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Get informed, get inspired, and get empowered to make more animal and eco friendly choices.The Forces for Nature podcast celebrates people who are doing great things for animals and the environment. We bring you uplifting stories of these everyday heroes; their trials and triumphs; and how they find the motivation to keep going. You’ll leave feeling hopeful, prepped with actionable tips that answer your question, “But what can I possibly do,” so that you, too, can be a Force for Nature.

Forces for Nature Crystal DiMiceli

    • Science
    • 4.9 • 24 Ratings

Get informed, get inspired, and get empowered to make more animal and eco friendly choices.The Forces for Nature podcast celebrates people who are doing great things for animals and the environment. We bring you uplifting stories of these everyday heroes; their trials and triumphs; and how they find the motivation to keep going. You’ll leave feeling hopeful, prepped with actionable tips that answer your question, “But what can I possibly do,” so that you, too, can be a Force for Nature.

    Ep33: Changing the Perception of Sharks with Tadzio Bervoets

    Ep33: Changing the Perception of Sharks with Tadzio Bervoets

    Sharks have a bad rep. But Tadzio Bervoets is here to tell us why our fear should be replaced with respect and intrigue instead. These animals are keystone species that, if removed, can cause a cascading negative effect on the entire ocean ecosystem and human livelihoods- and it's already been witnessed in some places. We talk about how an obsession, not a fear, has been their main demise (an obsession for their fins), the unexpected way scientists get their hands on sharks, and how a trip to New York City can get you more bites than one to the beach.
    Tadzio is the Director of the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance. He recently created the Caribbean Shark Coalition which aims to foster collaboration among various stakeholders in the greater Caribbean to increase the region's capacity for protecting sharks and rays.

    What can YOU do to help sharks?
    When doing shark diving tourism, be sure you are going with a reputable and responsible tour operator.Check if they are third-party certified.Ask what their safety protocols are.Be sure they don't let you swim too closely (there have been documented negative impacts on whale sharks because of improper diver interactions).Make sure operators use very little food to lure in the animals so they don't become dependent on humans to feed them.Don't be tempted by the lowest prices. If the standard cost is X, anything much lower is a red flag.To avoid sharks being caught as bycatch, support responsible fishing practices. You can use the Monterey Bay Aquarium's portable guide here.Don't buy any shark products, from jaws to leather to soup. If you would like a shark's tooth, buy a fossilized shark's tooth so as not to support the killing of these animals for their parts.Check to see if your fish oil supplement contains shark liver.Shark meat contains mercury. For your health, avoid eating it.Support policies for shark conservation and sound ocean governance.Donate to shark research and education efforts.
    Want a free guide to help you become a force for nature? Get it at https://forcesfornature.com/becoming-a-force-for-nature-free-guide/

    If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to subscribe, rate, and review! 
    Hit me up on Instagram and Facebook (Page / Private Group) and let me know what eco-actions you have been taking. Adopting just one habit can be a game-changer because imagine if a billion people also adopted that!
    What difference for the world are you going to make today?
    Background music by Fearless Motivation Instrumentals: Meaning of Life.

    • 39 min
    Ep32: Curating Sustainable Lifestyles with Jaclyn Tracy

    Ep32: Curating Sustainable Lifestyles with Jaclyn Tracy

    The connection of how consumerism impacts the environment may not always be so clear. However, when you take a moment to think about how and what products are made of, and what their life cycle may be, a very discouraging picture can start to emerge. And, to find what is and isn't "good" can be quite overwhelming when we're juggling all the other things. Jaclyn Tracy is here to help. She created the lifestyle brand, Sistain, to connect conscious consumers with sustainable solutions. She does this through careful product curation, in-depth research, and knowledge-sharing. She's working to change the perception of what sustainability looks like and how it can fit within our lives.

    How YOU can be a more conscious consumer:
    Start with simple sustainable swaps such as a reusable bottle or a dish brush (instead of a sponge).Utilize Sistain's website for Sistain-Approved Brands.When shopping for clothes, try to choose natural materials (aka not polyester, it's plastic).Reach out to Sistain with your sustainability questions. They are happy to help!For beauty products, assess the packaging (is it recyclable?), ingredients (natural?), is it cruelty-free.Want a free guide to help you become a force for nature? Get it at https://forcesfornature.com/becoming-a-force-for-nature-free-guide/

    If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to subscribe, rate, and review! 
    Hit me up on Instagram and Facebook (Page / Private Group) and let me know what eco-actions you have been taking. Adopting just one habit can be a game-changer because imagine if a billion people also adopted that!
    What difference for the world are you going to make today?
    Background music by Fearless Motivation Instrumentals: Meaning of Life.

    • 29 min
    Ep31: Advocating for Environmental Justice in the Ecuadorian Rainforest with Julio Prieto

    Ep31: Advocating for Environmental Justice in the Ecuadorian Rainforest with Julio Prieto

    Today's guest is Julio Prieto. He's an Ecuadorian lawyer working with the Union of People Affected by Texaco, the organization otherwise known as UDAPT. He has been a key player in one of the most well-known battles for environmental justice- the case of Ecuador vs. Chevron-Texaco. After 20 years of litigation, Julio's team won the case that found Chevron to be guilty of egregious pollution and irresponsibility in the Ecuadorian rainforest. However, 10 years later, he is still fighting for the settlement that would benefit the tens of thousands impacted. We talk about his lessons learned, his most recent victory, and why, despite the impossible odds, he will never give up.

    If you want to learn how YOU can help, be sure to check out this episode's show notes at www.forcesfornature.com!

    If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to subscribe, rate, and review! 
    Hit me up on Instagram and Facebook (Page / Private Group) and let me know what eco-actions you have been taking. Adopting just one habit can be a game-changer because imagine if a billion people also adopted that!
    What difference for the world are you going to make today?
    Background music by Fearless Motivation Instrumentals: Meaning of Life.

    • 26 min
    Ep30: Watch, Connect, and Take Action on the Waterbear App with Andrea Walji

    Ep30: Watch, Connect, and Take Action on the Waterbear App with Andrea Walji

     Have you ever watched a documentary that made you want to do something about what you were seeing? But then, after the credits, life takes back over and that inspiration quickly fades. It happens to all of us. But today's guest, Andrea Walji, is going to introduce us to a new streaming platform that lets you take action as you're watching the action. Waterbear is a free, interactive streaming platform dedicated to the future of the planet. We talk about the edu-tainment they offer, the impact they are already having, and how you can easily become a member. 

    Check out this episode's show notes for resources on how YOU can take action!

    If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to subscribe, rate, and review! 
    Hit me up on Instagram and Facebook (Page / Private Group) and let me know what eco-actions you have been taking. Adopting just one habit can be a game-changer because imagine if a billion people also adopted that!
    What difference for the world are you going to make today?

    Background music by Fearless Motivation Instrumentals: Meaning of Life

    • 22 min
    Ep29: Making All Cosmetics Cruelty-Free with Aviva Vetter

    Ep29: Making All Cosmetics Cruelty-Free with Aviva Vetter

    Aviva Vetter is part of a team from the Humane Society International working to end animal testing for cosmetics with the Save Ralph campaign.

    • 14 min
    Ep28: Bridging the Partisan Divide with Christopher Barnard

    Ep28: Bridging the Partisan Divide with Christopher Barnard

    Chris Barnard of The Conservation Coalition is working to change the environmental narrative for the political right.

    • 44 min

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