Reasons to be Cheerful with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd


197. GO BIG #4: How We Can All Make Change Happen

Season 1, Ep. 197

Hello! For the final week of our Go Big podcast book tour, we’re talking to incredible people successfully campaigning for change around the world. Ali Abdi and Elbashir Idris talk about the campaign for the first Halal Nando’s in Cardiff and the amazing community activism fighting for social justice that it inspired. Fast food worker and union activist Adriana Alvarez tells us about the remarkable successes of the Fight for $15 in the US. Jane Thewlis talks us through her work in the UK on the global fossil fuel divestment movement. And writer Paul Engler explains why he believes political and social movements can help drive the change we need. 

‘Go Big’ is out now in hardback, ebook and audiobook, narrated by Ed and with a bonus conversation between Ed and Geoff:

More Episodes


What can I do?

Season 1, Ep. 270
Hello! This week as world leaders- and Ed -gather in Sharm El-Sheikh for COP27 we’re covering a tricky topic: what’s our role as individuals in tackling the climate crisis? When we feel like governments and businesses aren’t doing their bit to keep 1.5C alive, is it normal for us to feel disillusioned about the power that’s in our hands? Our guests say that action on climate isn't all on us, but that it won't happen without us either. We speak to Alyssa Gilbert from the Grantham Institute for Climate Change about the enabling role of government and why we need to shout about the actions we’re taking. We also talk to Mike Thompson from the Climate Change Committee and to Tom Bailey, who is recommending shifts he thinks we can take to make a difference. Plus: Geoff has a new look and reveals his Autumnal beverage of choice  More infoImperial's 9 things you can do about climate change  CCC's 2022 Report on Climate Offsetting CCC's 2020 Report on the Sixth Carbon BudgetSign up and Take the Jump for 1, 3 or 6 months Listen to 'Holding out for a Zero,' an RTBC episode from July  GuestsAlyssa Gilbert, Director of Policy and Translation at the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment, Imperial College London (@AlyssaRGilbert) (@Grantham_IC) Mike Thompson, Chief Economist and Director of Analysis, Climate Change Committee (@Mike_Thommo) (@theCCCuk) Tom Bailey, Co-founder, Take the Jump (@taketheJUMPnow)