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. READ MORE…
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. READ MORE…
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. READ MORE…
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. READ MORE…
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. READ MORE…
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. READ MORE…
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 READ MORE…