Eating grasshoppers, making handbags out of waste and predicting natural disasters with satellites – these are just some of the tactics to combat climate change explored in the latest Connect podcast.
Working with UK Research and Innovation, our Senior Communications Consultant Kim McAllister is presenting and producing Emissions: Impossible? a nine-part podcast released in the run-up to the international climate change conference in Glasgow in November, COP26.
Each episode features UKRI’s research councils or programmes; episode one featured the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and concerned global shipping emissions, while episode two featured the Arts and Humanities Research Council and explored sustainable fashion.
“I liked Kim’s conversational style from hearing the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s Great British Lift Off podcast. She provides a nice balance of informed and curious – getting to grips with the topics, just as our listeners are,” said Lucy Stone, Content Lead at UKRI.
Each episode is co-hosted with an expert in the area which gives the opportunity for some chat and jokes. Claire Spooner, Head of decarbonising transport at EPSRC and UKRI stakeholder engagement lead for COP26 was co-host for episode one, while Dr Mark Sumner, Lecturer in Sustainability, Fashion and Retail at the University of Leeds co-hosted episode two.
The podcast is designed to be entertaining for the general public who want to learn more about how they can contribute to climate change solutions and be inspired by research and innovation funded in the UK.
Head of Content at UKRI Julia Maddock added that podcasts were one of the newer tools for the team, but that she had been very pleased with the tone of the episodes.
“I thoroughly enjoyed episode one of Emissions: Impossible?, I felt there was an amazing friendly and fun tone. I loved the banter between Claire and Kim,” Julia said.
Episode one has already been downloaded by enough listeners to propel the series into the top 20% of worldwide podcasts, which happened within the first week.
“The process of taking an issue and building an episode around it is so rewarding, especially when you can access all the experts connected to UKRI,” Kim said.
“A lot of work goes into the planning, interviewing and editing of each episode, so we’re all really proud that the finished product is proving so popular.”
You can listen to the Emissions: Impossible? podcast here.
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