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For What It's Earth

Environment, climate change and sustainability podcast making big issues bite-sized. We explain the science and explore the things that we can do to make a difference. By Emma Brisdion and Lloyd Hopkins.

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84: Air Pollution (Psst. We’re on a break!)
We are going to take a little break from podcasting for a while, so in a bid to stop our great podcast algorithm overlords from burying For What It’s Earth, we're going to share a few oldies but goodies with you over the coming weeks. Episodes that we enjoyed making for you at some point in the last few years, which perhaps you might enjoy again or if you’re new here, you might not have heard the first time around.  So, here you go, enjoy our adventures through the problems surrounding and solutions for, Air Pollution!   What's going on with the air that we breathe? Well, quite a lot, it seems. We're chatting today about the causes of air pollution, the problems it can cause for our own health and things like farming and our food supply, and we explore some of the possible solutions. Enjoyed the episode? Got an idea for another topic? Just want to say Hi? We'd love to hear from you! Get in touch with us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter or by email forwhatitsearthpod@gmail.com. Don't forget to leave us a shiny review on your chosen podcast platform. We'd super appreciate it.
40:43 31/08/22
83: Forget Me Not, with author Sophie Pavelle
Sophie's debut book, Forget Me Not, has landed on our shelves, chronicling her low-carbon journeys around the UK searching for 10 charismatic species that are being impacted by climate change. She joins Emma for a chat about her adventures, about the role of JOY when communicating climate science and nature connection, and also a little bit about the Kardashians (it makes sense if you've read the book).   Purchase your copy of Forget Me Not: https://uk.bookshop.org/books/1647217193_forget-me-not-finding-the-forgotten-species-of-climate-change-britain/9781472986214   Hear more from Sophie on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sophiepavs/  Twitter: https://twitter.com/sophiepavs    ** Today we are sponsored by WILD Deodorant, the all-natural, eco-friendly, and refillable deodorant that really works. Truly, we both use WILD every day and love it. Get 20% off your first purchase from www.wearewild.com with code 'EARTH20' **   Get in touch Enjoyed the episode? Got an idea for another topic? Just want to say Hi? Get in touch with us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter or by email at forwhatitsearthpod@gmail.com. While you're here, make sure that you've subscribed so that you never miss an episode, and leave us a 5- star review to help new listeners find us!   Order your FWIE Teeshirts and sweatshirts They're organic cotton, printed on demand and suuuper comfortable. Plus, they help us keep the podcast going: https://forwhatitsearth.teemill.com/     
53:57 17/08/22
82. Sam Gandy on Nature Connection, plus Psychedelics and Beavers?
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    ** Today we are sponsored by WILD Deodorant, the all-natural, eco-friendly, and refillable deodorant that really works. Truly, we both use WILD every day and love it. Get 20% off your first purchase from www.wearewild.com with code 'EARTH20' **   Get in touch Enjoyed the episode? Got an idea for another topic? Just want to say Hi? Get in touch with us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter or by email at forwhatitsearthpod@gmail.com. While you're here, make sure that you've subscribed so that you never miss an episode, and leave us a 5- star review to help new listeners find us!   Order your FWIE Teeshirts and sweatshirts They're organic cotton, printed on demand and suuuper comfortable. Plus, they help us keep the podcast going: https://forwhatitsearth.teemill.com/       
47:01 03/08/22
81: BOGS! (Again) Celebrating natural carbon sequestration for #WorldBogDay
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!   Get in touch Enjoyed the episode? Got an idea for another topic? Just want to say Hi? Get in touch with us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter or by email forwhatitsearthpod@gmail.com. While you're here, make sure that you've subscribed so that you never miss an episode, and leave us a 5- star review to help new listeners find us!   Order your FWIE Teeshirts and sweatshirts They're organic cotton, printed on demand, and suuuper comfortable. Plus, they help us keep the podcast going: https://forwhatitsearth.teemill.com/    WILD ** Today we are sponsored by WILD Deodorant, the all-natural, eco-friendly and refillable deodorant that really works. Truly, we both use WILD every day and love it. Get 20% off your first purchase from www.wearewild.com with code 'EARTH20' **                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
35:24 24/07/22
80: Eco-Anxiety. What is it, and how can we deal with it?
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/    ** Today we are sponsored by WILD Deodorant, the all-natural, eco-friendly and refillable deodorant that really works. Truly, we both use WILD every day and love it. Get 20% off your first purchase from www.wearewild.com with code 'EARTH20' **   Get in touch Enjoyed the episode? Got an idea for another topic? Just want to say Hi? Get in touch with us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter or by email forwhatitsearthpod@gmail.com. While you're here, make sure that you've subscribed so that you never miss an episode, and leave us a 5- star review to help new listeners find us!   Order your FWIE Teeshirts and sweatshirts They're organic cotton, printed on demand and suuuper comfortable. Plus, they help us keep the podcast going: https://forwhatitsearth.teemill.com/ 
47:14 20/07/22
79: Antarctica. Can we protect it, or survive without it? With Ryan Dalton
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/   ** This episode is sponsored by WILD Deodorant, the all-natural, eco-friendly and refillable deodorant that really works. Truly, we both use WILD every day, and love it. Get 20% off your first purchase from www.wearewild.com with code 'EARTH20' **   Get in touch Enjoyed the episode? Got an idea for another topic? Just want to say Hi? Get in touch with us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter or by email forwhatitsearthpod@gmail.com. While you're here, make sure that you've subscribed so that you never miss an episode, and leave us a 5- star review to help new listeners find us!   Order your FWIE Teeshirts and sweatshirts They're organic cotton, printed on demand and suuuper comfortable. Plus, they help us keep the podcast going: https://forwhatitsearth.teemill.com/   
47:35 29/06/22
78: Sports! Can we make them more sustainable?
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   Get in touch Enjoyed the episode? Got an idea for another topic? Just want to say Hi? Get in touch with us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter or by email forwhatitsearthpod@gmail.com. While you're here, make sure that you've subscribed so that you never miss an episode, and leave us a 5- star review to help new listeners find us!   Order your FWIE Teeshirts and sweatshirts They're organic cotton, printed on demand and suuuper comfortable. Plus, they help us keep the podcast going: https://forwhatitsearth.teemill.com/   
52:37 08/06/22
77: Save the Seagrass, Save Ourselves?
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/   Get in touch Enjoyed the episode? Got an idea for another topic? Just want to say Hi? Get in touch with us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter or by email forwhatitsearthpod@gmail.com. While you're here, make sure that you've subscribed so that you never miss an episode, and leave us a 5- star review to help new listeners find us!   Order your FWIE Teeshirts and sweatshirts They're organic cotton, printed on demand and suuuper comfortable. Plus, they help us keep the podcast going: https://forwhatitsearth.teemill.com/   
43:23 18/05/22
76: Concrete: Cutting Construction’s Carbon Footprint with Adam Gittins
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.   Get in touch Enjoyed the episode? Got an idea for another topic? Just want to say Hi? Get in touch with us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter or by email forwhatitsearthpod@gmail.com. While you're here, make sure that you've subscribed so that you never miss an episode, and leave us a 5- star review to help new listeners find us!   Order your FWIE Teeshirts and sweatshirts They're organic cotton, printed on demand and suuuper comfortable. Plus, they help us keep the podcast going: https://forwhatitsearth.teemill.com/ 
34:14 27/04/22
75: Bats! Why Bats Are Important And How To Save Them
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.   Get in touch Enjoyed the episode? Got an idea for another topic? Just want to say Hi? Get in touch with us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter or by email forwhatitsearthpod@gmail.com. While you're here, make sure that you've subscribed so that you never miss an episode, and leave us a 5- star review to help new listeners find us!   Order your FWIE Teeshirts and sweatshirts They're organic cotton, printed on demand and suuuper comfortable. Plus, they help us keep the podcast going: https://forwhatitsearth.teemill.com/ 
42:21 13/04/22
74: Saving Fish and Top Pond Tips, With Wildlife Cameraman Jack Perks
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/    Get in touch Enjoyed the episode? Got an idea for another topic? Just want to say Hi? Get in touch with us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter or by email forwhatitsearthpod@gmail.com. Oh, and please subscribe so that you never miss an episode, and leave us a 5- star review to help new listeners find us!   Order your FWIE Teeshirts and sweatshirts They're organic cotton, printed on demand and suuuper comfortable. Plus, they help us keep the podcast going: https://forwhatitsearth.teemill.com/ 
54:58 30/03/22
73: Nina Constable on Fish Passes, Filmmaking and Families
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    Get in touch: Enjoyed the episode? Got an idea for another topic? Just want to say Hi? Get in touch with us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter or by email forwhatitsearthpod@gmail.com. Oh, and please subscribe so that you never miss an episode, and leave us a 5- star review to help new listeners find us!   Order your FWIE Teeshirts and sweatshirts They're organic cotton, printed on demand and suuuper comfortable. Plus, they help us keep the podcast going: https://forwhatitsearth.teemill.com/ 
48:00 09/03/22
72: Steve Simpson on Coral Reefs, Global Change, Eco Grief and Hope
“The future is still up for grabs.” In this episode, Emma is joined by Professor Steve Simpson, marine biologist, lecturer and science communicator, to take a dive into the issues that our oceans are facing. We explore the effects of noise pollution on our coral reef communities, discuss harnessing our eco grief to fuel finding innovative solutions, and, given that Steve was part of the influential Blue Planet II series, the role that public science communication can have in helping us improve the state of our seas.    Steve’s TED Talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/steve_simpson_how_ocean_noise_destroys_marine_ecosystems?language=en   Watch Steve on BBC’s Blue Planet II: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b09jbn5f/blue-planet-ii-series-1-7-our-blue-planet 
49:02 16/02/22
71: Botanist Leif Bersweden on Plants & Climate Change
How is climate change impacting plant communities? Are there any winners among the losers? Why are plants just as cool as (if not, cooler) than animals? And how does a broken car actually HELP when you're writing a book? Emma is joined this week by botanist and author Leif Bersweden, who has just announced that he's got another book due out in 2022; Where The Wildflowers Grow.  For more from Leif: https://www.instagram.com/leifbersweden/ https://twitter.com/LeifBersweden  Pre-order Leif's new book, Where The Wildflowers Grow: https://www.waterstones.com/book/9781529349535 Enjoyed the episode? Got an idea for another topic? Just want to say Hi? Get in touch with us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter or by email forwhatitsearthpod@gmail.com. Oh, and please subscribe so that you never miss an episode, and leave us a 5- star review to help new listeners find us!
48:44 02/02/22
70: Rewilding and Reptiles, with Harvey Tweats
We’re digging in to the state of nature in the UK and how the concept of rewilding - restoring land to allow nature to recover and for biodiversity to flourish - could be the key to combating the climate and ecological crisis. In the hot seat this week and bringing a wealth of knowledge with him, is Harvey Tweats, an ecologist passionate about rewinding and one of the founders of Celtic Reptile and Amphibian, a captive breeding programme looking to support the reintroduction of species to the UK landscape.   Find out more about Harvey and Celtic Reptile and Amphibian: https://celticreptileamphibian.co.uk/       Enjoyed the episode? Got an idea for another topic? Just want to say Hi? Get in touch with us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter or by email forwhatitsearthpod@gmail.com. Oh, and please subscribe and leave us a 5- star review!  
48:45 19/01/22
69: Conservation in Africa and life in the bush, with Rosie Miles
🎧 ✨  Conservation in Africa! 🐘 🐆  In the first episode of 2022, Emma travels south (virtually) to find out what it's really like to live in the African bush and work as a conservationist protecting and restoring areas of land in protected national parks.   What does 'rewilding' look like in Malawi? What is the issue with colonialism in conservation? How does the conservation sector differ in the UK from Africa? Rosie Miles has spent the last 10 years as a bush guide and conservationist, specializing in tracking and monitoring predator populations. Plus, she's just published her first book 'Girl of the Wild'!   Pick up a copy of Girl of the Wild here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Girl-Wild-Misadventures-African-Bush/dp/B099BWT2KM/ref=asc_df_B099BWT2KM/?tag=googshopuk-21&linkCode=df0&hvadid=534971392961&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=3296283785065007070&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=1006476&hvtargid=pla-1432881554804&psc=1&th=1&psc=1   Follow Rosie on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/safari_smiles/    Enjoyed the episode? Got an idea for another topic? Just want to say Hi? Get in touch with us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter or by email forwhatitsearthpod@gmail.com. Oh, and please subscribe and leave us a 5- star review!    
50:57 05/01/22
68: Birds of Prey! With Tom Morath from Hawk Conservancy Trust
Why are the predators of the sky one of the coolest parts of our ecosystem? How are they being impacted by climate change, habitat loss, bird flu, and persecution? And just what can we, and conservation organisations do to help? To chat all things 'bird of prey,' we are joined by Tom Morath, bird of prey expert, Fundraising Events Manager at The Hawk Conservancy, host of Nature’s a Hoot Podcast, and all-round good egg! Find out more about Hawk Conservancy Trust: https://www.hawk-conservancy.org/ https://www.instagram.com/hawkconservancy/  Listen to Nature's a Hoot: https://www.hawk-conservancy.org/2021/11/02/natures-a-hoot-one-year-on/    Enjoyed the episode? Got an idea for another topic? Just want to say Hi? Get in touch with us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter or by email forwhatitsearthpod@gmail.com. Oh, and please subscribe and leave us a 5- star review!
49:17 22/12/21
67: Ho, ho, how to have a sustainable Christmas! (Again)
Two years ago, in a pre-pandemic world (remember that?) we sat in the same room to record a Christmas episode and explored ways that we could all make the upcoming festive season a better one for the environment. Instead of doing another episode on the same topic this year, as a bonus pressie, we're pulling this one down from the loft with the Christmas decorations and dusting it off in the hope that it is still relevant and helpful.    Enjoyed the episode? Got an idea for another topic? Just want to say Hi? Get in touch with us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter or by email forwhatitsearthpod@gmail.com. Oh, and please subscribe and leave us a 5- star review!
39:48 08/12/21
66: Australia on fire: BURNING with Emmy and Oscar Award-Winning Filmmaker Eva Orner
What was the role of climate change in the intense ‘Black Summer’ bushfires in Australia in 2019/20, and what can Australia, do to change the increasingly-unstable direction that we’re currently heading in?  As her award-winning climate change documentary, BURNING, is released on Prime Video, Eva Orner joins Emma for a fascinating conversation about how the climate crisis is playing out in Australia. The documentary (and this episode) explores the stories of the people on the ground fighting these fires and the communities experiencing the devastation first hand, what the warning signs were for our increasingly intense bushfire seasons, how the climate-concerned youth of Australia are shouldering a huge burden in an attempt to change policy, how frustrating the actions of Australian policymakers and media have been in laying roadblocks for mitigating the climate crisis, and what a greener future for Australia could look like.  Watch BURNING here: UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Burning-Eva-Orner/dp/B09M4674WT/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=eva+orner&qid=1637944658&sr=8-2 USA: https://www.amazon.com/Burning-EVA-ORNER/dp/B09M48MGYT/ref=sr_1_9?keywords=burning&qid=1637944569&s=instant-video&sr=1-9   Enjoyed the episode? Got an idea for another topic? Just want to say Hi? Get in touch with us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter or by email forwhatitsearthpod@gmail.com. Oh, and please subscribe and leave us a 5- star review!
45:16 01/12/21
65: Cambo: Oil, Gas and Cheesy Bottom Sponges
What's up with the proposed new oil and gas field exploration off the coast of Scotland? Here's our hot take.   Write to your MP: https://actionnetwork.org/letters/tell-your-mp-to-stop-cambo Friends of the Earth letter to parliament: https://act.friendsoftheearth.uk/petition/tell-government-reject-plans-oil-extraction-cambo-field Joe Lycett Vs the Oil Giant: https://www.channel4.com/programmes/joe-lycett-vs-the-oil-giant    Enjoyed the episode? Got an idea for another topic? Just want to say Hi? Get in touch with us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter or by email forwhatitsearthpod@gmail.com. Oh, and please subscribe and leave us a lovely 5- star review!
40:30 17/11/21
64: Bobbing for Truth: Halloween‘s Environmental Footprint
PUMPKINS! Costumes! Party decorations! Trick or treat snacks! One of the scariest things about All Hallow's Eve is how wasteful the haunting holiday is, so we're diving into some of the classic components of Halloween to try and make them a bit kinder to the planet.   Enjoyed the episode? Got an idea for another topic? Just want to say Hi? Get in touch with us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter or by email forwhatitsearthpod@gmail.com.   Oh, and please subscribe and leave us a lovely 5- star review!  
41:14 27/10/21
63: Light pollution! What’s up with bulbs, brightness and blinding nature?
We’re turning our attention today to a kind of pollution that you can’t just pick up and pop in the bin. Light pollution can occur in many forms and can, of course, have a great many impacts on all that it touches - including our plant and animal chums. Join us to find out how our artificial illuminations are impacting moths, bats, and trees, why we’re second-guessing switching street lights to energy-efficient LEDs, and why residents in California once freaked out when they saw the Milky Way.   Articles we mentioned: Our nights are getting brighter, and Earth is paying the price https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/article/nights-are-getting-brighter-earth-paying-the-price-light-pollution-dark-skies   5 Ways To Reduce Light Pollution - Core Glow with the International Dark-Sky Association https://www.coreglow.ca/news/5-ways-to-reduce-light-pollution-core-glow-with-the-international-darksky-association    Enjoyed the episode? Got an idea for another topic? Just want to say Hi? Get in touch with us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter or by email forwhatitsearthpod@gmail.com.   Oh, and please subscribe and leave us a lovely 5- star review!  
39:20 13/10/21
62: Soil: Essential and… Sexy?
Join us this week to get down and dirty in the world of SOIL, dirtiness, earthworms, and carbon being burped from our land when we don’t look after it. Soil is important for food production, for water storage and filtering, for improving both our own and our ecosystems’ resilience to climate change, AND HEALTHY SOILS STORE HEAPS OF CARBON. What can we do to a) make soil sexy and b) save our soils? Listen now to find out…   Documentaries/movies recommended in this episode:   Fantastic Fungi https://fantasticfungi.com/  Fantastic Fungi (Netflix) https://www.netflix.com/title/81183477  Kiss The Ground https://kissthegroundmovie.com/  Kiss The Ground (Netflix) https://www.netflix.com/title/81321999?s=i&trkid=13752289%C2%A0%C2%A0%C2%A0  Biggest Little Farm https://www.biggestlittlefarmmovie.com Biggest Little Farm (Amazon) https://www.amazon.com/Biggest-Little-Farm-John-Chester/dp/B07R4CFF3M      Also, check out The Soil Association for more great information about the importance of our soil: https://www.soilassociation.org/    Great Ted Talk about soil carbon and global desertification: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpTHi7O66pI    Enjoyed the episode? Got an idea for another topic? Just want to say Hi? Get in touch with us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter or by email forwhatitsearthpod@gmail.com. Oh, and please subscribe and leave us a lovely 5- star review!  
49:29 21/09/21
61: Eco(ish) Home Renovation & Redecoration
Helpful podcast about sprucing up your home while keeping the planet in mind, or therapy session for Emma and Lloyd in the middle of their own home renovation projects? You decide….   Some of the links that we mentioned: https://www.savewatersavemoney.co.uk/ https://localtools.org/ https://www.simpleenergyadvice.org.uk/grants  https://www.standard.co.uk/shopping/esbest/home-garden/best-eco-paints-environmentally-friendly-b75193.html    Enjoyed the episode? Got an idea for another topic? Just want to say Hi? Get in touch with us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter or by email forwhatitsearthpod@gmail.com. Oh, and please subscribe and leave us a lovely 5- star review!  
46:22 08/09/21
60: Slash Your Carbon Footprint with a Green Pension, with Make My Money Matter
Did you know that changing your pension provider is one of the biggest ways to slash your carbon footprint?   With over £2.6 trillion in the UK tied up in pension funds, which are often invested by banks in industries like fossil fuels or tobacco, Kenneth and Holly join us from Make Money Matter to explain the power you have by being able to switch your pension to one that invests in a sustainable future instead.   It’s simple. Why would you try to live a low-impact life, but, leaving your growing retirement fund invested in practices which don’t align with your own values? Your pension is supposed to protect your future, but if it’s invested in fossil fuels, it undermines it. Switch to a pension provider which invests in renewables or has pledged to go carbon-free - something that Make My Money Matter is campaigning hard to ensure that the whole industry does.   Find out more about MMMM and their fantastic 21X campaign: https://makemymoneymatter.co.uk/21x/    Watch the Dr Bronwyn King TED Talk mentioned in this episode: https://www.ted.com/talks/bronwyn_king_you_may_be_accidentally_investing_in_cigarette_companies?language=en   Enjoyed the episode? Got an idea for another topic? Just want to say Hi? Get in touch with us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter or by email forwhatitsearthpod@gmail.com. Oh, and please subscribe and leave us a lovely 5-star review!  
35:58 18/08/21
59: Space tourism: bad news for terra firma?
With billionaires blasting off to spend a few minutes on the edge of space, some of us who are destined never to leave earth are asking 'Hey, do you really need to do that? Can't we fix some of the problems down here first?' We're exploring the environmental issues of commercial space tourism, and of scientific space travel, and looking at some of the options for making the industry slightly less bad for the planet. And for space. Enjoyed the episode? Got an idea for another topic? Just want to say Hi? We'd love to hear from you! Get in touch with us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter or by email forwhatitsearthpod@gmail.com. Oh, and please subscribe and leave us a lovely 5- star review. It helps us reach new listeners and spreads the FWIE love!
37:49 04/08/21
58: Cryptocurrency! Is Bitcoin burning the planet?
What does bitcoin have to do with climate change? Can anyone mine this made-up-seeming digital money? What even IS cryptocurrency? We're tackling the big questions today after lovey listener McKenna from Ohio sent us in a request to explore the environmental impact of cryptocurrency.  Enjoyed the episode? Got an idea for another topic? Just want to say Hi? We'd love to hear from you! Get in touch with us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter or by email forwhatitsearthpod@gmail.com. Oh, and please subscribe and leave us a lovely 5- star review. It helps us reach new listeners and spreads the FWIE love!
41:44 21/07/21
57: Trees! With Joe Middleton from Woodland Trust
Can we plant our way out of trouble? What’s the best way to plant trees in our gardens or get involved in planting projects? And, more simply, why are trees COOL? Joe joins us to answer all our burning questions about trees, and about their role in the climate crisis and biodiversity crisis solutions    Things we mentioned:   Emma and Joe exploring an ancient woodland and new tree plantation with Woodland Trust: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGrBBmRrx4o    Lloyd’s One Good Thing: wonky bread products from Earth and Wheat: https://www.earthandwheat.com/    Find out more about Woodland Trust: https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/    Enjoyed the episode? Got an idea for another topic? Just want to say Hi? We'd love to hear from you! Get in touch with us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter or by email forwhatitsearthpod@gmail.com.   Oh, and please subscribe and leave us a lovely 5- star review. It helps us get noticed and spreads the FWIE love!
53:29 07/07/21
56: Carbon Storage
What is it? How does it work? Can we sequester ourselves out of the climate crisis? All this and plenty more in this episode of For What It's Earth, including a celebration of wonderful listener 'one good thing for the planet' submissions and a bit of a general life catch up with Emma and Lloyd.   Enjoyed the episode? Got an idea for another topic? Just want to say Hi? We'd love to hear from you! Get in touch with us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter or by email forwhatitsearthpod@gmail.com.   Oh, and please subscribe and leave us a lovely 5- star review. It helps us get noticed and spreads the FWIE love!  
46:51 27/05/21
55: Renewables with Juliet Davenport, CEO of Good Energy
How can we make sure that the 'green' energy we think we're buying isn't actually 'brown'? What the heck is a smart home? How can kids shape the future of green electricity in the UK? All this and a good deal more in this episode, where. we speak to the wonderful Juliet Davenport, CEO of Good Energy and host of Great Green Questions podcast.   Enjoyed the episode? Got an idea for another topic? Just want to say Hi? We'd love to hear from you! Get in touch with us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter or by email forwhatitsearthpod@gmail.com.   Oh, and please leave us a lovely 5- star review. It helps us get noticed and spreads the FWIE love!  
43:22 12/05/21