Balancing frustration with knowing that patience and positivity can better spark change
Sharing her wisdom in this podcast episode is Candice Batista, an environmental journalist and the founder of The Eco Hub. Hear about how the media coverage of sustainability evolved over the last decade, how we can continue to support its presence in mainstream narratives, what it was that instilled in us this idea that living sustainably is all about sacrificing rather than about gaining things that can truly enrich our lives, and more. Let's dive in!
[2:12] What first inspired Candice's passion for nature.
[3:26] What sparked Candice's interest in environmental journalism.
[7:11] Candice talks about how she was 'very preachy' at first and why she now approaches her messaging from a more educational tone.
[8:51] Kaméa: "What's your current greatest challenge in helping to inspire public engagement and action?"
[9:34] Candice: "People think that going green means you have to change the way you live."
[11:05] Kaméa: "What's been one of the most impactful segments, articles, or projects you've done?"
[12:58] Candice: "People can tell when you're doing something because you have to or when you're doing something because you're really passionate about it."
[13:53] The misconception that eco-living is difficult and requires a lot of sacrifices.
[18:58] Candice: "Going green is not going to cost you more money; it's going to save you money in the long run!"
[20:44] Candice: "When you have less stuff, you actually have more space in your brain and your psyche because you're not cluttered with all these things."
[22:59] What Candice has changed her mind about throughout her years reporting on sustainability.
[27:16] Kaméa: "How can we better inspire care and action?"
[27:36] Candice: "If you have a voice and you can use it, then use it."
[29:52] Candice: "The fact is, (climate change) is happening. So it doesn't matter at this point whose fault it is... The point is that we are seeing major shifts in climate, and those shifts are going to have profound effects on our lives and on future generations. So in my opinion, we need to stop arguing about this silly minutia that people get caught up in and start thinking about ways to make a real difference."
About our Guest
Candice Batista is the national eco-expert for CTV ’s number one daytime talk show, The Marilyn Denis Show, and the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Eco Hub, Canada's leading resource for environmentally friendly living. She is an award-winning environmental journalist and one of Canada’s top eco-advocates. Her career spans national and international media outlets, including Huffington Post, The Globe & Mail, The Weather Network, CTV and more.
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The Eco Hub:
Note to self: "I remind myself of how beautiful this planet is and how much it has to offer."
Health practice: "I'm trying to drink more water."
Sustainability practice: "I'm trying to go zero-waste in the bathroom."
Element of hope: Candice is inspired by the increasing amount of mainstream coverage on sustainability.
Closing words: "Just do it. If you're not sure where to start, just pick a room in your house and start there."