Book of Leaves


Finding Solace in Nature - Alex, Understory

Ep. 56

Episode 56 is with Wicklow-based ecologist Alex Konieczka. One of her many ventures is Understory, a truly zerowaste business where she sells upcycled terrariums among other things. You can follow her on Instagram @understory_ie to keep up to date with the pieces she creates and foraging excursions she plans, or reach out to her via e-mail on

  • [03:45] An intro from Alex and her relationship with nature.
  • [09:55] When the issue of climate change dawned on Alex.
  • [13:05] The work of Understory.
  • [21:45] How she got into foraging.
  • [24:05] Her journey to veganism
  • [26:05] Climate justice project with Eco Unesco.
  • [24:15] Community work & asking the council for help.
  • [35:25] Random questions!

Click here for a resource pack Alex made on contacting your council for help!

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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!