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Want to be transported to a gorgeous fall day for a tour of a regular city yard where Lori and Keith Michaelson grow dozens of varieties of vegetables, beans, greens, berries, and even fruits in a city that gets only 120 frost-free days each year? It is an urban farm that not only produces food all year-round but is a connecting point for the community's kids and neighbors.It might surprise you, to find the variety of foods that can be produced from a garden in this climate and some of the edibles may also be new to you - Hosta sprouts anyone?For the full show notes, photos of the garden and even a few recipes head over here:
We know that Fair Trade is a certification system that helps to ensure social justice and environmental sustainability in the supply chain of common commodities, but how exactly does it do this and what are the standards that it upholds?In this interview with Editors Zack Gross, Sean McHugh and contributor Monika Firl, we get up close accounts of how the Fair Trade system provides us with coffee, tea, coca, chocolate and a myriad of other goods in a way that is fair and equitable for the farmers. We get a first-hand account of the difference that this can make in the farmers' lives and see how the Fair Trade system is a route to decolonization and climate justice.In his review of the book, Adam Sneyd, of the University of Guelph says, “Covering timely issues including decolonization and solidarity, climate change, and the impacts of new environmental, social, and governance criteria on global supply chains, The Fair Trade Handbook is an essential guide on the path that leads to a more sustainable and inclusive world.” This is high praise, but it also speaks to the reality of how enormous and wide-ranging the issues of trade can be.In this interview, we break it down to better understand what Fair Trade really means and how the average consumer can play a role, not just at the grocery store, but also in their religious group, campus community, town or city.For the full show notes head over to
So, can businesses be a part of the solution to social and environmental issues? Is there a bigger role for them to play beyond the tax revenues and employment they create? My guest Shaun Loney certainly thinks so, and he has worked with numerous start-up Social Enterprises showing that this model can actually deliver social and environmental outcomes more effectively than governments and without the old model of NGOs turning to funders for their operating budgets.It is a deeply creative and exciting new form of doing business that I am truly excited about. The integration of creating employment, developing skills, greening homes, and reducing poverty and inequalities is work worth doing. Shaun Loney and the Social Enterprises he has started with others, especially Indigenous partners is hopeful and positive in what it delivers.For the full episode notes head over here:
Many of us have children in our lives, whether they are our own kids, grandkids, nieces and nephews, or kids we work with, but we often want to help them enjoy nature and gain an appreciation for the beauty and wonder of the "real world", not just the one they see on screens.In this episode, I explore how to help mentor young children to connect with nature through activities with nature connection teacher specialist, Lauren MacLean.Lauren lives in British Columbia, Canada, with her own two young children and has spent years as a teacher and researcher looking at how to help young children explore the wonders of nature and their place in it. She gives us insights into specific activities that you can do with your class, children's group, or your own kids to allow them to connect, learn and grow in their understanding of the world, and our connection to all living things and the non-living processes that we rely on.We learn how to do a nature walk, incorporating activities like the "sit spot", and making the outdoors a part of your daily routine with children.For the full show notes head over to:
We know that the fashion industry is highly unsustainable with massive waste produced from our fast fashion, not to mention the carbon footprint of clothing and the often substandard working conditions, especially for women in garment factories. So, it is clear that we need to rethink our closets and bring sustainability into the industry.In this episode, I had the chance to chat with Anuradha Singh, a textile designer with two sustainable clothing lines. She wants to help people be able to make conscious choices with their clothing to be a part of the solution in fashion. And, when we support traditional and natural textile production, we support the families that have a hand in the farming, and craft of textile and garment production."I feel it carries the energy of the maker", says Singh. What a powerful way to think about how we can make a positive impact through our clothing choices.Head over here for the full show notes:
Eating whole foods - those that have not been processed or packaged, and that often are also local to us is the cornerstone of every healthy eating plan, and the bonus is that it is also really great for the planet. Eating whole foods and eating in season dramatically reduces the carbon emissions, waste, and plastic associated with our foods.Ok, we are sold, yes, it is the right thing to do for our bodies and for the planet. But, how exactly can I do this with my real-life constraints of time and money and other demands? That's where Getty Stewart comes in. She is a professional Home Economist and loves to help you eat these whole foods, and find ways to prepare them that are simple, flavourful, and good for your body!Head over here for the full show notes:
Permaculture is a term that comes from combining the words "permanent" and "agriculture", but it really goes far beyond that. Permaculture is a philosophy of producing food in a way that works with the landscape, nature and even regenerates what we have lost. It helps to build soil organic matter, retain moisture and nutrients and builds healthy and diverse ecosystems, all while producing food.It is a radical transformation back to what agriculture once was, and can be again, working in harmony with nature, rather than working against nature with large-scale mono-cultures and the dramatic reduction of biodiversity in most modern agricultural systems.Our guest today, Greg Peterson, has been deeply involved in developing systems for bringing permaculture and farming to the urban environment. He sees this as one of the keys to fixing our broken food systems and creating regenerative food production on a local scale. He is the host of the wildly successful podcast, The Urban Farm and he shares his insights into the importance of re-imagining our food systems and our very relationship with the earth.For full show notes:
This week I chat with Laura Durenberger of the Raising Eco Minimalists podcast and the blog Reduce Reuse Renew. I begin by asking her about the "renew" aspect that she covers on her blog that deals with anxiety and how this ties into her environmental actions.Laura talks about the relationship between reducing the physical and mental clutter and how this can also help play a role in reducing anxiety. As she says, it helps by "reducing things in your life to give space for other things", which strikes me as a very intentional and meaningful approach to minimalism.We talk about what living a minimalist lifestyle means, as it goes beyond just the Insta-worthy home photos, but rather, how it is a philosophy and how it can be lived out when raising young children, or even for those of us who like to help impart these values on the children in our lives.It's a great conversation, for the full show notes, head over here.
It can be so stressful trying to figure out the best actions to take to live a greener, more eco-conscious life. This is what sustainable wellbeing is all about. It means living better for yourself, your community, and for the planet. So, to help you figure out the best actions to take and get rid of that eco-guilt, I give you simple steps to get there!In this episode, I deliver the actions that you should take in the areas of:Reducing PlasticTaking Action on Climate ChangeProtecting Natural HabitatBuilding a Resilient CommunitySupporting Your Health and WellnessI show you what to do in each of these five areas to first get a quick win, then how to decide on intermediate and stretch goals to make an impact, no matter how much time you have or where you are at in your life. Whether it is a small act or a big systemic change, I show you how to take the steps to make it happen.For the full show notes head over to
Sometimes doing the hard thing, the thing that everyone else says can't be done, ends up being the thing that matters most. That's what Dr. Ryan Brook found by taking students out onto the tundra for their university course. He had been taught by some of the best wildlife biologists - the old school ones who believed in this crazy notion that students studying wildlife should do that -- in the wilderness. Even if it means logistical, financial, physical, and, of course, administrative challenges.What better way to learn about the intersection of people and animals in a place steeped in the history of Indigenous peoples, the fur trade, and early settlements alongside polar bears, caribou, wolves, and the unrelenting arctic wind off Hudson Bay? Find out about this remote and special place called Wapusk and why this university course ends up transforming lives.You can find the full show notes here:
Madhulika Choudhary returned home to India after many years of studying and living in Europe where she earned degrees in the fields of Political Science, Sociology, Gender and Development, and Social Education, and along the way she worked with vulnerable people bringing them employable skills and assisting with resettlement. When she returned to India, she inherited a plot of land in her family's ancestral village.She immediately knew that she wanted to do something with that land to help create employment and opportunity in the village, especially for women. Learn about the incredible transformations that she is seeing by rethinking a small plot of land, and breaking down social barriers.For the full show notes head over to:
Sure, we know that we need to breathe to live, but did you realize that different breathing techniques have proved benefits to help reduce stress and anxiety as well as improve sleep and mental focus? In this episode, I talk about how breath has helped me in certain difficult situations as well as how it can be useful in everyday living.We get into deep breathing, movement with breath, the use of breath in meditation, and some great energizing breathing exercises, as well as the science to back them up. Head over here for the full show notes, including links to some useful sites and apps.
We are in the midst of a very necessary paradigm shift, and one of the catalysts for this shift is the unlikely heroine, a young Swedish girl with Asperger's Syndrome, named Greta Thunberg. I bet you have heard her name before, but now we need to consider why her message has been so powerful and how we can be a part of this paradigm shift.Breakthroughs tend not to occur until our old frameworks for seeing the world fall away, either in big chunks or little by little. But it is imperative that they do for progress to occur. Let's talk about why and how we can each contribute to the evolution.Head over here for the full show notes:
It can be so difficult - wanting to live greener, and yet feeling like we are one of the only ones working on this crisis, like our actions won't make a difference, and that our friends and family just think we're weird. That all can feel really overwhelming. So, that's why I break down to best small actions that you can take for the biggest impact. To help you know that you are making a difference, that your actions matter, and that you are not alone!I show you how to get the biggest wins on fighting climate change, plastic pollution, toxins, biodiversity, and social injustice. There are important things that you can do to have an impact, and I guide you through it in this episode.For the full show notes, head over to
I had a great chat with Kimberly McFerron, Pre and Post Natal Therapeutic Exercise and Education Specialist. We talk about the challenges of how overwhelming it can be for pregnant women and new parents and how the issues of sustainability and health are a real concern. Unfortunately, many couples end up purchasing so many products that they don't need which just end up in the landfill a short time later.Kimberly gives concrete advice on what to focus on during the pregnancy as well as her top 4 picks for what new parents should consider when thinking about sustainable living and wellbeing.Head over here for the full show notes and links mentioned.
This week I get to chat with online Sustainable Influencer and Thrift Stylist AK Bryan, owner of AK Wears Things. She gets into some of the problems of the fast fashion industry, and how she came to realize that she needed to be a part of the solution. So now she runs what I consider to be a "Deep Green" online clothing company that reprints used T-shirts and has other highly sustainable fashion and even jewelry.AK breaks down what we should be considering when purchasing something new, and how to best care for our clothing to make sure that it lasts, and doesn't shed microplastics into the environment. She also gives us a step-by-step process for going through our closets to make the most of what we already own. It is really useful for anyone wanting to live greener and be a more conscious consumer.Head over here for the full show notes!
In this episode, we get into the details of the global crisis of plastic pollution. I talk about the first mentions of the Great Pacific Garbage by Captain Charles Moore, and what it looked like to him as someone familiar with traveling on the ocean. I get into the numbers of how much plastic is being produced and where it is ending up - the numbers are going to surprise you!I talk about what happens to plastic in sunlight - yes, it breaks down, but into smaller bits of plastic. So, these microplastics are now ubiquitous in the environment. They are in animals, in water, in the air, and even in our bodies now! What will this mean for human health? I talk about the top ways to avoid consuming microplastics.Well, what about some hope? Yes, The New Plastics Economy initiative brings together stakeholders and innovators from all sectors to find a common vision for plastics, one where we reduce the plastics in use, where we innovate to recycle, reuse or compost the plastics that we do need, and where we circulate the plastics that we do use to keep them in the economy and out of the environment.Finally, I sort out the plastics terminology that can be confusing including. eco-plastics, biodegradable plastics, bio-plastics, and compostable plastics. Be careful! Some of these sound great but are far from it!Head over to the full show notes here.
Why are children more vulnerable to environmental contaminants? It turns out that children are not just small adults, they have a number of behavioral and physical factors that actually put them at greater risk than adults to environmental contaminants.This includes the fact that kids are still growing and developing. Their nervous systems, brains, and reproductive systems continue to grow and develop into early adulthood and are more susceptible to damage from man-made chemicals.They also have behaviors such as the foods and non-foods that they eat that put them at greater risk and other factors. Find out more in this episode!Check out our blog HERE
In this episode, I have the opportunity to chat with the wonderful and innovative creators behind the Climate Illustrated project. They are collecting stories about climate change and people's connection to nature and then bring the stories to the world through illustrations, shared on social media.
In this episode, we get into the issues of what impact our food has on the planet and it is a long list! We look at how this relates to environmental degradation, loss of habitat, chemicals in the environment, animal welfare, and what it means for our bodies. But don't worry, I give you the BIG 4 actions that you can take today to eat better for the planet - and for your body. And guess what, it means MORE, not less!For the full show notes head over to
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