March 30, 2020
Welcome to the first Book of Leaves podcast episode of 2020. What a time to be alive eh?
I wanted to ease into this season with a little message of positivity in this crazy time. I talk a little bit about mental health and suggestions for things to do to keep you busy and also talk about how it's OK to do absolutely nothing! And I read a poem for you because why not?
I'll link particular suggestions I made below so you can find them. Stay home, stay safe, sending you lots of love. X
Gardening suggestions, check out Episode 15 for ideas to help biodiversity.
Download or sign up to Duolingo to learn a language.
Follow accounts like Sustainable Fashion Dublin for upcycling activities to do at home.
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December 23, 2019
Happy New Year!
In this delightfully short episode I suggest 6 resolutions you can take your pick of for 2020, or adopt them straight away if that's your jam! I also give a quick summary and shout out to all the guests I've had in 2019 and of course to you guys, the listeners. Thank you all so much. Catch you in the new year!
December 9, 2019
Episode 20 is a casual chat with Timi Nicholson, one of the early members of the inspirational Zero Waste Ireland Facebook Group and host of the day to day sustainable blog: Simple No Waste Life. In this episode we chat about:
- A bit about who Timi is and how she fell into the sustainable way of living.
- Home hacks - going without or making your own.
- How Simple No Waste Life came about.
- How Timi found the transition to cloth nappies (with the help of Cloth Nappy Library Ireland).
- Sustainability in Hungary.
- Climate Anxiety.
Don't forget to rate, review & share! X
November 25, 2019
In this episode I interview Holly Hughes from Vita Ireland, a charity focusing on climate justice and human rights at the same time. Their model is one many could learn from. Have a listen, rate, review & let me know what you think. If you'd like to support this podcast, check out my patreon! x
We chatted about:
- Holly’s background before working with Vita.
- Who Vita are & what they do.
- What life is life for communities in Ethiopia and Eritrea.
- The importance of community led projects.
- How carbon credits and offsetting carbon works.
- How their investment programme works.
- Making sure your offsets are accredited by Gold Standard.
- How to support Vita: gift packages and impact fund.
Follow Vita on Instagram, Twitter & Facebook and follow Holly on her Instagram here.
November 11, 2019
In Part 2 of our Eco Christmas episode, myself and Cate continue on to talk all things Christmassy. If you haven't already go back and give part 1 a listen! And don't forget to share this podcast with a friend or support it on patreon if you can. x
We continued on discussing:
- Gift wrapping alternatives.
- Christmas cards.
- Pets for Christmas.
- Mental Health.
- Upcoming Markets.
Check out www.bookofleavespodcast.com for our market spreadsheet & more info! x
November 11, 2019
Episode 16 is all about Christmas! I sat down with sustainable guru Cate Russell, fellow actor and friend and we delved into sustainable solutions for Christmas from gift suggestions to recipes. All businesses mentioned are linked below. Don't forget to share this episode with a friend and support this podcast on patreon if you can! x
In Part 1 we covered:
- An quick intro to Cate and how we feel about Christmas.
- Real vs Fake trees.
- Decorations: fairy lights, garlands, tinsel, baubles, making your own.
- Where & how to recycle electronics. Find your local WEEE drop off point here.
- GIFTS (see detailed description & links below).
- Monitor what you need to get and how much you're spending. I mention this Xmas Gift app.
- Ask your friends/family what they'd like or need.
- Offset their carbon with a charity like Vita.
- Plant a tree with a charity or company like Grown.
- Gift a plant.
- For kids you can make them a book with scraps of paper, paint a t-shirt, knit a toy.
- Sustainable clothes, accessories, jewellery or candles. Brands linked below!
Clothes, Bags, Accessories:
- Jump The Hedges - upcycled tarpaulin to water resistant yoga bags, bum bags etc.
- Grown - organic cotton t-shirts & jumpers & they plant a tree for every sale.
- The Upcycle Movement - upcycled wetsuits to bags, earrings, pencil cases etc.
- Cork Crafts. - traditional cork products (learn about cork in episode one!) such as shoes, bags wallets etc.
- ReKINDle. - beautiful hand-painted denim jackets, patches & tote bags with earth friendly messages.
- Fresh Cuts. - shop in Dublin selling their own eco branded clothes among other brands.
Socks & Underwear:
- Stór - bamboo and organic cotton underwear for men.
- Rapuni - underwear and clothes and they take their own stock back to recycle.
- Thought - organic catoon, bamboo & hemp socks, underwear & other clothes.
- Ecoalf - swimwear and clothes from recycled nylon plastic taken from the ocean and beaches.
- Strip & Stare - mostly use modal from beechtrees to make knickers and other clothes and, their knickers are compostable.
- Patagonia - have a shop in Dublin as well as an online store and sell outdoor wear including sustainable warm socks.
- Molke - all their colourful underwear is manufactured in Scotland and sustainably sourced.
- Swedish Stockings - luxury detailed tights and stockings from sustainable material (plus they have this amazing scheme for taking back old tights which I didn't mention in the episode!).
Make sure they'll actually use what you give them!
- LUSH - all ethical, mostly vegan, take back their plastic containers to recycle into new ones.
- Bodyshop - cruelty free natural products (though they use a fair bit of plastic).
- Superdrug - own brand toiletries are all free from animal testing but again, they use plastic.
You can buy sustainable soaps and toiletries (and more!) from these Irish retailers:
- Mind your technology to make it last with covers like Pela and anti virus software etc.
- Purchase second hand from CeX.
Checkout www.bookofleavespodcast.com for info on upcoming markets & more. Don't forget to listen to Part 2! X
October 28, 2019
Collie Ennis is a fellow podcaster (check out The Critter Shed!), Science officer with the Herpetological Society of Ireland and a research associate at Trinity University Dublin. He's also a great laugh to have the chats with and a fountain of knowledge. We delve into all things critter related in this episode.
In particular we cover:
- How Collie came to work with critters.
- How important invertebrates are to biodiversity.
- Why invertebrates are struggling today.
- How climate change is affecting them.
- The hidden species of Ireland from newts to toads.
- How to easily turn your garden or balcony into a haven for invertebrates on rented or owned land.
- What happened at the Tallaght Wetlands.
- Advice as a community member on how to protect a local patch of land, vital to species, threatened by development.
- Working with neighbours to turn estate greens into bio-diverse areas.
- Growing food in a garden full of bugs.
You can follow Collie on Twitter or Instagram and don't forget to checkout The Critter Shed podcast (who are on Twitter and Facebook).
Let me know what you think of this episode and don't forget to rate, review and share!
September 30, 2019
I had the absolute pleasure of visiting Seal Rescue Ireland in Courtown to interview Melanie. Her extensive knowledge of conservation made this a really enjoyable educational episode, although sometimes very saddening due to how Seals are suffering at the hands of humans. Have a listen, share it around and be the eyes and ears of SRI when you're out along the coast.
- Melanie's background before coming to work for Seal Rescue Ireland.
- Facts about the seals that are native to Ireland and how their populations have fared over the years.
- Why SRI end up needing to rehabilitate seals.
- How pollutants end up in the sea and what we can do to stop them.
- The importance planting trees, particularly Riparian buffers, has on the health of the sea.
- The relationship between seal conservationists and the fishing industry.
- The benefits of Eco-Tourism.
- How SRI rehabilitate their seals and releases them.
What to do if you see a seal on the beach:
- Stay at least 100 metres away.
- Call SRI's hotline number: +353(0)87 1955393.
- Keep your dog on a short lead.
- Do NOT approach the seal or try drag it into the sea!
Adopt a Seal here. Your adoption certificate will be e-mailed to you as well as regular updates!
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September 16, 2019
For episode 12 I asked Cormac Nugent for an interview on behalf of Extinction Rebellion Ireland. It's a long episode but you don't have to listen to it all in one go! Cormac has been with the group for a few months and hosts some of their public 'Heading for Extinction' talks. He knows an awful lot about the climate crisis situation and more importantly, what we need to do about. We cover a LOT in this episode so it's longer that usual but you won't notice the time going. We sure didn't!
Some of the highlights we talked about are:
- How Cormac became involved in Environmentalism.
- The Montreal Protocol: protecting the ozone.
- Who Extinction Rebellion are, their demands and values.
- Why they do disruptive actions.
- What The Climate Emergency the Irish government declared means for us and the climate emergency measures bill.
- A brief science of the climate crisis: previous extinctions, carbon absorption by the ocean, coral reefs, soil degradation.
- The temperature rise, why and how it happens, what needs to be done to stop it.
- Tree cover in Ireland and the problem with sitka spruce.
- Our carbon budget.
- What a just transition means.
- Electric cars Vs public transport.
- The top 3 causes of climate change.
- Erica Chenoweth’s studies including the 3.5% rule.
- Rebellion Week.
- What you have to do to risk arrest.
- Examples of affinity groups: Plant Bandits and The Bumble Bees.
- Advice for battling eco-anxiety.
How to get involved:
- Social Media Channels: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.
- Joining your local group (or setting one up if there isn't one!).
- Via your College/University XR society. Again, you can set one up if there isn't one!
- By attending local Heading for Extinction talks, NVDA workshops and monthly meetings, all events are listed on their Facebook page here.
- Share XR's events and posts online and with your friends and family.
- Donate to their GoFundMe by clicking here.
- Join protests in person.
[Sign up to be a steward here.]
School-age students have self-organised marches around the country and they need you to attend.
- Dublin: Gathering 12:00 at Customs House, marching at 12:30 to Merrion Sq., rallying 13:00 - 14:00 at Merrion Sq. in front of Govt. buildings
- Cork City: Gathering on Grand Parade St. from 12:00, marching at 12:20.
- Kerry (Tralee): Meet at County Buildings, Ratass, at 9am
- Clare (Ennis): Meet at The Height, O’Connell Square at 9am
- Drogheda: Demonstrating from 13:00 outside St. Peters's Church, West St.
- Galway: Demonstrating from 13:00 - 16:00 in Eyre Square
- Navan: Demonstrating from 13:00 - 15:00 at the Market Square
- Limerick: Marching from Arthur's Quay Park at 13:00, finishing at City Hall.
- Dundalk: Demonstrating from 12:30 - 15:00 in the Market Square
- Kenmare: Demonstrating from 9:00 - 13:00 outside the Courthouse
- Dingle: 12pm at the Town Park firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other Causes to Suport: