For What It’s Earth
82. Sam Gandy on Nature Connection, plus Psychedelics and Beavers?

82. Sam Gandy on Nature Connection, plus Psychedelics and Beavers?

August 3, 2022

Nature connectedness; what is it, why is it important, and can we boost it? Researcher Sam Gandy joins us in this episode to explore the concept of nature connectedness, which is s key predictor of us taking actions that are good for the planet and is also of huge benefit for our mental health and wellbeing. His research takes us to some fascinating places, including the research looking at the role that psychedelics such as psilocybin (found in magic mushrooms) have in quickly and deeply enhancing our feelings of connectedness with nature. Plus, we also take a splash through the role of beaver wetlands in improving feelings of nature connectedness, too.

 

Hear more from Sam: https://twitter.com/SamwiseGandy

The potential synergistic effects between psychedelic administration and nature contact for the improvement of mental health (2020) https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/2055102920978123 

Potential psychological benefits of nature enrichment through the reintroduction of the Eurasian beaver (Castor fiber) to Britain: A narrative literature review (2021) https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Sam-Gandy-4/publication/356221528_Potential_psychological_benefits_of_nature_enrichment_through_the_reintroduction_of_the_Eurasian_beaver_Castor_fiber_to_Britain_A_narrative_literature_review/links/61929b7b07be5f31b7846897/Potential-psychological-benefits-of-nature-enrichment-through-the-reintroduction-of-the-Eurasian-beaver-Castor-fiber-to-Britain-A-narrative-literature-review.pdf 

 

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81: BOGS! (Again) Celebrating natural carbon sequestration for #WorldBogDay

81: BOGS! (Again) Celebrating natural carbon sequestration for #WorldBogDay

July 24, 2022

You might be wondering why we’ve popped an episode in your feed on a Sunday instead of a Wednesday, so I’m here to clear that up. Today is actually world bog day, a day in which we all celebrate the awesomeness of this underrated habitat, which is fantastic at quietly getting on with an immense amount of carbon sequestration as well as supporting its own army of specialist plants and animals. About a year and a half ago we recorded an episode on bogs, and today is the perfect time to resurface it and for you to find out exactly why I think bogs are super cool. So, if you missed it before, here’s For What It’s Earth, on BOGS!       

Plus, we introduce a section called 'Listener Corner' where we discuss this paper https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fcosc.2020.615419/full sent to us by one of our lovely listeners. Thanks, Jack!

 

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80: Eco-Anxiety. What is it, and how can we deal with it?

80: Eco-Anxiety. What is it, and how can we deal with it?

July 20, 2022

Many of us feel an existential sense of doom and dread when we think about the state of the environment. (Record-smashing temperatures of 40oC in the UK this week, anyone?) It can wreak havoc with our mental health, and be hard to deal with. In fact, feeling eco anxiety is a perfectly normal reaction to being told that we're in a climate crisis.

In this episode we explore some of the causes of eco anxiety and some of the possible solutions, or tools that might help you when you're feeling stressed. We hope that it might help.

 

This episode also features a clip sent over by our friend Suzy from the Casual Birder Podcast. Suzy has visited Antarctica and, after listening to our episode on the White Continent, was kind enough to share her experience of responsible tourism. You can hear more from Suzy over on her podcast, The Casual Birder: https://casualbirder.com/ 

 

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79: Antarctica. Can we protect it, or survive without it? With Ryan Dalton

79: Antarctica. Can we protect it, or survive without it? With Ryan Dalton

June 29, 2022

The White Continent (and the southern seas around it) is an incredibly important place for wildlife, for the regulation of global ocean currents, and for reflecting a huge amount of the sun's heat back out of our atmosphere (known as the Albedo effect). But Antarctica faces plenty of threats, which we'll take a dive into. You're in for a treat, too, as this week Emma is joined by Ryan Dalton from Into The Wild Podcast.

 

Get more from Ryan by heading over to his fab podcast, Into The Wild: https://intothewild.podbean.com/

 

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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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