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The climate crisis is the most urgent issue facing the planet right now. But can music help save the world? Sounds Like A Plan is the podcast series finding out.

Each episode chats to a name in the music world taking action – and not just those in front of the mic... from festival bosses to artists, record labels to data analysts.

Hosted by journalist Greg Cochrane and musician and activist Fay Milton, from the band Savages and co-founder of Music Declares Emergency.

Series 2 starting October 2021.

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The climate crisis is the most urgent issue facing the planet right now. But can music help save the world? Sounds Like A Plan is the podcast series finding out.

Each episode chats to a name in the music world taking action – and not just those in front of the mic... from festival bosses to artists, record labels to data analysts.

Hosted by journalist Greg Cochrane and musician and activist Fay Milton, from the band Savages and co-founder of Music Declares Emergency.

Series 2 starting October 2021.

    'Impact' – with James Thornton, environmental lawyer + founder ClientEarth

    'Impact' – with James Thornton, environmental lawyer + founder ClientEarth

    The worlds of law and music may seem like unexpected companions in the climate crisis, but brought together they’re a formidable force for change.

    Here, environmental lawyer and founder of ClientEarth James Thornton discusses how his organisation’s work with Coldplay, Brian Eno and Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour has directly halted the coal-fired power plants, saved lives and preserved the planet. Client Earth are considered one of the most impactful climate organisations out there – and rightly so. 

    James is also a huge advocate for how art can help communicate urgency, but also build a vision of hope that'll encourage all us to contribute towards a better, healthier, fairer future. 

    He also shares his thoughts on UN’s pivotal COP26 summit in Glasgow - being held just days away now in Glasgow, UK - and hosts Fay Milton and Greg Cochrane will also leave you with some recommendations.



    Sounds Like A Plan series 2 is supported by Festival Republic. They put on festivals including the legendary Reading Festival, being at Richfield Avenue, Reading on August 26-28th 2022. Weekend tickets are available now:

    https://www.readingfestival.com/tickets



    Links to things discussed in the podcast:

    Dave Gilmour’s viral message about the sale of his guitars and Client Earth 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHrd8NUOVH4

    ClientEarth summit

    https://events.hubilo.com/ClientEarthSummit2021/register



    This episode's recommendations:

    Fay's recommendation

    What a Wonderful World - Choir's Sing For Change 

    https://www.musicdeclares.net/

    Greg's recommendation

    On.to – all inclusive electric car subscription

    https://on.to/



    This episode was partly recorded at Pirate studios. Pirate have modern and affordable recorded locations around the UK available to book 24/7.

    https://pirate.com/en/



    More from us on social media:

    Instagram – @soundslikeaplanpodcast

    Fay Milton

    Twitter – @faymilton

    Instagram – @faymilton

    Greg Cochrane

    Twitter – @Gregcochrane


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    • 56 min
    'Groundwork' – with Lauren Sullivan, co-director REVERB

    'Groundwork' – with Lauren Sullivan, co-director REVERB

    How can artists bring effective climate action to their shows? REVERB are one of the originators of this – they currently work with musicians ranging from Billie Eilish to Tame Impala, Harry Styles to The 1975. They help musicians green their tours, while also helping to bring fans into the conversation on the ground at their concerts.

    Lauren Sullivan - co-founder of the U.S. non-profit REVERB along with her partner Adam Gardner from the band Guster - joins us to talk about tangible actions like bringing eco-villages to gigs, sourcing food from local farmers and encouraging music peers to take action by sharing their learnings, data and resources.

    Co-hosts Fay Milton and Greg Cochrane also discuss Coldplay’s recently announced plans for their Music For The Spheres world tour – where they’ve taken 12 steps to become more sustainable, including the introduction of a kinetic dancefloor that’ll generate clean energy to power the concert. As ever, they’ll also leave you with some recommendations.



    Sounds Like A Plan series 2 is supported by Festival Republic. They put on festivals including the legendary Reading Festival, being at Richfield Avenue, Reading on August 26-28th 2022. Weekend tickets are available now:

    https://www.readingfestival.com/tickets



    Links to things discussed in the podcast:

    Coldplay reveal plans for a more environmentally conscious world tour

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/entertainment-arts-58907085

    REVERB’s Music Climate Revolution and resources

    https://reverb.org/campaign/music-climate-revolution/

    The No More Blood Wood campaign

    https://reverb.org/campaign/no-more-blood-wood/



    This episode's recommendations:

    Fay's recommendation

    Music Declares Emergency’s special collaboration with The 1975

    https://musicdeclares.shop/

    Greg's recommendation

    TED Talks Countdown Summit - resources

    https://www.ted.com/series/countdown



    This episode was partly recorded at Pirate studios. Pirate have modern and affordable recorded locations around the UK available to book 24/7.

    https://pirate.com/en/



    More from us on social media:

    Instagram – @soundslikeaplanpodcast

    Fay Milton

    Twitter – @faymilton

    Instagram – @faymilton

    Greg Cochrane

    Twitter – @Gregcochrane


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    • 55 min
    'Opportunity' – with Brian Eno, artist, producer and co-founder of EarthPercent

    'Opportunity' – with Brian Eno, artist, producer and co-founder of EarthPercent

    A legendary artist, and one of the music world's great thinkers - Brian Eno is our first guest on series 2 of Sounds Like A Plan.

    In spring 2021 Eno co-founded EarthPercent an organisation designed to help direct funds from the music industry towards some of the the most effective climate causes.

    Hosts Fay Milton and Greg Cochrane joined Brian in a cupboard (explained in the podcast) at his west London studio to hear about how the project aims to accelerate action on climate, while also hearing Eno's thoughts on the steps being taken by his peers including Coldplay, U2, Billie Eilish and others. He also shares his thoughts on climate "hypocrisy", how art can help steer the perception of the climate issue and how he believes we should be talking about the emergency in terms of "opportunity".



    Sounds Like A Plan series 2 is supported by Festival Republic. They put on festivals including the beautiful music, art and wellness festival Wilderness, being held in Oxfordshire in August 4-7 2022. Early bird tickets are available now:

    https://www.wildernessfestival.com/tickets/



    Links to things discussed in the podcast:

    Earth/Percent

    https://earthpercent.com/

    ClientEarth

    https://www.clientearth.org/about/



    This episode's recommendations:

    Fay's recommendation

    Book: 'How To Spend A Trillion Dollars' by Rowan Hooper

    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54823535-how-to-spend-a-trillion-dollars

    Climate Music Blowout, London, 17 October 2021 - tickets

    https://www.climatemusicblowout.com/

    Greg's recommendation

    ClimateLive 2021

    https://www.instagram.com/climatelive2021/?hl=en

    The Earthshot Prize on BBC iPlayer

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/p09w80wb/the-earthshot-prize-repairing-our-planet



    This episode was partly recorded at Pirate studios. Pirate have modern and affordable recorded locations around the UK available to book 24/7.

    https://pirate.com/en/



    More from us on social media:

    Instagram – @soundslikeaplanpodcast

    Fay Milton

    Twitter – @faymilton

    Instagram – @faymilton

    Greg Cochrane

    Twitter – @Gregcochrane


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    • 1 hr 4 min
    'Moment' – with Fay Milton and Greg Cochrane

    'Moment' – with Fay Milton and Greg Cochrane

    Welcome back! As we enter a decisive few months for climate commitments (hello, COP26!), we’ll be bringing you a brand new collection of impactful conversations with climate/music change-makers.

    Here, your co-hosts Fay Milton (musician and activist, Music Declares Emergency + Savages) and Greg Cochrane (journalist and podcaster) preview the topics and the guests you can expect to hear from in the coming podcasts.

    We’ll also be looking back on some significant climate and music headlines from the past few months, and look ahead to what to expect from the vital, forthcoming few months of climate action. As ever, we’ll also leave you with some recommendations [scroll down for more].



    Sounds Like A Plan series 2 is supported by Festival Republic. They organise festivals including the brilliantly eclectic Latitude, being held in Suffolk in July 2022. Early bird tickets are available now:

    https://www.latitudefestival.com/tickets



    Links to things discussed in the podcast:

    Massive Attack x Tyndall Institute for Climate Research’s recent collaborative report

    https://www.tyndall.ac.uk/news/massive-attack-publish-tyndall-centre-climate-change-live-music-roadmap

    UK festivals recently affected by extreme weather

    https://www.hertfordshiremercury.co.uk/news/hertfordshire-news/standon-calling-suspended-thunderstorms-heavy-5697656



    This episode's recommendations:

    Fay's recommendation

    Climate Music Blowout event, London, Sunday October 17

    https://www.climatemusicblowout.com/

    Greg's recommendation

    Your Brain On Climate podcast

    https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/your-brain-on-climate/id1577093580



    This episode was partly recorded at Pirate studios. Pirate have modern and affordable recorded locations around the UK available to book 24/7.

    https://pirate.com/en/



    More from us on social media:

    Instagram – @soundslikeaplanpodcast

    Fay Milton

    Twitter – @faymilton

    Instagram – @faymilton

    Greg Cochrane

    Twitter – @Gregcochrane


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    • 33 min
    'Ownership' – with guest Nigel Adams, Full Time Hobby Records

    'Ownership' – with guest Nigel Adams, Full Time Hobby Records

    For the final episode of series one, we're talking recorded music and its impact on the environment: from vinyl to CDs, cassettes to streaming. It's a massive, complicated subject full of nuance.

    Nigel Adams – boss of independent labels Hassle Records and Full-Time Hobby – has been learning about this area for more than a decade. He joins hosts Fay Milton and Greg Cochrane to break down topics including recycled vinyl, "energy intensive" streaming and "how we need more knowledge" to move forward with recorded music and sustainability.

    He's also part of the team who recently launched Near Mint – an initiative to make sure imperfect vinyl avoids destruction and still gets sold.



    Sounds Like A Plan series 1 is supported by Bulb – the green energy company. Listeners of the podcast can take advantage of £50 credit when they switch to Bulb's renewable energy, via this link.

    https://join.bulb.co.uk/refer/soundslikeaplan



    Links to things discussed in the podcast:

    Near-Mint vinyl initiative

    https://musicdeclares.net/gb/campaigns/near-mint

    Full-Time Hobby

    https://fulltimehobby.co.uk/

    Association Independent Music Climate Group

    https://www.prsformusic.com/m-magazine/news/aim-climate-action-group-launches/



    This episode's recommendations:

    Fay's recommendation

    How green is your bank? Switch It

    Make My Money Matter

    https://makemymoneymatter.co.uk/net-zero/

    https://switchit.money/

    Greg's recommendation

    BBC Sport 2050: Future news from a warmer world

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/56972366



    Useful links:

    Instagram – @soundslikeaplanpodcast

    Fay Milton

    Twitter – @faymilton

    Instagram – @faymilton

    Greg Cochrane

    Twitter – @Gregcochrane


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    • 56 min
    'Leadership' – with guest Melvin Benn, Festival Republic 

    'Leadership' – with guest Melvin Benn, Festival Republic 

    Melvin Benn – festival boss of Reading & Leeds, Latitude and many more – knows how to throw a party. For a long time he's also been a  committed environmentalist – having measured his festivals' carbon footprint for more than a decade, he's also employed a sustainability manager at his company for more than 10 years. 

    He joins our hosts Fay Milton and Greg Cochrane to discuss his views on audience travel, foreign festivals and the difficult questions around event sponsorship, plus why he doesn't want to "burden" young music fans with climate anxiety. He also talks about "electrifying" his festivals, and introducing greener initiatives around things like food.

    Melvin's contribution has been significant – his leadership has helped shape the sustainability policy of one of the world's largest concert promoters, Live Nation. And as that statement says: "we have a responsibility to preserve the live music experience for generations to come."

    Before we go, we'll also leave you with our weekly recommendations. Thanks for listening. 



    Sounds Like A Plan series 1 is supported by Bulb – the green energy company. Listeners of the podcast can take advantage of £50 credit when they switch to Bulb's renewable energy, via this link.

    https://join.bulb.co.uk/refer/soundslikeaplan



    This episode's recommendations:

    Fay's recommendation

    Ecolibrium app

    https://ecolibrium.earth/introducing-the-ecolibrium-travel-log-app/

    Greg's recommendation

    Signals Amidst The Noise newsletter

    https://globaloptimism.com/newsletters/signals-amidst-the-noise-april-6/



    Useful links:

    Instagram – @soundslikeaplanpodcast

    Fay Milton

    Twitter – @faymilton

    Instagram – @faymilton

    Greg Cochrane

    Twitter – @Gregcochrane


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    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

LCD’s Soundsystem ,

Best new podcast™️

Sounds Like A Plan is my new favourite podcast… informative, knowledgeable but in an easy to understand way, and hugely entertaining. Everyone should give it a listen, whether you have an interest in music or the climate crisis or not - but if you don’t care about the climate emergency, what’s wrong with you?!

Pbluebell ,

Positivity

This podcast is brilliant!! The way Fay and Greg talk about the climate crisis and some how not make it sound so depressing is amazing! Thank you guys for helping me view the climate crisis in a more optimistic way. I think this podcast will be good for my “eco anxiety” :)

mandG22 ,

Hello

Okay so I don’t know if this is a Pm it seems a bit weird

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