S3 The Weight of Empathy with Lucas Spiegel

We're so happy to release the first episode of Sentient Planet – Season 3!

Today’s guest is the vegan writer, photographer and lover of all creatures – Lucas Spiegel. Lucas quit his job as an architect in North America to spend nearly two years traveling the world, working on animal sanctuaries as he explored cultures and what it would take to live a truly ethical life. One result is his recently published travel memoir, The Weight of Empathy. The book is a beautifully illustrated, thoroughly reasoned plea for kindness and mercy in the human treatment of billions of non-human animals.

In this episode, Lucas shares stories about some of the beautiful friendships he made with individual animals in Australia, Asia and Europe and what these encounters taught him.

Calls to Action

  • You can buy a digital version of The Weight of Empathy (Macroverse Publishing 2021), or a hard copy for US$20. Get free holiday shipping through the end of 2021 with code LOVE2021.
  • Follow the author, Lucas Spiegel, on Instagram @earth.and.eats.
  • Reducing or eliminating your personal meat and dairy consumption strongly contributes to a world of less suffering.

Sentient Planet is an independent production created on the traditional land of the Nisqually Tribe in the Pacific Northwest, USA. Please consider supporting our work on Patreon. Thank you!

Intro music: "The Spaces Between" by Scott Buckley.

Interstitial music: "Penumbra (Remix)" by Stellardrone.

About the Podcast

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Sentient Planet
Giving voice to the species with whom we share the Earth and the humans dedicated to their urgent defense and preservation. Long-form stories included every season. Like what you hear? You can support our message on Patreon.

About your hosts

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Susan Woodward

Susan is a writer and journalist with strong ties to Australia and the West Coast, USA. She resists the corporate destruction of nature and is a passionate defender of our more-than-human animal kin. You will often find her hiking in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest.
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Liam Wilkinson

Liam is our sound engineer and podcast editor. When he isn't working on our audio, you'll often find him walking around the parks of England, cooking up a storm, or writing and performing nature-inspired music under the moniker "Salad Sage."
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Ari Simmons

Ari lives in Portland, Oregon and manages all our podcast's social media demands. She's an avid climate activist and solar energy specialist who is driven to foster a sustainable future inclusive of all living beings.
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Janet Grimwade

Janet has a strong background in graphic design, having built a career in Australia and the United States. Her passion lies in being active in nature.