Weekly Wrap | The Pope, Sustainable Fashion Awards, UN & Torres Strait ruling, Climate anxiety defence, Suing Germany, and Carbon-neutral jet fuel.
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Friday, September 30th, 2022: This week in the sustainability news cycle…

The Pope enters the group chat…and he’s throwing the proverbial hammer down on the older generation (himself included). Not only did he exclaim to one thousand young people that the older folks don’t know what they’re doing when it comes to protecting the planet, he said he’s pining all his hopes on the young guns. 

The Sustainable Fashion Awards went down in Milan, but don’t worry if you don’t know what they are. We’d never heard of them either, and there’s a pretty glaring reason for that. 

We chat through three different goings-on in the legal department. Covering everything from the recent UN ruling, to ‘climate anxiety’ being used as part of a defensive strategy, all the way to Germany being sued by citizens over dangerously high air pollution. 

Then Kristen shares just how cool her friend group is, with one member creating the world’s first carbon-negative jet fuel. Trays up, seat belts on…we’re taking to you the sky in this episode. 


Get the full rundown:

Pope calls for courage in halting use of fossil fuels to protect planet (via The Guardian)

The CNMI Sustainable Fashion Awards 2022 closed Milan fashion week in serious style (via Vogue

Historic legal win for Torres Strait Islanders over Australia’s inaction on climate change (via The Sydney Morning Herald)

NSW Attorney General to look into protestor’s climate anxiety defence (via 2gb)

German government sued over toxic air pollution (via BBC News)

Cancer breakthrough is ‘wake-up’ call on danger of air pollution (via The Guardian

From Vodka to Jet Fuel, Here’s How Air Company Is Making CO2-Based Products a Reality (via Gizmodo)

We’re also following…

Check out Kyle Prue’s A+ sustainability message on TikTok

Find out tips to talk to kids about climate change


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Hosts and producers: Ash Webb and Kristen Amiet

Producer: Luke Spano

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