The ABC's of Green Politics
N...is for the News

N...is for the News

The ABCs of Green Politics  • 24/08/2022

After what seems like an age... we're back.... In this episode we talk to two of Ireland's leading reporters on environmental and climate issues, Shauna Corr and Niall Sargent, about how the media has covered (or not) ecological and climate issues.

Shauna is an Environment Correspondent, who writes for @IrishMirror, @MirrorNI, @IsFearrAnStar, @BelfastLive, amongst others

Niall is an Investigative Reporter @noteworthy_ie, part of @TheJournal_ie

Issues covered in the pod include: Why do we rarely hear discussion of capitalism and economic growth as root causes of the planetary crisis in the news?  How do and how should journalists frame ecological and climate issues?  What language and terms should be used?  How do journalists balance the need to base their stories on the science, while also making it 'local', and ensuring there is a narrative that engages people?

You can follow both on Twitter: Shauna @ShaunaReports and Niall @Niall_Sargent

M...is for Music

M...is for Music

The ABCs of Green Politics  • 14/11/2021

In this episode hosts Lorna Bogue, Saoirse McHugh and John Barry have a natter with Jody Trehy, Dublin-based singer-songwriter and Galway-based poet Kevin Higgins on the role and power of music, arts and culture in ecological politics, framing alternatives to ecocidal capitalism and the power of art to inspire and illuminate the current state of the planet and the human condition .... and like ejits we forgot to record a poem or a song! 

L...is for loss, love and lots of emotions....

L...is for loss, love and lots of emotions....

The ABCs of Green Politics  • 06/09/2021

In this episode Saoirse, Lorna and John are joined by Louise Taylor, early career researcher at Queen's University Belfast and environmental activist to talk about something that we don't talk about enough in activist circles - our emotions.  So in this episode we discuss emotional responses to the planetary crisis and environmental activism from grief, anger, love, loss, disappointment and hope. 

K is for the Koran

K is for the Koran

The ABCs of Green Politics  • 23/07/2021

K is for the Koran – in which regular hosts Lorna Bogue and Saoirse McHugh are joined by Dr. Ingrid Mattson, London and Windsor Community Chair in Islamic Studies at Huron University College at Western University in Canada and Dr Gasser Abdelal– Lecturer and Associate Professor, School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast, to explore the relationship between the Islamic faith and ecological issues.  Topics include stewardship, ecological living and nature protection from an Islamic religious and ethical perspective, Muslim ideas of the place of humanity within the world, duties to protect nature, animal rights, globalised capitalism and climate change, and how to value and ethically and relate to the earth and its processes and entities.

J ....is for Just Transition

J ....is for Just Transition

The ABCs of Green Politics  • 11/06/2021

This week regular pod hosts Saoirse McHugh and John Barry talk to Sinead Mercier and Sen McCabe about the just transition beyond carbon energy, beyond an unsustainable economic system and the possibilities for a just transition in Ireland.

I...is for Incineration.....

I...is for Incineration.....

The ABCs of Green Politics  • 02/06/2021

This week regular pod hosts Saoirse McHugh, Cllr Lorna Bogue and John Barry are joined by Mary O'Leary Chairperson at Cork Harbour Alliance for a Safe Environment (CHASE) talking about the local community campaign against an incinerator being built in Cork.  A fascinating and inspiring discussion about the grassroots campaign against plans by Indaver, one of Europe’s biggest waste management companies, to build Ireland’s first toxic waste incinerator at Ringaskiddy in Cork Harbour.

H is for .... Human Rights, Climate In/Action and Climate Case Ireland

H is for .... Human Rights, Climate In/Action and Climate Case Ireland

The ABCs of Green Politics  • 23/04/2021

In this episode regular hosts Sinead Mercier, Lorna Bogue and John Barry are joined by special guests Orla Kelleher and Emer Slattery to discuss the connections between human rights and their abuses and issues of climate breakdown, a human rights approach to climate and ecological action and Climate Case Ireland.

G is for ....growing

G is for ....growing

The ABCs of Green Politics  • 07/04/2021

G is for ... growing, land ownership and agrarian politics in Ireland, and farming ....amongst other things... This week regular pod hosts Saoirse McHugh, Sinead Mercier, Lorna Bogue and John Barry are joined by special guest Fergal Anderson from Talamh Beo to talk about growing food, awareness and alternative models and practices of land use and management, agriculture and how to support farmers and rural communities across the island of Ireland....


You can find out more about Talamh Beo here: http://www.talamhbeo.ie/ 

F is for..film, films &.. green futures ... and Fungi the Dolphin

F is for..film, films &.. green futures ... and Fungi the Dolphin

The ABCs of Green Politics  • 12/02/2021

F is for film... and Fungi the Dolphin... listen in to hosts Saoirse McHugh, Sinead Mercier, Lorna Bogue and John Barry discuss Batman, the Jurassic Park series... and other films...and articles.....and ideas..... that come into their heads..that have something to do with the environment...... horse it inta ya!!

E is for .... Extractivism, Exploitation and Extreme Energy.....

E is for .... Extractivism, Exploitation and Extreme Energy.....

The ABCs of Green Politics  • 17/01/2021

The exploitation of people and places for natural resources is the main topic of this episode.. looking at the ways global corporations seek out the extraction of 'cheap nature', especially in relation to fossil fuel resources from oil to fracked gas, and how communities have resisted this in Ireland and elsewhere..  we were joined by Dr Amanda Slevin, academic and activist, co-director of the Centre for Sustainability, Equality and Climate Action at Queen's University Belfast and Chair of Climate Coalition NI, and V'cenza Cirefice, PhD candidate at Galway University and anti-extractvist activist.... in conversation with regular ABCs podcast hosts Sinead Mercier, Saoirse McHugh and John Barry....enjoy.

D is for ....Disability, the climate crisis and green politics

D is for ....Disability, the climate crisis and green politics

The ABCs of Green Politics  • 16/12/2020

In which we discuss the relationships between disability, climate breakdown, green politics and human rights... with regulars Sinead Mercier and Saoirse McHugh, joined by special guests Maria Ní Fhlatharta, Centre for Disability Law and Policy, NUI Galway, and Deirdre Ní Cheallachain, Policy officer for Irish Council for Civil Liberties

C ... is for capitalism...

C ... is for capitalism...

The ABCs of Green Politics  • 09/12/2020

Join regulars Saoirse McHugh, Lorna Bogue, Sinead Mercier and John Barry, with special guest Dr. Patrick Bresnihan from Maynooth University for a discussion on the connections between capitalism and unsustainability, how green politics should be viewed as seeking to move societies beyond capitalism as well as carbon,...enjoy

B is for ... Bills ... You wait and wait and then like buses two come along .... A tale of two Climate Bills ...

B is for ... Bills ... You wait and wait and then like buses two come along .... A tale of two Climate Bills ...

The ABCs of Green Politics  • 31/10/2020

Discussion of the recent Irish Climate Change Bill introduced by the coalition government in Dublin and the Climate Change Bill put before the Northern Ireland Assembly, with regulars Cllr Lorna Bogue, Sinéad Mercier and John Barry, and guests Seán McCabe and Dr. Andrew Jackson.

A - the Anthropocene and Agriculture

A - the Anthropocene and Agriculture

The ABCs of Green Politics  • 13/10/2020

And we're off... this week's letter is A, where we discuss this new idea of the 'Anthropocene' or the age of the human  and how humanity is now a 'force of nature' on the planet (all humans??), and Agriculture - you can talk about a 'post-industrial' society but not a post-agricultural one .... enjoy