Reseed

Alice Irene Whittaker

Thoughtful conversations about repairing our relationship with nature. The guests of Reseed are the RE generation: people who are embracing redesign, reduction, repair, reuse, and regeneration, and cultivating a world rooted in care, justice, and well-being. Join farmers, builders, designers, artists, and makers to delve into our collective journey from takers - to caretakers. read less

On Location in Colorado: Regenerative Ranch, Regenerative Economy - Hunter Lovins
2d ago
On Location in Colorado: Regenerative Ranch, Regenerative Economy - Hunter Lovins
This mini-documentary chronicles the journey of host Alice Irene Whittaker in 2019, when she traveled pregnant with her third child to Colorado to interview acclaimed environmental economist and regenerative rancher Hunter Lovins. Around a kitchen table in her regenerative ranch, Hunter answers curiosities about a circular economy that is modelled on nature’s cycles, and envisions the large-scale transition to renewable energy and ecologically-responsible business. The role of cities and local food systems in caring for our environment are explored. Hunter reflects on her lived and professional experience in transforming landscapes and soil through regenerative agriculture. L. Hunter Lovins has been a leading pioneer in environmental economics for decades. An award-winning author, she has co‐authored over a dozen books and hundreds of articles. She has consulted for scores of industries and governments worldwide, from Patagonia to the United Nations. She has won dozens of awards, and has been decorated with such honours as receiving The Audubon Society’s Rachel Carson Award to being named a Hero for the Planet by TIME Magazine. Hunter Lovin’s book A Finer Future is a blueprint for an inspiring regenerative economy that avoids collapse and works for people and planet - and it was this book that host Alice Irene Whittaker had in her bag when she was on that airplane to meet Hunter in Colorado.A moment in time between two women is captured in this thought-provoking conversation that unfolds surrounded by horses, the homes of herons, and wide open sky. This episode challenges economic growth as a concept, dreams of the demise of the fossil fuel industry, and encourages designing an economy that fosters happiness and well-being.Listen at reseed.ca and follow on Instagram at aliceirenewhittaker.
Relocalizing Our Food Future - Barbara Swartzentruber
Dec 20 2022
Relocalizing Our Food Future - Barbara Swartzentruber
Imagine creating a food future where all people have access to nourishing affordable food, growing practices are regenerative, and our food systems transition from being global and fragile to regional and resilient.This conversation looks at our isolation from the Earth and food that nourishes us, and wonders about repairing our relationship with land and agriculture. We discuss the extractive systems on which we are dependent, and what happens when our systems are disrupted by climate change. We interrogate the prevailing economy which we have been serving and supporting - and look at other options, like a circular economy or a regenerative economy. Guest Barbara Swartzentruber is currently Executive Director of the Smart Cities Office at the City of Guelph, where the City and County of Wellington are collaborating with public and private sector partners to build a circular, regenerative regional food system. Building on the principles of a circular economy and leveraging the power of data, they are re-imagining a sustainable regional food system that increases access to affordable, nutritious food and finds new opportunities for waste reduction and recovery. Barbara has taught public policy, community development and advocacy at several Canadian universities, has been appointed to expert panels and as a Senior Fellow on the circular economy at esteemed institutions, and speaks internationally about reimagining resilient local food systems. Facing international problems of daunting proportions, we ask: what is the role of individuals, communities, and cities? What do we want the commons to look like? How can food not only feed and nourish people, but also connect and strengthen community?Listen at reseed.ca or wherever you listen to podcasts.
Media, Stories, and Culture Reclaimed - Sara Lopez
Dec 6 2022
Media, Stories, and Culture Reclaimed - Sara Lopez
Communicating the Anthropocene is an art and a science. Multiple messages, tactics, messengers, and channels can be harnessed to convey climate change problems and solutions to citizens. Environmental communications are one of the most underutilized solutions we have for rising to meet environmental crises. Every movement, every momentous and terrible human collective shift starts not with weapons or protests - they start with words.Anthropocene problems are spiritual and cultural. Our greatest problems lie in a lack of sacredness, disconnection, isolation, rootlessness, too much stuff, too much pressure, distraction, division, and a lack of imagination of other realities. Enter storytelling and media - shapers of culture, givers of richness, enhancers of empathy, influencers of citizens and their politicians, and fertile soil for imagination. Guest Sara Lopez is a social entrepreneur, creator, artist, writer, and culture worker. Her multicultural upbringing inspired her to study, document, and work with people from different cultures all over the planet. Along with Gabriel Alvarez, she co-founded The Jungle Journal, an online platform with an annual print magazine that covers themes around global cultures, ecosystems, past and modern histories, Indigenous activism, and reflections. Together, Sara and Gabriel share stories about cultures and people that go unnoticed and unheard.How do we shift culture? How do we rebuild trust in each other, and the capacity to imagine and express? How do we dismantle what we see as truths, such as  the norms of capitalism and our role in keeping it humming along to the edge of the cliff? How do we shape stories that tell people what we are fighting for, and energize them to fight? Or love, or care, or tend? This conversation explores these questions, and looks at storytelling and the role of media in reconnecting with the Earth.Listen at Reseed.ca.
Reclaiming Food Sovereignty, Remembering Women Farmers - Leticia Ama Deawuo
Nov 8 2022
Reclaiming Food Sovereignty, Remembering Women Farmers - Leticia Ama Deawuo
Food justice is interwoven with conversations about our women ancestors and motherhood in this episode of Reseed. Food is interconnected with human health, planetary health, water, soil, animals, culture, and care. At its worst, the production of food is one of the most damaging sources of climate change and biodiversity loss, and it can be cruel to animals and exploitative to people. At its best, growing food roots us into this beautiful Earth, creating a reciprocal relationship with the land, connections with community - and the reclamation of rights. Guest Leticia Ama Deawuo has been a leading activist for food sovereignty and food justice for the past 15 years. She is the Executive Director of SeedChange, and spent four years as the Executive Director of Black Creek Community Farm, where she worked towards greater food justice with the Toronto community of Jane-Finch. She brings a unique perspective and expertise on food sovereignty, agroecology and food justice, thanks to her childhood spent on a small-scale farm in Ghana. She is also a filmmaker, currently working on a film on Women Indigenous Farmers in Africa that explores gender, racial equality, and indigeneity in African farming communities. Ama sheds light on food sovereignty, a grassroots worldwide movement to reclaim food systems, with a particular focus on farmers’ rights. It focuses on the right to food, and grapples with questions of land ownership, distribution of resources, workers’ rights, environmental justice, and historical injustices. Could anything be more prescient to our precarious moment when workers are rising up and the Earth cries for our radical care? Listen at reseed.ca or wherever you listen to podcasts.
Reigniting Creativity for a Caring World - Rebeka Ryvola de Kremer
Jun 21 2022
Reigniting Creativity for a Caring World - Rebeka Ryvola de Kremer
We protect our gentle hearts and our fearful brains by saying things cannot change, telling ourselves it isn’t as bad as it is, or just ignoring environmental and social breakdown all together. Our disillusionment can be a slow erosion of imagination and hope, day by weary day, with global tragedies playing out behind our personal triumphs and pains. As an antidote to disconnection and despair, artists have a powerful role to play: making space to feel grief, sparking imagination, knitting people together in solidarity and shared experience, and rekindling a belief in what is possible. Guest Rebeka Ryvola de Kremer is an artist and illustrator who is creating a more just and caring world, as well as a learning advisor for the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre. From guerilla protest art to art galleries to scientific reports to international UN conferences, Rebeka’s art brings creativity and human responses to creativity into many spaces and places. She sees art as a powerful medium to communicate climate messages and build community. Rebeka brings her faith in the power of curiosity, wonder, and connection to the work she does in service to people and the planet. She currently works primarily with illustration, visualization of data and information, live visual communication like scribing & cartoons, group facilitation, and public art installation. Her clients and collaborators include Black Lives Matter DC, the World Bank, the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement, The Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York City, Yale University, Columbia University, and community organizations in Los Angeles, Washington DC, Mexico City, and Beirut.Rebeka is the type of person who reignites your belief in magic and makes you want to reconnect with your creative self. She is also the artist who created the cover art for Reseed, and she was a part of the project before it ever reached listeners. This conversation examines being an artist in “serious” spaces, human migration across places, and disconnecting from social media and information overload for the sake of sanity and creativity. Art can be informed by science and evidence, and can responsibly connect humans with information and steward action. Art has often been disregarded or sidelined in climate and justice conversations, but creativity is essential for the revolution towards a regenerative and caring reality.Listen at reseed.ca.
Rewilding Science and Stories - Kai Chan
Jun 7 2022
Rewilding Science and Stories - Kai Chan
From the wonder of watching tiny, wild critters to the grand, complex world of international environmental research, this conversation spans worlds. It navigates the often-separate disciplines of science and stories, threading them together. Guest Kai Chan and host Alice Irene Whittaker discuss our responsibilities on Earth, heroic action, the value of nature, the connection between culture and conservation, what it is really like to work on those massive international climate reports, and rewilding a beautiful planet. Kai Chan is a scientist, professor, and cofounder of CoSphere, a Community of Small-Planet Heroes. He is the Canada Research Chair in Rewilding and Social-Ecological Transformation at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia. He is an interdisciplinary, problem-oriented sustainability scientist, trained in ecology, policy, and ethics from Princeton and Stanford Universities. Kai led the pathways and solutions chapter of the recent ‘UN biodiversity report’ and has published over 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals. As an interdisciplinary sustainability scientist, Kai leads CHANS lab (Connecting Human and Natural Systems) and is a Lead Editor of the new British Ecological Society journal People and Nature. Kai strives to understand how social-ecological systems can be transformed to be both better and wilder.Weaving threads between worlds, this episode of Reseed examines how the stories we tell can turn science into action, and takes a peek at the great lengths to which we will go for our one wild and wondrous home.  Listen at reseed.ca.
Rewriting Joy Amidst Crisis - Danielle Daniel
May 24 2022
Rewriting Joy Amidst Crisis - Danielle Daniel
How do we balance joy with sorrow in the midst of ongoing crises? Seeking freedom is not frivolous but rather essential, so that we are able to care for ourselves as we protect wild places, and so we can be resilient in the face of environmental and social breakdown. This conversation explores the importance of strengthening our relationships to our ancestors, protecting the places where we live, and reconnecting with our own inner child in this search for joy.Guest Danielle Daniel is an award-winning author and illustrator of settler and Indigenous ancestry, who has written two novels. Forever Birchwood is a middle grade novel set in her northern hometown of Sudbury, following Wolf, on the crest of adolescence, as she fights to protect a beloved forest. Danielle’s bestseller adult novel Daughters of the Deer is an historical fiction novel inspired by the lives of her ancestors— an Algonquin woman and a soldier/settler from France, and their first born daughter who was murdered by French settlers. Danielle joins Reseed to talk about her novels, and to delve into environmental protection, polarization, finding common ground, the power of stories, and reconnecting with joy. In the words of Mary Oliver, joy may be life’s “way of fighting back, that sometimes something happened better than all the riches or power in the world”. Joy and childhood wonder need not be an escape from everything we collectively face, but rather they can coexist with the sorrow, give life meaning, and support us in being the caretakers that we need to be. Listen at reseed.ca.
A Web of Relationships - Dr. Elizabeth Sawin
May 9 2022
A Web of Relationships - Dr. Elizabeth Sawin
We live as part of a wondrous planet, an intricate web of interconnections and relationships. We have been taught, though, to think not in wholes and connections, but rather to break everything into simple, easy-to-digest pieces. What is often lost is our knowledge that we are whole, and that we belong here. Fortunately, systems thinking helps us to see interconnections and complexities, and learn from whole systems, like a body, ecosystem, economy, community, or planet.  Drawing on this way of thinking, multisolving helps us solve complex problems by taking actions that result in many interconnected benefits. This conversation looks at systems thinking and multisolving - starting with a decades-long experience of cultivating an intentional community. Reseed guest Dr. Elizabeth Sawin brings decades of experience as a systems thinker who leans into complexity to help small seeds grow into big changes. She is a wise systems thinking expert, and she is leading the forefront of multisolving. as the Founder of the Multisolving Institute. A biologist with a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Beth co-founded Climate Interactive in 2010 and served as Co-Director from 2010 until 2021. While at Climate Interactive, she led the scientific team that offered the first assessment of the sufficiency of country pledges to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in 2008. Elizabeth helped create Cobb Hill, an intentional community of people who want to explore the challenge of living in ways that are materially sufficient and socially and ecologically responsible, with 23 households managing 270 acres in Vermont. She raised her family in this community that is now home to community-supported agriculture, beekeepers, and more, built on the three pillars of community, sustainability, and land and farm. Elizabeth digs into the experience of cultivating an intentional community in this conversation.A systems view encourages us all to look beyond the false boundaries and lines that have been drawn, and calls on us instead to see how many parts interconnect as a whole. This is a conversation about changing how we see the Earth - and our place within her.Listen at reseed.ca.
Witnessing Waste, Restoring Scrap - Stacey Tenenbaum
Apr 25 2022
Witnessing Waste, Restoring Scrap - Stacey Tenenbaum
There is a strange and haunting beauty to the discarded massive objects like ships, planes, cars, and phone booths that sit in waste graveyards around the planet. These relics of the past and symbols of our disposable culture are spotlighted in Scrap, a new documentary by filmmaker Stacey Tenenbaum, who tells the stories of the human beings who live with and have relationships with these objects at the end of their useful life. Scrap draws on poetic, cinematic storytelling to allow us to witness what happens to the mammoth waste that we create and discard, and delves into the lost arts of repair, reuse, and restoration that people are reclaiming.Stacey Tenenbaum is an award-winning producer and director. In 2014 she founded H2L Productions, a boutique documentary film production company. Scrap, a love letter to the things we use in our daily lives, is her third feature documentary and premieres at Hot Docs in May 2022. Stacey is fascinated by things that are old, and she is nostalgic for a time when life was slower, and things were made by hand and built to last.This conversation with Stacey and Reseed host Alice Irene Whittaker looks at Scrap as a window into not just the worlds of waste that exist around our planet, but also the evolving circular economy where we reduce what we use in the first place, and have a clear plan for everything we make and buy so that our world is waste-free and marked by a balanced relationship with nature and one other. Reuse, restoration, the right to repair movement, and the reevaluation of value are explored in this discussion, as is the vital role that storytelling and art play in the revolution to create a circular, just, and regenerative future. Read the transcript and show notes at reseed.ca. Follow @aliceirenewhittaker on Instagram for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the premiere of Scrap at Hot Docs.
Rerooting Farms in the City - Cheyenne Sundance
Apr 19 2022
Rerooting Farms in the City - Cheyenne Sundance
Growing our own food and supporting local farmers has multiple, interconnected benefits, and farms in the cities can play a powerful role in regional food systems. Soil is regenerated, human bodies and minds are nourished, emissions are reduced, local economies based on fair labour are supported, beauty flourishes in city environments, and communities are strengthened. All of this is possible - and in places like Sundance Harvest, abundant dreams like this have already taken root. Guest Cheyenne Sundance is a self-taught farmer. She is the Farm Director of Sundance Harvest, an ecological farm in Toronto which she founded in 2019. This 1.5 acre farm in the city grows mushrooms, herbs, vegetables and fruit, and is centered on fair labour, soil health, knowledge sharing, and community building. Sundance Harvest is flourishing and focussing on scaling their model to provide more fair waged careers, especially for young Black and Indigenous people who would like to start a life in agriculture. Cheyenne runs a free urban agriculture program called Growing in the Margins, which nurtures and grows the farm projects of  BIPOC youth from seed to harvest. She sits on the executive board of the National Farmers Union, and she started the first BIPOC Farmers Caucus across Canada. To reroot is to root again, or in a new place in a better way. Cheyenne is showing how cultivating small-scale, sovereign farms like Sundance Harvest can root traditional ecological agricultural practices in a better way that is designed for new places, like our cities. In today’s conversation, we explore city farming, burnout, imperfection, soil, seeds, self-sufficiency, food sovereignty, and connected communities.Listen at reseed.ca.
Rewriting Wildness - J. Drew Lanham
Apr 11 2022
Rewriting Wildness - J. Drew Lanham
What does wildness mean to us - and what should it mean? What can wildness mean when it is defined not by a few people, but rewritten for all of us?This episode of Reseed revisits the history of conservation to explore its dark corners, going beyond nipping off the buds and leaves to dig at its roots, unearthing information about those who are credited with founding Western conservation. Deconstructing nice and lovely platitudes can unearth real truths, to first feel the despair of unlearning and then create a better way. A new conservation can be inclusive and accessible to all people while also protecting ecosystems and animals, like birds. Guest J. Drew Lanham is an ornithologist, wildlife ecologist, poet, professor, author, and lover of birds. He is the author of Sparrow Envy: Field Guide to Birds and Lesser Beasts and The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature, which received the Reed Award from the Southern Environmental Law Center and the Southern Book Prize, and was a finalist for the John Burroughs Medal. He has published essays and poetry in publications including Orion and Audubon, as well as in several anthologies. An Alumni Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Master Teacher at Clemson University, he and his family live in the Upstate of South Carolina.Poetry, birds, soil, conservation, and deep questions braid together in this thoughtful and lyrical conversation, which looks at how care for humans, nature, and animals are all connected and embedded into our humanity.  Listen at reseed.ca.
Generation Dread’s Search for Emotional Resilience - Britt Wray
Apr 4 2022
Generation Dread’s Search for Emotional Resilience - Britt Wray
How do we courageously face our eco anxiety and grief, and find the resources we need to cope with the climate crisis? How do we cultivate the emotional resilience that we need to weather ecological crises? How do we take care of our own mental health, so we can take care of each other and our Earth? Britt Wray joins Reseed for a conversation about climate change, emotions, and mental health. Britt is an acclaimed researcher, science communicator, author and TED speaker. Her Gen Dread newsletter, TED Talk with 2.4 million views, and writing in outlets like TIME and the New York Times all share wide-ranging ideas for supporting emotional health and psychological resilience in ecological crises. Her forthcoming second book Generation Dread merges scientific knowledge with emotional insight to show how these intense feelings are a healthy response to the troubled state of the world. Experiences of anxiety and grief can cause us to give up. They can interrupt our ability to cope with the breakdown of the natural world, and limit our ability to protect and save all that we can. Learning to feel, acknowledge, understand, and express our climate emotions will allow us to be more whole as human beings, and more able to be the stewards of this planet that we need to be. This conversation invites emotion into science, climate activism, and the halls of power. Embracing our climate emotions - in all of their messy, human complexity - can free us to move out of an anthropocentric frame, navigate the vast uncertainty of it all, and rediscover enchantment with the interconnected web of life that is our home. Listen at reseed.ca.
Resisting Consumerism, Reclaiming Power - Aja Barber
Mar 29 2022
Resisting Consumerism, Reclaiming Power - Aja Barber
The journey to consuming less and reclaiming our collective power is an imperfect, emotional, and challenging one. Consuming stuff is embedded into our identities and our culture. We are told that we deserve to buy things, and that ownership defines our worth. For the sake of our planet’s health and our own freedom, it is well worth the hard work of dismantling our addiction to stuff and asking ourselves questions about who we want to be. Aja Barber joins Reseed for a fascinating and frank conversation that delves into intersections between fashion, justice, and climate, wildest dreams for remaking the fashion ecosystem, and how to balance individual and collective action. She digs into her book Consumed - The Need for Collective Change: Colonialism, Climate Change, and Consumerism. Aja is a highly respected writer, stylist and consultant whose work deals with the intersections of sustainability and the fashion landscape. She writes for outlets like The Guardian and CNN, and for her thriving online community. Her work builds heavily on ideas behind privilege, wealth inequality, racism, feminism, colonialism and how to fix the fashion industry with all these things in mind.Consuming less is not easy, and sometimes our stuff threatens to consume us. Our rites of passage, rituals, celebrations, hard times, boredom, and life changes are marked often by the accumulation of more things. Consumption is deeply intertwined with colonialism, is built on unjust labour conditions that keep people in poverty, and fuels climate change, biodiversity loss, pollution. Even when we know that, in the context of consumption being so wedded to our identities and society, buying less can be really frustrating, emotional, and - ultimately - it can be liberating.
Seeding Regenerative Ideas and Dreams - Kamea Chayne
Mar 21 2022
Seeding Regenerative Ideas and Dreams - Kamea Chayne
Expansive ideas and abundant dreams abound: rewriting environmental storytelling, rethinking climate activism, reorienting economic growth, climate reparations, rethinking conservation, resisting the co-opting of progressive movements, reclaiming green for the people, and repairing place-based relationships are all explored in this thought-provoking conversation. As we pass over that lovely threshold into spring - and as the Earth requires our creativity and dreams more than ever - we are presented with an ideal moment at which to plant the seeds for a more regenerative relationship with the Earth and with one another.Guest Kamea Chayne is a creative, writer, and the host and producer of the Green Dreamer Podcast. With over 300 episodes, her podcast explores our paths to collective healing, biocultural revitalization, and true abundance and wellness for all. Her sustainability newsletter UPROOTED is rooted in deep ecology and is a decolonial thought-in-progress. She brings critical thought to her writing and her vibrant community of tens of thousands of people. With her guests and in her writing, Kamea delves with grace and courage into complex topics and encourages people to seed dreams of a regenerative world. Amidst the cacophony of doom and hopelessness, Kamea invites us to dream and imagine the possibilities, recalibrate how we measure abundance, and rejoice in the celebration of our renewed paths forward. Marking the bright beginning of spring, this is a conversation about thinking critically, planting seeds for regenerative futures, and dreaming of the green possibilities that could be tomorrow’s beautiful reality in each of our respective places on this wondrous planet. Learn more and listen at reseed.ca.