Big Green Politics Podcast

Big Green Politics Podcast

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One-stop shop for Green news and debates


Green Surge in Colombia & Indigenous Resistance in Hawaii
Nov 5 • 38 min
It’s been a while since we last dissected the latest news - but so much has happened in the green and political world. In this episode, we talk about Green Politics in Colombia, Bogota’s new Green Mayor who was portrayed and cast out as the diversity…
The Rise of the Canadian Greens
Sep 23 • 55 min
The lead-up to Canada’s federal elections on the 21st October has been less predictable than expected - with scandals from Trudeau and Green leader Elizabeth May most popular with Canadians in the polls. With unprecedented interest in the climate and the…
What next after declaring a climate emergency
Jul 30 • 26 min
Green councillor Carla Denyer wrote Europe’s first climate emergency motion that passed in Bristol, UK, in November 2018 and kick-started this European wave of cries for change. We made her our Green politician of 2018 - and eight months after her motion,…
The EU Goes South - EU Mercosur Trade Deal
Jul 13 • 42 min
In this episode, we explore what the deal consists of and its potential impact on the Brazilian rainforest, on indigenous peoples living under Bolsonaro’s rule, and on Europe’s farming sector. We look at how the deal has been framed in Europe in relation…
#DeniedMyVote - EU Elections Special
Jun 6 • 14 min
Not everything went smoothly during the European Elections. At a time when democracy is being hollowed out in European Union countries - all was not well during the election period. Huge numbers of EU citizens in the UK arrived at polling booths unable to…
European Elections Special - The Green Wave
Jun 2 • 34 min
European Parliament greener than ever. Find out about the results of the European Elections on the 23rd to 26th May. Did recent Green gains around Europe hold up, and why do some parts of Europe stay resistant to Green parties? We also outline what the…
The Green Wave continues
May 8 • 44 min
The Green wave continues to sweep across the world, showing us that last October’s incredible results in Luxembourg, Belgium and Germany weren’t just a blip. We take a look at recent elections in the Netherlands, Canada, the UK and Finland and at why…
Coalitions, Echo Chambers and Local Politics in Germany
May 2 • 33 min
Right-wing populists are on the rise across America and Europe, and Germany is not an exception. One region, though, is bucking the trend. In Baden-Württemberg, the land of Mercedes and one of Germany’s richest states, has been ruled by the Green Minister…
EU Elections - a turning point for German Greens?
Apr 15 • 25 min
With the European elections coming up on the 23rd May - we talked to Jamila Schäfer, the International Co-ordinator of Europe’s biggest Green Party - Die Grunen, the German Greens. Seden asked Jamila about the German Greens’ EU campaign, how they manage…
Facing Down Facebook
Apr 3 • 37 min
The increasing role of facebook in the political process and our democracies is more clear every day. British MEP Molly Scott Cato and academic Tom Scott launched a report that brought together what we know so far, especially in relation to the EU…
Women’s History Month Special: Wangari Maathai
Mar 24 • 13 min
In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re celebrating leading ecologist and democracy advocate: Wangari Maathai. In this episode, we’re exploring her inspiring story and her devotion to the preservation of the environment.
The Dark Side of Conservation
Mar 18 • 36 min
In this episode we’re talking to Chris Lang about conservation in light of two recent news stories about mass evictions in India and human rights abuses. Chris Lang is from Conservation Watch and REDD monitor to and we asked him about these stories, and…
IWD Special: Cheryle Chagnon-Greyeyes
Mar 12 • 11 min
Ahead of International Women’s Day on the 8th March, we’re celebrating women environmental activists and politicians. In this episode, we are celebrating indigenous activist and Green politician Cheryle Chagnon-Greyeyes, the first indigenous woman to lead…
Climate marches // Swedish Greens in government
Feb 18 • 27 min
In this episode, we talk climate marches all around the world, and the new Red-Green government in Sweden. What do the climate marches and strikes tell us about effective climate messaging? And Greens in government in Sweden - what happened? And find out…
Whistleblowers in Europe // Venezuela
Feb 8 • 33 min
In this episode, we talk whistleblower protection, and Venezuela. What will new EU laws about whistleblowing mean for political ecology, and what is the Greens’ position on this? Why is Maduro’s legitimacy in question and how should Greens react? Here’s…
2018: The year of strongmen and Green resistance
Jan 9 • 41 min
A look back to better look ahead understand what 2019 holds. We talk about Bolsonaro’s first few days in office, the rise of ‘Strongmen’, the influence of social media in 2018, and the wave of Green resistance we also saw. We also pick our politician of…
In Poland at COP24 with Miłka Stępień
Dec 13, 2018 • 34 min
Seden was at COP24 and talked to secretary-general of the Polish Greens, Miłka Stępień, about what can be expected out of the event, ecological activism in Poland, and how the Greens did in the recent local elections. Enjoy the episode and as always,…
The Green Wave in Belgium
Nov 20, 2018 • 24 min
Welcome to the first episode of our Green wave series - where we untangle and explore with guests what’s behind the recent Green wave of election successes around the world. This week - Lise Schwimmer, who works for Philippe Lamberts, co-chair of the…
‘UK Politics Special’ - Brexit, Climate Crisis and The Greens with Steve Hynd
Nov 5, 2018 • 38 min
We talked to Steve Hynd about British politics, the Greens, Brexit, and climate crisis. Steve works for Green MEP Molly Scott Cato and is a longtime activist and campaigner for the Greens. Steve tweets at @steve4319 Enjoy the episode and as always, follow…
Race and environmentalism with Samir Jeraj
Oct 15, 2018 • 18 min
We talked to Samir Jeraj about racism in the UK today, the intersection between race and environmental justice, and the Deyika Nzeribe Fund that he has helped to set up to support the election of candidates of colour to the Green Party of England and…
Swedish Election Surprise, Brazil’s Trump, and Romania’s Corruption Scandal with Ioana Banach-Sirbu
Sep 28, 2018 • 34 min
We chat about the Green angle on what’s been going on around the world in Brazil and the England and Wales Greens, before looking at the Swedish elections and how the Greens did. We then talked to Ioana Banach-Sirbu, deputy director of the Green European…
‘European Politics Special’ - Interview with Laurent Standaert
Sep 6, 2018 • 48 min
In this ‘European Politics Special’, we talk to editor-in-chief of the Green European Journal, Laurent Standaert, about the landscape of European politics today, the upcoming 2019 European elections, the rise of the far-right, and the role of Green ideas.…
Rwandan Greens, megafires and climate refugees // Deborah Fenney on disability and environmentalism
Aug 18, 2018 • 34 min
This week we take a look at the political situation, and the Greens, in Rwanda, a surprising fact about megafires and climate refugees, and we talk to Dr. Deborah Fenney about ableism and disableism in the environmental movement and disability equality.…
Beatrice White on Snap Elections in Turkey & Erdogan [Full Interview]
Jul 26, 2018 • 27 min
We bring you the full interview we conducted with Beatrice White - Turkish-based journalist and former deputy editor of the Green European Journal - about the recent elections in Turkey and Erdogan’s current position. Enjoy! Here’s Bea’s article that we…
News from Amsterdam, Mexico and the US // Beatrice White on Turkey, Erdogan and Press Freedom
Jul 14, 2018 • 33 min
This week we take a look at the recent elections in Mexico, with a look at its unusual Green Party, at Amsterdam’s first Green and female Mayor, and at the rise of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Next, Turkey-based journal and former deputy-editor of the Green…