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The essential podcast channel for the latest research into the ethical issues behind everyday products. Unpacking and explaining everything from palm oil and conflict minerals to workers’ rights and tax avoidance.
You can count on us to highlight corporate malpractice and shine a light on the organisations doing things differently.

Ethical Consumer Podcast Ethical Consumer

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The essential podcast channel for the latest research into the ethical issues behind everyday products. Unpacking and explaining everything from palm oil and conflict minerals to workers’ rights and tax avoidance.
You can count on us to highlight corporate malpractice and shine a light on the organisations doing things differently.

    Ethical Consumer Week 2020 - Ethical Gardeners Question Time

    Ethical Consumer Week 2020 - Ethical Gardeners Question Time

    This Q&A explores your ethical gardening dilemmas whilst inspiring new ideas for cultivating healthy plants and ethics in your garden or back yard.

    Hosted by Ellen Mary, your gardening questions will be answered by the following panel of horticulturalists, urban growers, vegan organic activists and compost nerds: Jenny Griggs, Dr Margi Lennartsson and Tony Martin.

    Ethical Consumer Week 2020, explored the role of consumers, businesses, and NGOs in building more resilient communities in the face of Covid-19 and the ecological crisis. We discussed the underlying issues, a radically reimagined future and the actions that we can all take to support just transitions. We gained inspiration from those exploring the answers and already creating ripples of change.

    www.ethicalconsumerweek.com

    Hosted by: Ellen Mary

    Ellen Mary is a vegan, veganic and no dig gardener. She provides talks about our intrinsic links to nature for wellbeing through gardening and plant life. Ellen also hosts a horticultural radio show, presents The Plant Based Podcast and writes for numerous publications worldwide.

    Ellen has appeared on NBC (WCNC Charlotte, USA), BBC Countryfile Diaries, BBC News, Mustard TV, and has featured in The Times newspaper and filmed with the Royal Horticultural Society plus many more. She has spoken at many shows including RHS Chelsea, RHS Chatsworth, GROW Scotland and The Handmade Festival about wellbeing, plant based eating and gardening.

    With:

    Dr Margi Lennartsson, Associate Professor at Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry University and, previously, Head of Research at Garden Organic, has been involved in a wide range of research on organic horticulture and sustainable food production systems, working with gardeners, community growers and commercial growers. Recently, this has included research related to the health and wellbeing aspects of community food growing. Margi is passionate about the benefits that can be achieved by encouraging people to take an active role in organic growing – benefits for the environment, for human health and wellbeing, for building stronger communities and for enabling people to live sustainable lives.

    Jenny Griggs completed her MSc in 1997 around the auditing of organic farms which led to her co-writing the textbook Growing Green with her mentor in 2005. In 2009 she founded Climate Friendly Food CIC where she writes about sustainable land use. She manages a 5 acre farm and works part timd for Lancashire Wildlife Trust.

    Tony Martin is editor of Growing Green International, magazine of the Vegan Organic Network. He has been vegan since 1986 and since 2003 has been running a 5 acre veganic smallholding in South Wales, UK using permaculture techniques. In 2011 he gained his Permaculture Design Certificate with Aranya and continues to learn about working with nature rather than fighting it. He believes that veganic agriculture can help reduce climate change, and improve the quality of life for both humans and animals.

    Anna Clayton (tech support) joined Ethical Consumer in 2013. Since then, one of her highlights has been co-developing the Lush Spring Prize – a project that aims to support the regenerative movement around the world. Anna also works part-time for LESS, a sustainability organisation in Lancaster, where she is overseeing the development of a cross-sector food partnership that delivers the work of FoodFutures – Lancaster’s Sustainable Food Places initiative. Anna sits on the management committee of Claver Hill Community Food Project in Lancaster, runs an annual heritage fruit tree grafting workshop and saves seeds as part of Lancaster Seed Library.

    More audio can be found at:
    www.ethicalconsumer.org/ethical-consumer-week-2020-building-resilient-communities

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    Ethical Consumer Week 2020 - Creating a community high street

    Ethical Consumer Week 2020 - Creating a community high street

    We’re used to hearing that the UK’s high streets are in decline. With a decade of austerity, the shift to online shopping and the closure of shops during the coronavirus pandemic, high streets certainly face huge challenges.

    This session will ask - should we fight to maintain the high street as we have come to know it? Or do we need to replace it with something else that is community owned and has a community function? It will challenge the notion that all UK high streets are fizzling out - finding examples from across the UK of where high streets already offer huge community value.

    Hosted by: Ruth Strange from Ethical Consumer

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    Neil McInroy is CEO of CLES – the UK’s leading independent think and do tank, realising progressive economics for people and place. CLES’s aim is to achieve social justice, good local economies and effective public services. Neil currently focuses on applying a progressive economic model for places, which includes ideas around local wealth building (a people-centred approach to retaining wealth within communities). He has been commissioned by and collaborated with local, regional and national governments and agencies in the UK, Europe, Asia, US and Australasia. He is an Honorary Fellow at the Manchester Urban Institute, University of Manchester, and a Visiting Fellow at Edge Hill University.

    Sara Gonzalez is Associate at the School of Geography, University of Leeds. She teaches and carries research on urban issues. She has been researching traditional retail markets and their transformation for ten years. Through publication and public engagement, she has analysed the gentrification of many markets in cities across the UK and internationally and how this can lead to the displacement of customers and traders. Currently she focuses on a project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, understanding the community value that markets generate particularly for vulnerable groups and which is often ignored or neglected. https://trmcommunityvalue.leeds.ac.uk/
    Twitter: @sgonzalez_sara

    Vidhya Alakeson is founding Chief Executive of Power to Change, an independent trust supporting the growth of community businesses across England to create more prosperous and cohesive communities. Vidhya was previously Deputy Chief Executive at the Resolution Foundation, a public policy think tank working on issues affecting low and middle income families. She is a board member of More in Common, an initiative reducing polarisation in developed societies, and trustee of the Young Foundation, developing more connected and sustainable communities across the UK. She advises organisations and the government on the role of community business in regeneration and writes and speaks on community-led development and inclusive growth.

    Nicola Round is Co-Founder and Outreach Director at Adfree Cities, a growing network of groups collaborating to resist advertising. Corporate outdoor advertising drives unsustainable consumption, harms our wellbeing and undermines local economies. Adfree Cities supports creative, community-led opposition and alternatives, to make space for what we really need to thrive. www.adfreecities.org.uk

    More audio at ethicalconsumer.org

    Ethical Consumer Week 2020, explored the role of consumers, businesses, and NGOs in building more resilient communities in the face of Covid-19 and the ecological crisis. We discussed the underlying issues, a radically reimagined future and the actions that we can all take to support just transitions. We gained inspiration from those exploring the answers and already creating ripples of change.

    More audio for Ethical Consumer Week at ethicalconsumerweek.com

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