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Traipsin' Global on Wheels Podcast Hour
22 minutes | 2 days ago
ENVS Episode 16: Tammy Duckworth | Senator of Illinois
Sen. Tammy Duckworth is the junior Democratic senator from Illinois. She has served since Jan 3, 2017. Duckworth is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023 unless re-elected. Since her recovery at Walter Reed, Duckworth has dedicated her life to public service, advocating on behalf of disability rights and Veterans. She served as the Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs where she implemented many first-in-the-nation programs for Veterans, especially in the areas of health care, mental health, housing and employment. She also initiated a new grant program, awarding lottery funds to nonprofits working on Veterans disability, homelessness, long-term medical care and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). She was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed as the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Assistant Secretary under Eric Shinseki. While at VA, Tammy led an unprecedented era of increased communication between the Department and the Veterans they serve. Please enjoy this conversation with the first female wheelchair user Senator. She answers questions about helping people with disabilities run for public office, getting more individuals with disabilities employed, and on her future plans on becoming the first female president of the United States who uses a wheelchair. Traipsin’ Global on Wheels is focused on sharing resources and insights into disability advocacy, fitness and health, and accessible travel. Our mission is to build a community of healthy, worldly, and informed advocates. Please send your feedback and stories to: email@example.com. You really want to hear from YOU, our listeners! end credit music: "Protest Song" by Derek Clegg.
46 minutes | 2 months ago
ENVS Episode 15: Jeff Merkley | Senator of Oregon
U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley has been serving Oregon in Congress since 2009. Born in the timber town of Myrtle Creek, Oregon, Senator Merkley is the son of a millwright and the first in his family to attend college. He earned an undergraduate degree from Stanford and graduate degree in Public Policy at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. In 1991, he returned to Oregon to lead Portland's Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit that empowers low-income families through homeownership. He went on to serve as president of the World Affairs Council in Portland before entering the Oregon House of Representatives in 1998. From 2007 to 2009, he was Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives. His goals for Oregon include fighting to create good jobs for working Oregonians, protecting consumers from predatory practices, and ensuring that all Oregonians have access to high-quality, affordable education.
48 minutes | 2 months ago
ENVS Episode 14: Elizabeth Wright | Paralympian and Climate Advocate
Elizabeth was born in Sydney, Australia, with a birth defect called "Congenital Limb Deficiency," meaning she is missing half her right arm, half her right leg, and a missing finger on her left hand with two finger's fused together. At the age of 13 Elizabeth decided she wanted to swim at the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games. With determination and focus she started her swimming career, resulting in her achieving her Paralympic dreams, having competed at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games and the 2000 Sydney Paralympic Games; all in all she walked away with three Paralympic medals (two bronze and a silver). After retiring from swimming Elizabeth embarked on her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the University of Newcastle, Australia, with a particular focus on the visual representation of the disabled woman's body. Finishing her degree top of her class and with 1st Class Honours, Elizabeth was offered a scholarship to do her Master of Philosophy degree at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Whilst studying Elizabeth went on exchange to Leeds University, a place she fell in love with and where she now lives.
47 minutes | 2 months ago
ENVS Episode 13: Julian Mocine-McQueen | Co-founder of Million Person Project
Julian Mocine-McQueen is an Oakland Ca. native raised in rural Northern California. He brings years of organizing, facilitation and training experience to his role as the co-founder, Training Director and Lead Facilitator for the Million Person Project. The Million Person Project exists to support leaders to harness the power of personal narrative to serve the most important movements of our time. In addition to his work with the Million Person Project, Julian utilizes story to help organizations explore their relationship and commitment to justice and equity so that they may ensure their structures, norms, practices and culture are inclusive, safe and generative for all people. Prior to the Million Person Project Julian was a founding team member of Van Jone’s nationally renowned green economy organization Green For All. His career is fueled by a strong belief in authentic movements that are powered by people. To this end, he co-created Green For All’s College Ambassador program, which cultivates environmental leaders at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. And launched Green For All’s Fellowship program, working to weave together and support the leadership of 135 seasoned organizers from all over the United States. In 2015, Julian was recognized by Huffington Post as one of “10 Leaders reshaping the Environmental Movement.” In 2019, he co-wrote the book, “How Your Story Set You Free,” published by Chronicle Books.
62 minutes | 2 months ago
ENVS Episode 12: Vanessa Nakate | Uganda Climate Activist
Vanessa Nakate is a climate activist from Uganda. She was the First Fridays For Future climate activist in Uganda and founder of the Rise up Climate Movement in order to amplify the voices of activists from Africa. Her work includes raising awareness to the danger of climate change, the causes and the impacts. She led the campaign for Save Congo rain forest which is facing massive deforestation. This campaign later spread to other regions from Africa to Europe. She is also working on a project that involves installation of solar and institutional stoves in schools.
60 minutes | 2 months ago
ENVS Episode 11: Jen Wang | Ph.D. Behavioral and Data Scientist
Jen Wang has over a decade's worth of experiences applying interdisciplinary approaches to address issues of environmental sustainability. Originally from the Canadian prairies, she's since worked around the globe while at organizations such as the World Bank and the UK Behavioral Insights Team. She's also launched several organizations across North America to promote interdisciplinary cross-pollination and creativity, has led teams across public, academic, and private sectors, and continues to sprinkle music and art into her portfolio of projects. Her background in molecular biology served as foundational training in the sciences and in systems thinking, which she later built upon with an interdisciplinary PhD focused on behavior change, environmental decision-making, and the intersection of organizations, business, climate change & sustainability. Her current work as a Director of Product at thredUP is focused on the online clothing resale market and the impacts that consumers can have when they buy secondhand and re-sell their clothing. Across these many experiences, Jen has become an evangelist for best practices in data and human-centered design, evidence-based policy and decision-making, and interdisciplinary collaboration and inclusive practices. Jen is passionate about amplifying the voices of others and sharing impactful work, especially in support of social enterprises and topics related to environmental sustainability, social equity, and access. She has over 10 years of experience coaching public speaking and continues to teach on a number of topics including sustainability and environmental behavior change.
46 minutes | 2 months ago
ENVS Episode 10: Congressman Jim Langevin of Rhode Island
Born April 22, 1964, Langevin is the first quadriplegic to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. At the age of 16, Langevin was injured while working with the Warwick Police Department in the Boy Scout Explorer program. A gun accidentally discharged and a bullet struck Langevin, leaving him paralyzed. This is how Rep. Langevin recalled that moment, “I was in the locker room of the police station one afternoon getting ready to go on my shift. Two police officers were looking at a new weapon that one of them had purchased. Not realizing the gun was loaded, one of the officers pulled the trigger and the bullet ricocheted off the locker and went through my neck and severed my spinal cord. I have been paralyzed ever since.” The tremendous outpouring of support from his community inspired Langevin to give something back and enter public service. Langevin graduated from Rhode Island College and earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He resides in Warwick, Rhode Island.
60 minutes | 3 months ago
ENVS Episode 9: Gene Baur | Founder and President of Farm Sanctuary
Gene Baur is President and Co-Founder of Farm Sanctuary, America’s premier farm animal sanctuary and advocacy organization. Hailed as “the conscience of the food movement” by TIME magazine, for more than 30 years, Baur has traveled extensively around the country, campaigning to raise awareness about the abuses of industrialized factory farming and our current food system. Credited with initiating passage of the first U.S. laws to prohibit cruel farming confinement methods, winning the first-ever cruelty conviction at a U.S. stockyard, and inspiring an international farm sanctuary movement, he is author of two national bestselling books: Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food, and Living the Farm Sanctuary Life: The Ultimate Guide to Eating Mindfully, Living Longer, and Feeling Better Every Day.
56 minutes | 3 months ago
ENVS Episode 8: Bob Inglis | Former Congressman
Bob Inglis is the Executive Director of republicEn.org. He was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1992, having never run for office before. He represented Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina, from 1993-1998, unsuccessfully challenged U.S. Senator Fritz Hollings in 1998, and then returned to the practice of commercial real estate law in Greenville, S.C. In 2004, he was re-elected to Congress and served until losing re- election in the South Carolina Republican primary of 2010. In 2011, Inglis went full-time into promoting free enterprise action on climate change and launched the Energy and Enterprise Initiative (“E&EI”) at George Mason University in July 2012. In the fall of 2014, E&EI rebranded to become republicEn.org.
40 minutes | 3 months ago
ENVS Episode 7: Jhannel Tomlinson | Jamaican Youth Climate Activist
Jhannel Tomlinson is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Geography and Geology, UWI, Mona whose research for the past four years, has sought to assess the capacity of Community-based Organizations in eastern Jamaica to effectively support climate action. In addition to her academic work, she is a youth climate activist who is a member of the Caribbean Youth Environment Network (CYEN), Jamaica, Country representative for YPARD Jamaica, and co- founder of Young People for Action on Climate Change (YPACC). Her involvement in climate action both through academia and activism, has further led to her being selected as: - A Youth Innovator to attend the Global Landscapes forum in Paris (2015) where she contributed to the development of an online assessment tool for landscape professionals. - The Jamaican Youth delegate both for COP24 in Poland and COP25 in Madrid (2018/19) where she participated in panel discussions and youth-led events. -Committee member for the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum (2019) where she contributed to the design of the youth blast and facilitated a training session on Youth, Climate Advocacy and Policy. Her passion in taking a stand against climate change, helps to showcase that the youth have a critical role to play and if we all work together.
50 minutes | 3 months ago
ENVS Episode 6: Alex Ghenis | Founder of Accessible Climate Strategies
Alex Ghenis is the founder of Accessible Climate Strategies and a consultant on climate resilience for people with disabilities. As the world changes, people with disabilities must be prepared for what's ahead: Alex provides information and services to government, organizations and individuals to ensure our well-being. Alex was previously a Policy and Research Specialist at the World Institute on Disability, where he managed the New Earth Disability initiative, and he continues to support both local and national climate justice efforts.
27 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 58: Chella Man | Genderqueer actor, model, YouTuber
Chella Man emerged in 2018 as one of the best LGBTQ+ advocates on the internet, as the deaf, trans, artist known as Chella Man documented his entire transition on social media to his combined audience of nearly 500K. Launching his channel in an effort to empower and educate people about gender dysphoria, the model has become a forefront voice for equity and genderqueer activism. Becoming the first deaf trans model to sign with IMG in 2018, Chella was also named to the Out100 list by GLAAD. Further serving as a voice for the deaf community, “Professor Chella” offers YouTube sign language tutorials, encouraging fans to upload greeting videos and fingerspelling names in ASL.
23 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 57: Ashley Lyn Olson | Founder and CEO of wheelchairtraveling.com
Ashley Lyn Oslon in her own words... At age Fourteen, I was paralyzed in a horrible car wreck that took the life of my father, crippled my mother and injured my younger sister. That one moment transformed my entire world, but it couldn’t dampen my spirit. I graduated high school on-time and received a full scholarship to the University of Southern California where I graduated with honors.wheelchairtraveling.com stats for 2020 After high school, a group of friends and I traveled to Greece. It was tough getting around, but for fourteen memorable days I had the time of my life. Years later, I went to Berlin and had a totally different experience with more accessibility. Those two trips lit a fire in me to discover more. I wanted to see the world! Now that I was paralyzed, I wondered, ‘what can I see and do now?’ After college, I first interned at an indie music management company followed by four years of employment at Wente Vineyards where I was the Executive Marketing and Production Assistant for the Concerts; performers George Carlin to Crosby, Stills and Nash to Ray Charles graced the stage. I quit this job in 2009 to go full-time with wheelchairtraveling.com, which I founded in 2006. The website was designed so that not only I but anyone around the world could share their travel experiences – from basic travel needs to thrill seeking adventures. Finding accurate accessible travel information is challenging and sometimes non-existent and I wanted to change this. Plus, we all have different interests, abilities, and things we are or are not willing to put up with, and all of these perspectives are needed to be represented when it comes to the world of accessible travel. The mission of wheelchairtraveling.com is to empower people with limited mobility, their friends and loved ones to access and experience the world of leisure and adventure travel. Breaking away from boundaries and testing our limits takes courage, which makes the journey of life all that more satisfying. That’s the main reason I founded wheelchairtraveling.com—to remove mental and physical barriers surrounding travel. My role at wheelchairtraveling.com has crossed over into many areas of life to empower people. I am an advocate for reasonable accessibility on many fronts from hotels to airplanes to city-planning to healthy lifestyle options. I’ve traveled to many countries on five continents, personally experiencing the diversity of accessible travel. I work with both the CA State Parks and the National Park Service to improve access to parks, which has been transformed into the May 2015 launch of the Access to Parks Project. In 2020, I traveled to New Zealand to assess access at parks across the country. I also lecture about accessible travel around the country for all different size groups, mentor newly injured people with spinal cord injuries, write for national magazines, am an ambassador for the Abilities Expo, and more. Ever since my injury, my eyes have been opened to the beauty of life, from the grandest of scales to the tiniest little parts. Now 15 years and a college degree later, I welcome life with open arms and remember that all journeys begin with an open heart.
34 minutes | 3 months ago
ENVS Episode 5: Sheldon Whitehouse | Senator of Rhode Island
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse is the Junior Democratic Senator of Rhode Island. He has been in office since 2007. A graduate of Yale University and the University of Virginia School of Law, Sen. Whitehouse served as Rhode Island’s U.S. Attorney and state attorney general before being elected to the Senate, where he serves on the Finance Committee, the Judiciary Committee, the Environment and Public Works Committee, and the Budget Committee. He and his wife Sandra, a marine biologist and environmental advocate, live in Newport. They have two grown children.
28 minutes | 3 months ago
ENVS Episode 4: Gwen Buck | Green Alliance policy advisor
Gwen joined Green Alliance as a policy adviser in November 2018 to work on the Climate Leadership Program for member of parliaments (MPs), which engages members of parliament in climate change. She also works for Greener UK, the coalition for insuring environmental standards are maintained during Brexit and in future free trade agreements. Gwen previously worked for Green Party, both for the leadership team in London and for a member of the European Parliament (MEP) in the European Parliament. She holds a bachelor’s of science in Environmental Science from Plymouth University.
24 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 56: Janet LaBreck | Former Commissioner of RSA
In August of 2013, LaBreck was nominated and confirmed by the United States Senate as the Commissioner of Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA). RSA was established to provide leadership and resources to assist state and other agencies providing vocational rehabilitation services (VR) to individuals with disabilities to maximize their employment, independence and integration into the community and workforce. Under her leadership, LaBreck was responsible for promulgating the most substantive regulation changes to the Vocational Rehabilitation program in over 15 years. She began her 27-year career with the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB) where she served as Commissioner during the last six years of her appointment by Governor Patrick until her transition to Washington, D.C. She is also the recipient of numerous awards and honors including an Honorary Doctoral Degree from New England College of Optometry (NECO) for her innovative partnership which resulted in the establishment of a mobile eye care clinic for individuals with low vision conditions. In 2017, NECO dedicated the Janet L. LaBreck Center for Low Vision Rehabilitation clinic in her honor in recognition of her commitment and dedication to the field of blindness. Most recently, LaBreck has established Janet L. LaBreck Consulting LLC in addition to becoming the Founder of Synergy Consulting Partners.
21 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 55: Omer Zur | Founder of Paratrek
Omer Zur is the founder & CEO of Paratrek. It is a company that seeks to help those who lack independent mobility functions. They believe, regardless of physical ability, people should be able to enjoy the great outdoors. Omer created a wheelchair equipped for mountain climbing and devised specialized hiking trails for disabled tour groups. Omer formulated the idea for his startup, Paratrek, after his father experienced an injury that paralyzed him. Seeing that his father’s injuries left him unable to pursue his hobby of hiking, Omer set out to develop a company that would make it easier for those living in wheelchairs to participate in hiking excursions. In 2014, Zur and his co-founder established Paratrek and debuted its line of unique wheelchair accessories. Those who are looking to embark on outdoor activities can purchase mountain bike-inspired tires that will allow their wheelchairs to go off road. Paratrek also offers a harness that makes it easy for companions to pull the wheelchairs over rough terrain. Through Paratrek, he also regularly assists individuals who want to go on hikes. After asking about a client’s hiking destinations and physical challenges, the cofounders then develop a hiking plan that will best suit that person’s individual needs. The entrepreneurs also regularly plan hikes for their customers and even participate in these excursions.
52 minutes | 3 months ago
ENVS Episode 3: Bill McKibben | 350.org Founder
Bill McKibben is an author and environmentalist who in 2014 was awarded the Right Livelihood Prize, sometimes called the ‘alternative Nobel.’ His 1989 book The End of Nature is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has appeared in 24 languages; he’s gone on to write a dozen more books. He is a founder of 350.org, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement, which has organized twenty thousand rallies around the world in every country except for North Korea, spearheaded the resistance to the Keystone Pipeline, and launched the fast-growing fossil fuel divestment movement. Foreign Policy named him to their inaugural list of the world’s 100 most important global thinkers, and the Boston Globe said he was “probably America’s most important environmentalist.” A former staff writer for the New Yorker, he writes frequently for a wide variety of publications around the world, including the New York Review of Books, National Geographic, and Rolling Stone. He lives in the mountains above Lake Champlain with his wife, the writer Sue Halpern, where he spends as much time as possible outdoors.
45 minutes | 3 months ago
ENVS Episode 2: Juliet Davenport | CEO of Good Energy
Juliet is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Good Energy – a renewable energy company with a mission to power a greener, cleaner future together with its customers Juliet has been an innovator for over 20 years, working on ideas to fight climate change and transform the energy sector for the better. In 2013, she was awarded an OBE for services to renewables. She currently sits on the board of the Renewable Energy Association, Innovate UK and is Vice President of the Energy Institute. In addition, she sits on the advisory boards of leading UK think tanks, including Energy Systems Catapult, Aurora, Oxford Energy, and LSE’s Grantham Institute.
44 minutes | 3 months ago
ENVS Episode 1: Erik Solheim | Executive Director of UN Environment Program
Erik Solheim is a well-known global leader on environment and development as well as an experienced peace negotiator. He served as Norwegian minister of Environment and International Development from 2005 to 2012. Erik has been chair of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (the main body of world donors) as well as Executive Director of UN Environment. He led the peace efforts in Sri Lanka as the main negotiator of the peace process and played a vital role in peace efforts in Nepal, Myanmar and Sudan. Currently he is senior adviser at World Resource Institute and Convener of the Global Coalition for Green Belt and Road and serves as the CEO of the Plastic REVolution Foundation. Erik is also adviser to Singapore based April/RGE and co-chair of Tree-lion, an Asian green blockchain company.
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