Episodes

  • In today’s episode I’m speaking with Joi Lee, the Head of Editorial and an Executive Producer at Earthrise Studio. I’m sure you’ve heard of Earthrise – they’re one of the leading media platforms reporting on climate change, launched in 2020 by Alice Aedy and Jack Harries. Over the past few years, their social media channels have become one of my go-to sources of climate related news – and I know I’m not the only one! So Joi and I spoke about how the climate crisis is being portrayed in the media, and why she thinks stories are so integral to how we communicate.


    She then told me about POWER, their latest series digging into the energy crisis, and how they collaborated with their community to define how they would tell that story. We also discussed the many elections coming up this year all around the world, and what you can do as an individual to ensure the fossil fuel industry loses some of its power.


    Want to dive deeper?

    Watch POWER on the Earthrise YouTube channel — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXUj6a59Wb4&ab_channel=EarthriseFollow Earthrise on Instagram — https://www.instagram.com/earthrise.studio/

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    Joi on Instagram — https://www.instagram.com/joixleeWhy We Care on Instagram — https://www.instagram.com/whywecarepodcast/Tiphaine on Instagram — https://www.instagram.com/tiphainemarie_/

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  • In today’s episode I’m speaking with Heïdi Sevestre, an amazing French glaciologist. She called me all the way from Svalbard, an archipelago in the Arctic ocean, between mainland Norway and the North Pole. 10 years ago, as Heidi was hiking from Chamonix to Zermatt, a mountain guide told her that it is possible to spend your life studying glaciers, and become a glaciologist. So she’s never looked back and has since studied glaciers all around the world, from the French Alps to Greenland, from the Arctic to Antarctica.


    We spoke about why are glaciers important and their role in regards to regulating the climate, but also what exactly is happening to them and whether or not it is too late to save them. She also told me about a climbing expedition in Greenland she recently went on called Arctic Ascent, which was filmed and is currently being released on National Geographic TV.


    Want to dive deeper?

    Heïdi’s book, “Sentinelle du Climat” (in French) — https://www.harpercollins.fr/collections/automated-collection/products/sentinelle-du-climatHeïdi’s website — https://www.heidisevestre.com/Ice & Life — https://www.iceandlife.com/index.php/en/Calculate your carbon footprint — https://footprint.wwf.org.uk/Watch Arctic Ascent — https://www.nationalgeographic.com/tv/shows/arctic-ascent-with-alex-honnold

    Come say hi!

    Heïdi on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/heidisevestreWhy We Care on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/whywecarepodcast/Tiphaine on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/tiphainemarie_/

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  • In today’s episode I’m speaking with Bodhi Patil, a United Nations-recognized, award-winning Gen Z ocean climate solutionist dedicated to improving Ocean Health and Human Health. So we spoke about many aspects of his relationship with the ocean, from his early childhood memories diving with his dad to how he helped build Ocean Uprise, an initiative he developed with Parley for the Oceans to help young people learn about the ocean and become advocates for it.


    I met Bodhi for the first time at COP28 in Dubai last December, where he was part of the Wisdom Keepers delegation – he told me what that experience was like and shared really beautiful thoughts and advice on how we can all support the transition towards a world where Indigenous voices are given more importance. One of my favourite things he said was how important it is to build bridges between generations and collaborate across all age groups.


    Want to dive deeper?

    Ocean Uprise - https://parley.tv/initiatives/ocean-upriseWisdom Keepers delegation - https://www.wisdomkeepersdelegation.org/

    Come say hi!

    Bodhi on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/bodhi_patilWhy We Care on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/whywecarepodcast/Tiphaine on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/tiphainemarie_/

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  • In today’s episode I’m speaking with Christabel Reed, the co-founder of two online learning platforms: advaya, and Earthed. A few years ago Christabel and her sister Ruby created advaya, a platform at the intersection of ecology, consciousness and the body, to help people heal their relationships with themselves, each other and the natural living world. They then developed and launched Earthed, a nature skills platform removing the obstacles towards a mass mobilised ecosystem restoration movement.


    I love that through Earthed you can access a mix of theoretical as well as very practical courses, and learn about things such as soil health, seed saving, no dig gardening, biodynamic farming and river restoration - to name a few of the many topics they cover. Their approach is that they want to empower people to learn from and for nature – which I think is exactly what the world needs! Christabel and I spoke about how she worked with her sister to create and build these platforms, the future she envisions and her hopes for humanity’s relationship with nature. I really enjoyed our conversation and I hope you will as well!


    Want to dive deeper?

    Earthed - https://www.earthed.co/advaya - https://advaya.life/

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    Christabel on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/christabel_rose/Why We Care on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/whywecarepodcast/Tiphaine on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/tiphainemarie_/

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  • In today’s episode I’m speaking with Titouan Bernicot, the founder & CEO of Coral Gardeners. He grew up on a pearl farm in French Polynesia, in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean. Whenever I’m on a call with him I’m convinced he’s using one of those fake beach backgrounds but then remember it’s actually a real backdrop. We even got interrupted by dolphins swimming past the Coral Gardeners headquarters while recording this conversation…


    Titouan says that coral reefs gave him everything in his life, from the waves he surfs to the food he eats and the oxygen he breathes. So in 2017, at only 18 years old, he started Coral Gardeners to restore the reefs and plant corals. Together with his team he has already planted over 100,000 corals in French Polynesia and they have set the goal for themselves to plant one MILLION corals by 2025, all around the world.


    I met him at the World Oceans Day event in New York last year and was so impressed by his positive energy and contagious hope. He knows what’s at stake but rather than letting the state of the world get him down, he turns this into meaningful action, getting people and organisations such as Rolex, Prada, Warner Bros and many more from all around the globe to join the movement and help restore healthy ocean ecosystems.


    Want to dive deeper?

    Adopt a coral - https://coralgardeners.org/products/adopt-a-coralFollow Coral Gardeners on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/coralgardeners

    Come say hi!

    Titouan on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/toutiess/Why We Care on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/whywecarepodcast/Tiphaine on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/tiphainemarie_/

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  • In today’s episode I’m speaking with Ellen Miles, guerrilla gardener, activist and author. I found out about guerrilla gardening when I first met her a few months ago - in case you haven’t heard of it yet, it means planting flowers and plants in public spaces in your neighbourhood, both to support biodiversity but also to reclaim those spaces and connect with your local community. I asked her a ton of questions about it so if you’re curious and want to learn more about guerilla gardening, you’re in the right place!


    She also recently wrote an entire book about it which I’ll link in the show notes in case you’d like to dig even deeper (pun completely intended). The other book she wrote is called ‘Nature is a Human Right’, another movement she started to advocate for more access to nature in our increasingly urbanised world. So we also spoke about this a little bit and how regular contact with nature is absolutely crucial for our health.


    Want to dig deeper?

    Read ‘Get Guerrilla Gardening’ - https://www.wob.com/en-gb/books/ellen-miles/get-guerrilla-gardening/9780241593349Read ‘Nature is a Human Right’ - https://www.wob.com/en-gb/books/ellen-miles/nature-is-a-human-right/9780241531358Ellen’s organisation, Dream Green - https://www.dreamgreen.earth/Vital Seeds - https://vitalseeds.co.uk/

    Come say hi!

    Ellen on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/octaviachillWhy We Care on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/whywecarepodcast/Tiphaine on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/tiphainemarie_/

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  • In today’s episode I’m speaking with Tom Mustill, a nature filmmaker and the author of ‘How to Speak Whale’. We recorded this a few weeks ago but since then I actually had the chance to travel to COP28, the climate conference, and see Tom and his friend Vahakn perform a whale song bath on the beach, which was absolutely magical. He was in Dubai to help give whales a voice with Whale and Dolphin Conservation, an organisation he’s an ambassador for. Tom is really great at telling the story of why whales matter and how crucial it is for us not only to try to protect them but also to allocate more resources and focus towards the technologies that could allow us to understand them and maybe even one day, communicate with them.


    So we spoke about the anthropocentric approach we’ve taken to define language, and how both museums and zoos (the places most of us can easily go to to observe other species) are failing to capture behaviour and communication. We also discussed the philosophical idea of alignment within Ai (in other words, how do we teach new forms of computer intelligence to have value systems and a moral compass so they can operate within a framework that values human life and how the rest of the living world fits in.


    Want to dive deeper?

    Buy ‘How to speak whale’ - https://www.wob.com/en-gb/books/tom-mustill/how-to-speak-whale/9780008363420

    Come say hi!

    Tom on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/tommustill Why We Care on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/whywecarepodcast/Tiphaine on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/tiphainemarie_/

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  • In today’s episode I’m chatting with Mary Gagen, a Professor of Geography at Swansea University, and the Chief Advisor on Forests at WWF UK.

    Forests are our strongest allies in the fight against climate change, and yet we are failing them. They absorb a third of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, are home to 80% of the world’s land-based animal and plant species, and provide livelihoods for 1.6 billion people. Yet forests all around the world keep being destroyed despite all the global pledges and declarations to protect them. So last month, WWF UK released a report called ‘Forest Pathways’, highlighting the solutions that exist to protect and restore our forests.


    Mary and I spoke about the report, what it means and how she hopes it will be used. She also shared her thoughts on ancient trees and what they can tell us about climate change, and her perspective on the tension between the need for systemic change and individual action.


    Want to dive deeper?

    Read the Forest Pathways report - https://www.wwf.org.uk/learn/landscapes/forests/pathways-report-summary

    Come say hi!

    WWF UK on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/climateincolour/Why We Care on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/whywecarepodcast/Tiphaine on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/tiphainemarie_/

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  • In today’s episode I’m chatting with Joycelyn Longdon, a PhD researcher at Cambridge University and the founder of Climate in Colour, an education platform dedicated to making climate conversations more accessible and diverse for the climate curious.


    Joycelyn works at the intersection of technology, ecology, sociology and racial justice. So there was a lot to cover in this episode! She describes bioacoustics and the technologies she works with for her PhD research as ‘Shazam for nature’, which I think is fascinating – she explained how by listening to the sounds of nature we’re able to monitor the health of ecosystems and enhance conservation work. We also spoke about the ethical implications of technology and how it can be used in service of nature and people, rather than against them. Another really important aspect of her work is participatory design, so she explained how she’s working very closely with local communities to reduce racial and climate injustice by involving them in the process, getting their insights and feedback.


    Want to dive deeper?

    Subscribe to the Climate in Colour newsletter - https://climateincolour.substack.com/subscribe?utm_medium=web&utm_source=subscribe-widgetWatch Joycelyn’s TED talk - https://tedxlondon.com/tedxlondon-countdown/programme/

    Come say hi!

    Climate in Colour on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/climateincolour/Joycelyn on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/joycelynlongdon/Why We Care on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/whywecarepodcast/Tiphaine on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/tiphainemarie_/

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  • In today’s episode I’m chatting with Anne-Sophie Roux, a French researcher and ocean activist. Anne-Sophie is the deep sea lead for Europe at Sustainable Ocean Alliance, and in 2022 she started the Look Down campaign against deep sea mining, which encountered massive success. While deep sea mining hasn’t been completely stopped yet, in less than a year the campaign has grown to mobilise over 20 countries behind the cause. So we spoke about why the deep sea is so important and why it’s a terrible idea to try to mine it, how she and her team got their first meeting with the French government after 13,000 people sent an email to support the campaign, how activism gives her hope, and what is next for the movement.


    Want to dive deeper?

    Learn more about deep sea mining - https://soalliance.notion.site/Kit-on-Deep-Sea-Mining-276bc99082d14ed69d3c003d647e391eFollow the Look Down campaign - https://www.instagram.com/look_down_action/Send an email to the Norwegian government (takes 30 sec) - https://l.linklyhq.com/l/1tvXnTake further action by emailing the governments of other countries - https://defendthedeep.org/

    Come say hi!

    Anne-Sophie on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/ansrouxWhy We Care on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/whywecarepodcast/Tiphaine on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/tiphainemarie_/

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  • In today’s episode I’m chatting with Cel Spellman, an actor, radio presenter and WWF ambassador. He’s also the host of the WWF podcast, Call of the Wild, which is one of the first environmental podcasts I started listening to a few years ago. Cel is one of those people who can talk about his love of the natural world for hours, and I felt like this conversation with him would be perfect to open this new season of Why We Care, as we dive deep into why nature is so central to our wellbeing, and how important it is to spend time connecting with it in our everyday lives. He also shared some of his most important learnings from his years as a host of the WWF podcast, and how he takes care of his mental health.


    Want to dive deeper?

    Listen to WWF’s Call of the Wild podcast - https://www.wwf.org.uk/podcastVisit the WWF website - https://www.wwf.org.uk/Make My Money Matter - https://makemymoneymatter.co.uk/

    Come say hi!

    Cel on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/celspellman/WWF UK on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/wwf_uk/Why We Care on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/whywecarepodcast/Tiphaine on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/tiphainemarie_/

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  • Biodiversity is the web of life we all depend on – life on Earth in all its forms from pollinators and fungi to entire ecosystems, from rainforests to deserts and oceans. Human activity is destroying nature all around us and over the past few years I’ve come to realise and understand that the reason why we care and feel such deep hurt when we see a forest being cut down or a whale being killed is because nature is where we come from. It’s our home and it’s who we are – and it is so central to our balance and wellbeing. Yet we’ve become so disconnected from it, most of us in the Western world living in concrete buildings, walking on concrete roads, living our lives away from the trees, rivers and wildlife we so crucially need to survive. For the health of the planet as well as our own, I really do believe we need to restore that connection with the natural world – now more than ever.


    In Why We Care, activists, scientists, creatives, and changemakers are invited to share the story of their relationship with nature, and how they are helping protect biodiversity on our beautiful planet, both through the careers they chose and in their personal lives. For season 2, we’ll also dig deeper into figuring out how we can restore that connection – recognising that we can increase our health and wellbeing if we live in harmony with our environment and the other species we share the planet with.


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  • In today’s episode I’m chatting with Zandi Ndhlovu – an ocean explorer, South Africa’s first Black woman free diving instructor and the founder of the Black Mermaid Foundation. Zandi discovered free diving when she was 28, and fell in love with this beautiful practice and the underwater world. Ever since she’s been using her voice to advocate for more diversity and access in the ocean space and change the narrative that black people don’t belong in the ocean.


    Through the Black Mermaid Foundation she started in 2020 in Cape Town, she teaches local kids how to swim and helps them discover the wonders of the ocean through snorkeling. She told me how she realised that working with kids had a much broader impact on the community, as they come home from a snorkeling adventure and tell their parents all about what they have learned and discovered that day. She also said that kids are the leaders and decision makers of tomorrow, and so by getting them to understand the ocean, they will learn to love it and want to protect it. She told me how they’re usually terrified of getting into the water but once they do, they gradually learn to love it and marvel at the beauty of what they see.


    Want to dive deeper?

    The Black Mermaid Foundation - https://www.blackmermaid.co.za/home-1To get in touch with the foundation directly - [email protected] WaterBear’s documentary about Zandi - https://www.waterbear.com/watch/the-black-mermaid

    Come say hi!

    Zandi on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/zandithemermaid/The Black Mermaid Foundation on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/theblackmermaid_foundationWhy We Care on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/whywecarepodcast/Tiphaine on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/tiphainemarie_/Discover Earth on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/discoverearth/

    If you enjoyed the episode and want to help the podcast, I would be super grateful if you could leave a little review or share it with a friend who might like it. A big thank you as well to Discover Earth for partnering with Why We Care and helping raise awareness of the importance of ocean conservation.


    Thank you for caring and sending you lots of love!


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  • In today’s episode I’m chatting with Emy Kane, the managing director of Lonely Whale - a nonprofit organisation working to prevent plastic waste from entering the ocean. She told me how we know more about the universe and space than we do about the depths of the ocean, even though that’s what is sustaining life on Earth. I actually found out recently that more people have been to the moon than have explored the deepest part of the ocean - which is really crazy when you think about it.


    Emy also explained how the health of our oceans ultimately impacts our own health and daily lives. She shared how Lonely Whale is using the power of radical collaboration to support innovation in the fight against plastic pollution through the Tom Ford Plastic Innovation Prize, which you might remember hearing about in episode 4 with Julia Marsh on seaweed as an alternative to plastic.


    She also shared the cutest story on how she finds hope by restoring her backyard garden with a friend’s daughter who is almost 3 years old and marvels at how seeds grow and falls in love with nature for the very first time.


    Want to dive deeper?

    Lonely whale - https://www.lonelywhale.org/For a strawless ocean campaign - https://www.strawlessocean.lonelywhale.org/Tom Ford Plastic Innovation Prize - https://plasticprize.org/Sway - https://swaythefuture.com/Julia’s episode - https://open.spotify.com/episode/15uTbWj6Z9NQpd7OJD1p7pBillion Oyster Project - https://www.billionoysterproject.org/30x30 Only One petition - https://only.one/30x30

    Come say hi!

    Lonely Whale on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/lonelywhale/Why We Care on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/whywecarepodcast/Tiphaine on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/tiphainemarie_/Discover Earth on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/discoverearth/

    If you enjoyed the episode and want to help the podcast, I would be super grateful if you could leave a little review or share it with a friend who might like it. A big thank you as well to Discover Earth for partnering with Why We Care and helping raise awareness of the importance of ocean conservation.


    Thank you for caring and sending you lots of love!


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  • In today’s episode I’m chatting with Isaias Hernandez, an environmental educator aka Queer Brown Vegan - the social media platform where he helps people understand the climate crisis. Isaias is so good at explaining some of the worlds most pressing issues in a super simple and engaging way - highly recommend following him on Instagram to learn more about sustainability, research, and what he calls ‘evidence-based hope’.


    We spoke about the link between the environmental crisis and social inequalities, how he believes the climate crisis is an educational crisis and how he perceives the tension between the need for systemic change and individual action. He told me the story of how and why he went vegan, and shared his perspective on ocean wildlife. We also discussed how to avoid climate doomism, and where to find hope - with the amazing example of the recovery of Monterey Bay, where ocean biodiversity is now thriving.


    Isaias is such a joy to speak with and I had a great time recording this conversation - hope you’ll enjoy it as well!


    Want to dive deeper?

    Watch the episode about Monterey Bay on Isaias’ YouTube channel – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13XomK_ASXs&t=650s&ab_channel=QueerBrownVegan

    Come say hi!

    Isaias on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/queerbrownvegan/Why We Care on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/whywecarepodcast/Tiphaine on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/tiphainemarie_/Discover Earth on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/discoverearth/

    If you enjoyed the episode and want to help the podcast, I would be super grateful if you could leave a little review or share it with a friend who might like it. A big thank you as well to Discover Earth for partnering with Why We Care and helping raise awareness of the importance of ocean conservation.


    Thank you for caring and sending you lots of love!


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  • In today’s episode I’m chatting with Charlie Young – a marine biologist and wildlife presenter also known as Ocean Magpie on social media, where she shares the behind the scenes of her life at sea. Yes you read that well, Charlie lives on a boat!! So we spoke about what her life is like, and how she and her partner renovated their boat in a super sustainable way. I asked her about her most magical wildlife encounter, which she spoke about in such a beautiful and moving way it brought tears to my eyes.


    She also shared her perspective on human impact on the oceans and gave tips on what you can start doing in your everyday life to both feel more connected with the ocean and also help protect it – whether you live near it or not. Make sure you listen until the end as she also shared career advice for anyone who might be interested in working in ocean conservation or becoming a marine biologist.


    Want to dive deeper?

    Whale shark diving picture she mentioned - https://www.instagram.com/p/Cm_85neKBfz/My Octopus Teacher - https://www.netflix.com/title/81045007Understand the impact of your money with Make My Money Matter - https://makemymoneymatter.co.uk/Seagrass citizen science project - https://www.projectseagrass.org/

    Come say hi!

    Charlie on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/ocean_magpie/Why We Care on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/whywecarepodcast/Tiphaine on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/tiphainemarie_/Discover Earth on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/discoverearth/

    If you enjoyed the episode and want to help the podcast, I would be super grateful if you could leave a little review or share it with a friend who might like it. A big thank you as well to Discover Earth for partnering with Why We Care and helping raise awareness of the importance of ocean conservation.

    Thank you for caring and sending you lots of love!


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  • In today’s episode I’m chatting with Melati Wijsen, a 22 year old change maker and movement builder. When she was 12 she started a campaign called Bye Bye Plastic Bags with her sister Isabel to tackle the plastic pollution problem in Bali, where they are from. She went on to become a global spokesperson for not only plastic pollution but also the role young people can play in tackling the climate crisis. She spoke on international stages including TED and the UN headquarters in New York and was listed on Forbes 30 under 30.


    10 years later she is now spearheading a new initiative called Youthtopia, which is all about youth empowerment through short and meaningful peer to peer programs. I really enjoyed speaking with Melati about the early days of Bye Bye Plastic Bags and how she managed to channel her youthful energy into creating a global movement for change. Her joy and determination are contagious and I definitely felt inspired and ready to make change happen around me after our conversation!


    Want to dive deeper?

    Youthtopia - https://www.youthtopia.world/Bye Bye Plastic Bags - https://byebyeplasticbags.org/Mountain Mamas - https://byebyeplasticbags.org/mountain-mamas/

    Come say hi!

    Melati on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/melatiwijsen/Why We Care on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/whywecarepodcast/Tiphaine on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/tiphainemarie_/Discover Earth on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/discoverearth/

    If you enjoyed the episode and want to help the podcast, I would be super grateful if you could leave a little review or share it with a friend who might like it. A big thank you as well to Discover Earth for partnering with Why We Care and helping raise awareness of the importance of ocean conservation.


    Thank you for caring and sending you lots of love!


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  • In this week’s episode I’m chatting with Dr. Amanda Parkes, the Chief Innovation Officer at PANGAIA and a materials engineering lecturer at Harvard. Amanda is really difficult to introduce in a few sentences as she has experience across such a wide range of sectors, from computer science, mechanical engineering, and biotech, all the way to fashion and material innovation. I met her when I was working on the Impact team at PANGAIA, and one of my favourite memories from that time was the science sessions she would run on Friday afternoons to introduce us to all the amazing science behind the material innovations we were working with. I have to admit that growing up I did have a bit of a love-hate relationship with science, and Amanda was one of the people who made me rediscover and love that space!


    We spoke about how we can rethink our approach to waste and how by looking at places of abundance in nature we can find “new” materials to work with – through a process she refers to as high-tech naturalism. An example of this is FLWRDWN, an alternative to animal and synthetic down made using waste wildflowers. She also explained how microplastics are shed when we wash some synthetic materials, how these end up polluting our rivers, lakes and oceans - and what you can do to avoid this.


    Want to dive deeper?

    Learn more about PANGAIA’s innovations on pangaia.comFLWRDWN https://eu.pangaia.com/pages/flowerdownPicture A Scientist documentary - https://www.pictureascientist.com/Fashion rental platforms: By Rotation, Hurr, Rotaro, Rent The Runway

    Little links

    Amanda on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/amandaparkes/Why We Care on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/whywecarepodcast/Tiphaine on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/tiphainemarie_/

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  • In this week’s episode I’m chatting with Nicola Brown, an impact producer and filmmaker specialising in natural history and conservation. Her most recent work, the digital campaign Our Frozen Planet, has been published over the past few months on the BBC Earth channels alongside the release of Frozen Planet ll. The series explores how climate change is impacting communities and species living in the frozen parts of our planet, with the vision to bring people together to drive positive change. She also led Our Blue Planet, another BBC Earth digital impact campaign that aimed to get people talking about the ocean.


    Want to dive deeper?

    Our Frozen Planet - https://www.bbcearth.com/our-frozen-planetOur Blue Planet - https://www.bbcearth.com/our-blue-planetProject Biodiversity in Cape Verde - https://www.projectbiodiversity.org/Smart Ice initiative in Northern Canada - https://smartice.org/Outrage + Optimism podcast - https://www.outrageandoptimism.org/Oceans North nonprofit in Canada - https://www.oceansnorth.org/Isaias Hernandez (Queer Brown Vegan) - https://www.instagram.com/queerbrownveganRepair Cafes - https://www.repaircafe.org/Force of Nature - https://www.forceofnature.xyz/New Zealand project - The Kotahitanga mō te Taiao alliance https://www.nature.org/en-us/about-us/where-we-work/asia-pacific/new-zealand/stories-in-new-zealand/new-zealand-alliance/Sea Our Future X Attitude magazine story - https://www.attitude.co.uk/uncategorised/bimini-and-dan-oneill-join-lgbtq-eco-activists-on-a-mission-to-heal-our-ocean-403363/The Outlaw Ocean by Ian Urbina - https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/439981/the-outlaw-ocean-by-ian-urbina/9781529111392

    Little links

    Nicola on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/nicolafayebrown/#OurFrozenPlanet on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/ourfrozenplanet/Why We Care on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/whywecarepodcast/Tiphaine on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/tiphainemarie_/

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  • In this week’s episode I’m chatting with Emma Håkansson, an activist, author, and founder of Collective Fashion Justice – an organisation campaigning for a fashion system that upholds total ethics, by prioritising the life and wellbeing of our fellow animals, people and the planet we share. I first heard about Emma through Slay, a documentary on the behind the scenes of the leather industry – you might remember hearing about it in the episode I did with Poppy Mason Watts from WaterBear Network, as the film is available for free on their streaming platform.


    Emma has been advocating for a more ethical fashion system for years – so we spoke about how to navigate the “sustainable” fashion space, which can be so confusing and misleading. We discussed the environmental impact of animal leather and how leather is actually a profitable co-product, rather than a byproduct of the meat industry as we’re often led to believe. We also spoke about the carbon tunnel vision - this idea that by focusing on carbon emissions we tend to overlook other important issues such as biodiversity loss, overconsumption, pollution, inequality, and animal exploitation.


    Want to dive deeper?

    Get Emma’s book here - https://lnk.to/HowVeganismCanSaveUsSign up to Collective Fashion Justice’s newsletter - https://www.collectivefashionjustice.org/newsletterGrazed and confused report - https://www.oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk/downloads/reports/fcrn_gnc_report.pdfCollective Fashion Justice leather report series - https://www.collectivefashionjustice.org/under-their-skinCFJ material guide - https://www.collectivefashionjustice.org/material-guide

    Little links

    Emma on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/hakamme/Collective Fashion Justice on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/collectivefashionjustice/Why We Care on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/whywecarepodcast/Tiphaine on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/tiphainemarie_/

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