Shaping the Future of Climate Education and Empowerment with Bryce Coon, Ep. 74
Forces for Nature
by Crystal DiMiceli
1w ago
In a time where our planet's health is at the forefront of global discussions, understanding the intricacies of climate change is not just beneficial; it's imperative. Bryce Coon is the Director of Education Initiatives at Earthday.org and a passionate advocate for embedding climate literacy within our educational systems. He plays a central role in crafting the organization's overarching goals and roadmap to increasing climate literacy worldwide. Moreover, Bryce is instrumental in driving the efforts dedicated to the climate and environmental literacy campaign, working year-round to cultivate ..read more
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Creating Future Stewards of Our Planet with School Gardens with Ciara Bryne, Ep.73
Forces for Nature
by Crystal DiMiceli
1M ago
Our disconnection from nature has never been greater and this is resulting in not only a crisis for our planet but for our own well-being too. Ciara Byrne, the founder of Green Our Planet, has been using school gardens to help bridge this disconnect. Through her organization, these green spaces are more than just a cool project—they're a way to teach kids about taking care of our planet and each other. And it's working! She's helping to plant seeds of change and watching hope, connection, and environmental stewardship bloom right before our eyes.  Highlights How did a school garden get a ..read more
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Finding the Magic in Our Young Changemakers with T. A. Barron, Ep.72
Forces for Nature
by Crystal DiMiceli
1M ago
There's magic in nature and all of us. T. A. Barron integrates this belief into his life as a bestselling author, conservationist, and host of the Magic & Mountains podcast. But, it's his work honoring young changemakers with the Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes, that really proves this notion to be true. These individuals are making significant contributions to environmental conservation and community improvement, despite the odds that may be stacked against them. And T. A. shines a light on their heroism and the power we all have deep inside. If you need some inspiration to keep goin ..read more
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Defending our Health from Plastic Contamination with Dr. Roopa Krithivasan, Ep. 71
Forces for Nature
by Crystal DiMiceli
2M ago
We all know that plastics have become a problem, but there's even more to it than the litter you see thrown on the ground. Dr. Roopa Krithivasan is the Director of Research for Defend Our Health, an environmental health and justice organization. They recently released a report titled Hidden Hazards: The Chemical Footprint of a Plastic Bottle which tracks the impact of plastic bottles on human health and climate change. Turns out, we can experience the hazards of our plastic use well before the items even end up in our homes- and after. Highlights What's the untold story about plastics? What ..read more
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The Surprising Benefits of Beavers with Alison Zak, Ep69
Forces for Nature
by Crystal DiMiceli
4M ago
The recent COP28 climate change conference concluded with mixed feelings from many stakeholders. Despite this, a noteworthy optimistic takeaway was the emphasis by top scientists on the urgent need to prioritize the protection and restoration of wild ecosystems within global climate strategies, highlighting the necessity of biodiversity conservation. Alison Zak from the Human-Beaver Coexistence Fund champions the crucial role of beavers in combating the intensification of climate change. Her advocacy aims to enhance the acceptance and appreciation of beavers, recognizing the enormous benefits ..read more
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The Ongoing Story of the Youth Who Sued The US Government Over Climate Change with Elizabeth Rusch, Ep.68
Forces for Nature
by Crystal DiMiceli
4M ago
What happens when you have a constitutional right that's being violated but you're too young to vote for the constituents who might fix it? These kids asked the courts to step in. Today's guest, author Elizabeth Rusch, has captured this gripping story in her latest book, The Twenty-One. We dive into how, in 2015, twenty-one young Americans, ages 8-19, filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. government. In this ongoing landmark case, Juliana VS. United States, the plaintiffs claim that the government’s support of the fossil-fuel industry is actively contributing to climate change and, therefor ..read more
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Empowering our Students with Climate Education in New Jersey Schools with Tammy Murphy, Ep67
Forces for Nature
by Crystal DiMiceli
5M ago
As the world takes strides toward a green economy, the U.S. State of New Jersey is determined to be a leader in the movement. And, the First Lady of New Jersey, Tammy Murphy, is ensuring that citizens are prepared. She has spearheaded the initiative of integrating climate change into school curriculum. New Jersey is now the first State to require the topic be taught across all disciplines in the K-12 grade levels. With the consequences of global warming affecting us all, there's no better time to ensure that students understand the complexities of this issue. By providing them with the knowled ..read more
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63. Protecting the World's Penguins with Pablo Borboroglu
Forces for Nature
by Crystal DiMiceli
8M ago
**This episode first aired in April 2020. ** When Pablo Borboroglu released his first rehabilitated penguin back into the wild 30 years ago, he saw the ability that one person has to make a difference. Holding steadfast to this belief, he has since become one of the greatest voices for these animals. And, facing threats both on land and in water, they need it. Through the Global Penguin Society, Pablo uses scientific research to help guide conservation actions that have not only protected penguins but have also benefitted many other species that they live among as well as local communities. H ..read more
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61. Recycling to Keep Our Seas Trash Free with Ryan Hickman
Forces for Nature
by Crystal DiMiceli
9M ago
**This episode first aired in June 2020. You can find the updated clip from Ryan at 21:00** Did you know that only 10% of all plastic that's ever been produced has been recycled?!* And that just 60% of communities in the U.S. have access to curbside recycling pick-up?** Our waste is a huge problem but, today's guest, Ryan Hickman, is determined to be part of the solution. At just 12 years old (yes, you read that right!), he's CEO of his own company, Ryan's Recycling. He joins us today with his dad, Damion, and helps to demystify the confusion that recycling can sometimes cause. Highlights from ..read more
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60. Forces for Nature Season 3 Wrap-Up and Updates with Crystal DiMiceli
Forces for Nature
by Crystal DiMiceli
10M ago
Whoohoo! Sixty episodes in! This seems like a good time to take a step back and introduce to new listeners some of Forces for Nature's older episodes. So, the season break to follow won't be a break, per se, because you'll keep seeing episodes be published. But, they will be some favorites from Seasons 1 and 2, many with bonus updates from the guests!  If you have a favorite that you loved and would like to hear their "where are they now" update, let me know! I had two asks in this episode. Here they are again: 1) Check out my other show, The Healthy Seas Podcast, right here on this pod ..read more
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