Sounds

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BBC's Food programme - English Pastoral Food

To compliment BBCs programme shown about here is the podcast on the Sustainable Food Trust website.

If you liked the above programme you will love this podcast - you will also be able to find other fascinating podcasts from this website

Thanks to Maureen for sending through both links.

Click HERE to listen to the podcast

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BBC's Costing The Earth programme - Build Build Build

With an ever greater demand for more housing, and Boris Johnson calling for the country to "build build build" post lockdown, Peter Gibbs looks at current trends in house-building. Are the government's plans for "garden communities" as environmentally-friendly as they sound? And how could developers be encouraged to build in a way which incorporates nature rather than squeezing it out? Produced for BBC Audio in Bristol by Emma Campbell.

Click HERE to listen to this episode and find others

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