EcoJustice Radio, a project of SoCal 350 Climate Action, is a weekly podcast presenting environmental and climate stories from a social justice frame, featuring voices not necessarily heard on traditional, mainstream, or even public media outlets. The purpose of EcoJustice Radio is to amplify community voices, broaden the reach of grassroots-based movements, and inspire action.
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Co-Host/Producer: Jessica Aldridge
Co-Host: Carry Kim
Executive Producer: Jack Eidt
Associate Producer: Emilia Barrosse
Engineer: Blake Lampkin
Social Media Marketing: Stephanie Lemus
Created by: Mark and JP Morris
Original Music: Javier Kadry
Trees Please: Saving and Serving the Urban Forest – Ep, 92
Trees are essential to restoration of ourselves and the planet. This episode contemplates restoring our relationship to trees, as well as caring and maintaining them long term in urban settings. As megacities rise and human beings concentrate in dense environments, we need to explore myriad ways to nurture trees and ultimately foster a culture that respects and celebrates their innate value to our present and future. Facing global heating and climate chaos, it is critical to embrace trees.
*Cameron Miller is the Ecological Program Manager at The BirdHouse, an educational non-profit serving as a hub of exchange for those interested in caring for the land and people, through arts and ecology.
The Call to Decolonize: Thoughts, Actions, and Spaces – Ep. 91
What is meant by “Decolonization?” Not only of our institutions, but also of thoughts and behaviors directly influenced by the residuals of colonization. Listen to Marria Evbuoma of Race to Zero Waste and Richmond District Rising as she explores the meaning and importance of decolonizing thoughts, actions, and spaces. How do we recognize and legitimately decolonize in order to ensure equity and build community for all? How do those who have been colonized go about decolonizing?
Marria Evbuoma is a mother, writer, and zero waste educator living in San Francisco. She is also the representative for her district for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s Citizen Advisory Committee focusing on waste water.
Ecological Succession: Moving Toward Regeneration with Linda Gibbs – Ep. 90
We are losing the world’s topsoil at an alarming rate of 30 football fields of soil per minute, which can largely be attributed to modern farming practices, and the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Widespread deforestation is also a factor. Continuing soil degradation at current rates will further worsen climate change and exhaust our global capacity to grow food for the world’s burgeoning 7 billion plus population. This episode explores ecological succession as a means to foster our deeper understanding of the cycle of & purpose behind regenerating soil.
Linda Gibbs is owner and principal land manager of The Gardens at the world famous Woodshed Recording Studio in Malibu. Linda’s depth of knowledge and experience in using the six regenerative soil principles, is applied to her practice and teaching of Permaculture, Biodynamics, and the Wise Woman Tradition of Healing. She is an ardent soil advocate for Kiss the Ground, a founding member of the grassroots soil restoration group, Soil Sponge Collective, and a former teacher of the Gaia School of Healing in California. READ MORE…
Recipe for Abuse: Palm Oil, Child Labor, and Girl Scout Cookies – Ep. 89
“Sustainable Palm Oil” is deceiving and does not ensure ethical ingredients. Palm oil is everywhere – in our foods, cosmetics, cleaning products, and fuels, while at the same time destroying the rich biodiversity of tropical rainforests and the livelihoods of Indigenous Peoples and small landholders.
Thus, the palm oil inherent in a purchase of a $5 box of Girl Scout Cookies is connected to child labor, deforestation and displacement, climate disruption, and human rights atrocities. But there are solutions. Our show’s guests are working to demand accountability from business and campaigning for solutions that support the climate, human rights, and indigenous self-determination. READ MORE…
Olivia Chaffin [girlsagainstpalmoil.wixsite.com/my-site] is a 14 year old Girl Scout, vegan, and activist.
SIGN HER PETITION TO THE GIRL SCOUTS: www.change.org/p/girl-scouts-of-…irl-scout-cookies
Dam-Free: How Indigenous Peoples Reclaim the Klamath River – Ep. 88
In this episode, Regina Chichizola, Co-Director of Save California’s Salmon and Sammy Gensaw, a Yurok fisherman, youth activist & Director of Ancestral Guard, share the heartbreaking and inspiring 20-year journey to undam the Klamath River, which has suffered from low water flows, toxic algal blooms, and fish populations that now face extinction, parasites and disease. READ MORE…
Seventh Generation: The Voice and Leadership of Indigenous Youth
In this episode, hear from emboldened and empowered youth activists, Alexis (Lex) Saenz and Yulu Wek of the International Indigenous Youth Council. Listen to their stories of reclaiming and living into their cultural identities, empowering community, preparing for non-violent direct action, engaging in artivism, fulfilling the 7 Demands for 7 Generations, modeling circular leadership, prayerfully serving Mother Earth, and training up youth to potentiate themselves for the benefit of the collective’s highest good. READ MORE…
Amazon Defenders Part Three: Fires, Corruption, and Resistance in the Brazilian Amazon – Ep. 86
In Part 3 of “The Amazon Defenders,” we focus on the Eastern Amazon and the Brazilian Rainforest where the issues of deforestation, road development, forest fires, cattle ranching, land invasion, soy farming, mining, and COVID-19 are impacting the health and viability of the rainforest and its peoples. We hear about the vital stewardship by an Indigenous-led movement for human and environmental rights, and efforts to demand accountability for the six US-based financial institutions funding the destruction.
Ana Paula Vargas, who goes by Paula, has been advocating for more than 20 years with communications and culture, human rights, and social justice in Brazil. As Program Manager at Amazon Watch, she has collaborated with international institutions to support and promote projects from popular associations, social movements, and grassroots organizations. READ MORE…
A Farm Grows in LA: Urban Farming with Avenue 33 – Ep. 85
Listen to Eric Tomassini and Ali Greer of Avenue 33 Urban Farm share their insights, successes and challenges farming an urban hillside in arid Southern California. Learn how regenerative farming restores the hydrologic cycle, promotes biodiversity, sequesters carbon, mitigates climate change, and accelerates the return of health and biology to the soil.
Avenue 33 Farm [on Instagram] is a 1.2 acre hillside farm in Lincoln Heights, just outside of Downtown Los Angeles. They focus on selling nutritious produce and flowers, establishing healthy soil, and empowering others to grow food. READ MORE…
Amazon Defenders Part Two: Criminalizing Activism – The Steven Donziger Case – Ep. 84
In Part Two of our special Four-Part series on “Rise of the Amazon Defenders,” we investigate the story of New York based attorney Steven Donziger [donzigerdefense.com] who represented Ecuadorian communities demanding justice from Chevron-Texaco for one of the largest-ever oil disasters. In an historic judgement, Chevron was found liable by Ecuadorian courts and ordered to pay $9.5 billion.
Chevron says it will never pay. Instead, they have turned our guest Steven Donziger into a corporate political prisoner, placed under house arrest, bankrupt, disbarred. We look into how Chevron, supported by US federal judges, is using retaliatory attacks against Mr. Donziger and the Ecuadorian Peoples, and how their actions set a dangerous precedent and represent a growing and serious threat to the ability of civil society to hold corporations accountable for their misdeeds around the world. READ MORE…
Fire as Medicine: The Indigenous Way of Cultural Burning – Ep. 83
Native peoples have used the tool of fire as medicine. Fire was understood to be a spirit, a healer and sacred in its own right. Traditional Native controlled burning, called cultural fire, utilizes ancient agro-forestry practices, technology developed through time by the Karuk tribe and Indigenous Peoples around the world.
Tune in to hear Elizabeth Azzuz, Secretary of Cultural Fire Management Council, discuss her work using Traditional Native Karuk methods of prescribed burning to protect forests, heal degraded ecosystems, and reestablish forest-grown food, medicine, and products. READ MORE…
Amazon Defenders Part One: Protecting Biodiversity from Big Oil – Ep. 82
We present Part One of our special Four-Part series on “Rise of the Amazon Defenders,” beginning in the Western Amazon to understand how activists are confronting the dirty legacy of oil extraction, stopping the expansion of new oil leases, and protecting the rainforest biodiversity.
Paul Paz y Miño, Associate Director of Amazon Watch, provides an overview of the rich significance of the Amazon, expands upon what is happening in the Western Region and the connection to California, and speaks to the growing resistance protecting the rainforest and the rights of Indigenous peoples. Hosted by Jessica Aldridge. READ MORE…
The Fight for Self Determination between Armenia and Azerbaijan – Ep. 81
In this episode, we seek to gain a broader understanding of the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan. We dive into the history of these countries and the land occupation, how Turkey and Russia have influenced and benefit from an ongoing conflict, and why there exists an intergenerational, emotional connection for Armenians around the world. We speak with Vaché Thomassian, Glendale Board Member of Armenian National Committee of America and Dr. Djene Rhys Bajalan, Assistant Professor at Missouri State University. READ MORE…
Broken Trust: LA Public Utility Methane Leak Poisons Sun Valley Community – Ep. 80
Recently, the City of Los Angeles public utility admitted that its Valley Generating Station had been leaking methane gas into the community for three years. Pacoima Beautiful, a grassroots organization that had been working for decades for environmental justice for the San Fernando Valley, stepped up to organize protests. Gas plant neighbors include Sun Valley and Pacoima which are predominantly people of color. The environmental contamination and health impacts from the leaking methane are compounded by area landfills, trains, airplanes, industry pollution, and freeways.
Pacoima Beautiful’s push to secure a clean energy future for the Northeast San Fernando Valley has resulted in LA Council President, Nury Martinez, submitting a motion calling for a sunset date for gas operation at the Valley Gas Plant.
Our host, Jessica Aldridge, speaks with Veronica Padilla-Campos, Executive Director for Pacoima Beautiful. Veronica attended UCLA where she received her urban planning degree knowing that she would return to her community of the Northeast San Fernando Valley to help allocate the right resources they deserve, demanding environmental justice and accountability. READ MORE…
Radical Mycology: The Future is Fungi – Ep. 79
This week we speak with Peter McCoy, Founder of Mycologos, the world’s first mycology school, and Founder and Creative Director of Radical Mycology, a mushroom and fungi advocacy foundation. He and host Carry Kim discuss the grassroots movement and social philosophy behind using regenerative natural mushroom farming to promote ecological restoration and create food and medicines.
Peter McCoy is a mycology educator and farmer, author, and artist from Portland, Oregon. He is the visioneer behind the first annual Fungi Film Festival. In 2016, Peter published the book ‘Radical Mycology: A Treatise on Seeing and Working With Fungi’ detailing his nearly two decades of experience in promoting fungi for the health of people and the planet. READ MORE…
After the Burn: The Benefits of Bioremediation – Ep 78
Listen to applied mycologist, educator, and ecosystem restoration practitioner Taylor Bright [@symbiiotica], speak in detail about post-fire remediation and regeneration, particularly mycoremediation, where fungi-based technology is used to decontaminate the environment and heal the water and soil.
Since August 2020, hundreds of fires have burned and are still burning in Oregon, Washington, and California. To date, over 4.5 million acres have burned.
Taylor Bright is currently an officer and researcher for Bay Area Applied Mycology [bayareaappliedmycology.com], as well as a project facilitator and educator for CoRenewal [www.amazonmycorenewal.org]. Both are applied mycology non-profit organizations that focus on community education and research, implementation of post-wildfire soil regeneration, and mycoremediation efforts in both California and Ecuador. READ MORE…
Permaculture Lessons From Fire: Restoring Paradise – Ep 77
Hear Permaculture Designer/Educator & consultant Matthew Trumm of Treetop Permaculture [www.facebook.com/ttpermaculture] discuss lessons learned during the Camp Fire which burned through the town of Paradise, California, in November 2018. At the time, it was the most devastating wildfire in California history, burning 240 square miles in its wake.
Matthew discusses permaculture-based restoration efforts he and the local community engaged in Paradise, indigenous perspectives on the effectiveness of cool burns, remediating toxicity post-fires, and establishing the Camp Fire Restoration Project [www.campfirerestorationproject.org] as the premier “mobile” ecosystem restoration camp in the world modeled upon disaster recovery. Inspired by ecologist & filmmaker John Liu who we interviewed earlier this year on EcoJustice Radio, Matthew shows us how they overcame the massive wildfire disaster and are working to restore ‘Paradise’. READ MORE…
Candidate Forum for Environmental Justice in South LA with Fatima Iqbal-Zubair – Ep. 76
The events of 2020, from the pandemic to the uprising, have made the upcoming election a pivotal moment in time. In particular, the Black and Brown communities of South Los Angeles, facing generations of systemic racism and growing inequality, demand a new way forward with political leaders having the opportunity to bring forward solutions to police violence, environmental injustice, and social and economic mismanagement and exploitation. But can political leaders overcome the corporate money that prioritizes industry over people, profits over community?
In this episode we get to know one of the candidates running for California Assembly for South Los Angeles, Fatima Iqbal-Zubair. The incumbent Assemblymember Mike Gipson was asked to be on the show but did return our requests. READ MORE…
Flood Control to Free Rivers: The Tale of Water on Tongvalands – Ep. 75
Tim Brick of the Arroyo Seco Foundation and and Parker Davis of the Hahamongna Native Plant Nursery discuss the history of river management and mismanagement in Los Angeles, and how they are charting a new way forward to restore the natural flow through these arid lands.
More on Saving Hahamongna: http://www.savehahamongna.org
Tim Brick is Managing Director of the Arroyo Seco Foundation, and has been involved in promoting environmental awareness and sustainability for many years. He served on the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California for 28 years including two terms as chair.
Parker Davis is Director of Marketing and Communications at the Hahamongna Native Plant Nursery. A Pasadena native with a background in fine arts, he has an aesthetic obsession with California native plants. He works with volunteers, propagating plants for restoring natural areas & beautifying the local community’s neighborhoods and public spaces. READ MORE…
Ocean Desalination vs Conservation and Human Rights – Ep. 74
Guests Andrea Leon Grossmann from AZUL [azul.org/en/] and Conner Everts from Southern California Watershed Alliance discuss the proposal by Poseidon Water Company to build a $1 billion desalination plant in Huntington Beach, California. When the price tag is more than 2x the cost of our current water system, is desal necessary? Can existing and future conservation opportunities provide the solutions necessary to ensure local water resilience in California and elsewhere? More Info: www.smarterwaterla.org/
Andrea Leon-Grossmann, Director of Climate Action at AZUL, is a Mexican-born immigrant who works with the Latinx community to protect and conserve our coasts and oceans.
Conner Everts, Executive Director of the Southern California Watershed Alliance and Co-Chair of the Desal Response Group, has spent a lifetime in pursuit of clean water, first as a Southern California steelhead fisherman and then in the quest of the Human Right to Water. READ MORE…
Missions of Culture: Reclaiming Indigenous Wisdom with Caroline Ward Holland – Ep. 73
Tune in as we welcome Caroline Ward Holland, a Tribal citizen of the Fernandeño Band of Mission Indians or Tataviam Nation, as she speaks on the ongoing movement to topple controversial Mission monuments and mythologies. She recounts with host Carry Kim her Walk for the Ancestors [walkfortheancestors.org/] in 2015, a pilgrimage she embarked upon with her son, Kagen Holland, to honor the Ancestors at all 21 missions in California.
Caroline Ward Holland sits on the University of California’s Critical Mission Studies advisory board, composed of numerous Mission Indian Scholars as well as Tribal Leaders. She also works with community leaders organizing and advocating for social justice. READ MORE…
Building Unity for Social Change with Kwazi Nkrumah – Ep. 72
Guest Kwazi Nkrumah from the MLK Coalition of Greater Los Angeles [mlkcoalitionforjobsjusticeandpeace.org] discusses with host Jessica Aldridge how unity and mass mobilization across all movements is necessary for social change and an equitable future. He speaks to how we effectively do this in an inclusive manner across interests and issues that considers priorities, roadblocks, and better relationship building. We address concerns of derailment and demobilization, and look to how we can shield and grow from those movements.
~ Kwazi Nkrumah is the Co-Chair of MLK Coalition of Greater Los Angeles for Jobs, Justice, and Peace. Kwazi is a nationally respected community and labor organizer, and a human and environmental rights activist and advocate. Over the years he has been a successful leader for economic justice efforts on behalf of tenants, homeowners, and working people. READ MORE…
No Drilling Where We’re Living – Ep. 71
Martha Arguello of Physicians for Social Responsibility Los Angeles discusses with host Jessica Aldridge neighborhood oil drilling, the call for a 2,500 ft. health and safety buffer, and how community mobilization is addressing the climate emergency and ensuring public health and environmental protection. Martha leads the coalition Stand Together Against Neighborhood Drilling in Los Angeles. They work in a CA statewide coalition dedicated to buffers as well called Voices in Solidarity Against Oil in Neighborhoods
With California being one of the largest oil-producing states in the USA, community based solutions and industry accountability is vital to protecting the most vulnerable and building resilience. In Los Angeles, there are 759 active oil wells less than 1,500 feet from homes, schools, churches, and hospitals; these being predominantly in low-income and communities of color who face disproportionate health and safety impacts from their frontline exposure. READ MORE…
Kia’i Up: The Rise of Empowered Youth – Ep. 70
Hear Kumu Mikilani Young from United Pillars of Aloha [www.unitedpoa.com] & her student, Kayla Session, discuss with host Carry Kim the momentum and ultimate purpose behind the current generation of youth rising up to protect Sacred Places, mountains, waters and indigenous lifeways. Kumu Mikilani founded United Pillars of Aloha to broaden her advocacy for Mauna Kea and the global Mauna movement. She also educates and empowers youth to become prayerful Kiai’i or protectors, who dignify the practice of Kapu Aloha, hula and oli (traditional chanting). Through these practices youth are encouraged to engage the world as prayerful warriors and indomitable kūkulu or pillars upon which the future will stand. READ MORE…
Growing Coral to Restore the World’s Reefs – Ep. 69
Coral Vita’s Sam Teicher discusses with host Carry Kim the urgent status of the world’s coral reefs and how we can restore them by rapidly and effectively growing climate-change resilient coral. The world’s first land-based coral farm, Coral Vita [coralvita.co], aims to help scale up reef restoration globally using breakthrough technologies and nature-based solutions, including micro-fragmentation and assisted evolution.
The People’s Budget LA and Reimagining Public Safety – Ep. 68
Reverend Eddie Anderson from McCarty Memorial Christian Church discusses the People’s Budget Los Angeles [peoplesbudgetla.com/] with our host Jessica Aldridge. He defines what it means to re-imagine policing and public safety, and how to ensure reinvestment back into Black communities. The institutions that run the USA continue to benefit from the repercussions of long-standing, systemic oppression and racism. How do we reinvent and re-imagine the power structures? How do we change the economic system and fund a budget that is community-centered?
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Know Justice, Know Peace: 21 Generations Ep. 67
Listen to Rene Mims and Jaijae Kabasa, respected elders, community leaders and musicians coming to us from The World Stage [theworldstage.org] in Los Angeles’ Leimert Park. They share with our host Carry Kim deep ruminations on the past 21 generations of African American enslavement, the seeds of racism, and how it continues unabated today. Rather than perpetuating and reciprocating with hate against “white oppressors” and white supremacy, they view love and unity of the human family as the ultimate way forward.
THE FUTURE: Solutions, Policy, & Resistance Around Plastic – Plastic Plague Pt 7 – Ep. 66
Plastic Plague Series: PART 7 (of 7) THE FUTURE: how Solutions, Policy, & Resistance around plastic can elevate, inspire, and drive change at a systems-level approach.
We are up against a take and make economy where packaging is not the only disposable, but so is energy, water, resources, and PEOPLE! How do we create the change and connect the dots for everyone who uses, disposes of, or is in some way affected by plastic.
Ecosystem Restoration: A Collaborative, Global Approach – Ep. 65
Ecosystem Restoration Camps, John D. Liu’s “Great Work of Our Time,” serve as a methodology to regenerate degraded lands on a planetary scale. Carry Kim speaks with John, Ecosystem Ambassador and Founder and Advisory Council Chair of the Ecosystem Restoration Camps Foundation.
The camps movement serves as a model for restoring ecological function while addressing some of the most pressing issues of our time including: poverty, hunger, refugee crises, climate change and the need to create resilient communities. There are now 23 camps spanning 6 continents, and the movement continues to grow exponentially.
John D. Liu is a filmmaker, environmental educator, and Founder and Advisory Council Chair of the Ecosystem Restoration Camps Foundation [ecosystemrestorationcamps.org/join-a-camp/]. He also serves as Ecosystem Ambassador of the Commonland Foundation [commonland.com/en]. As a filmmaker in 1995, John to documented the ecological restoration of the Loess Plateau in China. Since that, John has devoted his life to understanding and communicating about the potential and responsibility to restore degraded landscapes on a planetary scale.
THE PARADIGM SHIFT: Reduction, Recycling, & Technology – Plastic Plague Pt. 6 – Ep. 64
Plastic Plague Series: PART 6 (of 7) THE PARADIGM SHIFT – We explore how reduction, recycling, and technology can create a paradigm shift that is solution oriented, equitable, and achievable.
There is too much plastic production for recycling to be the end-all-be-all solution to our problems, not to mention the inequity from its creation to disposal. However, waste-to-energy, chemical recycling, and plastic-to-fuel also have their concerns and might not be the winning silver bullet. Solutions best laid are community oriented and do not compromise the needs of future generations. So who is responsible for shifting the norm? Is it consumers, business, or manufacturers? How do we create community-based solutions? And how do these solutions around reuse and recycling weather issues and concerns related to virus spread and pandemics like COVID-19. Tune in to hear from the experts.
Our guests include Claire Arkin, from GAIA (Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives), Marcus Eriksen of 5 Gyres Institute, and Keng Baloco, of Athens Services.
Green Banking: Toward A Regenerative Economy – Ep. 63
Now is the time to invest in a regenerative economy that supports climate finance at scale. Our banking and investment practices can proactively regenerate the planet and foster a clean, green economy that is both socially conscious and sustainable.
EcoJustice Radio discusses the rise of regenerative economy and green banking with Tom Duncan, CEO & Founder of Earthbanc, the world’s first green digital banking platform [earthbanc.io/] that pays its customers to restore and conserve ecosystems, and sequester carbon. Our host, Carry Kim does the interview.
THE BOTTLE SCAM: Land, Water, and Indigenous Rights – Plastic Plague Pt. 5 – Ep. 62
Plastic Plague Series: PART 5 (of 7) THE BOTTLE SCAM – we connect the dots between the Water Bottle Scam and the fight for Land, Water, and Indigenous Rights.
The chain of environmental and social impacts is an embedded cost of bottled water, a resource that is supposed to give us life, but now arguably the process to extract, make, ship, store, and dispose seems to take from it. With a ½ billion bottles used and disposed of every week in the United States, while land and water resources are stolen and polluted it is time to close the tap on the Bottle Scam. The solution isn’t as easy as switching over to a reusable water bottle.
Our guests include Stiv Wilson, Co-Director of @peakplastic and Creator and Producer of the film, The Story of Plastic and Raven Stevens, Board Member of W.A.T.E.R. (We Advocate Thorough Environmental Review). Raven does not speak for the Winnemem Wintu Tribe. They are a sovereign nation and speak for themselves. They can be reached at: https://www.winnememwintu.us/ for further information.
THROWAWAY SOCIETY: Economics & Inequity of (Plastic) Consumption – Plastic Plague Pt 4 – Ep. 61
Plastic Plague Series: PART 4 THROWAWAY SOCIETY – we investigate the economics & inequity of plastic consumption once thrown away. Does plastic truly get recycled and what is the burden of other countries? More than 300 million tons of new plastic is produced annually and less than 10% is recycled. 40% of the plastic produced is for packaging. China was the recycling destination for over 40% of the USA’s waste commodities. When they shuttered their doors to recycling imports, new opportunities popped up in other countries, but with it came the same issues of contamination, excess waste, and a dumping ground for the consequences of a “throwaway society.”
The BirdHouse: Reconnecting People & Place through Arts & Ecology – Ep. 60
On this episode, we visit with the members of an inspiring community garden and culture-space called The BirdHouse, in Hollywood, CA. Through the frame of arts and ecology, its members seek solutions blending permaculture, systems thinking, medicinal plants, singing, science, and storytelling. EcoJustice Radio host Carry Kim speaks with John Allen, BirdHouse co-founder (IG: @atthebirdhouse), and Cameron Miller, its Site & Projects Manager. John has extensive experience working as a musician, filmmaker, editor, and director, and has advanced multiple nonprofit community projects. And after years of work in Hollywood, Cameron turned his focus to permaculture, landscape design, community building, and food systems through multiple projects at the BirdHouse.
HUMAN HEALTH: The Threats of Plastic – Plastic Plague Pt 3 – Ep. 59
Plastic Plague Series: PART 3 HUMAN HEALTH – On this episode, we investigate the impact plastics have on our personal health and quality of life. From our food packaging to our building material, we cover the toxins types, corporate responsibility, and how can we avoid exposure. We dive into what it means to support the efforts of frontline communities to minimize exposure by reducing these toxic chemicals. Did you know that after packaging, the #1 global use of plastic is building materials?
Our guests include Yvette Arellano, Policy Research & Grassroots Advocate for TEJAS, Dr. Julia Varshavsky, Reproductive Health and the Environment, UCSF Medical Center, and Bill Walsh, Healthy Building Network
Social Equity in a Zero Waste Baltimore – National Zero Waste Conference – Ep. 58
This episode is the third installment of our National Zero Waste Conference series meant to elevate the voices featured during the two-day event in Berkeley, California (postponed this year).
Baltimore, Maryland, is setting the standard for #ZeroWasteCities by ensuring social equity! Their racially and economically just Zero Waste Plan goes beyond the successful management of resources and waste by lifting up human rights values and ensuring that those communities who are historically burdened by the ill effects of our waste system are made a priority.
Our guests are Meleny Thomas, Shashawnda Campbell, and Greg Sawtell all Leadership Organizers with United Workers in Baltimore, Maryland, speaking with our host, Jessica Aldridge from Adventures in Waste.
REFINEMENT: Cracking the Plastic Production Boom – Plastic Plague Pt 2 – Ep. 57
Plastic Plague Series: PART 2 REFINEMENT – Once extracted, how does oil and gas become the resin that will eventually be the plastic we use in our daily lives? Then when we buy these products, the social and environmental justice issues are out-of-sight, out-of-mind.
The Plastic Plague journey now leads us to plastic manufacturing and the social justice issues, from Point Comfort, Texas to St. James Louisiana, also known as Cancer Alley. On this episode, we breakdown how fossil fuels become plastic and follow the train of economic interests and irresponsibility. We hear from front-line activists dealing with plastic manufacturing and the impact to their communities’ quality of life.
Our guests include Diane Wilson, Executive Director of San Antonio Bay Estuarine Waterkeeper; Sharon Lavigne, Founding Director of RISE St. James; and Jim Vallette, President of Material Research L3C, speak with our host, Jessica Aldridge.
Is Nuclear Waste at San Onofre Safe? – Ep. 56
Hear urban planner and anti-nuclear activist Torgen Johnson speak with our host Carry Kim regarding the stranded nuclear waste situation at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station located at the northern end of San Diego County.
More info and Take Action: https://sanonofresafety.org/
Sign This Petition: https://www.change.org/p/san-onofre-nuclear-waste-recall-defective-storage-system
Reducing Single-Use Culture Through Legislation – National Zero Waste Conference – Ep. 55
This episode is the second installment of our National Zero Waste Conference series meant to elevate the voices featured during the two-day event in Berkeley, California (postponed this year).
On this show we dive into what is happening with California legislation that is looking to reduce plastic pollution and support recycling and Circular Economy efforts. Our guests are Mike Sangiacomo, President & Chief Executive Officer of Recology and Eric Potashner, Vice President & Senior Director of Recology, speaking with our host, Jessica Aldridge from Adventures in Waste.
EXTRACTION: Fracking and Drilling for Plastic Dreams – Plastic Plague Pt 1 – Ep. 54
This is PART ONE of a special seven-part series, called, “The Plastic Plague: Connecting the Dots between Extraction, Inequity, and Pollution.”
On our first installment, we start at the well, the oily, methane producing beginnings of plastic. We discuss the extraction process, economic viability (of a bankrupt fossil fuel industry), the Texas Permian Basin (slated to be the global exporter), and the social and environmental costs of plastic before a product is even created.
Our guests include Jane Patton from the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) and Stop Formosa], Sharon Wilson, Senior Organizer for Earthworks [@TXsharon] and Ethan Buckner, Energy Campaigner also with Earthworks [twitter.com/ethanbuckner].
Connecting Waste and Climate Change – National Zero Waste Conference – Ep 53
This episode is the first installment of our National Zero Waste Conference series meant to elevate the voices featured during the two-day event in Berkeley, California (postponed for now)
Our guest, Leslie Lukacs, Executive Director of Zero Waste Sonoma, formally known as the Sonoma County Waste Management Agency, speaks with our host Jessica Aldridge, who also is the founder of Adventures in Waste. Together, we discuss the lifecycle of our resources, the climate-disrupting effects, and the potential for climate-loving solutions.
Tribal Sovereignty and Self Determination – EcoJustice Radio – Ep 52
Native Nation self-determination has proven an effective way to steward and protect resources and develop a sustainable way forward in an era of ecosystem collapse and runaway climate disruption.
On this episode, we speak with Manape LaMere and SunRose IronShell, two people working toward a model of self-determination and a brighter future for the planet through Indigenous prosperity.
The Winnemem Wintu: Bringing the Salmon Home – EcoJustice Radio – Ep 51
On this episode, we speak with Chief Caleen Sisk, the Spiritual Leader of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, whose ancestral territory includes what is now known as the McCloud River watershed below “Buliyum Puyuk” aka. Mt. Shasta in Northern California. Since 2000, Chief Caleen and her tribe have been working to return the now nearly extinct California Chinook salmon to the McCloud River.
Palm Oil and Orangutans – The Oily Truth & What We Can Do – EcoJustice Radio – Ep 50
Can palm oil can be produced in a responsible, sustainable, and regenerative manner that protects the environment, bio-diverse species, and communities where it is cultivated?
On this episode, we discuss what is happening in Indonesia and elsewhere around Palm Oil extraction, expansion, and exploitation. Our guest, Gary Shapiro, President of Orang Utan Republik Foundation & The Orangutan Project-USA. who has been involved with orangutans for 46 years and has been working tirelessly to secure and protect the orangutan populations through creating more regenerative and equitable solutions around Palm Oil production.
Indigenous Legacy: Intergenerational Wisdom for our Times with Tina and Jessa Calderon – EcoJustice Radio – Ep. 49
Hear Tina and Jessa Calderon, mother and daughter duo representing the Gabrielino Tongva and Ventureño Chumash Nations, share their personal experiences, stories and insights regarding growing up as indigenous women on their Native lands.
The Power of Youth-Led Activism: Inspiring Change and Building Community – EcoJustice Radio – Ep. 48
On this show we discuss the power of youth-led activism and how our guest is helping to inspire change and build community. We welcome 19-year-old Youth Environmental Activist and one of the lead organizers for Youth Climate Strike LA, Kevin Patel, who speaks with our host, Jessica Aldridge.
Wixárika/Huichol People: Protecting Sacred Lands of Mexico – EcoJustice Radio – Ep. 47
In this episode, we discuss the struggle to protect the sacred lands and culture of the Wixárika people, also known popularly as the Huichol, an indigenous group inhabiting the remote reaches of the Sierra Madre Occidental of Mexico. Our guests are Andrea Perez, Indigenous Environmental Justice Advocate, and Susana Valadez Director of the Huichol Center for Cultural Survival and Traditional Arts. Jessica Aldridge did the interview.
Jesse Marquez: Public Preparedness for Threats from Refineries, Ports, and Freeways – EcoJustice Radio – Episode 46
Environmental Justice Activist Jesse Marquez speaks with EcoJustice Radio how communities can prepare to confront the dangers of living around five oil refineries, the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, and hemmed in by the truck-clogged 710 and 110 freeways.
The Intersection Between Faith and Environmental Activism – EcoJustice Radio – Ep 45
On Episode 45 of EcoJustice Radio our guest Reverend Oliver Buie, Minister of Community Engagement at the Holman United Methodist Church, speaks with Jessica Aldridge on the important relationship between faith and environmentalism and what his parish has been doing to promote environmental and social justice in their community.
As a member of the Steering Committee of STAND-LA, he speaks to the environmental justice movement to institute a 2,500-foot health and safety buffer between oil drilling and where people live, in particular motivated by the Murphy Oil Drilling site near his South Los Angeles church.
Regenerative Responses: Growing The Soil Carbon Sponge – EcoJustice Radio – Ep. 44
Weather extremes, soil degradation, and climate disruption have turned our attention to the potential of soil, carbon, and water cycling as a formidable and creative response to climate change. We speak with Linda Gibbs, who teaches at the Gaia school of healing and Earth education and is a soil advocate for Kiss the Ground.
Urban Forestry’s Connection to Climate Change and Social Equity – EcoJustice Radio – Ep. 43
On this show we discuss Urban Forestry’s Impacts On Climate Change and Social Equity. Jessica Aldridge speaks with Mark Kenyon, Executive Director of the nonprofit, North East Trees.
Youth Climate Strike Takes Over Downtown Los Angeles – EcoJustice Radio – Ep. 42
The September 20th Los Angeles Youth Climate Strike was organized by a coalition of groups and led by Youth Climate Strike Los Angeles. EcoJustice Radio’s Jessica Aldridge and production team joined the action at Downtown LA’s Pershing Square, where anywhere from 10-20,000 people gathered for speeches and music, and then all marched through the streets to City Hall.
Bottles And Cans Recycling: A Social Contract In Peril – EcoJustice Radio – Ep 41
Susan V. Collins, President of Container Recycling Institute, speaks with Jessica Aldridge about how California underwent a recent wave of redemption center closures (those places where consumers can drop off their recyclable beverage containers for cash). So what needs to happen to fix the California bottle bill?
Shaping our Water Future: Through Water Quality, Equity & Nature Based Solutions – EcoJustice Radio – Ep.40
Water is life. Clean, safe, reliable, affordable, and the future security of water is nonnegotiable. Los Angeles, California currently imports a whopping 70% of their water. And getting that water to LA is the largest use of electricity in the state of CA. When water is not captured and utilized within the system, it traverses through the city and out to the ocean. In order to shape a strong water future, we must manage the flow in way that ensures high quality, social equity, and solutions based in nature. Jessica Aldridge interviews Annelisa Moe, Water Quality Scientist with Heal the Bay and Miguel Ramos External Affairs Outreach Coordinator with the Nature Conservancy.
Our Water LA: https://ourwaterla.org/
Sustaining the Legacy of the Tongva: Before and After “Los Angeles” – EcoJustice Radio – Ep. 39
Hear the wise words of Tongva Elder, Grandmother Gloria Arellanes, as she shares the heritage of the Tongva people, who inhabited and stewarded the area referred to as the “Los Angeles basin” as well as the Southern Channel Islands. Grandmother Gloria offers her insights about the state of our world, youth, elderhood and the intergenerational cycle of learning, as well as how we might honor proper protocols, First Nations and all that is Sacred, amidst the backdrop of increasing urbanity, and the numerous perils now facing our environment.
Preserving the Wild in the Anthropocene Era – EcoJustice Radio – Ep. 38
Hear from David Lamfrom, Director of California Desert and National Wildlife programs at the National Parks Conservation Association, who will discuss the particular challenges of protecting and preserving our national parks in the Anthropocene era, including this current stage of global industrialization.
For more information and to support National Parks visit: https://www.npca.org/
Pakistan: Connecting Climate Change, Women Empowerment, and Art – EcoJustice Radio – Ep. 37
Jessica Aldridge speaks with Ayla Suhail, Climate Change and Livelihood Project Coordinator at PODA, Potohar Organisation of development and advocacy in Pakistan. She is a graduate of mathematics from Comsats University in Islamabad and is finishing her masters in Geographical Information System. Her thesis is based on “Analyzing the impact of Plastic Waste on the Urban Climate.” She is also a teacher and a coach.
Earth-Honoring Traditions of the Acjachemen with Spiritual Leader Adelia Sandoval – EcoJustice Radio – Ep. 36
Carry Kim talks with Rev. Adelia Sandoval, the Spiritual Leader for the Juaneño Band of Mission Indians/Acjachemen Nation. The Acjachemen people are the indigenous people of Orange County in Southern California and have stewarded and inhabited this region for roughly 12,000 years. Adelia is also a Ceremonial Leader, Bear Dancer, Re-Burial Rites Ceremonialist, and Keeper of Songs she has been taught by Tribal Spiritual Leader, Ka’chi. She is the director of the Tribal women’s singing group the Tushmalum Heleqatum (Hummingbirds that Sing).
Pasture Based Carbon Farming with SonRise Ranch – EcoJustice Radio – Ep. 35
Carry Kim speaks with Doug Lindamood, from SonRise Ranch in San Diego County, California. He and his family own and operate this pasture based livestock operation dedicated to changing industrial, factory farming into a local, sustainable, integrity, food movement through education and outreach one family at a time.
According to SonRise Ranch, Management Intensive Grazing, regenerative agriculture, and the highest standards of animal husbandry are the best way to heal the planet.
Green New Deal Tour Comes to Los Angeles – EcoJustice Radio – Episode 34
EcoJustice Radio joined KPFK-FM to interview the voices in and around the Green New Deal Tour in Los Angeles, and our interviewer Jessica Aldridge spoke with oceanographer Josh Willis, former LA DWP Commissioner Aura Vasquez, environmental scientist at Cal State Northridge Loraine Lundquist, D Garcia with Sunrise Movement LA,
Varshini Prakash, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Sunrise Movement with Gabbi Pierce also with Sunrise. And finally, Jack Eidt spoke to Bill McKibben, author, educator, environmentalist, and co-founder of 350.org, along with Lydia Ponce from SoCal 350 and a member of American Indian Movement.
Public Banking and the Transition to a Sustainable Economy – EcoJustice Radio- Episode 33
On this episode, Mark Morris speaks with Madeline Merritt, Core Organizer for Public Bank LA and Member of California Public Banking Alliance. She speaks about the campaign supporting AB 857, The Public Banking Act, in an unprecedented partnership between the grassroots and lawmakers. She is a water protector and community organizer who seeks to transform global systems to put the long term interests of people and planet over the short term interests of the few.
Public Banks and the Green New Deal: californiapublicbankingalliance.org/wp-cont…GND.pdf
Women in Politics and the Environment – EcoJustice Radio – Episode 32
Over the past few years, there has been significant growth in US politics of women candidates (especially women of color) and for many this being their first run for office. As of today, there exists a record number of women in congress and more young women and women of color than ever in US History.
On this show, Jessica Aldridge talks with Aura Vasquez, Environmental and Social Justice organizer and Candidate for Los Angeles City Council District 10, on how we change the “old boys club” and what this could mean for bringing social equity to the table.
Sweatshops: LA’s Dirty Secret and the Fight for Garment Workers – EcoJustice Radio Episode 31
Los Angeles is the nation’s garment production capital and the city’s second largest manufacturing sector, yet workers face injustice, usually associated with the developing world, right here in one of the largest cities in the United States. Jessica Aldridge, interviews Mar Martinez, Organizing Coordinator and Wage Theft Clinic Coordinator from the Garment Worker Center, a worker rights organization leading an anti-sweatshop movement to secure social and economic justice for tens of thousands of Los Angeles garment workers.
The Steep Environmental and Social Costs of the Fashion Industry – EcoJustice Radio – Episode 30
When we get dressed in the morning, most of us don’t consider the environmental costs and human rights issues that may be attached to the clothing on our bodies. Jessica Aldridge interviews Andrea Plell, co-founder of The Sustainable Fashion Alliance and West Coast Regional Coordinator for Fashion Revolution, and Jennifer Gilbert, Chief Marketing Officer of I:CO (short for I:Collect). These two women have made it their business to not only consider how to clean up the global fashion industry, advocating for environmentally-supportive and equitable solutions to water pollution, pesticides, microfibers, and waste associated with making, washing, and disposing of our clothing.
Mobilizing a Climate Revolution: From the Personal to a Green New Deal – EcoJustice Radio – Episode 29
Massive climate disruption continues to strike all over the world, one disaster after another, droughts, wildfires, typhoons, mega-floods, with glaciers melting and methane escaping from deep under the permafrost. The UN IPCC said we have 12 more years to stabilize greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere to avoid runaway climate change. We need solutions to this problem to spark a climate revolution. Jessica Aldridge speaks with Peter Kalmus, NASA climate scientist and author of Being the Change: Live Well and Spark a Climate Revolution and Sam Berndt also a scientist and a coordinator of the Sunrise Movement Los Angeles.
Apache Stronghold: The Spiritual Movement to Save Oak Flat (Chi’chil Bildagoteel) – EcoJustice Radio – Episode 28
Join Stephanie Mushrush, Co-Founder of Red Earth Defense, and Carrie “Cc” Sage Curley, key member of the Apache Stronghold, as they share about the movement to Save Oak Flat (Chi’chil Bildagoteel). Apache Stronghold, led by Wendsler Nosie, Sr. for the last decade, is a spiritual movement to protect the Apache Way of life: their sacred sites and cultural and spiritual heritage. The movement is committed to preventing Resolution Copper, a foreign mining corporation & subsidiary of BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto, from desecrating the San Carlos Apache Nation’s ancestral lands. Resolution Copper proposes building an environmentally destructive “block cave” copper mine on Oak Flat, Arizona, which would gravely threaten land, water, air quality, cultural and sacred sites, including areas with petroglyphs and burial grounds of the Apache.
Creating Resilient Ecosystems & Regenerating the Planet with Erik Ohlsen – EcoJustice Radio – Ep. 27
Erik Ohlsen is the director of the Permaculture Skills Center, a vocational training school that offers advanced education in ecological design, landscaping, farming, and land stewardship. Creator of the the Eco-Landscape Mastery School online training program, Erik is also founder of Permaculture Artisans which specializes in design and installation of ecological landscapes and farms throughout California. An internationally renowned, certified permaculture designer and practitioner, Erik has taught ecological landscape design and implementation to thousands of students and clients around the world since 1999. He has special expertise in water harvesting systems, food forest design, and community organizing. His primarily goal is helping people connect deeply with nature and themselves. He resides in Sebastopol, California with his wife Lauren, raising a family, building a homestead and running their businesses.
Nuclear Waste: The Los Angeles Meltdown & Cover-Up – EcoJustice Radio – Ep. 26
The Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL or Rocketdyne), north of Los Angeles, burned in the November 2018 Woolsey Fire, threatening toxic exposures from contaminated dust, smoke, ash, and soil. In the 1940s, SSFL with its 10 experimental nuclear reactors was developed for research and weapons testing. In 1959, it suffered an uncontained partial meltdown of at least one sodium reactor referred to by experts as the worst nuclear disaster in U.S history, and the fourth largest release of iodine-131 in the history of nuclear power. Until 1979 the incident and the toxic waste byproduct that still pollutes the ground water, air, and soil was kept secret.
Jessica Aldridge from SoCal 350 and Adventures in Waste discusses the issues with Denise Duffield, Associate Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles, and Melissa Bumstead, Mother and local advocate, and a founder of Parents Against Santa Susana Field Lab.
Sign This Petition: No More Kids With Cancer: Clean Up the Santa Susana Field Lab
Ku Kia’i Mauna: The Mauna Kea Movement to Protect Sacred Sites, Waters and Indigenous Legacies Worldwide Part II
Kumu Mikilani provides an update on the status of Mauna Kea and the inspired movement to stop the construction of the 30-meter TMT telescope, anticipated to be the Northern Hemisphere’s singular largest telescope sponsored by CalTech, University of California and the countries of India, Japan, and Canada. Twelve telescopes have already blighted what native Hawaiians consider their most sacred mountain and pinnacle of their origination cosmologically. The proposed TMT telescope would disturb the fragile ecosystem of the summit which was traditionally accessible only by the high chiefs and priests on rare occasions as well as compromise cultural and spiritual practices of native Hawaiians. Construction of the proposed telescope favors astronomical advancement and development at the expense of designated conservation lands, and would gravely threaten unique flora, fauna and wildlife as well as potentially impact the water table. Mauna Kea is a precedent-setting movement, propelled largely by Hawaiian natives and cultural practitioners who are insisting upon land usage which respects, preserves and honors indigenous cultural and spiritual preservation, as well as protects the vast ecosystem in which their Ancestors live and thrive.
Kumu Mikilani Young discusses with Carry Kim from EcoJustice Radio about the proposed, highly controversial 30-meter TMT telescope which would be built atop “ceded” conservation lands on Mauna Kea, considered the most sacred mountain for native Hawaiians or Kanaka Ma’oli. The TMT telescope would be the largest telescope in the Northern Hemisphere and is being spearheaded by the University of California, the California Institute of Technology as well as: Japan, China, India and Canada.
Mikilani also speaks on her aims and actions to unite First Nations of California as well as indigenous peoples globally to protect sacred ancestral territories, living waters and the heritage of indigenous peoples for future generations. In this episode, Kumu Mikilani shares the meaning of oli (prayerful chants of Hawai’i), intricacies and origins of the Hawaiian language, the sovereignty and “occupation” of Hawai’i, cultural appreciation vs. appropriation and a conversation about who is “indigenous.” Learn more about the culture of “Aloha Aina,” the “birthright” of Kanaka Ma’oli (native Hawaiians) and their living relationship to Ke Akua (Creator), Na Kupuna (Ancestors) and Na Aumakua (deified Ancestors) — their gods and Ancestors.
Centennial Project: Suburbs Sprawl, Health & Environment Suffers – EcoJustice Radio – Ep. 24
Tejon Ranch Centennial Specific Plan (or Centennial) is a massive planned city in a wilderness of unique, rare, fire-prone grasslands and mountains, a residential and commercial development on the fringes of LA County. Nick Jensen from the California Native Plant Society, and Jack Eidt from Wild Heritage Planners and SoCal 350, discuss the dangers to urban sustainability, fiscal health of LA County, and the impacts on wild and endangered plants and animals with host Jessica Aldridge.
Located 70 miles NW of DTLA, Centennial would be accessed by Hwy 138 near Interstate 5, close to Gorman a small town with limited amenities. The project sits upon 270,000 acres of private property where they want to build 20K homes and 10 million sf of commercial and retail space (although a hospital does not exist in the current plan).
The planning of Centennial began 20 years ago, but its approval is due for vote by the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors on Dec 11th.
Sign the Petition: biodiv.us/keepcaliforniawild
How Indigenous People Will End Tar Sands Oil Pipelines – EcoJustice Radio – Episode 23
Carry Kim from EcoJustice Radio talks with Lydia Ponce, a Mayo-Quechua Indigenous activist, member of AIM (American Indian Movement), and Co-Director of Idle No More SoCal. She also works as SoCal 350 Engagement Director.
Lydia shares updates about two controversial tar sands pipelines originating out of Alberta, Canada: TransCanada’s Keystone XL and Enbridge’s Line 3. Both projects pose numerous threats for indigenous peoples, their way of life and sacred territories, in addition to the devastating impacts they would have on Mother Earth and climate change. Tar sands crude oil [often called oil sands] remains one of the dirtiest, costliest and most reckless forms of fossil fuel extraction.
The State of Recycling – How California Legislation is Driving New Standards – EcoJustice Radio – Episode 22
Hosted by Jessica Aldridge of Adventures in Waste and Co-founder of SoCal 350
Our guest today, Nick Lapis Director of Advocacy of for Californians Against Waste (CAW) is advocating at the state and local levels to create, promote, and implement the standards and policies necessary for waste reduction and recycling. Since joining CAW in 2007, Nick has led several campaigns to enact nation-leading waste reduction legislation and regulatory action in California. In addition to coordinating CAW’s overall advocacy strategy, Nick leads the organization’s efforts to reduce the impacts of climate change and recover organic wastes. He also engages in policy development and coalition-building, representing CAW on a variety of boards, committees, workgroups, and coalitions.
For details on recently passed waste and recycling legislation click here: https://www.cawrecycles.org/legislation/.
This is Zero Hour – Youth Advocacy on Climate Change – EcoJustice Radio – Episode 21
Young people are mobilizing on climate change as the generation that will inherit its various outcomes and crises. They organized a national day of action called “This is Zero Hour” which seeks to amplify young voices who are working on environmental issues in their communities. Episode Hosted by Mark Morris with guests Arielle Cohen, Gavin Pierce, and Ryanne Mena.
San Onofre as Nuclear Waste Dump – EcoJustice Radio – Episode 20
Carry Kim from EcoJustice Radio interviews Charles Langley, Executive Director of Public Watchdogs & esteemed Board Member, Nina Babiarz. Public Watchdogs independently monitors energy and infrastructure regulatory agencies in California. It protects the public’s access to clean water and affordable, sustainable energy in order to sustain life, nourish human dignity, and encourage world peace. Public Watchdogs is one of the main organizations advocating for the removal of nuclear waste from San Onofre State Beach.
More info on WilderUtopia
Waste Colonization and Plastic Pollution – EcoJustice Radio – Episode 19
How do we confront the swirling gyres of plastic pollution dumped into our oceans? In this show, we examine the social and environmental implications of wasted resources, and follow two interrelated approaches to solving the problem from an indigenous woman doing exemplary work in New Zealand and an LA-based plastics pollution fighter who built a raft made of plastic junk and crossed the Pacific.
Our guests include Tina Ngata, a Ngati Porou wāhine and mother of two from The Non-Plastic Māori, and Marcus Eriksen, co-founder of the 5 Gyres Institute and author of ‘Junk Raft: An Ocean Voyage and a Rising Tide of Activism to Fight Plastic Pollution.’ Jessica Aldridge, from Adventures in Waste and SoCal 350 co-founder, did the interview.
More information on WilderUtopia
We Can’t Burn Our Way to Zero Waste – EcoJustice Radio – Ep. 18
Why is incineration in direct opposition with Zero Waste and social and environmental justice? Hear from local and international groups working together to fight this beastly issue.
Per the internationally recognized definition of Zero Waste, products should be managed in a way that avoids and eliminates toxicity, conserves resources and does not burn nor bury them. It also states that any and all elements there in should work to eliminate toxic discharges to land, water and air. Burning our waste falls short of this equation while negatively effecting front line communities!
When the Tap Runs Brown: One LA Community’s Fight for Water Equity – EcoJustice Radio – Ep. 17
One billion people do not have access to clean water or the privilege to purchase a filtration system to feed their reusable water bottles — this is water equity. Our guests today are fighting for water equity in the Los Angeles County areas of Compton and Willowbrook, where the taps are running brown and bottled water has become a way of life.
Host: Jessica Aldridge from SoCal 350 and Adventures in Waste, Guests: Angel Jennings, LA Times Reporter, Darik McGhee, 49-year-resident of Compton and community activist, Congresswoman Nanette Barragán, CA-44. For more on this issue, read Jennings’ LA Times report: Agency that delivered brown, smelly water to customers should be dissolved, board rules
Amazon Oil, Biodiversity and Human Rights in “Yasuni Man” – EcoJustice Radio – Ep. 16
In this episode of EcoJustice Radio, host Jack Eidt speaks with Ryan Killackey, filmmaker of the award-winning documentary film set in the Ecuadorian Amazon, “Yasuni Man.” Plus, Zoe Cina-Sklar, campaigner for the #EndAmazonCrude effort by Amazon Watch, shares how California communities can play a powerful role in the fight for a just transition off fossil fuels.
Empowering Community Through Urban Farming – EcoJustice Radio – Ep. 15
Overdevelopment and Community Push Back in Inglewood – EcoJustice Radio – Ep. 14
Hear from Woodrow Curry, lifelong resident and lead organizer for the grassroots coalition Uplift Inglewood, talking with host and executive producer of EcoJustice Radio Mark Morris about the ongoing community pushback against overdevelopment in the area. They discuss California’s Assembly Bill 987, aiming to fast track development of a Clippers stadium on public land in Inglewood and ignoring the need for housing, green spaces and the public good.
Food Equity, Food Recovery and the Climate Connection – EcoJustice Radio – Ep. 13
Each year, up to 40% food in the United States is not eaten from production to plate contributing to the largest source of waste in our landfill (organics) and the second largest source of anthropogenic methane gas in California. All the while, there are 1.5 million Angelenos who are food insecure. Our guests are working to build healthier food environments and resilient communities by improving our regional food economy and making good food accessible to all.
Hosted by Jessica Aldridge, Adventures in Waste and SoCal 350 co-founder. Guest Clare Fox, Executive Director, Los Angeles Food Policy Council. and Guest Jose Ramirez, Executive Director, Saint Francis Center Los Angeles.
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Montecito Mudslides, Climate Chaos and Offshore Drilling Impact Chumash People – EcoJustice Radio – Ep. 12
Marcus Lopez Senior, member of the Barbareno Chumash Nation in California, speaks with Jack Eidt from SoCal 350 on climate chaos and the impacts on the Chumash people from fires, mudslides, colonization, land theft, gentrification, and offshore drilling. His family compound in the Old Spanish Town section of Montecito suffered major damage from the January 2018 mudslides.
Amazon Oil Drilling and the LA Connection – EcoJustice Radio – Ep. 11
Is driving your car in LA destroying the Amazon rainforest? Hear Zoe Cina-Sklar, Campaigner for Amazon Watch, discuss with Carry Kim from EcoJustice Radio the “End Amazon Crude” campaign and discover the numerous connections between LA’s oil addiction and preservation of the rainforest. READ MORE…
Joanna Macy and The Great Turning – EcoJustice Radio – Ep. 10
Join us for an inspiring interview with Joanna Macy, Eco-philosopher and Buddhist scholar. Listen to her share precious insights from five decades as an activist, author and visionary teacher of Buddhism, general systems theory and deep ecology. Founder of the Work That Reconnects, a groundbreaking framework and methodology for personal and social change, her many books include, ‘Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in without Going Crazy,‘ written with Chris Johnstone.
Sabina Virgo from SoCal 350 does the Words from the Front, speaking on the Poor Peoples Campaign at the January 15 Martin Luther King Day Parade in Los Angeles.
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Half-Earth Biodiversity Project – EcoJustice Radio – Ep. 9
Learn about the visionary Half-Earth Project! Conceived by world-renowned biologist and Pulitzer prize winning author, E.O. Wilson, the Half-Earth Project is headed up by Dr. Paula Ehrlich, President & CEO of the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation. This remarkable project proposes the goal of conserving half the Earth in order to protect 85% or more of species, including human beings.
Los Angeles Mercaptan Leak – EcoJustice Radio – Ep. 8
Jack Eidt from SoCal 350 spoke with three major environmental justice advocates with experience working to protect communities from health dangers natural gas spills and use of toxic, carcinogenic, and explosive chemicals. Andrea Leon-Grossmann is a Southern California Organizer with Food and Water Watch. Susan Gorman-Chang is a member of the Porter Ranch Neighborhood Council and leader for the community group Save Porter Ranch that has fought to expose the dangers to the community from the Aliso Canyon gas leak. Marta Segura is Climate Law Institute Southern California Engagement Director with the Center for Biological Diversity.
Words from the Front was done by Alicia Rivera from Communities for a Better Environment. She spoke on recent fenceline air quality monitoring regulations for petroleum refineries proposed by the South Coast Air Quality Management District.
Xiuhtezcatl Martinez and Earth Guardians – EcoJustice Radio – Ep. 7
Carry Kim from EcoJustice Radio speaks with Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, indigenous climate and environmental activist and hip-hop artist, the voice of a generation, author of ‘We Rise‘ and an inspiration to youth worldwide. Words from the Front features Timothy Murphy from Progressive Christians Uniting, talking about the launch of the Poor People’s Campaign, and Andrea Leon Grossman, an organizer from Food & Water Watch, speaks on a recent West Los Angeles leak of the dangerous chemical mercaptin.
Threats to National Parks and Monuments in the Trump/Zinke Era – EcoJustice Radio – Ep. 6
Honor and protect our national monuments! Listen to Ryan Henson, Senior Policy Director for The California Wilderness Coalition (aka. CalWild) as he shares how we can best steward and protect the designation of our national parks and monuments. Hosted by Carry Kim. Robert Pope from Public Watchdogs gives the Words from the Front, speaking on the burial of nuclear waste at San Onofre State Beach in San Diego County by Southern California Edison (SCE).
Preserving the Mojave Desert from Cadiz Water Project – EcoJustice Radio – Ep. 5
David Lamfrom, Director of the California Desert and Wildlife Programs from the National Parks Conservation Association, speaks with Carry Kim from EcoJustice Radio on preserving the Mojave Desert and opposing the Cadiz Water Project, that aims to mine and ship water through a pipeline and sell it to Southern California communities for more development. Jack Eidt from SoCal 350 appears on Words from the Front, talking about Labor Day and the movement to toward a just transition from fossil fuels toward efficient and clean energy economy with full employment.
Gas Leaks and Environmental Justice: Aliso Canyon and Eight Mile, AL – EcoJustice Radio – Ep. 4
Carletta Davis from We Matter Eight Mile in Alabama, and Richard Mathews from Save Porter Ranch, talk with Leah Garland from SoCal 350 on parallel natural gas leak disasters in both Alabama and Southern California. Jane Fowler from Save Porter Ranch gives the Words from the Front on the Aliso Canyon SoCalGas Leak
Youth Organizers Ashley Hernandez and Jan Andasan – EcoJustice Radio – Ep. 3
Ashley Hernandez from Communities for a Better Environment (Wilmington), Jan Victor Andasan from East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice (West Long Beach/Carson), join JP Morris of EcoJustice Radio to discuss youth organizing in under-resource communities, reflecting on the Los Angeles People’s Climate March that happened in April 2017. Words from the Front was done by Whitney Amaya from East Yard.
Mikilani Young on Mauna Kea Telescope – EcoJustice Radio – Ep. 2
Ku Kia’i Mauna with SoCal 350 Climate Action stand for the love of a sacred mountain, Mauna Kea, on the Big Island of Hawai’i. Mahalo to Mikilani Young of Defenders of Mauna Kea and LA’s Mauna Kea movement to stop the desecration of the mountain most sacred to native Hawaiians and their culture. Interview by Carry Kim.
Restore the Delta – EcoJustice Radio – Ep. 1
Leah Garland with SoCal 350 Climate Action and #EcoJusticeRadio interviewed Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Executive Director and co-founder of Restore the Delta [ www.restorethedelta.org/ ], a grassroots campaign to save the San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary for future generations. Jack Eidt did the Words from the Front on the passage of California’s Cap and Trade Bill.
Pilot: Bill McKibben and Climate Roundtable – EcoJustice Radio
SoCal 350’s EcoJustice Radio debuted on KPFK 90.7 FM in LA on Earth Day, April 22nd, with guests Bill McKibben, Marta Segura, Andy Shrader, Dr. Alex Hall, and hosted by Leah Garland. Ashley Hernandez did the Update from the Frontlines, and Jack Eidt did a poetic interlude.