Archive for November, 2007

Taking Action

November 27th, 2007

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Warren Wilson College students Meagan Goodman, Sara Murphy and Nina Otter, took direct action and blockaded the headquarters of Duke Energy to protest the company’s planned expansion of coal-fired power plants.

Jared Duval is the former leader of the Sierra Student Coalition and continues to help them develop a ‘toolbox’ for budding climate activists.

Q’Orianka Kilcher starred as Pocohantas in the 2005 Colin Farrell movie The New World. This young actress is using her fame to highlight how corporations abuse the rights of indigenous peoples. Duval and Kilcher spoke at the recent IFG/IPS Teach-In in Washington, DC.

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Music for this edition of Earthbeat is ‘North Carolina’ and ‘Survival of the Freshest’ by The Poets of Rhythm. Our theme music is Baladi by Tony Anka, Bellydance Superstars vol. 2.

Photo courtesy of Nina Otter, all rights reserved.

Bangladesh Cyclone & Paradigm Shift

November 20th, 2007

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The aftermath of a massive cyclone that hit Bangladesh caused devestation throughout the region. For more about what we can do to help those affected, please visit IDEX.

The Bangladeshi people are on the front line of those affected by climate change. Victor Menotti of the International Forum on Globalization talks about strategies activists are exploring to mitigate the harm due to climate change, as well as what’s behind OPEC’s proposal on climate change.

David Korten is the author of When Corporations Rule the World. In his latest work, The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community, Korten lays our his paradigm shift for true worldwide change. He spoke at the recent IFG/IPS Teach-In.

Frances Moore Lappe is the best-selling author of Diet for a Small Planet. She sits down with Daphne to discuss her new book, Getting a Grip, and her ideas toward a rich and full way to change the world.

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Music for this edition of Earthbeat is from Deja Move. Our theme music is Baladi by Tony Anka, Bellydance Superstars vol. 2.

Photo by Bangladeshboat via Flickr, all rights reserved.

Feast and Famine

November 13th, 2007

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Earthbeat gets ready for Thanksgiving by looking at feast and famine. First William Cline and Tom Athanasiou speak about how climate change will affect the world’s food supplies. Cline is a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development and the Peterson Institute for International Economics. Athanasiou is the director of EcoEquity, a small activist think-tank in California.

Then, we feast. Joining host Mike Tidwell in the studio, Greg Kayser and Bernadine Prince discuss the revolution in local farmer’s markets that bypass carbon-spewing planes, trains and automobiles in shipping food. Kayser is the environmental coordinator for My Organic Market and Prince is the co-director of Freshfarm Markets. For more information about farmer-to-feast organizations in your area, check out Local Harvest.

Finally, what better way to celebrate food and family than a dip in freezing cold water? Organize your own Polar Bear Plunge and join people around the world celebrate the International Day of Climate Action. Gordon Clark, the national coordinator of the Polar Bear Plunge, speaks about how to find a plunge near you, and Angelina Cook of California’s Rural Economic Development Initiative talks about her upcoming plunge.

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Music on this edition of Earthbeat is the song ‘Jive Turkey’ by the Ohio Players.

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

Photo by John Curran via Flickr.

Cap-and-Trade

November 6th, 2007

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Today on Earthbeat we’re discussing the cap-and-trade programs that are winding through the US Congress. The Lieberman-Warner bill is the first serious legislation designed to combat climate — so why aren’t environmentalists cheering? Host Daphne Wysham details the bill’s specifics with Erich Pica of Friends of the Earth.

One dramatic result of cap-and-trade programs on carbon is they essentially give some polluters the ‘right’ to emit carbon. Economist Jim Barrett is the executive director of the group Redefining Progress. He explains why companies like the plan. On the telephone outlining the crucial California connection to this legislation is Jane Williams, the executive director of California Communities Against Toxics.

They’re joined by Jessie Dowling and Brian Sloan, members of the group Rising Tide. They caution that cap-and-trade programs essentially privatize the sky. For more information about cap-and-trade legislation check out Carbon Trade Watch.

Organizing against cap-and-trade legislation is just one of the many actions that can be taken to force a transition from polluting energy to clean, renewable energy. Reverend Lennox Yearwood of the Hip Hop Caucus brings his toolbox of activitism into the Earthbeat studios.

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Photo by Hanneorla via Flickr.