A wave of local climate action has emerged across the UK, as activists, researchers, politicians and businesses join forces to tackle the climate crisis.
To help share some of these inspiring stories, the Place-based Climate Action Network (PCAN) has launched a monthly podcast series focused on how climate policy is put into action on the ground.
The show is co-hosted by Professor John Barry, a co-investigator for PCAN based at Queen's University Belfast, and Kate Lock, Policy and Communications Manager for PCAN based at the University of Leeds.
The series is produced and edited by Simon Moore, Communications Officer based at the University of Leeds. The show is hosted by the Climactic Collective, an independent podcast network telling the stories of regular people pushing for climate action in their communities.
In the first episode of this series by the Place-based Climate Action Network (PCAN), meet the founder of the PCAN research project, Professor Sam Fankhauser, from the University of Oxford (formerly LSE). Join John and Kate to find out how the project was born and how it has managed to help drive local climate action across the UK.
In episode two, meet a co-investigator for the PCAN project, Jamie Brogan, from Edinburgh Climate Change Institute (ECCI). John and Kate talk to Jamie about the Edinburgh Climate Commission and his work on the interface between academia and industry. Jamie explains some of the challenges of launching a climate commission amidst a global pandemic, and their recommendations for a green recovery, and the opportunities for Scotland as the COP26 hosts this year.
In episode three John and Kate talk to two key players in the PCAN story, Andy Gouldson, Professor of Environmental Policy at the University of Leeds, and Polly Cook, Chief Officer for Sustainable Energy and Air Quality from Leeds City Council. Andy set up the independent Leeds Climate Commission in 2017, which works closely with Leeds City Council. Andy and Polly have also been instrumental in setting up one of the newest, and largest yet - Yorkshire and Humber Climate Commission.
In episode four Kate and John catch up with two core members of the Belfast Climate Commission, Clare McKeown, Sustainable Development Manager from Belfast City Council, and Amanda Slevin, PCAN Policy Fellow from Queens University Belfast. Clare explains what it’s been like to work in close partnership with academics, and outlines the Council’s “absolute commitment” to tackling the climate emergency. Amanda discusses her involvement in Northern Ireland’s first Climate Change Bill, which is currently making its way through Stormont. And she explains why her activist approach to work gives her the energy to keep pushing for positive change.