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We Are Carbon is the interview show that helps us to recognise that the future of both our planet and our societies can be incredibly beautiful - and that we all play a role in getting there!
Hosted by Helen Fisher with guests joining from across the globe.
There's a new episode every other Tuesday, and they'll average 1 hr long.

We see endless headlines warning us of the horrific impact that we're having on the climate and how dire the outlook is, but we're going to re-frame this crisis and start putting the solutions into our own hands.

I'm inviting in voices from science, agriculture, business and more, to help us gain an understanding of how we might live in greater harmony with the world around us. How we can build a society where our everyday choices have a positive impact on regenerating and stabilising the planet that we depend upon. Because when the planet and nature are thriving; that's when we can thrive! That's when we can live in a world less focused on fear and restrictions.

I don't think that real solutions are ever found until we zoom out, see the full picture and recognise how it all connects together.
We can't view climate change as an isolated issue. Our health, our food security, stability of economies and the way we interact with one another, they're are all tied in.
The topics can seem expansive, so we're using carbon as a focus.

We're exploring some important, and at times complex subjects here. But the whole point is to make this info accessible and transparent to us all.
So let me know if there's ever anything that you'd like breaking down or exploring further. Or if there's related topics that you feel should be discussed. Reach out and let's keep this project expanding!

And if you're a visual learner, look out for the animations! I'm creating short digestible videos to illustrate some of the key concepts that we're exploring. Find them at https://www.wearecarbon.earth/animations

Follow on Instagram @wearecarbon.earth

Let's keep figuring this all out together!

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We Are Carbon is the interview show that helps us to recognise that the future of both our planet and our societies can be incredibly beautiful - and that we all play a role in getting there!
Hosted by Helen Fisher with guests joining from across the globe.
There's a new episode every other Tuesday, and they'll average 1 hr long.

We see endless headlines warning us of the horrific impact that we're having on the climate and how dire the outlook is, but we're going to re-frame this crisis and start putting the solutions into our own hands.

I'm inviting in voices from science, agriculture, business and more, to help us gain an understanding of how we might live in greater harmony with the world around us. How we can build a society where our everyday choices have a positive impact on regenerating and stabilising the planet that we depend upon. Because when the planet and nature are thriving; that's when we can thrive! That's when we can live in a world less focused on fear and restrictions.

I don't think that real solutions are ever found until we zoom out, see the full picture and recognise how it all connects together.
We can't view climate change as an isolated issue. Our health, our food security, stability of economies and the way we interact with one another, they're are all tied in.
The topics can seem expansive, so we're using carbon as a focus.

We're exploring some important, and at times complex subjects here. But the whole point is to make this info accessible and transparent to us all.
So let me know if there's ever anything that you'd like breaking down or exploring further. Or if there's related topics that you feel should be discussed. Reach out and let's keep this project expanding!

And if you're a visual learner, look out for the animations! I'm creating short digestible videos to illustrate some of the key concepts that we're exploring. Find them at https://www.wearecarbon.earth/animations

Follow on Instagram @wearecarbon.earth

Let's keep figuring this all out together!

    The Power of Food - Four Guests Working in Collaboration [Nick Weir, Kay Johnson, Flora Gathorne-Hardy, Miche Fabre Lewin]

    The Power of Food - Four Guests Working in Collaboration [Nick Weir, Kay Johnson, Flora Gathorne-Hardy, Miche Fabre Lewin]

    Join us in this special episode that brings together a range of voices to explore their developing collaborative project; The Power of Food. Together these four guests bring a diverse range experiences and knowledge to unite around the common goal of building social cohesion by harnessing the connective power of food.
    Connecting with where our food comes from, and also with community, with health, with nature and with the world around us. Holistic and expansive.
    It was a delightful conversation to be engaged with and I'm so excited to announce that during our chat a decision was made to fast forward plans and move forward with a pilot right away!
    If you're serious about taking action to connect and enrich the local food system around you I'm sure the team here would love to hear from you. Here's Nick's email - do reach out: nick@openfoodnetwork.org.uk
    The Guests and links out:
    Nick Weir - Co-founder, Open Food Network UK https://openfoodnetwork.org.uk/
    Kay Johnson - Director, The Larder https://larder.org.uk/
    Flora Gathorne-Hardy & Miche Fabre Lewin - Founders, Living Justice https://livingjustice.earth/
    With insights from Serenity Hill - Co-founder, Open Food Network [Full episode with Serenity: https://www.wearecarbon.earth/serenity-hill-open-food-network/ ]

    For a further breakdown of this discussion see the timestamps below.
    See the video version of this episode here: https://www.wearecarbon.earth/power-of-food-collaboration/
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    More Formats from We Are Carbon:
    [Shorter Video Format with Animations] - Can All Food be Regenerative. With Patrick Holden: https://www.wearecarbon.earth/can-all-food-be-regenerative/
    [Story Telling Audio Format] - Soil (My Common Sense Take) : https://www.wearecarbon.earth/soil-path-to-whole-systems-thinking/
    Explore ways to support this content: https://www.wearecarbon.earth/your-support/
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    Timestamps:
    00:00:00 - Overview
    00:03:12 - Guest intros
    00:12:00 - Collaboration - benefits & reasons for coming together
    00:28:28 - The Open Food Network; an ambition to connect people with their food
    00:34:34 - Insights from Serenity Hill - Co-Founder, The Open Food Network
    00:36:30 - Benefits of shorter supply chains
    00:41:00 - Connecting through food (self, community, nature)
    00:50:20 - Learning to cook - addressing this obstacle to fresh local food
    00:58:21 - Coming together to practice change
    01:04:18 - An invite; get involved today!

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Welcome to the Food Forest! - My Own Small Project of Regeneration

    Welcome to the Food Forest! - My Own Small Project of Regeneration

    Watch a short video from the food forest here: https://www.wearecarbon.earth/food-forest-small-project-of-regenerationIn a change from our usual conversations this episode introduces my own small project of regeneration at my food forest in Lincolnshire, UK.Winglewood is both my home and place for imagination & I started the food forest before reaching out to start any of the conversations for this podcast.
    After learning so much from my time spent here co-creating with Nature I'd like to start sharing more of the journey with you.
    I've created a video to go alongside this episode so you can see a short intro to the food forest.
    You'll also find an invite to join for some growing space discussions on the same page.
    Find the video and invite here: https://www.wearecarbon.earth/food-forest-small-project-of-regeneration

    • 11 min
    Connecting with Textiles - In Conversation with Sharon Kallis [EartHand Gleaners]

    Connecting with Textiles - In Conversation with Sharon Kallis [EartHand Gleaners]

    Join me for a conversation with Sharon Kallis who brings us thought provoking insights from her work exploring the place of textiles within our lives. Inspiring us to reconnect with ourselves, community and heal the world around us through rediscovering the materials which we wrap around ourselves and our homes.Sharon is the founding director of EartHand Gleaners Society
    Alongside her artistic and practical endeavours transforming fibres into clothing, Sharon's work also includes community projects that layer up the opportunities for people to reconnect with one another, with plants and with place. 
    Combined with a personal challenge of 'growing her own clothing' this all comes through to bring us a story of re-finding what it means to be human; exploring a slower, more purposeful pace of life as an outcome of acting more sustainably in the creation of the stuff we use and depend upon. 
    For a further breakdown of this discussion see the timestamps below.
    See the video version of this episode here: https://www.wearecarbon.earth/sustainable-textiles-sharon-kallis/
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    More Formats from We Are Carbon:
    [Shorter Video Format with Animations] - Can All Food be Regenerative. With Patrick Holden: https://www.wearecarbon.earth/can-all-food-be-regenerative/
    [Story Telling Audio Format] - Soil (My Common Sense Take) : https://www.wearecarbon.earth/soil-path-to-whole-systems-thinking/
    Explore ways to support this content: https://www.wearecarbon.earth/your-support/
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    Timestamps:
    00:00:00 - Intro
    00:07:00 - Sharon's work integrating textiles within community gardens
    00:16:40 - Connectivity, well being & complexity
    00:28:08 - Challenges of community land access
    00:34:26 - Invasive plant species for textile use
    00:37:52 - Modern disconnection & unsustainable textiles
    00:48:08 - Growing your own clothes! Sharon's journey
    01:02:27 - The steps we can all take towards more sustainable textiles

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Carbon Sink Homes - In Conversation with David Nicholson [Director Natural Building Systems]

    Carbon Sink Homes - In Conversation with David Nicholson [Director Natural Building Systems]

    It was a great pleasure to spend some time discussing a new paradigm for our built environment with David Nicholson; considering how the construction of our buildings can actually support the drawing down of carbon. David is the director of Natural Building Systems
    His work not only explores how we can transform the impact of our buildings upon the climate, but how the use of natural materials is key to both creating and maintaining a healthy living environment for ourselves too.
    Natural Building Systems is working directly with farmers to develop a supply chain for the hemp fibre utilised within their unique prefabricated system. Combining the best of nature and technology to work towards an affordable, adaptable system of building for a more regenerative future.
    For a further breakdown of this discussion see the timestamps below.
    See the video version of this episode here: https://www.wearecarbon.earth/carbon-sink-homes-david-nicholson/
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    More Formats from We Are Carbon:
    [Shorter Video Format with Animations] - Can All Food be Regenerative. With Patrick Holden: https://www.wearecarbon.earth/can-all-food-be-regenerative/
    [Story Telling Audio Format] - Soil (My Common Sense Take) : https://www.wearecarbon.earth/soil-path-to-whole-systems-thinking/
    Explore ways to support this content: https://www.wearecarbon.earth/your-support/
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    Timestamps:
    00:00:00 - Intro
    00:06:10 - Embodied carbon in buildings - the size of today's problem
    00:13:30 - The transition needed
    00:17:30 - Synthetic insulation - look at the bigger picture
    00:22:00 - The properties of hemp & short life cycle crops
    00:29:00 - Utilising short life cycle crops as a more sustainable resource than timber?
    00:34:30 - Working & developing with farmers
    00:43:30 - The biobased modular system of Natural Building Systems
    00:54:10 - The experience for a builder / developer to work with NBS & adaptability
    01:00:00 - The experience to live within a NBS construction 
    01:05:00 - Collaborating / getting in touch / learning more

    • 1 hr 8 min
    In Conversation with Serenity Hill - Co-Founder: The Open Food Network

    In Conversation with Serenity Hill - Co-Founder: The Open Food Network

    I had the wonderful opportunity to chat with Serenity Hill about building an alternative, fairer and more resilient path within our food systems.Serenity is the co-founder of The Open Food Network.
    She comes from a long line of farmers on both sides of her family and has grown up with a keen awareness of the challenges and contradictions of balancing the needs of nature and the needs of farmers within a centralised food system that does a poor job of supporting either.
    We talk about the motivations that led to the creation of The Open Food Network alongside the ongoing ambitions and evolution of this now expansive enterprise.
    For a further breakdown of this discussion see the timestamps below.
    See the video version of this episode here: https://www.wearecarbon.earth/serenity-hill-open-food-network/
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    More Formats from We Are Carbon:
    [Shorter Video Format with Animations] - Can All Food be Regenerative. With Patrick Holden: https://www.wearecarbon.earth/can-all-food-be-regenerative/
    [Story Telling Audio Format] - Soil (My Common Sense Take) : https://www.wearecarbon.earth/soil-path-to-whole-systems-thinking/
    Explore ways to support this content: https://www.wearecarbon.earth/your-support/
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    Timestamps:
    00:00 - Intro
    02:51 - Motivation & background to start the OFN
    08:40 - Farming with nature - influences from both parents
    13:42 - Challenges faced by farmers in current food system
    17:07 - What is a social enterprise?
    18:50 - What is the Open Food Network?
    24:00 - Input from Nick Weir (Open Food Network UK)
    27:54 - Shared learning, resource & investment
    30:21 - OFN success stories and uses
    36:00 - Evolving the investment and subsidy schemes for greater food access for all
    39:39 - 'The Power of Food'- valuing food beyond a basic commodity
    44:25 - Serenity and Kirsten's farm
    46:11 - Learning more

    • 47 min
    In Conversation with Daniel Deniaud-Powell - Co-owner: Des Heures Dehors

    In Conversation with Daniel Deniaud-Powell - Co-owner: Des Heures Dehors

    I was delighted to be joined by Daniel Deniaud-Powell for a conversation about the wonderful potential of our gardens for supporting both biodiversity and food production, and exploring the practical steps we might take to bring such enrichment into our own green spaces and lives.Daniel co-owns and runs 'Des Heures Dehors' with his wife Hélène.
    His passion and connection to nature is clear, and he has a wide range of experience producing food, designing gardens and food forests and running unique enterprises; such an edible flower farm, to make small scale growing profitable.
    We touch on all of this alongside gleaning some very practical guidance for anyone considering creating an edible, biodiversity garden. 
    See the video version of this episode here: https://www.wearecarbon.earth/daniel-deniaud-powell-biodiversity-gardening/
    For a further breakdown of this discussion see the timestamps below, and use the references section to find links out to Daniel's work and a range of further resources that he mentions.
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    More Formats from We Are Carbon:
    [Shorter Video Format with Animations] - Can All Food be Regenerative. With Patrick Holden: https://www.wearecarbon.earth/can-all-food-be-regenerative/
    [Story Telling Audio Format] - Soil (My Common Sense Take) : https://www.wearecarbon.earth/soil-path-to-whole-systems-thinking/
    Explore ways to support this content: https://www.wearecarbon.earth/your-support/
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    00:00:00 - Intro
    00:05:12 - What is an Edible biodiversity garden?
    00:09:15 - Soil health & principles from regenerative farming
    00:12:44 - Supporting diversity / creating an ecosystem
    00:18:34 - Our bad relationship with creepy crawlies & creatures in our spaces
    00:24:33 - Nature isn't fully functioning - rewilding through standing back OR taking action?
    00:27:49 - Daniel's dream garden
    00:31:58 - Daniel's favourite species to include in a garden design
    00:35:50 - Including food in the biodiversity garden
    00:41:19 - How to produce food with low maintenance - approach and plant suggestions
    00:48:08 - Commercial business from a small growing space
    00:55:39 - Gardens at restaurants / working with chefs
    01:03:10 - Current focuses
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    References mentioned by Daniel:
    Charles Dowding - Vast info on producing food 'No Dig'. Richard Perkins - Farming in small spacesHuw Richards - Video learning for self sufficieny / permaculture gardeningDr Elaine Ingham's Soil Food Web School

    • 1 hr 7 min

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