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New OU/BBC Series: Green Originals

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From Monday 6th January 2020 a new OU/BBC Radio series ‘Green Originals’ will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 at 1.45pm daily Monday-Friday for 3 weeks.

Over the course of three weeks, we hear about people like Rachel Carson who first wrote about the damaging effects of crop spraying in her 1962 book “The Silent Spring”, James Lovelock who devised his Gaia theory to explain the way the earth’s system works, Petra Kelly who galvanised support for the Green Party in Germany in the 1980s, and Kenyan activist Wangari Maathai who proposed nationwide campaigns of tree planting to protect the delicate eco-systems of cities in sub-Saharan Africa. 

French underwater diver Jacques Cousteau educated us about the fragility of marine ecology, Chico Mendes took on rainforest loggers in Brazil and poet Judith Wright put land rights at the centre of environmental thinking in Australia. British scientist Joe Farman gets a place for discovering the hole in the ozone layer, as does Margaret Thatcher for her belligerence in forcing climate change onto the global agenda.

Each of our “Green Originals” are presented by people who have an interest in the environmental debate, including meteorologist Peter Gibbs, film maker Jack Harries, naturalist Gillian Burke, Free Diver Tanya Streeter and Green politician Caroline Lucas.

This series was commissioned by Broadcast and Partnerships and is supported by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The OU Nominated Academics are Prof. David Gowing, Dr Carl Boardman & Dr George Revill and the Media Fellows are Dr Julia Cooke & Dr Alison Penn.


Find out more about find out more about climate change discussions at OpenLearn. Visit the programe page on OpenLearn (please note the website may not be live until transmission)

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