Green-themed Podcasts

Jon has discovered there are a number of green-themed podcasts you can listen to. He has found it is a good way of keeping informed, a way of finding inspiration and getting some every day tips to help the planet.

Here are a selection of green podcasts that are worth a listen:

Mothers of Invention

This is a podcast on feminist climate change solutions from (mostly) women around the world. Former Irish president Mary Robinson joins Maeve Higgins, a comedian and writer, and series producer Thimali Kodikara. The podcast has a serious theme of course but it is a lot of fun to listen to. They dig into the biggest climate issues of our time but do it in a way that will make you laugh with memorable storytelling.

Women are on the front line when it comes to climate change. Guests are inspirational women from around the world. Jon enjoys the way it focuses on climate justice and talking to indigenous communities who are impacted the most.

The Knepp Wildland Podcast

Jon read about Knepp in the book Wilding last summer. It is an area in West Sussex which has been rewilded. On the podcast you can experience some of the wildlife wonders encountered there. The latest episode is about the purple emperor butterfly. Talking about their lifecycle and what they are learning about them.

Green-themed podcasts

What Planet are we on?

A newly launched podcast where Liz Bonnin from Radio 5 live discusses environmental issues with guest. Jon listened to ‘We have to believe it’s possible’, an insightful discussion with Sir David Attenborough. The second part of the episode talks about 10 tips for tackling climate change. They are every day tips that everyone can follow from Project Drawdown’s Crystal Chissell.

The podcast is just starting out but it seems like it will be well worth a listen!

Here are just a few green-themed podcasts but we hope they give you a taste for what’s out there!

Non-organic fruit and veg

Which ones should you choose?

When out shopping it’s always a good idea to pick organic fruit and veg, best if produced locally and in season. But what about non-organic fruit and veg? Jon recently came across some interesting information that a student gave him. It was about ‘the clean fifteen and the dirty dozen’. Some fruit and veg contain more pesticides than others so they could have an adverse effect on your health. Therefore, if you are on a budget and can’t always buy organic then this can be a good guide.

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So, with these lists you can see which fruit and veg are most affected by pesticides. The Environmental Working Group produce and regularly update them. It is a non-profit, non-partisan organisation dedicated to protecting human health and the environment. The Clean Fifteen lists the produce least likely to hold pesticide residues. In addition, the dirty dozen are those fruits and vegetables with the most pesticides.

The Clean Fifteen

  1. Avocados
  2. Sweet Corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Cabbage
  5. Sweet Peas – Frozen
  6. Onions
  7. Asparagus
  8. Mangoes
  9. Papayas
  10. Kiwi
  11. Aubergine
  12. Grapefruit
  13. Melon
  14. Cauliflower
  15. Sweet potatoes

The Dirty Dozen

  1. Apples
  2. Strawberries
  3. Grapes
  4. Celery
  5. Peaches
  6. Spinach
  7. Sweet Bell Peppers
  8. Nectarines (imported)
  9. Cucumbers
  10. Cherry Tomatoes
  11. Snap Peas (imported)
  12. Potatoes

Organic fruit and veg helps pollinators too. Pesticides often harm bees in particular, due to its toxicity and can kill them. So, this is another good reason to go organic. For example, around 75% of crop plants require some degree of animal pollination. This includes many of our everyday fruit and vegetables. However, you don’t have to just shop in supermarkets nowadays. There are plenty of alternatives that deliver to your door. For instance, Riverford, Abel&Cole and Farmdrop to name but a few.

Farmers’ markets are also great to visit as produce is locally produced. They enable farmers to sell their products direct to the consumer so that they get a fair price for their work. There are a number of London Farmers’ Markets too, so take a look.