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Podcast: Vanessa Baird on nature’s defenders

This is an episode in the Radio NI podcast series, which features regular interviews with contributors to New Internationalist's magazine and books. You can subscribe to this podcast for free in iTunes, or via the RSS feed, or by visiting the Radio NI blog to check for new interviews.

The race is on to exploit the planet’s dwindling resources – minerals, oil, water – as fast and as rapaciously as possible. This is causing toxic pollution, adding to global warming and threatening the lives and livelihoods of those living closest to nature. Holding the frontline are indigenous people – especially those of the Amazon. For our October issue, New Internationalist co-editor Vanessa Baird visited Peru, where a rebellion of nature’s defenders is taking hold and challenging both governments and corporations. Here she discusses these issues with Nyan Storey in our latest Radio NI interview.

To find out more, read Vanessa’s keynote article on Peru’s dam busters or browse the contents of the magazine issue. Our articles contain links and pointers to organisations which are fighting back against the environmentally damaging projects she describes.

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  1. #1 Ricardo Ataide 11 Oct 11

    I'm a subscriber of the New Internationalist and have been following the magazine for the last 2-3 years. It has been a continuous source of good reading material, and essentially of good food for thought. The main articles are usually well researched and able to build on good evidence to tell a story. Only recently have I started to take more notice of the web format of the magazine as well as of the podcasts. Although not the podcasts I was expecting (where the main articles are read and discussed to those that might not have time to stop and read them)the available podcasts are very interesting. The podcast this week though is painful to listen to. The interviewer is clearly unprepared for what is the theme of the podcast, asks questions that have already been answered, states the obvious and goes as far as citing wikipedia after declaring that he has researched material on the subject at hand. I believe the New Internationalist is better than this podcast, and so should the editors.

  2. #2 Tom Ash 12 Oct 11

    Dear Ricardo, I help look after New Internationalist's website and saw your comment. First of all, we'd like to say that we really appreciate your support for and kind words about our magazine. I'm sorry to hear that you were disappointed with this podcast, and appreciate you taking the time to let us know how you felt.

    I'll make sure that I pass on your comments to the podcast maker, as we always take reader criticism seriously and would welcome more of it. I hope you'll nonetheless continue to listen to the podcast, as you say you found its previous episodes interesting - do let us know how you find future episodes. You can always reach us via the contact link at the top or bottom of each web page.

  3. #3 Nyan Storey 14 Jan 12

    Hi Ricardo - I am Nyan Storey, the Podcast Editor. Sorry that it has taken me so long to get back to you. Thank you for your comments - more feedback would definitely give me the opportunity to improve the service. At the time of researching, recording and editing this podcast, I was dealing with a bereavement, and I now realise that I hadn't done a proper job of it. After reading your remarks, I recently gave it another listen, and I can see that those are all fair comments. I have since re-edited it, and the version online now should be fine. I would be very interested to hear how you feel about the Podcasts that we have released since, and whether you have any suggestions on how we can improve the service. Feel free to comment here, or to send me an email at [email protected]

  4. #4 fredrodriguez 01 Nov 12

    Environmental engineers are trying their hardest to develop new technologies and ways to harness alternative energies, or to reduce pollution. However, as this article has pointed out, human's thirst for resources and minerals do more harm to the earth than the good that some people are trying to bring. We as the human race really need to stop taxing the earth so much!

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Vanessa Baird lived and worked as a journalist in Peru during the tumultuous mid-1980s, and she maintains a passionate interest in South America. She joined New Internationalist as a co-editor in 1986 and since then has written on everything from migration, money, religion and equality to indigenous activism, climate change, feminism and global LGBT rights. She also edits the Mixed Media, arts and culture section of the magazine.

Vanessa’s books include The No-Nonsense Guide to World Population (2011), Sex, Love and Homophobia (2004), The Little Book of Big Ideas (2009) and, People First Economics (2010). In 2012 she won a prestigious Amnesty International Human Rights Media award.

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