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It's time to have a conversation about how we can create a sustainable future by tackling climate change, eating a plant-based diet, living as eco-friendly as possible, and being the happiest, healthiest and best version of ourselves. On this show, your host Tom Simak will interview leaders in a whole host of different fields so that we can all learn how to create a sustainable and wholesome life.

The Plant Paradigm Tom Simak

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It's time to have a conversation about how we can create a sustainable future by tackling climate change, eating a plant-based diet, living as eco-friendly as possible, and being the happiest, healthiest and best version of ourselves. On this show, your host Tom Simak will interview leaders in a whole host of different fields so that we can all learn how to create a sustainable and wholesome life.

    Dr Andrew King On Climate Science & Looking Beyond 1.5 Degrees Of Warming

    Dr Andrew King On Climate Science & Looking Beyond 1.5 Degrees Of Warming

    "If we keep emitting green house gases, we keep warming the planet. If we reduce our emissions by 50% next year, that't not going to happen, but hypothetically if we did, we would still be warming the planet. We need to go right down to net zero to stop warming the planet."

    Today’s conversation is with climate researcher Dr Andrew King. Andrew is a senior lecturer in Climate Science at the School of Geography, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes at the University of Melbourne. Dr King’s work has been cited hundreds of times and his research has also been published in top journals like nature. As you can imagine we’ll be talking about Climate Change today, the future of society, transitioning to a green economy, staying under 1.5 degrees, are climate scientists vego, and about the media and news industry and their role in all of this.

    Video version: https://youtu.be/IWVMafr-RO0

    The key topics in today's episode:
    06:00 - Can we predict floods
    07:00 - What climate tech we need
    13:00 - Is it normal to have 4 seasons in a day?
    15:00 - What net zero looks like
    19:00 - Life beyond net zero
    23:00 - Jobs in a greener future
    26:30 - What countries are the most carbon neutral
    39:00 - Climate science and the media
    47:00 - Climate anxiety as a scientist
    50:30 - Are climate scientists vegetarian
    56:30 - Atmospheric Rivers
    01:06:00 - Common climate misconceptions


    Resources:
    Connect with Dr King:
    Website | https://andrewdking.weebly.com/
    Twitter | https://twitter.com/AndrewKingClim?
    Email | andrew.king@student.unsw.edu.au

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    Instagram | @plant.paradigm
    YouTube | The Plant Paradigm
    Twitter | @plantparadigm
    Website | www.theplantparadigm.com

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    • 1 hr 19 min
    Matt Sipala On Longevity And Focusing On Sustainable Long Term Health

    Matt Sipala On Longevity And Focusing On Sustainable Long Term Health

    "Our life when we're 50 is a result of our actions when we're 20. Let's focus on longevity. Let's focus on the bigger picture. "

    Today’s conversation is with a friend, fellow podcaster and trainer Matt Sipala. Matt is the how of the You4ia Podcast where he dives deep into topics such as mindfulness, movement, plant based nutrition and sustainability and has interviewed the likes of Simon Hill, DJ Tigerlily, Jimmy Halfcut, Dr Nagra and so many more incredible humans. Matt’s specialty is in sustainable weight loss and strength training leaving behind the quick fix mentality.

    Video version: https://youtu.be/pNmGrzKWDkw

    The key topics in today's episode:
    04:30 - Social media is both evil and good
    10:00 - Matt's intro
    16:00 - Addressing overweight children
    18:00 - Changing legislation in schooling
    25:00 - An unhealthy relationship with food
    32:00 - Calorie counting
    38:00 - How to be sustainably healthy
    41:00 - Sweating doesn't equal a good workout
    44:00 - Feeling sore doesn't equal a good workout
    47:00 - Don't thrash your body in workouts all the time
    50:00 - Fasting, coffee, mock meats & other tips
    01:01:01 - Words of wisdom

    Resources:
    Connect with Matt:
    Website | https://www.you4iahealth.com/
    Podcast | https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/the-you4ia-health-podcast/id1435751849
    Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/you4iahealth/
    Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/matthewsipala_/

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    Connect with me:
    Instagram | @plant.paradigm
    YouTube | The Plant Paradigm
    Twitter | @plantparadigm
    Website | www.theplantparadigm.com

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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Pinky Chandran On Tackling Waste Management & Making Bangalore Green

    Pinky Chandran On Tackling Waste Management & Making Bangalore Green

    "Even though garbage is on the news, why is it still cloaked in a layer of anonymity? Why do we see what we want to see?"

    Today’s conversation is with Pinky Chandran. Pinky is an independent researcher, author and a community journalist. She tracks policy and legal developments on issues related to waste management. She is the founding member of the Solid Waste Management Roundtable and a Trustee at Hasiru Dala. She is also a Board Member of Seeking Modern Applications for Real Transformation, an NGO that runs Radio Mewat.

    Video version: https://youtu.be/DN91uZt8P-Y

    The key topics in today's episode:
    05:00 - Storm water drains impact on the environment
    10:00 - Waste management problems and solutions
    16:30 - Recycling incentives
    20:00 - Listening to the waste workers
    29:00 - Rinsing recyclables
    33:00 - India phasing out single-use plastics
    41:00 - What can we learn from Bangalore
    44:30 - Pushback from industries
    48:00 - The next steps for a greener future
    52:00 - What the Gov should be tracking
    58:00 - Poetry about waste

    Resources:
    Connect with Pinky:
    LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/pinky-chandran-62264310/
    Twitter | https://twitter.com/pinkychandran
    Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/pinky.chandran/
    EPR Rules:
    https://cpcb.nic.in/uploads/plasticwaste/PWM-Amendment-Rules-2022.pdf
    The EPR Portal
    https://eprplastic.cpcb.gov.in/#/plastic/home
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    Connect with me:
    Instagram | @plant.paradigm
    YouTube | The Plant Paradigm
    Twitter | @plantparadigm
    Website | www.theplantparadigm.com

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Damien Mander On The Reality Of Poaching & Winning Hearts & Minds

    Damien Mander On The Reality Of Poaching & Winning Hearts & Minds

    "We're quick to try and find bandaid solutions to problems we face, while ignoring a solution that's spent the last 5 billion years evolving, and that is nature. It's the best regulating system we have on this planet."

    Today’s conversation is with Damien Mander. Damien is an activist and founder of the International Anti Poaching Foundation. He has a unique background in that he is a former Australian Royal Navy clearance diver and special ops military sniper. His work has been featured on The Guardian, ABC, National Geographic, Forbes, The Game Changers and was the winner of the 2019 Winsome Constance Kindness Gold Medal, a prestigious international recognition for services to animals and humanity.

    Video version: https://youtu.be/7Tzylk94WTI

    The key topics in today's episode:
    03:30 - Who is Damien Mander
    06:30 - Different types of poaching
    09:00 - How poaching works
    12:00 - Impacting local communities
    15:00 - Human-animal conflict
    18:00 - Having hope
    20:30 - The reduction of poaching
    29:00 - Conservation on a global scale
    35:00 - Fully plant based Akashinga rangers
    40:00 - How dangerous is being a ranger
    42:00 - Being vegan is "not manly"
    48:00 - Becoming a ranger
    50:00 - Words of wisdom

    Resources:
    Connect with Damien:
    Website | https://www.iapf.org/
    Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/int.anti.poaching.foundation/
    Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/damien_mander/
    LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/damienmander/

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    YouTube | The Plant Paradigm
    Twitter | @plantparadigm
    Website | www.theplantparadigm.com
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    • 54 min
    Are Bioplastics The Solution To The Plastic Crisis?

    Are Bioplastics The Solution To The Plastic Crisis?

    Welcome to The Monthly Paradigm with Tom Simak & Sharna Harrington.

    This is where we talk about the biggest news stories, all things climate change, veganism, fitness, what we're cooking up, wins of the month and everything in-between.

    Video version: https://youtu.be/0iOxJgIRzVs

    The key topics in today's episode:
    00:00 - Intro
    02:00 - Running events
    10:00 - Banning fur on the Queens guards caps
    15:00 - Wasting tax payers money
    17:00 - The platypus is at risk
    23:00 - Cow Burp masks
    30:00 - A history on bioplastics
    35:00 - The different kinds of bioplastics
    40:00 - Denmarks world of plastics
    46:00 - Where bioplastics should be used
    50:00 - The positives of bioplastics
    52:00 - The pitfalls of bioplastics
    57:00 - Final thoughts
    59:00 - Sustainability tip (visit website for names of plants)
    01:01:00 - Solar power overtaking coal in Australia
    01:03:30 - Tanzania wildlife trade
    01:05:00 - California banning new gas car sales

    Resources:
    All sources on website: www.theplantparadigm.com/tmp-132

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    YouTube | The Plant Paradigm
    Twitter | @plantparadigm
    Website | www.theplantparadigm.com
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Kate & Mick McIntyre On The Oppression Of Kangaroos & Eating Plants

    Kate & Mick McIntyre On The Oppression Of Kangaroos & Eating Plants

    "We can all play our part by becoming educated and knowledgable on what is really going on."

    Today’s conversation is with Kate & Mick McIntyre. This Aussie couple founded the independent film production company called Second Nature Films that recently produced an SBS on demand series, Eating Plants. Their work includes award winning feature films Kangaroo, Yogawoman, What to do about Whales and Aussie Rules the World. It’s seen their films positively reviewed in the NY Times, LA Times, Variety, Hollywood Reporter, BBC and Le Monde. The most recent docu-series Eating Plants looks at the global dietary sensation that is plant based foods. It features the likes on Dr. Neal Barnard, Eric Adams, Miyoko Shinner, Shaun Morison and more.

    Video version: https://youtu.be/JnYcaaKgUq8
    The key topics in today's episode:
    05:30 - The release of Eating Plants
    10:00 - Making a series during lockdown
    14:00 - Highlights of Eating Plants
    20:30 - Push back from networks due to being plant based
    27:00 - Shooting food related content tips
    33:00 - Kangaroo: A Love Hate Story
    45:00 - The grim reality of how we treat kangaroos
    58:00 - Regulatory bodies and if they work
    01:00:00 - Coexistence with kangaroos

    Resources:
    Connect with Kate & Mick:
    Website | https://www.secondnaturefilms.com.au/
    Watch Eating Plants | https://www.eatingplants.tv/
    Watch Kangaroo: A Love Hate Story | https://kangaroothemovie.com/
    Kangaroo Charity | https://www.kangaroosalive.org/
    Kangaroo Alive Trailer (EXPLICIT FOOTAGE) | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKEDoOhACB8

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    Website | www.theplantparadigm.com
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    • 1 hr 19 min

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I love to travel, and this podcast is a great way to learn about vegan options in different cities. The episodes are usually quick and to the point. I love that Tom adds different types of vegan restaurants in the episodes, like places to go on a date night or places to go to get the best desserts. This podcast has added quite a few vegan restaurants to my list of places to try while traveling!

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