"Big Ideas Into Action" is the relaunched podcast from the World Resources Institute, bringing you the big ideas that combat the world's most pressing environmental and developmental challenges. You'll hear the voices of those meeting the challenges on the ground across the globe and find out about the way we're finding the answers and translating them into action.
We'll be podcasting in series of six to eight at a time, once a week, with occasional special episodes to add our insights and analysis in response to big events.
The World Resources Institute works around the globe to turn big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity, and human well-being. We focus on seven urgent global challenges that must be addressed to reduce poverty, grow economies and protect natural systems: climate change, energy, food, forests, water, cities, and the ocean.
Big Ideas Into Action #22: Transformative Adaptation in Agriculture
If you were a farmer and the climate changed, what would you do about it? At first you might simply try small experiments to adapt – after all, farmers are used to annual variations in the weather. But what about if the changes aren’t just annual variations, but are serious shifts in weather patterns associated with climate change? Drier weather, higher temperatures, more frequent storms, prolongued periods of rainfall.
These issues are the subject of a new WRI report, "Food systems at risk: transformative adaptation for long term food security". In this podcast two of the authors, Rebecca Carter and Tyler Ferdinand, talk to Nicholas Walton about why transformative adaptation is happening, what the challenges are, and how it can be made more effective.
Big Ideas Into Action #21: Ross Center Cites Prize finalists
The Ross Center Prize for Cities is the premier global award celebrating and spotlighting transformative urban change. The five finalists for the 2020-21 prize come from five very different urban environments - in Kenya, Argentina, Mexico, India and the United Kingdom - but all demonstrate how effectively innovative ideas can tackle inequality and climate change.
In this podcast we hear about all five finalists, and what makes each of them special. Anne Maassen, WRI's global lead on the prize, explains the challenges faced by residents in each of the five urban areas, and the solutions they've come up with.
For more on the prize, including videos of each of the finalists, go to www.prizeforcities.org. The winner is due to be announced on June 29th 2021.
Bonus Ocean Panel episode: surfing, sharks and World Ocean Day
This is a special World Ocean Day podcast that was orginally for the WRI Ocean program and the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy. It's with Carlos Manuel Rodriguez of the Global Environment Facility, and it's about what he's learned about the ocean from his decades of surfing, especially off the coast of Costa Rica. Go to oceanpanel.org or @oceanpanel on Twitter if you're interested to find out more.
Big Ideas Into Action #20: How Data is Helping Protect Cameroon’s Forests
Cameroon sits just north of the equator, right on the edge of the vast Congo River basin. It has around 20 million hectares of tropical forest, mainly in the south, but according to data on Global Forest Watch it has lost nearly 4 percent of its primary forest since 2002. Knowing this about what's happening to Cameroon's forest is one thing, however, and doing something about it is another. Or is it?
This podcast is about how satellite data translates into action to protect the forests on the ground. Nicholas Walton talks to an NGO worker, a journalist and a WRI staff member, all in Cameroon, and a WRI researcher who has analyzed the relationship between forest loss data and action.
* Learn more about Global Forest Watch’s Small Grants Fund and Tech Fellowship programs: www.globalforestwatch.org/grants-and-fellowships/about/
* Learn more about Global Forest Watch’s impact assessment: www.globalforestwatch.org/blog/data-and-research/glad-alerts-reduce-deforestation-africa/
* WRI's recent podcast analysing the latest tree cover loss figures: https://soundcloud.com/world-resources-institute/big-ideas-into-action-14-global-tree-loss-data-for-2020
* WRI's podcast page: www.wri.org/podcasts
Big Ideas Into Action #19: Women and land rights
Ensuring that women have equal access to land rights, as well as a strong and respected voice in decision making, makes an enormous difference to the prosperity of communities across the world. This episode examines the issue, following the WRI report "On Equal Ground".
This episode features women in Mexico, Cameroon and Indonesia, explaining why this issue matters, especially at a time when the Covid pandemic is harming economic life and land is being sold to large-scale commercial agricultural companies.
The WRI report can be found here: https://www.wri.org/research/equal-ground-promising-practices-realizing-womens-rights-collectively-held-lands
Big Ideas Into Action #18: After Joe Biden's Leaders Summit
The Leaders Summit called by President Joe Biden was in effect an opportunity to accelerate the response to the climate crisis - but did it achieve what it set out to? Where does it leave us on the road to Glasgow and COP26?
Nicholas Walton spoke to Helen Mountford, our Vice President for Climate and Economics, and David Waskow, the director of the International Climate Initiative at WRI.
Further reading: https://www.wri.org/insights/leaders-summit-climate-offers-jolt-momentum-global-action