Archive for January, 2008

Story of Stuff

January 29th, 2008

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A funny — and historically accurate — history of all our stuff. We’ll speak to Annie Leonard, the woman behind the short film The Story of Stuff. We’ll hear from Economic Hit Man John Perkins about how he undermined the financial systems of developing countries on behalf of the US Government. Then we’ll get a grip on this world gone mad with Frances Moore Lappe, the author of ‘Diet for a Small Planet.’ She discusses her latest work, Getting a Grip.

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Music used in this edition of Earthbeat is ‘Dollars and Cents’ by Radiohead.

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

Down Under Revolution Redux

January 22nd, 2008

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Sweeping political changes in Australia resulted in a new leader – a new country signing up to Kyoto – and a brave new world where climate change is a major political issue.

In this encore editon of Earthbeat, host Mike Tidwell discusses the groundbreaking Aussie election with Australian journalist Wilson da Silva. He’s the editor-in-chief of the magazines Cosmos and G: The Green Lifestyle Magazine.

They’re joined throughout the hour by Cathy Zoi, the CEO of the Alliance for Climate Protection; Brenda Ekwurzel, a climate scientist with the Union for Concerned Scientists; and Joe Romm of the website Climate Progress.

Music for this edition of Earthbeat is ‘Beds are Burning’ and ‘Power and the Passion’ by Midnight Oil. The lead singer, Peter Garrett, is now Australia’s environment minister.

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

Photo used courtesy of colros via Flickr, all rights reserved.

Green for All

January 14th, 2008

Environmental Injustice is the other Inconvenient Truth. Earthbeat host Daphne Wysham speaks to two pioneers who combine environmental equality and climate change. The Reverend Lennox Yearwood of The Hip Hop Caucus joins Van Jones, the founder of Green for All, to discuss their efforts to combine the fight against global warming — with the fight against poverty in America.

The aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita — as well as the Bush Administration’s incompetent response to the disaster — underscored how environmental disasters do not affect our nation’s Haves while devastating the Have-Nots. Joining us on the telephone from the Gulf Coast with an update on the rebuilding effort is Wilma Subra, a chemist with the Louisiana Environmental Action Network, and Marylee Orr, the group’s executive director.

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Image used courtesy of Solar Richmond.

Music used in this edition of Earthbeat: The Magic Number by De La Soul.

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

Beyond the Horse Race

January 8th, 2008

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America’s political pundits are ignoring global warming. A recent survey by the League of Conservation Voters found that in more than two thousand questions asked in 2007 during the Sunday morning talk shows — only three concerned climate change.

Today on Earthbeat host Mike Tidwell speaks to the League’s Vice President for Political Affairs, Tony Massaro, and to Tim Wheeler, a long-time reporter for the Baltimore Sun and the President of the Society of Environmental Journalists.

After focusing on the journalists and the pundits — the next step is the candidates themselves. Our guest is Bill Becker, the executive director of the Presidential Climate Action Project. This University of Colorado, Denver initiative is putting together a broad menu of actions for our next president to fight global warming within the first 100 days.

To view the League of Conservation Voter’s scorecard on the ’08 candidates, go to The Heat is On.

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Image used courtesy of Catharine Robertson.

Music used in this edition of Earthbeat: Politik by Coldplay.

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

Power Plans

January 1st, 2008

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In this rebroadcast, Earthbeat host Daphne Wysham talks to two groups who are planning for America’s powerful future.

The United States could eliminate almost all of its carbon dioxide emissions by the year 2050, without using nuclear power — that’s the conclusion of a groundbreaking new report. Author Dr. Arjun Makhijani says that recent technological breakthroughs mean that it won’t cost an arm and a leg to eliminate both carbon dioxide emissions and nuclear power. Makhijani is the president of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research. His report, Carbon-Free and Nuclear-Free: A Roadmap for US Energy Policy is a joint project of IEER and the Nuclear Policy Research Institute.

One way to refocus America’s energy policies is to take the project on with the verve and committment the nation gave to the war effort in the 1940s. In their new report ‘Rosie Revisited,’ David Merrill, executive director of GlobalWarmingSolution.org and Dr. Charles Hall, of the State University of New York College of Environmental Science & Forestry, provide a way for America to lead the battle against global warming.

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Image used courtesy of Mikael Albrecht, Finland.

Music used in this edition of Earthbeat: Neighborhood #3 (Power Out) and Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels) by Arcade Fire.

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