Ep. 61 Walking, Meditation & The Work That Reconnects – Jane Killingbeck

For episode 61 and the last in season 3 of the podcast, I interviewed Jane Killingbeck about The Work That Reconnects. Developed by Joanna Macy, in her own words "The Work that Reconnects helps people discover and experience their innate connections with each other and the self-healing powers of the web of life, transforming despair and overwhelm into inspired, collaborative action."

Jane is one of few people who provide workshops on this practice in Ireland and so I was delighted to chat to her. This is a hard time of year, and life, for so many, so I hope you find some tools to strengthen your well-being in this.

You can email Jane at janekillingbeck1@hotmail.com or follow her on Facebook, here.

Thank you for listening for yet another year. The pleasure has been all mine! See you back in April.

  • [07:30] Jane’s introduction.
  • [09 :35] Where Jane’s love for nature came from.
  • [13:05] How she started involvement with The Work That Reconnects.
  • [17:00] What a council of all beings is and Jane’s first experience of one.
  • [22:50] Inside a Work That Reconnects Workshop.
  • [27:25] Gratitude.
  • [34:45] Individual change & the power of it.
  • [45:00] Attachment to things & situations.
  • [47:20] What Jane does when feeling overwhelmed.
  • [51:20] Ishayas Ascension meditation.
  • [54:35] Random Questions!

Here is a link to the book Active Hope.


Ep 60. Improving Food Shopping Habits with Evocco – Ahmad Mu’azzam

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For episode 60, I chatted to Ahmad Mu'azzam, one of the creators behind Evocco, a food impact tracking app. I reached out to him for an interview after finding the app and their newsletter so helpful and full of solution based tips. This episode is encompasses simple practices we can take on board systemically and individually. Have a listen!

  • [06:10] Ahmad's introduction.
  • [09:15] How and when Evocco started.
  • [13:20] Planetary Boundaries & how the app works.
  • [16:30] What Ahmad would say to people who don’t think their individual shopping habits make a difference.
  • [19:50] How the app has been received since public release.
  • [21:17] Where Ahmad can see his activism work going in future.
  • [23:40] Tips for instantly reducing your impact when food shopping.
  • [26:30] What needs to happen systemically for food shopping habits to improve.
  • [28:40] Random questions!

Climate Ambassador Podcast Episode 18 about Food Waste.


Ep 59. No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference – Flossie and the Beach Cleaners

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You can hear how much I enjoyed this chat with Flossie Donnelly on all things beach cleaning! The name Jeremy will forever have a new meaning… Stay up to date with her ventures on Instagram @Flossieandthebeachcleaners! and you can find out more about their workshops on their website at www.flossieandthebeachcleaners.com.

  • [04:30] Getting to know Flossie and how she learned about plastic waste.
  • [08:10] How the beach cleans started and how often they go.
  • [10:45] The most common waste items they find.
  • [11:55] What they do with intact clothes & objects they save.
  • [16:25] What Flossie thinks needs to change so people aren’t discarding as much waste on the beach.
  • [19:20] How the name came about.
  • [22:50] Making environmentalism a core subject in schools.
  • [26:40] Flossie’s experience of adults treating her or her activism differently because of her age.
  • [31:05] Some of the more unusual items Flossie has found on cleans!
  • [36:10] Random Questions.



Don't forget to please to sign and share this petition to make environmentalism a core subject in secondary schools.

To find a clean up community, as well as Flossie you can check out Clean Coasts, Climate Love Ireland, Understory or search the web for ‘local clean up group’. You’ll be surprised as to what’s already near you!

Check out Jiminy or Reuzi for a litter picker. And listen to their episodes too #9 or #8.

RTÉ Flossie Programme.


Ep 58. It Starts With a Pin – Laragh McCann, Climate Love Ireland

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Episode 58 has me chat to Laragh McCann, a former model turned activist, film maker, and fellow jack of all trades! She is also the force behind 100% ReLoved and the founder of Climate Love Ireland. You can follow them on Facebook or @climateloveireland and @100percentreloved_ on Instagram.

Some of the topics we covered are:

  • [07:30] An introduction from Laragh, and her journey from modelling to environmentalism.
  • [15:35] Climate Love Ireland - what it is and how it came about.
  • [17:30] 100% ReLoved & learning about the effects of fast fashion.
  • [25:30] Conversations sparked by the pin.
  • [28:50] Making your own pin.
  • [37:00] Random Questions!



Photo by Chris Scarffe

Ep 57. Bottom Trawling, Sawfish, & Dugongs – Ruth Leeney

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Past interviewee & marine biologist Ruth Leeney, has made herself quite busy since speaking to her last in June 2020. Have a listen to that episode here! Now we're here to chat about her upcoming book campaigns, bottom trawling and some of the animals she is working so hard to conserve. You can follow her on Instagram @ruleeney.

Photo by Chris Scarffe
Photo by Chris Scarffe

Before you go, have a look at the links below as some calls to action might tickle your fancy!

Support her kickstarter here.

Check out the new coalition that is Transform Bottom Trawling that Ruth is a part of. They have some really useful info and graphics that you can download and it's available in several languages.

Find the pre-existing book about Dugongs here.

For people interested in learning about sawfishes, they can check out the Sawfish Conservation Society.

This is the summary of a report Ruth worked on regarding bottom trawling and climate change, or if you have the brain power for the full report, you can find that here!

Here's a petition requesting the EU to ban bottom trawling.

Sea Change Ireland, The Irish Wildlife Trust, Sea Shepherd, Extinction Rebellion & Animal Rebellion were all mentioned as groups working to end bottom trawling practices & increase Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Seal Rescue Ireland is another great charity to support and you can also listen to them in a previous Book of Leaves episode, here!

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Ep 56. Finding Solace in Nature – Alex, Understory

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Episode 56 is with Wicklow-based ecologist Alex Konieczka. One of her many ventures is Understory, a truly zerowaste business where she sells upcycled terrariums among other things. You can follow her on Instagram @understory_ie to keep up to date with the pieces she creates and foraging excursions she plans, or reach out to her via e-mail on alex@understory.ie.

  • [03:45] An intro from Alex and her relationship with nature.
  • [09:55] When the issue of climate change dawned on Alex.
  • [13:05] The work of Understory.
  • [21:45] How she got into foraging.
  • [24:05] Her journey to veganism
  • [26:05] Climate justice project with Eco Unesco.
  • [24:15] Community work & asking the council for help.
  • [35:25] Random questions!

Click here for a resource pack Alex made on contacting your council for help!


Ep 55. Climate Action Community & Communication – Gary, Climate Ambassador Programme

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Gary Tyrrell works for An Taisce's educational unit as part of the Climate Ambassador Programme. You'll have heard me chat about this programme over the past year as it's one I was accepted onto myself, plus I interviewed a few ambassadors from it! They open applications for the following year usually every September so make sure to check out their website if you're interested in taking part (click here for their application page).

You can stay up to date of various talks and workshops by signing up to their newsletter here or following them on Twitter @climate_ambass, Facebook or Instagram @climateambassador too. Watch back their online events on their YouTube and check out their podcast!


We chatted about:

  • [04:45] A bit about Gary & his climate activism journey.
  • [10:35] What the CA Programme is.
  • [16:25] Examples & statistics of events held.
  • [20:50] How to apply to be a CA.
  • [24:35] What Gary's journey to veganism was like.
  • [29:15] Tips for communicating the climate crisis.
  • [37:00] Random questions!

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Ep 54. Climate Change: Parenting, Pensions & CETA – Paul McCormack Cooney


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Episode 54 is coming from the vaults as I interviewed fellow activist Paul McCormack Cooney a few months ago. Paul is another absolutely wonderful human I got to know through Extinction Rebellion. He recently started a blog called Climate Dad which despite being a work in progress, I definitely recommend checking out! And you can follow Paul on Twitter @PaulMcCC or Instagram @climatedad.ie.

We cover some everyday topics like parenting, but we also touch on the ever-lasting, controversial CETA, a trade agreement you may have heard of… Have a listen and let me know what you think!

  • [04:15] A bit about Paul & what sparked his eco consciousness.
  • [10:10] Cool Planet & Extinction Rebellion.
  • [18:00] Linking Paul’s work in the Pension sector to our climate action perception.
  • [23:30] Starting his blog, Climate Dad.
  • [25:35] Talking to his kids about Climate Change.
  • [31:35] Dealing with burnout.
  • [34:50] A quick guide to CETA.
  • [41:30] Random questions!

As mentioned, CETA is a big, complicated topic but I recommend checking out Paul's blogpost on it, and searching and signing all the petitions you can find about it, & emailing TDs.

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Ep 53. The Power of Swapping Disposable Cups – Sorcha, Conscious Cup Campaign

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For episode 53 I go back to the basics of environmental issues and talk about the infamous single use polluter: disposable coffee cups. For this, there's none other to talk to other than Sorcha Kavanagh from The Conscious Cup Campaign. This is a programme not just encouraging individuals to bring a reuseable cup, but encouraging cafés and businesses to drive the change forward and lead by example. Follow the Conscious Cup Campaign on Twitter @CCCampaign_Irl or Instagram @consciouscupcampaign.

We cover a lot, including:

  • [05:10] How the Conscious Cup Campaign started.
  • [08:20] Sorcha’s personal journey to being eco-conscious.
  • [11:50] Disposable cup statistics in Ireland.
  • [16:25] Where we currently stand regarding reuseable cups and COVID.
  • [21:45] Advice for customers on how to encourage cafés they frequent to join the campaign.
  • [28:00] Are compostable cups much better?
  • [31:55] In the grand scheme of the climate crisis, is having a reuseable cup really going to solve things?
  • [35:10] Reuseable cup brand/type favourites.
  • [37:30] Lucy O'Sullivan's 2.4km cycle for Jigsaw & The Conscious Cup Campaign along the Wild Atlantic Way Cycle. Click this link to donate!

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Examples of cafés currently accepting reuseables (and many small, independent cafés are too!):

  • Starbucks
  • Sprout
  • Costa
  • Lolly & Cooks
  • Butlers

Ep 52. Let’s Talk Trees – Orla Ní Dhúill, Native Woodland Trust

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I can't believe it's taken me until episode 52 to dedicate an interview to trees! Shocking behaviour, but this lovely chat with Orla makes up for it. You can follow Orla on Twitter @NaturallyOrla & don't forget to listen to her podcast The Broad Leaf! You can find out more about The Native Woodland Trust on their website and stay up to date with them on Twitter @NativeWoodTrust.

  • [04:10] An intro from Orla and her journey to working with woodlands.
  • [09:15] Who The Native Woodland Trust are and what they do.
  • [11:20] How people can get involved.
  • [14:15] Finding local seeds and where to plant (or IF to plant!).
  • [24:15] The new 'Robot Trees' built in Cork.
  • [30:55] Ireland’s historic foresty & 'ancient' woodlands.
  • [37:55] Systemic changes that need to happen to help preserve & restore woodland in Ireland & how farmers/land owners can benefit.
  • [41:50] CAP.
  • [44:30] Random questions!

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