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A sustainability podcast for those with good intentions. A podcast about sustainability, the environment, politics and all the craziness that’s going on in the world. You’ll hear it all from the perspective of Bella, the marine ecologist and Heidi, the sustainability consultant. Whether you're working in the field or you have never heard of the term sustainability, welcome to Life on Planet A.

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A sustainability podcast for those with good intentions. A podcast about sustainability, the environment, politics and all the craziness that’s going on in the world. You’ll hear it all from the perspective of Bella, the marine ecologist and Heidi, the sustainability consultant. Whether you're working in the field or you have never heard of the term sustainability, welcome to Life on Planet A.

    Episode #58: Why we should all love Seaweed - with Dr Alex Campbell

    Episode #58: Why we should all love Seaweed - with Dr Alex Campbell

    For our final week of climate change Heidi and Bella take a dive underwater with Dr Alex Campbell to see whether there’s a blue solution to the climate crisis and... there is!  Seaweed and seagrass could be an unlikely hero in the battle against climatic change and not just because of carbon storage;  this slimy macroalgae is used in food, make-up, plastic-alternatives and so much more.  Through the work of research centres such as the USC Seaweed Research Group, we’ve found countless applications for seaweeds!  What you’ll learn this ep:
    Seaweed is VERY coolHow seaweed and seagrass differ and why this is important for storing carbonWhat is Crayweed? Why did it entirely disappear from the Sydney’s East Coast? And what is being done to bring it back (cue Operation Crayweed)?Over the last century the UK has lost 92% of it’s seagrass cover and this continues to decline by 7% every year!Which other countries are implementing restoration projects? Hint: check out the WWF Seagrass Restoration Project, a plan that aims to restore seagrasses to the shores of the UK. 
    Thanks again for joining us Alex! 
     
    Useful links:
    Operation Crayweed - http://www.operationcrayweed.com/
    USC Seaweed Research Group - https://www.usc.edu.au/research/seaweed-research-group
    People can also find links to all my socials on my own personal webpage - https://www.alexandracampbell.com.au/
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    #57: Climate Change: A Comedy of Hope with Issy Phillips

    #57: Climate Change: A Comedy of Hope with Issy Phillips

    Climate Change: an unlikely comedy? This week Heidi and Bella spoke with Australian comedian, performer and writer, Issy Phillips, about the intersection between climate change and comedy. 

    You'll come away with a barrel of laughs, plus a knowledge of:
    ASMR and how the heck is relates to climate changeHow we could use comedy to cope with climate anxietyHow the media talks about climate changeThat Heidi and Bella's microphones really aren't equipped to do ASMR and we'll leave it to the professionals (much to everyone's relief)Some more useful links to things we spoke about:
    Issy's TEDx Youth talk 'Could ASMR be the Answer to Climate Change?' Barnaby Joyce embarresing himself on live TV claiming that he 'did not sign' the COP26 agreement, signed by the Morrison GovThe Juice Media's Honest Gov Ad about COP26Thanks again Issy for joining us and you can find Issy on Insta (@issyphillips) or listen to her show on FBi Radio! 
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    • 41 min
    #56: COP26, net zero and Australia's Emissions Reduction Plan with Prof. Mark Howden

    #56: COP26, net zero and Australia's Emissions Reduction Plan with Prof. Mark Howden

    Welcome to Wk 2 of our month on Climate Change: Facts, Denial and Solutions! This week, in honour or COP26 and net zero targets, Heidi and Bella spoke with Professor Mark Howden, Director of the Institute for Climate, Energy & Disaster Solutions at ANU.

    What you'll learn:
    What is COP26 and what pledges came out of it?What is Australia's net zero target and how do we plan to reach it?Is this a good target? Can we reach net zero sooner?How much warming are we likely to experience?
    Useful links:
    Learn more about Mark's work at ANURead the IPCC 6th Assessment ReportRead more about Australia's fossil fuel expansion plansRead Australia's Long-Term Emissions Reduction PlanSupport the show (https://www.patron.com/lifeonplanetapodcast)

    • 46 min
    #55: The Human Rights Challenge of Our Time with Negaya, CEO of Results Australia

    #55: The Human Rights Challenge of Our Time with Negaya, CEO of Results Australia

    What is the greatest human rights challenge of our time? and what are the solutions? For our final week of International Politics month, India and Heidi spoke with the inspirational Negaya Chorley, CEO of Results Australia. Results is an organisation dedicated to empowering women and girls around the world through providing everyone access to healthcare, knowledge and education. 

    You'll learn:
    What are some of the greatest human rights challenges of our time? And what is #1? (the answer may surprise you!)What are some of the solutions to these challenges?How is Results Australia at the forefront of these challenges?How can you help? and volunteer opportunities with Results AustraliaTo find out more about Results Australia check out their story, current campaigns and how you can volunteer/work with them.
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    • 41 min
    #54: Let's talk about Antarctica! with Natasha Gardiner

    #54: Let's talk about Antarctica! with Natasha Gardiner

    Icy landscapes on the largest desert on Earth, adorable fur seals, wind turbines on research bases... can you guess where we're travelling to this week? For our 3rd week of International Politics, Heidi and Bella learn all about Antarctic landscapes, governance and wildlife from PhD candidate and Antarctic researcher, Natasha Gardiner. 

    What we learnt:


    What's it really like to research in Antarctica? Like, how cold??Does Antarctica have a government? Can you be 'President of Antarctica'?How is Antarctica governed? Who's calling the shots?How is research in Antarctica important for the rest of the world?Natasha is a PhD candidate at the University of Canterbury where she is studying the interfarce between science, research and politics and she also works as an environmental advisor at Antarctica New Zealand. Follow her on Twitter @nb_gardiner and let us know what you think of the episode by tagging @lifeonplanetapodcast !


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    • 43 min
    #53: Renewables, climate targets & the accountability trap with Prof. Susan Park

    #53: Renewables, climate targets & the accountability trap with Prof. Susan Park

    This week India & Heidi learn about 'the accountability trap' with Prof. Susan Park from the Sydney Environment Institute. What you'll learn:


    What incentives do states have to meet their agreed climate targets? (hint: not a lot)What happens if states don't meet these targets (hint: not a lot)What is the 'accountability trap'?How can we hold states responsible for not meeting these targets?Also listen in at 17:48 to hear the sweet sweet voice of Sir David Attenborough as he calls out the Aus Gov for their lack of action on climate change.
    Susan Park is Professor of Global Governance at the USYD and acting deputy director of the Sydney Environment Institute, where she focuses on how state and non-state actors use formal and informal influence to make the Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) greener and more accountable.
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    • 58 min

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