Eco-Activist Journeys

Eco-Activist Journeys

By Léa Weimann
We are the change we wish to see in the world. My name is Léa Weimann and I am a passionate sustainability student looking to make a difference in the world.
Website: www.eco-activists.co.za
Instagram: @ecoactivist.lea
STAR radio Facebook page: @ecoactivistjourneys
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The Myth of Corporate Social Responsibility and the case of the Andi Coal Mine Project in Australia
It's devastating to hear the news about the fires in Australia and the ways Climate Change is already having an impact on animals and humans. However, what is even more frustrating to hear is that companies like Siemens continue to participate in coal mining projects in the region despite calls from activists and youth around the world crying out to respect our future and our planet. It seems that industrial change will only come if it hurts financially and not through any sense of responsibility. Is corporate social responsibility a myth? It is merely a marketing tool? Why do profits continue to be placed over morals? In May 2019 I recorded a podcast about this just before my Sustainable Development exam and I think now the time is right to post it. Why are corporations so important to include in sustainable development? Why is it that they are not responding to activist calls? This podcast discusses these topics further to explore why so little action is taken and about what needs to be done. #ecopodcast #corporatesocialresponsibility #protectthepublicnotindustry #Andi #Siemens #australiafires #sustainability #boycottsiemens #peoplepower #youthactivism
22:43
January 17, 2020
Friday the 29th of November: St Andrews Global Climate Strike & Fashion Revolution
The 29th of November 2019 marked the day of the 4th global climate strike in 2019. Co-incidentally it also coincided with Black Friday - a day of heightened consumerism. That is why this podcast discusses the St Andrews Climate Strike and Fashion Revolution to challenge to norms of today for a better tomorrow. World leaders: we are watching. The winds of change are blowing… For the live radio show on St Andrews Radio (STAR) I was joined by two students from Bell Baxter High School Rebecca McQueen and Sophie Gent as well as Emma Saisi and Kathleen Pitches from Fashion Revolution St Andrews. We discussed the St Andrews Climate Strike that morning, activism, consumerism, fast fashion, standing up for climate justice, hope and the start of a new revolution and a new Earth. #globalclimatestrike #greenfriday #takebackblackfriday #standrews #climateactivists #ecopodcast #anewearth #windsofchange #nevergiveup #climatestrike #climatejustice #voicesofthefuture #ecoactivists
45:13
December 4, 2019
What role do faith communities and churches play in the Climate Crisis?
This podcast episode is a recording from the live radio show discussion with the University of St. Andrews Chaplain Rev. Donald MacEwan on Friday the 8th of November 2019. We discussed the need for increased climate action, why a stronger involvement of churches and faith communities is needed in the Climate Crisis, why there has been a lack thereof and what can be done to foster action and involvement in environmentalism. Tune in for a discussion on hope, crisis and climate action.  Many thanks to Donald MacEwan for joining me on my radio show and for his support of climate action in St Andrews.
49:29
November 18, 2019
"The biggest political issue that we face today" - A discussion on climate politics with MP Stephen Gethins
On Friday the 1st of November 2019 MP Stephen Gethins joined me for a radio show on STAR: St Andrews Radio to discuss climate action and politics. We discussed climate politics in Scotland and the UK, climate goals and targets, the climate strikes, Extinction Rebellion, Citizens Assemblies and creating societal change. This podcast episode is a recording of the live show and I would like to thank Stephen Gethins for joining me and for his support of climate action and activism.
47:01
November 8, 2019
Discussing the Climate Crisis, Human Rights and the Kenly Windfarm with Amnesty St Andrews - STAR podcast recording
This podcast episode from Friday the 11th of October 2019 is a discussion with Amnesty St Andrews’ President Catherine Bentley about the Climate Emergency, human rights and climate action. The questions we addressed in the radio show include: -How do human rights and climate change intersect? -What is Amnesty doing to address the Climate Emergency? -What can we do in St Andrews? -What is the Kenly Windfarm petition about? I hope this can inspire you to get involved in activism and to use the tools that you have to create change. Please also sign and support our Kenly Windfarm petition to power the University of St Andrews on renewables and leave a positive legacy for the future: https://www.change.org/p/university-of-st-andrews-the-university-of-st-andrews-must-begin-the-construction-of-the-kenly-wind-farm?recruiter=1011887513&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&utm_campaign=share_petition
47:33
November 6, 2019
Climate Action St Andrews and Line in the Sand - STAR Radio Podcast
Whose future? - Our future. Let's keep the momentum going and continuing pushing for climate action!  On the 20th of September 2019, a day of global climate strikes, citizens, students and children of St Andrews came together to form a line in the sand for climate change of 1.200 people. This podcast recording is a discussion about the Climate Action St Andrews group, the global climate strikes and the need to keep the momentum going. I was joined in the radio studio for a live show on STAR by my friend and fellow climate activist Bethany Carol on Friday the 4th of October 2019. Our message to you is - keep that passion for our future bottled up inside of you and don’t give up. Get involved. Use your voice. Make a difference.
46:12
November 1, 2019
How to reduce your plastic waste - an interview with “Less Waste Laura”
Single use plastics require massive amounts of energy for a very short and undervalued usage. It is also leading to the pollution of our landscapes and oceans. We can all play a part in reducing the amount of pollution and demand change in the packaging industry. Our choices impact the world in more ways than we often like to admit especially if we decide to go against the norm and do things differently. You never know who you might inspire to consider a different route... This podcast is a short episode with Laura Young on the topic of zero waste, how to start reducing your waste and common questions in the plastic debate. Check out her blog (https://www.lesswastelaura.com/) and Instagram @lesswastelaura for more tips and information on reducing single-use plastics and implementing sustainable lifestyle choices. I hope you enjoy this podcast episode and thank you for tuning in. --- My webpage: http://eco-activists.co.za/  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ecoactivist.lea/ 
09:59
October 21, 2019
This is an Emergency and it's not a drill! Join the Rebellion...
We are standing at the wake of a new era. A time that will fundamentally decide the future of life on Earth. Our future. What can we do that is in alignment with the statement of a “Climate Emergency”? We are watching our planet burn, be exploited and abused and then people sit and talk about what we can do within the next 10, 20 or 30 years to slowly cease the fire. But that fire will keep burning, it will engulf more and more land every minute that we wait. In my opinion that is a very strange concept of Emergency that leaders are showing. There need to be more concrete goals about what needs to be achieved today, tomorrow, next week, next month and next year. This Earth cannot sustain us any longer in a system built for greed, profit, consumerism and where economic interest trump any consideration or justice for the humans that live on this planet and those who will carry the biggest consequences of the Climate Crisis. We need to show that we care and that we are prepared to do everything that it takes to push for climate action and the protection of our planet and future. We need to stand strong for climate justice.  Is peaceful civil disobedience the only way forward? What can we do to push for action right now?
08:09
October 5, 2019
Nature Deficit Disorder and its consequences: Why is nature connectedness so important for conservation efforts and human wellbeing?
In our modern world spending time outside has become less common. Children are spending increasingly more time inside and in front of screens rather than outside. This is leading to a phenomenon known as “Nature Deficit Disorder”. It describes a condition of an increased disconnect between the natural world and humans due to the fact that less time is spend outside. This also has consequences for conservation. We do not care for something that we do not love and value but how can we value nature if we spend less and less time outside?  Hence, spending time outside and instilling a greater sense of nature connectedness has become crucial if we want to live on a habitable and healthy planet. Spending time outside also has a very important part to play in both mental and physical health. So, let’s reconnect with our roots, spend time outside and find out what this world can teach us when we are prepared to listen. For more information check out my website: www.eco-activists.co.za Instagram: @ecoactivists.lea and @ecoactivistjourneys #ecoactivist #climateactivist #naturedeficitdisorder #natureconnectedness #natureconservation
11:12
August 22, 2019
The importance of emotional intelligence and reflexivity in activism:
Emotions are important drivers of change and play a key role in environmental activism. However, activism burnout is also very common and can stop action and commitment to a cause. Change takes time and determination. For some people not seeing immediate change is very frustrating and leads to them losing hope, denying that any change can still happen and even giving up.  We need to create spaces to address our emotions and realise how we can create regenerative times and a sense of community within causes. As a society we need to look at activism in a new way. A way to bring purpose into our lives. When looking at history there are some amazing examples of societal change and this should give us hope and determination for societal change today. Personally, activism has brought to much purpose and mission into my life. It has changed my entire world view and transformed my life.  We need to break down ontological division between activist and non-activist. Deep down we all are passionate about something. In that way maybe we are all activists. This is a critical point in our time on Earth, and we must rise to the challenge of Climate Emergency on our little planet. There is no planet B. #ecoactivist #climateactivist #ourhomeourmission #planetearth #ecopodcast #emotionalreflexivity #emotionalreflexivity #emotionalintelligence #noplanetb   For more eco-conscious tips and ways to become active check out my website: www.eco-activists.co.za Instagram: @ecoactivist.lea
11:27
August 1, 2019
My eco-activist story and journey: how did it start?
This episode is a podcast recording from the 27th of April 2019 which was my last radio show for the semester on St Andrews student radio. I talked about what "eco-activism" means to me and what got me started talking about climate justice and environmentalism.  My activism started back in 2014 when I was about 15/ 16 years old and in this episode I reflect on my journey and the strength it takes to stand up for what is right rather than what is easy. We are currently in hopeful times where it has become a lot more acceptable and easy to speak up for climate justice so let us use this unique window opportunity in history to push for climate action!  Sorry for the delayed upload and I promise my next episode will be up soon! Thank you for listening.  Best wishes, Léa  My website: www.eco-activists.co.za  Instagram: @ecoactivistjourneys 
32:56
July 2, 2019
Fashion Revolution Week 2019: how can we revolutionise the fashion industry and why do we need to?
Did you know that the fashion industry is the second biggest polluter of fresh water on Earth?  It is estimated that around 80 billion items of clothing are delivered out of factories worldwide. Clothing consumption results in 1.5 billion tonnes of C02 emissions per household each year which is equivalent of driving 6000 cars. Yet, 95% of clothing that is discarded could be recycled or upcycled. It is clear that we need a fashion revolution. A new way of seeing, consuming and producing clothes in a way that respects both the workers that make clothes and the environment. We are the ambassadors of our clothes, so it is important to know the story behind the clothes we wear and the true cost of them to both the workers and the environment.  This is a podcast recording from my live radio show on Saturday the 20th of April. Feel free to check out my Facebook page @ecoactivistjourneys and tune in via St Andrews radio to listen to my full show on Saturdays between 3-4pm (UK time).  Remember every day is Earth Day. I hope you learnt something new and this podcast could inspire you to take action, use your voice and speak to others about it as well.  Love, Lea  
32:51
April 23, 2019
Do women "care more" about climate change? How does feminism relate to climate change politics?
This is a recorded podcast from my live radio show on St Andrews Radio (STAR) which takes place every Saturday from 3-4pm during term time.  In this episode on Saturday the 13th of April 2019 I discussed the topic of climate change politics and feminism addressing some of the following questions: -Why is it that there seem to be more female climate activists? -Do women care more about climate change?  -How can feminist theories help us understand political outcomes and dominant societal structures? -What can be done to challenge norms and push for climate action? Furthermore, I also talk about the global climate strikes including the St Andrews climate strike and the Extinction Rebellion strikes.  If you want to tune into live shows and contribute to the discussion please tune into STAR radio and check out my Facebook page: @ecoactivistjourneys  Hope you enjoy and get inspired to use your voice and make a difference.  
38:13
April 18, 2019
Global Climate Youth Movement - podcast recording from the 6th of April 2019
 With Climate Change we are standing at a tipping point of Earth’s history and yet many still do not recognise the severity of the situation. Even though it has been known for over 50 years that humans are doing considerable damage to the Earth and environment no significant change has been implemented by governments and the international community. As young people, who are working hard for our future it is very alarming to see that future crumbling beneath our feat. That is why we are left with no option but to try get our voices heard through protest, demonstrations and strikes. For that reason, together with fellow passionate students we formed the “Climate Action St Andrews” group to mobilise action for climate change and unite school children and student from around Fife to join us. We are not staying silent any longer. Along with people from around the world we will act and protest as long as it takes to implement real change for climate action. All over the world people are rising in the name of climate action and we stand in solidarity together with them.  This podcast is an edited recording of my live radio show on STAR on the 6th of April 2019. I discussed the global climate movements, Youth strikes, Extinction Rebellion and the upcoming global climate strikes. Furthermore, I also address criticism about the strikes and what my response is to those. This is our future and we have a right to stand up for it. Join the movement! 
43:56
April 11, 2019
"This is a Climate Emergency!" - St Andrews Climate Demonstration and Voices of the Future
As young people, we are told to work and study hard for our future, but with Climate Change progressing the question arises: what does that future look like? According to the International Panel on Climate Change, we have 11 years left to tackle Climate Change. 11 years that will decide the fate of our planet. 11 years that will decide our future. We were born into a world threatened by environmental destruction. For decades scientists have been speaking up and for decades politicians have been negotiating. Yet, nothing substantial has been done! St Andrews might just be a small town and we might not be able to gather a crowd as big as a city, but we still want to demonstrate how much we care. Together with cities and towns from around the world, we joined the Youth Climate Strikes inspired by Greta Thunberg on Friday the 15th of March.   Our future is in danger and we have a right to stand up for it.  Thank you to everyone who participated in the St Andrews Climate Action Strike on Friday the 15th of March 2019 and who spoke up for their future. This is only the beginning. Stay strong and join the global movement. Let's make history together. Our Earth. Our Home. Our Mission. Love, Léa 
06:43
March 15, 2019
My Vegan Story + vegan ice cream taste test
This is a special episode of me taste tasting vegan ice cream and talking about why and how I went vegan!  Over two years ago I decided to go vegan and it has been one of the best decisions ever. In this episode I discuss environmental, ethical and health reasons for going vegan and explain why I think it is such an important lifestyle change that can make such a massive difference.  I hope you enjoy it and feel free to contact me if you have any questions (Instagram: @ecoactivist.lea and Facebook page: @ecoactivistjourneys).  Sending positive vibes and hope you are having a beautiful day. Take care. Léa 
40:38
March 8, 2019
What is "Open Cages"? Why care about animal welfare? - A discussion with Open Cages St Andrews
In this podcast Ma Jingjing, Michael Lupher and I discuss Open Cages, campaigns, animal welfare, activism and veganism.  The podcast is an edited version of the live radio show so the music breaks have been cut out in order to respect copy rights.  Please tune in to find out more about Open Cages, what it is, the moral behind it, animal welfare, corporate activism and how to get involved and make a difference. In particlar we discuss the #StandWithChickens campaign, #TescoTruth and also mention the #FurFreeBritain campaign.  If you want to get involved check out Open Cages UK, Open Cages St Andrews and feel free to contact me via Instagram (@ecoactivist.lea) or the radio show Facebook page (@ecoactivistjourneys).  I hope you enjoy it and hopefully you will tune into the live show on Saturdays on STAR radio from 3-4pm (UK time) sometime in the future. Best wishes, Lea 
46:18
March 8, 2019
Why is international cooperation on Climate Change so important? - A discussion with the United Nations Association St Andrews
This podcast recording is from a live radio discussion on the 23rd of February 2019 with the United Nations Association St Andrews branch on St Andrews Student Radio STAR. The podcast revolves around the big two questions of why international cooperation on Climate Change is important and what the UN is doing to enable sustainable development? We discuss climate change, international cooperation, the work of the UN, what the UNA St Andrews branch is and does, human rights, climate change refugees, grassroot involvement, the Sustainable Development Goals and what gives us, as a group of students, hope for the future. In the studio I was joined by Iuliia Drobysh, Jurin Flores, Depali Kai and Elsa Kivinen.  I hope you enjoy this episode and are inspired to tune into future live radio shows of "Eco-Activist Journeys" (Fb: @ecoactivistjourneys). Together we are the change we wish to see in the world. Let's inspire each other!
48:36
March 1, 2019
My Eco-Activist Journeys radio show
We are the change we wish to see in the word. Join me in discussing sustainability, environmentalism, activism and best of all - join me in connecting with passionate individuals from all around the world!
03:03
February 23, 2019