How to Save the Planet

By Friends of the Earth

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This podcast series by Friends of the Earth brings you inspiring stories from the frontlines of the climate movement, frank discussion of the issues and solutions at play and takes a look at how anyone can have an impact.

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How 17,000 people took Shell to court - and won

This summer, in a ground-breaking ruling, a Dutch court ordered Shell to reduce its emissions. This is the first time a company has been made to take action to prevent climate breakdown.  

The case was brought by Friends of the Earth Netherlands, alongside 17,000 co-plaintiffs and other organisations.

In this episode Fran and Finn speak to Nine de Pater, from Friends of the Earth Netherlands, to hear more about the case and how these changes can have a wide impact on our planet. 

This is the last episode in the current season, How to Save the Planet podcast will be taking a break until the new year. Thanks for listening! 

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Sep 28, 2021
Black Girls Hike

As lockdowns ease and we're able to get out again we look at groups working to address the under-representation of black and brown people in the outdoors. Over a couple of future episodes, we speak to people who are challenging this. 

Louisa and Danny speak to Rhiane Fatinikun. In 2019 Rhiane set up a small walking group Black Girls Hike, which today has thousands of members, providing a safe space for black women to explore the outdoors and reconnect with nature.

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Jul 29, 2021
What’s wrong with the Policing Bill?

We explore the governments controversial new Policing Bill, speaking to our Head of Political Affairs, Dave Timms about the risk to peaceful protest and Mattey Mitchell from Friends, Families and Travellers about its potential devastating effects on the rights of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.

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Jun 11, 2021
Do local elections matter?

On 6th May polls open for local elections around England and Wales, for communities to vote for their next Mayor, Metro Mayor, local council and Senedd representatives. 
But interest in local elections can be low, with the power of your local representatives to make big decisions for our planet often get overlooked. 

This episode we spoke to Connie and Jackie, local campaigners in Friends of the Earth's network of grassroots groups. They talk to us about what they want to see as a priority for local candidates, how they got involved in local action and what gives them hope.


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Apr 26, 2021
Want a green job?

A green, low carbon future means new jobs and industries that are good for the environment and the people in them. But what counts as a green job? Do people really want them? How do you get one? And what should government be doing to create more?

We're joined today by Clare Linton from Urban Transport Group and Lola Fayokun from Teach The Future to talk all things green jobs.


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Apr 01, 2021
What's wrong with the economy anyway?

Part of our plan for building  a greener and fairer future as we recover from the pandemic is to fix the broken economy. But what's broken about it? What might a different approach look like? And what difference would that actually make to your life?

Fran and Danny talk to Adrienne Buller from think tank Common Wealth who answers all of these burning questions. 

Want to hear from us on a specific topic? Tweet us @friends_earth or email and let us know.

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Feb 24, 2021
What does a green future look like?

As we make our way through the Covid-19 pandemic, there has been a lot of talk of building back better and a new normal. We have heard campaigners and politicians talking about a green and fair recovery or a green new deal. But what do any of these things really mean? What parts of our society need to change? What would that look like in your life? 

This episode kicks off the new year with a new series and a new presenter. Joing Danny and Isobel as they talk to Connor, a Friends of the Earth climate lead, about what a "Green and Fair Recovery" actually is and outline the topics we'll be diving into over the coming months.


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Jan 27, 2021
A green and stress free Christmas with Tori Tsui

The holiday season is barrelling towards us, and it can be a high stress time of year, even as we try to relax.
So, Muna and Louisa spoke to Tori Tsui, a climate and mental health activist. Tori came loaded with tips on how we can look after ourselves, each other and the planet as we make it through the final hurdle of 2020.

Head to Instagram to follow Tori @toritsui_

If you'd like to give the gift of a donation to Friends of the Earth this year, head to 


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Dec 18, 2020
Can you make a difference to climate breakdown?

You've signed petitions and shared posts, but what next? How can you make an actual difference to the climate?

It’s easier than you think: start in your backyard!

We speak to local campaigner Ian Bowler and Wigan Council's Climate Change Manager Kerrell Walley, to find out how working with your local council can have a massive impact. 

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Nov 25, 2020
How do climate and racism connect?

What is environmental justice?
How are black and brown communities impacted by climate breakdown differently?
Why do equality and anti-racism need to be central to the environmental movement?

To mark Black History Month, campaigner Muna Suleiman chats to MP David Lammy, MEP Magid Magid and activist Mikaela Loach about how climate and race are connected, and what we can do to make the environment movement more inclusive.


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Oct 26, 2020
Can you love fashion and the planet?

As fashion week draws to a close, we take a look at one of our most problematic faves - new clothes.
Muna and Louisa speak to fashion insiders Ros and Marie to get useful tips about how we can look good sustainably, what we can do as consumers to push the fashion industry to be better, and what companies and our government should be doing to make the important changes we need to see.

Ros Studd worked as a buyer in the fashion industry before leaving to teach textile design. She's now on a new mission to get everyone mending to save the planet and some cash. Earlier this year she launched to give people the confidence and skills to sew by hand.

Marie, founder of CONGREGATIONcollective, had a similar experience of working in the fashion industry and wanted to experiment and find a way which worked better for everyone, the designers, makers and the world. The collectives latest collection is 100% up-cycled.


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Sep 25, 2020
Can getting around go green?

Outside of our major cities, the UK is reliant on cars to get us around. We know they're huge contributors to climate breakdown, but what are the alternatives? Could we really aim for the bike culture of Holland? Could our public transport system ever be accessible enough to challenge the car's rule?

In this episode, Muna talks to Haf, Ian and Ridhi, all of whom are working on making our approach to transport that bit greener.

Check out their work at:
Haf Elgar: and @foecymrucydd 
Ian Taylor:
Ridhi Kalaria: @SustransWMids on twitter

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Sep 03, 2020
How to talk about climate

Caring about the climate doesn't always mean it's easy to talk about. We know it can be a tricky conversation to have, whether with friends, family or your least favourite coworker. We're here to help, so we asked Cassie Flynn to share some wisdom.

Cassie is the Strategic Advisor on Climate for the United Nations Development Programme, and joins Muna and Fran to talk us through key lessons she's learned from a long career of having those difficult conversations.

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Jul 20, 2020
Are your taxes funding climate breakdown?

The UK claims to be a climate leader, but the truth behind where our tax money goes tells a different story. 

Muna and Louisa are joined today by Adam McGibbon, an investigator with Global Witness. We discover how our money is being used to damage our climate and destroy the communities and livelihoods of those most impacted by climate breakdown in the global south. And how we can stop it. We’ll also hear from Ilham Rawoot in Mozambique, who is part of a group fighting one of these damaging projects.  

Sign our petition to stop the damaging project in Mozambique:

Find our more about Global Witness at:


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Jun 09, 2020
Nature on your doorstep

Lockdown may mean we're spending more time at home, but there's still a lot of the natural world we can look out for (and enjoy) from our doorstep. 

In this episode Muna and Isobel speak to 14-year-old RSPB Youth Ambassador, Kabir Kaul, who's on a mission to transform the way we look at urban landscapes and get us all looking out for nature nearby. 

We had a couple of tech issues with the mics, so please forgive the sound quality in parts.


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May 14, 2020
Ramadan goes green

Ramadan has kicked off for Muslims around the world, a time of fasting, reflection and family. This week Muna is talking to 3 British Muslims, Magid Magid, Lamees Hafeez, and Zunaira Malik. They chat about how lockdown has impacted their fasting, cooking channel addictions and advice for making your Ramadan as eco friendly as possible.

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May 06, 2020
Dude, where's my COP?

So the UN climate talks are postponed, but what really happens there anyway? And does the delay mean anything for climate breakdown?

This episode, Muna and Fran chat to Friends of the Earth's international campaigner Rachel. As a regular at the talks, she shares what really goes on there, the highs and lows of the conference, and the impact of a delay to COP 26. All whilst trying to avoid the endless acronyms.

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Apr 09, 2020
Planet on lockdown

Muna catches up with a few Friends of the Earth staff to see how they're coping and staying connected as we enter life on lockdown. We discuss how we're looking after ourselves, what social distancing means for activism, experiences with homeschooling, and of course what we're binge watching.

 As we grapple with the complexities of life in a global pandemic, it's more important than ever that we find ways to stay connected and support the most vulnerable. We'll be here over the next weeks and months as the situation unfolds, keeping you up to date with how you can stay involved in your local and global community.

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Mar 30, 2020
Is Heathrow getting a third runway?

Our special bonus episode today comes hot on the heels of Friends of the Earth's historic win in the Court of Appeal. On Thursday 27 February, government plans to expand Heathrow airport were ruled illegal, on the grounds that they did not full consider the climate impacts of the project. 

But what happens now with Heathrow's expansion? And what does this ruling mean for holding the government to account on their promises to take climate action? 

Muna and Louisa chat to Friends of the Earth lawyer, Katie de Kauwe, who has been working on the case. She is more than a little thrilled with the result, and talks us through some of the wider implications it could have.

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Feb 28, 2020
Is climate breakdown sexist?

With international women's day around the corner, Muna and Fran meet with Helen Pankhurst to discuss how climate impacts women and girls, and why we're partnering with Care International on their annual March for Women. We also hear from Sostine in Uganda about a grassroots movement to stop rural livelihoods being destroyed by sugar farming.

Join Friends of the Earth at the March for Women on 8 March, and stand in solidarity with women around the world. You can find the details at

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Feb 24, 2020
Climate keeping you up at night?

With Australian fires dominating the news, alongside floods in Indonesia and the shocking devastation to The Amazon last year, it's no wonder many of us are feeling more than a little on edge about the environment. But with terms like eco anxiety gaining traction, what does it really mean? Why do we feel it? And what should we do about it?

This episode we speak to journalist Emma Beddington and psychotherapist Caroline Hickman about their own feelings of stress around the climate emergency, how they deal with them, and why feelings of despair might actually be a good thing. For you, and the planet. 

This week your resident climate campaigner Muna is joined by Isobel from Friends of the Earth's video team in her search for answers, reassurance, and change. 

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Jan 20, 2020
The year that fracking fell

After a long and uncertain campaign, 2019 finally became the year we've seen the fracking industry fail. It's been a big win for local campaigning, and the environmental movement as a whole. 

But why, and how? 

This episode Muna is joined by Friends of the Earth's lead fracking campaigner, Jamie, and our website guru Fran. They talk through why fracking is bad for the climate, how the win happened, and how every form of activism is needed to save the planet. 

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Dec 18, 2019
Is this the UK's first climate election?

A General Election gives us the chance to make our voices heard on the issues that matter most.

And with increased understanding of the climate emergency - and ever more frequent strikes - will this election turn out to be the UK's first climate election?

Muna speaks to Creative Lead Louisa and Political Campaigner Rosemary about election fatigue, how to register to vote and what we should be asking our local candidates.

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Nov 26, 2019
Introducing Music Declares Emergency

Councils, countries and climate activists are all declaring a climate emergency.

But what about industries?

Host Muna joins DJ and radio presenter Erica McKoy to discover what the music industry is doing to save the planet.

The episode features interviews with the founders of Music Declares Emergency and Mercury Prize nominee Sam Lee.

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Oct 30, 2019
The School Strikers

Since 2018, schoolchildren across the world have been striking on Fridays to draw attention to the worsening climate crisis. 
On 20 September 2019 they were joined by millions of adults for the Global Climate Strike.
Friends of the Earth's Muna Suleiman interviewed the youth climate activists at the heart of the school strikes just days before the historic event. 
This is their story.

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Sep 20, 2019