Seeking new solutions to big environmental problems: An exploratory podcast shining a light on innovators and thought leaders taking direct actions to tackle environmental issues.
End of Season 1
For a variety of reasons I thought now was a good time to have a short 'end-of-season' break to help reflect and plan the future of the podcast.
This break should hopefully allow me to book lots of interesting guests and improve the overall quality of the show for you the listener.
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27 - The Open Innovation Green Lab - Designing Beautiful Solutions To Complex Food Problems In The Heart of London- Andrew Gregson, Green Lab
As more people move to live in cities, the disconnect between where food comes from and our plate seems to be growing all the time. But today's interviewee is hoping to change that by helping design alternative food solutions from the very heart of London.
The amazing place that is the focus of today's podcast is called Green Lab. Founded by Andrew Gregson as a maker space with the belief that design is the most effective way to tackle big challenges, they have set out on a mission to radically change the way we produce and consume food
Whereas many people might see our ever-expanding cities as concrete jungles devoid of life, they see them as places with opportunity, to experiment and develop food systems that make people and spaces healthier
For more information and info on open days and courses head to www.greenlab.org
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26 - Carbon Negative Shipping - Buidling a Sailing Vessel in Costa Rica - Danielle Doggett, SailCargo Inc.
With approximately 90% of the world's freight moved about by large ships, it's perhaps not surprising the industry has a big impact on the environment. In this episode, I interview someone who is on a mission to change that. Danielle Doggett is one of the founders of SailCargo Inc who are currently building a large sailing vessel called Ceiba in Costa Rica. The idea is that once finished it will not only have a positive impact but act as a model for others to copy around the world as they hope to #seashippingchange To find out more about this amazing project and info about how to invest head to https://www.sailcargo.org and watch some videos of the construction at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-oMwu50sTk Follow me on Twitter @environment_rob Join the Facebook community at www.facebook.com/groups/innovateeco
25 - The Philosophy of Pseudoscience - Is GMO Opposition Valid? Or Simply Another 'Belief' - Stefaan Blancke, The University of Tilburg
There are certain topics amongst environmentalists that seem particularly controversial. One of these is Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).
In this episode, we explore the topic of ‘beliefs’ within the environmental community and whether those beliefs are no different to ones of religion such as creationism.
So I’m stepping out of the realms of environmental scientists and innovators once again to speak to Stefaan Blanke is a philosophy professor at The University of Tilburg, who has taken his work looking at matters such as creationist beliefs in humans and applied that thinking to look at pseudoscience, particularly around GMOs.
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24 - Biochar as a Climate Change Solution - Creating the Google of Carbon - Jamie Bakos, Titan Projects
Biochar is a product created by applying lots of heat to plant matter in the absence of oxygen. This creates a form of pure carbon, not that dissimilar to what you would put on a bbq, but much purer. This substance that is created can then be stored in soils which locks away this carbon for hundreds, potentially thousands of years. It also has the added benefit of holding moisture and nutrients within its pores, potentially boosting crop growth too.
It sounds like an interesting idea but I wanted to speak to someone in the know to find out a bit more.
My guest today is Jamie Bakos from Titan Projects. After graduating as an environmental engineer student, Jamie worked his way through jobs where he had to figure out what to do with waste streams. This is what eventually lead him to set up Titan Projects and to focus on biochar as a solution to many organic matter waste streams and also as a solution to climate change. We also chat about some of Titan Projects other projects all trying to find a use for carbon.
For more info on TitanProjects check out www.titan-projects.com and for more on carbon-based products go to https://carbon4climate.com/
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23 - Conservation Engineering and Open Data - Applying The Mindset Of The Tech Community To Environmental Issues - Shah Selbe, Conservify
Shah Selbe is a spacecraft engineer turned conservation technologist and founder of non-profit Conservify, whose mission it is to lower barriers to entry for effective conservation by providing anything from equipment to apps and all with a big push towards open-data.
For more info on Conservify head to www.conservify.org
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Conservify @conservify on both Twitter and Instagram
Field kit @fieldkitorg also both on Twitter and Instagram
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Thoughtful and inspiring
For listeners wanting to learn more about the battle for our environment, straight from the mouths of people on the front lines, The Disruptive Environmentalist offers a calm and thought-provoking interview series packed with insights and smart, well-researched questions. From vertical farming to big business solutions, there's a vast store of knowledge available here, and it's growing all the time. An excellent, invaluable resource.
Fascinating Podcast and so important to learn about
Thanks for covering such an important subject positively!
Thank goodness for more podcasts about this subject. Nice job, positive outlook and super informative.