From Emma Foster-Geering; Sustain This? Podcast host and Director of Sustainability at Vivobarefoot
Earth Day provides a moment for regenerative action, for Vivobarefoot and for people and organisations around the world. It is a rallying cry to celebrate Earth, unite as a global environmental movement, emphasise the need for urgent action and show how perilous ‘normal’ ways of life can be.
We know the reasons our sedentary, cushioned lifestyles exist and are making us and our planet sick are complicated. This is why, on Earth Day 2020 - Earth Day’s 50th anniversary - we launched a podcast about the systemic challenges undermining human and planetary health: Sustain This?
Sustain This? is a place to discuss and debate these challenges and their solutions in detail. Since Earth Day 2020 we have journeyed around the sun, sitting down to speak with an array of experts and rulebreakers as the seasons have changed.
This year has been one of pain and hardship. But lockdown has also created space for us to reflect, and for tentative tendrils of natural regeneration. The question how life as normal impacts our ecosystem was in the air.
Against this backdrop, our Sustain This? conversations have felt especially pressing. They have also been intense, eye-opening and often funny - sometimes all at once. We feel grateful to be able to share them in raw and authentic form.
Not that this has been easy! We have been learning out loud how to run a podcast focusing on actually changing the system for good. But the power of the conversations and the resulting love from our community have made it more than worthwhile. Moving forward we have big plans to professionalize production and improve episodes in order to inspire more people to explore these topics and embrace the livebarefoot lifestyle.
For now, as Earth Day approaches, I’ve been reflecting on our first year of podcasting. This blog shares some of my favourite episodes so far - conversations that show the value of the discussion space we’re trying to create through Sustain This?
A good starting place is Unfinished Business (December 7th 2020), for which I spoke with Vivobarefoot CEO Galahad Clark about the challenges of creating a regenerative business. It’s important to be open about our own progress in relation to the topics in the podcast, so our discussion of Vivobarefoot’s radically transparent annual report makes for an honest overview of the actions we are taking for human and planetary health. That Galahad and I share lots of banter, a good friendship and a shared vision for change only adds energy.