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How to Save the Planet A Friends of the Earth podcast

Episode 8: Planet on lockdown

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?

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?

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?

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

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?

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.

Episode 2: Introducing Music Declares Emergency

Muna is joined by DJ and radio presenter Erica McKoy as they delve into the world of music  and what the industry is doing to tackle the climate crisis.

The episode features interviews with the founders of Music Declares Emergency as well as Mercury Prize nominee Sam Lee.

Episode 1: The School Strikers

On 20 September 2019 schoolchildren striking against the worsening climate crisis were joined by millions of adults for the Global Climate Strike.

Presenter Muna interviews the youth climate activists at the heart of the school strikes just days before the historic event.

Listen to their story.