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LUGO Podcast: It's Not Easy Being Green

It’s Not Easy Being Green – but we’re here to help! Do you want to live more sustainably but have no idea where to start? Are you interested in making the world greener and do you want to get to the bottom of hot topics? Or are you sceptical about climate change and do you want to hear about the different perspectives on these issues? If your answer to any of these questions is ‘yes’, then you have found the right podcast for you! The new Leiden University Green Office podcast “It’s Not Easy Being Green” is now available on Spotify!

Podcast 6: Challenges of Packaging in our Contemporary Society

What is the history of plastic packaging in human society? What made it such a popular material to use and how did we get here? Can we break our addiction to plastic? What is the consumer behaviour towards product packaging? What are the current trends and challenges of sustainable product packaging? And is glass always better than plastic? In this podcast episode, we had a chat with Katarzyna Cwiertka – an expert on food and waste in East Asia and Professor of Modern Japan studies – about the challenges we are facing in our contemporary society regarding food and product packaging. Tune in to find out more!

Podcast 5: Combatting Food Waste

Ever wondered how big the food waste problem really is? Are you curious what strategies and solutions are put in place by the private and public sector to combat food waste? Would you like to know how data can be used to society’s advantage to overcome such a problem? Do you want to learn what steps you, as an individual, can take to reduce food waste at a local level? Search no further. In our latest episode of the LUGO podcast, It's Not Easy Being Green, guest speaker Yasmina Lambachar, a food waste researcher at Circle Economy, shares her insight on combatting food waste on both an individual and global scale!

Podcast 4: Talking with Vegan Student Association Leiden

Have your already heard of the newly found VSA (vegan student association) in Leiden? Are you wondering: What exactly is a vegan student association for? What are its goals and who is allowed to join? How tolerant are the members with regards to non-vegans? We talked to the VSA board members Martine and Eline to get a better idea of the VSA, have a listen to our new podcast episode to hear what they have to say!

Podcast 3: How sustainable is your student party?

The elections for the Leiden University Student Council and Faculty Councils are coming up, starting on the 17th of May!  We at LUGO asked the candidates from the participating student parties to give us a short impression of what their stands are on sustainability. Four of them took the time for an interview. 

We are discussing questions such as: Where in your manifesto do you focus on sustainability? Which concrete steps do you want to take to integrate sustainability in education? Why should sustainability-minded students vote for you?  Curious for the answers? Check out our episode to hear what each party had to say! 

Podcast 2: Does the university invest in fossil fuels? 

Multiple voices have been criticising Leiden University for not using its position in order to move away from fossil fuels. An article in de Mare called upon the university to “break ties with destructive companies”. But does Leiden University actually invest into fossil fuels? And if so, what is needed to change that? We wanted to get a clearer picture and reached out to Paul Flach, the treasurer of Leiden University. We asked him about the university’s role in the ABP pension fund, the different foundations of the university and the influence it has regarding what kind of investments are being made. Curious to learn more? Check out our new podcast episode on Spotify!

Podcast 1: Eco-anxiety

We’re excited to start this adventure and we’d love for you to join us and let us know what you think. In our first episode, Hedda Werres answers our questions about eco-anxiety and sustainability shaming. Have a listen and stay tuned!

In our first episode we are learning more about how climate change can affect our mental health. When faced with the consequences of global warming and pollution, people often feel distressed, worried or hopeless. This is also called "eco-anxiety". But why do we feel this way and what can we do about it? Hedda Werres, writer for the LUGO blog, is sharing the insights she gained when researching about the topic.

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