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The Climate Conscious Podcast

The Climate Conscious Podcast, is an independent project for communication and advocacy on Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability relevant to the Caribbean and Small Island Developing States. Recognising the disconnect between the global climate conversation dominated by the views and voices of the developed world, and the lived experience of the Global South The Climate Conscious Podcast was born. The podcast sets out to:Firstly, provoke mindfulness and stimulate non-technical discussions on the risks and impacts of global climate change, as well as the measures that can be taken to address them. Secondly, the podcast amplifies the voices of Caribbean climate change stakeholders and any relevant efforts for mitigation or adaptation. Thirdly, this resource increases public awareness on issues of climate change and environmental sustainability in and around the region.We use the medium of podcasting to engage a diverse audience, to own our experiences, to capture learnings, and to tell our stories with authenticity and an appreciation for the nuance of the Caribbean context. Join us every other Wednesday all major podcast platforms. @theclimateconscious

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Planning for a Just Future | CW4CJ Conference 2022 Panel 4
Recording of Panel 4 on Day 3 of the inaugural Caribbean Women for Climate Justice Conference 2022, April 23, 2022 Panel 4: Planning for a Just FuturePanellists:Kendria Ferguson, Sustainability Consultant (Bahamas)Khadija Stewart, Founder of Ecovybz Environmental Creatives, Regional representative for Sustainable Ocean Alliance (Trinidad and Tobago)Anaitee Mills, Co-founder of ITACA Solutions, Sustainable Development Professional (Guatemala)Alicia A. Wallace, Director of Equality Bahamas (Bahamas)Danielle Nembhard, Marine Scientist and Environmental Consultant (Jamaica)Moderator: Alicia M. Richins, Sustainability Consultant (Trinidad and Tobago)Poem by Danalyn Swaby @globalyaadiehttps://globalyaadie.comView the event on YouTube https://youtu.be/JGnOrKVWLLURead Christine Samwaroo's  conference reflections herehttps://www.thebreadfruitcollectivegy.com/post/sounding-the-alarm-on-the-intersections-of-gender-and-climate-justiceJoin the CW4CJ Community on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/1157526291694934/Follow us on InstagramThe Breadfruit Collective The Climate Conscious Podcast Connect with The Climate Conscious on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-climate-consciousThis event was produced by The Climate Conscious Podcast and The Breadfruit Collective, and sponsored by the Open Society Foundations.
98:25 07/27/2022
Climate Resilient Communities and Economies | CW4CJ Conference 2022 Panel 3
Recording of Panel 3 on Day 3 of the inaugural Caribbean Women for Climate Justice Conference 2022, April 23, 2022 Panellists:Le-Anne Roper, Author and Sustainable Development Specialist (Jamaica)Marcelle Lawrence, Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Eco-Island Group (Bermuda)Danii Mcletchie, Founder of Carnicycle (Trinidad and Tobago)Alyssa-Amor Gibbons, Architectural Designer (Barbados)Moderator:Derval Barzey, Host of The Climate Conscious Podcast (Trinidad and Tobago) View the event on YouTube https://youtu.be/JGnOrKVWLLURead Christine Samwaroo's  conference reflections here https://www.thebreadfruitcollectivegy.com/post/sounding-the-alarm-on-the-intersections-of-gender-and-climate-justiceJoin the CW4CJ Community on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/1157526291694934/Follow us on InstagramThe Breadfruit Collective The Climate Conscious Podcast Connect with The Climate Conscious on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-climate-consciousThis event was produced by The Climate Conscious Podcast and The Breadfruit Collective, and sponsored by the Open Society Foundations. 
127:17 07/14/2022
Invest in our Women, Invest in our Planet | CW4CJ Conference 2022 Panel 2
Recording of Earth Day Panel on Day 2 of the inaugural Caribbean Women for Climate Justice Conference 2022 on Earth Day, April 22, 2022 Theme: Invest in our Women, Invest in our Planet Panellists:Leisa Perch, CEO and Founder of SAEDI Consulting Barbados Inc. (Barbados)Auro Fraser, Regional Coordinator of Open Society Foundations (Guyana)Ashlee Burnett, Founder of Feminitt (Trinidad and Tobago)Andrew Campbell, Founder of Ebesowàna Natural Foods (Guyana)Alexandria Douziech, Founder of the Center for Plants and Culture (Guyanese DiasporaModerator: Daphne Ewing-Chow, Caribbean Journalist and Senior Contributor at Forbes (Barbados)Poem by D'Izraiel Billy View the event on YouTube https://youtu.be/vIv6RJ0Fby4Read Christine Samwaroo's  conference reflections here https://www.thebreadfruitcollectivegy.com/post/sounding-the-alarm-on-the-intersections-of-gender-and-climate-justiceJoin the CW4CJ Community on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/1157526291694934/Follow us on InstagramThe Breadfruit Collective The Climate Conscious Podcast Connect with The Climate Conscious on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-climate-consciousThis event was produced by The Climate Conscious Podcast and The Breadfruit Collective, and sponsored by the Open Society Foundations. Closing music: Brother Resistance - Mother Earth
94:49 06/15/2022
No Climate Justice without Gender Justice | CW4CJ Conference 2022 Keynote by Ayesha Constable of GirlsCARE
Recording of Keynote address on Day 2 of the inaugural Caribbean Women for Climate Justice Conference 2022 on Earth Day, April 22, 2022 Theme: Invest in our Women, Invest in our Planet Keynote address by Ayesha Constable  of GirlsCarePoem by Nikhil Sankar Ayesha has paired her activism with her scholarship having researched and published on gender and climate change as part of her doctoral studies,  which links her interests in agriculture, climate adaptation, youth and gender. Her research looks at perceptions of climate change and determinants of adaptation among small-scale farmers in rural Jamaica. The paper analyzes the intersection between socio-cultural and economic factors in shaping farmers' experiences with climate change and willingness to adapt. She is founder of GirlsCARE, a movement seeking to provide mentorship to young feminist activists in the Caribbean- and a recent recipient of funding from Rihanna's Clara Lionel Foundation to continue their work in feminist climate justice. Connect with Ayesha herehttp://ayeshaconstable.blogspot.comView the event on YouTube https://youtu.be/vIv6RJ0Fby4Read Christine Samwaroo's  conference reflections here https://www.thebreadfruitcollectivegy.com/post/sounding-the-alarm-on-the-intersections-of-gender-and-climate-justiceJoin the CW4CJ Community on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/1157526291694934/Follow us on InstagramThe Breadfruit Collective The Climate Conscious Podcast Connect with The Climate Conscious on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-climate-consciousThis event was produced by The Climate Conscious Podcast and The Breadfruit Collective, and sponsored by the Open Society Foundations. Opening music: Angelique Kidjo - Mother Nature  ft. Sting
48:29 06/01/2022
Human Rights & Climate Justice | CW4CJ Conference 2022 Panel 1
Recording of Panel 1 of the inaugural Caribbean Women for Climate Justice Conference 2022: Human Rights & Climate JusticeDay 1 | April 21, 2022 | 6-8 PM ASTTheme: Human Rights, Women’s Rights, and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples - What does the Caribbean of the future look like when Human Rights are centered?Moderator: Malene Alleyne (Jamaica)Panelists: Sherlina Nageer – Gender Activist (Guyana)Immaculata Casmiro - Indigenous people (Guyana)Sapphire Alexander - Caribbean Feminist, youth advocate (T&T)Rueanna Haynes - Climate Justice (T&T)View the event on YouTube https://youtu.be/C1m94_qAJ3sRead Christine Samwaroo's  conference reflections here https://www.thebreadfruitcollectivegy.com/post/sounding-the-alarm-on-the-intersections-of-gender-and-climate-justiceJoin the CW4CJ Community on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/1157526291694934/Follow us on InstagramThe Breadfruit Collective The Climate Conscious Podcast Connect with The Climate Conscious on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-climate-consciousThis event was produced by The Climate Conscious Podcast and The Breadfruit Collective, and sponsored by the Open Society Foundations. 
107:19 05/19/2022
E.038 Caribbean Women for Climate Justice
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly." - Martin Luther King There is no Climate Justice without Gender Justice! We sound the alarm on the increasing climate vulnerability which amplifies existing inequalities in the Caribbean Region. In celebration of Earth Day 2022 and the 2nd anniversary of The Climate Conscious Podcast, we've partnered with The Breadfruit Collective to host the inaugural Caribbean Women for Climate Justice conference, 21 - 24 April, 2022.This event is kindly sponsored by Open Society Foundations. Registration is free. Sign up here:  https://tinyurl.com/CW4CJFollow us on Instagram: The Breadfruit CollectiveThe Climate ConsciousOpen Society Foundations 
24:39 04/13/2022
E037: Life Below Water with Dani Nembhard
The Oceans feed us, protect us, provide for our livelihoods and serve as carbon sinks. Despite the many benefits offered by the ocean, the reports are that our oceans are collapsing from the impacts of over-exploitation, habitat destruction, climate change and pollution.Derval Barzey chats with Dani Nembhard, environmental consultant, marine scientist and climate justice advocate, about the value of Oceans and moving the Caribbean region closer to achieving Sustainable Development Goal 14: Life Below Water - Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.Follow:Dani Nembhard The Breadfruit Collective The Climate Conscious 
35:58 04/07/2022
E036: SDG Impact with Alicia M. Richins
Looking at the SDG Index ranking of 165 countries, at least 7 Caribbean countries are not ranked. For the Caribbean countries that were ranked, it ranged from 49/ 165 for Cuba, to 150/ 165 for Haiti. In many cases there were data gaps. So while this gives us an idea of the region’s performance when benchmarked against this internationally accepted framework, is this a reliable tool for us to use? Is it appropriate for the unique situation of SIDS?Derval chats with Alicia Richins, Sustainability and Social Impact Consultant about translating the 17 UN SDGs to a common language and embedding the principles in business operations,    
30:41 03/23/2022
E035: Zero Hunger with Keithlin Caroo
“A nation that cannot feed itself is not free” A rural woman, first and foremost, todays guest is an advocate and changemaker in the fields of gender equity in agriculture and rural development in St. Lucia. Keithlin Caroo is the founder of ‘Helen’s Daughters’ a regionally recognized nonprofit organization that focuses on rural women’s economic empowerment through advocacy, capacity development and improved market access. Keithlin joins Host Derval Barzey to discuss the intersection of Food, Gender, & Climate. Their conversation explores the status of food security in the region, the value of local foods and farmers, the importance of building inclusive systems, & sowing seeds of empowerment to ensure women in agriculture, farmHers, are recognised  for their contribution to keeping us fed, and helping the Caribbean achieve SDG 2: Zero Hunger. "If you ate today, thank a farmer."Connect with Helen's Daughters on IG, fb & Twitter. Follow The Climate Conscious on IG & LinkedIn
42:52 03/09/2022
Season 4 Trailer: Onward!
Welcome to Season 4 of The Climate Conscious Podcast!I’m your host Derval Barzey. If it’s your first time tuning in, Welcome!Or, maybe you joined us along the way, during our 3 seasons, It’s so great to have you. & if you’ve been here our very first episode in April 2020, welcome back! Thank you for being a part of the climate conscious community!  The Climate Conscious Podcast, is an independent project for communication and advocacy on Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability relevant to the Caribbean and Small Island Developing States. Recognizing the disconnect between the global climate conversation dominated by the views and voices of the developed world, and the lived experience of the Global South; the Climate Conscious Podcast was born.  The podcast sets out to:1.     Firstly, provoke mindfulness and stimulate non-technical discussions on the risks and impacts of global climate change, as well as the measures that can be taken to address them.2.     Secondly, the podcast amplifies the voices of Caribbean climate change stakeholders and any relevant efforts for mitigation or adaptation. 3.     Thirdly, this resource increases public awareness on issues of climate change and environmental sustainability in and around the region.We use the medium of podcasting to engage a diverse audience, to own our experiences, to capture learnings, and to tell our stories with authenticity and an appreciation for the nuance of the Caribbean context. To date we’ve released 34 episodes, featuring guests from the Caribbean and beyond, while connecting with a global audience in 94 countries. We have covered a wide range of topics, including Fashion, Energy, Waste, Gender, Soils and Climate Justice.  There’s much to unpack as we take ownership of our sustainable Future.  And we are super exited for you to join us for Season 4.  If the podcast has been of value, help us to get the word out.Follow us on your podcast app of choiceConnect with the climate conscious on Instagram & LinkedIN.We love hearing your feedback. Email us at theclimateconscious@gmailcomStay tuned for season 4Bye for now. 
02:56 03/01/2022
E034. Caribbean Brewed Research with Masaō Ashtine
"Too many people tell us what to do."On the Season 3 Finale, Host Derval Barzey chats with Dr Masao Ashtine about the role of research in shaping the Caribbean's sustainable future: His vision for Caribbean SustainabilityThe urgency of homegrown innovation to mitigate our reliance on external driversDeveloping the region's human and research capacity and embracing the diaspora. The work of CESARE, creating impact from research, opening up academia to non-academicsAnd the answer to this loaded question: Are Researchers Born or Made? Dr Masaō Ashtine completed his doctorate in 2016 at the University of Cambridge, where he researched climate change implications for the UK's wind energy sector. This followed 6 years at York University in Toronto, Canada, where he gained his Undergraduate and Masters Degrees in Environmental Sciences and Climate Modelling respectively. After his PhD, he worked with the renewables company, 3E, in Brussels as a data scientist intern for the optimisation of wind power models across Europe.Masaō has recently completed a Lectureship at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica where he was the research lead for the Alternative Energy Group at the Department of Physics. He has now joined the OERC team, working with Professor David Wallom as a postdoctoral researcher for Project LEO. Masaō is the Co-Founder of the Journal of Caribbean Environmental Sciences and Renewable Energy (CESaRE).Website: www.cesarejournal.orgInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/journalofcesare/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cesarejournal/Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/journalofcesare/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/cesarejournal/
42:17 10/20/2021
E033. Climate Storyteller Alan J. Hesse, championing climate action in the Global South
Is it all too late? Too late to save the planet from human-induced climate impacts? Keeping up with global events: flooding, hurricanes, wildfires...can take us down the rabbit hole of doom and gloom, even inducing Climate anxiety. Acknowledging the gravity of the situation, conservation biologist, educator and author-illustrator Alan Hesse uses his graphic novels as a storytelling vehicle to empower children for climate action.Education can be entertaining. Through caricature, Alan champions the cause of the Global South, spotlighting activism and climate solutions originating in these directly affected areas. As a global citizen he believes the whatever the talent or passion one posesses can be used for a higher purpose, and what better purpose than the wellbeing of People and Planet. Alan is the author and illustrator of five non-fiction graphic novels for middle grade children, among which his main ongoing focus is the Captain Polo series about climate change. Alan is also the author of 3 climate change-themed picture books for children within the 6-8 age range.Find his latest release on AmazonConnect with Alan: www.alanhesse.com We love hearing from you! Connect with Derval on: LinkedIn @theclimateconscious:Instagram https://www.instagram.com/theclimateconscious/Twitter https://twitter.com/tcconscious1theclimateconscious@gmail.com 
30:52 10/06/2021
E032. A Fossil Fuel Free Future? with Paul Martin
Net Zero vs Absolute Zero. How do we break our carbon addiction? Reformed hopium dealer Paul Martin shares his insights on a pathway to a truly sustainable future for energy systems. Mr. Paul Martin has a Bachelors and a Masters degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, in Ontario, Canada.  He spent the first five years of his career in the water treatment and environmental remediation industry, developing new process technology.  For 25 years he has worked for Zeton Inc., the world's premier designer and builder of pilot plants for the chemical process industry.  He has designed and built laboratory scale, pilot, demonstration/semi-works and small commercial plants for a bewildering variety of chemical processes, including involvement in projects which have led to commercial facilities worth many billions of dollars.   Mr. Martin is also an active advocate for the decarbonization of our economy and a transition to renewable and nonemitting energy sources to address the risk of global warming.  To that end, and as a learning exercise for himself and his son, he undertook the conversion of a gasoline car to full electric drive.Connect with Paul on LinkedIn Paul Martin | LinkedIn
53:05 09/22/2021
E031. Net Zero Architecture with Alyssa-Amor Gibbons
In this new climate era how do we integrate People, Planet and the Built Environment? LEED Accredited Professional Ms. Alyssa-Amor Gibbons chats with host Derval Barzey about A  holistic approach to design, construction and use of buildings: Sustainable design and what it means to be Net ZeroHow  buildings influence human healthAnd given that the Caribbean region is already locked in to Climate Impacts; how can we build back Better, Safer, Sustainable and Resilient?Alyssa-Amor Gibbons is an architectural designer with 8+ years of experience in a wide variety of projects throughout the Caribbean and the UK. She is a LEED Accredited Professional in general Building Design and Construction (LEED AP BD+C), residential Homes (LEED AP Homes), and a LEED Green Rater. Connect with Alyssa-Amor on: LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/alyssa-amor-gibbons-17371b159/Instagram https://www.instagram.com/_.studioamor._/We love hearing from you! Connect with Derval on: LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/dervalbarzey/@theclimateconscious:Instagram https://www.instagram.com/theclimateconscious/Twitter https://twitter.com/tcconscious1theclimateconscious@gmail.com 
39:05 09/08/2021
E030. Open Source Circular Economy with Silvia Leahu-Aluas
Contrasting greatly with existing economic models, Open Source Circular Economy is about living well within limits, a  global trade in the sharing of ideas and solutions instead of physical stuff. It prioritises sharing resources over individual ownership; use of abundant resources over finite resources, the whole system over individual components, optimising local ecosystems for resilience.It forces us to confront the questions of:How much do we really need for a good life? Can our economic systems align with natural ecosystems? Is growth the objective? Host Derval Barzey is joined by open circularity consultant Silvia Leahu-Aluas to explore the sharing economy and open source circularity. As small island developing states like the Caribbean face direct impacts of climate change, open source circularity provides the opportunity to create, find and explore solutions to live within limits.Silvia Leahu-Aluas is an independent consultant based in Washington D.C. Her work focuses on the concepts and practice of sustainable manufacturing and open source circular economy.Connect with Silvia on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/silvia-leahu-aluas-3039ab/Join The Climate Conscious Community:Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook @theclimateconsciousEmail: theclimateconscious@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/Uk9D30o)
42:15 08/25/2021
E029. Caribbean Clean Tech: Carbon Neutral Green Hydrogen with SMO®
Originating in the Caribbean island, Guadeloupe, this tech startup  offers an innovative solution for our NetZero future. SMO® Solar process uses solar power to recycle carbon and produce green hydrogen. SMO® Solar process address three critical sustainability issues: Waste Management , Sustainable Resource Use and Reducing Carbon Emissions. This modular unit has been designed with the Caribbean in mind, perfect for deployment in areas of limited land space. In development since 2009, SMO Solar process has stayed the course and is ready for commercialisation in 2022. About Yasmine Encelade: From 1st generation startups to structuring a new approach for Urban Renewal in France, I have been lucky to contribute to the early stages, full of promises and adrenaline of exciting professional adventures. Today, I am focusing on a new and very fulfilling challenge, by promoting SMO® Solar process, a Cleantech that offers a wide array of solutions for a Net-O future. SMO® Solar Process has been one of 4 Laureates of the 2020 Tech4Islands international competition and is the first Caribbean technology to be labelled an « Efficient Solution » to Protect the environment by the Solar Impulse foundation.Learn more about SMO® Solar HereSMO Solar Process : Green Hydrogen rising from the carbon ashesJoin The Climate Conscious Community:Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook @theclimateconsciousEmail: theclimateconscious@gmail.com
34:13 08/11/2021
028. Business Unusual: Carbon pricing with Green Intelligence Business Solutions
Personal values and the desire for change and the objective of making an impact brought together three professionals from varied backgrounds in pursuit of sustainability. Semoy Francis, Daryll Griffith and Brendon James co-founded Green Intelligence Business Solutions Limited  to help bring about the much needed sustainability transition. Green Intelligence Business Solutions Limited is an advisory service helping businesses reengineer their business models to better manage sustainability risk. One such sustainability risk is carbon pricing. The Climate Crisis has been attributed largely to the vast increase in GHG emissions from human activities. A key strategy for limiting global temperature increase is significantly reducing the world's carbon intensity across sectors. So can you imagine a world where there is a price on carbon? The World Bank defines Carbon Pricing as "an instrument that captures the external costs of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions—the costs of emissions that the public pays for, such as damage to crops, health care costs from heat waves and droughts, and loss of property from flooding and sea level rise—and ties them to their sources through a price, usually in the form of a price on the carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted." With carbon pricing, the cost of the impact of greenhouse gas emissions is factored into the cost of producing the product or service. It is based on the polluter pay principle. As the global community strives to meet climate ambitions, what will be the effect of this and other climate policies on economies, business models and consumers? Connect with Green Intelligence Business Solutions Ltd HERE. Join The Climate Conscious Community:Website | Instagram | Twitter | FacebookEmail: theclimateconscious@gmail.com
31:00 07/28/2021
027. Plastic Free July & Circular Carnival with Danii Mcletchie of Carnicycle
Ignighted by her love for Trinidad and Tobago Carnival, an appreciation for the environment, and an aversion to over consumption, Danii Mcletchie co-founded Carnicycle to bridge the gap between carnival culture and sustainability. On this episode host Derval Barzey sits down with Danii to discuss becoming plastic positive. This social entrepreneur gives new life to single-use plastic used in costumes and carnival events, reducing the ecological footprint by integrating principles of sustainability and circularity  in the 'greatest show on earth.'Carnicycle is the #1 Carnival costume recycle. Since launching in November 2018, Carnicycle has recycled over 200 costumes. The COVID pandemic forced their pivot towards more online engagement with webinars, talks and other virtual activities, until the parade of the bands resumes. Connect with Carnicyle Here. Be part of the solution: sign up for Plastic Free July Join The Climate Conscious Community:Website | Instagram | Twitter | FacebookEmail: theclimateconscious@gmail.com
41:12 07/14/2021
Rum & Sargassum with Dr. Legena Henry
What do you get when you mix rum with sargassum? In the Caribbean you get an innovative climate solution. Host Derval Barzey and Dr. Legena Henry discuss this Caribbean-based, low-carbon solution addressing the issue of sargassum blooms and the greening of the transportation sector. Dr. Henry is fostering innovation among undergraduate students at University of the West Indies, Cave Hill in the area of Renewable Energy. Their research has led to the development of a biofuel utilising the overgrowth of sargassum and waste water from rum distilleries in Barbados. Dr. Legena Henry, PhD, is an MIT graduate, and a Mechanical Engineer, who is now the Lecturer for Renewable Energy at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, specializing in Renewable Energy and Applied Mechanics. She researches sustainable energy sources in the Caribbean, such as bio-fuel from Sargassum seaweed, Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion, and wave energy. Her most recently published paper, "Wiener Chaos Expansions of Ocean Waves," was started while she was based at the Center for Ocean Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she received her Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering.Connect  with Dr. Henry HEREhttps://rumandsargassum.comJoin The Climate Conscious Community:Website | Instagram | Twitter | FacebookEmail: theclimateconscious@gmail.com
44:50 06/30/2021
Sargassum seaweed: an ocean of opportunity with Dr. Franziska Elmer
A climate solution came to the Caribbean region packaged as a problem. On Episode 25 of The Climate Conscious Podcast, host Derval Barzey chats with scientist, educator and Climate Pirate Dr. Franziska Elmer about:The origins of the sargassum seaweed and the cause of its explosive growthThe massive cost of cleanup and the impact on marine ecosystem, humans health and local economies in the Caribbean The long-term management of sargassum, predicting its arrival and planning for its retrieval and useIts potential as a climate solution due to its ability to sequester carbon Acknowledging that we continue to exist in a carbon intensive world, Franziska also shares her personal efforts to manage her carbon footprint like reducing air travel, opting for second hand clothing, using carbon offsets, and what it means to be a Climate Pirate. Connect with Dr. Franziska Elmer:  LinkedIn | Instagram | Website Listen to Dr Elmer's Ted TalkLearn more about sargassum on The Sargassum Podcast: Website Calculate your carbon footprint: https://climatehero.meJoin The Climate Conscious Community:Website | Instagram | Twitter | FacebookEmail: theclimateconscious@gmail.com
40:38 06/02/2021
Tech for Good with Rich Strachan
The time to act is now. Most of us accept that we need urgent action on the climate crisis. How do we bridge the gap between intent and ACTION? Technology offers an enormous solution to this challenge.  Rich Strachan heads 3 Sided Cube, an app development agency focused on ‘tech for good'. Rich and his team deliver mobile apps that boost resilience and nudge people and businesses towards sustainable behaviour. They recently launched the Ignite program, a purpose-built movement to drive behavioural change and make a difference to the ever-growing waste crisis, support sustainable, low carbon living and enhance environmental protection. On this episode we discus the pivotal role of technology in creating positive change for sustainable development. Connect with Rich HERE. Join The Climate Conscious Community:Website | Instagram | Twitter | FacebookEmail: theclimateconscious@gmail.com
37:09 05/19/2021
Stories from La Soufriere Part 2
"I don't think that the true story has even been told as yet..." Dr. Ashley C. John. The Climate Conscious Podcast has  partnered with the Sargassum Podcast to amplify the voices of those affected by the eruption of the La Soufriere volcano in St. Vincent. The La Soufriere volcano first erupted on April 09, 2021 and remains active.Hosts: Derval Barzey (The Climate Conscious Podcast), Franziska Elmer and Robby Thigpen (Sargassum Podcast) interviewed Dr. Ashley C. John of Bequia, St Vincent and the Grenadines to share the experience of the volcanic eruptions.  Dr. John has over twenty years experience as a community disaster manager. He shares insights on the devastating ordeal of the eruption, the massive extent of the physical, economic and psychosocial impacts, the need for mental and emotional reassurance and the marathon effort towards recovery.   We encourage you to use the channels accessible to you to support the recovery efforts for St. Vincent. Ways to donate:Non profit Constructive Solution Inc., which is coordinating immediate distribution to affected citizens in St. Vincent: https://tinyurl.com/7pkypx8c​​Bank transfer to Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Account General-Disaster Relief fund: www.gov.vcJoin The Climate Conscious Community:Instagram | Twitter | FacebookEmail: theclimateconscious@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/Uk9D30o)
49:33 05/05/2021
Stories from La Soufriere Part 1
Today is the one year anniversary of The Climate Conscious Podcast. We partnered with the Sargassum Podcast to amplify the voices of those affected by the eruption of the La Soufriere volcano in St. Vincent. La Soufriere volcano first erupted on April 09, 2021. Hosts: Derval Barzey (The Climate Conscious Podcast), Franziska Elmer and Robby Thigpen (Sargassum Podcast) interviewed Melissa de Freitas, Maxine Trotman and Tessa Davy. Melissa is a Geophysicist working as Energy Officer at the Energy Unit of the Government of St. Vicent. Maxine currently lives in Atlanta Georgia and organizes relief effort from there and Tessa is a retired healthcare professional and is currently on St. Vincent for her tourism related work. Melissa and Tessa share their experience of the volcanic eruptions.  Maxine shares her work mobilizing relief for st. Vincent. We encourage you to use the channels accessible to you to support the recovery efforts for St. Vincent. Ways to donate:Non profit Constructive Solution Inc., which is coordinating immediate distribution to affected citizens in St. Vincent: https://tinyurl.com/7pkypx8c​​Bank transfer to Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Account General-Disaster Relief fund: www.gov.vcJoin The Climate Conscious Community:Instagram | Twitter | FacebookEmail: theclimateconscious@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/Uk9D30o)
35:25 04/21/2021
Gender & Environment with Christine Samwaroo
On this episode I sit down with environmentalist, activist and fellow Climate Reality Leader, Christine Samwaroo to discuss the intersection of Gender and Environment. In the Caribbean region we are already experiencing the physical and socio-economic effects of climate change: extreme weather events, sea level rise, drought, flooding, and sargassum seaweed invasion. However, the ongoing Climate Crisis places a particularly heavy burden on women and girls. Women and men experience environmental changes differently. The imbalance of power not only undermines the ability of vulnerable groups to adapt and recover but are also pose a major threat to our collective capacity to build resilience to the Climate Crisis and achieve Sustainable Development. The special circumstances women face when confronted with environmental and other impacts must be mainstreamed into all decision making. Christine Samwaroo focuses on on climate justice and sustainability in Guyana and the Caribbean. She has a Masters Degree in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management. Currently, she is a Senior Environmental Officer at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Christine is the Founder of The Breadfruit Collective, an emerging NGO which aims to work at the intersection of gender and environmental justice. Connect with Christine HERE. Join The Climate Conscious Community:Instagram | Twitter | FacebookEmail: theclimateconscious@gmail.com
27:36 04/07/2021
Responsible Business with Melanie J. Richards
Acknowledging that organizations cannot thrive in a disintegrating  society, Sustainability Consultant, Melanie J. Richards, explores the interconnection of corporate, societal and environmental governance. There is a clear case for responsible business; for social and environmental considerations to be given equal emphasis as economic and financial indicators. Additionally, the Pandemic has highlighted the  gross inequalities which corporate entities can no longer ignore,  further emphasizing the importance of an integrated relationship between private sector, pubic sector ad civil society. Everyone has a role to play.Through her consultancy CSR Solutions Ltd. Melanie helps organizations to move away from ad hoc social spend to incorporating sustainability into their operations,  measuring the impact created and engaging with their stakeholders in a meaningful way. Melanie Richards is the founder of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Solutions Ltd., established in 2007 with a vision of making organizations more responsible in the areas of environment, society and governance (ESG). As an independent consultant she works across all sectors (private, public and civil society) in consulting, research, stakeholder engagement and capacity building.Connect with Melanie on LinkedInJoin The Climate Conscious Community:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theclimateconsciousInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/theclimateconscious/Twitter: https://twitter.com/tcconscious1Email: theclimateconscious@gmail.com
36:58 03/24/2021
Zero Waste Tobago with RWL
Is waste the new oil? Shawn C. Roberts thinks so.  As the Managing Director of Recycling Waste & Logistics (RWL) he is responsible for the first ever multiple-materials recovery Facility in Trinidad and Tobago. The Tobago Recycling Resource Initiative is Public Private Partnership (PPP) with RWL and the Tobago House of Assemble. It not only reduces pollution from plastics and other materials  but also provides employment, stimulates community development, and generates foreign exchange. This innovative project is propelling Tobago towards its ambitious goal of becoming a zero waste to landfill island. When we rethink waste as a resource, there is no limit to the value that can be derived. RWL is a manufacturing company that processes recyclable wastes into marketable commodities for reuse as raw materials. The company was founded by Shawn C. Roberts and Lisa Sandy-Roberts with a combined experience of 25 years waste & supply chain management, trading of recyclable commodities and research & market developmentCheck out RWL hereStay connected with The Climate Conscious Podcast:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theclimateconsciousInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/theclimateconscious/Twitter: https://twitter.com/tcconscious1Email: theclimateconscious@gmail.com
33:46 03/11/2021
Policymaking for Sustainability
When it comes to sustainability, what role do you play? How do we move beyond  Sustainability being the latest buzzword to being fully integrated in all sectors of society?On episode 18 of The Climate Conscious, Derval sits down with Kellee Ann Richards St Claire and Aldon Jasper, hosts of the LinkedIn web series: Climate Chats, to discuss the role of policy and the importance of stakeholder engagement in accelerating the urgently needed sustainability transition. Aldon Jasper is a security professional with over twenty (20) years experience. He has a particular interest in the intersection of National Security issues, Climate Change, Energy and Sustainability.  He is also the confounder of the LinkedIn web series titled Climate Chats which advises businesses and the wider public on managing climate risk by incorporating sustainability issues into business decisions. Aldon is a holder of a double major BSc in Environmental and Natural Resource Management and Geography, a MSc in Climate Change and Risk Management and MBA Sustainable Energy Management. Kellee Ann Richards-St Clair has 15 years’ experience in the energy industry and is the cofounder of the linkedin web series titled Climate Chats which offers advice to business and the wider public on managing climate risk and embedding sustainability considerations into business operations. Kellee Ann Richards-St Clair is a Global Energy Markets Specialist and provides consultancy on corporate strategic risks. She has a BSc Chemistry and Management, MSc Project Management and MBA Sustainable Energy Management.Check out Climate Chats here.Stay connected with The Climate Conscious Podcast:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theclimateconsciousInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/theclimateconscious/Twitter: https://twitter.com/tcconscious1Email: theclimateconscious@gmail.com
30:18 02/24/2021
Achieving Sustainable Development with Dr. Nanda Dulal Das
The definition of 'development' has evolved from purely economic terms, measured as GDP, to one that includes the ecological and social dimensions. On the season finale, host Derval Barzey discusses the concept of Sustainable Development with Dr. Nanda Dulal Das.  This is defined in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). https://sdgs.un.org/goalsAlong the pursuit of the SDGs there are many obstacles, including the ongoing pandemic, as well as protectionist policies by individual countries, and a lack of accurate data.  With vast differences in populations size, India (1.3 Billion) and Trinidad & Tobago (1.3 Million) share some of the challenges to achieving Sustainable Development. Both countries have achieved 1 out of 17 SDGs and the others are in varying stages of progress. Despite the challenges, Dr. Dulal Das remains optimistic that the SDGs are in fact  achievable. He is particularly interested in "Goal 2 of the SDG: Zero Hunger" and "Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities" and offers possible solutions to assist developing nations: relieving the debt burden through wavering of loan and interest rate pardon from development banksintroduction of food credits (similar to carbon credits) redirecting the labour force to agriculture to boost food production using technology to maximize resources Get in touch with Nandahttps://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-nanda-dulal-das-25742037/Stay connected with The Climate Conscious Podcast:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theclimateconsciousInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/theclimateconscious/Twitter: https://twitter.com/tcconscious1Email: theclimateconscious@gmail.comSupport the podcast: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/tccpodcastThank you for listening!
34:43 12/16/2020
Low Waste Living with Harmony Eco
"We don't need everybody to do it perfectly, we need everybody to try." This is how Chiara Lucie-Smith , founder of Harmony Eco feels about low waste, sustainable, eco-friendly living. Based in Trinidad and Tobago, Harmony Eco is providing  plastic free,  sustainable products that are "better for you, the earth, and your wallet." Products include the menstrual cup, toothpaste tablets, shavers, shampoo bars, solid dishwashing soap, reusable straws, and feature  biodegradable and reusable packaging. Low waste living requires a rethink of products, the design, packaging, and end of life. It also demands changes to our habits as consumers.  Responsible consumers are mindful of their product choices and are willing to detach from traditional items, embracing eco-friendly alternatives. A commitment to low waste living allows us to reduce our impact on the environment and balance the priorities of people, planet and profit. Check out Harmony Eco's sustainable products:Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/harmonyeco/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HarmonyecoStay connected with The Climate Conscious Podcast:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theclimateconsciousInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/theclimateconscious/Twitter: https://twitter.com/tcconscious1Email: theclimateconscious@gmail.comSupport the podcast: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/tccpodcastThank you for listening!
37:19 12/02/2020
Energy Transition (Part 2) with Nneka Matthews
A continuation of  (Episode 14) the discussion with Nneka Matthews on the implications of the ongoing energy transition. Matrix or Star Trek? What will out future be? Our current production and consumption patterns are approaching the limits of the earth's ecological capacity, and even exceeding it. Earth overshoot Day was recorded on 22 August 2020. On that day we exhausted the earth's ecological budget! https://www.overshootday.orgThe unsustainable nature of our economic models is manifested in negative social, environmental and economic impacts: biodiversity loss, deforestation, civil unrest, diseases, and more. As we confront the effects of climate change, the increasing demand for  sustainability is disrupting energy and economic systems. Countries and corporate entities are facing increased pressure to decarbonise and account for environmental and social impacts, not just returns to shareholders. In addition to conscious behaviour we also need new business models that are responsible in their use of resources. International energy companies have declared commitments to net zero targets to reduce CO2 emissions, signalling a major change in the sector. This ambitious goal will not materialise overnight. While fossil fuels will continue to be a part of the energy mix, investments in alternatives, namely renewables and energy efficiency, are increasing. Change is happening. How do we participate in this change? How do we in Trinidad and Tobago, and the Caribbean region create the future we want? It is impossible to move forward without making sustainability a central consideration in energy, economic and social systems. Nneka is optimistic about Trinidad and Tobago's energy future and its value proposition in the changing energy landscape. We identified some of the critical factors for participating in the evolving energy systems driven by the sustainability transition:FinancingData collection and analysisTechnology Long term vision and strategy Proactive policymakingConfidence in our ability to create a sustainable futureGet in touch with Nneka:LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/nneka-matthews/Stay connected with The Climate Conscious Podcast:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theclimateconsciousInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/theclimateconscious/Twitter: https://twitter.com/tcconscious1Email: theclimateconscious@gmail.comSupport the podcast: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/tccpodcastThank you for listening!
48:18 11/18/2020