After decades of struggling for recognition, environmental issues, including biodiversity conservation, have exploded onto the global scene in recent years. This is incredibly encouraging and gratifying, but are we sufficiently aware of the risks that come with such vastly increased public support? How much is politics influencing the public discourse on the environment? Are we paying enough attention to other, interrelated, societal goals and the trade-offs between them?
Esther Krakue is a young broadcaster, writer, and talk TV contributor. She’s been on the media scene for only a few years, but she features on various well-known TV channels, podcasts and other forums. She has some strong opinions on how environmentalism, especially environmental activism, may be heading in the wrong direction, and could even threaten the movement itself. In part "b" of episode 28, I discuss the same issues from a different perspective with young Egyptian medical doctor and self-described climate activist, Omnia El Omrani.
Links to resources referred to in the episode
Can GMOs benefit biodiversity? - Episode of The Case for Conservation Podcast with Ghanaian environmental journalist, Joseph Opoku Gakpo, who writes about GMOs and other aspects of agriculture, the environment, and rural development.
Loss and damage - Reports and technical documents pertaining to the work of the “loss and damage workstream” of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way for Africa - Book by Zambian economist, Dambisa Moyo, on the drawbacks of aid and the problems with tied aid.