Episode 12

Published on:

19th Oct 2022

Mike Schreiner | Addressing the Urgency of the Climate Crisis

The countdown is on to the municipal elections in October here in Ontario. Politics and policy remains an important part of creating a sustainably circular economy. That's why we've dedicated four episodes to featuring local municipal politicians, provincial candidates, leaders of political parties, and non-governmental organizations - people who are in the know and who influence policy and politics.

In today's episode, Andy chats with Mike Schreiner, leader of the Green Party of Ontario. Mike is an outspoken advocate for climate action, as well as affordable housing and mental health. He also believes in putting people before politics, and that's why we're happy to have him on the show.

In this show, Andy and Mike discuss what it feels like to be considered one of the most liked politicians in all of modern politics, with some even speaking of him in terms used to describe Ed Broadbent and Tommy Douglas.

They look at the climate crisis, why so many Conservative parties don’t seem to understand the urgency of addressing it, and why they adhere so strongly to an anti-science, pro-fossil fuel perspective.

Mike also offers some sage advice for councillors who want to do more in order to help the environment at the provincial level, such as making better land use planning decisions, increasing housing supply and addressing housing affordability.  

Join Andy and Mike for this fascinating and eye-opening discussion.


What You’ll Learn in this Show:

  • How Mike feels as one of the most liked politicians in all of modern politics.
  • Why the Conservatives seem to misunderstand the urgency of addressing the climate change crisis.
  • What councilors can do at the provincial level to better help the environment.
  • And so much more...


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About the Podcast

Sustainably Circular
You are listening to the Sustainably Circular Podcast. This show is dedicated to the circular economy and how with a few key changes, you can help create a more sustainable world. No scare tactics, no shame! If we are going to do this we need everyone actively engaged, onboard, and including you.

Your host is no other than Andy Straisfield, who is the coFounder and Partner at MEA Health, Canada's First Stop For PPE Recycling. You are here for one thing: to better understand the circular economy and your role in it.

Every episode, we will dive into the key issues around sustainability and the circular economy so that you can lead others in this new sustainable world.

About your host

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Andy Straisfeld

After 15 years of a successful career in medical sales, Andy Straisfeld chose to quit the hustle and bustle of the corporate world to champion and strategize for medical recycling and its role in the Circular Economy. Andy is a recognized leader in hospital waste reclamation and along the way has founded and become the VP Business Development of Lifecycle Revive and MEA Health Corporation. His new roles as a green economy strategist and as a podcast guest have led Andy to bring you a new podcast: Sustainably Circular. The show helps both the C-suite and citizen make the right choice to PPE waste recycling and understand its place in the global Circular Economy. Andy's off-the-wall attitude and passion will motivate you to take action!