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On The Green Podcast we interview people who are taking action to save the planet, as well as experts on various topics related to the environment.

The Green Podcast Justin Clark

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On The Green Podcast we interview people who are taking action to save the planet, as well as experts on various topics related to the environment.

    Episode 6 – Rachel Platin on Cradle to Cradle

    Episode 6 – Rachel Platin on Cradle to Cradle

    In 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:

    Environmental Protection Encouragement Agency (EPEA)
    Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute
    Talk by William McDonough on Cradle to Cradle Design
    Michael Braungaart

     

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

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

    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:

     The Savory Institute
    Video: Allan Savory's TED talk
    Video: Chris's talk How Grassfed Beef Will Save The World
    Movie: Food Inc.
    Joel Salatin's farm website
    Book: You Can Farm by Joel Salatin
    Video: Soil Carbon Cowboys
    Book: Holistic Management: A New Framework for Decision Making by Allan Savory
    Ebook: The Grazing Revolution by Allan Savory with TED

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    Episode 4 – Lauren Singer on Living Trash Free

    Episode 4 – Lauren Singer on Living Trash Free

    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:

    TrashIsForTossers.com - Lauren Singer’s Blog
    The Simply Co (Lauren's Company)
    The Simply Co Kickstarter page
    Silent Spring - book by Rachel Carson
    Eating Animals - book by Jonathan Safran Foer
    King Corn – documentary
    Fed Up – documentary
    Gasland - documentary (Justin comment: I have not watched Gasland, but it's a controversial film & if you'd like to hear the other side of the story, you may like to check out FrackNation - which I have also not watched)
    Zero Waste Home - blog by Bea Johnson
    Lauren's article on Mind Body Green

     

    Episode 3 – Simon Lamb on Climate Change Science

    Episode 3 – Simon Lamb on Climate Change Science

    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:

    "Thin Ice" website
    Kickstarter campaign for editing "Thin Ice" for broadcast on US public television
    Koyaanisqatsi film on Rotten Tomatoes
    "Collapse" book by Jared Diamond
    Jared Diamon's TED Tak
    Complete works of Jane Austen
    Peter Molnar, author

    Episode 2 – David Lavallee on the Oil Sands in Alberta

    Episode 2 – David Lavallee on the Oil Sands in Alberta

    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:

    White Water, Black Gold
    Alpine Club of Canada
    An Inconvenient Truth
    Dr. Shawn Marshall
    David Schindler
    Dr. Kevin Timoney
    Dr. John O'Connor
    This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein

    Episode 1: Captain Charles Moore on Plastic in the Oceans

    Episode 1: Captain Charles Moore on Plastic 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:

    Algalita - Captain Moore's non-profit organization
    Bag It - Documentary on plastic
    Ricoh Copier - Refuses to accept products from manufacturers who won't take back the packaging
    International Pellet Watch -  The organization started by Dr. Hideshige Takada
    Flotsametrics and the Floating World by Dr. Curtis Ebbesmeyer
    Das Kapital by Karl Marx
    Reason and Revolution by Herbert Marcuse
    Counterrevolution and Revolt by Herbert Marcuse

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