Women team up for climate-change podcast

Women team up for climate-change podcast
Mary Robinson (left), former president of Ireland, and comedian Maeve Higgins. Photograph: Ruth Medjber

Cobh comedian Maeve Higgins has teamed up with former Irish president Mary Robinson for a new feminist climate justice podcast series called Mothers Of Invention.

The Irish duo are co-hosting the podcast, which includes interviews with women around the world who are working to tackle climate change through innovation - including scientists in Africa, farmers in Asia, politicians in Brussels and indigenous community leaders in America.

“I was thrilled and daunted when I first heard about this podcast,” Ms Higgins said. “Climate change is the biggest challenge the world is facing.

“Plus, Mary Robinson was my hero as a little girl, and I didn’t want to mess up in front of her! But when I learned that we would focus on solutions and the women making them possible, I was too excited not to be a part of it.” 

Mary Robinson (left), former president of Ireland, and comedian Maeve Higgins. Photograph: Ruth Medjber
Mary Robinson (left), former president of Ireland, and comedian Maeve Higgins. Photograph: Ruth Medjber

Professor Robinson said women are at the ‘heart of the climate justice movement’.

“I came to climate change not as a scientist or environmental lawyer but as a mother and grandmother who learned from other women that the impacts of climate change are undermining their rights such as to food, water and housing.” 

There are five episodes in series one, covering: food, plastic, health, litigation and divestment. The podcast runs on iTunes until September 17 and the first episode is available now.

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