41 episodes

PROTECT explores encouraging stories of sustainability, ocean and animal protection. The show will feature regular guest interviews with climate change advocates, organisations and concerned citizens who are creating authentic and accountable change.

Hosted by writer, Angela Fedele who is reframing the generally distressing way environmental challenges are communicated across media and social platforms in a bid to leave you informed and inspired. She ventures globally for stories and looks forward to building a positive community in solidarity of a clean and protected planet.

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PROTECT explores encouraging stories of sustainability, ocean and animal protection. The show will feature regular guest interviews with climate change advocates, organisations and concerned citizens who are creating authentic and accountable change.

Hosted by writer, Angela Fedele who is reframing the generally distressing way environmental challenges are communicated across media and social platforms in a bid to leave you informed and inspired. She ventures globally for stories and looks forward to building a positive community in solidarity of a clean and protected planet.

    Wildlife Tourism and it's Curtain of Cruelty with Aaron Gekoski

    Wildlife Tourism and it's Curtain of Cruelty with Aaron Gekoski

    Many animal lovers will seek out wildlife encounters when they travel. Sometimes tourists are sold a once in a lifetime experience to pet a tiger cub, have breakfast with an orangutan or ride an elephant.
    But it’s important to note that these experiences often have a dark side with animals in these venues subject to degrading entertainment, cruel training methods and horrendous living conditions – deprived of their right to live a full, wild life. 
    So how do we know this? Well, today’s guest spends his days documenting these difficult stories in the hope that we can bring urgent change to wildlife tourism.
    In today’s episode we speak to internationally-acclaimed photojournalist and film-maker, Aaron Gekoski.
    Aaron specialises in human-animal conflict and for more than 15 years he has travelled the globe to report on our complex relationship with wildlife.
    Covering issues from the illegal wildlife and pet trade, to deforestation, marine conservation and wildlife tourism.
    He is also a previous winner of Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Nature Photographer of the Year, and many others.
    His documentary, Eyes of The Orangutan has received multiple award nomination and is a four year investigation that documents orangutans in wildlife tourism and the not so ethical experiences they are subject to.
    Aaron details his journey to wildlife photography and film, we talk about Eyes of the Orangutan, wildlife tourism, and how to avoid contributing to the industry.
    Plus, if you're an aspiring photographer or filmmaker, Aaron offers some sound advice on documenting a cause you're passionate about so the world can see it. 
    I hope this episode brings you learning and value ~ Angela 
    We've entered this state whereby we think that animals are there simply for us to exploit or to enjoy ~ Aaron Gekoski
    You can visit Aaron’s website or follow him on Instagram for updates.
    You can also learn more about Orangutans through Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Foundation.
    This audio is edited by Peter Magill.

    • 43 min
    Arctic Climate Change: A Review with Dr Kimberley Miner

    Arctic Climate Change: A Review with Dr Kimberley Miner

    Have you been to or seen photos of the Arctic?
    It’s unparalleled beauty with magnificent blue glaciers, maybe a whiskered seal moving through its crystal waters or a polar bear trekking across the ice.
    But this beautiful region is being challenged with temperatures in the Arctic rising faster than anywhere on Earth. The effects of climate change are seeing the tampering of weather, melting ice, rising sea levels and threatened wildlife.
    To help me unpack what’s happening in The Arctic is today’s guest, Dr. Kimberley Miner, who is a climate scientist and program manager at the NASA  Jet  Propulsion  Lab. Her research on climate risks have taken her to the planet's  extreme  environments from the North Pole to Antarctica and Mount Everest.
    From rising temperatures, thawing permafrost, wildlife and a core culprit – fossil fuels, Dr. Miner details where the Arctic sits from a climate perspective and how we can help protect it.
    I hope you enjoy the episode.
    You can learn more and connect with Dr. Miner on her website.
    This audio is edited by Peter Magill. 

    • 21 min
    Fishful Thinking: AQUA Cultured Foods Take The Fish Out Of Seafood

    Fishful Thinking: AQUA Cultured Foods Take The Fish Out Of Seafood

    Climate change is challenging our oceans ecosystems when it comes to seafood.
    We’ve got unsustainable fishing practices such as overfishing, bycatch, unethical fish farming and even microplastics but seafood has quite the market. 
    The Nature Conservancy reports that fish and other seafood products provide vital nutrients for more than three billion people around the globe and supply an income for 10 to 12% of the world's population.
    So how do we sustainably meet a demand like that and avoid depleting our oceans?
    Well, in a bid to create an ocean-friendly alternative, today I speak to AQUA Cultured Foods who have created healthy, scalable fish-free seafood. 
    I speak to AQUA Cultured Foods CEO and Co-Founder Anne Palermo and their CGO and Co-Founder, Brittany Chibe.
    Anne and Brittany detail their environmental and business journeys to create AQUA with products that flawlessly resemble in both texture and taste to your favourite seafood items such as scallops, tuna and calamari. 
    It’s a very clever system which has a climate initiative at its heart, and I hope you enjoy the episode.
    You can learn more about Aqua Cultured Foods through their beautiful website here or follow them on Facebook or Instagram.
    This audio is edited by Peter Magill. 

    • 35 min
    Animal Wins with World Animal Protection

    Animal Wins with World Animal Protection

    Following a year of animal welfare campaigns, on the ground demonstrations, fundraisers, petitions and political briefings, World Animal Protection are celebrating some significant wins for 2023. 
    Today, I welcome back Ben Pearson who is World Animal Protection’s Country Director Australia and New Zealand. Ben manages programmes for animals on farms and animals in the wild with a key campaign on wildlife tourism. He has more than 24 years experience advocating for the environment and animals.
    Ben reveals some incredible wins for animal welfare here in Australia and we also get an update on what the team is working on from crocodiles to chickens in the year ahead. 
    It’s an encouraging conversation on how much we can achieve when we advocate for the kind and ethical treatment of all animals. Whether we bring our voices, our signatures or just our kind selves, change happens. 
    I hope you enjoy the episode. 
    You can find out more, donate or get campaign updates at worldanimalprotection.org or follow their social pages.
    Facebook
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    As mentioned on the episode today, if you're interested in my last conversation with ben on How To Be A Friendly Animal Traveller, you can listen here. 

    • 37 min
    Building For Climate Resilience: Australia's 2022 Flood Disaster

    Building For Climate Resilience: Australia's 2022 Flood Disaster

    Earlier this year, Southern Queensland and Northern New South Wales in Australia received more than a year's worth of rainfall in a week. One town, Gympie had its highest flood in over a century with over 1,000 properties completely submerged in water. 
    The Insurance Council has reported that the actual claims costs from 197,000 claims across both states is estimated to have cost $3.35 billion in insured losses.
    It is a devastating time for these communities and unfortunately we're dealing with this natural disaster as we always have.
    Little to no government support and like for like building replacements which are costly, unsafe and ineffective for changing weather patterns. 
    So what else can we do? 
    Well I'm delighted to invite Brett Mckenzie, CEO of Sustainable back to the podcast with a very insightful look into what it takes to build and rebuild for resilience. 
    Brett and his team are renowned for building with nature rather than against using a 25-year lifecycle model. Sustainable constructed a property during the 2020 pandemic called the "Hidden Gem" in Fingal Head, whose tailored build survived four floods. It stands as an example of what's possible but Brett delves a little deeper today into the opportunity for a restructure of local government, incentives for rebuilding for the future and redesigning and moving entire communities from disaster prone areas - it's certainly possible.  
    I hope you find value in today's episode. 
    Brett and I spoke last year on Building Sustainable Communities. You can listen to that episode here.
    You can also visit Sustainable's website or connect with Brett on LinkedIn to learn more about their work.

    • 51 min
    Close The Cove: Ending The Hellish Hunt of Dolphins

    Close The Cove: Ending The Hellish Hunt of Dolphins

    In 2009, a documentary called The Cove was released to expose the not so secret annual capture and slaughter of dolphins in Taiji, Japan.
    Today, 13 years on, animal activist groups continue to fight to close The Cove and its hellish hunt practice including Hannah Tait, CEO of Action for Dolphins who joins me on the podcast today.
    Hannah and I discuss the controversial drive hunt method of dolphins that sees them cruelly slaughtered in what is excused as cultural tradition. For the dolphins that do survive after the traumatic event, they will find themselves separated from their families and transported to marine parks across the globe - alone, confined and subject to entertaining humans daily until their death. 
    Sound horrific? It is...and while animal welfare is discussed today along with what actually happens over on the shores of Taiji, Hannah also reveals all of the incredible activism in progress to stop the hunt and how we can help. 
    Dolphins live rich, social lives in the wild - let’s keep them there. 
    To learn more about Action for Dolphins please visit their website here and you can also sign the petition
    You can watch The Cove documentary on Stan in Australia or see other platforms for streaming in your country. https://watchdocumentaries.com/the-cove/

    • 29 min

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