March 20, 2020
Hayley Fowler is Professor of Climate Change Impacts and Royal Society Wolfson Research Fellow in the Centre for Earth Systems Engineering Research at Newcastle University. She is also very active on communicating climate change to the wider public and is involved in lots of activities across the city. In this chat she details her own research, how she got into it from childhood and ways that residents of Newcastle, Gateshead and the surrounding areas could get involved with climate action in the city.
Hayley's final point is the main takeaway. "We can always do something, we *can* change the future".
I sincerely hope you are all managing to stay positive during these very strange and perhaps slightly scary times and we look forward to catching up with you in the future.
March 11, 2020
I'm talking to Anna Hughes, Director of Flightfree UK in a wide-ranging chat about the impact aviation is making on climate change. We discuss the Flightfree pledge (please read more at https://flightfree.co.uk/) which is a campaign encouraging people to give up flying for a year. Anna is all about "information and inspiration", not guilt and shaming. We talk about the different approaches of focusing on individual actions and on system change and generally reflect on what "climate responsibility" might mean and how we can all play our part.
Anna is joining me on THURSDAY 26TH MARCH 2020 at King's Place, London for the post-show discussion after my concert of '12 Years' - my one-hour recital-story about the emergency the planet is facing and how different people are responding to it. Please come: book here https://www.kingsplace.co.uk/whats-on/contemporary/sarah-nicolls/
November 18, 2019
I met Fergus at a Non-Violent Direct Action training session. We were both in attendance because we cared about the planet and felt that joining Extinction Rebellion was probably the most useful thing we could do in this moment. We were both out of our depth but over the Rebellion, Fergus had some extraordinary experiences and re-tells these with great passion and clarity. This episode finishes with his new song NVDA. We're hoping to write more together.
November 15, 2019
The Extinction March on the middle Saturday of the October Rebellion was really joyous for me because of the energy and the people I met. There was such a profound and strong sense that everyone there felt strongly and passionately about why they were there, knew a lot about it and cared deeply. I met an early music player, a builder, a retired couple from Henley-on-Thames on their first protest, a climate policy adviser, a government environmental employee... "Extinction! Rebellion!"
November 14, 2019
Lucy Neal leads us, with her collaborators, on a 'Walking Forest' journey through the City of London, starting at the Women's Social and Political Union HQ. We visited sites of justice, power, nature and rebellion and listened, shared, spoke and drew with chalk to explore themes of protest both historical and contemporary. We ended near the XR Bank action, so there are lots of sirens heard throughout our journey.
October 21, 2019
On Sat 12th of the Extinction Rebellion protests in London, I trailed the Stroud Fringe Choir around Trafalgar Square, starting with Culture Declares & meeting a diverse range of people: a museum worker, a banker, a young man on his second ever protest, a man who'd brought a ‘barn’ from Somerset, a playwright, a mum, all mixed with music by Emily Hall (So Far), Blythe Pepino (Emergency) and Sophie Sterckx (The Last Tree).
October 18, 2019
On Day 1 of the Extinction Rebellion, I met a lot of mothers and grandmothers, several very committed protestors (one in a D-lock), two people who'd experienced the same Amazon rainforest school project 30 years ago, XR Baroque who were giving a concert by the Treasury and Rupert Read (XR Spokesperson).
July 16, 2019
Inika Taylor is in the MET Office Climate Impacts team. She was a wonderful early mentor for me in understanding more about climate. The conversation ranges from climate science, to how it is being a parent of young children and a climate scientist. Inika says "I hope as scientists we can draw on our emotions more" and her gentle but determined approach comes through, as she navigates what she knows and what she hopes for.
January 18, 2019
In Episode 1, I talk to Julia Steinberger, a Professor of Social Ecology who I met on Twitter and who has written a persuasive and emotionally direct blog. I hope you enjoy listening. PLEASE read the references here: http://sarahnicolls.com/musical-activist-episode-1/. Thanks!