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CLIMATE QUEENS is a podcast series aiming to raise awareness about the effect that we, as humans, are having on our shared planet and what we can do about it. Join us, Katie and Clodagh on the last Friday of every month, where we will be covering everything from: what even is global warming, fast fashion, the minefield that is recycling and everything in between! We are no experts, we are just two Dublin gals who met volunteering and have been best pals ever since.
We only have one planet and we need to know more, so we can do more! Come join the journey and channel your inner Climate Queen! Keep up to date with us on our Instagram @climatequeenspodcast.

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CLIMATE QUEENS is a podcast series aiming to raise awareness about the effect that we, as humans, are having on our shared planet and what we can do about it. Join us, Katie and Clodagh on the last Friday of every month, where we will be covering everything from: what even is global warming, fast fashion, the minefield that is recycling and everything in between! We are no experts, we are just two Dublin gals who met volunteering and have been best pals ever since.
We only have one planet and we need to know more, so we can do more! Come join the journey and channel your inner Climate Queen! Keep up to date with us on our Instagram @climatequeenspodcast.

    8: 'Tis The Season To Be...Green!

    8: 'Tis The Season To Be...Green!

    Hello, welcome to EPISODE EIGHT! Time has absolutely flown and this is our final episode of 2019. Fear not, we will be back next year with more climate positive solutions and chats. We want to say a massive thank you to YOU - our supporters and listeners who have been championing us since the day one. 
    ‘Tis The Season To Be...Green, is all about channeling your inner climate queen and taking the less is more approach to this festive season. It can be a tough time of year and very stressful, so we are encouraging you to choose PRESENCE over PRESENTS this holiday season. Why not give the gift of your time to the ones you love? Or volunteer your time to support others who aren’t so fortunate. This episode is packed with lots of ideas, tips and tricks for a more sustainable festive season. 
    This Friday November 29th, also marks another global student climate strike for our future. We stand in solidarity with the thousands of students taking to the streets to demand change all across the world. #GlobalStrike4Future
    Support our sea swim here: https://ie.gofundme.com/manage/support-masi-this-christmas
    Homeless Period  Ireland: https://www.homelessperiodireland.ie/ 
    MASI -  https://www.masi.ie/
    Less is more- Gift Experiences: https://www.groupon.ie/
    Buy me once -long lasting items: https://buymeonce.com/
    Buy a tree! GROWN: https://www.grown.ie/
    Buy a star: https://www.buyastar.ie/ 
    Donate to charities like: VOICE
    AMAZON RAINFOREST: https://www.rainforest-alliance.org/ 
    OFFSET YOUR CARBON EMISSIONS with VITA-: https://vita.ie/product/carbon-calculator/
    Make your own gift: https://minimalistbaker.com/4-ingredient-nutella-vegan-gf/
    Buy Second hand - 100% reloved https://100percentreloved.com/ 
    Zero Waste Starter Kits / Gifts from  - https://www.reuzi.ie/ 
    Veg box subscription - Green Earth Organics https://www.greenearthorganics.ie/farm-or-irish-produce/organic-irish-veg-box.html
    83,000 tonnes packaging https://repak.ie/christmas/  = 7.5 times as heavy as the Eiffel tower! 
    Brown tape for presents: https://www.reuzi.ie/store1/Brown-Paper-Sticky-Tape-2-5cm-wide-p137580300
    What to do with wrapping paper:  https://www.mywaste.ie/what-to-do-with/wrapping-paper/ 
    Reusable wrapping bags- not on the high street: https://www.notonthehighstreet.com/linenandlisle/product/hand-printed-star-pattern-linen-gift-bag?force_currency=EUR&DGMKT=FID__TID_aud-453406178336:pla-340879747907_PID_395762_CRI_340879747907&gclid=Cj0KCQiA2vjuBRCqARIsAJL5a-IgH_a4gylqtYq797wgK7bHLEP8WrQ0yVaH_Bw6CWVkAdPZGP2gK9YaAqHCEALw_wcB
    Pat’s cards from REUZI: https://www.reuzi.ie/store1/Plantable-Wildflower-Card-Reindeer-p160217106
    Pinterest Eco-Friendly Christmas decorations: https://www.pinterest.ie/search/pins/?rs=ac&len=2&q=eco%20friendly%20christmas%20decorations&eq=eco%20friendly%20christmas&etslf=21137&term_meta[]=eco%7Cautocomplete%7C0&term_meta[]=friendly%7Cautocomplete%7C0&term_meta[]=christmas%7Cautocomplete%7C0&term_meta[]=decorations%7Cautocomplete%7C0
    Plastic tree better only use it thirty times: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/26/business/energy-environment/fake-christmas-tree-vs-real-tree.html
    The living tree: https://www.livingchristmas.com/our-story
    LED Lights 75% less energy and last up to 25 times longer: https://www.thespruce.com/is-switching-to-led-christmas-lights-worth-the-investment-1387898
    Article from Independent: https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/christmas/food-drink/over-4-million-christmas-dinners-are-thrown-away-each-year-a6757211.html
    Stop Food Waste tips: https://www.dccae.gov.ie/en-ie/news-and-media/press-releases/Pages/Cut-food-waste-this-Christmas.aspx
    One can enough energy to run Christmas lights for 2 hours: https://www.gwp.co.uk/guides/christmas-packaging-

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    7: First Steps To Sustainability

    7: First Steps To Sustainability

    REUZI - https://www.reuzi.ie/  
    Reuse Month  https://www.mywaste.ie/reuse-month/ 
    Tshirt to Tote Bag Workshops - 2,700 Litres of water for cotton for 1 tshirt = 3 years of drinking water https://www.wri.org/blog/2019/01/numbers-economic-social-and-environmental-impacts-fast-fashion 
    John Hardy - green school - sustainable practices 
    Join a community space - feel connected 
    Zero Waste - Minimal Waste 
    3 areas in your life to make a difference - cutlery - water bottles..No need to buy new 
    Value Added Gap - Katie Patrick https://twitter.com/katiepatrick 
    Drive positive behaviour change to take action -
    Small changes & Collective Action  
    Zero Waste Movement - Bea Johnson - Lauren Singer
    -Athboy Bags  https://www.sparkchange.ie/project/athbags-initiative/  
    - Plastic Free Kinsale
    - Extinction Rebellion
    - Young Friends of the earth 
    - Not Here Not Anywhere 
    -Voice - https://voiceireland.org/
    -Not here not anywhere https://notherenotanywhere.com/
    -Extinction Rebellion https://extinctionrebellionireland.com/
    Individual Solutions - Project Drawdown 
    Take the Quiz!
    Top 5 Things:
    1. Manage refrigeration chemicals  -Individual and industry level (so no fridge burning)
    2. Install onshore wind turbines - industry levels
    3. Cut down on food waste - individual level * Episode 
    4. Eat more plants and less meat - individual level
    5. Restore tropical Forests - POLICY MAKERS
    Pat Top Tips:
    1.Think Twice - ASK Questions:
     -Do you really need it? Rethink you behaviour
    - How and Where was it made - think local think regenerative
    2. Bring Your Own : Did you know that 40% daily carbon footprint comes from our daily choices so why not bring your own items to make small changes together. 
    3.Bathroom Routine - Mix it up -use natural products - Start with what you already own and make a small switch try a bar of soap.
    4. Think LOCAL 
    Marie Condo - Look at your daily life - tackle one room at a time 
    Not about one person doing it perfectly, it’s millions of people doing it imperfectly
    Anne-Marie  Bonneau
    Greta Thunberg - Activism comes in many forms - step in the right direction -
    Share on whatsapp - Try and have those difficult conversations with people who you know are not aware of their environmental impacts. 
    Shop less - shop second hand
    Tshirt 2,700 Litres = 3 years of your drinking water! 
    Second hand depop online resources - Ebay with tags on - Renting clothes Platforms
    Sustainable Fashion Dublin - Workshops - Swap Shops
    SWAPSIES - Platform - Online Resource Hub 
    Fashion Revolution Ireland 
    Stop Food Waste  http://www.stopfoodwaste.ie
    120K per year per person @ x cups / day 
    REUZI WORKSHOPS - @reuzi https://www.reuzi.ie/
    Book Recommendations: 
    Let my people go surfing Yvonne Chonard 
    Climate Justice - Mary Robinson 
    - Stories of women all over of world
    Naomi Klein - This Changes Everything https://www.bookdepository.com/This-Changes-Everything-Naomi-Klein/9780241956182?ref=grid-view&qid=1571834553234&sr=1-1

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    6: Activism - Live from #climatestrike Dublin 20.09.19

    6: Activism - Live from #climatestrike Dublin 20.09.19

    Welcome back to Climate Queens Podcast. This month’s episode structure is a little different, as we bring you live recordings straight from #dublin city as part of the Global Youth #climatestrike on 20.09.19. Activism is at the heart of this episode and as you know by now, we are all about championing climate action. We bring you live chats directly from people marching for the future of our planet, which really captures the essence of activism. We also found some time to bring you some special guests like:
    Edwin Alblas from:
    Aisling McGuire from:
    @patagoniaDublin (https://www.instagram.com/patagoniadublin/)
    Siofra Caherty from:
    @jumpthehedges (https://www.instagram.com/jumpthehedges/)  
    Cormac Nugent from: 
    @extinctionrebellionireland (https://www.instagram.com/extinctionrebellionireland/)
    And really the stars of the show are the voices of the Youth on strike. (https://www.instagram.com/globalclimatestrike/)
    Be warned, this is an emotive episode and because of this we have allowed a full 45 minutes of uninterrupted passion, climate action and speeches from those who are making waves and striking for change to fight for our futures. 
    Some groups mentioned that you can support are: 
    We are proud to have been a part of what was the biggest climate strike 
    mobilization in history with Over 4 Million people, but now we need to come together, stand up and take action. To quote directly from some very young climate activists from 20.09.19:
    “We need to wise up - we need to wake up and we need to start right now
    We need to build a better future and we need to start right now.”

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    5: Water, Water Everywhere...

    5: Water, Water Everywhere...

    You are very welcome to Episode 5! This month we are discussing one of the most important resources on our blue planet- WATER! Currently, 7 out of 10 people have access to clean running water globally, but this will not be the case forever. Did you know that by 2040 most of the world won’t have enough fresh water to meet demand each year? Have you ever turned on your tap and thought about where your water comes from? What would you do if it ran out? 
    Water really is the source of all life, including ours, without it we would not be here. Our planet is in crisis and we need to start thinking about the importance of water on our planet and our global water consumption - so grab that cup of tea and join us as we dive into the deep end!
    Hottest month on record stat https://www.livescience.com/july-hottest-month-ever-record-climate-change.html
    326 million trillion Gallons water:  https://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/earth/geophysics/question157.htm 
    Water meteor crash: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LpgBvEPozk 
    Survival of water - 3-4 days v’s food: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/325174.php
    World Economic Forum water crisis #1 global risk 2016: https://www.iucn.org/resources/issues-briefs/water-and-climate-change
    Sustainable Development Goals - UN Framework 
    SDG 6 water & SDG 13 - Climate Action: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdg13 
    71% earth surface - water
    WATER EXPLAINED Netflix & Vox DOC Stats  link above
    97% salt water - 2% frozen fresh water - 1% freshwater Drinking
    Canada v’s Kuwait- 
    Definition Aquifers: https://www.gsi.ie/en-ie/programmes-and-projects/groundwater/activities/understanding-ireland-groundwater/aquifer-classification/Pages/What%20is%20an%20aquifer.aspx
    USGS Water Cycle: https://www.usgs.gov/special-topic/water-science-school/science/how-much-water-there-earth?qt-science_center_objects=0#qt-science_center_objects
    SnowPack ⅓ drinking water - California sierra nevada 
    Oceans- how important in regulating 
    The majority of radiation from the sun is absorbed by the ocean: https://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/facts/climate.html 
    In the last 200 years, the oceans have absorbed a third of the CO2 produced by human activities and they have also absorbed 90% of the extra heat trapped by the rising concentration of greenhouse gases: https://www.worldwildlife.org/stories/how-climate-change-relates-to-oceans
    Marine life- ⅕ coral reefs have died: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/10/climate/ocean-warming-climate-change.html
    Coral Reefs Wiped out by 2050:https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/environment-90-percent-coral-reefs-die-2050-climate-change-bleaching-pollution-a7626911.html
    Sea Level Rise:
    Chennai India- ran out water https://psmag.com/environment/chennai-india-is-running-out-of-water-other-cities-will-be-soon 
    Hindu Omarou Ibrahim- links!!!  Twitter: https://twitter.com/hindououmar?lang=en 
    Stats on water global water usage (8% fresh water consumed, 22% Industry, 70% Agriculture):  https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/03/water-scarcity-one-of-the-greatest-challenges-of-our-time/ 
    Stats on water and food:  
    Rainforest Alliance  https://www.rainforest-alliance.org/
    Amazon Watch https://amazonwatch.org

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    4: It's Getting Hot In Here!

    4: It's Getting Hot In Here!

    Welcome to Episode Four- It's Getting Hot In Here!
    This month we have decided to tackle the BIG topic of Global Warming. We have gone right back to basics discussing those greenhouse gases we've all heard about, the story of carbon, what is happening to our world's temperature right now and why it is so important that we take action before it's too late. Do you want to know why it's so warm?
    With many European countries experiencing record breaking temperatures this week, it seems a fitting time to ask, WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON? We have the answers for you. So grab a cool, refreshing drink and buckle up!
    Since recording this episode we discovered that a woman called Eunice Newton Foote was one of the first women in climate science and in 1856 she theorized that changes in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere could affect the Earth’s temperature. She is hardly mentioned at all through articles, research and history in general, in fact she didn't even get a chance to present or read her own research at the American Association of the Advancement of Science, a mad did it instead. So we would like to dedicate our episode to this incredible woman who was written out of history and recognise her breakthrough discovery. Women are at the forefront of this fight for a better, safer planet and we now know that over 150 years ago, this was also the case.
    *Definition of Global Warming:
    *Greenhouse Gases: 
    *Difference between Global Warming Climate Change: 
    *Ice Age 21,000 years ago:
    *Time line Global Warming - Bloomberg Business Video (3 mins 16):
    *More on James Hansen and climate science in the U.S. (long read but worth it):
    *Carbon Cycle:
    *What is carbon?
    *Periodic Table:
    *Methane Leak 2014 InfaRed Imagery:
    *All below from Ice On Fire : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Elf0RFBhr8I 
    -ICE ON FIRE: Burned 1.4 trillion tonnes of carbon in the atmosphere
    -Carbon linked to 5 mass extinctions
    -Measure carbon impact Negative Carbon 14 
    -Arctic warming 3 times faster than the rest of the world
    *Keelings Curve:
    *Global Temperature measured land, air, sea - average mean temperature: 
    *Carbon Dioxide Increase of 50% since 1990:
    *Paris Climate Agreement:
    *IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change):
    2018 report breakdown:
    *Plant 8 trees per person: 
    *Feeding Kelp to Cows:
    *Underwater plants can sequester 5 times more carbon than land based plants:
    https://theconversation.com/how-farming-giant-seaweed-can-feed-fish-and-fix-the-climate-8176 (https://theconversation.com/how-farming-giant

    • 38 min
    3: Reusables - Any Use? Recorded live from Body & Soul Festival

    3: Reusables - Any Use? Recorded live from Body & Soul Festival

    You are so very welcome to this special episode, recorded live at the Living Lab area, run by Native Events. This was Body & Soul's 10th Anniversary and to celebrate we had all of the chats with Megan Best, who is their Operations Manager. This festival has always led the way in sustainability and this year they have even gone so far as to ban the sale of single-use plastics. This framed the topic of our conversation, so join us as we dig into Single Use V's Reusables with some hard stats and simple solutions! 
    *Reuzi https://www.reuzi.ie/ Your one-stop sustainable shop *
    Native Events  https://www.nativeevents.ie/  Sustainable Production Events *
    Attention Attire  https://attentionattire.ie/  Repurposed tents *
    Recreate https://recreate.ie/ Reusing Materials *
    Story of a Spoon (1 min 55 secs): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eg-E1FtjaxY *
    One Day: How Ireland Cleans Up: https://presspack.rte.ie/2019/01/14/one-day-how-ireland-cleans-up-new/ *
    Invention of plastic, Leo Baekland: https://www.ericksonliving.com/tribune/articles/2016/12/leo-baekeland-father-plastic-age *
    8 million tonnes of plastic enter our oceans every year: https://plasticoceans.org/the-facts/ *
    How Long do things take to degrade  https://www.thebalancesmb.com/how-long-does-it-take-garbage-to-decompose-2878033 *
    Water Scarcity as Chennai run out of water
    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-48672330 *
    Plastic Bag Levy Ireland 2002
    http://www.irishenvironment.com/iepedia/plastic-bag-levy/ *
    Ireland to pay 150 Million Euro in fines from missing 2020 emission targets https://assets.gov.ie/10209/8ad1d5cf6a9749f89dcb83dd587ade0d.pdf  *
    Climate Action Plan 2019 Ireland
    https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/5350ae-climate-action-plan/ *
    500 THOUSAND coffee cups disposed of every day in Ireland
    https://recyclinglistireland.ie/ *
    In Ireland we are the largest producer of plastic waste in the European Union with 61kg per person from stats in 2015: https://www.thejournal.ie/ireland-plastic-waste-3786393-Jan2018/ *
    The zero waste hierarchy: https://www.addisoncountyrecycles.org/recycling/reduce-reuse/zero-waste *
    The amount of oil used to make a plastic bottle: https://mightynest.com/articles/making-a-plastic-water-bottle *
    Deep River Rock commit to 10% recycled bottles https://www.newstalk.com/news/deep-riverrock-announces-100-recycled-bottle-862709 *
    *Disposable coffee cup stats in Ireland: https://www.mywaste.ie/news/22-000-coffee-cups-disposed-of-in-ireland-every-hour/ * 
    Ellen Mac Arthur Foundation - More plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050
    https://www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/publications/the-new-plastics-economy-rethinking-the-future-of-plastics *
    Fishing Line Accounts for 46% of Ocean Litter:
    https://mercyforanimals.org/straws-arent-the-real-problem-fishing-nets *
    Single Use tents impacts:
    https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/festivals-2019-tent-ban-single-use-plastic-waste-pollution-aif-a8904216.html *
    Single Use EU Ban of plastic cutlery:
    https://www.thejournal.ie/single-use-plastics-european-council-4644836-May2019/ *
    Megan Best Interviewee  https://www.linkedin.com/in/megan-best4861/ *
    Good News:
    *Guinness World Record for ocean clean up by 633 divers 
    https://edition.cnn.com/2019/06/16/us/divers-largest-underwater-cleanup-record-trnd/index.html *
    Guardian Change language around the environment 
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/may/17/why-the-guardian-is-changing-the-language-it-uses-about-the-environment?utm_term=Autofeed&CMP=fb_gu&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&fbclid=IwAR36zDtmMmtS49PGzerh2HNvALvEMl7pipC_3BjRQNXjysdIPvVO3cvd6CM#Echobox=1558131214 *
    We can now make biodegradable plastic from cactus juice and edible food packaging made from seaweed:   https://www.explainthatstuff.com/bioplastics.html *

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Customer Reviews

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Fantastic, fun and informative

These two girls really do their research! They have lots of easy-to-do, clever, sustainable options that specifically apply to living in Ireland which I love. Fun and energetic it’s enjoyable to listen to rather than preachy! It’s great 👍🏻

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