The Sustainable Jungle Podcast
54 · NDÉYE MARIE AÏDA NDIÉGUÈNE · LEADING WITH SOLUTIONS & ACTION IN SÉNÉGAL

54 · NDÉYE MARIE AÏDA NDIÉGUÈNE · LEADING WITH SOLUTIONS & ACTION IN SÉNÉGAL

June 25, 2020

Ndéye Marie Aïda Ndiéguène is a Sénégalese author, social entrepreneur and climate activist. She has written two award winning books, founded a construction company called Eco Builders Made in Sénégal and has represented Sénégal at the UN Youth Climate Action Summit. She has also been named as an Ashoka Africa Youth Champion, a Youth Connekt Africa Awardee and a SUSI’s Fellow . Marie has also set up a Climate Summit for climate leaders in Sénégal.

Eco Builders Made in Sénégal uses recycled materials like tyres, bottles and plastic bags to build affordable food storage solutions for farmers in rural areas. This innovative engineering company not only massively extends the life of farmed food like onions and potatoes but also focuses on developing skills in rural communities through community engagement and training.

In this episode we talk about this incredible innovation in detail as well as Marie’s thoughts on doing business as a woman. We also cover the award winning books she has written and her passionate climate activism.

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53 · TAMSIN CHISLETT · IN WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW @ ONLOAN

53 · TAMSIN CHISLETT · IN WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW @ ONLOAN

May 28, 2020

Tamsin is the co-founder of Onloan, a UK based fashion rental company. Having always been passionate about doing something meaningful, Tamsin has had several impactful roles in her career including volunteering for Technoserve at a coffee mill in Zimbabwe, working for impact investor Acumen as the Executive Operating Officer of a Cotton Ginnery in Uganda and helping social entrepreneurs get funding while at ClearlySo. Tamsin has also refined her business skills while working as a Management Consultant in London and is energised by combining business with social impact - a passion that led her to Onloan!

Onloan believes that great clothes should be enjoyed, not consumed.  So they loan women clothes, for work and the weekend, from the best contemporary brands, on a monthly subscription.

Tamsin shares her thoughts on squiggly careers, fast fashion and why now is the time for fashion rental. We also cover how Onloan works and some of the extraordinary brands they offer. And of course, the world is still smack bang in the middle of dealing with and figuring out how to recover from COVID-19 so we chat about that too.  

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52 · JERRY YUDELSON · LESSONS LEARNED: MINDFULNESS & ACTIVISM

52 · JERRY YUDELSON · LESSONS LEARNED: MINDFULNESS & ACTIVISM

April 30, 2020

Jerry Yudelson is the author of 12 professional books in the field of green building and sustainable design, an arena where he’s known globally as “The Godfather of Green.” As a campus organizer for the very first Earth Day in 1970, Jerry’s recollections are featured during an Earth Week in the A+E History Channel’s podcast, History This Week. Jerry’s nine-word resume reads simply: Engineer by training. Marketer by inclination. Writer by Avocation.” 

His new book, The Godfather of Green: An Eco-Spiritual Memoir, published on Earth Day 2020, combines his career as an active environmentalist with an inspiring story of spiritual awakening and discovery.

In this episode, Jerry shares what it was like to live with out-of-control air and water pollution in the 1960s and 70s in Los Angeles and how he was involved in organising the very first Earth Day on his college Campus in 1970 which of course, helped lead to real change. Jerry also shares his reflections on what we can learn from the current Coronavirus pandemic and he tells us all about his latest book, titled the “Godfather of Green: An eco spiritual memoir”.

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51 · JENNY WHELAN AND OSCAR PEARCE · CARBON NEUTRAL SCHOOLS

51 · JENNY WHELAN AND OSCAR PEARCE · CARBON NEUTRAL SCHOOLS

April 3, 2020

Jenny Whelan is a true eco-warrior and is the Admin Director / Enrolment & Payroll Officer of Albert Park Kinder in Melbourne, Australia. She was the driving force that ultimately converted the Kinder into the very first Carbon Neutral early learning center in Australia. 

Oscar Pearce is the School Captain (Student Head) at the local high school, Albert Park College, in Melbourne, Australia. He is working with Jenny and others to drive change, both at Albert Park College and in the community, towards a more sustainable future.

In this episode we talk about what it took to become carbon neutral, how they are inspiring other schools and even facilitating this movement and various thoughts on education, school strikes and how things are changing for our young people. 

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50 · AYANA YOUNG · FOR THE WILD, AN ANTHOLOGY OF THE ANTHROPOCENE

50 · AYANA YOUNG · FOR THE WILD, AN ANTHOLOGY OF THE ANTHROPOCENE

March 5, 2020

Ayana Young is a podcast and radio personality specializing in intersectional environmental and social justice, deep ecology and land-based restoration. Graduating summa cum laude with an undergraduate degree from Loyola Marymount University including a double major in Art History and Theology and a minor in Philosophy, as well as education through Columbia University in Ecology and Eastern Religions and Restoration Ecology at the University of Victoria, Young has a strong academic background at the intersections of ecology, culture, and spirituality. She was studying at Columbia when the Occupy Wall Street movement began and amid the burgeoning resistance in Zuccotti Park, she co-created the Environmental Working Group.

For The Wild is an anthology of the Anthropocene; focused on land based protection, co-liberaton and intersectional storytelling rooted in a paradigm shift from human supremacy towards deep ecology.

For the Wild run their own activist and restoration activities including the holistic restoration of a redwood forest… listen out for this particular part of the conversation as it was a revelation to me that not all tree planting is equal. We also chat about Ayana’s background, her journey and her passion for old growth forests.

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49 · DAN KURZROCK · EDIBLE UPCYCLING @REGRAINED

49 · DAN KURZROCK · EDIBLE UPCYCLING @REGRAINED

February 6, 2020

“Dan is the Co-Founder and Chief Grain Officer of ReGrained, a mission-driven ingredient platform that leverages technology and culinary science to transform beer waste into food. Dan is an entrepreneurial systems thinker and loves tackling seemingly intractable problems through creative entrepreneurship and cross-sectoral collaboration. Through ReGrained, he has become a thought-leader about food waste business models, "edible upcycling" and the circular economy for food.”

“ReGrained rescues the nutritious grain created every time beer is brewed. Powered by patent-pending tools and culinary creativity, [they] elevate this overlooked but awesome ingredient to the hero status it deserves with [their] award-winning upcycled nutrition bars, puffs and premium ingredients.” 

In this episode, we talk about the food waste problem, this no-brainer solution, Dan’s journey in mission-based entrepreneurship, the challenge of perishable sustainable food packaging and what’s next for REgrained.

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48 · MIKE SMITH · WHAT BETTER TIME THAN NOW @ ZERO CO

48 · MIKE SMITH · WHAT BETTER TIME THAN NOW @ ZERO CO

January 1, 2020

Mike Smith is an experienced entrepreneur, having spent the past decade building start-ups across a range of industries including technology, surfing, hospitality, fashion and wine. He’s also the founder of registered Australian charity The For Good Group and The Seaweed Project. He is also the founder of Zero Co.

“[Zero Co] is on a mission to eliminate single-use plastic from every Aussie kitchen, laundry and bathroom. To do that we’ve created a circular supply chain that replaces single-use plastic packaging with beautifully designed dispensers (made from plastic waste pulled from the sea) and refill sachets (made from recycled materials diverted from landfill).Zero Co works via an incredibly simple 4 step process: you order, we deliver, you return, we refill. It’s just like the milkman…reimagined!” – Zero Co

We cover Mike’s journey starting Zero Co, their mission, how they’re doing it and Mike’s advice for other aspiring entrepreneurs.

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47 · MAYA K. VAN ROSSUM · YOUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT

47 · MAYA K. VAN ROSSUM · YOUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT

December 12, 2019

Maya K. van Rossum has served as the Delaware Riverkeeper and leader of the Delaware Riverkeeper Network since 1994. Maya is the founder of the national Green Amendment Movement. In her role as the Delaware Riverkeeper, Maya has dedicated her life to being the “voice of the Delaware River.” She has taken on industry, government, and even the U.S. Army, preventing harm to the River, communities, and environments she bravely champions. Now, Maya is working to empower individuals across the nation to stand up for their environmental rights by pioneering the Green Amendment Movement through her organisation the Green Amendments For The Generations..

The goal of the Green Amendments For The Generations initiative is to advance a Green Amendment movement that sweeps the nation and secures for all people constitutional recognition and protection of their inalienable rights to clean water, clean air and healthy environments.

We cover all this and more in this fascinating conversation! 

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46 · CHRIS FISHER · SCANNING ENDANGERED LANDSCAPES & CREATING AN EARTH ARCHIVE

46 · CHRIS FISHER · SCANNING ENDANGERED LANDSCAPES & CREATING AN EARTH ARCHIVE

November 21, 2019

Chris Fisher is an archaeologist, National Geographic Explorer, and Professor of Anthropology at Colorado State University. He is the Director for the Center of Archeology & Remote Sensing (CARS). Chris has performed fieldwork throughout Latin America, Europe, and North America. His work is featured in the New York Times Bestselling Book, The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston. He founded the Earth Archive out of his experiences using remote sensing technologies in Mexico & Honduras to better understand the causes and consequences of urbanism and environmental change.

 The Earth Archive is an unprecedented scientific effort to LiDAR scan the entire surface of the Earth before it’s too late.

In this episode, we cover more on The Earth Archive, the meaningful applications of the technology to mitigate the impact of climate change and their plans for the coming year.

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45 · GEORGINA WILSON-POWELL · YOUR STYLISH GUIDE TO SUSTAINABILITY #PEBBLESMAKERIPPLES

45 · GEORGINA WILSON-POWELL · YOUR STYLISH GUIDE TO SUSTAINABILITY #PEBBLESMAKERIPPLES

October 31, 2019

 Georgina Wilson-Powell has been a magazine editor for 16 years, she has a slight obsession with setting up magazines and brands and flying by the seat of her spotted (now organic bamboo) pants. Her previous roles include Associate Publisher in Dubai responsible for BBC Good Food and Lonely Planet Traveller magazines; an exclusive blogger for BBC Travel and managing many Time Out travel guides. She set up her first magazine aged 21 focusing on music and street art magazine back when street art was called graffiti.

Georgina is also the founder of pebble magazine, pebble magazine is a fast growing destination for a stylish, sustainable life with a passionate audience. They are all about supporting businesses that have developed fairer ways of trading and making choices that lighten the load of your life on the planet. In their words: “What we’d really like is just to say we’re a magazine about living a good life full of adventures and for all this talk of eco this and ethical that not be needed any more, because it’s just the way we all do things.”

Listening back to this episode we spend a lot of time laughing which reflects how much fun this conversation was. We chat about how Pebble Mag came to be, how consumerism is changing and the role of media in driving change… oh and we talk about innovation in fashion… with hemp and stinging nettles making notable mentions

 

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