This episode we are talking with British folk singer, Jay McAllister AKA Beans on Toast. We began talking about “how the arts, music and storytelling could save the world from climate catastrophe.” But, I think what came out of the conversation was that of hope, believing in people and celebrating the good in humanity.
The conversation covers the role of the artist, how to have hope, great storytellers, inspirational books, socially distanced gigs…. to name but a few topics… and it ends with Beans on Toast playing a track from his new album.
In this episode I talk with Will Stanwix – Co-author of ‘The Hempcrete book – Designing and building with hemp lime’. Will is not only a hemp-lime builder, but also a trained building surveyor and now an accomplished earth builder too.
This is the second part of a 2 hour conversation between Will and myself. Continue reading
This week I am talking with earth floor expert Sukita Reay Crimmel. Sukita has laid thousands of square feet of earthen floor, written the book on earth floors… and was an extremely influential teacher to me back at the beginning of my natural building journey!
This episode is essentially two earth floor lovers, geeking out pretty hard. We talk through the basic earth floor knowledge, then jump into some more geeky in depth topics. We also learn about Sukita’s company ‘Claylin’.
We talked for a long time, and I’ve had to edit some bits out to make it listenable in one go! – You can hear some of the bits that didn’t make the cut on our Patreon page – http://www.patreon.com/buildingsustainability
I talk with Paul Allen from the Centre for Alternative Technology about how Britain can get to Net Zero carbon using only existing technologies.
Incorporating work from the last 12 years of Zero Carbon Britain research and the latest scientific and technological developments, the report presents a technically feasible scenario showcasing a future Zero Carbon Britain using only proven technology.
“Rebearth is a Scottish company founded by mud mason Becky Little. We specialise in building, art and education using raw earth and natural materials.
We have 25 years of experience in earth building techniques including mudwall (cob), wattle and daub, light clay and hemp, turf building, soft capping, clay plasters, earth sculpture and decoration.
By learning from the past and working with nature, we celebrate and develop the skills and traditions of earth building.” Continue reading
We continue our meander into the benefits for human health of access to countryside. This week in a conversation with writer, Illustrator and land justice campaigner – Nick Hayes
Nick is just putting the finishing touches to his new book, ‘The Book of Trespass – Crossing the Lines that Divide Us’ and talks us through the themes and issues presented in the book.