The Mercast | Plastic Free Mermaid talks Change Making podcast

The Mercast | Plastic Free Mermaid talks Change Making

Kate Nelson, The Plastic Free Mermaid

Kate Nelson the Plastic Free Mermaid hasn’t used disposable plastics for a decade. Through her life adventure she meets incredible scientists, activists, entrepreneurs, and pirates whose stories and opinions enrich our world views and inspire us to rise. If you feel called to the planet’s aid, listen in for fascinating conversations with change makers from around the world.

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    46 : Claiming Your Aboriginality and Paying Homage to Your Ancestry with Ella Noah Bancroft

    58:48

    As a mixed fair-skinned Bundjalung native born in Australia, Ella Noah Bancroft always felt like she was challenged about just how pure she was as an indigenous person. With growing up to words and notions like that, Ella knew she needed to pay homage to her lineage and respect to the stolen generation by continuing their culture and bringing it to the modern era. Ella is now the founder and pioneer of The Decolonisation Movement, and had dedicated her life to the rise of female energy as the way for us to reconnect and release ourselves from the bounds of personal, social, and ecological constraints. In this episode we talk about the impact of colonisation and how we can respect the fine line between cultural appropriation and appreciation. I definitely recommend that you hear her out on the impact we have on our earth and shared future!   In This Episode, We Discuss: Claiming your aboriginality Ella’s mission to pay homage to her lineage The stigma around being mixed-race and the Stolen Generation Colonisation and its impact on natives The fine line between cultural appropriation and appreciation Navigating sustainability these days How we can contribute to change these days The connection between indigenous cultures and environmentalism Ella’s work with young women and storytelling Ella’s last words for us to reconnect with the earth   Follow Ella Noah Bancroft here: Ella Noah Bancroft | Website @ellanoahbancroft_ | Instagram @ellanoahbancroft_ | Linktree   --- Did you enjoy today’s episode? Thanks for listening! Be sure to subscribe on your favorite podcast app to get notified immediately when a new episode comes out! If you enjoyed the Mercast, please click here to leave a review and share this episode with a friend! I hope you spend some time in nature today! I'll catch you next time. Subscribe to The Mercast ++ Apple Podcasts ++ Spotify ++ Castbox
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    45 : Fighting Plastic and Light Pollution for our Turtles with Ranger Lauren Engledow

    49:12

    Plastic pollution is a problem that affects so many animals, habitats, and people. Turtles have come into the spotlight in recent years though, thanks to the rise in social media awareness for their protection and preservation; with a big factor to that being the viral video of the straw stuck up in a poor turtle's nose. This video hit the world hard, but we cannot stop at feeling bad for what is happening when we can make conscious efforts now to save more than just the turtles. Today I’m joined by Lauren Engledow, a turtle ranger dedicated to protecting what is left of the species and rebuilding its future here on the beaches of Mon Repos. You’ll hear us talk about this modern-day threat called light pollution and how its strayed hatchlings from where they rightfully belong. Be informed, be aware, and make conscious efforts against plastic waste for our shared future.   In This Episode, We Discuss: Types of turtles left in the world How plastic pollution affects turtles and surrounding marine life Light pollution and how it stray turtles almost as soon as they’re born Other threats to turtles The imbalance in male and female turtles What we can do to help   Follow Lauren and the Mon Repos Turtles here: Southern Great Barrier Reef (bundabergregion.org)   --- Did you enjoy today’s episode? Thanks for listening! Be sure to subscribe on your favorite podcast app to get notified immediately when a new episode comes out! If you enjoyed the Mercast, please click here to leave a review and share this episode with a friend! I hope you spend some time in nature today! I'll catch you next time. Subscribe to The Mercast ++ Apple Podcasts ++ Spotify ++ Castbox
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    44: Indigenous Solutions to Modern Period Problems with Michele Wilson

    47:07

    Periods, something so natural for our bodies as females are oftentimes considered taboo to talk about. In this episode, we have Michele Wilson, co-founder of a sustainable and carbon-offset brand of period-proof underwear named Awwa. She's here with us to talk about her Maori roots and how she’s taken inspiration from their innovation and made it widely available to the world. Periods don’t have to and shouldn’t contribute to pollution and plastic waste, especially not when it's an integral part of ourselves. Instead of using throw-aways and plastic inside you, please make the switch and contribute to our shared future now.   In This Episode, We Discuss: Michele’s inspiration for creating Awwa Using old technology in modern times Carbon offsetting and sustainable sourcing for Awwa Awwa’s impact on indigenous communities in New Zealand How their panties work against our periods The choices available for zero-waste periods New inclusive lines coming up for the trans community and more   Follow Michele and Awwa: Michele Wilson | LinkedIn Awwa Period Underwear | Website   ---   Did you enjoy today’s episode? Thanks for listening! Be sure to subscribe on your favorite podcast app to get notified immediately when a new episode comes out! If you enjoyed the Mercast, please click here to leave a review and share this episode with a friend! I hope you spend some time in nature today! I'll catch you next time. Subscribe to The Mercast ++ Apple Podcasts ++ Spotify ++ Castbox
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    43: A New Narrative of Progress with Helena Norberg-Hodge Part 5 of 5

    9:27

    To conclude my five-part series with the amazing Helena Norberg Hodge, we discuss reclaiming our power of choice by making the switch to using local products and reducing our emissions. We bring to light the faults of industries, proposing a new way to tackle our overall impact on the planet. For the youth listening in-- Helena has a special message for you, addressing the quality of life corporations have placed on you and how we want to support you all through your journeys.   In This Episode, We Discuss: An epidemic of anxiety and depression amongst the youth Join the local food movement Taking a step back and asking ourselves how we can ultimately help It's not one solution for the planet-- it's many solutions Staying connected with our local community We have the power of choice   Follow Helena Hodge: Instagram @helenanorberghodge Twitter @helenanhodge Facebook @HelenaNorbergHodge   ---   Did you enjoy today’s episode? Thanks for listening! Be sure to subscribe on your favorite podcast app to get notified immediately when a new episode comes out! If you enjoyed the Mercast, please click here to leave a review and share this episode with a friend! I hope you spend some time in nature today! I'll catch you next time. Subscribe to The Mercast ++ Apple Podcasts ++ Spotify ++ Castbox
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    42: A New Narrative of Progress with Helena Norberg-Hodge Part 4 of 5

    12:55

    Corporations and businesses ferry across the world goods just for one part of their value chains-- much like being shipped from England, processed in China, then packaged in Thailand. We must ask; do we really need to move food and goods around so much? In this episode, Helena and I go in-depth about the importance of making sustainable choices to uplift our local farmers' markets and support the community economy.   In This Episode, We Discuss: The flow of goods in this globalised world The problems in importing and exporting goods Building the local economy with farmers markets   Follow Helena Hodge: Instagram @helenanorberghodge Twitter @helenanhodge Facebook @HelenaNorbergHodge   ---   Did you enjoy today’s episode? Thanks for listening! Be sure to subscribe on your favorite podcast app to get notified immediately when a new episode comes out! If you enjoyed the Mercast, please click here to leave a review and share this episode with a friend! I hope you spend some time in nature today! I'll catch you next time. Subscribe to The Mercast ++ Apple Podcasts ++ Spotify ++ Castbox
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    41: A New Narrative of Progress with Helena Norberg-Hodge Part 3 of 5

    13:32

    In our global society today, multinational corporations remain faceless and nameless to us as consumers to the point where it affects our mental health greatly. We strive for fame, for being known, and in this increasing globalization of the world, our likelihood to rise slim down immensely. In this episode, Helena talks about what we can do, from our conscious choices to how we treat the world at our fingertips we call our cellphones, all to cure this world's deep loneliness.   In this Episode, We Discuss: The consequences of a government focused on global growth Economics of Happiness: Localising instead of Globalising Changing how we see fame Decentralizing a global society Choosing local and developing relationships   Follow Helena Hodge: Instagram @helenanorberghodge Twitter @helenanhodge Facebook @HelenaNorbergHodge   ---   Did you enjoy today’s episode? Thanks for listening! Be sure to subscribe to your favorite podcast app to get notified immediately when a new episode comes out! If you enjoyed the Mercast, please click here to leave a review and share this episode with a friend! I hope you spend some time in nature today! I'll catch you next time. Subscribe to The Mercast ++ Apple Podcasts ++ Spotify ++ Castbox
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    40: A New Narrative of Progress with Helena Norberg-Hodge Part 2 of 5

    13:28

    Climate change has been in people's minds since Al Gore’s efforts to expose the truth with his documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” from a little over a decade ago. But what a lot of us don't know is that there are larger forces with far greater impact than us individuals. Corporations produce so much waste that even the great former U.S vice president had failed to address or even acknowledge it. Listen in this second part of a five-episode special with Helena Hodge as we uncover these larger forces and how the lack of acknowledgment and even awareness has bred the dominant narrative that it is us or human nature to blame for our world’s deteriorating state. In this Episode, We Discuss:   The root causes of Climate Change The things that are looked over in a normal Climate Debate The impact of industry and its advancements to Climate Change How economies have been dependent on big business to the extent that big corporations have the power to influence a nation's trade policies How we can move on from self blame for this global crisis The bigger things we can do other than planting trees to save our planet   Follow Helena Hodge: Instagram @helenanorberghodge Twitter @helenanhodge Facebook @HelenaNorbergHodge --- Did you enjoy today’s episode? Thanks for listening! Be sure to subscribe on your favorite podcast app to get notified immediately when a new episode comes out! If you enjoyed the Mercast, please click here to leave a review and share this episode with a friend! I hope you spend some time in nature today! I'll catch you next time. Subscribe to The Mercast ++ Apple Podcasts ++ Spotify ++ Castbox
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    39: A New Narrative of Progress with Helena Norberg-Hodge Part 1 of 5

    26:59

    With the world moving at such a pace, it's easy to make the decision to choose convenience over consciousness. These seemingly small individual decisions only rear its ugly head when we look at the much bigger picture-- one we call pollution. To share with us today her 45-year journey in the making, is Helena Norberg-Hodge, a woman with a mission to revitalise cultural and biological diversity. We bring up issues from big business that contribute the most to plastic waste, all the way down to social and cultural issues our society faces today. Join us today so we all can make better, more informed decisions for our shared future. Follow Helena Norberg-Hodge: Instagram @helenanorberghodge Twitter @helenanhodge Facebook @HelenaNorbergHodge --- Did you enjoy today’s episode? Thanks for listening! Be sure to subscribe on your favorite podcast app to get notified immediately when a new episode comes out! If you enjoyed the Mercast, please click here to leave a review and share this episode with a friend! I hope you spend some time in nature today! I'll catch you next time. Subscribe to The Mercast ++ Apple Podcasts ++ Spotify ++ Castbox
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    38: From Fishing Nets to Sustainable Skateboards with David Stover

    1:13:13

    Solving the ocean plastic pollution won’t be easy but we have no choice since the ocean is littered with million metric tons of plastics every single year. This problem is a great threat to all the marine species and their habitats. Everyone can do something to reduce the amount of plastic that enters the ocean and our guest for today is contributing in reducing the plastic waste that’s being thrown at the sea. Join me in this episode as I interview Bureo’s co-founder and CEO, David Stover! Bureo, Inc., is a certified B-Corp with a mission to end fishing net pollution to help protect our ocean! Find out how discarded fishing nets are turned into the most sustainable skateboards and sunglasses!   In this Episode, We Discuss: How Bureo started Intentional recycling Stats on why fishing nets are considered the most harmful ocean plastics The importance of having a disposal system in every fishing ports Ocean cleanups and tackling the source of plastic pollution Plastic recycling and greenwashing David and Bureo’s recycling process What is ocean plastics? Activism and why it’s needed to break into people’s and companies mindset Why being a surfer matters to David and what it entails for his business   Follow David Stover: Bureo Inc LinkedIn Twitter --- Did you enjoy today’s episode? Thanks for listening! Be sure to subscribe on your favorite podcast app to get notified immediately when a new episode comes out! If you enjoyed the Mercast, please click here to leave a review and share this episode with a friend! I hope you spend some time in nature today! I'll catch you next time. Subscribe to The Mercast ++ Apple Podcasts ++ Spotify ++ Castbox  
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    37: The Impacts of Chemicals on Hormones in Our Bodies with Dr. Leo Trasande MD, MPP

    1:20:01

    Plastics not only destroy our planet but also degrades our health. Harmful chemicals like endocrine disrupting-chemicals can be easily found in today’s products. To have a better understanding of these hazardous chemicals, Dr. Leo Trasande returns to talk about the impacts of chemicals on hormones in our bodies! Dr. Leo Trasande is a physician at NYU and the author of Sicker, Fatter, Poorer and an internationally renowned leader in environmental health. He is best known for a series of studies published in Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology and the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism Join me in this episode as we talk about how you can avoid these harmful chemicals, the regulations on these materials, it’s impact on children and adults, and what you can do to spread more awareness about this issue! In this Episode, We Discuss: The regulations related to toxic chemicals Why plastic is dangerous to our health The chemical structure of plastics that makes it harmful Dr. Leo explains the endocrine system and why you should be concerned about disrupting chemicals Natural vs. Synthetic The types of plastics Safe and simple steps you can take to avoid plastics and harmful chemicals The top 10 diseases linked to plastic exposure The problem with lack of transparency and regulation If plastic clothing is a concern or not How to be the change you seek   Get to know Dr. Leo: Dr. Leo Trasande is an internationally renowned leader in environmental health. His research focuses on the impacts of chemicals on hormones in our bodies. He also led the way in documenting the economic costs for policymakers of failing to prevent diseases of environmental origin proactively. To know more about Dr. Leo and his works, you can go to his website here Dr. Leo Trasande Twitter --- Did you enjoy today’s episode? Thanks for listening! Be sure to subscribe on your favorite podcast app to get notified immediately when a new episode comes out! If you enjoyed the Mercast, please click here to leave a review and share this episode with a friend! I hope you spend some time in nature today! I'll catch you next time. Subscribe to The Mercast ++ Apple Podcasts ++ Spotify ++ Castbox

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