Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Environmentality 17 December 2014, Jodi Jackson, My Everyday Garden - Organic pest control

This week was a little blast from the recent past with Leanne joining the show for the first time since August. Leanne couldn’t resist coming in and speaking with Jodi one last time this year. It was a great show, as usual, with the theme of the show being garden pests and control solutions for the everyday gardener. Click here for a listen.

This blog is probably going to look more like a Christmas catalogue promotion of potential Christmas gifts for all you green thumbs out there but hey, I’ve seen them first hand and I wouldn’t mind receiving them myself!
During the first music break today, Jodi showed us some amazing macro photographs she has taken on her iPhone, yes that’s right, iPhone. Jodi showed us a little device you attach to the top right corner of the phone that sits over the camera lens which give you a 10x zoom instantly. Along with the zoom, the little device also comes with a fish-eye and wide angle lens all in one. So for all your little bug shots take a look at this olloclip. And, if you want to check out some of Jodi’s photos using the said device, check out Jodi Instagram feed @everydayinthegarden (some photos below). FYI - Environmentality will be looking at getting an Instagram account in the New Year so look out for that.
Jodi's photo
Another one of Jodi's photos
Jodi brought in some books for us to flick through today and also recommend to our listeners. Both books are well worth getting your hands on so I’ve provided the details below.
Natural Control of Garden Pests by Jackie French
What Garden Pest or Disease Is That? by Judy McMaugh

Some other links that we promised to include are to some information about whitefly’s main predator Encarsia formosa as well as a link to Jodi’s insect hotels which you can use to attract Encarsia formasa to your garden. Mind you, if you have the materials and the enthusiasm you can build them yourself and they don’t have to be as extravagant as the ones Jodi makes J

We also said we would add a photo of the curl grub aka cockchafer  and some additional info on them.
Curl Grubs. image from
Ok now that all the promotions are out of the way (PLEASE NOTE: Environmentality does not receive any kick-backs…but we wish we did!) all of us at Environmentality would like to say thanks for listening and we wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

We will be back better than ever in the New Year so keep on tuning in beginning from the 7th January when we speak to Executive Director of Zero Emissions Matthew Wright, something to look forward to while you’re having a relaxing holiday.

Music tracks:

Gone Gone Gone by Phillip Phillips

Distance by Beaches

Follow The Sun by Xavier Rudd

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Environmentality 10 December 2014, Emily Braham, Editor at Sanctuary Magazine

Issue 29 - Summer Issue
It’s mid-December and summer hasn’t quite hit us here in Melbourne yet which is becoming a bit of trend in recent years. Over the last few years, the summer season has been making up for lost time by extending into the months of March, April and even May as well as producing more heatwave events during this period. This is a somewhat worrying trend that, according to the CSIRO and BoM, will continue on its path of increased frequency and intensity heatwaves. Never fear, despite some of us being ignorant and/or arrogant towards our own impact on the environment (no names mentioned here), us humans are an adaptive bunch and we come up with clever solutions to complex problems. The current summer issue of Sanctuary Magazine presents some of these clever solutions that aim to tackle some of the current and future issues associated with how we live in a changing climate including how to use your roof to keep cool.

Cool Roof -
This week on the show we had a good chat with Emily Braham, the editor of Sanctuary Magazine about some of the latest innovations, ideas and examples of green living, architecture and design. It is always difficult to cover a magazine on our show as it is impossible to go through all the content, however we do our best with the time and this week was no different. During our conversation we covered articles on designing your home for a future of climate change and heatwaves, growing a native garden, two house’s that demonstrate sustainable design and the benefits they bring as well as touching on Indigenous Architecture, an approach to design that incorporates 60,000 years of knowledge and learning.  If you missed the show, please check out the podcast to catch up. To see exactly what we are talking about, you should head to the Sanctuary Magazine's website where you can have a read of the articles or subscribe to receive the quarterly issues right to your front door.

Colour me house -
Next week on the show we have our monthly My Everyday Garden show with resident gardening expert Jodi Jackson.

Music tracks this week were all guest selections (thanks Emily):
We Float by PJ Harvey
Skeletons by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Skin of the Night by M83
Pass in Time by Beth Orton

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Environmentality 3 December 2014, Sarah Day, Founder of Eco-shout

As listeners of Environmentality I’m sure you are aware of at least some of the environmental issues we face as inhabitants on this planet. Now, knowing what you know, I put this ultimatum to you (Disclaimer: Part of this comes from the Eco-Shout website)… You can either:

1. Find out how to change the world, how to get the skills, how to get work and how to get active AND THEN DO IT!


2. Give up, embrace escapism and cultivate denial.

That’s it, they are your options. What do you choose?

It just so happens that this week, we spoke to Sarah Day, the founder of Eco-shout, an organisation helping people to get active in the environmental and social justice movement. Eco-shout proclaims to be a catalyst to action for environmental and social justice and after speaking to Sarah and seeing the resource that is the Eco-shout website, I would have to agree.

Eco-shout has a number of initiatives currently operating out of their website which includes a Sharehousing network for those looking to live with other people who are environmentally/sustainability minded, an events calendar showing upcoming events to get involved with, a jobs network you can use to find environmental/ethical jobs and an active groups directory where you can search the database by category to find groups that might suit your interests or passion.

I recently read one of those ‘how to be happy’ articles one of the (many) steps to happiness was to identify one cause, the one you feel most passionate about and dedicate yourself to helping that cause. So go on, what are you waiting for? Happiness awaits!

To find out more about Sarah Day and Eco-shout, you’ll have to listen to the podcast.

Some links you may find useful:
The TV series Years of Living Dangerously now showing on SBS got a brief mention this week and you can watch via ‘SBS on demand’ or Tuesday nights 9:30pm.

Victorian Election Results – This week on the show we had a brief impromptu discussion around the election results. Check out the link to catch up on all the latest results which include the Australian Greens winning their first ever seat in the lower house of state parliament.

On next week’s show we will be chatting to Emily Braham, Editor of Sanctuary Magazine about the Spring Issue.

The music tracks for this week were all guest selections, thanks Sarah!
Follow the Sun by Xavier Rudd
Monsters by Something for Kate
This World by Katchafire
Qwest by Combat Wombat

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Environmentality 26 November 2014, Liam Farrelly, Greens candidate for Pascoe Vale

The 3 R’s - Right to an education, right to access health services, right to a safe place to live. These are the three highest priorities for Liam Farrelly who is running in the electorate of Pascoe Vale for the Greens party. This week we were fortunate enough to have a candidate for the Victorian election come in to the studio to have a chat just a few days before the election. If you missed the show, you can listen here and you’ll hear Liam talking from the heart on issues such as education, health (including mental health), transport and energy as well as the traditional content of this show, environment!

One thing that gets brought up on this show through our conversations over and over again is Australia’s mind boggling fixation on protecting the fossil fuel industry at the expense of renewable energy and investment in new, green, innovative technology. There seems to be no logical and reasonable explanation as to why this is happening which has been demonstrated by the many guests on this show who have shared their knowledge in the area of their individual expertise. From all reports, it makes sense for Australia to be moving away from our dirty, ageing and redundant coal fired power stations and to stop thinking of gas as the next coal but rather invest in clean, green technology. The social, economic and environmental benefits of moving towards environmentally sustainable energy have been put forward time and time again and more importantly have actually been proven elsewhere in the world, especially in parts of Europe. Australia should be a world leader in renewable energy generation and clean technology innovation but instead we are lagging severely and if you think we are paying for it already, just wait until we decide to play catch up and have to purchase all the innovative products, technology and services from overseas because Australia chose not to invest in their development here and now.


Some articles that are relevant for the election this week (warning: these will probably leave you feeling depressed):

Victoria at a fork in the road on energy Climate Spectator - This weekend’s Victorian state election provides voters with a fairly stark choice about the future of energy policy in the state. Yet the campaigns of the major parties have barely touched the issues of energy and the environment.
Shameful absence of environmental policies The Age - Neither of the major political parties have offered Victorian voters a coherent set of policies about the environment. Indeed, there is a deafening silence about environmental issues and much backtracking.

Vic Labor’s lame plan to move the climate deal Climate Spectator - The Victorian Labor Party has released its climate change policy – it’s below in all its four paragraphs of detailed glory.
Victorian election: built environment takes a back seat The Fifth Estate - In a state that has seen environmental and energy efficiency measures trashed by the Coalition government and created fury within the property industry and beyond, there has been a confounding failure by the Labor Opposition to seize the initiative and deliver meaningful policies as an alternative.

So with all this information, make your vote count on Saturday 29th November.
Next week on the show we will be speaking to Eco-shout. Check out their website and tune in next week to find out more about the organisation.

Music tracks this week:

Cold Nights by How to Dress Well
Two Weeks by FKA Twigs
Come As You Are by Nirvana (Liam's selection)
Nakamarra by Hiatus Kaiyote

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Environmentality 19 November 2014, Jodi Jackson, My Everyday Garden - Sensory Gardens
A Sensory Garden is one that entices you (and other creatures) to enter and enjoy the garden through the use of colours, smells, sounds, textures and tastes. Imagine bright colours, sharp and subtle contrasts, sweet smells, plants you can’t help but want to touch and feel, buzzing bees and chirping birds and mouth-watering fruits and berries hanging around you, sounds like a kind of paradise and that is the idea of a sensory garden, a paradise for the senses.

This week we spoke with Jodi and she didn’t disappoint with her expertise and advice on sensory gardens. In the studio we also got treated to some show and tell from Jodi’s garden which really highlighted the way these plants can capture your senses in a variety of ways. If you missed the show, listen to the podcast here. Some of Jodi’s advice from the show on the plants for the various senses included:
Our studio turning green...

(Grey Foliage) Salvia ‘Berggarten’, Senecio cineraria
She-oak (beware that you will need a bit of room for these. They are often used as wind breaks
Lime Geranium – Pelagonium nervosum
Kaffir Lime – Citrus hystrix
Lemon or Lime Verbena – Aloysia citrodora
Balotta pseudodictamnus
Adananthos cunninghamii
Isopogon formosus
Fruits, vegetable, herbs and edible flowers

Jaime with some Kaffar Lime
Balotta pseudodictamnus

If you would like to see more on sensory gardens then I would recommend heading to Jodi’s "Sensory Garden" Pinterest board where there are heaps of photos and examples of sensory gardens and interesting plants that would make a good addition to your sensory garden.

Don’t miss next week’s show with Liam Farrelly, Greens candidate for Pascoe Vale just 3 days out from the election. Send us any questions you would like answered.

Music tracks this week:
Daydream by Thriftworks
Starkville City Jail by Johnny Cash (guest selection)
These Days by St Vincent
All Your Gold by Bat for Lashes

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Environmentality 12 November 2104, Robyn Deed, Editor of ATA's ReNew Magazine

It has become quite obvious now that sitting around and waiting for our governments to take action on the issue of addressing climate change is not an option. The good news is that there is a lot of movement from communities and organisations across Australia who are taking things into their own hands.
Issue 129

This week on the show we spoke with Robyn Deed, editor of Renew Magazine about the current issue (Issue 129) which has a strong focus on Community Energy including articles ATA and community energy, Community -owned microgrids, Community solar, Energising rural communities and piece on virtual net metering. If you missed the show, you can catch up on the discussion here.

Some of the things we touched on during the show include Fossil fuel divestment, transition towns, collaborative consumption and the future of global energy!
Here are some links to keep you following these topics:

Fossil fuel divestment (Superswitch)
Collaborative consumption (Open Shed, GoGet, Car Next Door)
Transition towns - Transition Sunshine Coast Australia's first transition town and is now a great resource and provide support services to communities looking to establish their own transition town.
Alan Pears Report - Future global energy giants
If you'd like to find out more about the magazine or subscribe, please head to or

Next week on the show, we'll be speaking with Liam Farrelly, Greens candidate for Pascoe Vale just 4 days out from the 2014 Victorian election. If you'd like a question answered then let us know via twitter or text in during the show on 0447 777 989.

Music tracks from this week:
What A Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong
Home by Phillip Phillips
Rise and Fall by Craig David feat. Sting
Where I Stood by Missy Higgins (guest selection)

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Environmentality 5 November 2014, Jaime De Loma-Osorio Ricon, The Australian Greens candidate for Broadmeadows

As the election draws closer, we are starting to see and hear more about the various political party policies, ideas and promises. This week we got in on more of the political action and had a great chat with Jaime De Loma-Osorio Ricon. Jaime is the Greens candidate for Broadmeadows in the upcoming Victorian state election. Regular listeners will probably know that Jaime is one of regular hosts of the show, however this week the tables were turned and Jaime was a guest on the show and subject to the tough interrogating interview style of Environmentality. Again, regular listeners will know that this is far from the truth as our interviews are casual and relaxed and this week was no different.
Jaime, like many politicians is very passionate about his work and this came across strongly during our chat this week. We discussed the important issues facing the Broadmeadows electorate including unemployment, public transport, education and health as well as some broader Victorian and Federal issues such as climate change, east-west link, renewable energy and we even touched on foreign policy.
Although it may seem that we diverted away from the usual environmental theme of the show on some of the topics during the show, I would like to point out that many of these issues are actually linked to the environment and it was great to hear many of these links being expressed and explored. If you missed the show, you can listen here.
Jaime has just released a YouTube video to launch his campaign, take a look here and let us know what you think in the comments below. You can also follow Jaime on twitter using @jaimeloma.
Jaime will also be taking part in a debate for the seat of Broadmeadows with other candidates including current Labor member and candidate Frank McGuire at John Fawkner College on the 11th November. See here for more details.
Earlier this week, the ABC launched its online Vote Compass tool which allows users to determine where they stand in the Victorian political landscape. The tool uses your answers to a set of simple multiple choice questions and provides a full analysis for you to review. Have and go and suggest it to all your friends and you never know, you may find that your usual preferred political party does not stack up with your personal views.
Some other useful links:
Victorian Election Environmental Expert Policy Review - The Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ) and RMIT University are hosting a panel of renowned environmental practitioners to review the environment policies offered by the major political parties.
Don't miss next week, we will be talking with ReNew magazine editor Robyn Deed about the current Issue 129.
Music Tracks from this week:
Painted Black by The Rolling Stones
I See Fire by Ed Sheeran
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