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78: Sports! Can we make them more sustainable?

78: Sports! Can we make them more sustainable?

June 8, 2022

From football and F1, to deciding which trainers to run your next half-marathon in, we're attempting something of an episode heptathlon this week as we explore whether both our big sporting events and our personal sporting ventures can be made more planet-positive.

 

Things we spoke about:

Trainer recycling: https://www.runnersneed.com/about-us/recyclemyrun.html

Allbirds sustainable trainers: https://www.allbirds.co.uk/pages/sustainable-practices#beginnings

EcoYoga mat: https://www.ecoyoga.uk/ecomats 

Forest Green Rovers: https://unfccc.int/climate-action/momentum-for-change/climate-neutral-nhttps://unfccc.int/climate-action/momentum-for-change/climate-neutral-now/creating-the-greenest-football-club-in-the-world-forest-green-rovers

 

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77: Save the Seagrass, Save Ourselves?

77: Save the Seagrass, Save Ourselves?

May 18, 2022

Take a dive with us into one of the most exciting marine habitats on the planet - and it's often found just a few splashes away from the coast. Seagrass is thought to capture carbon 35 TIMES faster than tropical rainforests, yet it covers less than 1% of the seafloor and we're losing it globally, rapidly. They're also vital habitats for marine life and provide more ecosystem services than we can count (almost). But, In the UK, we've lost more than 90% of our seagrass habitat. What can we do about that, you ask? Listen to find out!

 

Seagrass restoration volunteering opportunities

Ocean Conservation Trust https://oceanconservationtrust.org/volunteers-needed-to-support-seagrass-conservation/

Recreation Remedies https://saveourseabed.co.uk/get-involved/volunteers/ 

Project Seagrass https://www.facebook.com/groups/444685045723981 

 

Some of the other things we spoke about

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/seagrass-can-work-as-a-sanitation-service-180980034/ 

https://seagrassspotter.org/ 

https://www.projectseagrass.org/

 

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76: Concrete: Cutting Construction’s Carbon Footprint with Adam Gittins

76: Concrete: Cutting Construction’s Carbon Footprint with Adam Gittins

April 27, 2022

Oh, it's a sexy subject and a half this episode. Concrete is one of the most widely-used building materials in the world, so we're exploring its environmental impact with Adam Gittins from Cemfree. The manufacture of traditional cement, a key component of concrete, accounts for up to 8% of GLOBAL carbon emissions. But, there are innovative ways to reduce this - from creating ultra low-carbon types of cement (like Cemfree) that can be used, to designing buildings that use concrete smarter and have much more thorough 'end-of-life' recycling plans that can re-use building materials once the structure is no longer needed in its current form. And, as Adam points out, persuading the government to make these changes mandated in projects like the construction of all new homes, would make a huge impact on a very carbon-heavy industry.

 

Extra reading:

Cemfree (DB Group): https://dbgholdings.com/cemfree/

Cement makers across world pledge large cut in emissions by 2030 (Guardian): https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/oct/12/cement-makers-across-world-pledge-large-cut-in-emissions-by-2030-co2-net-zero-2050#:~:text=The%20industry%20is%20responsible%20for,and%20concrete%20release%20CO2.

 

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75: Bats! Why Bats Are Important And How To Save Them

75: Bats! Why Bats Are Important And How To Save Them

April 13, 2022

Far more than mysterious nighttime creatures of folklore, we dig into why macro bats and micro bats (like this brown long-eared bat here) are fascinating AND important, and what can be done to stop the loss of them from our countryside in the UK.

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74: Saving Fish and Top Pond Tips, With Wildlife Cameraman Jack Perks

74: Saving Fish and Top Pond Tips, With Wildlife Cameraman Jack Perks

March 30, 2022

This week Emma takes a dive into something she knows very little about; fish in UK rivers, the threats they're under and the fascinating projects working to restore their populations. Joining her to head upstream is wildlife cameraman, author, and podcaster (and almost one of the dullest men in Britain...), Jack Perks! Plus, plenty of fantastic advice for anyone keen to put a pond in their garden to support wildlife, as Emma is attempting to do.

Links:

Jack’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fishtwitcher/ 

 Lizzy Daly’s film ‘Billion Pound Fish’ on Scottish fisheries: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNypmawFLdI&ab_channel=LizzieDalyWildlifeTV 

The Bearded Tit (Jack)’s Podcast: https://beardedtit.podbean.com/ 

Emma’s episode on Jack’s Podcast: https://beardedtit.podbean.com/e/climate-crisis-engaging-with-gen-z-ft-sophie-pavelleemma-brisdon/ 

 

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73: Nina Constable on Fish Passes, Filmmaking and Families

73: Nina Constable on Fish Passes, Filmmaking and Families

March 9, 2022

Watch Nina's latest film, Unlocking The Severn https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CsePWhmkeK0 

Listen to Beaver Trust's Podcast, The Lodge Cast: https://bit.ly/LodgeCast 

 

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72: Steve Simpson on Coral Reefs, Global Change, Eco Grief and Hope

72: Steve Simpson on Coral Reefs, Global Change, Eco Grief and Hope

February 16, 2022

“The future is still up for grabs.” In this episode, Emma is joined by Professor Steve Simpson, marine biologist, lecturer and science communicator, to take a dive into the issues that our oceans are facing. We explore the effects of noise pollution on our coral reef communities, discuss harnessing our eco grief to fuel finding innovative solutions, and, given that Steve was part of the influential Blue Planet II series, the role that public science communication can have in helping us improve the state of our seas. 

 

Steve’s TED Talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/steve_simpson_how_ocean_noise_destroys_marine_ecosystems?language=en

 

Watch Steve on BBC’s Blue Planet II: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b09jbn5f/blue-planet-ii-series-1-7-our-blue-planet 

71: Botanist Leif Bersweden on Plants & Climate Change

71: Botanist Leif Bersweden on Plants & Climate Change

February 2, 2022

How is climate change impacting plant communities? Are there any winners among the losers? Why are plants just as cool as (if not, cooler) than animals? And how does a broken car actually HELP when you're writing a book? Emma is joined this week by botanist and author Leif Bersweden, who has just announced that he's got another book due out in 2022; Where The Wildflowers Grow. 

For more from Leif:

https://www.instagram.com/leifbersweden/

https://twitter.com/LeifBersweden 

Pre-order Leif's new book, Where The Wildflowers Grow: https://www.waterstones.com/book/9781529349535

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70: Rewilding and Reptiles, with Harvey Tweats

70: Rewilding and Reptiles, with Harvey Tweats

January 19, 2022

We’re digging in to the state of nature in the UK and how the concept of rewilding - restoring land to allow nature to recover and for biodiversity to flourish - could be the key to combating the climate and ecological crisis. In the hot seat this week and bringing a wealth of knowledge with him, is Harvey Tweats, an ecologist passionate about rewinding and one of the founders of Celtic Reptile and Amphibian, a captive breeding programme looking to support the reintroduction of species to the UK landscape.

 

Find out more about Harvey and Celtic Reptile and Amphibian: https://celticreptileamphibian.co.uk/  

 

 

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69: Conservation in Africa and life in the bush, with Rosie Miles

69: Conservation in Africa and life in the bush, with Rosie Miles

January 5, 2022
🎧 ✨  Conservation in Africa! 🐘 🐆  In the first episode of 2022, Emma travels south (virtually) to find out what it's really like to live in the African bush and work as a conservationist protecting and restoring areas of land in protected national parks.
 
What does 'rewilding' look like in Malawi? What is the issue with colonialism in conservation? How does the conservation sector differ in the UK from Africa? Rosie Miles has spent the last 10 years as a bush guide and conservationist, specializing in tracking and monitoring predator populations. Plus, she's just published her first book 'Girl of the Wild'!
 
 
Follow Rosie on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/safari_smiles/ 

 

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