#18 | Sustainability Matters Today Year-End Special

This is a special, end-of-year episode for the Sustainability Champions who have subscribed and supported the Sustainability Matters Today Podcast! 

Thank you for listening to the show and learning from the Champions we feature who are taking steps every day to heal our planet. We look forward to speaking with you again in 2020 and greatly appreciate your continued support!I


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Daniel Hartz: Hey everyone this is Daniel Hartz, the host of Sustainability Matters Today. This is a podcast that I’m doing on my own. We don’t have any guests on episode number 18. And I wanted to just take a few minutes to first of all, let you know that we’re going to be taking a short break for maybe six weeks or so, until mid or late January until we start publishing again. I’d like to take some time in between episodes occasionally to really take a step back, take a look at what we’ve done so far and all the interesting things that I’ve learned over the last year. It gives me the opportunity to also find some new guests and really re-evaluate the direction of the podcast.


But I’ve really had a great time over the last year or so. It’s coming up to a year since I’ve decided to start Sustainability Matters Today. I can’t believe how fast it’s gone.  It started as a crazy idea back in Costa Rica - back in the new year. And I really decided that this was my time to grab the bull by the horn so to speak, sustainably, of course, and to really explore what Environmental Sustainability really means. Not just to me, but also to the world, you know.


What are we doing as a society, what are we doing as a people to really counteract the harm that we’ve done so far to the planet? We’ve all heard about climate change. We’ve all been hearing about plastic in the ocean. And I think that there’s a lot of fear. There is a lot to be scared of, especially if we don’t do anything about it. But, there’s actually a lot of people as it turns out, who are already doing a lot to heal the planet and to try to undo the harm that we’ve already done. And it’s a long journey, and it’s not an easy one, but that’s what this podcast is really all about.

Because, it turns out that you know, that when I was thinking about my podcast and looking back, I’ve always been passionate about the environment. It’s something that I discovered, kind of, maybe 10, 15 years ago now, when I started looking into my diet in terms of what is the healthiest food and specifically the healthiest meat to eat. Back then I was not really considering veganism, it’s something that I’m interested in now to learn more about. We will be looking at getting guests who are focused on veganism on the show.


The point is that, I was really looking at what is high quality food. And long story short, I basically discovered that Agriculture plays a huge part in the effect that we have on the environment; feeding people, and not just feeding people, but feeding animals that feed people. And it’s a big complicated process, but this realization basically got me interested in what we can do as humans to better take care of our home.


And so, it, kind of, started originally as what can I do and then the more I learn, the more I’m seeing that it’s not just me as an individual, it’s we collectively. But what I really decided to do is to learn from the experts. And that’s what this podcast is all about, it’s learning from people who are already doing, who are already taking steps to heal the planet.

For me I always find that after having a conversation with someone who is doing something really fantastic, for example, Steve Fitch of the of the Eden Reforestation projects, or Scott Edwards from Dropwater. And there are 16 others, or 15 others, to name. You know, I always feel really inspired to go and do something, and to do more. Perhaps start my own company or start my own foundation or charity.


That’s really, what I want this podcast to do for you. I want it to inspire you. Maybe, it’s to take action. Maybe perhaps recycle a little bit more or be a little bit more thoughtful about the meat that you’re eating, or where you’re sourcing your fruits and vegetables. That’s really what I’m looking for here - is to give you a bit of hope and some encouragement and I want you to feel enthusiastic because, after I speak to someone, I see as really working hard to do great things as far as healing the planet, I feel enthusiastic.


I think you know, there is a lot of alarming things going on, but there are people who are taking steps to actually reverse climate change and reverse the pollution that we are seeing in our rivers and oceans and all over the place.

So, I wanted to take the time to share that with you. It’s been a fantastic journey so far, and I feel like we’re just getting started. I’m just starting to really see where we can take this. And there’s so many other people and organizations, companies, charities that I can speak to, and learn from, and I want to share that knowledge with you.


I’m really looking forward to 2020. I think it’s going to be a big year for the Sustainability Movement. There has been a lot going on over the last year in 2019 that has really brought the environment and climate change and sustainability into the forefront of people’s ideas and thoughts, it’s in the news all the time now. So, this is a big year for us, I think 2020 and I want to be there, I want to see what it’s all about. And I’d love to take you on that journey with me.


So, some of you probably know people who are doing things in the world to heal planet earth. And if you know them, and you think they might be interested in being a guest and talking to me, let me know. I’d really love to speak with them. I would love to speak to you, I’d love to hear from you.


So, all you have to do, if you know someone, or if you’re interested in chatting with me, just send me an email. It’s Daniel@sustainabilitymatters.today. I’d love to hear from you. You can also reach out on Instagram at Sustainabilitymatterstoday. But if you want to just send me an email, go for it. It’s Daniel@sustainabilitymatters.today.

And again, if you know someone that might be interested, please let me know. Feel free to make an introduction. I’m very nice, I love talking to people. I love talking to interesting people. I love hearing people’s stories. So, it’d be great to meet others who are doing fantastic work.


And while I have your attention, subscribe to the podcast. The more subscriptions we get, the more we can get this fantastic information out there and get the word out in terms of what we are doing as a people. And really to get that hope out there. And get that enthusiasm going. And I’d love for you to continue this journey with me. Also, if you know someone who might be interested in the podcast, share it with them.  Who knows, maybe it will cause a great chain reaction.


So, thank you again so much for spending the last year listening to me, and the guests that we’ve had on the show. Like I said, we’ll be coming back in mid to late January, so stay tuned. In the meantime, please reach out if you’d like to chat. So, enjoy the holidays and I’m really looking forward to speaking with you in the New Year. 2020! Thanks so much!

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