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​​We are RAIA(ffairs), your podcast for stepping up in international affairs. Get informed on the stories and worries of political leaders, the 'behind the scenes' of decision-makers, and how politics impact and change your life. Join your hosts, Sarine and Marina, along with a new guest every episode, to discuss the individual policy-maker of the week.
 
Our Earth. Our Home. Our Mission. What if we were to radically re-think our world? What if we were to build a world based on kindness, compassion, care, and justice? Do you want to be part of the journey? Join Léa in exploring topics of sustainability, social justice, arts, and activism. Listen to inspiring conversations with people from around the world to explore how together we can and must change the world. Website: www.eco-activists.co.za Instagram: @ecoactivist.lea / @ecoactivistjourne ...
 
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The moment fifteen year-old Greta Thunberg decided not to return to class after her summer break to protest in front of the Swedish parliament in 2018, she was not only breaking the law, she was also breaking the silence that had settled around the topic of global warming. Tune into our second Climate Leaders 101 Podcast to discuss climate activist…
 
MBZ is aware of the UAE’s dependence on the crude oil sector, yet is concerned about the UAE’s vulnerability to the effects of climate change. Tune into our first Climate Leaders 101 Podcast to discuss UAE’s President Mohamed Bin-Zayed and his climate agenda with Quynh Dinh, a RAIA summer program intern. We will be analyzing MBZ’s motives, the impa…
 
Join me in a discussion with Jojo Mehta, executive director and co-founder of “Stop Ecocide International". We met in person for the first time in Stockholm for the Stockholm+50 United Nations Conference in June 2022. In this episode we discuss the criminalisation of the destruction of nature and how we can safeguard our future through changing int…
 
Tsai Ing-wen’s ability to integrate Taiwan with its regional economy will affect global security and economy. Tune into this episode alongside RAIA writer Jack Gasdia, to discuss Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen and her economic foreign policy, the NSP. We open up the floor to analyze Tsai’s motivations, the NSP’s success and under performance, as w…
 
Welcome to the 51st episode on Eco Activist Journeys! Join me in a conversation with Lindon Pronto, a senior fire management expert at the European Forest Institute in Bonn, Germany, and previous wildland fire fighter in California, USA. We talk about the current fires in Europe and around the world, Lindon's story from being a fire fighter to beco…
 
Poland has shifted from a controversial partner within the EU to a reliable partner and bridge between the bloc and the rest of Eastern Europe. Tune into this episode, with RAIA writer Laura Revenga Rodríguez, to discuss Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morwiecki's domestic and foreign policies as well as Poland's support for Ukraine amidst power shif…
 
MBS is changing his original attitude towards Yemen and stepping back by agreeing to a ceasefire. Tune into this episode, with RAIA writer Linda-Loreen Steiner, to discuss Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman's interests in terms of regional dominance and national security, his country’s involvement in Yemen, as well as MBS’s relations with UAE’s…
 
Humans need water and food to survive. However, the world is increasingly entering a global food system crisis and our current agricultural system is also significantly contributing to climate change. All our contemporary crises are interlinked. This challenges us as a society to change our global food system! This podcast episode is a discussion I…
 
Welcome to Eco Activist Journeys. My name is Léa and I am your show host. Today I invite you to join me in a discussion with Kate Wilcox, a museums professional and postgraduate museums studies student at the University of St Andrews. We discuss the topic of museums in the climate crisis, how to communicate climate change, what we can do about clim…
 
Join me in a discussion with Ellie King, an undergraduate from the University of St Andrews, who led the Ecosia campaign to get the University to switch to setting Ecosia as their standard browser on computers. We start by talking about the Ecosia campaign in St Andrews and how anyone can start a campaign to create change. Then we dive into the mai…
 
The COP26 has been a much anticipated conference pinned as humanity's “last best chance” to limit global warming to 1.5°C degrees and keep the ambition of the Paris Agreement alive. However, as COP26 concluded it became clear that Glasgow would not be the turning point that the world needs. Now widely regarded as a failure this throws lights on the…
 
Welcome to Episode 2 of the COP26 Series. Why is it critical that we keep the 1.5°C goal alive? What makes this COP in Glasgow so important? How can we create change and push for climate action? Join me in a discussion with Dr James Rae, Earth Scientist from the University of St Andrews, about the scientific importance of the international diplomat…
 
Welcome back to Eco-Activist Journeys. I’m finally back with a new episode and it’s the start of a new chapter in my eco activist journey. A month ago I started my masters in Global Environment and Climate Change Law at the University of Edinburgh. Furthermore, at the end of October the international UN talks on climate change are taking place in G…
 
Welcome to Eco-Activist Journeys! In this episode I talk to Dr Clair Linzey, Deputy Director of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, and also a University of St Andrews alumna. She completed her master and PhD in theology at St Andrews. In addition to being the Deputy Director of the Animal Ethics Centre at Oxford, she is also Director of the Annua…
 
This podcast episode is a recording of a live virtual event at the University of St Andrews with the German Climate Activist Luisa Neubauer that took place on the 1st of March 2021. This was probably one of the most inspiring interview conversations that I have conducted, and I hope you will enjoy, learn, and be inspired by it too. Luisa Neubauer, …
 
On Friday the 19th of March 2021, the Fridays for Future movement organised another global climate strike. To stand in solidarity with the global action we organised an on-air climate strike discussion among student activists. I was joined in the virtual St Andrews Radio studio by Heather from the St Andrews Rector’s Committee, Francesca from my En…
 
In this episode I talk with Professor Doug Benn from the University of St Andrews about the science behind climate change and we debunk popular climate myths around the topics of “natural” climate change, climatic variation and crucially the difference between weather and climate. We also touch on some commonly asked questions around geoengineering…
 
I think that this last year of living in a global pandemic has challenged all of us in some way or another and highlighted how important it is to take care of ourselves and mental wellbeing. How can we balance taking care of ourselves and our beautiful planet? How is sustainability part of wellbeing? What daily practices are there that include well…
 
Join us in a conversation with Dr Margaretha Wewerinke Singh on the topic of writing climate justice into law. We talk about legal tool for climate justice litigation, the Paris Agreement, the Heathrow Airport Court Case in the UK, supporting indigenous communities, civil disobedience, and human rights law. Dr Margaretha Wewerinke Singh is an Assis…
 
In this episode I talk to my friend Gabi Frank, a fellow University of St Andrews student, and we talk about the importance of designing sustainable cities for our future. We talk through examples of the most sustainable cities in the world and Gabi shared insights from her time in Singapore, what makes it such a sustainable city and how it approac…
 
Like so many of you – the end of an old year and the start of a new year are a time of reflection and goal setting for me. In this episode I am sharing a reflection that I wrote on the 31st of December 2020. May we take the lessons of 2020 into the future. Happy New Year 2021! In hope, Léa --- Background music includes snippets from the Auld Lang S…
 
Join us for a discussion on community climate action, carbon conversations, and the community garden in Tayport, Scotland. In this episode I interview Kaska Hempel and Kathleen Grey from PLANT. We talk about the importance of community for environmental activism and standing up for change. Furthermore, we reflect on the enriching experience of volu…
 
Join me for a discussion on ecofeminism, social justice, caring for the planet and poetry from my debut poetry book “Dear Earth”. This is a recording from my live radio show that took place on Thursday the 15th of October 2020 on St Andrews Radio. Social justice and environmentalism are integrally linked, and climate justice cannot be achieved with…
 
This interview with Dr Fiona Hill is part of a series interviewing all Rector candidates on the topic of climate justice and sustainability in St Andrews. In this episode I speak to Dr Fiona Hill on the topic of climate justice, activism, politics, and sustainability in St Andrews. Fiona Hill originally came to St Andrews from a working-class famil…
 
This interview with Ken Cochran is part of a series interviewing all Rector candidates on the topic of climate justice and sustainability in St Andrews. In this episode I speak to Rectoral candidate Ken Cochran on the topic of climate justice and sustainability in St Andrews. Ken is a University of St Andrews alumni and was already elected twice by…
 
This interview with Dr Leyla Hussein is part of a series interviewing all Rector candidates on the topic of climate justice and sustainability in St Andrews. In this episode I speak to Dr Leyla Hussein on the topics of climate justice, activism, mental health, and wellbeing. Dr Leyla Hussein OBE is a psychotherapist, global leader on gender rights,…
 
Let’s talk about mental health, eco-anxiety, activism and well-being. Activism and environmentalism in general can be quite mentally, physically and emotionally challenging especially in a world that fosters highly stressful environments, hustle culture and that does not value happiness and wellbeing as much as it does success, money, and possessio…
 
On Global Climate Action Day 2020, September the 25th, I hosted an interview with Erik Solheim, former executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme. Tune in to learn from an inspiring environmental leader about the challenges of global governance for sustainability, climate youth activism, the urgent need for climate action, econo…
 
Welcome to Eco-Activist Journeys. Doughnuts, economics, and sustainability – how do they all link? Join Léa, Student Association Environment Officer at the University of St Andrews, and Noah, Editor-in-Chief of the UnEarth magazine of the Environment Subcommittee for this important discussion about our future, capitalism, system change, economic re…
 
Covid-19 has changed the world and there is a lot to learn from this time and for our future. That is why in this podcast episode I discuss some personal lessons and reflections from the last few months. The world has changed but the question remains: what comes next? I think it is critical to reflect on these tough times and see how we can utilise…
 
The current corona virus, COVID-19, has dramatically spread across the world in these last few weeks. Within days entire systems and routines have changed. Streets and airports are empty. Larger gatherings are no longer allowed. It is a time of social distancing. The crisis has taken the world by surprise despite experts warning about the spread of…
 
We can only be as healthy as our planet is. Human and planetary health are integrity connected. Health is wealth. More than ever our current times are challenging us to reconceptualise our lives and what we value most in them. We are facing unprecedented times of crises with Climate Change, Brexit and now the global pandemic of coronavirus -19, whi…
 
While GDP continues to grow social welfare is declining. The rich are getting richer. The poor are getting poorer. Mental illnesses are on the rise. Being “stressed” is a new norm. Our planet is being exploited and destroyed for economic growth. We are in a time of Climate Crisis. What does that mean for our economic system and how can we actually …
 
Welcome to my podcast. Eco-Activist Journey is a weekly radio show on St Andrews Radio discussing sustainability and climate activism. On Friday the 21st of February 2020 Dr Daphne Biliouri-Grant joined me on- air for a discussion on corporate sustainability and creating change. Daphne is a corporate governance and sustainability advisor currently …
 
On Friday the 14th of February 2020 I was joined on St Andrews radio by Dr Anna Crawford who is the co-chair on Greenpeace Canada’s Board of Directors. We talked about Greenpeace’s role and mission as the biggest global environmental organisation, what it is like to work in Greenpeace, key successes and lessons and what makes Greenpeace such an imp…
 
This podcast episode is a recording of the live radio show on Friday the 7th of February 2020 on St Andrews Radio with Sir Ian Boyd. Sir Ian is the former Chief Scientific Advisor at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in the UK. He helped establish the Scottish Oceans Institute and is now back in St Andrews and will head the Uni…
 
Just before Christmas 2019 I announced on my radio show Eco-Activist Journeys that I am publishing a poetry book called “Dear Earth”. This episode is a recording from the radio show where I announced the book release and explained a bit more about my book, poetry and the importance of art and creativity in activism. My friend Luis Koester, who is a…
 
It's devastating to hear the news about the fires in Australia and the ways Climate Change is already having an impact on animals and humans. However, what is even more frustrating to hear is that companies like Siemens continue to participate in coal mining projects in the region despite calls from activists and youth around the world crying out t…
 
The 29th of November 2019 marked the day of the 4th global climate strike in 2019. Co-incidentally it also coincided with Black Friday - a day of heightened consumerism. That is why this podcast discusses the St Andrews Climate Strike and Fashion Revolution to challenge to norms of today for a better tomorrow. World leaders: we are watching. The wi…
 
This podcast episode is a recording from the live radio show discussion with the University of St. Andrews Chaplain Rev. Donald MacEwan on Friday the 8th of November 2019. We discussed the need for increased climate action, why a stronger involvement of churches and faith communities is needed in the Climate Crisis, why there has been a lack thereo…
 
On Friday the 1st of November 2019 MP Stephen Gethins joined me for a radio show on STAR: St Andrews Radio to discuss climate action and politics. We discussed climate politics in Scotland and the UK, climate goals and targets, the climate strikes, Extinction Rebellion, Citizens Assemblies and creating societal change. This podcast episode is a rec…
 
This podcast episode from Friday the 11th of October 2019 is a discussion with Amnesty St Andrews’ President Catherine Bentley about the Climate Emergency, human rights and climate action. The questions we addressed in the radio show include: -How do human rights and climate change intersect? -What is Amnesty doing to address the Climate Emergency?…
 
Whose future? - Our future. Let's keep the momentum going and continuing pushing for climate action! On the 20th of September 2019, a day of global climate strikes, citizens, students and children of St Andrews came together to form a line in the sand for climate change of 1.200 people. This podcast recording is a discussion about the Climate Actio…
 
Single use plastics require massive amounts of energy for a very short and undervalued usage. It is also leading to the pollution of our landscapes and oceans. We can all play a part in reducing the amount of pollution and demand change in the packaging industry. Our choices impact the world in more ways than we often like to admit especially if we…
 
We are standing at the wake of a new era. A time that will fundamentally decide the future of life on Earth. Our future. What can we do that is in alignment with the statement of a “Climate Emergency”? We are watching our planet burn, be exploited and abused and then people sit and talk about what we can do within the next 10, 20 or 30 years to slo…
 
In our modern world spending time outside has become less common. Children are spending increasingly more time inside and in front of screens rather than outside. This is leading to a phenomenon known as “Nature Deficit Disorder”. It describes a condition of an increased disconnect between the natural world and humans due to the fact that less time…
 
Emotions are important drivers of change and play a key role in environmental activism. However, activism burnout is also very common and can stop action and commitment to a cause. Change takes time and determination. For some people not seeing immediate change is very frustrating and leads to them losing hope, denying that any change can still hap…
 
This episode is a podcast recording from the 27th of April 2019 which was my last radio show for the semester on St Andrews student radio. I talked about what "eco-activism" means to me and what got me started talking about climate justice and environmentalism. My activism started back in 2014 when I was about 15/ 16 years old and in this episode I…
 
Did you know that the fashion industry is the second biggest polluter of fresh water on Earth? It is estimated that around 80 billion items of clothing are delivered out of factories worldwide. Clothing consumption results in 1.5 billion tonnes of C02 emissions per household each year which is equivalent of driving 6000 cars. Yet, 95% of clothing t…
 
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