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66 minutes | a month ago
A discussion with Climate Activist Luisa Neubauer about the Power of the Collective & Visions for the Future
This podcast episode is a recording of a live virtual event at the University of St Andrews with the German Climate Activist Luisa Neubauer that took place on the 1st of March 2021. This was probably one of the most inspiring interview conversations that I have conducted, and I hope you will enjoy, learn, and be inspired by it too. Luisa Neubauer, born in Hamburg in 1996, is one of the co-organizers of Fridays for Future and the most prominent representative of the German movement in the media. In 2018 she met the Swedish student Greta Thunberg at the UN Climate Change Conference and then started the movement in Germany together with other activists. Since then, Luisa has met with various heads of states and governments, participated in the world climate conference in Madrid and the world economic forum in Davos. Thank you, Luisa, for joining us virtually in St Andrews. Thank you also to Dr Louise Reid for opening the event and monitoring the questions. Furthermore, thank you to the staff at the University of St Andrews that helped organise and support this so that it could happen. Not least, thank you to you as listeners. If you enjoyed this episode, please follow the Eco-Activist Journeys podcast for more discussions about life on Earth, sustainability, and visions for the future. Take care and best wishes, Léa
51 minutes | 2 months ago
Virtual Global Climate Strike on St Andrews Radio 19th of March 2021 | Student Climate Activists from St Andrews and Keele University
On Friday the 19th of March 2021, the Fridays for Future movement organised another global climate strike. To stand in solidarity with the global action we organised an on-air climate strike discussion among student activists. I was joined in the virtual St Andrews Radio studio by Heather from the St Andrews Rector’s Committee, Francesca from my Environment Subcommittee, Juliette from Extinction Rebellion St Andrews, and Tom from XR Unis Keele University. We spoke about the importance of digital climate strikes, the impact of the pandemic, Fridays for Future, Extinction Rebellion, XR Unis, as well as the perks and difficulties of online campaigning and activism. We interacted with the buzzbox on STAR radio and shared events and climate strikes that we participated in that inspired us. We also talk about the St Andrews Line in the Sand actions in 2019 and 2020 and the power of citizens coming together to call for action. #NoMoreEmptyPromises #GlobalClimateStrike #ClimateActivists Thank you for tuning in and supporting the climate movement. Make sure to follow Eco-Activist Journeys for more inspiring discussions on sustainability and climate action. Best wishes, Léa
61 minutes | 2 months ago
Debunking Climate Myths with Professor Doug Benn | University of St Andrews
In this episode I talk with Professor Doug Benn from the University of St Andrews about the science behind climate change and we debunk popular climate myths around the topics of “natural” climate change, climatic variation and crucially the difference between weather and climate. We also touch on some commonly asked questions around geoengineering and climate solutions. Thank you to Professor Doug Benn for his time and for sharing his expertise on climate science. If you enjoyed this episode, please follow the Eco-Activist Journeys podcast for more discussions about life on Earth, sustainability, and visions for the future. Take care and best wishes, Léa
50 minutes | 3 months ago
Wellbeing, Mental Health & Sustainability
I think that this last year of living in a global pandemic has challenged all of us in some way or another and highlighted how important it is to take care of ourselves and mental wellbeing. How can we balance taking care of ourselves and our beautiful planet? How is sustainability part of wellbeing? What daily practices are there that include wellbeing and sustainability? In this episode I talk to Emma Rose Walsh, the University of St Andrews Students’ Association Director of Wellbeing for 2020-21, and Eleanor Clyburn, who is the Sustainable Lifestyle Rep in the Environment Subcommittee as well as the Mental Health Rep of the Wellbeing Subcommittee. This is a recorded show which took place virtually on St Andrews Radio on Friday the 12th of February. We talk about sustainable lifestyle choices, tips for those who feel overwhelmed by the magnitude of environmental problems, activism empowerment, and habits for happiness. Hope you enjoy and don’t forget to take of yourself. Love, Léa
55 minutes | 3 months ago
Writing Climate Justice into Law
Join us in a conversation with Dr Margaretha Wewerinke Singh on the topic of writing climate justice into law. We talk about legal tool for climate justice litigation, the Paris Agreement, the Heathrow Airport Court Case in the UK, supporting indigenous communities, civil disobedience, and human rights law. Dr Margaretha Wewerinke Singh is an Assistant Professor of Public International Law at Leiden University and an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in Environmental Law at the Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development at the University of the South Pacific. She is also an Attorney at Blue Ocean Law which is a boutique international law firm specialising in human and indigenous rights, self-determination, and environmental justice in the Pacific. Maragaretha has acted as a legal advisor to governments at international climate negotiations, represented NGOs at the UN Human Rights Council, and advised the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights’ Regional Office for the Pacific on human rights and climate justice. This episode is a recording of the live online event at the University of St Andrews in collaboration with the Students' Association Environment Subcommittee, the Rector’s Committee and Amnesty St Andrews.
51 minutes | 4 months ago
Sustainable Cities & Stories from Singapore
In this episode I talk to my friend Gabi Frank, a fellow University of St Andrews student, and we talk about the importance of designing sustainable cities for our future. We talk through examples of the most sustainable cities in the world and Gabi shared insights from her time in Singapore, what makes it such a sustainable city and how it approaches urban design. We also talk about conservation within cities, how to increase green spaces, and Gabi shares insights from a biology & ecology perspective. This episode is a recording from my live STAR radio show on the 19th of November 2020. Apologies that the audio quality is not the usual standard, but virtual radio shows mean that we cannot record in the studio anymore due to the global pandemic. However, it is such an exciting topic and I really enjoyed the show with Gabi, so I hope you enjoy it too! If you do please follow the Eco-Activist Journeys podcast for more episodes. Love, Léa
5 minutes | 4 months ago
Dear 2020 - An End of Year Reflection
Like so many of you – the end of an old year and the start of a new year are a time of reflection and goal setting for me. In this episode I am sharing a reflection that I wrote on the 31st of December 2020. May we take the lessons of 2020 into the future. Happy New Year 2021! In hope, Léa --- Background music includes snippets from the Auld Lang Syne instrumental cover by Amy Lee (2017)
61 minutes | 5 months ago
Community Climate Action - In conversation with Kaska and Kathleen from PLANT
Join us for a discussion on community climate action, carbon conversations, and the community garden in Tayport, Scotland. In this episode I interview Kaska Hempel and Kathleen Grey from PLANT. We talk about the importance of community for environmental activism and standing up for change. Furthermore, we reflect on the enriching experience of volunteering, being part of a community, giving back and taking climate action in your personal life. I hope you enjoy this episode. If you are from Tayport or Fife in general do check out the PLANT website: https://tayportgarden.org/ In addition, Kathleen also interviewed me on climate activism on PLANT Voices which you can find here: https://open.spotify.com/episode/6i0qYCgo8qIMuRasFmvN6z?si=-seJfhx4TZOFlXQHX4HyzQ Thank you for listening and if you enjoyed this episode follow Eco-Activist Journeys podcast to be notified of more episodes in the future! Best wishes, Léa
29 minutes | 5 months ago
Ecofeminism, Social Justice, Caring for the Planet & Poetry from "Dear Earth"
Join me for a discussion on ecofeminism, social justice, caring for the planet and poetry from my debut poetry book “Dear Earth”. This is a recording from my live radio show that took place on Thursday the 15th of October 2020 on St Andrews Radio. Social justice and environmentalism are integrally linked, and climate justice cannot be achieved without social justice. This episode explores the topic of ecofeminism to highlight the effects gender stereotypes have on climate politics and the relationship between humans and nature. In addition, I also read two poems from my not-for profit poetry book “Dear Earth” and share some reflections on them. Here are some more resources and links on the topics for you to explore: My article about feminism and climate politics in Brizo Magazine: Do Women Care More About Climate Change? How Can Feminist Theories Contribute to Climate Change Politics? (brizomagazine.com) My website and more information about my Dear Earth poetry book: Dear Earth - Eco Activists (eco-activists.co.za) Hope you enjoy this episode of Eco-Activist Journeys! Best wishes, Léa
24 minutes | 7 months ago
University of St Andrews 2020 Rector Elections: Interview with Dr Fiona Hill
This interview with Dr Fiona Hill is part of a series interviewing all Rector candidates on the topic of climate justice and sustainability in St Andrews. In this episode I speak to Dr Fiona Hill on the topic of climate justice, activism, politics, and sustainability in St Andrews. Fiona Hill originally came to St Andrews from a working-class family in Durham. Once she graduated from St Andrews, she went on to study both a Masters and PhD at Harvard University. In the United States, she has advised three Presidents, and is a world-renowned voice on foreign affairs, specifically on Russia. Furthermore, she was a witness at the 2019 Trump Impechment Trial. Despite all her achievements, Fiona has never forgotten St Andrews, from serving as head of the St Andrews American foundation, where she worked to increase and diversify the numbers of American students coming to St Andrews, to administering the University's honorary graduation address in 2019. As a rectoral candidate, Fiona wants to increase accessibility across St Andrews from facilitating communication between the administration and students, increasing interaction with alumni networks, and bolstering and advertising the Rector's Fund. Many thanks to Fiona for taking time to do the interview with me. If you are a student at the University of St Andrews, please take time to listen to all three interviews and make sure vote in the Rector Elections on Thursday the 15th and Friday the 16th of October 2020.
16 minutes | 7 months ago
University of St Andrews 2020 Rector Elections: Interview with Ken Cochran
This interview with Ken Cochran is part of a series interviewing all Rector candidates on the topic of climate justice and sustainability in St Andrews. In this episode I speak to Rectoral candidate Ken Cochran on the topic of climate justice and sustainability in St Andrews. Ken is a University of St Andrews alumni and was already elected twice by graduates, to the University Court, and served on ethics and research integrity, academic assurance groups and the audit committee. However, Ken resigned on principle when the University moved to disenfranchise students when they graduate. He feels that this was a violation of university ordinance which is why he sees need for reforming the University to be more open and transparent. Furthermore, Ken owns and operates four small scale solar power installations in North East Fife. He is local to St Andrews and passionate about being accessible and serving the St Andrews students. Many thanks to Ken for taking time to do the interview with me. If you are a student at the University of St Andrews, please take time to listen to all three interviews and make sure vote in the Rector Elections on Thursday the 15th and Friday the 16th of October 2020.
22 minutes | 7 months ago
University of St Andrews 2020 Rector Elections: Interview with Dr Leyla Hussein
This interview with Dr Leyla Hussein is part of a series interviewing all Rector candidates on the topic of climate justice and sustainability in St Andrews. In this episode I speak to Dr Leyla Hussein on the topics of climate justice, activism, mental health, and wellbeing. Dr Leyla Hussein OBE is a psychotherapist, global leader on gender rights, and lecturer. She is an award-winning international campaigner and her work has been presented at Oxford, Cambridge, UCL, Exeter, and various Ivy League institutions including Columbia, Harvard, and Georgetown. She is an Advisor to the UK Department of Health and has been recognised as a key consulting expert on female genital mutilation (FGM). She is a mental health professional and passionate about creating save spaces for women and girls. Furthermore, she is part of a global network of Black women building wellbeing communities. Many thanks to Leyla for taking time to do the interview with me. If you are a student at the University of St Andrews, please take time to listen to all three interviews and make sure vote in the Rector Elections on Thursday the 15th and Friday the 16th of October 2020.
50 minutes | 7 months ago
Mental Health & Climate Activism
Let’s talk about mental health, eco-anxiety, activism and well-being. Activism and environmentalism in general can be quite mentally, physically and emotionally challenging especially in a world that fosters highly stressful environments, hustle culture and that does not value happiness and wellbeing as much as it does success, money, and possessions. We are not taught enough about mental health and emotional intelligence at school and it has become a silent pandemic that in some way or another reaches into the lives of every single one of us. I realise I have not talked openly about mental health and wellbeing that much before and I want to change that. We need to address it in all areas and especially as an activist it is important to learn to be kind to yourself and to take breaks. I still need to learn this too - so join me on the journey. In honour of Mental Health Awareness Week, I recorded this radio show episode with my friend Ash Geraghty on Thursday the 8th of October. This is a recording of the live radio show. Please let me know if you enjoyed this episode, if it spoke to you and if there is anything specific topic that you would love to hear more about. Follow Eco-Activist Journeys, like this episode and take care. Sending love, Léa
65 minutes | 7 months ago
Global Climate Action Day Interview with Erik Solheim | Former Executive Director of the UNEP
On Global Climate Action Day 2020, September the 25th, I hosted an interview with Erik Solheim, former executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme. Tune in to learn from an inspiring environmental leader about the challenges of global governance for sustainability, climate youth activism, the urgent need for climate action, economics, and sustainability stories from around the world! This podcast episode is a recording of the live video interview that was conducted on the day which can also be found on the Environment Subcommittee YouTube account: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ekyvw48U-ow If you would like to find out and participate in future online events and speakers follow the Environment Subcommittee on social media: Instagram (@standrewsenvironment), Twitter (@staenvsubcom) or Facebook (@EnvironmentSubcommitteeStAndrews). Furthermore, if you enjoyed this podcast please give it a like and follow Eco-Activist Journeys. I hope you are inspired to take action, use your voice for climate justice and a more sustainable and kinder planet.
50 minutes | 7 months ago
Bite the Doughnut – it is time to rethink our world!
Welcome to Eco-Activist Journeys. Doughnuts, economics, and sustainability – how do they all link? Join Léa, Student Association Environment Officer at the University of St Andrews, and Noah, Editor-in-Chief of the UnEarth magazine of the Environment Subcommittee for this important discussion about our future, capitalism, system change, economic reform and the Doughnut Model invented by Rate Raworth. This is a recording of the live radio show on St Andrews Radio (STAR) which this semester is happening every Thursday at 4-5pm BST. If you enjoy this show reach out to me on Instagram @ecoactivistjourneys and @ecoactivist.lea or the radio show Facebook page @ecoactivistjourneys. We are all in this together. In the same boat. On the same planet. Let's stand together and fight for our future! Our Earth. Our Home. Our Mission.
1 minutes | 10 months ago
Eco-Activist Journeys (Trailer)
15 minutes | 10 months ago
Reflections & lessons from a global pandemic
Covid-19 has changed the world and there is a lot to learn from this time and for our future. That is why in this podcast episode I discuss some personal lessons and reflections from the last few months. The world has changed but the question remains: what comes next? I think it is critical to reflect on these tough times and see how we can utilise the learnings to build a better, more equitable and sustainable future without further superbugs and pandemics. I hope you enjoy this episode and please feel free to comment and share your lessons from this time on Instagram @ecoactivistjourneys or tweet me @WeimannLea Take care and I hope to hear from you, Léa
22 minutes | a year ago
How is COVID-19 linked to our planetary crisis? An interview with public health specialist Prof. Dr. Edda Weimann
The current corona virus, COVID-19, has dramatically spread across the world in these last few weeks. Within days entire systems and routines have changed. Streets and airports are empty. Larger gatherings are no longer allowed. It is a time of social distancing. The crisis has taken the world by surprise despite experts warning about the spread of pandemics for many years. There is a serious lack of globalised health strategies to tackle such outbreaks. This global pandemic did not appear out of no-where and it is time to question the norms that have led to this crisis. COVID-19 is linked to the larger planetary and climate crisis. In what way? Tune in to listen to the podcast discussion with public health specialist Prof. Dr. Edda Weimann. Please help spread the message by sharing the podcast. I hope you are well. Please take care of yourself and each other in these difficult times. Love, Léa #covid19 #climatecrisis #publichealth #planetaryhealth #planetarycrisis #extinction #pollution #wetmarket #wuhan #wildlife #conservation #pangolin #pesticides #socialdistancing #climatecrisisvictims #ecopodcast
57 minutes | a year ago
Can Your Health Save the World? – A radio show discussion with Kristyn Emmer-Whitaker
We can only be as healthy as our planet is. Human and planetary health are integrity connected. Health is wealth. More than ever our current times are challenging us to reconceptualise our lives and what we value most in them. We are facing unprecedented times of crises with Climate Change, Brexit and now the global pandemic of coronavirus -19, which is completely taking over how things are functioning in the world. However, these challenging times can also be a great lesson and teacher to us in many ways. In this live radio show on Friday the 13th of March 2020 I was joined in the St Andrews Radio studio by Kristyn Emmer-Whitaker a Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach who is passionate about health and wellbeing, soil and sustainability. She is also the Uni Hall Warden which is how I got to know her in September 2019. Tune in to listen to our discussion and learn about health, wellbeing, our human connection to the Earth, the importance of soil health and regenerative agriculture. I hope you enjoy this podcast episode and that it fills you with positive energy. Be kind to yourself, to each other and our planet in these difficult times. Love, Léa
54 minutes | a year ago
How can we utilise economic tools to combat climate change? A discussion with Professor Felix FitzRoy | University of St Andrews
While GDP continues to grow social welfare is declining. The rich are getting richer. The poor are getting poorer. Mental illnesses are on the rise. Being “stressed” is a new norm. Our planet is being exploited and destroyed for economic growth. We are in a time of Climate Crisis. What does that mean for our economic system and how can we actually utilise economic tools to combat climate change? How is climate change an opportunity for economic transformation? Why is a carbon tax so important? Can and should we still “growth” in a world of Climate Emergency? This podcast episode is a live on-air radio show discussion with Professor Felix FitzRoy, co-author of “An Introduction to Climate Change Economics and Policy” and Professor Emeritus of Economics in the School of Economics and Finance at the University of St Andrews. Climate Change is the largest threat humanity has ever faced but it is also our greatest opportunity for global systems change. One Earth. One Home. One mission. Hope you enjoy this episode and thank you for listening. --- Website: http://eco-activists.co.za/ Instagram: @ecoactivist.lea YouTube: Léa Weimann Twitter: @WeimannLea
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