The Climate Conscious Podcast

Sargassum seaweed: an ocean of opportunity with Dr. Franziska Elmer

June 02, 2021 Derval Barzey / Franziska Elmer Season 3 Episode 25
The Climate Conscious Podcast
Sargassum seaweed: an ocean of opportunity with Dr. Franziska Elmer
Show Notes

A climate solution came to the Caribbean region packaged as a problem. On Episode 25 of The Climate Conscious Podcast, host Derval Barzey chats with scientist, educator and Climate Pirate Dr. Franziska Elmer about:

  • The origins of the sargassum seaweed and the cause of its explosive growth
  • The massive cost of cleanup and the impact on marine ecosystem, humans health and local economies in the Caribbean 
  • The long-term management of sargassum, predicting its arrival and planning for its retrieval and use
  • Its potential as a climate solution due to its ability to sequester carbon 

Acknowledging that we continue to exist in a carbon intensive world, Franziska also shares her personal efforts to manage her carbon footprint like reducing air travel, opting for second hand clothing, using carbon offsets, and what it means to be a Climate Pirate.

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