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Kiss That World Podcast | Sustainability + Conservation + Environmentalism
48 minutes | Dec 4, 2018
KTW 45 | Conserving Cameroonian Wildlife with Bristol Zoo Lecturer Osiris Doumbé
Osiris Doumbé has always been a nature fan. Though his favorite animal has changed from a lion when he was young now chimps and giraffes; one thing was always clear- he was going to work with African wildlife. Specifically, wildlife in Cameroon, where his father was from. He grew up in France with a French mother and a Cameroonian father who wanted to impart knowledge, pride, and reverence for Africa in his kids. And though Osiris spent time identifying birds at his grandparent’s farm in France, his heart was already in Africa. With 2 organizations, 2 master’s degrees, a book and now a research and lecture position at the Bristol Zoo studying and protecting Nigeria-Cameroon chimps and Kordofan giraffes.
74 minutes | Nov 27, 2018
KTW 44 | Surfing and Sustainabilty with Dan Ross
Dan Ross grew up in a small fishing town on the East Coast of Australia. He described it to me as the best place to grow up, a surfers dream there are tons of different types of waves close by. Dan also grew up around pro surfers. His stepdad and brother both made a living surfing so there was never a doubt in his mind that he could do the same. And he did. Surfing has become a profession for Dan and has taken him all around the world. In between the waves he's also become an environmental activist. Since 2011 he has been officially a Surf Ambassador for Patagonia and takes the companies do no harm philosophies into his own life.
50 minutes | Nov 20, 2018
KTW 43 | Trash Talk with Evan Steinbrink
How much do you think about what you throw out? Chances are if you are an avid listener, it's more than the average bear. This weeks guest Evan Steinbrink wants to start his own waste management company in Ohio. Evan was inspired by some classes in high school and college to really start thinking about his personal environmental impact. Sponsers: Pelacase.com Use code KISSTHATWORLD for 15% off at checkout
37 minutes | Nov 13, 2018
KTW 42|My Unsustainable Habits
Here at Kiss That World, I am always trying to learn more from environmental experts in order to truly live sustainably. Let me take a step back and say that my definition of sustainability is the act of designing systems and products in a way that reduces/eliminates waste, the solutions should be scalable, in harmony with nature and people (ethical) and won't knowingly cause problems for future generations. A lot of the time words get tossed around so much they can lose their meaning so just to clarify, that's what it means to me. So on my journey to eliminate my own waste, learn from experts and to truly align my lifestyle with my values (making sure words, thoughts and actions line up) there have been some bumps on the road. And there continue to be bumps on the road. I am a human, I procrastinate, I make mistakes and sometimes I just plain go against all the things I said I was going to do. So in the light of the approaching (read:impending) New Years, and the ubiquitous onslaught of goal setting and self-improvement posts that are no doubt coming, here is a list of all the things I personally struggle to do sustainably, and some I have flat out given up on. This episode is sponsored by https://pelacase.com/ Use the code KISSTHATWORLD at checkout for 15% off
57 minutes | Nov 6, 2018
KTW 41 | A Year in Podcasting
Meghann reflects on how she got to a year in podcasting, and answers some guest questions at the end. Some other topics I get into on this episode are the events of my life in the last 10 years including; immigration, competetive swimming, marriage, divorce, reuniting with my biological parents, working at a tropical fish store, as an organic farmer, my time at the zoo and a little about my childhood. Tessa Bain Wants to know: Do I have a twin? How do you get your skin so glowy? Have I ever eaten bark to be closer to nature? I have seen (felt) you pee in the ocean, can you talk about the environmental impacts of peeing in the ocean? Mel Eiser wants to know: What are the 5 things I've learned K8o Jones of Food Hero's Podcast Wants to know: How do you find your guests? What are my best tips for climate change warriors based on one year of podcasting? Eve at Rewanted Bags: If you had a slogan or mantra what would it be? This episode is brought to you by https://pelacase.com/
71 minutes | Oct 30, 2018
KTW 40 | Climate Change and The Crises of Imagination with Carter Brooks
Carter Brooks is a climate artist, philosopher, and philosopher of climate art. And how does one become a philosopher of climate art? For Carter the journey started with math, he was a whiz in high school and even wrote his own program for solitaire. He went to Yale for his undergrad and worked for several years before being struck by the immediacy and enormity of the climate crisis and went back to school for his masters. He knew this problem could not be solved in his lifetime, and after grieving reevaluated everything that he thought was important.
53 minutes | Oct 23, 2018
KTW 39 | Bringing Nature Back into People's Lives + Following Through on Big Ideas with WOODCHUCK USA's Ben
Benjamin Jo Vandenwymelenberg was born and raised in Wright, WI. He created a thin wood phone case and his friends thought it was cool. Ben incorporated WOODCHUCK USA and found the vision “putting nature back to people’s lives, and jobs back to America”. He plants a tree for every product sold and has his sights on 10 Million trees, an impact on every continent and eventually, a tree on Mars with Elon Musk
53 minutes | Oct 16, 2018
KTW 38| Finding the Courage to Be the Change with Children and Youth First Founder Haushala Thapa
66 minutes | Oct 9, 2018
KTW 37| Environmental Racism, Injustice, and Health with All Positives Possible's LaDonna Williams
LaDonna is a passionate, outspoken and energetic advocate for environmental racism, health and injustice. She knows the fight is as important as it is difficult. But for LaDonna, this work chose her in the most personal way possible. She had lived in a beautiful neighborhood for over 10 years with her two children. The neighborhood was called Midway Village and it was made up of low income townhomes. Her parents have Black and Native American roots and had always told her that getting her hands in the soil was important- the soil would save her. They were the ones who first dug into the earth and planted a small garden. They found some interesting creatures there; giant worms full of black liquid and two headed frogs but didn’t dwell on it.
60 minutes | Oct 2, 2018
KTW 36 | Biomimicry, Renweable Energy + Messages from the Universe with Dr. Phil Watts
Dr. Phil Watts is an aeronautical engineer, environmental engineer, inventor, entrepreneur and most importantly a father. Phil grew up in Canada and spent his time building things, exploring the outdoors and (I’m assuming as a fellow Canadian) eating poutine and Timbits. For his doctorate, he moved from the seasonality of Montreal to the steady climate of LA. For Phil, a life well spent is one that involves doing things that help the planet but also doing things that bring you joy.
52 minutes | Sep 25, 2018
KTW 35 | Finding Purpose Through Surfing and Sustainability with Soneva's Sunny Yang
Sunny Yang lives by the motto "when you're comfortable, it's time to change." She knows that growth doesn't happen by settling into a routine. This is partially from her childhood, her parents always pushed her to learn quickly. Like the time they moved from Taiwan to Toronto when she was 7 and enrolled her into school not knowing any English. This attitude has helped Sunny take a semester at sea, get a masters in Finance in Switzerland, learn to surf and most recently start a sustainable surf program in the Maldives. It's the first of it's kind, completely dedicated to having a positive impact and spreading the joys of surfing from island to island.
45 minutes | Sep 18, 2018
KTW 34 | Health and Wellness for a Thriving Planet with Kaméa Chayne
To say Kaméa Chayne is a go-getter is an understatement. She's an author, a Duke certified health coach and currently runs kameachayne.com, consciousfashion.co, produces Green Dreamer Podcast, she's creating an eco-friendly planner and she has a roll in helping to run the Ethical Writers and Creatives. Oh, and she's currently taking time away from a permanent address to travel. She's always had a multifaceted view of life. Perhaps this healthy curiosity was developed through travel- to date she's been to 45 countries.
52 minutes | Aug 21, 2018
KTW 33 | The Urgency of Sustainable Palm Oil with RSPO Dan Strechay
Palm oil is a complicated issue. The supply chain itself is very complicated and crosses several borders. The products made from palm oil are touched by many hands before they reach the shelves. And it will reach the shelves, in the US palm oil is in about 50% of packaged goods. That's why the RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) is so damn impressive. They are tackling the certification process with board members from every step of the supply chain and beyond. And they are doing it with urgency because it is urgent.
71 minutes | Aug 14, 2018
KTW 32 | The Simple Art of Giving a Fuck With Sara Rickards
Sara Rickards has a Permaculture Design Certification, Bachelors in Biomedical Science, a Masters in Environmental Engineering and she's also a street wizard. Sara has an uncanny ability to see patterns that other people can't. She attributes this superpower to her dyslexia that, despite her multiple degrees, made school work more difficult for her. But in real life, she uses the non-linear thought patterns to disrupt systems including the education sector, construction and soon the economy. Sara is a real human full of sparkle. She has the same enthusiasm as JVN (from Queer Eye, DUH) and the same life purpose as Oprah- to unlock human potential. In short, Sara teaches what she lives- the simple art of giving a fuck.
52 minutes | Aug 7, 2018
KTW 31| Fighting Food Insecurity + Social Norms with Rob Greenfield
Rob Greenfield thinks differently than the average bear. He dreams up big, challenging and exciting projects that push him forward as an individual and often push sustainability issues into the spotlight. He doesn’t force the conversation but naturally lets curiosity bring people to him. And seeing a man walk around NYC in a 75-pound trash suit does make people curious. But he wasn’t always this way. He wasn’t born altruistic or free from the concern of what others think. Instead, he's dedicated years to fighting food insecurity and social norms. And because of that, is a greater inspiration to every one of us. www.robgreenfield.tv
25 minutes | Jul 31, 2018
KTW 30 | Eco Women in History: Smart-Mouthed Starlet Turned Activist Katie Lee and That Damned Dam
There are some people in this world that cannot be extinguished. They have a spark that’s lit from within. Katie Lee was one of those people and her spark was ignited by a rafting trip on the Colorado River through a place that is now drowned under the man-made reservoir Lake Powell. Katie lived many lives in her 98 years, she was a Hollywood starlet, singer, mother, activist and river woman. She loved the desert fiercely and started each day with her favorite old English word- Fuck. This is the story of Kick-Ass Katie Lee- the Great Dame of Dam Busting, and as Burl Ives said- “The greatest Cowboy singer there ever was.” And the story of America’s obsession with dams and why they are ruining the veins of the earth- it’s free-flowing rivers. The story of a Smart-Mouthed Starlet Turned Activist Katie Lee and That Damned Dam.
53 minutes | Jul 24, 2018
KTW 29 | Re-Imagining Housing as Self-Sustaining Communities with SmartHoods Initiator Florijn De Graaf
Florijn De Graaf wants to revolutionize neighborhoods. Imagine living in an affordable, modern home with no bills to pay. Now imagine if you need more energy, or your solar panels produce too much you can simply share it with your neighbor. Imagine walking through your beautiful neighborhood green with edible plants and fruit trees grown with recycled water from your shower. And after you eat your very locally grown food you take your bike on the 5-minute ride to the train station to commute to work. Sponsor: Plaine Products Show Notes
44 minutes | Jul 17, 2018
KTW 28 | Creating a Culture of Sustainability in Our Public Schools
If you've been keeping up with KTW, you already know that Americans waste 1/4 of the groceries they buy. This trend doesn't just start and stop with adults- kids are wasteful too. I myself have fallen guilty to throwing away perfectly edible, nutritious parts of my packed lunch. I knew I would have to answer some questions about why I didn't finish my apple or sandwich and it seemed easier to toss it, unfinished. Of course, now I know that even though apples grow on trees, they cost money and resources to grow, ship and eat. That came with education. So what if we could start by creating a culture of sustainability in our public schools? Where kids are educated about environmental issues and take pride in participating. That's exactly what this weeks expert, Mrs. Janis Duncan did. Mrs. Duncan, as her students know her, is a 4th-grade teacher at Meiners Oaks Elementary. Janis partnered up with Lori Hamor of Food For Thought, a local nonprofit aiming to improve nutrition and food awareness in the Ojai Valley. For the last decade, the two have been revolutionizing the way school kids think about their food and the environment. They are using both the Green Ribbon School standards and the Environmental Education Initiative Curriculum.
19 minutes | Jul 10, 2018
KTW 27 | How Did We Get Here? A Brief History of Plastics
Plastic has been getting a lot of attention in the sustainable community. Because, unlike climate change, accumulating plastics is something we can touch, feel and see. There are no nuances to argue, with videos of scuba divers surrounded by floating bags... It's clear that plastic is harming our environment. Unlike other materials, plastic never biodegrades. But how did we get here, in this plastic filled world? When did we know we'd made a mistake? From it's surprising past saving elephants to its uncertain future, here's a brief history of everyone's fav hardened dead dinosaur. Sponsor: Plaine Products Show Notes
17 minutes | Jul 3, 2018
KTW 26 | Be Patriotic, Sustainable + #resist This Fourth of July
What a time to be alive. As an immigrant, and an empathetic human I have a lot of feelings about being an American citizen right now. It's challenging to balance the pride I feel as a new citizen with the disgrace around how we are treating others. Instead of wallowing in disappointment I am taking what I've learned from the interviews conducted here to celebrate with pride.
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