Our New World
6 Ways to Save our World - Part 1/2

6 Ways to Save our World - Part 1/2

August 25, 2021

In this next two-part episode, I’m having a talk with Dr. Phoebe Barnard, who has been one of the 5 core coauthors of the “World Scientists’ Warning of a Climate Emergency” paper published with nearly 14,000 scientist cosignatories in 2019 and two follow-up papers.  These papers made six fundamental recommended areas for urgent action by humanity to avert the worst of the climate emergency.

She talks about what these 6 recommended areas are, and how we, as citizens, can get involved with each one. The main point of today’s episode is that normally, when scientific warnings and studies like this are released, as citizens we can feel pretty helpless and disempowered by what seems to be problems lying at the higher, systemic level, that we can’t really impact. Phoebe helps to translate these issues into solutions that we can all participate in. It’s hard to forget that without us and our actions, our policies and our economic values, there is no “system.”

The 6 recommendations focus on:

  1. Energy
  2. Pollutants
  3. Nature
  4. Food Systems
  5. Population
  6. Sustainable Economy

This episode is part 1 of 2, in which we will be discussing the first 3 recommendations mentioned, and what we can do in our everyday lives to impact them. That’s energy, pollutants and nature. Next week, part 2 will be discussing food systems, population and the sustainable economy.

Phoebe has dedicated her life to the nature, the environment and science. she is a sustainability strategist, climate change ecologist, conservation biologist, planner, policy translator, media and communications strategist and film co-producer.

Amongst other projects, she is the founding CEO of the Stable Planet Alliance, the Associate Science and Policy Communications Strategist with the Conservation Biology Institute, Affiliate Professor at the University of Washington, and Research Associate at the University of Cape Town’s African Climate and Development Initiative.

She is passionate about helping the world learn from its mistakes to become smarter, fairer and cleaner, so that we can take steps towards a new world order ‘where people and the planet actually matter’. 

https://academic.oup.com/bioscience/article/70/1/8/5610806 | https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-climate-emergency-2020-in-review/

https://transitionnetwork.org/  | https://homewardboundprojects.com.au/vision  |  https://homewardboundprojects.com.au/busara-circle/ | https://www.girlplanet.earth/ 

Reclaiming Our Clothes with Orsola De Castro

Reclaiming Our Clothes with Orsola De Castro

August 3, 2021

Do you know where your clothes came from? 

Episode 7 of 'Women in the World' has me discussing fashion with Orsola De Castro. Considering I am a socks and sandals kind of guy, I might be a little out of my depth, but she brilliantly guides me through how to be more sustainable in my fashion choices, both environmentally and socially. She talks about her recent book 'Loved Clothes Last', as well as giving us ideas about how to research our shopping choices before we buy, and how to easily get into the habit of rewearing and repairing our clothes. 

Orsola is leading us into a 'Fashion Revolution', and I for one, am on board. 

See the Fashion Transparency Index here: https://www.fashionrevolution.org/about/transparency/ 

Orsola de Castro is an internationally recognised opinion leader in sustainable fashion. Her career started as a designer with the pioneering upcycling label From Somewhere, which she launched in 1997 until 2014.

Her designer collaborations include collections for Jigsaw, Speedo, and 4 best selling capsule collections for Topshop from 2012 to 2014. In 2006, she co-founded the British Fashion Council initiative Estethica at London Fashion Week, which she curated until 2014.

In 2013, with Carry Somers, she founded Fashion Revolution, a global campaign with participation in over 90 countries around the world. Orsola is a regular key note speaker and mentor, Associate Lecturer at UAL, as well as Central Saint Martins Visiting Fellow.

Orsola’s first book “Loved Clothes Last” is published by Penguin Life, Corbaccio Editore in Italy and in France by Edition Marabou in August. 

Oppression of Women and Oppression of Mother Earth - With Riane Eisler

Oppression of Women and Oppression of Mother Earth - With Riane Eisler

July 21, 2021

Why is our Society so obsessed with domination? In this episode, Riane Eisler explores the link between the oppression of women and the oppression of nature. 2020/2021 showed us that oppression is still rife in today’s world and is a major barrier to the protection of our planet.

See Riane’s work here: https://centerforpartnership.org/, https://rianeeisler.com/, https://www.partnerism.org/

Jungle Underground with Diana Wall

Jungle Underground with Diana Wall

July 1, 2021

Episode 5 is a discussion with Dr. Diana Wall. She is a distinguished professor of Colorado State University, who studies climate change, and the jungle beneath our feet; soil. Like a lot of things in this world, It is easy to forget that our lives depend on it, but the ground we walk on affects our food, water and wellbeing in a way that is practically immeasurable. Diana’s research focused on looking at nematodes, a type of remarkable, microscopic worm which can survive in the harshest conditions. They tell us a lot about how life in soil contributes to healthy soils, ecosystem services and sustainability.

 

Along with considering our relationship with soil, she gives an insight into what it takes to become an academic. Like business, academia is important to understand at a basic level, considering it drives and informs global policy. Our future relies heavily on new discoveries and continued research. Diana is at the front line of research, telling us about what it takes to get there. 

 

Diana H. Wall is University Distinguished Professor and Director, School of Global Environmental Sustainability at Colorado State University. As an ecologist she is recognized for her work on soil biodiversity and climate change. She is internationally renowned for her studies of climate change impacts on soil nematode dynamics, functions, and survival in the Antarctic dry valleys. Her pioneering global scale studies of soil biodiversity are hallmarks of her career. She was president of the Society of Nematologists and the Ecological Society of America and currently is the science chair of the Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative. She has published over 200 scientific articles, co-edited 5 books and numerous chapters. She received the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, the Ulysses Medal from University College Dublin, the 2019 President’s Medal from the British Ecological Society and is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences. She earned her PhD at the University of Kentucky.

 

Links:

Save our soils: http://saveoursoils.com/ 

Nematodes(!!): https://youtu.be/ZEF1ntZJGow?list=TLGGRU1lystS_RowMTA3MjAyMQ 

 

 

Green Entrepreneurship with Paola and Madeleine

Green Entrepreneurship with Paola and Madeleine

June 6, 2021

Want to make money while saving the planet? No, this isn’t a get rich quick scheme; This is the idea that business and environmentalism do not have to be in opposition. We are often told about the failures of businesses and the dreaded ‘externalities’ (a cost or benefit that isn’t financially accounted for in a business e.g. pollution). That doesn’t have to be the case; we can still be ambitious in business and connect with the planet.

In this episode, entrepreneurs and lifelong friends, Paola (25) and Madeleine (26), discuss environmental entrepreneurship, the demands of creating their startup, TOMOJO, and leadership. They show us that you can fulfill serious business ambitions while making a difference for our planet. They are 21st century, France-based powerhouses who know the dedication required to start a business, but understand the importance of balance and perspective in life. It’s a refreshing take on entrepreneurship that the world desperately needs. 

‘TOMOJO’, their startup, makes insect-based pet food products, and is looking to expand. Created in 2017, it’s mission is to promote natural, healthy and traceable food for pets while preserving the planet. TOMOJO sells dog and cat food elaborated with insects bred in the Netherlands. It is the story of two friends who after having completed a master's degree in environmental sciences at Imperial College London, embarked on a sustainable entrepreneurship pet food journey. 

And here they are to tell us all about it. 

Overpopulation with Alexandra Paul

Overpopulation with Alexandra Paul

May 22, 2021

How on earth do we manage overpopulation? From David Attenborough to Thanos, it’s widely discussed, but rarely with solutions. It can feel taboo and dangerous to talk about, but it should be an important aspect of every environmental discussion. On the one hand, we know that overpopulation makes every environmental pressure that we put on the environment worse. On the other, we are inundated with messages that having children is the ultimate goal in life. 

 

In this episode, environmental activist and ex-baywatch actress Alexandra Paul joins me in talking about the overpopulation issue and what we can do about it. In it, we discuss why overpopulation is so difficult to talk about, why it is an issue, and what are some of the many solutions that can be done to empower people to manage, discuss and be mindful of overpopulation.

 

Because this can be an uncomfortable topic, we would love to hear your opinions on this and whether there are any follow up questions that I could put to Alexandra. Remember to write in at max@mahbonline.org!

Alexandra is an actress who has appeared in over 100 films and television shows. She is most known for her 5 year stint on the tv show Baywatch. Alexandra, however, has been an activist since she was very young. The United Nations honored Alexandra  in 1997 for her work on the human overpopulation issue. She was the ACLU of Southern California’s 2005 Activist of the Year  for her history of environmentalism, voter registration and peace advocacy.  Last Chance For Animals named her 2014 Vegan of the Year. Alexandra has been driving electric cars for over 30 years and was featured in the documentary Who Killed the Electric Car? She has produced an award winning educational film on overpopulation,  and her TEDx talk on the benefits of small families has over 600,000 views.  Alexandra volunteered in Sierra Leone with Population Media Center and has spoken to over 6,000 California students, from middle school to university, on the human overpopulation issue. She believes that unless we reduce birth rates, the human race will not be able to successfully mitigate the effects of climate change.

Social Revolution with Ashley Colby

Social Revolution with Ashley Colby

May 9, 2021

Can one person really change the world? No matter how many times we are told that ‘change starts with you’, it’s hard to believe that ‘little old me’ can change the world when we feel like we’re battling against governments and major corporations. 

 

Ashley Colby is a badass who has studied social change, and is now living social change. She is an environmental sociologist who did her PhD at Washington State University, and in her book, she explores subsistence farming as a potentially revolutionary act. In her own words: “I am interested in and passionate about the myriad creative ways in which people are forming new social worlds in resistance to the failures of late capitalism and resultant climate disasters. I am a qualitative researcher so I tend to focus on the informal spaces of innovation. Before my current life I was once an itinerant overland international traveler, Chicago Tribune travel writer, and a long-haul, 18-wheel-driving trucker. I am now a mom to three beautiful girls, roommate to one husband (ha) and custodian to 2 cats, 2 dogs 2 cows and 5 chickens. I am now focused on doing anything I can to foment local, decentralized networks of people who can get us to the next iteration of society, and fast. The most urgent of these initiatives is a cooperative startup whose mission is to accelerate local economies (sulofair.com). You can find out more about my life and work in Uruguay at rizomafieldschool.com.”

 

In this episode, Ashley talks about collaboration, food production and the importance of a local community. She also has one of my favourite ‘calls to action’ of all time. Listen in to find out more.

 

Let’s get into it!

Environmental Leadership with Patricia Zurita

Environmental Leadership with Patricia Zurita

April 26, 2021

The first episode of the Our New World podcast is here! I'm feeling the nerves around releasing the first episode, but ultimately I'm very excited to get these conversations out there. Thank you for tuning in. Your input is key for this project, so please get in touch at max@mahbonline.org with your ideas and feedback!

What role do women have to play in environmentalism? What makes a good leader? Why is collaboration so important for our planet? These are some of the topics I talk about with Patricia Zurita, CEO of Birdlife International; the world’s largest nature conservation partnership, in our first episode of Our New World. Patricia was the first woman from a developing country to head an international conservation organization, she embodies the core values of curiosity, action and collaboration. Tune in for advice, opinions, and an inspiring leader telling us about her journey. 

What a way to kick-start our first series on Women in the World. Let’s get into it!

Our New World Trailer

Our New World Trailer

April 17, 2021

What can you do to make our world a better place?

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In a time saturated with information but not as many solutions, listen to advice from great minds and thought leaders about what we can do to make our new world a better place.

 

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