Live. Well. Green.

Live. Well. Green.

How can I live a more sustainable life? What actions really make a difference for the earth? How can I live a better, greener life? How do I deal with eco-guilt? How can we create a better future for ourselves, society and the planet? The Live. Well. Green. podcast addresses these big questions and finds practical solutions for living lighter on the earth while working towards social and personal wellbeing. With over 20 years of experience in the field of sustainability and environmental health, teaching these subjects to more than 10,000 students in post-secondary programs of Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Architecture, Community Health Sciences, and MBA programs, host Kristina Hunter brings evidence-based concepts and solutions to each episode. Do you want to find inner calm while living more sustainably? Do you wish there was a trustworthy source of information for greener living? Do you seek evidence-based information on how to do the right thing for the planet? Then this is the podcast for you. Here we find real solutions to environmental issues while living better with ease. Kristina provides practical steps that you can take to implement Sustainable Wellbeing and Green Living without adding to your daily time-pressures. This is where sustainable living and personal wellness meet, and this is where people and the planet truly flourish! www.KristinaHunterFlourishing.com

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November 30, 2021 48 min

We know that Fair Trade is a certification system that helps to ensure social justice and environmental sustainability in the supply chain of common commodities, but how exactly does it do this and what are the standards that it upholds?

In this interview with Editors Zack Gross, Sean McHugh and contributor Monika Firl, we get up close accounts of how the Fair Trade system provides us with coffee, tea, coca, chocolate and a myriad o...

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So, can businesses be a part of the solution to social and environmental issues? Is there a bigger role for them to play beyond the tax revenues and employment they create? My guest Shaun Loney certainly thinks so, and he has worked with numerous start-up Social Enterprises showing that this model can actually deliver social and environmental outcomes more effectively than governments and without the old model of NGOs turning to fu...

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Many of us have children in our lives, whether they are our own kids, grandkids, nieces and nephews, or kids we work with, but we often want to help them enjoy nature and gain an appreciation for the beauty and wonder of the "real world", not just the one they see on screens.

In this episode, I explore how to help mentor young children to connect with nature through activities with nature connection teacher specialist, Laure...

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We know that the fashion industry is highly unsustainable with massive waste produced from our fast fashion, not to mention the carbon footprint of clothing and the often substandard working conditions, especially for women in garment factories. So, it is clear that we need to rethink our closets and bring sustainability into the industry.

In this episode, I had the chance to chat with Anuradha Singh, a textile designer with two sus...

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Eating whole foods - those that have not been processed or packaged, and that often are also local to us is the cornerstone of every healthy eating plan, and the bonus is that it is also really great for the planet. Eating whole foods and eating in season dramatically reduces the carbon emissions, waste, and plastic associated with our foods.

Ok, we are sold, yes, it is the right thing to do for our bodies and for the planet. But, h...

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Permaculture is a term that comes from combining the words "permanent" and "agriculture", but it really goes far beyond that. Permaculture is a philosophy of producing food in a way that works with the landscape, nature and even regenerates what we have lost. It helps to build soil organic matter, retain moisture and nutrients and builds healthy and diverse ecosystems, all while producing food.

It is a radical transf...

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This week I chat with Laura Durenberger of the Raising Eco Minimalists podcast and the blog Reduce Reuse Renew. I begin by asking her about the "renew" aspect that she covers on her blog that deals with anxiety and how this ties into her environmental actions.

Laura talks about the relationship between reducing the physical and mental clutter and how this can also help play a role in reducing anxiety. As she says, it helps b...

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It can be so stressful trying to figure out the best actions to take to live a greener, more eco-conscious life. This is what sustainable wellbeing is all about. It means living better for yourself, your community, and for the planet. So, to help you figure out the best actions to take and get rid of that eco-guilt, I give you simple steps to get there!

In this episode, I deliver the actions that you should take in the areas of:
Redu...

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May 18, 2021 57 min

Sometimes doing the hard thing, the thing that everyone else says can't be done, ends up being the thing that matters most. That's what Dr. Ryan Brook found by taking students out onto the tundra for their university course. He had been taught by some of the best wildlife biologists - the old school ones who believed in this crazy notion that students studying wildlife should do that -- in the wilderness. Even if it means l...

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Madhulika Choudhary returned home to India after many years of studying and living in Europe where she earned degrees in the fields of Political Science, Sociology, Gender and Development, and Social Education, and along the way she worked with vulnerable people bringing them employable skills and assisting with resettlement. When she returned to India, she inherited a plot of land in her family's ancestral village.

She immediat...

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Sure, we know that we need to breathe to live, but did you realize that different breathing techniques have proved benefits to help reduce stress and anxiety as well as improve sleep and mental focus? In this episode, I talk about how breath has helped me in certain difficult situations as well as how it can be useful in everyday living.

We get into deep breathing, movement with breath, the use of breath in meditation, and some grea...

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We are in the midst of a very necessary paradigm shift, and one of the catalysts for this shift is the unlikely heroine, a young Swedish girl with Asperger's Syndrome, named Greta Thunberg. I bet you have heard her name before, but now we need to consider why her message has been so powerful and how we can be a part of this paradigm shift.

Breakthroughs tend not to occur until our old frameworks for seeing the world fall away, e...

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April 20, 2021 29 min

It can be so difficult - wanting to live greener, and yet feeling like we are one of the only ones working on this crisis, like our actions won't make a difference, and that our friends and family just think we're weird. That all can feel really overwhelming. So, that's why I break down to best small actions that you can take for the biggest impact. To help you know that you are making a difference, that your actions ma...

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I had a great chat with Kimberly McFerron, Pre and Post Natal Therapeutic Exercise and Education Specialist. We talk about the challenges of how overwhelming it can be for pregnant women and new parents and how the issues of sustainability and health are a real concern. Unfortunately, many couples end up purchasing so many products that they don't need which just end up in the landfill a short time later.

Kimberly gives concrete...

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This week I get to chat with online Sustainable Influencer and Thrift Stylist AK Bryan, owner of AK Wears Things. She gets into some of the problems of the fast fashion industry, and how she came to realize that she needed to be a part of the solution. So now she runs what I consider to be a "Deep Green" online clothing company that reprints used T-shirts and has other highly sustainable fashion and even jewelry.

AK breaks d...

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March 30, 2021 39 min

In this episode, we get into the details of the global crisis of plastic pollution. I talk about the first mentions of the Great Pacific Garbage by Captain Charles Moore, and what it looked like to him as someone familiar with traveling on the ocean. I get into the numbers of how much plastic is being produced and where it is ending up - the numbers are going to surprise you!

I talk about what happens to plastic in sunlight - yes, i...

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Why are children more vulnerable to environmental contaminants? It turns out that children are not just small adults, they have a number of behavioral and physical factors that actually put them at greater risk than adults to environmental contaminants.

This includes the fact that kids are still growing and developing. Their nervous systems, brains, and reproductive systems continue to grow and develop into early adulthood and are m...

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In this episode, I have the opportunity to chat with the wonderful and innovative creators behind the Climate Illustrated project. They are collecting stories about climate change and people's connection to nature and then bring the stories to the world through illustrations, shared on social media.

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March 9, 2021 30 min

In this episode, we get into the issues of what impact our food has on the planet and it is a long list! We look at how this relates to environmental degradation, loss of habitat, chemicals in the environment, animal welfare, and what it means for our bodies. But don't worry, I give you the BIG 4 actions that you can take today to eat better for the planet - and for your body. And guess what, it means MORE, not less!

For the ful...

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2020 was a difficult year for so many of us all around the world. But even amid hardships, there is always beauty and kindness if we are willing to look. Our guest today, Sarah Coniglio of Project WonderFULL, has captured some of this beauty in her new photography book, There's Always Something WonderFULL: Small Wonders and Big Beauty from 2020, where she shares the beauty of her own neighborhood. Sarah is a social impact photo...

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