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Earlier this year, Southern Queensland and Northern New South Wales in Australia received more than a year's worth of rainfall in a week. One town, Gympie had its highest flood in over a century with over 1,000 properties completely submerged in water.  The Insurance Council has reported that the actual claims costs from 197,000 claims across both states is estimated to have cost $3.35 billion in insured losses. It is a devastating time for these communities and unfortunately we're dealing with this natural disaster as we always have. Little to no government support and like for like building replacements which are costly, unsafe and ineffective for changing weather patterns.  So what else can we do?  Well I'm delighted to invite Brett Mckenzie, CEO of Sustainable back to the podcast with a very insightful look into what it takes to build and rebuild for resilience.  Brett and his team are renowned for building with nature rather than against using a 25-year lifecycle model. Sustainable constructed a property during the 2020 pandemic called the "Hidden Gem" in Fingal Head, whose tailored build survived four floods. It stands as an example of what's possible but Brett delves a little deeper today into the opportunity for a restructure of local government, incentives for rebuilding for the future and redesigning and moving entire communities from disaster prone areas - it's certainly possible.   I hope you find value in today's episode.  Brett and I spoke last year on Building Sustainable Communities. You can listen to that episode here. You can also visit Sustainble's website or connect with Brett on LinkedIn to learn more about their work.
In 2009, a documentary called The Cove was released to expose the not so secret annual capture and slaughter of dolphins in Taiji, Japan. Today, 13 years on, animal activist groups continue to fight to close The Cove and its hellish hunt practice including Hannah Tait, CEO of Action for Dolphins who joins me on the podcast today. Hannah and I discuss the controversial drive hunt method of dolphins that sees them cruelly slaughtered in what is excused as cultural tradition. For the dolphins that do survive after the traumatic event, they will find themselves separated from their families and transported to marine parks across the globe - alone, confined and subject to entertaining humans daily until their death.  Sound horrific? It is...and while animal welfare is discussed today along with what actually happens over on the shores of Taiji, Hannah also reveals all of the incredible activism in progress to stop the hunt and how we can help.  Dolphins live rich, social lives in the wild - let’s keep them there.  To learn more about Action for Dolphins please visit their website here and you can also sign the petition You can watch The Cove documentary on Stan in Australia or see other platforms for streaming in your country. https://watchdocumentaries.com/the-cove/
As the destruction of natural resources and the carbon emissions generated from the fossil fuel industry continue to accelerate climate change, we are all at risk of losing our lives and our land with our indigenous and frontline communities at the most vulnerable. Air pollution, temperature and sea level rise are wreaking havoc globally and in Australia, we unfortunately are moving at a poor pace to renewable energy despite being a country rich in natural resources to do so. Today, my guest Jacynta Fa'amau is a Samoan Artivist based in Melbourne, Australia and is the Pacific Region Campaign Specialist with 350.org. She had been a part of the Pacific Climate Warriors network since the 2014 Canoe Blockade in Newcastle, NSW. In 2018 she joined the 350 Australia team as the National Organiser and Lead Trainer, and served as a member of the Council of Elders for the Pacific Climate Warriors Diaspora region. Jacynta and I delve into the damaging industry that is fossil fuels and the sometimes-frustrating inaction of those accountable but also find refuge in the communities and countries who are responding to the fight with inspiring projects of climate resilience and ethical energy solutions. Jacynta also reminds us of the power of storytelling in the fight against climate change and it’s never been so critical. I hope you enjoy and find value in today’s episode. You can learn more at 350.org Other useful sources Jacynta mentions are Marketforces and you can read about the Pacific’s Tokelau Nation that that runs 100% on renewable energy.
Losing rainforests continues to wreak havoc on our climate and world leaders (yet again) have pledged to end deforestation. But waiting for policy makers is never the solution and today I sought to speak to someone who is doing ground work on reforestation.  I came across a brilliant charity, ReForest Now and am delighted to bring you my conversation with their CEO and Co-Founder, Maximo Bottaro.  ReForest Now is a young and fast-growing charity in Byron Bay and as their name suggests, they are working tirelessly to rewild bare paddocks to much needed rainforest cover in Australia.  Since 2018, the team has grown to 29 employees and they are on their way to achieve planting 250,000 trees by the end of 2021. The organisation is diversified into several categories of environmental work including rainforest nursery tree planting, bush regeneration, maintenance and partnership teams.  Like many people, I knew the basics around rainforests - they absorb carbon, produce oxygen, cool the planet, house animals but today, Maximo delves into the fascinating science behind rainforests and their ability to truly stabilise the climate.  Today Maximo takes us behind the scenes of ReForest Now and hot to design and protect a rainforest. We discuss the charity's incredible achievements in such a small amount of time and how they remain accountable to their donors. Maximo has a refreshing take on climate change activism as we discuss how we are all responsible to be of service to our environment.  I hope you enjoy today's episode with Maximo. He brings so much value to the climate conversation today and I hope it might encourage a new respect and desire to protect our much needed rainforests. You can find out more about ReForest Now through their website and even get involved with tree planting.  You'll can also connect with them on Facebook or Instagram.
Aligning your your passion with meaningful change in the world is not an easy feat but it is definitely achievable as demonstrated by today’s guest, Holly Budge. Holly is a working adventurer, an Everest summiteer (the first woman to skydive Everest) along with the founder and leader of international non profit, How Many Elephants and World Female Ranger Day to support female rangers in wildlife conservation.   Holly has raised over £400,000 for environmental projects with her charity working to educate a worldwide audience about the devastating impacts of the African elephant ivory trade. Today on the podcast, we discuss some confronting statistics around elephant poaching plus Holly’s on the ground experiences with all female ranger teams, Akashinga and The Black Mambas in Africa.  Holly’s intuition, patience and drive has helped her to create a life where her work and her passion align with purpose and she hopes to encourage all of to think big and dream bigger.  You can contact or invite Holly to speak at your event at hollybudge.com  You can learn more or support her charity at How Many Elephants and find out how to get involved in World Female Ranger Day 2022.  All social handles are below:  How Many Elephants Facebook    Instagram Twitter World Female Ranger Day  Facebook Twitter Instagram  
Today I am delighted to invite back Dr Leonardo Guida, Marine Biologist and Senior Shark Campaigner at Australian Marine Conservation Society. Leo discusses outdated culling technology and the recent whale net entanglements that have seen mainstream media provide coverage of this cruel and outdated "protection" system. He also reveals the physical distress and sometimes death that a shark will endure when caught at no fault of their own - by just being a wild animal. We also discuss the likelihood of our interaction with a shark and what measures are out there to help. We also get an update from Leo on current campaign success, discuss his contribution to documentary, Envoy - Shark Cull and we do a little dreaming about what ocean policies he would change tomorrow if he could.  I hope you enjoy the episode.  You can connect with Leo on Twitter and learn more and put your support behind sharks through Australian Marine Conservation Society and Shark Champions.  If you haven't already, watch Envoy-Shark Cull and hear and see the research for yourself. 
Today I am delighted to invite back Lawrence Chlebeck, Marine Biologist and Senior Shark Campaigner at Humane Society International.  Lawrence reveals the reasons why shark nets are so ineffective as we discuss recent life-endangering net entanglements involving migrating whales and other marine life. He breaks down the outdated technology currently used in Australian waters and what we can do instead. We also get an update from Lawrence on current campaign success, discuss his contribution to documentary, Envoy - Shark Cull and we do a little dreaming about what ocean policies he would change tomorrow if he could.  I hope you enjoy the episode.  You can connect with Lawrence on Twitter and learn more and put your support behind sharks through Humane Society International and Shark Champions.  If you haven't already, watch Envoy-Shark Cull and hear and see the research for yourself. 
As travel borders begin to open across the globe, many of us have a new mindset post-pandemic - an environmental mindset as we couldn't deny that the slowing of transport and production industries and human activity during lockdowns saw the earth recover some of our damage. So when it comes to travel, how can we more more considerate of the environment when choosing our destinations, our method of transport or the activities we participate in on the ground?  Well, I'm delighted to introduce you to today's guest who will reveal if there is truly a way to reduce our carbon footprint and travel lighter and travel better.  Dr. Susanne Etti is the Environmental Impact Specialist at Intrepid Travel. Susanne leads Intrepid's climate action work including carbon performance, reporting and transitioning the business to the low carbon economy. So if you're feeling a little eco guilt about your next flight, or you want to find out how you can offset your trip or take the steps to travel more responsibly, and give back, today's episode is for you. You can visit Intrepid Travel and book your next carbon neutral trip on their website or learn more about their Climate Change commitments here. You can also follow Susanne on Twitter to stay updated. 
Our planet depends on a future where sustainable design is prioritised. A single use economy has never made sense with human consumption of the earth’s natural resources at an all-time high. So, every industry, including design has a responsibility to consider how they create: from material to production and ensuring high quality products with the longest, most sustainable life cycle.   So I’m delighted to bring you today’s guest, Marlene Bruch who is the Co-Founder and Designer of PIZZycle and she is also the curator of the sustainable design news page, Green Designs. Marlene studied at HfG Offenbach in Germany where PIZZycle, a reusable and recyclable pizza box was developed through her own observations of the rise of single use takeaway containers during the pandemic. Marlene and the team are currently exhibiting PIZZycle at trade shows and it has recently relaunched with a new design ready for production. As a design student, Marlene’s passion for promoting and creating purposeful climate conscious designs is so encouraging as we discuss the current status of the industry, ethical materials, the circular economy, and of course behind the scenes of PIZZycle. I hope you enjoy the episode. You can visit PIZZycle on their website to learn more and follow Green Designs to stay updated on sustainable projects across the globe.
Lions. Commonly referenced as strong, powerful, and magnificent creatures are under threat. Alone, they cannot continue to roam through the African Savannah populating and living as they are entitled to. Numbers are dwindling with lions targeted by the bushmeat trade, loss of habitat and human encroachment. According to today’s guest, lion numbers half halved in the last quarter century with an estimated 20,000 left in the wild. So today, we’re off to Africa and I’m honoured to host Peter Lindsey, life-long wildlife conservationist and Director of The Lion Recovery Fund. The Lion Recovery Fund’s goal is to double the number of lions by 2050 through their science-based structure which invests in protecting landscapes designed to grow lion populations and other African wildlife by providing resources and education for coexistence between wildlife and the local community. In four short years, Peter and his team have had incredible success, funding a host of population and habitat projects across their rescue, recover and retain structure. And what they've set up is very transparent with every dollar accounted for and invested in conservation. I hope you enjoy the episode. You can donate or learn more about The Lion Recovery Fund through their website or connect with them on social media below:  Twitter Facebook Instagram        
Eco-anxiety, climate fear or climate grief are common terms used to define how as humans, many of us are responding to the ecological crisis.  It is well documented that climate change is having a negative effect on our health and mental well-being. It is important to recognise how we are feeling about the future of our planet and normalise these feelings.  Today, I’m welcoming climate therapists, Andrew Bryant and Alexandra Woollacott to the podcast. Andrew is a clinical social worker, psychotherapist and co-director of North Seattle Therapy and Counselling and Alexandra originally from Australia is a practising psychotherapist and training psychoanalyst based in Seattle. Andrew and Alexandra bring so much value in today’s episode on their experiences in the climate change space. They offer solid strategies on ways to cope if you are feeling overwhelmed or discouraged. We look at ways to be creative with small daily behaviours that are good for the planet and yourself and of course, who to reach out to if you need support.  We are all part of an environment that needs protecting and we can start from within. I trust today’s episode will bring you comfort, calm and above all - hope.  You can further explore resources on this topic through Andrew's website Climate and Mind or contact him through North Seattle Therapy & Counselling.  Alexandra can be contacted through her therapy practice. 
The global cosmetics industry alone produces over 120 billion units of packaging almost every year, which is non recyclable. Add to that animal testing, toxic ingredients, shipping, overproduction, and as a consumer, you can feel overwhelmed about making a positive purchase in this space. But you definitely can. Today, my guest brings encouragement and possibility on how her small beauty company grew by putting people and the planet first and is now the producer of one of Australia's most natural, ethical and globally accredited product lines. Briony Kennedy is the founder of Adorn Cosmetics - a guilt free natural and organic makeup and skincare company. They're proudly vegan, cruelty free, Australian made and free from toxins and allergens.  On today's episode, Briony and I go behind the scenes on how to create ethical products from the onset discussing the earth's resources, natural ingredients, refillable packaging and more. The message is loud that there is a huge opportunity for the beauty industry to do more and lessen their part in plastic pollution, and even stop producing products that were never designed to be on our skin. I hope you enjoy today's episode. You can learn more on Adorn's ethos and shop through their website or connect with the team on the below social channels.  Facebook Instagram YouTube
We are in the thick of a digital movement. Our screens are a core part of our daily lives and have served us well during the pandemic where the world was forced home and we sought to connect with loved ones, work colleagues, and even leaned on digital entertainment to help those lockdown days go a little faster. And there is no doubt that online activity will continue to rise. But at what cost to the environment? Today, I explore this question with my guest, Dr Mike Hazas who is a Professor in Human-Computer Interaction at Uppsala University, Sweden.  Mike's research is concerned with everyday practices and digital technologies, and how they can be related to sustainability in particular energy demand and carbon emissions. Much of his recent work has focused on the proliferation of online services such as streaming social networking, gaming, and their invisible impacts due to the internet and data centres. We discuss the environmental impacts of our digital footprint from zoom calls to streaming, gaming and all the activities that require high energy demands. It's also a reminder of how we can be conscious of how we spend time online. Ways we can extend the life of our devices and our part to play in this space.  You can connect with Mike at Uppsala University or on LinkedIn Below are some further links on this topic where Mike's comment was sought via the media.  WLRN 91.3FM Miami, South Florida BBC News Metro News
As travel borders begin to open post pandemic, some of us might be planning our first holiday in quite a while. On that itinerary might be a wild animal attraction and today we discuss how to ensure we are travelling responsibly when it comes to animal livelihood. Animals globally are suffering at the hand of the tourism industry through degrading entertaining, living conditions, cruel training methods and trauma from their captivity. It’s important to remember that not all wild animal attractions are as pleasant as they may seem and to help me explore this topic today is World Animal Protection’s season campaigner and spokesperson, Ben Pearson. Ben has more than 24 years of experience advocating for their environment and one of his key campaigns is exposing the hidden cruelties of wildlife tourism, educating Australia and Kiwi travellers and working with tour operators to reduce captive wildlife encounters with the goal of ensuring that wild animals aren't exploited for entertainment. Today's conversation discusses some really encouraging advocacy, but also covers details on animal cruelty that some listeners may find distressing. But I hope you'll still be able to listen and be part of this critical conversation. Ben and I will explore some of the animals that are at the hand of abuse and cruelty in the travel space and how they find themselves there. We then learn how we can avoid contributing to this industry, and be part of the global goal of only encountering animals in the wild living the lives that they were meant to. I hope you enjoy the episode. You can visit World Animal Protection and learn about their work, donate or find out more on being an animal friendly traveller. You can also connect with them on the below social channels: Instagram Twitter YouTube
It can be hard to find a green retreat in a concrete-laden city but never before has it been so critical to invite nature back in. Urban temperatures are rising at an alarming rate, air pollution continues to wreak havoc on our health and our biodiversity is dying. Our built environment is actually a very suitable foundation to rewild our cities by implementing green walls, rooftop gardens, tree canopy and carbon sequestering green highway corridors. If we do this on scale - as my guest describes it as today - we may just have a chance at reversing some of the damage we've done in building cities that have long worked against nature. Today I speak to Suzie Barnett who is the General Manager of Junglefy who research, grow, design install and maintain living infrastructure. Suzie is passionate about restorative, resilient cities and innovative ways to reconnect people to nature to create greater health and wellbeing. We discuss the power of plants, projects in the works, green technology and just how beneficial and critical living infrastructure is to our livelihood. It's a very informative and research fuelled conversation which I hope you will enjoy.  You can visit Junglefy on their website or email them at info@junglefy.com.au for more information. Suzie is also chair of biophilic design at The Living Future Institute of Australia which you can explore. Junglefy are also on Instagram and Twitter  Some projects discussed today: One Central Park Bosco Verticale Urban Forest Beulah's Green Spine  
Food Forests are responding to food security and local food production in cities across the globe. Today, I’ve reached out to The Conservation Fund and one of their community projects which is the Urban Food Forest at Browns Mill, Atlanta. It is currently one of the largest food forests in the US spanning 7.1 acres and is only a few kilometres from the city centre. This wonderful project is described by the fund as “Agriforestry” which uses agriculture that integrates trees and shrubs with food production to create healthy and ecologically resilient landscapes. Introducing us to the food forest and its success in the community is Kelsi Eccles. Kelsi is the fund's Urban Conservation Communications Manager, and primarily focuses on building capacity for community groups and expanding green space through equitable Park development under the Parks with Purpose program. Today she is taking us into the edible food forest to detail this project, how it's come together and is serving a beautiful community whilst responding to local food production, food insecurity, education, and of course some much needed carbon sequestering to the city. It is a pioneering project which can be implemented in smaller green areas and is a wonderful addition to cities which continue to lose critical, natural spaces. You can find out more about the The Conservation Fund, the food forest and other projects through their website or support them through Trees Atlanta. You can also reach out to them on their social channels below. Facebook Instagram YouTube I hope you enjoy the episode.
What would you sacrifice to stand up for nature?  Imagine liquidating everything you owned, leaving where you live, the people you know and love to respond to nature’s desperate call in the African wilderness.  This is the story of Damien Mander, the Founder and CEO of the International Anti-Poaching Foundation. Damien was born in Australia and is now based in Zimbabwe, and is an Iraq War Veteran who served as a naval clearance diver and Special Operations sniper for the Australian Defence Force.  Following a few catalyst moments on an African adventure trip where he witnessed poacher violence to an ivory-stripped elephant and a pregnant buffalo, Damien knew he was about to embark on a fight bigger than one he’d ever fought at war and what today has become his life’s work.  Thirteen years later, the IAPF formed in 2009, have over 240 employees protecting over 20 million acres of African wilderness. He also formed Akashinga, “The Brave Ones” - an all female, plant-based anti-poaching unit who are bringing heart and empathy to this fight and are succeeding.  Damien remains hopeful and his dedication to wildlife conservation is incredibly powerful and inspiring to listen to. The work he and the team do is critical to the future of some of nature’s most beautiful creatures, biodiversity, the local community and in turn, climate change. I speak to Damien today about his personal transformation from hunter and sniper to vegan and animal activist. We discuss the remarkable women of Akashinga and the promising future of the IAPF. I hope you enjoy the episode. You can learn more about the IAPF on their website or follow them on some of the below social channels for news and to witness the day-to-day work of this dedicated team of wildlife warriors. Instagram YouTube Twitter
Today on the podcast Angela is flying solo and discussing ways you can be a daily activist for the environment.  She details her own routine and things she's learned and adopted from guests on PROTECT during its last three seasons.  From animal activism, veganism, zero waste and treading lightly and resourcefully every day.  Activism looks different for everyone and it's important to remember when it comes to the environment is that it's not a trend or a phase. It's an ongoing commitment to Mother Nature, to people and to animals. I hope you enjoy the episode and let me know what you think over on Twitter or Instagram ~ Angela 
When COVID-19 forced the world to stop, our natural world breathed a sigh of relief. Cities were quiet, air pollution dropped and birdsong could be heard outside an apartment window. Bodies of water tarnished by human activity returned to their beautiful blue hues. However, it was also the change in people during the pandemic who found a new respect for Mother Nature and the climate crisis was as clear as ever.  Today's guest, global futurist Victoria Redshaw brings us a thoughtful and inspiring conversation where she details these societal changes and how consumers, designers, creators and retailers are moving forward and have been redirected by a pandemic into a future where nature is truly at the forefront. Victoria is the Lead Futurist at trend forecasting agency Scarlet Opus, who are dedicated to providing trend forecasting services to the interiors sector internationally, and are headquartered in the UK. Victoria and I move into a larger conversation on a return to naturalness, zero-waste materials, the environmental mindset of consumers, the circular economy and just how we got to this exciting place and will evolve from here.  On a very deep and physical level, I think there's a widespread appreciation, a realisation even that we're just a small part of a much bigger ecosystem, and that we need to live in harmony with nature ~ Victoria Redshaw, Scarlet Opus.  I hope you enjoy the episode! Learn More You can reach out to Victoria and her team for more information at Scarlet Opus or on their social platforms below. Instagram Facebook Twitter  
Wildlife conservation, protecting forests, fighting off poachers and armed militia is just a day in the life for a wildlife ranger.  Except many of them don't have the training, the equipment, the remuneration or the protection to do their job safely and successfully.  From homicides, to animal conflict to natural disasters, some of the rangers die on the frontline protecting the animals and spaces we love. Over 1,000 rangers have been killed in the line of duty in the past 10 years and standing behind these fallen rangers and their families is The Thin Green Line Foundation.  A foundation that Protects Nature’s Protectors by providing vital support to Park Rangers and their communities who are the front-line of conservation. They work predominantly in developing nations and conflict zones, and with Indigenous Park Rangers within Australia and abroad. Today I speak to The Thin Green Line Foundation's Founder and Director, Sean Willmore, also a former Australian park ranger who has travelled to and worked with rangers in over 50 countries on six continents, where he has been ambushed, held at gunpoint, charged by elephants and avoided armed military.  Today he shares the stories of the Rangers, what really happens on the frontline and the ongoing challenges and anxiety they are subject to in order to stand by our wildlife.  Our conversation has some really inspiring stories from the frontline but there is also information on ranger livelihood and violence they've encountered that some listeners may find distressing. If this episode connects with you and you have the means to give, you can donate directly to The Thin Green Line Foundation here.  Or help us spread the word, share the stories and their fight and help us stand up and honour the people doing this dangerous yet critical work #westandwiththeworldsrangers Find Thin Green Line on the below social platforms.  Facebook Instagram YouTube
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