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The Link Between Immigration, Racism, & Climate Change – Ep. 115

Missing from most conversations on the current immigration crisis is the role that racism and climate change play on people rendered unable to subsist and prosper due to the degradation of their lands and waters.

We must also consider the history of military dominance and regime change in these hard hit countries as a means to facilitate trade and resource extraction for multinational corporations. On today’s show we take a deeper look into the intersection of environmental racism and the crisis at the US Border. And explore the impact that the shifting climate has on global populations whose lands are being devastated by hurricanes, wildfires, drought, and rising seas.

Our guest today is Dr. Miguel De La Torre, Professor of Social Ethics and Latinx Studies at the Iliff School of Theology. He has authored over a hundred articles and published forty-one books. He is also leading a conference by the Center for EcoJustice at Iliff, called “Shifting Climates, Shifting People,” on October 21-22. READ MORE…


The Art & Science of Microbe Farming – Ep. 114

With growing interest in farming and regeneration of the soil using compost, now is the time to get back to the land — and simultaneously mitigate greenhouse gases by utilizing excess food waste and yard trimmings.

Much of the soil on this continent has been degraded by industrial farming, monocropping, overgrazing, rototilling, the use of pesticides, herbicides and toxic chemicals, negligence and ignorance. It is a great undertaking to nurture and sustain soil as a vital, thriving ecosystem and we would do well to undertake it as a species. Hear the insights of Keisha Wheeler & Casey Ernst, co-founders of Catalyst BioAmendments as they share how you too can become a Microbe Farmer and regenerate the soil with compost! READ MORE…


The Intersection of Disability, Justice, & Climate – Ep. 113

In environmental and social justice movements, when advocacy and solutions do not consider the needs of the disabled community, or those with disabilities are not invited to be at the table, those are not inclusive or just solutions.

Our guests today are both filmmakers who have helped create the The Slamdance Unstoppable Film Festival, which promotes disability and diversity inclusion in film. We welcome Juliet Romeo, disability advocate and Founder of Media Jules Production and Slamdance Unstoppable, and Taylor Miller, Festival Manager of Slamdance Unstoppable and Slamdance Miami. READ MORE…


The Right to Repair Your Gadgets & Why You Should Care – Ep 112

If you own something, shouldn’t you be able to take it to a technician of your choice or fix it yourself and be given access to the parts, tools, and service information necessary? Seems like a reasonable ask, but this isn’t always the case. Large corporations, like Apple, have enacted a trillion dollar lobbying campaign against the consumers ability to repair their own devices, fueling the fastest growing waste sector in the world, Electronic Waste.

Today we discuss the Right to Repair movement, the social and environmental implications, the opposition’s efforts, and how and why we must move the needle.

Kerry Maeve Sheehan is the U.S. Policy Lead at iFixit where she advocates for Right to Repair at the state, federal, and international levels.

Nathan Proctor is a 15-year veteran on public interest advocacy campaigns, and also is the associate director of U.S PIRG New Economy Program, seeking to craft an economy that works for people and the planet. READ MORE…


Plastic Plague Series – HUMAN HEALTH: The Threats of Plastic

Check out installment three of a special seven-part series – investigates the impacts plastics have on our personal health and quality of life. From food packaging to building materials, 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. Check out out third installment, HUMAN HEALTH: The Threats of Plastic – Plastic Plague Pt 3


No More Joshua Trees? Climate Change in the Desert – Ep. 111

The Joshua tree is an icon and ecological keystone of the California deserts. However, climate disruption with hotter, drier summers and more frequent brush fires, threatens that some day soon Joshua Tree National Park will no longer have any Joshua trees.

Our guest today, James Cornett, is an ecologist and principal biologist at JWC Ecological Consultants. He is one of the West’s most prolific writers with more than forty-four books published as of 2021. As former Director of Natural Sciences at the Palm Springs Desert Museum, he continues to share his love of natural history through writing, teaching, and lecturing. He is the first professional naturalist to have visited all nine of the world’s great deserts and is writing a book on his travels and research in each. READ MORE…


Sacred Giants: The Urgency of Reforesting Old Growth Trees – Ep. 110

Our guest, David Milarch, Co-Founder of Archangel Ancient Tree Archive and Champion Tree Project expounds upon why reforestation with ancient species like sequoias and redwoods is an important solution to climate change and ecosystem health, and provides inspiration for future generations.

David Milarch is a fourth generation Nurseryman with over 40 years of experience in growing and supplying landscape trees for resale for the national market in Northern Michigan. David and his sons co-founded Archangel Ancient Tree Archive in 2007. The project is dedicated to leading society towards sustainability by propagating ancient, old growth trees, archiving and preserving their genetics, and reforesting their living legacies worldwide. aiming to restore our arboricultural heritage. READ MORE…


Chaparral: California’s Misunderstood Biodiversity Hotspot – Ep. 109

California’s most distinctive wildland hosts a wide array of plant and animal life found nowhere else on Earth. It stretches from the coastal foothills to the interior mountains. But these rugged woody shrublands are undervalued and underappreciated, and repeated and ongoing attempts have been made to eradicate chaparral from the landscape.

On this episode we consider how people can foster deeper connections with the chaparral and how public education can lead to minimizing wildfire dangers, and protecting and restoring this important native habitat. Our guest today, Richard Halsey is the Director of the California Chaparral Institute, a non-profit, research and educational organization dedicated to the preservation of California’s native chaparral ecosystem and supporting the creative spirit as inspired by Nature. Check out his book Fire, Chaparral, and Survival in Southern California. READ MORE…


Earthbanc: Aligning Wealth with Planetary Health – Ep. 108

Green banking, responsible investing in ecosystem protection and planting projects, provides immense environmental benefits. Moreover, it creates livelihoods and gives communities a chance to move toward economic independence, making it a win-win solution for both people and our planet.

Listen to the interview with Tom Duncan, CEO & Founder of Earthbanc, the world’s first sustainable finance and carbon reduction investment platform, that pays dividends to contributors while funding communities to restore and conserve ecosystems, and sequester carbon. READ MORE…