31: Evolution, alternative beauty routines, and porifera

Environmental Essentials: What is evolution and will it save us?

We discuss what evolution is and why it won't save us from climate change. I go into the basic mechanisms of evolution and the big issues with relying on evolution to solve anything.

Main Topic: Alternative Beauty Routines

I have gone through a long journey of switching from conventional shampoo, makeup, toothpaste, etc. to mostly home-made alternatives. I share some of my successes and failures, discuss going no-poo (again), and give some general advice on environmentally-friendly bathroom stuff.

Biodiversity Basics: Porifera/Sponges

We are leaving the realm of single-celled organisms to talk about very simple, yet super cool organisms: porifera. I give an overview of the different types of sponges, what distinguishes them and what they have in common, and talk about why sponges should be conserved.

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Kate Hildenbrand

Kate Hildenbrand

Kate Hildenbrand is the writer behind the essays here, author of fiction novels, the creator of the Kate Hildenbrand podcast, and a student of marine ecology. At least, that's her on the surface.