Archive for October, 2007

Jump into Action

October 31st, 2007

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On this edition of Earthbeat, co-host Mike Tidwell focuses on people who are jumping into action on global warming. First, an update on the No War No Warming movement. Ted Glick, the coordinator of the US Climate Emergency Council, and Nadine Bloch, the organizing director of Oil Change International, give us a front-line report from a recent action on Capitol Hill.

Then we jump forward to Power Shift. Thousands of college and high school students are converging on a university near Capitol Hill. The goal is to train a whole new generation of environmental leaders. Brianna Cayo Cotter and Shadia Wood of Energy Action come by the Earthbeat studios at WPFW for an update on the action.

Finally, Joe Romm stops by to discuss the connection between wildfires, droughts, and White House censorship on climate change. Joe is the author of the book Hell and High Water and a blogger for the website Climate Progress.

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Music in this edition of the show includes ‘Finest Worksong’ and ‘Talk About the Passion’ by R.E.M.

Our theme music is Baladi by Tony Anka, Bellydance Superstars vol. 2.

Image used courtesy of Marc Shandro via Flickr.

Africa

October 25th, 2007

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In this encore episode of Earthbeat host Daphne Wysham discusses a trip she took through Africa reviewing the effects of the oil and rubber industries on the local people.

Joining her were her colleagues Emira Woods of the Institute for Policy Studies and Colin McCullough, a videographer for Azimuth Media.

The first stop, Nigeria. There they encountered a considerable amount of anger over how local people have been forced off their land by oil pipelines.
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After Nigeria, Daphne, Colin and Emira traveled through Chad. One of their guides was Delphine Djiraibe, President of the Chadian Association for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights, ATDPH.
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In Liberia, the travelers split up and Colin and Emira continued onward to investigate the environmental effects, child labor and low wages surrounding a Firestone rubber plant.

Colin McCullough’s startling footage of a boat trip around the Firestone plant was aired at the Washington DC venue Busboys and Poets.

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Our theme music is Baladi by Tony Anka, Bellydance Superstars vol. 2.

The Kids are Outta Sight

October 17th, 2007

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On this encore edition of Earthbeat, host Daphne Wysham talks to two authors who strive to get kids back outside. Richard Louv is the author of the book, “The Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder.” He discusses the dramatic change occurring in children’s attitudes toward nature — they lack the desire to go outside. Louv is one of the leaders of the world-wide Leave No Child Inside campaign.

Children’s book author Lynne Cherry weaves environmental messages throughout her acclaimed picture books. She joins host Daphne Wysham to discuss how even the very youngest children can become environmental activists.

Finally, we get a perspective on environmental activism from one of the world’s foremost thinkers in the field – physicist Vandana Shiva. She spoke at the recent Teach-In on the Global Triple Crisis, an event sponsored by the IFG and IPS.

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Music for this edition of Earthbeat includes: “Room Without A View” & “Cut Flowers” by The Smithereens.

Our theme music is Baladi by Tony Anka, Bellydance Superstars vol. 2.

Photo courtesy of Yeatoria via Flickr.

Global Warming Denial

October 10th, 2007

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On this encore edition of Earthbeat host Mike Tidwell tackles denial.

George Marshall of the Climate Outreach and Information Network in the United Kingdom studies global warming denial — and he’s found that when it comes to action — sometimes the less you know, the better. Marshall’s blog is www.climatedenial.org.

How to cut through Global Warming denial? A few artists are trying to reach people, not through charts and graphs, but through photos and paintings.

Edward Morris and Susannah Sayler of The Canary Project put landscape photographs of areas affected by Global Warming on buses around Denver in collaboration with the city’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

Painter Joy Garnett has taken part in the exhibit “Prevailing Climate” in New York City and has shown her work in a show sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC.

In a commentary host Mike Tidwell talks about denial and issues a call to action for a groundswell — a movement — of people concerned about global warming; calling for people to lead where our politicians fear to tread.

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photo used courtesy of Trixie Bedlam

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Hot Air & Egos

October 3rd, 2007

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On this edition of Earthbeat, host Mike Tidwell reviews the myriad of climate bills winding their way through Congress with Katrina Managan, the global warming legislative representative for the National Wildlife Federation, and Joe Romm, the author of the book Hell and High Water and a blogger with the website www.climateprogress.org.

Then we turn to two physicists to get their opinion on the Virgin Earth Challenge, a $25 million dollar prize for the first scientific team to show it’s feasible to suck CO2 out of the atmosphere. Ken Caldeira is the head of the Caldeira Lab at the Carnegie Institution in Stanford, California and Peter Schwartz is a professor of physics at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.

Finally, we take a long look at some of the egos currently involved in climate change action. Grist staff reporter David Roberts reviews The Elders, a group of the world’s foremost leaders banding together for change, and Joe Romm returns to give us his first-hand impression of the recent Clinton Global Initiative.

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Music for this edition of Earthbeat includes: The Pink Panther – Dance Music for Secret Agents; and Knight Rider Theme (Techno Remix) by Happy Hardcore.

Our theme music is Baladi by Tony Anka, Bellydance Superstars vol. 2.

Graph copyright Pew Center on Global Climate Change.