Book of Leaves


Climate Action Community & Communication – Gary, Climate Ambassador Programme

Ep. 55

Gary Tyrrell works for An Taisce's educational unit as part of the Climate Ambassador Programme. You'll have heard me chat about this programme over the past year as it's one I was accepted onto myself, plus I interviewed a few ambassadors from it! They open applications for the following year usually every September so make sure to check out their website if you're interested in taking part (click here for their application page).

You can stay up to date of various talks and workshops by signing up to their newsletter here or following them on Twitter @climate_ambass, Facebook or Instagram @climateambassador too. Watch back their online events on their YouTube and check out their podcast!

We chatted about:

  • [04:45] A bit about Gary & his climate activism journey.
  • [10:35] What the CA Programme is.
  • [16:25] Examples & statistics of events held.
  • [20:50] How to apply to be a CA.
  • [24:35] What Gary's journey to veganism was like.
  • [29:15] Tips for communicating the climate crisis.
  • [37:00] Random questions!

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Bottom Trawling, Sawfish, & Dugongs – Ruth Leeney

Ep. 57
Past interviewee& marine biologist Ruth Leeney, has made herself quite busy since speaking to her last in June 2020. Have a listen to that episode, 32,here!Now we're here to chat about her upcoming book campaigns, bottom trawling and some of the animals she is working so hard to conserve. You can follow her on Instagram@ruleeney.[05:30] An intro to Ruth & what she's been up to this past year.[08:55] Dugongs &the book she'swritten about them.[14:25] Her sawfish book she'scurrently crowdfunding for, & all about sawfish.[20:15] How their populations are doing now.[23:50] What’s threatening them.[30:15] What we can do to help.[37:35] Seaspiracy reaction.[41:00] Random Questions!Before you go, have a look at the links below as some calls to action might tickle your fancy!Support her kickstarterhere.Check out the new coalition that isTransform Bottom Trawlingthat Ruth is a part of. They have some really useful info and graphics that you can download and it's available in several languages.Find the pre-existing book about Dugongshere.For people interested in learning about sawfishes, they can check out theSawfish Conservation Society.This is the summaryof a report Ruth worked on regarding bottom trawling and climate change, or if you have the brain power for the full report, you can find thathere!Here's a petitionrequesting the EU to ban bottom trawling.Sea Change Ireland, TheIrish Wildlife Trust,Sea Shepherd, Extinction Rebellion & Animal Rebellion were all mentioned as groups working to end bottom trawling practices & increase Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).Seal Rescue Irelandis another great charity to support and you can also listen to them in a previous Book of Leaves episode,here!