Book of Leaves


Climate Change: Parenting, Pensions & CETA - Paul McCormack Cooney

Ep. 54

Episode 54 is coming from the vaults as I interviewed fellow activist Paul McCormack Cooney a few months ago. Paul is another absolutely wonderful human I got to know through Extinction Rebellion. He recently started a blog called Climate Dad which despite being a work in progress, I definitely recommend checking out! And you can follow Paul on Twitter @PaulMcCC or Instagram

We cover some everyday topics like parenting, but we also touch on the ever-lasting, controversial CETA, a trade agreement you may have heard of… Have a listen and let me know what you think!

  • [04:15] A bit about Paul & what sparked his eco consciousness.
  • [10:10] Cool Planet & Extinction Rebellion.
  • [18:00] Linking Paul’s work in the Pension sector to our climate action perception.
  • [23:30] Starting his blog, Climate Dad.
  • [25:35] Talking to his kids about Climate Change.
  • [31:35] Dealing with burnout.
  • [34:50] A quick guide to CETA.
  • [41:30] Random questions!

As mentioned, CETA is a big, complicated topic but I recommend checking out Paul's blogpost on it, and searching and signing all the petitions you can find about it, & emailing TDs.

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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!