The climate movement is coalescing around a powerful campaigning tool which has proved decisive in previous struggles in history: economic divestment. What does this campaign look like on the ground in the UK? What have the wins been so far? What creative direct action tactics are being employed? How does campaign for a cultural boycott fit in? And can the campaign succeed where the UN talks have failed?
Our guests in this fourth and final show in this mini-series are:
The food system is responsible for around 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Moving to a system of small-scale climate-friendly farming (“agroecology”) would drastically reduce these emissions and provide numerous co-benefits into the bargain. Recognising the right of local communities to determine how their food is produced (“food sovereignty”) would protect those already farming in this way against the destructive forces of large-scale agriculture. Your guides for this week’s programme are:
- Vicki Hird, acting policy director with Sustain – The Alliance for Better Food and Farming
- Colin Tudge, author of Good Food for Everyone Forever: A people’s takeover of the world’s food supply and co-founder of the Campaign for Real Farming
- Dr Ian Fitzpatrick, author of of Global Justice Now!’s new report From the Roots Up : how agroecology can feed Africa and
- Humphrey Lloyd of Land Workers’ Alliance and Edible Futures.
Do we need to reform our democracy in order to get serious action on climate change? Is it time to fight for radical reform of our democracy so that it serves people and planet rather than the narrow interests of powerful groups such as the fossil fuel corporations? We look at the fledgling Occupy Democracy movement, the newly emerging campaigns for a 21st Century Great Democratic Reform Act and a citizen-led constitutional convention which could kick the corporate influence out of our government so that it starts to work in the public interest once again. Featuring:
- George Barda, John Sinha, Aisha Dodwell and Julie Timbrell of Occupy Democracy
- Donnachadh McCarthy, former Liberal Democrat vice chair and author of The Prostitute State
- Alexandra Runswick, director of Unlock Democracy
- Dr Alan Renwick, associate professor at Reading University and author of A Citizen’s Guide to Electoral Reform
We are proud to present the first programme in a new mini-series focusing on Climate Solutions. This is actually the first of a two-parter on democracy. This first show takes a look at fracking as a case study which lifts the lid on the corrupting influence of fossil fuel corporations (and the banks that finance them) on our democracy. The imposition of fracking in the UK threatens our basic human rights, hampers our ability to tackle climate change and makes a mockery of the democratic process.
- John Ashton who served as the Special Representative for Climate Change 2006-2012
- Tina Louise Rothery of Residents’ Action on Fylde Fracking, The Nanas & Frack-Free Lancashire
- Kathryn McWhirter and Charles Metcalfe from Frack Free Balcombe Residents’ Association
- Rose Dickinson, campaigner at Friends of the Earth
Next week, we’ll follow up by looking at the newly emerging campaign for a 21st Century Great Democratic Reform Act which would kick the corporate influence out of our government so that it starts to work in the public interest once again.