Lucy Siegle is a British journalist, writer on environmental issues, and reporter on "The One Show."
Yes, we love travel, but how can we do this in the era of climate crisis? On this special episode, combining The Big Travel Podcast and WTM Insights podcast, Lucy Siegle, journalist and leading authority on environmental issues, examines the environmental impact of travel; the impact of tourism and aviation, what can travellers do to lessen this and what can the travel industry do to help. It’s an earnest one, but as usual with Lucy and Lisa who’ve been spent many a late night debating eco issues, travel, fashion, clown shoes and the diagnostic benefits of a wheel of brie (best ask us in person about this one!) there are a few laughs too.   On this episode we cover:   How bad is the travel industry for the planet? Aviation equivalent to the fashion industry We are in the era of climate crisis We are in the age of rapid extinction loss Aviation is increasing exponentially Why we need to decarbonise The oceans absorb 90% of heat Irrefutable evidence that the planet is warming We had the hottest oceans on record The equivalent to exploding 1000s of Hiroshima bombs British cod swimming to the Baltic States A warming world bringing higher incidences of diseases, oceans rising, ice caps melting, more widespread fires What Greta Thunberg is like in person (no jazz hands!) The spread of the Coronavirus The travel industry needed to come up with more inventive products, different ways of doing things The Guardian travel section primarily focusing on places you don’t have to fly to Easyjet carbon off setting all flights by the end of 2020 The truth, pros and cons and complexes of carbon off-setting Tree locking carbon into the ground (carbon sequestration) Aviation and shipping industry being outside of the discussions What aviation need to do now A slow win for climate is the same as a loss The issue of over tourism Travel and tourism having done a lot of good for people Communities now reliant on tourism being vulnerable Knowing people who are choosing not to fly How change can often be accompanied by a lot of fear How the travel industry need to harness that knowledge is power The climate emergency era needs to be forefront at the travel industry’s mind It’s always better to disrupt before you are disrupted Constant gains and losses in the travel industry But resorts and areas will suffer from environmental issues How travel and tourism is full of agile thinkers by its very nature Smaller resorts might have a slight advantage Soneva resort in the Maldives having pioneering ideas with plastics and water How travel industry can get involved with Investment in sustainability, food growers, desalination plants, renewable energy… to help making communities on the front line resilient Consumers of travel need to be more generous with their holidays The benefits of travel, helping to combat prejudice Cultural experiences become impoverished very quickly if they’re not protected and nurtured Venice struggled with tourism and cruise ships The ‘instead of’ travel trend – instead of Barcelona go to Valencia Is there a backlash against ‘instagram travel’ How ‘digital waste’ is becoming a big issue Lisa not eating meat, not driving, but flying… How getting the train is lovely…but costs a lot and takes time How the imperative needs to be strong enough to stop putting yourself first and putting your planet first   Global Travellers being environmentally aware now stats say that 70% of global travellers would actively book accommodation that is environmentally friendly 37% of travellers say that an international standard for environmentally beneficial hotels needs to be created 63% of travellers believe that through travelling in a more environmentally conscious manner, they will learn more about local culture, language and pay greater respect to destinations. All inclusive buffets shown to be really bad for food waste Take an interest in the working of a hotels – what is their policy on food waste? Are they giving it to the community? Some of the big hotel chains reducing plastic toiletries Hotels need to work with providers that understand waste Stansted Airport’s scheme to support food banks (anything upopened and over 100ml that has been refused) To sum it up – we need to wake up, think consciously, act as if there is a climate emergency because there is one. It’s up to us and people who work in the industry to entice us with products and strategies that are going to help us.            
This week's guest is is journalist, broadcaster and eco lifestyle expert Lucy Siegle. Lucy has recently published her new book, Turning the Tide on Plastic, described as an accessible and practical book that not only serves as a much-needed call to arms to end the plastic pandemic, but gives useful tools on how to make meaningful change in our everyday lives. It can be hard, wanting to make those environmental changes - whether that be in plastic or fashion - and knowing how to do it, so this podcast contains lots of great, practical advice from Lucy. But we also had a lot of laughs - starting with a discussion about her teenage hair...
Lucy Siegle’s passion for the planet is infectious. Her work has taken her to everywhere from of the poorest parts of the world, in the fabric factories of Bangladesh, to the most glamorous of red carpets at the Oscars. She’s an award winning journalist, trailblazing in terms of eco journalism and fashion. She’s on our screens almost daily on The One Show on primetime BBC1 as well as a prolific writer and broadcaster. In this episode of The Big Travel Podcast Lucy, fresh off the plane from the Environmental Assembly in Nairobi with Ellie Goulding, clears up some tricky about the impact of travel on our planet and tell us how the average family holiday two weeks in Mallorca or Benidorm might better for the planet than some more nature-led options. The vast array of subjects we cover include Safari in the North Mara, Disney cartoon animals, attitudinal zebras, well fed lions, conservation versus hunting in Kenya, Ellie Goulding frequency tagging elephants, optimism for our eco future, plastics, renewable power, the digital economy, technological leaps, commitment to innovation, African female activists, the carbon burden of travel (versus the importance of visiting places!), solar flight, electric planes, vacuuming an aeroplane, carbon emission bartering, the Copenhagen Climate talks, the Paris Climate Treaty, withstanding Donald Trump, appeasing the aviation industry, golf courses, luxury villas, eco-value resorts, plastic-free hotels, beer, Iceland (both the store and the country), slow-philosophy towns, getting lost in the wilderness, writing bad travel reviews, freedom of speech (or rather the lack of it) in the Maldives, the status of women, Soneva resort, glass blowing ladies from Leeds, huge crabs hanging around resorts, setting sail with Greenpeace on Rainbow Warrior, tuna ranching, what to do if you get arrested, wild nights out in Brighton, scrubbing out toilets, the collapse of the eco-chain, unfurling banners around tuna farms, anti-whaling ships, The Green Carpet Challenge, Livia Firth, going to the Oscars, photo-shoots and cyclones in Bangladesh, hanging out with fashion royalty in Milan, BBC Radio 4, standing next to supermodels, Giselle, Italian dress sense, travelling for fun (or rather not), Thailand, potential poisoning in Peru, Guinea Pigs, cocktails mixed in buckets, consuming things you don’t want to, killing a chicken,, eating pig snout, East London, Great Blasket Island, whales, dolphins, donkeys, growing up in Ireland, returning to East Bali, The Gili Islands, Cork Limerick, her love of North Wales, love of cold seas, ambitions to be an old lady that swims on Xmas day, shocking taste in music, teenage beach days in Gran Canaria and how refusing to travel made her miserable.                
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Nov 8th, 1974
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1 hour, 58 minutes