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An Irish podcast where I interview business owners, activists and other everyday people, to learn how they contribute to living sustainably. By educating ourselves, we can then take a leaf from their book to add to our own way of eco-friendly living!

Book of Leaves - Eco Friendly Education & Inspirational Stories bookofleaves

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0, 21 Ratings

An Irish podcast where I interview business owners, activists and other everyday people, to learn how they contribute to living sustainably. By educating ourselves, we can then take a leaf from their book to add to our own way of eco-friendly living!

    Climate Change & Over Fishing in Coastal Communities - Ruth Leeney

    Climate Change & Over Fishing in Coastal Communities - Ruth Leeney

    Ruth Leeney is a conservationist, fellow activist with Extinction Rebellion, and vegan, working hard to preserve our under water world. We covered so much in this chat and still didn't get to talk about everything, so I know for sure, there'll be a second interview with Ruth sometime in the future! In the meantime, you can support Ruth's work through Women4Oceans on their website.
    Check out http://bookofleavespodcast.com/ for more detailed links & if you can, please support this podcast at https://www.patreon.com/bookofleaves or https://www.buymeacoffee.com/BOOKOFLEAVES 
    We covered:
    (05:40) Ruth's background and when she became eco consious.
    (08:34) Scuda diving in U.K. Vs Australian waters.
    (13:44) How the community Ruth works with in Mozambique are being affected by over fishing.
    (17:40) How the locals have been impacted by Climate Change.
    (23:44) What, if any work is being done by NGOs or governments to aid and educate in this crisis.
    (28:40) What is Blue Justice? Read this link for more.
    (32:35) How we in the first world countries can help.
    (37:28) Why Ruth first became vegan and how she manages working in coastal fishery communities considering that.
    (45:15) How to know if the fish you do buy is sustainably sourced.
    (48:20) How to avoid trawled fish.
    (49:40) Dynamite fishing.
    (50:40) The plastic Ruth has seen on her dive adventures around the world.
    Also Mentioned:
    Climate Justice by Mary Robinson.
    Mothers of Invention Podcast. 
    Climate Queens Podcast.
    Jaque Custo documentaries.
    The Unnatural History of the Sea by Callum Roberts.
    Cyclone Idai. in Mozambique, 2019.
    Down To Earth Wholefoods shop (as the best stocked wholefoods store in Dublin when Ruth first went vegan!).
    UK Marine conservation society sustainable fishing list.
    Vita as an Irish charity assisting local communities in Ethiopia and Eritrea fight against climate change.
    Women4Oceans, a network of women working on conservation and research that Ruth is involved with.
    ParCo, a charity that does beach clean ups around Vilankulo in Mozambique.
    Protect Africa's Sawfishes, Ruth's own research project she works on.
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    • 59 min
    Upcycling Wetsuits & Re-imagining "Waste" - Lynn Haughton

    Upcycling Wetsuits & Re-imagining "Waste" - Lynn Haughton

    Episode 31 is with Lynn Haughton from The Upcycle Movement. The ability she has to re-imagine 'waste' and her drive for sharing the knowledge she's learned is nothing short of amazing! Make sure to follow her on instagram @the_upcycle_movement, Twitter @upcycle_ireland and Facebook.
    If you can, please support this podcast on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/bookofleaves) or rate, review & share. X
    For all shownotes, check out: http://bookofleavespodcast.com/ep-31-upcycling-wetsuits-re-imagining-waste-lynn-haughton/
    (04:20) The difference between UPcycling and REcycling.
    (06:15) What inspired Lynn's eco journey & the start of The Upcycle Movement.
    (13:40) Why wetsuits?
    (19:35) How Lynn gets the wetsuits.
    (21:40) The process from receiving the wetsuit to shipping out a new product.
    (26:20) Seal Rescue Ireland.
    (31:10) The strangest things Lynn has upcycled and other upcycling companies.
    (36:15) Lynn's bird box family (the bird-box is called 'Wireless CCD Bird Box Camera Kit' from UK Wildlife Cameras.

    • 46 min
    The Impact of a Toothbrush - Joe & Niamh, Bambooth

    The Impact of a Toothbrush - Joe & Niamh, Bambooth

    It's finally time to talk toothbrushes! In this episode, as part of Plastic Free July, I chat to Joe & Niamh about what inspired them to set up Bambooth, an Irish bamboo toothbrush company. "Every year, 3.5 billion toothbrushes are used, at least. And every toothbrush that's ever been used, still exists today."Check out www.bookofleavespodcast.com for more links and if you can, please support this podcast at www.patreon.com/bookofleaves or share it with a friend!
    We cover: 
    (06:15) An introduction to Niamh & Joe.
    (10:00) What is was like becoming entrepreneurs all of a sudden.
    (11:40) How toothbrushes have been bad for the planet.
    (12:50) The moso bamboo that's used.
    (14:05) The nylon bristles & how to recycle them.
    (19:10) How often you should be changing your toothbrush!
    (20:05) Why the toothbrushes are colourful!
    (24:00) How hard it is to get stock into bigger shops & chain supermarkets.
    (27:20) How they find the time and energy to run Bambooth with their other jobs & courses.
    (30:10) What Joe & Niamh do outside of Bambooth to live more eco friendly.
    Resources mentioned:
    Dirty Business documentary on plastic being sent abroad.
    Blue Planet.
    Drowning in Plastic documentary.
    Jane Goodall Institute.
    Coral Reef Alliance.
    Marine Conservation Society.
    Plastic Oceans.

    • 39 min
    Food Security in Ireland - Aisling Wheeler

    Food Security in Ireland - Aisling Wheeler

    Despite what we hear about Ireland doing well in terms of food security, it's far more treacherous than we think. Aisling Wheeler talks me through the problems Ireland faces, how it all changed and what we can do to make it better.
    Check out www.bookofleavespodcast.com for more show notes and don't forget to rate and review! You can also support this podcast at https://www.patreon.com/bookofleaves.
    (05:35) The definitions of food security & food sovereignty, and how we fare in Ireland in regards to that.
    (10:35) Organic farming in Ireland.
    (11:45) The knock-on effects of relying on imported goods.
    (15:45) What changed in recent decades to make our food system insecure.
    (18:30) What has been done, if anything, in policy or government to help with food security.
    (22:20) Soil health in Ireland - fertility and drainage.
    (28:30) The difference between monoculture & permaculture.
    (32:45) Growing your own food at home, encouraging farmers to diversify & CSA.
    (37:35) Buying food in season & our relationship with food.
    Also Mentioned:
    River basin management plan.
    Aisling's article on food security. 
    Thanks for listening!Ceara X

    • 46 min
    We're going to the Supreme Court! - Climate Case Ireland

    We're going to the Supreme Court! - Climate Case Ireland

    In this episode I chat to Edwin Alblas on behalf of Climate Case Ireland about their upcoming case in the Supreme Court on the 22nd of June. Don't forget to sign their petition: https://www.climatecaseireland.ie/become-a-supporter/#in-my-nameCheck out www.bookofleavespodcast.com for more links. If you can, please support this podcast on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/bookofleaves). Ceara x

    (04:45) An introduction of Edwin.
    (08:30) Who Friends of the Irish Environment are.
    (10:20) What the Climate Case is about.
    (14:05) How the previous hearings went.
    (18:20) Examples of other success stories around climate change cases (Urgenda Case).
    (23:15) The financial cost of Ireland not meeting EU targets.
    (25:55) How FIE are raising funds to do this case. (Donate here) 
    (27:55) What happens if we lose the case.
    (32:50) How Edwin deals with constant knockbacks, being an activist.
    (38:00) Why FIE also hold talks and workshops.
    (43:00) The positive results for tackling climate change.

    Also Mentioned:
    Ireland's Mitigation plan.The Fumbally Stables.Jenny McNally (McNally Family Farm Dublin).

    • 49 min
    Creating an A.r.k. for Nature - Mary Reynolds

    Creating an A.r.k. for Nature - Mary Reynolds

    Episode 27 is with Mary Reynolds who chats about We Are the Ark, an initiative to encourage people to give back some land to nature.
    Check out their website (www.wearetheark.org) and join the Facebook group for more information and support!Please rate & review this podcast and if you'd like to support this podcast you can do so on www.patreon.com/bookofleaves or www.buymeacoffee.com/bookofleaves x
    More on www.bookofleavespodcast.comNotes:

    (04:50) What inspired We Are The Ark.
    (08:05) Where the name came from.
    (09:00) The importance of putting a sign on your ark.
    (11:25) How much land is 'enough' for an ark.
    (13:30) What it means to be a guardian of the earth as opposed to gardener.
    (16:00) Is an ark compatible with pets and children?
    (19:00) Getting an ark started.
    (22:40) Giving sovereignty back to the land.
    (25:00) Growing food in a wild garden.  Learn more about forest gardening here!
    (30:35) Restoring your land to what it was before.
    (34:20) How to go about turning public or government land into arks.
    (36:30) How we can make sure our artificial outside lights stop damaging wildlife.
    (38:45) Closing thoughts from Mary.
    (43:20) What we need going forward to get systematic change.

    Resources mentioned:

    The Garden Awakenin book;
    Mary's TEDx Talk.
    From What Is to What If by Rob Hopkins.
    Extinction Rebellion.

    If you like this episode, you'll also like:

    Episode 12 Why it’s time to join the Rebellion- Cormac Nugent, Extinction Rebellion.
    Episode 15 Bringing Biodiversity Back into your Garden or Balcony- Collie Ennis.
    Episode 25 Bia Hero & Grow Your Own Food – Sinéad, XR.

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

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21 Ratings

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Green Goddess!

Such an informative and vibrant look into an eco friendly lifestyle, ceara makes it all seem so easy! A go to for anyone looking to make a change, no matter how small!

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Eye opening

Amazing to hear down to earth conversations about topics that seriously concern us and our world.

Evelyn Accoto ,

Amazing podcast if you are into sustainability

Love this podcast, it’s so helpful and informative but also entertaining

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