Planet Policy Pals Podcast

Friends discussing environmental policy, science and community

EP 11: 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 10: 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 10, 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 9: 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 8: 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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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!

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