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The Thriving Planet Podcast is the new way of doing environmental news. Every Friday, we round up and break down the important sustainability stories from the week that was in the Weekly Wrap. You can also join us for the Deep Dive, where we answer one big, burning question every episode. 

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The Thriving Planet Podcast is the new way of doing environmental news. Every Friday, we round up and break down the important sustainability stories from the week that was in the Weekly Wrap. You can also join us for the Deep Dive, where we answer one big, burning question every episode. 

    Weekly Wrap | Compensation at COP27, Tuvalu turns to the metaverse, Australia’s wild weather, and plant-based jelly beans

    Weekly Wrap | Compensation at COP27, Tuvalu turns to the metaverse, Australia’s wild weather, and plant-based jelly beans

    Friday, November 25th, 2022: This week in the sustainability news cycle…

    COP27 went down to the wire, with negotiators striking an historic deal to compensate developing nations for loss and damage after the conference officially closed. 

    Meanwhile, the island nation of Tuvalu is turning to the metaverse to preserve its history, culture and landmarks and Australia’s weather is set to get wilder in the coming decades.

    Plus, Allen’s Jelly Beans go plant-based. 

     

    Get the full rundown:

    Historic deal struck to help poorer countries pay for climate catastrophes (via The Sydney Morning Herald)

    Tuvalu turns to the metaverse as rising seas threaten existence (via Reuters)

    State of the Climate 2022 – Australia continues to warm; heavy rainfall becomes more intense (via the CSIRO)

    Don’t bug out, Allen’s is releasing vegan-friendly jelly beans (via Delicious)

     

    We’re also following…

    Feast your eyes on the world’s biggest goldfish (via The New York Post)


    For more bite-sized bits of sustainability news, follow Thriving Planet on Instagram and Facebook or visit our website.

    Listen to our Terminology Guide episode here


    The Thriving Planet Podcast is a product of Avid Collective.

    Hosts and producers: Ash Webb and Kristen Amiet

    Producer: Luke Spano

    Editing and sound mixing: Alex Smith of Make Noise
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 6 min
    Weekly Wrap | COP27 closes, Australia’s plastic pledge, an AGL shake-up, and Rainn Wilson’s name change

    Weekly Wrap | COP27 closes, Australia’s plastic pledge, an AGL shake-up, and Rainn Wilson’s name change

    Friday, November 18th, 2022: This week in the sustainability news cycle…

    Australia's Climate and Energy Minister, Chris Bowen, went out with a bang as COP27 winds down in Egypt. He signed Australia up for a global alliance that will see wind power supercharged all over the globe.

    Environment Tanya Plibersek has also given us some homework to do. She's joined the push for a legally binding treaty on plastic waste.

    Plus, Mike Cannon-Brookes had a massive win at AGL's AGM this week, and 'The Office' star Rainn Wilson has had a name change for the ages.

     

    Get the full rundown:

    ‘This could be the Cop where we lose 1.5C,’ warns Alok Sharma – as it happened (via The Guardian)

    Winds of change: While in Egypt, Bowen backs Australian offshore wind (via The Sydney Morning Herald)

    Australia joins call for global treaty to end plastic pollution (via The Sydney Morning Herald)

    Mike Cannon-Brookes succeeds in shaking up AGL board (via The Guardian)

    Rainn Wilson changes his name to Rainnfall Heat Wave Extreme Winter Wilson (via Instagram)

     

    We’re also following…

    Find your ArcticRisk name 

    Check out The Iconic’s pre-loved edit

    Follow @wastemanmick on Instagram


     

    For more bite-sized bits of sustainability news, follow Thriving Planet on Instagram and Facebook or visit our website.

    Listen to our Terminology Guide episode here

    The Thriving Planet Show is a product of Avid Collective.


     

    Hosts and producers: Ash Webb and Kristen Amiet

    Producer: Luke Spano

    Editing and sound mixing: Alex Smith of Make Noise
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 6 min
    Weekly Wrap | REDCycle, Billionaires, COP27 Update, Rings of Power, Bees, and Dobby the house elf

    Weekly Wrap | REDCycle, Billionaires, COP27 Update, Rings of Power, Bees, and Dobby the house elf

    Friday, November 11th, 2022: This week in the sustainability news cycle…

    There's no denying that the BIGGEST story to rock the nation this week is REDcycle. Everyone's talking about how the soft plastic recycling scheme has been caught in a lie, sending the waste not off to be recycled but to a warehouse to be stockpiled. 

    There's more controversy where that came from as both Billionaires and Rings of Power (yes, the Lord of the Rings spin-off show) land themselves in hot water. We're talking mass consumption and mass waste reports coming out of both camps. 

    We give you the top headlines stories out of COP27 now that we're about a week in to the summit and Krissi drops some delightfully uplifting news about bees. 

    And if you didn't know it already, it turns out Dobby the house elf is apparently going to be sustainability's undoing. 

    Get the full rundown:

    Coles, Woolworths recycling scheme collapses after secret stockpile revealed (via SMH)

    The fire that sparked the end of Coles and Woolies plastic recycling program (via The Sydney Morning Herald)

    Billionaires burning more carbon than a country (via The Oz)

    Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says climate change policy is impossible without peace (via ABC News)

    Where are all the women? (Post by She Changes Climate on LinkedIn)

    Serious concerns raised in NZ about environmental impact of major productions including Amazon’s Rings of Power (via The Guardian)

    New native bee species with distinctive 'snout' discovered in Perth's Kings Park (via ABC News)

    'Potter' Fans Place Socks at Dobby's Gravesite — but They Put Wildlife at Risk (via Green Matters)

    We’re also following…

    With no recycling, what should you do with your plastic bags and pasta packets? (via The Sydney Morning Herald)

    Ditch Cyber Weekend and Black Friday, opt for Green Friday instead


    For more bite-sized bits of sustainability news, follow Thriving Planet on Instagram and Facebook or visit our website.

    Listen to our Terminology Guide episode here


    The Thriving Planet Show is a product of Avid Collective.

    Hosts and producers: Ash Webb and Kristen Amiet

    Producer: Luke Spano

    Editing and sound mixing: Alex Smith of Make Noise
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 12 min
    Weekly Wrap | Sir David Attenborough’s final plea, Cop27, Brazil’s new president, Plastic updates, and Country Road

    Weekly Wrap | Sir David Attenborough’s final plea, Cop27, Brazil’s new president, Plastic updates, and Country Road

    Friday, November 4th, 2022: This week in the sustainability news cycle…

    We get emotional...along with the rest of the world as Sir David Attenborough touches our hearts for what could be the final time. Cop27 cops a lashing from Aussie shores and Greta Thunberg herself, it seem the global summit can't catch a break after allowing Coca-Cola to be their sponsor. 

    It's good news for the Amazon this week, with Brazil's new president at the helm, it's more than likely the lungs of the planet will be saved. Plastic conversation reach fever pitch in more ways than one and Country Road enters the sustainability chat. 


    Get the full rundown:

    Sir David Attenborough: The Future of our Frozen Planet (via BBC Earth)

    Greta Thunberg to skin ‘greenwashing’ Cop27 climate summit Egypt (via The Guardian) 

    Confirmed: Chris Bowen, not Anthony Albanese, to attend UN climate summit (via The Sydney Morning Herald)

    How Lula Won the Most Crucial Election in Brazil for Decades (via TIME)

    Lula cheered for new climate policies after Brazil election (via Reuters)

    World’s top plastics users unlikely to miss sustainability goals (via Bloomberg)

    Single-Use Plastic Straws, Cotton Buds, Cutlery and More Will Be Banned in NSW From Tomorrow (via Broadsheet)

    Beyond Waste: Recycling Plastics into Bespoke Homewares (via Country Road)

    We’re also following…

    Check out the hand-made recycling poster from Kristen’s local Woolies on Instagram

    Cheer up with NASA’s smiling sun pic


    For more bite-sized bits of sustainability news, follow Thriving Planet on Instagram and Facebook or visit our website.

    Listen to our Terminology Guide episode here


    The Thriving Planet Show is a product of Avid Collective.

    Hosts and producers: Ash Webb and Kristen Amiet

    Producer: Luke Spano

    Editing and sound mixing: Alex Smith of Make Noise
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 10 min
    Weekly Wrap | BOM, Shein, The 2022 Ethical Fashion Report, Pat Cummins, and Cow snot lube

    Weekly Wrap | BOM, Shein, The 2022 Ethical Fashion Report, Pat Cummins, and Cow snot lube

    Friday, October 21st, 2022: This week in the sustainability news cycle…

    It's all about the rebrand...'weather' people want it or not. The Bureau aka BOM has not only ticked off our Environment Minister, Tanya Plibersek but turned their overly loyal fans against them, in one messy and unnecessary swoop. 

    Moving out of the clouds and into the wardrobe, fashion has a pretty big week as well. Not only did an undercover investigation into Shein get released but the 2022 Ethical Fashion Report dropped, and as we rummaged through the bottom drawers, we discovered the math just ain't mathing on this one. 

    Everybody's boyfriend Pat Cummins re-enters the chat and cows become the latest player in the adult sex toy and sexual health realm. No, we're not making this up. You might be seeing lube made from cow snot on the shelves soon. Sustainability really is the gift that keeps on givin'. 

    Get the full rundown:

    $220K Bureau of Meteorology rebranding ‘ridiculous’, says Plibersek (via SMH)

    Inside the Shein Machine: UNTOLD (via Channel 4)

    Shein Is Even Worse Than You Thought (via The Cut)

    Shein factory workers get 35 cents per garment, work 18-hour days, a new report says(via Business Insider)

    Ethical Fashion Guide (via Baptist World Aid)

    From Target to Sheike: Australia’s most and least ethical fashion brands, ranked (via Smart Company)

    Cummins raised objection to Cricket Australia’s Alinta deal (via The Sydney Morning Herald)

    Pat Cummins says he will not appear in any more ads for Cricket Australia energy company sponsor (via The Guardian)

    Lubricant made from cow mucus proves effective against HIV and herpes (via Technology Networks Biopharma) 

    We’re also following…

    Learn how to have environmentally friendly sex (via Triple J)

    Watch Jane Goodall’s Masterclass where she teaches conservation 


    For more bite-sized bits of sustainability news, follow Thriving Planet on Instagram and Facebook or visit our website.

    Listen to our Terminology Guide episode here


    The Thriving Planet Show is a product of Avid Collective.

    Hosts and producers: Ash Webb and Kristen Amiet

    Producer: Luke Spano

    Editing and sound mixing: Alex Smith of Make Noise
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 13 min
    Weekly Wrap | Fat bear week, Coca-Cola and COP27, Microplastic breast milk, Cow burp tax, and Aliens

    Weekly Wrap | Fat bear week, Coca-Cola and COP27, Microplastic breast milk, Cow burp tax, and Aliens

    Friday, October 14th, 2022: This week in the sustainability news cycle…

    Celebrations for Fat Bear Week reach fever pitch but as Kristen finds out, no sport is without its scandals...not even one as wholesome as this. Of course, we need to dive into what is going on with the Coca-Cola x COP27 sponsorship and how these two empires got it so wrong. 

    Microplastics have been found in breast milk for the very first time and NZ proposes an intriguing tax on, you guessed it, cow burps. Then we round out the episode with a little reprieve as Mars martians make us feel a little less terrible about the state of earth as we ask ourselves, is all life self-destructive?


    Get the full rundown:

    Fat Bear Week Is Finally Here, So Meet The Chonky Finalists (via Junkee)

    Fat Bear Week emerges from scandal to crown a new champion (via NPR)

    Irony just died: Coca-Cola, among biggest global polluters, to sponsor Cop27 (via Down To Earth)

    Microplastics found in human breast milk. Here’s what mothers should avoid (via Mint)

    New Zealand proposes taxing cow burps to tackle climate change (via The Sydney Morning Herald)

    Methane emissions pledge a blow for farmers (via The Australian)

    Ancient Martian life may have died out in self-induced climate change (via New Atlas)

    We’re also following…

    Read about why climate protesters are targeting art 

    Follow the Law Society pledging to give legal rights given to non-human entities 


    For more bite-sized bits of sustainability news, follow Thriving Planet on Instagram and Facebook or visit our website.

    Listen to our Terminology Guide episode here


    The Thriving Planet Show is a product of Avid Collective.

    Hosts and producers: Ash Webb and Kristen Amiet

    Producer: Luke Spano

    Editing and sound mixing: Alex Smith of Make Noise
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 11 min

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