“No Waste” November…challenge accepted! This week, Jaiko is joined by Michael Joesph, host of the podcast, Sustainable Savings. As we come to the end of the year, it is a great time to reflect on ways that we can reduce our waste and make sustainable changes going into 2021. While the pandemic has affected our ability to be sustainable, there is still space to learn and make change. Michael walks us through his experience with No Waste November and discusses how sustainable choices can actually save people money in the long run. If you need ideas for how to take on this challenge, Jaiko provides ways that she reduces her waste on a daily basis as well as her goals for the month of November. Check out the Sustainable Savings Podcast on all platforms, on Instagram @sustainable.savings, on Twitter and Facebook @podcastsavings, and online at sustainablesavings.org. Look for more information about today’s episode on Instagram @hopefullysustainablepod. Music: https://www.purple-planet.com.
Welcome to Part Two of a two-part series leading up to National Art Day on October 25, 2020. This week, Jaiko is speaking with Christina Foard, former artist-in-residence for the University of Georgia Office of Sustainability. During her time with the Office of Sustainability, Christina facilitated a community-wide social experiment called Imagination Squared where Athens residents demonstrated the meaning of resilience by modifying a 5” wood square. Join us for this interesting and inspiring conversation as Jaiko and Christina discuss the origin of Imagination Squared, the role that art plays in making our communities more resilient, and the existence of an inner artist within all of us. Visit https://imaginationsquared.org/ to see all of the squares that were created as part of Imagination Squared. If you want to learn more about Christina’s artwork, check out https://cfoard.com/home.html. Look for more information about today’s episode on Instagram @hopefullysustainablepod. Music: https://www.purple-planet.com.
Welcome to Part One of a two-part series leading up to National Art Day on October 25, 2020. This week and next week, Jaiko will be speaking with two artists who have combined their passion for art with their passion for sustainability. In today’s episode, we are joined by Abigail West, an artist and activist located in Athens, Georgia. Her artwork utilizes reused and reclaimed material giving new life to otherwise forgotten items. As a result, her work can lead to a conversation about difficult topics such as sustainability. Whether it is a chip bag, a grain bag, or an old street sign, Abigail finds a way to make something beautiful of it. Throughout the episode, Abigail and Jaiko discuss how she combines her passion for art with her passion for sustainability, the role that reuse plays in our society, and how Abigail hopes that her artwork can spark a conversation and leave people feeling hopeful. Find more information about Abigail and her art online at https://www.abigailwest.net/. If you are in the Athens area, check out Abigail’s installation through the end of October. Look for more information about today’s episode on Instagram @hopefullysustainablepod. Music: https://www.purple-planet.com.
In today’s episode, we are talking about the impact of individual actions and how they can add up to make a big difference. In 2019, Pankaj Rajankar and Sandesh Shinde founded Green Cell ATL, a grassroots organization with a mission to increase environmental awareness amongst their family, friends, and community. In one year alone, they saved at least 24,000 plastics plates, 24,000 plastic spoons, and 26,000 plastic water bottles from entering the landfill. Pankaj and Sandesh speak with Jaiko about the origin of Green Cell ATL, some of the projects they have accomplished over the past year, and how everyone has the ability to make sustainable choices in their personal lives. In the second half of the episode, Jaiko speaks with two of the youth members of Green Cell ATL, Akhila Kothapalli and Mahitha Pothuri. These two inspiring youth members discuss the projects they have implemented in their schools and county while also providing perspective on how their generation views issues surrounding climate change and sustainability. Find more information about Green Cell ATL on Instagram and Facebook @greencellatl. Look for more information about today’s episode on Instagram @hopefullysustainablepod. Music: https://www.purple-planet.com.
Meet Carmen Garner, founder of the nonprofit, Inner City Anglers. ICA aims to teach young people to fish and become one with nature while also providing mentorship and character development opportunities for the youth. Carmen has worked as a teacher and mentor for over twenty years, but when the pandemic hit, his ability to bring kids to indoor events such as basketball games was brought to a halt. Rather than let the pandemic stop him, he used his stimulus check to found Inner City Anglers where he could combine his passion for mentorship with fishing. By introducing the kids to fishing and the outdoors, they are learning a new sport while also gaining life skills such as perseverance, self-confidence, and social-emotional awareness. Jaiko and Carmen discuss the mission of Inner City Anglers, their viral NBC Nightly News story, and how investing in a child can change the whole trajectory of their life. Find more information about Inner City Anglers online at innercityanglers.com and on Instagram and Facebook @innercityanglersinc. Look for more information about today’s episode on Instagram @hopefullysustainablepod. Music: https://www.purple-planet.com.
This week, Jaiko sits down with Laurene Hamilton, the Vice President of Programs for the Greening Youth Foundation. As VP of Programs, Laurene is working to engage underrepresented youth and young adults while connecting them to the outdoors and careers in conservation. Before taking this position, Laurene held a variety of roles such as Coordinator for the University of Georgia Extension Service, Coordinator for Georgia State University in their Office of Sustainability, and Recycling Analyst for Cox Enterprises. Throughout the episode, Laurene recounts her takeaways from her previous jobs and shares advice for anyone wanting to pursue a career in the sustainability field. Additionally, Jaiko and Laurene discuss the lack of equity and accessibility that exists in the outdoors and how Greening Youth Foundation is working to provide environmental and wellness education and pathways to green careers for youth and young adults from diverse backgrounds. Find more information about Greening Youth Foundation online at gyfoundation.org and on Instagram @greeningyouth. Look for more information about today’s episode on Instagram @hopefullysustainablepod. Music: https://www.purple-planet.com.
Isabel Aagaard, co-founder of LastObject and located in Copenhagen, Denmark, is on a mission to reduce single-use items across the world. LastObject has begun revolutionizing the sustainable bathroom experience releasing LastSwab, a reusable q-tip, and LastTissue, a set of reusable tissues. They also recently started crowdfunding for their latest product, LastRound, which is a set of reusable cotton rounds. In this episode, Jaiko and Isabel discuss the mission of LastObject, the importance of reusable products, and how European countries are taking action to reduce the prevalence of single use items. Find out more information about LastObject online at www.lastobject.com and on Instagram @lastobject and @lastswab. Look for more information about today’s episode on Instagram @hopefullysustainablepod. Music: https://www.purple-planet.com.
Laura Durenberger, the passionate human behind the Reduce, Reuse, Renew blog, is helping us break down the serious and far-reaching topic of eco-anxiety. In a recent poll, The American Psychological Association found that 56% of adults in the United States believe that climate change is the most important issue facing society today. With the negative effects of climate change becoming more evident, many people are experiencing eco-anxiety, or what the APA defines as “chronic fear of environmental doom.” Laura has managed her generalized anxiety and eco-anxiety for years learning many coping mechanisms along the way. In today’s episode, Jaiko and Laura discuss how today’s climate is impacting the mental health of many, strategies for living with eco-anxiety, and how no matter what, there is hope at the end of the day! Find more information about Laura and the topics discussed throughout the episode online at https://reducereuserenewblog.com/ and on Instagram @reducereuserenewblog. Look for more information about today’s episode on Instagram @hopefullysustainablepod. Music: https://www.purple-planet.com.
Anne Alexis Bennett Alexander has traveled to 67 countries over the last 20 years discovering the connectivity that exists between all of us along the way. As she recently settled back in her home state of Georgia, she decided to take all that she has learned and found a nonprofit organization, The Eco Incubator. Along with building a 0% emissions community service space, The Eco Incubator focuses on teaching health, wellness, and sustainability practices to the community in the most interactive way possible. Anne Alexis is a critical member of the sustainability community whose passion and hope are evident throughout the entire episode! Follow along and support The Eco Incubator online at www.theecoincubator.org. Look for more information about today’s episode on Instagram @hopefullysustainablepod. Music: https://www.purple-planet.com.
Today we are shedding light on something positive that has come out of the pandemic - The Farmlink Project. Back in March, a group of college students saw an opportunity to serve their communities and they acted upon it. Now, students from Brown University, Stanford University, Cornell University and more have come together to reduce food waste and feed people in need. The Farmlink Project is a nonprofit organization that connects farms with food banks. To date, they have rescued 10,000,000 pounds of food which equates to over 7,000,000 meals. Jaiko had the honor of speaking with Mitzi Harris, the leader of the fundraising team. We talk about the origin of The Farmlink Project, their mission to reduce food waste and hunger, and how the organization has inspired the entire country during a time of hardship for so many. Learn more about The Farmlink Project online at https://thefarmlinkproject.org/. You can also find them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Look for more information about today’s episode on Instagram @hopefullysustainablepod. Music: https://www.purple-planet.com.