KUOW, Seattle’s public radio station has a new podcast, terrestrial, which might have the answers you’re looking for. Eco-anxiety is a chronic fear of our environmental doom. The negative effects of climate change are showing up in more than just our oceans and air, they are affecting our mental health.
Terrestrial explores the choices we make in a world we have changed. Host Ashley Ahearn travels the country — from ranches in Oregon to churches in Colorado — to bring listeners stories about people making personal choices in the face of environmental change. The first episode features Seattle filmmaker Chris Jordan’s journey to an island in the South Pacific to confront the effects of plastic pollution on the Laysan Albatross. He returned from his first journey grief-stricken, feeling too small to make a difference. But he continued to return to the Midway Atoll, photographing, filming and raising awareness about the destructive effects of plastic pollution in our oceans. It’s worth a listen to understand the impact of climate change and to empower you to take action.
A few small ways that make a huge impact include:
- reduce your use of single-use plastic. No more take-away cups, bottles of water or plastic cutlery. With so many re-usable and compostable options, convenience can also be eco-conscious.
- think twice about buying something new. Can you borrow a tent for your once-a-year camping excursion? How about those new sneakers? Can you choose an eco-pair like the ones made Adidas made of recovered ocean plastics? Using your consumer dollars is one of the most powerful ways to communicate your values to companies.
- support business that do good. Here at Metamorphic we take materials previously destined for landfill and repurpose them into bags and accessories that are useful, stylish, durable and eco-friendly. We also donate 1% of our sales to support companies that keep our local waterways clean.
Tell us what you think of the new podcast.