Bridging the Gaps 2024: podcasts on ecology, health, well-being….

Seán Ó Conláin

In our Bridging the Gaps podcast series, the hosts, Seán O’Conláin and Caroline Whyte, explore a range of topics with guests from a wide variety of backgrounds. As with our previous series in 2023, 20222021 and 2020, and our 2019 podcast series Beyond the Obvious, it is co-organised by Feasta and the European Health Futures Forum (EHFF). Please feel free to comment below.

Special thanks to Laoise Kelly who gave us permission to use her harp music. The piece is ‘Waltzing Daisy’ from her album ‘Just Harp’. You can find our more about Laoise’s music here.

Thanks also to Leontien Friel Darrell (@LFDDesigns) for designing our podcast logo.

Podcasts are listed below from the newest to the oldest.

Podcast 1: Reports from the COP28 frontline

January 31 2023

Caroline Whyte interviews four of Feasta’s delegates to the COP28 climate summit which took place in Dubai, in November 2023: Hania Imran (Pakistan), Angel Smith (USA), Theresa O’Donohoe (Ireland) and Barbara McCarthy (Ireland). Topics discussed include:

– the influence of civil society on COP negotiations
– the potential for ‘side-treaties’ that develop alongside the UNFCCC process
– the shadow cast at the COP28 by war and militarisation
– the under-representation of delegates from war zones and Small Island States
– the dangerous power of corporate lobbyists
– the Loss and Damage Fund: pluses and minuses
– the manipulation of the negotiation process by some to suppress certain voices
– the complexity of organising protests during COPs
– the important work being done by Climate Action Network International
– and whether it’s better to attend or to boycott COPs

You can also read written reports from all of our COP28 delegates here.

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