My Climate Diet

Episode 3: e-Waste, or, Failure as Success

An episode of My Climate Diet

By Lisa Pettibone
My Climate Diet follows Lisa Pettibone, a teacher, writer, and sustainability geek, as she goes on a new type of diet. It's all about shedding unwanted pounds -- or tons -- of carbon dioxide and finding a lifestyle that doesn't wreck the planet. Funny, personal, and informative, My Climate Diet provides real-life tips to help you slim down your carbon footprint.
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Episode 22 - Extinction Rebellion Week in Berlin
This past week, I spent most of my free time at Extinction Rebellion's  DelibCamp in Berlin. I spoke with protesters, listened to workshops, and  helped out in my small way. I want to share some information about Extinction Rebellion, Rebellion Week, and particularly the DelibCamp in Berlin. I also talk about the latest government action related to climate change in Germany. Special thanks to XR DelibCamp press contact Carl Fuchs for chatting with me about the camp.
October 15, 2019
Episode 21 - How Bad Are Bananas?
This week is the first meeting of the Climate Book Club, where I talk about "How Bad Are Bananas? The Carbon Footprint of Everything" by Mike Berners-Lee. The book is packed with the climate impacts of loads of everyday things, from text messages, to bananas, to the World Cup. I use the book to calculate how much carbon my husband and I saved cleaning out his parents' house over the summer. And I talk about how we need a "BlacKkKlansman" for sustainability.
October 8, 2019
Episode 20: The magic of yard sales with André Krüger
The second half of conversation with my husband about cleaning out his family's house this summer. He shares his experience holding a yard sale and gives tips on what steps to take to get people to come, and take that junk off your hands. I also talk about the Global Climate Strike and "The Overstory."
October 1, 2019
Episode 19: Talking Junk with André Krüger
I finally talk to my husband about his herculean effort cleaning out his  family's house this summer. He shares tips on how to sort things and  save junk from the landfill. And vegetarianism gives me hope.
September 24, 2019
Episode 18: Upcoming climate actions with Marie Budde
This week I talk with sustainability manager and activist Marie Budde about upcoming climate actions taking place worldwide. She tells me how she stays informed, how she decides what events to go to, and shares information on three big events happening in the next few weeks: the Global Climate Strike on Friday, September 20; World Clean-Up Day this Saturday, September 21; and Extinction Rebellion's international rebellion from October 7 to 20. I also talk about going vegan, and my first media mention, in Siegessäule. Sorry about some of the audio quality: I met Marie in her office, which is apparently busy on a Tuesday morning.
September 17, 2019
Episode 17: A Pest-Proof Pantry for the Planet
Sorry, but I have to break into my own podcast with an important bulletin!! I discovered a moth infestation in my kitchen this past week, forcing me to throw out several packages of flour, grains, and sugar and waste the carbon emissions that went into producing them. So I want to ask you to pest-proof your pantry for the planet and share several tips on how to do so, including a recipe for a magic household spray.
September 10, 2019
Episode 16: Junk and the Circular Economy
This month I’m talking about junk, and how finding it a new home can help save resources--and climate emissions. This week I talk generally about the circular economy, and share some tips from my experience cleaning out a house in northern Germany over the summer. Spoiler alert: you're got to get creative!
September 3, 2019
Episode 15: Food Waste with Emily Stubits
This month I’m focusing on perspective, turning the podcast from My  Climate Diet to Our Climate Diet. This week I talk with a former student about food waste. And I share an article from the Guardian's new series, the United States of Plastic, about not trying so hard.
July 16, 2019
Episode 14: Travel with Eco-Sensibility with Olivia Shoemaker
This month I’m focusing on perspective, turning the podcast from My  Climate Diet to Our Climate Diet. This week I return to the  question of travel, getting some advice from a former student who talks about how to travel with eco-sensibility. And I answer a listener question about homemade deodorant.
July 9, 2019
Episode 13: To Marjorie- Travel and Green Banks
This month I'm looking at perspectives, sharing my thoughts with others and tips from my former students. Today I'm excited to share a letter from a listener packed with questions on issues that have challenged me: how to reduce travel emissions, and how to calculate savings by switching to a green bank.
July 2, 2019
Episode 12: June Wrap-Up – Go Climate Finance!
I talk about what I've learned in covering climate finance for a month: individuals can make a big difference, if they have money, and live somewhere with green banks. And I talk about the recent German documentary "Die rote Linie" (The red line).
June 25, 2019
Episode 11: U.S. Green Mutual Funds Stink
This is the third episode in my month of climate finance. This week I look at the measurements available to evaluate the climate performance of financial investments, check out how green my U.S. mutual fund account is (spoiler: not very) and talk about what to do about it.
June 18, 2019
Episode 10: German Green Banks Rule!
This week, I look into green banks in Germany and open a German checking account! And I find that doing so will save me over 1 ton of carbon dioxide this year.
June 11, 2019
Episode 9: More Money, More Emissions
This week marks the first of a series of four episodes on money and climate change. I start by going back to a classic article by Bill McKibben that looks at how important money is in fueling the extraction of oil and gas. I talk about how the divestment movement is trying to dry up the supply and how changing my bank account can help. Plus: why Harriet Tubman stamps are giving me hope.
June 4, 2019
Episode 8: Cosmetics and Climate Change
This week I look more generally at the effects of cosmetics on the climate. I find that I'm not the only one who knows little about the impact of cosmetics on the climate. And I give one listener tips on how to maximize the climate benefits of cloth diapers.
May 28, 2019
Episode 7: DIY deodorant with Josh Huffman, Part II
This week I share the second half of my chat with my friend Josh Huffman about homemade deodorant. He gives me some tips to perfect my recipe as well as more general advice about making your own cosmetics. And I share a recipe for an exfoliating face mask with only two ingredients. (Note: Josh's language is still a bit salty!)
May 21, 2019
Episode 6: DIY deodorant with Josh Huffman, Part I
This month I'm focusing on cosmetics. This week is the first half of an interview with my friend Josh Huffman, who has made his own deodorant for over six years. He talks about how he got started, and shares his easy recipe for making the best deodorant he's ever used. (Note: There is some salty language this week!)
May 14, 2019
Episode 5: Spargelwoche
This week I'm eating local in Lower Saxony. I talk about the importance of food miles and food groups and buy a kilogram of delicious white asparagus (or Spargel).
May 7, 2019
Episode 4: Potato, potato
My first week of eating local: I talk about what's in season in April, what's always available, and how easy it is to cook potatoes.
April 23, 2019
Episode 3: e-Waste, or, Failure as Success
I totally blew it on my challenge this week -- to properly dispose of a bag of e-waste I've collected over the past year -- but somehow managed to come out ahead anyway.
March 28, 2019
Episode 2: Fridays For Future
This week I talk about my experience at Fridays For Future in Berlin on March 15, 2019, a massive student-organized protest for climate action that took place on six continents with over 1 million demonstrators. I also reflect on the importance of thinking about my carbon handprint, not just my carbon footprint. More information at:
March 21, 2019
Episode 1: The Weigh-In
The first episode of the podcast is up! In this episode, I introduce myself and explain why I'm going on a climate diet (spoiler alert: to reduce my environmental impact!). Then I do my first weigh-in to figure out where I stand, looking at my emissions using a calculator from a German living lab I participated in last year, as well as tools from the Global Footprint Network and the Nature Conservancy. I find I'm better off than I feared, but have a lot of work to do in what I eat. More at:
March 14, 2019
Introducing My Climate Diet
Join Lisa Pettibone as she starts a diet to shed unwanted pounds--of greenhouse gas emissions. Launching March 12, My Climate Diet shares practical tips to do your part in reducing your climate footprint.
February 18, 2019
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