Episode 9: Sustainable Lifestyle
Last October, before the COP26 climate change talks in Glasgow, IEMA conducted a survey that showed that climate change was the second most important concern, just behind the economy. This result was part of a suite of opinion polls taken around this time which gave similar results both in the UK and other countries. It could be argued that this momentum gives policymakers a greater opportunity to concentrate on the policies and skills needed to drive a zero carbon economy. However, we have also seen evidence that some people are becoming fearful and anxious about the future, even to the extent that they feel any action they might take will make little or no difference, given our current global trajectory. That’s why we want to start the year discussing how small changes in lifestyle can help reduce your impact.
We discuss with our panel how the challenge of being sustainable can seem daunting, but how important it is to start to do things even though they may be imperfect. We also talk about how to stay motivated to change habits, as each individual or business will have their own challenges and the importance of being kind but also honest about where you are on our journey.
December 09, 2022
Episode 19: Rewilding, should we go wild
In this episode we speak to Jake Fiennes, about rewilding, agriculture, the need for nature, how rewilding can impact productivity. We ask who should be responsible for the increased cost of food production and how rewilding can diversify revenue streams.
November 21, 2022
Episode 18: COP27 - Will they Sharm El-Sheikh it off?
In this special COP27 episode we discuss our experiences at COP as observers, as the talks come to a close. Sarah presents the podcast from Sharm El Sheikh with Martin Baxter, IEMA’s Director or Policy, Chris Seekings, Transform Deputy Editor and Tom Pashby, IEMA’s digital journalist
October 26, 2022
Episode 17: COP 27 The African COP - A Ghana perspective
<p>In this episode we speak to Thomas Kankam about his path from attending the Cartagena Dialogue held in Ghana to becoming the UNEP National Project Coordinator (NPC) at the Environmental Protection Agency of Ghana.</p> <p>We discuss the climate change affecting Ghana, what they are doing about it and the barriers they face to implement the change...
September 28, 2022
Episode 16: Can sports be green?
<p>In this episode we discuss the challenges in making sport ‘greener’. We talk to two sustainability professionals working at the top level of professional sports, Caroline Carlin from the Southampton Football Club and Jaime Mc Keown from World Rugby.</p> <p>Together we talk through some of the sustainability issues in sports and what they are doi...
August 31, 2022
Episode 15: To nuclear energy or not to, that’s the clean energy question
<table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Episode description</strong>: </p></td><td><p>In this episode we talk to an IEMA Fellow and sustainability manager working in the nuclear industry. We discuss the myths that surround nuclear energy – the ‘trilemma’ of security supply, price and carbon. We discuss how nuclear energy sits within the energy crisis and...
July 27, 2022
Episode 14: The state of the profession
<p>In this episode we speak to Paul Field, a former coal miner and now environment and compliance manager, and Becky Toal, the owner of Crowberry Consulting, which provides environmental management system advice to businesses.</p> <p>Becky and Paul talk about their varied career paths, the role of education and apprenticeships for developing profes...
June 01, 2022
Episode 13: All jobs greener
<p>In this episode we talk to two IEMA sustainability professionals, Laura Middlemass, from Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Rebecca Garner from Serco UK. We discuss their roles in helping to make ‘every job become greener’ within their organisations. We discuss the shift in enthusiasm for sustainability, the pandemic and lessons learnt...
May 04, 2022
Episode 12: Green skills and green jobs for a greener economy
<p>In this episode we are joined by Laila Takeh from Deloitte and Martin Baxter from IEMA, who were part of a team of authors of our report, ‘A blueprint for green workforce transformation’.</p> <p>We discuss what we mean by green skills and green jobs and how organisations can understand and implement greener credentials.</p> <p>To find out more a...
March 30, 2022
Episode 11: Could renewable energy be the way out the energy crisis?
<p>This month we welcome two women working in different areas of renewable energy. Sarah Merrick, the founder and CEO of Ripple, a co-op wind farm and Caroline Donnelly, a consent manager for SSE Renewable and the first female IEMA Fellow in Ireland.</p> <p>We hear about the fantastic work they are doing in the renewable energy sector as well as ho...
February 23, 2022
Episode 10: The energy crisis and consumer vulnerability
<p>In episode 10 we discuss the energy crisis that the world is facing, focusing on the UK. We analyse the role of the government in establishing fuel security policies, that help insulate the poorest against the energy commodity market. </p> <p>We consider the need to establish financial incentives for landlords, so that they tackle the need for e...
December 08, 2021
Episode 8: Green progress review
<p>This year has been an eventful year for the environment. The effects of the pandemic are still being felt worldwide and we have witnessed unprecedented weather events. The latest IPCC report warned of a “code red” for humanity, stating that global warming was affecting all regions across the globe. In November, world leaders attended the environ...
October 27, 2021
Episode 7: The road to COP is paved with good intentions
<p>COP 26 is fast approaching and governments and companies around the world are pledging to do more to tackle the Climate Emergency. COP 26 is hailed as a pivotal moment where leaders need to make serious advances to tackle greenhouse gas emissions, to prevent the worst consequences of climate change. It is also the first official deadline since C...
September 22, 2021
Episode 6: The Job Market and Green Skills
<p>For our sixth episode we talk about the recent news regarding job market recovery and what this means for the younger generation who around the world have suffered disproportionately higher levels of unemployment and the green skills initiative that the UK government is implementing. </p> <p>On this episode our panellists discuss the long term e...
August 25, 2021
Episode 5: Building Resilient Cities
<p>On our fifth episode we discuss resilient cities. In recent news we have seen how vulnerable cities can be to extreme weather events. In Europe many cities have experienced flush floods, in Canada, Japan and southern Europe they had to cope with heat waves, in the west coast of the USA it was droughts and fires while in Greece, Algeria and Leban...
July 28, 2021
Episode 4: Destabilising climate
<p>Extreme weather events, exacerbated by climate change, are being felt worldwide. This in turn is increasing the competition over scarce resources, which can potentially fuel mass migration and conflict. </p> <p>In our fourth episode we ask if climate change is fuelling conflict, or if it’s one of many contributing factors. Joining us is Lieutena...
June 23, 2021
Episode 3: Fighting from within
<p>In our third episode we discuss ‘people power’ and the ability to exact change from within. Mindful of the rebellion inside oil company Exxon, forcing them into faster climate change action, we ask if the financial market is finally considering the value environmental social governance (ESG) has to offer organisations.</p> <p>We discuss the role...
May 26, 2021
Episode 2: Authoritarian Governments and Climate Change
<p>For our second episode, we consider whether democracy or autocracy can provide the action that the global community needs, to combat climate change. We debate whether authoritarian or democratic governments are more effective at handling crises like the pandemic or the Climate emergency. </p> <p>Seeking consensus can be a long process which can ...
April 21, 2021
Episode 1: Coming out of lockdown
<p>In this pilot episode we discuss how the UK and New Zealand are dealing with easing of lockdown restrictions and how has the pandemic affected the sustainability and environmental profession. </p> <p>IEMA’s CEO Sarah Mukherjee, and guests Martin Baxter, Deputy CEO and Director of Policy and External Affairs at IEMA and Alec Tang, Director of Sus...