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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 [], as well as a project facilitator and educator for CoRenewal []. 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 [] 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 [] 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 Los Angeles – 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.

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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 [] 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:

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 [] 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 [] 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 with Martha Arguello – 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 [] & 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 [], aims to help scale up reef restoration globally using breakthrough technologies and nature-based solutions, including micro-fragmentation and assisted evolution. READ MORE…