AmpliFIRE: raising voices against rising temperatures is a podcast that aims to equip listeners to accelerate climate action by providing accessible information; amplifying diverse voices; and highlighting the intersections of environmental issues.
Climate Change, COVID-19, and Public Health
In this episode, Meg Withers and Lauren Balotin discuss the intersections between climate change, COVID-19, and public health. They speak with community activist Sharon Lavigne, the founder and president of Rise St. James about her organization’s efforts to fight health impacts caused by air pollution in Cancer Alley. They also speak with public health expert Frank Richards about the ways climate change could influence disease spread in the future.
Learn more about RISE St. James: https://www.facebook.com/risestjames/
Donate to RISE ST. James’: https://www.stopformosa.org/
Learn more about Dr. Frank Richards' work at the Carter Center: https://www.cartercenter.org/
Deforestation and Infectious Diseases
As the pandemic has disrupted nearly every aspect of our lives, we’re all more aware of how dangerous infectious diseases can be. What few people may be aware of however, is how deforestation can lead to infectious disease transfer from wildlife to humans, also called zoonotic spillover. Join us this episode as Shirley Ma speaks with Dr. Alessandra Nava, a scientist at Fiocruz Amazônia in Manaus, Brazil, about the relationships between COVID-19, deforestation, and infectious diseases. To learn more about Dr. Nava’s work, head to https://amazonia.fiocruz.br.
Environmental Racism and Climate Justice
In 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, becoming one of the most deadly and costly storms in U.S. history-- and one of the most salient examples of minority communities being disproportionately threatened by severe weather and climate change. In other words, environmental racism. Join Halle Bradshaw as she speaks with Troy Roberston (Regional Organizer at the Gulf Coast Center for Law and Policy) and Gayla Tillman (Community Organizer for Georgia Conservation Voters) in their exploration of the intersectional struggle for climate justice.
Election and Action: The Future of Climate Policy in the U.S.
Welcome to the first ever episode of AmpliFIRE: Raising Voices Against Rising Temperatures!
In episode one, Halle and Tara explore how electoral politics impact climate policy on local and national levels ahead of the 2020 election, interviewing activist and community organizer Gayla Tilman and Florida Representative Ben Diamond on their experiences on using political action to expand climate justice.