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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 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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Ep 5. Tackling Plastic on our Beaches & Canals with Clean Coasts – Richard Curtin

"The thing about plastics, they don't break down, they break up."

Episode 5 is all about the plastic pollution invading our coastlines and how it's getting there. We talk to Richard from Clean Coasts to learn how to deal with it!

In this episode, we cover:

  • Who Clean Coasts are and what they do.
  • How Richard came to work for Clean Coasts.
  • Where the litter on our coastlines comes from.
  • The effect on deep sea creatures. 
  • What we as individuals can do to stop this plastic invasion.
  • Think Before You Flush, 2 Minute Beach Clean and Beat the Microbeads campaigns.
  • The EU's plan to ban single use plastics.

Interested in volunteering with Clean Coasts? You can get in touch with them here.

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-Ceara

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Ep 3. Running a Zero Waste, Local Goods Shop – Peadar Rice

In this episode, we interview Peadar, the man behind Small Changes, a zero waste shop now in Drumcondra, Dublin where you can get all sorts of refills and organic, local products. We talk about:

  • Peadar's background leading up to opening Small Changes in Gorey, then Drumcondra.
  • The research and criteria products undergo before they reach the shelf.
  • Where their fruit and vegetables come from.
  • Getting involved with community gardens.
  • Convincing suppliers to go plastic free.
  • The ripple effect of making small changes and grassroot movements.
  • Advice for people looking to live more sustainably.
  • The future of Small Changes.
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If you're interested in collaborating with Small Changes, you can e-mail Peadar at peadar@smallchanges.ie

Before May 24th 2019, Irish Citizens should check out this link by Stop Climate Chaos to make sure their TDs are considering the Climate.

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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.

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Documentaries:

Follow her on Instagram: @aoibheannmccann

 

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