Episode 6

Net-Zero and the Power of Communities with Farhana Yamin

Published on: 24th March, 2021

Environmental lawyer Farhana Yamin talks about her childhood experiences after moving to the UK from Pakistan, her academic and professional journeys in the area of climate justice and her major achievement in ensuring the term ‘Net-zero by 2050’ was included in the Paris Climate Agreement. Farhana explains what drove her to take direct climate action by glueing herself to the Shell building, what she thinks the impacts of 2020 will have on our lives in the future and why community is so crucial to solving the social and ecological problems we are facing.

Farhana was a Political Coordinator of Extinction Rebellion from 2018-2019 and was named by the BBC Woman's Hour Power List 2020 as one of the most inspiring women in the UK in the area of the environment and the sustainability of our planet.

This is the local community group Farhana is involved in: www.thinkanddocamden.org.uk

And this is the blog post that Helen wrote in July 2020 inspired by Farhana: www.rudhaglas.com/2020/07/31/6fs-of-eco-living/

The book mentioned in this episode is Doughnut Economics by Kate Raworth.


Music: Pablito's Way by Paolo Pavan

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A solid grounding on which to practice your audacity.
AudaciousNess showcases individuals who have set themselves bold, audacious goals and have worked to achieve them. Our purpose is to inspire people to act with the courage to create a positive impact in the world.

Through interviewing 'regular people' about their audacious goals, we highlight the fact that role models are everywhere. Each and every one of us can have an impact in some way. Our goal is to enable a courageous community that honours their genius and lives their calling.

The name 'AudaciousNess' has two components: audacious, meaning 'bold', and ness, meaning 'a strip of land projecting into a body of water'. We believe having a solid grounding on which to practice your audacity is crucial, or, in the words of the great philosopher king Marcus Aurelius (Meditations, 4.49):

"Be like the promontory against which the waves continually break, but it stands firm and tames the fury of the water around it."

About your hosts

Maribel Ortega

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I help women find their worth and be confident so that they can use their voice, speak up, take new opportunities and ultimately lead fulfilled lives.

Helen Strong

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I run an eco-friendly, vegan B&B in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. This is just one of the many audacious goals I've pursued in my lifetime.