S3E2 - Let’s Talk About Small Island Developing States

In this episode, we meet with Jeremy Raguain. Jeremy is a Seychellois conservationist who holds a Bachelor of Social Science in International Relations and Environmental Geographical Sciences and Bachelor of Social Science in International Relations (Honors) from the University of Cape Town, a Diploma in Environmental Management from the Technical University of Dresden. He is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy at Columbia University. Jeremy is also an alumnus of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) Fellowship and simultaneously served as the Seychelles Permanent Mission to the United Nations Climate Change and Ocean Advisor throughout 2022 participating in climate change and high seas negotiations. Before negotiating international environmental law on behalf of Seychelles, small island developing and African states, Jeremy worked with the Seychelles Islands Foundation for over five years coordinating the foundation’s projects - such as the Aldabra Clean-Up Project - and communications while contributing to national policy focused on climate change, biodiversity and ocean conservation, as well as environmental impact assessment. Jeremy is also a youth activist volunteering his time to the representation of young people - especially those from islands, Africa and Global South - in environmental and sustainability issues.

-We learn about the unique identity and cultural heritage of SIDS

-We explore the vulnerabilities faced by SIDS

-We learn about SIDS treaties and initiatives

Follow and connect with Jeremy: Instagram: @turtlecommuter

Check out AOSIS and their opportunities: https://www.aosis.org/

An important UN article to check out about SIDS: https://www.un.org/ohrlls/content/about-small-island-developing-states

Check out this document connecting climate change and SIDS: https://unfccc.int/resource/docs/publications/cc_sids.pdf

A podcast episode to check out: Small Islands, Big Picture: Why do small islands matter? https://open.spotify.com/episode/361tFdYc0qSQNYWeMNb1Rl?si=gASp_fguT4aexD6B0z_cqA

S3E1 - The Need for Energy, Equity, & Justice

In this episode, we meet with Daphany Rose Sanchez. Daphany is an experienced community organizer and an expert in climate and housing. Born and raised in New York City public housing, Daphany witnessed and lived through the intersections of housing discrimination, climate divestment, and economic injustice. Her experience moved Daphany to fight for climate resiliency in the communities she grew up in, organizing neighborhoods across every borough in the city while working alongside renewable energy companies to provide people with the tools they need to reduce their energy bills and keep their homes protected from natural disasters. She graduated from NYU Tandon School of Engineering and holds a Master of Science in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management from the New School.

-We learn about Daphany’s story in public housing

-We learn about addressing energy justice in energy insecure communities

-We learn about the policy and organizing to achieve energy justice

Follow and connect with Daphany on socials: Instagram: @daph_nyc_ X: @Daph_NYC_ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/daphanysanchez/

Check out KC3 and what they do: https://kc3.nyc/what-we-do

An important article to check out: https://www.publichealth.columbia.edu/news/survey-reveals-extent-energy-insecurity-new-york-city#:~:text=More%20than%20one%20in%20four,in%20debt%20for%20energy%20costs.

Learn about how eligible households can receive energy services: https://www.nyc.gov/site/hra/help/energy-assistance.page

A podcast episode to check out: Just Energy: Energy poverty and energy insecurity with Destenie Nock https://open.spotify.com/episode/7Jpo6qwYZwUtrHgYr6DGmZ?si=WooP0oYXRj-ZPDXscih2wg

S2E15 - Climate Activists Need Resources - Here’s A Step

In this episode, we meet Bodhi Patil. Bodhi Patil is a UN-recognized, award-winning GenZ ocean-climate “Solutionist” dedicated to improving the interconnectedness between ocean health and human health. He is the Founder & CEO of Inner Light, empowering a generation to build resilience from the inside out for people and planetary wellbeing. He is co-creator/cofounder of Ocean Uprise and SeaDragon Studios and advises several love-based climate organizations on a mission to protect our blue planet. He has been featured by the United Nations, Forbes, Economist Impact, Wildlife Conservation Society, Oceanic Global, and has presented to world leaders at over 10 global climate conferences. Connect with him and learn more about his mission here.

  • We learn about the Tom’s of Maine Incubator Program and how to apply!
  • We learn about Bodhi's love and passion for the ocean
  • We learn about why the ocean is so important for life in all forms

Follow and connect with Bodhi on socials: Instagram: @bodhi_patil Twitter: @bodhi_patil LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bodhipatil/

Apply to the Tom's of Maine Incubator Program! https://www.tomsofmaine.com/incubator

Check out Bodhi's amazing website: https://www.innerlight.tv/

Organizations Bodhi mentioned to check out:

Ocean Uprise https://oceanuprise.com/ Sustainable Ocean Alliance https://www.soalliance.org/ Earth Echo https://www.earthecho.org/

Bodhi’s book recommendation:

Blue Mind - Dr. Wallace J. Nichols

S2E14 - What is "Circular Fashion?"

In this episode we meet with Jaegi Lissade. Jaegi is the Partnership Coordinator of Reclypt. Jaegi is passionate about circular fashion and reducing fashion waste. She first began attending Recylpt events during Climate Week in 2022 and over the past year has evolved from participant to ambassador to now being a member of the Reclypt team! She is currently a student at Queens College studying Economics and Environmental Studies with plans to work in sustainable finance. Bearing this in mind she was wary of developing her sustainability experience in the financial sector and instead has entrenched herself in community based initiatives to develop a strong foundation of intersectional environmental justice.

We learn about circular fashion and why it’s so important We learn about the harm of microtrends and fast fashion We learn about the power of community learning and workshops

Follow and connect with Jaegi on socials: Instagram: @thisisjaegi LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jaegilissade/

Follow Reclypt on Instagram and check out their website: @reclypt https://www.reclypt.com

An informative article about the fashion industry to check out: https://www.nrdc.org/stories/new-york-exposing-fashion-industry-what-it-climate-nightmare

Remake is a global advocacy organization fighting for fair pay and climate justice in the clothing industry. Check them out: https://remake.world/

Check out the Fashion Act and their fight against the harmful sides of the fashion industry: https://www.thefashionact.org/

S2E13 - The Art and Challenges of Environmental Journalism

In this episode, we meet with Angely - a climate and environmental journalist from NYC. Her work is featured in national and city publications including The New York Times, The Nation, Rolling Stone, Vogue, The Guardian, and more. She focuses on primarily environmental science, environmental justice, social media, and culture. Her fact-checking work is featured in various publications like The Nation, Rest of World, Mother Jones, and Gimlet among others.

  • We learn about the power of social media and fact checking
  • We learn about the challenges of the journalism industry 
  • We learn about how you shouldn’t let your job define you

Follow and connect with Angely on socials: Instagram: @angely_mercado Twitter: @angelymercado LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/angelymercado/

Check out Angely’s posts on Gizmodo: https://gizmodo.com/author/angelymercado

Check out Angely’s profile on Muck Rack: https://muckrack.com/angely-mercado

Check out a very important recent article written by Angely: https://gizmodo.com/hurricane-idalia-makes-landfall-in-florida-lost-power-1850786952

Check out some of the best environmental journalism stories of 2022: https://unearthed.greenpeace.org/2022/12/23/best-environmental-journalism-2022/

S2E12 - Diversifying Ocean Conservation: UOcean

In this episode, we meet with Chris Desai - a world renown entrepreneur and philanthropist from humble beginnings who has made considerable contributions to the benefit and protection of this planet with the organic luxury fashion brand Vayyu, the registered charity The Vayyu Foundation and its two global projects. In this podcast episode we are focusing on UOCEAN 2050, which is a pioneering, practical, and non-profit charitable initiative of The Vayyu Foundation based in the United Kingdom with a global reach. Their primary mission is to combat river and ocean plastics and restore marine ecosystems working with minority and stigmatized communities.

  • We learn about Chris’s love and passion for the ocean
  • We learn about realizing the effects of fast fashion on the planet 
  • We learn about entrepreneurship to change the fashion industry and the birth of successful companies 

Follow and connect with Chris and his companies on socials: Instagram: @uoceanproject @vayyu Twitter: @uoceanproject LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chrisdesai/?originalSubdomain=uk

Check out the UOcean page, and see if there are places near you where you can volunteer! https://uocean.org/volunteer

Here is a great article to check out with small ways to help our oceans: https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/ocean/help-our-ocean.html

Another great resource to work on cutting back on the plastics you use: https://www.montereybayaquarium.org/act-for-the-ocean/plastic-pollution/what-you-can-do#:~:text=Cut%20back%20on%20single%2Duse%20plastic&text=Over%20time%2C%20these%20simple%20swaps,single%2Duse%20plastic%20sandwich%20bags. Here are additional organizations and charities to check out! https://www.americanoceans.org/blog/best-ocean-clean-up-charities/

Here’s another podcast episode to check out:

How To Protect The Ocean: Speak Up For Blue: https://open.spotify.com/show/3mE8fDuPv6OiTZ64EfIob9

S2E11 - Project Drawdown x Brown Girl Green: Holding Businesses Accountable for Climate Action

In this episode, we meet with Aiyana Bodi - a senior associate at Project Drawdown. Aiyana works with corporate partners and their employees to scale climate solutions in more meaningful and impactful ways in the workplace. 

  • We learn about influencing companies towards a sustainable shift 
  • We learn about how companies actually take action to make change
  • We learn about employee activation for equitable solutions in the workplace 

Follow and connect with Aiyana on socials: Instagram: @aiyanab Twitter: @aiyanabodi LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aiyana-bodi-96871383

Check out and support Project Drawdown: https://drawdown.org/

Check out Aiyanas page on the Project Drawdown site: https://drawdown.org/staff/aiyana-bodi

Learn more about the work Project Drawdown is doing by Earth.org: https://earth.org/project-drawdown/

A helpful article to check out: https://business.nextdoor.com/en-us/small-business/resources/blog/9-ways-to-make-your-business-more-eco-friendly

S2E10 - Being A Black Woman in the Climate Tech Space

In this episode, we meet with Kayalin Akens-Irby - the head of growth at Planet FWD, the leading carbon management platform for consumer brands to tackle climate change. Kayalin is an impact-oriented woman who cares about trying to build a better future for everyone.

  • We learn about using climate tech to fight the climate crisis
  • We learn about the lack of diversity in the climate tech space
  • We learn about discovering your worth in tough professional spaces

Follow and connect with Kayalin on socials: Instagram: @kayasoleia Twitter: @kayalinsoleia LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kayalinakensirby?original_referer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F

Check out and support Planet FWD: https://www.planetfwd.com/about

Some awesome resources to check out for folks in the climate space:

Elemental: https://elementalexcelerator.com/

Emerson Collective: https://www.emersoncollective.com/

Earthshot: https://earthshotprize.org/how-the-earthshot-prize-works/

Google for startups: https://startup.google.com/programs/black-founders-fund/united-states/

Another podcast episode to check out: 

Climate Tech Circle: Matt Myers https://open.spotify.com/episode/1vIbEuujCS4D8HYxkSWIMO?si=6f2ec702845442bb

S2E9 - Environmental Art as a Form of Activism

In this episode, we meet with Xavier Cortada - one of Miami’s pioneer eco-artists. He works across various mediums of art to generate awareness and action around climate change, sea level rise, and biodiversity loss. Xavier is also a Professor of Practice at the University of Miami Department of Art and Art History, and Artist-in-Residence at Pinecrest Gardens, where his studio, gallery, and socially engaged art practice are based.

  • We learn about how Xaviers background and upbringing influenced his art 
  • We learn about art as a medium for connecting one another 
  • We learn about the power of art, mentorship, and community

Follow and connect with Xavier on socials: Instagram: @xcortada Twitter: @xcortada LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cortada Check out the Xavier Cortada Foundation https://cortada.com/foundation/ Check out Xavier’s page on the University of Miami site: https://people.miami.edu/profile/e5e2e098bf7b41edc54940fb92d9d3c6 Watch Xavier’s powerful TED talk: A creative approach to community climate action: https://www.ted.com/talks/xavier_cortada_a_creative_approach_to_community_climate_action?language=en Read this helpful article on how to be a more eco-conscious artist: Going Green: Environmentally Friendly Practices for Artists: https://agifineart.com/advice/going-green-environmentally-friendly-practices-for-artists/

S2E8 - Why Youth Organizing Matters

In this episode, we meet with Alexia Leclercq - a grassroots organizer, scholar, and artist. Alexia is the co-founder of the Colorado River Conservancy under PODER and a political education non-profit named Start: Empowerment. They have led various environmental justice campaigns from passing national climate and chemical reform legislation and fighting for clean water, to addressing aggregate mining pollution, relocating toxic tank farms, and organizing mutual aid. 

  • We learn about how to mobilize in your community
  • We learn about the water injustices happening in Texas 
  • We learn about the history of community organizing

Follow and connect with Alexia on socials: Instagram: @alexia.leclercq Twitter: @eeealexia LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexia-leclercq

Check out and support the organizations Alexia is a part of:

PODER: https://www.poderaustin.org/

Start: Empowerment: https://www.start-empowerment.org/

Colorado River Conservancy: https://www.austincoloradoriver.org/

Read an article written by Alexia in Dec. 2022: “How Asian-Pacific Islanders Shaped Environmental Activism”:


Check out the Youth Empowerment in Climate Action Platform: https://www.yecap-ap.org/about

Kristy Drutman