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Ep 21: Some Positivity during this Pandemic.

Welcome to the first Book of Leaves podcast episode of 2020. What a time to be alive eh?

I wanted to ease into this season with a little message of positivity in this crazy time. I talk a little bit about mental health and suggestions for things to do to keep you busy and also talk about how it's OK to do absolutely nothing! And I read a poem for you because why not?

I'll link particular suggestions I made below so you can find them. Stay home, stay safe, sending you lots of love. X

Documentary Suggestions:

This was taken before lockdown, I'm safe at home now and hope you are too!

Charity Suggestions:

Gardening suggestions, check out Episode 15 for ideas to help biodiversity.

Download or sign up to Duolingo to learn a language.

Follow accounts like Sustainable Fashion Dublin for upcycling activities to do at home.

If you can afford to contribute to the running of this podcast, you can do that here!

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Ep 20. Sustainable Resolutions

Happy New Year guys. I know it doesn't feel like it for a lot of people, especially due to the ongoing fires in Australia. Personally, I find it so hard to not be overwhelmed when such disasters happen but the only thing I can do that alleviates this dread in me is knowing there is still life right now therefore there is still hope and I must do what I can.

In this (delightfully short) episode I suggest 6 resolutions you can take your pick of for 2020, or adopt them whenever you like if that's your jam! I also give a quick summary and shout out to all the guests I've had in 2019 and of course to you guys, the listeners. Thank you all so much.

I'll be back in 2020 at some point with more inspiring and educational interviews.

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Mentioned:

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Ep 19. Simple No Waste Life – Timi Nicholson

Episode 20 is a casual chat with Timi Nicholson, one of the early members of the inspirational Zero Waste Ireland Facebook Group and host of the day to day sustainable blog, Simple No Waste Life. In this episode we chat about:

  • A bit about who Timi is and how she fell into the sustainable way of living.
  • Home hacks - going without or making your own.
  • How Simple No Waste Life came about.
  • How Timi found the transition to cloth nappies (with the help of Cloth Nappy Library Ireland).
  • Sustainability in Hungary.
  • Climate Anxiety.

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Ep 18. Offsetting Carbon & Creating Social Change with Vita – Holly Hughes

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In this episode I interview Holly Hughes from Vita Ireland, a charity focusing on climate justice and human rights at the same time. Their model is one many could learn from. Have a listen, rate, review & let me know what you think!

We chatted about:

  • Holly’s background before working with Vita.
  • Who Vita are & what they do.
  • What life is life for communities in Ethiopia and Eritrea.
  • How locals receive Vita.
  • How carbon credits and offsetting carbon works.
  • How their investment programme works.
  • Making sure your offsets are accredited by Gold Standard.
  • The pricing of carbon credits.
  • How to support Vita: gift packages and impact fund.
An example of the stove I was trying to explain in the episode!

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Ep 16 & 17: A Sustainable Christmas

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Episode 16 & 17 is all about Christmas! I sat down with sustainable guru Cate Russell, fellow actor and friend and we delved into sustainable solutions for Christmas from gift suggestions to recipe suggestions. All businesses mentioned are linked below. Don't forget to share this episode with a friend!

In Part 1 we covered:

  • An quick intro to Cate and how we feel about Christmas.
  • Real vs Fake trees.
  • Decorations: fairy lights, garlands, tinsel, baubles, making your own.
  • Where & how to recycle electronics. Find your local WEEE drop off point here.
  • GIFTS (see detailed description & links below).

Gifts

  • Monitor what you need to get and how much you're spending. I mention this Xmas Gift app. 
  • Ask your friends/family what they'd like or need.
  • Offset their carbon with a charity like Vita.
  • Plant a tree with a charity or company like Grown. 
  • Gift a plant.
  • For kids you can make them a book with scraps of paper, paint a t-shirt, knit a toy.
  • Sustainable clothes, accessories, jewellery or candles. Brands linked below!

Clothes, Bags, Accessories:

  • Jump The Hedges - upcycled tarpaulin to water resistant yoga bags, bum bags etc.
  • Grown - organic cotton t-shirts & jumpers & they plant a tree for every sale.
  • The Upcycle Movement - upcycled wetsuits to bags, earrings, pencil cases etc.
  • Cork Crafts. - traditional cork products (learn about cork in episode one!) such as shoes, bags wallets etc.
  • ReKINDle. - beautiful hand-painted denim jackets, patches & tote bags with earth friendly messages.
  • Fresh Cuts. - shop in Dublin selling their own eco branded clothes among other brands.

Socks & Underwear:

  • Stór - bamboo and organic cotton underwear for men.
  • Rapanui - underwear and clothes and they take their own stock back to recycle.
  • Thought - organic catoon, bamboo & hemp socks, underwear & other clothes.
  • Ecoalf - swimwear and clothes from recycled nylon plastic taken from the ocean and beaches.
  • Stripe & Stare - mostly use modal from beechtrees to make knickers and other clothes and, their knickers are compostable.
  • Patagonia - have a shop in Dublin as well as an online store and sell outdoor wear including sustainable warm socks.
  • Molke - all their colourful underwear is manufactured in Scotland and sustainably sourced.
  • Swedish Stockings - luxury detailed tights and stockings from sustainable material (plus they have this amazing scheme for taking back old tights which I didn't mention in the episode!).

Books:

Jewellery:

Candles:

Technology:

  • Mind your technology to make it last with covers like Pela and anti virus software etc.
  • Purchase second hand from CeX.

Toiletries:

Make sure they'll actually use what you give them!

  • LUSH - all ethical, mostly vegan, take back their plastic containers to recycle into new ones.
  • Bodyshop - cruelty free natural products (though they use a fair bit of plastic).
  • Superdrug - own brand toiletries are all free from animal testing but again, they use plastic.

You can buy sustainable soaps and toiletries (and more!) from these Irish retailers:

Cards:

In Part 2 we continued on discussing:

  • Gift wrapping alternatives.
  • Christmas cards.
  • Dinner.
  • Pets for Christmas.
  • Mental Health.
  • Upcoming Markets.

Dinner:

Upcoming Christmas Markets

CountyDateMarket & VenueHostsTime
CorkEvery SaturdayCork Craft Market @ Princes Street Church, CorkThe Fair Alternative10am-5.30pm
Every SaturdaySkibereen Farmers’ Market9.30am-2pm
13th DecGreen Friday 2019 @ St Peter’s, CorkTBC
DublinDaily until 31st DecMakers Market @ Om Diva BoutiqueOm Diva Boutique10am-6.30pm
Sun: 12-6pm
Sundays until 22nd DecChristmas Market on the Green @ The Well, Stephen's GreenUrban Markets Dublin12-5pm
13-15th DecThe Fumbally Christmas Market @ The Fumbally StablesThe Fumbally Stables13th: 1-8pm
14-15th: 10am - 6pm
14th DecSustainable Fashion Dublin Flea @ The Workman’s ClubSustainable Fashion Dublin12-5pm
14th & 15th DecMade in Stoneybatter @ The Work and WeldersLilliput Stores11am-5pm
14th & 15th DecChristmas Eco Craft MarketNational Botanic Gardens10am-4.30pm
19th & 20th DecA4 Winter MarketA4 Sounds19th: 3-10pm
20th: 12-5pm
Kerry14th & 15th DecOld Market Flea @ The Laurel’s Hall, Killarney11am-5pm
Meath22nd DecMarket @ Sonairte, LaytownSonairteTBC

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Ep 15. Bringing Biodiversity Back into your Garden or Balcony- Collie Ennis

Collie Ennis is a fellow podcaster (check out The Critter Shed!), Science officer with the Herpetological Society of Ireland and a research associate at Trinity University Dublin. He's also a great laugh to have the chats with and a fountain of knowledge. We delve into all things critter related in this episode.

In particular we cover:

  • How Collie came to work with critters.
  • How important invertebrates are to biodiversity.
  • Why invertebrates are struggling today.
  • How climate change is affecting them.
  • The hidden species of Ireland from newts to toads.
  • How to easily turn your garden or balcony into a haven for invertebrates on rented or owned land.
  • What happened at the Tallaght Wetlands.
  • Advice as a community member on how to protect a local patch of land, vital to species, threatened by development.
  • Working with neighbours to turn estate greens into bio-diverse areas.
  • Growing food in a garden full of bugs.

Mentioned:

You can follow Collie on Twitter or Instagram and don't forget to checkout The Critter Shed podcast (who are on Twitter and Facebook).

Let me know what you think of this episode and don't forget to rate, review and share!

 

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What to do for Invertebrates on your land:

  1. Provide a water source either level with the ground or with a ramp of rocks around it so animals can get to and fro. Place in an underwater plant from a local canal or pond.
  2. Plant vines (like Clematis) around your garden so frogs can climb in and out. You can also knock a brick or small hole out of your garden wall on either side so animals like hedgehogs can come and go either direction.
  3. Plant wildflowers recommeded by the Pollinator Plan. If you're renting, plant pots with over flowing plants like nasturtiums.
  4. Pile old decking for bugs like bumble bees. (Let it rot!)
  5. Bring in some rotting wood (from deciduous trees, not pine)and fallen leaves for insects to feed from.
  6. On a balcony, place out a bucket or tray of stagnant water. Plant some wildflowers in pots.
  7. Sit back and enjoy the life around you!
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Ep 14. Consumer Culture & Decluttering – Emma Gleeson

Emma Gleeson is a professional declutterer with a background in fashion. The research she did into the psychology of consuming things makes this episode an interesting one! We chatted about a whole host if things including:

  • How Emma came to work as a sustainable advocate.
  • The psychology behind why we buy things and why it makes us feel good.
  • How Emma's approach to decluttering works.
  • Where things should go when you're letting go of them.
  • Why we find it hard to part with some "sticky" items.
  • Dealing with stuff on specific holidays.
  • Organizing your children's toys.
  • Decluttering your wardrobe.
  • Tips for your mental health while decluttering.

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Ep 13. The Native Seals & Why a lot need Rescuing – Melanie, Seal Rescue Ireland

I had the absolute pleasure of visiting Seal Rescue Ireland in Courtown to interview Melanie. Her extensive knowledge of conservation made this a really enjoyable educational episode, although sometimes very saddening due to how Seals are suffering at the hands of humans. Have a listen, share it around and be the eyes and ears of SRI when you're out along the coast.

We covered:

  • Melanie's background before coming to work for Seal Rescue Ireland.
  • Facts about the seals that are native to Ireland and how their populations have fared over the years.
  • Why SRI end up needing to rehabilitate seals.
  • How pollutants end up in the sea and what we can do to stop them.
  • The importance planting trees, particularly Riparian buffers, has on the health of the sea.
  • The relationship between seal conservationists and the fishing industry.
  • The benefits of Eco-Tourism.
  • How SRI rehabilitate their seals and releases them.

What to do if you see a seal on the beach:

  • Stay at least 100 metres away.
  • Call SRI's hotline number: +353(0)87 1955393.
  • Keep your dog on a short lead.
  • Do NOT approach the seal or try drag it into the sea!

 

Adopt a Seal here. Your adoption certificate will be e-mailed to you as well as regular updates!

 

 

 

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Ep 12. Why it’s time to join the Rebellion- Cormac Nugent, Extinction Rebellion

For episode 12 I asked Cormac Nugent for an interview on behalf of Extinction Rebellion Ireland. He has been with the group for a few months and hosts some of their public 'Heading for Extinction' talks. He knows an awful lot about the climate crisis situation and more importantly, what we need to do about. We cover a LOT in this episode so it's longer that usual but you won't notice the time going. We sure didn't!

Some of the highlights we talked about are:

  • How Cormac became involved in Environmentalism.
  • The Montreal Protocol: protecting the ozone.
  • Who Extinction Rebellion are, their demands and values.
  • Why they do disruptive actions.
  • What The Climate Emergency the Irish government declared means for us and the climate emergency measures bill.
  • A brief science of the climate crisis: previous extinctions, carbon absorption by the ocean, coral reefs, soil degradation.
  • The temperature rise, why and how it happens, what needs to be done to stop it.
  • Tree cover in Ireland and the problem with sitka spruce.
  • Our carbon budget.
  • What a just transition means.
  • Electric cars Vs public transport.
  • The top 3 causes of climate change.
  • Erica Chenoweth’s studies including the 3.5% rule.
  • Rebellion Week.
  • What you have to do to risk arrest.
  • Examples of affinity groups: Plant Bandits and The Bumble Bees.
  • Advice for battling eco-anxiety.

Educational Resources:

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How to get involved:
  • Social Media Channels: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.
  • Joining your local group (or setting one up if there isn't one!).
  • Via your College/University XR society. Again, you can set one up if there isn't one!
  • By attending local Heading for Extinction talks, NVDA workshops and monthly meetings, all events are listed on their Facebook page here.
  • Share XR's events and posts online and with your friends and family.
  • Donate to their GoFundMe by clicking here.
  • Join protests in person.
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Find and join your nearest strike on the 20th of September!

[Sign up to be a steward here.]

School-age students have self-organised marches around the country and they need you to attend.

  • Dublin: Gathering 12:00 at Customs House, marching at 12:30 to Merrion Sq., rallying 13:00 - 14:00 at Merrion Sq. in front of Govt. buildings
  • Cork City: Gathering on Grand Parade St. from 12:00, marching at 12:20.
  • Kerry (Tralee): Meet at County Buildings, Ratass, at 9am
  • Clare (Ennis): Meet at The Height, O’Connell Square at 9am
  • Drogheda: Demonstrating from 13:00 outside St. Peters's Church, West St.
  • Galway: Demonstrating from 13:00 - 16:00 in Eyre Square
  • Navan: Demonstrating from 13:00 - 15:00 at the Market Square
  • Limerick: Marching from Arthur's Quay Park at 13:00, finishing at City Hall.
  • Dundalk: Demonstrating from 12:30 - 15:00 in the Market Square
  • Kenmare: Demonstrating from 9:00 - 13:00 outside the Courthouse
  • Dingle: 12pm at the Town Park climateactiondingle@outlook.ie.

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Ep 11. Cloth Nappies: the “How”s and “Why”s – Annie Byrne, Cloth Nappy Library Ireland

In this episode I give a brief mention about the Amazon Fire and what we can do about it before getting down and dirty with all things nappy related with Annie from Cloth Nappy Library Ireland. Whether you're a current or soon-to-be parent or know someone who is, or just like learning new things, this episode is for you.

The two of us chat about:

Annie's Cleaning Advice

  1. Do a cold rinse first.
  2. Then a hot wash at 60 using whatever detergent you use.
  3. Depending on hardness of water you can do a rinse at the end.
  4. Airdry the outershell.
  5. Most of the padding/boosters can go in the dryer.
  6. That's it!

Events, Groups & Meet-Ups Mentioned:

Where to find some beautiful cloth nappies as mentioned by Annie:

Annie's collection!
Annie's collection!

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