Green Dreamer: Sustainability and Regeneration From Ideas to Life

By Kamea Chayne

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If we're headed down a path that's leading us to environmental degradation, dehumanization, and disconnection from the things that matter most, simultaneously endangering our earth's clean water, clean air, and biodiversity, then we must ask boldly: What for? Illuminating our paths to ecological regeneration, intersectional sustainability, and true abundance and wellness for all, Green Dreamer with Kamea Chayne is a podcast and multimedia journal for those who are yearning to live with vitality and fulfillment and who are dreaming of a thriving planet to call home. Subscribe and listen to inspiring conversations featuring changemakers including Adrian Grenier of Lonely Whale Foundation, zero waste pioneer Bea Johnson, Earthjustice's Abigail Dillen, food waste activist Tristram Stuart, Leah Penniman of Soul Fire Farm, 1% For the Planet's Kate Williams, and more. If you’re new here and are unsure where to start, sign up to our EMBARK newsletter to get our top 21 episodes recommended to you: www.GreenDreamer.com/embark

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259) Shubhendu Sharma: Using cultural and historical knowledge to support regenerative reforestation
42:50

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Shubhendu Sharma is an industrial engineer turned reforestation expert. He's the founder of Afforestt, which is a social enterprise based in New Delhi and Bangalore, India that is committed to bringing back maintenance-free, native forests using the renowned Miyawaki method of reforestation.

In this podcast episode, Shubhendu sheds light on the intricacies that go into regenerative reforestation efforts, which go beyond just planting trees and consider various contexts, such as the history and culture of a region; how scarcity is a human construct because when our ecosystems are functioning as they should, they inherently hold regenerative capacities to recreate abundance; and more.

 

Featured music of the month: Alive in the Wilderness by Endless Field

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Aug 10, 2020
258) Judith D. Schwartz: Healing the water cycle to restore climate and ecological balance
47:57

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Judith D. Schwartz is a journalist who focuses on nature-based solutions to global environmental, economic, and social challenges. She is the author of Cows Save the Planet, Water in Plain Sight: Hope for a Thirsty World, and the new book The Reindeer Chronicles.

In this podcast episode, Judy (featured originally in episode 130) sheds light on why we need to look beyond how much water we use to the water cycle itself when talking about water scarcity and conservation; why we need to understand and address climate change through the lens of water—and not just carbon dioxide; and more.

 

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Aug 06, 2020
257) Margaret Klein Salamon: The psychology of influencing change and facing the climate emergency
42:10

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Margaret Klein Salamon is a clinical psychologist turned climate warrior, the founder of The Climate Mobilization, and the author of Facing the Climate Emergency: How to Transform Yourself with Climate Truth.

In this podcast episode, Margaret sheds light on some of the psychological phenomena that explain why our public response to climate change hasn't reflected the urgency that it warrants; why the environmental movement's fear of making people feel fear when it comes to telling the truth about our ecological breakdown has been misguided; and more.

 

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Aug 03, 2020
256) Kevin Wilhelm: Finding common ground in the age of a global pandemic and climate change
45:23

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Kevin Wilhelm is the CEO of Sustainable Business Consulting and the author of How to Talk to the Other Side: Finding Common Ground in the Time of Coronavirus, Recession, and Climate Change. 

In this podcast episode, Kevin sheds light on how we can most effectively talk to people outside of this sustainability bubble to scale our positive impact; how we can put aside our differences in the name of furthering our common goals of healthy communities, healthy environments, and safe spaces for everyone; and more.

 

Featured music of the month: Yarrow by Kim Anderson

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Jul 30, 2020
255) Natalie Bogwalker: Building resilience with permaculture and primitive skills
41:55

Natalie Bogwalker is the visionary, founder, and director behind Wild Abundance, a homesteading, permaculture, building, and gardening school near Asheville North Carolina. Natalie and the writer for Wild Abundance, Chloe, recently launched an online gardening school for people who want to grow their own food. 

In this podcast episode, Natalie sheds light on her online gardening course, which has been especially relevant as people are learning to grow their own foods amidst COVID-19; how her off-grid lifestyle has been affected by our current pandemic, which has disrupted the livelihoods of so many people reliant on our globalized food system and global supply chains for our daily consumer goods; and more.

 

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Jul 27, 2020
254) Rob Hopkins: Practicing eco-visualizations to go "from what is to what if"
39:24

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Rob Hopkins is a cofounder of Transition Town Totnes and Transition Network and the author of From What Is to What If?, The Power of Just Doing Stuff, The Transition Handbook, and The Transition Companion. 

In this podcast episode, Rob sheds light on how we can use visualization practices to fuel our activism work; what transition towns are and how they've been working towards decarbonization in their own culturally and bioregionally appropriate ways; and more.

 

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Jul 23, 2020
253) Aditi Mayer: Decolonizing fashion and going beyond the tokenism of diversity
44:19

Aditi Mayer is a photographer, journalist, and sustainable fashion blogger whose work explores the intersections of style, sustainability, and social justice. Her platform, Adimay, looks at the fashion industry through a lens of decolonization and intersectional feminism.

For the past two years, Aditi has been working closely with Los Angeles garment workers to address and organize against labor exploitation in LA.

In this podcast episode, Aditi sheds light on how our modern fashion industry still reflects its colonial history and what the decolonization of fashion may look like; what the pandemic has revealed of the pre-existing injustices and exploitation embedded within the industry; and more.

 

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Jul 20, 2020
252) Harriet A. Washington [PART 2]: Understanding the 'deadly monopolies' of the medical-industrial-complex
26:39

Harriet A. Washington is an award-winning medical writer and editor, and the author of the best-selling book, Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present. She is also the author of the notable book, A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and its Assault on the American Mind. In her work, Harriet focuses mainly on bioethics, the history of medicine, African-American health issues, and the intersection of medicine, ethics, and culture.

In this podcast episode (which is PART 2 of our two-part conversation—listen to part 1 in episode 251), Harriet sheds light on what the medical-industrial-complex is and how it's crossing the lines in finding things to capitalistically profit off of; how public health threats to people of color really should concern everybody in society; and more.

 

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Jul 16, 2020
251) Harriet A. Washington [PART 1]: How environmental racism persists with de facto segretation
34:31

Harriet A. Washington is an award-winning medical writer and editor, and the author of the best-selling book, Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present. She is also the author of the notable book, A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and its Assault on the American Mind. In her work, Harriet focuses mainly on bioethics, the history of medicine, African-American health issues, and the intersection of medicine, ethics, and culture.

In this podcast episode (which is PART 1 of our two-part conversation), Harriet sheds light on why environmental injustice is not just a matter socioeconomic status, but also about race; how standardized tests such as the IQ test, created by the western education system based on the things that the western culture values, have been used as tools to perpetuate institutionalized injustice; and more.

 

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Jul 13, 2020
250) Jerry Yudelson: Sustaining activism through cultivating a practice of eco-spirituality
36:57

Jerry Yudelson is an engineer and the author of 12 professional books in the field of green building and sustainable development, including his latest book, The Godfather of Green: An Eco-Spiritual Memoir. Jerry was also a co-founder of the first Earth Day in 1970.

In this podcast episode, Jerry sheds light on his experience as a long-time environmental activist and what we can learn from the past decades of the environmental movement; how he sees the relationship between spirituality, mindfulness, and sustainability; and more.

 

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Jul 09, 2020
249) James McSweeney: Closing the loop of 'food waste' with community-scale composting
43:05

James McSweeney is an educator, the owner of Compost Technical Services, and the author of Community-Scale Composting Systems: A Comprehensive Practical Guide for Closing the Food System Loop and Solving Our Waste Crisis.

In this podcast episode, James sheds light on our so-called 'food waste' crisis, the challenges we face in implementing decentralized composting systems and scaling composting facilities; and more.

 

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Jul 06, 2020
248) Maxine Bédat: Setting new standards for 'sustainability' in the fashion industry
39:48

Maxine Bédat is the founder and director of the New Standard Institute, which is an information platform that seeks to bring together and accelerate existing sustainability efforts in the fashion industry and ensure that strong science and data drive change in the sector.

Prior to New Standard Institute, Maxine co-founded and was the CEO of Zady, a fashion company that was named one of the world’s “Most Innovative Companies” in retail by Fast Company for its work in sustainability.

In this podcast episode, Maxine sheds light on how the New Standard Institute is going about setting a new standard for the fashion industry, especially when words such as sustainable and eco-friendly are not standardized and often are used as a greenwashing tool; why recycled microplastic fibers used in so-called ‘eco’ athletic wear or swimwear, might not be as eco-friendly as it's made out to be; and more.

 

Featured music: The Fruitful Darkness  by Trevor Hall

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Jul 02, 2020
247) Tilke Elkins: Cultivating place-based relationships through wild botanical and mineral pigments
44:09

Tilke Elkins is a multi-media social practice artist, and founder of Wild Pigment Project, an organization that promotes ecological balance and regenerative economies through a passion for wild pigments, their places of origin, and their cultural histories.

Tilke learned the power of art to effect social change through internships with Bread & Puppet Theater in Vermont, and More Gardens in NYC, which champions and protects community gardens. She was the creative director and illustrator for All-Round, ‘a radical magazine for children ages one to 100 and up,’ and has been a youth mentor for ‘unschooling’ teens since 2001. 

In this podcast episode, Tilke sheds light on how synthetic pigments came to dominate the industry of color; how working with place-based, wild-harvested pigments transforms our perceptions of color as consumers, creatives, or as artists; and more.

 

Featured music: The Fruitful Darkness  by Trevor Hall

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Jun 29, 2020
246) William Defebaugh: Exploring the intricate balance between the flourishing and decay of life
39:04

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William Defebaugh is the editor of the environmental magazine, Atmos, a storyteller, and astrology teacher who is passionate about using ancient practices to understand nature as the divine mirror.

In this podcast episode, William sheds light on what it means to understand nature as a divine mirror; what we can learn from the inevitable relationship between decay and growth in the living world; and more.

 

Featured music: The Fruitful Darkness  by Trevor Hall

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Jun 25, 2020
245) Gina Rae La Cerva: How our collective shift from eating wild to domesticated foods transformed our landscapes
55:51

Gina Rae La Cerva is a geographer, an environmental anthropologist, an award-winning writer, and the author of the new book Feasting Wild: In Search of the Last Untamed Food, in which she traces our relationship to wild foods and shows what we sacrifice when we domesticate them—including biodiversity, Indigenous knowledge, and an important connection to nature.

In this podcast episode, Gina Rae sheds light on how colonialism has disrupted and shifted our relationship with wild nature and wild foods, and by extension transformed our landscapes; the line between building reciprocity in relationship with our living world versus simply commodifying the wild; and more.

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Jun 22, 2020
244) John Perkins: How economic hitmen perpetuate modern-day imperialism globally
43:14

John Perkins is an activist and the author of the New York Times bestseller Confessions Of An Economic Hit Man. His new book is Touching the Jaguar (we're giving away a gift copy on Patreon!).

In this episode, John sheds light on what his work as an economic hit man entailed and how economic hitmen, to this day, perpetuate modern-day imperialism and colonialism; how we can transform our current death economy into a life economy; and more.

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Featured music: The Fruitful Darkness  by Trevor Hall

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Jun 18, 2020
243) Cristina Mittermeier: Inspiring care for our oceans and shared humanity with conservation photography
40:38

Cristina Mittermeier (@mitty) is a photographer, conservationist, and marine biologist who founded the prestigious International League of Conservation Photographers and alongside her partner, Paul Nicklen, co-founded SeaLegacy—a nonprofit dedicated to protecting the ocean.

Her latest project, Only One, will launch later this year!

In this podcast episode, Cristina shares how the theme of ‘enoughness’ has shown up in different ways and evolved throughout her lifetime; how integrating the immeasurable sacred ecology into our work in sustainability—otherwise focused on the technical details and numbers denoting impact—might deepen our sense of connection and purpose to support our overarching goals; and more.

 

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Jun 15, 2020
242) Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin [PART 2]: Decolonizing the food system through integrative, regenerative agriculture
24:18

Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin is the founder of Regenerative Agriculture Alliance, which is an ecosystem of industry leaders, farmer and public interest organizations, food sector businesses and cooperatives, tribes, and elected officials that are working together to scale up regenerative agriculture supply chains.

He's also a lifetime Ashoka Fellow and the author of In the Shadow of Green Man, which tells the story of his life growing up in revolution-torn Guatemala and how it led him to his work in regenerative agriculture.

In this part 2 of our conversation (listen to part 1 in episode 241), Reginaldo sheds light on the projects he has been working on to support regenerative agriculture; what we can do to help re-indigenize our perspectives and our food system; and more.

 

Featured music: The Fruitful Darkness by Trevor Hall

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Jun 11, 2020
241) Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin [PART 1]: Reindigenizing our myopic views of poverty to achieve true wealth
35:38

Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin is the founder of Regenerative Agriculture Alliance, which is an ecosystem of industry leaders, farmer and public interest organizations, food sector businesses and cooperatives, tribes, and elected officials that are working together to scale up regenerative agriculture supply chains.

He's also a lifetime Ashoka Fellow and the author of In the Shadow of Green Man, which tells the story of his life growing up in revolution-torn Guatemala and how it led him to his work in regenerative agriculture.

In this part 1 of our conversation (listen to part 2 in episode 242), Reginaldo sheds light on the dominant western culture's myopic view of poverty; why it's dangerous to presumptively want to help ‘lift’ materially poor communities out of economic poverty while holding an incomplete worldview that is not universal; what the coronavirus pandemic reveals about what wealth really means in the face of a crisis; and more.

 

Featured music: The Fruitful Darkness by Trevor Hall

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Jun 08, 2020
REFLECT | Mark Charles: Building a nation where 'We The People' truly means All The People
44:18

To help us process our current events including the police brutality against Mr. George Floyd, which highlights the continued, institutionalized racism and injustice still embedded in our society today, we're bringing back this vital past conversation from EP179 & EP180.

Mark Charles is a dual citizen of the United States and Navajo Nation and is running as an independent candidate for the President of the United States 2020. His vision is to build a nation where 'We The People' truly means All The People.

If this episode moves you, please consider sharing it to help amplify Mark's message of how deep-rooted our systemic injustices are and what really needs to happen for us to find positive peace together.

 

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Jun 01, 2020
240) Lonny Grafman: Building community resilience through decentralized resources and systems
40:45

Lonny Grafman is a professor of community-based design at Humboldt State University, the President of the Appropedia Foundation, director of the AWEsome Business Competition, and author of To Catch the Rain. 

In this podcast episode, Lonny sheds light on why it's so important for charity work to be community-centered and community-driven; how we can begin to rebuild more resilient systems with distributed resources rather than centralized ones; and more.

 

Featured music: This is Us by Girl Pow-R

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May 28, 2020
239) Barbara Freese: Examining corporate denial from the slave trade to climate change
41:54

Barbara Freese is an environmental attorney, former Minnesota assistant attorney general, and author of several books including her latest, Industrial-Strength Denial: Eight Stories of Corporations Defending the Indefensible, from the Slave Trade to Climate Change.

In this podcast episode, Barbara sheds light on how we can connect the dots of various case studies of corporate denialism to determine which tactics are commonly deployed; how we can combat the effects of corporate denial that have caused long-lasting public confusion and divisiveness; and more.

 

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May 25, 2020
238) Brigit Strawbridge Howard: Falling in love with our diversity of native bees and pollinators
37:38

Brigit Strawbridge Howard is a bee advocate, speaker, wildlife gardener, and author of the new book, Dancing with Bees, a charming and eloquent account of rediscovering and reconnecting with the natural world.

In this podcast episode, Brigit sheds light on all of the different and unique species of wild bees out there besides the honeybee; how we've exploited honeybees as monocultures in order to uphold our industrialized, monocultural food systems; why we need to go beyond single-species conservation efforts for a more holistic approach; and more.

 

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May 21, 2020
237) Debbie Levin: Harnessing the power of storytelling to shift popular culture
40:45

Debbie Levin is the CEO of the Environmental Media Association, also known as EMA, which is a nonprofit organization that aims to provide a unified voice for our planet through entertainment, storytelling, and education.

In this podcast episode, Debbie sheds light on how she was able to help build excitement and hype around hybrid cars at a time when people had skepticism and little interest in them; the power of engaging talent from the entertainment industry to serve as role models—with their vast influence on popular culture; and more.

 

Featured music: This is Us by Girl Pow-R

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May 18, 2020
236) Jeremy Courtney: Unveiling the ties between ecological degradation and global conflict
38:00

Jeremy Courtney the author of Love Anyway, a global speaker on the integration of activism, spirituality, leadership, and service, and the founder and CEO of Preemptive Love, which is a relief and job-creation community working to end war.

In this podcast episode, Jeremy sheds light on the relationship between ecological degradation and global conflicts; how we can actually use love to come together as one world rather than allow our differences to keep dividing us and potentially perpetuate more wars; and more.

 

Featured music: This is Us by Girl Pow-R

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May 14, 2020
235) Dr. Jeralee Anderson: Realizing the future of green roads and transport infrastructure
42:53

Dr. Jeralee Anderson is the President, CEO, and co-founder of Greenroads International, a nonprofit organization that advances sustainability education and initiatives for transportation infrastructure.

In this podcast episode, Dr. Anderson sheds light on the importance of considering the impacts of building transportation infrastructure, such as roads, and not just our modes of transport; what a gold standard green road might look like and entail; and more. 

 

Featured music: This is Us by Girl Pow-R

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May 11, 2020
234) Mick Pearce: Using biomimicry for more bioregionally appropriate architectural design
43:09

Mick Pearce is a renowned architect who uses biomimicry to develop buildings that have low maintenance, low capital and running costs, and renewable energy systems. One of his most notable projects is the Eastgate Mall in Harare, Zimbabwe, which he drew inspiration from how termite mounds are able to passively cool and regulate their internal temperatures in spite of being in hot regions.

In this podcast episode, Mick sheds light on how the field of architecture has been largely taking on an approach similar to industrial agriculture; how we can learn from termite mounds to design passively thermal regulated buildings; and more.

 

Featured music: This is Us by Girl Pow-R

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May 07, 2020
233) Laura Wittig: Learning from the corporate world to elevate conscious businesses
40:32

Laura Wittig is the Co-Founder and CEO of Brightly, which is a curated discovery platform for all things ethical + environmentally conscious.

In this podcast episode, Laura sheds light on what independent, smaller socially and environmentally conscious businesses can learn from the corporate world to thrive in the market landscape today, keeping in mind that there is no level playing field as larger corporations benefit in cost-savings from cutting corners; what purpose-driven businesses may be able to accomplish that nonprofits with similar missions may have greater challenges with; and more.

 

Featured music: This is Us by Girl Pow-R

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May 04, 2020
232) Farmer Rishi: How regenerative language can light the way towards planetary healing
35:34

Farmer Rishi, a former software engineer, is a gardening evangelist and small-scale farmer who uses gardening for personal, social, and ecological healing. He is the Executive Director of Sarvodaya Institute, co-founder of Healing Gardens Community, and lead gardening educator for Kiss the Ground.

In this podcast episode, Farmer Rishi sheds light on what regenerative gardening is all about; why we need to distinguish the differences between degenerative vocabulary and regenerative vocabulary; why the concept and terminology of waste in of itself may set us up for failure when trying to live in more regenerative ways; and more.

 

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Apr 30, 2020
231) Robert H. Frank: Using peer pressure to reverse our inflating norms of material adequacy
46:59

Robert H. Frank is a Professor of Management and Economics at Cornell University, Economic View columnist for the New York Times, and the author of many books, including his latest, Under the Influence: Putting Peer Pressure to Work.

In this podcast episode, Robert sheds light on what this current crisis reveals about our economic inequities; why it's important to distinguish between absolute and relative poverty, as well as absolute and relative wealth; how we can leverage the power of peer pressure in our favor to get the changes we wish to create; and more.

 

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Apr 27, 2020
230) Melyssa Watson: Uniting people to protect America’s wild places
35:26

Melyssa Watson is the Executive Director of The Wilderness Society, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to protect the wilderness and inspire Americans to care for our wild places

In this podcast episode, Melyssa sheds light on how much our political climate really affects the conservation work of our wild spaces; how we can turn our public lands, which surprisingly, currently contribute a lot to our national carbon emissions, into a key part of the solution to addressing our ecological breakdown and climate change; and more.

 

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Apr 23, 2020
229) David Quammen: Zoonosis and human pandemics exacerbated by ecological disruption
42:56

David Quammen is a journalist and the author of several books, including EBOLA, The Tangled Tree, and Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic (2012).

In this podcast episode, David sheds light on how zoonotic diseases, like the coronavirus, are related to environmental conservation; how we've been making ourselves more and more vulnerable to having infectious diseases become full-blown pandemics; and more.

 

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Apr 20, 2020
228) Ruskin Hartley: Addressing light pollution to protect our dark night skies
34:43

Ruskin Hartley has spent over 20 years working in conservation and is now the Executive Director of the International Dark Sky Association, which is the recognized authority on light pollution that's leading the way in the mission to preserve the night globally.

In this podcast episode, Ruskin sheds light on why artificial light is a form of pollution—just like air pollution and water pollution; how light pollution impacts our health and the health and natural behaviors of wildlife, such as migratory birds that navigate by moonlight and starlight; and more.

 

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Apr 16, 2020
227) Rebecca Henderson: ‘Reimagining capitalism in a world on fire’
42:14

Rebecca Henderson is an economist, researcher, Harvard professor, and author of the new book, Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire.

In this podcast episode, Rebecca sheds light on what will it take for us to keep the individual freedom, opportunities, and ability to realize our potentials that many people believe capitalism enables, while not having a hyper-individualistic, cut-throat society, which fails to ensure that people and our environment is not exploited nor disenfranchised for the sake of monetary profit.

 

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Apr 13, 2020
226) Dr. Zach Bush [PART 2]: Restoring our ecological and human regenerative capacities to heal
29:35

Dr. Zach Bush is a renowned, multi-disciplinary physician of internal medicine, endocrinology, and hospice care, and an internationally recognized educator on the microbiome as it relates to human health.

In this part 2 of our conversation (listen to part 1 in episode 225), Dr. Bush sheds light on how we can connect the dots between how we approach earth stewardship and how we approach health care; why taking probiotic supplements, while well-intentioned, may not actually take us closer to supporting an optimal, biodiverse microbiome; and more.

 

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Apr 09, 2020
225) Dr. Zach Bush [PART 1]: How agricultural soil health has impacted our public health
30:36

Dr. Zach Bush is a renowned, multi-disciplinary physician of internal medicine, endocrinology, and hospice care, and an internationally recognized educator on the microbiome as it relates to human health.

This conversation was recorded prior to the coronavirus pandemic but there are many crucial parallels that can be drawn between ecological health and human health, especially during this time, which makes this episode really pertinent and deeply profound.

In part one of our two-part conversation, Dr. Bush sheds light on how the use of agrochemicals took over and became the norm in the field of agriculture; the ties between how we treat our soils and the consequential health impacts we then experience; and more.

 

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Apr 06, 2020
224) Ryland Engelhart: Embodying gratitude and love through business and soil regeneration
48:01

Ryland Engelhart is the co-owner of Cafe Gratitude and Gracias Madre and the co-founder of Kiss The Ground, which is a nonprofit that educates and advocates about the connection between soil, human, and planetary health. Kiss the Ground has multiple leadership education courses, including a soil advocacy training course and a regenerative gardening course.

In this podcast episode, Ryland sheds light on what it means to not just lessen our environmental impact but to become healers and regenerators of life and biodiversity, which can help to reverse climate change; how Ryland embodies a deep, spiritual sense of gratitude and love through his restaurant businesses as well as his nonprofit focused on regenerating soil and supporting the circularity of life; and more.

 

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Mar 30, 2020
223) Galina Angarova: Why preserving cultural and language diversity is vital to protecting biodiversity
40:49

Galina Angarova is a longtime advocate for Indigenous people's groups and the Executive Director of Cultural Survival, which is a nonprofit organization that fights for Indigenous Peoples' rights and supports Indigenous communities’ self-determination, cultures, and political resilience.

In this podcast episode, Galina sheds light on how the diversity of cultures and languages impact biodiversity; what the sacred feminine is and what it means to rebalance the feminine and the masculine for a more just and harmonious world; and more.

 

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Mar 23, 2020
222) Austin Whitman: Decarbonizing the economy with the Climate Neutral Certification
39:01

Austin Whitman is the CEO of Climate Neutral, which is a new platform helping brands measure, reduce, and offset their entire carbon footprint in a comprehensive manner. Austin oversees all aspects of the organization in its mission to drive investment into greenhouse gas reductions. Brands that work with Climate Neutral and meet their standards can attain the label, Climate Neutral Certified.

In this podcast episode, Austin sheds light on how trustworthy is it when companies announce that they're carbon neutral and what questions can we ask to see if companies might just be greenwashing or if they're actually taking climate action seriously; how a voluntary, market-based method to address carbon emissions, like the Climate Neutral Certification, differs in its potential than a government-run carbon tax; and more.

 

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Mar 19, 2020
221) Jason Bradford: Uncovering the unsustainable systems that underlie cities and the case for reruralization
38:15

Jason Bradford is the Board President of the Post Carbon Institute, an organization that provides individuals and communities with the resources needed to understand and respond to the interrelated ecological, economic, energy, and equity crises of the 21st century.

In this podcast episode, Jason sheds light on why he believes the future is rural; why our perception that cites are more efficient and therefore better for the environment has been shortsighted; how we can re-ruralize without worsening urban sprawl or habitat loss; and more.

 

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Mar 16, 2020
220) Ane Alencar: Battling the Amazon's ongoing deforestation and forest fires
37:02

Ane Alencar is the Director of Science for the Amazon Environmental Research Institute, a scientific, non-governmental, non-partisan, and nonprofit organization that has worked for the sustainable development of the Amazon since 1995.

In this podcast episode, Ane sheds light on the ongoing issues of deforestation in the Amazon Rainforest; how the man-made forest fires have been changing the bioregional landscape and water cycle in the Amazon; and more.

 

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Mar 12, 2020
219) Rob Greenfield: Seeing past our socially constructed normalcy to find health and happiness
45:34

Rob Greenfield is an activist and humanitarian dedicated to sustainability, equality, and justice. Rob is the author of Dude Making a Difference and the creator of The Food Waste Fiasco. We had Rob on the podcast for episode 98, and last year, he spent an entire year growing and foraging all of his own food, so we invited him back to tell us how his experience went.

In this podcast episode, Rob sheds light on his key motivations behind his bold decisions to voluntarily earn no more than the federal poverty threshold each year and donate 100% of his earnings from media to nonprofit; why he owns just 44 items that all fit in his backpack; and more.

 

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Mar 09, 2020
218) Ezra Silk: Moving into emergency mode to address our ecological breakdown
39:14

Ezra Silk is the co-founder of The Climate Mobilization and the author of the organization's 108-page Victory Plan, which is an influential exploration of how the federal government can organize and implement a mobilization to save civilization from the Climate Emergency and ecological crisis.

In this podcast episode, Ezra sheds light on what it means to push for a World War II-scale mobilization in addressing our ecological breakdown; why we can't afford to create changes based on gradualism; and more.

 

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Mar 05, 2020
217) Ronnie Cummins: Building a grassroots movement for the regeneration revolution
44:15

Ronnie Cummins is the co-founder of the Organic Consumers Association and its affiliate in Mexico, Via Organica, as well as a member of the Steering Committee at Regeneration International.

His latest book is Grassroots Rising: A Call to Action on Climate, Farming, Food, and a Green New Deal.

In this podcast episode, Ronnie sheds light on his path towards building a grassroots movement of millions of organic consumers; why he views fake foods, such as fake meat, as a false solution to our broken food system; how the regeneration movement can help to unify our varied, siloed movements focusing on different aspects of our social and ecological crises; and more.

 

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Mar 02, 2020
216) Ashleigh Brown: Reversing desertification and regenerating life on degraded lands
48:03

Ashleigh Brown is the co-founder of Ecosystem Restoration Camps, which is a grassroots nonprofit organization that builds research, training and innovation centers for ecological restoration all around the world. The organization engages people to transform damaged landscapes into thriving, biodiverse ecosystems.

In this podcast episode, Ashleigh sheds light on what it means for climate change that 90% of our greenhouse gases, by volume, is actually water vapor; what it takes to actually regenerate life and help jumpstart the water cycle again on desertified lands; and more.

 

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Feb 27, 2020
215) Christopher D. Cook: How our subsidies and trade deals enabled the broken globalized food system
45:37

Christopher D. Cook is an award-winning investigative journalist and author of the acclaimed book, Diet for a Dead Planet: Big Business and the Coming Food Crisis.

His writing has appeared in Harper's, The Atlantic, the Los Angeles Times, Mother Jones, The Economist, The Nation, The Christian Science Monitor, and many other national publications.

In this podcast episode, Christopher sheds light on how our subsidies, trade deals, and policies have incentivized the inefficiencies and nonsensical back-and-forth trades in our modern, globalized food system; why politics can actually be very unifying when we examine the real issues that the majority of the people are facing today; and more.

 

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Feb 24, 2020
214) Dr. Daphne Miller: Taking a more holistic view on personal and planetary health
36:09

Dr. Daphne Miller is a family physician, science writer, research scientist, author, and Clinical Professor at the University of California San Francisco. She is also the author of Jungle Effect and the founder of the Health from the Soil Up Initiative, where she studies the connections among health, culture, and agriculture, with the goal of building a healthier and more resilient food system from the soil up. 

In this podcast episode, Daphne sheds light on why we need to dismantle the idea that spending more on health equals better health outcomes; the primary causes leading the nutrition levels within our whole foods to have decreased over the decades; and more.

 

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Feb 20, 2020
213) Dr. Christopher Ryan: Debunking the myths of civilization and learning from prehistoric humans
43:29

Dr. Christopher Ryan is a psychologist, the podcast host of Tangentially Speaking, and the co-author of the New York Times Bestseller Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What it Means for Modern Relationships.

His latest book—a fascinating read which critically and inquisitively examines how civilization has affected our livelihoods and wellbeing as humans—is Civilized to Death: The Price of Progress.

In this podcast episode, Christopher sheds light on the common misconceptions people often have of our prehistoric relatives; how the advent of agriculture turned egalitarian hunter and gatherer communities into ones with hierarchical power structures that created social inequality; and more.

 

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Feb 17, 2020
212) Shaun Chamberlin: How endless economic growth is incompatible with supporting life on earth
39:02

Shaun Chamberlin is the founder of Dark Optimism, a nonprofit public interest research and activist organization that is positive about the kind of world humanity could create while being realistic of how far we have to go in order to create that future.

Shaun is also one of the first Extinction Rebellion arrestees, the author of the book, Surviving the Future: Culture, Carnival and Capital in the Aftermath of the Market Economy, and the Executive Producer of the film, The Sequel: What Will Follow Our Troubled Civilisation?

In this podcast episode, Shaun sheds light on why the pursuit of endless economic growth is fundamentally incompatible with supporting continued life on earth; what it means to recognize the different layers of reality that people exist in today — namely, the reality of economics and politics, and the reality of physics and the environment; and more.

 

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Feb 13, 2020
211) Pierre Paslier: Reimagining the ways we package and consume beverages
37:59

Pierre Paslier is an innovation design engineer and the co-founder and co-CEO of NOTPLA, an innovative sustainable packaging start-up. His company's main product is Ooho, an edible water packet creating things like edible water packets made of seaweed.

In this podcast episode, Pierre sheds light on how he came to develop and fine-tune his idea to package drinks in edible packets; the difference between bioplastics requiring industrial composting, compared to ones that readily biodegrade in the soil or are even edible; and more.

 

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Feb 10, 2020
210) Rebecca Burgess [Part 2]: Building relational, regenerative systems with localized Fibersheds
28:58

Rebecca Burgess is the Executive Director of Fibershed, Chair of the Board for Carbon Cycle Institute, and the author of Harvesting Color and Fibershed: Growing a Movement of Farmers, Fashion Activists, and Makers for a New Textile Economy.

In our concluding part 2 of our 2-part conversation, Rebecca sheds light on why the real solutions we need for our ecological crises will likely be undervalued and given less attention to (when compared to solutions driven by synthetic biology corporations); how localizing our textile systems can green the fashion industry in ways that a globalized system cannot; and more.

 

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Feb 06, 2020
209) Rebecca Burgess [Part 1]: Revealing the false promises of synthetic biology
32:16

Rebecca Burgess, previously featured in episode 61, is the Executive Director of Fibershed, Chair of the Board for Carbon Cycle Institute, and the author of Harvesting Color. Her newest book is Fibershed: Growing a Movement of Farmers, Fashion Activists, and Makers for a New Textile Economy. 

In this episode, Rebecca sheds light on how we came to globalize our fashion system; the known and unknown health effects associated with the AZO dyes frequently used on textiles; why she calls synthetic biology a “false solution” to the varied issues they claim to be able to address; and more.

 

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Feb 03, 2020
208) Dory Trimble: Supporting energy sovereignty by providing access to solar power
39:26

Dory Trimble is the Executive Director of Honnold Foundation, a nonprofit organization started by Alex Honnold, the professional rock climber and star of the Oscar and Emmy award-winning documentary Free Solo.

The Honnold Foundation works to reduce the world's environmental impact while addressing social inequalities by providing solar power access to those who need it most—both in the United States and abroad.

In this podcast episode, Dory sheds light on how a lack of access to energy is tied to and perpetuates social inequity; why achieving energy sovereignty for vulnerable communities is vital for them to be able to reclaim their local decision-making power; and more.

 

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Jan 30, 2020
207) Josué Rivas: Building empathy through deep and intentional photojournalism
36:54

Josué Rivas is the founder of Natives Photograph and a visual storyteller and educator working at the intersection of art, journalism, and social justice whose work aims to challenge the mainstream narrative about Indigenous peoples, build awareness around issues affecting Native communities across Turtle Island and be a visual messenger for those in the shadows of our society.

In this podcast episode, Josué sheds light on what the lack of diversity in our media newsrooms has meant for our public discourse and understanding of underrepresented communities; how intentional photojournalism and storytelling can help us to build empathy for one another as fellow humans, rather than perpetuate stereotypes or cause divide; and more.

 

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Jan 27, 2020
206) Amy Lewis: Using political science to inform how we can best effectuate change
40:15

Amy Lewis is an award-winning non-profit leader, environmental policy scholar, and Vice President of Policy & Communications for WILD Foundation, an organization that has been protecting wilderness, wildlife, and people through collaboration and connection since 1974.

In this podcast episode, Amy sheds light on some surprising lessons regarding the relationship between policy and science; why WILD Foundation has set a goal to conserve half of our planet through 'Nature Needs Half'; and more.

 

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Jan 23, 2020
205) Steven Marquardt: Turning fear into community-based activism with Sunrise Movement
33:44

Steven Marquardt is a community organizer and Hub Coordinator Fellow with Sunrise Movement Chico, a chapter of the notable youth-led climate activist organization Sunrise Movement.

In this podcast episode, Steven sheds light on why he wasn't initially interested in getting political and what changed his mind; how you can get started with taking and leading community-based action; and more.

 

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Jan 20, 2020
204) Kristie Reddick & Jessica Honaker: What bugs can teach us about Social-Emotional Learning
46:05

Entomologists Kristie Reddick and Jessica Honaker are the co-founders of The Bug Chicks. They teach about arthropods (and Social-Emotional Learning) using educational programs and videos that are positive, fun, and that promote girls as role models.

In this podcast episode, Kristie and Jessica shed light on whether there are evolutionary reasons behind our fear and aversion to bugs; how arthropods have shaped our modern human civilization throughout the course of our history; and more.

 

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Jan 16, 2020
203) Pete Gombert: How affordable housing impacts public health and environmental justice
41:00

Pete Gombert is the founder of the GoodWell Certified label and a co-founder of indieDwell, a Public Benefit Corporation focused on building durable, healthy, affordable, and energy-efficient homes to help address our housing crisis.

In this podcast episode, Pete sheds light on what it means for companies to meet GoodWell's minimum ethical standard for the treatment of their employees; how affordable housing is connected to public health and environmental justice; and more.

 

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Jan 13, 2020
202) Mark Vossler: Acknowledging climate change as a public health threat that will affect everyone
41:31

Dr. Mark Vossler is a full-time cardiologist in Seattle, Washington and serves as the President of the Washington Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), a movement of physicians championing climate action, social equity, and environmental justice. As the President of the Washington PSR chapter, Mark regularly visits Washington, D.C. to talk with the U.S. Congress about climate policy.

In this podcast episode, Mark sheds light on why we have to talk more about our nuclear arms race within the context of sustainability; how environmental injustice plays out within the field of medicine and healthcare; and more.

 

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Jan 09, 2020
201) Elizabeth Whitlow: How the Regenerative Organic Certification is raising the bar for agricultural practices
48:10

Elizabeth Whitlow is the Executive Director of the Regenerative Organic Alliance, which is a nonprofit that is leading the Regenerative Organic Certification (ROC), a holistic, high-bar certification that encompasses soil health, animal welfare, and social fairness.

In this podcast episode, Elizabeth sheds light on how we can tell regenerative agriculture apart to support it with our purchases through the Regenerative Organic Certification that is rolling out later this year in 2020.

 

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Jan 06, 2020
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Dec 26, 2019
200) Dr. Mustafa Santiago Ali: Realizing the power we each have to enact positive change
44:07

Dr. Mustafa Santiago Ali is an internationally renowned thought-leader, strategist, policymaker, and activist committed to the fight for environmental justice and economic equity.

He helped to lead environmental justice efforts at the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for 24 years, and in 2017, he resigned to join Hip Hop Caucus, a nonprofit linking culture and policy to make our movements for a just, sustainable and prosperous world, bigger, more diverse, and more powerful.

In this podcast episode, Dr. Ali sheds light on what the EPA has succeeded on or fallen short of doing in the past decade; the vital connection between hip hop, culture, and sustainability; and more.

 

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Dec 19, 2019
199) Michael Brune: Enjoying and exploring wild spaces to sustain environmental activism
38:12

Michael Brune is the Executive Director of Sierra Club, one of the most enduring and influential grassroots environmental organizations in the United States. He is also the author of 'Coming Clean: Breaking America's Addiction to Oil and Coal.'

In this podcast episode, Michael Brune sheds light on why we cannot forget about exploring and enjoying nature as a part of our environmental work; the role of mobilizing grassroots efforts to leverage the power of a collective in driving societal change; and more.

 

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Dec 16, 2019
198) Angelou Ezeilo: Connecting underrepresented youth to the outdoors and careers in conservation
37:25

Angelou Ezeilo is the Founder and CEO of Greening Youth Foundation, an organization that connects underrepresented youth and young adults to the outdoors and to careers in conservation. She's also the author of Engage, Connect, Protect: Empowering Diverse Youth as Environmental Leaders.

In this podcast episode, Angelou sheds light on the consequences of having a lack of diversity within federal land management agencies and outdoor apparel companies; how more diverse representation within the environmental movement can transform the ways we approach conservation and engagement with nature; and more.

 

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Dec 12, 2019
197) Kathleen Draper: Using biochar to restore our biological and manmade carbon cycle
32:18

Kathleen Draper is the author of the blog 'Finger Lakes Biochar' and the book 'BURN: Using Fire to Cool the Earth.' She's also a researcher and communicator that focuses on biochar—a highly stable carbon material that can be used for things like improving soil health, reducing flooding, purifying water, and more.

In this podcast episode, Kathleen sheds light on how we can redirect biological waste towards the creation of biochar, turning that source of carbon from waste to a resource; why we need to talk more about biochar's potential for helping to restore our carbon cycle; and more.

 

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Dec 09, 2019
196) Stephen Tan: Remaining critical of the health and safety guidelines provided by governmental agencies
45:26

Stephen Tan is a partner at the environmental law firm, Cascadia Law Group, where their practice centers around environmental litigation

In this podcast episode, Stephen sheds light on the role of litigation in shaping and influencing environmental policy; why we need to be critical of the credibility of conventional authorities, such as governmental agencies; and more.

 

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Dec 05, 2019
195) Rob Horton: Creating community gardens in food deserts to improve access to good health
39:27

Rob Horton is the founder and Executive Director of Trap Garden, a nonprofit and social enterprise that provides healthy, high-quality foods for food-insecure communities through community gardens.

In this podcast episode, Rob sheds light on how food deserts play into a larger systemic injustice for low-income communities; how we can build more community gardens to improve the access and affordability of healthy, fresh foods; and more.

 

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Dec 02, 2019
194) Naziha Mestaoui: Co-creating ecological art with the Amazon's Huni Kuin Tribe
39:14

Naziha Mestaoui is an ecological artist and architect whose unique approach merges space, imagery, and technological innovations to create innovative, immersive, and sensory experiences.

Notably, during the United Nations Climate Conference COP21, Naziha launched 1 Heart 1 Tree, which was an engaging digital citizen artwork that allowed individuals the opportunity to plant a virtual tree—for every virtual tree planted, a real tree was then planted in reforestation programs across five continents.

In this podcast episode, Naziha sheds light on what quantum physics has to do with the Amazon Rainforest's Indigenous Peoples; what the Huni Kuin tribe wants the world to know about who they are through the ecological art that they co-created with Naziha, and more.

 

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Nov 28, 2019
193) Peter Bosshard: Stopping our insurance companies from investing in and insuring coal
39:55

Peter Bosshard is the campaign coordinator of the Unfriend Coal campaign and the Finance Program Director of Sunrise Project, an organization with a mission to scale social movements that will drive the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy as fast as possible.

In this podcast episode, Peter sheds light on how our financial institutions and insurance companies have been covertly shaping market trends and enabling the continued growth of the fossil fuel industry; how we can get our insurance companies to divest from and stop insuring coal plants and fossil fuel operations; and more.

 

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Nov 25, 2019
192) Fred Provenza [PART 2]: Balancing the acceptance of Earth's ongoing transformations with our power to enact change
30:01

Fred Provenza is the author of over 250 publications and several books, his latest one being 'Nourishment: What Animals Can Teach Us About Rediscovering Our Nutritional Wisdom.'

He's also a professor emeritus of Behavioral Ecology in the Department of Wildland Resources at Utah State University and one of the founders of BEHAVE (Behavioral Education for Human Animal Vegetation and Ecosystem Management), an international network of scientists and land managers committed to integrating behavioral principles with local knowledge to enhance environmental, economic, and cultural values of rural and urban communities.

In this podcast episode (PART 2), Fred sheds light on what we can learn from the perspective that our planet and all life within it operate at different levels of consciousness and senses of whole, part, and self; how we can at the same time accept the fact that our Earth is constantly consuming herself and in transformation, while reclaiming our power to do what we can to realize the world we wish to live in; and more.

 

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Nov 21, 2019
191) Fred Provenza [PART 1]: What behavioral ecology teaches us about the wisdom of the palate
29:06

Fred Provenza is the author of over 250 publications and several books, his latest one being 'Nourishment: What Animals Can Teach Us About Rediscovering Our Nutritional Wisdom.' He's also a professor emeritus of Behavioral Ecology in the Department of Wildland Resources at Utah State University and one of the founders of BEHAVE (Behavioral Education for Human Animal Vegetation and Ecosystem Management), an international network of scientists and land managers committed to integrating behavioral principles with local knowledge to enhance environmental, economic, and cultural values of rural and urban communities.

In this podcast episode, Fred sheds light on how we've largely become disconnected from the wisdom of our palates and bodies; what we can learn from behavioral ecology to better understand what it means to reconnect with our 'nourish’ sense and eat for our health and the health of our ecosystems; and more.

 

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Nov 18, 2019
190) Dr. Chris Newman: The role of doctors in leading action on climate change
36:17

Dr. Chris Newman is a family physician from London, UK and the founder of the Doctors for Extinction Rebellion Movement. He founded Doctors for XR in April 2019 in frustration at the media coverage of the Extinction Rebellion Protests. The group, which now has close to 500 members, is comprised of physicians who believe it is their duty as doctors to speak out about climate change.

In this podcast episode, Chris sheds light on why it may be necessary to create some sort of disruption in our modern society, such as through civil disobedience, in order to redirect the path we're on; the environmental impact of the healthcare industry and what can be done about that; and more.

 

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Nov 14, 2019
189) Dr. M. Jackson: The multifaceted stories of our glaciers and the people who live alongside of them
35:19

Dr. M. Jackson is a geographer, glaciologist, and National Geographic Society Explorer. She was also a 2018 TED Fellow and is the author of the nonfiction books, The Secret Lives of Glaciers, and While Glaciers Slept: Being Human in a Time of Climate Change.

In this podcast episode, M. sheds light on the dangers in oversimplifying the story of glaciers; what the perception of sentience in our glaciers from Nordic Indigenous communities can teach us about how to move forward to mend our collective relationship with nature; and more.

 

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Nov 11, 2019
188) Murray Fisher: Restoring the New York Harbor to the thriving marine ecosystem it once was
49:46

Murray Fisher is the founder of the New York Harbor School and the co-founder of the Billion Oyster Project, a nonprofit working to restore oyster reefs to New York Harbor through public education initiatives.

In this podcast episode, Murray sheds light on how restoring oyster reefs will be a crucial step towards restoring the New York Harbor to being one of the most ecologically diverse marine ecosystems as it once was; the power in leading restoration and rewilding projects in the heart of urban landscapes as opposed to out in more remote regions; and more.

 

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Nov 07, 2019
187) Mark Hoddle: Navigating the complex fight against anthropogenic invasive species
46:19

Mark Hoddle is an entomologist at the University of California Riverside, where he researches biological control and management of invasive species, especially insects affecting agriculture, the wilderness, and urban areas.

In this podcast episode, Mark sheds light on when a nonnative species crosses the line becoming invasive species; how this human-driven issue may continue to aggravate over time and how we can address their potential harms to local biodiversity using nature-based solutions; and more.

 

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Nov 04, 2019
186) Stuart Landesberg: Opening up environmental consciousness to new audiences
37:57

Stuart Landesberg is the Co-Founder and CEO of Grove Collaborative, a certified B-Corp and the leading e-commerce platform for natural home and personal care products in the U.S. The brand’s dedication to sustainability and the efficacy and design of its products from tree-free paper goods, cleaning concentrates, to its recently launched Grove Laundry system, has captured the hearts of individuals across the nation. Grove now serves hundreds of thousands of households every month in the U.S.

 

In this podcast episode, Stuart sheds light on how he's been able to get so many people who've never tried eco-friendly products before to try out Grove Collaborative for the first time; the importance of making this movement non-exclusionary but inclusive, united by our common goals; and more.

 

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Oct 31, 2019
185) Miki Agrawal: Disrupting our wasteful culture around menstrual products and toilet paper
42:17

Miki Agrawal is an award-winning, serial social entrepreneur who founded three notable and disruptive brands that you may have already heard of: THINX, TUSHY, and WILD. THINX is the period-proof underwear company that’s disrupting the feminine-hygiene market. TUSHY is a designer bidet attachment that transforms your health & hygiene as well as the environment from wasteful toilet paper consumption. WILD serves up seasonal farm-to-table fare that’s gluten-free and delicious.

 

Miki is also an author. She wrote the book, Do Cool Sh*t, where she reveals the step-by-step breakdown of how she has created multiple successful companies. And her recently published book, Disrupt-Her, is a modern woman’s manifesto to inspire women to take positive steps on personal, professional, and societal levels.

 

In this podcast episode, Miki sheds light on the environmental impact of menstrual products and toilet paper; what it takes to disrupt culture to welcome new norms and new ways of thinking; and more.

 

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Oct 28, 2019
184) Rob Avis: Building community-based self-sufficiency and resilience through permaculture design
50:08

Rob Avis, along with his wife Michelle, are the owners and lead instructors at Verge Permaculture, an internationally recognized and award-winning permaculture design company from Calgary, Alberta. They have taught permaculture to thousands of students, offering expertise in building science and appropriate technology as well as rainwater harvesting, agro-ecology, ecosystem engineering, soil regeneration, and wastewater treatment.

 

Rob and Michelle Avis also founded Adaptive Habitat, a unique and leading-edge property design and management company that leverages the couple's collective experience in engineering, project management, ecological design, and sustainable technologies.

 

In this podcast episode, Rob sheds light on the importance of learning about bioregionality so that we can better support the regeneration of our local ecosystems and divorce our globalized food system from its reliance on fossil fuels; why we need to rebuild community-based self-sufficiency for sustainability and not have to depend on a centralized food system, power system, water supply, and so forth; and more.

 

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Oct 24, 2019
183) Emily Penn: The root causes and effects of ocean plastic pollution
36:55

Emily Penn is an ocean advocate and skipper who has spent the last decade exploring plastic pollution from the tropics to the Arctic. She is on a mission to inspire and facilitate a community of changemakers through her project eXXpedition, and by training athletes and celebrities to be impactful advocates on ocean issues. Emily is developing upstream solutions to the ocean plastic issue with corporate partners, scientists, and government bodies.

 

Emily is also an official Sky Ocean Rescue Ambassador and the founder of SHiFT, a platform and community hosting talks, events, and experiences to help people fall in love with the oceans and find their role in helping to solve the plastic crisis. 

 

In this podcast episode, Emily sheds light on why people in developed countries cannot just look at the primary sources of ocean plastic pollution stemming from 'so-called' developing countries and feel that this absolves us of responsibility; the known and unknown health impacts of chronic exposure to plastic bits and their associated chemicals; and more.

 

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Oct 21, 2019
182) Winston Chiu: Redirecting otherwise wasted meals towards those struggling with food security
35:26

Winston Chiu is the Culinary Director of Rethink Food NYC, a nonprofit organization working to recover nutritious excess food to provide low or no-cost meals to New York City families in need. 

 

Winston graduated from the Institute of Culinary Education and started Bonbite Catering, a globally inspired, locally-sourced catering firm. He later became a partner at Little Tong Noodle Shop, specializing in mixian noodles from China’s Yunnan Province. He’s also spent countless hours developing the culinary arts curriculum for the Brooklyn S.T.E.A.M. Center, an innovative business-focused public school. 

 

In this podcast episode, Winston sheds light on the relationship between food waste, marketing, and consumer perceptions of food; how we can implement and scale the solution of connecting food waste from restaurants and supermarkets, to those in need who currently live with food insecurity; and more.

 

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Oct 17, 2019
181) Leah Garcés: Turning adversaries into allies to change animal agriculture
44:05

Leah Garcés is the President of Mercy For Animals and a leader in the animal protection movement. She is also the author of Grilled: Turning Adversaries into Allies to Change the Chicken Industry. In her book, Leah describes her experiences working with farmers and food industry leaders to reduce animal suffering, build a better food system, and shine a light on the thriving and rapidly growing plant-based food sector through dialogue and discussion.

 

In this podcast episode, Leah sheds light on the social, health and ecological impacts of factory farming, which dominates animal agriculture in the United States; the value and opportunities that lie in reaching across the aisle to work with people we may view as our adversaries; and more.

 

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Oct 14, 2019
180) Mark Charles [PART 2]: Emboldening Native Peoples to step into their role as hosts of the land
22:05

An Independent Candidate for President of the United States in 2020, Mark Charles is a dual citizen of the U.S. and the Navajo Nation. His 2020 campaign vision is to build a nation where 'We the People' truly means 'All The People'.

In this podcast episode, Mark sheds light on what it'll take for us to be able to truly address the systemic injustices embedded into our culture and society; his primary motivations to run for President of the United States as an Independent candidate; and more.

 

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Oct 10, 2019
179) Mark Charles [PART 1]: Unveiling the deeper roots of our systemic ecological and social injustice
32:39

Mark Charles is a dual citizen of the U.S. and the Navajo Nation who is running as an Independent candidate for President of the United States in 2020. His 2020 campaign vision is to build a nation where 'We the People' truly means 'All The People'. 

 

Mark is also a speaker, writer, and consultant on the complexities of American history, race, culture, and faith. He is the author of the blog Reflections from the Hogan and his book, Unsettling Truths: The Ongoing, Dehumanizing Legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery, is set to be released in November 2019. 

 

Mark was the Washington, DC, correspondent and columnist for Native News Online and has served on the boards of the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) and the Christian Reformed Church of North America (CRCNA).

 

In this podcast episode, Mark sheds light on why our social and environmental injustices are even more deep-rooted than the systems that we've set up; how the U.S. constitution, primarily serving the interests of white, land-owning men, has influenced the ways that our dominant society views and treats nature; and more.

 

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Oct 07, 2019
178) Matthew Goldberg: The psychology of what shapes public opinion on climate science
36:47

Matthew Goldberg is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication. His research focuses on the role of values, ideology, and social identity in persuasion and social influence.

 

Matthew authored two recent studies, Perceived Social Consensus Can Reduce Ideological Biases on Climate Change and Discussing Global Warming Leads to Greater Acceptance of Climate Science, about the impact that discussing climate change with the people closest to you can have on their opinions.

 

In this podcast episode, Matthew sheds light on how climate change came to be so politicized; what we need to do to engage audiences in these discussions and to raise the level of public consensus to match scientific consensus; and more.

 

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Oct 03, 2019
177) Laurie Davies Adams: How pollinator conservation can unite all for a greener, healthier earth
40:43

Laurie Davies Adams is the President and CEO of Pollinator Partnership, where she leads the world’s largest nonprofit devoted solely to the health of all pollinators and presided over its signature initiatives: the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC), National Pollinator Week, Eco-Regional Planting Guides, the BeeSmart™ Gardener App, and the U.S. Bee Buffer Project and Monarch Wings Across America.

 

Laurie has signed agreements with over eleven federal agencies influencing over 1.5 billion acres of US land to encourage pollinator conservation. She was also a key consultant with the White House on the Presidential Memorandum on Pollinators and instrumental in the development of the National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators.

 

In this podcast episode, Laurie sheds light on how our pollinators affect our food production, climate change, and our public health; the impact of industrializing beekeeping to serve our industrialized agriculture; and more.

 

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Sep 30, 2019
176) Nick Buxton [PART 2]: Militarism and its impact on societal and ecological welfare
24:21

Nick Buxton is the co-editor of The Secure and the Dispossessed: How the Military and Corporations are Seeking to Shape a Climate-Changed World and a communications consultant at The Transnational Institute, an international research and advocacy institute committed to building a just, democratic and sustainable world.

 

In this podcast episode, (which is PART 2 of this interview—make sure to listen to PART 1, episode 175, first!), Nick sheds light on the environmental impacts of the U.S. military-industrial complex; how an era of permanent war between countries led by our political leaders may be taking away the resources and attention needed to address the real crises that people on the grounds are facing on a day-to-day basis; and more.

 

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Sep 26, 2019
175) Nick Buxton [PART 1]: Why framing climate change as security issues works against climate justice
29:28

Nick Buxton is the co-editor of 'The Secure and the Dispossessed: How the Military and Corporations are Seeking to Shape a Climate-Changed World' and a communications consultant at The Transnational Institute, an international research and advocacy institute committed to building a just, democratic and sustainable world.

 

In this podcast episode, Nick shares why the prominent use of the term 'security' (such as water security, food security, border security) may be at odds with our goals to seek for climate justice; how large corporations and our government already have lesser-known plans to address climate change, but not in the ways we would want nor expect; and more.

 

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Sep 23, 2019
174) Danielle Doggett: Revolutionizing the shipping industry with zero-emission sail cargo ships
38:46

Danielle Doggett is the Managing Director of Sailcargo, Inc., an emerging company that’s making freight transportation more sustainable with a carbon-neutral system.

Right now, the company is in the process of building its first sailing cargo vessel, Ceiba, which will have a 100% electric engine with modern solar batteries, panels, and wind turbines and three masts to be able to sail with very little wind. The coolest part is that the batteries will charge as the ship sails, thus making it regenerative by design.

In this podcast episode, Danielle sheds light on the current environmental impact of the shipping industry; how her team is going about building a carbon-neutral and regenerative cargo shipping boat; why they chose Costa Rica as the home base of this project; and more.

 

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Sep 19, 2019
173) Sean Sherman: Revitalizing Native American foods and re-identifying North American cuisine
39:01

Sean Sherman is a member of the Oglala Lakota tribe, the award-winning author of The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen, and the founder and CEO Chef of The Sioux Chef, a team of chefs, ethnobotanists, food preservationists, adventurers, foragers, caterers, event planners, artists, musicians, food truckers and food lovers who are committed to revitalizing Native American foods and re-identifying North American cuisine. Sean's cookbook, The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen, has received numerous accolades, including the 2018 James Beard Foundation Book Award for Best American Cookbook.

 

As another key part of his work, Sean's nonprofit, North American Traditional Indigenous Food Systems (NATIFS), is dedicated to promoting Indigenous foodways education and facilitating Indigenous food access.

 

In this podcast episode, Sean sheds light on why it is that in the United States, we can find restaurants of cuisines from all over the world, and barely any restaurants of Native American cuisines; how the Standard American Diet came to be so homogenous and disconnected from what's actually available within the diverse bioregions across the country; and more.

 

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Sep 16, 2019
172) Whitney Bauck: Breaking free from the consumerist culture to truly fill our inner voids
26:39

Sharing her wisdom for the second time on Green Dreamer (listen to her first interview on EP129), Whitney Bauck is the Associate Editor at Fashionista with bylines in New York Times, Washington Post, and other notable publications.

In this podcast episode, Whitney sheds light on what fast fashion is and how it came to be; how social media has influenced our levels of consumption; how our consumerist culture relates to our collective mental health; and more.

 

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Sep 12, 2019
171) Ben Goldfarb: The vital role of beavers in enriching and strengthening our ecosystems
40:57

Ben Goldfarb is an independent environmental journalist and the author of Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter, a winner of the 2019 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award. His work on the vital role that beavers play in our ecosystems and current research on road ecology has appeared in National Geographic, Outside Magazine, Science, Mother Jones, The Guardian, and many other notable publications.

 

In this podcast episode, Ben sheds light on how we've wiped out 99% of our beavers in North America; the vital role that beavers play in enriching wild landscapes and building our collective resilience against climate change; why our modern ideas of what healthy ecosystems look like have been wrong; and more.

 

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Sep 09, 2019
170) Natalie Kofler: The ethics and application of gene-editing for ecological conservation
39:29

Natalie Kofler is a trained molecular biologist and the founding director of Editing Nature at Yale University, a global initiative to steer responsible development and deployment of environmental genetic technologies.

Her work navigates the technical, ecological, and ethical complexity of gene-editing applications designed to impact wild species, such as CRISPR-edited mosquitos to prevent malaria transmission, genetic strategies to eliminate invasive species, or the use of CRISPR gene-editing to promote species resiliency to changing climates. 

In this podcast episode, Natalie sheds light on what role gene-editing can play in environmental conservation; what the ethics and moralities are of changing the DNA of nonhuman species; why inclusivity is vital in the development and application of gene-editing technologies; and more.

 

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Sep 05, 2019
169) Kenton Whitman: Rewilding to gain fresh perspectives on modern civilization
41:50

Kenton Whitman is the founder of ReWild University, a nature-immersion school and online presence devoted to helping people reconnect with nature, question cultural paradigms, and discover how nature brings out the best in all of us.

In this podcast episode, Kenton sheds light on what rewilding is all about; how modern civilization has dehumanized us and disconnected us from our innate and instinctive human senses; how the endless pursuit of comfort over the pursuit of fulfillment may lead us to feel more empty and being more consumptive over time; and more.

 

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Sep 02, 2019
168) Keith Bowers [PART 2]: The connectivity and complexity in urban ecology beyond simply 'greening' our landscapes
22:20

This is PART 2 of our conversation with Keith Bowers, the Founder and President of Biohabitats who has been at the forefront of applied ecology, land conservation and sustainable design for over three decades.

On this podcast episode, Keith sheds light on what it means to support more technology-driven, novel solutions to our environmental issues as opposed to solutions based more on what we already know of ecology; why simply 'greening' our urban spaces may be inadequate; what ecological democracy is all about; and more.

 

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Aug 29, 2019
167) Keith Bowers [PART 1]: Being proactive in restoration and planning for a more biodiverse planet today
32:19

Keith Bowers has been at the forefront of applied ecology, land conservation and sustainable design for over three decades. He is the Founder and President of Biohabitats, a multidisciplinary organization focused on conservation planning, ecological restoration and regenerative design. His work has spanned the scale from site-specific ecosystem restoration projects involving wetland, river, woodland and coastal habitat restoration to regional watershed management and species conservation planning, to the development of green infrastructure and urban ecology planning for cities throughout the country.

 

Keith is a founding board member of the University of Pennsylvania’s Ian L. McHarg Center for Urbanism and Ecology. He also served on the board of the Society for Ecological Restoration for more than 10 years and on the board of the Wildlands Network. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects and is a Professional Wetland Scientist.

 

On this podcast episode, Keith sheds light on how much we need to focus our efforts on restoration versus conservation; why it is that, although we're actually a part of nature and all species impact their environments in some way, why we've uniquely altered our landscapes in ways that require us to restore natural habitats, and more.

 

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Aug 26, 2019
166) Mark Shepard: Restoration agriculture and letting go of micromanagement to allow nature to thrive
47:42

Mark Shepard is the CEO of Forest Agriculture Enterprises, founder of Restoration Agriculture Development, and award-winning author of the book, Restoration Agriculture: Real-World Permaculture for Farmers. Mark has also been a farmer member of the Organic Valley cooperative, the world's largest Organic Farmer’s marketing co-op, since 1995. He is most widely known as the founder of New Forest Farm, the 106-acre perennial agricultural savanna considered by many to be one of the most ambitious sustainable agriculture projects in the United States.

 

On this podcast episode, Mark sheds light on why we need to stop trying so hard to realize a world based on persistent concepts and ideals that we made up and instead, get out more to observe and learn from how natural ecosystems actually function; what is problematic about how we've developed a food system based mostly off of annual crops versus perennials; how he's been able to utilize a hands-off approach to growing food regeneratively, which he calls the STUN method, or Sheer Total Utter Neglect; and more.

 

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Aug 22, 2019
165) Helena Norberg-Hodge: How localizing our economies can support better public and ecological health
42:51

Helena Norberg-Hodge is a pioneer of the new economy movement and a leading proponent of “localization”, or decentralization. She is the author of the book, Ancient Futures, as well as her latest book, Local is Our Future. She also founded The International Alliance for Localization, and Local Futures, which works to renew ecological, social and spiritual well being by guiding communities towards a sustainable future of interconnected, localized economies.

 

On this podcast episode, Helena sheds light on why we need to question our view of economic wealth being the indicator of a community's welfare; what it means that we're not only facing social, economic, and ecological crises, but also a spiritual crisis that underlies it all; how the globalization of our economy has led to the degradation of our public and environmental wellbeing; and more.

 

To start, get a glimpse below into the conversation between Helena and Green Dreamer Podcast's host, Kaméa Chayne.

 

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Aug 20, 2019
164) John Farrell: Why we need to decentralize our power grids for energy democracy
37:20

Known as the guru of distributed energy, John Farrell is the co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and directs its work on energy democracy. John is best known for his vivid illustrations of the economic and environmental benefits of local ownership of decentralized renewable energy.

 

On this podcast episode, John sheds light on how we came to develop and rely on our current centralized, top-down power grids today that are mostly driven by utility monopolies; why we need to not only shift towards renewable energy but also work towards energy democracy and the decentralization of power sources; why some utility companies may at the same time be supporting solar energy while lobbying against it; and more.

 

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Aug 15, 2019
163) Matt Daigle: Getting started with affordable and sustainable home improvement projects
34:29

Matt Daigle is the CEO and Founder of Rise, the leading online authority in sustainable home improvement. He started Rise as a way to solve his own problem: after having renovated a few homes and having his first child, he couldn't seem to easily figure out how he could build and/or renovate in ways that would save him money and lower his environmental footprint… and so Rise was born. As a certified B Corp, Rise has helped over one million homeowners with their home improvement projects to date.

 

On this podcast episode, Matt sheds light on why we need to be concerned and critical of the safety and sustainability of our home environments; how climate change is shifting the decisions people make in regards to their homes; some easy home improvement tips for homeowners and non-homeowners; and more.

 

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Aug 13, 2019
162) Mitch Anderson [PART 2]: Recent wins in safeguarding ancestral lands in the Amazon Rainforest
20:52

This is PART 2 of our conversation with Mitch Anderson, the Founder and Executive Director of Amazon Frontlines, which is an international group of human rights lawyers, environmental activists, forestry specialists, environmental health scientists, filmmakers, journalists, anthropologists, and farmers working to support the struggles of indigenous peoples and defend their rights to land, life, and cultural survival in the Amazon Rainforest.

 

On this episode, Mitch sheds light on some key wins that we've had lately in safeguarding our Amazonian indigenous lands and what it took for that to happen; how we can stand in solidarity with the Amazon's indigenous peoples to support the conservation of their ancestral lands; and more.

 

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Aug 08, 2019
161) Mitch Anderson [PART 1]: Dismantling privileged views to support the struggles of the Amazon's indigenous peoples
30:30

Mitch Anderson is the Founder and Executive Director of Amazon Frontlines, an international group of human rights lawyers, environmental activists, forestry specialists, environmental health scientists, filmmakers, journalists, anthropologists, and farmers. Their mission is to support the struggles of indigenous peoples and defend their rights to land, life, and cultural survival in the Amazon Rainforest.

 

Mitch has spent the last fifteen years supporting the struggles of indigenous people across the Americas. In 2011, he moved to Ecuador’s northern Amazon to begin a clean water project with the indigenous communities living downriver from contaminating oil operations. Through building nearly 1,000 water systems in over 50 indigenous villages, Mitch supported the creation of the Ceibo Alliance, an indigenous movement for land, life, and cultural survival in the western Amazon.

 

On this podcast episode, Mitch sheds light on how one who's grown up with a privileged background can begin dismantling that worldview to be able to truly understand and meaningfully support the struggles of marginalized people; how we can go about helping our indigenous people of the Amazon Rainforest to achieve their goals of conservation, without perpetuating white saviorism or further marginalizing them with our senses of morality and idealism; and more.

 

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Aug 06, 2019
160) Intentional Communities and their ability to root our society in things that matter most with Sky Blue
39:59

Sky Blue has spent the last 20 years living in, working for, and networking intentional communities, cooperatives, and community organizations. He currently serves as Executive Director for the Foundation for Intentional Community

 

On this podcast episode, Sky sheds light on what has led to our hyper-individualistic culture and how has that impacted our collective wellbeing; what intentional communities are all about and how they can root our society in the things that matter most; and more.

 

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Aug 01, 2019
159) How urban farming may be key to reclaiming our food sovereignty with Greg Peterson
35:22

Greg Peterson is a green living and sustainability innovator and the Creator of the Urban Farm, a real-world environmental showcase home in the heart of Phoenix, Arizona. Open periodically throughout the year to offer classes, lectures, and tours, The Urban Farm features an entirely edible landscape and the extensive use of recycled and reclaimed materials. 

 

On this podcast episode, Greg sheds light on how urban farming may be the answer to addressing the affordability and accessibility of healthy grown foods; why we should get inspired to grow some of our own foods even if we have the convenience of being close to supermarkets; and more.

 

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Jul 30, 2019
158) Reclaiming our humanity by addressing overcivilization and artificial intelligence with Jennifer Grayson
39:14

Jennifer Grayson is a Los Angeles-based environmental journalist and the award-winning author of Unlatched: The Evolution of Breastfeeding and the Making of a Controversy.

 

Illuminating how human civilization may be going overboard and down a path of self-destruction, she's currently exploring the human rewilding movement through her Uncivilize podcast.

 

On this podcast episode, Jennifer sheds light on what it means that we've entered a state of overcivilization; how automation has and may continue to impact our humanity and collective wellbeing; how to strike a balance between consuming technology and being consumed; and more.

 

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Jul 25, 2019
157) The vital role of our wetlands in balancing our planetary health and climate with Max Finlayson
34:47

As the President of the Society of Wetland Scientists and an advisor to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, wetland ecologist Max Finlayson has participated in global environmental assessments and site-based appraisals and written extensively on wetland management. Notably, he has expertise on the relationship and interconnectedness of water pollution, agricultural impacts, invasive species, climate change, human well-being, and our wetlands.

 

On this podcast episode, Max sheds light on how cities were often built on flood plains and wetlands where the flooding was essential to supporting their biodiversity of life; why the preservation and restoration of our wetlands are key to stabilizing our climate; how wetlands impact people's livelihoods and our public health; and more.

 

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Jul 23, 2019
156) Examining population growth as an upstream cause of ecological degradation with Terry Spahr
32:31

Terry Spahr is a documentary filmmaker (8 Billion Angels), environmental activist, and the Executive Director of Earth Overshoot, a nonprofit working to make ecological limits central to all personal and public decision-making through targeted education and advocacy.

On this podcast episode, Terry sheds light on what a truly sustainable lifestyle with seven billion people on earth should really look like; why population growth has been the elephant in the room that needs to be discussed more openly as a solution to lessening our environmental impact; how we can work with the nuance that people in "developing countries" have less of an ecological footprint compared to those living in "developed countries"; and more.

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Jul 18, 2019
155) How probiotics can build resilience against disease and ecological challenges with Raja Dhir
40:01

Raja Dhir is a life sciences entrepreneur and Co-Founder of Seed, a venture-backed microbiome company pioneering the application of bacteria for both human and planetary health.

After our groundbreaking interview with his co-founder, Ara Katz, on Green Dreamer's episode 109, we knew we had to bring Raja on the podcast as well to learn from his complementing scientific expertise leading Seed's research and development, academic collaborations, technology development, clinical trial design, supply chain, and intellectual property strategy.

On this podcast episode, Raja sheds light on common misconceptions of what "probiotics" are and what a healthy microbiome should look like; why we perhaps need to learn from how the Amish people live; how our knowledge of probiotics can be applied to address ecological challenges such as our honey bees' colony collapse disorder; and more.

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Jul 16, 2019
154) Using ecological art to spark environmental conservation with Aviva Rahmani
33:58

Aviva Rahmani is an ecological artist who exhibits and publishes internationally. She's known, in particular, for her Trigger Point Theory—the idea that small points of carefully selected intervention might effect large systemic transformations—and she exemplifies this through her artwork, including Trigger Points/Tipping Points, Ghost Nets, and Cities & Oceans of If.

One of her more recent works, her Gulf to Gulf Project, integrates art and science to address climate change, aiming to help re-green the earth by 36% by 2030.

On this podcast episode, Aviva sheds light on what the role of art is in environmental conservation; what future generations may deduce of our time based on the artwork we leave behind; why we need to find points of sensitivity (or trigger points) to focus our efforts on in order to drive the drastic changes we need today; and more.

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Jul 11, 2019
153) Democratizing ‘organic’ in the fashion industry with Pact’s Brendan Synnott
35:47

Brendan Synnott is the CEO of PACT, where he's leading his team to disrupt the apparel industry for the better by using organic and fair-trade cotton as the foundation for addressing the labor and environmental issues that surround clothing.

On this podcast episode, Brendan sheds light on what it takes to shake up existing, extractive corporations to render them obsolete or hold them accountable to their social and environmental impacts; why fighting for more transparency within the fashion supply chain must be the first step to bringing about positive change in the industry; and more.

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Jul 09, 2019
152) Questioning modern views of advancement using permacultural wisdom with Janice Setser and Sasha Rabin
32:02

We're joined by two guests today from Quail Springs Permaculture, an organization that empowers people with the knowledge, skills, and inspiration that are essential to cultivating ecological and social health.

Janice Setser is its Executive Director, and Sasha Rabin is its Natural Building Director as well as the founder of her own natural building organization, Earthen Shelter.

After they each came to their own awakenings of how modernization has strayed from providing experiences that that truly bring joy, abundance, meaning, and wellness, they set out to explore alternative ways of living that put social connection and earth stewardship first.

On this podcast episode, Janice and Sasha shed light on why we need to go past sustainable living to regenerative living; what is problematic about our binary and linear view of societal advancement; and more.

 

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Jul 04, 2019
151) Breaking down how sustainability applies to everything with Jay Siegel
37:31

Jay Siegel is the founder of Ground Up Impact and the creator of Sustainability Defined, the award-winning podcast that defines sustainability "one topic (and one bad joke) at a time."

On this episode, Jay sheds light on why sustainability can't be defined by a standard dictionary; the root causes driving environmental degradation no matter what industry we're speaking of; what it takes to reach the general public with our messages beyond the niche of people who already care; and more.

 

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Jul 02, 2019
150) Slow flowers that truly commemorate our love for one another and the earth with Debra Prinzing
37:46

Debra Prinzing (@dkprinzing) is a Seattle-based writer, speaker and leading advocate for American Grown Flowers. Through her many Slow Flowers-branded projects, including SlowFlowers.com (@myslowflowers), Slow Flowers Podcast, and American Flowers Week, she has convened a national conversation that stimulates consumers and professionals alike to make conscious choices about their floral purchases.

On this podcast episode, Debra sheds light on why we need a slow flowers movement; the environmental impacts of growing flowers with an artisan mindset versus a commodity mindset; the vital role of flowers in our food production; how our collective loss of knowledge on seasonality helped drive agrobiodiversity loss; and more.

 

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Jun 27, 2019
149) Addressing our unsustainable palm oil demand with Maria Abadilla
27:00

Maria Abadilla is the Founder and Chairperson of Orangutan Alliance (@orangutanalliance), an independent, industry-based nonprofit organization promoting the reduction of unsustainable palm oil in consumer products through their palm oil free certification program.

On this podcast episode, Maria sheds light on the primary global threats from the palm oil industry; the evolution of how we commodified palm oil to the point where rainforests are cleared for its plantations; how we can navigate the over two-hundred alternative names that palm oil is masked under on ingredient labels; and more.

 

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Jun 25, 2019
148) Envisioning that future when disposable packaging will become obsolete with Tamara Lim
36:55

Tamara Lim is the founder and CEO of The Wally Shop, America's first zero-waste grocery delivery service that sources from local farmers, markets, and bulk shops.

 

On this podcast episode, Tamara sheds light on how our current consumption model and waste management methods are setting us up for failure when we're striving to address our waste issues; what structural and systemic shifts we need in order to render disposable packaging obsolete; and more.

 

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Jun 20, 2019
147) Ending settler colonialism to reclaim food justice and sovereignty with Rosalinda Guillen
40:16

Rosalinda Guillen is a recognized farm worker and rural justice leader. She's also the Executive Director of Community to Community (C2C), a women-of-color led, grassroots organization redefining power in order to end settler colonialism, capitalism, and patriarchy in their external and internalized forms.

Fueled by inspiration from her parents growing up and fed up with the systemic oppression in our food system, Rosalinda is working to build support for rural communities and sustainable agriculture policies that ensure equity and healthy communities for farm workers.

On this podcast episode, Rosalinda sheds light on how settler colonialism continues to play out in our food system today; how the lack of work authorization for undocumented farm workers—which make up 48%-70% (or more) of our total number of farm workers in the U.S.—impacts labor standards; how food justice is related to immigration issues; and more.

 

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Jun 18, 2019
146) Unveiling human trafficking and overfishing in the opaque global seafood supply chain with Shannon Service
26:45

Shannon Service is an award-winning, independent reporter and filmmaker who broke the story of slavery at sea for NPR’s Morning Edition in 2012. Her new feature documentary, Ghost Fleet, follows up on that story as she sets sail with a Thai abolitionist who is scouring remote islands for slaves who’ve jumped ship.

On this podcast episode, Shannon sheds light on the difficulties in regulating our global fishing industry; how overfishing is tied to human trafficking and modern-day slavery at sea; how to address "fish-laundering" and support more transparency and traceability in the seafood supply chain; and more.

 

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Jun 13, 2019
145) Enriching agrobiodiversity and soil health for more nutritious foods with Gabe Brown
37:28

Gabe Brown is the author of Dirt to Soil and the owner and operator of Brown’s Ranch in Bismarck, North Dakota, where he and his family have been farming profitably without the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides for over twenty years.

Today, Gabe’s award-winning regenerative farming systems lead thousands of people to flock to his farm each year to learn how to implement them so they can support their own farms and ranches using similar practices as well.

On this podcast episode, Gabe sheds light on why we need to stop focusing on yield as the ultimate measurement in food production; the importance of having ruminants and animals on farmlands to support agroecology; problematic, existing farm programs and regulations that incentivize monocultures and extractive methods of agriculture that need to be amended; and more.

 

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Jun 11, 2019
144) Safeguarding our irreplaceable ancient and endangered forests with Canopy's Nicole Rycroft
38:05

Nicole Rycroft is the Founder and Executive Director of Canopy, an international nonprofit organization that works collaboratively with over 750 companies to protect our ancient and endangered forests.

On this podcast episode, Nicole sheds light on our urgency to protect our remaining ancient and endangered forests from further deforestation; why we need to be wary of buying new clothes and textiles made of rayon and viscose, even if they're sourced from sustainably managed forests; whether we should compost old paper or wood products into soil or recycle them into new material; and more.

 

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Jun 06, 2019
143) Using litigation and the courts to protect human health and our planet with Earthjustice's Abbie Dillen
34:31

Abigail Dillen is the President of Earthjustice, an organization that uses the courts to protect our environment and people’s health.

Throughout her career, she's litigated many precedent-setting cases that have held polluters accountable and cleared the way for clean energy nationally, which is why we're honored to be able to share her expertise and thought leadership with you on this podcast episode.

In this conversation, Abbie sheds light on the implication of nature's place within our society based on the values the United States was founded on; how litigation can support the environmental movement; how environmental policies, laws, and regulations differ and how we can get involved in them; and more.

 

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Jun 04, 2019
142) The fraud in 'certified organic' and reclaiming its true meaning with Dave Chapman
41:39

Dave Chapman runs Long Wind Farm in Vermont and is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Real Organic Project.

After unveiling how our current organic standards may be misleading consumers and falling short of what "organic" should mean, he now actively fights for integrity and transparency in the National Organic Program.

On this podcast episode, Dave shares the shocking reality of how products from CAFOs (concentrated animal feeding operations) and hydroponics can be certified organic by the USDA; why hydroponics should not be considered organic; how he's dealing with the challenges of going against big money and corporate influence; and more.

 

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May 30, 2019
141) Mycorrhizal fungi and why soil health is vital to all life on earth with Dr. Kris Nichols
41:29

Dr. Kris Nichols is the Chief Scientist at Pachaterrae and a world-renowned leader in the movement to regenerate soils for healthy food, healthy people, and a healthy planet.

On this episode, Kris sheds light on the vital role of mycorrhizal fungi in indirectly supporting resilience against climate change; the importance of biodiversity in creating synergies that strengthen the health of our ecosystems; how soil microbiology impacts the bioavailability of the nutrients within our foods; and more.

 

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May 28, 2019
140) Transcending national interests to collaborate as one world on climate action with Shyla Raghav
40:16

Shyla Raghav is the global climate change strategy lead for Conservation International, who's attended almost a decade of United Nations climate change negotiations and international conferences.

On this episode, Shyla sheds light on her learning lessons from having attended these key negotiations; how competition for power, economic status, and technological advancement between countries impact our ability to collaborate on climate mitigation; what "422pm" means and how we can meaningfully lower greenhouse gases through nature-based solutions; and more.

 

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May 23, 2019
139) Using plastic as a currency to close the loop and tackle global poverty with David Katz
36:55

David Katz is the founder of Plastic Bank, which is helping to make plastic waste a currency that transcends poverty while stopping the flow of plastic into our oceans.

On this podcast episode, David sheds light on what sugar has to do with plastic pollution; why we need to address the fact that this global crisis is intricately linked to poverty; the importance of coming up with ways that keep plastics out of our oceans to begin with (e.g., turning off the tap) rather than focusing on retroactive cleanups (e.g., mopping the floor while it's still being flooded); and more.

 

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May 21, 2019
138) Shedding light on the "Shoespiracy" we've been told to believe with Galahad Clark
38:35

Galahad Clark, a seventh-generation Clark of the Clarks shoe dynasty, is the co-creator of Shoespiracy and the founder of VIVOBAREFOOT, a global footwear brand that’s set out to be the most sustainable in the world.

After learning about how the thick layers of support in our footwear are leading the muscles in our feet to atrophy, compromising sensory information and our bodily health, Galahad created a shoe that is wide, flexible, and sensory, allowing our feet to function they way they are supposed to!

On this podcast episode, Galahad sheds light on this public health scandal around shoes, how our feet's strength impacts the health of our brains, joints, and body as a whole system, the environmental impact of the shoe industry and what it means to support sustainability as a footwear brand; and more.

 

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May 16, 2019
137) Going outside of the sustainability bubble to impact more people with Manuela Baron
40:59

Manuela Baron is a Colombian-American content creator and artist behind The Girl Gone Green, focused on advocating for environmentally conscious living.

On this podcast episode, Manuela sheds light on how exposing ourselves to different cultures and environments shift our perspectives on sustainability; why she hesitates to promote "zero-waste living"; how can we go against that grain of social media, which tends to promote mindless consumption, to encourage mindfulness, minimalism, and conscious consumerism; and more.

 

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May 14, 2019
136) Why enriching and protecting biodiversity are key to addressing climate change with Adam Sacks
42:42

Adam Sacks is a climate activist, writer, and the Executive Director of Biodiversity for a Livable Climate.

 

On this podcast episode, Adam sheds light on how biodiversity loss may be a greater threat to our planet than climate change; why we need to include the conservation of biodiversity as a key climate health solution; how real-life stories of regeneration around the world prove that we already know what it takes to rebuild healthy, resilient ecosystems; and more.

 

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May 09, 2019
135) The U.N. named "worldwide crisis" from gold mining we need to know about with Bob Donofrio
37:42

Bob Donofrio is the creator of Futura Jewelry, a brand that creates a global curation of iconic jewelry designs using only certified Fairmined Ecological Gold. (At present, it's the only brand to do so.)

 

After a life-changing discovery a few years ago of the threat that mercury from small-scale gold mining poses to people and our planet, he founded the brand in efforts to support a cleaner future and better social and environmental standards in the industry.

 

On this podcast episode, Bob sheds light on how mercury emissions has been dubbed a global crisis by the United Nations; why Fairmined Ecological Gold, specifically used in jewelry, is necessary to improve the practices in gold mining (though gold is also used for other things like computer chips); how the creation of beautiful, meaningful, and timeless designs can encourage deeper appreciation for fashion rather than drive overconsumption; and more.

 

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May 07, 2019
134) Empowering farmers of color and dismantling racism in the food system with Leah Penniman
30:51

Leah Penniman is an educator, farmer, the author of Farming While Black, and food justice activist who currently serves as founding co-executive director of Soul Fire Farm in Grafton, New York—a people-of-color led project that works to dismantle racism in our food system.

 

On this episode, Leah sheds light on the impact of colonialism on soil health around the world; how the oppression of Black and Indigenous people-of-color in the United States has affected farmland ownership and continued, institutionalized injustice; how we can take action to support racial justice in food production; and more.

 

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May 02, 2019
133) Dreaming up radical ways to address our global food waste scandal
39:27

Tristram Stuart is a speaker, an international award-winning author (The Bloodless Revolution and Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal), the founder of Feedback and Toastale, and an expert on the environmental and social impacts of food.

 

On this episode, Tristram shares how we've come to adopt a wasteful, linear food system (and what a circular system would look like), how we can be more respectful to nature in spite of our economy undervaluing what is truly invaluable, how we can rewire our broken food system through delivery services driven by supply of what is available rather than consumer demand, and more.

 

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Apr 30, 2019
132) Greening transportation with vehicles powered by hydrogen fuel cells with Brian Goldstein
41:19

With a background in alternative fuels, renewable energy, energy efficiency, transportation technologies, and financial services, Brian Goldstein is the Executive Director of Energy Independence Now (founded by Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation‘s CEO, Terry Tamminen), a nonprofit on a mission to support the transition to a clean transportation system through hydrogen fuel.

 

On this episode, Brian shares how hydrogen fuel cells work, the environmental impact of electric vehicles compared to hydrogen-powered vehicles, the practicality and potential of fuel cells to help green the transportation sector, and more.

 

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Apr 25, 2019
131) How decentralized energy grids support resilience against natural disasters with J.I. Cruz
33:41

J.I. Cruz is the co-founder of ACEPR, a nonprofit social enterprise and accelerator program that aims to provide Puerto Rican community leaders with the resources, financing, and know-how needed to establish renewable energy microgrid cooperatives across the island.

 

On this episode, J.I. shares how renewable energy relates to natural disasters like hurricanes, the role of decentralized electric grids in sustainable development, how he deals with ageism as someone who started his social venture at 21 years old, and more.

 

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Apr 23, 2019
EARTH DAY BONUS: A sincere thank you for all you do and stand for
04:18

My special message to you. Happy Earth Day and Month, Green Dreamer!

 

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Apr 22, 2019
130) Why we need to rethink how we address climate change with Judith D. Schwartz
49:09

Judith D. Schwartz is a journalist who focuses on nature-based solutions to global challenges and the author of Cows Save the Planet and Water in Plain Sight: Hope for a Thirsty World.

 

 

On this episode, Judith shares why fixating on reducing carbon emissions alone is a shortsighted approach to tackling climate change, how 'organic' is losing its standards and meaning, what it means that we've been managing against environmental challenges rather than managing for them, and more.

 

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Apr 18, 2019
129) Collaboration over competition to more quickly achieve our shared goals with Fashionista's Whitney Bauck
34:14

Whitney Bauck is an Associate Editor at Fashionista. She got her start writing about the intersection of fashion, faith, and ethics, and now frequently explores the topics of sustainability, worker rights, and diverse representation within the fashion industry.

 

On this episode, Whitney shares why she thinks regenerative agriculture may be the next big thing in sustainable fashion, her thoughts on what drives fashion trends, how we can influence the industry to be more ethical and sustainable in practice, and more.

 

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Apr 16, 2019
128) Questioning overconsumption and our wasteful fashion system with Sarah-Jayne Smith
31:37

How might exposures to cultures different from our own allow us to see our own blind spots when it comes to our common lifestyle habits (and those of other people's)? How has our current fashion industry come to be so wasteful, and what can we do as individuals to help the industry move in a healthier direction?

 

Sharing her wisdom here is Sarah-Jayne Smith, Founder of Magpies and Peacocks—the only nonprofit design house in the United States. Let's dive in!

 

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HIGHLIGHTS

[3:01] Kaméa: "Do you think the amount of space that Americans have compared to other countries in the world has, in part, inspired this culture of disposability?" 

[14:18] Sarah-Jayne talks about what she thinks it was that allowed the fashion industry to become so disposable and wasteful.

[18:50] Kaméa: "What do you think acting as a nonprofit has allowed you to do that operating as a business may not have?"

[20:58] Sarah-Jayne talks about the recyclability of different types of fabrics. 

[23:50] Kaméa: "How can we best encourage a less disposable culture going forward?"

 

Apr 11, 2019
127) Supporting environmental protection through policy beyond voting with Will Hackman
35:00

At a time when we need to galvanize collective power to drive systemic change, why is it important for us to go beyond conscious consumerism to also focus on political action? What can we do besides voting to support environmental policy throughout the year?

Sharing his wisdom here is Will Hackman, an activist and contributing writer on the topics of energy, environment, climate change policy. Let's dive in!

 

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HIGHLIGHTS

[2:55] Kaméa: "Is it more effective to try and do what we can as individuals with our lifestyle choices, or is it more effective to work on environmental policy change?"

[10:50] Where the U.S. stands in terms of its environmental policy in relation to other countries.

[15:55] What 'decarbonizing the economy' entails, and what it would this look like in practice.

[18:08] How climate change and other environmental factors are affecting our oceans, including ocean acidification.

[22:03] Will talks about what we can do throughout the year to impact policy change beyond voting.

 

Apr 09, 2019
126) 101 Ways to Go Zero Waste and introducing this idea to friends and family with Kathryn Kellogg
36:50

What does it mean for us that plastic is actually in part a byproduct of the oil industry? How do we deal with the frustration of being around friends or family members with wasteful habits while we're working hard to reduce our personal waste?

Sharing her wisdom here is Kathryn Kellogg, author of the new book 101 Ways to Go Zero Waste. Let's dive in!

 

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HIGHLIGHTS

[3:53] Explaining the concept of zero waste to someone learning about it for the first time.

[6:32] Dealing with the frustration of being around friends or family members who may be very wasteful.

[9:49] Kathryn: "People are so focused on what they can't do that they miss all of the awesome stuff that they already are doing or what they can do."

[20:08] Kaméa: "Based on what you know, is plastic a byproduct of the oil industry, and if so, what does this mean in terms of plastic's place in our society today?"

[24:21] Kaméa: "What are your thoughts on the practicality of bioplastics replacing regular plastics?"

[30:51] What personal sustainability means to Kathryn.

 

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Apr 04, 2019
125) Individual actions adding up to transform the world for the better with Aaron Perry
37:58

What is biodynamic farming, and what can we learn from this to support the regeneration of a healthier planet? How have our individual actions already shifted societal trends, and how are they continuing to crystalize our path towards a sustainable future?

Sharing his wisdom here is author and Founder of Y on Earth, Aaron Perry. Let's dive in!

 

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HIGHLIGHTS 

[3:11] Aaron discusses Nature-Deficit Disorder and how urbanization may contribute to mental illness.

[6:01] Aaron discusses how our daily individual actions add up to help drive larger positive change.

[8:32] Aaron explains what biodynamic agriculture is. 

[12:44] What Aaron does as Chief Sustainability Officer for organizations and companies.

[22:00] Aaron explains how global and national events in the 20th century led us to where we are today in terms of unsustainable policies and systems. 

[28:12] Aaron: "One of the big choices we each have is: To what degree might we let go of what we think of as our personal interests, and work more towards our greater global interests as a society and as a single species living on a single planet?" 

 

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Apr 02, 2019
124) Everything we need to know about microplastic pollution right now with Rachael Miller
42:10

What do we need to know about how microplastic pollution impacts our health and the health of our natural ecosystems? Why can natural microfibers shed from our clothes also be problematic when they wash down the drain?

Sharing her wisdom here is Rachael Miller, the Co-Founder of Rozalia Project and the Founder of Cora Ball, a solution that keeps microplastics from our clothing from washing down the drain. Let's dive in!

 

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HIGHLIGHTS 

 

[9:23] Rachael explains how our clothing and textiles break apart and shed microfibers.

[11:42] Why our clothing made from natural fibers (and not just synthetics) can also be problematic.

[15:47] Rachael talks about how her team designed Cora Ball through biomimicry.

 

[25:16] Rachael: "Everyone who wears and washes clothes is part of this problem... And everyone who wears and washes clothes can be a part of this solution."

[27:41] Rachael: "Unlike microbeads, there is no one solution here."

[29:41] Kaméa: "How do you think we can move towards a more preventive system?"

 

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Mar 28, 2019
123) Dismantling dominant perceptions of what an environmentalist looks like with Michael A. Estrada
30:44

What's at stake when the coverage of environmental issues leave out their impacts on the people they affect? What is the role of an artist in supporting the sustainability and regeneration of a thriving planet?

Sharing his wisdom here is Michael A. Estrada, a photographer, writer, and the founder of Brown Environmentalist, also known as BEEN Media. Let's dive in!

 

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HIGHLIGHTS

 

[5:10] Kaméa: "What is the role of an artist in environmental activism?"

[6:58] Michael talks about what led him to focus on the experiences of people of color in sustainability.

 

[11:16] Michael discusses how common media narratives about environmental activism may have harmed BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color).

[13:06] Michael: "Yes, it's painful. But in that pain, there is also a lot of healing that needs to be done.

[15:06] Michael and Kaméa discuss how social media has been unhelpful in creating the picture of what an environmentalist looks like.

 

[22:43] Michael: "Take the time to do the self-learning and the self-healing work."

 

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Mar 26, 2019
122) How mindfulness can lead to a healthier and more sustainable world with Dr. Parneet Pal
39:42

How does our mental and emotional wellbeing impact our ability to serve those we love, our communities, and our planet? What is it that actually motivates behavioral change, and what does this mean for us as people wanting to spark positive change in our own lives and the lives of people around us?

 

Sharing her wisdom here is Dr. Parneet Pal, Chief Science Officer at Wisdom Labs. Let's dive in!

 

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HIGHLIGHTS

[9:03] Kaméa: "Across the board, we're experiencing increasing levels of stress, burnout, anxiety, and loneliness. What are the driving forces are behind this negative trend?"

[11:13] How technology affects our mental health.

[19:19] How our daily stress responses can impact our mental and emotional wellbeing and our abilities to think beyond our own good.

[21:15] Parneet talks about what mindfulness is from a scientific standpoint.

[25:25] How practicing mindfulness can lead to more compassion and empathy and in the bigger picture, a less consumptive society.

[27:50] Parneet: "Before we can change the world, we have to start with our own selves."

[30:58] Kaméa: "What exactly does it take to actually change our behaviors and habits?"

  

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Mar 21, 2019
121) Bringing back localized, regenerative, transparent food systems with Wen-Jay Ying
32:29

To address the unsustainability of our current food production, how can we work towards having localized and regenerative food systems? What do we need to know about the mislabeling, or greenwashing, of our food products?

 

Sharing her wisdom here is Wen-Jay Ying, Founder and CEO of Local Roots NYC. Let's dive in!

 

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HIGHLIGHTS

[5:55] Wen-Jay: "There is so much content about food out there that it can feel kind of intimidating. But if you can make it really fun and a little sexy, I think people are more likely to listen."

 

[10:20] Kaméa: "Were there any specific roadblocks that you faced as a female, minority business owner?"

[14:25] Kaméa: "How did we come to adopt such an unsustainable food system in America?"

[18:35] Wen-Jay explains how localized food systems can actually boost nutrition in our foods and therefore, also their flavors.

[21:26] Wen-Jay and Kaméa discuss how not all whole foods are equal.

 

[23:42] Wen-Jay explains talks about greenwashing and mislabeling in the food industry.

[25:31] Kaméa: "How do you think we, as consumers, can better support sustainable food systems without letting the complexity overwhelm us?"

 

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Mar 19, 2019
120) Accepting there is no orthodoxy in environmentalism to activate everyone with Dr. John Fraser and Dr. Rupu Gupta
40:16

How does the dominant narrative that we are destructive as humans actually do our work in sustainability a disservice? What is the importance of accepting that not everyone will approach or see environmental activism in the same way?

 

Sharing their wisdom here are conservation psychologists and leading researchers at New Knowledge Organization, Dr. John Fraser and Dr. Rupu Gupta. Let's dive in!

 

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HIGHLIGHTS

[8:23] Kaméa: "How has your transdisciplinary approach allowed you and your team to reach new findings or come up with more powerful solutions for sustainability?"

[11:02] John explains how humanity has a pattern of depleting our resources, and how this is not a new problem.

[16:29] John discusses the personal and social wellness challenges of conservationists. 

[18:51] Kaméa: "What advice can you offer for those of us who feel guilty for taking a positive approach to sustainability when there is so much pain, injustice, and serious degradation to address?" 

[22:55] Rupu talks about how the dominant narratives of who cares about nature exclude the broader racial and ethnic diversity that truly exists in environmental activism.

[28:17] John and Rupu discuss the importance of coming together with partnerships and groups to make a larger positive impact.

 

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Mar 14, 2019
119) Why we need to center green living around accessibility and entertainment with Shelbi of Shelbizleee
35:28

How do we reach people who aren't already mindful of their environmental impact, while not pushing them away by being 'too hardcore' in our approach? What should we keep in mind when we're sharing sustainability with our friends and people who are just entering the scene so that our messages can reach them in an engaging and meaningful way?

 

Sharing her wisdom here is eco-realist and YouTuber Shelbi of Shelbizleee. Let's dive in! 

 

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HIGHLIGHTS 

[5:39] How Shelbi first started dumpster diving.

[9:06] Shelbi discusses the importance of holding stores and companies accountable for their waste.

[15:16] Shelbi explains why she quit dumpster diving.

[18:00] How Shelbi evolved her message to emphasize her focus on sustainability more while not pushing away subscribers initially just intrigued by dumpster diving or by the makeup products she found in dumpsters.

[20:44] Shebi on the importance of making sustainability feel attainable.

[23:20] Shelbi: “You cannot do all the good that the world needs, but the world needs all the good that you can do.

[25:03] Shelbi: “Zero waste was never meant to fall completely on the consumer.”

 

[27:58] Shelbi: “I do think we need to make it more fun!”

 

 

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Mar 12, 2019
118) Balancing frustration with knowing that patience and positivity can better spark change with Candice Batista
37:26

How has the media coverage of sustainability evolved over the last decade, and how can we support its presence in mainstream narratives? What was it that instilled in us this idea that living sustainably is all about sacrificing things rather than about gaining things that can truly enrich our lives?

 

Sharing her wisdom here is Candice Batista, an environmental journalist and the founder of The Eco Hub. Let's dive in!

 

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HIGHLIGHTS

 

[3:26] What sparked Candice's interest in environmental journalism. 

[7:11] Candice talks about how she was 'very preachy' at first and why she now approaches her messaging from a more educational tone.

[8:51] Kaméa: "What's your current greatest challenge in helping to inspire public engagement and action?"

[12:58] Candice: "People can tell when you're doing something because you have to or when you're doing something because you're really passionate about it." 

[13:53] The misconception that eco-living is all about sacrifice.

[20:44] Candice: "When you have less stuff, you actually have more space in your brain and your psyche because you're not cluttered with all these things."

[22:59] What Candice has changed her mind about throughout her years reporting on sustainability.

[27:16] Kaméa: "How can we better inspire care and action?"

[27:36] Candice: "If you have a voice and you can use it, then use it.

 

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Mar 07, 2019
117) How lab-grown diamonds are disrupting the diamond mining industry for the better with Alex Weindling
38:13

How do lab-grown diamonds compare in their environmental impact with conventionally mined ones? Given that some people rely on mining diamonds for their livelihoods, why do we still need to transition away from extracting these precious stones by way of mining?

 

Sharing his wisdom here is Alex Weindling, Founder and CEO of Clean Origin, a jewelry company which sells lab-grown diamonds. You'll hear about some of the major social and environmental issues involved in conventional diamond mining, how lab-grown diamonds are made, why this technology should render the need for mining diamonds obsolete, and more. Let's dive in!

 

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HIGHLIGHTS

[5:04] Alex talks about what eventually led him to leave his family business in the conventional diamond industry.

[10:02] Alex: "Not only can we get them without ripping craters in the earth that are literally visible from the atmosphere, but we can make them more accessible to more people."

[15:39] Kaméa: "Do you think there is such a thing as sustainable mining?"

[18:03] Why the diamond mining today is becoming less and less efficient, using more resources for less yield of diamonds.

[19:52] How lab-grown diamonds are created.

[24:33] How transitioning away from mining diamonds will impact those whose livelihoods depend on it.

[28:49] Alex discusses what the best ways are to give our diamonds new life at the end of their life-cycles for us.

 

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Mar 05, 2019
116) Stepping beyond in-fighting within activism to galvanize our collective strength with Immy Lucas
36:54

How can we help sustainability as a topic get more attention in spaces where people already consume a lot of content online, such as on YouTube? How can we lessen the amount of in-fighting going on within environmental activism so we can join forces to inspire whatever action and change we can together?

 

Sharing her wisdom here is Immy Lucas, a YouTube content creator and Founder of the Low Impact Movement. You'll hear about what made her most watched videos go viral, how to be more inclusive of all types of people in our communication, why it's so important for eco-advocates to come together, and more. Let's dive in!

 

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HIGHLIGHTS

 

[7:18] Immy shares one of the most difficult parts in her transition towards a zero waste lifestyle.

[10:56] Immy: "Just make the best decision you can without worrying about it too much."

 

[14:10] What's at stake when we communicate in ways that may exclude a certain group of people.

[14:46] Kaméa: "If you had to start all over again, what would you do differently, if anything?"

[15:28] Immy: "Sharing your weaknesses and mistakes can be incredibly rewarding and it can be helpful for other people."

 

[25:13] Immy: "What's important here is that you're trying. Even if it's a tiny step... for us, that's good enough and we want to support that."

 

[28:34] Kaméa: "How do you see waste reduction being related to fighting climate change?

 

[31:08] Immy: "We need to let go of judgment and any negative in-fighting that there might be within the movement. I think it's so important that we come together."

 

 

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Feb 28, 2019
115) Relearning marginalized ideas of food storage in tackling plastic pollution with Sarah Kaeck
28:21

Why have we parted ways with some traditional but perfectly functional and natural ways of storing food in favor of plastic packaging? Given that companies aren't necessarily held liable for their negative externalities (e.g., waste, pollution, etc.), how can we get them to be voluntarily responsible for their impacts?

 

Sharing her wisdom here is Sarah Kaeck, Founder of Bee's Wrap. You'll hear about how plastic has made its way into all corners of our modern day lives, why sustainable beekeeping is so important, how to sustainably scale a business that makes a positive impact, and more. Let's dive in!

 

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HIGHLIGHTS

[6:35] Kaméa: "Why do you think such a healthy, functional, and practical way of storing food has been lost?"

[9:09] Kaméa: "How can we get companies that make things to think about the long-term impacts since they're not held liable for that?"

[10:43] Sarah shares how she and her team got the idea of Bee's Wrap across to so many people.

[16:31] Kaméa: "Do you think it's possible for a really large company to operate sustainably while supporting a sustainable future at the same time?"

[18:05] Sarah shares the role of beekeeping for sustainability.

[19:36] How can we, as consumers, ensure that the beeswax or honey in what we buy come from sustainably managed hives?

 

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Feb 26, 2019
114) Reaching that tipping point when sustainability will break into the mainstream with documentary filmmaker Jordan Osmond
38:05

How can awareness of sustainability—even if just among a minority group of people—eventually reach a tipping point when it can then create a ripple effect and break into the mainstream? What does it take to create stories and documentaries that leave people feeling deeply inspired, empowered, and moved to action?

 

Sharing his wisdom here is Jordan Osmond, documentary filmmaker and Co-Founder of Happen Films. You'll hear about why fear may not an effective motivator for sustainable behavioral change, how we can learn from localized and indigenous knowledge, how to inspire and activate people through film, and more. Let's dive in!

 

HIGHLIGHTS  

[6:46] The difference between using cold facts versus using stories when sharing information and motivating others to take action.

[18:37] Jordan: "There's still time to heal the damage that has been done."

[19:45] Why leading by example may be more effective than trying to force change upon others.

[22:46] What first got Jordan interested in regenerative agriculture. 

[27:06] Jordan: "There is so much knowledge from indigenous cultures... that is sadly being lost but is also being relearned. And that's all permaculture is really. It's nothing new."

 

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Feb 21, 2019
113) Why single-use bottles won't go away and how bottled water can go circular with Nicole Doucet
32:32

In the middle of this global awareness to use less single-use plastic bottled water, why is the bottled water market still on the rise? Why is aluminum superior to plastic as a material used for single-use packaging?

 

Sharing her wisdom here is Nicole Doucet, the CEO and Co-founder of Open Water. You'll hear about all the reasons why aluminum is a more environmentally friendly packaging material when compared to plastic, the pervasive problem with microplastics, why recycling plastic isn't a sustainable solution, and more. Let's dive in!

 

HIGHLIGHTS 

[4:57] Nicole's thoughts on why it seems we have just recently gained more awareness as a society on single-use plastic even though it's been a problem for a long time.

[9:01] Why aluminum is a more environmentally material than plastic for packaging.

[9:44] Kaméa: "Why are there incentives to support the recycling of aluminum in particular and not other materials?"

[16:22] What was the challenge you wanted to overcome with your rebranding from Green Sheep Water to Open Water?

[21:01] The problem with the pervasiveness of microplastics.

[23:13] Kaméa: "How can we most effectively tackle plastic pollution as soon as possible?"

 

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Feb 19, 2019
112) How young people can be empowered to help engineer positive change with Brittany Bennett
30:31

Given that many young people today are already so passionate about helping to solve our global issues, how can we better engage them and empower them to contribute their unique perspectives and talents? How does engineering tie into this picture of sustainability, and how can engineers best apply their backgrounds and skillset to help further advance our progress towards a healthier future?

 

Sharing her wisdom here is Brittany Bennett, Executive Director of Engineers for a Sustainable World. You'll hear about the role of engineers in tackling environmental issues, the importance of having young people in leadership positions, the need for policy change and collective action, and more. Let's dive in!

 

HIGHLIGHTS

[4:28] How engineers are uniquely positioned to solve environmental problems.

[13:40] Brittany: "One of the greatest things we can do is to combine our power together to create collective action."

[16:51] What Brittany does to stay encouraged when others don't believe in her.

[17:00] Kaméa: "What is the importance of having ideas in leadership from young people and minorities in today's world?"

[19:04] Brittany: "I wish we were more open about our failures as a society." 

[20:52] How we can continue to encourage and motivate young people toward action.

 

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Feb 14, 2019
111) An eco-skincare brand born out of a journey of natural healing after major injuries with Andy Hnilo
43:34

What are some environmental impacts from the beauty and skincare industry that we should be mindful of? In the midst of our fast-paced, often stressful lives, what can we keep in mind that can help us to immediately shift our outlooks to one of gratitude?

 

Sharing his wisdom here is Andy Hnilo, Founder and CEO of Alitura Naturals. You'll hear about the serious injury that led to him starting Alitura Naturals, some of the most concerning problems with the skincare and beauty industry right now, how to keep a perspective of appreciation in life, and more. Let's dive in! 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

[3:18] The serious accident that eventually led to Andy's founding of Alitura.

[7:52] Why the ingredients we put onto our skin matter.

[12:23] Andy discusses the research and development process he used to develop his innovative, natural skincare.

[17:02] Why Andy decided to source unique, wild-harvested ingredients and how this set his products apart from other popular natural skincare brands.

[25:17] Some of the biggest environmental and health issues that exist within the beauty industry.

[28:02] The availability of unisex and men's eco-skincare and beauty products.

[29:47] How word-of-mouth marketing is the most powerful tool Alitura has used to gain exposure.

 

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Feb 12, 2019
110) Breaking down climate change science into three simple steps with Dr. Jeffrey Bennett
32:28

Why can we feel confident and hopeful about our ability to address climate change in this time of need? Even though this topic can often feel complex, overwhelming, and sometimes controversial, what are the three basic things we need to know about the science of climate change that are just undeniable and simple realities?

 

Sharing his wisdom here is Dr. Jeffrey Bennett, an astronomer, teacher, and author. You'll hear about the relationship between astronomy and our climate; how the solutions to tackling climate change have multi-faceted benefits for our society; how to speak intelligently and with clarity about climate change science; and more.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

[3:03] The relationship between astronomy and climate change.

[6:06] The difference between saving the earth and saving civilization.

[7:19] Jeffrey explains the simple science behind global warming in three steps.

[9:12] Jeffrey: "There's plenty of hope still out there; we just have to do what we know needs to be done."

[10:44] How a carbon tax could greatly impact our transition away from fossil fuels, and how this could actually strengthen our overall economy.

[18:56] How we can speak more effectively to the general public about climate change.

[22:27] Why climate change is not a partisan concern and how leaders with conservative views were actually first to highlight the issue.

 

 

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Feb 07, 2019
109) How microbiome science will transform our approaches to self-care and sustainability with Seed's Ara Katz
42:40

How will a deeper understanding of our microbiome health encourage us to take better care of ourselves and our planet? How has human activity been impacting our earth's world of microbes, and what's at stake if our microbial diversity and richness continue to decrease?

 

Sharing her wisdom here is Ara Katz, the Co-Founder of Seed, which is pioneering the application of microbiome science for both human and planetary health. You'll hear about what exactly our microbiome is and does for us; how our personal ecosystems relate to our earth's microbes; how microbiome science will shift our entire approaches to self-care and earth stewardship; and more. Let's dive in!

 

HIGHLIGHTS

[7:21] Ara shares how her experience breastfeeding led her to connect the dots between personal and environmental health.

[18:01] Ara explains what our microbiome is and what it does for us.

[25:51] Kaméa: "How does our individual microbiome relate to our planet's health?"

[26:04] Ara: "We're not in this environment or on this environment—we are of this environment."

[26:47] How using antibiotics in animal agriculture impacts our soil health, which in turn creates a harmful cascading effect on the health of our earth and ultimately, ourselves.

[27:38] Ara: "Everything is ultimately connected... Microbes are the invisible internet of everything."

[32:58] What the impact of urbanization may be on our collective health, given that it leads to decreasing exposures to our microbes-rich living environments.

 

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Feb 05, 2019
108) Inspiring a more mindful, positive, and health-promoting narrative in the media with model activist Renee Elizabeth Peters
37:05

What can we learn from the modeling and fashion industries to help us accelerate our progress towards a healthier future? How does the role of privilege tie into conversations around sustainable living, and how can we be more mindful of this so that we're not just improving our own lives independently, but also helping to improve the system to make it easier and more accessible for everyone to live better as well?

 

Sharing her wisdom here is Renee Elizabeth Peters, a model-activist, the content creator at Model4GreenLiving, a social media expert, and an environmental advocate. You'll hear about the role of modeling in social impact; how to combat burnout as an activist; how we can use our privilege to make a more positive impact; and more. Let's dive in!

 

HIGHLIGHTS

[11:03] Renee's greatest personal struggle working within the modeling industry while championing mind, body, and earth positivity.

[14:43] How the media's mainstream narratives impact our mental health and beliefs about what we 'need' to be happy.

[17:43] Taking a holistic, positive approach to sustainability and social impact to prevent burnout.

[19:01] Renee's three pieces of advice for someone feeling overwhelmed and burnt out by all of the global issues we face today.

[22:45] The role of privilege in sustainable living and how influencers can more effectively use their privilege to make a more widespread positive impact.

[28:51] Kaméa: "What can we as individuals do to help conversations around sustainability feel more inclusive so that more people may hop on board?"

[30:14] One easy thing everyone can do to support systemic change.

 

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Jan 31, 2019
107) Shifting our mindset on money to embrace the social good it can be used to support with Devin Thorpe
36:34

When money is often associated with corruption and greed, how can we shift our money mindset to be more confident and unafraid to work with it (given that this is how our world operates), so that we can better use it as a means to help improve our world? What can we do to begin meaningfully addressing the issues of disease, poverty, and climate change altogether?

 

Sharing his wisdom here is Devin Thorpe, author, speaker, and founder of the Your Mark on the World Center. You'll hear about why having the right money mindset is important for making a positive impact; why corporations aren't going away and what we can do to better hold them accountable for their work; the interconnected relationship between poverty, disease, and climate change; and more. Let's dive in!

 

HIGHLIGHTS

[7:20] Devin: "I think all of us in the sustainability world on some level resent the influence of money. But the fact is–money is what makes the world go round."

[11:47] Why corporations are a necessity in our world today and what we can do to require more responsibility from them.

[12:39] The fundamentally flawed idea that a corporation's sole reason for being should be to create shareholder value.

[20:58] How the issues of poverty, disease, and climate change relate to one another.

[24:22] The role of politics in climate change and poverty and how these are nonpartisan issues.

[27:04] Devin: "I really think we need to take personal responsibility and never ever, ever forget the astounding need for us to be politically active—we must do both."

 

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Jan 29, 2019
106) Deepening our connections with other people and nature through food with Max La Manna
32:12

What do we need to know about food waste, and what can we do as individuals to help our communities waste less food? Even though sometimes we may feel, as individuals, like just one person in this massive world, why is our sheer existence so important in helping to shape trends and society?

 

Sharing his wisdom here is Max La Manna of Eating With Max. You'll hear about how we can inspire those around us to take positive actions for our planet; how we can create a less wasteful food industry; what to know about plant-based foods that can help us feel more connected to our earth; and more. Let's dive in!

 

HIGHLIGHTS 

[6:45] What inspired Max to become a pioneer as a chef focused on not wasting any food, tackling plastic waste from the food industry, and making plant-based recipes.

[8:53] Max: "I think that's where a lot of creativity lives – in that space of the unknown and in that space of fear."

[9:25] Max's advice on getting over the roadblock of fearing the unknown or fearing what other people think.

[13:20] What Max has done to be able to connect deeply with his audience to inspire positive change.

[15:00] What we need to know about food waste and how we can get our communities to waste less food.

[20:05] Kaméa: "We've become very disconnected as a society from nature, especially as it has to with food... How can we inspire a deeper connection between humans and nature through food?" 

[22:40] At a time when our global meat consumption is still on the rise, what we can do to inspire people to try more plant-based protein and eat less meat.

 

 

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Jan 24, 2019
105) Why supporting community-based organizations may be key to environmental justice with Peggy Shepard
35:51

In addition to supporting the most established national or international environmental nonprofits, why do we also need to simultaneously support local, small, and community-based organizations? What's the importance of making sure that key decisions, policies, and solutions are made in the presence of people from a diversity of backgrounds?

 

Sharing her wisdom with us here is Peggy Shepard, Co-founder and Executive Director of WE ACT For Environmental Justice. You'll hear about how grassroots initiatives can lead to meaningful change for citizens; how large environmental organizations differ in their measures of success and focus compared to community-based organizations; how we can support environmental justice as individuals; and more. Let's dive in!

 

HIGHLIGHTS

[8:18] Peggy: "The environmental justice movement really coalesced around the fact that low-income communities and communities of color were being targeted for polluting facilities, but not receiving environmental benefits like parks and alternative energy options like solar and natural gas."

[9:23] Peggy: "We believe that the voices of the affected residents are the ones that should take leadership on these issues."

[12:11] Peggy talks about the prevalence of systemic environmental racism in the U.S. that is perpetuated by public policy and the history of inequality.

[24:20] The differences in how large-scale, national nonprofits measure success compared to community-based organizations, and why we cannot overlook supporting the latter.

[27:20] Peggy: "We've got to have a diversity of perspectives because it enriches all of our policies and it enriches our lives."

 

 

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Jan 22, 2019
104) Using aquaponics to scale sustainable production of medical cannabis with Green Relief's Warren Bravo
33:26

How do aquaponics work and how can this be used to support a more sustainable future in agriculture? What are some environmental issues from the medical cannabis industry that we should know, and how can we best support it to move in a healthier direction?

 

Sharing his wisdom here is Warren Bravo, the co-founder and CEO of Green Relief. You'll hear about how he pivoted from leading his family business to become the largest cement contracting company in Canada to co-establishing his licensed medical cannabis company; how he developed their aquaponic system to be able to scale sustainable production of the plant; how sterile systems like hydroponics compare to aquaponics and soil-based growth; and more. Let's dive in.

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

[7:00] How Warren got involved with the medical cannabis industry and sustainable agriculture.

[11:55] Warren: "I learned a long time ago not to sweat over things I can't control."

[12:41] What aquaponics are and how they work.

[15:35] Kamea: "What do we know about the difference between plants or crops grown from sterile systems like hydroponics compared to ones with rich micro-biotic populations?"

[19:05] Warren's biggest struggle in growing Green Relief.

[24:22] Warren shares how to support the medical cannabis industry to be more sustainable and more generally, how to champion sustainable agriculture going forward.

 

 

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Jan 17, 2019
103) Why we need a prevention-based solution to plastic and microplastic pollution with 5 Gyres Institute's Dr. Marcus Eriksen
36:48

Why are plastic pieces so problematic when they end up in our oceans? How can focusing on preventative solutions to tackling plastic and micro-plastic pollution help us to more effectively address this global issue?

 

Sharing his wisdom here is Dr. Marcus Eriksen, Co-founder and Research Director of 5 Gyres Institute. In this episode, you’ll hear about his research on microplastic pollution leading to the passing of our federal Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015; why he thinks we need to focus more on stopping plastic from entering our waterways in the first place instead of on cleaning up plastics already in our oceans; and more. Let’s dive in.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

[4:21] Marcus discusses his active deployment in the Gulf War and how seeing the ecological impact of war affected him.

[5:30] Marcus: "I've got to preserve and conserve the world around me. That's my duty; that's what's worth fighting for."

[8:16] How the 5 Gyres Institute fought for (and won) the Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015. 

[14:07] Marcus speaks on the linear waste system and how that system needs to change into a circular system.

[25:45] How the burden of pollution has changed from resting on the consumers' shoulders alone to consumers sharing the load with corporations.

[27:19] Kamea: "It's important for us all to also know that we all have to work together. It's consumers; it's businesses; it's governments. We have to all collaborate with each other."

 

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Jan 15, 2019
102) Bridging science and entertainment and the role of insects in sustainability with Phil Torres
49:49

How can we better convey the science behind sustainability to the general public so that people will be more interested and motivated to take action? How do insects tie into this picture of sustainability, and why is their presence so vital to our sustainable future?

 

Sharing his wisdom here is Phil Torres, a biologist with an appetite for adventure. Known for his fieldwork in the Amazon rainforest, he documents his research on his YouTube channel, The Jungle Diaries, and is also the host of United Airlines' Big Metal Bird, and The CW's Ready Set Pet. He's also appeared on Animal Planet and Discovery Channel, and has published in Wired, BBC, National Geographic, Wall Street Journal, and more. Let's dive in.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

[8:40] Phil explains how the decisions we make locally have global effects.

[12:58] Kaméa: "What led you to become a science communicator?"

[19:14] Why it's important to take the time to notice and acknowledge the nature and living creatures around us.

[20:26] Kaméa: "What do you think is the most challenging part of getting people to care?"

[24:42] Phil shares an experience that really shocked him during his work as a TV host.

[28:42] The role of insects in sustainability.

[33:40] How insect populations may be indicative of the health of our planet.

 

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Jan 10, 2019
101) Making sustainability accessible to accelerate our progress towards a healthier future with 1% For the Planet's Kate Williams
39:22

What are some ways in which non-profits can really shine and accomplish things that even purpose-driven businesses may not be able to? Why is it so important for sustainability to be inclusive of everybody, no matter our backgrounds, abilities, differences in beliefs, or accessibility?

 

Sharing her wisdom here is Kate Williams, CEO of 1% For the Planet, which is a global movement inspiring businesses and individuals to support environmental nonprofit solutions through annual membership and everyday actions. In addition to bringing experiences from her past leadership along, she believes strongly in the power of collective action. Let's dive in.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

[4:55] Kate: "It's about protecting places, but it's also about engaging a broad group of people all over the world—and how do we most effectively do that?"

[17:27] Kaméa: "What do you think has been key to getting so many companies and people on board?"

[19:46] Kate discusses the importance of inclusivity and accessibility within the sustainability movement.

[20:01] Kate: "No matter where you live or how much money you have, you are a human on this planet that we share—so we need to take that into account."

[23:53] Kate discusses the power of the nonprofit sector and its ability to go where for-profit businesses cannot.

[30:56] Kate: "There's always something you can do, and among those things, I think it's really important that people choose because you're going to stay committed to the thing that's right for you."

 

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Jan 08, 2019
BONUS: 5 things to acknowledge yourself for from 2018 and what's next on Green Dreamer
09:10

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Dec 26, 2018
100) Humbling modernity while dreaming up a truly sustainable future with For The Wild's Ayana Young
49:59

What does it mean that a lot of our current efforts to 'go green' could just be facades or short term solutions that might create another set of unintended problems? How do we deal with the loneliness and rage that might come from having woken up to a lot of our systemic issues which a lot of people around us might still not see?

 

Our guest on this episode is Ayana Young, a lover and protector of wild nature and the host of For the Wild podcast. Today, she teaches empowered earth stewardship, leads biodiversity enhancement workshops, and facilitates panels across North America with her team. Let's dive in.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

[5:12] Ayana: "I think the word 'sustainability' is thrown around way too much. It's become a marketing tool."

[8:30] Ayana: "When you think about 9 billion people all with iPhones, cars, being able to fly airplanes anytime... it really doesn't matter if you plug that into a solar panel or not."

[13:30] Kaméa: "Is this a matter of questioning what progress really means? Because we're headed in a direction that is called growth, but equates with a lot of destruction today."

[14:53] Ayana: "I really believe that creativity is the antidote to destruction."

[27:00] Ayana on how everyone we need everybody on board, and how everyone has a part to play.

[37:18] How Ayana deals with her rage and frustration, knowing she sees things so clearly while most people and especially decision makers may not.

 

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Dec 20, 2018
99) Major takeaways and a recap of our first 100 episodes ft. Abigail Davidson (LAST BLOOM TUESDAY)
18:10

As we're wrapping up 2018, I wanted to take this opportunity to have Abigail Davidson, Green Dreamer's Creative Partnerships Manager and the one who's been creating all of our show notes, lead us in reflecting upon our first 100 episodes.

 

Abigail is also a holistic wellness blogger and coach at The School of Wellbeing who helps individuals learn to listen to their bodies and minds and develop a thriving lifestyle specific to them.

 

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Dec 18, 2018
98) Accepting grim realities while maintaining a zest for improving life on earth now with Rob Greenfield
39:55

Even when we may not feel so hopeful about our ability to turn things around for a sustainable future, what can we hold onto to inspire us to keep going? How does our global industrialized food system aggravate social and environmental issues, and how can we begin to tackle this?

 

Sharing his expertise here is Rob Greenfield, a world-renowned adventurer and activist who just embarked on his big project called Food Freedom, where he'll be growing and foraging 100 percent of his own food for an entire year in Orlando, Florida. Some of his other past projects include cycling three times across the United States on a bamboo bike for sustainability, dumpster diving in thousands of grocery store dumpsters to raise awareness about food waste and hunger, and wearing 30 days worth of trash out in public to create a visual of just how much trash one average American creates.  Let's dive in.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

[6:32] Rob on how we may be able to break free from "mono-cropped" perspectives from being in places surrounded by people who live and think in the exact same ways.

[10:03] Kaméa: "What is the ideation process like for you when you come up with your projects?"

[6:04] Kaméa: "How do you deal with people calling you out for the few things you aren't doing perfectly?"

[20:44] Rob: "None of us will ever fix all the problems, and none of us have the responsibility to fix all the problems that were created in the world. But we all can take accountability for ourselves and do our best to have a positive impact around us." 

[28:46] The sustainability and future of our global industrialized food systems.

[30:02] How Rob can feel doubtful about our abilities to realize a sustainable future, yet still have so much enthusiasm for conscious living and activism.

 

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Dec 15, 2018
97) How plastic is made and realizing a future without plastic packaging with Snapshots of Simplicity's Christine Liu
33:54

We've been talking so much about plastic pollution, but how exactly is plastic even made to begin with, and what can we learn from that process to better understand its impact on our health? How can we deal with having friends or family members who may not personally support the work we do or believe it can really make a difference?

 

Sharing her wisdom with us here is Christine Liu, author of the blog and YouTube channel on living more simply and sustainably, Snapshots of Simplicity. She has a degree in industrial and packaging technology from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo and currently works at Cisco as a sustainable packaging program manager, where she also co-founded its internal employee organization called the Green Team Network. Let's dive in.

 

HIGHLIGHTS  

[6:32] Christina explains how plastic is actually made.

[10:53] Christina's advice for someone working for a company that's not focused on sustainability but wants to be an "intrapraneur" and work as a change maker from within.

[11:47] Kaméa: "What do you think is most effective when it comes to influencing the key decision makers in a large company like Cisco?"

[15:35] How Christine deals with push back from friends and family members.

[17:19] Christine: "Being an over-achiever or perfectionist, it's really easy to overlook rest and to not give yourself enough credit for what you do."

[18:15] Christine shares about her anxiety, her decision to take some time off from work, and how it has impacted her overall outlook and values.

  

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Dec 13, 2018
96) How responsible storytelling can better inspire world peace and sustainability ft. Janice Cantieri (BLOOM TUESDAY)
20:28

How can the ways that we go about storytelling either cause division, fear, and hatred, or inspire harmony, empathy, and connection? And in turn, how does this impact our abilities to realize a more sustainable future more quickly?

 

Special guest of our Bloom Tuesday episode, environmental journalist and storyteller Janice Cantieri, shares her expertise on this topic with us.

 

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Dec 11, 2018
95) Reconnecting with ancient wisdom and using eco-tourism to support conservation with Marco Bollinger
39:01

How may looking at advancement in a linear way (underdeveloped, developing, and developed) limit our ability to learn with an open mind and experience life to the fullest? Why is supporting environmentally and socially conscious tourism so important to sustainable development and the conservation of vital ecosystems, like our rainforests?

 

Sharing his wisdom with us here is Marco Bollinger, Co-Founder of Lokal Travel, a marketplace for booking eco adventures around the world that support local communities. He's also an award-winning filmmaker and photographer who's photographed Beyoncé and Barack Obama, spent years documenting Lebanon's refugee camps, and danced for 107 hours in a full costume to raise awareness for rainforest conservation. Let's dive in.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

[5:32] Kaméa: "What does what you learned about happiness [in "developing" nations] tell us about these types of categorizations we often put on different countries?" 

[8:44] Marco shares a powerful story about listening to two little girls in a refugee camp sing a song and what it taught him about resilience and the human spirit.

[12:00] What led Marco from photography to social entrepreneurship.

[17:16] Marco on modern day issues with traveling and even eco-tourism that he wanted to help address.

[23:42] What we can do or look for as mindful travelers to make sure more of our traveling dollars go towards local communities.

[27:17] Marco explains the problem of land speculation when it comes to sustainable tourism.

 

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Dec 08, 2018
94) Supporting better nutrition while tackling food waste using spent barley with Canvas' Sarah Pool
30:41

What are some key public health and environmental issues stemming from the food and beverage industries that we should know about? How do health concerns sparked by the food industry trap people into states of ill health, making it really hard for people to break free from this cycle?

 

Sharing her wisdom here is Sarah Pool, former Founder of Pacific Superfood Snacks and the Co-Founder and CEO of Canvas, a healthy beverage company committed to improving individual and global health through functional nutrition and innovative technology applications. Let's dive in.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

[5:05] Sarah explains why so many of our 'health' foods contain unhealthy fillers and gels.

[7:45] Sarah: "A group of really passionate people can make a huge difference in the world."

[9:32] Sarah explains how Canvas got started.

[11:21] Sarah discusses what prebiotics and probiotics are and why they're important.

[16:50] The most alarming public health issues sparked by the food and beverage industry to know.

[21:52] Insights into latest eco-friendly food and beverage packaging options.

[23:34] Sarah on what need most to accelerate toward a national or global population of healthier humans.  

[25:31] How we can inspire others to make changes, and why it's no longer sustainable to farm the way we have traditionally.

 

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Dec 06, 2018
93) How to urbanize mindfully for more resilience in the face of natural disasters ft. Phoebe Loyd (BLOOM TUESDAY)
19:46

How do natural disasters relate to sustainability and vice versa? And how can we urbanize in ways that take into better account the ecosystem's characteristics so our cities can be more resilient against natural events?

 

Special guest of our Bloom Tuesday episode, Phoebe Loyd of Bare Change, shares her expertise on this topic with us.

 

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Dec 04, 2018
92) Looking past ads telling us we need things we don't need with BuyMeOnce's Tara Button
37:18

Why should durability be a key factor to take into account when we try to shop more sustainably? How are advertisements set up to potentially manipulate our thinking, and how can we address that ourselves in order to protect our mental health?

 

Sharing her wisdom here is Tara Button, the Founder of BuyMeOnce, a website which finds the most sustainable and longest-lasting products on the planet. Let's dive in.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

[7:56] How Tara and her team determine which items are the longest-lasting products on the planet to stock.   

[16:46] Tara discusses the dangers of advertising and how consumers are constantly manipulated.

[19:43] How we can consciously address this problem as individual consumers.

[22:10] Kaméa: "Do you think there's a relationship between the accumulation of stuff and our perceived self worth?"

[25:22] Tara: "Unless you are enough as you are right now, no money will ever make you happier."

[26:19] Kaméa: "When you picture a future where everyone is buying things once, where do you see opportunities for growth from a business or economical standpoint?"

 

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Dec 01, 2018
91) How living walls and biophilic design improve productivity and wellbeing with Sagegreenlife's Richard Kincaid
37:54

What is biophilic design, and what are the scientifically proven benefits of being close to nature? Given that we're increasingly urbanizing, what can we do to ensure that future plans for urbanization prioritize green spaces, living walls, and rooftop gardens?

 

Sharing his expertise with us here is Richard Kincaid, Founder of Sagegreenlife, an award-winning living wall company which has installed custom walls all across the country and is dedicated to transforming built environments into happier, more sustainable spaces. Let's dive in.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

[7:33] Kaméa: "What did you learn from the real estate world that can help us accelerate our work in sustainability?"

[8:26] Richard: "There is no reason why we have to be in these concrete jungles."

[12:44] Kaméa: "What is the process of designing living walls that will thrive in the environments for which you're building them?"

[17:08] Kaméa: "What are some benefits we know of in terms of how greenery in urban landscapes affects our individual wellbeing?"

[19:16] Richard: "Living walls solve a lot of potential problems and it does it in a way that's beautiful and non-controversial."

[20:50] Richard discusses the challenges businesses are facing to attract and retain talent and how living walls can help with this.

[29:30] Richard's thoughts on focusing on the positives when it comes to inspiring action for climate change.

 

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Nov 29, 2018
90) How to be mindful of the role privilege and accessibility play in sustainability to build a better future for everybody ft. Francesca Willow
21:18

How are systemic racism and inequality intricately tied to environmental issues? How can we be more mindful of the language we use when we talk about sustainability to not further exclude and divide, but to help unite and include people of diverse backgrounds and circumstances?

 

Special guest of our Bloom Tuesday episode, Francesca Willow of Ethical Unicorn, shares her expertise on this topic with us.

 

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Nov 27, 2018
89) Why sustainability doesn't make headlines in mainstream media and how we can reframe this topic with Georgina Wilson-Powell
33:43

Why is it that environmental issues rarely make headlines in mainstream media? What's the importance in providing objective information about sustainability, as opposed to subjective ones?

 

Georgina Wilson-Powell, the founder of Pebble, a community-focused and mobile-first magazine on a mission to influence consumer change through inspiring advice for sustainable living. Let's dive in.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

[4:46] Georgina's thoughts on why sustainability topics often don't make headlines in mainstream media.

[5:01] Georgina: "I was always told that sustainability doesn't sell; it's boring; no one is interested. I just felt in my gut that was wrong..."

[17:45] Kaméa: "Why did you decide to emphasize that Pebble Magazine is mobile-first?"

[20:25] Georgina shares her greatest piece of guidance on how we can tell more engaging stories when it comes to sustainability.

[21:48] Georgina: "We like to say that we're the carrot, not the stick. Because you can't beat people into submission to change their behavior."

[26:57] Georgina's thoughts on inspiring friends and family members to care about sustainability topics

 

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Nov 24, 2018
88) Why we're wired to want more stuff and the psychology of materialism with Tim Kasser PhD
39:39

Why are we wired to be drawn to new things constantly and feel a sense of security (at least in the short term) from the accumulation of more stuff? Why should the psychology of materialism actually make us hopeful about our abilities to work towards a less materialistic and more sustainable future?

 

Sharing his expertise with us here is Dr. Tim Kasser, a psychology professor at Knox College in Illinois who's written over 100 scientific articles and chapters on materialism, values, ecological sustainability, quality of life, and more. He shared his expertise on the notable documentary, The True Cost, and has also authored five books, including his most recent one, Hypercapitalism.

 

Let's dive in.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

[10:31] Kaméa: "What influences how materialistic someone is?"

[15:49] Tim explains why we may innately want the latest and greatest things.

[19:21] Tim discusses the problem with our current social, political, and economic system and how it does everything it can to encourage people to consume.

[20:36] Kaméa: "Since it wasn't always this way, what about our world has changed in order to encourage mindless materialism?"

[23:57] How ad-blocking, mindfulness, and the "value pie" can make a huge impact in our materialism and wellbeing.

[28:48] Tim discusses the motivation and message of his newest cartoon book, Hypercapitalism

[30:51] Kaméa: "What do you think we need most today in order to collectively redefine what it means to live well so that we can actually accelerate toward better life quality and a sustainable planet?"

 

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Nov 22, 2018
87) How to shop for safe and eco-friendly skincare and cosmetic products ft. Marie Arlet (BLOOM TUESDAY)
18:07

Why do we even need to be informed shoppers of skincare and cosmetic products? Shouldn't their safety be regulated by the government or industry already? How can we shop for safer and eco-friendly products?

 

Special guest of our Bloom Tuesday episode, Marie Arlet of Shea Brand, shares her expertise on this topic with us.

 

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Nov 20, 2018
86) How championing artisan craft enables us to become better environmental stewards and impactful shoppers with Liza Moiseeva
32:14

How does supporting artisans around the world simultaneously help support sustainability? As the holiday season and Black Friday are coming up, what are some things we should keep in mind to help us be able to shop more ethically and sustainably?

 

Shedding light on these topics and more is Liza Moiseeva, Co-Founder of the leading Fair Trade social enterprise subscription box company GlobeIn. Due to the popularity and great success of the company, they've been able to invest millions of dollars in artisan communities over the past few years alone, helping to alleviate poverty through empowerment.

 

Let's dive in.

 

HIGHLIGHTS 

[8:20] Kaméa: "How does the consumer know whether the businesses are responsible for ethical production, or if all of the middle men in the supply chain are responsible?"

[14:33] Liza on the keys to GlobeIn reaching such a  large audience  to be able to support their artisan communities around the world.

[15:37] Kaméa: "How can supporting artisans around the world also support sustainability?"

[22:29] Liza's advice on how to shop mindfully this holiday season.

[25:07] Liza's tips for someone who is just getting into the sustainability and social impact space.

 

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Nov 17, 2018
85) Why body shaming drives mindless consumption and the importance of self-affirmation in eco-living with Marieke Eyskoot
40:43

How do modern day pressures around body image relate to sustainability? With eco living often focused on the negatives—on what we're not doing enough of and how we're falling short of being perfect—why is it so important to let ourselves feel good about what we do and to reassure ourselves that we're okay... that we're doing enough?

 

Sharing her wisdom here is Marieke Eyskoot, a sustainable fashion and lifestyle expert, sought-after speaker, consultant, and Co-Founder of the International Fair Fashion Trade Show, MINT. With over 15 years of experience in the field, she was nominated as Amsterdam's Citizen of the Year and recently authored the book, This is a Good Guide.

 

Let's dive in.

 

HIGHLIGHTS 

[15:11] Kaméa: "How can we support the sustainability and ethical fashion space to grow if there are less dollars left to be pumped into the marketing side of things?"

[16:40] Marieke talks about her book, This is a Good Guide. 

[20:03] Kaméa: "How do you think we can get over perfectionism and worrying too much about what other people think, to just focusing on ourselves and what we can do to improve?"

[25:06] Marieke's favorite, lesser-known sustainability tip.

[28:53] The relationship between body shaming and sustainability.

 

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Nov 15, 2018
84) How to thrift like a pro and support the second-hand economy to grow ft Leah Wise (BLOOM TUESDAY)
19:37

What happens to our clothes after we toss them out, and what can we do to support the secondhand economy to grow to help fashion (and related industries) go circular?

 

Special guest of our Bloom Tuesday episode, Leah Wise of Style Wise Blog, shares her expertise on this topic with us.

 

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Nov 13, 2018
83) Connecting people through cross-cultural, shared desires and insecurities with 'Female Indiana Jones' Alison Teal
45:09

In this often divided world, what do we need in order to come together so that we can collectively work towards a more sustainable future? Across cultures and language barriers, what are some universal truths about happiness that we can learn and implement?

 

Sharing her wisdom here is filmmaker and Host of Alison’s Adventures, Alison Teal. With her unique upbringing (like a Tarzan child) and adventurous spirit, she's been named "The Female Indiana Jones" by TIME Magazine and "The Oprah of Adventure" by Huffington Post, and has also been on the Discovery Channel TV show, Naked and Afraid.

 

Let's dive in.

 

HIGHLIGHTS 

[6:41] Alison talks about what she calls the disease of 'over-there-itis' and how we always want we can't or don't have.

[7:23] Kaméa: "What is one of the craziest memories you have from your crazy upbringing and living in the wilderness?"

[9:56] Alison: "Stories are the fabric of our world and our culture, so we need to keep sharing them."

[10:43] Kaméa: "How do you think your travels have shaped your perspective on the world differently than most other people?"

[20:16] Alison's advice for someone who isn't happy in their current life situation and wants to travel, but doesn't currently have the means to do so.

[24:27] Alison shares about the time she asked a shaman from one of the last tribes on earth what the secret to happiness is.

[26:01] Kaméa: "What do you think it will take to inspire more harmony and connection among humankind, in spite of all of our differences?"

 

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Nov 10, 2018
82) The story of shark attack survivor turned shark conservationist and photographer Mike Coots
33:58

How did our guest today go from being a shark attack survivor to becoming a powerful voice for ocean and shark conservation? What are some things to do with shark conservation that we should know?

 

Sharing his wisdom here is Mike Coots, who was attacked by a shark at the age of 18, and has since become a professional photographer inspiring people to connect more deeply with sharks and our oceans.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

[4:16] Mike shares the surreal experience of when he lost his leg in a shark attack at age 18.

[14:17] How Mike got into photography after the attack.

[17:12] What gave Mike the courage to photograph sharks up close for his conservation work, in spite of his earlier attack.

[20:55] One thing about shark conservation that most people may not be aware of.

 

[23:03] The link between shark fin hunting, wealth, and increased auditing by the Chinese government. 

[24:32] Mike: "Find your strength and exploit that strength for a good cause."

 

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Nov 08, 2018
81) Is shopping online more or less sustainable than doing so in person? Ft. Polly Barks (BLOOM TUESDAY)
17:21

E-commerce is only increasing. Ever wonder about the environmental impact of buying things from online vs. in person?

 

Special guest of our Bloom Tuesday episode, Polly Barks of Green Indy Blog, shares her expertise on this topic with us.

 

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Nov 06, 2018
80) How to tap into your creative genius zone to help our planet thrive with Katie Patrick
38:22

What if we can just tweak a few words in our messaging to be able to immediately double, and even triple, the amount of action and change that we inspire? Why should we go from looking at tackling public health, social, and environmental issues as a 'fight,' to simply tapping into our own 'creative geniuses' (as our guest today calls it)?

 

Katie Patrick, an environmental engineer, software designer, author, YouTube channel and podcast host, media spokesperson, and board member of Good Environmental Choice Australia shares her wisdom with us on this episode.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

[10:55] Why government legislature and enforcement is necessary in order to have access to the information and data needed to drive change.

[12:52] Katie discusses the importance of presenting that data in a well-designed, simplified, and even fun way.

[16:59] Kaméa: "What was your biggest aha moment while writing your new book, How to Save the World?"

[22:45] Kaméa: "Overall, what have you learned from your research in terms of what it takes to make change happen?"

[24:24] Katie: "Humans ultimately care about connecting to other human beings... So we need to think about social change in terms of how it's fitting into that."

[27:15] The two most important factors needed for every purpose-driven project, according to Katie.

[28:48] What is the value-action gap?

 

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Nov 03, 2018
79) Tackling our global waste crisis while accepting that people are selfish with TerraCycle's Tom Szaky
33:42

Instead of getting people to go against their will and desires to sacrifice things for sustainability, what if we just acknowledge that most of us are selfish, and learn to play into that? How did we even get to our global waste crisis today, and what do we need to do to address this issue on a national and global level?

 

Tom Szaky, the Founder and CEO of TerraCycle, an innovative company that's becoming a global leader in recycling waste that's traditionally difficult to recycle, shares his wisdom with us here.

 

HIGHLIGHTS 

[9:26] Tom explains why some items have been deemed "un-recyclable" and how TerraCycle manages to recycle them anyway.

[12:18] Tom: "Anything that isn't recyclable today, can be. The key is finding other points of value beyond just the material that makes up that object."

[15:40] Tom explains why we need to accept the fact that most consumers are selfish and how we can lean into that to create scalable sustainable solutions.

[17:30] Tom gives a few examples of how to convince consumers "on the positive."

[25:22] Kaméa: "What do you think allowed us to get to where we are today in terms of the scale of our waste issues?"

[27:35] What's better: recyclable plastic or biodegradable bio-plastic packaging?

 

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Nov 01, 2018
78) Why environmental policy can be so hard to change or pass and 3 things we can do to help (BLOOM TUESDAY)
14:06

Why is it so damn difficult to change or solidify environmental policy at a national level? Here, I share what the "Iron Triangle" is in U.S. politics and what we can do as individuals to support systemic change.

 

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Oct 30, 2018
77) How minimalism can enrich our lives with YouTuber and blogger Signe Hansen
31:32

How can we get people who are very much still seduced by fast fashion into the idea of buying less and buying better? How can we deal with perfectionism in terms of sustainable living, and be able to just enjoy this journey rather than just constantly feel bad or feel like we're not enough?

 

Sharing her wisdom today is Signe Hansen, content creator behind the blog and YouTube channel, Use Less, which explores minimalism, sustainable fashion, and lifestyle.

 

Let's dive in.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

[8:43] How Signe deals with perfectionism and criticism from viewers.

[10:54] What Signe says has been one of the keys to growing her audience.

[13:55] Kaméa: "What's been the biggest life lesson you've learned since you've really cut down and embraced minimalism?".

[20:40] Kaméa: "What can we do to inspire the consumers who are still very into fast fashion?"

[21:54] A few benefits of minimalism that don't have to do with sustainability.

[23:03] How the fear of missing out is a huge driver of over-consumption and how we can combat that.

 

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Oct 27, 2018
76) Getting models, talent, and celebrities who spark trends and influence popular culture to stand for sustainability with Anne Therese
32:52

What if more people with great influence on popular culture were to more boldly speak up for sustainability? What would it mean for our world if we had models who were role models, who stood up for public health, social and environmental welfare, and who represent brands that actually align with their personal values?

 

Sharing her wisdom on this episode is Anne Therese Bengtsson, a former New York City model and Co-Founder of Role Models Management, which is on a mission to redefine what it means to be a model. She's also the podcast host of Hey Change, where she inspires people to embrace curiosity and positivity and promotes an ethical and sustainable way of life.

 

Let's dive in.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

[8:28] How the modeling industry works and how Role Models Management sets itself apart.

[10:09] Kaméa: "What do you think having models whose personal values align with the brands they work with (and vice versa) will make possible for our world and for consumers?"

[13:22] How Anne gets past imposter syndrome.

[15:49] Some social issues within the modeling industry we should know.

[22:10] Anne: "Sometimes, the only thing you need to do is speak up once, plant the seed in someone's head, and then that's going to grow... and we need to plant the seeds today."

 

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Oct 25, 2018
75) Did you know these 7 things about electronic waste? (BLOOM TUESDAY)
12:09

You're reading this on an electronic device. Do you know what happens to electronics after they're disposed of? Here are 7 shocking things I learned when I dug deeper into this topic, as well as simple things we can do to help address issues around e-waste.

 

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Oct 23, 2018
74) Inspiring greater respect for our oceans and marine life with underwater photographer Alicia Ward
37:34

What do we need to know about how our skin and hair products may be impacting our ocean's health? Given that our underwater world feels so distant, how can we inspire people to feel more connected to our oceans to want to protect them?

 

Alicia Ward, a professional underwater photographer and Co-Founder of See Through Sea, which is dedicated to ocean conservation and the art of underwater storytelling, shares her wisdom with us.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

[6:39] Kaméa: "How did you learn to free-dive and how long did it take to master that?"

[9:00] How Alicia and her husband, Jim, started See Through Sea.

[10:48] Alicia discusses what it was like to be one of the very few young, female underwater photographers in an male-dominated industry.

[13:34] Alicia shares a few of her most touching memories from her underwater adventures.

[22:05] Alicia: "The things we put on our bodies should be safe not only for us but for the ocean as well." 

[23:24] Kaméa: "What do you think is the best way for us to inspire the public to think about our ocean's health?"

 

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Oct 20, 2018
73) Why we need to redefine what it means to travel for leisure with Evelina Utterdahl of Earth Wanderess
32:11

What are the social and environmental impacts of travel that we should be aware of? Why do we need to redefine what it means to be a tourist so that traveling can become a more sustainable leisure activity?

Evelina Utterdahl, the ethical and sustainable travel blogger behind Earth Wanderess (who decided to stop flying this year) shares her wisdom with us on this episode.

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

[14:20] Eve discusses the privilege of having the time, money, and powerful passport to be able to travel freely.

[16:32] Eve on the social and environmental costs of travel we should know.

[19:56] Easy things we can do as tourists to support local economies and help address the social and environmental costs of travel.

[22:21] Eve: "I think we need to change the mindset that traveling has to be far away or exotic... It can be in your own hometown."

[26:36] The greatest life lesson Eve has learned through her travels.

 

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Oct 18, 2018
72) Beginner tips to composting for healthier soils and a more circular food systems ft. Celia Ristow (BLOOM TUESDAY)
17:01

Given that with soil degradation, we only have 60 years of top soil left... but also that only a tiny percentage of food waste is currently being composted to help regenerate healthy soils, how can we get started in composting even if for the first time?

 

Special guest of our Bloom Tuesday episode, Celia Ristow of Litterless, shares her expertise with us.

 

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Oct 16, 2018
71) The environmental impact of modern day burials we should know with eco mortician Elizabeth Fournier
31:29

What do we need to know about the environmental impact of modern-day burials, and what are "green burials" all about? Given that our burial methods used to be eco-friendly, how did we come to accept an environmentally harmful and financially costly way of running our funeral services as the norm?

 

'The Green Reaper' Elizabeth Fournier, who's the Founder of Cornerstone Funeral Services in Boring, Oregon and author of The Green Burial Guidebook shares her wisdom with us on this episode.

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

[3:16] How Elizabeth came to become a "green mortician."

[8:16] Elizabeth explains what's involved in a traditional burial process versus a "green" burial process.

[11:24] Kaméa: "How did we as a society come to accept an environmentally harmful and economically costly way of doing burials?"

[14:11] Elizabeth: "You have the right to ask questions."

[15:08] A few things Elizabeth says everyone should know about the laws and requirements around burials.

[20:35] Kaméa: "What's been your biggest struggle building your business by yourself?"

[21:43] What's kept Elizabeth going during the moments when she has felt imbalanced in life.

[24:54] Elizabeth: "Love is the answer, I can't say that enough."

 

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Oct 13, 2018
70) How impact investing can help us accelerate towards a thriving future with Ibrahim AlHusseini
33:36

What do we need to know about impact investing and how can that help us accelerate towards a healthier, thriving planet? Why does the traditional idea of first making as much money as possible (at the cost of social and environmental welfare) and then donating to good causes to address those very problems not make sense?

Ibrahim AlHusseini, the Founder of FullCycle Energy Fund, a renowned impact investor, environmentalist, and highly-regarded speaker shares his wisdom with us. Let's dive in.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

[8:20] What led Ibrahim to become a socially and environmentally driven investor.  

[11:48] Ibrahim tells us about his company, FullCycle Energy Fund, which funds companies with the goal of turning landfill waste into energy.

[14:39] Ibrahim explains how we are actually able to turn trash into renewable energy.

[21:55] Kaméa: "When it comes to impact investing, what do you look for in a company or project to see if it has potential to really take off, scale, and create huge positive impact?"

[26:12] Kaméa: "Why do you think it is that we know what it takes to improve public welfare and the health of our planet, but we still get all of these forces going against that?"

[26:54] Ibrahim: "If we cooperate, we can all live a much healthier life than if we continue to compete the way we're competing."

[27:31] What Ibrahim says we can do as individuals to help promote positive change.

 

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Oct 11, 2018
69) How to lower our exposure to VOCs and toxins in bed and at home ft. Nimi Kelloway (BLOOM TUESDAY)
18:07

With indoor air pollution often being worse than outdoor air pollution even in urban spaces, how can we reduce our exposure to toxic chemicals in our homes for our health?

 

Special guest of our Bloom Tuesday episode, Nimi Kelloway of Haute Coton, shares her expertise with us.

 

Find the full show notes with references linked at www.GreenDreamer.com/69, and follow me on Instagram @KameaChayne where I'll be sharing more of my inspirations, tips, and learning lessons along the way. Thanks for bringing your light! x

Oct 09, 2018
68) What we need to know about renewables and electric cars with Green Living Guy Seth Leitman
33:05

What are some things we need to know about electric cars and the future of renewable energy? What does it take to scale our audience size into the millions, so that we can inspire and engage with more people with our work?

Our guest today is Seth Leitman of Green Living Guy – an expert on electric cars and renewable energy who's worked for the state of New York on green energy and who writes about LED green lighting, indoor air quality, alternative-fueled vehicles, and more.

Let's dive in.

 

HIGHIGHTS: 

[7:52] How Seth has managed to balance creating helpful content for people while also making money.

[8:59] Seth: "Just keep showing up. Find one thing in particular that you're an expert in and focus on it. And then from there, everything else becomes obvious."

[9:39] Kaméa: "What's been the key to Green Living Guy really taking off and becoming a leader in this space?"

[12:20] Kaméa: "What's something most people don't know about electric cars that we should know?"

[16:27] What Seth thinks is our biggest roadblock today to transitioning to renewable energy on a national and global scale.

[18:04] How investing in solar energy for your home or business can actually save instead of cost you money.

 

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Oct 06, 2018
67) Shifting away from apparel made using plastic microfibers with Sustainable Fashion Alliance's Andrea Plell
38:51

Why is it important for us to minimize our purchasing of clothes with microplastic fibers, like virgin polyester and nylon? How can we support sustainability markets to grow when conscious consumers, by nature, are trying to buy less?

 

Andrea Plell is the Founder of Ecologique, a PR, communications, and event production company, the Co-Founder of Sustainable Fashion Alliance, and the West Coast Regional Director of Fashion Revolution USA. She shares her wisdom with us on this episode.

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

[8:31] Andrea: "There wasn't a job out there for something like this at the time, so I ended up creating the role for myself."

[11:04] Kaméa: "How has marketing been traditionally used, and how can we best use it for sustainability?”

[13:36] Andrea explains the paradigm shift that's needed in the fashion industry.

[21:04] Andrea's biggest pieces of advice for someone just starting out on an eco entrepreneurial venture.

[25:20] Kaméa: "How can we support eco brands and the sustainability market when conscious consumers are trying to buy less?"

[28:02] What Andrea says are our biggest sustainability issues in the fashion industry.

[29:25] The problem with 'sweat wicking' and synthetic fabrics.

[31:20] The common misperception of donating clothing.

 

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Oct 04, 2018
66) 3 Great leaps around the world we're taking towards a greener planet (BLOOM TUESDAY)
09:11

We're on track to losing our vital forests around the world, but we also are making huge progress towards reforestation and conserving our existing ancient forests. Here are 3 we can get excited about.

 

Find the full show notes with references linked at www.GreenDreamer.com/66, and follow me on Instagram @KameaChayne where I'll be sharing more of my inspirations, tips, and learning lessons along the way. Thanks for bringing your light! x

Oct 02, 2018
65) Carbon-offsetting as our only current way to have a zero emission lifestyle with Cool Effect's Marisa de Belloy
37:09

Why does carbon offsetting sometimes have a negative reputation for just being a bandaid solution to our emissions, and how does the word itself limit our perception of what these projects are actually about? How can we pick out carbon offsetting projects actually effectively offsetting emissions, from the ones that aren't?

 

Marisa de Belloy, CEO of Cool Effect, shares her wisdom with you.

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

[6:27] What Cool Effect does and how it's different than other carbon offsetting projects.

[16:47] Marisa: "When you donate to Cool Effect, you know exactly how many tons of carbon you personally have reduced."

[18:31] Marisa: "Carbon offsetting is the only way we currently have to get to zero."

[20:50] Kaméa: "How much would an average American need to offset their emissions for the year?"

[22:09] How consumers can identify which carbon offset projects that are reputable and trustworthy.

[25:00] Kaméa: "What do you think it will take for emissions to get the same amount of attention as something like plastic?"

[16:42] How Marisa deals with overwhelm and negativity when it comes to climate change.

[30:56] Marisa: "It's important to meet people where they are."

 

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Sep 29, 2018
64) Turning a disruptive innovation for circular fashion to life with OSOMTEX's Patricia Ermecheo
34:52

How was our guest today able to create a technology to be able to close the loop in our production and disposal of clothing? What does it take to come up with a disruptive idea for sustainability and bring that to life?

 

Patricia Ermecheo, CEO and Founder of Osom Brand and OSOMTEX, shares her wisdom with us on this episode. 

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

[9:50] Kaméa: "What is OSOMTEX doing differently than other textile recycling programs?"

[13:24] Kaméa: "Can this be recycled an indefinite number of times?"

[22:17] What it meant to Patricia when Osom Brand was featured as one of the most disruptive technologies in the fashion industry.

[23:35] Kaméa: "What's your best advice for someone who has a disruptive idea that they're just getting started with?"

[26:39] Patricia: "People need to choose their sacrifices wisely in order to achieve their dreams."

 

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Sep 27, 2018
63) How to talk about climate change without scaring people away ft. Meghann Percy (BLOOM TUESDAY)
15:44

With climate change being a topic that often repels and divides people, how can we talk about it in a way to engage more people and inspire more action?

 

Special guest of our Bloom Tuesday episode, Meghann Percy of Kiss That World Podcast, shares her biggest learning lessons from attending Al Gore's recent Climate Reality Project Leader Training in Los Angeles.

 

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Sep 25, 2018
62) How lab grown materials like spider silk can eliminate the need for toxic dyes and chemicals in fashion with Bolt Threads' Jamie Bainbridge
28:10

What do we know about how the chemicals and dyes used to treat our clothing impact our health? How can we pick apart brands that may be greenwashing from the brands that are actually trying to do what they can to improve?

 

Jamie Bainbridge, VP of Product Development at Bolt Threads shares her wisdom with you.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

[5:23] Jamie on what Bolt Threads' scientists and engineers do for fashion.

[7:29] What is spider silk and how is it made?

[13:20] Kaméa: "What are some of the health impacts of the common chemicals used in clothing manufacturing?"

[15:27] What Jamie says we can do as consumers to buy clothes without harmful chemicals.

[9:23] How we can identify brands that are greenwashing versus brands that are actually doing the work.

 

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Sep 22, 2018
61) Looking past standardized impact assessments to understanding a bioregion with Fibershed's Rebecca Burgess
34:10

What is the soil-to-soil concept of circularity, and how can this sequester our carbon, enrich our soil, and promote healthier ecosystems? Why is that we have to look past the numbers and findings from our environmental impact assessments in order to really understand sustainability?

 

Rebecca Burgess, Founder and Executive Director of Fibershed and author of Harvesting Color, shares her wisdom with us on this episode.

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

 

[11:03] Rebecca: "If we don't practice by doing, we'll never really understand complexity in the deeper ways that we need to."

[11:35] Rebecca explains what the term "soil-to-soil" means.

[15:44] Kaméa: "What do we know about what happens when toxic fabrics go back into the soil?"

[16:24] Rebecca explains what a 'bio-solid' is.

[17:55] Rebecca discusses the rise of environmental disease and death in humans, including the problem of boys being exposed to too much estrogen in utero because of plastics. 

[21:16] Kaméa: "How do you think we can move forward to shift society's mindset on wanting or expecting cheap clothes?"

[25:11] Kaméa: "How do you stay hopeful and patient—even with this sense of urgency—so that you can keep doing everything you do?"

 

 

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Sep 20, 2018
60) How to tackle environmental and social anxiety to stay positive and activated (BLOOM TUESDAY)
16:04

With so many global issues looming over our heads, and with social media platforms like Instagram found to be detrimental to our mental wellbeing, how can we tackle chronic anxiety to stay motivated and activated?

 

Special guest for this Bloom Tuesday, Ashley James of Learn True Health Podcast (our guest from EPS58), shares her expert tips and insights with us.

 

Find the full show notes with references linked at www.GreenDreamer.com/60, and follow me on Instagram @KameaChayne where I'll be sharing more of my inspirations, tips, and learning lessons along the way. Thanks for bringing your light! x

Sep 18, 2018
59) How chemicals leach out of plastics to impact our health with Life Without Plastic's Chantal Plamondon
35:51

How can we use the analogy of pasta and pasta sauce to better understand plastics and their health impacts? Why is it that we urgently need more research and development to find alternatives to plastic, especially for food packaging?

 

Chantal Plamondon, Co-Founder and CEO of Life Without Plastic, a pioneering one-stop-shop for all things non-plastic, shares her wisdom with us.

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

[8:14] Chantal: "It started when I was just addressing my need, but I knew there were probably other parents who had the same need."

[9:55] Chantal on the health impacts of plastics.

[10:46] A few factors that increase the chances chemicals will leach from plastics.

[15:54] What keeps Chantal going, even when she experiences discouraging moments.

[17:31] Kaméa: "You do so many things for your business! How do you stay organized to get everything done?"

[21:09] Chantal discusses her book, Life Without Plastic.

 

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Sep 15, 2018
58) A stronger mind and body to support a healthier planet with top wellness podcast Learn True Health's Ashley James
36:26

How can we take ownership and responsibility of our own lives so that we can be empowered to take action and make a difference? What do we need to properly to take care of ourselves holistically so that we have the energy and motivation to bring about our best work?

 

Ashley James, holistic health coach and host of a top wellness podcast, Learn True Health, shares her wisdom with us on this episode.

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

[14:45] Kaméa: "What's a common theme you've heard over and over again while interviewing leading holistic practitioners for your podcast?"

[12:57] Ashley: "The more we give up our power by being a victim, the more we've lost and the more we are just giving up all of our energy, and the person who's victimized us has won."

[15:47] Ashley: "You need to listen to your body and the symptoms of your body so that you can tweak and adjust your diet and lifestyle as you go." 

[16:57] Why it's important to pay attention to our skin.

[19:20] Why genetics are important but don't determine whether or not we will have an illness.

[21:16] Ashley on how we may need to evolve our diets over the seasons and as we age.

 

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Sep 13, 2018
57) A groundbreaking textile made from mycelium, the root structure of mushrooms (BLOOM TUESDAY)
08:41

It's often doom and gloom in this field, but here are 2 positive things happening right now we can get excited about in the sustainability space.

 

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Sep 11, 2018
56) A moral obligation to not drive species extinction with award winning author Carl Safina
36:03

Why is it that we need to instill a sense of moral obligation to not be the reason a living species goes extinct? How can we tell more powerful stories around sustainability to actually move people and inspire action?

 

Carl Safina, Founder of The Safina Center and a biologist, conservationist, award-winning author, speaker, and contributor to NYTimes, NatGeo, HuffPost, etc., shares his wisdom with us here.

 

HIGHLIGHTS: 

[7:33] Kaméa: "Throughout all of your years working in environmentalism, what's been one of your most moving experiences?"

[17:52] How Carl deals with the doom and gloom of working in environmentalism. 

[22:52] Carl: "I have an opportunity to let the animals make their own case for the own existence by going and showing how they live, what decisions they make, who their family is, how devoted they are to one another, etc..."

[25:36] Carl's advice for eco-creatives and entrepreneurs.

[26:14] Carl: "What we eat, who we vote for, how we run our homes—these things collectively are what give the world the shape it has."

 

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Sep 08, 2018
55) 'Biomindfulness' and how meditation can help us work towards a more sustainable planet with Andrea Sanders
32:16

What is 'biomindfulness' and how can meditation help us to collectively work towards a healthier planet to call home? Why is it important to give people space to learn things, process information, and potentially change — at their own pace?

 

Andrea Sanders, environmental educator, mindfulness advisor, TEDx speaker, artist, and Instagram influencer, shares her wisdom with us on this episode.

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

[5:33] Andrea explains the connection between meditation and environmental sustainability.

[10:24] Andrea shares what she has found to be most effective in inspiring people to create change. 

[11:52] How having a 'beginner's mindset' is really helpful when reducing our waste.

[15:26] Kaméa: "If you could go back in time, what would you tell the younger, grumpy environmentalist version of yourself?"

[20:10] Andrea discusses her thoughts on how to stay connected with nature even as urbanization spreads.

[22:51] Kaméa: "On an individual level, what could a deeper connection with nature do for us?"

[23:49] Andrea: "If we tune into nature more, it develops better mental habits, and that just carries over."

 

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Sep 06, 2018
54) How to inspire positive change and the science of getting people to care (BLOOM TUESDAY)
14:33

Most people don't like to be told what to do or that they need to change their habits, decisions, and lifestyle. So how can we inspire positive action and changes in the name of better health and sustainability? Here, I share 5 tips I learned from our past guests that can help strengthen our messaging and approach, and some insights from an article called The Science of What Makes People Care, published on Stanford Social Innovation Review.

 

For a chance to win a gift card to an eco brand every month, subscribe to our Sunday Newsletters at www.GreenDreamer.com, and I look forward to connecting on Instagram @KameaChayne where I'll be sharing more of my inspirations, tips, and learning lessons along the way. Thanks for bringing your light! x

Sep 04, 2018
53) How traveling can inspire connection, harmony, social and eco awareness with modern-day Tarzan @CaptainPotter
33:37

How can traveling inspire a deeper appreciation for humankind and its diversity, more harmony and connection in our world, and awareness of our world's social and environmental issues? What does it take to move people to action through social media and visual storytelling?

 

"Modern day Tarzan with a camera" Sam Potter, photographer, filmmaker, and content creator known as @CaptainPotter on YouTube and Instagram, shares his wisdom and inspirations with us. 

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

[6:15] How Sam got started as a nature and travel-inspired content creator.

[12:25] Kaméa: "What motivates you to share your vulnerable, raw emotions with people in such a public space?"

[14:55] Kaméa: "What are some of your biggest learning lessons in building up your community on social media?"

[15:39] Sam: "At some point, I stopped caring what people thought and I started just posting what I actually cared about."

[19:05] Sam: "Travel has opened my mind in so many different ways... It allows you to have this broader view and appreciation for the world we live in."

[24:25] Sam: "Even in the darkest, saddest, most broken situations, there is a lot of beauty."

 

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Sep 01, 2018
52) Why it's time to go beyond 'organic' to regenerative agriculture with ecological designer Mari Stuart
37:05

Once we've gone down the rabbit hole, digging up all the social, public health, and environmental issues we face today, how do we get ourselves out of there to actually take action and make a difference? Most people already understand and support the idea of 'organic,' which is great... But why is that not enough for sustainability? Why is regenerative agriculture the next big thing to support?

 

Mari Stuart, ecological designer, teacher, and Founder of Project Grounded, shares her wisdom with us on this episode.

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

[6:23] What helped Mari to climb out of the rabbit hole of learning about environmental issues.

[19:10] Mari: "We can do better than just organic." 

[19:20] Mari explains the disconnect between people and food as a result of urbanization.

[20:55] The biggest differences between organic farming and regenerative farming.

[22:22] Kaméa: "What can we do as individual consumers to support regenerative farming?"

[25:18] How regenerative farming affects people in urban areas and is not only an environmental issue, but a personal health issue as well.

[26:27] Mari: "There is much more flavor and pleasure in responsibly-grown food."

 


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Aug 30, 2018
51) Why starting with tiny changes is how we'll win big (BLOOM TUESDAY)
10:03

Plastic straws may make up just 0.03% of ocean plastic waste, but why is this particular focus so important for us to move the needle forward in addressing the bigger picture of plastic pollution? What are two things we can get excited about this week?

 

For a chance to win a gift card to an eco brand every month, subscribe to our Sunday Newsletters at www.GreenDreamer.com, and I look forward to connecting on Instagram @KameaChayne where I'll be sharing more of my inspirations, tips, and learning lessons along the way. Thanks for bringing your light! x

Aug 28, 2018
50) 'Can Business Save the Earth' and why everyone has a key role to play with Michael Lenox
29:04

Considering that a lot of our environmental, social, and public health issues today are driven by irresponsible business practices, how can we turn this around so that we can collectively use the power of business for good? In spite of knowing what we need to preserve our clean water, clean air, biodiversity, and healthy ecosystems, why is it that we still have resistance against these fundamental, shared human needs?

 

Michael Lenox, Co-Author of 'Can Business Save the Earth?,' Tayloe Murphy Professor of Business Administration, and Senior Associate Dean and Chief Strategy Officer at University of Virginia's Darden School of Business, shares his wisdom with us.

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

[5:21] One thing about inspiring systemic change through business that most people don't understand.

 

[5:41] Michael: "Markets and business are the most powerful institutions we've ever invented, and they can be a real catalyst for change and innovation."

 

[9:56] What motivated Michael to write his book.

 

[11:36] Kaméa: "Between consumer awareness, changes in business, and changes in public policy, is there one that has to come first in order for the others to follow?"

 

[14:58] Michael's thoughts on the politicization of technology, economic development, and job creation with regard to sustainability.

 

[17:14] The importance of helping those who have been negatively affected by eco-technology (like those who work in the coal industry).

 

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Aug 25, 2018
49) Inspiring eco awareness through fun festivals and events with Green Is The New Black's Stephanie Dickson
32:11

How can we bring more fun into sustainability so we can draw more people into the space? To inspire greater awareness and action, what can in-person events do for sustainability that the digital world can't replicate?

 

Stephanie Dickson, Founder of The Wedge and Green is the New Black (Asia's first conscious festival) shares her wisdom with us on this episode.

 

HIGHLIGHTS: 

[6:54] The biggest challenge Stephanie faced in creating the first eco-festival in Asia.

 

[8:02] Stephanie: "I really had to learn to be kinder to myself, enjoy the journey, celebrate the wins, and realize that the small changes make a big difference."

 

[10:54] Kaméa: "What's something you've learned from the Green Is The New Black event that's shifted your perspective on sustainability?"

 

[12:05] Stephanie: "There's been a lot of brands working behind the scenes doing all of this great work, but they're so scared to share about this publicly because of backlash and greenwashing. This just reiterated that people are ready to hear about it."

 

[17:22] Stephanie's thoughts on what in-person events can do for sustainability that the digital world can't.

  

[19:51] Stephanie: "When I'm designing events, I think about: inspiration, knowledge, and action."

  

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Aug 23, 2018
48) Beginner's tips to sustainable fashion with investigative writer and stylist Kasi Martin (BLOOM TUESDAY)
15:52

With the fashion industry being one of the biggest polluters in the world, how can we start shopping more sustainably for our clothes without getting overwhelmed? What's an exciting trend we can feel hopeful about within fashion?

 

Special guest for this Bloom Tuesday, Kasi Martin of The Peahen (@the_peahen) shares her expert tips and insights with us.

 

Find the full show notes with references linked at www.GreenDreamer.com, and follow me on Instagram @KameaChayne where I'll be sharing more of my inspirations, tips, and learning lessons along the way. Thanks for bringing your light! x

Aug 21, 2018
47) From eco surfboard startup into global industry authority with Firewire’s CEO Mark Price
35:01

What did it take for our guest today to help an eco surfboard startup become an industry authority and leader? What do we need to inspire a collective shift to valuing our needs over our desires?

 

Mark Price, CEO of Firewire surfboards and former executive at Reef and RipCurl, shares his wisdom with you.

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

[7:40] Mark walks through the process of manufacturing conventional surfboards versus Firewire's eco-conscious surfboards.

[11:49] Mark's greatest personal challenge in growing Firewire from a startup.

[16:08] How Mark balances longterm vision with current goals.

[20:32] What Mark believes has been key to Firewire going from startup to becoming a global authority.

[21:49] Kaméa: "What do you see as a common struggle that eco entrepreneurs face today?"

[22:16] Mark: "If you're looking to start a company with an eco component, that cannot be the only point of difference."

[25:57] Mark: "You have to be optimistic and fight the good fight."

 

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Aug 18, 2018
46) Making sustainability sexy and desirable with serial ecopreneur and ‘ECOrenaissance’ author Marci Zaroff
36:46

What does it mean that we're now beginning an “Eco-Renaissance”? Rather than guilting or shaming people into being more eco-friendly, which might really just push people away, how can we attract people into sustainability so that they naturally and excitedly want to be a part of this movement?

 

Serial ecopreneur (MetaWear, Under the Canopy, Farm to Home Organic, Good Catch Foods, Beyond Brands, Institute for Integrative Nutrition... etc.) and author of the new book ECOrenaissance, Marci Zaroff, shares her wisdom on this episode.

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

[6:09] Marci's journey through entrepreneurship and starting her many different brands and products.

[9:20] One of the biggest struggles Marci has faced throughout the years.

[13:53] Marci: "Design and redesign can change the world."

[14:40] Kaméa: "What's been key to you becoming a successful, serial entrepreneur within sustainability?

[18:46] Marci: "I believe we have to meet people where they are.

[23:34] Kaméa: "What were your motivations for writing your new book, ECOrenaissance?

[25:13] Marci: "Style and sustainability are not mutually exclusive."

 

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Aug 16, 2018
45) 3 Disruptive, innovative projects in sustainable fashion to get excited about (BLOOM TUESDAY)
07:47

When these projects scale, they may have immense positive impact in helping our fashion industry become healthier and more sustainable.

 

Find the full show notes with references linked at www.GreenDreamer.com/45, and follow me on Instagram @KameaChayne where I'll be sharing more of my inspirations, tips, and learning lessons along the way. Thanks for bringing your light! x

Aug 14, 2018
44) A $2.2 Million "Tiny Business" that led the reusable bag movement with ECOBAGS Founder Sharon Rowe
35:23

How was Sharon Rowe able to grow her company into a $2.2 million tiny business while being a pioneer, leading the reusable bag movement? How can we thrive personally, professionally and financially, all while not compromising our values rooted in sustainability?

 

Sharon Rowe, founder of ECOBAGS, shares her wisdom with us on this episode.

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

[8:55] Kaméa: "What was one of the most difficult moments in building your business?" 

[11:30] What kept Sharon going in spite of stressful moments in her business.

[12:55] What Sharon would tell the younger version of her back when she wanted to quit her business.

[13:43] Kaméa: "What has been key to ECOBAGS' growth?"

[14:40] Sharon: "Your fans are the people who take your story, if they believe you're doing it authentically, and take it further than you could possibly ever take it."

[14:59] Kaméa: "What has been effective in how you communicated your brand's why so that customers really connect with it?"

[18:06] Sharon's motivation to write her new book, The Magic of Tiny Business.

[23:52] Sharon: "You have to stay healthy in order to grow your business."

[24:13] Sharon's advice for someone who is passionate about sustainability but is having trouble scaling their business.

[26:47] Sharon: "If you stay on the path and you're listening and actively practicing where you want to go and how you want to get there, you will get there.

 

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Aug 11, 2018
43) Bringing sustainability to the mass market by making it accessible to all with LunchSkin's Founder Kirsten Quigley
35:08

How was our guest today able to get her eco-friendly lunch bags available not just in eco-focused stores, but also in the mass market through big box retailers like Target and T.J. Maxx? Even though issues with plastic pollution have already been around for decades, what did it take for us to wake the world up about this on a global scale, as we have in the recent months?

 

Kirsten Quigley, founder of LunchSkins, shares her wisdom with us today.

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

[6:30] Kirsten: "It occurred to me that I had an opportunity to bridge the gap between what kids learn in school and then what they can do at home to create a ripple of effect of learning and living those values."

[7:05] How LunchSkins first got started.

[9:15] Kirsten: "If everyone could do this small thing, then it could have a really big impact."

[12:08] Kaméa: "What did LunchSkins do to inspire this shift toward a more eco-friendly mindset in your customers?"

[13:38] Why plastic pollution is a personal health issue.

[14:05] LunchSkin's biggest challenge so far in growing the brand.

[18:25] Kirsten: "We don't want being sustainable, being greener, to be a privilege.

[22:25] Kaméa: "What do you think it took to wake the world up to our plastic pollution problem?"

 

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Aug 09, 2018
42) 5 Fascinating tree intelligence findings and why ancient forests are our key allies (BLOOM TUESDAY)
10:20

Have you read The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben? Here, I share 5 fascinating things I learned about trees from this NYTimes Bestseller, including why ancient forests are our key allies in helping us work towards a thriving planet.

 

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Aug 07, 2018
41) Xiuhtezcatl of Earth Guardians on tapping into love, art, and music to build a healthy, just world
32:55

Recipient of President Obama's United States Community Service Award, the 2015 Peace First Prize, and more, Xiuhtezcatl Martinez has been at the forefront leading youth environmental activists and giving speeches since he was six.

 

How can we leverage the power of art and music to support the sustainability movement? In this time of need, what has the most untapped potential that can help us accelerate towards a thriving planet? Xiuhtezcatl, an indigenous climate activist, hip hop artist, author, TEDx speaker, and Youth Director of Earth Guardians, shares his wisdom with us here.

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

 

[4:22] Xiuhtezcatl: “The fact that human life exists is miraculous… And we’re just messing with the balance.”

[5:01] Kaméa: “What gave you the courage to speak up as a child in a world run by adults?”

[8:51] Xiuhtezcatl’s greatest personal challenge throughout his activism so far.

[11:01] Kaméa: “What would your biggest piece of guidance be for someone who feels crushed by all of the things going wrong in the world?” 

[12:37] Xiuhtezcatl: “It’s not about stopping climate change; it’s about ensuring that future generations have a healthy, just, habitable world.”

[13:32] Kaméa: “What’s been the most important thing you’ve learned from being surrounded by thought leaders in the space?”

[18:42] Xiuhtezcatl on how art and music can support sustainability. 

[21:39] Xiuhtezcatl: “We really can touch the people around us in a significant way, and that’s a huge responsibility.”

 

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Aug 04, 2018
40) thredUP's Brand Director on revolutionizing secondhand shopping and helping fashion go circular
27:58

With the fashion industry today being extremely wasteful, what are some positive trends we can feel hopeful about? What can we learn from how thredUP was able to revolutionize the experience of second-hand shopping, from it being viewed as unpleasant to fun and desirable?

 

Erin Wallace, Brand Director of the world's largest secondhand clothing and consignment store thredUP, shares her wisdom with you today.

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

[3:20] Something that shocked Erin about sustainable fashion. 

[6:26] Kaméa: "What was your biggest takeaway in terms of what it takes to establish a brand on a national scale?"

[7:50] What Erin says has led to the de-stigmatization of thrifting and second-hand clothing for consumers.

[10:15] Kaméa: "How do you personally stay organized with all of these different departments you oversee?"

[11:27] Erin's thoughts on the key to creating a loyal customer following.

[11:57] Kaméa: "What's been essential to thredUP starting from ground zero to establishing itself as the leading secondhand online shop?"

[12:49] A few mistakes Erin sees eco and socially-driven brands making that hold them back.

[14:22] Erin: "A lot of us care a lot about the environment and sustainability, and we also love the fun of shopping and getting dressed every day. Those don't have to be mutually exclusive."

[14:35] Erin's advice for eco-driven entrepreneurs today 

[17:12] Kaméa: "What are some of the latest insights into secondhand shopping that have surprised you?"

[17:55] Erin: "We really feel like [secondhand shopping] is on the verge of becoming mainstream..."

[21:57] Kaméa: "If you were the Brand Director of the entire sustainability movement, what would you focus on to grow it from being a niche to attracting everybody?"

 

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Aug 02, 2018
39) Reverse vending machines and thinking outside the box (BLOOM TUESDAY)
09:34

2 things to get excited about? Hear about reverse vending machines and pioneering brands challenging the ways we have been doing things according to status quo.

 

Find the full show notes with references linked at www.GreenDreamer.com/39, and follow me on Instagram @KameaChayne where I'll be sharing more of my inspirations, tips, and learning lessons along the way. Thanks for bringing your light! x

Jul 31, 2018
38) A strong belief in what you do to realize your dreams with bean-to-bar chocolate brand Madécasse's Tim McCollum
28:21

What are some key issues in the chocolate industry that we need to know about? When things get tough, how can we stay motivated and just keep pulling through? Founder of bean-to-bar chocolate company Madécasse, Tim McCollum, shares his wisdom with us here.

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

[6:44] What inspired Tim to start Madécasse.

[7:39] Kaméa: “What was your greatest learning lesson from working in the private sector that you were able to bring to your social enterprise?”

[9:42] The key differences between a traditional chocolate supply chain and Madécasse’s Bean-to-Bar supply chain. 

[11:19] Tim’s thoughts on what targeting the root cause of poverty through chocolate would look like.

[12:49] What we as individuals can do to inspire change from large corporations like Hershey’s.

[14:02] Keys to Madécasse’s success in establishing itself within grocery stores and retailers so far.

[16:37] Tim: “You better believe in what you’re doing. You will go through these amazing swings of euphoria and crashing down, and what keeps you going is the belief in what you’re doing.”

[18:35] Key insights on injustices in the global cocoa industry. 

[20:43] Tim’s thoughts on what we need most to help address poverty and support sustainable development in our world today.

 

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Jul 28, 2018
37) Reluctant entrepreneur turned industry pioneer and leader with Safe Sunscreen Council and All Good's Founder Caroline Duell
32:16

What’s the latest research on the health and environmental impacts of sunscreen? How was our guest today able to go from being a hesitant business owner (who didn’t even want to do business in the first place) to a thriving entrepreneur, fueling her business with her passion for wellness and the environment?

 

Visionary, pioneer, and founder of a leading eco sunscreen brand All Good, Caroline Duell, shares her wisdom with us on this episode.

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

 

[2:07] What first got Caroline into sustainability.

[4:11] What led Caroline on the path to making botanical products.

[8:04] Why Caroline was so hesitant to start a business.

[8:43] Caroline: “I kept myself in check. I knew that you could have a really good impact as a company grows.”

[12:14] Caroline: “The right path is not always what might seem to be the best way to go.”

[13:54] Kaméa: “What has been the key to getting All Good’s products distributed and sold in so many major retailers?” 

[14:47] What's led All Good to being a leading sunscreen brand. 

[15:45] What inspired Caroline to start Safe Sunscreen Council.

[18:15] Kaméa: “Do you think it’s more effective to push for policy change or consumer awareness?”

[19:39] Caroline shares some of the latest research on how sunscreen can be damaging to our health and that of the environment.

[21:48] How we as consumers can make sure the sunscreen we’re buying is safe.

[23:06] Kaméa: “How can we as a society become more preventative with environmental issues before it’s too late?

 

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Jul 26, 2018
36) Are you recycling properly? Expert tips from Jonathan Levy of Zero Waste Guy (BLOOM TUESDAY)
14:55

How do we recycle properly to ensure that what we toss down the recycling chute actually gets recycled, and not just be 'aspirational recyclers'?

 

Special guest for this Bloom Tuesday, Jonathan Levy of ZeroWasteGuy.com shares his expert tips and insights with us.

 

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Jul 24, 2018
35) Persisting in spite of rejections with NatGeo Planet or Plastic Spokesperson and Going Zero Waste's Kathryn Kellogg
32:09

How can we be better communicators so that our important messages actually move people and resonate with our audiences to inspire action? How can we go beyond reducing single-use plastics in our own lives to affecting greater change in actual waste infrastructures for system change? Kathryn Kellogg, creator of GoingZeroWaste.com, actor, and spokesperson for National Geographic's Planet or Plastic Campaign shares her wisdom with you.

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

 

[3:34] Kaméa: "Why are endocrine disruptors and toxic chemicals everywhere in our day-to-day lives, like in normal cleaning products?" 

[5:40] Kathryn: "You didn't have to be perfect to make a difference. That was something that really resonated with me, and I wanted to share that with others."

[6:50] Kaméa: "What's something from your experience acting that supports your work in building up the zero waste community?" 

[7:56] Kathryn's advice for getting our stories to resonate with our audiences.

[9:05] One of Kathryn's favorite (and weirdest!) eco-friendly simple swaps.

[12:30] Kathryn: "When facing rejection, you have to learn how to not take it personally."

[13:08] How Kathryn ended up working with National Geographic.

[13:49] Kathryn: "Showing up is 90% of the battle."

[15:37] Kathryn: "Not everyone has the same amount of access and we have to know that we are all working for a better future.

[16:31] Kaméa: "What do you think are the roots of moral superiority within sustainability?"

[20:30] What we can do as individuals to inspire policy change and help solve waste infrastructure problems.

 

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Jul 21, 2018
34) United By Blue's Brian Linton on cleaning 1 million pounds of trash from first getting business right
28:50

What does it take to scale our positive impacts through business? What are millennials craving today, and how can this actually drive conversations and choices related to sustainability? Founder and CEO of United by Blue, Brian Linton, shares his wisdom with you.

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

 

[2:57] What made Brian want to dedicate his life to cleaning up our oceans. 

[11:06] Brian: "The beauty of the model is that by focusing on the fundamentals of creating a business, we're able to have a longterm, lasting impact."

[12:08] What keeps Brian going personally, despite challenges.

[12:53] Brian: "What's ultimately going to cure our oceans and waterways is people talking about it, educating their friends, and changing their own behaviors."

[14:00] Kaméa: "What has been key to United by Blue's continuous growth and your ability to establish yourself in the sustainability space?"

[16:50] Some of the most difficult products to manufacture in a more eco-friendly way. 

[20:54] Brian's thoughts on our biggest challenge today in fighting plastic pollution.

[21:47] Kaméa: "What's the fastest way to address the issue of single-use plastic?"

 

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Jul 19, 2018
33) Keeping sustainability conversations mindful and 2 things to celebrate this week (BLOOM TUESDAY)
09:35

We're continuing to move the needle forward towards a healthier planet to call home! Here are 2 things to celebrate this week, as well as something we should be mindful of as we continue talking about plastic straws to keep this conversation inclusive and respectful.

 

Find the full show notes with references and links to our Green Dreamers' projects at www.GreenDreamer.com/33. Thanks for bringing your light! Catch you on Instagram @KameaChayne

Jul 17, 2018
32) Dealing with the doom and gloom of environmentalism and how species extinction impacts us with The Revelator's John Platt
31:00

What do we need to know about species extinction around the world today and how that impacts us? How can we stay positive and inspired even as we learn about more problems we need to address? Environmental journalist and Editor of Center of Biological Diversity's The Revelator, John Platt, shares his wisdom with you.

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

[3:55] John: "...it's proof that if you're really educated about something and care about it, you can make a difference.

[8:50] Kaméa: "How do you handle it emotionally when you have to dig into problems all the time?"

[10:30] John: "...It doesn't all suck. We can make a difference and we are making progress!"

[11:25] Advice for someone who feels drained by all of the problems we face. 

[16:09] One major sustainability issue that isn't talked about enough and affects all of us.

[16:50] John: "Wildlife issues in a lot of ways are actually issues about human society."

[21:00] Kaméa: "How does biodiversity loss impact the individual living in urban or suburban areas?"

[21:50] The importance of pollination for our food supply.

 

 

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Jul 14, 2018
31) How putting yourself out there can strengthen your brand and message with Spirit of 608's Lorraine Sanders
36:10

What’s a common struggle specifically for us eco and socially-driven entrepreneurs and creatives that might prevent our passion projects from thriving? Why is it important for us to support large corporations that may have a history of irresponsible practices? Journalist, media strategist, podcast producer and host of Spirit of 608 podcast, Lorraine Sanders, shares her wisdom with us in this episode.

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

[4:54] Lorraine: "I really care about where things came from and the story behind them and that brings more meaning to the things in our lives."

[5:59] Something Lorraine learned about sustainable fashion that shocked her.

[10:21] Lorraine's greatest challenge growing her platform.

[12:33] Kaméa: "What are some common mistakes that eco creatives and entrepreneurs make when trying to build out their presence?"

[13:06] Lorraine: "A lot of people feel like they can't start building their relationships with the media until everything with the brand is perfect. But if you wait... it's almost too late to gather authentic attention."

[15:07] Lorraine on why it's important for business owners to put themselves out there.

[17:44] Lorraine: "The common thread of founders that are making it happen is this thing inside of them that tells them they are going to figure it out. It's a matter of how and when, not if."

[20:30] Kaméa: "How can we tell a more powerful story about sustainability?"

[21:10] Lorraine: "I think we're finally waking up and seeing how major brands who have been vilified are likely to be the ones that truly shift really fundamental, systemic change globally."

[22:49] "Don't oversimplify complicated things."

  

 

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Jul 12, 2018
30) 3 Green Dreamers share easy tips to getting politically active in the U.S. for sustainability (BLOOM TUESDAY)
13:41

Our voices and political actions matter! Here, the following 3 Green Dreamers share one policy they're currently supporting and why, and easy actions we can take today to become active citizens specifically within the United States:

 

Phoebe Lloyd - Environmental activist, blogger, and YouTuber who advocates living an eco-friendly lifestyle on her platform, BareChange.org

Aditi Mayer - Sustainable fashion blogger, photographer, and activist whose work explores the intersections of style, sustainability, and social justice at ADIMAY.com

Faye Lessler - Sustainable living advocate, community organizer, and supporter of sustainable brands behind the blog Sustaining.Life

 

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Jul 10, 2018
29) Saving the face of sustainability and getting publicity for your conscious brand with Orchard and Broome’s Stephanie Sica
35:27

If you're interested in learning how working with a publicist can elevate your work, or what doing PR for yourself might look like, this is an episode for you.

 

What do we need to have in place before we pitch our work to the media (or work with publicists to do so) to increase our chances of getting featured? From a PR perspective, what does sustainability need to garner more attention from the public? Founder of Orchard and Broome, the first PR agency to selectively represent sustainable and ethical brands, Stephanie Sica, shares her wisdom with us.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

[3:43] Stephanie: “I love the innovation and creativity that sustainability offers.”

[7:46] What Stephanie does to create work/life balance as an entrepreneur.

[8:36] One thing eco-creatives and entrepreneurs can do to increase reach and credibility.

[10:11] How to know when a brand ready to work with a PR agency.

[11:52] Why it’s important for brands to have of a budget and invest in long term relationships.

[14:38] What it means for entrepreneurs do do PR for themselves.

[16:48] What brands should look for in a publicist.

[21:40] Stephanie: “I think we need to work hard to stress the inclusivity of sustainability and the idea that sustainability can be for everybody.”

[28:00] Stephanie: “I don’t compare myself to others because I wouldn’t be where I am today if I didn’t do things my way.”

 

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Jul 07, 2018
28) Girlfriend Collective's Co-Founder on its powerful launch strategy and cultivating a loyal customer base
33:55

How was Girlfriend Collective able to launch so powerfully to establish itself in the athletic wear space as a conscious fashion startup? What does it take to cultivate a loyal audience and customer base that's eager to support and share all that we do and create? Today, Girlfriend Collective's Co-Founder Quang Dinh shares his wisdom with us.

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

[7:31] Quang: "Now, with the rise of the internet, to be able to build a product that means something is a lot more powerful because the content to consume is a lot easier today than word of mouth in 2005."

[7:59] Quang's inspiration to start Girlfriend Collective.

[9:25] The team's greatest challenge in creating their product.

[11:49] Kamea: "Can you walk us through the thought process behind your powerful launch strategy?"

[12:52] Quang: "We felt like we had something so strong that I wanted to give this stuff away and know that [customers] were going to come back.

[14:23] Kamea: "How certain were you that you were going to get this return on investment when you first launched that free leggings campaign?"

[15:14] Quang: "We had a lot of skeptics..."

[15:56] Quang: "All the feel-good stuff is always tertiary."

[18:39] Kaméa: "What does it take to get a [conscious] brand seen in today's digitally-driven landscape?"

[24:12] Kamea: "On an individual level, what do you think a single consumer can do to help improve the recycling industry in the U.S.?"

 

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Jul 05, 2018
27) Did you know these 5 things about plastic? (BLOOM TUESDAY)
09:22

It's Plastic Free July! Share this episode with a friend, and let's continue raising awareness together about the simple steps we can take to make a difference. For more plastic-reducing guidance, check out episode 15.

 

Find the full show notes with references linked at www.GreenDreamer.com/27, and follow me on Instagram @KameaChayne where I'll be sharing more of my inspirations, tips, and learning lessons along the way. Thanks for bringing your light! x

Jul 03, 2018
26) Creating engaging and highly shareable content with mindbodygreen's Sustainability Editor Emma Loewe
25:18

What does it take to create engaging and highly shareable content for wellness and the environment? How has mindbodygreen been able to establish itself as an authority in the sustainability space? Here, Emma Loewe, Sustainability Editor of mindbodygreen shares her wisdom with us.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

[6:44] One shocking statistic Emma recently learned about plastic.

[8:23] Kaméa: "What has been the key to mindbodygreen attracting such a large audience?"

[8:39] Emma: "Making [wellness] accessible to everyone is one of our biggest goals."

[9:10] Emma: "It's important to meet people where they are."

[10:03] How Emma overcomes creative block and stays inspired.

[14:28] Emma: "Environmentalism can be a daunting and scary place."

[15:11] Emma's biggest learning lesson from having written over 1,000 articles on sustainability. 

[15:50] Kaméa: "What makes a piece of content really engaging and shareable?"

[17:43] Kaméa: "What do you think has been slowing down the sustainability movement?"

[20:10] Emma: "We make so many micro decisions in our day to day and just starting to make some of them more sustainable can add up to a real lifestyle change."

 

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Jun 30, 2018
25) What to know About soil health today and how self-development can support sustainability with Nikki Silvestri
36:23

What do we need to know about our soil health across the globe? And how can we inspire meaningful systemic change through self-development? Today, one of The Root 100 Most Influential African Americans, former Executive Director of People's Grocery and Green for All, and Founder and CEO of Soil and Shadow, Nikki Silvestri shares her wisdom with us.

 

 
HIGHLIGHTS

[3:45] Kaméa: “What’s something most people don’t understand about how social inequality impacts the movement?”

[6:35] How self-development can support sustainability. 

[8:10] Nikki: “If you can’t make sophisticated decisions because you’re so tied to your own opinion… then we’re never going to get anywhere.”

[8:45] Nikki on how we can go past self-defensiveness to work towards a greater goal.

[14:15] Nikki: “Focusing on building healthy soil is an intervention that is almost impossible to get wrong if you’re doing it the right way, so you will unintentionally benefit other systems.”

[15:20] Current conditions of soil health degeneration around the globe.

[16:49] What we can do as individuals to support regenerative farming.

[19:22] Kaméa: “What do you think is missing from our current way of looking at sustainability?”

[19:55] Nikki: “Soil is pretty hidden when you think about the environment. 

[24:02] Nikki’s thoughts on what it takes to go from awareness to creating meaningful change.

[24:08] Nikki: “The practice of looking externally when we feel uncomfortable is much less effective than looking to ourselves first.”

[27:57] Nikki: “If my behavior is going to be counterproductive to the outcomes I’m going for because it’s going to reinforce guilt and shame, then I’m not going to do it.”

 

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Jun 28, 2018
24) One easy thing you can do today to indirectly support sustainability (BLOOM TUESDAY)
06:03

Pass it on and let's create a ripple effect of good.

 

Find the full show notes with references and links to our Green Dreamers' projects at www.GreenDreamer.com/24. Thanks for bringing your light! x @KameaChayne

Jun 26, 2018
23) Normalizing sustainable living and building an engaged community via video with Erin of My Green Closet
32:15

How can we leverage the power of video to share our ideas on sustainability, deepen our relationships with our audience, and grow our reach? How can we help to normalize eco-conscious living so we don't feel like the odd one out in social gatherings? Today, Erin of YouTube channel and blog My Green Closet shares her wisdom with you.

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

[03:45] A problem about the fashion industry that made Erin feel like she wanted to be a part of positive change in the field.

[07:25] Erin: "I knew nothing [about YouTube before getting started]."

[14:40] Erin on the power of video in engaging and effective communication.

[15:30] How Erin goes about creating engaging content. 

[17:00] Erin: "I think it's important to highlight that you don't have to be perfect."

[18:55] Erin: "It's about seeing all the good things you can do, rather than tallying up all the things you did wrong." 

[22:45] How we can help normalize sustainable living and bring more people into the conversation in positive, inclusive ways.

 

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Jun 23, 2018
22) Orsola de Castro on growing Fashion Revolution into a global movement by inviting everybody to participate
31:52

How did Fashion Revolution, which has become a global movement, get started and grow to have the impact and reach it has today? What does it mean for us that people express interest in buying less and buying better, but often aren't doing so because of things like price, convenience, and style options? On this episode, Fashion Revolution's Co-Founder and Creative Director, Orsola de Castro, shares her wisdom with you.

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

 

[08:30] One of the greatest challenges the Fashion Revolution team faced when growing the movement.

[09:15] Orsola: "We all have a different vision of Fashion Revolution, and yet we all mattered."

[10:35] Orsola: "We kind of assumed #WhoMadeMyClothes would be a relatively easy question to answer, and yet no one could answer it at all. We realized there was a massive disconnection. 

[10:35] Why being bold but inclusive, while avoiding negative protesting, victimizing, naming and shaming, has been so important to Fashion Revolution. 

[13:25] Orsola: "We wanted people to be a part of the solution. Every single one of our wardrobes are in the fashion supply chain somewhere. Therefore, every morning when you choose the clothes you wear, you can be a part of that change."

[16:50] Orsola: "You don't have to have an interest in fashion to understand there's a massive impact in the clothes that we wear." 

[19:05] Kaméa: "An article said - millennials do have the heart to make more sustainable purchases, but often aren't doing so because of things like price, convenience, style options. What are your thoughts on that?"

[22:40] Kaméa: "How has Fashion Revolution been so successful at inspiring action, beyond just awareness?"

[24:35] A key decision Orsola has made as the Creative Director that's helped to elevate Fashion Revolution.

[26:00] Orsola's highest hopes for Fashion Revolution.

 

SPONSOR: Kanekta.co is a digital sourcing platform connecting ethical brands and suppliers to retail buyers across the globe.

 

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Jun 21, 2018
21) 2 Recent Events to Celebrate in Turning the Tide Against Plastic Pollution (BLOOM TUESDAY)
08:43

With all the awareness of plastic pollution, we've been making great, meaningful strides! Here are 2 recent events showcasing us turning the tide against plastic pollution to celebrate.

 

Find the full show notes with references and links to our Green Dreamers' projects at www.GreenDreamer.com/21. Thanks for bringing your light! x @KameaChayne

Jun 19, 2018
20) Fostering Intimacy, Inclusivity, and Open Curiosity with Multi Media with Conscious Chatter's Kestrel Jenkins
33:51

How can we get over perfectionism to just take action in what we want to do? How can we effectively tell the story around sustainability to keep it inclusive and engaging, so that we can grow the movement more quickly?

Today, host of Conscious Chatter and Co-Founder of Left Edit, Kestrel Jenkins, shares her wisdom with us.

 

HIGHLIGHTS: 

[07:25] Kestrel: “After a couple years, I burnt out… I had to step back and reassess how I was going to work in this space.”

[08:35] Kestrel: “[I wanted my work to be about] bringing more people in… so we can all learn together. I wanted it to have an inclusive approach.

[10:55] Kestrel: “Often I won’t do things because I want them to be perfect, and it holds me back from actually getting over the hurdle of just starting things.” 

[14:15] Kaméa: “Let’s say you wanted to start something new today, and a voice is telling you it’s not good enough. How would you respond?”

[19:00] Kestrel’s thoughts on what we can do to keep conversations around discouraging issues engaging. 

[23:35] Kestrel: “It’s not a simple story. It’s really complicated – an intricate conversation.”

[24:30] How Kestrel balances staying objective as a storyteller while also expressing her opinions.

 

SPONSOR: Kanekta.co is a digital sourcing platform connecting ethical brands and suppliers to retail buyers across the globe.

 

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Jun 16, 2018
19) Pela Case From Being “Laughed at” to Leading the Industry by Example with its Co-Founder Jeremy Lang
28:42

Now that we know about plastic pollution, what's next? What do we need to start from scratch to building a physical eco product and bringing that to life? Today, eco smartphone case brand Pela Case's Co-Founder, Jeremy Lang, shares his wisdom with us.

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

[06:50] How Jeremy turned his idea into an actual product.

[08:55] The hardest part for the Pela Case team going from product to launching the brand.

[11:40] Jeremy: "We wanted to make sure that it wasn't an eco-friendly product that didn't function well. We wanted to make sure #1 it was designed really well, protected your phone, felt really great. But also was eco-friendly."

[13:40] Keys to helping Pela Case take off as a brand.

[14:55] Jeremy: "It really seems like we can make a difference."

[15:45] What Pela Case's team did to secure some great, viral press features.

[17:00] Kaméa: "What do you think the world needs to not have any plastic issues at all? What does that world look like?"

[17:45] Jeremy: "You can look at it two ways... what a big pile of garbage, or you can say... what an opportunity..."

[20:20] Kaméa: "How can we inspire conventional companies to be more responsible for the products they're putting out (that will eventually be disposed of)?"

 

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Jun 14, 2018
18) What to Know about Microplastic Pollution and its Impacts Right Now (BLOOM TUESDAY)
09:11

18 of 18 beaches around the world have been found to have microplastics. And 1/4 of fish tested in markets in California were found to have microplastics in them.

 

We've yet to understand the impacts of microplastic pollution on a global scale over time, but here I share some new things I learned over the weekend in terms of what we already know, as well as 2 ways we can begin to help to address this more challenging issue as individuals.

 

Are you working on an important research or project to help address microplastic pollution, or know of one you'd like to share? Get in touch via GreenDreamer.com so we can learn from you and support your work!

 

Find the full show notes with references and links to our Green Dreamers' projects at www.GreenDreamer.com/18. Thanks for bringing your light! x @KameaChayne

Jun 12, 2018
17) Progress Over Perfection in Fighting Plastic Pollution with Plaine Products' Lindsey McCoy
31:19
 

How can we go from having an ecopreneurial idea, especially something that's not yet been done before, to bringing it to life? What do we need to really tackle the issue of plastic pollution all over the world and move into a more circular economy? Today, Plaine Products' Co-Founder, Lindsey McCoy shares her wisdom with us.

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

[5:30] Lindsey: "It is a continual learning journey. Still, we're learning, tweaking, ... I think that's part of being an entrepreneur... constant problem solving, ... when something's not working out the way you thought it was going to, being able to let go and figure out how to adjust."

[06:20] Something that didn't work out for Plaine Products that they had to tweak.

[06:55] How Lindsey raised awareness for her brand.

[13:50] Lindsey: "Something that you're going to use once for a few minutes but will stick around for hundreds of years... just doesn't make sense when there are other options out there."

[14:15] Lindsey: "My motto is progress, not perfection... life happens."

[17:25] Lindsey: "Instead of asking why organic food is so expensive, maybe we should be asking why non-organic food so cheap."

[21:25] Lindsey's greatest learning lessons from her ecopreneurial jourey.

 

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Jun 09, 2018
16) "Conscious Consumerism is a Lie" and Getting the Courage to Be Controversial with Alden Wicker
30:41

As part of 'speaking up for what we believe in,' how can we muster up the courage to say things that are different or that might go against the current? And, what needs to happen alongside conscious consumerism in order for us to accelerate positive change?

Alden Wicker, Editor-in-Chief of EcoCult.com, President of Ethical Writers & Creatives, and journalist with bylines in Racked, Quartz, Refinery29, Glamour, Inc Magazine, and more, shares her wisdom with you here.

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

[9:45] The biggest challenge Alden faced building EcoCult into a leading sustainable lifestyle blog.

[12:30] Kaméa: "If you were to start all over, what would you do differently to establish yourself more quickly?"

[14:20] Kaméa: "Do you get nervous before publishing something controversial, and what gives you the courage to do it anyway?"

[16:20] Alden: "There's too much emphasis being placed on guilting people into working harder at being sustainable."

[19:05] Alden: "There's this rampant perfectionism in the movement.

[19:15] Alden: "There's this idea that we can't demand the government tax or ban plastic bags unless we haven't ourselves used a plastic bag in a year, because that'd be hypocritical. No, I want them to tax and ban them. Because then, it'll be easier for me to not use a plastic bag and be the person I want to be."

[19:40] Alden on her viral article "Conscious Consumerism is a Lie" on Quartz.

[23:00] Alden: "It's really easy to become popular in this world by overpromising people, or holding yourself up as perfect."

[25:10] Alden: "I don't want people to feel guilty. I do want them to feel pissed."

 

SPONSOR: Kanekta.co is a digital sourcing platform connecting ethical brands and suppliers to retail buyers across the globe.

 

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Jun 07, 2018
15) 5 Green Dreamers Share Shocking Statistics and Simple Tips to "Beat Plastic Pollution" in Honor of World Environment Day (BLOOM TUESDAY)
13:26

In honor of World Environment Day themed "Beat Plastic Pollution," I share some words of wisdom from the following 5 Green Dreamers:

 

Amber Boyers - Founder of eco swimwear brand Baiia Label

Renee Peters - Model, Earth Activist and Content Creator of Model4GreenLiving.com

Holly Rose - Writer, Environmentalist, Blogger of LeotieLovely.com

Florine Hofmann - Zero Waste Blogger of TheWastedBlog.com

Tamara Lim - Founder of zero waste grocery delivery service Wally Shop

 

Find the full show notes with references and links to our Green Dreamers' projects at www.GreenDreamer.com/15. Thanks for bringing your light! x @KameaChayne

Jun 05, 2018
14) Scaling Your Positive Impact via Collaborating and Building Trust with Ecosia's Head of PR
26:08

Why has the palm oil industry become so destructive in Southeast Asia? When we're up against such colossal environmental issues, how can we scale up our positive impacts to be able to address them more effectively and powerfully? Here, the Head of PR of Ecosia (a search engine that uses its ad revenues to supporting tree planting projects around the world), Jacey Bingler, shares her wisdom with you.

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

 

[3:55] Motivations for Ecosia to focus on tree planting projects.

[6:45] Jacey's eerie memory at a palm oil tree plantation and why these plants have become so destructive in southeast Asia.

[7:40] Jacey: "As long as there are no palm oil plantations, the government isn't necessarily interested in building proper roads."

[10:10] Ecosia's biggest challenge reaching more potential users and what's worked for them.

[15:00] How Ecosia builds trust and loyalty among its users to support its exponential growth.

[18:40] Kaméa: "What do you think the world needs to accelerate towards a greener world?"

 

 

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Jun 02, 2018
13) @FoundInTranslations on Celebrating the Beauty of Humankind and Seeing Good in Ourselves as Keys to Sustainability
26:33

What happens when we consciously look beyond mainstream portrayal of reality? And how can we create and innovate in ways that push the needle forward and doesn't just add to info-overload? Here, award-winning, globally exhibited photographer Mukul Bhatia of @FoundinTranslations shares his wisdom with you.

 

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HIGHLIGHTS:

[02:45] "I was always the odd one out... I knew I saw the world in a different light than what mainstream cinema or media [portrayed]."

[04:30] "There are so many things that are usually lost in translation, but one thing I found in my journey… was receiving kindness [from every place I travelled to].

[05:30] Mukul: "In this Insta-friendly world, most people don't see the journey."

[08:00] Mukul's life-changing realizations from traveling.

[9:45] Mukul: "Humankind is very beautiful in underrated ways… it's only when we see good in ourselves that we grow the good.

[12:10] Mukul: "[Sustainable living] is really not supposed to be guilt-oriented, but mostly for the love for the environment you live in."

[16:20] Keys to Mukul establishing himself as an internationally exhibited photographer.

[20:00] Mukul: "Don't be perfect."

 

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May 31, 2018
12) Q&A: "What got you into sustainability?" (BLOOM TUESDAY)
11:15

Here, I answer a Question from April @thehonestroot: "What got you into sustainability and green living?"

 

If you'd like to share your journey into sustainability with me, tag me @KameaChayne #GreenDreamer in your post so I can learn your story, too, and maybe even share it in a future post! :)

 

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May 29, 2018
11) @SustainablyChic's Natalie on Finding Balance and Staying Resilient in the Face of Negativity as a Content Creator
29:38