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Ep 46. From Waste to Watches (& Sunnies!) – Eoin McGuinness, Crann

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Eoin McGuinness is behind Crann, an Irish company that sells watches and sunglasses, made from what others would consider to be waste. I hope you enjoy this chat as much as I enjoyed having it! Give them a follow to on Instagram @crann.co.

  • [08:20] What sparked Eoin to be eco-conscious.
  • [20:25] How Crann came about.
  • [16:20] How the sunglasses and watches are made and where the materials are sourced.
  • [20:35] Is it upcycling or downcycling? And how are Crann carbon neutral?
  • [25:50] What's the packaging like?
  • [28:10] Do you remember your first customers?
  • [31:10] UV, blue light filtering and lifetime warranties.
  • [36:30] Random questions!

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Ep 45. Helping Hedgehogs – Elaine O’Riordan

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For episode 45 I interviewed Elaine O'Riordan, the woman behind the Irish Hedgehog survey to chat about, you guessed it, hedgehogs! Have a listen, and don't forget to check out www.irishhedgehogsurvey.com to get involved.

If you find a sick or injured hedgehog in Ireland, you can call the WRI Wildlife Hospital on 01 6877766 or 0818 877766

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  • [02:45] Correction in last week's episode.
  • [08:30] Get to know Elaine.
  • [13:00] The first hedgehog encounter for Elaine.
  • [15:00] Hedgehogs in Ireland breed & population.
  • [18:00] How they live and spend their time.
  • [23:00] Why should we survey them.
  • [30:45] How to participate in the survey.
  • [33:15] Biggest threats to hedgehogs in Ireland today.
  • [36:00] Other ways we can help them and what food to leave out for them.
  • [41:45] What to do if you find an injured hedgehog.
  • [45:00] Keeping hedgehogs as pets.
  • [47:30] Random questions!
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Ep 44. Using Civil Disobedience in the Climate Justice Movement – Zac Lumley

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Zac is an activist with a number of climate action groups. Most recently, he and another activist, Orla Murphy, were arrested and imprisoned for a protest at Iveagh House in Dublin. As Orla was still in prison at the time of this recording, I interviewed Zac to hear his story and the place of civil disobedience in the climate justice movement. Orla has since been released on the 22nd of April after spending over a month there. You can still write to Orla at orlaonremand@protonmail.com and hopefully I'll have her on the podcast in future.

If you're interested in getting involved with Extinction Rebellion Ireland, there's a new members meeting happening tomorrow (4th of May 2021, 7pm GMT) that you're welcome to come along to. Hosted by yours truly! Keep an eye out for upcoming events for XRI here, or on your local groups website. And if you son't have a local direct action group, you can set one up!

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We covered:

  • [07:00] Getting to know Zac.
  • [11:40] When Zac began getting more active in climate action.
  • [14:05] When Zac went vegan.
  • [15:20] What is Civil Disobediance?
  • [20:30] Is destruction of property violent or non violent?
  • [24:00] The first time Zac got arrested / Kepak protest.
  • [29:00] Why do people put themselves in a position where they know thwy'll likely be arressted
  • [34:20] The action on the 19th of March where Zac and Orla were arrested.
  • [40:10] Zac's experience in prison.
  • [42:00] Orla's words from prison.
  • [49:30] Reactions to the protest.
  • [56:30] How many people do we need partaking in civil disobedience to get the job done?
  • [01:06:30] Random Questions!

References

1-3 billion people are expected to be forced from homes within the next 50 years. [1]

200+ indigenous land protectors are murdered every year trying to protect their land and water. [2]

We're headed for +4°C of global heating (some publications this year are suggesting +5° and +6°C [3][4]) — +4°C is "incompatible with an organised global community" and likely to be "beyond adaptation". [5]

Island nations call for "1.5 to stay alive" and in 2009 at G77 Lumumba Di-Aping said that the new climate draft trying to limit warming to +2°C was "certain death for Africa". [6][7]

When the Paris Agreement was signed in 2015 (non-binding, remember), countries said they'd try to limit warming to +2°C. However, even if every country met their climate agreements that they set for themselves (NDCs), we're headed for more than +3°C. [8] Despite this, countries aren't even hitting their climate targets! [9]

We've currently warmed the planet somewhere between +1.1°C and +1.3°C. [10] We're currently at an extremely crucial point, as we're in the danger zone at which irreversible climate tipping points could be triggered: some may lie between +1°C and +2°C [11]. Obviously because the risk is so great we have to follow the precautionary principle, meaning that we must absolutely everything we can to halt emissions immediately. Even if we halted greenhouse gas emissions today, heating will continue for decades or even centuries. [4] [1] [https://www.pnas.org/content/117/21/11350](https://www.pnas.org/content/117/21/11350)

[2] [https://e360.yale.edu/digest/more-than-200-environmental-activists-and-land-defenders-murdered-in-2019](https://e360.yale.edu/digest/more-than-200-environmental-activists-and-land-defenders-murdered-in-2019)

[3] [https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/04/new-climate-models-predict-warming-surge](https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/04/new-climate-models-predict-warming-surge)

[4] [https://climate.nasa.gov/faq/16/is-it-too-late-to-prevent-climate-change/](https://climate.nasa.gov/faq/16/is-it-too-late-to-prevent-climate-change/)

[5] [https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/climate-change-commitee-report-4c-warming-fossil-fuels-crisis-a9597511.html](https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/climate-change-commitee-report-4c-warming-fossil-fuels-crisis-a9597511.html)

[6] [https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01436597.2017.1368013](https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01436597.2017.1368013)

[7] [https://www.motherjones.com/environment/2009/12/poor-countries-g77-suicide-pact-copenhagen/](https://www.motherjones.com/environment/2009/12/poor-countries-g77-suicide-pact-copenhagen/)

[8] [https://news.un.org/en/story/2019/11/1052171](https://news.un.org/en/story/2019/11/1052171)

[9] [https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/article/nations-miss-paris-targets-climate-driven-weather-events-cost-billions](https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/article/nations-miss-paris-targets-climate-driven-weather-events-cost-billions)

[10] [https://public.wmo.int/en/our-mandate/climate/wmo-statement-state-of-global-climate](https://public.wmo.int/en/our-mandate/climate/wmo-statement-state-of-global-climate)

[11] ****[https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-03595-0](https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-03595-0)

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Ep 43. It’s a Fashion Revolution – Carrie Ann Moran

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Season 3 is starting as I mean to go on - via revolution! Episode 43 shines a light on the social issues behind the clothes we wear, and the power of numbers. Numbers of people, that is. Not to forget, Fashion Revolution week is one week a year, but the fashion revolution exists every time you get dressed or walk into a clothing store. Have a listen and enjoy!

We chatted:

  • [06:30] A bit about Carrie Ann & her journey to being eco-concious.
  • [11:00] What made her switch careers.
  • [15:30] What is Fashion Revolution?
  • [21:00] What kind of events will be on & how can people take part?
  • [27:00] The changes we are seeing in the fashion industry.
  • [30:00] Transparency, what it means and what we're looking for.
  • [33:30] The changes we've seen in Ireland and our issue with textile recycling.
  • [36:00] Should we be boycotting?
  • [39:00] Carrie Ann's general tips for a more sustainable and just wardrobe.
  • [45:00] Random questions!
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Ep 42. The Ripple Effect You Have

For the final episode of 2020 and the season finale(!) of Book of Leaves, I asked people for stories of a ripple effect they witnessed: times when people told you that you inspired them to ditch plastic toothbrushes or the other way around, when you were inspired by someone else!

Thank you to Vasco, Mark, Conor, Mies, Gerda, Sophie, Elaine, Lucrezia, Katy and Cecilia for sharing your stories! If you have a ripple effect moment, send it to me at ceara@bookofleavespodcast.com or on Instagram or Facebook. I'll most likely do another one of these in the future, but for now, thank you for listening and I can't wait to bring you more leaves to add to your book in 2021.

Thank you so much for being here with me and I look forward to collecting more interviews for 2021! Get in touch if you have any requests.

Stay safe, and happy new year. Ceara x X

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Ep 41. Kentucky to Mayo, Pax Eco Store – McKinley

For episode 41 I chatted to McKinley, a co-founder of Pax Wholefoods & Eco Goods store in Westport, County Mayo. We cover her journey from Kentucky to Tequila to cloth nappies, all will be explained in the chat... Today, the 7th of December 2020, is also Pax's second birthday! So join me in wishing them all the best and here's to many more!

  • [04:25] Growing up in Kentucky.
  • [11:45] Coming to Ireland.
  • [14:05] Meeting Kirstin, the co-founder of Pax.
  • [15:25] Setting up a business from scratch as the first local eco store.
  • [18:55] Dublin vs Countryside in eco-consciousness.
  • [21:45] How the pandemic affected business.
  • [26:05] Tips for an eco Christmas this 2020!
  • [29:55] McKinley's experience with cloth nappies (her kids that is, not herself...lol...).
  • [32:25] The Edible Landscape Project.
  • [35:35] How McKinley deals with eco anxiety (and the recent USA election anxiety!).
  • [38:35] 2nd birthday plans?
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Ep 40. The Mercosur Deal, Chimps, & Activism – Laura Kehoe

For episode 40, I had the pleasure to interview Laura Kehoe, an activist, scientist, conservationist - all the ists! She has done, and continues to do, so much for the planet, it's quite mind-blowing. She is a true inspiration and I know I say this about all my episodes, but I really can't wait for you to listen to this one. We cover a lot, it's listed below and you'll find links to campaigns & resources too. I hope you get something out of this, because I sure did.

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  • [04:50] Laura's path to conservation & activism.
  • [10:35] What it was like to work with chimps & how they're doing now (check out the talk Laura gave!).
  • [15:10] The main issues threatening chimps.
  • [18:05] Ways in which we can help them.
  • [18:30] The work of Trees.org and what 400 Trees is about.
  • [22:20] What is the Mercosur deal?
  • [30:40] Having effective conversations with people about climate change, and experiencing burnout.
  • [45:30] Managing the stress of fighting for a better world.
  • [47:10] What can WE do regarding the Mercosur deal?
  • [52:35] What do you want for the planet this Christmas? Introducing Green Santa.

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Ep 39. Eco Fashion, Food, & Craic! – Ger & Taz, The Useless Project

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Episode 39 has none other than top gals Geraldine and Taz from The Useless Project (formerly Sustainable Fashion Dublin). I'm buzzing for you to hear this chat. Follow them on Instagram @theuselessproject or find them on Facebook to keep up to date with all their shenanigans and handy eco tips for life.

  • [04:40] Geraldine & Taz talk about life growing up from an eco perspective.
  • [13:00] Lockdown happens, what happened to SFD?
  • [16:10] Where the name 'The Useless Project' came from.
  • [18:55] A website you say?
  • [24:40] Basic guide to food sustainability, how to cut down on food waste, seasonal buying & herbicides.
  • [30:20] Sustainable fashion & home-ware.
  • [32:00] Their favourite personal second hand finds for home-ware & fashion
  • [33:40] How to deal when all that's going on gets a bit too much.
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Ep 38. Foraging for the Planet & the Soul – Dermot Hughes

It's time to talk foraging with Dermot Hughes! I've wanted to learn about foraging for so long and I'm delighted to have Dermot here to talk us through it. Foraging has a few various benefits which we'll go into. You can keep up to date with Dermot's adventures on his Facebook page. In the meantime, get your hat and walking stick ready, and enjoy the ride:

  • [05:45] Dermot's journey into setting up Forage Ireland.
  • [11:140] The best place to start.
  • [12:50] Sloe berries.
  • [15:30] Wild garlic.
  • [16:25] Edible flowers & garden plants.
  • [17:35] Poisonous flower to avoid.
  • [18:10] What's the point in faoraging when there isn't enough to feed everyone & we can get our food in supermarkets?
  • [23:15] Cow Parsley.
  • [26:15] How to keep an eye out for pollutants in forage areas.
  • [29:15] The 3 types of foragers.
  • [30:55] The guidelines (and code!) around how much you forage.
  • [35:00] Foraging tools & books.]
  • [45:10] Ways to store surplus food & prevent waste.
  • [47:15] Closing thoughts.
  • [50:00] A few Irish foragers!
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Ep 37. Swapping & Borrowing, Affordably Sustainable – Aisling, Nuw

Episode 37 is with Aisling Byrne, the founder of Nuw, formally known as The Nu Wardrobe. Nuw is a clothes sharing and swapping app, set up to tackle fast fashion's problems like pollution and workers' rights, which we chat about in full in this interview!

Follow Nuw on Instagram @wearenuw, Twitter or Facebook for sustainable fashion inspiration and info on worker's rights.

  • (02:25) Aisling introduce's herself and her background.
  • (09:20) When the idea behind Nuw sparked.
  • (15:10) How the app works.
  • (23:40) The difficulty of finding plus-sized clothes when thrifting, and how Nuw is working to overcome it.
  • (27:05) Plans for bringing menswear on to the app.
  • (29:45) Crowdfunding.
  • (33:50) How to upload clothes to the app.
  • (39:10) Where the line falls by supporting slow fashion and not causing a loss of jobs by boycotting certain companies.
  • (47:20) Closing thoughts.
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