Planet Policy Pals Podcast

Friends discussing environmental policy, science and community

Ep 7: Let’s Talk Textiles and Environment (Pt 1)

June 14th, 2021

We begin our series investigating the connection between large industries and the environment with textiles. According to the UN, the total carbon emissions of the fashion industry account for 10% of global carbon emissions, making it the second most polluting industry after the oil industry. Prepare to explore the history of the textile industry boom, how fast fashion became so popular, the environmental impact, as well as how this affects human health. We also discuss companies that are trying to make a difference, so we can shop better. 

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June 12th, 2021
We are coming back with full episodes TOMORROW! We've taken time to use your feedback and improve the amount of ways you can listen. We will also have weekly episodes every Monday that are shorter to fit into your busy busy lives.
Episode 7 will kick of a new series about various industries and their interactions with our environment, starting with TEXTILES AND FASHION! We're excited for what's coming and to keep learning pals!!!

EXTRA POLICY- China’s Environmental Crackdown

May 30th, 2021

Following their economic boom, China has begun an intense environmental movement spearheaded by its government to clamp down on offenders in business, imports and even officials that cause harm to the environment. Basically, they’re coming for everybody and we were not ready AT ALL.

Extra Policy: E-Waste in Africa and the Bamako Convention

May 24th, 2021

In this extra long, extra policy discussion, we are discussing a problem that has been plaguing African countries for a long time- the import of hazardous wastes and the mechanisms that fail to stop the practice. We focus on electronic wastes and the implications of the failing Bamako convention.


May 10th, 2021

Still on a break, but Ajwah shared a story about how a small town in upstate NY set the ball rolling for a state now free of fracking. Can communities and towns continue to hold their own against corporations? We mulled it over in this week’s extra policy. Spoiler alert- we do not agree.

Extra policy- Net Zero Emissions

May 3rd, 2021

In this extra policy clip, the pals start off our one month summer break by responding to an audience question regarding corporation commitments to net zero emissions by 2050. Is it really possible? Are companies pandering? Why is it taking so long? Is it enough commitment? Listen and find out!

Ep 6: Debating the Green New Deal

April 25th, 2021

In our latest Ep 6 to end our first series, the pals take a look at both sides of the SANE arguments concerning the Green New Deal. The green new deal is a non-binding resolution for tackling climate change at the federal level. The idea of a Green New Deal first arose at the time of the 2007-2008 financial crisis in the US and the UK. The current version is the brainchild of  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Senator Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts.

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Extra policy- Overfishing and Whaling

April 11th, 2021

In this extra policy clip, the pals get into a listener question and discuss overfishing and whaling policies and impacts. Why do we even still have this problem? It’s complicated.

Ep 5: Grassroots (Global Intergovernmental Orgs)

April 11th, 2021

In episode 5, we turn our attention to grassroots organizations. A grassroots organization or movement is basically a community driven effort. These movements matter because who knows what a community needs better than those who live there?

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Extra policy- Climate change (Ep 4)

March 28th, 2021

Sometimes, we have to cut great conversations because we have a lot to say. Here, Ajwah and Ala share our honest thoughts about climate change and attitudes towards climate action. 

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