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From plastic pollution to climate breakdown, the more you know about how f****d the planet is, the more confusing life gets. Woke and Confused hosts Jess and Livvy discuss the environmental dilemmas of our time in this amusing, engaging and accessible podcast.

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From plastic pollution to climate breakdown, the more you know about how f****d the planet is, the more confusing life gets. Woke and Confused hosts Jess and Livvy discuss the environmental dilemmas of our time in this amusing, engaging and accessible podcast.

    S2E3 - Family dilemma: should we be having kids?

    S2E3 - Family dilemma: should we be having kids?

    This is possibly our juiciest topic to date: how do you feel about bringing kids into the world in a time of climate and ecological emergency? Jess & Livvy explore their own views on the topic and speak to a couple who have joined the Birthstrike movement. 

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    Birthstrike https://birthstrike.tumblr.com/

    Birthstrike FB group - https://www.facebook.com/groups/674131032989428/

    Caroline Hickman and Climate Psychology Alliance - https://www.climatepsychologyalliance.org/about/who-we-are

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    Tell us your eco parenting tips and let us know if you would like to be interviewed online! wokeandconfusedhq@gmail.com

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    The Pope and Ecocide - https://www.stopecocide.earth/newsletter-summary/pope-calls-for-ecocide-law

    Why Livvy wrote to the Pope - https://medium.com/@livvydrake/why-i-have-written-to-the-pope-about-climate-change-and-ecocide-law-dce9a8e7f250


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    • 32 min
    S2E2: Australia: the new normal?

    S2E2: Australia: the new normal?

    Our Aussie mates down under are experiencing the worst bushfires since records began. But how are the people on the ground responding? Jess & Livvy hear from a local resident to find out how climate breakdown is affecting day to day life and think about what lessons we can learn for the future. They also introduce a new section to the show.  

    Links mentioned in show 


    Droughts are causing cattle farming and rural communities to collapse https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7827313/Vet-reveals-toll-record-heat-drought-having-farmers-including-cows-horses-paddocks.html

    Why are the bushfires so bad and is climate change to blame? https://www.telegraph.co.uk/global-health/climate-and-people/australia-burning-bushfires-bad/

    Creating an arson dialogue - blaming the Greens  https://factcheck.afp.com/australian-bushfires-disinformation-spreads-about-greens-party-policy-backburning

    Sorted Events  https://www.facebook.com/wearesortedevents/

    The Brigid Delaney Article on cognitive dissonance that Jess quotes from https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/dec/19/2019-wasnt-just-protests-and-fleabag-it-was-the-year-a-climate-truth-bomb-dropped

    What you can do to help 


    350.org campaign https://350.org/listentothem-solidarity-vigils-for-australias-bushfire-victims/?akid=110938.2623181.bylwpK&rd=1&t=11

    Full list of campaigns to support https://www.cbsnews.com/news/australia-fires-how-to-help-victims-evacuees-firefighters-animals-wildfires/

    Greenwash Corner 


    Chevron donated $1m to help Australian fires  https://heated.world/p/celebrities-are-donating-more-than

    Reasons to be cheerful 


    Air passenger numbers in Germany fell 12% last year https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-12-19/german-air-travel-slump-points-to-spread-of-flight-shame

    Germany has cut long distance train fares https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jan/02/germany-cuts-fares-for-long-distance-rail-travel-in-response-to-climate-crisis

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    • 41 min
    S2E1: Eco-grief as fuel for action

    S2E1: Eco-grief as fuel for action

    2019 has been an extraordinary year. In this first episode of Season 2, Jess and Livvy look back at the last few months and share how leaning into their eco-grief has been a powerful fuel for acting on the climate and ecological crisis.

    Show notes

    Register interest in the COP26 Climate Cycle to Glasgow in 2020
    https://blog.wearedonation.com/2019/12/03/introducing-the-cop26-climate-cycle/
    More than 400 MPs join Extinction Rebellion reforesting action calling for billions more trees to be planted https://rebellion.earth/2019/10/10/more-than-400-mps-join-extinction-rebellion-reforesting-action-calling-for-billions-more-trees-to-be-planted/
    Jess’s article on her experience at the XR October Rebellion in London https://medium.com/@jessica.ferrow/i-was-arrested-with-extinction-rebellion-heres-why-f117f0b355d5
    Livvy’s online course - Tackling Single Use Plastic in the Workplace http://www.sustainablesidekicks.com/online-courses.html
    Livvy’s top tips: 20 ways to green your business: tinyurl.com/sustainablesidekicks
    Joanna Macy: The Work that Reconnects https://www.joannamacy.net/main
    Caroline Hickman https://www.carolinehickmantherapy.com/
    Climate Cafes (and how to run your own one) https://www.climateandmind.org/climate-cafe
    Join us in taking the Flight Free 2020 pledge! https://flightfree.co.uk/

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    • 40 min
    Ep 8 - The Future of Food

    Ep 8 - The Future of Food

    The Future of Food

    Our food system is described as ‘broken’ and held responsible for biodiversity loss, deforestation, desertification and high carbon emissions. So Jess and Livvy explore how it has got like this and what the future of food could look like. Be prepared for some time-travelling and interviews with India Langley from LettUsGrow.

    LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE & FURTHER READING

    Sapiens

    LettUs Grow 

    Post War Agriculture 

    60 Harvests Left 

    Food waste issues 

    Solar Geoengineering

    Small Robot Company

    GMOs

    Lab meat 

    Lab grown mean could be on UK Shelves within 5 years!

    Cow methane

    Insects for protein
    Why Eat Insects?

    Eat less meat campaign

    Red Bull Tonic Water

    The Impossible Burger

    Street Goat

    Pig Co-Operatives

    Food Waste Apps

    Too Good To Go 

    Olio 

    Community Fridges 

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    • 39 min
    Ep 7 - Palm Oil

    Ep 7 - Palm Oil

    Palm oil has weaseled its way into almost every product in our kitchens and bathrooms, but is it as bad as everyone thinks? Jess and Livvy take a closer look this complex and slippery topic - and make some surprising discoveries. 



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    LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE


    The banned Greenpeace/Iceland advert - Rang Tan

    Iceland removed own label from 17 products rather than palm oil (BBC)

    Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil website

    Friends of the Earth article: RSPO: 14 years of failure to eliminate violence and destruction from the industrial palm oil sector (Link)

    Ethical Consumer Guide to Palm Oil: (Ethical Consumer)

    Palm Oil Innovation Group (Link)

    RSPO adopts total ban on deforestation under sweeping new standards (Mongabay)

    Leashed monkeys forced to pick coconuts in Thailand (Independent)

    Millions of songbirds vacuumed to death every year during Mediterranean olive harvest (Independent)


    If you do one thing, sign this petition!


    Greenpeace petition - Save Rang-Tan. End dirty palm oil: Sign here

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    • 34 min
    Ep 6 - Clothing and fashion

    Ep 6 - Clothing and fashion

    Jess and Livvy take a look at the issues and impacts of fashion and clothing. What do you do if you are a shopaholic? How can you dress sustainably? And, if you're taking the 'buy nothing new challenge', what on earth do you do about buying underwear?! Plus an exciting Woke & Confused announcement. 



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    Links mentioned in this episode: 


    The wastefulness of the fashion Industry:  https://www.bristol247.com/lifestyle/environment/throwaway-fashion/ 

    A case study on the demise of the Aral Sea through cotton production  https://openoregon.pressbooks.pub/envirobiology/chapter/7-5-case-study-the-aral-sea-going-going-gone/ 

    Rana Plaza Collapse  https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/apr/24/bangladeshi-police-target-garment-workers-union-rana-plaza-five-years-on 


    The £1 bikini  https://thetab.com/uk/2019/06/25/missguided-one-pound-bikini-107122 

    UK Workers being paid £3 an hour, plus tips from Lucy Siegle at the bottom  https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/jun/22/cost-cheap-fast-fashion-workers-planet 

    Fashion Revolution's guides on understanding fashion issues and actions to take (scroll to bottom of page for resources)  https://www.fashionrevolution.org/emergency-measures-resources/ 

    Good On You – fashion brand review  https://goodonyou.eco/ 


    Hurrcollective.com and byrotation.co.uk for rental options


    Depop for selling and buying  https://www.depop.com/ 

    Extinction Rebellion Buy Nothing New Challenge  https://www.xrfashionboycott.com/ 

    Tips for unwanted clothes including running a clothes swap  https://www.loveyourclothes.org.uk/unwanted-clothes?cat=67&article_type[]=38&article_type[]=37&article_type[]=35&article_type[]=36 


    Antiform clothing label made from waste materials  http://www.antiformonline.co.uk/  
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     LEGAL STUFF: For the avoidance of doubt, all the opinions expressed on Woke & Confused belong to Jess and Livvy and not to any organisations they may be working for, affiliated with or talking about. They're ours, all ours. These are based on our knowledge and experiences at the time of presenting and are subject to change. Please don't take it as gospel truth and do make your own decisions. We are always open to hearing and learning more as it's a confusing world we live in! Right-ho, thanks, bye :) x 


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    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

Vintagecyclist ,

Ruth

Enjoyable, energetic, has both structure and free flow, like the different ‘segments’. Easy listening but content rich. Will listen again x

syncratic ,

Brilliant and welcoming to all

This is the first environmental podcast I've listened to and I love the information provided in such a balanced way. Most people are starting this journey and Livvy & Jess welcome you along the way.

Paul Coverdale ,

Balanced and entertaining!

This is a great, refreshing, accessible look at the dilemmas we all face when trying to be more sustainable. Straightforward choices are rare and the podcast unpicks all the arguments in an entertaining way.

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