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.
Talking About the Crime of Ecocide
Join Matthew Gillett and Marina Lostal in conversation with Jules Pretty on international law, courts and institutions. We talk about peace, security and the environment; hate crimes and losses in cultural heritage; the founding of a Biocultural Indigenous University in the Andean Amazon of Colombia; how the crime of ecocide is being prosecuted, and how a river has been declared a victim.
Matthew Gillett and Marina Lostal are in the Essex Law School at the University of Essex.
You Can Say That Again
Amanda Cole and Ella Jeffries from the Department of Language and Linguistics talk to Jules Pretty about sociolinguistics: the loss and gain of language and dialect, language variation; influence of Cockney on Essex; accent bias – class and gender; right or wrong or plain different.
How Rewilding Changes Us, and What’s With the New Orca Behaviours
Join Ben Goldsmith and Níels Einarsson in conversation with Jules Pretty on how rewilding changes whole landscapes as well as our imagination, and how the 500 Orca marine incidents off Iberia are challenging how we think of wild marine mammals. What is rewilding, how can it benefit landscapes and cities, what are the best ways to think about human-nature relationships?
Ben Goldsmith is author of “God is an Octopus”, rewilding farmer and advocate, and Chief Executive of Menhaden Plc. Níels Einarsson is Director of the Stefansson Arctic Institute at the University of Akureyri, northern Iceland. It is the 25th anniversary year of the Stefansson Arctic Institute.
Perhaps, By the Skin of Our Teeth
Join Lloyd Peck and Bill McKibben in conversation with Jules Pretty on the climate crisis. Lloyd has travelled to the Antarctic 20 times in 30 years, and describes first hand from under water the changes in these cold and slow environments. Bill is the foremost green writer, journalist and activists in the USA, and is the founder of both 350.org and Third Act.
Lloyd Peck is with the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge, and has researched changes in the Antarctic for 30 years. Bill McKibben is author of the book Falter, and founder of Third Act, a US organisation bringing together the over-60s in direct action on the climate crisis and democracy.
Bending Circular Economies Into Shape
Join Erik Jacobi and Jordon Lazell in conversation with Jules Pretty on circular economies and neuromarketing. What are circular economies, and how can they help businesses become more successful as well as creating social benefits? How can new neuromarketing approaches pioneered at the University of Essex help brands and our understanding of consumer behaviours.
Erik Jacobi and Jordon Lazell are at the Essex Business School. Erik is one of the University’s Public Voice Scholars, and directs the Neuromarketing Lab.
Good Things Come to Those who Hope
Join Andrew Simms and Nicky Saunter of the Rapid Transition Alliance in conversation with Jules Pretty on Hope. How can we address climate, ecological and social inequality crises with new forms of language and action; how can hope be deployed to improve lives. The joint Hope Tales project is producing new street literature in the form of chapbooks arising from live events across the UK.
Andrew Simms and Nicky Saunter are at the Rapid Transition Alliance. The Hope Tales chapbooks can be found at https://rapidtransition.org/resources/hope-tales/