Ireland’s first female president and climate justice campaigner, Mary Robinson, is set to host a podcast series that focuses on female leaders and the fight against climate change.
The Mothers of Invention podcast is to be released every second Monday, and the former President will discuss environmental issues with comedian Maeve Higgins.
Each episode features the Mothers of Invention driving powerful solutions to climate change – from the grassroots to the court room, the front lines to the board room – all over the world.
The series will be released over six episodes, giving listeners the inside track from women all over the world driving climate solutions. The “Mothers of Invention” featured on the podcasts include politicians in east Africa, scientists in India, Indigenous community leaders in North America, lawyers, and activists solving climate problems.
Mary Robinson said the podcast is a celebration of women at the heart of climate justice. She said: “I came to climate change not as a scientist or environmental lawyer but as a mother and grandmother who learned from other women that the impacts of climate change are undermining their rights such as to food, water and housing.
“Witnessing their resilience and drive to overcome challenges is inspiring and I hope motivates more people to take climate action, realisng that no person or country alone can solve the greatest threat to our humanity.”
Irish comedian Maeve Higgins, who co-hosts the Mothers of Invention podcast, now lives in New York where she also write for the New York Post. In an opinion piece for The Guardian, she described how her awareness of climate change and the issues has grown since working on the series with Mary Robinson.
Maeve Higgins wrote: “Climate justice means a people-centered solution to climate change. It pushes for restorative justice and recognises the integrity of the planet and every creature on it. And I’ve come to understand that climate justice is a way out of the capitalist and paternalist way of living that’s gotten us into this climate change mess in the first place.
“I also learned that while all of us have contributed to climate change to some extent, its results are not gender neutral. It affects women first and worst: women are more likely to die in a climate disaster, and day to day they are the ones cooking on solid fuel stoves that can ultimately poison them. Climate justice offers a feminist solution, one that sees women as equally valuable as men. I learned too that the countries that do the worst damage to the planet don’t actually feel its effects, at least not fully and not yet.”
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea