Avian Flu, ‘Treehuggers,’ & Carbon Friendly Hitchhiking

March 27th, 2007


This week, Earthbeat host Daphne Wysham sends in dispatches from a recent meeting of environmental minds in London, England.

Avian flu is a world-wide concern, but European Green Party member Caroline Lucas says the disease is often linked to backyard chicken farms — it’s quite possible that large factory farms are the real problem.

Environmental pioneer, Vandana Shiva was part of the Chipko movement in India that actually led to the term ‘treehugger.’ She speaks to Daphne about that action, and her new book “Earth Democracy.”

Water supplies are running low around the globe, and according to Maude Barlow, the chair of the Council of Canadians, corporations are compounding the problem by privatizing the world’s water.

Could hitchhiking lead the way to a carbon-free future? Megan Quinn of the Ohio-based group Community Solutions, says using cell phones makes it safe and environmentally friendly.

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Image used courtesy of David Sorley from Box-head.

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