In Great.com Talks With... we aim to break down the world’s most pressing problems in a way that is interesting, exciting, and easy to understand.
Our podcast hosts, Emil Ekvardt and Spirit Rosenberg, talk with organizations and experts dedicated to doing good in the world. Together, they shed light on some incredible work being done globally.
Securing Our Forests - Forest Stewardship Council Interview
According to BBC Science Focus magazine 1 human consumes around 740kg of oxygen every year. It takes around 7-8 trees to produce this amount of oxygen. The good news is that Earth has around 400 trees for every human. The bad news is that they’re disappearing at a record high speed.
We spoke with Karen Van der Westhuizen, the communications director at Forest Stewardship Council – FSC about the role of her organization and the importance of forests.
Want to support the FSC? https://fsc.org/en
Ending the Illegal Wildlife Trade in Our Lifetime - WildAid Interview
Is it possible to end the global illegal wildlife trade in our lifetime? In our children’s lifetime? We recently spoke with Peter Knights, the co-founder and executive director of WildAid, and he believes it is possible. As the demand for rhino horns, ivory and shark fins drops, increased awareness can create a shift in the way new generations perceive illegal wildlife trade.
Want to support WildAid? www.wildaid.org
Putting Our Collective Social Responsibility To Work - Tzedek Interview
With locally-led empowerment at the heart of their pursuit, Tzedek is a U.K.-based charity working to alleviate extreme global poverty while engaging the UK community in their own sense of social responsibility. Founded nearly 30 years ago, this organization sourced its namesake from Hebrew -Tzedek - meaning justice. We spoke with their CEO, Kira Blumer, and International Development and Education Manager, Leanne Baker, about their cause.
Want to support Tzedek? www.tzedek.org.uk
Managing Old Growth Forests - Ancient Forest Alliance Interview
Old growth forests are home to some of the oldest and tallest organisms living on the planet and still exist today in British Columbia. Nearly 55,000 hectares of these forests are being logged every year, leaving 3% of Canadian old growths still in existence. We spoke to Andrea Inness from Ancient Forest Alliance, about what is happening to old forest trees in B.C., why they’re endangered and how to get involved.
Want to support the Ancient Forest Alliance? https://www.ancientforestalliance.org/
Dormice Representing the Ecosystem - PTES Interview
We spoke to People's Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) an organization that has been standing up for wildlife all over the world for over 40 years now. The interview took place with Ian White, a passionate dormouse conservationist. It turns out this small, adorable creature proves to be particularly valuable in all kinds of conservation work.
Want to support PTES? https://ptes.org/
The Pulse of the Planet - ICIMOD Interview
In this episode, David Molden from ICIMOD explains that you can actually see the effects of climate change in the Hindu Kush Himalayas, with the ice there melting. Temperatures are rising 2-3x times faster there, which threatens to affect rainfall patterns, locals’ agriculture and 87% of its’ biodiversity.
Want to support ICIMOD? https://www.icimod.org/