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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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 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 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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Photo by Chris Scarffe

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 31. Upcycling Wetsuits & Re-imagining Waste – Lynn Haughton

Episode 31 is with Lynn Haughton from The Upcycle Movement. The ability she has to re-imagine 'waste' and her drive for sharing the knowledge she's learned is nothing short of amazing! Make sure to follow her on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

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  • (04:20) The difference between UPcycling and REcycling. You can read more on Lynn's blog here.
  • (06:15) What inspired Lynn's eco journey & the start of The Upcycle Movement.
  • (13:40) Why wetsuits? Read more on that & their environmental impacts here.
  • (19:35) How Lynn gets the wetsuits.
  • (21:40) The process from receiving the wetsuit to shipping out a new product.
  • (26:20) Involvement with Seal Rescue Ireland.
  • (31:10) The strangest things Lynn has upcycled and other upcycling companies.
  • (36:15) Lynn's bird box family (the bird-box is called 'Wireless CCD Bird Box Camera Kit' from UK Wildlife Cameras.

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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 25. Bia Hero & Grow Your Own Food – Sinéad, XR

For episode 25, I chatted to Sinéad Renu Sheehan from Extinction Rebellion about a new campaign called BiaHero. This community led campaign encourages people to start growing their own food at home and provides a support network for all your questions via a group on Facebook.

In this episode, we cover:

  • [02:20] The definition of food security. 
  • [06:00] Why BiaHero started and the importance of it in regards to food security.
  • [11:10] Where to start when it comes to growing your own food: the seeds.
  • [15:24] Getting the right soil.
  • [17:15] Why you usually. start sowing inside first.
  • [20:41] How to choose what to start planting.
  • [23:50] What you can grow all year round.
  • [25:00] How to manage surplus products.
  • [29:05] How to be creative if you don't have any land.
  • [33:09] Guerilla Gardening.
  • [34:25] Composting & feeding your plants.
  • [40:00] How to care for your food during a dry spell.
  • [43:30] Knowing what food needs vertical support.
  • [45:10] Planning for next year.

Don't forget to join the community Facebook group for more tips and to answer any questions!

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Ep 22. Saving the River Poddle – Róisín McAleer

The River Poddle runs through Dublin City, sometimes underground, so not a lot of people know of its importance. Róisín McAleer, a teacher and member of Crumlin Community Clean Up group, tells us about the importance of the river and how it's being threatened right now.

Have a listen and don't forget to sign the petition here and follow the campaign on twitter to keep up to date. Everything else mentioned is linked below.

The Planning documents are available to view here.

Taking Action!

Contact the River Poddle Flood Alleviation Scheme here or email them at info@poddlefas.ie with your concerns for this project. Use whoismytd.com to find your local TDs and contact them too.

You can also copy and paste your email and send it to:

  • floodinfo@opw.ie
  • info@opw.ie
  • john.sydenham@opw.ie - Commissioner of Floodrisk Management
  • john.curtin@opw.ie - Director of Floodrisk Management
  • info@sdublincoco.ie

 

Get Involved With:

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Covered in this episode:

You can see the Poddle in:

  • Tymon Park.
  • Whitehall Road, Kimmage Manor.
  • Poddle Park/Ravensdale Park.
  • St. Martin's Park.

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