Archive for the ‘Youth’ Category

Nuclear Disaster in Japan; Human Health Consequences of Radiation Exposure; and the True Price of Oil

March 15th, 2011

Nuclear power plants in Japan are exploding as the country struggles to cool them down and recover from the massive earthquake and ensuing tsunami. Joining host Daphne Wysham to discuss the latest on the disaster is Damon Moglen. Damon is the director of the climate and energy program for the Friends of the Earth.

Doctor Ira Helfand, the past president of Physicians for Social Responsibility, tells us how the radiation released will affect people and the effects of potassium iodide pills. He advises US residents on how to prepare in case of radioactive fallout in the US.

In the light of the disaster, the French government released a memo advising its citizens to leave Tokyo.

The BP oil spill continues to kill wildlife along America’s Gulf Coast. Antonia Juhasz tells us the latest on the BP spill, the Chevron spill in Ecuador and how instability globally is affecting prices at the pump. Antonia is the director of the energy program at Global Exchange, a San Francisco-based humans rights group. She’s the author of the book The Tyranny of Oil and up forthcoming book is Black Tide: The Devastating Impact of the Gulf Oil Spill.

Samantha Joye at the University of Georgia continues to research the Gulf Oil Spill.

Music during the breaks from this week’s show is the song “Rescue” by Sanjay Mishra from the CD by the same name.

Select the image below to view Earthbeat host Daphne Wysham’s interview with author Harvey Wasserman on The Real News Network.

photo: Kim Kyung-hoon / Reuters. caption: Officials in protective gear check for signs of radiation on children who are from the evacuation area near the Fukushima Daini nuclear plant in Koriyama, Japan, March 13.

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Women Creating Real Environmental Change

March 11th, 2011

Today on Earthbeat, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of International Women’s History month – we talk to women and girls who are making a difference.

Award-winning children’s book author Lynne Cherry focuses on environmental issues. Her latest project Young Voices on Climate Change brings her work to a new medium – film.

The bailout of Wall Street led to billions of taxpayer money going toward banks – instead of people. Nia Robinson, the former director of the Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative, spoke with us about how these funds could have gone toward helping African-American communities cope with climate change.

Actress Q’orianka Kilcher co-starred in the Hollywood movie ‘The New World.’ She now works to spread the message of environmental justice in her native Peru and around the world.

Niaz Dorry, Time Magazine Hero for the Planet, and director of the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance, is working to bring the ‘buy local’ food movement out to sea.

Music for this edition of Earthbeat includes Protect the World, Last Day on Earth by Kate Miller-Heidke, and Scale Down by Rising Appalachia. Our theme music is “Baladi” by Tony Anka, Bellydance Superstars vol. 2.

Photo by SIDA.

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‘Shock Doctrine’ in Effect; Activist Faces Prison for Disrupting Oil Auction; US House Slashes EPA & ‘Climate Cranks’

February 25th, 2011

Corporations are using the panic and disorientation of budget crises to crush unions and environmental protections, that’s according to Shock Doctrine author Naomi Klein. In a conversation with host Daphne Wysham, Klein tells us how those in Wisconsin and other places are pushing back to catch corporate tax dodgers.

US Uncut actions are occurring across America.

The federal government must pass a budget within days – or all government services will screech to a halt. But Republicans in the US House passed a budget bill that strips the EPA of its power. Anna Aurilio, the DC director of Environment America, says the shortfalls could be filled by stopping the ‘free pass’ oil companies get on deep-water drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. They’re not paying $5 billion dollars a year on these oil leases.

Climate activist Tim DeChristopher faces federal felony charges for interrupting a federal auction of oil and gas leases – an auction held in the last few days of the Bush Administration in 2008. We’ll hear from Tim – ‘bidder number 70′ – who managed to ‘win’ a number of the leases before the auction was halted. Interview courtesy of Solve Climate.

Then, Mark Hertsgaard takes on ‘climate cranks’ in his new book Hot and with Earthbeat host Daphne Wysham on The Real News Network.

Music for this edition of Earthbeat includes Bucky Halker’s songs, Union Fights the Battle of Freedom, and Democratic Blues.

Image used courtesy USUncut.

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World on the Edge – A Discussion with Author Lester Brown

February 10th, 2011

The world is facing a potentially devastating ‘Food Bubble,’ that according to pioneering environmentalist Lester Brown. in his new work – ‘World on the Edge’ – Lester seeks to reconcile dueling predictions of our future: The scientists who say climate change will cause incredible disruption in our food, water and energy sources; And the economists who continue to predict steadily increasing world growth.

Lester’s earlier book, ‘Plan B’ will be the subject of an upcoming PBS television special hosted by Matt Damon this Spring. Host Daphne Wysham sits down with the founder of the Earth Policy Institute – Lester Brown – for a look into the world’s future.

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Sudan’s Surprisingly Rich Wetlands; Oil Insider on the BP Gulf Disaster & A Transportation Revolution

November 19th, 2010

Sudan is the largest country in Africa and its climate spans vast deserts and massive wetlands. Earthbeat host Daphne Wysham discusses Sudan’s future with the head of Southern Sudan’s Anti-Corruption Commission, Pauline Riak.

Families along the Gulf of Mexico are still reeling from the BP Oil Disaster this summer, and now a 20-year oil company veteran says there are similar problems lurking in even deeper waters. Arthur Berman spent 20 years with Amoco Oil as a specialty geologist; he discussed deep water drilling at the recent conference here in Washington, DC by the Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas.

A transportation revolution is on its way thanks to high gas prices and climate change, that’s according to author Anthony Perl. Perl’s the coauthor of the new book Transport Revolutions: Moving People and Freight Without Oil.

Music for this edition of Earthbeat includes the song ‘Al Itshitit’ from the album Songs of the Sudan by Mustafa Al Sunni & Abd Al Hafiz Karar and the song ‘Hurricane Season’ from the album Backatown by Trombone Shorty.

Image of Southern Sudan children by Arsenie Coseac via Flickr, subject to a creative commons license.

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

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Election Review, Big Wins Against Geoengineering & Giving Kids Their Say

November 10th, 2010

President Obama called the midterm elections a ‘shellacking’ for Democrats. The leader of the Friends of the Earth, Erich Pica joins host Daphne Wysham for a discussion on how the new Congress will lean on climate change and environmental protections.

In a landmark consensus decision, the UN Convention on Biological Diversity agreed on a moratorium on geoengineering. The agreement asks governments to ensure that no geoengineering projects go forward until risks to the environment and biodiversity, as well as social, cultural and economic impacts are considered. Pat Mooney, the executive director of the ETC Group joins us to discuss the moratorium and to address recent actions by some corporations to push forward ‘terminator seeds’ – genetically engineered seeds with a built in expiration date.

Then, we look at climate change through the eyes of children. Renowned author Lynne Cherry joins us to discuss her latest book, ‘How We Know, What We Know About Our Changing Climate,” the basis for her film series, “Young Voices on Climate Change” about children around the world making a difference.

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Revolutionary Public Relations – Following the Zapatista’s ‘Handbook’ in Marketing a Movement

October 7th, 2010


Environmental activists should take a page from the exceptionally persuasive marketing message of Mexico’s Zapatista insurgency, that’s the assertion of Jeff Conant. He’s the author of the book A Poetics of Resistance: The Revolutionary Public Relations of the Zapatista Insurgency.

Today on Earthbeat, Jeff Conant’s presentation on this unusual media messaging strategy. He spoke recently in Washington, DC in a panel discussion with Manuel Perez-Rocha of the Institute for Policy Studies.

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James Hansen Speaks on His Arrest for Protesting Mountaintop Removal; Midterm Money & Small Fishing Solutions

September 28th, 2010

James Hansen arrested

NASA scientist James Hansen speaks about his arrest at the White House during a protest against mountaintop removal coal mining. Hansen was one of over 100 activists arrested during the non-violent civil disobedience event – Appalachia Rising. Joining the conversation is demonstration organizer, Maria Gunnoe, of the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition and a native of Boone County, West Virginia.

Hansen put forward an idea of Equal Protection of the Laws at the Appalachia Rising event. The Million Letter March mentioned by James Hansen is the ‘write’ way to stop climate change.

Record breaking amounts of money is pouring into the midterm elections – tracking the contributions from the oil and gas is Dave Levinthal, the editor of the blog Open Secrets and the spokesman for the Center for Responsive Politics.

An innovative program in New England is keeping small, family fishing companies afloat in the face of big corporate interests. Niaz Dorry, the director of the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance joins us to discuss the rise of ‘factory fishing’ and how her organization is fighting back.

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Hope and Inspiration at the US Social Forum

July 7th, 2010


Tales of hope and inspiration from the US Social Forum in Detroit.

In this edition, Host Daphne Wysham speaks with Reede Stockton of Global Exchange, who, together with the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, has worked with the city of Mt. Shasta in challenging corporations trying to alter the weather for profit.

We hear from a young activist who is disseminating climate change survival strategies via youth-run media. We also hear from a seasoned energy activist, Al Weinrub, about a David and Goliath victory for clean energy in California.

And the Vietnamese fisherfolk that are being left behind as they try to pick up their lives in the aftermath of the BP oil blowout disaster in the Gulf.

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