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.

Note: we had a pause in this series in the earlier part of 2024 owing to time constraints, but we’re back on track now (as of May 2024).

Podcast 3: Bridging the gaps between traditional and conventional medicine

May 31 2024

David Somekh and Caroline Whyte speak with Takis Kotos, the founder of the Cambridge Medical Academy, about his work on integrating conventional and traditional medicine, including research on herbs, while also making use of new technologies to help ensure that patient care is personalised as possible.

Podcast 2: Achieving a Just Fossil-Fuel Phase-Out

May 28 2024

In this podcast, Seán Ó Conláin and Caroline Whyte spoke with Harjeet Singh. Harjeet is the Global Engagement Director at the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty Initiative (FFNPT). He is currently also a member of the United Nations’ Technical Expert Group on Comprehensive Risk Management.

Topics covered in our interview included the history of the FFNPT initiative and its current status. We discussed the limitations of the UNFCCC COP process for climate negotiations and the need for a complementary global fossil fuel phase-out framework, and to ensure that those who are most responsible for the climate crisis are obliged to respect this framework. We identified important alignment between the Treaty initiative and the “Cap and Share” fossil-fuel-phase-out campaign that Feasta is working on with a group of partners, and we discussed possible next steps for the Treaty initiative.

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Podcast 1: Reports from the COP28 frontline

January 31 2024

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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