Episode 6 – Rachel Platin on Cradle to Cradle

Cradel to Cradle LogoIn this episode I speak to Rachel Platin, who is an expert on the application of the “Cradle to Cradle” (C2C) concept.  Rachel works as the Projects & Scientific Director at the EPEA where she helps companies and other organizations to apply the C2C methodology to their products & systems.

Cradle to Cradle is method for creating, consuming, and disposing of products that involves no harmful waste or damage to the environment.  Products are developed in such a way that their creation has a positive impact on the environment (if any impact), and at the end of their lives the products become resources for creating new C2C products.

You can also listen to it in iTunes.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Rachel’s background and how she ended up working with C2C
  • A detailed explanation of what C2C is
  • How the extent to which we can recycling can be improved and less expensive by changing the design of products (beginning with their end in mind)
  • The industries in which it’s easiest to apply C2C
  • How the EPEA helped a carpet manufacturer to create carpets that can contain no harmful chemicals, can be recycled almost indefinitely while reducing costs and improving air quality.
  • How the “biosphere” cycle where waste eventually becomes food can be created in the “technosphere”
  • How the EPEA helps companies to ensure that their entire supply chain is using environmentally friendly components
  • How consumers can find C2C certified products
  • How anyone can help with spreading C2C
  • Resources to learn more

Resources mentioned in this podcast:

 

Episode 5 – Chris Kerston on Holistic Farming to Prevent Climate Change

Cows - Holistic Farming

In this episode I speak to Chris Kerston, a holistic “beyond organic” farmer who now works with The Savory Institute promoting farming methods that can heal the land from the damage done by conventional farming practices.  These practices can help to undo the damage we’ve done that is leading to climate change.

You can also listen to it in iTunes.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Chris’s background as a holistic farmer, and the techniques he used
  • How farmers can save fuel costs by using grazing animals to “mow” orchards & remove weeds
  • What life is like for animals on conventional farms
  • How conventional farming is turns the land to desert (explained in detail!)
  • How holistic farming undoes that damage
  • Difficulties in spreading holistic farming as the new standard
  • Strategies to overcome those difficulties
  • How holistic farming can be applied in extreme climates like Canada
  • Why we need farms to “mimic nature”, rather than fully restoring nature itself
  • Resources to learn more

Resources mentioned in this podcast:

Episode 4 – Lauren Singer on Living Trash Free

Lauren Singer Face (Trash is for tossers)On this episode, I interview Lauren Singer, a 23 year old New Yorker whose passion for sustainability has driven her to lead a trash-free life.  Lauren actively blogs at TrashIsForTossers.com and is launching her company The Simply Co, where she’ll sell a line of environmentally friendly cleaning products, starting with laundry detergent.

You can also listen to it in iTunes.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How and why Lauren made the switch to a trash-free lifestyle
  • How Lauren makes most of her own household products, including deodorant, toothpaste, and more
  • Tips to eliminate trash… even how to get liquid products like olive oil with no packaging
  • How to find environmentally friendly food and clothes
  • How The Simply Co got started, and Lauren’s plans for it
  • The easiest lifestyle changes to reduce one’s environmental footprint
  • Lauren’s recommended books & documentaries

Resources mentioned in this podcast:

 

Episode 3 – Simon Lamb on Climate Change Science

Thin Ice Documentary Logo

In this episode I speak to Simon Lamb who produced the documentary Thin Ice about the science behind climate change.  Simon has a PHD in Geology from Cambridge University, was at Oxford University for 22 years, and currently teaches geophysics at Victoria University of Wellington.  He’s been involved in a large number of science documentaries including a few BBC series, and has written the books Devil in the Mountain and Earth Story.

The “Thin Ice” film was released in 2013, and the team is currently running a fundraising campaign on Kickstarter to fund the editing required to broadcast the film on US public television.  You can find that campaign HERE.

You can also listen to it in iTunes.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Simon’s motivation to make a film about climate change
  • Why the public should hear about climate change science directly from the scientists who are studying it
  • The various branches of science involved in climate change research.
  • What is causing climate change
  • How the “carbon cycle” works
  • Whether reducing or eliminating our carbon emissions is enough to solve climate change
  • How the greenhouse effect works (in detail!)
  • The effects of climate change on people living in the Arctic
  • How scientists in Antarctica are studying thousands of years of history of the earth’s atmosphere
  • How humans would try to cope with the effects of significant climate change
  • How we may be able to burn fossil fuels without causing climate change
  • Why water mills (tidal power) may be a more viable energy source than wind mills
  • The promise and drawbacks of nuclear power and fusion
  • What individuals can do to improve the climate change situation
  • What Simon is doing next and his favorite books.

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Episode 2 – David Lavallee on the Oil Sands in Alberta

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Episode #2!  In this episode I speak to David Lavallee, who is an expert on the environmental impact of the mining of the oil sands in Alberta in Canada.  David has created a documentary on that topic called White Water, Black Gold.

You can also listen to it in iTunes.

In this episode we discuss a wide variety of topics related to the oil sands including…

  • The relationship between the oil mining in Alberta and the nearby rivers & glaciers
  • The effect that mining has on the water, and in turn on the surrounding environment
  • How bitumen is transformed into usable oil
  • The two types of mining that happen in that oil sands
  • How the mining affects people living downstream from the oil sands
  • How tailings ponds work & how they affect the environment
  • His new documentary that is coming out in early 2015
  • The economic vs energy viability of the oil sands production
  • How realistic it is to switch completely to renewable energy sources
  • How our political processes affect the types of energy we use
  • How many people are needed to effect change across society
  • The viability of wind & solar energy
  • How the economy may need to be restructured to allow it to survive into the future
  • What action people can take to help move the world towards a sustainable future
  • David’s new documentary coming out next year called “To The Ends Of The Earth”

And here are the resources mentioned in this episode:

Episode 1: Captain Charles Moore on Plastic in the Oceans

Pollution in the Oceans

Episide #1 has launched!  For this episode I was fortunate enough to interview Captain Charles Moore of Algalita.org who has been researching and building awareness about the issue of plastic in the oceans for nearly 20 years.

He’s appeared on David Letterman, The Colbert Report, Nightline, and has been featured in Rolling Stone, the Wall Street Journal, and National Geographic.  It was an honor to speak to him on the first episode of The Green Podcast.

You can also listen to it in iTunes.

In this episode we discuss:

  • How Captain Moore’s love of nature began as a toddler
  • Why nature can’t biodegrade plastic naturally
  • Why so much plastic ends up in the ocean & where it comes from
  • A description of the garbage patches in the ocean, and what Captain Moore has seen on his visits
  • The damage done by plastic in the oceans (how it harms wildlife as well as ourselves)
  • How plastic in the oceans contributes to climate change
  • Why recycling doesn’t cut it as a solution
  • Captain Moore’s top suggestion for people who want to make a difference
  • Who he admires most in his field
  • What books he’d convince the world the read, if he could
  • What he’s doing next

Resources mentioned in this podcast include:

First Podcast Coming Soon…

You won’t be won’t be waiting much longer.  Our first few podcasts are already underway – we’re interviewing people who are doing great things to help the environment.  Check back soon, or subscribe to our email list on the right to hear when our first and subsequent podcasts are released.

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