Heart presenter Katrina Ridley launches The Rethinkers podcast

The Rethinkers is a brand-new podcast all about challenging accepted social norms, and getting a fresh perspective and outlook on life.

The podcast is the brain-child of Heart presenter Katrina Ridley. Katrina’s passion is sustainability and intentional living; having discovered minimalism she decided to take a more simplistic approach to life and now lives on her 55ft narrowboat.

This has meant she’s had to learn all about solar panels, minimising waste and even compost toilets. Now, living in a more sustainable way, Katrina wants to see what other aspects of life, or society, that we take as standard could be looked at differently.

In each episode of The Rethinkers, Katrina is joined by a different specialist, author or environmentalist who explore which social norms could be shifted and seen from a fresh angle. Whether that’s rethinking happiness with Helen Russel – Author of ‘Atlas of Happiness’, and ‘How to live Danishly’, rethinking our use of plastics with Lizzie Carr – Environmental Activist & Founder of ‘Planet Patrol’ or rethinking periods with Bryony Farmer – Founder of ‘Precious Stars’ Vlog and reusable Sanitary items.

Katrina said: “I’m so proud of this podcast because it covers topics close to my heart but brings them together in one accessible place that I really hope will help people who feel like me – who are starting to question our lifestyles, work life balance, where we live, where we work, how we spend our time and what we focus on.

“The pandemic and lockdown seems to have made a lot of us rethink our lives and ask if there are alternatives. I’d love to create a community of open-minded people who want to explore those alternatives to help make more intentional choices.

“Topics like the different wellness approaches, lifestyle choices, sustainability or environmental issues can sometimes feel very overwhelming with lots of facts, drastic changes people are asking you to make and all or nothing solutions that realistically we aren’t able to commit to in everyday life.

“I hope that with this podcast I can bring together some of these issues in a manageable and helpful way with interesting and informed guests – giving listeners practical things we can all do to have a positive impact on our lives and our planet.”

Episodes of The Rethinkers are available every Thursday from today, 24 March on Global Player.

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