The Disruptive Environmentalist

The Disruptive Environmentalist
Seeking new solutions to big environmental problems: An exploratory podcast shining a light on innovators and thought leaders taking direct actions to tackle environmental issues.
14 - Electric Flying Cars - They’re Almost Here, But Will it be Good News for the Environment? - Akshat Kasliwal, University of Michigan
Apr 25 • 37 min
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…
13 - Cryptonature - Using Blockchain Technology to Tackle Environmental Problems - Pete Howson, Nottingham Trent University
Apr 11 • 47 min
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…
12 - Human Psychology and Climate Change - Forgetting the Deniers and Having Useful Conversations - Dan Rubin PsyD, Clinical Psychologist
Mar 29 • 49 min
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…
11 - Growing Meat in a Lab - Can We Reduce the Environmental Cost of Meat Production Without All Going Vegan? - Shir Friedman, SuperMeat
Mar 14 • 29 min
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…
10 - Could Computer Games Help us Save the Planet? - Dr Umran Ali, University of Salford
Feb 28 • 42 min
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…
09 - Where’s My Water Fountain? - The Problem of Bottled Water - Justine Rose, Water For London
Feb 14 • 41 min
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…
08 – The Food Sharing App – Tessa Clarke, Olio
Jan 31 • 28 min
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…
07 - Biodegradable Plastics From Waste - Jeff Beegle and Tony Bova, Mobius
Jan 17 • 39 min
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…
06 - How To Start Your Own Disruptive Environmental Business – Jay Clouse, Unreal Collective and
Jan 3 • 31 min
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…
05 - Values And Framing - Tom Crompton, Common Cause Foundation
Dec 20, 2018 • 34 min
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…
04 – Influencing Environmental Behaviours – Lessons From Trump and Brexit – Dr David Rose, University of East Anglia
Dec 6, 2018 • 41 min
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…
03 - Creating Animal Feed From Human Waste - Mathieu Chaix-Bar, Weendle
Nov 22, 2018 • 33 min
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.…
02 - Dogs In Conservation - Louise Wilson, Conservation K9 Consulting
Nov 7, 2018 • 40 min
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…
01 – Bootstrapping Conservation - Surveying Endangered Species With Drones – Tom and Tom, Project Erebus
Oct 17, 2018 • 26 min
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…
00 - An Introduction
Oct 15, 2018 • 3 min
A brief introduction to what the podcast is all about, and what I mean by disruptive environmentalism