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****Project Update**** October 2019
Last night I recorded conversation 100, out of 100 conversations about Climate Change (perhaps I should now be saying breakdown or emergency? Which of these words is most likely to engage your interest?)
What a journey. I am incredibly grateful to every one of you who volunteered to share your time, wit, knowledge, curiosity, gentleness and passion with me on this project. Each conversation was a gift and has changed me. It's so important to make space to listen to each other.
Actually I've had many more conversations than just those recorded. And I want to continue having these conversations. This is just the end of the beginning.
I'm now going to be editing extracts of these conversations to share with you. Watch this space, I'll let you know.
I've now had 74 conversations about Climate Change.
I've moved from talking about small actions, to thinking about some bigger actions.
I took a break while I took it all in. I was too busy washing cloth nappies, cleaning jars and darning clothes to be able to do anything else. I was overwhelmed. Though I have always been playing back these conversations in the background and reaching a deeper understanding of where this is going. I feel so lucky to have spoken to so many inspiring people. I can't wait to share this.
I'm back now. Autumn is bringing with it another wave of energy and I am going to finish off the recording. So please do get in touch as I book people in for this last stretch. I really am looking to speak with as diverse a range of people as possible. I'd love to hear from you.
Right, I'm going to make this short... I have a lot of work to do!
I am going to record 100 conversations about Climate Change.
I’ve had 41 so far.
With a 17 year old and a 70 year old, someone living on the Isle of Islay and someone in Florida, someone who was a part of the recent Extinction Rebellion Protests, and someone who has honestly never really thought about all this “Environmental malarkey” before!
I set out to collect some witty anecdotes about trying to live a greener lifestyle; bicycle misadventures, falling in love at the recycling bins, vegan baking success stories and random encounters on the train.
What I didn’t expect was to listen to such deep concern and emotional turmoil.
I have found it moving, fascinating, funny, some parts devastating, occasionally uncomfortable, and often hopeful.
You have made me challenge my own thinking. And many of my actions.
There are so many levels of this conversation, and I hear those who are warning against being distracted by the small stuff. E.g. don’t take your refill coffee cup around smugly thinking that’s enough. (But still take the refill cup.) I am committed to finding my path deeper into the problem. However small positive actions/changes in our lives seems to feel good and bring hope. So that seems a good place to start.
I have discovered Aquafaba I know much more about how tree roots connect to each other I’ve been on a litter pick and collected some pants I regularly shop at refill shops I’m learning to make vegan yogurt I have been writing letters to companies and politicians I have been going to protests I have decided not fly anywhere for a good while I’m trying to dress my kids in second hand clothes
But it’s not just me. Here are a few things you’ve been doing:
Geraldine hosted an Earth Day Party Ann baked for a vegan bake sale George changed energy provider Geraldine researched the environmental impact of how we listen to music George researched eco-friendly beer and found out about CuanTec Sian went litter picking Stanley’s joined Greenpeace Many of you have been trying to reduce your packaging Lily has been signing relevant petitions Sian had a conversation about Climate Change with her dad Pab has joined PACT coffee Ann has opened an account with a Credit Union Sian has been teaching her toddler about wanting less stuff Ann has signed up for SWT 30 wild days Pab has changed his dental floss Aaron wrote a rationale for a social media campaign to encourage positive behaviour change and put me on to this: https://www.weareneutral.com/ Geraldine decided not to apply for a job that would mean travelling to Japan Ann pitched a tent in the garden to have a retreat without going anywhere Stanley is following lots of environmental charities on Twitter to become better informed Sian has been organising her home so she uses and appreciates the things that she has Lily challenged practice at her work place and saw procedures change to use significantly less plastic Pab is getting more involved with the Green Party, fliering and going to meetings Ann is going to investigate soda streams John is reading Joanna Macey’s book and thinking of setting up ‘the Silver Greens’ Michael showed me this- to understand our energy use better: http://gridwatch.co.uk/ Ann researched and showed me the UN Goals for Sustainable Development Geraldine went to the school climate strike
These really are just a few off the top of my head. It turns out I am surrounded by inspiring people who want to
****CALL OUT TO VOLUNTEERS****
Have you been thinking about climate change recently? Do you feel like it's time to start making some changes in your own life? But it's a bit of an awkward conversation... where do you start? What if you don't like lentils?
Then would you like to volunteer for my experiment? Or do you know someone who would?
It’s about making small lifestyle changes that have climate change in mind whilst maintaining a sense of humour. And it’s going to be a podcast.
Reasons why you might volunteer:
You have been thinking for a while that you should really make some changes to your lifestyle to feel good about how it impacts the environment. You just need a little push.
You know and like me, or like the sound of me, and would like to have an excuse to chat to me more often and would feel good about helping me out with my project!
You hate all this climate change nonsense and don’t really believe we can make a difference but will do anything to get a slice of fame*
Reasons to not volunteer:
You are very busy. Fair enough.
You need money for your time. Fair enough. This is an unfunded hobby project that no-one will be paid for making.
You hate the sound of your voice / chatting on the phone. It’s a thing. No worries.
You have done everything you are prepared to do for the climate and currently live a vegan, zero-waste lifestyle growing your own food. I love you, you’re brilliant. But you're a step ahead of the story I want to tell with this podcast. Maybe we'll get to meet you there one day.
*it is very unlikely that this will make you famous. It is a podcast. Not a TV show. But you never know.
The kind of people I’m looking for:
People from a diverse range of backgrounds.
People who live spread out across the world.
People who are chatty, witty and articulate.
A short 30 minute phone call (or more than one!) with me via FaceTime/ Skype or similar. I’m planning to do all the recording before editing everything together to publish it in the Autumn.
Interested? I’d love to hear from you! please email CliMatespodcast@gmail.com