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Does the phrase 'climate change' fill you with dread? Same here! Every week, host Natalie Holt and a panel of comedians are joined by an expert to demystify environmental topics, crack jokes, and break the ice on melting sea ice.

Topical Depression with Natalie Holt Natalie Holt

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    • 5.0 • 6 Ratings

Does the phrase 'climate change' fill you with dread? Same here! Every week, host Natalie Holt and a panel of comedians are joined by an expert to demystify environmental topics, crack jokes, and break the ice on melting sea ice.

    Nature & Health with Kathy Wolf and Travis Nelson

    Nature & Health with Kathy Wolf and Travis Nelson

    Research Social Scientist Dr. Kathy Wolf joins us to blow our minds, heal our bodies, and educate us about the latest research about how being in nature is beneficial to our mental and physical health. We reminisce about logging towns in the good ol' days, remember the trees we've loved and lost, and draw the line at trunk hugging. This is the first episode of Season 2! Be gentle, 2020.
     
    Kathy's Recommendations:
    PNW listeners can volunteer with one of Forterra's Green Cities Partnerships:
    forterra.org/service/green-city-partnerships
    Forest Bathing: How Trees Can Help You Find Health and Happiness by Dr. Qing Li:
    penguinrandomhouse.com/books/579709/forest-bathing-by-dr-qing-li/
    One overlooked way we can significantly improve our mental health: more nature (Mashable):
    mashable.com/article/green-space-mental-health-study/
    Cascading Benefits: Designing Green Stormwater Infrastructure for Human Wellness (The Nature Conservancy):
    cityhabitats.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/tnc_gsi-report_2018_final-r1_digital.pdf
     
    Natalie's Twitter: @fistfulofhollas
    Kathy's research, Green Cities: Good Health: greenhealth.washington.edu

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Low Waste Living with Meg Lazaros

    Low Waste Living with Meg Lazaros

    Creative director and designer Meg Lazaros joins us to talk about her passion, low waste living. We proselytize about the benefits of hankies, pontificate on making realistic waste-reduction goals for yourself, and profess our eco anxiety. This is our last episode of 2019, see you in 2020.
     
    Meg's recommended reading:
     
    Eco Anxiety:
    https://qz.com/948909/ecoanxiety-the-american-psychological-association-says-climate-change-is-causing-ptsd-anxiety-and-depression-on-a-mass-scale/
    Bill McKibben’s recent Time article:
    https://time.com/5669022/climate-change-2050/
    Doing anything is better than doing nothing (imperfection is key to helping save the planet):
    https://www.stasherbag.com/blogs/stasher-life/doing-anything-is-better-than-nothing
    The privilege required to live zero/low waste:
    http://www.model4greenliving.com/blog/2018/5/2/the-truth-behind-zero-waste-the-good-the-bad-and-the-privilege
     
    Natalie's Twitter: @fistfulofhollas
    Meg's website: www.megmake.com

    • 49 min
    The Ocean with Shirley Leung and Monisa Brown

    The Ocean with Shirley Leung and Monisa Brown

    PhD student Shirley Leung joins comedian Monisa Brown - our first returning comedian guest! We talk about climate change's updated pronouns (that's "climate crisis" to you!), cryptozoology, and the rapidly changing ocean, a.k.a. Poseidon's Kingdom.
     
    Shirley's recommended reading:
    Climate Change: Ocean Heat Content:
    https://www.climate.gov/news-features/understanding-climate/climate-change-ocean-heat-content
    Ocean acidification:
    https://www.noaa.gov/education/resource-collections/ocean-coasts-education-resources/ocean-acidification
    Ocean Deoxygenation:
    https://www.oceanscientists.org/index.php/topics/ocean-deoxygenation
    Ocean Scientists for Informed Policy:
    https://www.oceanscientists.org/index.php/topics
     
    Natalie's Twitter: @fistfulofhollas
    Shirley's Twitter: @shirleyswirley
    Monisa's Twitter & Instagram: @neesuhb

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Trash with Becca Fong, Erin Ingle, and Rachel Walls

    Trash with Becca Fong, Erin Ingle, and Rachel Walls

    Self-described "trash nerd" Becca Fong joins comedians Rachel Walls and Erin Ingle. We dish about how Legos are the gift that keeps on giving, the final adventure of The Brave Little Bottle, and everything you need to know about recycling, composting, and all things trash.
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    Becca's recommended reading:
    Overview of Seattle's Solid Waste system:
    https://youtu.be/zLFrMI2I3W0
    Seattle's Recycling facility - 3rd and Lander Materials Recovery Facility:
    https://youtu.be/9JKJGgrAYqg
    Cedar Grove's Everett Compost facility:
    https://youtu.be/aRD385ibwqA
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    Natalie's Twitter: @fistfulofhollas
    Erin's website: https://www.eriningle.com/
    Rachel's website: http://www.rachelwallscomedy.com/

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Salmon with Lauren Booth, Monisa Brown, and Paul Curry

    Salmon with Lauren Booth, Monisa Brown, and Paul Curry

    Naturalist and Orca enthusiast Lauren Booth joins comedians Monisa Brown and Paul Curry. We talk about how sad pet birds are, #TrashTag, and all about Salmon, Orcas, and more.
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    Lauren's recommended reading:
    Sockeye salmon and climate change:
    https://www.worldwildlife.org/stories/sockeye-salmon-and-climate-change?fbclid=IwAR3Sq6lJxV5Gi3RPOA-0w0iexJ_8C3gkWyR0W1Eu3paf2KsH4mhExGqhr7s
    Global Warming Is Pushing Pacific Salmon to the Brink, Federal Scientists Warn:
    https://insideclimatenews.org/news/29072019/pacific-salmon-climate-change-threat-endangered-columbia-river-california-idaho-oregon-study
    How Long Before These Salmon Are Gone? ‘Maybe 20 Years’:
    https://nyti.ms/30cPJI9
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    Natalie's Twitter: @fistfulofhollas
    Monisa's Twitter & Instagram: @neesuhb
    Paul's Instagram: @big_man_paul_curry

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Penguins with Katie Holt, Alyssa Yeoman, and Sam Miller

    Penguins with Katie Holt, Alyssa Yeoman, and Sam Miller

    Penguin researcher Katie Holt joins comedians Alyssa Yeoman and Sam Miller. We talk about saving the Northern White Rhino with Jurassic Park science, why Seattle is a mediocre tourist destination, and how the climate crisis is affecting penguins.
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    Katie's recommended reading:
    Penguins Setting off Sirens over Health of World’s Oceans: https://www.washington.edu/news/2008/06/30/penguins-setting-off-sirens-over-health-of-worlds-oceans/
    Deaths Attributed Directly to Climate Change Cast Pall over Penguins: https://www.washington.edu/news/2014/01/29/deaths-attributed-directly-to-climate-change-cast-pall-over-penguins/
    Scientists at Work: 'The Jane Goodall of Penguins': https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/articles/2018/06/08/scientists-at-work-the-jane-goodall-of-penguins
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    Katie's organization: https://ecosystemsentinels.org/
    Natalie's Twitter: @fistfulofhollas
    Alyssa's Twitter & Instagram: @alyssayeo
    Sam's Instagram: @sammillercomedian

    • 1 hr 23 min

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