Stop Talking, Start Listening – Elizabeth Wathuti
In this episode climate activist Elizabeth Wathuti talks to Babita and Katy about bringing news of climate catastrophes from her home country of Kenya to global leaders, who often seem like they’re just not listening. Elizabeth describes the disconnect between what is happening on the front line of climate change, and the high-level conferences deciding what to do about it. She warns that real people and real stories are often squeezed out of high-level discussions, and about the verve and determination of young activists, who persist in bringing the truth from the worst effected communities.
Reporting A Crisis – David Shukman
In this episode journalist David Shukman talks to Katy and guest presenter Antonia Godber, from Parents for Future UK, about his experience of reporting on catastrophes from the front lines of climate change. He talks about how these experiences effected him as a father, and the lessons he learnt from interviewing children living through climate crises. He shares his perspective on how parents can manage fear and eco anxiety in themselves, and for their children.
To Legal Or Not To Legal – Tessa Khan
In this episode international human rights lawyer Tessa Khan talks to Babita and Katy about the challenges she has faced representing parents and individuals who are fighting the climate crisis. She reveals the benefits and limitations of legal recourse and reminds us of the privilege of living in a democracy and how to support the worst affected parents around the world.
Child vs Parent – Professor Saleemul Huq
In this episode the world-renowned climate scientist Professor Saleemul Huq gives Babita and Katy stark testimony of living through a climate emergency, revealing that today’s climate conversation is not about rich versus poor but parent versus child. He also offers solutions to bridging the intergenerational divide.
PG Warning! – Clover Hogan
In this episode youth activist Clover Hogan speaks passionately to Babita and Katy about what parents need to know and what they are missing when dealing with the climate crisis. She describes the reality of living with eco-anxiety and the frustration young people have towards governments and parents for not moving fast enough.
The Power of Truth – Rocky Dawuni
In this episode Grammy-nominated musician and climate activist Rocky Dawuni tells Babita and Katy how growing up in a tribal village in Ghana has helped him understand and navigate the climate crisis. Rocky also shares coping strategies for dealing with the fear of a climate breakdown.
Keep It Real – Christiana Figueres
In this episode the former Executive Secretary of UN Convention on Climate Change, Christiana Figueres, tells Babita and Katy how being a parent has transformed her views on the climate crisis. She also speaks about the pressure of being seen as a ‘Mum’ for a generation who are seeking change and tells us why relentless optimism is every parent’s best ally. Oh, and love.
Know It All – Professor Tim Jackson
In this episode of ‘Mum, Will the Planet Die Before I Do?’ Professor Tim Jackson from the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP) speaks candidly about the emotional and psychological challenges parents face navigating the climate crisis, and offers solutions that will take you by surprise.
Trailer: Mum, Will the Planet Die Before I do?
Journalists Katy Glassborow and Babita Sharma met 25 years ago and remain firm friends, sharing each others highs and lows. They spent their careers investigating news stories, including climate change, but when they both became mums the climate headlines left them in a state of fear. How do you parent in a climate emergency? Katy and Babita decided to consult some of the world’s leading climate thinkers on how to rip up ‘parenting’ and piece it back together to fit our planetary reality. In each episode you’ll hear stark truths, honest conversation and advice to help others navigate this crazy time. Join us for more chat #MumWillThePlanetDie.