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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:

Cormac protesting in style against the invasive sitka spruce.
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 10. Why we are Sick of Plastic! – Claudia Tormey, Friends of the Earth

Episode 10 is here already! This one specifically looks at plastic and I talk to Claudia Tormey about it. Claudia works for Friends of the Earth and runs their #SickOfPlastic campaign. Have a listen to learn about:

  • How and why Claudia came to work for FOE.
  • Who are Friends of the Earth & what do they do?
  • Why plastic is such a problem.
  • Fracking & drilling for oils in Ireland.
  • The LNG terminals (take action here!).
  • How to Shop and Drop.
  • What's been happening to our waste.
  • Advice on how keep it together as an environmental activist.
Photo: Sorcha McManigan

Other campaigns & causes mentioned:

 

Media Mentioned:

Take action by signing their Sick of Plastic campaign petition here!

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Ep 9. The Solution to Plastic Toys & “Toy Miles” – Sharon, Jiminy

It's time to awaken our inner child with Sharon from Jiminy! This woman is an inspiration for anyone who wants to just do something for the planet from micro activism to evoking huge changes within corporations.

We chatted about:

  • Sharon’s background before Jiminy.
  • What’s the exact problem with toys?
  • The challenges Sharon faced of finding eco friendly toys.
  • What are Toy Miles?
  • The criteria products must fill before Sharon orders them.
  • How she encourages her suppliers to do plastic free shipping.
  • Borrow kits, how they work and how you can help!
  • Personal advice from Sharon as to how we can help the planet.

Below is Sharon's list of Stockists across Ireland! You can also find it on her website here.

Where Retailer Range stocked
Dublin Mira Mira, Sandymount Green Toys
Designist, George's St Toys
Hugh Lane Gallery Bookshop Art/craft supplies
Irish Craft Siopa, ABC Drumcondra Toys, art/craft supplies
Bí Urban, Stoneybatter Toys
Paper Pieces, Raheny SC Toys
Reuzi Art/craft supplies, few toys
Wicklow The Village Store, Enniskerry Toys
Wexford Hook Lighthouse Giftshop Toys
Galway Lighthouse Giftshop at the National Aquarium Toys
Mayo PAX Westport Art/craft supplies, few toys
Sligo Pulled Screenprinting  Art/craft supplies
Tyrone Soul Hippy Toys, art/craft supplies

 

If you want to get in touch with Sharon, be it as an eco toy producer, potential stockist or to offer a party kit, her e-mail is hello@jiminy.ie or contact here via the Jiminy Website. Don't forget to follow Jiminy on Instagram and Facebook too!

 

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Ceara X

 

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Ep 7. The Basics of a Vegan Diet from Fitness to Family – Dr. Ailis Brosnan

Episode 7 was recorded a few months ago with Dr. Ailis Brosnan, I've just been waiting for the right time to release it!

We chat about:

  • The basic food intake and tips she suggests for eating a plant based diet.
  • Her diet in regards to her active lifestyle.
  • A brief look into raising vegan children.
  • What services she offers for people wanting to improve their health or physique or transition to a plant-based diet.
  • The road she followed to working in her field of health psychology and sports and also transitioning to vegan diet.
  • Her Mizen Head to Malin Head journey, find out how she got on here!

Check out Dr. Brosnan's website here where you can find access to her online coaching and services.

Resources mentioned:

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Ep 6. Researching Sustainable Eating – Simone Tiso

In episode 6 we talk to Simone Tiso, a multi-talented human, who takes the time to share all the research he's built up over the years on sustainable eating.

We cover:

  • Simone's background in Italy.
  • How he came to live in Ireland.
  • The differences he noticed in sustainability between here and Italy.
  • What The Lead Forge is and why he set it up.
  • How relying on dairy and beef in Ireland is affecting us.
  • A brief look at Factory Farming in Ireland.
  • The Almond tree problem in California.
  • How Positively Eventful came about.
  • Basic tips for becoming or eating vegan.

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Photo by Pearl Phelan

Ep 2. Sustainable Fashion, Politics & Personal Choices with Aoibheann McCann

"When you know, you can't unknow."

In this episode with Aoibhéann, we cover:

  • What inspired her to live sustainably.
  • What's happening (or not happening) with Irish politics in regards to the planet and how we can effect change in our government.
  • Mary Robinson.
  • Personal choices we can make to help the environment.

Businesses, causes and incentives mentioned:

Documentaries:

Follow her on Instagram: @aoibheannmccann

 

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Ep 1. Replacing Leather and Plastic with Cork – Vasco Carto

In this episode we meet Vasco Carto, the man behind Cork Crafts.

We'll be covering:

  • Vasco's background, from Portugal to County Cork.
  • How cork products are made, from tree to shelf.
  • How cork compares to leather.
  • The unsustainable side of the cork industry: illegal labour and cheap production
  • How to diffrenciate between 'counterfeit' cork and legitimate, sustainable cork.

Follow him on Instagram and Facebook to keep an eye out for his upcoming markets. And let us know if you have any feedback!

Ceara x

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