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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!
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Book of Leaves Ceara Carney

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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!
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    The Power of Reusable Coffee Cups - Sorcha, Conscious Cup Campaign

    The Power of Reusable Coffee Cups - Sorcha, Conscious Cup Campaign

    For episode 53 I go back to the basics of environmental issues and talk about the infamous single use polluter: disposable coffee cups. For this, there's none other to talk to other than Sorcha Kavanagh from The Conscious Cup Campaign. This is a programme not just encouraging individuals to bring a reuseable cup, but encouraging cafés and businesses to drive the change forward and lead by example. Follow the Conscious Cup Campaign on Twitter @CCCampaign_Irl or Instagram @consciouscupcampaign.
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    We cover:
    [05:10] How the Conscious Cup Campaign started.[08:20] Sorcha’s personal journey to being eco-conscious.[11:50] Disposable cup statistics in Ireland.[16:25] Where we currently stand regarding reuseable cups and COVID.[21:45] Advice for customers on how to encourage cafés they frequent to join the campaign.[28:00] Are compostable cups much better?[31:55] In the grand scheme of the climate crisis, is having a reuseable cup really going to solve things?[35:10] Reuseable cup brand/type favourites.[37:30] Lucy O'Sullivan's 2.4km cycle for Jigsaw & The Conscious Cup Campaign along the Wild Atlantic Way Cycle. Click this link to donate!Also mentioned:
    Zero Waste Ireland Facebook group.Timi Nicholson.Elaine Butler.The Body Shop.Huskee cup.The Keepcup.Stojo Cup.Gather & Gather – Julia Murray.#ContactlessCoffeeDoughnut Economics by Kate Raworth book recommendation. 
    Examples of cafés currently accepting reuseables (and many small, independent cafés are too!):
    StarbucksSproutCostaLolly & CooksButlers
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    • 46 min
    Let's Talk Trees - Orla Ní Dhúill, Native Woodland Trust

    Let's Talk Trees - Orla Ní Dhúill, Native Woodland Trust

    I can't believe it's taken me until episode 52 to dedicate an interview to trees! Shocking behaviour, but this lovely chat with Orla makes up for it. You can follow Orla on Twitter @NaturallyOrla & don't forget to listen to her podcast The Broad Leaf! You can find out more about The Native Woodland Trust on their website and stay up to date with them on Twitter @NativeWoodTrust.
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    [04:10] An intro from Orla and her journey to working with woodlands.[09:15] Who The Native Woodland Trust are and what they do.[11:20] How people can get involved.[14:15] Finding local seeds and where to plant (or IF to plant!).[24:15] The new 'Robot Trees' built in Cork.[30:55] Ireland’s historic foresty & 'ancient' woodlands.[37:55] Systemic changes that need to happen to help preserve & restore woodland in Ireland & how farmers/land owners can benefit.[41:50] CAP.[44:30] Random questions!Also Mentioned: 
    Teagsc for people with large amounts of land.The Down Survey complete map of Ireland.Killarney National Park.Stopping by Woods book by Donal Magner.Coillte.
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    • 49 min
    Supporting Theatre to Inspire Climate Action - Eva O'Connor & Hildegard Ryan

    Supporting Theatre to Inspire Climate Action - Eva O'Connor & Hildegard Ryan

    In episode 51 I chatted to artists Eva O'Connor and Hildegard Ryan about using the world of theatre to spark discussion and inspire change. Their theatre company, Sunday's Child, has a play called Afloat, streaming all this month (August 2021) as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. I'd advise you to support it and hopefully this discussion will inspire you to make more art, or bring more art into your life!
    You can follow Sunday's Child Theatre on Twitter @SundaysCTheatre, Facebook or keep up to date with Eva on Instagram @evaclaireoconnor.
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    [04:00] A bit about Eva & Hilde and what sparked their eco-consciousness.[08:20] Their journey to veganism.[11:40] What Afloat is about.[13:20] Stand-out climate facts found in researching the play.[21:45] A piece of art that moved them.[26:00] Other swaps to be eco conscious & how they manage their climate anxiety.[29:00] Random questions.Mentioned:
    Extinction Rebellion (Ireland).Black Lives Matter.Iphigenia in Splott by Gary Owen - playThe Giant Dark by Sarvat Hasin - Book.This Is Not A Drill, Extinction Rebellion Handbook.The End We Start From by Megan Hunter - book.
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    • 38 min
    Empowering the Youth & Women in India - Tessie

    Empowering the Youth & Women in India - Tessie

    Tess is a 17 year old activist with many projects up her sleeve! I got to talk to her about these as well as how the climate crisis is impacting India & what we can, and should, do to help. She is also a fellow Climate Ambassador! You can follow her on Instagram @tessie.ie.hungry. Don't forget to rate, review, share, and if you can, please support this podcast on Patreon ( https://www.patreon.com/bookofleaves ). More on: http://bookofleavespodcast.com/

    [04:35] Tess’s introduction and what prompted her to be a climate justice activist.[07:50] What prompted social justice activism.[12:10] Examples of how climate change has affected India.[18:00] How the climate crisis is a gender issue.[20:40] Tess’s advice for how we can help these communities in India.[23:50] The Re-Earth initiative & the many other projects Tess works on like Able2Change app & Climate Assembly Eire.[30:20] What obstacles Tess has met as a young person in the climate movement.[35:20] How people can get involved with the project she’s involved in.[38:10] What would you ask of older generations?[40:20] Random questions! 
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    • 49 min
    Community Ownership of Renewable Energy - Sarah Fogarty

    Community Ownership of Renewable Energy - Sarah Fogarty

    For episode 49 I chatted to Sarah Fogarty from Community Power about community-led renewable energy sources. The work this group has done has laid the groundwork to make it easier for communities across Ireland to build and set up their own own grids. It's stellar! I hope you enjoy this solution-based chat. Don't forget to rate, review, share, and if you can, please support this podcast on Patreon ( https://www.patreon.com/bookofleaves ). More on: http://bookofleavespodcast.com/

    [04:10] Current fossil fuel usage and cons and pros not mentioned in the interview.[08:30] Pros & cons of renewables.[10:15] Nuclear power.[13:20] Sarah's introduction and background.[21:15] Renewable & Non-renewable definitions.[25:30] What is Community Power & how did they start?[30:45] Can people in rented accommodation make the switch?[32:40] What can these 5ghz of wind turbines generate?[36:45] The attitude of not liking them & how community ownership benefits[40:30] The environmental benefits & cons[48:40] What needs to be done to achieve a system change that would allow for the growth and accessibility of renewable energy.Also mentioned:
    Friends of the Earth (Ireland)Rescoop.euFood Co-op.The Cove Documentary.
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    • 59 min
    Why We Need a Youth Led Climate Movement - Saoirse Exton

    Why We Need a Youth Led Climate Movement - Saoirse Exton

    Saoirse Exton is a 16 year old climate activist from Limerick who is part of many groups, all trying to make the world a better place, from the Friday's For Future movement to the Irish Second-Level Student's Union. She is a remarkable soul and I can't wait for you to listen to this chat with her, which as you'll hear from the laughs, I thoroughly enjoyed having!
    You can follow Saoirse on Twitter @saoirse_exton or Instagram at @saoirse_exton.
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    [07:50] Saoirse introduces herself & journey to activism.[11:05] What is climate justice?[14:40] Young people not being heard.[20:00] How Saoirse thinks adults should talk to kids about climate change.[25:10] Is missing a portion of school on a Friday really the best way to achieve climate action?[27:45] The kind of support, if any, Saoirse has received from school for climate protests.[29:45] How do people get involved with Friday’s For Future?[32:25] Individual versus system change.[35:10] Her experience with the Climate Ambassador Programme.[37:25] How does Saoirse feel about the future?[39:00] Random Questions!Also worth checking out is the Irish podcast for kids (but I really love it!) on climate change called Ecolution. Saoirse features on episode 26.
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Customer Reviews

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28 Ratings

28 Ratings

laura joan k ,

A podcast to change the world

I love this podcast, Cearas latest episode with Zac on civil disobedience is the best introduction I’ve heard on why peaceful protest is soooo important for tackling the climate crisis - so accesible and lovely to listen to - thank you Ceara!

BeccaLouiseF ,

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!

AoifeRyan93 ,

Eye opening

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

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