CLIMATE QUEENS is a monthly environmental 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.
When we know more, we can do more so come join the journey and channel your inner Climate Queen! Keep up to date with us on our Instagram @climatequeenspodcast.
See You Soon!
Hello fellow climate queens,
We are back, but only briefly. We have hopped back on here to say "see you soon" as we are putting down the mics after two wonderful seasons. This has been a fantastic journey that we are both incredibly grateful for. We have learnt so much over the last two and a half years from all of our research, our guests and most importantly, you guys, our listeners. Thank you to every single person who chose to have us chatting in your ears, we are still in awe that our podcast has been listened to over 30,000 times, increasing by the day!! For two Dublin pals who started this simply to get the climate conversation going, we have been truly blown away by the response and support along the way and we feel we achieved what we set out to do.
Everyone we thank during the episode is linked below and as we said, we will be creating a one-stop-shop resource with all of our recommended books, articles, docs, movies, IG accounts, websites and so much more. Keep following us on Instagram @climatequeenspodcast as we hope to organise a few in-person meet ups and chat to some of you over a cup of tea by the sea :)
Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts and remember- knowledge is power and use your vote! This is only the beginning.
All our love,
Clo & Katie
VOICE Ireland: Voice Ireland - Together we are the VOICE of Irish concern for the Environment
IEN: IEN – The Irish Environmental Network
Front Line Defenders: Front Line Defenders |
Native Events: Homepage - Native Events
Fashion Revolution Ireland: Ireland - Fashion Revolution : Fashion Revolution
NYCI: Home - National Youth Council of Ireland
A-Z of Sustainability (Part 2)
Hello lovely people, welcome to our final episode of Season 2!
This year has been unexpectedly turbulent and has thrown everyone’s daily lives into complete disarray. For us, we still managed to find solace in our podcast and continued to record remotely. We have been so lucky to be able to speak to incredible individuals and meet people online over the last few months. It has shown us that with challenges come opportunities. So thank you- to everyone who has supported us for our second year, we are beyond grateful and we’re already gearing up for Season 3!
Our final episode is Part 2 of our A-Z of Sustainability where we work through letters K to Z discussing the Kyoto Protocol, the Paris Agreement, Regenerative Agriculture, Upcycling and so much more! We may have had a whiskey and hot port for the occasion and it’s quite easy to tell that this our first alcoholic beverage in quite some time! So enjoy our inappropriate giggling!
Thank you all so much for listening to us every month,
If you have a moment, please leave us a review and rate us on your preferred podcast platform! It really does help us reach more willing ears!
We’ll be back,
Until then, keep learning, sharing and spreading some much needed kindness,
All our love,
Clo & Katie x
Kyoto Protocol: https://www.epa.ie/climate/thekyotoprotoco
Net Zero: https://www.nationalgrideso.com/news/fes-2020-what-does-net-zero-target-really-mean
(Zac Effron doc)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMzYiY5wcHU
Paris Agreement: https://unfccc.int/process-and-meetings/the-paris-agreement/what-is-the-paris-agreement
IPCC Global Warming of 1.5C: https://www.ipcc.ch/sr15/
Pre-Industrial Levels: https://theconversation.com/what-is-a-pre-industrial-climate-and-why-does-it-matter-78601
Quote/Milk Quota: http://www.climatecouncil.ie/media/Working%20Paper%20on%20Agriculture%20and%20Land%20Use.pdf
-Reverse climate change https://regenerationinternational.org/why-regenerative-agriculture/
-Kiss the Ground Documentary - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3-V1j-zMZw
Sustainable Development Goals: https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/
Tax/ Carbon Tax:
- Aisling Duffy https://www.aislingduffy.co.uk/
-Upcycling Movement https://theupcyclemovement.com/
Virgin Plastic:https://www.dw.com/en/we-need-to-talk-about-virgin-plastics/a-48458223 https://www.planetcleanrecycle.com/defining-plastics-virgin-vs-recycled/
Ellen Mac Arthur Foundation -https://www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/explore/plastics-and-the-circular-economy
Plastic Packaging Video - https://fb.watch/2p2ymH0S8o/ or https://www.instagram.com/tv/CHr-3sLnrvI/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
Waste Hierarchy / Green washing: https://www.businessnewsdaily.com/10946-greenwashing.html#:~:text=Greenwashing%20is%20when%20a%20company,services%20from%20environmentally%20conscious%20brands
7 R’s & Reuzi - https://reuzi.ie/
Live Recording: The Dublin Arts and Human Rights Festival
Hello lovely people,
Welcome back to Climate Queens!
This month's episode was recorded for the Dublin Arts & Human Rights Festival which ran for ten days from Friday October 16th to Sunday October 25th 2020. It was our very first video episode or "vodcast" as the cool kids say. So if you fancy seeing what we both look like in action you can find the video of this conversation over on our newly formed YOUTUBE channel! Link in the show notes.
For this conversation we are joined by two inspiring women; Mariam Sawadogo from Sierra Leone, who is now a firm friend of the podcast and Clodagh Daly who is one of the volunteer lawyers for Climate Case Ireland. We have been following the work of this organisation over the last couple of years so it was brilliant to be able to speak to Clodagh about the landmark case that was brought to the Supreme Court here in Ireland.
Our chats with Mariam and Clodagh delve into the importance of the law when it comes to tackling our climate crisis, the link between human rights violations and climate breakdown and the biggest barriers facing climate action in Sierra Leone and Ireland today. It was a really rich discussion, one we wish could have gone on for the whole evening. We hope you enjoy hearing from Mariam & Clodagh!
If you have a couple of minutes to spare please subscribe and leave us a review, we really love hearing from you, our listeners! Your support means the world to us.
Katie & Clo x
Climate Case Ireland:
Our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmfxrTgL40w
Details of The Dublin Arts & Human Rights Festival, although it's finished you can still check out the incredible events that took place: https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/campaign/dublin-arts-human-rights-festival-2020
Frontline Defender's Regional Protection Coordinator, Mariam Sawadogo
Hello wonderful people! Welcome back to this month's episode of Climate Queens. We are so delighted to share this conversation we had with Mariam Sawadogo, Frontline Defenders Regional Protection Coordinator for West and Central Africa. If you tuned into Joseph Rahall's episode you will remember Mariam introducing Joseph. We had an initial chat with Mariam prior to her introduction of Joseph and we were so blown away we decided that it needed its own episode! So here it is!
The work Mariam does is endless so it was an absolute honor to have time to speak with her about her role. Mariam delves into why we need active participation of women in environmental decision making and tells us what she thinks is the biggest challenge facing Sierra Leone over the next decade to 2030. It was a pleasure and joy to speak with Mariam, we hope you enjoy it!
P.S. If you are enjoying our podcast please rate, review and subscribe. Three simple steps that will frankly make our day :) Thank you!
All our love,
Katie & Clo x
Follow the wonderful Mariam on Twitter @MariamS06: https://twitter.com/mariams06?lang=en
Building Capacities to Protect Women's Land Rights in Sierra Leone: http://www.fao.org/3/ca4786en/ca4786en.pdf
Protecting Women's Land Rights in Sierra Leone: http://www.osiwa.org/newsroom/from-the-field/protecting-womens-land-rights-in-sierra-leones-draft-national-land-policy-by-sonkita-conteh-director-namati/#:~:text=This%20is%20the%20reality%20for,is%20governed%20by%20customary%20law.&text=The%20draft%20National%20Land%20Policy,land%20rights%20under%20customary%20law.
Summer Series with Front Line Defenders: The Changing Climate of Sierra Leone with Joseph Rahall from Green Scenery
Hello lovely people!
Welcome back to CLIMATE QUEENS and our third and final installment of our collaboration with Front Line Defenders. This month we are joined by environmental rights activist and human rights defender Joseph Rahall.
As well as speaking with Joseph, we also had the pleasure of speaking with Mariam Sawadogo, the Front Line Defenders Regional Protection Coordinator for the west and central continent of Africa. The conversation was so good and important that we decided Mariam deserved her own bonus episode- so watch this space to hear more from Mariam.
As you will hear from Mariam's introduction, Joseph Rahall is an expert in environmental protection with over 27 years’ experience. In 1989, when Joseph was still a high school teacher, he founded Green Scenery, an organisation that works to promote environmental awareness and ensure the conservation of Sierra Leone.
In our conversation we delve into the changes Joseph has seen to the climate of Sierra Leone since his childhood including deforestation and "freaky" weather patterns disrupting local ecosystems and food production. He explains so eloquently just how badly his country is experiencing the effects of the climate crisis- a direct result of our actions in the developed world. Joseph's work intersects many disciplines and you will hear this as Joseph speaks about empowering local communities, the commonalities between the current injustices of the global pandemic and the climate crisis and the need for the developed world to slow consumption.
We were honored to spend time speaking with Joseph and could have continued long into the evening. We hope you enjoy hearing Joseph's story and the brave work he is committed to with Green Scenery.
This is the last of our three-part series in collaboration with Front Line Defenders, but fear not we will be back for a very special episode to celebrate the Arts & Human Rights Festival with the lovely people in Front Line Defenders- so stay tuned for more on this!
We have been truly blown away by the response from our listeners to the incredible conversations we have had with Marcelo Cwerner from Brazil, Lay Peng Pua from Malaysia and no doubt you will share the same love & support for our conversation with Joseph Rahall. We hope that this is just the beginning of us having the opportunity to use our platform to elevate the most important voices of the climate movement. We’d really like to express our gratitude to the team at Front Line Defenders- Laura, Ross, Grace and Tara. Thank you guys for reaching out and seeing the potential in our platform for generating fascinating conversation with dedicated and amazing people fighting on the front lines.
Katie & Clo
To read more about Green Scenery: http://greenscenery.org/
Joseph Rahall: https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/profile/joseph-rahall
Letter to UN High Commissioner Mary Robinson on Sierra Leone Conflict: https://www.hrw.org/news/1999/06/17/letter-un-high-commissioner-human-rights-mary-robinson-sierra-leone-conflict
Food insecurity in Sierra Leone: https://www.wfp.org/publications/findings-sierra-leone-food-security-monitoring-jan-2020
Climate risk and Sierra Leone:
Climate crisis could displace 1.2 billion people by 2050:
Summer Series with Front Line Defenders: The Journey of Our Plastic Waste with Lay Peng Pua
Welcome back to CLIMATE QUEENS and our second installment of our collaboration with Front Line Defenders. This month we are joined by chemist, environmental rights activist and human rights defender Lay Peng Pua.
China banned plastic waste imports in 2018, with that recycling companies moved to Malaysia making this beautiful country the number one international dumping site for OUR plastic waste.
When Lay Peng moved back to her hometown of Jenjarom she saw first hand the devastating impact that the plastic "recycling" industry was having on her local community in Malaysia, with over 40 illegal plastic factories emitting toxic gases and polluting the local rivers and waterways making people in the community very sick.
By now we are all too familiar with our global plastic waste problem, however did you know that the plastic waste of over 19 countries has been found in Malaysia? Do we really know what happens to our plastic waste when we throw it away? As we hear from Lay Peng, chances are it's ending up in her country!
Join our conversation with Lay Peng to hear the story of how our consumption and disposal of plastic waste is destroying her community, and how she is fighting back. Lay Peng also provides suggestions as to how we can tackle this growing plastic waste issue even during a global pandemic!
To learn more about Lay Peng's story, check out the links below in our show notes below:
About Lay Peng Pua: https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/profile/lay-peng-pua
Undeterred by threats, Lay Peng Pua calls for continued action to protect the environment:
The Recycling Myth:
Malaysia drowned in your plastic waste after China ban:
Celebrating Malaysia's might green warriors: https://www.thestar.com.my/lifestyle/people/2020/03/18/international-women039s-day-celebrating-malaysia039s-mighty-green-warriors
The story of plastic waste in Malaysia: https://www.latimes.com/world/asia/la-fg-malaysia-plastic-2018-story.html
Italy told to stop using Malaysia as a plastic dumping ground: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/10/italy-told-to-stop-using-malaysia-as-plastics-dumping-ground-greenpeace-landfill
Tons of recycling being dumped and burned: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/tons-recycling-being-dumped-burned-20968066
New Zealand's role in Malaysian plastic dumping ground: https://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/insight/audio/2018663363/nz-s-role-in-the-malaysian-plastics-dumping-ground
Drone footage of illegal recycling factories:
Australia's recycling lie, 60 minutes: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=lqrlEsPoyJk
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 👍🏻
Very educational, really great listen!!
Educational & Fun
Really easy to listen to. Lots of useful, practical information. Really fun and really good chemistry between the hosts. 10/10, would recommend.