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Environment, climate and sustainability podcast. We make big green issues bite-sized and explore the things that we can do to help out. Hosted by Emma Brisdion and Lloyd Hopkins.

For What It's Earth Emma Brisdion & Lloyd Hopkins

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    • 4.8 • 89 Ratings

Environment, climate and sustainability podcast. We make big green issues bite-sized and explore the things that we can do to help out. Hosted by Emma Brisdion and Lloyd Hopkins.

    79: Antarctica. Can we protect it, or survive without it? With Ryan Dalton

    79: Antarctica. Can we protect it, or survive without it? With Ryan Dalton

    The White Continent (and the southern seas around it) is an incredibly important place for wildlife, for the regulation of global ocean currents, and for reflecting a huge amount of the sun's heat back out of our atmosphere (known as the Albedo effect). But Antarctica faces plenty of threats, which we'll take a dive into. You're in for a treat, too, as this week Emma is joined by Ryan Dalton from Into The Wild Podcast.

     

    Get more from Ryan by heading over to his fab podcast, Into The Wild: https://intothewild.podbean.com/

     

     

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    78: Sports! Can we make them more sustainable?

    78: Sports! Can we make them more sustainable?

    From football and F1, to deciding which trainers to run your next half-marathon in, we're attempting something of an episode heptathlon this week as we explore whether both our big sporting events and our personal sporting ventures can be made more planet-positive.

     

    Things we spoke about:

    Trainer recycling: https://www.runnersneed.com/about-us/recyclemyrun.html

    Allbirds sustainable trainers: https://www.allbirds.co.uk/pages/sustainable-practices#beginnings

    EcoYoga mat: https://www.ecoyoga.uk/ecomats 

    Forest Green Rovers: https://unfccc.int/climate-action/momentum-for-change/climate-neutral-nhttps://unfccc.int/climate-action/momentum-for-change/climate-neutral-now/creating-the-greenest-football-club-in-the-world-forest-green-rovers

     

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    • 52 min
    77: Save the Seagrass, Save Ourselves?

    77: Save the Seagrass, Save Ourselves?

    Take a dive with us into one of the most exciting marine habitats on the planet - and it's often found just a few splashes away from the coast. Seagrass is thought to capture carbon 35 TIMES faster than tropical rainforests, yet it covers less than 1% of the seafloor and we're losing it globally, rapidly. They're also vital habitats for marine life and provide more ecosystem services than we can count (almost). But, In the UK, we've lost more than 90% of our seagrass habitat. What can we do about that, you ask? Listen to find out!

     

    Seagrass restoration volunteering opportunities

    Ocean Conservation Trust https://oceanconservationtrust.org/volunteers-needed-to-support-seagrass-conservation/

    Recreation Remedies https://saveourseabed.co.uk/get-involved/volunteers/ 

    Project Seagrass https://www.facebook.com/groups/444685045723981 

     

    Some of the other things we spoke about

    https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/seagrass-can-work-as-a-sanitation-service-180980034/ 

    https://seagrassspotter.org/ 

    https://www.projectseagrass.org/

     

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    • 43 min
    76: Concrete: Cutting Construction’s Carbon Footprint with Adam Gittins

    76: Concrete: Cutting Construction’s Carbon Footprint with Adam Gittins

    Oh, it's a sexy subject and a half this episode. Concrete is one of the most widely-used building materials in the world, so we're exploring its environmental impact with Adam Gittins from Cemfree. The manufacture of traditional cement, a key component of concrete, accounts for up to 8% of GLOBAL carbon emissions. But, there are innovative ways to reduce this - from creating ultra low-carbon types of cement (like Cemfree) that can be used, to designing buildings that use concrete smarter and have much more thorough 'end-of-life' recycling plans that can re-use building materials once the structure is no longer needed in its current form. And, as Adam points out, persuading the government to make these changes mandated in projects like the construction of all new homes, would make a huge impact on a very carbon-heavy industry.

     

    Extra reading:

    Cemfree (DB Group): https://dbgholdings.com/cemfree/

    Cement makers across world pledge large cut in emissions by 2030 (Guardian): https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/oct/12/cement-makers-across-world-pledge-large-cut-in-emissions-by-2030-co2-net-zero-2050#:~:text=The%20industry%20is%20responsible%20for,and%20concrete%20release%20CO2.

     

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    75: Bats! Why Bats Are Important And How To Save Them

    75: Bats! Why Bats Are Important And How To Save Them

    Far more than mysterious nighttime creatures of folklore, we dig into why macro bats and micro bats (like this brown long-eared bat here) are fascinating AND important, and what can be done to stop the loss of them from our countryside in the UK.

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    • 42 min
    74: Saving Fish and Top Pond Tips, With Wildlife Cameraman Jack Perks

    74: Saving Fish and Top Pond Tips, With Wildlife Cameraman Jack Perks

    This week Emma takes a dive into something she knows very little about; fish in UK rivers, the threats they're under and the fascinating projects working to restore their populations. Joining her to head upstream is wildlife cameraman, author, and podcaster (and almost one of the dullest men in Britain...), Jack Perks! Plus, plenty of fantastic advice for anyone keen to put a pond in their garden to support wildlife, as Emma is attempting to do.

    Links:

    Jack’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fishtwitcher/ 

     Lizzy Daly’s film ‘Billion Pound Fish’ on Scottish fisheries: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNypmawFLdI&ab_channel=LizzieDalyWildlifeTV 

    The Bearded Tit (Jack)’s Podcast: https://beardedtit.podbean.com/ 

    Emma’s episode on Jack’s Podcast: https://beardedtit.podbean.com/e/climate-crisis-engaging-with-gen-z-ft-sophie-pavelleemma-brisdon/ 

     

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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
89 Ratings

89 Ratings

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For what it’s essential listening!

Excellent knowledgeable but still very digestible conversation, love the one good thing, Attenborough would be proud!

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This show keeps me eco!

Living more sustainably really keeps my mood up but sometimes it can slip because of life & then make me feel crap! But with this show, I always manage to keep on top of things. Emma & Lloyd are brilliant together & pass on simple bits of advice to help you be more eco! 💚🌍 highly recommended!

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Dodgy Facts

Just discovered this podcast. Species names incorrectly pronounced, facts that are just wrong. Lack of proper research into each specialism. Hosts sound like non-ecologists wading in on subjects they don’t know about. Fail to provide any links in the show notes to items mentioned. Cringey.

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