5 episodes

The Louder than Words Podcast is encouraging difficult discussions, offering a platform to people making a difference and explaining how you can take action on issues you care about. We'll be covering climate change, mental health, migration, inequality and nature as therapy. Louder Than Words is being brought to you by the Centre for Public and Policy Engagement at the University of Essex and CommsConsult. In each episode Professor Jules Pretty and journalist Martha Dixon will look at a key global issue and give you a chance to hear from leading researchers, policy makers, thinkers and campaigners plus those directly affected by the issue.

The Louder Than Words Podcast The University of Essex

    • Society & Culture

The Louder than Words Podcast is encouraging difficult discussions, offering a platform to people making a difference and explaining how you can take action on issues you care about. We'll be covering climate change, mental health, migration, inequality and nature as therapy. Louder Than Words is being brought to you by the Centre for Public and Policy Engagement at the University of Essex and CommsConsult. In each episode Professor Jules Pretty and journalist Martha Dixon will look at a key global issue and give you a chance to hear from leading researchers, policy makers, thinkers and campaigners plus those directly affected by the issue.

    Nature as therapy

    Nature as therapy

    Green exercise and nature therapy have been hitting the news lately. Increasingly you’ll see them referred to in public health policy in the UK.
    The healing power of nature isn’t new - the ancient Greeks had over 400 temples for outdoor healing. But, in our increasingly busy, urbanised lives do we really understand the value of nature? How can we show that nature is a good and effective therapy for all sorts of people in all kinds of contexts? Can it and will it replace some uses of pharmaceutical drugs?
    In the latest episode of the Louder Than Words Podcast, Jules Pretty and Martha Dixon will explore how University of Essex academics are providing the evidence to help in the better use of what we might call the natural health service. They will also speak to people putting these insights into action and transforming lives.
    They will be joined by:
    Nick Cooper from the Department of Psychology discussing how research on outdoor activities such as angling has led to a European-wide initiative to support mental health.
    Jo Barton from the School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences at Essex talking about how Government policy on nature therapy can help young people from an early age and prevent problems in the future.
    Jo Roberts from the Wilderness Foundation explaining how the charity takes troubled youngsters and takes them out into nature.
    Matt King, from independent health and wellbeing charity Trust Links, describing how Trust Links uses gardening and the outdoors to support people in their journey to recovery and wellbeing.

    • 20 min
    Mental Health - Changing policies, shifting attitudes

    Mental Health - Changing policies, shifting attitudes

    In the third episode of the Louder Than Words Podcast we’re looking at changing attitudes to mental health and how that is having an impact on healthcare, education and support for young people.
    Professor Jules Pretty and Martha Dixon investigate how policies are shifting and talk to experts involved in those changes which are influencing how we treat and prevent mental health problems.
    Contributors include:

    Mental health nursing student Hannah Brock (1:39) is learning about new perspectives on supporting patients.
    Professor Wayne Martin (4:30) from the Essex Autonomy Project is helping frontline professionals understand how to ensure they respect the rights of people they are caring for.
    Thomas Currid (8:14), senior lecturer in the School of Health and Social Care at the University of Essex, is introduing new approaches to teaching students about autonomy and social treatments.
    Srivati (10:32) from the Breathing Spaces in Schools project is helping young people understand the value of mindfulness.
    Dr Caroline Barratt (12:58) from the School of Health and Social Care at Essex is pioneering a more contemplative approach to teaching and learning.
    Professor Chris Nicholson (18:10) from the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies at Essex wants care workers to receive better training to cope with the complex situations they face.

    The Louder Than Words Podcast is created by the Centre for Public and Policy Engagement at the University of Essex and produced by CommsConsult.

    • 21 min
    Migration

    Migration

    In our second episode Professor Jules Pretty and journalist Martha Dixon, take you on a journey to discover why we need to learn from our past in uncovering the global impact of migration on our people and our land. Our speakers have direct experience of migration and the impact it has had on their lives. We discuss why this is such an important issue and why we need to learn from the past to look forward.
    Contributors
    Roma Tearne (1:28) arrived on a boat from Sri Lanka more than fifty years ago. Her parents were Tamil and Sinhalese, caught in a conflict between the two ethnic groups. Roma is an award winning artist and novelist.
    Susan Oliver (5:08) looks at past migration through literature. This provides valuable insights into trying to understand the current impact of migration and the longer view.
    Ahmed Shaheed (10:37) and (16:37) is a United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, and a migrant from the Maldives forced to leave after a coup. He discusses how conflict creates more displaced people, the effects of climate change that force people to travel and why he still has hope about the future.
    Jonathan Lichtensein (12:04) is professor of drama at the University of Essex has recently published a book, The Berlin Shadow, about his father’s experience of escaping the Holocaust.
    Shownotes at: www.essex.ac.uk/blog

    • 20 min
    Climate Change

    Climate Change

    The time for action is now. In our very first episode Professor Jules Pretty and journalist Martha Dixon, talk to some of the world’s leading climate experts about their work to fight climate change and to those who use this research to influence policy and engage the public.
    Andri Snaer Magnason (1:35) is a writer and poet and climate change is his passion. He uses his writing to get climate change on the agenda and storytelling to make sense out of complex climate data.
    Dr Michelle Taylor (6:12) and Professor Graham Underwood (8:33) from the University of Essex discuss how their research contributes to policies that aim to reduce climate change.
    At an international policy level Tanya Steele (11:27), CEO of the UK’s World Wide Fund for Nature’s (WWF), emphasises the importance of science in making decisions and generating new ideas.
    Environmentalist and company director Simon Lyster (15:12) brings another dimension – the role that business plays in the drive towards a healthy natural environment.
    Finally we talk to young activist Hattie (20:54) who as a WWF Youth Ambassador is passionate about the natural environment and preserving it for future generations.
    Full show notes including transcription available at: https://www.essex.ac.uk/blog/posts/2021/04/28/the-louder-than-words-podcast-climate-change 
    Feedback welcome at: louderthanwords@essex.ac.uk

    • 22 min
    Louder Than Words Taster

    Louder Than Words Taster

    Louder than Words is the new podcast encouraging difficult discussions, offering a platform to people making a difference and explaining how you can take action on issues you care about.
    In each episode Professor Jules Pretty and journalist Martha Dixon will look at a key global issue and give you a chance to hear from leading researchers, policy makers, thinkers and campaigners plus those directly affected by the issue.
    We’ll be launching the first episode on Thursday 29 April 2021, but we thought we'd give you a taste of what you'll find.
    Louder Than Words is being brought to you by the Centre for Public and Policy Engagement at the University of Essex and CommsConsult.
    Upcoming episodes will cover climate change, mental health, migration, inequality and nature as therapy.

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