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The environmental movement has got to a point where you really have to search hard to seek out the positive stories. There is a lot to be concerned about it's true, but nothing is going to get solved by simply moaning, and complaining in our social media echo chambers. So I made this podcast in an attempt to 'disrupt' this way of thinking (hence the name), to explore different perspectives to those you may have heard over and over, to shine a light on innovators and startup businesses that are taking direct actions to tackle some of these big environmental issues and much more. I hope it will bring some optimism to a movement where it is often lacking and maybe it will even inspire some of you to take action yourself.

The environmental movement has got to a point where you really have to search hard to seek out the positive stories. There is a lot to be concerned about it's true, but nothing is going to get solved by simply moaning, and complaining in our social media echo chambers. So I made this podcast in an attempt to 'disrupt' this way of thinking (hence the name), to explore different perspectives to those you may have heard over and over, to shine a light on innovators and startup businesses that are taking direct actions to tackle some of these big environmental issues and much more. I hope it will bring some optimism to a movement where it is often lacking and maybe it will even inspire some of you to take action yourself.
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The environmental movement has got to a point where you really have to search hard to seek out the positive stories. There is a lot to be concerned about it's true, but nothing is going to get solved by simply moaning, and complaining in our social media echo chambers. So I made this podcast in an attempt to 'disrupt' this way of thinking (hence the name), to explore different perspectives to those you may have heard over and over, to shine a light on innovators and startup businesses that are taking direct actions to tackle some of these big environmental issues and much more. I hope it will bring some optimism to a movement where it is often lacking and maybe it will even inspire some of you to take action yourself.

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Episodes

14 - Electric Flying Cars - They're Almost Here, But Will it be Good News for the Environment? - Akshat Kasliwal, University of Michigan

4/25/2019
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Apparently electric flying cars will be appearing very soon, with some big names such as Uber and Boeing currently developing them. Some newspaper headlines have said they could solve our greenhouse gas and pollution woes….this seems like a bold claim that I think needs further investigation, so in this episode I speak to Akshat Kasliwal from the University of Michigan was part of a team that published a paper recently titled: Role of flying cars in sustainable mobility. In the interview, we...

Duration:00:36:59

13 - Cryptonature - Using Blockchain Technology to Tackle Environmental Problems - Pete Howson, Nottingham Trent University

4/11/2019
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This week we are talking about the blockchain. Could the technology behind Bitcoin help us tackle some of the worlds biggest environmental problems? In this interview I speak to Pete Howson a Lecturer in International Development and Nottingham Trent University who has published papers on this very subject. We speak about how the technology works, how that might be applied to environmental problems and the potential pros and cons. We also talk about the issues of setting up environmental...

Duration:00:49:32

12 - Human Psychology and Climate Change - Forgetting the Deniers and Having Useful Conversations - Dan Rubin PsyD, Clinical Psychologist

3/29/2019
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Today I take a deeper look into the human psychology behind climate change. Is there any way we can change tactics to convince the denialists?…..or are there more important battles we should be fighting first? I interview Dan Rubin PsyD, a clinical psychologist from Portland, US. We speak about this topic of communicating better, the rise of individualism and ‘peak entertainment’, mindfulnesses and how anyone can apply their job or skill to become a climate change activist. For more of Dan's...

Duration:00:49:39

11 - Growing Meat in a Lab - Can We Reduce the Environmental Cost of Meat Production Without All Going Vegan? - Shir Friedman, SuperMeat

3/14/2019
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It is now pretty common knowledge that cutting down on meat consumption is one of the best things we can do individually for the environment…. but globally we just keep eating more of it. So is there another way we can greatly reduce this impact and without going vegan? Today's interviewee is Shir Friedman from clean meat company SuperMeat, based in Israel. They are one of the leaders in this growing industry and with a focus on poultry currently, they are getting closer and closer to a...

Duration:00:31:17

10 - Could Computer Games Help us Save the Planet? - Dr Umran Ali, University of Salford

2/28/2019
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The computer games industry is now estimated to be worth over $100 billion. But could this ultimate disruptive industry help us save the planet? In this episode, I speak to Dr Umran Ali a computer games professor and self-confessed ‘digital native’ from the University of Salford (UK), about how we can potentially use games to educate and inspire around environmental issues.

Duration:00:42:27

09 - Where's My Water Fountain? - The Problem of Bottled Water - Justine Rose, Water For London

2/14/2019
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Most of us want to cut down on the amount of bottled water we buy, but why is it so hard to find anywhere to fill bottles in our cities.?This episode's guest is part of a volunteer group called Water for London who are campaigning for more water fountains in stations and public places across the capital. Justine is also a sustainability blogger so we start with bottled water but end up chatting about all sorts; from waste to palm oil to minimalism.

Duration:00:41:14

08 – The Food Sharing App – Tessa Clarke, Olio

1/31/2019
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Olio is an app that aims to tackle the problem of food waste by in their words: Connecting neighbours with each other and with local businesses so surplus food can be shared, not thrown away. In the episode I speak to founder Tessa Clarke how the idea for the app started? How did they get from idea to product? How does it make money? And what other benefits an app like this may have such as building up local communities that are starting to disappear in many areas.

Duration:00:28:14

07 - Biodegradable Plastics From Waste - Jeff Beegle and Tony Bova, Mobius

1/17/2019
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The environmental issue of non-biodegradable plastics is more well known than ever before. Despite efforts to recycle more of it a huge 91% of plastics still aren’t recycled, ending up in landfills or in the oceans, taking around 400 years to degrade. One of the ways to disrupt our plastic problem is to make plastics that degrade much faster and this is what the disruptive environmentalists I interview in this episode from startup Mobius are doing. And they are doing so by finding 'wonder in...

Duration:00:39:06

06 - How To Start Your Own Disruptive Environmental Business – Jay Clouse, Unreal Collective and Upside.fm

1/3/2019
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A big part of this podcast series is about seeking out new inspiring businesses that are bettering the environment by disrupting the status quo. But what if you have one of these ideas yourself? Where do you start, especially if it is a big idea that seems too big to tackle? Well, I also wonder this quite a lot and so I've tried to find some answers by interviewing a host of another podcast, Jay Clouse. Jay is a business owner himself and hosts a podcast called Upside.fm where they speak to...

Duration:00:31:30

05 - Values And Framing - Tom Crompton, Common Cause Foundation

12/20/2018
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There is a great misperception in our society that others place values of self-interest higher than values of compassion and care. Fixing this perception gap is massively important in the way we approach how we try and influence behaviours regarding environmental issues.

Duration:00:34:04

04 – Influencing Environmental Behaviours – Lessons From Trump and Brexit – Dr David Rose, University of East Anglia

12/6/2018
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Moving away from innovations and onto new perspectives this week, as I interview an academic who says we need to get down from our ivory towers, stop the finger pointing and start communicating better about environmental issues. This podcast series isn’t just about shining a spotlight on innovators and businesses that are disrupting the way we deal with environmental issues, it is also a chance to speak to people who might offer a different perspective. When trying to influence behaviour...

Duration:00:41:00

03 - Creating Animal Feed From Human Waste - Mathieu Chaix-Bar, Weendle

11/22/2018
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This weeks episode focuses on two environmental issues, the production of animal feed and also the processing of waste, especially in developing countries. Mathieu Chaix-Bar is attempting to tackle both these problems with a solution sourced from nature. His company Weendle, which is based in The Netherlands use the larvae of the black soldier fly to break down waste and then once complete the larvae is then used as a protein source in animal feed. Their work is mainly focussed in...

Duration:00:33:01

02 - Dogs In Conservation - Louise Wilson, Conservation K9 Consulting

11/7/2018
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In this episode, we speak to Louise Wilson who has started the company Conservation K9 Consultancy using the experience she had gained in other forms of detection dog training at home and overseas. Based in the UK the company trains rescue dogs for use in conservation and are also trying to spread the use of dogs in this area further. What does it take to train these dogs for use in conservation and with such a great method available why is it still not used as widely as it could be?

Duration:00:40:15

01 – Bootstrapping Conservation - Surveying Endangered Species With Drones – Tom and Tom, Project Erebus

10/17/2018
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In the very first episode of the Disruptive Environmentalist podcast we are starting with a huge environmental issue, biodiversity loss. I speak to Tom and Tom two university friends who combined one's knowledge of building drones with the others knowledge of conservation to attempt to survey for a group of species that have suffered severe declines globally, bats. We talk citizen science in an increasingly technology-centric globalised world and how this is hopefully good news for the...

Duration:00:26:23

00 - An Introduction

10/15/2018
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A brief introduction to what the podcast is all about, and what I mean by disruptive environmentalism

Duration:00:03:01