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Eco Chat with Laura Trotta Podcast
40 minutes | May 27, 2021
 Teaching Kids About the Climate Crisis
Dr Marji is a coral reef scientist who aims to teach kids around the world about the climate crisis through interactive play and art. Marji meets kids at their level with play dough and LEGO and isn’t afraid to dress up as a coral polyp or penguin to help get the important message of the climate crisis across to young inquisitive minds. Dr Marji also runs an international drawing contest for kids at kidscareaboutclimate.org that brings kids around the world together to make their voices heard on this vital issue. In this episode Dr Marji will share why she’s focussing on educating kids about the climate crisis rather than adults, how she ensures she doesn’t fuel any anxieties the children may already have about the state of our global environment, and how you can get the children in your life involved by drawing a picture of a tree and in turn have a real tree planted on their behalf. Resources: kidscareaboutclimate.org Kids Care About Climate Facebook Kids Care About Climate Instagram Self Sufficiency in the Suburbs
47 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
 Climate Change and the Human Health Impact
Climate change has traditionally been viewed as an economic and environmental issue but it is fundamentally a human health issue. In this episode of Eco Chat I’m joined by Dr Kate Wylie from Climate Medicine to discuss the growing health risk to the human population from a warming climate. Dr Kate Wylie is a GP, a mother and climate activist based in Adelaide, South Australia. She is also the founder of Climate Medicine, a member of Doctors for the Environment Australia and is a Climate Reality Leader. Dr Wylie educates the community and health professionals on the health impacts of climate change. In this episode Dr Kate will share how the impact of climate change is already presenting in patients in her clinic, what key impacts to human health doctors are anticipating will become more common as our climate continues to change, and what led her to create Climate Medicine. Resources: www.climatemedicine.net
26 minutes | Mar 23, 2021
 Patricia Newman, Author of ‘Planet Ocean’
If you’re looking for educational sustainability books for the children in your life, you’re in the right place. I’m joined on Eco Chat by Patricia Newman, author of several educational books on environmental and social justice issues including Eavesdropping on Elephants; Sea Otter Heroes; Neema's Reason to Smile; Zoo Scientists to the Rescue; and Plastic, Ahoy! Translating complicated scientific research into something the average fourth grader can understand is one of Patricia’s gifts. Every Newman title includes hours of research, location travel, and authentic voices sharing the latest scientific discoveries. Patricia released her latest book, Planet Ocean with photographer Annie Crawley in early March 2021 to much acclaim. Planet Ocean is currently #1 on Amazon in Children’s Australia! In this episode Patricia will share what led her to write Planet Ocean, how we need to stop thinking of ourselves as existing separate from the ocean and how to start taking better care of this precious resource. Resources: Patricia Newman website Patricia Newman Facebook 5-day Plastic Free Challenge
44 minutes | Mar 14, 2021
 Ecosia - The Search Engine Planting Trees
If you’re looking for an internet search engine that gives back, look no further than Ecosia. Ecosia is quite literally, the search engine that plants trees. Ecosia donates 80% of its profits to non-profit organisations that focus on reforestation, considers itself a social business, is CO2-negative and supports full financial transparency and protect the privacy of its users. In this episode Hannah Wickes will share how Ecosia came about, how it works and how you can easily make the switch to ensure your web surfing is creating change for good. Visit www.ecosia.org or follow them on Facebook and Instagram. And if you are growing an eco business check out the Eco Business Collective where I combine my extensive environmental engineering and business experience to support you.
28 minutes | Feb 4, 2021
 Clean Your Home Plastic and Toxin Free with Resparkle
If you’re looking for commercial cleaning products that are toxin free, plastic free and are made in Australia by a social enterprise, look no further than Resparkle. Pearl Chan is on a mission to create a plastic free future for our families and she’s helping people get started in their homes. In this episode Pearl will share her journey from being a corporate banker to founding and growing an eco business that’s become a leader in toxin and plastic free home cleaning products. Resources: Resparkle Website Resparkle Instagram Resparkle Facebook Brunswick Industries Laura’s Home Detox Cheat Sheet Laura’s 5-day Green Cleaning Challenge Eco Business Collective
20 minutes | Jan 12, 2021
 Five Positive Environmental Stories from 2020
While 2020 saw Covid-19 ravage human populations and communities around the world, there were many positives throughout the year for our local, regional and global environments. This New Year, as many of us continue to struggle to process the year that was 2020, I thought I’d take the opportunity to highlight five positive environmental news stories. It’s my intention that they give you some hope for 2021 and beyond. Resources: Eco Business Collective
43 minutes | Dec 29, 2020
 How to Become a Carbon Neutral Certified Business
If your business, company or organisation wishes to become carbon neutral to reduce their environmental impact and demonstrate a strong commitment to sustainability, this episode is for you. I'm joined by Polly Hemming from Climate Active to discuss steps business or organisations need to take to become certified carbon neutral and the associated costs and auditing requirements. This episode follows on from episode 155: How to Offest Your Carbon Emissions with Louise Tarrier from Carbon Positive Australia which also discussed carbon neutrality, but for individuals and organisations not seeking certification. In contrast, this episode is for businesses seeking carbon neutral certification. Resources: Climate Active Australia Eco Business Collective
30 minutes | Dec 16, 2020
 How To Grow A Green Business
This past month I presented at the online Ecopreneur Summit, sharing tips and strategies for how to how to make your business more sustainable. It’s this presentation on How to Grow a Green Business that I share with you in this podcast episode. I also share details of my new Eco Business Collective, a major focus for me for 2021 and beyond. Eco Business Collective will become the premier online membership community for ecopreneurs and eco business builders. Members receive personalized coaching support and a network of connections to help them grow a thriving and profitable eco business online. If you’re growing an eco business and would like the support of an experienced environmental engineer and eco business coach (that’s me!) plus the support of a growing community of eco business builders, click HERE for more information on the Eco Business Collective. For a limited time you can take advantage of a FREE 30-day trial and lock in foundation member rates for the duration of your membership! Click HERE to join the Eco Business Collective
23 minutes | Nov 27, 2020
 My Favourite Zero Waste Products
This year I was invited to join the judging panel for the Australian Non Toxic Awards, a role that involved testing and critiquing a large range of zero waste products for the home. The full list of winners can be found on the Australia Non-Toxic Awards website, but I wanted to take the opportunity to showcase a few of my favourite zero waste products. I encourage you to support these eco businesses so you can reduce your environmental impact and in turn, help them make a bigger impact. For strategies and support to ditch single-use plastics, join my FREE 5-day Plastic Free Challenge. In just five minutes a day for five days you’ll learn how to break up with single-use plastics in and around your home and while out and about.
14 minutes | Nov 11, 2020
 Toxins In Non-Stick Cookware
If you’re keen to reduce your toxin load AND you love cooking, this episode is for you. And if you use non-stick pans and your lining is damaged or you’ve accidentally overheated your pan and created fumes, this episode is especially for you. I’m discussing toxins you need to be aware of in traditional non-stick cookware and share some safer alternatives for you. Click HERE to download my Home Detox Cheat Sheet Click HERE to join my Home Detox Bootcamp
25 minutes | Oct 27, 2020
 How To Offset Your Carbon Emissions
If you’ve changed some of your habits and have embraced a sustainable lifestyle, but you want to go one step further by offsetting your carbon emissions this podcast episode is for you. I’m joined by Louise Tarrier, CEO of Carbon Positive Australia. Louise will share how individuals and organisations can easily offset their carbon emissions to become carbon neutral and create a better future for us all. Follow Carbon Positive Australia on: Instagram Facebook LinkedIn
42 minutes | Sep 28, 2020
 Pros and Cons of Electric Vehicles
Electric vehicles are slowing making their way into the marketplace across Australia and overseas with companies such as Nissan and Telsa offering affordable entry level electric family car options. In this episode we are joined by Dan Deleur, Vice Chair of the Australian Electric Vehicle Association South Australian branch to discuss the pros and cons of electric vehicles. Dan's interest in EVs originated in Auto Racing 10 years ago and is augmented by his desire to reduce his environmental impact. His most recent endeavour is Designing and Building an Independently Constructed Vehicle (ICV) which is predominantly constructed utilising second-hand parts from several manufactures. The most relevant of which is the Electric Motor and Drive train sourced from a 2013 Tesla Model S. Progress on the EV Project nicknamed ‘Short Black’ and the associated Distractions and Creations that life with so many hobbies provides, can now be seen on Dan’s YouTube Channel Australian Electric Vehicle Association
11 minutes | Sep 20, 2020
 Six Simple Ways to Clean with Lemons
Fresh lemons are a natural, safe and economical way to clean your home (especially if you have your own lemon tree!). By replacing several common commercial cleaning products with fresh lemons you’ll reduce waste, save money and improve your health. In this episode I’ll share six simple ways to clean your home naturally with fresh lemons. For tips on how to use natural products from your pantry to clean your home, join my FREE 5-day Green Cleaning Challenge For my complete framework to reduce chemicals and toxins in your home, join my Home Detox Boot Camp
17 minutes | Sep 15, 2020
 Three Household Cleaning Uses for Pure Soap Flakes
Pure soap is the original general purpose cleaner. In its purest form, natural soap contains no extra additives such as colours and fragrances and biodegrades completely. In this article I’ll share the benefits of using pure soap for household cleaning tasks and my three favourite uses for pure soap flakes. For strategies and support to reduce chemicals and toxins in your home, including a heap of natural cleaning recipes, join my Home Detox Boot Camp
9 minutes | Aug 17, 2020
 Is Your Sunscreen Reef Safe?
Did you know that one of the growing threats to our coral reefs lives in your beach bag? Sunscreen, or more specifically the chemicals found in many sunscreens, are contributing to coral bleaching and the subsequent death of our beautiful reefs. In this episode I share what to look for in an eco-friendly sunscreen, and in particular how to ensure your sunscreen is reef safe. Always look at ingredient lists to make sure reef-damaging substances (such as oxybenzone, butylparaben, octinoxate and 4-methylbenzylidine camphor, all of which have been shown to cause coral bleaching even at low levels) aren’t included. For strategies and support to reduce chemicals and toxins in your home, join my Home Detox Boot Camp. Resources: 2008 Sunscreen by University of Marche Environmental Working Group Sunscreen Choices
20 minutes | Jul 26, 2020
 Celebrating 150 episodes of Eco Chat
In reaching the milestone of 150 episodes of Eco Chat I thought it was timely to take a look back on the past (almost) five years of podcasting and share the top ten episodes, as downloaded by you! Did your favorite make the list!?! Be sure to leave a review for Eco Chat in Apple Podcasts to show your love and help other Eco Heros get the tips and info they need to create a healthier and more sustainable home and lifestyle.
10 minutes | Jul 8, 2020
 4 Alternatives to Single Use Plastic Bin Liners
Many households who are making an effort to reduce the volume of single-use plastics they consume have trouble replacing one item…..the humble rubbish bin liner. In this episode I’m sharing four alternatives to single use plastic bin liners. For strategies and support to ditch single-use plastics, join my FREE 5-day Plastic Free Challenge.
28 minutes | Jun 3, 2020
 How Farmers Are Uniting for Climate Action
Farmers and primary producers are experts in land management and meteorology. They need to be in order to survive. Anika Molesworth is a recognised thought-leader of agro-ecological systems resilience. She is an agricultural science researcher, communicator and works in international agricultural development. Anika is also a passionate advocate for sustainable farming, environmental conservation and climate change action. She is a director of Farmers for Climate Action, a movement that puts farmers on the front lines of climate change and at the front and centre of the solutions. In this episode Anika and I discuss how climate change is impacting primary producers and how farmers are uniting for climate action.
42 minutes | May 7, 2020
 How Climate Change Is Fuelling Bushfires
The catastrophic and unprecedented 2019-2020 Australian bushfire season, colloquially referred to as the Black Summer, burnt an estimated 18.6 million hectares (46 million acres; 186,000 square kilometres, 72,000 square miles), destroyed over 5,900 buildings (including 2,779 homes) and killed at least 34 people (including a number of firefighters). An estimated one billion animals were killed and some endangered species may have been pushed to extinction. At its peaks, air quality dropped to hazardous levels. Smoke from the Australian fires was detected some 11,000 kilometres (6,800 miles) away across the South Pacific Ocean in Chile and Argentina. The cost of the fires is expected to be in the billions of dollars. While the fires that ravaged every state and territory in Australia, particular the south-eastern States, are now extinguished and the world’s attention has turned to fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, we cannot allow the Australian Black Summer to become a memory. The impacts of Covid-19 will be a speedbump in contrast to the growing impacts of climate change. It’s time to address the scary reality that the Australian Black Summer signals a new normal for bushfires in Australia and other regions around the world. In this Episode of Eco Chat I’m joined by former Commissioner of Fire & Rescue NSW Greg Mullins to unpack the angriest summer of fires in Australia. We discuss how climate change is impacting the frequency and intensity of bushfires and how communities can reduce their bushfire risk in a warming world.
27 minutes | Oct 16, 2019
 Improving Kids Gut Health with Jessica Donovan
Gut health is the foundation of good health and it's no different when it comes to our kids. In this podcast naturopath Jessica Donovan shares how to improve our kids gut health so they can thrive in our modern world. Resources Kids Gut Health eBook Natural Super Kids Video Training Series Natural Super Kids on Facebook
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