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Kate Nelson the Plastic Free Mermaid hasn’t used disposable plastics for a decade. Through her life adventure she meets incredible scientists, activists, entrepreneurs, and pirates whose stories and opinions enrich our world views and inspire us to rise. If you feel called to the planet’s aid, listen in for fascinating conversations with change makers from around the world.

The Mercast | Plastic Free Mermaid talks Change Makin‪g‬ Kate Nelson, The Plastic Free Mermaid

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    • 4.6 • 8 Ratings

Kate Nelson the Plastic Free Mermaid hasn’t used disposable plastics for a decade. Through her life adventure she meets incredible scientists, activists, entrepreneurs, and pirates whose stories and opinions enrich our world views and inspire us to rise. If you feel called to the planet’s aid, listen in for fascinating conversations with change makers from around the world.

    Indigenous Solutions to Modern Period Problems with Michele Wilson

    Indigenous Solutions to Modern Period Problems with Michele Wilson

    Periods, something so natural for our bodies as females are oftentimes considered taboo to talk about.
    In this episode, we have Michele Wilson, co-founder of a sustainable and carbon-offset brand of period-proof underwear named Awwa. She's here with us to talk about her Maori roots and how she’s taken inspiration from their innovation and made it widely available to the world.
    Periods don’t have to and shouldn’t contribute to pollution and plastic waste, especially not when it's an integral part of ourselves. Instead of using throw-aways and plastic inside you, please make the switch and contribute to our shared future now.
     
    In This Episode, We Discuss:
    Michele’s inspiration for creating Awwa
    Using old technology in modern times
    Carbon offsetting and sustainable sourcing for Awwa
    Awwa’s impact on indigenous communities in New Zealand
    How their panties work against our periods
    The choices available for zero-waste periods
    New inclusive lines coming up for the trans community and more
     
    Follow Michele and Awwa:
    Michele Wilson | LinkedIn
    Awwa Period Underwear | Website
     
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    • 47 min
    43: A New Narrative of Progress with Helena Norberg-Hodge Part 5 of 5

    43: A New Narrative of Progress with Helena Norberg-Hodge Part 5 of 5

    To conclude my five-part series with the amazing Helena Norberg Hodge, we discuss reclaiming our power of choice by making the switch to using local products and reducing our emissions. We bring to light the faults of industries, proposing a new way to tackle our overall impact on the planet.
    For the youth listening in-- Helena has a special message for you, addressing the quality of life corporations have placed on you and how we want to support you all through your journeys.
     
    In This Episode, We Discuss:
    An epidemic of anxiety and depression amongst the youth Join the local food movement Taking a step back and asking ourselves how we can ultimately help It's not one solution for the planet-- it's many solutions Staying connected with our local community We have the power of choice  
    Follow Helena Hodge:
    Instagram @helenanorberghodge Twitter @helenanhodge Facebook @HelenaNorbergHodge  
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    • 9 min
    42: A New Narrative of Progress with Helena Norberg-Hodge Part 4 of 5

    42: A New Narrative of Progress with Helena Norberg-Hodge Part 4 of 5

    Corporations and businesses ferry across the world goods just for one part of their value chains-- much like being shipped from England, processed in China, then packaged in Thailand.
    We must ask; do we really need to move food and goods around so much? In this episode, Helena and I go in-depth about the importance of making sustainable choices to uplift our local farmers' markets and support the community economy.
     
    In This Episode, We Discuss:
    The flow of goods in this globalised world The problems in importing and exporting goods Building the local economy with farmers markets  
    Follow Helena Hodge:
    Instagram @helenanorberghodge Twitter @helenanhodge Facebook @HelenaNorbergHodge  
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    • 12 min
    A New Narrative of Progress with Helena Norberg-Hodge Part 3 of 5

    A New Narrative of Progress with Helena Norberg-Hodge Part 3 of 5

    In our global society today, multinational corporations remain faceless and nameless to us as consumers to the point where it affects our mental health greatly. We strive for fame, for being known, and in this increasing globalization of the world, our likelihood to rise slim down immensely.
    In this episode, Helena talks about what we can do, from our conscious choices to how we treat the world at our fingertips we call our cellphones, all to cure this world's deep loneliness.
     
    In this Episode, We Discuss:
    The consequences of a government focused on global growth
    Economics of Happiness: Localising instead of Globalising
    Changing how we see fame
    Decentralizing a global society
    Choosing local and developing relationships
     
    Follow Helena Hodge:
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    Twitter @helenanhodge
    Facebook @HelenaNorbergHodge
     
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    • 13 min
    A New Narrative of Progress with Helena Norberg-Hodge Part 2 of 5

    A New Narrative of Progress with Helena Norberg-Hodge Part 2 of 5

    Climate change has been in people's minds since Al Gore’s efforts to expose the truth with his documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” from a little over a decade ago.
    But what a lot of us don't know is that there are larger forces with far greater impact than us individuals. Corporations produce so much waste that even the great former U.S vice president had failed to address or even acknowledge it.
    Listen in this second part of a five-episode special with Helena Hodge as we uncover these larger forces and how the lack of acknowledgment and even awareness has bred the dominant narrative that it is us or human nature to blame for our world’s deteriorating state.



    In this Episode, We Discuss:
     
    The root causes of Climate Change The things that are looked over in a normal Climate Debate The impact of industry and its advancements to Climate Change How economies have been dependent on big business to the extent that big corporations have the power to influence a nation's trade policies How we can move on from self blame for this global crisis The bigger things we can do other than planting trees to save our planet  
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    • 13 min
    A New Narrative of Progress with Helena Norberg-Hodge Part 1 of 5

    A New Narrative of Progress with Helena Norberg-Hodge Part 1 of 5

    With the world moving at such a pace, it's easy to make the decision to choose convenience over consciousness. These seemingly small individual decisions only rear its ugly head when we look at the much bigger picture-- one we call pollution.
    To share with us today her 45-year journey in the making, is Helena Norberg-Hodge, a woman with a mission to revitalise cultural and biological diversity. We bring up issues from big business that contribute the most to plastic waste, all the way down to social and cultural issues our society faces today.
    Join us today so we all can make better, more informed decisions for our shared future.
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    Instagram @helenanorberghodge Twitter @helenanhodge Facebook @HelenaNorbergHodge ---
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    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

Bre from the land of lakes ,

The podcast I have dreamed of!

This podcast is my all time favorite - I love the variety of topics and the depth of the discussion - I am always left with things to think about and consider and also left with feelings hope instead of despair about the plight of our beautiful planet.

rat_atat ,

Sound quality makes this hard to listen

I love the topics, the range of discussion & her enthusiasm and would definitely recommend this to others. However I’m giving it 3 stars because they’re hard to listen to. In one episode, they are clearly at the beach and the waves were loud but I was listening in my living room so that was fine. In another, they were clearly in a coffee shop & there were multiple other conversations going on at the same time. I cannot listen to this in my car because the sound recording quality is so low that I cannot year the conversation. Hoping she can upgrade the equipment & keep spreading the good word!!

Newbabybump ,

Huge respect for Kate Nelson and her activism

Kate’s someone who never stops learning and never stops sharing her knowledge in a positive and inspiring way. I am so excited she’s started this new endeavor to further educate us all about how to save our home.

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