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September 16, 2019
Sean Sherman is a member of the Oglala Lakota tribe, the award-winning author of The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen, and the founder and CEO Chef of The Sioux Chef, a team of chefs, ethnobotanists, food preservationists, adventurers, foragers, caterers, event planners, artists, musicians, food truckers and food lovers who are committed to revitalizing Native American foods and re-identifying North American cuisine. Sean's cookbook, The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen, has received numerous accolades, including the 2018 James Beard Foundation Book Award for Best American Cookbook.   As another key part of his work, Sean's nonprofit, North American Traditional Indigenous Food Systems (NATIFS), is dedicated to promoting Indigenous foodways education and facilitating Indigenous food access.   In this podcast episode, Sean sheds light on why it is that in the United States, we can find restaurants of cuisines from all over the world, and barely any restaurants of Native American cuisines; how the Standard American Diet came to be so homogenous and disconnected from what's actually available within the diverse bioregions across the country; and more.   Episode notes: www.greendreamer.com/173   Weekly solutions-based news: www.greendreamer.com    Support the show: www.greendreamer.com/support    Instagram: www.instagram.com/greendreamerpodcast  
September 12, 2019
Sharing her wisdom for the second time on Green Dreamer (listen to her first interview on EP129), Whitney Bauck is the Associate Editor at Fashionista with bylines in New York Times, Washington Post, and other notable publications. In this podcast episode, Whitney sheds light on what fast fashion is and how it came to be; how social media has influenced our levels of consumption; how our consumerist culture relates to our collective mental health; and more.   Episode notes: www.greendreamer.com/172 Weekly solutions-based news: www.greendreamer.com  Support the show: www.greendreamer.com/support  Instagram: www.instagram.com/greendreamerpodcast
September 9, 2019
Ben Goldfarb is an independent environmental journalist and the author of Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter, a winner of the 2019 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award. His work on the vital role that beavers play in our ecosystems and current research on road ecology has appeared in National Geographic, Outside Magazine, Science, Mother Jones, The Guardian, and many other notable publications.   In this podcast episode, Ben sheds light on how we've wiped out 99% of our beavers in North America; the vital role that beavers play in enriching wild landscapes and building our collective resilience against climate change; why our modern ideas of what healthy ecosystems look like have been wrong; and more.   Episode notes: www.greendreamer.com/171 Weekly solutions-based news: www.greendreamer.com  Support the show: www.greendreamer.com/support  Instagram: www.instagram.com/greendreamerpodcast
September 5, 2019
Natalie Kofler is a trained molecular biologist and the founding director of Editing Nature at Yale University, a global initiative to steer responsible development and deployment of environmental genetic technologies. Her work navigates the technical, ecological, and ethical complexity of gene-editing applications designed to impact wild species, such as CRISPR-edited mosquitos to prevent malaria transmission, genetic strategies to eliminate invasive species, or the use of CRISPR gene-editing to promote species resiliency to changing climates.  In this podcast episode, Natalie sheds light on what role gene-editing can play in environmental conservation; what the ethics and moralities are of changing the DNA of nonhuman species; why inclusivity is vital in the development and application of gene-editing technologies; and more.   Episode notes: www.greendreamer.com/170 Weekly solutions-based news: www.greendreamer.com/subscribe Support the show: www.greendreamer.com/support  Instagram: www.instagram.com/greendreamerpodcast
September 2, 2019
Kenton Whitman is the founder of ReWild University, a nature-immersion school and online presence devoted to helping people reconnect with nature, question cultural paradigms, and discover how nature brings out the best in all of us. In this podcast episode, Kenton sheds light on what rewilding is all about; how modern civilization has dehumanized us and disconnected us from our innate and instinctive human senses; how the endless pursuit of comfort over the pursuit of fulfillment may lead us to feel more empty and being more consumptive over time; and more.   Episode notes: www.greendreamer.com/169 Weekly solutions-based news: www.greendreamer.com/subscribe Support the show: www.greendreamer.com/support Instagram: www.instagram.com/greendreamerpodcast  
August 29, 2019
This is PART 2 of our conversation with Keith Bowers, the Founder and President of Biohabitats who has been at the forefront of applied ecology, land conservation and sustainable design for over three decades. On this podcast episode, Keith sheds light on what it means to support more technology-driven, novel solutions to our environmental issues as opposed to solutions based more on what we already know of ecology; why simply 'greening' our urban spaces may be inadequate; what ecological democracy is all about; and more.   Episode notes: www.greendreamer.com/168 Weekly solutions-based news: www.greendreamer.com   Support the show: www.greendreamer.com/support  Instagram: www.instagram.com/greendreamerpodcast
August 26, 2019
Keith Bowers has been at the forefront of applied ecology, land conservation and sustainable design for over three decades. He is the Founder and President of Biohabitats, a multidisciplinary organization focused on conservation planning, ecological restoration and regenerative design. His work has spanned the scale from site-specific ecosystem restoration projects involving wetland, river, woodland and coastal habitat restoration to regional watershed management and species conservation planning, to the development of green infrastructure and urban ecology planning for cities throughout the country.   Keith is a founding board member of the University of Pennsylvania’s Ian L. McHarg Center for Urbanism and Ecology. He also served on the board of the Society for Ecological Restoration for more than 10 years and on the board of the Wildlands Network. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects and is a Professional Wetland Scientist.   On this podcast episode, Keith sheds light on how much we need to focus our efforts on restoration versus conservation; why it is that, although we're actually a part of nature and all species impact their environments in some way, why we've uniquely altered our landscapes in ways that require us to restore natural habitats, and more.   Episode notes: www.greendreamer.com/167   Weekly solutions-based news: www.greendreamer.com    Support the show: www.greendreamer.com/support    Instagram: www.instagram.com/greendreamerpodcast
August 22, 2019
Mark Shepard is the CEO of Forest Agriculture Enterprises, founder of Restoration Agriculture Development, and award-winning author of the book, Restoration Agriculture: Real-World Permaculture for Farmers. Mark has also been a farmer member of the Organic Valley cooperative, the world's largest Organic Farmer’s marketing co-op, since 1995. He is most widely known as the founder of New Forest Farm, the 106-acre perennial agricultural savanna considered by many to be one of the most ambitious sustainable agriculture projects in the United States.   On this podcast episode, Mark sheds light on why we need to stop trying so hard to realize a world based on persistent concepts and ideals that we made up and instead, get out more to observe and learn from how natural ecosystems actually function; what is problematic about how we've developed a food system based mostly off of annual crops versus perennials; how he's been able to utilize a hands-off approach to growing food regeneratively, which he calls the STUN method, or Sheer Total Utter Neglect; and more.   Episode notes: www.greendreamer.com/166   Weekly solutions-based news: www.greendreamer.com    Support the show: www.greendreamer.com/support    Instagram: www.instagram.com/greendreamerpodcast
August 20, 2019
Helena Norberg-Hodge is a pioneer of the new economy movement and a leading proponent of “localization”, or decentralization. She is the author of the book, Ancient Futures, as well as her latest book, Local is Our Future. She also founded The International Alliance for Localization, and Local Futures, which works to renew ecological, social and spiritual well being by guiding communities towards a sustainable future of interconnected, localized economies.   On this podcast episode, Helena sheds light on why we need to question our view of economic wealth being the indicator of a community's welfare; what it means that we're not only facing social, economic, and ecological crises, but also a spiritual crisis that underlies it all; how the globalization of our economy has led to the degradation of our public and environmental wellbeing; and more.   To start, get a glimpse below into the conversation between Helena and Green Dreamer Podcast's host, Kaméa Chayne.   Episode notes: www.greendreamer.com/165   Weekly solutions-based news: www.greendreamer.com    Support the show: www.greendreamer.com/support    Instagram: www.instagram.com/greendreamerpodcast
August 15, 2019
Known as the guru of distributed energy, John Farrell is the co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and directs its work on energy democracy. John is best known for his vivid illustrations of the economic and environmental benefits of local ownership of decentralized renewable energy.   On this podcast episode, John sheds light on how we came to develop and rely on our current centralized, top-down power grids today that are mostly driven by utility monopolies; why we need to not only shift towards renewable energy but also work towards energy democracy and the decentralization of power sources; why some utility companies may at the same time be supporting solar energy while lobbying against it; and more.   Episode notes: www.greendreamer.com/164   Weekly solutions-based news: www.greendreamer.com    Support the show: www.greendreamer.com/support    Instagram: www.instagram.com/greendreamerpodcast
August 13, 2019
Matt Daigle is the CEO and Founder of Rise, the leading online authority in sustainable home improvement. He started Rise as a way to solve his own problem: after having renovated a few homes and having his first child, he couldn't seem to easily figure out how he could build and/or renovate in ways that would save him money and lower his environmental footprint… and so Rise was born. As a certified B Corp, Rise has helped over one million homeowners with their home improvement projects to date.   On this podcast episode, Matt sheds light on why we need to be concerned and critical of the safety and sustainability of our home environments; how climate change is shifting the decisions people make in regards to their homes; some easy home improvement tips for homeowners and non-homeowners; and more.   Episode notes: www.greendreamer.com/163 Support the show: www.greendreamer.com/support Weekly solutions-based news: www.greendreamer.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/greendreamerpodcast
August 8, 2019
This is PART 2 of our conversation with Mitch Anderson, the Founder and Executive Director of Amazon Frontlines, which is an international group of human rights lawyers, environmental activists, forestry specialists, environmental health scientists, filmmakers, journalists, anthropologists, and farmers working to support the struggles of indigenous peoples and defend their rights to land, life, and cultural survival in the Amazon Rainforest.   On this episode, Mitch sheds light on some key wins that we've had lately in safeguarding our Amazonian indigenous lands and what it took for that to happen; how we can stand in solidarity with the Amazon's indigenous peoples to support the conservation of their ancestral lands; and more.   Episode notes: www.greendreamer.com/162 Weekly solutions-based news: www.greendreamer.com  Support the show: www.greendreamer.com/support  Instagram: www.instagram.com/greendreamerpodcast
August 6, 2019
Mitch Anderson is the Founder and Executive Director of Amazon Frontlines, an international group of human rights lawyers, environmental activists, forestry specialists, environmental health scientists, filmmakers, journalists, anthropologists, and farmers working to support the struggles of indigenous peoples and defend their rights to land, life, and cultural survival in the Amazon Rainforest.   In 2011, Mitch moved to Ecuador’s northern Amazon to begin a clean water project with the indigenous communities living downriver from contaminating oil operations. Through building nearly 1,000 water systems in over 50 indigenous villages, Mitch supported the creation of the Ceibo Alliance, an indigenous movement for land, life, and cultural survival in the western Amazon.   On this podcast episode, Mitch sheds light on his journey dismantling his privileged worldview in order to truly understand and meaningfully support the struggles of indigenous peoples across the Americas; how to help the indigenous people of the Amazon Rainforest and beyond to achieve their goals of conservation without perpetuating white saviorism or further marginalizing them with our senses of morality and idealism; and more.   Episode notes: www.greendreamer.com/161 Weekly solutions-based news: www.greendreamer.com  Support the show: www.greendreamer.com/support  Instagram: www.instagram.com/greendreamerpodcast
August 1, 2019
Sky Blue has spent the last 20 years living in, working for, and networking intentional communities, cooperatives, and community organizations. He currently serves as Executive Director for the Foundation for Intentional Community.    On this podcast episode, Sky sheds light on what has led to our hyper-individualistic culture and how has that impacted our collective wellbeing; what intentional communities are all about and how they can root our society in the things that matter most; and more.   Episode notes: www.greendreamer.com/160 Weekly solutions-based news: www.greendreamer.com  Support the show: www.greendreamer.com/support  Instagram: www.instagram.com/greendreamerpodcast
July 30, 2019
Greg Peterson is a green living and sustainability innovator and the Creator of the Urban Farm, a real-world environmental showcase home in the heart of Phoenix, Arizona. Open periodically throughout the year to offer classes, lectures, and tours, The Urban Farm features an entirely edible landscape and the extensive use of recycled and reclaimed materials.    On this podcast episode, Greg sheds light on how urban farming may be the answer to addressing the affordability and accessibility of healthy grown foods; why we should get inspired to grow some of our own foods even if we have the convenience of being close to supermarkets; and more.   Episode notes: www.greendreamer.com/159 Weekly solutions-based news: www.greendreamer.com  Support the show: www.greendreamer.com/support   Instagram: www.instagram.com/greendreamerpodcast
July 25, 2019
Jennifer Grayson is a Los Angeles-based environmental journalist and the award-winning author of Unlatched: The Evolution of Breastfeeding and the Making of a Controversy.   Illuminating how human civilization may be going overboard and down a path of self-destruction, she's currently exploring the human rewilding movement through her Uncivilize podcast.   On this podcast episode, Jennifer sheds light on what it means that we've entered a state of overcivilization; how automation has and may continue to impact our humanity and collective wellbeing; how to strike a balance between consuming technology and being consumed; and more.   Episode notes: www.greendreamer.com/158 Weekly solutions-based news: www.greendreamer.com Support the show: www.greendreamer.com/support Instagram: www.instagram.com/greendreamerpodcast
July 23, 2019
As the President of the Society of Wetland Scientists and an advisor to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, wetland ecologist Max Finlayson has participated in global environmental assessments and site-based appraisals and written extensively on wetland management. Notably, he has expertise on the relationship and interconnectedness of water pollution, agricultural impacts, invasive species, climate change, human well-being, and our wetlands.   On this podcast episode, Max sheds light on how cities were often built on flood plains and wetlands where the flooding was essential to supporting their biodiversity of life; why the preservation and restoration of our wetlands are key to stabilizing our climate; how wetlands impact people's livelihoods and our public health; and more.   Episode notes: www.greendreamer.com/157 Weekly solutions-based news: www.greendreamer.com Support the show: www.greendreamer.com/support  Instagram: www.instagram.com/greendreamerpodcast
July 18, 2019
Terry Spahr is a documentary filmmaker (8 Billion Angels), environmental activist, and the Executive Director of Earth Overshoot, a nonprofit working to make ecological limits central to all personal and public decision-making through targeted education and advocacy. On this podcast episode, Terry sheds light on what a truly sustainable lifestyle with seven billion people on earth should really look like; why population growth has been the elephant in the room that needs to be discussed more openly as a solution to lessening our environmental impact; how we can work with the nuance that people in "developing countries" have less of an ecological footprint compared to those living in "developed countries"; and more. Episode notes: www.greendreamer.com/156 Weekly solutions-based news: www.greendreamer.com  Support the show: www.greendreamer.com/support  Instagram: www.instagram.com/greendreamerpodcast
July 16, 2019
Raja Dhir is a life sciences entrepreneur and Co-Founder of Seed, a venture-backed microbiome company pioneering the application of bacteria for both human and planetary health. After our groundbreaking interview with his co-founder, Ara Katz, on Green Dreamer's episode 109, we knew we had to bring Raja on the podcast as well to learn from his complementing scientific expertise leading Seed's research and development, academic collaborations, technology development, clinical trial design, supply chain, and intellectual property strategy. On this podcast episode, Raja sheds light on common misconceptions of what "probiotics" are and what a healthy microbiome should look like; why we perhaps need to learn from how the Amish people live; how our knowledge of probiotics can be applied to address ecological challenges such as our honey bees' colony collapse disorder; and more. Episode notes: www.greendreamer.com/155 Weekly solutions-based news: www.greendreamer.com  Support the show: www.greendreamer.com/support  Instagram: www.instagram.com/greendreamerpodcast
July 11, 2019
Aviva Rahmani is an ecological artist who exhibits and publishes internationally. She's known, in particular, for her Trigger Point Theory—the idea that small points of carefully selected intervention might effect large systemic transformations—and she exemplifies this through her artwork, including Trigger Points/Tipping Points, Ghost Nets, and Cities & Oceans of If. One of her more recent works, her Gulf to Gulf Project, integrates art and science to address climate change, aiming to help re-green the earth by 36% by 2030. On this podcast episode, Aviva sheds light on what the role of art is in environmental conservation; what future generations may deduce of our time based on the artwork we leave behind; why we need to find points of sensitivity (or trigger points) to focus our efforts on in order to drive the drastic changes we need today; and more. Episode notes: www.greendreamer.com/154 Weekly solutions-based news: www.greendreamer.com Support the show: www.greendreamer.com/support Instagram: www.instagram.com/greendreamerpodcast  
July 9, 2019
Brendan Synnott is the CEO of PACT, where he's leading his team to disrupt the apparel industry for the better by using organic and fair-trade cotton as the foundation for addressing the labor and environmental issues that surround clothing. On this podcast episode, Brendan sheds light on what it takes to shake up existing, extractive corporations to render them obsolete or hold them accountable to their social and environmental impacts; why fighting for more transparency within the fashion supply chain must be the first step to bringing about positive change in the industry; and more. Episode notes: www.greendreamer.com/153 Weekly solutions-based news: www.greendreamer.com Support the show: www.greendreamer.com/support Instagram: www.instagram.com/greendreamerpodcast
July 4, 2019
We're joined by two guests today from Quail Springs Permaculture, an organization that empowers people with the knowledge, skills, and inspiration that are essential to cultivating ecological and social health. Janice Setser is its Executive Director, and Sasha Rabin is its Natural Building Director as well as the founder of her own natural building organization, Earthen Shelter. After they each came to their own awakenings of how modernization has strayed from providing experiences that that truly bring joy, abundance, meaning, and wellness, they set out to explore alternative ways of living that put social connection and earth stewardship first. On this podcast episode, Janice and Sasha shed light on why we need to go past sustainable living to regenerative living; what is problematic about our binary and linear view of societal advancement; and more.   Episode notes: www.greendreamer.com/152 Support the show: www.greendreamer.com/support Instagram: www.instagram.com/greendreamerpodcast
July 2, 2019
Jay Siegel is the founder of Ground Up Impact and the creator of Sustainability Defined, the award-winning podcast that defines sustainability "one topic (and one bad joke) at a time." On this episode, Jay sheds light on why sustainability can't be defined by a standard dictionary; the root causes driving environmental degradation no matter what industry we're speaking of; what it takes to reach the general public with our messages beyond the niche of people who already care; and more.   Episode notes: www.greendreamer.com/151 Support the show: www.greendreamer.com/support Instagram: www.instagram.com/greendreamerpodcast
June 27, 2019
Debra Prinzing (@dkprinzing) is a Seattle-based writer, speaker and leading advocate for American Grown Flowers. Through her many Slow Flowers-branded projects, including SlowFlowers.com (@myslowflowers), Slow Flowers Podcast, and American Flowers Week, she has convened a national conversation that stimulates consumers and professionals alike to make conscious choices about their floral purchases. On this podcast episode, Debra sheds light on why we need a slow flowers movement; the environmental impacts of growing flowers with an artisan mindset versus a commodity mindset; the vital role of flowers in our food production; how our collective loss of knowledge on seasonality helped drive agrobiodiversity loss; and more.   Episode notes: www.greendreamer.com/150 Support the show: www.greendreamer.com/support Instagram: www.instagram.com/greendreamerpodcast
June 25, 2019
Maria Abadilla is the Founder and Chairperson of Orangutan Alliance (@orangutanalliance), an independent, industry-based nonprofit organization promoting the reduction of unsustainable palm oil in consumer products through their palm oil free certification program. On this podcast episode, Maria sheds light on the primary global threats from the palm oil industry; the evolution of how we commodified palm oil to the point where rainforests are cleared for its plantations; how we can navigate the over two-hundred alternative names that palm oil is masked under on ingredient labels; and more.   Episode notes: www.greendreamer.com/149 Support the show: www.greendreamer.com/support Instagram: www.instagram.com/greendreamerpodcast
June 20, 2019
Tamara Lim is the founder and CEO of The Wally Shop, America's first zero-waste grocery delivery service that sources from local farmers, markets, and bulk shops.   On this podcast episode, Tamara sheds light on how our current consumption model and waste management methods are setting us up for failure when we're striving to address our waste issues; what structural and systemic shifts we need in order to render disposable packaging obsolete; and more.   Episode notes: www.greendreamer.com/148 Support the show: www.greendreamer.com/support Instagram: www.instagram.com/greendreamerpodcast
June 18, 2019
Rosalinda Guillen is a recognized farm worker and rural justice leader. She's also the Executive Director of Community to Community (C2C), a women-of-color led, grassroots organization redefining power in order to end settler colonialism, capitalism, and patriarchy in their external and internalized forms. Fueled by inspiration from her parents growing up and fed up with the systemic oppression in our food system, Rosalinda is working to build support for rural communities and sustainable agriculture policies that ensure equity and healthy communities for farm workers. On this podcast episode, Rosalinda sheds light on how settler colonialism continues to play out in our food system today; how the lack of work authorization for undocumented farm workers—which make up 48%-70% (or more) of our total number of farm workers in the U.S.—impacts labor standards; how food justice is related to immigration issues; and more.   Episode notes: www.greendreamer.com/147 Support the show: www.greendreamer.com/support Instagram: www.instagram.com/greendreamerpodcast
June 13, 2019
Shannon Service is an award-winning, independent reporter and filmmaker who broke the story of slavery at sea for NPR’s Morning Edition in 2012. Her new feature documentary, Ghost Fleet, follows up on that story as she sets sail with a Thai abolitionist who is scouring remote islands for slaves who’ve jumped ship.   On this podcast episode, Shannon sheds light on the difficulties in regulating our global fishing industry; how overfishing is tied to human trafficking and modern-day slavery at sea; how to address "fish-laundering" and support more transparency and traceability in the seafood supply chain; and more.   Episode notes: www.greendreamer.com/146 Support the show: www.greendreamer.com/support Instagram: www.instagram.com/greendreamerpodcast
June 11, 2019
Gabe Brown is the author of Dirt to Soil and the owner and operator of Brown’s Ranch in Bismarck, North Dakota, where he and his family have been farming profitably without the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides for over twenty years.   Today, Gabe’s award-winning regenerative farming systems lead thousands of people to flock to his farm each year to learn how to implement them so they can support their own farms and ranches using similar practices as well.   On this podcast episode, Gabe sheds light on why we need to stop focusing on yield as the ultimate measurement in food production; the importance of having ruminants and animals on farmlands to support agroecology; problematic, existing farm programs and regulations that incentivize monocultures and extractive methods of agriculture that need to be amended; and more.   Episode notes: www.greendreamer.com/145 Support the show: www.greendreamer.com/support Instagram: www.instagram.com/greendreamerpodcast
June 6, 2019
Nicole Rycroft is the Founder and Executive Director of Canopy, an international nonprofit organization that works collaboratively with over 750 companies to protect our ancient and endangered forests.   On this podcast episode, Nicole sheds light on our urgency to protect our remaining ancient and endangered forests from further deforestation; why we need to be wary of buying new clothes and textiles made of rayon and viscose, even if they're sourced from sustainably managed forests; whether we should compost old paper or wood products into soil or recycle them into new material; and more.   Episode notes: www.greendreamer.com/143 Support the show: www.greendreamer.com/support Instagram: www.instagram.com/greendreamerpodcast
June 4, 2019
Abigail Dillen is the President of Earthjustice, an organization that uses the courts to protect our environment and people’s health.   Throughout her career, she's litigated many precedent-setting cases that have held polluters accountable and cleared the way for clean energy nationally, which is why we're honored to be able to share her expertise and thought leadership with you on this podcast episode.   In this conversation, Abbie sheds light on the implication of nature's place within our society based on the values the United States was founded on; how litigation can support the environmental movement; how environmental policies, laws, and regulations differ and how we can get involved in them; and more.   Episode notes: www.greendreamer.com/143 Support the show: www.greendreamer.com/support Instagram: www.instagram.com/greendreamerpodcast
May 30, 2019
Dave Chapman runs Long Wind Farm in Vermont and is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Real Organic Project. After unveiling how our current organic standards may be misleading consumers and falling short of what "organic" should mean, he now actively fights for integrity and transparency in the National Organic Program. On this podcast episode, Dave shares the shocking reality of how products from CAFOs (concentrated animal feeding operations) and hydroponics can be certified organic by the USDA; why hydroponics should not be considered organic; how he's dealing with the challenges of going against big money and corporate influence; and more.   Episode notes: www.greendreamer.com/142 Support the show: www.greendreamer.com/support Instagram: www.instagram.com/greendreamerpodcast
May 28, 2019
Dr. Kris Nichols is the Chief Scientist at Pachaterrae and a world-renowned leader in the movement to regenerate soils for healthy food, healthy people, and a healthy planet. On this episode, Kris sheds light on the vital role of mycorrhizal fungi in indirectly supporting resilience against climate change; the importance of biodiversity in creating synergies that strengthen the health of our ecosystems; how soil microbiology impacts the bioavailability of the nutrients within our foods; and more.   Episode notes: www.greendreamer.com/141 Support the show: www.greendreamer.com/support Instagram: www.instagram.com/greendreamerpodcast
May 23, 2019
Shyla Raghav is the global climate change strategy lead for Conservation International, who's attended almost a decade of United Nations climate change negotiations and international conferences. On this episode, Shyla sheds light on her learning lessons from having attended these key negotiations; how competition for power, economic status, and technological advancement between countries impact our ability to collaborate on climate mitigation; what "422pm" means and how we can meaningfully lower greenhouse gases through nature-based solutions; and more.   Episode notes: www.greendreamer.com/140 Support the show: www.greendreamer.com/support Instagram: www.instagram.com/greendreamerpodcast
May 21, 2019
David Katz is the founder of Plastic Bank, which is helping to make plastic waste a currency that transcends poverty while stopping the flow of plastic into our oceans. On this podcast episode, David sheds light on what sugar has to do with plastic pollution; why we need to address the fact that this global crisis is intricately linked to poverty; the importance of coming up with ways that keep plastics out of our oceans to begin with (e.g., turning off the tap) rather than focusing on retroactive cleanups (e.g., mopping the floor while it's still being flooded); and more.   Episode notes: www.greendreamer.com/139 Support the show: www.greendreamer.com/support Instagram: www.instagram.com/greendreamerpodcast
May 16, 2019
Galahad Clark, a seventh-generation Clark of the Clarks shoe dynasty, is the co-creator of Shoespiracy and the founder of VIVOBAREFOOT, a global footwear brand that’s set out to be the most sustainable in the world. After learning about how the thick layers of support in our footwear are leading the muscles in our feet to atrophy, compromising sensory information and our bodily health, Galahad created a shoe that is wide, flexible, and sensory, allowing our feet to function they way they are supposed to! On this podcast episode, Galahad sheds light on this public health scandal around shoes, how our feet's strength impacts the health of our brains, joints, and body as a whole system, the environmental impact of the shoe industry and what it means to support sustainability as a footwear brand; and more.   Episode notes: www.greendreamer.com/138 Support the show: www.greendreamer.com/support Instagram: www.instagram.com/greendreamerpodcast
May 14, 2019
Manuela Baron is a Colombian-American content creator and artist behind The Girl Gone Green, focused on advocating for environmentally conscious living. On this podcast episode, Manuela sheds light on how exposing ourselves to different cultures and environments shift our perspectives on sustainability; why she hesitates to promote "zero-waste living"; how can we go against that grain of social media, which tends to promote mindless consumption, to encourage mindfulness, minimalism, and conscious consumerism; and more.   Episode notes: www.greendreamer.com/137 Support the show: www.greendreamer.com/support Instagram: www.instagram.com/greendreamerpodcast
May 9, 2019
Adam Sacks is a climate activist, writer, and the Executive Director of Biodiversity for a Livable Climate. On this podcast episode, Adam sheds light on how biodiversity loss may be a greater threat to our planet than climate change; why we need to include the conservation of biodiversity as a key climate health solution; how real-life stories of regeneration around the world prove that we already know what it takes to rebuild healthy, resilient ecosystems; and more.   Episode notes: www.greendreamer.com/136 Support the show: www.patreon.com/greendreamer Instagram: www.instagram.com/greendreamerpodcast
May 7, 2019
Bob Donofrio is the creator of Futura Jewelry, a brand that creates a global curation of iconic jewelry designs using only certified Fairmined Ecological Gold. (At present, it's the only brand to do so.)   After a life-changing discovery a few years ago of the threat that mercury from small-scale gold mining poses to people and our planet, he founded the brand in efforts to support a cleaner future and better social and environmental standards in the industry.   On this podcast episode, Bob sheds light on how mercury emissions has been dubbed a global crisis by the United Nations; why Fairmined Ecological Gold, specifically used in jewelry, is necessary to improve the practices in gold mining (though gold is also used for other things like computer chips); how the creation of beautiful, meaningful, and timeless designs can encourage deeper appreciation for fashion rather than drive overconsumption; and more.   Episode notes: www.greendreamer.com/135 Support the show: www.patreon.com/greendreamer Instagram: www.instagram.com/greendreamerpodcast
May 2, 2019
Leah Penniman is an educator, farmer, the author of Farming While Black, and food justice activist who currently serves as founding co-executive director of Soul Fire Farm in Grafton, New York—a people-of-color led project that works to dismantle racism in our food system.   On this episode, Leah sheds light on the impact of colonialism on soil health around the world; how the oppression of Black and Indigenous people-of-color in the United States has affected farmland ownership and continued, institutionalized injustice; how we can take action to support racial justice in food production; and more.   Episode notes: www.greendreamer.com/134 Support the show: www.greendreamer.com/support Instagram: www.instagram.com/greendreamerpodcast
April 30, 2019
Tristram Stuart is a speaker, an international award-winning author (The Bloodless Revolution and Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal), the founder of Feedback and Toastale, and an expert on the environmental and social impacts of food.   On this episode, Tristram shares how we've come to adopt a wasteful, linear food system (and what a circular system would look like), how we can be more respectful to nature in spite of our economy undervaluing what is truly invaluable, how we can rewire our broken food system through delivery services driven by supply of what is available rather than consumer demand, and more.   Episode notes: www.greendreamer.com/133 Support the show: www.greendreamer.com/support Instagram: www.instagram.com/greendreamerpodcast
April 25, 2019
With a background in alternative fuels, renewable energy, energy efficiency, transportation technologies, and financial services, Brian Goldstein is the Executive Director of Energy Independence Now (founded by Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation‘s CEO, Terry Tamminen), a nonprofit on a mission to support the transition to a clean transportation system through hydrogen fuel.   On this episode, Brian shares how hydrogen fuel cells work, the environmental impact of electric vehicles compared to hydrogen-powered vehicles, the practicality and potential of fuel cells to help green the transportation sector, and more.   Episode notes: www.greendreamer.com/132 Support the show: www.greendreamer.com/support Instagram: @KameaChayne @GreenDreamerPodcast
April 23, 2019
J.I. Cruz is the co-founder of ACEPR, a nonprofit social enterprise and accelerator program that aims to provide Puerto Rican community leaders with the resources, financing, and know-how needed to establish renewable energy microgrid cooperatives across the island.   On this episode, J.I. shares how renewable energy relates to natural disasters like hurricanes, the role of decentralized electric grids in sustainable development, how he deals with ageism as someone who started his social venture at 21 years old, and more.   Episode notes: www.greendreamer.com/131 Support the show: www.greendreamer.com/support Instagram: @KameaChayne @GreenDreamerPodcast
April 22, 2019
My special message to you. Happy Earth Day and Month, Green Dreamer!   Support the show and join our network: www.greendreamer.com/support Instagram: www.instagram.com/greendreamerpodcast
April 18, 2019
Judith D. Schwartz is a journalist who focuses on nature-based solutions to global challenges and the author of Cows Save the Planet and Water in Plain Sight: Hope for a Thirsty World.     On this episode, Judith shares why fixating on reducing carbon emissions alone is a shortsighted approach to tackling climate change, how 'organic' is losing its standards and meaning, what it means that we've been managing against environmental challenges rather than managing for them, and more.   Episode notes: www.greendreamer.com/130 Support the show: www.greendreamer.com/support Instagram: www.instagram.com/greendreamerpodcast
April 16, 2019
Whitney Bauck is an Associate Editor at Fashionista. She got her start writing about the intersection of fashion, faith, and ethics, and now frequently explores the topics of sustainability, worker rights, and diverse representation within the fashion industry.   On this episode, Whitney shares why she thinks regenerative agriculture may be the next big thing in sustainable fashion, her thoughts on what drives fashion trends, how we can influence the industry to be more ethical and sustainable in practice, and more.   Episode notes: www.greendreamer.com/129 Support the show: www.greendreamer.com/support Instagram: www.instagram.com/greendreamerpodcast
April 11, 2019
How might exposures to cultures different from our own allow us to see our own blind spots when it comes to our common lifestyle habits (and those of other people's)? How has our current fashion industry come to be so wasteful, and what can we do as individuals to help the industry move in a healthier direction?   Sharing her wisdom here is Sarah-Jayne Smith, Founder of Magpies and Peacocks—the only nonprofit design house in the United States. Let's dive in!   Episode notes: www.greendreamer.com/127 Support the show: www.greendreamer.com/support Instagram: @KameaChayne @GreenDreamerPodcast   HIGHLIGHTS [3:01] Kaméa: "Do you think the amount of space that Americans have compared to other countries in the world has, in part, inspired this culture of disposability?"  [14:18] Sarah-Jayne talks about what she thinks it was that allowed the fashion industry to become so disposable and wasteful. [18:50] Kaméa: "What do you think acting as a nonprofit has allowed you to do that operating as a business may not have?" [20:58] Sarah-Jayne talks about the recyclability of different types of fabrics.  [23:50] Kaméa: "How can we best encourage a less disposable culture going forward?"  
April 9, 2019
At a time when we need to galvanize collective power to drive systemic change, why is it important for us to go beyond conscious consumerism to also focus on political action? What can we do besides voting to support environmental policy throughout the year? Sharing his wisdom here is Will Hackman, an activist and contributing writer on the topics of energy, environment, climate change policy. Let's dive in!   Episode notes: www.greendreamer.com/127 Support the show: www.greendreamer.com/support Instagram: @KameaChayne @GreenDreamerPodcast   HIGHLIGHTS [2:55] Kaméa: "Is it more effective to try and do what we can as individuals with our lifestyle choices, or is it more effective to work on environmental policy change?" [10:50] Where the U.S. stands in terms of its environmental policy in relation to other countries. [15:55] What 'decarbonizing the economy' entails, and what it would this look like in practice. [18:08] How climate change and other environmental factors are affecting our oceans, including ocean acidification. [22:03] Will talks about what we can do throughout the year to impact policy change beyond voting.  
April 4, 2019
What does it mean for us that plastic is actually in part a byproduct of the oil industry? How do we deal with the frustration of being around friends or family members with wasteful habits while we're working hard to reduce our personal waste? Sharing her wisdom here is Kathryn Kellogg, author of the new book 101 Ways to Go Zero Waste. Let's dive in!   *Become a patron for bonus episodes, access to our Green Dreamer Network, and more: www.greendreamer.com/support   HIGHLIGHTS [3:53] Explaining the concept of zero waste to someone learning about it for the first time. [6:32] Dealing with the frustration of being around friends or family members who may be very wasteful. [9:49] Kathryn: "People are so focused on what they can't do that they miss all of the awesome stuff that they already are doing or what they can do." [20:08] Kaméa: "Based on what you know, is plastic a byproduct of the oil industry, and if so, what does this mean in terms of plastic's place in our society today?" [24:21] Kaméa: "What are your thoughts on the practicality of bioplastics replacing regular plastics?" [30:51] What personal sustainability means to Kathryn.   Thanks for bringing your light! Find the full show notes with links and resources at www.greendreamer.com/126, subscribe to our free weekly newsletter, and share your #1 takeaway from the episode tagging our featured guest and me @KameaChayne to spread the light and to let us know you're tuning in!   *Become a patron for bonus episodes, access to our Green Dreamer Network, and more: www.greendreamer.com/support
April 2, 2019
What is biodynamic farming, and what can we learn from this to support the regeneration of a healthier planet? How have our individual actions already shifted societal trends, and how are they continuing to crystalize our path towards a sustainable future? Sharing his wisdom here is author and Founder of Y on Earth, Aaron Perry. Let's dive in!   *Become a patron for bonus episodes, access to our Green Dreamer Network, and more: www.greendreamer.com/support   HIGHLIGHTS  [3:11] Aaron discusses Nature-Deficit Disorder and how urbanization may contribute to mental illness. [6:01] Aaron discusses how our daily individual actions add up to help drive larger positive change. [8:32] Aaron explains what biodynamic agriculture is.  [12:44] What Aaron does as Chief Sustainability Officer for organizations and companies. [22:00] Aaron explains how global and national events in the 20th century led us to where we are today in terms of unsustainable policies and systems.  [28:12] Aaron: "One of the big choices we each have is: To what degree might we let go of what we think of as our personal interests, and work more towards our greater global interests as a society and as a single species living on a single planet?"    Thanks for bringing your light! Find the full show notes with links and resources at www.greendreamer.com/125, subscribe to our free weekly newsletter, and share your #1 takeaway from the episode tagging our featured guest and me @KameaChayne to spread the light and to let us know you're tuning in!   *Become a patron for bonus episodes, access to our Green Dreamer Network, and more: www.greendreamer.com/support
March 28, 2019
What do we need to know about how microplastic pollution impacts our health and the health of our natural ecosystems? Why can natural microfibers shed from our clothes also be problematic when they wash down the drain? Sharing her wisdom here is Rachael Miller, the Co-Founder of Rozalia Project and the Founder of Cora Ball, a solution that keeps microplastics from our clothing from washing down the drain. Let's dive in!   *Become a patron for bonus episodes, access to our Green Dreamer Network, and more: www.greendreamer.com/support   HIGHLIGHTS    [9:23] Rachael explains how our clothing and textiles break apart and shed microfibers. [11:42] Why our clothing made from natural fibers (and not just synthetics) can also be problematic. [15:47] Rachael talks about how her team designed Cora Ball through biomimicry.   [25:16] Rachael: "Everyone who wears and washes clothes is part of this problem... And everyone who wears and washes clothes can be a part of this solution." [27:41] Rachael: "Unlike microbeads, there is no one solution here." [29:41] Kaméa: "How do you think we can move towards a more preventive system?"   Thanks for bringing your light! Find the full show notes with links and resources at www.greendreamer.com/124, subscribe to our free weekly newsletter, and share your #1 takeaway from the episode tagging our featured guest and me @KameaChayne to spread the light and to let us know you're tuning in!   *Become a patron for bonus episodes, access to our Green Dreamer Network, and more: www.greendreamer.com/support
March 26, 2019
What's at stake when the coverage of environmental issues leave out their impacts on the people they affect? What is the role of an artist in supporting the sustainability and regeneration of a thriving planet? Sharing his wisdom here is Michael A. Estrada, a photographer, writer, and the founder of Brown Environmentalist, also known as BEEN Media. Let's dive in!   *Become a patron for bonus episodes, access to our Green Dreamer Network, and more: www.greendreamer.com/support   HIGHLIGHTS   [5:10] Kaméa: "What is the role of an artist in environmental activism?" [6:58] Michael talks about what led him to focus on the experiences of people of color in sustainability.   [11:16] Michael discusses how common media narratives about environmental activism may have harmed BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color). [13:06] Michael: "Yes, it's painful. But in that pain, there is also a lot of healing that needs to be done."  [15:06] Michael and Kaméa discuss how social media has been unhelpful in creating the picture of what an environmentalist looks like.   [22:43] Michael: "Take the time to do the self-learning and the self-healing work."   Thanks for bringing your light! Find the full show notes with links and resources at www.greendreamer.com/123, subscribe to our free weekly newsletter, and share your #1 takeaway from the episode tagging our featured guest and me @KameaChayne to spread the light and to let us know you're tuning in!   *Become a patron for bonus episodes, access to our Green Dreamer Network, and more: www.greendreamer.com/support
March 21, 2019
How does our mental and emotional wellbeing impact our ability to serve those we love, our communities, and our planet? What is it that actually motivates behavioral change, and what does this mean for us as people wanting to spark positive change in our own lives and the lives of people around us?   Sharing her wisdom here is Dr. Parneet Pal, Chief Science Officer at Wisdom Labs. Let's dive in!   *Become a patron for bonus episodes, access to our Green Dreamer Network, and more: www.greendreamer.com/support   HIGHLIGHTS [9:03] Kaméa: "Across the board, we're experiencing increasing levels of stress, burnout, anxiety, and loneliness. What are the driving forces are behind this negative trend?" [11:13] How technology affects our mental health. [19:19] How our daily stress responses can impact our mental and emotional wellbeing and our abilities to think beyond our own good. [21:15] Parneet talks about what mindfulness is from a scientific standpoint. [25:25] How practicing mindfulness can lead to more compassion and empathy and in the bigger picture, a less consumptive society. [27:50] Parneet: "Before we can change the world, we have to start with our own selves." [30:58] Kaméa: "What exactly does it take to actually change our behaviors and habits?"    Thanks for bringing your light! Find the full show notes with links and resources at www.greendreamer.com/122, subscribe to our free weekly newsletter, and share your #1 takeaway from the episode tagging our featured guest and me @KameaChayne to spread the light and to let us know you're tuning in!   *Become a patron for bonus episodes, access to our Green Dreamer Network, and more: www.greendreamer.com/support
March 19, 2019
To address the unsustainability of our current food production, how can we work towards having localized and regenerative food systems? What do we need to know about the mislabeling, or greenwashing, of our food products?   Sharing her wisdom here is Wen-Jay Ying, Founder and CEO of Local Roots NYC. Let's dive in!   *Become a patron for bonus episodes, access to our Green Dreamer Network, and more: www.greendreamer.com/support   HIGHLIGHTS [5:55] Wen-Jay: "There is so much content about food out there that it can feel kind of intimidating. But if you can make it really fun and a little sexy, I think people are more likely to listen."   [10:20] Kaméa: "Were there any specific roadblocks that you faced as a female, minority business owner?" [14:25] Kaméa: "How did we come to adopt such an unsustainable food system in America?" [18:35] Wen-Jay explains how localized food systems can actually boost nutrition in our foods and therefore, also their flavors. [21:26] Wen-Jay and Kaméa discuss how not all whole foods are equal.   [23:42] Wen-Jay explains talks about greenwashing and mislabeling in the food industry. [25:31] Kaméa: "How do you think we, as consumers, can better support sustainable food systems without letting the complexity overwhelm us?"   Thanks for bringing your light! Find the full show notes with links and resources at www.greendreamer.com/121, subscribe to our free weekly newsletter, and share your #1 takeaway from the episode tagging our featured guest and me @KameaChayne to spread the light and to let us know you're tuning in!   *Enjoying Green Dreamer? Become a patron for bonus episodes, access to our Green Dreamer Network, and more: www.greendreamer.com/support
March 14, 2019
How does the dominant narrative that we are destructive as humans actually do our work in sustainability a disservice? What is the importance of accepting that not everyone will approach or see environmental activism in the same way?   Sharing their wisdom here are conservation psychologists and leading researchers at New Knowledge Organization, Dr. John Fraser and Dr. Rupu Gupta. Let's dive in!   *Enjoying the show? Support Green Dreamer on Patreon for bonus episodes, access to our private support community, and more.*   HIGHLIGHTS [8:23] Kaméa: "How has your transdisciplinary approach allowed you and your team to reach new findings or come up with more powerful solutions for sustainability?" [11:02] John explains how humanity has a pattern of depleting our resources, and how this is not a new problem. [16:29] John discusses the personal and social wellness challenges of conservationists.  [18:51] Kaméa: "What advice can you offer for those of us who feel guilty for taking a positive approach to sustainability when there is so much pain, injustice, and serious degradation to address?"  [22:55] Rupu talks about how the dominant narratives of who cares about nature exclude the broader racial and ethnic diversity that truly exists in environmental activism. [28:17] John and Rupu discuss the importance of coming together with partnerships and groups to make a larger positive impact.   Thanks for bringing your light! Find the full show notes with links and resources at www.greendreamer.com/120, subscribe to our free weekly newsletter, and share your #1 takeaway from the episode tagging our featured guest and me @KameaChayne to spread the light and to let us know you're tuning in!   *Enjoying the show? Support Green Dreamer on Patreon for bonus episodes, access to our private support community, and more.*
March 12, 2019
How do we reach people who aren't already mindful of their environmental impact, while not pushing them away by being 'too hardcore' in our approach? What should we keep in mind when we're sharing sustainability with our friends and people who are just entering the scene so that our messages can reach them in an engaging and meaningful way?   Sharing her wisdom here is eco-realist and YouTuber Shelbi of Shelbizleee. Let's dive in!    *Enjoying the show? Support Green Dreamer on Patreon for bonus episodes, access to our private support community, and more.*   HIGHLIGHTS  [5:39] How Shelbi first started dumpster diving. [9:06] Shelbi discusses the importance of holding stores and companies accountable for their waste. [15:16] Shelbi explains why she quit dumpster diving. [18:00] How Shelbi evolved her message to emphasize her focus on sustainability more while not pushing away subscribers initially just intrigued by dumpster diving or by the makeup products she found in dumpsters. [20:44] Shebi on the importance of making sustainability feel attainable. [23:20] Shelbi: “You cannot do all the good that the world needs, but the world needs all the good that you can do.” [25:03] Shelbi: “Zero waste was never meant to fall completely on the consumer.”   [27:58] Shelbi: “I do think we need to make it more fun!”     Thanks for bringing your light! Find the full show notes with links and resources at www.greendreamer.com/119, subscribe to our free weekly newsletter, and share your #1 takeaway from the episode tagging our featured guest and me @KameaChayne to spread the light and to let us know you're tuning in!   *Enjoying the show? Support Green Dreamer on Patreon for bonus episodes, access to our private support community, and more.* 
March 7, 2019
How has the media coverage of sustainability evolved over the last decade, and how can we support its presence in mainstream narratives? What was it that instilled in us this idea that living sustainably is all about sacrificing things rather than about gaining things that can truly enrich our lives?   Sharing her wisdom here is Candice Batista, an environmental journalist and the founder of The Eco Hub. Let's dive in!   *Enjoying the show? Support Green Dreamer on Patreon for bonus episodes, access to our private support community, and more.*   HIGHLIGHTS   [3:26] What sparked Candice's interest in environmental journalism.  [7:11] Candice talks about how she was 'very preachy' at first and why she now approaches her messaging from a more educational tone. [8:51] Kaméa: "What's your current greatest challenge in helping to inspire public engagement and action?" [12:58] Candice: "People can tell when you're doing something because you have to or when you're doing something because you're really passionate about it."  [13:53] The misconception that eco-living is all about sacrifice. [20:44] Candice: "When you have less stuff, you actually have more space in your brain and your psyche because you're not cluttered with all these things." [22:59] What Candice has changed her mind about throughout her years reporting on sustainability. [27:16] Kaméa: "How can we better inspire care and action?" [27:36] Candice: "If you have a voice and you can use it, then use it."    Thanks for bringing your light! Find the full show notes with links and resources at www.greendreamer.com/118, subscribe to our free weekly newsletter, and share your #1 takeaway from the episode tagging our featured guest and me @KameaChayne to spread the light and to let us know you're tuning in!   *Enjoying the show? Support Green Dreamer on Patreon for bonus episodes, access to our private support community, and more.*
March 5, 2019
How do lab-grown diamonds compare in their environmental impact with conventionally mined ones? Given that some people rely on mining diamonds for their livelihoods, why do we still need to transition away from extracting these precious stones by way of mining?   Sharing his wisdom here is Alex Weindling, Founder and CEO of Clean Origin, a jewelry company which sells lab-grown diamonds. You'll hear about some of the major social and environmental issues involved in conventional diamond mining, how lab-grown diamonds are made, why this technology should render the need for mining diamonds obsolete, and more. Let's dive in!   *Enjoying the show? Support Green Dreamer on Patreon for bonus episodes, access to our private support community, and more.*   HIGHLIGHTS [5:04] Alex talks about what eventually led him to leave his family business in the conventional diamond industry. [10:02] Alex: "Not only can we get them without ripping craters in the earth that are literally visible from the atmosphere, but we can make them more accessible to more people." [15:39] Kaméa: "Do you think there is such a thing as sustainable mining?" [18:03] Why the diamond mining today is becoming less and less efficient, using more resources for less yield of diamonds. [19:52] How lab-grown diamonds are created. [24:33] How transitioning away from mining diamonds will impact those whose livelihoods depend on it. [28:49] Alex discusses what the best ways are to give our diamonds new life at the end of their life-cycles for us.   Thanks for bringing your light! Find the full show notes with links and resources at www.greendreamer.com/117, subscribe to our free weekly newsletter, and share your #1 takeaway from the episode tagging our featured guest and me @KameaChayne to spread the light and to let us know you're tuning in!   *Enjoying the show? Support Green Dreamer on Patreon for bonus episodes, access to our private support community, and more.*
February 28, 2019
How can we help sustainability as a topic get more attention in spaces where people already consume a lot of content online, such as on YouTube? How can we lessen the amount of in-fighting going on within environmental activism so we can join forces to inspire whatever action and change we can together?   Sharing her wisdom here is Immy Lucas, a YouTube content creator and Founder of the Low Impact Movement. You'll hear about what made her most watched videos go viral, how to be more inclusive of all types of people in our communication, why it's so important for eco-advocates to come together, and more. Let's dive in!   *Enjoying the show? Support Green Dreamer on Patreon for bonus episodes, access to our private support community, and more.*   HIGHLIGHTS   [7:18] Immy shares one of the most difficult parts in her transition towards a zero waste lifestyle. [10:56] Immy: "Just make the best decision you can without worrying about it too much."   [14:10] What's at stake when we communicate in ways that may exclude a certain group of people. [14:46] Kaméa: "If you had to start all over again, what would you do differently, if anything?" [15:28] Immy: "Sharing your weaknesses and mistakes can be incredibly rewarding and it can be helpful for other people."   [25:13] Immy: "What's important here is that you're trying. Even if it's a tiny step... for us, that's good enough and we want to support that."   [28:34] Kaméa: "How do you see waste reduction being related to fighting climate change?   [31:08] Immy: "We need to let go of judgment and any negative in-fighting that there might be within the movement. I think it's so important that we come together."     Thanks for bringing your light! Find the full show notes with links and resources at www.greendreamer.com/116, subscribe to our free weekly newsletter, and share your #1 takeaway from the episode tagging our featured guest and me @KameaChayne to spread the light and to let us know you're tuning in!   *Enjoying the show? Support Green Dreamer on Patreon for bonus episodes, access to our private support community, and more.*
February 26, 2019
Why have we parted ways with some traditional but perfectly functional and natural ways of storing food in favor of plastic packaging? Given that companies aren't necessarily held liable for their negative externalities (e.g., waste, pollution, etc.), how can we get them to be voluntarily responsible for their impacts?   Sharing her wisdom here is Sarah Kaeck, Founder of Bee's Wrap. You'll hear about how plastic has made its way into all corners of our modern day lives, why sustainable beekeeping is so important, how to sustainably scale a business that makes a positive impact, and more. Let's dive in!   *Enjoying the show? Support Green Dreamer on Patreon for bonus episodes, access to our private support community, and more.*   HIGHLIGHTS [6:35] Kaméa: "Why do you think such a healthy, functional, and practical way of storing food has been lost?" [9:09] Kaméa: "How can we get companies that make things to think about the long-term impacts since they're not held liable for that?" [10:43] Sarah shares how she and her team got the idea of Bee's Wrap across to so many people. [16:31] Kaméa: "Do you think it's possible for a really large company to operate sustainably while supporting a sustainable future at the same time?" [18:05] Sarah shares the role of beekeeping for sustainability. [19:36] How can we, as consumers, ensure that the beeswax or honey in what we buy come from sustainably managed hives?   Thanks for bringing your light! Find the full show notes with links and resources at www.greendreamer.com/115, subscribe to our free weekly newsletter, and share your #1 takeaway from the episode tagging our featured guest and me @KameaChayne to spread the light and to let us know you're tuning in!   *Become an official Green Dreamer Patreon Supporter*
February 21, 2019
How can awareness of sustainability—even if just among a minority group of people—eventually reach a tipping point when it can then create a ripple effect and break into the mainstream? What does it take to create stories and documentaries that leave people feeling deeply inspired, empowered, and moved to action?   Sharing his wisdom here is Jordan Osmond, documentary filmmaker and Co-Founder of Happen Films. You'll hear about why fear may not an effective motivator for sustainable behavioral change, how we can learn from localized and indigenous knowledge, how to inspire and activate people through film, and more. Let's dive in!   HIGHLIGHTS   [6:46] The difference between using cold facts versus using stories when sharing information and motivating others to take action. [18:37] Jordan: "There's still time to heal the damage that has been done." [19:45] Why leading by example may be more effective than trying to force change upon others. [22:46] What first got Jordan interested in regenerative agriculture.  [27:06] Jordan: "There is so much knowledge from indigenous cultures... that is sadly being lost but is also being relearned. And that's all permaculture is really. It's nothing new."   Thanks for bringing your light! Find the full show notes with links and resources at www.greendreamer.com/114, subscribe to our newsletter to win monthly giveaways, and share your #1 takeaway from the episode tagging our featured guest and me @KameaChayne to spread the light and to let us know you're tuning in!
February 19, 2019
In the middle of this global awareness to use less single-use plastic bottled water, why is the bottled water market still on the rise? Why is aluminum superior to plastic as a material used for single-use packaging?   Sharing her wisdom here is Nicole Doucet, the CEO and Co-founder of Open Water. You'll hear about all the reasons why aluminum is a more environmentally friendly packaging material when compared to plastic, the pervasive problem with microplastics, why recycling plastic isn't a sustainable solution, and more. Let's dive in!   HIGHLIGHTS  [4:57] Nicole's thoughts on why it seems we have just recently gained more awareness as a society on single-use plastic even though it's been a problem for a long time. [9:01] Why aluminum is a more environmentally material than plastic for packaging. [9:44] Kaméa: "Why are there incentives to support the recycling of aluminum in particular and not other materials?" [16:22] What was the challenge you wanted to overcome with your rebranding from Green Sheep Water to Open Water? [21:01] The problem with the pervasiveness of microplastics. [23:13] Kaméa: "How can we most effectively tackle plastic pollution as soon as possible?"   Thanks for bringing your light! Find the full show notes with links and resources at www.greendreamer.com/113, subscribe to our newsletter to win monthly giveaways, and share your #1 takeaway from the episode tagging our featured guest and me @KameaChayne to spread the light and to let us know you're tuning in!
February 14, 2019
Given that many young people today are already so passionate about helping to solve our global issues, how can we better engage them and empower them to contribute their unique perspectives and talents? How does engineering tie into this picture of sustainability, and how can engineers best apply their backgrounds and skillset to help further advance our progress towards a healthier future?   Sharing her wisdom here is Brittany Bennett, Executive Director of Engineers for a Sustainable World. You'll hear about the role of engineers in tackling environmental issues, the importance of having young people in leadership positions, the need for policy change and collective action, and more. Let's dive in!   HIGHLIGHTS [4:28] How engineers are uniquely positioned to solve environmental problems. [13:40] Brittany: "One of the greatest things we can do is to combine our power together to create collective action." [16:51] What Brittany does to stay encouraged when others don't believe in her. [17:00] Kaméa: "What is the importance of having ideas in leadership from young people and minorities in today's world?" [19:04] Brittany: "I wish we were more open about our failures as a society."  [20:52] How we can continue to encourage and motivate young people toward action.   Thanks for bringing your light! Find the full show notes with links and resources at www.greendreamer.com/112, subscribe to our newsletter to win monthly giveaways, and share your #1 takeaway from the episode tagging our featured guest and me @KameaChayne to spread the light and to let us know you're tuning in!
February 12, 2019
What are some environmental impacts from the beauty and skincare industry that we should be mindful of? In the midst of our fast-paced, often stressful lives, what can we keep in mind that can help us to immediately shift our outlooks to one of gratitude?   Sharing his wisdom here is Andy Hnilo, Founder and CEO of Alitura Naturals. You'll hear about the serious injury that led to him starting Alitura Naturals, some of the most concerning problems with the skincare and beauty industry right now, how to keep a perspective of appreciation in life, and more. Let's dive in!    HIGHLIGHTS [3:18] The serious accident that eventually led to Andy's founding of Alitura. [7:52] Why the ingredients we put onto our skin matter. [12:23] Andy discusses the research and development process he used to develop his innovative, natural skincare. [17:02] Why Andy decided to source unique, wild-harvested ingredients and how this set his products apart from other popular natural skincare brands. [25:17] Some of the biggest environmental and health issues that exist within the beauty industry. [28:02] The availability of unisex and men's eco-skincare and beauty products. [29:47] How word-of-mouth marketing is the most powerful tool Alitura has used to gain exposure.   Thanks for bringing your light! Find the full show notes with links and resources at www.greendreamer.com/111, subscribe to our newsletter to win monthly giveaways, and share your #1 takeaway from the episode tagging our featured guest and me @KameaChayne to spread the light and to let us know you're tuning in!
February 7, 2019
Why can we feel confident and hopeful about our ability to address climate change in this time of need? Even though this topic can often feel complex, overwhelming, and sometimes controversial, what are the three basic things we need to know about the science of climate change that are just undeniable and simple realities?   Sharing his wisdom here is Dr. Jeffrey Bennett, an astronomer, teacher, and author. You'll hear about the relationship between astronomy and our climate; how the solutions to tackling climate change have multi-faceted benefits for our society; how to speak intelligently and with clarity about climate change science; and more.   HIGHLIGHTS [3:03] The relationship between astronomy and climate change. [6:06] The difference between saving the earth and saving civilization. [7:19] Jeffrey explains the simple science behind global warming in three steps. [9:12] Jeffrey: "There's plenty of hope still out there; we just have to do what we know needs to be done." [10:44] How a carbon tax could greatly impact our transition away from fossil fuels, and how this could actually strengthen our overall economy. [18:56] How we can speak more effectively to the general public about climate change. [22:27] Why climate change is not a partisan concern and how leaders with conservative views were actually first to highlight the issue.     Thanks for bringing your light! Find the full show notes with links and resources at www.greendreamer.com/110, subscribe to our newsletter to win monthly giveaways, and share your #1 takeaway from the episode tagging our featured guest and me @KameaChayne to spread the light and to let us know you're tuning in!
February 5, 2019
How will a deeper understanding of our microbiome health encourage us to take better care of ourselves and our planet? How has human activity been impacting our earth's world of microbes, and what's at stake if our microbial diversity and richness continue to decrease?   Sharing her wisdom here is Ara Katz, the Co-Founder of Seed, which is pioneering the application of microbiome science for both human and planetary health. You'll hear about what exactly our microbiome is and does for us; how our personal ecosystems relate to our earth's microbes; how microbiome science will shift our entire approaches to self-care and earth stewardship; and more. Let's dive in!   HIGHLIGHTS [7:21] Ara shares how her experience breastfeeding led her to connect the dots between personal and environmental health. [18:01] Ara explains what our microbiome is and what it does for us. [25:51] Kaméa: "How does our individual microbiome relate to our planet's health?" [26:04] Ara: "We're not in this environment or on this environment—we are of this environment." [26:47] How using antibiotics in animal agriculture impacts our soil health, which in turn creates a harmful cascading effect on the health of our earth and ultimately, ourselves. [27:38] Ara: "Everything is ultimately connected... Microbes are the invisible internet of everything." [32:58] What the impact of urbanization may be on our collective health, given that it leads to decreasing exposures to our microbes-rich living environments.   Thanks for bringing your light! Find the full show notes with links and resources at www.greendreamer.com/109, subscribe to our newsletter to win monthly giveaways, and share your #1 takeaway from the episode tagging our featured guest and me @KameaChayne to spread the light and to let us know you're tuning in!
January 31, 2019
What can we learn from the modeling and fashion industries to help us accelerate our progress towards a healthier future? How does the role of privilege tie into conversations around sustainable living, and how can we be more mindful of this so that we're not just improving our own lives independently, but also helping to improve the system to make it easier and more accessible for everyone to live better as well?   Sharing her wisdom here is Renee Elizabeth Peters, a model-activist, the content creator at Model4GreenLiving, a social media expert, and an environmental advocate. You'll hear about the role of modeling in social impact; how to combat burnout as an activist; how we can use our privilege to make a more positive impact; and more. Let's dive in!   HIGHLIGHTS [11:03] Renee's greatest personal struggle working within the modeling industry while championing mind, body, and earth positivity. [14:43] How the media's mainstream narratives impact our mental health and beliefs about what we 'need' to be happy. [17:43] Taking a holistic, positive approach to sustainability and social impact to prevent burnout. [19:01] Renee's three pieces of advice for someone feeling overwhelmed and burnt out by all of the global issues we face today. [22:45] The role of privilege in sustainable living and how influencers can more effectively use their privilege to make a more widespread positive impact. [28:51] Kaméa: "What can we as individuals do to help conversations around sustainability feel more inclusive so that more people may hop on board?" [30:14] One easy thing everyone can do to support systemic change.   Thanks for bringing your light! Find the full show notes with links and resources at www.greendreamer.com/108, subscribe to our newsletter to win monthly giveaways, and share your #1 takeaway from the episode tagging our featured guest and me @KameaChayne to spread the light and to let us know you're tuning in!
January 29, 2019
When money is often associated with corruption and greed, how can we shift our money mindset to be more confident and unafraid to work with it (given that this is how our world operates), so that we can better use it as a means to help improve our world? What can we do to begin meaningfully addressing the issues of disease, poverty, and climate change altogether?   Sharing his wisdom here is Devin Thorpe, author, speaker, and founder of the Your Mark on the World Center. You'll hear about why having the right money mindset is important for making a positive impact; why corporations aren't going away and what we can do to better hold them accountable for their work; the interconnected relationship between poverty, disease, and climate change; and more. Let's dive in!   HIGHLIGHTS [7:20] Devin: "I think all of us in the sustainability world on some level resent the influence of money. But the fact is–money is what makes the world go round." [11:47] Why corporations are a necessity in our world today and what we can do to require more responsibility from them. [12:39] The fundamentally flawed idea that a corporation's sole reason for being should be to create shareholder value. [20:58] How the issues of poverty, disease, and climate change relate to one another. [24:22] The role of politics in climate change and poverty and how these are nonpartisan issues. [27:04] Devin: "I really think we need to take personal responsibility and never ever, ever forget the astounding need for us to be politically active—we must do both."   Thanks for bringing your light! Find the full show notes with links and resources at www.greendreamer.com/107, subscribe to our newsletter to win monthly giveaways, and share your #1 takeaway from the episode tagging our featured guest and me @KameaChayne to spread the light and to let us know you're tuning in! 
January 24, 2019
What do we need to know about food waste, and what can we do as individuals to help our communities waste less food? Even though sometimes we may feel, as individuals, like just one person in this massive world, why is our sheer existence so important in helping to shape trends and society?   Sharing his wisdom here is Max La Manna of Eating With Max. You'll hear about how we can inspire those around us to take positive actions for our planet; how we can create a less wasteful food industry; what to know about plant-based foods that can help us feel more connected to our earth; and more. Let's dive in!   HIGHLIGHTS  [6:45] What inspired Max to become a pioneer as a chef focused on not wasting any food, tackling plastic waste from the food industry, and making plant-based recipes. [8:53] Max: "I think that's where a lot of creativity lives – in that space of the unknown and in that space of fear." [9:25] Max's advice on getting over the roadblock of fearing the unknown or fearing what other people think. [13:20] What Max has done to be able to connect deeply with his audience to inspire positive change. [15:00] What we need to know about food waste and how we can get our communities to waste less food. [20:05] Kaméa: "We've become very disconnected as a society from nature, especially as it has to with food... How can we inspire a deeper connection between humans and nature through food?"  [22:40] At a time when our global meat consumption is still on the rise, what we can do to inspire people to try more plant-based protein and eat less meat.     Thanks for bringing your light! Find the full show notes with links and resources at www.greendreamer.com/106, subscribe to our newsletter to win monthly giveaways, and share your #1 takeaway from the episode tagging our featured guest and me @KameaChayne to spread the light and to let us know you're tuning in!
January 22, 2019
In addition to supporting the most established national or international environmental nonprofits, why do we also need to simultaneously support local, small, and community-based organizations? What's the importance of making sure that key decisions, policies, and solutions are made in the presence of people from a diversity of backgrounds?   Sharing her wisdom with us here is Peggy Shepard, Co-founder and Executive Director of WE ACT For Environmental Justice. You'll hear about how grassroots initiatives can lead to meaningful change for citizens; how large environmental organizations differ in their measures of success and focus compared to community-based organizations; how we can support environmental justice as individuals; and more. Let's dive in!   HIGHLIGHTS [8:18] Peggy: "The environmental justice movement really coalesced around the fact that low-income communities and communities of color were being targeted for polluting facilities, but not receiving environmental benefits like parks and alternative energy options like solar and natural gas." [9:23] Peggy: "We believe that the voices of the affected residents are the ones that should take leadership on these issues." [12:11] Peggy talks about the prevalence of systemic environmental racism in the U.S. that is perpetuated by public policy and the history of inequality. [24:20] The differences in how large-scale, national nonprofits measure success compared to community-based organizations, and why we cannot overlook supporting the latter. [27:20] Peggy: "We've got to have a diversity of perspectives because it enriches all of our policies and it enriches our lives."     Thanks for bringing your light! Find the full show notes with links and resources at www.greendreamer.com/105, subscribe to our newsletter to win monthly giveaways, and share your #1 takeaway from the episode tagging our featured guest and me @KameaChayne to spread the light and to let us know you're tuning in!
January 17, 2019
How do aquaponics work and how can this be used to support a more sustainable future in agriculture? What are some environmental issues from the medical cannabis industry that we should know, and how can we best support it to move in a healthier direction?   Sharing his wisdom here is Warren Bravo, the co-founder and CEO of Green Relief. You'll hear about how he pivoted from leading his family business to become the largest cement contracting company in Canada to co-establishing his licensed medical cannabis company; how he developed their aquaponic system to be able to scale sustainable production of the plant; how sterile systems like hydroponics compare to aquaponics and soil-based growth; and more. Let's dive in.   HIGHLIGHTS: [7:00] How Warren got involved with the medical cannabis industry and sustainable agriculture. [11:55] Warren: "I learned a long time ago not to sweat over things I can't control." [12:41] What aquaponics are and how they work. [15:35] Kamea: "What do we know about the difference between plants or crops grown from sterile systems like hydroponics compared to ones with rich micro-biotic populations?" [19:05] Warren's biggest struggle in growing Green Relief. [24:22] Warren shares how to support the medical cannabis industry to be more sustainable and more generally, how to champion sustainable agriculture going forward.     Thanks for bringing your light! Find the full show notes with links and resources at www.greendreamer.com/104, subscribe to our newsletter to win monthly giveaways, and share your #1 takeaway from the episode tagging our featured guest and me @KameaChayne to spread the light and to let us know you're tuning in!
January 15, 2019
Why are plastic pieces so problematic when they end up in our oceans? How can focusing on preventative solutions to tackling plastic and micro-plastic pollution help us to more effectively address this global issue?   Sharing his wisdom here is Dr. Marcus Eriksen, Co-founder and Research Director of 5 Gyres Institute. In this episode, you’ll hear about his research on microplastic pollution leading to the passing of our federal Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015; why he thinks we need to focus more on stopping plastic from entering our waterways in the first place instead of on cleaning up plastics already in our oceans; and more. Let’s dive in.   HIGHLIGHTS [4:21] Marcus discusses his active deployment in the Gulf War and how seeing the ecological impact of war affected him. [5:30] Marcus: "I've got to preserve and conserve the world around me. That's my duty; that's what's worth fighting for." [8:16] How the 5 Gyres Institute fought for (and won) the Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015.  [14:07] Marcus speaks on the linear waste system and how that system needs to change into a circular system. [25:45] How the burden of pollution has changed from resting on the consumers' shoulders alone to consumers sharing the load with corporations. [27:19] Kamea: "It's important for us all to also know that we all have to work together. It's consumers; it's businesses; it's governments. We have to all collaborate with each other."   Thanks for bringing your light! Find the full show notes with links and resources at www.greendreamer.com/103, subscribe to our newsletter to win monthly giveaways, and share your #1 takeaway from the episode tagging our featured guest and me @KameaChayne to spread the light and to let us know you're tuning in!
January 10, 2019
How can we better convey the science behind sustainability to the general public so that people will be more interested and motivated to take action? How do insects tie into this picture of sustainability, and why is their presence so vital to our sustainable future?   Sharing his wisdom here is Phil Torres, a biologist with an appetite for adventure. Known for his fieldwork in the Amazon rainforest, he documents his research on his YouTube channel, The Jungle Diaries, and is also the host of United Airlines' Big Metal Bird, and The CW's Ready Set Pet. He's also appeared on Animal Planet and Discovery Channel, and has published in Wired, BBC, National Geographic, Wall Street Journal, and more. Let's dive in.   HIGHLIGHTS [8:40] Phil explains how the decisions we make locally have global effects. [12:58] Kaméa: "What led you to become a science communicator?" [19:14] Why it's important to take the time to notice and acknowledge the nature and living creatures around us. [20:26] Kaméa: "What do you think is the most challenging part of getting people to care?" [24:42] Phil shares an experience that really shocked him during his work as a TV host. [28:42] The role of insects in sustainability. [33:40] How insect populations may be indicative of the health of our planet.   Thanks for bringing your light! Find the full show notes with links and resources at www.greendreamer.com/102, subscribe to our newsletter to win monthly giveaways, and share your #1 takeaway from the episode tagging our featured guest and me @KameaChayne to spread the light and to let us know you're tuning in!
January 8, 2019
What are some ways in which non-profits can really shine and accomplish things that even purpose-driven businesses may not be able to? Why is it so important for sustainability to be inclusive of everybody, no matter our backgrounds, abilities, differences in beliefs, or accessibility?   Sharing her wisdom here is Kate Williams, CEO of 1% For the Planet, which is a global movement inspiring businesses and individuals to support environmental nonprofit solutions through annual membership and everyday actions. In addition to bringing experiences from her past leadership along, she believes strongly in the power of collective action. Let's dive in.   HIGHLIGHTS [4:55] Kate: "It's about protecting places, but it's also about engaging a broad group of people all over the world—and how do we most effectively do that?" [17:27] Kaméa: "What do you think has been key to getting so many companies and people on board?" [19:46] Kate discusses the importance of inclusivity and accessibility within the sustainability movement. [20:01] Kate: "No matter where you live or how much money you have, you are a human on this planet that we share—so we need to take that into account." [23:53] Kate discusses the power of the nonprofit sector and its ability to go where for-profit businesses cannot. [30:56] Kate: "There's always something you can do, and among those things, I think it's really important that people choose because you're going to stay committed to the thing that's right for you."   Thanks for bringing your light! Find the full show notes with links and resources at www.greendreamer.com/101, subscribe to our newsletter to win monthly giveaways, and share your #1 takeaway from the episode tagging our featured guest and me @KameaChayne to spread the light and to let us know you're tuning in!
December 26, 2018
We're currently taking a 2-week holidays break in celebration of reaching our 100th episode, and will resume with 2 episodes per week on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning the second week of January. Be sure to hit SUBSCRIBE if you haven't yet to stay posted, and in the mean time, feel welcome to dive right into our 100 inspiring episodes already waiting for you.   SUPPORT GREEN DREAMER: If you've been enjoying Green Dreamer Podcast and would like to support its continued production, please check out our 2019 Green Dreamer Planners (GreenDreamer.com/Planners), share the show or our planners with friends, or leave a review of what you're enjoying in this podcast app, also including your social username or business name and what you're working on so we can check out what you're up to as well!   Thank you for bringing your light. x @KameaChayne
December 20, 2018
What does it mean that a lot of our current efforts to 'go green' could just be facades or short term solutions that might create another set of unintended problems? How do we deal with the loneliness and rage that might come from having woken up to a lot of our systemic issues which a lot of people around us might still not see?   Our guest on this episode is Ayana Young, a lover and protector of wild nature and the host of For the Wild podcast. Today, she teaches empowered earth stewardship, leads biodiversity enhancement workshops, and facilitates panels across North America with her team. Let's dive in.   HIGHLIGHTS [5:12] Ayana: "I think the word 'sustainability' is thrown around way too much. It's become a marketing tool." [8:30] Ayana: "When you think about 9 billion people all with iPhones, cars, being able to fly airplanes anytime... it really doesn't matter if you plug that into a solar panel or not." [13:30] Kaméa: "Is this a matter of questioning what progress really means? Because we're headed in a direction that is called growth, but equates with a lot of destruction today." [14:53] Ayana: "I really believe that creativity is the antidote to destruction." [27:00] Ayana on how everyone we need everybody on board, and how everyone has a part to play. [37:18] How Ayana deals with her rage and frustration, knowing she sees things so clearly while most people and especially decision makers may not.   Thanks for bringing your light! Find the full show notes with links and resources at www.greendreamer.com/100, subscribe to our newsletter to win monthly giveaways, and share your #1 takeaway from the episode tagging our featured guest and me @KameaChayne to spread the light and to let us know you're tuning in!
December 18, 2018
As we're wrapping up 2018, I wanted to take this opportunity to have Abigail Davidson, Green Dreamer's Creative Partnerships Manager and the one who's been creating all of our show notes, lead us in reflecting upon our first 100 episodes.   Abigail is also a holistic wellness blogger and coach at The School of Wellbeing who helps individuals learn to listen to their bodies and minds and develop a thriving lifestyle specific to them.   Find the full show notes with references linked at www.GreenDreamer.com/99, subscribe to our weekly newsletter to win monthly giveaways, and share your biggest takeaways with me on Instagram @KameaChayne to let me know you're tuning in. Thanks for bringing your light! x
December 15, 2018
Even when we may not feel so hopeful about our ability to turn things around for a sustainable future, what can we hold onto to inspire us to keep going? How does our global industrialized food system aggravate social and environmental issues, and how can we begin to tackle this?   Sharing his expertise here is Rob Greenfield, a world-renowned adventurer and activist who just embarked on his big project called Food Freedom, where he'll be growing and foraging 100 percent of his own food for an entire year in Orlando, Florida. Some of his other past projects include cycling three times across the United States on a bamboo bike for sustainability, dumpster diving in thousands of grocery store dumpsters to raise awareness about food waste and hunger, and wearing 30 days worth of trash out in public to create a visual of just how much trash one average American creates.  Let's dive in.   HIGHLIGHTS [6:32] Rob on how we may be able to break free from "mono-cropped" perspectives from being in places surrounded by people who live and think in the exact same ways. [10:03] Kaméa: "What is the ideation process like for you when you come up with your projects?" [6:04] Kaméa: "How do you deal with people calling you out for the few things you aren't doing perfectly?" [20:44] Rob: "None of us will ever fix all the problems, and none of us have the responsibility to fix all the problems that were created in the world. But we all can take accountability for ourselves and do our best to have a positive impact around us."  [28:46] The sustainability and future of our global industrialized food systems. [30:02] How Rob can feel doubtful about our abilities to realize a sustainable future, yet still have so much enthusiasm for conscious living and activism.   Thanks for bringing your light! Find the full show notes with links and resources at www.greendreamer.com/98, subscribe to our newsletter to win monthly giveaways, and share your #1 takeaway from the episode tagging our featured guest and me @KameaChayne to spread the light and to let us know you're tuning in!
December 13, 2018
We've been talking so much about plastic pollution, but how exactly is plastic even made to begin with, and what can we learn from that process to better understand its impact on our health? How can we deal with having friends or family members who may not personally support the work we do or believe it can really make a difference?   Sharing her wisdom with us here is Christine Liu, author of the blog and YouTube channel on living more simply and sustainably, Snapshots of Simplicity. She has a degree in industrial and packaging technology from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo and currently works at Cisco as a sustainable packaging program manager, where she also co-founded its internal employee organization called the Green Team Network. Let's dive in.   HIGHLIGHTS   [6:32] Christina explains how plastic is actually made. [10:53] Christina's advice for someone working for a company that's not focused on sustainability but wants to be an "intrapraneur" and work as a change maker from within. [11:47] Kaméa: "What do you think is most effective when it comes to influencing the key decision makers in a large company like Cisco?" [15:35] How Christine deals with push back from friends and family members. [17:19] Christine: "Being an over-achiever or perfectionist, it's really easy to overlook rest and to not give yourself enough credit for what you do." [18:15] Christine shares about her anxiety, her decision to take some time off from work, and how it has impacted her overall outlook and values.    Thanks for bringing your light! Find the full show notes with links and resources at www.greendreamer.com/97, subscribe to our newsletter to win monthly giveaways, and share your #1 takeaway from the episode tagging our featured guest and me @KameaChayne to spread the light and to let us know you're tuning in!
December 11, 2018
How can the ways that we go about storytelling either cause division, fear, and hatred, or inspire harmony, empathy, and connection? And in turn, how does this impact our abilities to realize a more sustainable future more quickly?   Special guest of our Bloom Tuesday episode, environmental journalist and storyteller Janice Cantieri, shares her expertise on this topic with us.   Find the full show notes with references linked at www.GreenDreamer.com/96, subscribe to our weekly newsletter to win monthly giveaways, and share your biggest takeaways with me on Instagram @KameaChayne to let me know you're tuning in. Thanks for bringing your light! x
December 8, 2018
How may looking at advancement in a linear way (underdeveloped, developing, and developed) limit our ability to learn with an open mind and experience life to the fullest? Why is supporting environmentally and socially conscious tourism so important to sustainable development and the conservation of vital ecosystems, like our rainforests?   Sharing his wisdom with us here is Marco Bollinger, Co-Founder of Lokal Travel, a marketplace for booking eco adventures around the world that support local communities. He's also an award-winning filmmaker and photographer who's photographed Beyoncé and Barack Obama, spent years documenting Lebanon's refugee camps, and danced for 107 hours in a full costume to raise awareness for rainforest conservation. Let's dive in.   HIGHLIGHTS [5:32] Kaméa: "What does what you learned about happiness [in "developing" nations] tell us about these types of categorizations we often put on different countries?"  [8:44] Marco shares a powerful story about listening to two little girls in a refugee camp sing a song and what it taught him about resilience and the human spirit. [12:00] What led Marco from photography to social entrepreneurship. [17:16] Marco on modern day issues with traveling and even eco-tourism that he wanted to help address. [23:42] What we can do or look for as mindful travelers to make sure more of our traveling dollars go towards local communities. [27:17] Marco explains the problem of land speculation when it comes to sustainable tourism.   Thanks for bringing your light! Find the full show notes with links and resources at www.greendreamer.com/95, subscribe to our newsletter to win monthly giveaways, and share your #1 takeaway from the episode tagging our featured guest and me @KameaChayne to spread the light and to let us know you're tuning in!
December 6, 2018
What are some key public health and environmental issues stemming from the food and beverage industries that we should know about? How do health concerns sparked by the food industry trap people into states of ill health, making it really hard for people to break free from this cycle?   Sharing her wisdom here is Sarah Pool, former Founder of Pacific Superfood Snacks and the Co-Founder and CEO of Canvas, a healthy beverage company committed to improving individual and global health through functional nutrition and innovative technology applications. Let's dive in.   HIGHLIGHTS [5:05] Sarah explains why so many of our 'health' foods contain unhealthy fillers and gels. [7:45] Sarah: "A group of really passionate people can make a huge difference in the world." [9:32] Sarah explains how Canvas got started. [11:21] Sarah discusses what prebiotics and probiotics are and why they're important. [16:50] The most alarming public health issues sparked by the food and beverage industry to know. [21:52] Insights into latest eco-friendly food and beverage packaging options. [23:34] Sarah on what need most to accelerate toward a national or global population of healthier humans.   [25:31] How we can inspire others to make changes, and why it's no longer sustainable to farm the way we have traditionally.   Thanks for bringing your light! Find the full show notes with links and resources at www.greendreamer.com/94, subscribe to our newsletter to win monthly giveaways, and share your #1 takeaway from the episode tagging our featured guest and me @KameaChayne to spread the light and to let us know you're tuning in!
December 4, 2018
How do natural disasters relate to sustainability and vice versa? And how can we urbanize in ways that take into better account the ecosystem's characteristics so our cities can be more resilient against natural events?   Special guest of our Bloom Tuesday episode, Phoebe Loyd of Bare Change, shares her expertise on this topic with us.   Find the full show notes with references linked at www.GreenDreamer.com/93, subscribe to our weekly newsletter to win monthly giveaways, and share your biggest takeaways with me on Instagram @KameaChayne to let us know you're tuning in. Thanks for bringing your light! x
December 1, 2018
Why should durability be a key factor to take into account when we try to shop more sustainably? How are advertisements set up to potentially manipulate our thinking, and how can we address that ourselves in order to protect our mental health?   Sharing her wisdom here is Tara Button, the Founder of BuyMeOnce, a website which finds the most sustainable and longest-lasting products on the planet. Let's dive in.   HIGHLIGHTS [7:56] How Tara and her team determine which items are the longest-lasting products on the planet to stock.    [16:46] Tara discusses the dangers of advertising and how consumers are constantly manipulated. [19:43] How we can consciously address this problem as individual consumers. [22:10] Kaméa: "Do you think there's a relationship between the accumulation of stuff and our perceived self worth?" [25:22] Tara: "Unless you are enough as you are right now, no money will ever make you happier." [26:19] Kaméa: "When you picture a future where everyone is buying things once, where do you see opportunities for growth from a business or economical standpoint?"   Thanks for bringing your light! Find the full show notes with links and resources at www.greendreamer.com/92, subscribe to our newsletter to win monthly giveaways, and share your #1 takeaway from the episode tagging our featured guest and me @KameaChayne to spread the light and to let us know you're tuning in!
November 29, 2018
What is biophilic design, and what are the scientifically proven benefits of being close to nature? Given that we're increasingly urbanizing, what can we do to ensure that future plans for urbanization prioritize green spaces, living walls, and rooftop gardens?   Sharing his expertise with us here is Richard Kincaid, Founder of Sagegreenlife, an award-winning living wall company which has installed custom walls all across the country and is dedicated to transforming built environments into happier, more sustainable spaces. Let's dive in.   HIGHLIGHTS [7:33] Kaméa: "What did you learn from the real estate world that can help us accelerate our work in sustainability?" [8:26] Richard: "There is no reason why we have to be in these concrete jungles." [12:44] Kaméa: "What is the process of designing living walls that will thrive in the environments for which you're building them?" [17:08] Kaméa: "What are some benefits we know of in terms of how greenery in urban landscapes affects our individual wellbeing?" [19:16] Richard: "Living walls solve a lot of potential problems and it does it in a way that's beautiful and non-controversial." [20:50] Richard discusses the challenges businesses are facing to attract and retain talent and how living walls can help with this. [29:30] Richard's thoughts on focusing on the positives when it comes to inspiring action for climate change.   Thanks for bringing your light! Find the full show notes with links and resources at www.greendreamer.com/91, subscribe to our newsletter to win monthly giveaways, and share your #1 takeaway from the episode tagging our featured guest and me @KameaChayne to spread the light and to let us know you're tuning in!
November 27, 2018
How are systemic racism and inequality intricately tied to environmental issues? How can we be more mindful of the language we use when we talk about sustainability to not further exclude and divide, but to help unite and include people of diverse backgrounds and circumstances?   Special guest of our Bloom Tuesday episode, Francesca Willow of Ethical Unicorn, shares her expertise on this topic with us.   Find the full show notes with references linked at www.GreenDreamer.com/90, subscribe to our weekly newsletter to win monthly giveaways, and share your biggest takeaways with me on Instagram @KameaChayne to let us know you're tuning in. Thanks for bringing your light! x
November 24, 2018
Why is it that environmental issues rarely make headlines in mainstream media? What's the importance in providing objective information about sustainability, as opposed to subjective ones?   Georgina Wilson-Powell, the founder of Pebble, a community-focused and mobile-first magazine on a mission to influence consumer change through inspiring advice for sustainable living. Let's dive in.   HIGHLIGHTS [4:46] Georgina's thoughts on why sustainability topics often don't make headlines in mainstream media. [5:01] Georgina: "I was always told that sustainability doesn't sell; it's boring; no one is interested. I just felt in my gut that was wrong..." [17:45] Kaméa: "Why did you decide to emphasize that Pebble Magazine is mobile-first?" [20:25] Georgina shares her greatest piece of guidance on how we can tell more engaging stories when it comes to sustainability. [21:48] Georgina: "We like to say that we're the carrot, not the stick. Because you can't beat people into submission to change their behavior." [26:57] Georgina's thoughts on inspiring friends and family members to care about sustainability topics   Thanks for bringing your light! Find the full show notes with links and resources at www.greendreamer.com/89, subscribe to our newsletter to win monthly giveaways, and share your #1 takeaway from the episode tagging our featured guest and me @KameaChayne to spread the light and to let us know you're tuning in!
November 22, 2018
Why are we wired to be drawn to new things constantly and feel a sense of security (at least in the short term) from the accumulation of more stuff? Why should the psychology of materialism actually make us hopeful about our abilities to work towards a less materialistic and more sustainable future?   Sharing his expertise with us here is Dr. Tim Kasser, a psychology professor at Knox College in Illinois who's written over 100 scientific articles and chapters on materialism, values, ecological sustainability, quality of life, and more. He shared his expertise on the notable documentary, The True Cost, and has also authored five books, including his most recent one, Hypercapitalism.   Let's dive in.   HIGHLIGHTS [10:31] Kaméa: "What influences how materialistic someone is?" [15:49] Tim explains why we may innately want the latest and greatest things. [19:21] Tim discusses the problem with our current social, political, and economic system and how it does everything it can to encourage people to consume. [20:36] Kaméa: "Since it wasn't always this way, what about our world has changed in order to encourage mindless materialism?" [23:57] How ad-blocking, mindfulness, and the "value pie" can make a huge impact in our materialism and wellbeing. [28:48] Tim discusses the motivation and message of his newest cartoon book, Hypercapitalism.  [30:51] Kaméa: "What do you think we need most today in order to collectively redefine what it means to live well so that we can actually accelerate toward better life quality and a sustainable planet?"   Thanks for bringing your light! Find the full show notes with links and resources at www.greendreamer.com/88, subscribe to our newsletter to win monthly giveaways, and share your #1 takeaway from the episode tagging our featured guest and me @KameaChayne to spread the light and to let us know you're tuning in!
November 20, 2018
Why do we even need to be informed shoppers of skincare and cosmetic products? Shouldn't their safety be regulated by the government or industry already? How can we shop for safer and eco-friendly products?   Special guest of our Bloom Tuesday episode, Marie Arlet of Shea Brand, shares her expertise on this topic with us.   Find the full show notes with references linked at www.GreenDreamer.com/87, subscribe to our weekly newsletter to win monthly giveaways, and share your biggest takeaways with me on Instagram @KameaChayne to let us know you're tuning in. Thanks for bringing your light! x
November 17, 2018
How does supporting artisans around the world simultaneously help support sustainability? As the holiday season and Black Friday are coming up, what are some things we should keep in mind to help us be able to shop more ethically and sustainably?   Shedding light on these topics and more is Liza Moiseeva, Co-Founder of the leading Fair Trade social enterprise subscription box company GlobeIn. Due to the popularity and great success of the company, they've been able to invest millions of dollars in artisan communities over the past few years alone, helping to alleviate poverty through empowerment.   Let's dive in.   HIGHLIGHTS  [8:20] Kaméa: "How does the consumer know whether the businesses are responsible for ethical production, or if all of the middle men in the supply chain are responsible?" [14:33] Liza on the keys to GlobeIn reaching such a  large audience  to be able to support their artisan communities around the world. [15:37] Kaméa: "How can supporting artisans around the world also support sustainability?" [22:29] Liza's advice on how to shop mindfully this holiday season. [25:07] Liza's tips for someone who is just getting into the sustainability and social impact space.   Thanks for bringing your light! Find the full show notes with links and resources at www.greendreamer.com/86, subscribe to our newsletter to win monthly giveaways, and share your #1 takeaway from the episode tagging our featured guest and me @KameaChayne to spread the light and to let us know you're tuning in!
November 15, 2018
How do modern day pressures around body image relate to sustainability? With eco living often focused on the negatives—on what we're not doing enough of and how we're falling short of being perfect—why is it so important to let ourselves feel good about what we do and to reassure ourselves that we're okay... that we're doing enough?   Sharing her wisdom here is Marieke Eyskoot, a sustainable fashion and lifestyle expert, sought-after speaker, consultant, and Co-Founder of the International Fair Fashion Trade Show, MINT. With over 15 years of experience in the field, she was nominated as Amsterdam's Citizen of the Year and recently authored the book, This is a Good Guide.   Let's dive in.   HIGHLIGHTS  [15:11] Kaméa: "How can we support the sustainability and ethical fashion space to grow if there are less dollars left to be pumped into the marketing side of things?" [16:40] Marieke talks about her book, This is a Good Guide.  [20:03] Kaméa: "How do you think we can get over perfectionism and worrying too much about what other people think, to just focusing on ourselves and what we can do to improve?" [25:06] Marieke's favorite, lesser-known sustainability tip. [28:53] The relationship between body shaming and sustainability.   Thanks for bringing your light! Find the full show notes with links and resources at www.greendreamer.com/85, and share your #1 takeaway from the episode tagging our featured guest and me @KameaChayne to spread the light and to let us know you're tuning in!
November 13, 2018
What happens to our clothes after we toss them out, and what can we do to support the secondhand economy to grow to help fashion (and related industries) go circular?   Special guest of our Bloom Tuesday episode, Leah Wise of Style Wise Blog, shares her expertise on this topic with us.   Find the full show notes with references linked at www.GreenDreamer.com/84, subscribe to our weekly newsletter to win monthly giveaways, and share your biggest takeaways with me on Instagram @KameaChayne to let us know you're tuning in. Thanks for bringing your light! x
November 10, 2018
In this often divided world, what do we need in order to come together so that we can collectively work towards a more sustainable future? Across cultures and language barriers, what are some universal truths about happiness that we can learn and implement?   Sharing her wisdom here is filmmaker and Host of Alison’s Adventures, Alison Teal. With her unique upbringing (like a Tarzan child) and adventurous spirit, she's been named "The Female Indiana Jones" by TIME Magazine and "The Oprah of Adventure" by Huffington Post, and has also been on the Discovery Channel TV show, Naked and Afraid.   Let's dive in.   HIGHLIGHTS  [6:41] Alison talks about what she calls the disease of 'over-there-itis' and how we always want we can't or don't have. [7:23] Kaméa: "What is one of the craziest memories you have from your crazy upbringing and living in the wilderness?" [9:56] Alison: "Stories are the fabric of our world and our culture, so we need to keep sharing them." [10:43] Kaméa: "How do you think your travels have shaped your perspective on the world differently than most other people?" [20:16] Alison's advice for someone who isn't happy in their current life situation and wants to travel, but doesn't currently have the means to do so. [24:27] Alison shares about the time she asked a shaman from one of the last tribes on earth what the secret to happiness is. [26:01] Kaméa: "What do you think it will take to inspire more harmony and connection among humankind, in spite of all of our differences?"   Thanks for bringing your light! Find the full show notes with links and resources at www.greendreamer.com/83, sign up to our newsletter for a chance to win monthly prizes, and share your #1 takeaway from the episode tagging our featured guest and me @KameaChayne to spread the light and to let us know you're tuning in!
November 8, 2018
How did our guest today go from being a shark attack survivor to becoming a powerful voice for ocean and shark conservation? What are some things to do with shark conservation that we should know?   Sharing his wisdom here is Mike Coots, who was attacked by a shark at the age of 18, and has since become a professional photographer inspiring people to connect more deeply with sharks and our oceans.   HIGHLIGHTS [4:16] Mike shares the surreal experience of when he lost his leg in a shark attack at age 18. [14:17] How Mike got into photography after the attack. [17:12] What gave Mike the courage to photograph sharks up close for his conservation work, in spite of his earlier attack. [20:55] One thing about shark conservation that most people may not be aware of.   [23:03] The link between shark fin hunting, wealth, and increased auditing by the Chinese government.  [24:32] Mike: "Find your strength and exploit that strength for a good cause."   Thanks for bringing your light! Find the full show notes with links and resources at www.greendreamer.com/82, sign up for our newsletter to win giveaways every month, and share your #1 takeaway from the episode tagging our featured guest and me @KameaChayne to spread the light and to let us know you're tuning in!
November 6, 2018
E-commerce is only increasing. Ever wonder about the environmental impact of buying things from online vs. in person?   Special guest of our Bloom Tuesday episode, Polly Barks of Green Indy Blog, shares her expertise on this topic with us.   Find the full show notes with references linked at www.GreenDreamer.com/81, and follow me on Instagram @KameaChayne where I'll be sharing more of my inspirations, tips, and learning lessons along the way. Thanks for bringing your light! x
November 3, 2018
What if we can just tweak a few words in our messaging to be able to immediately double, and even triple, the amount of action and change that we inspire? Why should we go from looking at tackling public health, social, and environmental issues as a 'fight,' to simply tapping into our own 'creative geniuses' (as our guest today calls it)?   Katie Patrick, an environmental engineer, software designer, author, YouTube channel and podcast host, media spokesperson, and board member of Good Environmental Choice Australia shares her wisdom with us on this episode.   HIGHLIGHTS [10:55] Why government legislature and enforcement is necessary in order to have access to the information and data needed to drive change. [12:52] Katie discusses the importance of presenting that data in a well-designed, simplified, and even fun way. [16:59] Kaméa: "What was your biggest aha moment while writing your new book, How to Save the World?" [22:45] Kaméa: "Overall, what have you learned from your research in terms of what it takes to make change happen?" [24:24] Katie: "Humans ultimately care about connecting to other human beings... So we need to think about social change in terms of how it's fitting into that." [27:15] The two most important factors needed for every purpose-driven project, according to Katie. [28:48] What is the value-action gap?   Thanks for bringing your light! Find the full show notes with links and resources at www.greendreamer.com/80, subscribe to our Newsletter to be entered to win our monthly giveaways, and share your #1 takeaway from the episode tagging our featured guest and me @KameaChayne to spread the light and to let us know you're tuning in!
November 1, 2018
Instead of getting people to go against their will and desires to sacrifice things for sustainability, what if we just acknowledge that most of us are selfish, and learn to play into that? How did we even get to our global waste crisis today, and what do we need to do to address this issue on a national and global level?   Tom Szaky, the Founder and CEO of TerraCycle, an innovative company that's becoming a global leader in recycling waste that's traditionally difficult to recycle, shares his wisdom with us here.   HIGHLIGHTS  [9:26] Tom explains why some items have been deemed "un-recyclable" and how TerraCycle manages to recycle them anyway. [12:18] Tom: "Anything that isn't recyclable today, can be. The key is finding other points of value beyond just the material that makes up that object." [15:40] Tom explains why we need to accept the fact that most consumers are selfish and how we can lean into that to create scalable sustainable solutions. [17:30] Tom gives a few examples of how to convince consumers "on the positive." [25:22] Kaméa: "What do you think allowed us to get to where we are today in terms of the scale of our waste issues?" [27:35] What's better: recyclable plastic or biodegradable bio-plastic packaging?   Thanks for bringing your light! Find the full show notes with links and resources at www.greendreamer.com/79, subscribe to our Weekly Newsletter to be entered to win our monthly giveaways, and share your #1 takeaway from the episode tagging our featured guest and me @KameaChayne to spread the light and to let us know you're tuning in!
October 30, 2018
Why is it so damn difficult to change or solidify environmental policy at a national level? Here, I share what the "Iron Triangle" is in U.S. politics and what we can do as individuals to support systemic change.   Find the full show notes with references linked at www.GreenDreamer.com/78, sign up for our Weekly Newsletter to  be automatically entered to win our monthly giveaways, and follow me on Instagram @KameaChayne where I'll be sharing more of my inspirations, tips, and learning lessons along the way. Thanks for bringing your light! x
October 27, 2018
How can we get people who are very much still seduced by fast fashion into the idea of buying less and buying better? How can we deal with perfectionism in terms of sustainable living, and be able to just enjoy this journey rather than just constantly feel bad or feel like we're not enough?   Sharing her wisdom today is Signe Hansen, content creator behind the blog and YouTube channel, Use Less, which explores minimalism, sustainable fashion, and lifestyle.   Let's dive in.   HIGHLIGHTS [8:43] How Signe deals with perfectionism and criticism from viewers. [10:54] What Signe says has been one of the keys to growing her audience. [13:55] Kaméa: "What's been the biggest life lesson you've learned since you've really cut down and embraced minimalism?". [20:40] Kaméa: "What can we do to inspire the consumers who are still very into fast fashion?" [21:54] A few benefits of minimalism that don't have to do with sustainability. [23:03] How the fear of missing out is a huge driver of over-consumption and how we can combat that.   Thanks for bringing your light! Find the full show notes with links and resources at www.greendreamer.com/77, and share your #1 takeaway from the episode tagging our featured guest and me @KameaChayne to spread the light and to let us know you're tuning in!
October 25, 2018
What if more people with great influence on popular culture were to more boldly speak up for sustainability? What would it mean for our world if we had models who were role models, who stood up for public health, social and environmental welfare, and who represent brands that actually align with their personal values?   Sharing her wisdom on this episode is Anne Therese Bengtsson, a former New York City model and Co-Founder of Role Models Management, which is on a mission to redefine what it means to be a model. She's also the podcast host of Hey Change, where she inspires people to embrace curiosity and positivity and promotes an ethical and sustainable way of life.   Let's dive in.   HIGHLIGHTS [8:28] How the modeling industry works and how Role Models Management sets itself apart. [10:09] Kaméa: "What do you think having models whose personal values align with the brands they work with (and vice versa) will make possible for our world and for consumers?" [13:22] How Anne gets past imposter syndrome. [15:49] Some social issues within the modeling industry we should know. [22:10] Anne: "Sometimes, the only thing you need to do is speak up once, plant the seed in someone's head, and then that's going to grow... and we need to plant the seeds today."   Thanks for bringing your light! Find the full show notes with links and resources at www.greendreamer.com/76, and share your #1 takeaway from the episode tagging our featured guest and me @KameaChayne to spread the light and to let us know you're tuning in!
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