Planet Policy Pals Podcast

Friends discussing environmental policy, science and community

EP 22: The Worst Industrial Disaster (Story time)

September 20th, 2021

This week we unpack the entirely avoidable tragedy that has come to be known as the world’s worst industrial disaster. In the night of December 2, 1984, chemical, methyl isocyanate (MIC) spilt out from Union Carbide India Ltd’s (UCIL’s) pesticide factory turned the city of Bhopal into a colossal gas chamber. It was India's first major industrial disaster. At least 30 tonnes of methyl isocyanate gas killed between 15,000 and 20,000 people and affected over 600,000 workers. The Bhopal gas tragedy is dear to our hearts as it is the perfect example of how innocent people and the environment suffer, when we ignore safety for profit.

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EP 21: The Chernobyl Disaster (Storytime)

September 12th, 2021

The April 1986 disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine was the product of a flawed Soviet reactor design coupled with serious mistakes made by the plant operators. The accident caused the largest uncontrolled radioactive release into the environment ever recorded for any civilian operation, and large quantities of radioactive substances were released into the air for about 10 days. This accident affected many lives and changed how the world deals with nuclear material, even now. Listen now to hear this story and maybe learn new facts about one of history’s most infamous man-made disasters.

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UPDATE: Series 3 is coming!!!

September 5th, 2021

It’s a new series and a new topic. Until the end of the year, we will focus on some of the environmental tragedies that have been caused by humans and impacted communities severely in the last few decades. Topics like the Bhopal disaster, Chernobyl and the oil spill that gave us Earth day are on the list. We want to learn how these things happened and how people recovered. Listen for more details and learn with us every Monday starting September 13th.

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EP 20: EXTRA POLICY- Ecotourist Spots

August 29th, 2021

In episode 17, we discussed how the principles of ecotourism can improve general tourism, but there is a dark side too. Ecotourism is now a large industry and there are not enough regulations to control how it is operated. The destruction of local resources to make room for ecotourism is a problem. In this mini-sode we discuss some examples of the dark side, what can be done better and highlight even more amazing spots that you can visit for the best eco-friendly experience.

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EP 19: EXTRA POLICY: Milk and Milk Adjacent

August 24th, 2021

Global demand for dairy continues to increase in large part due to population growth, rising incomes, urbanization and westernization of diets in countries such as China and India. Milk, butter, cheese, yogurt, ice cream, and other dairy products are ubiquitous, consumed by more than 6 billion people worldwide. In this episode, we explore the myths surrounding dairy and look at the best options for plant milk, considering environmental impact, resource consumption and nutrients. The facts may shock you, but listen to find out what the best option is for you!

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EP 18: EXTRA POLICY- Flash Floods & Infrastructure

August 2nd, 2021

Flash flooding is fresh in our minds following the devastation seen recently in Germany. Urban areas are more likely to experience this type of "surface water" flooding because they have a lot of hard surfaces. Last year, flooding in Senegal displaced over 4000 people and this year, we have seen events in China, Nigeria, Afghanistan, London, USA, Guatemala, Sudan and others. Clearly, we have a big problem with flooding, but specifically the unpredictable nature of flash floods. In this mini-sode, we discuss some recent events, how floods and climate change are related and the effects on infrastructure moving forward. 

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EP 17: Let‘s Talk Tourism and the Environment

July 12th, 2021

45 people arrive on average at tourist locations every minute and there have already been over 740,000 tourist visits this year alone. While tourism creates jobs and is a great way to appreciate the diversity of the human experience, mass tourism also takes a toll on the environment. In this episode, we look at the positives versus negatives of different forms of tourism and discuss how ecotourism could be the solution to a growing crisis. Wanna start planning your next sustainable vacation? Listen and get started!

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EP 16: Let‘s Talk Meat and Environment (PT 2)

July 4th, 2021

In 2020, the United States, Brazil and the European Union accounted for roughly 50% of the world's beef production. In Episode 16, we continue the conversation on the impact of meat on our environment by focusing on some of the biggest producers and consumers, as well as the regulations and cultural paradigms that guide production and consumption in these countries. We will also look at some best practices, meat alternatives and recommend some creators to check out if you are interested in vegetarian recipes to eat less meat.

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EP 15: Let‘s Talk Meat and Environment (Pt 1)

June 27th, 2021

Worldwatch Institute data notes that people in industrial countries eat an average of 176 pounds of meat per person. This rising consumption of meat makes the industry one of the greatest contributing factors to global warming and environmental degradation in general. In this week’s episode, the pals are diving into the habits that drive our meat consumption, what meat sources are most sustainable and comparing the environmental benefits of small versus large scale farming. 

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EP 14: Let‘s talk Textiles and Environment (Pt 2)

June 21st, 2021

Last episode, we talked about the problem that the textile industry poses towards the environment and what some companies are doing to change that. The European Union is enacting regulation that will change how manufacturers market clothing and in places like the UK, waste programs are undergoing to meet the fashion waste problem. In this episode, we discuss a UN effort to tackle the textile industry's environmental impact, some of the biggest offender countries and the policies that some countries are using to address the problem of pollution in fashion.

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