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Book of Leaves

An Irish podcast highlighting eco warriors!

An Irish podcast where I interview business owners, activists and other everyday people, to learn how they contribute to living sustainably. By educating ourselves, we can then take a leaf from their book to add to our o
Latest Episode6/14/2021

A Journey to Veganism via an inside look into Irish farms & slaughterhouses - Niamh C

Ep. 47
I stumbled across Niamh's story via Earthy Cáilíní on Instagram. Niamh is now working as a vet and began her studies as a meat loving omnivore, to finish them as a vegan, influenced to change by what she saw during her placement. I asked her to come and chat about her story and as animal welfare is something very close to her heart, she was more than happy to come on. It's a heavy episode, but an important one.Don't forget to rate, review, share, and if you can, please support this podcast on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/bookofleaves). More on:http://bookofleavespodcast.com/Topics:[04:20] Environmental impacts of animal agriculture.[09:30] Niamh introduces herself.[13:50] The first class in which she began to question things.[18:50] A pig farm.[28:50] A sheep farm.[35:10] Chicken farming.[44:30] Disease & antibiotics.[55:00] A dairy farm.[01:04:00] Religious slaughter in Ireland.[01:10:40] Slaughterhouse workers.[01:14:00] How Niamh deals with euthanasia in work.[01:18:00] Niamh's other eco habits & random questions.Mentioned:Book - AttachedBook - Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker.Episode 104 of Plant Proof with Nicholas Carter - the resources referenced at this link are also worth checking out!Vegan Calculator.Calls To Action:Go Vegan - Sign up to Challenge 22 for free where you'll get nutrition tutoring. If you can't go vegan, try base your diet on as many plant based foods as possible. If you need help or want more suggested resources for this, please get in touch!Get active with protest groups. We need system and policy change. Message them to get involved!NARA (National Animal Rights Association) have been doing brilliant work in Ireland from getting fur farming banned to now working on the banning of hare coursing.Animal Rebellion Ireland (groups exist worldwide too) are calling for a transition to a plant based food system for the sake of the planet as well as animals. As talked about in episode 44 with Zac Lumley, non violent civil disobedience is an extremely effective tactic and that's what ARI are about.Support investigative journalism like Noteworthy.ie who have specific call-outs for various campaigns.Donate to, and volunteer for, animal sanctuaries like Eden, Little Ones Microsanctuary, Back Into Daylight and Heartstone Veganic Sanctuary.Sign petitions, like this one to stop the proposed development of another pig factory farm.
6/14/2021

A Journey to Veganism via an inside look into Irish farms & slaughterhouses - Niamh C

Ep. 47
I stumbled across Niamh's story via Earthy Cáilíní on Instagram. Niamh is now working as a vet and began her studies as a meat loving omnivore, to finish them as a vegan, influenced to change by what she saw during her placement. I asked her to come and chat about her story and as animal welfare is something very close to her heart, she was more than happy to come on. It's a heavy episode, but an important one.Don't forget to rate, review, share, and if you can, please support this podcast on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/bookofleaves). More on:http://bookofleavespodcast.com/Topics:[04:20] Environmental impacts of animal agriculture.[09:30] Niamh introduces herself.[13:50] The first class in which she began to question things.[18:50] A pig farm.[28:50] A sheep farm.[35:10] Chicken farming.[44:30] Disease & antibiotics.[55:00] A dairy farm.[01:04:00] Religious slaughter in Ireland.[01:10:40] Slaughterhouse workers.[01:14:00] How Niamh deals with euthanasia in work.[01:18:00] Niamh's other eco habits & random questions.Mentioned:Book - AttachedBook - Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker.Episode 104 of Plant Proof with Nicholas Carter - the resources referenced at this link are also worth checking out!Vegan Calculator.Calls To Action:Go Vegan - Sign up to Challenge 22 for free where you'll get nutrition tutoring. If you can't go vegan, try base your diet on as many plant based foods as possible. If you need help or want more suggested resources for this, please get in touch!Get active with protest groups. We need system and policy change. Message them to get involved!NARA (National Animal Rights Association) have been doing brilliant work in Ireland from getting fur farming banned to now working on the banning of hare coursing.Animal Rebellion Ireland (groups exist worldwide too) are calling for a transition to a plant based food system for the sake of the planet as well as animals. As talked about in episode 44 with Zac Lumley, non violent civil disobedience is an extremely effective tactic and that's what ARI are about.Support investigative journalism like Noteworthy.ie who have specific call-outs for various campaigns.Donate to, and volunteer for, animal sanctuaries like Eden, Little Ones Microsanctuary, Back Into Daylight and Heartstone Veganic Sanctuary.Sign petitions, like this one to stop the proposed development of another pig factory farm.
5/3/2021

Using Civil Disobedience in the Climate Justice Movement – Zac Lumley

Ep. 44
Zac is an activist with a number of climate action groups. Most recently, he and another activist, Orla Murphy, were arrested and imprisoned for a protest at Iveagh House in Dublin. As Orla was still in prison at the time of this recording, I interviewed Zac to hear his story and the place of civil disobedience in the climate justice movement. Orla has since been released on the 22nd of April after spending over a month there. You can still write to Orla at orlaonremand@protonmail.com and hopefully I'll have her on the podcast in future.If you're interested in getting involved with Extinction Rebellion Ireland, there's a new members meeting happening tomorrow (4th of May 2021, 7pm GMT) that you're welcome to come along to. Hosted by yours truly! Keep an eye out for upcoming events for XRI here, or on your local groups website. And if you son't have a local direct action group, you can set one up!More on www.bookofleavespodcast.com (don't forget to rate, review, subscribe & share!) xWe covered:[07:00] Getting to know Zac.[11:40] When Zac began getting more active in climate action.[14:05] When Zac went vegan.[15:20] What is Civil Disobediance?[20:30] Is destruction of property violent or non violent?[24:00] The first time Zac got arrested / Kepak protest.[29:00] Why do people put themselves in a position where they know thwy'll likely be arressted[34:20] The action on the 19th of March where Zac and Orla were arrested.[40:10] Zac's experience in prison.[42:00] Orla's words from prison.[49:30] Reactions to the protest.[56:30] How many people do we need partaking in civil disobedience to get the job done?[01:06:30] Random Questions!Recommended literature:Erica Chenoweth & Maria J. Stephan Stefan - Why Civil Resistance Works.Civil Resistance and Power Politics by Adam Roberts & Timothy Garton Ash.Gene Sharp (Author, here's a link to his books).References1-3 billion people are expected to be forced from homes within the next 50 years. [1]200+ indigenous land protectors are murdered every year trying to protect their land and water. [2]We're headed for +4°C of global heating (some publications this year are suggesting +5° and +6°C [3][4]) — +4°C is "incompatible with an organised global community" and likely to be "beyond adaptation". [5]Island nations call for "1.5 to stay alive" and in 2009 at G77 Lumumba Di-Aping said that the new climate draft trying to limit warming to +2°C was "certain death for Africa". [6][7]When the Paris Agreement was signed in 2015 (non-binding, remember), countries said they'd try to limit warming to +2°C. However, even if every country met their climate agreements that they set for themselves (NDCs), we're headed for more than +3°C. [8] Despite this, countries aren't even hitting their climate targets! [9]We've currently warmed the planet somewhere between +1.1°C and +1.3°C. [10] We're currently at an extremely crucial point, as we're in the danger zone at which irreversible climate tipping points could be triggered: some may lie between +1°C and +2°C [11]. Obviously because the risk is so great we have to follow the precautionary principle, meaning that we must absolutely everything we can to halt emissions immediately. Even if we halted greenhouse gas emissions today, heating will continue for decades or even centuries. [4][1] [https://www.pnas.org/content/117/21/11350](https://www.pnas.org/content/117/21/11350)[2] [https://e360.yale.edu/digest/more-than-200-environmental-activists-and-land-defenders-murdered-in-2019](https://e360.yale.edu/digest/more-than-200-environmental-activists-and-land-defenders-murdered-in-2019)[3] [https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/04/new-climate-models-predict-warming-surge](https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/04/new-climate-models-predict-warming-surge)[4] [https://climate.nasa.gov/faq/16/is-it-too-late-to-prevent-climate-change/](https://climate.nasa.gov/faq/16/is-it-too-late-to-prevent-climate-change/)[5] [https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/climate-change-commitee-report-4c-warming-fossil-fuels-crisis-a9597511.html](https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/climate-change-commitee-report-4c-warming-fossil-fuels-crisis-a9597511.html)[6] [https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01436597.2017.1368013](https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01436597.2017.1368013)[7] [https://www.motherjones.com/environment/2009/12/poor-countries-g77-suicide-pact-copenhagen/](https://www.motherjones.com/environment/2009/12/poor-countries-g77-suicide-pact-copenhagen/)[8] [https://news.un.org/en/story/2019/11/1052171](https://news.un.org/en/story/2019/11/1052171)[9] [https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/article/nations-miss-paris-targets-climate-driven-weather-events-cost-billions](https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/article/nations-miss-paris-targets-climate-driven-weather-events-cost-billions)[10] [https://public.wmo.int/en/our-mandate/climate/wmo-statement-state-of-global-climate](https://public.wmo.int/en/our-mandate/climate/wmo-statement-state-of-global-climate)[11] ****[https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-03595-0](https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-03595-0)