Pollution in Australia is not too bad compared to other countries. During this episode I talk to Kate Nye-Butler and Amy Webber about the pollution they encountered in their recent travels through China and Southeast Asia.
It is not pretty folks, that’s for sure. Airpocalypse and the Beijing cough come foremost to mind.
Then around the 21 minute mark we go off on a tangent about sustainable travel and excessive consumerism. I really enjoyed this episode. We managed to stay on topic for just over 20 minutes, then all hell broke loose and it was just a very interesting general sustainability talk.
A well-rounded episode that I am sure you will enjoy.
Here is the detailed show notes with time markers (in minutes)
- [00:54] Australian pollution
- [04:27] China
- [10:37] Vietnam
- [15:46] Cambodia
- [17:44] Nepal
- [19:20] The root cause; Western consumer culture
- [20:48] Overpopulation
- [21:51] Unsustainable travel
- [22:44] Long distance travel in the near future
- [24:30] Xenophobia
- [25:20] Excessive consumerism
- [27:32] The Brass Monkey Challenge
- [20:57] Stew and Helen in Tasmania
- [32:15] Amy’s recycle bin project
- [32:46] Climate Reality Leadership talk
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I’m a bit behind on the podcasts but recently did a big catch up as I got on with some tidy up work in the garden. Very much enjoyed this episode and had a big chuckle when we got to Kate’s shout out to us (yes I am that Helen in Tasmania)! It really was quite a funny start to their lovely but very brief visit. I hope I didn’t cause too much drama and that the girls have seen improvement in their household communication policies 🙂 I have to say I observed no breaches in our recycling or composting procedures while she was here!
Also enjoyed listening to the chook episode as I tried to spread mulch with my own curious girls getting under my feet and scratching all around me – they are getting a bit too familiar and might have to be banned from the kitchen garden shortly!
Gavin Webber says
You will be happy to know that the young ladies have improved their communication skills. All part of living together in a small apartment I suppose.
Also thanks for the feedback about the podcast, as I don’t receive much and often wonder if I am hitting the mark.
Despicable Dr M (@helenmerrick) says
It is indeed! But they both come across as lovely, thoughtful and intelligent young women. I love all the different voices you get on the podcast.
I’m sorry you don’t get more feedback – I will be sure to go and leave some more reviews on the itunes page. I really admire the fact you manage to keep posting and podcasting so regularly while keeping up a full time job. I can never seem to keep my blogging regular enough!
I also love the podcasts you do with Kim – love her accent, her sense of humour and the lovely way you two bounce off each other – so I hope you do manage to achieve your goal of monthly podcasts with the two of you.
Helen (using different account as I don’t really use my wordpress.com account)
Gavin Webber says
Thanks for the feedback Helen. Really appreciate it.
I will have to tell Kim, because she doesn’t realise that the episodes she co-hosts are the most popular ones!
Maybe your comment will convince her.
(I do like your handle BTW).
Brilliant. Laughed a few times out loud and startled my kids! Another positive for travelling is that seeing how the other half lives can give us many ideas to implement into our own lives.
Gavin Webber says
Nice. I agree, having visited 44 countries in my own travels. It broadens one’s horizons, and makes me grateful for what I have.