TREE Podcast #9 - The Uber Podcast (with Nick & Bek)

TREE Podcast #9 - The Uber Podcast (with Nick & Bek)

After a relatively long hiatus, the TREE podcast is back. Nick Martin and Travis Bek join host Jordan Flagel for the most unorthodox episode to date. Nick is a Policy Analyst at the Canada West Foundation specializing in electricity policy, and Bek works for Club Med resorts in the Caribbean. This podcast was recorded as the trio made their way to 17th Avenue in Calgary's Uptown area - while attempting to board a train and eventually hopping in an Uber - and covered a wide variety of topics from initial settlement in the Americas to differences in Canadian and American politics. 

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Going Vegan in Belize

Going Vegan in Belize

It's definitely a shock to go vegan when you're used to consuming a large amount of meat - and are even more reliant on eggs, whey protein, and cheese. 

It's even more of a shock when you decide to do it, cold turkey, in Belize on a TREE trip.

But I made it through. And now I have a valuable experience to draw on.

TREE Podcast #8 - Talk Vegan to Me (with Zandra from @lifewithzandra)

TREE Podcast #8 - Talk Vegan to Me (with Zandra from @lifewithzandra)

Ethical + sustainable lifestyle blogger Zandra Thomson from Life With Zandra joins the TREE podcast to talk about the recent vegan-themed TREE trip that she participated in. She joins host Jordan Flagel, the leader of the vegan Belize trip, to share their experiences in the jungle and talk about what these trips teach about sustainability, as well as how they contribute to conservation. The two discuss wildlife sightings, the oil and gas industry, and what it was like going vegan for the entirety of a trip where barbecue reigns supreme. 

Check out Zandra's blog at www.lifewithzandra.com and follow her on Instagram @lifewithzandra

TREE Podcast #7 - Sensory Deprivation (with Isaac and Dustin from FloatLife)

TREE Podcast #7 - Sensory Deprivation (with Isaac and Dustin from FloatLife)

Dustin and Isaac from Calgary-based FloatLife join the TREE podcast to discuss the benefits of sensory deprivation tanks, psychedelics, and how mindfulness can lead to becoming a better person - as well as lead to a better society. The crew is also joined by Isaac's girlfriend Marlene, who shared her own experiences in the tank and with several ceremonies including ayahuasca and cacao. The podcast took place immediately after a float session, allowing all five participants to share what they had just experienced. 

*Exclusive for TREE listeners: mention the podcast and get a special one-time float price of $39 at either FloatLife location, whether you are a newby or expert

Can hydro sharing reduce our carbon footprint?

Can hydro sharing reduce our carbon footprint?

At the moment, the best method for reducing carbon emissions seems to be to electrify everything – but electricity must come from carbon-free sources in order to do that successfully. Natural gas is a step up from coal, though it is far from ideal. Wind and solar appear to be what everyone is focusing on, which is good, except that two important sources are often overlooked. One is carbon-free and non-renewable, with a whole host of issues that won’t be discussed here. The other is carbon-free, renewable, and supplies massive amounts of energy. Canada has already tapped into the latter immensely. Hydro power provides the majority of Canadians with their electricity due to Canada’s abundance of hydro resources. However, the areas within the country that lack these resources are currently scrambling to find ways to produce carbon-free power. The question must be asked: Why don’t we all share? Norway and Denmark share, and they’re two different countries. Why can’t Canadian provinces share with each other, within the same country? A Western Canadian electricity grid is not a new idea; it has been around for more than half a century. There are a lot of unresolved technical and political arguments that have prevented this grid from becoming a reality. But is it possible? The answer is simple, yet utterly complicated.

TREE Podcast #6 - Addictivity (with Julie Douglas)

TREE Podcast #6 - Addictivity (with Julie Douglas)

Addictions counselor Julie Douglas joins the podcast to discuss causes of certain behaviours, helping those in need, paths forward, and some of her experiences dealing with people in the deepest reaches of addiction. She and co-host Taylor Dalke also share some of their personal stories on the subject. Listen here or subscribe on Google Play or Apple Music.

TREE Podcast #5 - Determinism, the Struggle Within, and Physics of the Impossible

TREE Podcast #5 - Determinism, the Struggle Within, and Physics of the Impossible

Hosts Jordan Flagel and Taylor Dalke discuss the importance of creative outlets, determinism versus free will, moral blameworthyness, archetypes, and the limits of physical possibilities.

The TREE Podcast is now up on Apple Music and Google Play Music! Subscribe to get the latest episodes, which shouldn't disappoint because the next few will feature some amazing guests from very diverse fields...

TREE Podcast #4 - Meatheads, Stereotypes, and Masculinity (with Josh Symons)

TREE Podcast #4 - Meatheads, Stereotypes, and Masculinity (with Josh Symons)

Former CFL lineman Josh Symons joins high school and university football teammate Jordan Flagel to discuss brain development, athlete stereotypes, hyper-masculinity, and challenges associated with helping at-risk youth. The two also reminisce over some meathead moments and share similar stories on how they found their path after sports.

TREE Podcast #3 - Morality, Purpose, and Robots (with guest Taylor Dalke)

TREE Podcast #3 - Morality, Purpose, and Robots (with guest Taylor Dalke)

Taylor Dalke joins Jordan Flagel on the first TREE podcast of 2018 to discuss the morality of breeding, finding purpose in life, the science of meaning, robot workers, and the feeling of accomplishment compared to the neuro-chemical feelings induced by drug use. The two also discuss the initial impromptu Jamaica trip that helped spark the creation of TREE. 

Calgary Gals Brave the Jungle - A TREE Belize Trip

Calgary Gals Brave the Jungle - A TREE Belize Trip

The first TREE trip of the 2017/2018 season was an unforgettable one! 

We trekked up mountains, climbed up ruins, tubed down rivers, slid down natural waterslides, jumped off waterfalls, partied with locals, and swam with the fishes - but we also learned a lot about the protected areas we visited, discussed sustainability practices nightly, identified over fifty species of flora and fauna, improved our jungle skills, and experienced real Belizean culture.

Random Rantings on Science & Philosophy Podcast | #2 - Seven years younger, ecoalf, blue mussels, and Mars blunder

Random Rantings on Science & Philosophy Podcast | #2 - Seven years younger, ecoalf, blue mussels, and Mars blunder

On the second episode of the Random Rantings on Science & Philosophy podcast, TREE founder Jordan Flagel speaks on how nature can make you feel $10,000 richer and/or 7 years younger, an innovative Spanish company that makes fabrics out of Mediterranean plastic debris, how blue mussels are used to monitor the environment, and an embarrassing confusion between Mars the planet and Mars the Inc. 

Does anybody really understand climate change?

Does anybody really understand climate change?

I’ll admit it.

I don’t understand climate change.

I have two M.Sc. degrees in environmental science and sustainable resource management, with climate change being a major focus of both (including a thesis that looked at funding carbon sequestration in tropical rainforests). Still, I don’t really understand this complex and confusing phenomenon.

But I do know it’s real.

I know you can’t put centuries’ worth of carbon dioxide into the air and not have an effect on the global climate. Some people think we don’t have the power to alter the global atmosphere, but I doubt these people know...