Beaming Green

Beaming Green

A podcast that puts eco-living at the heart of your life. Each episode we showcase sustainability superheroes who share their knowledge and tips that you can implement immediately to experience the joy of living simply and sustainably every day.

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April 14, 2021 38 min

Libraries are traditionally associated with borrowing books. These days, with an increasing awareness that once a product reaches its used-by date ‘there is no away’, many waste-conscious communities are creating tool libraries. This is a great way to pool resources, borrowing, rather than buying tools, camping goods, PAs, party equipment and man other household items. Tool libraries are a great way of sharing resources, saving mon...

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The tiny house movement has been growing steadily for more than a decade. It offers an affordable alternative to buying a conventional house and an alternative way of living. Many home buyers are choosing to downsize and simplify their lives due to economic hardship, housing affordability and environmental stress. This conscientious collective are choosing to live off grid and leave a smaller footprint on our struggling planet.

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Welcome to episode twenty. I'm excited to welcome back Victor Pires to learn more about Syntropic agriculture and his new training course — Syntropic Gardener, based in Uki, Northern NSW, Australia.
Victor was born in Brazil where he trained extensively in this field, learning from some of the founders, including the Syntropic agriculture creator, Ernst Gotsch, a Swiss farmer who moved to Brazil in the early 1980s'.

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Indigenous Australians are the first-known human inhabitants of the Australian continent and its nearby islands. The term includes both the Torres Strait Islanders and the Aboriginal People, who together make up about 2.5% of Australia's population.

Scientists believe Indigenous Australians arrived in Australia between 40,000 and 70,000 years ago, but Aboriginal history says "we have been here since time began".

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Farmers' markets promote individual health, environmental health and healthy communities. These weekly markets support local farmers, stimulating local economies and building direct relationships between the growers and buyers. 

They offer a place where the consumer can ask questions about how their food is grown, creating consumer trust and encouraging sustainable farming practices that reduce exposure to toxic fertilisers and ...

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In this episode I speak with Ursula Wharton, the founder of Deep Listeners .

Ursula shares her personal story about the loss of her son to suicide. As a result of her loss, she created a free community offering called Deep Listeners that aims "to up-skill and empower community members and organisations to be prepared and willing to listen compassionately to each other." 

In this episiode Ursula shares how:

  • she coped with the t...
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    I am really excited to be speaking with Frederick Marx, an internationally acclaimed Oscar and Emmy nominated director/writer and producer of many films over 40 illustrious years, (inc. the award-winning Hoop Dreams, 1994). Today, I speak with him about his new book Rites to a Good Life - Everyday Rituals of Healing and Transformation.

    Frederick shares his journey that started as a 9-year old boy having to deal with the loss of his ...

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    This week I talk Turkey with my (vegan) partner Andia about how we can celebrate Christmas sustainably. In Australia alone, it's estimated that our festive waste is growing by 30% yearly because of all the thousands of tonnes of wrapping paper, food, decorations, empty bottles and unwanted presents. 

    We spend about $11 billion a year on Christmas gifts annually down under, so it's important that we spend wisely and think sus...

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    November 27, 2020 34 min

    So, you want to become a beekeeper

    I'm excited to be speaking with Leonie Schwarzel, who is a fellow beekeeper with extensive experience (more than me).
    I met Leonie when I joined the Gold Coast Amateur Beekeepers Society three years ago.

    There is a lot beekeepers need to know, so I thought it would be useful to discuss the basics before starting a hive.

    In this interview we speak about things to consider before you start beekeepin...

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    Sustainable School with humanist values

    My partner Andia and I started a not-for-profit called “Lets Waste Less” in 2017.  We wanted to reduce the use of single plastics in our town and began sourcing second-hand materials and support for fortnightly Boomerang Bag sewing bees.

    Friends suggested asking the Sathya Sai School if we could use their hall. We had a great meeting with them. They not only agreed to let us use their hall, the...

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    November 13, 2020 27 min

    In this episode I speak with Samantha Jones, the winner of It Takes A Town's program – 'Pitch for Change'.

    Samantha is offering budding gardeners an opportunity to learn the basics of gardening and growing their own food with her program 'Vegucation'
    at the Murwillumbah Community Gardens.

    In this interview we speak about:

  • her passion for organic gardening
  • how and why she started
  • the lessons she learned living in Indon...
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    November 6, 2020 45 min

    I feel honoured to speak with UK-based Jo Ruxton this week, who is the producer of the film "A Plastic Ocean" (A film my partner and I screened when we launched our not-for-profit Let's Waste Less in 2017 that forever changed the way we viewed single plastic and our throw-away culture). View the trailer

    Plastic is accumulating across the planet at an alarming rate and adversely affecting the health of wildlife, wildlife ...

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    I am really excited to be speaking with Henrike Schreer, a qualified Life Coach, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) practitioner and Hypnotherapist. I asked her what she would recommended for people who are experiencing difficulty in their relationships and in particular how COVID-19 seems to have exacerbated the situation.

    In this episode Henrike shares how she used the techniques she'd learned to:

  • deal with a relationship break...
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    It Takes a Town — with Carmen Stewart

    It Takes a Town (ITAT) started in 2017 in the 2484 postcode area, which includes Murwillumbah,  Northern New South Wales and surrounding villages. It operates under the premise that we all — residents, services, clubs, churches, businesses, schools and government—have a role to play in creating change. With 1 in 3 children below the poverty line in 2484, children and families have become ITAT...

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    October 16, 2020 50 min

    In this episode I speak with skilled planners and strategic engineers, Nilmini De Silva and Steven Liaros,  who have more than 25 years local government and consulting experience.  They share their vision of pioneering "Circular Economy Villages" (CEVs) in Australia . A CEV lowers living costs, covering the basic needs of residents, including water, food, energy and shelter. CEVs also integrate sustainable and innovative id...

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    Vision for Wellness Sanctuaries

    In this interview  Sebastian Hilbert shares his story of moving to Australia from a small rural town in East Germany, with a population of  200 people.
    He discusses how he and his partner, Theresa Armytage, created Wellnesspreneur after realising there was a gap in the market in how effectively wellness businesses were creating and using their online presence.  Seven years on,  Sebastian and his partne...

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    Operation Crayweed
    Operation Crayweed is a flagship project from the Sydney Institute of Marine Science. The project focuses on the restoration of underwater forests that disappeared from the coastline of Australia’s largest city decades ago. It combines science, practice, community engagement and art to reach its goals as well as raise awareness about the importance of underwater kelp forests that are experiencing global decline. 

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    In this episode with Arne Rubinstein we will be discussing the key elements of having sustainable, meaningful relationships with your children through the various stages of their life and the importance of elders in the community to guide you in your adult life.  There is also a special offer for the Rites of Passage Institute's transformational parenting online course.

    In this interview Arne discusses:

  • Four steps to having bette...
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    Michael Leung  - Architect from Balanced Earth 

    Michael Leung has had a passion for architecture since the age of sixteen, when he started working in an architectural firm in the UK. He then went on to university to study architecture.

    Michael became a UK registered architect in March 2000.  He has 30 years experience in architecture and project management.

    For 8 years, his primary focus was property development and project management...

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    Building with hemp a way of the future

    In this episode I am excited to be interviewing Klara Marosszeky who is the Managing Director of the Australian Hemp Masonry Company, Australia’s lead organisation in hemp building materials research. The company sources hemp from Australian farmers, manufacturers that are BCA-compliant Australian hemp building materials in Sydney. They supply hemp building materials to more than 180 constructi...

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