Book of Leaves

9/6/2021

The Power of Reusable Coffee Cups - Sorcha, Conscious Cup Campaign

Ep. 53
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
8/9/2021

Supporting Theatre to Inspire Climate Action - Eva O'Connor & Hildegard Ryan

Ep. 51
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.
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.