Ron Placone tours nationally as a stand-up appearing at clubs, colleges, theaters and everything in between. He also speaks for colleges and advocacy groups with his one-man performance lecture on Battling Political Apathy. In this episode we discuss the theme of this master's thesis - fracking and the role that media plays in environmental issues. Ron gives us some interesting insight from his first-hand experiences and has suggestions for how we can make fracking a thing of the past.
Perry Gruber is a man of many hats including entrepreneur, speaker, and social engineer. He is the founder of Copiosis, which is a new economic system for a post capitalist world. In addition to this he is the founder of The Tiny House Podcast which is the largest tiny house podcast in the world.
Tara Whitsitt is a social activist, artist and food preservationist. Her passions for fermenting and growing food, living communally and teaching inspired her to launch Fermentation on Wheels, a mobile food preservation teaching space. Here Tara gives vegetable fermentation workshops that correspond with the regional and seasonal produce of each destination during her travels. In this episode Tara and I discuss living and eating in community, where our food comes from and of course fermentation.
Ashley Lieber is an ecological artist and educator. In this episode we discuss her ecological art series, Moss for Meditation, as well as maker culture, building sustainable community, hydroponics (one of my favorite topics), tips on how to get FREE SEEDS! and much more.
Tameko Rowe is a corporate employee turned eco conscious beauty and self care product line creator. Her company Cocoa Butter Mothers offers a range of products from nursing butters to beard balm, all crafted using responsibly sourced natural and organic ingredients, some of which come directly from Tameko's yard. Her intention is to continue to cultivate a deeper connection to self, encouraging clients to take time for luxurious self-care.
Kathryn Kemp Guylay is an author, speaker, certified nutritional counselor and coach with a master’s degree in business. She is the founder of Nurture, a national non-profit that provides wellness education to tens of thousands of children and parents. Not only is Kathryn a sought-after wellness expert, but she also hosts her own radio show on wellness at KDPI-FM in Ketchum, Idaho. Guylay is on a mission to help children all over the world eat more healthy fruits and vegetables of all types through her new book Give it a Go, Eat a Rainbow which was illustrated by her son Alexander.
Greg Peterson is an urban farming and sustainability innovator who resides at the Urban Farm, an environmental showcase home in the heart of Phoenix. He opens his home weekly for tours and classes, not only telling people, but showing them, how he has been able to make a living through urban farming for over two decades and how they can do the same. Greg also runs Urban Farm U (UrbanFarm.org), filled with online courses designed to educate and inspire others to grow food for themselves and others.
Some of Sara’s greatest memories growing up were of sewing with her grandmother Bella. When she combined her love of sewing and making old things new again with the overabundance of plastic bags Sara Bella UpCycled was born; a company that up-cycles consumer plastic bags into beautiful, wearable art for both the runway and the everyday.
Nikki Silvestri has had a long history of working to support environmental justice and growing sustainable communities. As a Co-founder of Live Real and former Executive Director of People’s Grocery and Green For All Nikki has built and strengthened social equity for underrepresented populations in food systems, social services, public health, climate solutions and economic development. Now as a Co-founder and CEO of Silvestri Strategies she is working to support thriving communities, economies and natural environments.
Cindy Blain had a background in marketing and tech but wanted a life for her family out of Silicon Valley and closer to nature. She has worked with environmentally focused non-profits such as the Presentation Retreat & Conference Center and Sacramento Tree Foundation. Now, as the Executive Director of California ReLeaf, she is at the helm of not just any non-profit but a network of over 90 organizations throughout California that are dedicated to planting and caring for trees in the urban forest. In this conversation we go behind the scenes of California ReLeaf, discuss how trees improve every facet of our lives and consider how sprawled cities can learn a thing or two from the compact development of smaller countries.
In today’s episode I talk to you about a few things that came up for me over the last few months that caused me to stop recording for a while.
Well I am happy to be back on the mic once more and in this episode I announce some cool stuff I’m introducing to the show.
Jennifer Bristol is the State Coordinator for Texas Children in Nature which connects over 300 organizations with the children & nature movement in Texas. Prior to becoming the first State Coordinator for TCiN she created award-winning conservation education curriculum and youth development programs for Camp Fire and served as a park ranger for Texas Parks and Wildlife.
Tim Silverwood is an educator, environmentalist and speaker. He founded Take 3 – A Clean Beach Initiative, asking everyone to complete one simple action each time they visit a beach, waterway or anywhere else; take 3 pieces of litter with you when you leave. Tim has also participated in research of the Great Pacific garbage patch, co-founded Circular Economy Australia and is the director of Rechusable.
Lauren Nixon is a food and wellness educator giving workshops in and around D.C. Philadelphia and New York. She has a passion for creating spaces where people feel empowered to combine healthy food and self-care practices to gain a well-rounded understanding of how to nourish themselves.
Jordan is a Food Waste Superhero. He is the founder of the organization End Food Waste and the brains behind the Ugly Fruit and Veg campaign that recently took the food waste fight to the steps of Walmart! He’s been teaming up with people and organizations from around the world, from celebrity chef Jamie Oliver to The National Resource Defense Fund to combat this major issue. Lucky for us the good thing about food waste is that just about everyone, no matter your circumstances, can help solve the problem.
Dr. Colin Beavan is among the world’s foremost spokespeople on environmental issues and consumerism. He was called the Best Green Ambassador by TreeHugger and his blog was selected as one of the top 15 green blogs by Time magazine. He has spoken and consulted with brands such as eBay and Cliff Bars and has traveled the world speaking to audiences from California to the Czech Republic. When his film No Impact Man hit the environmental documentary scene it changed the landscape forever.
Topher White is an engineer with a background in physics and kinetic sculptor. Little did he know that visiting the rainforest as a tourist would spark an idea as to how to help save it. Since 2013 Topher has been working around the clock designing a device out of used cell phones to thwart deforestation in real time. This interview offers a TON of great tips for anyone in tech or science looking to contribute to real world problems and for entrepreneurs in general.
Ma’ikwe Ludwig is the Executive Director of Dancing Rabbit Eco Village in Northern Missouri and also sits on the Board of the Directors for the Fellowship for Intentional Community. With a long history of being involved in this work she is well-known for candidly discussing the blessings and challenges of living in an intentional community.
Jay Sinha has a unique background in biochemistry, law, ecotoxicology and environmental research. In this interview he reveals a lot about the true nature of what is in the products we use on a day-to-day basis and then gives us an amazing resource list to do some research on our own. Get a pen and paper kids, you’re going to need it for this interview!
Bea Johnson is one of today's foremost experts in the area of zero-waste living and voluntary simplicity. She is most well-known for being able to fit her family of four’s trash for an entire year into a quart sized jar. She has helped people all over the world achieve various levels of voluntary simplicity and eco-friendly living through her blog ZeroWasteHome.com and her book by the same name. She continues to spread the zero-waste message through talks which she gives all over the world.
Denzel Austin Thompson grew up in North Philly. During a service trip to New Orleans he got the idea to plant urban gardens in empty lots in his neighborhood back home. He is the co-creator of the Philadelphia Urban Creators and has since received multiple awards for his continued commitment to the community and his neighbors.
Anne-Marie grew up learning the DIY mentality from her father. She now puts it to use in the kitchen making all her food from scratch, from sourdough to kombucha and everything in between. She also hosts webinars to empower others to do the same. In this fun episode we discuss talking the talk and walking the walk in regards to sustainable living.
Laird Christensen has dedicated his life to environmental activism and finding ways to create more sustainable communities. He has been an author, activist and educator during his career and that is how I came to know Laird, through his courses at Green Mountain College, where received my Masters in Environmental Studies. Laird is the Director of GMC’s latest masters program in Resilient and Sustainable Communities and in this episode we discuss his upbringing and his inspiration for developing the program.
After being disappointed with the options available for non-traditional burial Katrina Spade sought out ways to lay our loved ones to rest without wasting burial materials or contaminating the soil. With a background in architecture and anthropology she came up with the idea for The Urban Death Project for which she has received an Echoing Green Fellowship.
Earth Easy is the brainchild of Long Island native Greg Seaman. After living on both coasts and in both rural and urban settings, he and his wife with a three month old in tow, decided to simplify their lifestyle and move off-grid. Now, EarthEasy.com is a family run business allowing everyone involved to live out their ideals of treading lightly on this planet.