Book of Leaves
Listening, Feminism, & Youth Involvement - Amy O'Brien
For episode 65 I chatted to Amy O'Brien whom you may know from The Sustainable Sleepover Podcast (which I definitely recommend checking out if you haven't already!) about her experience as an activism campaigning for social justice from climate issues to women's rights. You can keep up to date with her on Instagram @b_amyo or find her other socials and projects here.[03.35] Who Amy is![06:00]] What instilled a love of nature in Amy.[10:35] The Sustainable Sleepover Club podcast.[14:05] Stand out moment of the podast: Episode 4 with Mitsy[16:45] What it means to listen more.[20:05] What Amy thinks needs to be done on a systemic as well as individual level to solve the climate crisis.[23:05] Amy’s experience of being treated differently as a young female activist.[27:15] What is the National Youth Assembly?[30:15] Amy’s tips for self care and preventing burn-out.[34:05] Amy’s favourite protest memory.[40:05] Random questions!Also mentioned in the episode:Comhairle na nÓg.Spun Out.Ombudsman for Children Youth Advisory PanelFridays for FutureThe Future Generations Project by National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI)I Am Malala bookFeminists Don’t Wear Pink (and Other Lies) by Scarlett Curtis13th DocumentaryAbolition. Feminism. Now. Book by Angela Y. Davis, Gina Dent, Erica R. Meiners, Beth E. RichieAs always, don't forget to follow Book of Leaves on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, leave us a review, and share with a friend xPatreon / Buy Me A Coffee
Helping Pollinators, Misconceptions & Solutions - Dr. Úna Fitzpatrick
There’s no better timeto give as much help to our pollinators than now. Úna is a wealth of knowledge and the work of theNational Biodiversity Data Centre, including theAll Ireland Pollinator Plan, is crucial. Stay up to date with their work by signing up to their newsletter or following them on Twitter@BioDataCentre@PollinatorPlan, Instagram@biodatacentre@allirelandpollinatorplan&Facebook.[04:30] Getting to know Úna.[06:30] When she realised ecology protection was moving in the wrong direction.[10:10] How the NBDC works & what kind of data can be collected.[13:10] What the All Ireland Pollinator Plan is.[15:30] What pollinators are.[16:50] The 3 main reasons we need to protect pollinators.[19:15] The main threats to pollinators.[20:45] How the changing weather affects them.[23:10] Solutions! How to help.[33:00] The issue with honeybees.Also mentioned:Explore Your Shore data collection.A Thousand Morningsby Mary Oliver.Book of Leaves event on the 18th May 2022.As always, don't forget to follow Book of Leaves on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, leave us a review, and share with a friend xPatreon / Buy Me A Coffee
Hemp Farming in Ireland - Freya Bartels
For the longest time I've wanted to learn about the hemp industry in Ireland, so I reached out to the Hemp Cooperative who suggested I chat to Freya Bartels, a hemp farmer based in Mayo. This is an area I know nothingabout so I hope you'll enjoy learning with me! If you're interested in staying up to date with all things hemp farming, you can follow the co-op on Twitter @hempcooperative , Facebook or Instagram @hemp_cooperative_ireland, or support by becoming a member.[03:40] Getting to know Freya.[07:00] Permaculture, food forests, & community box schemes.[12:55] What hemp is.[15:15] How it’s grown.[18:25] How the carbon sequestration of hemp works.[21:55] The various uses of the varying types of hemp plants.[26:25] What kind of land the crop needs to grow on.[29:45] Uses for hemp in our food industry.[31:05] What is the hemp industry like in Ireland including challenges.[35:00] First thing you’d say to someone interested in farming hemp.[37:00] How can people who aren’t farmers help get hemp onto more acres here?[39:00] How the ‘Misuse of Drugs Act’ is affecting the industry.[45:45] Random Questions!Also mentioned:WWOOFers – a volunteer networkCommunity Box SchemesAs always, don't forget to follow Book of Leaves on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, leave us a review, and share with a friend xPatreon / Buy Me A Coffee
Bringing Nature into Schools - Patrick Kirwan
For the first episode after the break, I want to introduce you to a secondary school teacher, Patrick Kirwan (thank you Codie for the recommendation!). His story is such an inspirational one that I hope you'll be as encouraged as I am by him and share this with as many students and teachers as possible! You can follow Patrick on Twitter @GrowGardeners or the Irish Schools Sustainability Network at @IrishSchSusty.We covered:[05:05] When Patrick was inspired to get active.[10:30] The earliest climate action he incorporated into his work.[28:05] The role the education system plays in tackling climate change.[41:50] Irish Schools Sustainability Network (ISSN) & Climate & Nature Summit.[48:50] The recent IPCC report reactions.[51:40] Random questions!Also mentioned:Kevin O’Sullivan - Irish Times Environmental EditorEdmund Rice Schools Trust (ERST)Climate & Nature Summit participants: WWF, Voice, Ecounesco, Concern, Green Schools, Clover Hogan, SEAIEoin Dalton - Irish RainforestsRachel O’Connor - PrincipalAs always, don't forget to follow Book of Leaves on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, leave us a review, and share with a friend xPatreon / Buy Me A Coffee
Season 4 Pre Cap - Mental Health Tips for Times of Crisis
Hello and welcome back to Book of Leaves! I am coming out of my annual podcast hibernation and I cannot wait to see where the year takes us. Who knows who I'll get chatting to or what I'll learn by the end of the year and I'm so excited to have you on this journey with me.Before I release episode 62, the opening act, I wanted to share an update as to what I've been doing since January and announce what's upcoming for the podcast regarding episodes and also...events! A real life, in person event!There's a few resources I mention in this episode. I'll link them here so you can find them:Shinrin-Yoku by Dr Qing LiLife in Ireland by Conor O'BrienTheir Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale HurstonThe Sustainable Sleepover Club podcastClimate Alarm Clock podcastTickets to LIVE event with Saoirse Exton & Manchán MaganCultivate Elements of Change Festival June 2022As always, you can support this podcast on Patreon or Buy Me a Coffee, and if you listen on Apple Podcasts, please leave a review x
Walking, Meditation & The Work That Reconnects - Jane Killingbeck
For episode 61and the last in season 3 of the podcast, I interviewedJane KillingbeckaboutThe Work That Reconnects. Developed by Joanna Macy, in her own words "The Work that Reconnects helps people discover and experience their innate connections with each other and the self-healing powers of the web of life, transforming despair and overwhelm into inspired, collaborative action."Jane is one of few people who provide workshops on this practice in Ireland and so I was delighted to chat to her. This is a hard time of year, and life, for so many, so I hope you find some tools to strengthen your well-being in this.You can email Jane at email@example.com or follow her onFacebook, here.Thank you for listening for yet another year. The pleasure has been all mine! See you back in April.[07:30] Jane’s introduction.[09 :35] Where Jane’s love for nature came from.[13:05] How she started involvement with The Work That Reconnects.[17:00] What a council of all beings is and Jane’s first experience of one.[22:50] Inside a Work That Reconnects Workshop.[27:25] Gratitude.[34:45] Individual change & the power of it.[45:00] Attachment to things & situations.[47:20] What Jane does when feeling overwhelmed.[51:20] Ishayas Ascension meditation.[54:35] Random Questions!Here is a link to the bookActive Hope.
Improving Food Shopping Habits with Evocco – Ahmad Mu’azzam
For episode 60, I chatted to Ahmad Mu'azzam, one of the creators behindEvocco, a food impact tracking app. I reached out to him for an interview after finding the app and their newsletter so helpful and full of solution based tips. This episode is encompasses simple practices we can take on board systemically and individually. [06:10] Ahmad's introduction.[09:15] How and whenEvoccostarted.[13:20] Planetary Boundaries &how the app works.[16:30] What Ahmad would say to people who don’t think their individual shopping habits make a difference.[19:50] How the app has been received since public release.[21:17] Where Ahmad can see his activism work going in future.[23:40] Tips for instantly reducing your impact when food shopping.[26:30] What needs to happen systemically for food shopping habits to improve.[28:40] Random questions!Click here for my Christmas episodes!Climate Ambassador Podcast Episode 18about Food Waste.
No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference - Flossie Donnelly
You can hear how much I enjoyed this chat with Flossie Donnelly on all things beach cleaning! The name Jeremy will forever have a new meaning… Stay up to date with her ventures on Instagram@Flossieandthebeachcleaners! and you can find out more about their workshops on their website atwww.flossieandthebeachcleaners.com. 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/[04:30] Getting to know Flossie and how she learned about plastic waste.[08:10] How the beach cleans started and how often they go.[10:45] The most common waste items they find.[11:55] What they do with intact clothes & objects they save.[16:25] What Flossie thinks needs to change so people aren’t discarding as much waste on the beach.[19:20] How the name came about.[22:50] Makingenvironmentalism a core subjectin schools.[26:40] Flossie’s experience of adults treating her or her activism differently because of her age.[31:05] Some of the more unusual items Flossie has found on cleans![36:10] Random Questions.Don't forget to please tosign and share this petitionto make environmentalism a core subject in secondary schools.To find a clean up community, as well as Flossie you can check outClean Coasts,Climate Love Ireland,Understoryor search the web for ‘local clean up group’. You’ll be surprised as to what’s already near you!Check outJiminyorReuzifor a litter picker. And listen to their episodes too#9or#8.RTÉ Flossie Programme.
It Starts With a Pin - Laragh McCann, Climate Love Ireland
Episode 58 has me chat to Laragh McCann, a former model turned activist, film maker, and fellow jack of all trades! She is also the force behind 100% ReLoved and the founder of Climate Love Ireland. You can follow them on Facebook or @climateloveireland and @100percentreloved_ on Instagram.Some of the topics we covered are:[07:30] An introduction from Laragh, and her journey from modelling to environmentalism.[15:35] Climate Love Ireland - what it is and how it came about.[17:30] 100% ReLoved & learning about the effects of fast fashion.[25:30] Conversations sparked by the pin.[28:50] Making your own pin.[37:00] Random Questions!Mentioned:Reuzi & Thriftify as stockists of the pin.Emma Conway who designed the CLI logo which is used for the 100% ReLoved pin.Nu Wardrobe.Grown Clothing.Ellen MacArthur Foundation - re circular economy.Brading Sweetgrass Book.