Bridging the Gaps 2021: Podcasts on ecology, health, energy, well-being…..

Caroline
Whyte
Seán Ó Conláin

Welcome to our new series of Bridging the Gaps. As with our previous series in 2020, and our 2019 podcast series Beyond the Obvious, it is co-organised by Feasta and the European Health Futures Forum (EHFF).

The hosts, Seán O’Conláin and Caroline Whyte, explore a range of topics with guests from a wide variety of backgrounds. We’ll upload 10 podcasts in the course of 2021. Please feel free to comment below.

Special thanks to Laoise Kelly who gave us permission to use her harp music. The piece is ‘Princess Beatrice’ from her Album ‘Just Harp’.

Podcasts are listed below from the newest to the oldest.

Podcast 2: Health, justice and the environment – the core issues

February 28 2021

This instalment begins with an interview by David Somekh of the EHFF of Tsvetelina Filipova, who is involved in All Policies for a Healthy Europe, an intersectoral initiative that brings together a diverse group of NGOs, think-thanks, associations, companies, and individuals. Tsvetelina is chairing the initiative’s environment group and she describes a report which the group has just published. David and Caroline Whyte then go on to interview Professor Éloi Laurent, who is an economist based in Paris and a ‘convert’ to ecological economics. Éloi talks about the strong links between justice, a healthy environment and human health, and how the fight to reduce inequality is the best basis for environmental activism.

Podcast timeline:
2:10 – Tsvetelina Filipova
12:39 – Éloi Laurent

Podcast 1: Pitchforks and Arcadia: overcoming fear with a new vision

January 31 2021

Seán O’Conlaín and Caroline Whyte speak with Mark Garavan, a lecturer in social care at the Galway Mayo Institute of Technology. Mark has a doctorate in the sociology of environmental activism and is the author of the book Compassionate Activism, and he is also a Feasta Director. 

Topics covered include the environmental and economic pressures behind the COVID-19 pandemic, the social effects of the lockdowns, the sources of the anger that many people are feeling now, the reasons behind the rise of the far right, the role played by social media and other new technology, and things that could be emphasised in a vision of a more positive future so as to aid our transition from the existing economic system.

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