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It's time to have a conversation about how we can create a sustainable future by tackling climate change, eating a plant-based diet, living as eco-friendly as possible, and being the happiest, healthiest and best version of ourselves. On this show, your host Tom Simak will interview leaders in a whole host of different fields so that we can all learn how to create a sustainable and wholesome life.

The Plant Paradigm Tom Simak

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It's time to have a conversation about how we can create a sustainable future by tackling climate change, eating a plant-based diet, living as eco-friendly as possible, and being the happiest, healthiest and best version of ourselves. On this show, your host Tom Simak will interview leaders in a whole host of different fields so that we can all learn how to create a sustainable and wholesome life.

    Professor Pericles Pilidis On How Hydrogen Energy Can Power Our World

    Professor Pericles Pilidis On How Hydrogen Energy Can Power Our World

    "When we protect the environment, we need to do it in a way that protects economic growth as well, because this brings huge social and economical benefits."

    Today’s conversation is with Professor Pericles Pilidis. Pericles completed his doctorate in Gas Turbine Engineering at Glasgow University for many years he was the director of the Thermal Power Masters course and Head of the Gas Turbine Engineering Group at Cranfield University. Since 1994 he has been working on Hydrogen projects for gas turbines in air, land & sea applications and has published many papers on the subject. Which is why I wanted to have him on the show. In the effort to tackle climate change we need to take advantage of every known technological solution. Currently Pilidis takes large part in gas turbine research and postgraduate education, is the course director of the masters of science in Thermal power and contributes to hydrogen projects. His career has seen him work with Rolls Royce, Airbus, EasyJet and Boeing, among many others.

    Video version: https://youtu.be/p_-rAgmwhwA
    The key topics in today's episode:
    04:00 - Perclies Background
    06:30 - What is sustainability
    09:00 - Hydrogen power
    12:00 - The source of hydrogen
    17:00 - The cost of Hydrogen
    19:00 - Powering the UK with renewables
    23:00 - Improving gas turbines
    25:00 - The lack of resources
    27:00 - Hydrogen powered aircrafts (slides)
    33:00 - The challenges to overcome for hydrogen
    37:00 - Decarbonise the UK
    40:00 - Powering the world
    43:00 - Importing energy
    47:00 - Hydro powered cars
    54:00 - The role of consumers
    58:00 - Will renewables make travel more expensive
    01:01:00 - Hydrogen powered tankers

    Resources:
    Connect with Pericles:
    Email | p.pilidis@cranfield.ac.uk
    Publications | https://scholar.google.com/scholar?q=author:%22Pilidis%20P%22
    LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/pericles-pilidis/

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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Monthly Paradigm: Is It Possible To Create A Plastic Free Ocean?

    Monthly Paradigm: Is It Possible To Create A Plastic Free Ocean?

    Welcome to The Monthly Paradigm with Tom Simak & Sharna Harrington.

    This is where we talk about the biggest news stories, all things climate change, veganism, fitness, what we're cooking up, wins of the month and everything in-between.

    Video version: https://youtu.be/F558_K180KQ

    The key topics in today's episode:
    01:45 - Travelling Asia highlights
    04:00 - Eating vegan in Thailand
    06:30 - Meeting villagers
    16:30 - The dark side of Asia
    19:30 - Animal sanctuaries
    25:00 - Training for a half-marathon
    30:00 - McPlant In Australia - *insert headline*
    32:00 - Will the impossible burger change your gender?
    38:00 - The renewable potential in Africa *insert headline* and then export
    43:30 - Climate change is killing elephants *insert headline*
    48:30 - Is it possible to have a plastic free ocean? *insert headline*
    51:30 - How much plastic enters the ocean?
    56:30 - Where plastic waste come from
    01:00:00 - The contributors to this waste problem
    01:02:00 - What’s being done about the plastic problem
    01:12:00 - River clean up systems
    01:16:30 - Solving 65% of our plastic issue
    01:20:30 - Waste Sharks
    01:30:00 - How recycling can be detrimental
    01:35:00 - Always be refusing
    01:41:00 - Sustainability tip with a Steripen
    01:43:00 - Canberra banning fossil free vehicles
    01:46:00 - Qantas introducing mock meats
    01:48:00 - Rex Airlines going electric

    Resources:
    All sources on website: www.theplantparadigm.com/tmp-128

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    • 1 hr 51 min
    Erica Cirino: The Plastic Crisis Is Thicker Than Water

    Erica Cirino: The Plastic Crisis Is Thicker Than Water

    "When you look at the vast majority of disposal and production sites of plastic, they're in communities that have been long underserved. There's a pattern here and there's a reason."

    Today we’re talking to Erica Cirino, a science writer, author, artist and communications manager of the Plastic Pollution Coalition. Erica’s work focuses a lot around plastic crisis and how it’s affecting us and the whole world around us. She chronicled her work in her new book, thicker than water which explored solutions to our plastic problem.

    Video version: https://youtu.be/IcN6f65JjQw
    The key topics in today's episode:
    04:00 - Erica's background
    08:30 - Why is plastic a problem?
    14:30 - The racial issue with plastic
    18:00 - Building a plastic-free home
    26:00 - How the industry influences the public
    41:00 - Where to start  if you want to reduce plastic use
    46:00 - Visiting the Great Pacific Garbage Patch
    55:00 - Fake solutions
    59:00 - The role of businesses

    Resources:
    Connect with Erica:
    Website | http://www.ericacirino.com/
    Book | https://islandpress.org/books/thicker-water
    Website | https://www.plasticpollutioncoalition.org/

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    YouTube | The Plant Paradigm
    Twitter | @plantparadigm
    Website | www.theplantparadigm.com


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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Paloma Costa On Giving Voices To The Youth & Indigenous Populations Around Climate Change

    Paloma Costa On Giving Voices To The Youth & Indigenous Populations Around Climate Change

    "If there is a forest standing, it's because there are people there standing with the forest."

    Today’s conversation is with Paloma Costa, a Brazilian climate activist, lawyer, human rights defender, and one of the seven leaders of the Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change for the United Nation Secretary-General. Paloma has been speaking out about the insane inaction governments are guilty of through multiple conferences including COP26 and the UN Climate Action Summit where she talked alongside Greta Thunberg. Paloma is definitely not scared of saying it how it is, calling governements out and leading school climate strikes. For her, it’s not climate change, it’s the climate emergency

    Video version: https://youtu.be/xoAx4gxGYk0
    The key topics in today's episode:
    06:30 - Indigenous voices in politics
    14:00 - Communities are discriminated against
    20:30 - How to help tribes
    23:00 - Introducing environmentalism to the peers
    27:00 - What the Brazillian government should do
    30:30 - Cycling activism
    38:00 - What is climate justice
    40:00 - Are COPs efficient?
    43:30 - COP 27

    Resources:
    Connect with Paloma:
    Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/pcopaloma/
    Twitter | https://mobile.twitter.com/pcopaloma

    The Territory Film the Paloma mentioned: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt16378164/
    The Last Forest: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt14029622/

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    Website | www.theplantparadigm.com
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    • 52 min
    Nick Cutsumpas On Growing & Greening Your Life With Plants

    Nick Cutsumpas On Growing & Greening Your Life With Plants

    "The more connected you are, the more you're gonna see the need to make some changes in your life. Just remember to make your world a little greener."

    Today’s conversation is with Nick Cutsumpas aka farmernick. Nick is what you would call a plantrepreneur; A plant lover of all kinds. Now, even though he is plant based, I’m referring to his love to indoor and outdoor inedible plants. Nick helps people bring all sorts of different plants into their lifestyle and home. We’re talking about integrated nature all around you and emphasising the creation of what’s known green spaces.

    Video version: https://youtu.be/fnB2xei2ImY
    The key topics in today's episode:
    04:00 - Moving to LA
    10:00 - How to begin gardening
    16:00 - Looking after indoor plants
    19:00 - What plants are the easiest to grow
    25:00 - Different ways to use your compost
    29:00 - Dealing with plant predators
    32:00 - Green spaces in offices
    41:00 - Vertical farms
    46:30 - Underrated sustainability tips

    Resources:
    Connect with Nick:
    Instagram | www.instagram.com/farmernick/
    TikTok | https://www.tiktok.com/@farmernicknyc
    Website | https://farmernick.com/

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    YouTube | The Plant Paradigm
    Twitter | @plantparadigm
    Website | www.theplantparadigm.com
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    • 55 min
    Monthly Paradigm: Our Favourite Foods Are Going Extinct & What We Can Do About It

    Monthly Paradigm: Our Favourite Foods Are Going Extinct & What We Can Do About It

    Welcome to The Monthly Paradigm with Tom Simak & Sharna Harrington.

    This is where we talk about the biggest news stories, all things climate change, veganism, fitness, what we're cooking up, wins of the month and everything in-between.

    Video version: https://youtu.be/YcPFFivKnog

    The key topics in today's episode:
    02:30 - Personal updates
    06:00 - Fertility on a plant based diet
    09:50 - Bad news from the G7 Nations
    15:30 - Banning blood farms
    20:30 - Food extinction possibility
    23:00 - The coffee threat
    26:00 - Perennial Crops
    30:00 - The new coffee
    32:00 - The risk to cacao
    36:00 - Passenger pigeon
    41:30 - Sustainability tip
    47:30 - The newest carbon capture building
    50:00 - Colombian election results

    Resources:
    All sources on website: www.theplantparadigm.com/tmp-124

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    • 53 min

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I love to travel, and this podcast is a great way to learn about vegan options in different cities. The episodes are usually quick and to the point. I love that Tom adds different types of vegan restaurants in the episodes, like places to go on a date night or places to go to get the best desserts. This podcast has added quite a few vegan restaurants to my list of places to try while traveling!

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