Desi Radio Eco Teams Project



Click here for Desi RadioVolunteers 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 environmentally friendly.

A Desi Radio Eco Team meetingThe 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.  

Audio, presentation and report
Audio is in MP3 format unless otherwise stated.
NB: the introductions below were current at the time (2006) - check for current accuracy/changes before quoting.

Interview with John McDonnell, MP for Hayes and Harlington
John McDonnell is MP for Hayes and Harlington and was a contender for the leadership of the Labour Party.  His constituency borders Heathrow Airport. He is also Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on the Punjab. 
Jagdeesh Singh with members of the Desi Radio Eco Team13 mins 32 secs (Not currently available to listen)  
Interview with Jagdeesh Singh, London 21 Sustainability Network
Jagdeesh Singh was Programme Co-ordinator, Black and Ethnic Monority Initiatives for green and healthy London neighbourhoods at London 21.
15 mins 37 secs (Not currently available to listen)
Interview with Saskia Merriman, Global Action Plan
Three members of the Desi Radio Panjabi Eco Team - Manjinder, Pammi and Gurmeet - interviewed Saskia when she came to visit the project in Southall.  
7 mins 57 sec (Not currently available to listen)
Manjinder Chahal, Anita Matharoo and Kiranjit Singh at the conference at City Hall  
Involving Londoners in a Sustainable London - Conference at City Hall, 19th July 2006
The team were very pleased to be asked to take part in Global Action Plan's half day conference 'Involving Londoners in a Sustainable London', which took place at City Hall in London on Wednesday 19th July.  Three members of the team, Manjinder Chahal, Anita Matharoo and Kiranjit Singh, plus Cathy Aitchison from Women's Radio Group, gave a presentation.  Click here to read the presentation.

Partners and funding
The project was run in partnership between:
    ~ the radio training and networking charity Women's Radio Group (lead partner)
  ~ Desi Radio/the Panjabi Centre 
  ~ Global Action Plan

The project was managed by Cathy Aitchison, Women's Radio Group, and funded by an Environment Award 2006 from BAA Heathrow/Groundwork Thames Valley.


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