PODCAST

The Owl Hoot

Caroline Norbury

A podcast for the environmentally curious. Conversations on climate change, sustainability, biodiversity and pollution with guests who contribute to protecting our planet.

Hockerton Housing Project with Simon Tilley
01-02-2022
Hockerton Housing Project with Simon Tilley
Simon Tilley is a director and resident at Hockerton Housing Project, a small community living sustainably. In this episode, Simon covers: Envisioning a different future and finding like-minded people. [Starts at 1:23]Taking a leap of faith and viewing housing as part of a system. [Starts at 3:48]Key features of the houses. [Starts at 6:36]Passive energy gains for heating, heat storage and clever design. [Starts at 8:09]The slow response of sustainable building design in the wider building industry. [Starts at 12:15]Consistency of temperature within the house. [Starts at 16:45]Water system and the power of feedback loops on behaviour. [Starts at 19:19]Electricity consumption and production through wind and solar PV. [Starts at 21:50]Developments and changes of priority over time. [Starts at 25:18]Visitors to Hockerton and the benefits of an earth shelter. [Starts at 29:03]What it is like to live in a cohesive community. [Starts at 32:48]Life in 2050 – an abundance of sustainable housing and a different way of living. [Starts at 35:29]Personal sustainable lifestyle highlights – growing food and owning an electric bike. [Starts at 38:26] Useful links Hockerton Housing Project How to connect Twitter Instagram Facebook LinkedIn Please rate and review this episode and why not share it with someone you think might enjoy it. To hear more stories of people doing fabulous things that positively impact our environment, click subscribe in your podcast app.
Sustainable fashion with Natascha Radclyffe-Thomas
09-11-2021
Sustainable fashion with Natascha Radclyffe-Thomas
Natascha Radclyffe-Thomas is Professor of Marketing and Sustainable Business at the British School of Fashion. In this episode, Natascha covers: Her love of fashion, being a maker and educator, and sustainability awareness. [Starts at 1:50]The history of fashion from an environmental and ethical perspective. [Starts at 4:35]Processes, waste and the circular economy. [Starts at 7:10]Big business and fast fashion. [Starts at 11:40]The complexity of clothing materials. [Starts at 14:35]Charity shops – pros and cons. [Starts at 20:01]Where clothing is made. [Starts at 23:02]Educating students who want to make a difference. [Starts at 27:18]Supporting students as changemakers across cultures. [Starts at 33:11]What the fashion industry looks like in 2050 – celebrating creativity, global cooperation and fashion for everyone. [Starts at 35:40]Her sustainable actions – making/mending/thrifting and advocating sustainability in fashion education. [Starts at 38:45] Useful links British School of Fashion – Natascha’s webpage Redress – Environmental NGO Ellen MacArthur Foundation – Fashion Good On You – ethical fashion App Fashion Revolution – fashion activism movement Tengri – luxury fashion label and social enterprise Published Books Fashion Management – A Strategic Approach (2020) How to connect Twitter: @fashionnatascha Email: Natascha.RadclyffeThomas@gcu.ac.uk Please rate and review this episode and why not share it with someone you think might enjoy it. To hear more stories of people doing fabulous things that positively impact our environment, click subscribe in your podcast app.
Community energy with Andy Extance
26-10-2021
Community energy with Andy Extance
Andy Extance is a freelance science writer and director of Exeter Community Energy (ECOE). In this episode, Andy covers: How he became involved with ECOE. [Starts at 1:55]ECOE early days and sourcing funds. [Starts at 5:10]Community share offer and the rooftop solar model. [Starts at 8:24]Income streams and allocating to community projects. [Starts at 10:25]Choosing a building for rooftop solar. [Starts at 13:00]Required expertise and knowledge sharing with other groups and Community Energy England. [Starts at 15:30]Adapting models to changes in subsidies and solar prices. [Starts at 18:18]Project lifespan, repayments and recycling solar. [Starts at 22:00]Healthy Homes for Wellbeing – addressing fuel poverty and energy efficiency. [Starts at 26:25]Accessing and funding of Healthy Homes for Wellbeing. [Starts at 29:50]Social Enterprise Award finalist. [Starts at 33:29]Community energy in 2050 – accessibility, new projects, involvement in housing stock to improve energy efficiency. [Starts at 35:15]Personal environmental action – ECOE and sharing with others what you are doing. [Starts at 39:59] Useful links Exeter Community Energy Website Community Energy England Community Energy Wales Community Energy Scotland Northern Ireland Community Energy How to connect Twitter: @ECOEtalk Facebook: @ExeterCommunityEnergy LinkedIn   Please rate and review this episode and why not share it with someone you think might enjoy it. To hear more stories of people doing fabulous things that positively impact our environment, click subscribe in your podcast app.
Sustainable(ish) living with Jen Gale
28-09-2021
Sustainable(ish) living with Jen Gale
Jen Gale is the founder of Sustainable(ish) and The Knackered Mums Eco Club; she is an author, podcaster, blogger and speaker. In this episode, Jen covers: New beginnings: from vet to sustainable living guru. [Starts at 1:52]“My Make Do and Mend Year” – blogging and experiences. [Starts at 3:40]Anna Lappé: “Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want.” [Starts at 6:40]Buying second hand and zero waste challenge. [Starts at 9:10]Landfill and recycling through charity shops. [Starts at 11:34]The Knackered Mums Eco Club. [Starts at 13:35]Being imperfectly green – making sustainable living accessible and fun. [Starts at 15:17]Empowerment to engage with councillors, MPs and companies. [Starts at 17:59]Compromise on making changes within families. [Starts at 20:02]Making changes in incremental steps. [Starts at 25:39]Eco-anxiety – responding with action and talking about climate change. [Starts at 27:18]Her future ambitions. [Starts at 31:37]Living sustainably in 2050 – despair (government/big business) vs. cautious optimism (great public transport/fossil-free homes/plant-based eating). [Starts at 34:03]Rewards of Sustainable(ish) – seeing others sharing dialogue and taking action. [Starts at 37:07] Useful links Sustainable(ish) Website TEDx – My Make Do and Mend Year Published Books The Sustainable(ish) Living Guide – Everything you need to know to make small changes that make a big difference (2020)The Sustainable(ish) Guide to Green Parenting – Guilt-free eco-ideas for raising your kids (2021) How to connect Twitter: @sustainableish Facebook: @mymakedoandmendlife Instagram: @sustainableish Pinterest: @asustainablelife Please rate and review this episode and why not share it with someone you think might enjoy it. To hear more stories of people doing fabulous things that positively impact our environment, click subscribe in your podcast app.