Earth Matters

Radio Bath brings you a series of programmes focussing on enviromental issues 

A selection of experts in their respective fields bring you thought provoking conversation on everything from sustainabilty, to the climate crisis, to cleaning up our oceans, and much more. 

March 22

This show includes an interview with Prof Lorraine Whitmarsh from Bath University about her role as an author of the recent UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report Impacts, Adaptations and Vulnerability. A crucial piece of work in our evolving response to the Climate emergency

Ben's nature piece concentrates on the signs of spring

Jo speaks to Dr Gemma Clucas, a scientists based at Cornell University in the US, who is working with colleagues at Bath University to understand how climate change is effecting the penguin population of Antarctica. She also has a fascinating interview with Guy Wilcox, a 19 year old Bath resident, talking about his role as part of the Charlcombe Lane Toad Rescue Project

April 22

Climate, environment and nature magazine show with topical features for the communities of Bath and a wider population

As well as the usual “fun facts” this show includes an interview from Joanna with Lesley Bees a member of the Larkhall Festival Committee talking about plans for this year’s Festival

Ben’s nature slot is about house martins, birds that are nesting all over our community at this time of year

Nick speaks to Rob Bryher and Kate Atkinson about the ongoing Car Free Project in Bristol. Kate was a participant in the recent trial and Rob also talks about how people in the greater Bath area could get involved in the next stage of the project.

Jo also talks to Chris Nicholson from the No Place For Litter community group about the groups work in and around Bath

May 22

Earth Matters is Radio Bath's climate, environment and nature magazine show with topical features for the communities of Bath and a wider population

In the latest show Jo talks to Ed and William about their innovative Roots Allotments project making access to an allotment easier for more people.

Ben takes to Salisbury Plain to observe the Great Bustard, the world's largest flying bird, in the company of David Waters from the Great Bustard Group.

Nick speaks to Sally and Paul, 2 Bath residents who are climate activists involved in the Just Stop Oil campaign that recently targeted oil distribution centres in the South East and Midlands. They share what motivates them to participate in this controversial action.

Jo also talks to Professor Tim Mays from Bath University about his work on hydrogen fuels. A crucial new source of power as we look to move away from a dependency on fossil fuels

June 22

Earth Matters is Radio Bath's climate, environment and nature magazine show with topical features for the communities of Bath and a wider population

In our latest episode you can hear part 2 of Ben’s interview with Dave Waters from the Great Bustard Group. They talk about the efforts being made to ensure local habitat is maintained so that Great Bustards can thrive in the South West.

Jo chats with Dr Kate Petty from Bath Spa University about the No Mow May Campaign. This national event is about encouraging us all to allow our lawns, verges and other grassy areas to grow and host wild flowers and insects throughout May.

Nick talks to Mike Andrews of the Cold Homes Energy Efficiency Survey Experts (CHEESE) Group about the services they offer to local households.

Ben also delivers an item on spiders giving us an insight into to this diverse arachnid group

Jul 22

Earth Matters is Radio Bath's climate, environment and nature magazine show with topical features for the communities of Bath and a wider population

In our latest episode Ben's nature items are about orchids and eels.

Jo speaks to Helmet van Emden (Emeritus Prof of Horticulture at Reading Uni) about his work on insect-plant interactions.

Nick speaks to Sue Poole (Secretary of the Bath and NE Somerset Climate Emergency Hub) about the outreach work going on in Bath to encourage the community to learn more about the climate emergency.

Aug 22

Earth Matters is Radio Bath's climate, environment and nature magazine show with topical features for the communities of Bath and a wider population

In our latest episode Jo chats with Dave Andrews of the Claverton Energy Group about his work, over many years, to influence decisions on energy provision given the climate emergency. She also talks to Matt, a local representative of Extinction Rebellion, about that organisations plans for action in September.

Ben gives us insight into the magical world of caterpillars whilst Nick speaks to Maurice Avent, past Chair of the Butterfly Conservation Society. Maurice is the custodian of a site of special scientific interest near Castle Combe that he manages in a way that encourages a wide diversity of butterflies and moths to call it their home.

Sept 22

Earth Matters is Radio Bath's climate, environment and nature magazine show with topical features for the communities of Bath and a wider population

On todays program Ben shares his passion for the British hedgerow describing the role they play as the arteries for wildlife across our countryside.

Nick chats with Councillor Sarah Warren (B&NES Council Cabinet Member for the Climate Emergency) about the Climate and Biodiversity Festival taking place across Bath and North East Somerset throughout September.

Nick also interviews Fousseney Traore, a climate activist from Mali, West Africa. Fousseney is seeking asylum in the UK with the support of a group of Bath residents.

Jo goes on the road to Bath Abbey and speaks to Nathan Ward about the Footprint Project. As part of the project the heating system of the Abbey is being updated to take advantage of warm spring waters to reduce the reliance on fossil fuels.

Oct 22

Earth Matters is Radio Bath's climate, environment and nature magazine show with topical features for the communities of Bath and a wider population

In this episode Ben provides illuminating commentary on galls and rhizomes. Galls are a reaction by a plant to a parasite whilst rhizomes are a horizontal underground stem specific to a small range of plants.

Nick shares an interview with Jonathan, the manager of Avonleigh Organic Orchard, about his plans to move from conventional organic farming toward a permaculture food production model.

Jo has a busy time firstly speaking to Karen, a Bath hairdresser, about her environmentally conscious approach to her profession. She also re-visits the Roots Allotments project with William and Ed to get an update on progress. Finally Jo speaks with Charlotte and Rowen about the Parents for Future campaign

Nov 22

Earth Matters is Radio Bath's climate, environment and nature magazine show with topical features for the communities of Bath and a wider population

In this program Nick talks to Mike Lewis, Professor of Operations and Supply Management at Bath University, about the appeal being heard in Bristol against the expansion of Bristol Airport. He also interview Lois Player from the Centre for Climate and Social Transformation in Bath about their recent world leading research into the prevalence and impact of climate linked anxiety

Jo speaks to Wil Duckworth and Andrew Richman from the Sustrans walking, wheeling and cycling charity about the great work volunteers do to maintain and improve cycle routes around Bath. Jo also caught up with Dave Searby from Extinction Rebellion Bath as part of a recent march in the City linked to COP 27

We hope you enjoy the show

Jo, Ben and Nick, The Earth Matters Team (earthmatters@radiobath.com)