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Better Business Interview S2 - Isaac Kenyon, Alex Pierot and Lukas Haitzmann from Pedal4Parks

Hello and welcome to our second series of Green Elephant Better Business interviews.

Better Businesses look beyond profit and strive to focus on social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit with their purpose.

Throughout this series, we are chatting with key people in organisations that have chosen to work towards making themselves, or helpings others, run Better Businesses.

00:35 Interview with Isaac Kenyon, Alex Pierot, Lukas Haitzmann from the Pedal4Parks Campaign

  • 02:20 Elephant in the room question – Cycling across the water?
  • 03:40 What are climate solutions?
  • 05:04 15 National Parks – Why do they need help?
  • 06:25 What inspired this challenge?
  • 07:08 “There’s not enough outrage out there”
  • 09:13 “Amazed to find so many projects… and it changed me”
  • 11:06 What did it take to plan the challenge?
  • 13:50 Big team to make the challenge happen
  • 14:32 The COVID effect on the challenge
  • 15:12 Still got day jobs
  • 16:40 Why this eco-adventure?
  • 18:22 Was this effective?
  • 20:09 Offsetting the impact of the challenge
  • 20:50 Partnering with B Corps – see the partners
  • 22:05 Do you think were successful in highlighting the plight of the National Parks?
  • 22:38 14 Days South over Sea and Land film
  • 23:35 What will people see in the film?
  • 24:40 A podcast too – Mind the Green Space
  • 25:00 The mental health benefits
  • 29:15 Favourite climate solutions
  • 36:15 Loss of and rediscovering balance
  • 37:00 Lake District and farming subsidies
  • 39:39 So much for us to work on
  • 40:39 The film premiere – Mayfair 28 October 2021
  • 41:26 What’s next?
  • 43:12 ooooo! Secret stuff!!

43:58 Tip/Action

  • Be aware – conscientious of the little things – you don’t have to go crazy
  • Check your facts – don’t accept the first thing you see/hear
  • Get informed with local campaigns
  • Lookup and attend webinars to hear and speak questions to some amazing people
  • Get outside, meet people, get involved
  • Re-connect with nature, take 10 mins to observe greenspace and wildlife and go from there


53:47 Fact or Fake

  1. There are 75,330 National Parks worldwide covering 4% of the earths surface (FAKE)
    1. There are 113,000 National Parks worldwide covering 6% of the earths surface (FACT)
    2. 15 in UK
      1. England: 10 National Parks cover 9.3% of the land area,
      2. Wales: 3 National Parks cover 19.9. % of the land area,
      3. Scotland: 2 National Parks cover 7.2% of the land area
  2. The Largest National Park in the world is the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Australia: 344,400 km sq (FAKE)
    1. Papahānaumokuākea (Pa-pa-hah-now-mo-koo-ah-keh-ah) Marine National Monument, USA (Hawaii): 1,510,000 km sq (FACT)
    2. Northeast Greenland National Park, Greenland: 972,000 km sq
    3. The Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, and Angola: 519,912 km sq
    4. Phoenix Islands Protected Area, Republic of Kiribati: 408,250km sq
    5. Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Australia: 344,400 km sq
    6. Cairngorms largest in the UK (4,528 sq km (1,748 sq miles).
  3. Peat soils alone in the National Parks contain 199 megatons of carbon.  That is more than the forests of the UK, France and Germany combined (FACT)
    1. 24% of the UK peatlands are in national parks

Extra Fact: First National park in England was the Peak District in 1951 but Scotland didn’t have one until 2002


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