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Race and environmentalism with Samir Jeraj

We talked to Samir Jeraj about racism in the UK today, the intersection between race and environmental justice, and the Deyika Nzeribe Fund that he has helped to set up to support the election of candidates of colour to the Green Party of England and Wales. Samir tweets at @sajerajEnjoy the episode and as always, follow us here: https://twitter.com/biggreenpolpod and you can tweet us your feedback or email us at biggreenpoliticspodcast@gmail.com. Big Green Politics Podcast is presented and produced by Seden Anlar (@SedenAnlar) and Julia Lagoutte (@julialagoutte).


15 Oct 2018

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The Rise of the Canadian Greens

The lead-up to Canada's federal elections on the 21st October has been less predictable than expected - with scandals from Trudeau and Green leader Elizabeth May most popular with Canadians in the polls. With unprecedented interest in the climate and the Green Party having recently doubled their single representation in a recent by-election, there is all to play for Canadian Greens. We spoke to Abhijeet Manay, Deputy Leader of the Ontario Greens, about recent scandals and what they say about racism and corruption, the biggest challenges for the Greens, the potential for electoral reform and a new kind of politics, and what to expect from the upcoming federal elections in October.


23 Sep 2019

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What next after declaring a climate emergency

Green councillor Carla Denyer wrote Europe’s first climate emergency motion that passed in Bristol, UK, in November 2018 and kick-started this European wave of cries for change.We made her our Green politician of 2018 - and eight months after her motion, we caught up with her to ask her what inspired her, how should climate emergency declarations be followed up, and how can others around the world follow suit…Carla and the other Green councillors’ response to the Mayor’s climate emergency report: bristolgreenparty.org.uk/news/greens-…nd-emergencyThe ‘Change Starts Now’ report featuring ideas on how to achieve the 2030 carbon-neutral target: www.bristolgreenparty.org.uk/news/actio…al-by-2030You can follow Carla here: twitter.com/carla_denyerEnjoy the episode and as always, show us some love and follow us here: twitter.com/biggreenpolpod.Big Green Politics Podcast is presented and produced by Seden Anlar (@SedenAnlar) and Julia Lagoutte (@julialagoutte).


30 Jul 2019

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#DeniedMyVote - EU Elections Special

Not everything went smoothly during the European Elections. At a time when democracy is being hollowed out in European Union countries - all was not well during the election period. Huge numbers of EU citizens in the UK arrived at polling booths unable to vote, and in a separate case, Romanians around Europe staged protests at their embassies. Is European democracy not as shiny and perfect as we’re told?If you’re a EU citizen who couldn’t vote in the UK - you can find more information here, via the 3 million organisation (with link to the court case crowdfunder): https://www.the3million.org.uk/deniedmyvote Change.org Petition: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/260346Don't forget to check our episode about the election results: EU Election Special - The Green Wave. Follow us on twitter @BigGreenPolPod


6 Jun 2019

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European Elections Special - The Green Wave

European Parliament greener than ever. Find out about the results of the European Elections on the 23rd to 26th May. Did recent Green gains around Europe hold up, and why do some parts of Europe stay resistant to Green parties? We also outline what the European Parliament will look like now, and how the far-right did. Enjoy the episode and as always, follow us here: twitter.com/biggreenpolpod and you can tweet us your feedback or email us at biggreenpoliticspodcast@gmail.com.Big Green Politics Podcast is presented and produced by Seden Anlar (@SedenAnlar) and Julia Lagoutte (@julialagoutte).


2 Jun 2019

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The Green Wave continues

The Green wave continues to sweep across the world, showing us that last October’s incredible results in Luxembourg, Belgium and Germany weren’t just a blip. We take a look at recent elections in the Netherlands, Canada, the UK and Finland and at why Green parties are flourishing now. We dive in a bit deeper in Finland to see why this year’s elections were especially nail biting…And hear from our Green of the week - Dutch MEP Bas Eickhout who has been representing the Greens in the EU level debates.Follow us at @biggreenpolpod


8 May 2019

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Coalitions, Echo Chambers and Local Politics in Germany

Right-wing populists are on the rise across America and Europe, and Germany is not an exception. One region, though, is bucking the trend. In Baden-Württemberg, the land of Mercedes and one of Germany’s richest states, has been ruled by the Green Minister President, Winfried Kretschmann, since 2011. In this episode, we explore why and how.Seden talked to Roderick Kefferputz, who works for the State Ministry of Baden-Württemberg, about coalitions, echo chambers, and local green governance. Take a listen - and enjoy.You can follow Roderick on twitter @RKefferputz You can follow us on twitter at @biggreenpolpod.


2 May 2019

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EU Elections - a turning point for German Greens?

With the European elections coming up on the 23rd May - we talked to Jamila Schäfer, the International Co-ordinator of Europe’s biggest Green Party - Die Grunen, the German Greens. Seden asked Jamila about the German Greens’ EU campaign, how they manage being a party whose policies differ from state to state, what their strategy is to deal with the threat of the far-right and what legacy has Merkel left on German politics.Take a listen - and enjoy. You can follow Jamila on twitter here: @jamila_annaYou can follow us on twitter at @biggreenpolpod.


15 Apr 2019

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Women's History Month Special: Wangari Maathai

In honor of Women's History Month, we're celebrating leading ecologist and democracy advocate: Wangari Maathai. In this episode, we're exploring her inspiring story and her devotion to the preservation of the environment.


24 Mar 2019

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The Dark Side of Conservation

In this episode we’re talking to Chris Lang about conservation in light of two recent news stories about mass evictions in India and human rights abuses. Chris Lang is from Conservation Watch and REDD monitor to and we asked him about these stories, and to elaborate on the current model of conservation and where it’s going wrong.This episode will contain some description of violence and sexual violence. Here are some links from our conversation below: 1. The Karen are facing violent evictions in Thailand:http://www.conservation-watch.org/2016/09/14/court-in-thailand-rules-that-national-park-officers-can-burn-indigenous-peoples-homes-with-impunity/ 2. Deforestation is significantly lower in community-managed forests than in strictly protected forests:http://www.conservation-watch.org/2017/04/04/giving-land-rights-to-communities-stops-deforestation-heres-the-evidence/ 3. Grazia Borrini-Feyerabend on the ICCA consortium on Conservation-Watch:http://www.conservation-watch.org/2016/08/30/guest-post-grazia-borrini-feyerabend-of-the-icca-consortium-seeds-of-nature-and-culture-at-the-grassroots/ 4. More about the Rainforest Foundation UK's community mapping project in Central Africa:http://www.conservation-watch.org/2016/10/05/rainforest-foundation-uks-community-mapping-project-wins-prestigious-un-award/ 5. More about the Messok Dja story:https://redd-monitor.org/2019/03/13/exposed-by-buzzfeed-news-wwfs-lies-about-indigenous-people-being-supportive-of-its-proposed-messok-dja-national-park-in-the-republic-of-congo/ 6. Buzzfeed News:https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/tomwarren/wwf-world-wide-fund-nature-parks-torture-death https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/katiejmbaker/wwf-report-human-rights-abuses-rangers https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/katiejmbaker/wwf-eu-messok-dja-fears-repression-ecoguards7. Survival International covering WWF scandal in Cameroon back in 2014:https://www.survivalinternational.org/news/10456


18 Mar 2019

Rank #10