A Little Bit of Lagom
Ep 39 Sharing Music to Educate and Empower with Rex from Conservation Music Lesotho

Ep 39 Sharing Music to Educate and Empower with Rex from Conservation Music Lesotho

March 3, 2022

In this episode, I spoke with Rex Molapo, the co-founder of Conservation Music Lesotho, an organisation using the media of music to raise awareness about the climate crisis and as an educational tool to share knowledge with communities on environmental issues. 

 

Rex also shares wonderful advice on raising awareness and sharing information in a way that inspires action as opposed to apathy, and why the arts has such power in awareness raising, education and cultivating meaningful action. We also discuss her experiences attending the Youth Pre-cop back in September, and analysing in more depth the outcomes of these events as perceived on personal and more global scales.

I hope that you enjoy this episode, and stick around until the end of the episode for some extra suggestions on ways to take climate action and bring about some positive changes this week. 

@alittlebitoflagom 

 

Episode transcript/additional notes: 

https://www.alittlebitoflagom.org/ep-39-sharing-music-to-educate-and-empower-with-rex-from-conservation-music-lesotho/ 

 

Music: Martyn King 

 

Ep 38 The Connected Complexities of Biodiversity, Human Rights and the Climate Crisis with Eirini Sakellari

Ep 38 The Connected Complexities of Biodiversity, Human Rights and the Climate Crisis with Eirini Sakellari

December 15, 2021

 

In today's episode with Eirini Sakellari, we discuss the inseparable nature of biodiversity from the climate crisis, and how this connection is not being communicated strongly enough and reflecting the complexity within it. Eirini talks about the need to centre a rights-based approach in conservation and restoration. There is an incredible need to connect biodiversity, conservation and human rights which historically has not been the case with the roots of conservation very much tied within colonialism.

 

We delve into conversations around whether there can be any such thing as ‘ethical’ money in a capitalist system, and the complexities existing in funding environmental projects, be it on a grass roots or NGO level. Eirini outlines the role that environmental policy can play, as well as its limitations, and why the term ‘intersectional environmentalism’ is an ideology that needs to be much more widely embraced.

 

Eirini works within area-based conservation and is originally from Greece, specifically the Island of Crete. For her bachelors degree, she studied Chemistry and then went on to study environmental sciences for her masters degree, focusing a lot on environmental policy and sustainable development diplomacy. Eirini is one of the co-coordinators for GYBN Europe, which is how I came to meet her, and she’s also the youth assistant coordinator of the global landscapes forum – youth in landscapes initiative.

 

I found this such an interesting and thought provoking conversation - it made me realise how much more I have to learn in this area, and I hope it sparks your interest to delve deeper into these topics.

 

Episode transcript and additional resources:

https://www.alittlebitoflagom.org/ep-38-the-connected-complexities-of-biodiversity-human-rights-and-the-climate-crisis-with-eirini-sakellari/

 

Music: Martyn King

 

Ep37 The Power Held in Language, Identity and Unlearning with Gigi from Gente Del Maiz

Ep37 The Power Held in Language, Identity and Unlearning with Gigi from Gente Del Maiz

October 22, 2021

In today’s episode, I had a wonderful conversation with Gigi, an Indigenous Earth Defender, self-proclaimed eco-punk/eco-goth, and she also runs the online platform Gente del Maiz – an educational platform focusing on environmental education in bitesize pieces, fostering collective unlearning and relearning with her community. 

In this conversation, we delve into subjects of identity, the power embedded in the language we use, the ways in which the environmental movement needs to become a more inclusive space, and the current prominent narratives of environmentalism that are in many ways damaging and exclusive.

Gigi shares her personal experiences of feeling for a long time that she did environmentalism ‘backwards’ and how she has now come to honour the way she learned about environmentalism. We also discuss connections with nature, the importance of compassion and calling in, as well as her thoughts and approaches to managing eco-grief and eco-anxiety

Gigi also shares her beautiful intentions that she set at the beginning of this year, and how they have guided and shaped her decisions moving forward, and of course what a little bit of Lagom means to her.

Episode notes/transcript:

https://www.alittlebitoflagom.org/ep-37-the-power-held-in-language-identity-and-unlearning-with-gigi-from-gente-del-maiz/ 

 

Music: Martyn King

Ep 36 Activism, Stigmatism and Infuriating Party Politics with Nele Van Hoyweghen

Ep 36 Activism, Stigmatism and Infuriating Party Politics with Nele Van Hoyweghen

July 1, 2021

In this episode, I talk with Nele Vanhoyweghen who is a former Belgian UN youth delegate for sustainable development, and currently studies sociology at Gent University where she is a student representative trying to focus on sustainability, climate and inclusivity.

We discuss many things from the importance of generational equity, critiquing party politics, the need for inclusivity and a prioritisation of wellbeing, along with the hopeful possibilities of a just transition.

Nele also shares her own personal experiences with mental health, and how she made the decision to be more open about the fact that she has a depression, anxiety and has autism. We discuss the incredibly damaging implications of stigmatisation, stereotypes and the taboos that still exist around mental health, the ways they manifest and the huge need for this to be dismantled.

Nele also highlights the immense rise in burn out, and how implementing rest is so crucial to support wellbeing, and again having the space to communicate more openly about mental health without fears of judgement or experiencing stigmatisation is so essential.

This is such a thought-provoking episode, with immense honesty, consideration of the visions to create a better future, and many beautiful words of wisdom that I hope they resonate with you too.

 

Episode Transcript/Additional Notes: 

https://www.alittlebitoflagom.org/ep-36-activism-stigmatism-and-infuriating-party-politics-with-nele-van-hoyweghen/ 

 

Music: Martyn King

Ep 35 Climate and Gender Justice with Renata Koch Alvarenga

Ep 35 Climate and Gender Justice with Renata Koch Alvarenga

May 20, 2021

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In this episode, I had such a lovely and informative conversation with Renata Koch Alvarenga, a youth gender and climate justice advocate from Porto Alegre, Brazil. She is the Founder and Director of EmpoderaClima, an educational initiative about gender equality and climate action focused on youth in the Global South. EmpoderaClima produces informative content on climate justice in Portuguese, Spanish, English and French, and engages in multiple advocacy platforms, such as the UN Girls' Education Initiative and the UNFCCC.

Renata has presented her work in 7 countries and is involved in many global initiatives, including the Youth Constituency of the UN Climate Change Convention, where she is Co-Lead of the Gender working group, and UN Women, where she is a National Youth Gender Activist representing Brazil. Renata is also a G(irls)20 Ambassador, and currently works with politics and diplomacy in Rio de Janeiro. 

In this conversation, we discuss topics surrounding climate and gender justice, which Renata shares so much valuable insight into, and how achieving gender balance in positions of leadership is essential in building a more just, sustainable and equitable society. Renata shares about her youth activism, rooted in intersectional feminist action for climate justice, including her activities as founder and director of EmpoderaClima. She also explains and unpicks a lot of climate policy lingo which can often be very inaccessible and quite overwhelming.

We talk about the important qualities of empathy, listening and optimism within positions of leadership, as it is only from a place of hope that we are able to create a vision for a more positive and beautiful future. 

Episode Transcript/Extra resources can be found here: 

https://www.alittlebitoflagom.org/ep-35-climate-and-gender-justice-with-renata-koch-alvarenga/ 

 

Music: Martyn King

 

Ep 34 Eco-Village Insights with Boris and Viktor from Etika Mondo

Ep 34 Eco-Village Insights with Boris and Viktor from Etika Mondo

May 6, 2021

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In this episode, I talk with Boris and Viktor from Etika Mondo, an eco-village located in France.

In this conversation, there were many ideas and visions that really stuck with me and I hope you connect with these beautiful moments too. They share such interesting perspectives on how we have come to define low tech and high tech, individualism and community, the idea of luxury and also the incredibly complex nature of collective intelligence. I really enjoyed talking with Boris and Viktor, I learned so much and gained lots of inspiration from their perspectives, and I hope you enjoy this episode too!!

I do have to apologise in advance, there are a few audio issues in this episode. Boris and Viktor chatted with me from outside which was so lovely but also meant the sound quality isn’t as clear.

Also, a huge thanks to Esmeralda who joined this chat to help out with any translations, so greatly appreciated!!!

Episode transcript/summary: 

https://www.alittlebitoflagom.org/ep-34-eco-village-insights-with-boris-and-viktor-from-etika-mondo/ 

 

Music: Martyn King

Ep 33 Climate Operation: Educating and Connecting with Heizal Nagginda

Ep 33 Climate Operation: Educating and Connecting with Heizal Nagginda

April 22, 2021

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In today’s episode, I had such a wonderful conversation with Heizal Nagginda. Heizal is the founder of Climate Operation, a youth led organisation based in Uganda, which focuses on educating young people and the community about climate change and its intersection between various social issues. They prioritise making climate education accessible and digestible, run workshops for schools and organise activities such as tree planting, which you’ll learn much more about throughout this conversation.

Heizal shares the motivations behind Climate Operation, the importance of accessible information to educate children about the climate crisis in Uganda, and the need to focus on the human impact of the climate crisis, including the health and social impacts. We delve into discussing the damages surrounding the way the climate crisis is portrayed within mainstream media and how the narrative and lens through which it is seen needs to shift and drastically expand. Heizal shares such important insights and was absolute joy to talk with. I hope you enjoy!

 

Episode Notes/Transcript:

https://www.alittlebitoflagom.org/ep-33-climate-operation-educating-and-connecting-with-heizal-nagginda/ 

 

Music: Martyn King

Ep 32 Youth Activism and Self-Reflection with Valentina Prada

Ep 32 Youth Activism and Self-Reflection with Valentina Prada

April 9, 2021

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Valentina Prada Flórez (she/her) is a Literature student at the University of Los Andes in Colombia. She is interested in gender issues and human rights regarding the climate crisis, which she aspires to relate with her career once she graduates. She is part of Fridays for Future Bogotá, Viernes por el Futuro Colombia (FFF Colombia), her university's climate committee (MAUA Uniandes) and co-founded Latinas for Climate. She's currently coordinating the Escazú Agreement campaign for FFF Bogotá and starting her way through photojournalism.

 

In this conversation, Valentina shares her path into climate activism, including her involvement with many youth-led organisations and how her studies in literature shape the perspective she offers into climate conversation. We discuss the importance of accessible information which can empower people to engage in climate action which links to the incredible work Latinas for Climate is doing in creating such resources. Valentina also talks about the creation of Latinas for climate, the aims of the organisation and her work on campaigns surrounding the Escazú agreement, along with what this agreement would come to mean.

 

I hope you enjoy this episode! 

 

Show notes/Extra resources:

https://www.alittlebitoflagom.org/ep-32-youth-activism-and-self-reflection-with-valentina-prada/ 

 

Music: Martyn King

 

 

Ep 31 Climate Justice Advocacy in the Arts with Farah Ahmed

Ep 31 Climate Justice Advocacy in the Arts with Farah Ahmed

March 25, 2021

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In today’s episode, I had the pleasure of speaking with Farah Ahmed, who works for Julie’s Bicycle - a London based charity that supports the creative community to act on climate change and environmental sustainability. Farah’s interests lie in exploring connections between environmental, racial and social justice, creative activism and how art can reshape climate narratives. Farah is a co-founder and facilitator of Diaspora Dialogues for Our Futures, a reflective space for people of colour to centre collective care in the face of the climate crisis.

 

In this conversation, Farah shares her journey into her work at Julie’s Bicycle and how this influenced the way she connected to the environmental movement as well as the important role art has to contribute to this space. We discuss the need for systemic change to tackle social injustices and the damaging impact of an individualistic focus within the environmental movement.

Farah shares crucial messages surrounding the need to be centering marginalised voices and opening up spaces to listen to those on the front lines of the climate crisis, as well as looking beyond the symptoms to target and address the root causes of the climate crisis. She also highlights the importance dismantling gate keeping and all oppressive systems, and she shares such beautiful messages of what she is hopeful about for the future.

 

Episode Notes/Resources: 

https://www.alittlebitoflagom.org/ep-31-climate-justice-advocacy-in-the-arts-with-farah-ahmed/ 

 

Music: Martyn King

Ep 30 The Uncensored Truths from Indigenous Youth with Unity Among Nations Youth Council

Ep 30 The Uncensored Truths from Indigenous Youth with Unity Among Nations Youth Council

March 3, 2021

In this episode, I was in conversation with Antonio, Pamela and Joi 'Junebug', the board members of the Unity Among Nations Youth Council, a youth-led organisation working to address issues affecting their sovereignty, liberty, and way of life as Indigenous Peoples. Their purpose also includes dismantling systems of oppression, healing themselves and the land through tradition, culture and action to liberate their people from the bondage of colonialism.

 

I can’t thank Antonio, Pamela and Junebug enough for all that you shared. These very real and current lived experiences need to be heard, and I hope that through listening to the rawness, humanity and honesty, we can do deep reflecting and dedicating ourselves to becoming better allies, working to dismantle white supremacy and the insidiousness of systems of oppression.

 

You can find Unity Among Nations Youth Council at unityamongnations.org or email them - admin@unityamongnations.org

 

Episode notes/resources: 

https://www.alittlebitoflagom.org/ep-30-the-uncensored-truths-from-indigenous-youth-with-unity-among-nations-youth-council/ 

 

Music: Martyn King

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