Wannabe Greener aims to make the eco movement accessible for everyone, encouraging positive action through small achievable changes that benefit ourselves, as well as the environment. Honing in on a single topic each fortnight, Harriet Robinson meets inspirational people whose actions are influencing big environmental shifts. Their in-depth discussions break down myths, and offer advice and tips for those wanting to follow in their footsteps.
Harriet Robinson is a journalist and presenter, fronting news reports for BBC TV and radio, as well as Radio New Zealand.
Our Litter Picking Heroes with Anna Lund
Clearing up Britain’s litter and fly tipping costs taxpayers over £1 billion per year.
Plastic-free blogger and Keep Britain Tidy ambassador Anna Lund, known for her blog No More Plastic Fantastic, talks to Harriet about her passion for litter picking, including the benefits it brings, not just to the local community and wildlife, but also for mental health.
She talks about the oldest piece of rubbish in her vintage litter collection (yes that really exists) and how she has managed to get big brands, such as McDonalds, onboard helping with litter picks.
Anna also discusses what needs to be done on a wider scale to help keep our streets and nature spots clean and safe, and gives super easy tips and advice for people wanting to start improving their own local area.
Anna on IG: instagram.com/no.more.plastic.fantastic
Anna on Facebook: https://my.captivate.fm/instragram.com/coachingforcause (facebook.com/No-More-Plastic-Fantastic-236270193720670)
Wannabe Greener on IG: https://my.captivate.fm/instagram.com/wannabegreener (instagram.com/wannabegreener)
How to Inspire Sustainability with Manuel Bergmann
How can you get others around you to care about sustainability as much as you do?
Environmentalist and founder of sustainability coaching platform, Coaching for Cause, Manuel Bergmann, believes the best way is to lead by example.
A German now living in Bali, Manuel talks to Harriet about the misconceptions we have of how different cultures treat the environment. He also gives advice for positively influencing others and suggests ways to effectively spread your message online, as well as some guidance for people wanting to start working with charities or NGOs
Coaching for Cause: coachingforcause.com
Coaching for Cause on IG: instragram.com/coachingforcause
Manuel on IG: instagram.com/manuelbergmann
Wannabe Greener on IG: instagram.com/wannabegreener
Period Plastic & Homegrown Activism with Ella Daish
The award-winning period plastic campaigner Ella Daish talks to Harriet about her inspirational journey from Royal Mail postal worker to full time environmental campaigner.
She details the worrying extent of the problem of period plastic, which is the fifth most common item washed up on Europe's beaches.
As well as explaining what needs to change and the options facing us an individuals, Ella gives advice and tips for those wanting to follow her footsteps into a life of activism.
Ella's website: elladaish.com
Ella on IG: instagram.com/elladaish
Wannabe Greener on IG: instagram.com/wannabe.greener
The Apartment Gardener with Joyce van Dam
An urban gardener, blogger and founder of The Farm In My Flat, Joyce van Dam believes everyone can grow their own food, even inside a small apartment like her own.
Joyce talks to Harriet about how to get started with your indoor farm, the many benefits it brings and her top tips for keeping your home thriving with edible plants.
By growing your own produce you can help to reduce plastic waste, avoid nasty pesticides and unnecessary transport miles, enjoy a healthier diet and environment and save money... all while improving your mental health.
The Farm in My Flat: thefarminmyflat.com
Follow Joyce: instagram.com/thefarminmyflat
Connect with other urban gardeners: instagram.com/theaparmentfarmers
Follow Harriet: instagram.com/wannabe.greener
Solving Our Water Problem with Sapna Mulki
Growing up in Kenya Sapna Mulki was forced to appreciate the importance of water, which was often very scarce, but was surprised to learn others take it for granted.
Globally more than a billion people are currently living without enough clean safe water.
Sapna, a water consultant and host of the podcast Breaking Green Ceilings, is trying to change that by promoting a better understanding of the value of earth's most precious and vulnerable resource.
She explains the problems with the world's water systems, which leave whole communities, in even the richest countries such as the USA, without a decent water supply.
Sapna tells Harriet what she believes needs to be done, from a governmental level to individuals altering our daily habits, to help preserve water and ensure everyone has equal access to such a basic human right.
Water Savvy Solutions: https://watersavvysolutions.com/ (watersavvysolutions.com)
Breaking Green Ceilings: https://www.instagram.com/breaking_green_ceilings/ (instagram.com/breaking_green_ceilings)
Sapna's recommendations for water charities and innovators:
https://www.digdeep.org/ (Dig Deep Water) – "based in the US but I think they are legit. They do amazing work in Navajo Country, where 40% don’t have access to clean drinking water and sanitation."
https://www.unicef.org/wash/ (UNICEF-WASH) – "Folx may feel some type of way about the UN as a whole but UNICEF does amazing work. I trust them."
http://www.majikwater.co/ (Majik Water) – Kenya
http://darsihmad.org/en/ (Dar Si Hmad) – Morocco
Water conservation tips: https://wateruseitwisely.com/100-ways-to-conserve/ (wateruseitwisely.com/100-ways-to-conserve)
Wannabe Greener: https://www.instagram.com/wannabe.greener/ (instagram.com/wannabe.greener)
Eat Your Ethics with lauren Ornelas
The founder of Food Empowerment Project, lauren Ornelas, talks to Harriet about the human impact of our food choices and her journey into activism.
lauren believes we need to look beyond veganism, highlighting the exploitation of farm workers, including children, for products we all enjoy on a regular basis.
She gives advice on how to make more empowered food choices that consider animals, the environment and humans.
lauren has been an animal rights advocate for most of her life, previously launching and heading up the USA branch of the vegan campaigning charity Viva! where she conducted numerous factory farm investigations.
Food Empowerment Project: https://foodispower.org/ (https://foodispower.org/)
lauren's TedX Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blfVA0a-CBc (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blfVA0a-CBc)
The Dark Side of Chocolate film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15dJwA-xaVA (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15dJwA-xaVA)
Shady Chocolate film: http://www.madeincopenhagen.dk/en/shady-chocolate (http://www.madeincopenhagen.dk/en/shady-chocolate)
Wannabe Greener: https://instagram.com/wannabe.greener (https://instagram.com/wannabe.greene)r
More of this please!
So happy to see there’s a new season. I love the deep dives into important topics of sustainability, consumerism and waste management for the future. I’m a sustainable business owner and each episode leaves me feeling educated and inspired to do more for our planet. Harriet is an amazing interviewer too!
Love this podcast. Covers the most important issue in the 21st century, one that affects us all in real depth. But unlike some green shows have heard it’s not preachy, and is delivered in a very inclusive, engaging and grounded way. This is crucial if we want to bring people along and make real change. The presenter Harriet, who I have heard on radio and TV before, is always relaxed, natural and done to earth, abs she knows this subject inside out. Top listen.
The saviour of the planet
Great podcast, really informative with good balance, good production value, great presenter a true inspiration and a brilliant role model for my daughter. If everyone was this good the planet would be in safe hands