The Sustainable Jungle Podcast
57 · CARLEE JACKSON · MINORITIES IN SHARK SCIENCES

57 · CARLEE JACKSON · MINORITIES IN SHARK SCIENCES

September 17, 2020

Carlee is a co-founder of Minorities in Shark Sciences (MISS), an organization dedicated to amplifying the minority voices in the field of shark science. Originally from Detroit, MI, she moved to south Florida and received her B.S. in biology from Florida Atlantic University in 2016. She currently works as a marine turtle specialist, helping to protect sea turtles in Florida. This past summer she received her M.S. in Marine Biology from Nova Southeastern University. Carlee’s master’s research examined how provisioning (feeding) tourism affects the behavior, habituation and abundance of nurse sharks in Belize. She continues to work in the field of shark science, working to increase diversity in this field.

We cover all of this fascinating and important work and much more! 

 

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56 · ALFRED ADJABENG · SCHOOL FARMS IN GHANA

56 · ALFRED ADJABENG · SCHOOL FARMS IN GHANA

August 20, 2020

Alfred Adjabeng is the founding executive director of Reach Out to Future Leaders Movement (ROFLM), a community-development-based organisation that is responsible for ensuring that young people are educated, empowered and engaged for local development in Ghana. 

School Farms is ROFLM’s flagship programme. School Farms supports rural schools in Ghana to be food sufficient by creating community-driven farms to grow what they eat. 

Alfred is also passionate about social innovation, development practice, public policy and environmental sustainability. He is a Chevening scholar at the Institute of Development Studies, the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom. He also has several impressive accolades:

  • Awarded African Youth SDG Achiever of the year by Africa Youth SDGs Summit and the UNDP in 2018
  • Selected to be one of 40 Young African Innovators to Attend Africa4Tech Conference in Morocco in 2016
  • Was among 40 young people in Ghana awarded the 2016 MBC Fellowship for contribution to local agriculture development in 2016
  • Came second place in the 2016 West Africa Regional Mandela Washington Fellows Regional Conference’s pitch competition (pitch was on ‘Achieving Zero Hunger in Schools-The school farms programme approach’)
  • Youth keynote speaker at the second Global Youth Summit on Youth Agribusiness, Leadership, and Entrepreneurship Summit on Innovation in Dakar-Senegal.
  • Awarded the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders by President Obama in 2015
  • Was among 23 young Africans awarded SETAfrica 2014 Fellowship by Makerere University Business School in Uganda for contribution in advancing Social Entrepreneurship in Africa.

 

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55 · WONG SIEW TE · SAVING SUN BEARS

55 · WONG SIEW TE · SAVING SUN BEARS

July 23, 2020

Dr. (Hon) Wong Siew Te, founded the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre in 2008. One of the few Malaysian wildlife biologists who was trained in Taiwan and U.S.A., Wong has been studying and working on the ecological conservation of the sun bear since 1998. His pioneering studies of sun bears in the Bornean rainforest have taken him into the most threatened wildlife habitats on Earth, where field work is exceedingly difficult.  

 

Seeing sun bears in dreadful captive conditions inspired Wong to set up the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre in 2008.

 

We cover all this in detail as well as the recently released book that has been written by Australian Author Sarah Pye about Wong’s life and his quest to save the Sun bears. 

 

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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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