"Big Ideas Into Action" is the relaunched podcast from the World Resources Institute, bringing you the big ideas that combat the world's most pressing environmental and developmental challenges. You'll hear the voices of those meeting the challenges on the ground across the globe and find out about the way we're finding the answers and translating them into action.
We'll be podcasting in series of six to eight at a time, once a week, with occasional special episodes to add our insights and analysis in response to big events.
The World Resources Institute works around the globe to turn big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity, and human well-being. We focus on seven urgent global challenges that must be addressed to reduce poverty, grow economies and protect natural systems: climate change, energy, food, forests, water, cities, and the ocean.
Big Ideas Into Action #7: What will a President Biden mean for the environment?
What will a Joe Biden presidency mean for the environment, for climate action, for energy, for technology? How will this tie in with recovery from the covid crisis, and what does it mean for the rest of the world?
In this special episode we sift through the issues with WRI experts Andrew Steer, Helen Mountford, Dan Lashof, Lori Bird, Christina deConcini and Joe Thwaites.
For more on what a Biden presidency means for the environment, including a blog post setting out our recommendations for his ten priorities, go to www.wri.org.
Big Ideas Into Action #6: Getting power to the people
Nearly 800 million people around the world lack secure access to the energy they need. Health services, schools, businesses and farms all need reliable electricity if they are to work properly. So how do you improve access to energy?
This episode of WRI's 'Big Ideas Into Action' podcast is about electricity access, and about using data to match up opportunity with potential impact. From India we hear about hospitals in Jharkhand and emergency flood shelters in Assam, and from East Africa we hear about helping businesses and farmers use energy to flourish.
This is the last in this relaunched series of WRI podcasts, which has taken in the sustainable ocean economy, restoration in Rwanda, how to solve water-based conflict, helping communities combat pollution, road safety – and now energy access. There’ll be another series along again in a while, and maybe the occasional special program when the occasion – and events in the wider world – demands it. If you go to the podcast bit of WRI.org you can find back episodes – or even better, subscribe to Big ideas into action on whichever podcast service you use.
WRI’s work on energy access: www.wri.org/our-work/topics/energy-access
Energy for development: www.wri.org/our-work/project/energy-development-initiative
Blog: Solar Power: A Rural Indian Hospital’s Key to Fighting COVID-19
Tool: Energy Access Explorer: https://www.wri.org/blog/2020/07/renewable-energy-rural-hospital-coronavirus
Commentary: A New Nexus Approach To Powering Development: https://www.wri.org/news/new-nexus-approach-powering-development
WRI Energy on Twitter: https://twitter.com/WRIEnergy
WRI Energy newsletter: www.wri.org/sign-wri-energy-news-and-updates
Big ideas into action #5: Sustainable cities need safe roads
Is a city truly sustainable if pedestrians, cyclists and children are being killed and injured on its roads? Over 55% of the world's people now live in cities, but while this has brought opportunities it's also meant traffic jams, pollution and road accidents. They’re now the number one killer of children and young adults between the ages of 5 and 24.
In this WRI 'Big ideas into action' podcast we look at the impact of road safety, its connection to urban development and sustainability issues, and ask what can be done to make roads safer. We hear from Istanbul, Addis Ababa and Bogota about the work the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities is doing, and why it matters.
Big ideas into action #4: empowering people against pollution
Millions of people in low and middle income countries around the world are affected by problems such as pollution in the air, the soil, the water, but don’t know what they can do about it. In the fourth of this relaunched series of WRI's Ideas Into Action podcasts we take a look at WRI's STRIPE project, which is helping people around the world combat pollution.
In this podcast we hear about the challenges facing fishermen in Indonesia and communities in Mongolia, and we hear from a Jamaican lawyer who has helped reduce the health problems near bauxite mines. We also get the big picture from Liz Moses of WRI, and hear just how dangerous it can be to stand up for your environmental rights, from the woman who founded the STRIPE project.
STRIPE stands for Strengthening the Right to Information for People and the Environment – and the project empowers communities to improve their environmental health through the right to access information.
This if the fourth in this series of Big Ideas Into Action. You can read more about them at www.wri.org/podcasts.
For more about the STRIPE toolkit: www.wri.org/publication/toolkit-for-community-led-action
STRIPE infographic: https://www.wri.org/resources/data-visualizations/strengthening-right-information-people-and-environment
WRI Governance: www.wri.org/our-work/topics/governance
WRI Governance Twitter: https://twitter.com/WRIGovernance
STRIPE video about Mongolia: www.youtube.com/embed/6D13ubSdkOo
WRI blog about Mongolia: www.wri.org/blog/2020/mongolia-mining-pollution-environmental-justice
Blog about Indonesia: https://icelindonesia.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/stripe-report-indonesia_final.pdf
Jamaica Environment Trust www.jamentrust.org/
Big ideas into action #3: solving water-related conflict
How much of a role does water play in conflict, and how do you solve such challenges? These are the key questions at the heart of the third "Big ideas into action" podcast from WRI.
This week we focus on the work of the Water, Peace and Security partnership, drawing together everything from on-the-ground insights to AI and big data to identify where water stresses are likely to lead to conflict, and then help resolve conflicts once they have broken out.
You can find more of our relaunched "Big ideas into action" podcasts at You can also find us at www.wri.org/podcasts.
The paper mentioned, "Ending conflicts over water", can be found here: https://www.wri.org/publication/ending-conflicts-over-water
You can follow the work of the Water, Peace and Security partnership at https://twitter.com/waterpeacesec and https://waterpeacesecurity.org
The sounds from the war in Yemen that you can hear at the start of the podcast are from "Yemen's forgotten war", part of the BBC World Service's highly-recommended Assignment series of radio documentaries. You can listen to it in full here: - https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p0325f2f
Big ideas into action #2: restoration in Rwanda
What is landscape restoration, and what does it look like on the ground? In this second WRI "Big ideas into action" podcast we travel to Rwanda, to hear from the villagers, the entrepreneur and the woman working to educate the nation's schoolchildren about the importance of nature.
Restoration is about far more than planting trees - it's about restoring degraded landscapes, growing those trees, repairing soils and harnessing nature as a solution to development challenges. As well as hearing from Rwanda's people, we'll get some expert context from WRI's Forests Program liaison on the ground and WRI Africa's regional director.
We'll be bringing out one podcast a week for this first season of "Big ideas into action". You can also find us at www.wri.org/podcasts.
For more about restoration in Africa, visit afr100.org or follow the team on Twitter at https://twitter.com/restoreforward and https://twitter.com/WRIafrica.
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Much needed in the pod world! WRI is perfect to be the goto pod for environmentalists. Thanks for sharing your work!