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Custodians of the Planet

Custodians of the Planet

By Deniz Yildiz
Custodians of the Planet is an interdisciplinary podcast dedicated to being the voice of the environment and nature. Each episode will provide news, interviews, and narration on a wide range of environmental issues. The platform aims to reveal the tensions and harmony of human activities on a changing climate and invites listeners to tune in to nature. Through innovative storytelling, immersive interviews, and a critical analysis of current environmental news Custodians of the Planet will blend our experiences in everyday life with the endless beauty and dynamic environments of our world.
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Bioregionalism as a new regenerative paradigm
Most of us agreed on the need for change, yet we still don't know how. This episode is an interview with Joe Brewer who is a change strategist, cognitive scientist, and complexity researcher. We explore notions such as bioregionalism, regeneration, and designing culture. For more: https://earth-regenerators.mn.co/ Credits: - Bonnie Perris - Script Editor - Taylor Coyne - Graphic Designer ♪ Francis Bebey - Forest nativity
01:00:01
April 26, 2021
Custodians of the Planet Launch: Panel discussion on Regenerative Futures
Custodians of the Planet explores different 'ways of being and ways of thinking' on environmental issues through audio portraits. This episode is Custodians of the Planet's launch event and the live panel discussion on regenerative futures with Associate Professor Tema Millstein (UNSW), Professor Chris Riedy (UTS), Kristen Junor of Reverse Garbage and Sara Rickard Of Futuregiving/ Fuckgiving. About the panellists: Tema Milstein is the Associate Professor of Environment & Society and Convenor of Master's of Environmental Management Program of the University of New South Wales. Her research and teaching focus on the intersections of culture, discourse, and ecological relations. Milstein's research interests span the globe, examining ecocultural meaning systems and identity, ecotourism and endangered wildlife, ecological activism, and culture jamming. Chris Riedy is Professor of Sustainability Governance and Director of Higher Degree Research at the Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney. He is a transdisciplinary academic with a career focus on governance for sustainable futures. Riedy draws on sociological and political theory, futures thinking and transformative science to design, facilitate and evaluate practical experiments in transformative change towards sustainable futures. Kirsten Junor is a creative reuse expert, the Creative Director of Reverse Garbage. Reverse Garbage is a creative reuse centre making a difference in the world by reducing waste and creating change in the way they look at resources. Reverse Garbage saves materials from going to landfill and renew their value by making them available for reuse by families, students, artists and community groups. Reverse Garbage inspires individuals on how to live creatively, more sustainably and more meaningfully. Sara Rickard AKA the Sustainability Ninja and Fuckgiver, is both a Biomedical Scientist & Environmental Engineer. She is the Co-Founder and Chief-Doer of Futuregiving. She brings purpose and passion into everything she does. She is a published author in education, systems, design, transformative learning, and eco-footprinting. Futuregiving redefines the way they work and co-create things. They operate from a place of why, and think about the who before they look at the how, or what. They believe collectively, we can make the world more awesome. Credits: -Baran Yildiz- Script Editor - Krisjoe Fuertes- Tech ♪ Back to Nature - Nightmare on Wax
01:21:46
January 8, 2021
Mining, but beyond the sky; in space and on other planets
This episode is an interview with Alice Gorman who is an archaeologist, heritage consultant, and a space archeologist. We talk about mining activities on Earth and later we head off into space to explore the solar system and space mining. Credits: - Bonnie Perris- Script Editor - Krisjoe Fuertes- Tech
46:22
December 3, 2020
Human- Shark conflicts: Work in progress from " shark attack" to " shark bite"
This episode is an interview with Leonardo Guida who is a shark scientist and shark advocate at the Australian Marine Conservation Society. Our conversation is  dedicated to changing the perception of sharks from one of fear to appreciation and includes topics like their diet, whether we're  on their menu, why sharks are threatened, by what/ whom, and things you can do to protect them! Credits: - Bonnie Perris- Script Editor - Krisjoe Fuertes- Tech
40:18
October 23, 2020
Tuning in to the edges of the Earth: Glaciers
This episode is an interview with Helen Amanda Fricker who is a glaciologist  and professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego where she is a director of the Scripps Polar Center.   Our informative conversation focuses on how and why glaciers lose/ gain mass and how it affects surrounding  ecosystems and communities. - Bonnie Perris- Script Editor - Polar Bear-  Chairman Maf  - Krisjoe Fuertes- Tech
25:24
October 11, 2020
 Covid19: A catalyst for rethinking the way we live and design
The structure of how we build, design and inhabit cities has been changing during the Covid 19 pandemic. In this episode, we have an intriguing conversation with Rory Hyde who is Designer and Curator of Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Our conversation covers how Covid 19 may affect the way we design and inhabit cities including workspaces, museums and possible new trends such as lower density living.  Credits: - Rachel Raymond- Script Editor - Krisjoe Fuertes- Tech
45:57
August 15, 2020
Indigenous knowledge and intellectual property rights
This episode is an interview with Professor Daniel Robinson who is a researcher at UNSW and works on various projects with the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD). This episode helps listeners to engage with the complexity and diversity of Indigenous knowledge and intellectual property rights.  Credits: - Bonnie Perris- Script Editor - Krisjoe Fuertes- Tech
41:04
August 6, 2020
Seaside Scavenge: Plastics 101
Have you ever wondered what the number inside the three arrow triangle really means at the bottom of a plastic?In this episode, we get to know plastic and its impact on a deeper level with AJ Linke who is the CEO and founder of Seaside Scavenge. AJ shares awesome tips on how to reduce plastic waste and progress towards a plastic-free living.  Our conversation covers the plastic in our clothes and ways of tackling this problem.
52:26
July 24, 2020
The Routledge Handbook of Ecocultural Identity
We’re excited to share with you an hour of discussion with The Routledge Handbook of Ecocultural Identity editors and authors Tema Milstein, Jose Castro- Sotomayor and John Carr. In this episode we review the Handbook and explore dominant understandings of who we are and how our ways of identifying have implications on Earth. Book description: "The Routledge Handbook of Ecocultural Identity brings the ecological turn to sociocultural understandings of self. The editors introduce a broad, insightful assembly of original theory and research on planetary positionalities in flux in the Anthropocene – or what in this Handbook cultural ecologist David Abram presciently renames the Humilocene, a new “epoch of humility.”  The Routledge Handbook of Ecocultural Identity is one of the books that every library should have!  If you'd like to enrich your library, 25% discount code when ordering the book from Routledge = ACR02 (expires on 26/06/21) Credits: - Bonnie Perris- Script Editor - Krisjoe Fuertes- Tech
01:13:56
July 13, 2020
Carbon dioxide capture and storage technologies
This episode is an interview with Munir Sadiq who is a PhD at the Materials Engineering Department of Monash University and scientist at CSIRO. Munir explains his exciting study that has set a new record carbon for dioxide capture.Our conversation includes the characteristic of the industry and touch upon issues related to its benefits and harms. Credits: - Bonnie Perris- Script Editor - Krisjoe Fuertes- Tech
23:05
July 3, 2020
In memory of George Floyd and David Dungay: All discriminative ‘isms’
This episode is an interview with  Dr Jim Everett who is a social and moral psychologist at the University of Kent. We talk about different types of prejudice and discriminatory behavior and where they come from. Credits: - Bonnie Perris- Script Editor - Krisjoe Fuertes- Tech ♪Better days 
31:07
June 12, 2020
"It was a real jump in the dark and it was a jump out of love: I fell in love with coral reefs"
This episode is an interview with  Dr Charlie Veron who is the first full-time researcher on the Great Barrier Reef . Our conversation covers all fundamental things that you need to know about coral reefs. Credits: - Bonnie Perris- Script Editor - Krisjoe Fuertes- Tech ♪ Pompidou - Portico Quartet
30:52
June 4, 2020
“Everything we do and don’t do is changing the world around us.”
 Frances Moore Lappe reveals the fundamental truth of our interbeingness and fires up the spirit within us. We talk about living democracy, ecomind, and other intriguing concepts in order to live in a sustainable world. Credits: - Bonnie Perris- Script Editor - Krisjoe Fuertes- Tech ♪ Liam Bailey - When Will They Learn
33:35
May 5, 2020
Searching for sustainability with Bryan G. Norton
This episode is an interview with  Bryan Norton who is a pioneer in environmental pragmatism.  We talk about foundational concepts and considerations in environmental ethics and environmental philosophy. Later on, the conversation includes Covid-19 and  its signals about the way we are living. Credits: - Bonnie Perris- Script Editor - Krisjoe Fuertes- Tech ♪ Hesitation Theme and Variation Blues - Marisa Anderson
54:01
April 27, 2020
2020 Earth Day: “We weren’t on a deliberate suicide mission, we were just having a party.”
This episode begins by examining the first Earth Day in 1970 and critiques the ongoing process till 2020 with Catherine Ingram. Catherine is currently a dharma teacher and journalist.  Grief is  part of life even at the best of times so we acknowledge grief on 2020's Earth Day.We discuss different levels of acceptance on the predicament and talk about our feelings. The conversation ends with a confession session with our beloved Earth. Credits - Dinaz Parekh- Script Editor - Krisjoe Fuertes- Tech ♪ Baden Powell - Canto de xango Senator Nelson speech: https://www.c-span.org/video/?459944-3/washington-journal-denis-hayes-discusses-earth-day-sustainable-development&event=459944&playEvent&show=0
41:45
April 21, 2020
When 'meaning in life' meets Covid-19
In this episode, we interviewed Bernadette Vötter who works at the Institute of Psychology, University of Innsbruck. Her PhD thesis focuses on meaning in life among highly gifted. First, we explore how humans find meaning in life and discuss how the human psyche can evolve and adopt the current circumstances.  The conversation includes threats and opportunities that Covid 19 might offer. Credits: - Bonnie Perris- Script Editor - Krisjoe Fuertes- Tech ♪ The sedative situation - Systemics
40:16
April 19, 2020
A-Z of 2019-2020 Bushfire
We’re back with Season 2! This week on Custodians of the Planet, we are reflecting on the 2019-2020 summer hellscape.  Join us in conversation as Scott, John, Guy, and Deniz discuss different aspects of bushfires. The conversation starts with discovering the relationship between climate change and bushfires, followed by the impact on wildlife and later impact on human health. We conclude with how this bushfire actually might have shaped the dynamics of our society and unlock the power of a community. If you’re running short of time; 1:54 - Climate Science & Bushfires: Associate Professor Scott Mooney  is the Deputy Head of the School of Biological Earth, and Environmental Sciences at UNSW.  His research focus is on environmental change of the late Holocene and human impacts. 22:34 - Bushfire impact on Fauna: John Grant  is the Spokeperson of WIRES. WIRES (NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service Inc.) is Australia's largest wildlife rescue organisation. WIRES has been rescuing and caring for wildlife for over 30 years 51:18- Smoke Inhalation and Human Health: Associate Professor Guy Marks is a respiratory physician, epidemiologist and a public health physician. He focuses on lung health with specific focus on airways disease, air pollution and tuberculosis and capacity building for lung health research. John Grant the Spokeperson of WIRES. WIRES (NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service Inc.) is Australia's largest wildlife rescue organisation. WIRES has been rescuing and caring for wildlife for over 30 years. Associate Professor Guy Marks is a respiratory physician, epidemiologist and a public health physician. He focuses on lung health with specific focus on airways disease, air pollution and tuberculosis and capacity building for lung health research.
01:08:39
March 16, 2020
Using humour to talk about climate change
This episode is a conversation with Issy Philips who is a comedian and writer. We talk about finding effective ways to communicate climate change and how using humor can engage the public on climate action. Credits: - Rachel Raymond- Script Editor ♪ Warning bells warning bells by Musicians for Climate Change https://www.facebook.com/musiciansforclimateactionPAGE/videos/1230734870454137/ - Krisjoe Fuertes- Tech
25:21
December 16, 2019
We are on fire!
This episode is an interview with Carlos Nobre who is a climate scientist, a leading expert on the Amazon and climate change.  In the aftermath of Amazon fire, this episode broadens our understanding of  interconnected system in Amazon including politics, economy and biodiversity.  Credits: - Rachel Raymond- Script Editor ♪   Amazonia by The Tree Farers - Krisjoe Fuertes- Tech
26:39
December 9, 2019
Hacking the planet: A discussion on geoengineering
This episode is an interview with Janos Pasztor  who is the Executive Director of the Carnegie  Climate Governance Initiative (C2G2). Our conversation delves into  intertwined issues such as ethics, governance and public participation in the context of geoengineering. 
30:07
November 24, 2019
Emotions of climate breakdown
This episode is an interview with Carol Ride who is the founder of Psychologists for a Safe Climate.  We talk about eco-anxiety and climate grief and followed by self-care tips to cope with them. Credits: - Bonnie Perris - Script Editor ♪   Gaza- Valango Khoza and Leo Dale - Krisjoe Fuertes- Tech
41:05
November 17, 2019
Australian Great Bight - " turn down the volume human!"
This episode is an interview with Peter Owen, Director of Wilderness Society in South Australia. We talk about the Great Australian Bight where is in high demand by oil companies.  We conclude this episode with Equinor's statement, as we contacted them to comment on the exploration drilling and ongoing process.  Credits: - Bonnie Perris - Script Editor ♪  Songs of the Humpback Whale  by Capital Records ‎– ST-620 - Krisjoe Fuertes- Tech
26:17
November 11, 2019
"It's time for us to be very truthful with ourselves and with each other"
 This episode is an interview with Dean Walker who is one of the representatives of 'Deep Adaptation'. Deep adaptation is a framing that acknowledges a near term societal collapse is inevitable due  to climate change.  We talk about existential scale set of challenges and ways of approaching it.  Credits: - Rachel Raymond - Script Editor ♪  Edge of Eternity -  Norma Rockwell - Krisjoe Fuertes- Tech
38:47
November 4, 2019
How to offset your carbon emissions when traveling
This episode is a confession based on an overseas trip.  We cognize our carbon footprint and get down to the  nitty gritty of carbon offsets with Wayne Wescott, CEO of Green Fleet.  Links to check out :  https://www.footprintcalculator.org/ Credits: - Bonnie Perris- Script Editor ♪  Get a move on - Mr Scruff  - Krisjoe Fuertes- Tech
33:43
October 20, 2019
"We're occupying the sea now"
This episode discovers marine urbanisation with Mariana Mayer Pinto who is a marine ecologist. Our conversation takes a dive into Sydney's underwater scene. Credits: - Bonnie Perris- Script Editor ♪  Sunday Stroll -  Huma Huma - Krisjoe Fuertes- Tech
23:16
October 13, 2019
Bringing nature to your plate
This episode is an interview with Diego Bonetto who is a wild food forager. Bonetto  deepens our understanding of foraging philosophy and shares tips on how to get started. Credits: - Bonnie Perris- Script Editor ♪  Don't eat something that you don't know what it is -Sergei Boutenko  - Krisjoe Fuertes- Tech
30:23
October 6, 2019
We witnessed the largest environmental protest in history
This episode is an interview with climate strikers and a discussion of what this strike really means.  Credits: Rachel Raymond- Script Editor ♪ We shall overcome- Paul Morton References https://newsroom.unsw.edu.au/news/social-affairs/why-attending-climate-strike-can-change-minds-most-importantly-your-own https://www.notbusinessasusual.co/ https://globalclimatestrike.net/ https://www.fridaysforfuture.org
11:49
September 30, 2019
Extinction Rebellion: "Be the change that you want to be"
This episode is an interview that gives us an opportunity to get to know XR closer and discusses nasty issues of our lifetime with Holly Champion who is a member of XR Sydney.
37:51
September 23, 2019
" Poetry can stop bulldozers, it does make change"
This episode is an interview with John Kinsella who is a poet and non-violent activist. Kinsella explains the role of language and poetry in justice movements & activism and shares their views on the intersectionality of justice issues.   Credits: Bonnie Perris- Script Editor ♪Grace Behind the Curtain - Silent Partner
32:25
September 16, 2019
How does connecting with nature help us care for the Earth?
Given the complexity of conservation in this day and age and challenges up against, this episode  explores the role of values in conservation and discusses ways of fostering environmental stewardships with Dr Rosalie Chapple. Credits: Bonnie Perris- Script Editor ♪Blue Infusion 
19:34
September 9, 2019
Why and how to sprout green roofs
This episode is an interview with Dr. John Blair, an informative conversation about living roofs which is a climate change mitigation measure that may be taken by every individual/ business. Credits to: Bonnie Perris- Script Editor ♪Dan Lebowitz- Parkside Krisjoe Fuertes- Tech
17:45
September 1, 2019
What do you think about whether coal is a blessing or a curse for Australia?
This episode is  a Climate Change Politics 101  with Prof. John Merson who explains how and why climate change became a political game.  Credits to: Bonnie Perris- Script Editor ♪ Lee Dorsey- Working in a coal mine Krisjoe Fuertes- Tech
28:48
August 25, 2019
"When you get the sounds right, everything else falls in places"
This episode takes us an journey with Andrew Skeoch, who listens with his heart and mind and records sounds of nature. He shares his experiences, feelings and takes us an adventure to Fitzroy River,  Western Australia.  Credits to: Joey Pecorero- Mornings Rachel Raymond Krisjoe Fuertes
27:50
August 19, 2019
"Single use plastic is everywhere!"
This episode is an interview with Arlian Ecker, AKA Plastic Free Boy  who is  13 years old young Australian, sharing his visionary  stance towards plastic free future.  Credits to: Baran Yildiz - Sansi Bonnie Perris Krisjoe Fuertes
11:54
August 19, 2019
“We feel like it’s all over, and it’s absolutely not all over"
This episode takes us on a journey with   Prof. Tema Milstein who encourages us to contemplate ' What kind of a discursive formation we want to be part of'. Credits to: ♪Baran Yildiz - Rainbows Krisjoe Fuertes - Tech Rachel Raymond - Script Editor ♪The Madrigal - Ride to the Moon
29:38
August 10, 2019