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At Animalia we aim to share important stories and information related to protecting this planet and positively impacting the public discussion around climate, biodiversity, and the natural world.

    S2:E36 - MY 3 REFLECTIONS ON 2021 IN OUR FIGHT TO SAVE THIS PLANET

    S2:E36 - MY 3 REFLECTIONS ON 2021 IN OUR FIGHT TO SAVE THIS PLANET

    The final episode of 2021 and the final episode of Season 2 here on Animalia.

    To close things out, I’m going to share my thoughts on 3 different topics that I think are really important for everyone to understand:


    The 2 main things we need to do to save this planet
    Is “Greening” Your Life Important?
    The Intersection of Climate Justice, Biodiversity Collapse, and Social Justice

    For the only time of the year, you get no experts. No politicians. No CEOs. No scientists. Just me, your host James. I hope you can tolerate being with me for 30 minutes, lol, because I think it will be worth it!

    Thank you all so much for a great Season 2. Here’s to Season 3 coming March 1st 2022!

    • 31 min
    S2:E35 (Full Version) - WHY KELP FORESTS MAY HOLD THE KEY TO THE FUTURE OF OUR FOOD SUPPLY

    S2:E35 (Full Version) - WHY KELP FORESTS MAY HOLD THE KEY TO THE FUTURE OF OUR FOOD SUPPLY

    Today on Animalia we dive into the wonderful, critical world of Kelp! A special type of seaweed that will likely, and hopefully as you’ll learn in this episode, be a cornerstone of our future food supply.

    This is because Kelp is a tremendously regenerative species full of nutrition. We also really need our kelp forests, and proper, ethical kelp farming can be a big step forward in protecting them. This is because they are home to thousands of critical marine species, sequester more carbon than terrestrial forests, help improve water quality, and produce a boatload of oxygen.

    What is kelp farming exactly? And how do we convince more people to eat it?

    Joining us today is Tiffany Stephens, Chief Scientist for Sea Grove Kelp, a kelp farm in Alaska to answer all of our burning kelp questions!

    • 1 hr
    S2:E35 (5-Minute Teaser) - WHY KELP FORESTS MAY HOLD THE KEY TO THE FUTURE OF OUR FOOD SUPPLY

    S2:E35 (5-Minute Teaser) - WHY KELP FORESTS MAY HOLD THE KEY TO THE FUTURE OF OUR FOOD SUPPLY

    Welcome to the 5-minute teaser episode about kelp forests and kelp farming!  If you are interested in this episode, please go and check out the full version for the in-depth conversation with Tiffany Stephens, Chief Scientist at Sea Grove Kelp.  We talk about value and role of kelp forests, the future of kelp farming, and how to introduce kelp more into our diets.  All a big part of our shift to a more sustainable, regenerative food system.

    • 6 min
    S2:E34 - (5-Minute Teaser) WE CAN NOW BRING BACK EXTINCT SPECIES, BUT SHOULD WE?

    S2:E34 - (5-Minute Teaser) WE CAN NOW BRING BACK EXTINCT SPECIES, BUT SHOULD WE?

    This is the short, 5-minute (ish) teaser of our episode about de-extinction.  Now that the technology has arrived, larger questions loom about whether or not this is a good idea, what the consequences might be good or bad, and the potential role in our biodiversity and climate crises.

    We have three incredible scientists joining us for this roundtable discussion:


    Dr. Mackenzie Kwak - parasitologist at the University of Singapore
    Dr. Dave Strayer - ecologist and invasive species expert at the Cary Institute
    Dr. Lynn Rothschild - astro biologist and evolutionary biologist at Brown University

    This was a fascinating and enlightening discussion that you won't want to miss!  If you enjoy this teaser version, make sure to check out the full episode!

    • 8 min
    S2:E34 - (Full Version) WE CAN NOW BRING BACK EXTINCT SPECIES, BUT SHOULD WE?

    S2:E34 - (Full Version) WE CAN NOW BRING BACK EXTINCT SPECIES, BUT SHOULD WE?

    Welcome to a very special episode of Animalia. Today we are talking about the merits, ethics, and potential outcomes good and bad with de-extinction.  Earlier this year, a company named Colossal announced $15M in funding to create a new hybrid wooly mammoth species with plans of reintroducing them to Siberia in hopes of reviving their grasslands.

    Now that the dawn of de-extinction possibilities are upon us, we need to carefully consider how this could play out, and what the positive and negative impacts on our climate and biodiversity crises could be.

    We have three incredible scientists joining us for this roundtable discussion:


    Dr. Mackenzie Kwak - parasitologist at the University of Singapore
    Dr. Dave Strayer - ecologist and invasive species expert at the Cary Institute
    Dr. Lynn Rothschild - astro biologist and evolutionary biologist at Brown University

    This was a fascinating and enlightening discussion that you won't want to miss!  

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    One short edit from Dave: In the podcast, he mentioned that humans have doubled the amount of reactive nitrogen on the planet, but he asked to correct this statement as such: that we've doubled the rate of input of reactive N on the planet (i.e., we now add as much reactive N as all natural sources combined). See Figs. 8.1 and 8.2 in Weathers et al. (eds). 2021. Fundamentals of Ecosystem Science. Academic Press.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    S2:E33 (Full Version) - THE CRITICAL ROLE OF CLIMATE ACTIVISTS

    S2:E33 (Full Version) - THE CRITICAL ROLE OF CLIMATE ACTIVISTS

    Today we are bringing you a very special and valuable discussion with two incredible young climate activists:


    Raeesah Nor Mohamed from South Africa
    Hussein Ali Ghandour from Lebanon

    Over the past few years, you've seen an uptick in protests, marches, and demonstrations from incredible people like Raeesah and Hussein from all over the world.  At COP26 in Glasgow, over 100,000 activists made their way outside the event to demonstrate and push for more decisive action from world leaders.

    But have you had the chance to actually talk to them?  To understand what motivates them to give everything they have to this issue? To sacrifice so much?  To listen to their message?  To step into their shoes even for a moment?  Well today you do. Because Raeesah and Hussein have been kind enough to join us.

    I encourage you to share this episode with friends and family so they too can hear the perspectives they probably don't often get to hear, especially from uniquely challenging places in the world such as South Africa & Lebanon.

    And please go and follow and support them both online if you can!
    Raeesah on Instagram is @pure.rae.of.sunshinee and on Twitter she is @raeesahnm
    Hussein on Twitter is @ghandour567

    Raeesah also wanted us to share a link to the Climate Justice Charter, so I encourage you all to check it out.

    https://www.safsc.org.za/climate-justice-charter/

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    • 1 hr 13 min

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