Online Shopping: The impacts to Air, Land, & Social Justice – Ep. 107
In order to accommodate the massive increase in online shopping, Big Retailers like Target, Amazon, Walmart, Ikea, have necessitated a fossil-fueled goods movement industry, shipping manufactured goods from abroad into ports on the coasts (like Los Angeles and Long Beach). Via diesel-spewing trucks and trains, products are then transferred to sprawling warehouse projects far inland where real estate is cheaper. One such project we will talk about (which was approved in April 2021 in Southern California) is the size of 700-football-fields. And with this and other projects come significant impacts to the air, land, and human rights.
Our guests today, Dr. Joe Lyou, President & CEO of the Coalition for Clean Air and Commissioner for the California Transportation Commission, and Adrian Martinez, Senior Attorney at Earthjustice, have been working for decades to clean up the air and hold polluters accountable. They speak to how communities have pushed back and demanded solutions from major manufacturers and air quality regulatory agencies and why we must keep moving toward 100% zero emissions transportation. READ MORE…
Sunken Seaweed: The Future of Regenerative Ocean Farming – Ep. 106
Oceans cover roughly 70% of planet Earth, and they are in rapid decline. Impacted by human-induced climate change, pollution, dredging and overfishing, the world’s oceans are crying out for our attention.
On today’s show, we consider seaweed and the potential of stewardship-driven, regenerative ocean farming or ocean restoration through marine permaculture. We speak with Leslie Booher, Co-Founder of Sunken Seaweed, California’s first regenerative ocean farm.
Leslie is a marine ecologist who learned about the importance of kelp forests at a time when kelp was facing a catastrophic decline. Leslie dedicates her time to ending exploitation of marine ecosystems, and reinforcing a healthy relationship with our coastline by farming sea greens in the Pacific Ocean. READ MORE…
Spoken Word: Challenging Mainstream Discourse on Climate – Ep. 105
Spoken-word poetry can be a powerful art form of personal testimony, of protest, of activating on social and environmental concerns. On this show, we look into poetry artivism, the mixing of art and activism, where words can become catalysts intended to change the way people envision their world and act within it.
Awa Ndiaye [https://www.humanitei.art/about] is a spoken word poet whose work explores various themes including identity, social justice, and climate change.
Matt Sedillo [https://www.mattsedillo.com/] has been described as the “best political poet in America” as well as “the poet laureate of the struggle” by academics, poets, and journalists alike. READ MORE…
Rewilding the Human Family: Staying Interconnected in Modern Times with Chris Morasky – Ep. 104
Now more than ever, we need ancestral wisdom and ancient skills to balance our technological lifestyles, and stir up a new way of being human. Our guest Chris Morasky, one of the top Stone Age skills experts in the US and co-founder of the Wisdom Keepers School – works to inspire contemporary humans to create regenerative lifestyles and build communities engaging in bushcraft, learning from natural systems, and practicing cultural activism.
Chris has lived most of the past 30+ years in the wilderness and small communities of British Columbia, Idaho and Utah. He has homesteaded along the Snake River in the Pacific Northwest, the most remote mail route in the lower 48 states. He has led Stone Age expeditions and worked in the most dangerous job in the world (single-stem logging). READ MORE…
Re-Entry: From Incarceration to Farming with ALMA Backyard Farms – Ep. 103
Communities of color facing racial prejudice and social injustice are looking to urban farming to solve problems of food insecurity and mass incarceration. Alma Backyard Farms fosters a connection to the land as a new kind of re-entry restorative justice for formerly incarcerated people, their families, and the communities in which they live.
In this episode, Richard D. Garcia and Erika L. Cuellar of ALMA Backyard Farms discuss their work to re-purpose land into productive urban farms, and re-imagine disenfranchised communities in LA as a hub for transformation through their job training program, place-based youth education, and organic farm-stand. According to ALMA, growing food is the “ultimate rehabilitation.” READ MORE…
Revitalizing Detroit One Hive At A Time with Detroit Hives – Ep. 102
Urban beekeeping happens to be one of the solutions forging a new path in Detroit. Nicole Lindsey and Timothy Paule Jackson of Detroit Hives are generating a lot of buzz by activating vacant lots in the inner city and turning those spaces into urban bee farms. And doing so in a way that uplifts long-term residents and doesn’t lend to furthering gentrification.
Through their conservation and awareness efforts, educational programs, and health based initiatives, Detroit Hives is creating a safe home for bees and the community to live, feed, and thrive. READ MORE…
Wolakota Buffalo Range: Bringing Back Tatanka with Wizipan Little Elk – Ep. 101
The Lakota people are reclaiming and regenerating Indigenous Ecosystems while exercising their sovereignty as the original stewards of the Black Hills region of South Dakota. The Wolakota Buffalo Range, a project of the Rosebud Economic Development Corp. (REDCO), is fulfilling the vision of reconnecting buffalo (bison) to their rightful place on the Great Plains, and people of the Sicangu Lakota Oyate (Rosebud Sioux Nation).
Listen to our discussion with guest Wizipan Little Elk (CEO of REDCO) as we dive into how he and his team are converting 28,000 acres of Rosebud Sioux Tribal lands from cattle to bison. The return of the bison will protect and strengthen the prairie ecosystem and create cultural opportunities, and will benefit the next Seven Generations. READ MORE…
Advancing Eco-Mindfulness through Queer Ecology with Miles Lewis – Ep. 100
On our 100th episode, we discuss how adopting queer ecology principles can assist in the healing of relations with people and planet, uniting of movements, and solving the climate emergency facing us today. In order to solve social and ecological problems, environmentalists (et al) must disrupt heterosexist notions and reimagine nature, biology, and sexuality.
Renewing the Environment with Mycoremediation – Ep. 99
Listen to our discussion with Danielle Stevenson, applied mycologist and founder of DIY Fungi – she teaches and consults on growing mushrooms for food, medicine, and Earth Renewal. In this episode, Danielle discusses the innovative potential of mycoremediation to digest, transform or hyperaccumulate the toxicity of heavy metals, radioactive metals, “forever” chemicals, diesel, and even mundane pollutants including cigarette butts, bike lubricants and diapers. READ MORE…
Path to 100% Renewable Energy : The Los Angeles Model – Ep. 98
Can a major metropolitan city offer the blueprint for 100% clean, renewable energy portfolio, all the while ensuring that their climate efforts elevate community demands? Are the solutions affordable to all and ensure worker justice and well-paying jobs?
Listen to our discussion on achieving the Los Angeles goal of 100% renewable energy by the year 2045 (or even 2035) and starting the first ever Climate Emergency Mobilization office, with our guests Jasmin Vargas, Senior Organizer for Food and Water Watch and Andy Shrader, Director of Environmental Affairs for Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz and first ever Climate Emergency Mobilization Department of a city. READ MORE…