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Eco Insights

Eco Insights

By Eco Circle International
Today we are faced with the daunting reality of the environmental crises. But together, we can solve it. One action, one conversation, one insight at a time. Join Chloe Young and Georgia Scarr, environmentalists from the youth led non-profit Eco Circle International, along with other globally influential figures, as they unpack the intersections of climate change, human rights, economics, and more.
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Collaboration in Sustainability (Professor Xavier Basurto)
In today’s episode, our hosts interview Professor Xavier Basurto from Duke University. We discuss the evolution and intersectionality of his career, the importance of collaboration within sustainability, and his research into common-pool resources and collective action. Professor Basturto explains his research with the Seri people from a Mexican fishing community, where he developed strategies to support small-scale fisheries. Now more than ever, it is crucial we work with communities around the world to protect the global commons.
21:39
October 9, 2021
Queer Brown Vegan (Isaias Hernandez)
On today’s episode, hosts Chloe Young and Georgia Scarr interviewed Isaias Hernandez, Environmental Educator and Creator of Queer Brown Vegan. We spoke about utilizing social media in social justice movements, taking accountability, and the importance of amplifying the voices of marginalized communities. The climate crisis is inherently intersectional, and Queer Brown Vegan truly embodies this. Be sure to visit https://queerbrownvegan.com to learn more.
24:23
September 12, 2021
Greenfluidics & Their Intelligent Solar Biopanel (Adan Ramirez)
On today’s episode, Chloe and Georgia spoke to Adan Ramirez, the Co-Founder of Greenfluidics. Greenfluidics created an Intelligent Solar Biopanel based on microalgae and nanotechnology, all with the aim of building an energy efficient future that benefits both the planet and the people. Adan told us about the inspiration for the technology, the process of creating it, and how it compares to other renewable energy alternatives such as solar panels.
36:52
July 21, 2021
Interdisciplinary Flooding Research at Stanford (Frances Davenport)
Frances Davenport, a PhD student at Stanford University in the Earth Systems Science department, was a part of the ground breaking study that found that intensifying precipitation contributed one-third of the financial costs of flooding in the United States over the past three decades. This begs the question… how does Climate Change impact flooding? What is the difference between snowmelt-driven and rain-driven flooding, and what does it have to do with Climate Change? How are flooding patterns changing over time? All insightful questions, answered in this episode.
25:04
June 24, 2021
National Geographic, Oceans & Youth Involvement (Baylee Ritter)
On today’s episode of Eco Insights, Chloe and Georgia spoke to Baylee Ritter, a woman working to protect both the planet and its people in various ways. She is a National Geographic Young Explorer, Youth Advisor for the Ocean Project, Founder of ‘Operation Endangered Species’ and the ‘Prescription Pill and Drug Disposal Program’, and she recently started a plastic-free shop called ‘Everyone’s Collective’. Baylee told us about the incredible work she has done, including the lessons she has learnt and the significance of each project, in addition to how she thinks other youth can get involved and truly make an impact.
53:07
June 5, 2021
Indigenous Rights & Public Lands (Chase Iron Eyes)
Chase Iron Eyes is an Indigenous rights activist, Attorney with Lakota People’s Law Protect, and the Co-founder of “Last Real Indians''. Today we spoke with him about indiengous rights and public lands in, what is now known as, the United States of America. Now more than ever, indigenous people need to truly be listened to as we confront the environmental crises, as they are not only on the front lines of its impact, but play a key role in the solution. Resources: Watch this short video to learn more about Standing Rock: https://lakotalaw.org/resources/vice-chase  Last Real Indians: https://lastrealindians.com  Stop the Line 3 Pipeline: https://www.stopline3.org/#intro 
53:44
May 15, 2021
Political Engagement & CCV Global (Rory Moore)
Rory Moore is the founder of CCV Global, the world’s largest COVID-19 volunteering network and an advisor to UK government on volunteering strategy. In this episode, we discuss how starting small is the key achieving great successes, and the importance of diverse perspectives in politics. Rory also shares advice on how young people can get involved in politics and not only be heard, but truly listened to. You can check out CCV Global and volunteer by visiting https://www.ccvglobal.org .
20:46
April 28, 2021
Political Cartoons and Environmental Education Accessibility (Alexandra Bowman)
To kick off Season 2 of Eco Insights, our hosts spoke with Alexandra Bowman, a junior at Georgetown University and Editorial Political Cartoonist for Our Daily Planet and the Lincoln Project. Climate information can be complex and hard to understand, but in order for the environmental movement to be successful, the information needs to be accessible. Alexandra explained how art forms, such as cartoons, can do this, and she also spoke about how youth artists can get involved in activism and take advantage of the opportunities around them.
44:19
April 22, 2021
Waste and Pollution in Africa (Kevin Mtai)
Kevin Mtai is an environmental activist from Kenya who has done significant work with various organizations and campaigns, such as ‘Mock COP26’ and ‘Africa Is Not A Dumpster’. With a medical background and vast experience in the environmental crises, he told us about the various negative impacts of landfill, in addition to corporate, government and individual responsibility in reducing waste, specifically in the case of Africa.
35:18
April 8, 2021
Sustainability Within The Electricity Industry (Neena Hemmady)
In this episode, we met with environmental engineer, Neena Hemmady, and discussed the pushes for sustainability that she’s been able to achieve whilst working at an electricity utility. We spoke about the importance of working from the inside of a major fossil fuel emitting industry and about having hope for the future of energy.
22:55
March 14, 2021
Vertical Farming: A Sustainable Way to Combat Food Insecurity (Eddy Badrina)
In today’s episode, our hosts spoke with Eddy Badrina, CEO of Eden Green. Eden Green uses vertical farming technology to help the world sustainably grow large amounts of food to create a healthier and happier existence for all. Urban farming is expanding rapidly, and with good reason. Our guest explains how vertical farming actually works, the advantages and disadvantages to it, and how it can be scaled globally.
27:20
February 28, 2021
Environmentalism in the Middle East and Local Food Systems (Rayan Kassem)
Mainstream media often only focuses on the environmental movement in the West, however, the environmental crises varies widely around the world. Rayan Kassem, who has lived in Lebanon, Austria and Denmark, provides us insight into these differences, and their significance. Such discrepancies also occur in food systems, and we discuss the significance of sustainable food and how it differs depending on the surrounding ecosystem and local conditions.
32:48
February 16, 2021
COP 25 and Environmental Organizing (Roz Beile)
In this episode, we spoke with Roz Beile - a youth environmental activist who attended the COP 25 summit in Madrid and has experience working with various non-profits focused on the environmental crises. We discussed how international conferences are often just  “political photo opportunities” and the significance of youth voices in actively using various platforms to create sustainable change.
18:26
February 10, 2021
Nisreen Elsaim: Effect of Climate Change on Sudan, Gender Inequalities and Youth Voices
Nisreen Elsaim is a Sudanese leader in the climate movement, as well as the Chairperson of the UN Secretary-General's Youth Advisory on Climate Change. After receiving her degree in Physics and Renewable energy, in addition to gaining experience through being an International Junior Negotiator and involvement with various African climate groups, she is well versed in the impacts of the environmental crises (specifically on Sudan). Today, we spoke about her experiences, the effect of climate change on low-income countries, gender inequalities, and the link between climate and conflict. In the interview, she mentioned a video about the impacts of recent flooding on Sudan which you can see here: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10222246733810679&id=1035339508
32:07
January 27, 2021
Max Silverman: Teens Be Heard, Youth Activism and Making a Difference
Today, our guest host, Julian Cohen, spoke with Max Silverman, the Executive Director of Teens Be Heard. TBH is a student-led initiative focused on education and awareness in order to combat social injustices. We discussed the role that teens play in activism and some of the steps you can take to make an impact on a local and national scale. Visit TBH's website here: https://www.teensbeheard.org . 
16:28
January 24, 2021
John McNeill: Environmental History, The Industrial Revolution and Population Growth
Professor John McNeill teaches History at Georgetown University, and is best known for “pioneering the study on Environmental History”. In this episode, we discuss what makes anthropogenic climate change historically unique, the global environmental significance of the industrial revolution, as well as differing theories about population growth. Throughout this podcast, reflect on the significance of history in molding current events - especially in the context of our planet.
24:10
January 17, 2021
Ashleyn Przedwiecki: Fast Fashion, Ethical Consumption and Being a Fashion Citizen
Ashleyn Przedwiecki is a Director at Fashion Revolution USA, an Eco-Ethical Event Producer and Designer, and the Founder of Threaded (an organization committed to creatives and visionaries who are leading a more sustainable future for fashion). We spoke with her about the intersections between environmentalism and fast fashion, in addition to the commitments that need to be made by both consumers and corporations in order to achieve a sustainable and ethical fashion industry.
38:48
January 7, 2021
Illinois Youth Climate Movement: Climate Strikes, Youth Voices and COVID-19
Today we spoke with the state leads of the Illinois Youth Climate Movement, Ella Barry and Avery Martin.  ILYCM is responsible for the climate strikes all across Illinois, but they also collaborate with other organizations on events, often representing the youth voice of the movement. Chloe and Georgia are also on the core team of ILYCM, and are regularly inspired by the passion of these two leaders. We discussed the importance of protesting, the process of organising a strike, and the pandemic’s impact on Climate Strikes.
26:33
January 2, 2021
Ammi Borenstein: Outdoor Apparel, Higg Index and Sustainable Business
It’s no surprise that the majority of businesses aren’t sustainable, but as climate change becomes a topic at the forefront of decision making around the globe, this is set to change. This episode features Ammi Borenstein, Founder of Snaplinc Consulting, Higg Index pioneer, and expert in the outdoor apparel industry. We spoke to Ammi about how and why businesses are transitioning to a sustainable model, the importance of quantification and the future of profitable but environmentally friendly business.
33:20
December 21, 2020
Route Del Sol: Van Life, Renewable Energy and Transportation
Tune into this episode where Chloe and Georgia chat with the Founder of Route Del Sol,  who is currently traveling from Alaska to Argentina in a solar powered van! Harnessing the power of photovoltaic energy to travel across the Americas, Joel is well-versed in the ups and downs of renewable energy. Listen to our fascinating discussion about van life, the future of transportation, and the benefits (as well as the difficulties) of renewable energy.
29:25
December 16, 2020
Sophia Kianni: Climate Cardinals & The UN Secretary-General's Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change
Listen to this episode to hear the conversation that our hosts had with Sophia Kianni. In March of 2020, Sophia started an international non-profit, Climate Cardinals, which makes the climate movement more accessible to all. They do this by translating climate information, and to date they have translated climate information into over 100 languages which has reached above 350,000 people. The ECI team has even joined their movement by translating 8 texts. Furthermore, she is the youngest member on the United Nations Secretary-General's Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change, an organizer for Fridays For Future, and an inspiration to both youth & adults globally. During this podcast, we hope that you reflect on the importance of globally accessible climate information and the impact of language barriers.
20:15
November 27, 2020
Jordan Williams: Untold Magazine, Journalism & Perspectives
Today we spoke with Jordan Williams, junior in high school from Chicago, Illinois and Founder of Untold Magazine. Untold aims to give an inside look into the lives of young adults, and through sharing these stories they hope to inspire readers, provide a voice for the voiceless, and be a catalyst for conversation. Listen to this episode to hear the insightful conversation the hosts had with Jordan about the importance of telling stories, understanding different perspectives and activism. After listening, we hope you reflect on where you get your information from & whether different perspectives are being accounted for.
38:13
November 23, 2020
Ava Hedeker: F(earth)er Magazine and Interdisciplinary Environmental Education
In today's episode, we spoke with Ava Hedeker, Founder & Editor-In-Chief of F(earth)er Magazine. F(earth)er focusses on interdisciplinary environmentalism, and allows youth to discover and write about the intersections between their passions and sustainability. Currently used by 24 schools and thousands of readers, it encourages individuals to reflect on the widespread connections of the crisis. After listening to this episode, we want you to consider how environmentalism links to your academic interests or field of work and how you think schools & other institutions can better educate people on sustainability.
36:52
November 9, 2020
Graeme Phillips: Youth Activist, Campaign Worker and Founder of Chicago Socrates
Join our hosts as they interview their first guest: Graeme Phillips. Graeme is an 18 year old Filipino-American activist from Chicago. His journey in politics began at age 14 and he has since gained experience through internships, trips abroad and working on campaigns. Most recently, he founded Chicago Socrates, an organization that provides a platform for youth artists to express their creativity on a large scale and showcase their artivism (art activism). He shared with the hosts some inspiring messages about following your passions, not being afraid of failure, and having compassion. 
36:26
October 29, 2020
A Chat With ECI's Founders
Before we get on to interviewing other people, it's time to get to know our hosts: Chloe Young and Georgia Scarr, Founders of Eco Circle International. Listen to this episode to hear about the ups and downs they faced getting to where they are now, what ECI is currently doing and where they are planning on taking Eco Circle International in the future.
24:09
October 28, 2020
Eco Insights Trailer
Today we are faced with the daunting reality of the environmental crises. But together, we can solve it. One action, one conversation, one insight, at a time.  Join environmentalists from the youth led non-profit Eco Circle International, along with other globally influential figures, as they unpack the intersections of climate change, human rights, economics, and more.
01:41
October 28, 2020