This week we're looking back at Xander's conversations with Marci Zaroff, Ibrahim AlHusseini, and Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, X, about climate change. There are over 15000 registered organizations in America devoted to addressing environmental concerns. From sea levels rising to wildfires and droughts, there are multiple issues to manage and Ibrahim, X, and Marci have devoted their lives’ work to hit on crucial planet restoring elements. Whether it be building a circular economy, accelerating eco-centered technology, or building community and awareness around the issues through art and activism, it's about "human relations with the earth and with our land," as X has stated.
This week we revisit episodes explaining our flawed criminal justice system. Xander breaks down the issues and solutions in conversations with activist; Adnan Khan, founder of Worth Rises, Bianca Tylek, and host of the hit podcast, Wrongful Conviction, Jason Flom.
Between political burnout, lingering unemployment, the stress of re-entering the workforce, or, like many of our past guests, the tireless-ness of working at building coalitions by hitting the ground running, marching, and advocating, the drive to endure and push forward is often challenged.
But, as three-time Olympic medalist Jakie Joyner Kersee said, "The only person who can stop you from reaching your goals is you." This week's guest, American professional wrestler, Jordan Burroughs, knows a thing or two about the power of endurance both physically and mentally.
Conversations surrounding mental health usually center around therapists and prescription drugs, but nowadays, it's become synonymous with self-care, fitness, and wellness. Particularly following a pandemic, 57% of Americans increased their focus on health by 51% since 2019. For many, that looks like smoothies, Soul Cycle, and commitments to gyms and trainers but this week's guest, Robert Bent, offers what he calls "The first step to a happier life" through breathwork.
Approximately 38% of people struggling with substance abuse also battle some form of mental illness. In addition to prescriptions, many people self-medicate with over-the-counter drugs and alcohol. The legalization of recreational cannabis opened the door to holistic alternatives; still, in 2019, 50,000 died from opioids. That same year 40.2 million Americans sought out talk therapy, yet there seems to be a disconnect between effective therapy and drug treatment despite the high demand for pharmaceuticals and 201 billion spent yearly on mental health.
We sat down with Henri Sant-Cassia to find out about the next revolution in health and rehab through psychedelic treatments. Sant-Cassia is the board of directors at Better Life Pharma, and he is the co-founder of the largest active global venture fund investing in psychedelic and cannabinoid medicine, The Conscious Fund.
From factory to doorstep, home delivery is on the rise. However, as much as the average American loves next-day delivery of goods, we know little about the energy it takes to ship them and the environmental cost. Ocean freight transport is the most used mode with 53% imports and 38% exportsing. Xander talks to this week's guest, CEO, and Co-Founder of Marine Energy CEO of SWITCH Marittime LLC, Pace Ralli, to dive into how shipping contributes to more than 3% of carbon emissions and how Ralli is solving the problem.
There are 553,742 people estimated to be unhoused in the United States. While the pandemic has indeed contributed to an increase, one may also assume that decades of homelessness predominantly consist of runaways and the mentally impaired but this week, licensed Drug and Addiction rehab CEO Dave Marlon breaks down his mission and strategies to solve this problem.
Beyond recycling cans and newspapers, mobilization towards ending global warming has evolved through the decades. This week, Xander talked to the CEO and founder of EcoFashion Corp, Marci Zaroff, to learn more about "fast fashion" and its adverse environmental effects. "The fashion industry is one of the greatest polluters of air and water in the world." Zaroff states.
This week's guest, Alex Duran, discusses his mission to reform the criminal justice system and change the way philanthropy is allocated. Duran is the program director at Galaxy Gives, GG, a philanthropic foundation in New York City that invests in non-profits and businesses working to end poverty and oppression. For communities to build political and public power that is effective, there must be financial backing and leadership that resembles the people and reflects their needs which is why GG helps those directly impacted by turning them into leaders. From here, they look for alternatives to mass incarceration.
When we hear the phrase 'Stop Police Brutality, we envision the rallying of activists marching on the streets. But, what of the research and education behind the scenes to achieve this goal? Between the calls for defunding and reform lies the 'how to' towards equity. This week's guest, Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff, breaks down the science, data, and experiments on racial biases as the tool needed to improve equity and end police harm one community at a time.