The lively and light-hearted podcast tackling the serious side of everyday decisions.
What does it mean to be environmentally conscious? Should we feel guilty about choosing convenience over sustainability? How can the average person join the dots from evidence to advice?
Join environmental experts Ece, Jill, Sabine and guests as they dismantle everyday decisions - and what they are doing to our health, wealth and planet.
In this episode, we talk comparing costs and benefits; and life cycle analysis and thinking about the full cost
Hybrid and electric vehicles have been coming to the market for quiet a few years now. In November 2020, the UK government announced a two-step policy:
Step 1 will see the phase-out date for the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans brought forward to 2030.
Step 2 will see all new cars and vans be fully zero emission at the tailpipe from 2035.
We talked to someone who is already making the switch. He happens to be an environmental economist ("first a birdwatcher" he would say).
Why electric vehicles? Because they don't emit the same / as much air pollutants during use - see our episode on air pollution and its effects. In addition, the electricity they use could be largely, and even wholly, renewable, also avoiding emissions of greenhouse gases. We cover the impacts of producing electric vehicles has like lithium mining but we also remind about the impacts of oil extraction. There is no zero impact way of moving about...well not in a motorised vehicle anyway. That's why it's crucial we follow a transport hierarchy:
Travel on public transport - needs more public investment (more, better connected, safe, less environmental impacts)
When you can’t use public transport – opt for lower impact: walk, cycle, and when you have to drive a car, choose an electric one…that’ll be hard for the gas guzzling SUV drivers but we still have hope…and the technology and the regulation!
Our guest in this episode is Ian Dickie, is a Director of eftec and a Director of the Aldersgate Group.
Update on Covid19 and masks - February 2021
Given the new virus variants, we wanted to check out the new advice about masks. Listen to the quick update (we sneak in 'the precautionary principle' too). You can download the references which we used for the update by visiting the episode webpage - click here
Environmental Policy Adviser: Jill Duggan
In this episode, we hear the varied career history of Jill from fine art to economics; from John Lewis shop floor to her current position as the CEO of Environmental Defense Fund-Europe. Her curiosity and determination not to settle for “the way it is, the way it is done” enabled her to link it all together and how her ‘butterfly mind’ is also what makes her sting like a bee.
Choices 9. The Air We Breathe
Who pollutes the air in our cities? What can we do about it? How about the air in our homes? - that's for another episode
In this episode, we talk about impact pathway to understand the impacts of air pollution and transport policy - transport generally being the main source of air pollution in cities
In December 2020, a court in London decided that air pollution was the cause of death of Ella Adoo-Kissi-Debrah (RIP). This was a first in law recognising causality. Science has been aware of the health impacts of air pollution for decades. In London, at least since the 'pea soupers' of 1953 (see below). And air pollution is one of those areas where science has been incorporated into policy - in the UK at least, we now have cleaner ways to generate electricity and heat / cool our homes (still room for improvement of course!) but there is a lot more to do about transport - where emissions are nearest to the people who are affected.
But what can a household do about air pollution? You can reduce your travel by car, switch to cleaner vehicles (our next episode is on this!), when ordering online choose the slower delivery or click and collect nearby, so your next day delivery doesn't add to the increasing delivery van traffic, and vote for the politicians who take air pollution, transport and everything else that is for your benefit, seriously.
There is a lot to talk about air pollution - hence a long episode but also more info on our website.
Our guest in this episode is Oliver Lord, Head of Policy and Campaigns at Environmental Defense Fund Europe,
Choices 8. One thing in 2021!
The problem with New Year’s Resolutions is that we have too many of them and they are too ambitious. Years of making and breaking them leads to disappointment and they either become a joke or are dropped altogether.
So this year, we decided to pick 1 thing and see it through. We’ll let you know how you get on.
If you’d like to share your 1 things, you can find us on Instagram, twitter and facebook – search for join the dots podcast or write to us on our contact page.
Ece aims to reduce the environmental impacts of her cats.
Sabine will see how she can do less business travel and travel with less impact when she can.
Jill will switch to rooibos tea.
We talked about chocolate - apparently it is theobromine that we are hooked on. No one made a resolution about chocolate....
Choices 7. Season's Greetings 2020 - Together Apart!
What is the best gift you can give to your loved ones? How can we celebrate with fewer environmental impacts and more love?
In this episode we focus on life cycle analysis, beliefs and a bit of reminiscence
We recorded this episode on 6th December. The UK government had given permission for ‘Christmas bubbles’… as you'll hear our resident scientist, Sabine, was not convinced….she didn’t think permission meant it was a good idea.
Now that “Christmas is cancelled in the UK”, it is more important than ever to think about what it is we are meant to celebrate this of year.
December festivities celebrate cleansing, re-start, death and re-birth – closely linked to the change of season and nature.
We talk about the importance of time and love over giftware (like the tat with your name on it); about regifting something you loved and how about the gift of a donation? The following are some opportunities to donate in the UK:
Choose love that sends presents to refugees – especially good for that person you know who has everything
Trussell Trust enables you to donate centrally or find your local food bank – especially if you don’t want to eat when your neighbours go without
Woodland Trust – to plant a tree to commemorate 2020? The end of.
Good Law project – uses law to uphold democracy, protect the environment and ensure no one is left behind – especially if you’re not happy about recent government procurement
For more information please visit our website.
*** The views we and our guests express in this podcast are our own ***
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