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Kate Nelson the Plastic Free Mermaid hasn’t used disposable plastics for a decade. Through her life adventure she meets incredible scientists, activists, entrepreneurs, and pirates whose stories and opinions enrich our world views and inspire us to rise. If you feel called to the planet’s aid, listen in for fascinating conversations with change makers from around the world.

The Mercast | Plastic Free Mermaid talks Change Making Kate Nelson, The Plastic Free Mermaid

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Kate Nelson the Plastic Free Mermaid hasn’t used disposable plastics for a decade. Through her life adventure she meets incredible scientists, activists, entrepreneurs, and pirates whose stories and opinions enrich our world views and inspire us to rise. If you feel called to the planet’s aid, listen in for fascinating conversations with change makers from around the world.

    35: A Surfer Who’s Been Protesting this Shit for 30 Years with Hugo Tagholm

    35: A Surfer Who’s Been Protesting this Shit for 30 Years with Hugo Tagholm

    Our guest for today is a surfer who’s been fighting against plastic pollution for 30 years! Hugo Tagholm is the Chief Executive of SAS (Surfers Against Sewage), a community dedicated to protecting our oceans, waves, beaches, and wildlife. They bring people together and empower communities to create positive change for the ocean and our environment.
    In this episode, Hugo will share with us his years of experience and expertise working with grassroots activists, the government and the youth! He talks about the seaweed problem and what can we do about it. Find out how he is making an impact on creating change and how you can take part in it!
     
    In this Episode, We Discuss:
    How SAS started The seaweed problem and what can we do about it Fighting plastic pollution  
    Connect with Hugo
    LinkedIn Twitter Instagram SAS - Surfers Against Sewage  
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    • 16 min
    34: The Great Pacific Patch with Captain Charles J. Moore

    34: The Great Pacific Patch with Captain Charles J. Moore

    Imagine you’re on a cruise ship enjoying the beautiful view of the majestic blue ocean until you see floating garbage of plastics and waste. Sucks right? Not only did it ruin your experience but also the ocean and the aquatic life in it.
    Sadly, there’s actually a huge plastic garbage out there in the ocean floating called the Great Pacific Patch. And this is continuously damaging ocean life since its discovery.
    Join me in this episode as we sail across the sea with Captain Charles Moore, as we talk about how he discovered the great pacific garbage patch and what is being done about it. He is the founder of the Algalita Marine Research Foundations. He captains the foundation’s research vessel, the Alguita, documenting the great expanse of the plastic waste that currently litters our beautiful sea.
     
    In this Episode, We Discuss:
    How Captain Moorer discovered the Great Pacific Patch Oxidation and the different kinds of degradation Why nature is not the key to human freedom The importance of cooperation  
    Connect with Captain Charles 
    Captain Charles Moore  
    Know more about the #fightforthebight campaign
    After several years of independent campaign work in Adelaide and with the communities surrounding the Great Australian Bight, a collection of local groups and environmental advocacy organisations came together to create the Great Australian Bight Alliance in January 2016. 
    The founding members of the Alliance included: Mirning Traditional Owners, Clean Bight Alliance Australia (West Coast SA), Oil Free Seas - Australia, Sea Shepherd Australia, Sea Shepherd Adelaide Chapter, Surfrider Foundation Australia, and The Wilderness Society South Australia. Since then, the Alliance has continued to grow. 
    Our vision for the Great Australian Bight is for a protected marine environment, where marine life is safe and healthy. Our unspoiled waters must be valued and celebrated. We cannot accept the risk of a catastrophic oil spill in our waters and along our coastline. Oil spills are irreversible.
    Together, we can save the Bight from these risks.
    You can learn more about their cause and how to become an ambassador here!



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    • 35 min
    32: The #fightforthebight campaign with Sean Doherty

    32: The #fightforthebight campaign with Sean Doherty

    In today’s episode, Sean Doherty joins us to further talk about The Fight for the Bight campaign. He is a Surf Journalist and has written for the Sydney Morning Herald, and for the Surfer and Surfing magazines in the United States. 
    He talks about the #fightforthebight campaign and explains the climate change performance index. He also shares his opinion on the issues that currently surround Australiaparticularly around the topic of oil, coal, and gas.
    We also touch the importance of activism, raising awareness and educating others to make a difference and make change happen.
     
    In this Episode, We Discuss:
    The climate change performance index The importance of raising awareness and educating others to create change What the #fightforthebight campaign is all about How we can transition away from our dependency with coal, oil, and gas How activism can make a difference What’s next move for the #fightforthebight campaign  
    Connect with Sean Doherty
    Instagram  
    Know more about the #fightforthebight campaign
    After several years of independent campaign work in Adelaide and with the communities surrounding the Great Australian Bight, a collection of local groups and environmental advocacy organisations came together to create the Great Australian Bight Alliance in January 2016. 
    The founding members of the Alliance included: Mirning Traditional Owners, Clean Bight Alliance Australia (West Coast SA), Oil Free Seas - Australia, Sea Shepherd Australia, Sea Shepherd Adelaide Chapter, Surfrider Foundation Australia, and The Wilderness Society South Australia. Since then, the Alliance has continued to grow. 
    Our vision for the Great Australian Bight is for a protected marine environment, where marine life is safe and healthy. Our unspoiled waters must be valued and celebrated. We cannot accept the risk of a catastrophic oil spill in our waters and along our coastline. Oil spills are irreversible.
    Together, we can save the Bight from these risks.
    You can learn more about their cause and how to become an ambassador here!



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    • 1 hr 2 min
    31: Restoring the Reefs with Azri Separwan

    31: Restoring the Reefs with Azri Separwan

    Today’s coral reefs our on a major threat due to the ongoing impact of climate change. To prevent coral reefs from further dying, many organisations are on a mission to recover degraded coral reefs through the process of reef restoration.
    In this episode, we are joined by Azri Separwan, a Marine Biologist and Conservation Professor her at Fisher Island for the Restoration project. He’s going to share with us the Reef Restoration project  and how this project is helping conserve our underwater ecosystem. 
    Azri debunks the myth that surrounds coral reef bleaching and educates us on how a coral can reproduce as well as the symbiotic relationship between the algae and coral reefs.
    Listen and learn how you can take part in this cause of conserving our beautiful corals!
     
    In this Episode, We Discuss:
    The Reef Restoration project Debunking the myths about coral bleaching The Coral Nursery How corals reproduce The symbiotic relationship between algae and coral reefs  
    Know more Reef Restoration Foundation:
    Reef Restoration Foundation is a not-for-profit social enterprise that is establishing a series of ocean-based coral nurseries using a proven method, which is a part of the solution for a healthy Great Barrier Reef.
    You can read their Reef Restoration Foundation’s full story here!
     
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    • 21 min
    30: How to Prevent Plastic Pollution? Keep Oil in the Ground. Fight for the Bight Anti Oil Activist and Surfer Heath Joske

    30: How to Prevent Plastic Pollution? Keep Oil in the Ground. Fight for the Bight Anti Oil Activist and Surfer Heath Joske

    One of the most unspoiled marine environments in the world is the great Australian Bight. And we all know that an oil spill would ruin the pristine coastline and threaten coastal homes and livelihood.
    Unfortunately, the Australian government is trying its best to sell the rights to drill more oil to just any foreign bidder. BP and Chevron has already pulled out, but Norwegian company Equinor remains. 
    In this episode, Patagonia Surf Ambassador & BIG OIL Activist, Heath Joske, joins us to talk about these issues and what we can do to support and get involved with the campaign for protecting the Australian bight.
    Since he learned of Equinor’s plan to turn the bight into a dangerous, deepwater oil field, he has been campaigning against it and spreading awareness and educating others to fight together with him.
     
    In this Episode, We Discuss:
    Fighting for the Great Australian bight Equinor’s plan of drilling more oil from the sea What we can do to prevent the Norwegian oil company’s plan How to get involved and what you can contribute to the #fightforthebight campaign  
    Connect with Heath Joske
    Instagram  
    Know more about the #fightforthebight campaign
    After several years of independent campaign work in Adelaide and with the communities surrounding the Great Australian Bight, a collection of local groups and environmental advocacy organisations came together to create the Great Australian Bight Alliance in January 2016. 
    The founding members of the Alliance included: Mirning Traditional Owners, Clean Bight Alliance Australia (West Coast SA), Oil Free Seas - Australia, Sea Shepherd Australia, Sea Shepherd Adelaide Chapter, Surfrider Foundation Australia, and The Wilderness Society South Australia. Since then, the Alliance has continued to grow. 
    Our vision for the Great Australian Bight is for a protected marine environment, where marine life is safe and healthy. Our unspoiled waters must be valued and celebrated. We cannot accept the risk of a catastrophic oil spill in our waters and along our coastline. Oil spills are irreversible.
    Together, we can save the Bight from these risks.
    You can learn more about their cause and how to become an ambassador here!
     
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    Fight for the Bight The Head of the Bight - Full Film Patagonia  
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    • 43 min
    29: The Nutritious Weed Burger with Mark Kulsdom

    29: The Nutritious Weed Burger with Mark Kulsdom

    Today’s episode will surely make you crave for food as we talk about the best burger for our health and planet, the weed burgers!
    Join me in this conversation about healthy foods with Mark Kulsdom, the co-founder and CEO of The Dutch Weed Burger! Today we’re going to try the famous “Dutch Weed Burger”, which is one of the healthiest hamburgers in the world! It’s packed with proteins, more than in meat and contains more calcium than with milk!
    Okay before you click play, maybe you’re thinking, it’s a weed, so there’s basically marijuana in it? If you want to find out, make sure you listen till the end of this episode, as Mark shares the story behind The Dutch Weed Burger and why it’s so successful!
    In this Episode, We Discuss:
    The story behind the Dutch Weed Burger How much protein is in a burger? Why you should try weed burger The reason why The Dutch Weed Burger is so successful Mark’s secret on being a successful vegan Topics about veganism, the climate emergency, how to take a stand, and many more! Know more about the Dutch Weed Burger
    The Dutch Weed Burger is a 100% plant-based super fast-food burger that everyone can eat! From the bun on which it is served to the organic toppings and the sauce that adds up to that juicy bite, everything breathes sustainability and makes this healthy fast food snack ready to feed and meet the future!
    You can learn more about The Dutch Burger here!
    Connect with Mark Kulsdom through his LinkedIn here.
    Social Media:
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    Korte Papaverweg 2M 1032 KB Amsterdam
    +31 (0) 6 24 85 76 39 | info@dutchweedburger.com
     
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