We dive into all things sustainability and business. We'll talk about the issues, chat with industry professionals, give tips on how to make your business more sustainable, and go over ways to market your sustainable business better!
Your hosts, Aub and Courtney are business partners at Dandelion Branding, a marketing agency that specializes in growing sustainable brands.
Join us on a journey to learn more about the challenges we face, and what to do about them!
Maybe We're Farmers Now? | EnvironMental Podcast | Agriculture
This week on EnvironMental we talk about Farming for the Long Haul by Michael Foley!
This book offers a fantastic look at the history of traditional farming and gives actionable advice for how we can transition to growing food within our communities.
Would we recommend it? Yes! To anyone who felt like they might want to farm or have a garden that grows food.
After reading this, we feel inspired to start growing food and learning more about homesteading techniques that we can share within our communities.
Even though we can connect and share information globally, one thing that we notice month over month is that the real solutions to long-term sustainability are based in community - governance, advocacy, energy, gardening, homesteading, and community living.
Over the past 100 years, we have stepped further and further away from our local communities, to the point now where we are losing the hands-on information we will need when fossil fuel energy isn't available to us anymore.
So this week, we decided to start trying to think and act in a more community-based way.
To take one single step on the journey towards community living - whether that means meeting your neighbors or finding a new homesteading skill to take on - join our little challenge!
ARE WE FARMING HUNGRY? | EnvironMental Podcast - Food & Agriculture
This week on the EnvironMental Podcast, we start talking about food and agriculture.
You can tell by the tone of the episode that we’re a little overwhelmed by how big this topic is and how many directions it CAN go in!
Here’s the good news: there’s a lot of room for improvement.
But the reality we’re living is a little dire. Here are some facts that we want to dive deeper into this month:
Food accounts for over a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions
Hispanic and African American families are twice as likely to experience food insecurity during the pandemic
Food has been losing nutritional value since the 50s
And we are wasting 30+% of all the food we grow on a regular basis.
Throughout the next months, we also want to talk about the intentional design behind food deserts, get a better understanding of the best ways to balance food growth and consumption (like, how is there so much waste AND so many hungry people?!), and talk about the meat production.
This is a huge, huge topic partially because it’s so important for our survival but also because the flaws of the food industry have compounded over time. As big ag has continued to grow, these flaws have become clearer and clearer. Profits over people and planet can’t be the answer on a huge scale anymore!
We’re excited to spend this month learning about how broken the system is, and what steps we can take to help improve it!
What Even is the Energy Transition? | EnvironMental Podcast
This week's episode of EnvironMental is a short wrap up of the conversation we have been having around the transition to renewable energy.
The long and short of it is that there are so many solutions out there! And the good news is that there are a lot of people are working on them, but the not-so-great truth is that there's no big global plan for the necessary transition to renewable energy.
While it is awesome to have a lot of people working on energy solutions, we think this is an important conversation that we should be having more often within our communities in general.
Because when it comes to energy usage, there is a lot that we can each do personally to reduce our individual ecological footprint.
One of those big energy drains that we can change personally is FOOD WASTE! So we also announced that the next topic we will investigate is food and agriculture!
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We asked an expert: Is the transition to solar possible? | EnvironMental Podcast - Changemaker Chat
This week we're talking with Tom Vocke (THE Tom!) with Lightyear! He's an electrical engineer who has been part of the transition to solar energy, especially in cars, since 2011. We spent time asking about the reality of transitioning to renewable energy - he's optimistic about what is possible! He told us about the limits of solar energy, what a solar cell is made out of, and why solar is getting cheaper! Right now, the renewable energy industry has its eyes set on increasing efficiency in solar panels and figuring out how to store electricity more effectively, but the reality is there is room for innovation and systemic change everywhere in the energy industry. We need to put solar panels on everything, and we need to upgrade to smart meters, and we need to ensure that our current power grids can handle the transition. There's a lot to be done, and a lot of incredible minds, like Tom's, working together to make it possible! #solarenergy #renewabletransition #renewableenergy #greenenergy #environmentalpodcast
Can we Boycott Carbon? | EnvironMental Podcast - Energy Transition
This week we read the Carbon Boycott by Samuel Avery
Do we think it's possible to boycott carbon?
Do we think it's going to be easy?
In his book, Sam gives several examples of times throughout human history that we've made huge societal changes for the betterment of our society - from the Boston tea party to the civil rights movement to the end of apartheid.
We ARE capable of the type of boycott that this book calls for.
The carbon boycott is a slow, steady change that we are dedicated to. That we need to work on together individually and in communities.
Because the truth is that the availability of fossil fuels is dwindling.
That means we need to think about the energy issue as "renewable energy VS. no energy." NOT "renewable energy VS. fossil fuel energy."
And the more we transition now, the easier it will be when we don't have fossil fuels anymore.
So how can you take part in the boycott?
1 - Eat less meat. This isn't to say that tomorrow you need to be vegan, but meat production is a massive source of carbon in our atmosphere.
2 - Consider how your other meals make it to you - are they locally sourced? Are they coming from far away? How are they packaged? What can you grow yourself?
3 - Look at your investments. Trace them back to their source, are you supporting the fossil fuel giants? Stop those investments and shift them to a renewable source.
4 - Look into the potential energy sources. Can you pay for your house to be supplied by solar or wind energy? Can you buy solar panels for your house?
5 - Join or create a community that is dedicated to helping with policy change or community/city migration to renewable energy.
6 - Make the big transitions when you're making big life changes. When you get a new car, go for electric. When you move or renovate your house, consider heat pumps and solar energy.
All of these steps help us to move towards less reliance on fossil fuel energy and will make the transition to renewables more smooth! It can be done!!
EnvironMental Podcast - Transitioning to Renewable Energy - Research
This week we're leaving the topic of dirty energy and fossil fuels behind to start talking about the necessary transition to renewables.
We split up and independently answered some questions, and then shared it with each other on this week's podcast.
Aub went first and talked about where we are in the transition and what kind of plan we have in place. There's a lot of information out there about this and to make the long story short - we're gaining in renewables for electricity, but buildings (heating and emissions) and travel are still big issues for the transition.
While there are a lot of people focused on individual solutions, there's no overarching plan, and no one taking charge of this transition. There are a lot of pieces missing in the political and environmental priorities, like how we need to invest in improving the efficiency of the current infrastructure while we find new, renewable sources of energy. Or how subsidies for fossil fuels are still double (or more) the subsidies given to renewable sources.
Courtney picked it up from there, sharing information about energy democracy and a few companies that are dedicated to putting people of color in leadership positions.
She said, "We can't expect to have clean energy solutions without having clean election solutions." And this beautifully sums up the discussion. She shared information about "energy cooperatives" and how this feels like something new, but there are actually quite a few already! The heads of the power companies in these regions bank on the fact that people never even know that they have decision power in their community's energy source.
Next week we're going to continue this conversation by reading a book called The Carbon Boycott; A Path to Freedom from Fossil Fuels By Samuel Avery.
We have moved away from using Amazon to find our audiobook sources because Mr. Bezos, respectfully, doesn't need our dollars (or yours) so here's our link to Libro, a site that makes it possible for you to buy audiobooks through your local bookstore: https://libro.fm/referral?rf_code=lfm282860
Here are our sources for this episode:
Transition updates, plans, and efficiency
The webinar Courtney mentioned: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Foh7HMthX1w
Asian Pacific organization working on BIPOC leadership training
I love this podcast. Down to earth. Real. Not overly processed. It’s like you’re sitting at the table listening to a conversation. Well done!