A new podcast for nature has been launched today in a bid to further raise the profile of debate around conservation, rewilding and climate change.
Episode One of The Kilted Kiwi features interviews with experts from The John Muir Trust, NatureScot and RSPB Scotland and discusses how the Coronavirus pandemic has impacted on efforts surrounding the vital work they and others do.
It also reflects on what direction Scotland in particular needs to go in order to address both the climate and nature crisis.
Available on Spotify, Google Podcasts and a range of other platforms, future episodes will include interviews with others involved with protection, policies and campaigns around Scotland’s environmental sector.
It will also feature conservationists and politicians from interviews taking place in New Zealand to compare approaches and situations on opposite sides of the world.
The extended debut show, which is hosted by journalists Shaun Milne and Ema Sabljak, spoke with Neil Mitchell, manager of Loch Leven National Nature Reserve with NatureScot, David Hunt, Senior Conservation Officer with RSPB Scotland and Mike Daniels, Head of Policy and Land Management with the John Muir Trust.
Further ‘long-play’ bonus episodes of the full interviews with each of those taking part are also available on the podcast home page to allow listeners to deep dive further into subjects of interest.
Host Shaun Milne said: “There has been a clear need for a podcast or other forum for us to be able to elevate the level of conservation and debate about climate change and all the many challenges conservation work faces here in Scotland and around the world.
“There’s so much brilliant work going on that we often simply don’t hear about or often there are passionate, well-informed arguments taking place about policy or approaches perhaps even activity that really needs to be given a spotlight.
“This podcast won’t solve these problems but we do hope that it opens up an opportunity to help inform, educate and maybe even entertain as we engage with the people and organisations on the front line of defending nature for people and planet.
“I’m really looking forward to speaking with all those involved in a whole range of nature facing tasks especially in the run up to next year’s COP26 in Glasgow. We should all be talking about nature and climate, hopefully this helps even a little.”
The initial costs for the podcast are being underwritten by environmental consultancy Kaitiaki Consulting until a suitable sponsor is secured to partner the show and its development.
Managing Director Alex Foulkes, executive producer for the podcast, said: “There has never been a more important time for urgent, informed debate around the issues of ecology, conservation, habitat restoration and in particular climate change than now.
“Through Kaitiaki Consulting and our Billion Trees Scotland campaign we are delighted to help launch what we hope will become a regular must listen for all those who care as passionately about the sector as we do.
“It underpins not only our values, but our approach in collaborating with others for the good of our planet and we look forward in engaging with all those who get involved.”
Pro-nature but otherwise politically neutral, the podcast is inviting organisations, eNGOs, politicians, activists, innovators, academics, business leaders, landowners and others involved in ecology, environmental protection and conservation work to take part.
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