|Volunteers and staff from
Desi Radio in
Southall took part in a pilot project (with Women's
Radio Group and the
environment charity Global Action Plan) to run
two Eco Teams. These are groups who meet together to discuss how
they can make small changes in their lives in order to become more
The teams comprised almost 20 volunteers overall who met regularly in the Desi Radio training centre in Southall between May-July and September-October 2006. In the first series, the meetings focused on discussing and learning about practical environment topics including recycling, energy and water use. In the second series, they focused on learning radio production techniques and then making programmes and items to spread the word about how people can change their behaviour to have less impact on the environment.
They recorded parts of their discussions and interviewed guests, including the MP John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington) and Jagdeesh Singh, from London 21 Sustainability Network. They also interviewed people in the community and recorded dramas and announcements in English and in Panjabi for broadcast on Desi Radio and other community radio stations.
presentation and report
with John McDonnell, MP for Hayes and Harlington
The project was managed by Cathy
Aitchison, Women's Radio Group, and funded by an Environment
Award 2006 from BAA Heathrow/Groundwork Thames Valley.