In Climate Conversations we talk to a diverse range of inspirational people who share a deep commitment to their communities and the natural world that sustains them. Through engaging and broad reaching conversations with leading authors, scientists, activists and politicians we discover some of the solutions to the climate and biodiversity crises that threaten our future and learn how these solutions will create a healthier, happier and more equitable world.
Season 2 Climate Conversations highlights
Many thanks to all of our guests on our second season of Climate Conversations. There are so many highlights and takeaways from our eclectic range of guests...from the streets of Glasgow at COP26 to the green fields of Galway, from collapsing Swiss glaciers to healthcare's own egregious carbon footprint, from advocacy abroad to advocacy at home. Special thanks to Ian Lumley, Dr Sinead Walsh, Kenneth Keavey, Randal Plunkett, Dr James Dixon, Professor Hannah Daly and Naomi Sheehan for their time, their expertise and most importantly their fine conversation. Irish Doctors for the Environment are looking forward to lots more in 2023 and hope you will continue to listen, share and most importantly to get involved. Here is to a successful and sustainable 2023.
Climate Action over Climate Despair with Naomi Sheehan
Naomi Sheehan is a sustainable development scientist, environmental campaigner, climate advisor and social activist. Naomi has over twenty years of experience in Business Development, Corporate Transformation Programs, Humanitarian Operations & Government Policy Strategy. She then left the world of business to retrain in Sustainable Development and is now a member of Scientist Rebellion. With first hand experience of witnessing some of the rapid environmental changes from European glaciers to the artic, Naomi joins Derek Cawley to discuss COP27 developments, the pathway to 1.5 degrees, and why action, not despair, is what we need now more than ever.
Clean energy with Professor Hannah Daly
For the final episode of season two we are delighted to be hosting Professor Hannah Daly on the podcast. Hannah is a professor in sustainable energy and energy systems modelling at UCC, before which she worked at the International Energy Agency.
Hannah's research and lectures focus on modelling and developing sustainable pathways for the energy system, encompassing energy access, climate change and air pollution. Over recent years she has provided a much needed voice of science and reason in the often emotionally charged and polarising debates on key issues in Ireland such as carbon budgets, agriculture, data centres, renewable energy and our path to net Zero. We talk about many of these issues with her, with a particular focus on the challenges and opportunities of cleaner energy.
Sustainable Healthcare with James Dixon
The climate and biodiversity crises are increasingly being recognised as one of the major threats to human health and wellbeing, driving much of humanities efforts to decarbonise our economies. Yet the healthcare sector is an enormous source of greenhouse gas emissions and waste, with some estimates calculating that if the global healthcare sector was a country, it would be the fifth largest emitting country in the world. Achieving net zero within the healthcare sector is therefor essential not only for the health and wellbeing of the populations that they serve, but also in helping governments achieve national net zero goals.
But with such a huge volume of consumables, plastic waste, infrastructure heating and lighting needs, ambulance fleets and so on, how can this be achieved? This month we speak to James Dixon to try and find some answers. James is a leader in healthcare sustainability: he is a chartered environmentalist who has worked in healthcare sustainability for over 15 years, including winning national awards such as the sustainable healthcare leader of the year award along the way. His current roles of associate director of sustainability at Newcastle Hospitals NHS trust and sustainability lead for North East and Cumbria integrated care systems puts him in charge of driving these institutions transition to net zero.
Rewilding in Ireland with Randal Plunkett
In this episode we sit down with Randal Plunkett, owner of the beautiful Dunsany Estate, home to Ireland's largest rewilding project. Since 2014 Randall has been allowing the 1600 acre estate to rewild: by stopping the grazing of cattle or sheep and the growing of crops, nature is given space to flourish and functioning ecosystems are restored. As a result he has seen a huge increase in the populations of birds, mammals and insects, including the return of teh Corncrake, Woodpecker, Red Kite and Pine Marten!
Sustainable farming with Green Earth Organics
In this months episode Sean and Callum head to the beautiful Green Earth Organics farm in Galway to chat to owner Kenneth Keavey about sustainable farming. Kenneth and his team of over 40 staff grow a variety of delicious organic vegetables, which they deliver to subscribers around Ireland. We discuss the benefits and challenges of organic farming, the importance of soil health, the challenges vegetable farmers face in Ireland, the importance of locally grown produce for food security and our health, what people can grow in their own back yard and much more!
Head over to www.greenearthorganics.ie for more information!