Our previous Post Carbon Radio show on Nov. 28, 2016, we talked about Emerging New Technologies: Synthetic Biology & Gene Drives - Should We Be Concerned? We now have the ability to alter the code of life creating new and novel forms of life not found in the natural world. These new discoveries give us unprecedented power over the natural world but raise troubling ethical issues.
On this show, we focus on genetically modified trees. Our guests are:
*Anne Petermann, Executive Director of Global Justice Ecology Project. Anne is also the Coordinator of the Campaign to STOP GE Trees. She has been involved in movements for forest protection and Indigenous rights since 1991, and the international and national climate justice movements since 2004.
*Claire Hope Cummings is an environmental journalist specializing in stories about the environmental, health, and political implications of how we eat. For six years she produced and hosted on KPFA, a popular weekly public radio show on food and farming in Northern California. She regularly reports on agriculture and the environment for public television in San Francisco. Claire also writes for periodicals, webzines, and news services. She is author of Uncertain Peril: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Seeds.
Both Anne and Claire were featured in Synthetic Forests: the Dangers of Genetically Engineered Trees, a video documentary on the risks of irresponsibly introducing genetically engineered trees into the environment. http://asilentforest.info/
*Mark Dowie, West Marin author and journalist in the studio. He is a former publisher and editor of Mother Jones magazine. His recent works include Conservation Refugees: The Hundred-Year Conflict Between Global Conservation and Native Peoples and American Foundations: An Investigative History. He has written and published over 200 investigative magazine articles and has won 19 journalism awards including four National Magazine Awards. Mark retired recently from The University of California Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism where he taught science and environmental reporting and foreign correspondence.
We interview Helen Cane, who is a 21 year-old senior at Barnard College, a private women’s liberal arts college affiliated with Columbia University in New York City. She is here in Point Reyes Station during the holiday season visiting her mom, Sarah Cane and aunt, Pamela Wright. Helen is a co-founder of the fossil fuel divestment campaign at Barnard College, called Divest Barnard, an effective year-long student campaign to convince Barnard’s administration and Board of Trustees to consider divesting its endowment from fossil fuel companies. She was instrumental in the research and writing of the 60-page Presidential Task Force on Divestment report to enable the Committee on Investments and, subsequently, the Board of Trustees, to make an informed decision about whether to seek divestment from companies that extract, process, distribute, and sell fossil fuels. Over the course of nine months, the Task Force weighed the financial and fiduciary responsibilities of the Board to grow the value of Barnard’s endowment and the moral and ethical issues surrounding Barnard’s responsibility to do its part to address the climate change issue.
Our other guest is Will Parrish. A quote from a CounterPunch article by Cal Winslow: “Will Parrish is a young journalist in Mendocino County. He’s a rare type in his field these days. He is fearless, he takes on the hard targets, the biggest ones he can find, and he writes with passion and commitment. If we still have muck-rakers, literary crusaders in the best sense, he’s one.” In October, Will wrote an article in the North Bay Bohemian about SPO Partners in Mill Valley and other Bay Area financial institutions that are invested in the Dakota Access Pipeline
On Defending Our Environment & Protecting Our Progress on Climate Change. Recorded on December 19, 2016 at San Rafael High School.
- Congressman Jared Huffman, 2nd District of California
- Bruce Riordan, Climate Readiness Institute
- Michael Wall, Natural Resources Defense Council
-Drew Caputo, Earthjustice Attorney
This week on Post-Carbon Radio: Communicating climate in the era of Trump: what do liberals need to learn about conservatives in order to be effective? Whether at work, at home, or in the streets, we all could use some pointers. Learn how to talk to conservative loved ones over Xmas dinner. Join us as we accompany J. Scott Wagner on a deep dive into the divide between worldviews, and how to bridge them.
J. Scott Wagner is a longtime liberal activist in Sonoma County and a social psychologist. He has just published "The Liberal's Guide to Conservatives", an explanation in layman's terms of the science behind America's ideological divide.
From Amazon.com: Politics are a detail in the story of what we call ideology. After a 6-year effort that involved 3 tours of the U.S., help from dozens of the world's top academic experts, and hundreds of interviews with conservatives, writer and researcher J. Scott Wagner brings us on a rollicking tour of the conservative mind, looking at them through the lens of 5 sciences [sic]: neurology/cognitive psychology, personality, bias, social conformity, and morality. With unprecedented clarity, this interdisciplinary exploration of conservatives reveals many practical tools for avoiding the common problems liberals face with conservative relatives, partners, friends, and managers, while providing liberals a better understanding of hidden corners of their own world view.
Recorded event at the Pt. Reyes Presbyterian Church. West Marin residents, Raven Gray, Nonnie Welch, and Constance Washburn have recently returned from Standing Rock. They were standing in solidarity with the water protectors resisting the Dakota Access Pipeline. They gave a report back to the community about their experience at Standing Rock. Lynn Baring, Inverness Postmistress, of Miwok descent shared an indigenous perspective.
“Genetic engineering is passé. Today, scientists aren’t just mapping genomes and manipulating genes, they’re building life from scratch - and they're doing it in the absence of societal debate and regulatory oversight."
- Pat Mooney, Executive Director of ETC Group, whose mission is to access the consequences and impacts of new technologies.
Our two guests are: Claire Hope Cummings, author of Uncertain Peril: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Seeds. Her concerns are how gene drives are proposed for use in conservation (Island Conservation’s daughterless mouse) and the whole idea of the eradication of the female (daughterless anything) and anything people need to know about the regulatory issues - most notably that there is no regulatory response to these new developments and the response to GMOs was terribly inadequate and facilitated widespread contamination, among other risks which are still a problem.
Jim Thomas is a Research Programme Manager and Writer at ETC Group, located in Ottawa, Canada. His background is in communications, writing on emerging technologies and international campaigning. For the seven years previous to joining ETC Group Jim was a researcher and campaigner on Genetic Engineering and food issues for Greenpeace International - working in Europe, North America, Australia/New Zealand and South East Asia. He has extensive experience on issues around transgenic crops and nanotechnologies has written articles, chapters and technical reports in the media and online. Trained as a historian to look back at the history of technology, Jim is now busy communicating the future of technology.
Our show is about the struggles of Indigenous peoples, one that has been fairly well publicized in the United States, at least in the alternative media – Standing Rock, and one not so well-known in New Zealand. They are current examples of how indigenous communities are mobilizing to protect and preserve their lands, resources, and cultures from exploitation globally by the dominant culture.
Our two guests are: Wendy Johnson is an ordained Zen Buddhist priest. For more than thirty years, Wendy has been meditating and gardening at the Green Gulch Farm Zen Center. She is one of the founders of the Organic Farm and Garden Program at Green Gulch, and author of Gardening at the Dragon's Gate: At Work in the Wild and Cultivated World. Two weeks ago, she was called to participate at Standing Rock with over 500 clergy of all faiths to be non-violent witnesses and be physically present in solidarity with the thousands of water protectors who have gathered from all over the country to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline that is crossing through the Standing Rock Sioux reservation near Cannonball, North Dakota.
Pennie Opal Plant is of mixed Indigenous ancestry and is co-founder of Movement Rights Pennie has been an activist for over 30 years on anti-nuclear, environmental and indigenous rights. Pennie was just recently in New Zealand working with Movement Rights and the Maori people on their process of working with the government to recognize the rights of Te Urewera (formerly a national park) and the Whanganui River, which now have more rights and standing under the law than human persons. She has been in close contact with friends and relatives at Standing Rock and familiar with the situation there.
Our two guests are current residents at the Mesa Refuge working on writing projects. Julia Scott is an award-winning journalist and radio producer whose work has been featured in Best American Science Writing and on Good Morning America. Julia is working on a writing project that studies people who are experiencing new emerging emotional and psychic reactions to climate change. Eileen Quiley is the former Deputy Director at Climate Solutions, a Northwest clean energy economy nonprofit organization based in Seattle. Eileen is a seasoned print journalist and nonprofit manager, and writing about the transition from fossil to clean energy and city-led clean energy innovation.
A conversation about the making of a common, value-driven 21st century elder culture that will change the paradigm of aging.
With guests: Barry Barkan, who has worked with the Live Oak Institute to restore the role of the elder to society since 1977.
David “Lucky” Goff, co-author of “The Age of Actualization: A Handbook for Growing an Elder Community”, and Kurt A. Kuhwald,
a Unitarian Universalist Community minister/activist.
What are the best-case possibilities using new clean/green technologies - what could be achieved? What are the downsides to our technological-industrial economy? What do we need to consider in a future economy with a green energy infrastructure, if social justice is a key design principle? We speak with Leah Parks, co-author of "All-Electric America," about the clean energy technologies already at our disposal and what it will take to deploy them at scale and in time. And we ask Dave Ransom, labor journalist, about the downsides and possibilities of an increasingly mechanized, roboticized economy, and what it will take to make it socially just. Is it possible? How do we bring these two perspectives together? Tune in to find out