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To The People Podcast Season 00, Episode 02: Climate Positivity + Decolonizing Education with Céline Semaan, Founder of Slow Factory

This Sunday on To The People Podcast, meet Céline Semaan—designer, writer, advocate, and founder of the non-profit Slow Factory Foundation. In conversation with host Alyssa Shapiro, YTTP’s Editorial + Special Projects Director, Céline drops some knowledge on the importance of open education, decolonizing education, being involved in your community, and knowing who you are. And before Alyssa and Céline speak, YTTP’s Director of Education, Laura Cline, joins the podcast to talk clean skincare and answer the biggest skincare question of the season: how to adapt your skincare for fall, no matter your skin type. 

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02:18 — YTTP Director of Education Laura Cline talks about her 15-year journey working in skincare and gives us her expert tips to adapt your skin routine to the changing seasons.

09:21 — Céline shares the background and beginnings of her non-profit, Slow Factory, which started out manufacturing their own products but has evolved into bringing sustainability literacy to the fashion industry and surrounding spaces.

11:19 — Open education is a concept Céline champions—here, she explains what it is.

13:30 — “Sustainability” is often overused, so Slow Factory is proposing we replace it with “climate positivity.” Wondering what that means? Let Céline walk you through it.

16:10 — So much of the lessons taught in schools actually lack essential details—or are completely false completely. Here, Céline explains why the quest for objectivity is dangerous. Plus, how decolonizing education starts with shifting perspective.

21:10 — Céline delves into the link between miseducation and apathy, and how the opposite of that—action, hope, faith—are things you must do constantly. 

24:46 — For Céline, voting is more than just voting; it’s about being active in local politics, education, and your community. 

26:19 — The way we interact with and receive news from social media has really changed over the last few years. When it comes to news, how can you tell the real from the fake?

28:23 — When we engage beyond our own bubbles, we reclaim something Céline says has been robbed from us: critical thinking. She says, “Critical thinking is something that we have to practice like a muscle.”

Edited by Manna Zel

Co-produced by Manna Zel + Alyssa Shapiro

Theme music by YTTP co-founder Greg Gonzalez + Hannah Fernando