Hopeful Environmentalist

by Taylor Ganis

Previously known as the Angry Environmentalist, our host, Taylor Ganis, has re-branded to the Hopeful Environmentalist with a mission to spread more positivity in the climate space.

Climate change is here, and it's already wreaking havoc on millions of people from around the world. The Hopeful Environmentalist Podcast provides hope-based discussions with well known and established environmental professionals to both ed ... 

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Podcast episodes

  • Season 1

  • Youth vs Government: How Youth Activism and Legal Action Are Changing the World for the Better

    Youth vs Government: How Youth Activism and Legal Action Are Changing the World for the Better

    Have you ever wondered how an environmental court case works? Or maybe you're wondering how youth can get involved in environmental law. In this episode, our host, Taylor Ganis, sits down with the Assistant Dean for Environmental Law Studies, Randall S. Abate, to discuss what environmental law is, how you can get involved, and where you can find resources about this topic.  The George Washington University Law School's Environmental and Energy Law Program is holding their annual Shapiro Environmental Law Symposium in in Washington, DC (and virtually) on March 27 and 28, visit this page here. This years event, “Environmental Justice Solutions Summit: Strategic Litigation, Resilience, and Hope,” will explore environmental justice with a cross-sectional and interdisciplinary lens and feature youth climate activism, climate migration, strategic litigation, and community engagement perspectives. If you are interested in attending, visit the event page here.   About our guest: 1. Randall S. Abate bio (with publications) 2. LinkedIn profile 3. Get in touch with Randall: e-mail address: randall.abate@law.gwu.edu 4.  Organizations that were discussed in the podcast: Youth climate litigation: Our Children's Trust Rights of nature: Earth Law Center Animal welfare and rights: Animal Legal Defense Fund List of U.S. environmental law clinics (including environmental justice clinics)

  • The Fight For Environmental Justice: a discussion about environmental racism and injustice in the Ivy City Community

    The Fight For Environmental Justice: a discussion about environmental racism and injustice in the Ivy City Community

    In this episode, I sit down with the brilliant Sebrena Rhodes to discuss the environmental injustices plaguing her community and their fight for justice. We discuss environmental racism, the impacts of industry and capitalism on black, brown, and low-income communities all over the world, and ways that we can move towards a more equitable world for ALL communities. It is important to note that some of the conversations that we are having in this episode are challenging to discuss, but we should not shy away from them (especially for those of us who are not experiencing these injustices). It is important to listen to communities who are on the frontlines of injustice and support their work in ways that they need, while ensuring that their voices are the ones being amplified. If you would like to support the Ivy City Communities fight for justice, visit https://www.empowerdc.org/closenepI also implore you to do your own research. As Sebrena wonderfully describes in the episode, find out what's happening in your community (or to communities within your geographic location).Resources and Links:Watch the Film (only 10 minutes)Contact Sebrena Rhodes: ivycity@empowerdc.org Empower DCFOIA (Freedom Of Information Act)EJScreen (tool that Sebrena discusses in the episode)

  • We Can't Talk About Wildfires Without Talking About Colonialism

    We Can't Talk About Wildfires Without Talking About Colonialism

    What do forest fires and colonialism have in common? As it turns out, a lot. In this episode, I speak with forest fire researcher, Jessika McFarland, about how colonialism impacts the forest fires we see today, what a forest fire is, how climate change is fueling them, and why we must change our current fire management and land management practices. Jessika McFarland- IG @jessforplanet Activists, Scientists, and Authors:- Robin Wall Kimmer- Latino Outdoors- Frank Lake- Margo Robins Support Maui Families Impacted By Wildfires:https://linktr.ee/alex.haraus?utm_source=linktree_profile_share&ltsid=270ac953-bfbc-4967-b19e-7de90ceef38e Join the Hopeful Environmentalist Discord and/or Geneva!

  • Finding Hope in Community and Extinct Bananas: a discussion with Time For Better's Director of Climate Action

    Finding Hope in Community and Extinct Bananas: a discussion with Time For Better's Director of Climate Action

    What is the correlation between extinct bananas, COP28 events, building community, and documentaries? The correlation is that these things are all discussed in this exciting episode! In this weeks episode, Taylor speaks with Time For Better's Director of Climate Action, Charly Frisk, who is a climate storyteller. Charly is the director of the documentary, Nordic Seed Heroes, which sheds light on the importance of seed biodiversity (which we discuss in the episode). She also gives us some insight on the events Time For Better is planning for COP28, while also discussing the success of their past events at NY Climate Week and COP27. We look at how community is crucial to creating climate solutions and how storytelling can be a huge part in not only building community, but providing hope and connection. Resources: Time for Better Website Time for Better Instagram Charly Frisk Instagram Link to Charly's Documentary Music from Tunetank.com Track: Time To Breathe by Crystal Squad https://tunetank.com/track/5688-time-to-breathe/

  • The Role of Wildlife Filmmaking in Conservation

    The Role of Wildlife Filmmaking in Conservation

    How does wildlife filmmaking positively impact wildlife conservation? In this episode, our incredible guest speaker, Kaush, discusses the answer to this question, while also providing advice to anyone interested in getting started in wildlife filmmaking. An award-nominated photographer and having worked with conservation organizations and media outlets such as BBC, Kaush is extremely experienced in the wildlife filmmaking field. He shares with us what got him started, how you can get started in wildlife filmmaking, and the role that wildlife filmmaking has on conservation efforts globally. He describes what it was like to have the opportunity to film the last few northern white rhinos, his work filming coral reefs, and so much more! You're not going to want to miss this episode!Learn more about Kaush’s work:Instagram: @kaushmanWebsite: https://kaush.net/Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCid4fZVhpoFhqHfzj2UCCrw