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Taking a deep dive into climate breakdown. With interviews from activists, scientists, politicians on how we can push for a green and just world. Looking at the latest developments in Manchester's and the North's climate movement.

Manchester Green New Deal podcast GND Media

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Taking a deep dive into climate breakdown. With interviews from activists, scientists, politicians on how we can push for a green and just world. Looking at the latest developments in Manchester's and the North's climate movement.

    "Ice Cores Are Time Travel" Interview with Glaciologist Dr. Peter Neff

    "Ice Cores Are Time Travel" Interview with Glaciologist Dr. Peter Neff

    There's a heatwave happening in Europe so let's cool down this week by getting into some polar research and  understand how we know the climate is changing from one of the most inhospitable places on earth. 

    This week on the show we are joined by Dr. Peter Neff,(@icy_pete) assistant research professor at the University of Minnesota.  Peter is  a glaciologist and climate scientist working primarily to develop glacier ice core records of past climate, environmental conditions, and atmospheric chemistry.  We discuss the significance of Ice core data for understanding the changing climate, how ice cores are collected, the geo-politics of the antarctic and the military begins of polar research.  Peter also discusses his ethos when it comes to communicating scientific ideas and dealing with social media doomerism.
     

    Links

    Peter's video on ice core drilling

    Peter's publications and work

    Peters Website

    Joe Hansons Youtube channel

    shout outs
    Polar impact- supporting ethnic and racial minorities working in Polar research
    @PolarImpact

    Prem Gill founder of Polar Impact
    @PolarPrem


    Progressive Economic Forum 
    @PEF_online
    James Meadway for organsing it 
    @meadwa

    Councillor Linda Foley - @LindaFLabour
    Manchester Schools, Teachers and Governors who are stepping forward for climate education 


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    "We gotta make peat sexy" Interview with Olivia Blake MP

    "We gotta make peat sexy" Interview with Olivia Blake MP

    This episode was recorded the week before the Government's U-turn on a windfall tax.

    We are in the midst of a cost of living crisis, the war in Ukraine rages on and as ever climate breakdown is in full swing. Wet bulb events in India and south Asia pull into stark relief the potential future for the rest of the world. At the same time, our current minister for industrial policy and energy, Kwasi Kwarteng, is tweeting at young climate activists telling them to “shout and scream all they want… Britain is gonna be on oil and gas for years to come”. 

    It’s pretty safe to say that we need a change of government. As the official opposition the Labour Party is best placed to be that change so let's check in with Labour and discuss how they would respond to the climate crisis if they had the reins of the country.

    This week we are joined by MP for Sheffield and Hallam Olivia Blake (@_OliviaBlake). Olivia is in the Shadow department for Climate change and previously at shadow DEFRA. We discuss the absolute mess that is the water and waste system in the UK, the importance of peatlands and the politics of burning peat, Labour's commitments on climate change and their "green sprint" policy. Then finally we discuss how activists should react to restrictions on protest. 


    Links 
    TUC rally in London June 18th. 
    https://www.tuc.org.uk/DemandBetter


    Shout outs

    UCU Bury College 
    @UCUBuryCollege

    Deliveroo drivers on strike in Sheffield
    @IWGBunion

    Ed Milliband (come on the show Ed!) 
    @Ed_Miliband
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    International Biodiversity Day Special with Josh Styles

    International Biodiversity Day Special with Josh Styles

    It comes around quicker every year, it's only International Biodiversity Day!

    To celebrate our United Nations mandated holiday we are throwing off our slippers, getting out the trowels from the shed and heading out into the garden with the tour de force that is botanist Josh Styles (@joshual95).  Josh is a long time friend of the show and founder of the North West Rare Plants initiative. A project to help reintroduce extinct or rare plant species to the North West. 
     
    On this most green of days we discuss if symbolic events are useful for causes? The success of the Lesser Bladderwort, How we can make our gardens and lawns more bio-diverse and rare plant friendly, why Hoylake Beach needs protecting and of course... plant STDs.

    Links

    Sign the petition to save the SSSI that Josh talked about here

    Here's  a collection of botany and wildlife apps to help you out in the wild.

    iNaturalist
    https://www.inaturalist.org/

    Plant snap
    https://www.plantsnap.com/

    Save hoylake beack

    shout out
    Lancashire Wildlife Trust 
    @Lancswildlife
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    Working Class Voices #7 Níall Glynn

    Working Class Voices #7 Níall Glynn

    Our Ads is on a mission to understand why the working class is so hesitant to get involved in the climate movement in its current form. Each week he'll be talking to climate-conscious people who identify as working class to discover their thoughts on how working class people can become a force in the fight for our very survival.

    This week Ads is joined by Níall Glynn, founder of Working Class Economist Group(@TheWCEG).

    They discuss why he setup WCEG, Growing up in Manchester and Belfast,  how the working class became individualized, why having the opportunity to travel can help develop class and environmental consciousness and how and why the two need blending together. 


    Links

    Get involved in the Working Class Economist Group here

    Books mentioned in the show;

    Joseph Stiglitz - Globalization and Its Discontents

    Kate Raworth - Donut Economics

    Ha- Joon Chang - 23 things they don't tell you about Capitalism. 
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    Working Class Voices #6 Dan Marsden

    Working Class Voices #6 Dan Marsden

    Our Ads is on a mission to understand why the working class is so hesitant to get involved in the climate movement in its current form. Each week he'll be talking to climate-conscious people who identify as working class to discover their thoughts on how working class people can become a force in the fight for our very survival.

    This week Ads is joined by friend and hip hop artist Dan Marsden to discuss the aesthetics of the climate movement and how working class people may view them. In this episode Ads and Dan try to have an honest discussion about what does and does not resonate with the working class in regards to art, music and performance to try to understand better some of the reasons why people are not getting involved in the fight of lives.

    Dan  goes by the  stage name "Cheech" and is a part of the Hip Hop acts'Mothership Connection' and "Bluntskins". They kindly provided the tune "Hush One" for our outro music.  Check out links to their music below.

    Check out Dans music here


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    Half Earth Socialism "We need to be humble in the face of unknowable nature"

    Half Earth Socialism "We need to be humble in the face of unknowable nature"

    It's gonna take some big ideas and even bigger actions for humanity to swerve the 2°C warming climate catastrophe coming down the road. So this week we're taking half the world away.

    Joining us on the podcast are Drew Pendergrass (@pendergrassdrew) and Troy Vettese (@TroyVettese) the authors of "Half Earth Socialism: A Plan to Save the Future from Extinction, Climate Change, and Pandemics".  Their book combines half earth re-wilding and the rich history of Utopian Socialism to illustrate a way of saving the earth from humanity and combating our hubris and domination of nature itself.

    We discuss the works of Otto Neurath, Leonid Kantorovich and Stafford Beer; using neoliberal thinking against neoliberalism, how and why Malthusian ideas on over-population are embedded into society and the problems that arise from it, and how to  create more efficient food chains through global veganism.


    Links
    Pick up a copy of half earth socialism from Verso books Here

    Check out Drew and Troy's website for more info:
    https://www.half.earth/

    Play the Half Earth Socialism the game
    https://play.half.earth/

    Shout outs
    UAWD - United All Workers for  Democracy
    @UAWD_Reform

    Troy's girlfriend Shenuya

    Minesh Parekh - congrats on being elected for Crookes and Crosspool in Sheffield
    @min_esh

    Fianna Hornby GND Councillor elected for Gorse Hill in Trafford
    @fiannahornby

    Angela Brown GND Councillor elected in Heywood
    @Angel4brown598
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Customer Reviews

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12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Gstintin ,

Engaging and Constructive

Great podcast on a range of topics around the theme of Green New Deal and a socially just transition to a sustainable way of living. Love the fact that its done by a mixed team of presenters, who are keen to find ways forward through rational debate. Keep up the good work!

radandrew91 ,

Great Combo of local and national politics

I’ve been listening to this podcasts for a couple of weeks now. It’s opened up so much to me about Manchester local politics as well as national environmental concern. Hope Alex got that hair cut!

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