EcoJustice RadioEcoJustice Radio presents environmental and climate stories from a social justice frame, featuring voices not necessarily heard on mainstream media.

Our purpose is to amplify community voices, broaden the reach of grassroots-based movements, and inspire action. We investigate solutions for social, environmental, and climate issues with an eye to advance human health, steward wild landscapes, and solve the climate crisis across the USA and the world.

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Co-hosts Jessica Aldridge, Carry Kim, and Jack Eidt present a broad range of perspectives: land defenders and water protectors; front/fenceline community spokespeople; youth organizers; ecosystem and land stewards; regenerative farmers and permaculture specialists; spiritual and faith leaders; environmental health advocates and practitioners; documentary filmmakers; climate scientists; and political decision makers. EcoJustice Radio is produced by SoCal350.org since 2017.

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Tune in live to KPFK Radio Thursdays from 4 to 5 PM (PT) at 90.7 FM Los Angeles, 98.7 FM Santa Barbara, 93.7 FM North San Diego, 99.5 FM Ridgecrest-China Lake, or KPFK.org.
We also are featured on KPFT Houston Sundays from 4 to 5 PM (CST) at 90.1 HD2 FM or www.kpft.org. We are nationally syndicated through the Pacifica Network and PRX. We can be heard on WGRN Columbus, OH, KBCS Bellingham/Seattle, WA, KCEI Taos, New Mexico, KKWE White Earth, MN, KHOI Ames, IA, WEFT Champaign, IL, and other stations.

Executive Producer/Co-Host: Jack Eidt
Co-Host: Carry Kim
Co-Host: Jessica Aldridge
Engineer and Original Music: Blake Quake Beats
Original Host: Leah Garland
Originally Created by: Mark and JP Morris

 

The Story is in Our Bones: Indigenous Worldviews, Earth-Centered Communities & Climate Justice with Osprey Orielle Lake – Ep. 227

We welcome Osprey Orielle Lake, Founder and Executive Director of the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) [https://www.wecaninternational.org/] to discuss her recent book The Story is in Our Bones: How Worldviews and Climate Justice Can Remake a World in Crisis.
Osprey Orielle Lake Website: https://ospreyoriellelake.earth
Buy Her Book: https://www.amazon.com/Story-Our-Bones-Worldviews-Climate/dp/0865719942

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The Future of Sicangu Lakota Culture and Indigenous Placemaking – Ep. 226

Keya Wakpala is being designed to foster community and honor the way Siċaŋġu Lak̇ota live, work, play and pray. From its inception, Keya Wakpala has been shaped and guided by community voices expressing their needs, wants and visions to preserve cultural legacy, ensure food sovereignty and security, and promote meaningful livelihoods. This 590+ acre site will eventually incorporate athletic facilities, sports fields, a network of walking, biking and hiking trails, small business incubators, retail, restaurants, as well as many other businesses and amenities. In this episode, join Chance Renville of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation and Amanda Morrisette, of the Sicangu and Oglala Lakota as they share the journey of Indigenous placemaking with Keya Wakpala Woicageyapi and accomplishing the 7Gen Vision. A visionary example of Indigenous sovereignty, Keya Wakpala aims to preserve traditional culture, community and Indigenous lifeways while fulfilling the physical needs and contemporary realities of today.

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Margaret Elysia Garcia Dealt With Her Town Burning Down Through Poetry – Ep. 193

In this interview from 2023, we delve into the harrowing experience of wildfires and their aftermath with author and poet Margaret Elysia Garcia. Join us as we explore her poetic journey through loss, resilience, and the stark realities of climate change. Margaret shares her poignant poetry from her chapbook “Burn Scars” and discusses the impact of the Dixie Fire on her hometown of Greenville, California. Don’t miss this powerful narrative on the intersection of environmental disaster and human spirit.

 

Plant Medicine: Indigenous Wisdom for a Troubled World – Ep. 225

In this show, we explore human symbiotic relationships with plants and chemicals in the sacred peyote medicine used by the Native American Church in the US and in societies in the mountains of Mexico. We look at the work of several ethnobotanists who also studied the plants and the rites associated with ayahuasca or yage in South America. Richard Evans Schultes and Terence McKenna researched the ancient human relationship with chemicals that would open the doorway to the divine, and perhaps a solution for saving our troubled world. This show aims to explore the powerful potential to replace abuse of illegal drugs with a shamanic understanding, insistence on community, reverence for nature, and increased self-awareness that can re-orient people to heal the fractured relationships with our communities and ecosystems.

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The Expensive Folly of Carbon Capture and Storage – Ep. 224

In this episode, we explore the controversial topic of carbon capture and storage (CCS) with insights from various experts and activists. We begin with excerpts from Taylor Brobrey’s keynote at the 2024 Bioneers Conference, where he shares his personal experiences growing up in North Dakota amidst the coal and oil industries. Next, we hear from climate thinker Gabrielle Walker, who discusses the necessity of carbon removals in her TED talk. Finally, Energy expert and environmental activist Morey Wolfson joins Jack Eidt to debunk the myths surrounding CCS and discuss the reality of its implementation and cost. Tune in to gain a comprehensive understanding of the challenges and false promises of carbon capture and storage.

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Claimed by the Earth: Native Navajo Wisdom & Biocosmology with James Skeet – Ep. 223

In the interview, we delved into the concept of Indigenous Regenerative Intelligence from a Navajo perspective. Discover how ancient Native wisdom and biocosmology can reconnect us to the land, foster soil health, and promote a sustainable future. We learned about the challenges and triumphs of integrating Indigenous knowledge with modern practices to heal both the Earth and human communities. And the discussion went deeper into history of colonization, spirituality, sustainability, and the power of regenerating both ancestral traditions and the land in today’s world.

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James Skeet and his wife Joyce are the co-founders of Covenant Pathways [https://covenantpathways.org/], a 501c3 non-profit organization, and they operate Spirit Farm [http://spiritfarmnm.org/]. James is passionate about reconnecting all peoples to the land through Indigenous Regenerative Intelligence that integrates the ancient Native wisdom of the bio-cosmology to create a haven where soil health, nutrient rich foods, human health, and free markets can prosper for another 10,000 years. James’ heritage has assisted in grounding him in the work he does as a full-blooded Navajo – also known as Diné – Native American from Vanderwagen, New Mexico.

 

Forest Campaigning: Crafting Sustainable Sounds with Taylor Guitars with Scott Paul – Ep. 222

Today on the show we take a journey through the challenges facing our world’s forests. What does it take to protect tropical rainforests in places like the Amazon from illegal logging? What about the corporations profiting off the illegal logging trade? Forest Policy Specialist Scott Paul shares his transition from activism with Greenpeace to corporate sustainability with Taylor Guitars.

Scott Paul is Taylor Guitar’s Director of Sustainability [https://www.taylorguitars.com/about/sustainability]. Prior to this, the majority of his career was spent as a forest policy specialist and activist, including 14 years at Greenpeace. Scott has worked for The White House Office on Environmental Policy, participated in the UN forest policy dialogue since 1995, and has served on multiple boards of directors, including the Forest Stewardship Council. His work has taken him to the Amazon, the Congo Basin, Southeast Asia, the Canadian boreal, Alaska, and the Russian Far East. He is also the first person in over 100 years to have been arrested for Sailormongering.

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Systems Change: The Emergence of Regenerative Economics with Della Z. Duncan – Ep. 221

In this episode, we’re joined by Della Duncan, Renegade Economist, Post-Capitalist Consultant, and Right Livelihood Coach, who shares her insights on regenerative economics and the urgent need for a cooperative future.

Della Z Duncan guides journeys upstream to the root causes of the challenges of our time to empower us to realize and re-member who we are, why we are here and how we can contribute to the Great Turning. As a Renegade Economist and moral philosopher, plants in her regenerative livelihood garden include hosting the Upstream Podcast which challenges mainstream economic thinking through documentaries and conversations including most recently The Green Transition: The Problem with Green Capitalism and The Myth of Freedom Under Capitalism, supporting individuals as a Right Livelihood Coach, helping transition businesses and organizations as a post capitalist consultant and teaching and facilitating courses and retreats on the Work that Reconnects and Regenerative Economics including the annual Regenerative and Cooperative Economic Design Course and the Cultivating Regenerative Livelihoods Course through Gaia Education.

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The Syntropic Way: Engkanto Garden Farm's Communal Land Tending – Ep. 220

We visit the world of soil and soul healing on a local level with Ilana Brown Dourado and Renato Dourado of Engkanto Garden Farm. Delve into the essence of Syntropic Farming, a revolutionary approach to agriculture that harmonizes with nature’s own processes. Learn how this method, inspired by Indigenous practices and popularized by the Ernst Götsch, nurtures ecosystems that are self-sufficient, resilient, and abundant. In this episode, we explore the principles of Syntropic Agriculture, its distinction from organic farming, and its potential to heal both the soil and the soul. Get ready to be inspired by a story of ecological stewardship, cultural heritage, and the profound connection between land and spirit.

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Joanna Macy: Embracing the Great Turning Together – Ep. 219

Join us as we celebrate the wisdom of eco philosopher, author, and Buddhist scholar Joanna Macy on her 95th birthday in this profound episode of Eco Justice Radio. We delve into Joanna’s groundbreaking work, “The Great Turning,” examining the transformative journey from an industrial growth society to a life-sustaining civilization. With excerpts from a 2002 talk and a 2018 interview, Macy’s insights on activism, spirituality, and deep ecology offer a beacon of hope and a call to action for a better world. Tune in to be inspired by Joanna Macy’s vision for a sustainable future and her unwavering commitment to peace, justice, and environmentalism.

 

Oren Lyons on Changing Our Values to Survive – Ep. 218

This week, we focus on the enduring legacy of 94-year old elder Oren Lyons, Onondaga Chief and a beacon of Indigenous culture and environmental activism. We explore Oren’s insights from the Bioneers conference, his reflections on the Haudenosaunee principles of peace, and his impassioned plea for a value shift towards communal living and environmental harmony. His keynote address was entitled To Survive, We Must Transform our Values. Discover the unwritten history of Turtle Island and the wisdom that could lead humanity to a more just and sustainable world.

 

Nonlinear Landscapes & Generative Landscape Design – Ep. 217

In this episode, Landscape Architecture Professor Rod Barnett based in Aotearoa New Zealand shares his provocative insights on the role of landscape design in the Anthropocene with our host, Carry Kim. With a focus on indigeneity and community sovereignty, Rod delves into the history and future of landscape architecture, its impact on social ecologies, and the necessity of reimagining our relationship with the land. Listen as we unravel the threads of colonization and discover the emergent systems that could redefine our world. Rod Barnett is founder of the non-profit landscape architecture practice, Kaihanga Awawhenua [Riverland Design]

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Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature – Ep. 216

Join host Carry Kim as she welcomes biomimicry advocate Anne LaForti, That Soil Nerd and Project Manager for Biomimicry 3.8, to discuss the transformative power of looking to nature for answers. We also feature excerpted discussions from prominent advocates like Janine Benyus and Dayna Baumeister, both co-founders of Biomimicry 3.8. Learn how biomimicry isn’t just about emulating nature’s aesthetics but understanding its functional mechanisms for survival and thriving. Unpack the principles of biomimicry, its implications for industries, and the ethical considerations of borrowing from Nature’s playbook.

 

Native Wisdom: The Kumeyaay Way of Life – Ep. 215

Step into the world of the Kumeyaay Nation as multiple members from the different tribes discuss their ancient wisdom, survival skills, and cultural practices that have weathered the test of time. Learn how this Indigenous community has been living in harmony with the diverse geography of San Diego and Northern Baja California, Mexico, skillfully managing the land to prevent wildfires and survive droughts. This episode not only features an Emmy-nominated documentary from KPBS San Diego (2014) but also brings the Kumeyaay tradition to life through the storytelling of Dr. Stanley Rodriguez, offering a profound lesson on resilience and environmental stewardship.

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The Intelligence of Nature: Science and a Resilient Humanity for Planetary Healing – A Conversation with Dr. Zach Bush – Ep. 214

In this transformative episode, Dr. Zach Bush shares his insights on the intricate links between the health of our planet and the health of humanity. Learn about the light energy within us that has been dimming since the 1940s and its relation to the rise of chronic diseases. Delve into the ancient stories of human spirituality and their impact on our modern world with Host Carry Kim. This is a conversation that will change the way you see your place in nature. He founded *Seraphic Group and the non-profit Farmer’s Footprint to develop root-cause solutions for human and ecological health. His education has highlighted the need for a radical departure from chemical farming and pharmacy, and his ongoing efforts are providing a path for consumers, farmers, and mega-industries to work together for a healthy future for people and the planet.

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Urban Utopia or Dystopia? The 15-Minute City Debate – Ep. 213

Imagine a world where everything you need—schools, groceries, parks, and even your favorite coffee shop—is just a 15-minute walk, train or bike ride away. This is not a distant dream; it’s the revolutionary concept of the 15-Minute City, a topic with serious challenges and prominent detractors. And yes, the term has been used to make COVID lockdowns and congestion pricing mechanisms a permanent way of life, which is not what the original concept intended. We air discussions from different voices, Podcaster Joe Rogan, Professor Carlos Moreno, Scientist Angel Hsu, Oh the Urbanity YouTube Channel, and Urbanist Brent Toderian on the big idea of making our cities human-centered, and the challenges we face in making that come to fruition.

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Dream of a New World: Art's Role in Societal Change with Shana Nys Dambrot – Ep. 212

On this show, Shana Nys Dambrot, art historian and culture writer from Los Angeles’ vibrant art scene, guides us on a romp through these European art movements to trace how we got here and where we are headed. We delve into the question of how environmental and climate activism intertwine with artistic expression. Shana engages in a thought-provoking conversation about the role of art in shaping a better world, exploring the dreams and tangible enactments of new realities. Join us as we confront the big questions: Whose dream? Whose world? What does ‘better’ truly mean? READ MORECLICK HERE

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Equipping Our Kids with Emotional Intelligence – Ep. 211

We sat down this week with Jay Levin, President of EQuip Our Kids, to explore the transformative power of emotional intelligence training. As society grapples with rising stress, anxiety, and a digital landscape that both connects and isolates, he discusses how Equip Our Kids is paving a path to mental wellness for children and teens. This conversation is a must-listen for anyone invested in shaping a future where emotional intelligence is the cornerstone of education and personal development.

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Stories of the Underground Railroad – Ep. 210

In honor of the conclusion of Black History Month, we air parts of a documentary from Kansas State University, called Dawn of Day: Stories of the Underground Railroad, produced by Dean Mercer, Directed by Rusty Earl, and narrated by the late Richard Pitts, who was Director of the Wonder Workshop in Manhattan, Kansas. READ MORECLICK HERE

 

Farming for the Future: The Regenerative Way with Gabe Brown – Ep. 209

Our guest today, Gabe Brown, Regenerative Farmer and Rancher out of North Dakota, and a Partner in Understanding Ag and the Soil Health Academyis a leading voice reminding us to return to tend the land as stewards, relatives, and children born of the land. Regenerative farming promotes soil health, restores the water cycle, increases biodiversity and the holistic health of the ecosystem. Aligning with regenerative farms, and creating beyond sustainable local food systems, requires us to shift to a consciousness of caring for the Earth as Indigenous peoples have done since time immemorial. Understanding and undertaking this personally and collectively is key to the continuance of life. READ MORECLICK HERE

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From Degradation to Regeneration: John Roulac's Eco Vision – Ep. 208

John Roulac, Founder of Nutiva and Executive Producer of the recently premiered documentary film, Common Ground, advocates more profitable and earth-friendly ways to grow nutrient-dense food, draw down carbon to address climate chaos, and return our rivers to their natural blue appearance: regenerative agriculture. READ MORECLICK HERE

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Grazing the Land: Wildfire Prevention & The Return of Pastoralism – Ep. 207

Pastoralism. New (and Old Agrarians). Prescribed grazing. Adapting to our changing climate. Returning to ancient traditions for modern times. Throughout history, humanity has engaged pastoralism and grazing animals as a way of life, from Africa, to the Tibetan Plateau, the Eurasian steppes, to the Andes and Australia. As of 2019, 75% of all countries still maintain pastoral communities who graze animals for subsistence including cattle, camels, goats, yaks, llamas, reindeer, horses, and sheep. Diane Anastasio, Programs Manager of Shepherdess Land & Livestock, based out of Ojai, California. joins us on this show to put the new generation of grazing on the land in perspective.

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Moms Across America: Reclaiming Children’s Health and Feeding the World Well – Ep. 206

Zen Honeycutt instigated a National Coalition of Unstoppable Moms called Moms Across America, over concern for the health of her kids from the food supply. With the motto “Empowered Moms, Healthy Kids,” they have created over 1,000 community events in all 50 states to raise awareness about GMOs, toxicants in the food supply, and other environmental issues that pose risk to the health of our families. More Info CLICK HERE

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On Mountain Lions: How to Embrace our Wild Predatory Relatives – Ep. 204

In this show we discuss the efforts to protect predators, particularly the mountain lion, who are still somewhat numerous, but declining fast in the world of sprawling housing developments and freeways. First, we air parts of a documentary series called California Mountain Lions, Legends of California, by UC Davis Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center [https://youtu.be/GLvRuSjSYgo?si=wOMXEOB60EjdUpjd].

We also share from Indigenous stories and mythology about the importance of predators like the big cats, or jaguars in their southern relatives. The first story is from the Old Man Coyote cycle of stories from the Crow People of Montana, more known as the Apsáalooké. The second story is on the Origin of the Honey Festival, gathered and celebrated by the jaguars, in a myth from the Tembé People of Brazil. For more information CLICK HERE.

Moreover, include sections from an interview our host Jessica Aldridge did with Beth Pratt, California Regional Executive Director of National Wildlife Federation, focusing on mountain lion populations, wildlife connectivity, and existing and planned transportation crossings as a solution to protect wildlife. [https://wilderutopia.com/ecojustice-radio/room-to-roam-the-importance-of-wildlife-connectivity-crossings/]

 

Indigenous Stewardship & the Future of Wildlife with Whisper Camel Means – Ep. 203

As of February 2023, the Center for Biological Diversity stated that 40% of U.S. wildlife and ecosystems are imperiled. A new report on the status of U.S. wildlife conservation revealed that 40% of animals, 34% of plants and 40% of ecosystems nationwide are at risk. Indigenous peoples have always understood our interdependence with Nature, with flora and fauna and our rightful place as a mere part of the whole, living ecosystem. Our discussion today is on Indigenous Stewardship with Whisper Camel-Means, wildlife biologist and enrolled member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation in Western Montana. More Info CLICK HERE

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Maasai Voices: Climate Action and Women's Empowerment in Kenya – Ep. 202

Winnie Seuta Kisioki and Samuel Lekato, both Maasai young founders of community-based organizations in Kenya, expand on their work.

Winnie Seuta Kisioki is a young Maasai activist based in Kenya. She studied at Zetech University Community Development and Thika School of Medicine and Health Sciences, where she completed her courses in Community Health. As an activist she advocates for women’s rights by creating the community-based organization ‘My Maasai Woman.’ She helps women and girls to know their rights and have courage to stand for themselves. Her particular focus is trying to stop Female Gential Mutilation, early marriages, teen pregnancies, and sexual and gender-based violence that tend to pull their girls’ dreams down.

Samuel Lekato is currently the Project Coordinator of Green Planet Ambassadors at Enduata Emaa Community-Based Organization in Kenya. Enduata means vision in the Maasai language, and Emaa means the Maasai community. He is a member of YOUNGO, a youth action and climate change club. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and is a passionate Climate Activist. He is a young changemaker in Maasailand who is driving transforming the community to a sustainable future. For more information CLICK HERE

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