Climate Ambassador Podcast Series
Subscribe and listen as we chat about all things climate change, while exploring overlaps into many other areas of our lives, such as agriculture, food, transport, biodiversity, well-being and much more, with expert guest speakers on each episode.
So if you are just at the beginning of exploring the topics or are a seasoned pro, we hope you will always take away a few nuggets of info with you, and be inspired to change one thing.
Podcast 1 – An introduction to climate change and the Climate Ambassador programme
Gary and Amy chat about climate change and give an outline of what the Climate Ambassador programme is all about.
During this first podcast of the series, they offer plenty of insights about the causes, effects and most importantly the solutions to climate change, how the Climate Ambassador programme is playing it’s part and with lots of suggestions for you to take into your own life.
Podcast 2 – Agriculture, Farming in Ireland & Climate Change
Gary and Amy chat with Dr James Moran (GMIT) and then head over to Moy Hill Farm to chat with regenerative farmer Fergal Smith.
In this second episode, we cover a wide range of topics including Farming For Nature and how it can reward farmers for providing ecosystem services. We hear about regenerative farming and how it works to build healthy soil. High Nature Value farmland is discussed and how it can be farmed at low intensity to suport biodiversity. Among the other topics discussed are CAP, Farm2Fork, sustainable production and consumption and how farmers can help with flood mitigation measures.
Podcast 3 – Food in Ireland & Climate Change
In this third episode, Gary and Amy head to the kitchen to chat with food writer and enterpeneur Michelle Darmody and director of Food Space Conor Spacey.
We cover a wide range of foodie topics including the relationship between food and climate change. Keeping it all culinary, Michelle and Conor chat about zero waste, sustainable food systems and food miles within their businesses and offer food for thought to us as consumers. We also hear about food waste and what we can all do to help prevent it, with lots of other sustainable food tips and tricks shared that we can bring into our own daily lives.
Podcast 4 – Historical Connections to Climate Change
Releasing this fourth episode just before the Christmas break, Gary and Amy go back in time to chat with Professor Conor Murphy, Department of Geography at Maynooth University and Professor Francis Ludlow, Department of Medieval Environmental History, Trinity College Dublin.
Covering a wide range of time, we look at ice ages, what causes them and aren’t we due another one? How did industrialisation of the West have an impact on our climate, historical extreme weather events and what lessons can we learn from the past. As always, we seek out the messages of hope, take away nuggest of wisdom and a call to action for everyone.
Podcast 5 – Sustainable Planning
Starting the new year with this fifth episode, we pause, to reflect what is going on at present with rural and urban planning, particularly with the pandemic in our midst, to chat with Niall Cussen, Office of the Planning Regulator (OPR) and Jane Hackett, Manager of both Green-Schools Travel and the Climate Ambassador Programme.
We discuss concepts like the 15 Minute City, Doughnut Economics, while also chatting about sustainable transport options and looking into the future, to find out what a sustainable Ireland might look like for our everyday lives, as we go about living in our urban and rural settings. Both speakers provide lots of solutions and give a positive outlook about where we are headed as a country.
Podcast 6 – Biodiversity
Returning with the sixth episode, we look at what is going on at present with Irish biodiversity, focusing the lens through the climate and biodiversity crises. We were delighted to have as our guests for this episode Anja Murray, ecologist and environmental broadcaster on RTE’s Eco Eye and Dr. Meabh Boylan, Green-Schools Biodiversity Officer.
We chat about lots of topics related to Biodiversity and indeed, how all things are connected. Both speakers talk of their love of nature and the many benefits it provides, how having a child-like wonder and curiosity brings real joy to our lives, as well as discussing areas like policy and local community solutions that we can all get involved in.
Podcast 7 – Behaviour Change
In our seventh podcast episode, we discuss behavioural change. Our amiable and engaging guests for this episode are Dave Brooks, Green-Schools Officer and Padraig Walsh, Behaviour Specialist at ChangAble.
We cover a lot of ground, chatting about accepting change and asking why is it sometimes hard to change. We also look at social norms, how we frame narratives around solutions for better outcomes, language & imagery, eco-anxiety and lots more. This is a great podcast to also learn more about how we can bring everyone along with us in the seismic changes all of us in society needs to take.
Podcast 8 – Sustainable Business
For our eight podcast episode, we were delighted to have Ali Sheridan join us to discuss sustainable business. Ali is a senior sustainability consultant and climate advisor, who has been involved in the environmental movement for a long time.
Bringing a wealth of experience and insight into this podcast, Ali shares her thoughts on many topics, including individual consumption; well-being budgets; owner v’s leasing models; green washing; stranded assets; the Irish Climate Action Bill; Doughnut Economics; just transition and risk. If you would like to learn more about these topics and hears Ali’s many nuggets of gold, this is the podcast for you!
Podcast 9 – Student Activism
We were thrilled to have Beth Doherty, Caillum Hedderman and Saoirse Exton join us to discuss student activism. The three secondary students are on the ISSU (Irish Secondary Student’s Union) committee, as well other environmental groups, including Fridays for Future and Saoirse is also a Climate Ambassador, who won an Outstanding Achievement award from us last year.
Holding a space on this podcast to give a voice to the youth movement, the students discuss many topics, including Fridays For Future, climate justice, intersectionality, lockdown, going outside comfort zones, public awareness and engagement, eco-anxiety, role models, heroes and much more! They, like all the other young people involved in climate action are a great source of hope. We are sure you will find this a very engaging podcast, hearing from this group of brilliant speakers!
Podcast 10 – Climate Change in the Media
For this episode, we are delighted to have Caroline O’Doherty, Dr Dave Robbins and Kayle Crosson join us to chat about climate change in the media. Caroline is the environment correspondent for the Irish Independent, Dave is an Assistant Professor at the School of Communications in Dublin City University and Kayle is the editor for Green News.
Covering a wide range of areas, including what the trends are in reporting climate change and in the public’s perceptions. We also chat about how the media is behaving in relation to linking climate change to other issues we see in the news, how interconnected everything is and areas where the media could do better. We discuss the trust levels placed in traditional media and whether media still informs discussions and much more besides. Join us to hear our guests’ thoughts on this fascinating topic.
Podcast 11 – Communicating Climate Change
We are thrilled to have the second podcast series kick off with the amazing Professor Katharine Hayhoe. We are honoured to have Katherine join us for this episode, to share her unique perspectives on communicating climate change, including lots of advice for non-experts to talk about climate change. Sharing her positivity, humour and energy, while outlining why we should all advocate for solutions.
In the build up to the release of Katherine’s new book ‘Saving Us’, this podcast touches on lots of topics, including exploring ‘psychological distance’, ‘solution aversion’, ‘social change’ and the importance of efficacy, all done while sharing stories and anecdotes. Katherine outlines her findings on ‘rational hope’ and also what gives her cause for hope. This is a masterclass for anyone who is interested in learning more regarding talking about climate change.
Podcast 12 – Retrofitting Homes
We are excited to have two very experienced professionals from the world of sustainable homes join us for this podcast on retrofitting homes. With decades of experience between them, Susan Andrews, Programme Manager of SEAI and Mike O’Rourke, Electric Ireland Superhomes senior engineer, share all you need to know about how to make your home more comfortable, healthy and energy efficient.
Going through the grant procedures and what technologies are used, Susan and Mike explain with first-hand knowledge and experience how to make such upgrades as easy as possible. If you are considering retrofitting your home, would like to learn more before making any decisions or perhaps even sharing some of this information with your landlord, then this podcast will be of immense help.
Podcast 13 – Sustainable Fashion
On this podcast we are discussing clothes or to be more specific, sustainable fashion. Looking at climate change and related issues from a fashion point of view, we have super guests for you! We are chatting with sustainable fashion gurus, Geraldine Carton, co-founder of The Useless Project and Rónán Ó Dálaigh, founder & CEO of Thriftify.
Sharing their stories and their passion for sustainable fashion, we hear how clothes tells a story about who we are and we learn of the emotional connections and bonds that are formed through sustainable clothing and communities that grow around it. We have all slowed down during lockdown and connections are made to the revolution of slow fashion, which is ethical, inclusive, communal and helps people connect the dots. Covering a wide range of topics, including the oil and fashion industries, green-washing, labelling, influencers, challenges & opportunites, democracy, differences in demographics and tips to make your wardrobe more sustainable. So, buckle up for an engaging tour of all things connected between the environment and the clothes we wear.
Shout outs included in this podcast are:
The Upcycle Movement – https://theupcyclemovement.com/
Jump the Hedges – https://www.jumpthehedges.com/
Adverts.ie – https://www.adverts.ie/
Oxfam Ireland – https://www.oxfamireland.org/
Daisy Blue Vintage – https://www.missdaisyblue.com/
Curiosity Cove – https://www.curiositycove.ie/
Podcast 14 – Future Opportunities
For this podcast we are getting our crystal ball out and looking into the future. We framed this discussion around the work of our two fantastic guests – David Dodd, coordinator of Climate Action Regional Office (CARO) for the Dublin Region and Karen Deignan, co-founder & director of Sustainability Works.
Drawing from their wealth of experience, we hear what risks and opportunities come with sustainable planning and what trends are emerging for local authorities and businesses. Our guests share their insights and vision for a sustainable future, with mitigation and adaptation as the cornerstones of the approaches required to ensure a healthy, thriving, connected and resilient future.
Podcast 15 – Climate Justice
We are delighted to have Sinéad Mercier and Clodagh Daly join us to discuss climate justice. Sinéad Mercier is a lecturer on Environment, Sustainability and Social Justice in Maynooth University and a PhD researcher funded by the UCD Sutherland School of Law and European Research Council, Project PROPERTY [IN]JUSTICE. Clodagh Daly is a research assistant with the Effective Nature Laws project and campaign coordinator for climate case Ireland.
In this insightful discussion, topics tied to climate justice such as social justice, just transition and intersectionality are covered in depth and with compassion. Sometimes looking through a political lens, we hear the story behind Climate Case Ireland as well as a call for a Citizens’ Assembly on the biodiversity crisis.
For more on Clodagh’s work, see here:
https://effectivenaturelaws.ucd.ie/ & https://www.climatecaseireland.ie/
For more on Sinéad’s work, see here: https://www.landlawandjustice.eu/
Podcast 16 – Climate Well-being
We are delighted to have Associate Professor Sarah Jaquette Ray join us for this podcast on Climate Well-being. Drawing on a decade of experience leading and teaching in college environmental studies programs, Sarah shares how she has created an “existential tool kit” for the climate generation. Combining insights from psychology, sociology, social movements, mindfulness, and the environmental humanities, Sarah explains why and how we need to let go of eco-guilt, resist burnout, and cultivate resilience while advocating for climate justice.
Huge thanks to our guest, Professor Sarah Jaquette Ray. I personally feel better equipped to ‘preserve myself for a lifetime of thriving in a climate-changed world’ after listening to her words of wisdom. I hope you do too.
Podcast 17 – Environmental Education
Join us for this Climate Ambassador podcast, with host Gary Tyrrell in conversation with Cathy Baxter, An Taisce Environmental Education Unit manager and Gráinne Ryan, Climate Action Officer working on both the Green-Schools and Climate Ambassador programmes.
Cathy and Gráinne will share insights and stories from their wealth of experience of environmental education in Ireland. During this conversation, we hear about the history of Green-Schools, its mind-blowing impact and the huge amount of collaboration across Ireland, as well as connections internationally. We also hear about the Climate Action Programmes educational aspects and where we are with school curriculums. We will learn more about work they are both involved in, lessons they have learned and their visions for the future.
As part of #ClimateActionWeek this podcast is also available on our YouTube channel as a video.
For more information about Green-Schools, please visit https://greenschoolsireland.org/
Podcast 18 – Food Waste
Do you find yourself throwing out more food than you would like? Did you know that by addressing food waste in your life, you are enabling yourself to take climate action three times every single day! For this podcast our guests are co-founder & Director of Partnerships of Food Cloud Aoibheann O’Brien and environmental scientist with EPA Ireland and manager for their Food Waste Prevention Programme Odile Le Bolloch.
We are talking about one of our favourite things, food! In this discussion we hear of the amazing work that Odile and Aoibheann do and they share so many wonderful insights on focusing on food as opposed to food waste. We learn of the common issues shared across the globe, that local solutions are helping with a global problem, the connections that food brings. Join us to hear the inclusive and positive messages that our guests have, to help you join the food waste revolution!
Podcast 19 – Climate Change & Art
Have you wondered why there is not more culture and the arts used to engage people on climate change? Well, you might be happy to hear that there is indeed great work growing within this area in Ireland. We are talking to two leaders of this field – Chriszine Backhouse, Creativity and Change course coordinator at Munster Technological University and Tania Banotti, the Director of the Creative Ireland Programme.
Chriszine and Tania share a wealth of information from their experiences and learnings, as they forge new paths of climate engagement and inclusivity in creative and thought-provoking ways. We hear about new inclusive art projects – covering all art forms and across Ireland – taking place on the ground that centre on the importance of using local knowledge and community-led messaging; the need to move beyond raising awareness to behaviour change and the instrumental role of Local Authorities. We hear how the arts have the potential to support a sense of connection and inspire us to imagine alternative realities and to take action to make these happen.
Podcast 20 – Environmental Policy
In our twentieth Climate Ambassador podcast, we are joined by Minister for Environment, Climate & Communications and Transport Eamon Ryan, TD. In this discussion, we cover a wide range of topics including Ireland’s recently published Climate Action Plan, Ireland’s first carbon budget and how climate will stay central to all policy going forward.
In agriculture we look at changes due to a revised EU Common Agriculture Policy, how Just Transition is being included with payment systems and the Land Use Plan that is currently being drafted, which will include new forestry approaches. With regards peatlands, we hear how farmers should be paid for rewetting bogs to store carbon and we also cover how soil and grassland management will be central to agricultural approaches.
With the continued ramping up of renewable energy, we hear where Minister Ryan envisions Ireland in 2030, including development of onshore wind and solar, offshore wind, and how with microgeneration in homes, schools, businesses and farms, we will soon see the ability to sell back to the grid any excess renewable electricity generated locally. We hear how this growth of renewables will be central to how the transport and heating sectors are decarbonised. Other topics such as data centres and progress at COP’s 21 & 26 are also covered in this open discussion about opportunities that lay ahead of the Irish nation.
Ireland’s Climate Action Plan 2021: https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/6223e-climate-action-plan-2021/
Podcast 21 – Turning Climate Anxiety into Climate Action
We are honoured and delighted to have Dr. Renée Lertzman join us for this podcast on Turning Climate Anxiety into Action. Renée is a researcher, educator and engagement strategist who uses psychological insights to unlock action on global climate and environmental crises. A pioneer and leader at the intersection of psychology, climate and environment, Renée applies psychosocial insights to drive engagement and action on ecological issues. With over two million people and counting have watched her incredible TED Talk “How To Turn Climate Anxiety Into Action”.
Delving deeper into Renée’s work and what lessons we can learn for our own lives to be more effective, we discover many insights from Renée’s research and practice. Translating psychology and social science best practices into tools, resources and guidance that unleash the potential for creativity and courage, to inspire action, ingenuity and resilience in facing one of the biggest challenges of our time. Renée’s message is one that we can all take some meaningful action with climate change, using this time as an opportunity to grow, while avoiding burnout and living purposeful lives with empathy and compassion.
Podcast 22 – Energy with Prof. Hannah Daly
We perhaps take our energy systems for granted a little but it permeates everything we do. Join us as we hear from Hannah Daly, Professor in Sustainable Energy and Energy Systems Modelling at University College Cork. Hannah shares some of her wealth of knowledge on a wide range of topics, with insights on our energy systems, renewable energy and their benefits, what we need to deploy high scale offshore wind, fossil fuels, the energy crises, why our household energy bills are so high – and some quick measures to help, links to the houses crises, blackout risk, data centres, energy targets, district heating, sustainable transport, the Climate Action Plan, what solutions we should enable and her vision for a post-fossil fuel society. We also hear some of Hannah’s personal story of trying to live sustainably in her rural home with her young family.
SEAI home energy saving tips: https://www.seai.ie/home-energy/energy-saving-tips/
SEAI Home Energy Grants: https://www.seai.ie/grants/home-energy-grants/
Books recommended – Eoghan Dalton’s ‘Irish Atlantic Rainforest’ and George Monbiot’s ‘Regenesis’.
Podcast 23 – Comedy
Comedian Colm O’Regan has a great balance of being honest, self-aware, insightful and funny all at the same time. Colm has a wonderful grasp of what it’s like to start on a journey to become more environmental, while appreciating he’s not perfect and nor preachy.
This is a very honest and funny insight into one person’s journey on how to try to make the world a bit better, while negotiating being a parent, managing consumption, and navigating social media.
Colm has lots of practical advice for how to build community locally and make positive changes while bringing people along with you, how to cope when he’s feeling hopeless and how to collaborate better with local authorities. Along with the wisdom of informing ourselves, having respectful conversations and debates, checking our privilege, leaning into joy and learning lessons from the good bits of our past.
Essential listening for those who would like to share a podcast with their friends and families, to help them begin their journeys. Hopefully you’ll agree that this chat is also a great bit of craic!
Twitter – @colmoregan
Insta – @colmoreganwriter
Facebook – www.facebook.com/thecolmoregan/
Website – https://www.colmoregan.com/
Climate Worrier Book, Publisher: HarperCollins Ireland. Available in all good book shops.
Podcast – The World Etc. With Colm O’Regan: https://open.spotify.com/show/1SZHrt99aZG7NIVIiwwMvn
Podcast 24 – Circular Economy
We are joined by Minister of State with responsibility for Public Procurement, eGovernment and the Circular Economy, Ossian Smyth, who is also a Green Party TD for Dún Laoghaire. Minister Smyth joins us to discuss the Circular Economy, which is gaining traction at European, national and local levels. Did you know for example by repairing items or buying second had are part of the circular economy? Did you know that businesses currently don’t have to segregate their waste, and don’t have green, brown and black bins unlike domestic waste segregation?
Join us to learn more about the circular economy, anaerobic digestion, deposit returns for cans and bottles, the latte levy, incineration, waste management and what the government are doing to help make the circular economy become a stronger reality in our lives.
Podcast 25 – Sustainable Food
Food – it fuels us, can make us healthy & happy and it is a great way of bringing people together, what’s not to like? To look at food through an environmental lens, we are joined by Tony Keogh, head chef of Cornucopia, Ireland’s longest running vegetarian & vegan restaurant, who’s cookbook won at the An Post Book of the Year Awards, along with Roisin Fitzgerald, a registered Associate Nutritionist and chair of sustainable diets at Irish Doctors for the Environment.
In our broad discussion we talk about the links between human and planetary health, as well as the links between food, climate change and food security. We explore what exactly is sustainable food, why we should reduce our meat & dairy and what benefits that brings, along with advice on how to reduce our food emissions and how to run a business more sustainably. We hear lots of tips and swaps for more sustainable food approaches and favourite sustainable recipes, including how to please those fussy eaters in our lives.
Cornucopia & Tony’s Instagram: @cornucopia_restaurant / @plantplaytes
Rosin’s Instagram: @roisin.fitzgerald
Irish Doctors for the Environment Instagram: @irishdocsenv
Irish Doctors for the Environment Twitter: @IrishDocsEnv
Roisin’s email: email@example.com
Tony’s email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Green Cookbook | Cornucopia’s Latest Vegan Cookbook
Our Team – Irish Doctors for the Environment (ide.ie)
The Danish Official Dietary Guidelines (fvm.dk)
Veganuary 2023 | Home | The Go Vegan 31 Day Challenge
Podcast 26 – Air Quality
In this air quality podcast, we first hear from Dr Clare Noone, Senior Postdoctoral researcher at ICARUS, Maynooth University, giving an overview of air quality in Ireland and the interconnectedness of air quality to other issues such as climate & biodiversity breakdown. Clare talks about her work with the EPA on Five-Year Assessment Reports for Ireland, the importance of Methane and how that could be the best way for some quick wins with air quality and climate action, while also sharing some of her approaches to communicating the science.
In the second part, we hear about the incredible work Aileen Bright, Sabrina Moore and the GLOBE team are achieving around Ireland with air quality, through citizen science, measuring and communicating with local schools and communities. They share stories behind the statistics, highlighting some success anecdotes and the power that has for both themselves and the schools and communities involved.
- Dr Clare Noone on twitter: @clarenoone
- Purple Air makes sensors that empower Community Scientists who collect hyper-local air quality data and share it with the public: https://www2.purpleair.com/
- EPA Ireland 5-Year Assessment Report on Climate Change:
- Angry Weather book: https://earthbound.report/2021/06/07/book-review-angry-weather-by-friederike-otto/
- Trevor Noah Tackles Climate Change: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PSR_OutuIw
- Email: email@example.com
- GLOBE Ireland Air Quality Campaign https://www.globe.gov/web/ireland/home/overview-of-air-quality-campaign/about#:~:text=The%20GLOBE%20Ireland%20Air%20Quality,pollution%20at%20schools%20in%20Ireland.
- Clean Air Together: https://www.cleanairtogether.ie/
- Twitter – @GLOBEIreland
- Instagram & Facebook – ‘GLOBE Ireland’
- EPA: https://www.epa.ie/take-action/in-the-community/citizen-science/clean-air-projects/#d.en.90888
- New Zealand’s well-being budget: https://www.centreforpublicimpact.org/insights/new-zealands-wellbeing-budget-worth-hype-contributor-michael-mintrom
- Bike2Work scheme: https://www.biketowork.ie/
Podcast 27 – Journalism
Informing ourselves is one of the most important and effective ways of figuring out what climate actions we can take, while also helping to understand the bigger picture and how we can hold decision makers to account.
Niall Sargent is a very knowledgeable journalist, with compassion and a deep sense of fairness, which comes across in his work with Noteworthy.ie and also shines through in this podcast about some of the important work Niall and his team carry out. We cover a lot of the big-ticket items like agriculture, forestry, peatlands, land use, biodiversity, energy, politics and storytelling, with Niall sharing in-depth knowledge, insights and solutions across a wide range of topics.
Twitter: @Niall_Sargent and @noteworthy_ie
Podcast 28 – MET Eireann
Ever wondered what actually causes our climate to change or what’s the difference between weather and climate? Head of Climate Services Keith Lambkin and Meteorologist Joanna Donnelly, whom you might recognise from RTE weather forecasts, join us to do what we all love to do – talk about the weather. We cover links of weather to climate change as you might expect and amongst other things, we debunk some of the common myths surrounding climate change and explore what work MET Eireann are doing to react to and prepare for extreme weather events.
MET Eireann website: Climate Change – Met Éireann – The Irish Meteorological Service
MET Podcast: The Met Éireann Podcast – Met Éireann – The Irish Meteorological Service
The Great Irish Weather Book: Gill Books – Children’s – The Great Irish Weather Book
Science Blast: Home – ESB Science Blast
Professor Brian Cox podcast: BBC Radio 4 – The Infinite Monkey Cage – Downloads
Podcast 29 – Rewilding
Looking at ways to enhance, restore or rewild our biodiversity, although crucially important for many ecosystem services that we depend upon for survival, they should not be seen as separate issues to actions to adapt or mitigate against any impacts of climate change.
In this engaging discussion from two very experienced, passionate and eloquent voices, we hear from Ray O’Foghlu, a Nuffield scholar, Wild Atlantic Rainforest Project Lead & Farm Programmes Coordinator at Hometree. We are also joined by Rob Gandola, a Legacy4Life Pond Development Officer, Senior Science Officer of The Herpetological Society of Ireland, Wildlife Consultant and occasional TV presenter.
In this open and honest discussion, Ray spoke about the need of getting communities on board with any work on land to enhance, restore or rewild it and listen to their genuine concerns. Also, the need for getting the basics rights, enacting and enforcing what we should be doing now, is a crucial first step in improving our biodiversity in Ireland.
Rob also spoke about the importance of getting buy-in from all stakeholders, through awareness raising, while listening to the concerns of the local people impacted on any biodiversity enhancements or rewilding, thereby building trust and enabling a much better outcome for all concerned.
Both Rob and Ray would love to see a National Wetland Restoration Scheme set up, which could go a long way to restoring lost wetlands, while providing many ecosystem services, such as improving habitats and enhancing our carbon sink capabilities.
Hometree website – https://www.hometree.ie
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/hometreecharity/
Twitter – @hometree__
Instagram – @hometreecharity
Legacy4Life website – https://www.antaisce.org/legacy4life
Facebook – Legacy4Life_An Taisce
Twitter – @Legacy4LIFEAnT
Instagram – @legacy4lifeantaisce
The Herpetological Society of Ireland website – https://thehsi.org
Podcast 30 – EPA Ireland
Laura Burke is the Director General of the Environmental Protection Agency Ireland. Laura is also the chair of the European Environment Agency and member of the Climate Change Advisory Council. In this wide-ranging discussion, we cover many environmental themes – including how Ireland is performing, the issues and solutions. With agriculture, we discuss the importance of looking at the ‘how’, as well as the significance of the Food & Drink industry’s emissions. Laura calls for the ceasing of continued illegal industrial peat extraction, alongside the need to speed up and scale up the reduction of carbon emissions across every sector. With transport, adding to the mantra of avoid, shift and improve, Laura discusses the importance of looking at freight transport, which will have different requirements to travel solutions. In regard to thoughts and opinions in Ireland, we explore some surprising results, while links are made to what we can do and how action leads to hope and well-being. A thought provoking and inspiring chat with Laura, a very experienced leader of climate action in Ireland.
EPA Ireland website: https://www.epa.ie
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/epaireland
EPA Ireland on LinkedIn: search “Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Ireland”
EPA State of Environment Report (2020): State of Environment Report | Environmental Protection Agency (epa.ie)
Climate Opinion Maps | Environmental Protection Agency (epa.ie)
Climate Change in the Irish Mind | Environmental Protection Agency (epa.ie)
Laura Burke – Session 2: Climate Change in a broader Environmental Context – EPA Ireland – YouTube
European Environment Agency European Environment Agency’s home page (europa.eu)
Climate Change Advisory Council Climate Change Advisory Council (climatecouncil.ie)
Podcast 31 – Carbon Footprints
It was such an honour to chat with Professor Mike Berners-Lee, of the Institute for Social Futures at Lancaster University and director and principal consultant of Small World Consulting. Mike is the author of environmental books including The Burning Question, How Bad are Bananas?, There Is No Planet B, a contributor to Greta Thunberg’s The Climate Book, as well as numerous speaking, radio and TV appearances.
We covered a lot of ground, with brilliant insights all the way. Topics discussed include carbon footprints, carbon-offsetting, Greenwashing, the rebound effect – and more – with Mike always delving into the reasons why things are so and what solutions are required, as well as how having a change of mindset and a real look at our values are much more important than any of the global decarbonising efforts underway. This is an entertaining chat, honestly looking at where we are, while offering valuable insights for lasting and meaningful change.
There Is No Planet B (theresnoplanetb.net)