For What It’s Earth
Sharks! With Hannah Rudd

Sharks! With Hannah Rudd

September 9, 2020

When you think of sharks, do you think of far-flung exotic seas? Did you know that we in the UK have over 40 species of shark? We talk to Hannah Rudd - marine biologist and science communicator - about these often misunderstood creatures that so often capture our imaginations, but not always in the most flattering ways. Why are sharks important? What can we do to help them? Where might we find them on our very own shores? Hear about all this, including Hannah’s own research on eco-tourism’s potential in replacing damaging fishing practices.

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Petition to end the shark fin trade in the UK: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/300535

Find Hannah on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hannahrudd_wildlife/

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Rivers: Pollution, pesticides and poop

Rivers: Pollution, pesticides and poop

September 2, 2020

With untreated sewage, fertiliser nutrients, agriculture chemicals and ALL SORTS ending up in our rivers in the UK through a variety of ways, we turn our attention to some of our beautiful freshwater habitats.

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Episode links:

https://bristolavonriverstrust.org/citizen-science-water-quality-monitoring/

Insect Decline with Yussef Rafik, aka The Zoology Guy

Insect Decline with Yussef Rafik, aka The Zoology Guy

August 19, 2020

Yussef Rafik, host of BUG FACE on BBC Earth, joins us to share his love for insects, and to chat about insect decline and the things we can do to save the planet's most important but underrated creatures.

The Wildlife Trusts' Action for Insects campaign and advice booklets: https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/take-action-insects

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Lockdown and the environment: changes that can last?

Lockdown and the environment: changes that can last?

August 5, 2020

Emerging from lockdown, eyes blinking in the sunlight and masks firmly on, Emma and Lloyd ARE BACK for season 3! In this episode, we talk about COVID and the environment. We’ve all seen the amazing stories of dolphins in Venetian canals, goats wandering the streets of Llandudno (Emma can’t pronounce this) and clear skies over our busiest of megacities, but has the perceived environmental benefit been as significant as hoped? And, perhaps more importantly, can it last? STATISTICS. PERSPECTIVE. POOR BANTER. FWIE is back!

 

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Alcohol: Getting sloshed, sustainably (and responsibly)

Alcohol: Getting sloshed, sustainably (and responsibly)

April 22, 2020

Getting sloshed, sustainably… This week we’re raising a glass and toasting the end of series 2 of For What It’s Earth, by taking a look at the environmental footprint of the alcohol industry.

From the packaging used and the carbon footprint associated with your bottle or can’s transport around the globe, to the amount of water or energy used in the crop growing or distilling process, it turns out, there’s rather a lot to think about.

Find out what we recommend you consider when deciding on your next tipple of choice, and explore some of the companies that we’ve found that use waste products, partner with environmental organisations or use closed-loop systems to brew beverages that are good for the planet, as well as the consumer.

Always drink responsibly.

 

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Save the Butterflies, PLUS getting your nature fix during lockdown

Save the Butterflies, PLUS getting your nature fix during lockdown

April 1, 2020

In this episode, we find out why butterflies (and moths!) are an essential part of our ecosystems, learn about why they're under threat and in decline, and explore ways in which we can protect these beautiful pollinators from our own homes. As we're also recording separately and practising social distancing, we're also sharing some top tips for making sure you still get your nature fix while in lockdown - whether you've got a garden, window boxes or just the internet to help!

 

Our Google Doc of things to do to connect with nature while we're in lockdown: https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.google.com%2Fdocument%2Fd%2F1_h8LaUrQFzkLJ-_Bkh8-a8bKFeQhFGGi1eTolZMWOHo%2Fedit%3Fusp%3Dsharing%26fbclid%3DIwAR0wfwhMfk3Ogfzn0GbW9cvbzm-K1xBpeofsugo0Bu6HjyC0Kb5VKXxIS9w&h=AT27U9HoKKTX9HkXyldY2j_uu9N4iAGnyo96kpKGGOJYOm5oazCwecDs_56JPe6s9SPMj7yIOXYQvoNXHZ2QllpQfugAvmxcbzvYF9AWlvb2vLA4-o4DqLtCQEBR0AXLo1hCBfrh 

This list is full of podcast, YouTube, app and reading ideas to keep family members of all ages (and the environment) happy at this time. Got anything to add to the list? Let us know and we'll include it!

 

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Sources: Butterfly Conservation: https://butterfly-conservation.org/

 

A guide to the best plants for nectar for different butterfly species: https://butterfly-conservation.org/sites/default/files/butterflynectardownload.pdf

 

Make a butterfly banquet: https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/give-nature-a-home-in-your-garden/garden-activities/makeabutterflybanquet/

 

Make fat balls for birds: https://www.rspb.org.uk/fun-and-learning/for-kids/games-and-activities/activities/make-a-speedy-bird-cake/

 

How to make a hedgehog feeder: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FY6-1rQb294

 

Inside the Petri Dish Podcast on Coronaviris: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/working-on-a-coronavirus-ward-dr-harry-ferguson/id1317403844?i=1000468655506 

 

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Wonderful theme music by Mark Skinner Sound

Water Scarcity: water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink

Water Scarcity: water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink

March 11, 2020

As our population grows and so too does our consumption of resources, this week Emma and Lloyd are exploring why one of life’s most essential resources is becoming more and more scarce around the world.

We look at the causes of water scarcity, explore big ideas for dealing with it and find out what easy changes we can make in our daily lives that can reduce our personal water usage.

 

Sources:

Ted Talk: We need to track water like we track the weather:

https://www.ted.com/talks/sonaar_luthra_we_need_to_track_the_world_s_water_like_we_track_the_weather/transcript?language=en

Countryfile: Saving water in the UK https://www.countryfile.com/news/water-shortage-in-the-uk-whats-the-problem-and-how-to-save-water/

WWF: Water Scarcity https://www.worldwildlife.org/threats/water-scarcity

Reclaim Your Sh*t book: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/why-do-we-use-drinking-water-in

UN Water: https://www.unwater.org/water-facts/scarcity/

Experts on water scarcity: https://www.resilience.org/stories/2020-02-04/vital-implications-on-water-scarcity-according-to-14-experts/

BBC: Water shortages in England: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-47620228

Nestle being generally terrible for the planet: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/oct/29/the-fight-over-water-how-nestle-dries-up-us-creeks-to-sell-water-in-plastic-bottles

 

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Overpopulation: Climate Change’s Uncomfortable Truth? With Dave Gardner

Overpopulation: Climate Change’s Uncomfortable Truth? With Dave Gardner

March 4, 2020

Dave Gardner, host of GrowthBusters Podcast and The Overpopulation Podcast joins Emma this week to talk about climate change’s uncomfortable truth: We’re struggling with overpopulation. We need to do something about our population size and our rate of consumption. How do you deal with that without telling women what to do with their bodies? Download the episode to find out!

We even got Dave to answer YOUR listener questions!

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Things we spoke about in the episode:

One Planet One Child campaign and fundraiser: https://fundrazr.com/oneplanetonechild

Thailand’s cops and rubbers campaign: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6l4loplFtYg

8 Billion Angels: https://8billionangels.org/

Growthbusters Podcast: https://www.growthbusters.org/podcast/

Flooding: Can we blame climate change? Can we do anything about it?

Flooding: Can we blame climate change? Can we do anything about it?

February 26, 2020

With the UK still recovering from the flooding caused by Storm Dennis and Storm Ciara, we’re looking at the news this week. We're exploring the links between flooding, intense weather events and climate change, and whether there's much we can do about it. And that means, of course, we're also taking BEAVERS. Emma gets pretty enthusiastic about nature’s natural flood management squad, which are currently being trialled in Devon and Cornwall... #morebeaverforbritain 

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Things we spoke about:

Beavers in Britain & the Devon Wildlife Trust: https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/saving-species/beavers

Is flooding in our future? https://www.carbonbrief.org/how-much-flooding-is-in-the-uks-future-a-look-at-the-ipcc-report 

Building houses on flood plains: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-51584946

Beavers: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-51575650

Tori Tsui on Modern-day Activism and Fixing The System

Tori Tsui on Modern-day Activism and Fixing The System

February 19, 2020

The passionate and fantastic climate activist Tori Tsui joins Emma this week! After a 3-month sail across the Atlantic which helped to raise awareness about the need for thinking about how we travel and making lower-carbon alternatives feasible, Tori is dialling in from Colombia where she's helping run the fantastic Sail for Climate Action project, taking Latin American and Caribbean youths across the Atlantic to take part in climate talks in Europe in April.

We talk about tackling the carbon footprint of, and the growth of the aviation industry, the role social media can play in combating climate change, she’s become one of the beautiful faces of Stella McCartney’s recent campaigns, and how the obsession for perfection can get in the way of climate activism and public change.

Find out more about Sail To The Cop: https://www.sailtothecop.com/

Read up on Sail For Climate Action: https://www.sailforclimateaction.com/ 

See Tori's work and thoughts on Instagram @ToriTsui_

 

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