Our purpose is to amplify community voices, broaden the reach of grassroots-based movements, and inspire action. We provide solutions for social, environmental, and climate issues that challenge human health and wild landscapes across the USA and the world.
Co-hosts Jessica Aldridge and Carry Kim present a broad range of perspectives: land defenders and water protectors; front/fenceline communities; youth organizers; ecosystem and land stewards; spiritual and faith leaders; documentary filmmakers; climate scientists; and political decision makers. EcoJustice Radio is produced by SoCal350.org since 2017.
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We also are featured on KPFT Houston from 9 to 10 AM (CST) at 90.1 FM or www.kpft.org.
Executive Producer: Jack Eidt
Co-Host/Producer: Jessica Aldridge
Co-Host: Carry Kim
Engineer and Original Music: Blake Quake Beats
Created by: Mark and JP Morris
Stop Saving the Planet – An Environmentalist Manifesto – Ep. 125
We’ve been “saving the planet” for decades and environmental crises just continue to compound. All this Tesla driving, green-roofed corporate headquarters, and carbon trading seems to accomplish little to nothing — all while low-income communities of color continue to suffer the worst consequences.
Jenny Price’s latest book, ‘Stop Saving the Planet, An Environmentalist Manifesto‘ says, enough already! She suggests a plan with 39 steps to get to cleaning up the toxic messes and rolling back climate change. Jenny is a writer & public artist, and a Research Fellow at the Sam Fox School at Washington University-St. Louis.
Changing the Paradigm: Practicing Renegade Economics- Ep. 124
In this show we interview Della Z. Duncan, Renegade Economist, who invites all to ponder what is the purpose of the economy? What is capital? What is value? How is wealth created & sustained? Are we engaged in meaningful work that promotes planetary health? How might we use our gifts, contribute to society, meet our basic human needs & thrive individually and collectively? Hear Della Duncan share provocative insights from the growing movement to revolutionize our perceptions, understanding and practice of renegade economics in our lives.
Della Z Duncan hosts the Upstream Podcast, uplifting stories of regenerative economics. She supports individuals working to align their values with their work as a Right Livelihood Coach. She also works with organizations as a cooperatives economic consultant, and facilitates courses and retreats around the world.
Intersection of Black and Indigenous Resistance and Justice in the United States – Ep. 123
In his book “An Afro-Indigenous History of the United States,” Kyle T. Mays, Assistant Professor of African American Studies, American Indian Studies, and History at UCLA, argues that the foundations of the United States are rooted in Anti-Black racism and settler colonialism, and that these parallel oppressions continue today.
He explores with EJR how Black and Indigenous peoples (sometimes together, sometimes apart) have always sought to disrupt, dismantle, and re-imagine US democracy. He uses examples of the Black Power and Red Power movements of the 60s and 70s, as well as collaborations for the Standing Rock Sioux and Black Lives Matter. Dr. Mays’ work seeks to illuminate how we can imagine and put into practice a more just world.
Kyle T. Mays is an Afro-Indigenous (Saginaw Chippewa) writer and scholar of US history, urban studies, race relations, and contemporary popular culture at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Mays is an author of 3 books.
Conserving Civil Rights History and Biological Diversity in Alabama – Ep. 122
Listen to rich stories of ecological restoration and preservation of places of civil rights history that is Alabama. We welcome Bill Finch of Alabama River Diversity Network and the Paint Rock Forest Research Center, and Phillip Howard, Project Manager of Civil Rights People and Places Initiative. They share the vision and mission of these non-profit organizations dedicated to preserving and promoting the extraordinarily diverse natural and human heritage of this essential region. READ MORE…
Port Arthur Texas: Community Resistance vs. the Climate Change Nexus – Ep. 121
The communities of the Gulf of Mexico are at the nexus of climate change and community resistance. Port Arthur Texas is homebase for the largest oil refinery in North America and a dizzying toxic array of fossil fuel and chemical facilities. But the people are stepping up to say – NO MORE.. Port Arthur Community Action Network (also known as PACAN) is raising the alarm, holding the polluters accountable, and paving the path to transition away from an extractive economy to one that supports restorative justice.
Our guest, John Beard, Jr., Founder and CEO of Port Arthur Community Action Network, is helping to mobilize his community of Port Arthur and the Southeast Texas region. As a former oil employee turned advocate for environmental justice in the place he has lived all his life. John has been fighting for health and safety protections on the refineries, export terminals, petrochemical plants, and leading efforts against deepwater ports, each of which could export an estimated 2 million barrels of crude oil per day.
He is the recipient of the 2021 Rose Braz Award for Bold Activism from the Center for Biological Diversity. This year he helped lead October’s historic People vs. Fossil Fuels week of action in Washington DC, and he brought a powerful voice to November’s U.N. climate talks in Glasgow. READ MORE…
A Global Perspective on Permaculture Design with Warren Brush – Ep. 120
Permaculture is an integrative design system for sustainable, resilient, and abundant living. It emulates ecological relationships from wild nature and aims to protect and preserve water supply, agricultural land, and the greater environment. The practice encompasses architecture, horticulture, energy, waste management, and urban planning.
In this episode, hear renowned permaculture and resilience designer Warren Brush contemplate with us, the world as it might yet become. Warren has worked for over 30 years in agroecological education and regenerative system design for communities, private and public organizations, households, farms, and conservation properties worldwide. Warren is Co-Founder of True Nature Design and Quail Springs Permaculture. He talked with EcoJustice Radio on his variety of international resilience design and food security projects. READ MORE…
Greening Without Gentrification: Expanding Parks and Protecting Communities – Ep. 119
Can cities build new parks in park-deficient neighborhoods without displacing low-income residents? These projects aspire to provide green space in neighborhoods that historically have little to no access to parks, but they can also lead to increased housing and living costs — hence green gentrification.
Our guest, Jon Christensen, Adjunct Assistant Professor at UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and Luskin Center for Innovation, has been studying the threat of green gentrification around the country — and how cities, agencies, nonprofits, and residents are responding with anti-displacement strategies applied where public spaces are added to historically disenfranchised neighborhoods. READ MORE…
Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farmfields, The Veteran-Farmer Movement – Ep. 118
Coming on the heels of the US pullout from Afghanistan, it is imperative to consider the role and purpose of veterans, and regenerative farming has proven an excellent alternative. There is great potential to tap into the skillsets, selflessness, and service-oriented mindset of veterans. They seem to be perfectly suited to the adaptability, determination, tenacity, and innovation required of farmers. On this show, filmmaker Dulanie Ellis, Director of Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farmfields, discusses how returning combat veterans are reclaiming a sense of purpose through sustainable and regenerative farming and changing the world. READ MORE…
Deadly Waters: Oil Spills & The Future of Offshore Drilling – Ep. 117
A thick coat of oily crude from Platform Elly off Orange County, California has destroyed critical habitat for endangered seabirds, soiled popular public beaches, poisoned fisheries, and wasted millions of dollars spent on ecosystem restoration in local coastal wetlands. Just six years earlier, we had a similar story off Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County. Our addiction to oil has us drilling in sensitive ocean ecosystems for some of the dirtiest crude, coupled with lack of safety measures from aging, corroding underwater pipelines. Sadly, this can make for a deadly mix.
On this show, Emily Parker, Coastal and Marine Scientist with Heal the Bay and Jack Eidt, Urban Planner and Co-Founder of SoCal 350 Climate Action and WilderUtopia, discuss impacts of drilling disasters to our coastal ecosystems and communities living and playing on these soiled beaches, wetlands, and tidepools. Who pays for the clean up? Do we really need to drill oil offshore and how can these rigs be decommissioned? Really the question must be broadened to when will we stop drilling for oil and gas onshore and offshore, as the time is now to decarbonize our economy and way of life to solve the climate crisis. Who will pay for that? READ MORE…
Lost Children of Turtle Island – The Impact of Indian Boarding Schools – Ep. 116
The truth about the US Indian boarding school policy has largely been written out of the history books. Started in the 1800s across the US and Canada, Indian Boarding schools were government-funded and often church-run. The goal? Forced assimilation of Native children into white society under the belief of “Kill the Indian, Save the Man,” which still contributes to how we see and treat Indigenous Peoples today.
Our guests, SunRose IronShell and Manape LaMere, update us on the current situation and the history of this generational trauma, and how bringing home the remains has become a way to tell the children’s stories and hold to account these schools. READ MORE…