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My Climate Diet
10 minutes | 2 months ago
Year 3, Ep. 1: I'm back, baby!
I'm finally back from a long, COVID-lockdown-induced funk. This week I talk about how I reduced my emissions last year and why I'm moving to "Our Climate Diet." Also, I invite you to join a panel organized by friend of the podcast Franziska Elmer related to Scientist Rebellion. For more information, go to myclimatediet.org.
14 minutes | 6 months ago
Year 2, Ep. 17: Lockdown vs. quarantine
In this episode, I reflect on how personal action and government action can pick up each other's slack in dealing with our biggest problems -- using the examples of coronavirus and climate change. And two Greek women's delicious vegan food is giving me hope.
15 minutes | 7 months ago
Year 2, Ep. 16: Degrow Your Home
This week I talk about what degrowth can mean at home, and give tips on how to create spaces for "enough" stuff not to morph into "too much." I crunch the climate numbers on living smaller based on a recent article in "Energy Policy" by Immanuel Stiess, Anja Umbach-Daniel, and Corinna Fischer. And my local voting official is giving me hope this week!
15 minutes | 8 months ago
Year 2, Ep. 15: This Situation
Welcome to "This Situation"! I talk about my time in Tino Sehgal's fascinating installation/performance piece at Gropius Bau this past month, and how it felt to be an often lone voice on climate action. Then I get real about this podcast and promise to get back to my intended focus on positive visions of the future and degrowth.
12 minutes | 9 months ago
Year 2, Ep. 14 - Too Much Stuff
This week, I complain about cleaning yet MORE junk out of the junk house, the cluttered state of my apartment, and the problem of stuff in general. But there's a silver lining -- I'm taking part in an upcoming exhibition of "This Situation," an art piece that involves talking about current and age-old problems by Berlin-based artist Tino Sehgal, who doesn't use material in his work. Art without stuff, how does that work? More on the exhibition "Down To Earth" here: https://www.berlinerfestspiele.de/en/berliner-festspiele/programm/bfs-gesamtprogramm/programmdetail_309206.html And don't forget my other project, "Stories From the Future," which will be hosting another public workshop very soon: https://acudmachtneu.de/events/1643/stories-from-the-future-%E2%80%93-crisis-catalyst-for-carbon-neutrality/
12 minutes | 10 months ago
Year 2, Ep. 13 - Read what you love for the planet
I report back on the media diet I started two weeks ago, and find that it's great reading less and being more mindful about my media consumption. Plus, climate activists boycott Facebook, why the BBC podcast "Forest 404" is making me happy, and what Nick Hornby's reading philosophy could have to do with climate change.
12 minutes | 10 months ago
Year 2, Ep. 12: My Media Diet
This coming month I'm going on a media diet. That means canceling my last streaming account to take a larger role in curating entertainment media, spending more time on news and analysis relevant to climate change and less on "stories of the moment," and trying out new sources that can help me get more useful perspectives. A shout out to the Guardian, HEATED, and Hot Take, as well as Perspective Daily. Finally, why the rediscovery of a presumably extinct plant species in North Carolina is giving me hope (thanks to the Revelator for sharing this).
12 minutes | a year ago
Year 2, Ep. 11: Take to the Streets
This week I weigh in on Black Lives Matter, connect it to the climate and sustainability crises, and explain why I'm joining Extinction Rebellion's next Rebel Wave from June 12-21. A big shout-out to Osita Nwanevu's excellent February essay "End the GOP" in "The New Republic" (https://newrepublic.com/article/156411/end-gop) and thanks to everyone who joined the workshop series "Stories from the Future" that I'm facilitating with Dylan Harris as part of ACUD MACHT NEU's Collective Practices program. Check out the stream of the first workshop while it's on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=861674787724449).
27 minutes | a year ago
Year 2, Ep. 10: Stories from the Future
Today's episode is something special: I talk about the new project I'm working on, a series of workshops called Stories from the Future. In these workshops, organized as part of the "Collective Practices" program at ACUD MACHT NEU, participants will come together to imagine a climate-neutral 2030 and create artifacts to bring back to the present. To talk about these workshops, I am interviewed by ACUD MACHT NEU curator Daniela Silvestrin--in May 2030! For more information, go to http://myclimatediet.org/stories-from-the-future/ or http://acudmachtneu.de.
29 minutes | a year ago
Year 2, Ep. 9: Vegan comfort food with Maria Koimtzoglou
This week I present an interview I did with Maria Koimtzoglou, owner of the Berlin restaurant Maria (mariamariamaria.com), about the connections between food and sustainability and what it's like owning a restaurant in our corona reality. Plus, crashing oil prices are giving me hope, as is seeing corona as an opportunity for us to turn this ship around. Thanks to Maria for chatting and CIEE Berlin (cieeberlin.org) for letting me use this conversation outside the classroom. #digitallearning
17 minutes | a year ago
Year 2, Ep. 8: Going Vegan
This week, I'm responding to my friend Jason's question: Do you have any tips on going vegan while being cooped up at home because of the coronavirus? I share 8 tips from my 8 months as a vegan (funny how that works out).
15 minutes | a year ago
Year 2, Ep. 7: Stay Strong with Can-Do Invitations
With corona getting me down, I scrap my original plan of talking about the post-corona degrowth utopia to talk about scaled back ambitions and life in the new corona reality. Inside of giving myself a new challenge, I'm opting for can-do invitations. Plus, a lottery for basic income during the coronavirus crisis (mein-grundeinkommen.de) and more on the DC Environmental Film Festival (dceff.org).
1 minutes | a year ago
Corona announcement: DC Environmental Film Fest is streaming!
Hi everyone, just wanted to tell you that the DC Environmental Film Festival, the largest environmental film festival in the world, has put much of this year's program online for free through the end of March. Check out over 70 films, great for home-schooling or movie night, at dceff.org. Stay safe, and happy viewing! APRIL UPDATE: There are now MORE great environmental films available to stream (over 300), with selections from past years as well.
21 minutes | a year ago
Year 2, Ep. 5: Climate Change and Coronavirus
The news is saturated with coronavirus, so I wanted to put the global pandemic into a climate change context: what this outbreak means for global emissions and short- and long-term climate action. I set some new challenges for myself based on my new coronavirus reality here in Germany, and share some film and book tips for those of you shut up at home the next few weeks. And I invite you to be my book buddy in reading "Was würdest du tun?" For more information, go to: myclimatediet.org.
16 minutes | a year ago
Year 2, Ep. 4: Climate Diet 101 - Green Electricity
I've been on a climate diet for a year now, so I thought I'd take a step back and talk about the first steps you can take to reduce carbon emissions. Today I'm talking about electricity and how important it is to our carbon footprint. I also talk about sustainability at the Berlinale this year, and ask listeners to share this podcast with their friends in Saarland.
23 minutes | a year ago
Year 2, Ep 3: Degrowth and race
Today I introduce the concept of degrowth and start my celebration of Black Future Month by looking for black voices who have written about degrowth or related visions. I look at a 2013 article in "Sustainability" by Brian Gilmore on degrowth and racial inequality, talk about N. K. Jemisin's short story about anti-colonial technological innovation "The Effluent Engine," and read Ta-Nehisi Coates connecting climate change to a history of an American Dream that plunders black bodies and now nature itself in "Between the World and Me." And I admit a major fail that I have read nothing by the legendary Octavia Butler. To be fixed by next time, I promise! Finally, a shout-out to Speculative Futures Berlin and particularly Mathana Stender, Wenzel Mehnert, and Carmen Schmöl for urging me to read Ms. Butler's work.
14 minutes | a year ago
Year 2, Ep. 2: A Book-Buying Ban and Unread Shelves
This week, I talk about my plan with my husband to stop buying books and DVDs for six months, and what this means for the climate (hint: not much). I talk more generally about deprivation as a source of joy and look into the Unread Shelf Project (theunreadshelf.com), which also includes book-buying bans as a way to get reading. And there are shout-outs to BookMooch (bookmooch.com), Emily Atkin's HEATED newsletter, the podcast "Drilled: The Mad Men of Climate Change," and the German-language podcast "Sauercrowded," which features me as a guest in this month's episode.
22 minutes | a year ago
Year 2, Ep. 1: Back on the Scales
It’s a new year and I’ve been on a climate diet for 10 months now. So today I step back on the scales and see how my carbon footprint has changed. I find I've lost nearly 2 tons from the challenges I've given myself since starting the podcast, and talk about the impact each thing has made as well as the savings from doing the podcast itself. I then discuss my plans for the year, including a ban on book-buying, and how the vegan bodybuilding documentary The Gamechangers is giving me hope.
12 minutes | a year ago
Episode 28: Clean sheets and a clean slate for Christmas
This week, I have to change my plans for December to gripe about setbacks at the junk house. But I share a great idea for a DIY advent calendar that reduces food waste, cleans out your pantry, and uses stuff you've already got lying around the house. It just needs a better name.
14 minutes | a year ago
Episode 27: Buy Nothing Day
Hey everyone, this Friday, November 29, is Buy Nothing Day and the Global Climate Strike! I talk about Buy Nothing Day, why it's important, and how to get involved. Learn more at adbusters.org and fridaysforfuture.org. Plus, two stories about divestment--at the European Investment Bank and the Yale-Harvard football game--are giving me hope this week. Happy Thanksgiving, and see you in a few weeks!
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