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[020] – REASONS TO SCREW BLACK FRIDAY

The kids are back to school and now there is no denying that we're on the downhill slope to Christmas and the biggest consumer festival of the year.

Which brings with it not only a dose of magic and goodwill to all (hopefully) but also the stress, the overwhelm and All The Stuff.

In this episode I share with you 12 'not so fun festive facts' that demonstrate quite shockingly the waste we generate each Christmas, and the impact that the waste is having on the planet.

We all want to create magical memories for our children but we need to make sure that those memories aren't destroying the very planet they live on.

Which fact shocked you the most?
Do you 'do' Black Friday?
Let me know in the comments!

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[019] – 12 NOT SO FUN FESTIVE FACTS

The kids are back to school and now there is no denying that we're on the downhill slope to Christmas and the biggest consumer festival of the year.

Which brings with it not only a dose of magic and goodwill to all (hopefully) but also the stress, the overwhelm and All The Stuff.

In this episode I share with you 12 'not so fun festive facts' that demonstrate quite shockingly the waste we generate each Christmas, and the impact that the waste is having on the planet.

We all want to create magical memories for our children but we need to make sure that those memories aren't destroying the very planet they live on.

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[018] – THE ONE THING YOU NEED TO DO TO TAKE ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE

Wednesday 24th October is International Climate Action Day - Yay!
But wait, hold on. 
What the hell is climate action? And what does it mean to regular people like you and me?

Surely 'climate action' is something for governments and big business to be concerned with? 
Not for me to have to worry about in between school runs and work, and refereeing the kids.
After all, what kind of impact can we have as individuals?

A lot as it turns out!

A study on 2016 found that household consumption
(of everything from food to electricity) 
is responsible for more than 60% of global greenhouse gas emissions 
and 50—80% of total land, resource and water use.

So our actions count - they count for more than 60% of global greenhouse emissions.
Wow!

The key, the ONE thing we can ALL do to take climate action TODAY is simply this:
BUY LESS, BUY BETTER

 It works for pretty much everything:
- Buy fewer clothes, and when you do buy, buy ethically produced.
- Eat less meat, and when you do buy meat go for local, organic free range meat.
- Use less energy in your homes - switch to LED lighbulbs, turn the lights off etc etc, and switch to better energy ie renewables.

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What will you NOT buy today?
What better buying choices will you make?
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[017] – SUSTAINABLE(ISH) TRAVEL WITH EARTH CHANGERS

Travel.
We all want to do it- whether it's to experience the world and different cultures, or simply to get some R&R in the sunshine away from the gloom of the British winter or the fickle nature of English summers.
But for most of us on the sustainable(ish) spectrum, it probably comes with a good smattering of guilt layered in - worrying about the carbon footprint of our flight, or wincing at the volume of single use plastic that aeroplane travel seems to generate.

So are you condemned to spending our holidays in cold damp caravan parks in North Wales (as an aside I love caravan parks, and I'm sure North Wales is lovely. And not always damp.)?
Does climate change and our desire to not exacerbate it mean that foreign travel is off the cards, and our kids will only ever see foreign climes on the tele-box?

Thankfully not, according to the lovely and supremely knowledgable Vicky Smith - founder of sustainable travel company Earth Changers.
Apparently, and this blew my mind, it is possible to travel not only in a way that is LESS negative, but for our travel to have a net POSITIVE impact on both people and planet. I genuinely had no idea - to my mind prior to this chat, air travel was bad, end of. I hadn't really given much (any) thought to the impact that tourism can have at the end destinations, and as it turns out, with a little bit of thought and research, this can be a really positive thing all round.
Hurray!

But before you start dragging your suitcases down from the loft and contemplate shaving your legs, listen in to find out how you can make your holiday and your travel as sustainable(ish) as poss.

ENJOY.

[016] – WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT…CLIMATE CHANGE

​This is the first in a new series for the podcast of commentary type episodes, some might even say rants, about some of the big sustainable issues we're facing right now.
I hope you enjoy!



I couldn't sleep last night, and I got to thinking, and then to worrying, and then to freaking out, about climate change.

The latest IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change) report said that we need to limit global temperature rises to 1.5C and highlights the differences we might see with a 1.5C rise versus a 2C increase. And it turns out that that 0.5C is pretty critical.
And even more worryingly, the report states that we now have just 12 years to take action to prevent a climate crisis.
12 years.
That's 2030 - which sounds an age away, but it's not. 
It's 12 years. I've been with my husband for longer than that (he may argue that it feels way longer...). 
In 12 years time my kids will be 22 and 19. They should have the world at their feet. 
But if nothing changes they might well be looking at us in disbelief and disgust that we didn't act when we still could.

This matters. 
This matters so much it physically hurts me to think about it.
And time is running out if we want to create a better, truly more sustainable future. 
If we want to mitigate the worst effects of the climatic changes we have already created.

In a recent study into how MPs understand and respond to climate change, one of the findings was that "politicians speaking and acting on climate change must construct a ‘representative claim’ to justify their proposed actions, and to show why and how they are in the interests of the represented." And that our MPs don't feel like they have that justification as they aren't hearing from us, their constituents, that climate change is an issue we want them to take action on.
We can change that.
Very quickly we can change that.

So today, after listening to this, I want you to tweet your MP, or send an e-mail, or write them a good old-fashioned hand-written letter (or all 3).

  • Ask them what they are doing on climate change
  • Ask them what their party is doing in response to the latest IPCC report
  • Ask them how they intend to make that the government take the 'unprecedented' action necessary to secure the future for our kids

Don't be fobbed off with politicians bullshit answers - keep asking - channel your inner John Humphrys.

Make your voice heard.

[015] – MONEY AS A FORCE FOR GOOD WITH TRIODOS BANK

In this episode I'm chatting to Amy Robinson who is the business development manager at Triodos bank.

For those of you who haven’t heard of them, Triodos are the UK’s most ethical bank and have a tagline that is “money as a force for good" which I totally love!
The banking industry as a whole isn’t one that I think would be seen as ‘ethical’ – we all have images of rich nanker types making their fortunes and only really caring about the financial bottom line.
At Triodos they do it diferently, and as well as making sure they are making sound financial investements they look very carefully a the impact of the projects and organistions they are funding on both people and planet too.

Duing this podcast I talk about how I have long recognised the power of my money in terms of using it to cast a vote for the kind of world I want with my buying deciosns, but how I hadn’t really joined up the dots to wonder about what my money might be funding when it was locked away in the bank, and I think that that’s probably pretty common.
Find out more about the power of your money in this episode and the things that you can do to ensure that it’s being used as a force for good – enjoy!

[014] – PUTTING THE (ISH) INTO SUSTAINABLE

I don't know about you but when I think about a 'green family' or a family living 'sustainably', I would expect to see lots of muted colours, wooden toys, maybe one of those bikes with a trailer, and the odd dreadlock or two. I know, I like to buy into stereotypes...

But do you know what? My family is so NOT like that. The kids wear the same jeans and hoodies as their mates (although most of my kids is second-hand!), we have ALL the plastic toys in our house (the people at Lego appear to have asked if they can use us a depot unbeknown to me...), and we are a two car family.

So on many levels I feel like a failed eco-warrior.
But that's the point. You don't need to be an eco-warrior hippy family to make a difference.
This is stuff we can ALL do. And we can do it without needing to radically overhaul our lives and make them any busier or crazier than they already are. 

The secret is...the 'ish'.
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[013] – BE GOOD AND DO GOOD WITH YOUR MONEY

This is another 're-purposed' interview from last year that I recorded with Lisa Stanley, co-founder of Good with Money - a website about "helping you become good with money while doing good with money too".  

I don't know about you, but it took me far longer than it should have done to realise that the money in my bank might be being used to fund all kinds of businesses and organisations that didn't align with my values. And that my money might not be working as hard as I am for a fairer, healthier world.

Lisa and I dive into this, and Lisa shares some top tips for how to really harness the power of your money.

[012] ZERO WASTE WEEK WITH RACHELLE STRAUSS

This is an interview I recorded with Rachelle, the founder of Zero Waste Week in 2017, just before the 10th annual Zero Waste Week.
In it Rachelle shares how she got started on her own zero waste journey, as well as 'fessing up to the fact that her own bin is possibly not be as "zero waste" as we might expect! There's so much great stuff in here, that it seemed ridiculous to keep it gathering dust on my computer rather than being out there in the world inspiring people. So I'm re-publishing it here on the new site and the new podcast just in time for the 2018 Zero Waste Week campaign (3rd-7th September 2018).
Enjoy!

[011] – How and why to recycle LESS (it’s more exciting than it sounds…)

In this solo episode I'm talking all things recycling. Or rather NOT recycling. 
We're digging into the 'waste hierarchy' (yes, I am aware this is the most dull sounding precise of a podcast ever - I promise it's not that bad! You might even giggle a bit...) to find out all the things we can do BEFORE we even think about recycling 🙂

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