Archive for July, 2009

EPA Authority, Beyond Green Jobs, and Military versus Climate Security

July 28th, 2009

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Today on Earthbeat, host Daphne Wysham discusses the threat to EPA authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the latest climate legislation passed in the House with the Sierra Club’s senior counsel for climate change – David Bookbinder, and Matt Pawa, the legal director of the Global Warming Legal Action Project which is run by the Civil Society Institute. Matt suggests The Clean for more information about the House version of the bill. An editorial on the EPA’s authority by Daphne Wysham can be found on Alternet.

We discuss the need to move beyond just ‘green jobs’ with Joe Uehlein, the founder of the Labor Network for Sustainability and the former AFL- CIO representative to the UN Commission on Global Warming and Sean Sweeney, the director of Cornell University’s Global Labor Institute.

Is President Obama is putting our taxpayer money where his mouth is when it comes to the country’s climate security? We speak to the author of the new report ‘Military versus Climate Security’ with its author Miriam Pemberton of the Institute for Policy Studies.

Music for this edition of Earthbeat comes from The Devil Makes Three.

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

Image used courtesy of J. Reed via Flickr, licensed by Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic.

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Tracking Climate Trade

July 21st, 2009

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The climate bill passing through Congress punishes countries that don’t take action – but what if America gets a taste of its own medicine? Host Mike Tidwell speaks about the potential of sanctions against the U-S if we continue to drag our feet on fighting climate change with Lori Wallach, the director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch and Marty Spitzer, the legislative director for the Center for Clean Air Policy.

Then we’ll discuss how the mainstream media continues to miss the big story of climate change with Mike Lemonick, a senior writer with the website Climate Central and the former science and environment writer for Time Magazine.

Then, the connections between climate denial and Bigfoot believers, we’ll speak to Hasan Nazar, the legislative representative for the League of Conservation Voters and the editor of the website that uncovered the Sasquatch connection, Really-Seriously.

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

Image used courtesy of Robert English via Flickr.

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Growing a Grassroots Movement

July 14th, 2009

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Grassroots organizing is often the key to true political change. The term implies that the creation of the movement come, not from the top down, but instead from the rising up of a group of like-minded average people.

Today on Earthbeat we’re going to focus on three groups that are tapping their roots to press politicians into true action on climate change. Joining host Daphne Wysham in our Washington, DC studios is Steven Biel of MoveOn’s Political Action team and Whit Jones, the action field director for the campus climate group Energy Action. On the telephone, fresh from his direct action at Mount Rushmore is Matt Leonard, an actions campaigner with Greenpeace.

Then, a wake-up call for coastal and riverfront communities. A new report by the National Wildlife Federation shows how climate change in greatly increasing flooding across the U.S. Joining us to discuss the problem, and some solutions that communities can take to protect themselves, is NWF climate scientist Amanda Staudt.

At the recent G8 meeting, the world’s major industrialized democracies failed, yet again, to identify a way that the developed world could help poorer countries cope with the effects of climate change. Soon there will be the meeting of the G20 – the world’s 20 leading economies and of course the U.N. continues to hold ongoing climate meetings leading up to the Copenhagen meeting in December.

Joining us to discuss if any of these meetings will result in strong action in providing financial assistance to countries that will be most affected by climate change is Ilana Solomon, a policy analyst for ActionAid, an international group whose aim is to fight poverty worldwide, and Janet Redman, the co-director of the Sustainable Energy and Economy Network at the Institute for Policy Studies.

Music for this edition of Earthbeat comes from the album Planet Passion.

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

Image used courtesy of Greenpeace, all rights reserved.

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Obama MIA on Climate; Black Carbon & TED Talks

July 7th, 2009

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Today on Earthbeat, host Mike Tidwell discusses how President Obama is missing in action when it comes to climate leadership.

‘Black carbon’ makes up 50 percent of the non-carbon dioxide global warming pollution in our atmosphere. In this rebroadcast of an April 2009 interview, we speak to Durwood Zaelke, the president and founder of the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development.

The TED talks are renown for bringing together some of Silicon Valley’s leading thinkers and innovators. John Doerr is a partner in the famed venture capitalism firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers and known for investing in Amazon, Google and others before they were household names. John is now focusing his efforts, and his fortune on green technology.

Alex Steffen is the founder of the website Instructables and is the cofounder and executive editor of the website WorldChanging. He speaks about how innovation will help us create a sustainable future.

Music for this edition of Earthbeat comes from the album Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar by Matthew Montfort.

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

Image used with permission by DJ Xavior via Flickr.

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