Panel Interview for Rob Hopkins at Transition Network
In May 2020 I did a panel interview with Rob Hoskins and Sam Lee.
It was based on ‘From What If to What Next’ which asked listeners to send in their ‘What If’ questions about the future we can create going forward from now, and then Rob found myself and Sam to discuss it, to explore what in their mind the future would be like if that thing were to come to be, what the benefits would be, and how we might get there.
The first one was “What if the birdsong were so loud it drowned out the traffic?” which I was talking about.
‘From What If to What Next’: Episode One
These we some of the reviews people wrote afterwards:
David wrote “As a bird lover, I enjoyed this podcast very much. One of the reasons why I joined XR is because I am so afraid that one day there will be no birdsong. I think that would lead me to die of a broken heart. In the beginning, I wasn’t sure about the continuous birdsong in the background, but I loved it. I didn’t distract or disturb you at all. It was beautiful. Thank you for this podcast and everything you do.”
Rodrigue wrote “Perfect podcast to take a break during this stressful era of coronavirus, and climate breakdown, and and and… This podcast does not hide from reality but glances with the most intense eyes to the not even hidden gems of it. I’m reading a lot about the climate situation, leading to an emotional roller-coaster. When I’m at the bottom, I usually take a shot of Rob’s work to restore a bit of joy and hope. So, thank you for that :)”.
Keith wrote “I very much enjoyed this podcast. I must admit that at first glance I felt there were more pressing topics to discuss. But having just listened to your panel, I realized that birdsong is a universal signal of lush ecosystems. I have had numerous discussions with friends and Neighbours about how nice it has been to have clean air and quiet streets where birdsong seems to magically have returned during this lockdown. A very poignant topic and very well-timed. Cheers!”.
Jessica wrote, “Loved it: exactly what I needed to listen to today. I closed my eyes and imagined what my town would be like if bird song drowned out the traffic and it brought a huge smile to my face. Thank you :)”.
Greta wrote “Beautiful, thank you Rob. Mya’s work engaging young BME people is so important and inspiring and Sam’s description of nightingale song and sitting around a campfire sounds so appealing right now as I stand washing dishes in a suburban flat with a view of next door’s wall! I love the line at the end, equating getting to know nature as being like growing old with a lover. Great first podcast!” are urged to ‘leave it wild’ for International Biodiversity Day – Friday 22 May 2020.