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Simple steps anyone can take to help improve the world's current environmental and political situation

How You Can Save The World: Sustainable Living and Social Activism Barbara Edelman

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 13 Ratings

Simple steps anyone can take to help improve the world's current environmental and political situation

    You Have The Power

    You Have The Power

    Just in time for the Holidays, a way to be a little tiny bit optimistic about humanity.  Yes. Good news.  From the honoring of Colin Kaepernick to the lifelong Republicans in Alabama who have yes, already voted for Doug Jones to the wondrous, generous, life saving action being taken by the Clinton Foundation in Puerto Rico.  There are angels among us, and if, like me, you sometimes (ok maybe 92% of the time) feel despair about the state of things....its awfully nice to realize that goodness exists.  So, tune in for a quick blast of uplift then return to whatever you are doing for the holidays!
     
     

    • 13 min
    Green Holiday Gift Guide

    Green Holiday Gift Guide

      Episode 23 Green Holiday Gift Guide !!! Please email feedback to ME!!! I’d love to hear from you!
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    What’s this one all about? This episode looks at all the wonderful new companies out there that are selling ONLY sustainably produced gifts! I’m talking gorgeous clothes, sumptuous handbags or messenger bags, shoes your feet (and Anna Wintour) will love, toys for every little elf on your list, home and garden gifts, kitchen gifts, books, ideas for gifts to make at home and give in (OF COURSE) recycled glass gift containers! Why, if you can’t do all your shopping from this list of websites you aren’t human!
    So venture back in time with me to our imaginary magical department store and get all your shopping done in one fell swoop!
    Show topics ! Gift guide! Links to recipes  THE GREATEST GREEN GIFT GUIDE IN THE WORLD!!
     

     
    CLOTHES AND ACCESSORIES Pact Yoga and leisure and underwear! Amour Vert, fashionable clothing for the green fashionista Athletic Wear Shoes made out of what??? Backpacks, messenger bags, handbags made out of ????? TOYS! TOYS! AND TOYS!! Brilliant Eco Toys made from wood Magical Woodland Toys made for your sprite Toys for the bath, the pool, the garden and healthy sustainable play dough sets HOME AND GARDEN!!! Rodales Bambeco Viva terra Toilet Paper for every Woodland Creature! And The Claus’ Ho Ho Ho Organic Gardening Supplies The Life Without Plastic store The huge one stop enviro gift site Organic Sheets that won’t break the bank Independent Books on the Web RECIPES FOR HOMEMADE GIFTS Greatest Easiest Granola Recipe in the World Nigella Lawson’s Alcoholic Hot Chocolate Limoncello for the rest of us! Adorable recycled glass bottles for your special Limoncello brew Help us all save the world! If you found this episode helpful kindly go over to iTunes and make sure that you are subscribed. If ratings are your thing, a rating would do wonders to help more people learn all about how to save the world!
    How to find the transcript? Easy peasy lemon squeezy. Just head on over to howyoucansavetheworld.org to look at all the show notes, or the transcripts or just..click here! and look for the Episode 23 Transcript post.
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    • 41 min
    Disaster Prep for the Worried Environmentalist

    Disaster Prep for the Worried Environmentalist

    Episode 22  

    Disaster Preparations for the Worried Environmentalist Please email feedback to ME!!! I’d love to hear from you!
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     What’s this one all about?      Worried about a flood, a fire, an earthquake, a tornado or any other climate crisis related disaster coming to a neighborhood near you? Join me as I make quick work of getting ready for come what may! (Ok, maybe not THAT quick when you actually have to spend an afternoon doing it...but come on, just taking one measely afternoon to prepare yourself so you don't have to panic in an emergency situation is pretty quick!) Here in one handy dandy place is everything you need to read, print out, and squirrel away to protect yourself and your family in case of disaster.
         I have tried to be as comprehensive in my amassing of info as I can be. I have tried to make this as easy a process for you to do as possible. If you can, take a look at all these links..make a few decisions. Put together some kits on your own, and buy a few add-ons. Be prepared. Don't kid yourself, the way things are going, you will be glad you listened to my eternal nagging.


    SHOW TOPICS Fema must-have’s and suggested add-ons for your emergency go bag. My Personal add-ons—what I think I will need, and suggest you might consider including. And hey…what the hell will you do with all the poop your family will undoubtedly be generating during a crisis! The Red Cross, not just a place to give and get blood anymore! Solar ovens, Solar back-up generators Life Straws! What is non-perishable food and why do I want some? Book Report–A New Segment! This month its all about Jayber Crow and Wendell Berry New Product Report–“Who Gives A Crap” NO not about the new product..the new product IS Who Gives A Crap Bamboo Eco Toilet Paper!!! Hear all about it! Links mentioned on the show! Guys, please, please, please, click on some of these links!
    Info Sites for Emergency Prep:
    Fema’s Emergency Prep Must-have lists
    Federal Guidelines for Planning ahead for an emergency
    Fema sample print out of how to create a family emergency plan
    Red Cross—go check out their site. Its not just about donating blood. You can even become a volunteer in your area.
    And sorrowfully–What to do if there is a Nuclear Blast
    Poop Solutions–Read this and print out PDF even if you don’t plan on going any further The Twin Bucket Emergency Toilet
    Yes, there is an app for this! 10 Apps you can download that will keep you safe
    LINKS TO SUPPLIES YOU CAN/SHOULD BUY Red Cross 72 hour Emergency One Person Backpack      *  Emergency Bivvy
    Rechargable Hand Crank AM/FM/NOAA Weather Alert Radio–remember this also will recharge your cell phone and comes with a solar panel for charging as well
    Life Straw–get one for every member of your household
    Portable Solar Oven
    Another Portable Cooking option
    The KellyKettle–its a tiny stove that runs on whatever fuel you can scrounge up, pinecones, twigs, leaves, anything.
    and finally—in case you didn’t get a stove despite my nagging here is the guide to print out how to make one out of a tin can. How To Make A backpacking Stove
    Let there be light, PLEASE! I’d advise getting at least 3 of these. One for each go bag, and one for your at home nightmare scenario big duffel bag prep kit.LuciMpoweredSolarLanterns
    FOOD PREP Word to the wise. You can order all sorts of freeze dried food supplies from places as diverse as REI, COSTCO and/or Walmart. You can also download lists of what you need, and go to the supermarket.
    72 hour Emergency DIY food kit
    VegetarianMenuPlan and list of supplies for 3 days or 1 week
    A Book to buy read and tuck into food storage box
    A GREAT WEBSITE, not just for Vegetarians (lets face it, who is going to be hauling around legs of lamb during an apocalypse?)
    SolarOvenRecipesPDF
    How to make your own Solar Oven at home i

    • 48 min
    Worry Globally, Act Locally

    Worry Globally, Act Locally

    Sorry show notes so skimpy, had a slight emergency.  But here is the link to Palisades Beautiful
     
    Will update all show note info when I return. 
     
    Best,
    Barbara

    • 57 min
    Jon Ossoff! What I learned, who I saw, who I met Canvassing in Georgia's 6th District

    Jon Ossoff! What I learned, who I saw, who I met Canvassing in Georgia's 6th District

     
    Episode 20 Come with me to meet Jon Ossoff! What I learned, who I saw, and what is the future of Georgia’s 6th District!! Please email feedback to ME!!! I’d love to hear from you!
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    What’s this one all about? Join me as I venture forth into Georgia’s 6th district! Yes, your intrepid podcasting friend hopped on a plane, and went to canvas for Jon Ossoff in the final weekend before the big election!
    This episode is about my experience—a blue state democrat in a red state republican district. I realized in the editing of the show….which is, in the main, about the special election—- that it is actually about a much bigger picture.
    So, here’s a disclaimer….this episode IS about the Ossoff campaign, but it is also in many ways the experience I had, bumping into a culture that is manifestly different then my own. If I offend anyone at all, I’m deeply sorry. If I seem condescending or smug in my Blue State Elitism….I am even MORE sorry. I have tried to tell the story of my time there….and what it was like to drop into a world where the act of canvassing door to door in an affluent Republican stronghold felt like those who were doing it were taking a true risk. Was it like marching across the bridge in Selma? No, obviously it was not. But…I’ve lived all my life in places where my idea of justice, of the law, of spirituality, of community—was inclusive, color blind, and had the stated and implicit goal of being fair. To suddenly be operating in a land where the underpinnings of the society are so different—-was a shock.
    I know this election didn’t turn out as we wanted….but….this episode is all about the inspiring democrats I met and worked with. Listen in and vicariously experience the excitement, the ups, the downs, and the hopes the locals have for the future of this once solidly Republican bastion. I promise…you will feel better after you tune in.
    Links mentioned on the show!  *Wall-of-Us
    *Washington Post Article by Jon Ossoff: Lessons for Democrats from the Georgia election
    *FiveThirtyEight podcast episode analyzing election results
    *Pave it Blue
    Help us all save the world! If you found this episode helpful kindly go over to iTunes and make sure that you are subscribed. If ratings are your thing, a rating would do wonders to help more people learn all about how to save the world!
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Fear and Loathing in America

    Fear and Loathing in America

    Episode 19

            Fear and Loathing in America Please email feedback to ME at howyoucansavetheworld@gmail I’d love to hear from you!
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    What’s this one all about? This episode looks at the link between the life and death struggle our planet is engaged in, and the ambient fear we are all reacting to. Can animal and vegetable alarm pheromones trigger fear in humanoids? Additionally what about the unprecedented high levels of CO2 we are all suddenly trying to live with? If high concentrations of CO2 make mice frightened, what on earth is it doing to us? I explore the science behind the possibilty that our heightened fear responses may be triggering a vengeful return to tribalism that threatens both our common sense as well as our survival as a species. Take a xanax, or a belt of bourbon, and tune in!!!!
    Show topics  Human fear pheromones, they exist!! How does a pheromone work, for crying out loud? (its an invisible sensory telegram exuded in sweat, urine, or even tears–sent by one organism to another.) After message is received, how do humans behave when afraid? Taking refuge in tribalism—the first step towards the undoing of civil society. How do we refrain from being frightened, and act from our reason, not our amygdala? Links mentioned on the show!!! Guys, please, please, please, click on some of these links! The scientists and political scientists, and researchers and writers I site are wayyyyyy smarter then I am! You will learn SO much if you just take a moment to click on a few of the links. Their research is incredible.
               Invisibilia Episode "Disappearing Fear"
    Dr. Liliane Mujica-Parodi, sky divers, and fear pheromones
    “The Smell of Fear is Real, say Scientists”
    “The Neurobiology of Olfaction”–or the evidence that fear pheromones cross species lines
    World’s Vanishing Glaciers Put Millions at Risk
    What the hell does melting permafrost have to do with me?
    “The trees that make Southern California Shady and Green are Dying. Fast.”
    How much CO2 is in our atmosphere? “Carbon Dioxide Set an All-Time Monthly High”
    Fear. “How Your Body Responds to Fear”
    “Powerlessness and the Politics of Blame” by Martha C. Nussbaum
    "How Tribalism Overrules Reason and Makes Risky Times More Dangerous by David Ropeik
    “Tribalism is tearing America Apart” by Robert Reich
    YouTube A.C.T. therapy video ….how to use the tools of Dr. Russ Harris to separate your reason from your automatic fear response
    Professor Jon Kabat-Zinn Mindfulness teacher, writer and scientist, and the program he designed at UMass called Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.
    The super cool, super neat Muse bio feedback meditation teaching device you can use at home!
    Help us all save the world! If you found this episode helpful kindly go over to iTunes and make sure that you are subscribed. If ratings are your thing, a rating would do wonders to help more people learn all about how to save the world!
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    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

Shelunda1234 ,

My favorite Sustainable Living Podcast

This is an entertaining and very informative podcast with extensive and detailed show notes. I've already implemented a number of the suggestions covered. The only complaint I have is that I wish they were more frequent!

Lady Iynh ,

Informative and Inspiring

Barbara has done a great job in getting a wealth of information as to what YOU can do to help reduce you carbon foot print. She goes OUT OF HER WAY to make it simple and minimally invasive on your current lifestyle.
If we just do just a fraction of her suggestions then we could keep this plant going for several generations to come.
And her voice is not that bad as well. Hypnotic anyone???

HyunJiHye ,

Little by little

Little by little we can make a difference for our next generation. Loved this podcast!

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