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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.

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EcoJustice Radio · How Indigenous People Will End Tar Sands Pipelines with Lydia Ponce – Ep. 23

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.

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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, 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:

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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.


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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.

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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.

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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!

Host Jessica Aldridge, of Adventures in Waste and SoCal 350, joins Ahmina Maxey of the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives, and Angelo Logan of the Moving Forward Network.

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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

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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.

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Empowering Community Through Urban Farming – EcoJustice Radio – Ep. 15

Learn how our “wasted resources” have direct social, economic and environmental impacts and how local groups are creating local solutions. This episode’s guests are tackling the environmental issues of soil health and wasted organics, all the while building community roots and social equity through local composting and thriving urban farms.
Guests include:
– Derek Steele, Health and Equity Programs Director, Social Justice Learning Institute
– Michael Martinez Executive Director, LA Compost
Hosted by: Jessica Aldridge, Zero Waste/Sustainability Dir. and Founder of Adventures In Waste


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.

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