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Fossil fuels, intensive farming, deforestation, waste disposal, overconsumption, pollution, the 6th mass extinction, climate change is all on everyone’s mind. But what can we do? How do we make a difference? What do we have to change now? The How to Be Good podcast asks these questions. Join Gareth and Anca as we speak to specialists, scientists, activists, providers and more, and ask what we can do in our everyday lives to make a difference and debunk many of the myths and misinformation.
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In this episode we speak to Duncan Ward founder and CEO of Classroom of Hope and Markus Silverberg founder of Block SolutionsClassroom of Hope is a non-profit organisation providing access to quality education in developing countries, they partner with local NGO’s to implement their school building programs.They rightly believe that every child deserves access to quality education and a safe and secure learning environment is essential for educational success. Education is one of the most important factors in eradicating poverty and is the building block of every society. Education is a fundamental human right, not the privilege of few.Markus and Block Solutions have been working alongside Classroom of Hope to help build schools using an incredibly versatile, sustainable and affordable way of building. A Finish-based company who has developed environmentally friendly block-modules. The block-modules are used for building sustainable and safe homes and schools for people all around the world, thus fostering well-being. Not only that but the carbon footprint of the product is close to zero!Links:Classroom of HopeBlock-SolutionsPlease help Classroom of Hope and Block Solutions build more schools by DONATING.How to be good Social:www.howtobegood.com.auInstagramFacebookLinkedInIf you like what we do and want to help us continue, please help us out by donating:Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/howtobegood)Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/howtobegood)Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/howtobegood)
We were lucky enough to have a lot of Louie’s time and we decided to split the interview in two parts. If this is the first time on our page, please go to episode 24 and listen to the first part and the incredible work that Louie and OPS are doing.A little info about Louie and the Oceanic Preservation Society:Louie Psihoyos is an Academy Award-winning filmmaker and Executive Director of the Oceanic Preservation Society (OPS). He is recognized as one of the top still photographers in the world, having created iconic images for National Geographic for 18 years, and hundreds of covers for other magazines. Believing that film can be the most powerful weapon in the world, Louie founded OPS with Silicon Valley entrepreneur Jim Clark in 2005.An ardent diver and dive photographer, Psihoyos’ mission is to show the world the decline of the oceans–our planet’s most crucial resource. Circling the globe dozens of times on photographic missions, he collects the imagery and stories underlying the compelling issues that challenge and threaten the natural world while connecting with environmentalists who are working to save the planet.Psihoyos’ first documentary film, The Cove, won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Film of 2009 and over 75 other awards around the world. An annual dolphin hunt in a secret cove in Taiji, Japan suggests a microcosm of a larger picture: man’s disregard for the planet. The film garnered immense critical praise and has been seen by millions of viewers worldwide.Links and Info:Oceanic Preservation Society   https://www.opsociety.org/The Cove https://www.opsociety.org/our-work/films/the-cove/Racing Extinction http://racingextinction.com/The Game Changers https://gamechangersmovie.com/FUNDRAISER Link: https://ops.funraise.org/fundraiser/anca-barrett?fundraiserPrompt=2067633Please donate and be part of this amazing movement.How to be good Social:www.howtobegood.com.auInstagramFacebookLinkedInIf you like what we do and want to help us continue, please help us out by donSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/howtobegood)Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/howtobegood)
This week we have a special guest: Louie Psihoyos is an Academy Award-winning filmmaker and Executive Director of the Oceanic Preservation Society (OPS). He is recognized as one of the top still photographers in the world, having created iconic images for National Geographic for 18 years, and hundreds of covers for other magazines. Believing that film can be the most powerful weapon in the world, Louie founded OPS with Silicon Valley entrepreneur Jim Clark in 2005.An ardent diver and dive photographer, Psihoyos’ mission is to show the world the decline of the oceans–our planet’s most crucial resource. Circling the globe dozens of times on photographic missions, he collects the imagery and stories underlying the compelling issues that challenge and threaten the natural world while connecting with environmentalists who are working to save the planet.Psihoyos’ first documentary film, The Cove, won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Film of 2009 and over 75 other awards around the world. An annual dolphin hunt in a secret cove in Taiji, Japan suggests a microcosm of a larger picture: man’s disregard for the planet. The film garnered immense critical praise and has been seen by millions of viewers worldwide.His second film, Racing Extinction, follows a team of artists and activists as they expose the hidden world of extinction with never-before-seen images. The film premiered on Discovery in 220 countries and territories on the same day, was nominated for an Emmy (Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking) and an Academy-Award (Best Song), and sparked the #StartWith1Thing movement. With partner Obscura Digital, Psihoyos was the creative mind behind the unprecedented large-scale video projections of endangered species onto the United Nations Headquarters, Empire State Building, and the Vatican.Psihoyos most recently finished directing The Game Changers, executive produced by James Cameron. The film tells the story of James Wilks — an elite special forces trainer and winner of The Ultimate Fighter — as he travels the world on a quest for the truth behind the world’s most dangerous myth: that meat is necessary for protein, strength and optimal health. What James discovers permanently changes his relationship with food and his definition of true strength.Through the production of compelling film and imagery underlined by moving narratives, contemporary crises, and heroic film subjects, Louie Psihoyos is radically changing how people perceive documentaries. OPS’ film credits include Racing Extinction, The Cove, Game Changers, and Leuser: The Last Place on Earth (in production).Links and Info:Oceanic Preservation Society   https://www.opsociety.org/The Cove https://www.opsociety.org/our-work/films/the-cove/Racing Extinction http://racingextinction.com/The Game Changers https://gamechangersmovie.com/FUNDRAISER   Link   https://ops.funraise.org/fundraiser/anca-barrett?fundraiserPrompt=2067633Please donate and be part of this amazing movement.How to be good Social www.howtobegood.com.auInstagramFacebookLinkedIn If you like what we do and want to help us continue, please help us out by donSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/howtobegood)
In this episode, we speak to Birguy Lamizana about the Great Green Wall project.The Great Green Wall is one of the most inspirational and urgent movements of our times. This African-led initiative aims to grow an 8000km new world wonder across the entire width of the Continent to transform the lives of millions living on the frontline of climate change.The UN Convention to Combat Desertification is a key partner in the initiative.A decade in and roughly 15% underway, the initiative is already bringing life back to Africa’s degraded landscapes at an unprecedented scale, providing food security, jobs and a reason to stay for the millions who live along its path.  The Wall promises to be a compelling solution to the many urgent threats not only facing the African Continent but the global community as a whole – notably climate change, drought, famine, conflict and migration. Once complete, the Great Green Wall will be the largest living structure on the planet, 3 times the size of the Great Barrier Reef.Improving Millions of Lives The Great Green Wall is taking root in Africa's Sahel region, at the southern edge of the Sahara desert - one of the poorest places on the planet.More than anywhere else on Earth, the Sahel is on the frontline of climate change and millions of locals are already facing its devastating impact. Persistent droughts, lack of food, conflicts over dwindling natural resources, and mass migration to Europe are just some of the many consequences.Yet, communities from Senegal in the West to Djibouti in the East are fighting back. Since the birth of the initiative in 2007, life has started coming back to the land, bringing improved food security, jobs and stability to people’s lives.Link and Info:The Great Green WallUNCCD - United Nations Convention to Combat DesertificationThe Great Green Wall FilmYears of Living Dangerously- Series episode - 'Out of Africa'How to be good Socialwww.howtobegood.com.auInstagramFacebookLinkedInIf you like what we do and want to help us continue, please help us out by donating via Patreon; with two of the membership levels, we will also plant 3 or 5 trees monthly in your name.Email or contact us on:gareth@howtobegood.com.auGareth - LinkedIn - Instagramanca@howtobegood.com.auAnca - LinkedIn - InstagramPLEASE FOLLOW/SUBSCRIBE AND GIVE US A REVIEW - ALSO TELL YOUR FRIENDS ABOUT THE SHOW; THE MORE WE SPREAD THE WORD, THE BETTER FOR US ALL.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/howtobegood)Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/howtobegood)
This week we had the delight to talk to Serge Dedina co-founder and executive director of WildCoast and Matt Costa from SCRIPPS Institution of Oceanography.  Serge’s many achievements include: Helping stop efforts to build large-scale tourist resorts and marinas in national parks and protected areasLaunching the wildly successful “don’t eat sea turtle” campaign Helping develop millions of acres of coastline protected areas in California and MexicoDeveloping a  campaign with reck superstars Linking Park around natural climate solutions...And this is just some. Matt  is a postdoctoral scholar in the SCRIPPS Integrative Oceanography Division where he has been researching :Blue CarbonCoastal EcologyClimate Change Adaptation ConservationMangrove Forests Sediment Biogeochemistry  All this as well as working alongside Serge and Wild Coast on many of their projects. WILDCOAST is an international team working to conserve more than 31.6 million acres of pristine coastlines, mangrove forests, grey whale lagoons, turquoise islands, stunning coral reefs, coastal wetlands and open ocean ecosystems.Their work stretches from the wild coasts of California down to Mexico and more.Link and Info:WILDCOAST COSTA SALVAJESerge Dedina Serge Dedeina's Book Saving The Gray WhaleMatt Costa How to be good Socialwww.howtobegood.com.auInstagramFacebookLinkedInIf you like what we do and want to help us continue, please help us out by donating via Patreon; with two of the membership levels, we will also plant 3 or 5 trees monthly in your name.Email or contact us on:gareth@howtobegood.com.auGareth - LinkedIn - Instagramanca@howtobegood.com.auAnca - LinkedIn - InstagramPLEASE FOLLOW/SUBSCRIBE AND GIVE US A REVIEW - ALSO TELL YOUR FRIENDS ABOUT THE SHOW; THE MORE WE SPREAD THE WORD, THE BETTER FOR US ALL.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/howtobegood)Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/howtobegood)
In this episode, we interview each other about what we have learned from our amazing guests, their effects on us, and how it has changed our lives. All the people we would like to thank that have helped us on this journey and continue to do so: Erin RhodesAdam Brancher Oliver Grimaldi Noah Godfrey Tamara MumcuogluJohn Grimes Lindsay Lorusso Emma Hurst Heath Greville Dan Richardson Thomas Mortlock Laura Hamilton-O'Hara Dr Bergur Sigfusson Pollyanna Darling Hannah Churton Andy Straisfeld Dr Shahir MasriHow to be good Socialwww.howtobegood.com.auInstagramFacebookLinkedInIf you like what we do and want to help us continue, please help us out by donating via Patreon; with two of the membership levels, we will also plant 3 or 5 trees monthly in your name. Email or contact us on:gareth@howtobegood.com.auGareth - LinkedIn - Instagramanca@howtobegood.com.auAnca - LinkedIn - InstagramPLEASE FOLLOW/SUBSCRIBE AND GIVE US A REVIEW - ALSO TELL YOUR FRIENDS ABOUT THE SHOW; THE MORE WE SPREAD THE WORD, THE BETTER FOR US ALL.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/howtobegood)
 Dr Shahir Masri is an assistant specialist in air pollution exposure assessment and epidemiology at the University of California, Irvine where he works on air pollution exposure modelling as well as climate change communication research. He is also an adjunct faculty member at the Schmid College of Science and Technology at Chapman University where he teaches courses on environmental health and pollution, and an adjunct faculty member at National University where he teaches online graduate and undergraduate science courses.He is the author of the book Beyond Debate: Answers to 50 Misconceptions on Climate Change, which has been acclaimed by Citizens' Climate Lobby founder Marshall Saunders, among prominent scientists at MIT, UCLA, and elsewhere.He is also a co-founder of the project “On the Road for climate action” which is an effort to raise awareness about climate change by organizing educational climate events and giving public presentations across all 50 American States.We interviewed him in an effort to learn from his wealth of knowledge and experience with regards to the anthropogenic climate acceleration we are all experiencing, its causes, its symptoms and the solutions that are out there, at arms reach for us all.  Links and info https://shahirmasri.com/ His Book: Beyond Debate  Instagram How to be good Socialwww.howtobegood.com.au Instagram Facebook LinkedIn If you like what we do and want to help us continue, please help us out by donating via Patreon; with two of the membership levels, we will also plant 3 or 5 trees monthly in your name. Email or contact us on: gareth@howtobegood.com.au Gareth - LinkedIn - Instagram anca@howtobegood.com.au Anca - LinkedIn - InstagramPLEASE FOLLOW/SUBSCRIBE AND GIVE US A REVIEW - ALSO TELL YOUR FRIENDS ABOUT THE SHOW; THE MORE WE SPREAD THE WORD, THE BETTER FOR US ALL.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/howtobegood)
In this episode, we talk to Andy Straisfeld, Chief Strategist for LifeCycle Revive. Located in Brantford, Ontario, LifeCycle Revive is Canada's first polypropylene Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) waste recycler, diverting tons of medical waste from landfills. A fantastic start-up idea that has received Canadian Government funding to scale. Some facts about medical waste:About 85% of medical waste is non-hazardous.About 3% of all drug costs come from drug wastage. In the US alone, this translates to over $1 billion a year.In the US, almost 5000 acute hospitals are generating about 7000 tons of waste every day. About $10 billion is spent each year to dispose of it all.Andy and his team have developed a way to recycle a vast amount of this waste and divert it from landfill. Links: LifeCycle Revive Webpage LifeCycle Revive Facebook How to be good Socialhttp://www.howtobegood.com.au/ Instagram Facebook LinkedIn If you like what we do and want to help us continue, please help us out by donating via Patreon; with two of the membership levels, we will also plant 3 or 5 trees monthly in your name. Email or contact us on:gareth@howtobegood.com.au Gareth - LinkedIn - Instagram anca@howtobegood.com.au Anca -LinkedIn - Instagram PLEASE FOLLOW/SUBSCRIBE AND GIVE US A REVIEW - ALSO TELL YOUR FRIENDS ABOUT THE SHOW; THE MORE WE SPREAD THE WORD, THE BETTER FOR US ALL. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/howtobegood)
This week is International Compost Week, and composting is something that we can all do to make a difference.A series of events and information highlighting the need and benefits of composting - Sunday 2nd May - Saturday 8th May 2021Some factsOver 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted each year.Wasted food amounts to over $1 trillion of loss and wastage annually.A total of 3.3 billion tons of CO2 is produced by food waste yearly.So to talk to us further about food waste and composting, we were delighted to be joined by Hannah Churton. She is the founder of The Worm Monger, an educational platform dedicated to helping people better manage food waste in their own homes.Linkshttps://www.thewormmonger.com/Centre for Organic Research & Education (CORE) National Organic Week Australia (NOW)National Food Waste StrategyHow to be good Socialwww.howtobegood.com.auInstagramFacebookLinkedInIf you like what we do and want to help us continue, please help us out by donating via Patreon; with two of the membership levels, we will also plant 3 or 5 trees monthly in your name. Email or contact us on:gareth@howtobegood.com.auGareth - LinkedIn - Instagramanca@howtobegood.com.auAnca - LinkedIn - InstagramPLEASE FOLLOW/SUBSCRIBE AND GIVE US A REVIEW - ALSO TELL YOUR FRIENDS ABOUT THE SHOW; THE MORE WE SPREAD THE WORD, THE BETTER FOR US ALL.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/howtobegood)
In this episode, we are delighted to talk to Pollyanna Darling, the Head of Community Engagement & Strategy for TreeSisters. TreeSisters is a UK registered social change and reforestation charity that places tropical forest restoration into everyone’s hands. Through individuals and businesses that give back to Nature every month, TreeSisters has so far funded the planting of over 15 million trees across 12 locations in Brazil, Borneo, Cameroon, India, Kenya, Mozambique, Madagascar, Nepal and West Papua. The Vision: To envision a world in which it is normal for everyone to protect and restore themselves and their world. The Mission: To rapidly accelerate tropical reforestation by inspiring and channelling women's Nature-based feminine leadership into local and global action. Pollyanna, a vital part of the team, talks about how she got involved, what she is doing and the need for effective change, restoration and reforestation.  She also explains why climate change is going to have a more significant effect on women than men. We also discuss how we have partnered with them to grow the How To Be Good forest, a challenge that we would love you to join us in.  By becoming a Patreon you help us plant trees and help us continue bringing you these podcasts. With two of the membership levels, we will also plant 3 or 5 trees in your name. We will also give you a mention in one of the shows.  LinksTree Sisters Tree Sisters StoreHow to be good Socialwww.howtobegood.com.au InstagramFacebookLinkedInIf you like what we do and want to help us continue, please help us out by donating via Patreon; with two of the membership levels, we will also plant 3 or 5 trees monthly in your name.  Email or contact us on: gareth@howtobegood.com.auGareth - LinkedIn - Instagram anca@howtobegood.com.auAnca - LinkedIn - InstagramPLEASE FOLLOW/SUBSCRIBE AND GIVE US A REVIEW - ALSO TELL YOUR FRIENDS ABOUT THE SHOW; THE MORE WE SPREAD THE WORD, THE BETTER FOR US ALL. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/howtobegood)
In this episode, we talk to Dr Bergur Sigfusson, Head of CO2 Capture and Injection at Carbfix. Bergur is a geochemist. He has many years of experience in commissioning, operating, and monitoring new methods and technologies related to CO2 capture and injection and geothermal power plants. Carbfix, the company that Bergur works for, is using a natural and permanent storage solution turning co2 into stone underground in less than two years. Bergur tells us more about this unique technology and how it can be a game-changer in the climate crisis. LinksCarbfixCarbfix in documentaries Meltdown Down to EarthIce on FireHow to be good Socialwww.howtobegood.com.au InstagramFacebookLinkedInIf you like what we do and want to help us continue, please help us out by donating via Patreon; with two of the membership levels, we will also plant 3 or 5 trees monthly in your name.  Email or contact us on: gareth@howtobegood.com.auGareth - LinkedIn - Instagram anca@howtobegood.com.auAnca - LinkedIn - Instagram
Laura Hamilton-O'Hara From growing up in South Africa, studying law, working in Taronga zoo Sydney to CEO, we talk to Laura Hamilton-O'Hara about her journey. Her passions, the future of sustainability in building, and the Living Future Institute's role. The Living Future Institute Australia (LFIA) is part of a powerful network of informed and active global citizens committed to redefining humanity's relationships with the ecosystems we inhabit. Together, they seek to redirect our future towards a socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative society. LinksLiving Future Institute of Australia Taronga Zoo SydneyHow to be good Socialwww.howtobegood.com.au InstagramFacebookLinkedInIf you like what we do and want to help us continue, please help us out by donating via Patreon; with two of the membership levels, we will also plant 3 or 5 trees monthly in your name.  Email us on: gareth@howtobegood.com.auanca@howtobegood.com.au
Thomas is Senior Risk Scientist at Risk Frontiers where he leads the development of physical climate risk modelling services and Risk Frontiers' coastal, flood and tropical cyclone catastrophe loss models. He has worked for over 12 years in the fields of climate science, catastrophe risk and insurance, resilience, and coastal and flood modelling. Thomas is a Chartered Engineer and an Adjunct Fellow at Macquarie University. He holds a PhD in the field of Coastal Geoscience.In this episode, we find out more about peoples and businesses risks due to climate change..LinksRisk FrontiersMark Carney: Breaking the tragedy on the Horizon - Climate Change and Financial StabilityCSIRO - climate change models and research How to be good Socialwww.howtobegood.com.au InstagramFacebookLinkedInIf you like what we do and want to help us continue, please help us out by donating via Patreon; with two of the membership levels, we will also plant 3 or 5 trees monthly in your name.  Email us on: gareth@howtobegood.com.auanca@howtobegood.com.au
Part 2From rescuing abandoned dogs in Romania to rehoming a lion cub in South Africa, actor and Born Free Patron Dan Richardson is a compassionate voice for animals everywhere.Dan has a lifelong love of animals and an unrivalled dedication and commitment to Keep Wildlife in the Wild."My position as an actor with a public profile, albeit a relatively small one, affords me the great privilege of being able to get actively and directly involved with more conservation projects than might otherwise be possible," Dan says. "As long as there's cruelty and exploitation being inflicted on animals, I will be motivated to do everything I can to end it."In July 2018, Dan was a member of the Born Free team who relocated King the lion cub from his temporary home in Belgium to its big cat sanctuary in South Africa."King became a bit of a Born Free poster boy because the details of his tragic start in life affected us all so deeply," Dan explains. "The international collaboration that followed in conjunction with Natuurhulpcentrum in Belgium, Kenya Airways, Shamwari Private Game Reserve and others, is exemplary of how Born Free can operate and get the job done in the most complex and challenging circumstances."Beyond Born Free, Dan is also a Patron of Voice For Asian Elephants Society and Naturewatch Foundation and an Ambassador for the International Aid for the Protection & Welfare of Animals.Dan: "I know there are a huge number of people who share my passion for the cause. The only difference between them and me is that I'm in the public eye. They are just as much a hero as me or anyone else, and more importantly, without them and their continued efforts, we couldn't do this."LinksBorn FreeInternational Aid for the Protection & Welfare of AnimalsThe bitter Bond: Award-winning Short Film by Born Free FoundationBlood Lions FilmNarikos Voyage / Film Claws Out Please help with Dan's 20 X 50 challenge - and keep posted as we look to put together some challenges here in Perth too.  If you want to volunteer - Pod Volunteer - these people help make sure it's inspiring and ethical.How to be good Socialwww.howtobegood.com.au InstagramFacebookLinkedInIf you like what we do and want to help us continue, please help us out by donating via Patreon; with two of the membership levels, we will also plant 3 or 5 trees monthly in your name.  Email us on: gareth@howtobegood.com.auanca@howtobegood.com.au
Part 1From rescuing abandoned dogs in Romania to rehoming a lion cub in South Africa, actor and Born Free Patron Dan Richardson is a compassionate voice for animals everywhere.Dan has a lifelong love of animals and an unrivalled dedication and commitment to Keep Wildlife in the Wild."My position as an actor with a public profile, albeit a relatively small one, affords me the great privilege of being able to get actively and directly involved with more conservation projects than might otherwise be possible," Dan says. "As long as there's cruelty and exploitation being inflicted on animals, I will be motivated to do everything I can to end it."In July 2018, Dan was a member of the Born Free team who relocated King the lion cub from his temporary home in Belgium to its big cat sanctuary in South Africa."King became a bit of a Born Free poster boy because the details of his tragic start in life affected us all so deeply," Dan explains. "The international collaboration that followed in conjunction with Natuurhulpcentrum in Belgium, Kenya Airways, Shamwari Private Game Reserve and others, is exemplary of how Born Free can operate and get the job done in the most complex and challenging circumstances."Beyond Born Free, Dan is also a Patron of Voice For Asian Elephants Society and Naturewatch Foundation and an Ambassador for the International Aid for the Protection & Welfare of Animals.Dan: "I know there are a huge number of people who share my passion for the cause. The only difference between them and me is that I'm in the public eye. They are just as much a hero as me or anyone else, and more importantly, without them and their continued efforts, we couldn't do this."LinksFood for Thought DocumentaryBorn FreeInternational Aid for the Protection & Welfare of AnimalsThe bitter Bond: Award-winning Short Film by Born Free FoundationBlood Lions FilmNarikos Voyage / Film Claws Out Please help with Dan's 20 X 50 challenge - and keep posted as we look to put together some challenges here in Perth too.  If you want to volunteer - Pod Volunteer - these people help to make sure it's inspiring and ethical.How to be good Socialwww.howtobegood.com.au InstagramFacebookLinkedInIf you like what we do and want to help us continue, please help us out by donating via Patreon; with two of the membership levels, we will also plant 3 or 5 trees monthly in your name.  Email us on: gareth@howtobegood.com.auanca@howtobegood.com.auSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/howtobegood)
Our guest today is Extinction rebellion Member Heath Greville. She is a Public Health Researcher at UWA. Throughout her career, she was involved in setting up a housing cooperative in the mid-1980s; her first degree was in Chinese and Communications studies, then became a teacher and worked at the Centre for Aboriginal studies for most of the 1990’s in the Aboriginal Community Management and Development program. She worked in public health also and the Mental health Commission.She lived in China between 2014 and 2017, helping to start up a charity devoted to improving educational opportunities for children in rural villages using music and English language teaching. For 18 months, she lived in the province of Ningxia, which had recently re-located half a million people who were recognised as displaced off their farmlands due to climate change. That area has heated 2.6 degrees C above the pre-industrial average already. This is when the reality of climate change hit her.Moving back to Perth, WA, she joined Extinction Rebellion to continue her fight against climate change.To find out more about Extinction Rebellion, follow the link to the main page. You will also be able to find out if there is an extinction rebellion group close to you.LinksExtinction Rebellion Please read the Climate Health Report that Heath has recommended.If you live in Australia, please join us on the 22nd March and be a Rebel for Life. How to be good Socialwww.howtobegood.com.au InstagramFacebookLinkedInIf you like what we do and want to help us continue, please help us out by donating via Patreon; with two of the membership levels, we will also plant 3 or 5 trees monthly in your name.  Email us on: gareth@howtobegood.com.auanca@howtobegood.com.au
Today we have are very excited to have a member of Parliament join us.Soon after she was elected a Member of Parliament, Emma established and chaired a NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into the Use of Battery Cages for Hens in the Egg Production Industry, recommending a phase-out of battery cage hen farming in NSW. Emma has now established a second Inquiry into the Exhibition of exotic animals in circuses and the Exhibition of cetaceans in New South Wales, where she will serve as Deputy Chair.During her time in Parliament, Emma has also been a frequent opponent of Australian ag-gag laws, speaking out against the NSW Government's Right to Farm Bill and increased biosecurity legislation.Currently, Emma is spearheading a campaign against puppy farming and is writing legislation that will ban puppy farms in NSW. She has also been advocating for stricter penalties for acts of animal cruelty and for animals to be recognised as domestic violence victims in their own right.Products & services we discussed in this episode:  BooksOperation Sustainable by Chris MacdonaldHow not to die by DR Michael GregerHow to Survive a Pandemic by Dr Michael GregerAustralian Politics For DummiesHow to be good Socialwww.howtobegood.com.au InstagramFacebookLinkedInEmail us on: gareth@howtobegood.com.auanca@howtobegood.com.auSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/howtobegood)
Lindsay Lorusso, CEO and Founder of Nudnik. Her lifestyle and work revolve around circular economy and sustainability.She worked for 15 years in waste management & brought this vast knowledge to set up a no waste- upcycle- sustainable company with her twin sister. An active speaker & thought-leader on circular design and waste diversion.Nudnik transforms 100% organic cotton off-cut fabrics, end-of-roll threads and trims into contemporary kidswear that can be composted at the end of life.Fashion FactsIn most countries where garments are produced, toxic wastewaters from textiles factories are dumped directly into rivers; these contain substances such as lead, mercury, and arsenic. These are incredibly harmful to aquatic life & the health of the millions living by those rivers banks. The contamination also reaches the sea,  eventually spreads around the globe. Water contamination in fertilizers for cotton production, heavily pollute runoff waters & evaporation waters.It can take up to 200 tons of freshwater per ton of dyed fabric. Every time we wash synthetic garments, about 1,900 individual microfibers are released into the water, making their way into our oceans. Scientists have discovered that small aquatic organisms ingest those microfibers are then eaten by small fish, which are later eaten by bigger fish, introducing plastic in our food chain.A family in the western world throws away an average of 30 kg of clothing each year. Only 15% is recycled or donated, and the rest goes directly to the landfill or is incinerated. Synthetic fibres are used in 72% of our clothing and can take up to 200 years to decompose.The apparel industry accounts for 10% of global carbon emissions.Every year, thousands of hectares of endangered and ancient forests are cut down and replaced by plantations of trees used to make wood-based fabrics such as rayon, viscose, and modal.Products & services we discussed in this episode:  NudnikThe Paddy wax candles that Lindsay mentioned and that we fell in love with and ordered.Amazone link: Paddy Wax Candles The band Lindsay mentioned collaborating with: The Tragically HipAustralian Circular EconomyGIVEAWAY how to enter: Subscribe to our podcast Like and share: Nudnik Facebook Page How to be good Facebook or follow and tag a friend on How to be Good Instagram  and Nudnik InstagramWinner to be randomly drawn two weeks post-episode publish. How to be good Socialwww.howtobegood.com.au InstagramFacebookLinkedInEmail us on: gareth@howtobegood.com.auanca@howtobegood.com.auSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/howtobegood)
In this episode, we spoke to John Grimes, CEO of Smart Energy Council.He has been a pilot and officer in the Royal Navy, Later working as a diplomat representing the Australian government overseas, has founded companies and developed them to the point of being ASX listed. Now for the past 13 years, he has been the CEO of the Smart Energy Council, the national voice for smart energy. Where he and his team work with Federal and State Public Policy Makers in Australia, Renewable Energy Industry Regulators, Manufacturers and Contractors, Not for Profit Industrial Bodies, Investors, Media and training Organizations He is so very passionate about his work and what needs to be done to save this planet. For further details on the Smart Energy Council www.smartenergy.org.au Recommended Book Australian Politics for DummiesHow to be good Socialwww.howtobegood.com.au InstagramFacebookLinkedInEmail us on: gareth@howtobegood.com.auanca@howtobegood.com.auSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/howtobegood)
Concrete is the second most used substance on earth after water, and for this reason, it has a significant environmental impact. If it were a country, it would rank third for emissions after China and the US putting out roughly 8% of the worlds CO2. But let's not make concrete the bad guy. It is an incredibly versatile material. Civilisation was built on concrete, without it; we could not build our bridges, tunnels, infrastructure, or even homes. In this podcast, we have someone that is doing something about it.She is an environmental engineer, an inventor, and an entrepreneur. The owner and founder of several companies, working on notable projects such as the Dead Sea Preservation, water and wastewater infrastructures, developing wind energy high-efficiency harnessing devices and now working on a Patent pending technology activating waste for reuse in concrete production.Welcome, Tamara Mumcuoglu!For further details on EVA Ltd or to contact Tamara, please contact us. How to be good Socialwww.howtobegood.com.au InstagramFacebookLinkedInEmail us on: gareth@howtobegood.com.auanca@howtobegood.com.auSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/howtobegood)
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