Beyond the Obvious: novel podcasts for enquirers

We’re very pleased to launch our new podcast series, Beyond the Obvious, which is co-organised by Feasta and the European Health Futures Forum.

The hosts, Seán O’Conláin and Caroline Whyte, will explore a range of topics with guests from a wide variety of backgrounds. There will be six monthly podcasts, beginning on March 15th 2019. Please feel free to comment below.

Caroline Whyte
Seán Ó Conláin

Topics include:

• decarbonisation
• decreasing energy consumption
• measuring wellbeing
• reviving biodiversity, which is taken to include local culture and language
• drivers of health
• monetary reform

Podcast 1: Climate obligations – our children are wakening

March 15 2019

We hear from two 11-year-olds, Eve O’Connor and Beth Malone, who are involved in the schools climate strikes movement, and from Professor Barry Mc Mullin, who takes us through the pros and cons of the possibilities for decarbonising Ireland’s energy supply: nuclear; fossil fuel with carbon capture and storage; BioEnergy; wind; renewable energy with electrofuel; and reducing consumption, particularly by high emitters. This last option, which is supported by Feasta’s climate group members, forms a key part of our Cap and Share and CapGlobalCarbon initiatives. (There wasn’t time for Barry to go into a final possibility – Carbon Dioxide ‘removal’ – but he’ll do so at a later date.)