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).
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).
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.
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!