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Episode 5

Episode 5: The Air We Breathe

Climate Frequencies is a new podcast series that listens to the climate emergency and its reverberations through the ears of artists, thinkers and activists.

We begin deep in the molten core of the earth, tunnel through the rock formations under our feet before burrowing up to the soil and land, through forests, and out to the oceans ascending to our final episode into the air we breathe.

In this episode, musician and artist Natalie Sharp considers the importance of clean air and its interconnectedness with climate justice. We hear from Chisara Agor – a multi-disciplinary musician and sound artist from London whose work raises awareness of UK air pollution and the intersections of class, race and politics – who talks to climate justice activists Nyeisha Mallett and Elizabeth Yeampierre of UPROSE in New York, an organisation that puts Black and Indigenous voices at the heart of the climate emergency. We also hear work by poet Daisy Lafarge, whose collection Life without Air ponders the fragility of air and its effect on both our psyche and the climate.

Presented by Natalie Sharp. Produced and sound designed by Femi Oriogun-Williams and exec produced by Alannah Chance for Reduced Listening.

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Episode 5 Guests

Chisara Agor is an interdisciplinary artist whose work spans music, performance and visual art. Treading the lines between art and activism she endeavours to have a conversation with the public as well as create moments and spaces of self-reflection and healing. Their work intends to show alternative perspectives rooted in both reality and surrealism, whereby sound and music is developed to include expansive creative practices. Chisara's most recent commission from Sound UK culminated in The Air We Live In, a multimedia project intending to raise awareness of air pollution and climate justice in the inner city and beyond. With the intention to reimagine ways of thinking and perceiving our reality, Chisara brings a philosophical approach to the way artists can communicate aesthetically, socially and politically in the modern world.

Nyiesha Mallett is a 20-year-old artist and Climate justice Youth leader. Nyiesha was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, and grew up in a Caribbean household. Her mother was born on the island of Grenada, so she understands the massive effect that climate change has on Caribbean countries of color like Puerto Rico and Grenada who contribute the least to climate change but experience the brunt of the crisis. Nyiesha joined UPROSE in 2015 at the age of 14 and rose to leadership since. In 2017, she spoke at the People's Climate March Rally. Nyiesha is currently a Junior at The Cooper Union School of Art.

Elizabeth Yeampierre is an internationally recognized Puerto Rican environmental/climate justice leader of African and Indigenous ancestry, born and raised in New York City. Elizabeth is co-chair of the Climate Justice Alliance, a national frontline-led organization, and Executive Director of UPROSE, Brooklyn's oldest Latino community-based organization. Elizabeth was the first Latina Chair of the USEPA National Environmental Justice Advisory Council and opening speaker for the first White House Council on Environmental Quality Forum on Environmental Justice under Obama. Elizabeth has been featured in the NY Times as a visionary paving the path to Climate Justice. She was named by Apolitical as Climate 100: The World’s Most Influential People in Climate Policy and a recipient of the Frederick Douglass Abolitionist Award FD200. Recently, she has spoken at Oxford University, the Ethos Conference in Brazil and the Hague.

Daisy Lafarge was born in Hastings and studied at the universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow. Her collection of poetry Life Without Air (Granta, 2020) was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. Paul (Granta, 2021; Riverhead, 2022) is her debut novel. A short book on air is forthcoming with the Wellcome Collection.