Book of Leaves
The Power of Reusable Coffee Cups - Sorcha, Conscious Cup Campaign
For episode 53 I go back to the basics of environmental issues and talk about the infamous single use polluter: disposable coffee cups. For this, there's none other to talk to other than Sorcha Kavanagh from The Conscious Cup Campaign. This is a programme not just encouraging individuals to bring a reuseable cup, but encouraging cafés and businesses to drive the change forward and lead by example. Follow the Conscious Cup Campaign on Twitter @CCCampaign_Irl or Instagram @consciouscupcampaign.Stay tuned behind the scenes of this podcast by following on Instagram @Bookofleavespodcast, Twitter @BookofLeavesPod or Facebook. 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/We cover:[05:10] How the Conscious Cup Campaign started.[08:20] Sorcha’s personal journey to being eco-conscious.[11:50] Disposable cup statistics in Ireland.[16:25] Where we currently stand regarding reuseable cups and COVID.[21:45] Advice for customers on how to encourage cafés they frequent to join the campaign.[28:00] Are compostable cups much better?[31:55] In the grand scheme of the climate crisis, is having a reuseable cup really going to solve things?[35:10] Reuseable cup brand/type favourites.[37:30] Lucy O'Sullivan's 2.4km cycle for Jigsaw & The Conscious Cup Campaign along the Wild Atlantic Way Cycle. Click this link to donate!Also mentioned:Zero Waste Ireland Facebook group.Timi Nicholson.Elaine Butler.The Body Shop.Huskee cup.The Keepcup.Stojo Cup.Gather & Gather – Julia Murray.#ContactlessCoffeeDoughnut Economics by Kate Raworth book recommendation.Examples of cafés currently accepting reuseables (and many small, independent cafés are too!):StarbucksSproutCostaLolly & CooksButlers
Let's Talk Trees - Orla Ní Dhúill, Native Woodland Trust
I can't believe it's taken me until episode 52 to dedicate an interview to trees! Shocking behaviour, but this lovely chat with Orla makes up for it. You can follow Orla on Twitter @NaturallyOrla & don't forget to listen to her podcast The Broad Leaf! You can find out more about The Native Woodland Trust on their website and stay up to date with them on Twitter @NativeWoodTrust.Stay tuned behind the scenes of this podcast by following on Instagram @Bookofleavespodcast, Twitter @BookofLeavesPod or Facebook. 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/[04:10] An intro from Orla and her journey to working with woodlands.[09:15] Who The Native Woodland Trust are and what they do.[11:20] How people can get involved.[14:15] Finding local seeds and where to plant (or IF to plant!).[24:15] The new 'Robot Trees' built in Cork.[30:55] Ireland’s historic foresty & 'ancient' woodlands.[37:55] Systemic changes that need to happen to help preserve & restore woodland in Ireland & how farmers/land owners can benefit.[41:50] CAP.[44:30] Random questions!Also Mentioned:Teagsc for people with large amounts of land.The Down Survey complete map of Ireland.Killarney National Park.Stopping by Woods book by Donal Magner.Coillte.
Supporting Theatre to Inspire Climate Action - Eva O'Connor & Hildegard Ryan
In episode 51 I chatted to artists Eva O'Connor and Hildegard Ryanabout using the world of theatre to spark discussion and inspire change. Their theatre company,Sunday's Child, has a play called Afloat,streaming all this month(August 2021) as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. I'd advise you to support it and hopefully this discussion will inspire you to make more art, or bring more art into your life!You can follow Sunday's Child Theatre on Twitter @SundaysCTheatre, Facebook or keep up to date with Eva on Instagram @evaclaireoconnor. Stay tuned behind the scenes of this podcast by following on Instagram @Bookofleavespodcast, Twitter @BookofLeavesPod or Facebook. 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/[04:00] A bit about Eva & Hilde and what sparked their eco-consciousness.[08:20] Their journey to veganism.[11:40] What Afloat is about.[13:20] Stand-out climate facts found in researching the play.[21:45] A piece of art that moved them.[26:00] Other swaps to be eco conscious & how they manage their climate anxiety.[29:00] Random questions.Mentioned:Extinction Rebellion(Ireland).Black Lives Matter.Iphigenia in Splott by Gary Owen - playThe Giant Dark by Sarvat Hasin- Book.This Is Not A Drill, Extinction Rebellion Handbook.The End We Start Fromby Megan Hunter - book.
Empowering the Youth & Women in India - Tessie
Tess is a 17 year old activist with many projects up her sleeve! I got to talk to her about these as well as how the climate crisis is impacting India & what we can, and should, do to help. She is also a fellow Climate Ambassador! You can follow her on Instagram @tessie.ie.hungry. 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/[04:35] Tess’s introduction and what prompted her to be a climate justice activist.[07:50] What prompted social justice activism.[12:10] Examples of how climate change has affected India.[18:00] How the climate crisis is a gender issue.[20:40] Tess’s advice for how we can help these communities in India.[23:50] The Re-Earth initiative & the many other projects Tess works on like Able2Change app & Climate Assembly Eire.[30:20] What obstacles Tess has met as a young person in the climate movement.[35:20] How people can get involved with the project she’s involved in.[38:10] What would you ask of older generations?[40:20] Random questions!
Community Ownership of Renewable Energy - Sarah Fogarty
For episode 49 I chatted to Sarah FogartyfromCommunity Powerabout community-led renewable energy sources. The work this group has done has laid the groundwork to make it easier for communities across Ireland to build and set up their own own grids. It's stellar! I hope you enjoy this solution-based chat. 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/ [04:10] Current fossil fuel usage and cons and pros not mentioned in the interview.[08:30] Pros & cons of renewables.[10:15] Nuclear power.[13:20] Sarah's introduction and background.[21:15] Renewable & Non-renewable definitions.[25:30] What is Community Power & how did they start?[30:45] Can people in rented accommodation make the switch?[32:40] What can these 5ghz of wind turbines generate?[36:45] The attitude of not liking them & how community ownership benefits[40:30] The environmental benefits & cons[48:40] What needs to be done to achieve a system change that would allow for the growth and accessibility of renewable energy.Also mentioned:Friends of the Earth (Ireland)Rescoop.euFood Co-op.The Cove Documentary.
Why We Need a Youth Led Climate Movement - Saoirse Exton
Saoirse Exton is a 16 year old climate activist from Limerick who is part of many groups, all trying to make the world a better place, from the Friday's For Future movement to the Irish Second-Level Student's Union. She is a remarkable soul and I can't wait for you to listen to this chat with her, which as you'll hear from the laughs, I thoroughly enjoyed having!You can follow Saoirse on Twitter @saoirse_exton or Instagram at @saoirse_exton.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/[07:50] Saoirse introduces herself & journey to activism.[11:05] What is climate justice?[14:40] Young people not being heard.[20:00] How Saoirse thinks adults should talk to kids about climate change.[25:10] Is missing a portion of school on a Friday really the best way to achieve climate action?[27:45] The kind of support, if any, Saoirse has received from school for climate protests.[29:45] How do people get involved with Friday’s For Future?[32:25] Individual versus system change.[35:10] Her experience with the Climate Ambassador Programme.[37:25] How does Saoirse feel about the future?[39:00] Random Questions!Also worth checking out is the Irish podcast for kids (but I really love it!) on climate change called Ecolution. Saoirse features on episode 26.
A Journey to Veganism via an inside look into Irish farms & slaughterhouses - Niamh C
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.
From Waste to Watches (& Sunnies!) - Eoin, Crann
Eoin McGuinness is behind Crann, an Irish company that sells watches and sunglasses, made from what others would consider to be waste. I hope you enjoy this chat as much as I enjoyed having it! Give them a follow to on Instagram @crann.co.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/[08:20] What sparked Eoin to be eco-conscious.[20:25] How Crann came about.[16:20] How the sunglasses and watches are made and where the materials are sourced.[20:35] Is it upcycling or downcycling? And how are Crann carbon neutral?[25:50] What's the packaging like?[28:10] Do you remember your first customers?[31:10] UV, blue light filtering and lifetime warranties.[36:30] Random questions!Mentioned:Patagonia.The Native Woodland Trust.Shop In Ireland Facebook group & Website.
Helping Hedgehogs - Elaine, Irish Hedgehog Survey
For episode 45 I interviewed Elaine O'Riordan, the woman behind the Irish Hedgehog survey to chat about, you guessed it, hedgehogs! Have a listen, and don't forget to check outwww.irishhedgehogsurvey.comto get involved.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/[02:45] Correction in last week's episode.[08:30] Get to know Elaine.[13:00] The first hedgehog encounter for Elaine.[15:00] Hedgehogs in Ireland breed & population.[18:00] How they live and spend their time.[23:00] Why should we survey them.[30:45] How to participate in the survey.[33:15] Biggest threats to hedgehogs in Ireland today.[36:00] Other ways we can help them and what food to leave out for them.[41:45] What to do if you find an injured hedgehog.[45:00] Keeping hedgehogs as pets.[47:30] Random questions!If you find a sick or injured hedgehog in Ireland, you can call theWRI Wildlife Hospital on 01 6877766 or 0818 877766