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Ep 47. A Journey to Veganism via an inside look into Irish farms & slaughterhouses

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I stumbled across Niamh's story via Earthy Cáilíní on Instagram. Niamh is now working as a vet and began her studies as a meat loving omnivore, to finish them as a vegan, influenced to change by what she saw during her placement. I asked her to come and chat about her story and as animal welfare is something very close to her heart, she was more than happy to come on. It's a heavy episode, but an important one.

We chat about:

  • [04:20] Environmental impacts of animal agriculture.
  • [09:30] Niamh introduces herself.
  • [13:50] The first class in which she began to question things.
  • [18:50] A pig farm.
  • [28:50] A sheep farm.
  • [35:10] Chicken farming.
  • [44:30] Disease & antibiotics.
  • [55:00] A dairy farm.
  • [01:04:00] Religious slaughter in Ireland.
  • [01:10:40] Slaughterhouse workers.
  • [01:14:00] How Niamh deals with euthanasia in work.
  • [01:18:00] Niamh's other eco habits & random questions.

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Calls To Action:

Go Vegan - Sign up to Challenge 22 for free where you'll get nutrition tutoring. If you can't go vegan, try base your diet on as many plant based foods as possible. If you need help or want more suggested resources for this, please get in touch!

Get active with protest groups. We need system and policy change. Message them to get involved!

NARA (National Animal Rights Association) have been doing brilliant work in Ireland from getting fur farming banned to now working on the banning of hare coursing.

Animal Rebellion Ireland (groups exist worldwide too) are calling for a transition to a plant based food system for the sake of the planet as well as animals. As talked about in episode 44 with Zac Lumley, non violent civil disobedience is an extremely effective tactic and that's what ARI are about.

Support investigative journalism like Noteworthy.ie who have specific call-outs for various campaigns.

Donate to, and volunteer for, animal sanctuaries like Eden, Little Ones Microsanctuary, Back Into Daylight and Heartstone Veganic Sanctuary.

Sign petitions, like this one to stop the proposed development of another pig factory farm.

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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 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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Resources Mentioned:

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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 32. Climate Change & Over Fishing in Coastal Communities – Ruth Leeney

 

Ruth Leeney is a conservationist and fellow activist and vegan, working hard to preserve our under water world. We covered so much in this chat and still didn't get to talk about everything, so I know for sure, there'll be a second interview with Ruth sometime in the future! In the meantime, you can support Ruth's work through Women4Oceans here.

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We covered:

  • (05:40) Ruth's background and when she became eco consious.
  • (08:34) Scuda diving in U.K. Vs Australian waters.
  • (13:44) How the community Ruth works with in Mozambique are being affected by over fishing.
  • (17:50) How the locals have been impacted by Climate Change.
  • (23:44) What, if any work is being done by NGOs or governments to aid and educate in this crisis.
  • (28:40) What is Blue Justice? Read this link for more.
  • (32:35) How we in the first world countries can help.
  • (37:28) Why Ruth first became vegan and how she manages working in coastal fishery communities considering that.
  • (45:15) How to know if the fish you do buy is sustainably sourced.
  • (48:20) How to avoid trawled fish.
  • (49:40) Dynamite fishing.
  • (50:40) The plastic Ruth has seen on her dive adventures around the world.
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Ep 29. Food Security in Ireland – Aisling Wheeler

Despite what we hear about Ireland doing well in terms of food security, it's far more treacherous than we think. Aisling Wheeler talks me through the problems Ireland faces, how it all changed and what we can do to make it better.

  • (05:35) The definitions of food security & food sovereignty, and how we fare in Ireland in regards to that.
  • (10:35) Organic farming in Ireland.
  • (11:45) The knock-on effects of relying on imported goods.
  • (15:45) What changed in recent decades to make our food system insecure.
  • (18:30) What has been done, if anything, in policy or government to help with food security.
  • (22:20) Soil health in Ireland - fertility and drainage.
  • (28:30) The difference between monoculture & permaculture.
  • (32:45) Growing your own food at home, encouraging farmers to diversify & CSA.
  • (37:35) Buying food in season & our relationship with food.

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Ep 24. Toilet Paper vs The Bidet

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While toilet paper has been disappearing off the shelves, a lot of people have made the plunge to switch to a paperless toilet routine by opting for a bidet instead. So I thought I'd research the differences between the two with the environment in mind (but I also touch on money, health & cleanliness!). So listen in, or watch on YouTube, to find out how much of an impact your carbon buttprint is having...eh..eh?

  • [03:35] Definition & History of the Bidet.
  • [07:15 ] Our use of toilet paper.
  • [13:17] Pros & cons of toilet paper.
  • [17:35] Water Usage. (Watch this Netflix documentary on the Earth's water supply here.)
  • [21:17] Pros & cons of the bidet.
  • [27:19] Types of bidets.
  • [31:24 ] Flushable Wipes.
  • [32:45] Vascó's & Cecilia's personal bidet stories.
  • [37:00] How much resources an Irish person could save switching to a bidet considering we use on average 10.5kg per capita a year.
  • [38:20] Eco toilet paper options.

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