Audio | “We are all in this boat together”: Climate Justice (BBC Green Thinking)

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There is a great benefit in sharing knowledge across countries, across communities as well, and in a way that we can incorporate different areas of research in a combined and holistic way; and take into account both specific needs and needs that are common across communities.

Dr. Tahrat Shahid [from 2:25]

Melting perma-frost in Alaska has led to crooked housing, an eroded air-strip and changes to the hunting and fishing diets of the inhabitants. But are their views and experiences being properly registered in our discussions about climate change? Today’s conversation looks at the idea of climate justice. Des Fitzgerald is talking about community based research with:
Dr. Tahrat Shahid – the Challenge Leader for Food Systems, and cross-portfolio Gender Advisor at the Global Challenges Research Fund, a UK government fund managed primarily by UK Research and Innovation.
Dr. Rick Knecht – Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at University of Aberdeen where he specialises in working with the Yup’ik communities of Alaska, both past and present

Professor Des Fitzgerald is a New Generation Thinker based at the University of Exeter.

The podcast series Green Thinking is 26 episodes 26 minutes long looking at issues relating to COP26 made in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council, part of UKRI. It explores the latest research and ideas around understanding and tackling the climate and nature emergency.

The podcasts are all available from the Arts & Ideas podcast feed – and collected on the Free Thinking website under Green Thinking where you can also find programmes on mushrooms, forests, rivers, eco-criticism and soil.

For more information about the research the AHRC’s supports around climate change and the natural world you can visit: Responding to climate change – UKRI or follow @ahrcpress on twitter. To join the discussion about the research covered in this podcast and the series please use the hashtag #GreenThinkingPodcast.

Producer: Sofie Vilcins

These are tremendously complex systems and there is no one person in control, knows where all the buttons are; and so understanding our own systems of supply and production is a huge challenge. But the nice thing about complex systems like this is that all the parts are important. And that includes people that may be politically powerless right now bu they are all important coming up with answers, in understanding the problem, and we are all in this boat together. So in some ways that participation in the system at whatever level is the great equalizer.

— Dr. Rick Knecht [from 15:50]

Source: Green Thinking: Climate Justice (Arts & Ideas, 10 November 2021)
Date Visited: 11 November 2021

“I am so happy to be able to serve the bees and the farmers by becoming patron of the European initiative to save the bees and the farmers […]. Without them there would be no pollination. Without them there would be no future food. And the small farmers are the primary source of food.” Watch her video appeal dated 28 February 2020 here:
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The “Save Bees and Farmers!” European Citizens’ Initiative alliance is a growing network of currently over 140 environmental NGOs, farmer and beekeeper organisations, charitable foundations and scientific institutions distributed throughout the European Union, working together to reconcile agriculture, health and biodiversity.

Source: The “Save Bees and Farmers!” European Citizens’ Initiative
Date visited: 4 August 2020

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