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PODCAST: Green solutions

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In October’s Climate Radio show, Phil England continues to look at climate change solutions but with renewed urgency in the light of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report.

Listen to the podcast.

Joining Phil England on the programme is Colin Hines, founder of the Green New Deal Group to explain how we can finance the transition to a Zero Carbon Britain.

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett outlines her programme for government.

Cat Hobbs, founder of the We Own It campaign tells us why Britain’s railways would be better under public ownership

Louise Hazan, campaigner for the Fossil Free UK campaign tells us how a new divestment campaign has the power to cut dirty energy companies down to size.

Listen to this month’s podcast.

The Fossil Free Tour arrives in Europe at the end of this month – you don’t have to be a student to get involved!

No time to listen or fancy reading more about these issues? Read Phil England’s show notes.

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  1. #1 jfc 30 Oct 13

    The best chance to mitigate climate change is to severely reduce consumption of animal foods. About 1/2 of human induced warming is attributable to animal agriculture. Methane is 24 times more potent than CO2 and takes only 7 years to cycle out of the atmosphere. CO2 takes around 100 years to come out. Human pursuit of animal protein is the leading cause of methane release and a primary cause of CO2 concentrating in the atmosphere. Check the facts and act!

    ’A 1% reduction in world-wide meat intake has the same benefit as a three trillion-dollar investment in solar energy.’ ~ Chris Mentzel, CEO of Clean Energy

    ’As environmental science has advanced, it has become apparent that the human appetite for animal flesh is a driving force behind virtually every major category of environmental damage now threatening the human future: deforestation, erosion, fresh water scarcity, air and water pollution, climate change, biodiversity loss, social injustice, the destabilization of communities, and the spread of disease.’ Worldwatch Institute, ’Is Meat Sustainable?’

    ’The livestock sector emerges as one of the top contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global. The findings of this report suggest that it should be a major policy focus when dealing with problems of land degradation, climate change and air pollution, water shortage and water pollution, and loss of biodiversity. The impact is so significant that it needs to be addressed with urgency.’ UN Food and Agricultural Organization's report ’Livestock's Long Shadow’

    “If every American skipped one meal of chicken per week and substituted vegetables and grains... the carbon dioxide savings would be the same as taking more than half a million cars off of U.S. roads.” Environmental Defense Fund

    “It’s not a requirement to eat animals, we just choose to do it, so it becomes a moral choice and one that is having a huge impact on the planet, using up resources and destroying the biosphere.” ~ James Cameron, movie director, environmentalist and new vegan

    ’Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.’ ~ Albert Einstein

    21-Day Vegan Kickstart

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Phil England is producer of Climate Radio and co-founder of the award-winning community radio station Resonance FM. In 2012 he produced an alternative audio tour for the Tate Modern as part of the campaign to end oil sponsorship of the arts. His freelance writing has appeared in The Independent, The Herald, The Ecologist, Variant and The Wire.

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