PROTECT

PROTECT

PROTECT is an environmental podcast that explores encouraging stories of sustainability, ocean and animal protection. The show will feature regular guest interviews with climate change advocates, organisations and concerned citizens who are creating authentic and accountable change. Hosted by writer, Angela Fedele who is attempting to reframe the generally distressing way environmental challenges are communicated across media and social platforms in a bid to leave you informed and inspired. She ventures globally for stories and looks forward to building a positive community in solidarity of a clean and protected planet.

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May 17, 2022 51 min

Earlier this year, Southern Queensland and Northern New South Wales in Australia received more than a year's worth of rainfall in a week. One town, Gympie had its highest flood in over a century with over 1,000 properties completely submerged in water. 

The Insurance Council has reported that the actual claims costs from 197,000 claims across both states is estimated to have cost $3.35 billion in insured losses.

It is a devasta...

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In 2009, a documentary called The Cove was released to expose the not so secret annual capture and slaughter of dolphins in Taiji, Japan.

Today, 13 years on, animal activist groups continue to fight to close The Cove and its hellish hunt practice including Hannah Tait, CEO of Action for Dolphins who joins me on the podcast today.

Hannah and I discuss the controversial drive hunt method of dolphins that sees them cruelly slaughtered...

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As the destruction of natural resources and the carbon emissions generated from the fossil fuel industry continue to accelerate climate change, we are all at risk of losing our lives and our land with our indigenous and frontline communities at the most vulnerable.

Air pollution, temperature and sea level rise are wreaking havoc globally and in Australia, we unfortunately are moving at a poor pace to renewable energy despite being ...

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Losing rainforests continues to wreak havoc on our climate and world leaders (yet again) have pledged to end deforestation. But waiting for policy makers is never the solution and today I sought to speak to someone who is doing ground work on reforestation. 

I came across a brilliant charity, ReForest Now and am delighted to bring you my conversation with their CEO and Co-Founder, Maximo Bottaro

ReForest Now is a young and fast-g...

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Aligning your your passion with meaningful change in the world is not an easy feat but it is definitely achievable as demonstrated by today’s guest, Holly Budge.

Holly is a working adventurer, an Everest summiteer (the first woman to skydive Everest) along with the founder and leader of international non profit, How Many Elephants and World Female Ranger Day to support female rangers in wildlife conservation.  

Holly has raised ove...

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Today I am delighted to invite back Dr Leonardo Guida, Marine Biologist and Senior Shark Campaigner at Australian Marine Conservation Society.

Leo discusses outdated culling technology and the recent whale net entanglements that have seen mainstream media provide coverage of this cruel and outdated "protection" system.

He also reveals the physical distress and sometimes death that a shark will endure when caught at no fa...

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Today I am delighted to invite back Lawrence Chlebeck, Marine Biologist and Senior Shark Campaigner at Humane Society International. 

Lawrence reveals the reasons why shark nets are so ineffective as we discuss recent life-endangering net entanglements involving migrating whales and other marine life. He breaks down the outdated technology currently used in Australian waters and what we can do instead.

We also get an update from La...

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As travel borders begin to open across the globe, many of us have a new mindset post-pandemic - an environmental mindset as we couldn't deny that the slowing of transport and production industries and human activity during lockdowns saw the earth recover some of our damage.

So when it comes to travel, how can we more more considerate of the environment when choosing our destinations, our method of transport or the activities we...

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Our planet depends on a future where sustainable design is prioritised. A single use economy has never made sense with human consumption of the earth’s natural resources at an all-time high. So, every industry, including design has a responsibility to consider how they create: from material to production and ensuring high quality products with the longest, most sustainable life cycle.  

So I’m delighted to bring you today’s guest, ...

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Lions. Commonly referenced as strong, powerful, and magnificent creatures are under threat. Alone, they cannot continue to roam through the African Savannah populating and living as they are entitled to.

Numbers are dwindling with lions targeted by the bushmeat trade, loss of habitat and human encroachment. According to today’s guest, lion numbers half halved in the last quarter century with an estimated 20,000 left in the wild.

So...

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Eco-anxiety, climate fear or climate grief are common terms used to define how as humans, many of us are responding to the ecological crisis. 

It is well documented that climate change is having a negative effect on our health and mental well-being. It is important to recognise how we are feeling about the future of our planet and normalise these feelings. 

Today, I’m welcoming climate therapists, Andrew Bryant and Alexandra Woolla...

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Today, a compelling film which documents Australia's outdated and ineffective shark protection program is out on Stan. 

Directed and produced by Andre Borell, Envoy - Shark Cull explores the history of shark nets and drumlines (baited hooks) in Queensland and NSW. Through these so called "protection" means, sharks and other marine life are being unnecessarily and cruelly caught and culled through the outdated use of net...

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The global cosmetics industry alone produces over 120 billion units of packaging almost every year, which is non recyclable. Add to that animal testing, toxic ingredients, shipping, overproduction, and as a consumer, you can feel overwhelmed about making a positive purchase in this space.

But you definitely can.

Today, my guest brings encouragement and possibility on how her small beauty company grew by putting people and the plane...

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We are in the thick of a digital movement.

Our screens are a core part of our daily lives and have served us well during the pandemic where the world was forced home and we sought to connect with loved ones, work colleagues, and even leaned on digital entertainment to help those lockdown days go a little faster.

And there is no doubt that online activity will continue to rise. But at what cost to the environment?

Today, I explore t...

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As travel borders begin to open post pandemic, some of us might be planning our first holiday in quite a while. On that itinerary might be a wild animal attraction and today we discuss how to ensure we are travelling responsibly when it comes to animal livelihood.

Animals globally are suffering at the hand of the tourism industry through degrading entertaining, living conditions, cruel training methods and trauma from their captivi...

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It can be hard to find a green retreat in a concrete-laden city but never before has it been so critical to invite nature back in.

Urban temperatures are rising at an alarming rate, air pollution continues to wreak havoc on our health and our biodiversity is dying.

Our built environment is actually a very suitable foundation to rewild our cities by implementing green walls, rooftop gardens, tree canopy and carbon sequestering green...

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Food Forests are responding to food security and local food production in cities across the globe.

Today, I’ve reached out to The Conservation Fund and one of their community projects which is the Urban Food Forest at Browns Mill, Atlanta.

It is currently one of the largest food forests in the US spanning 7.1 acres and is only a few kilometres from the city centre.

This wonderful project is described by the fund as “Agriforestry” w...

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What would you sacrifice to stand up for nature? 

Imagine liquidating everything you owned, leaving where you live, the people you know and love to respond to nature’s desperate call in the African wilderness. 

This is the story of Damien Mander, the Founder and CEO of the International Anti-Poaching Foundation. Damien was born in Australia and is now based in Zimbabwe, and is an Iraq War Veteran who served as a naval clearance div...

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May 4, 2021 18 min

Today on the podcast Angela is flying solo and discussing ways you can be a daily activist for the environment. 

She details her own routine and things she's learned and adopted from guests on PROTECT during its last three seasons. 

From animal activism, veganism, zero waste and treading lightly and resourcefully every day. 

Activism looks different for everyone and it's important to remember when it comes to the environmen...

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When COVID-19 forced the world to stop, our natural world breathed a sigh of relief. Cities were quiet, air pollution dropped and birdsong could be heard outside an apartment window. Bodies of water tarnished by human activity returned to their beautiful blue hues.

However, it was also the change in people during the pandemic who found a new respect for Mother Nature and the climate crisis was as clear as ever. 

Today's guest, ...

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