Save Our Planet | Podcast

A podcast for and about our planet.

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80% of our planet's biodiversity is found on Indigenous territories. And yet those communities are facing a real threat losing their forest territories to loggers, miners, and oil companies. We are overwhelmed by images of the burning Amazon and the Congo rainforest, showing accelerating deforestation, but what can we do to stop this? 

 

Join us as we interview specialists in the field, everyone from academics to human rights advocates, on these issues. Join our movement to protect the planet. Learn what must be done and how we can accomplish it. 

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Stephanie Septembre
Researcher & Podcast Host

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Ep. 1

People’s Planet Project is pleased to present the first episode of Save Our Planet, a podcast where we interview experts in environmental protection and human rights. Our first guest is Karsten Tadie, a Danish filmmaker and anthropologist, who shares his knowledge of the Indigenous Batwa of Uganda. Join our discussion on the Batwa’s ongoing struggle for recognition and reparation after being forced from their traditional land in the early 1990s. 


The Batwa organized themselves and established their own organisation, the United Organisation for Batwa Development in Uganda. Click on the following link to read more and support this community: UOBDU

Ep. 2

Since 2015, more than 40 members of Indigenous communities in Nicaragua have been killed and many more injured over land conflicts. These numbers continue to grow. Join us for a discussion with Anuradha Mittal, author of ''Nicaragua's Failed Revolution,'' about the ongoing conflict and what must be done to protect Indigenous communities. 

For further information about how to support Indigenous Nicaraguan communities from your country of origin, contact info@oaklandinstitute.org.

Ep. 3

“It is important to note right at the gate that we always suffered, and there was always a challenge and we were always in danger when living in Brazil, regardless of the government. However, it is important to make it clear that this government is completely different. This government acts under racism, under prejudice, and it is against any kind of Indigenous expression.”

What is it like to be Indigenous in Bolsonaro’s Brazil? Join our discussion with Kretã Kaingang, Indigenous leader, activist, and co-founder of the Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB). To learn more about APIB and its work, click on the following link: APIB

Ep. 4

In 2020, deforestation of Brazil’s Amazon has reached a 12-year high. Fires are rampant across the country. What are the primary drivers of this destruction? How can it be stopped? Join our discussion with Tiago Amaral for answers.

 

This is the second episode in a two-part feature on the work of the Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB). To learn more about APIB and its work, click on the following link: APIB 

Ep. 5

Agriculture is one of the primary drivers of deforestation and displacement of Indigenous communities worldwide, but do all agricultural practices have such negative effects? Globally, Indigenous communities have begun protecting traditional food sources through biocultural heritage territories. Join our conversation with Krystyna Swiderska about this groundbreaking initiative. 


Krystyna Swiderska is an expert in traditional knowledge and biocultural heritage of Indigenous peoples and local communities at the International Institute for Environment and Development (iied).

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Central Kalimantan is constantly ravaged by fire and haze. Between 2015 and 2019, an estimated 465,003 hectares were burned due to large-scale peatland clearing. Despite this, the Indonesian government plans to open an additional 900,000 hectares of peatland to farming. 


Join our conversation with Emmanuela Shinta, an Indigenous Dayak activist and filmmaker. Her work combines Indigenous wisdom and modern technology to preserve culture, protect Kalimantan’s forests, and fight for Dayak Indigenous rights. Learn more about Emmanuela and her foundation here.

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“As we speak, there have been more mines that have been opened, more licenses that have been given, and more customary land owners have had their land taken away. We’re thinking that we are going to continue doing the same thing and get a different result.” 

 

Today, resource extraction is Papua New Guinea’s main economic activity, even as the land and lives of its people are sacrificed. What must change so that development promotes people over profits? 

 

Join our discussion with Eddie Tanago Paine and Frederic Mousseau for answers. To learn more about Act NOW’s work, click the following link: Act NOW. The Oakland Institute’s full report about resource exploitation in Papua New Guinea is available here

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To curb carbon emissions, the United Nations is rapidly expanding the REDD+ program, which aims to mitigate climate change through enhanced forest management in developing countries. However, many Indigenous groups are concerned that the program does not respect their rights. 

 

Join our conversation with Dr. Britney Vilhauer, who has worked extensively among the Bribri of Costa Rica, to explore what implementation of REDD+ programs really looks like on the ground. You can learn more about her research here and the REDD+ program in Costa Rica here. Dr. Vilhauer can be contacted at bvillhauer@doctorate.upeace.org.  

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King Leopold II is infamous for his brutal exploitation of the Congo. But what happened to the country after him? In his place, large corporations and even development banks continue to violate the rights of Indigenous populations. Join us for a conversation with Frédéric Mousseau about ongoing colonization of the Congo under the guise of “development”.

Click here to read the Oakland Institute’s full report of the current situation.

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Indigenous and local knowledge systems (ILK) play a key role in environmental sustainability. With such knowledge systems under threat, activists and scholars are taking creative action to revitalize, honor, and celebrate them. Join our discussion with Álvaro Fernández-Llamazares as we explore why ILKs matter and what action is being taken to prevent losing them.

For the full report of threats to Indigenous and Local Knowledge Systems, click here.

Click here, to learn more about revitalization efforts among the Daasanach people.

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Across the globe, Indigenous Peoples act as guardians of agrobiodiversity. In Northeast India, one of the top biodiversity hotspots in the world, Indigenous food systems sustain local communities while maintaining the region’s biodiversity. These food systems are now under threat as governments and big businesses seek to promote industrial agriculture in the region. 

 

Join our conversation with Bhogtoram Mawroh to learn more about these ongoing challenges. For more information about the important work of his organization, the North East Slow Food & Agrobiodiversity Society, click here