“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
With humanity at a crossroads and facing unprecedented ecological and social challenges, now more than ever leaders and citizens from all sectors are gathering together to build more resilient, regenerative and flourishing communities. We interview the organizers, Jay Markert and Delia Carroll.
The North American Permaculture and Building Resilient Communities Convergence is such a gathering taking place Wednesday, September 14 through Sunday, September 18, 2016 at the Solar Living Institute in Hopland, CA. Participants from the United States, Canada, Mexico, and countries from the Caribbean, Central America will share and collaborate on best practices to build more resilient, regenerative and flourishing communities now and into the future. We talk to Wanda Stewart, one go the presenters.
While the Republicans contend with Donald Trump as their candidate, what is happening inaide and outside of the Democratic party, now that Bernie is out and Hillary is in? What is the status of Bernie’s so-called “Political Revolution?" What are the implications of voting for Jill Stein? An update and discussion featuring Norman Solomon, a Bernie delegate to the Democratic National Convention (DNC), Russell Greene, a DNC platform committee member and leading climate activist for the Progressive Democrats of America and People Demanding Action, Howard Ehrman, MD, a supporter of the Stein-Baraka platform/plan, and June Brashares, Sonoma County Green Party Council.
Norman Solomon is a journalist, media critic, antiwar activist, and former U.S. congressional candidate. Solomon is a longtime associate of the media watch group Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR). In 1997 he founded the Institute for Public Accuracy, which works to provide alternative sources for journalists, and served as its executive director until 2010. Solomon's weekly column, "Media Beat", was in national syndication from 1992 to 2009.
More recently Solomon focused on his 2012 congressional campaign in California's 2nd congressional district. He attended the 2016 Democratic National Convention as a Bernie Sanders delegate. Author of “War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death.” He is the executive director of the Institute for Public Accuracy and co-founder of RootsAction.org.
Russell Greene is a climate activist from California who helps lead many organizations including Climate Decision 2016, Progressive Democrats of America, Justice Action Mobilzation Network and People Demanding Action. As a Bernie Sanders delegate, he was instrumental in helping to write the Democratic Party platform that recognizes that we are in a climate emergency, that explicitly acknowledges that anything short of a World War II-like mobilization will bring catastrophic consequences to civilization:
He spent 30+ years as a senior executive, focused most recently on corporate social responsibility and sustainable business practices. He left his position last January to bring his full focus to addressing the climate emergency.
Howard Erhman, MD was an Assistant Professor (Retired) 1985-2013) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), School of Public Health, Division of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, College of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine
He has been a longtime community and union organizer, a climate justice activist whom we met in Cochabama, Bolivia in 2010 at the World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth. He is motivated to work for a livable planet for his three grandchildren.
He supports the Stein-Baraka platform/plan because over the next 90+ days it is important to unite all who can be united to build a revolutionary mass movement that goes beyond the November Presidential election. He is for everything we can do to get millions to permanently leave the Democratic Party, which many, including Howard Zinn, have said is the most important political act to changing the economic-political system in this country.
June Brashares is an energy policy analyst, political strategist, and community organizer helping to lead the Green Party on local, state, and national issues and campaigns. In 2000 she served as Campaign Manager for Medea Benjamin's US Senate run on the Green Party ticket.
Perhaps June’s best known "15-minutes of fame" among progressive activists was for her protest interrupting George W Bush during his acceptance speech at the RNC in 2004 in Madison Square Garden for which she was jailed and then later prevailed in court.
In 2012 June helped get Jill Stein on several state ballots and earlier this month June attended the Green Party nominating convention in Houston, where Jill Stein formally became the Green Party's candidate for President. June was the top vote-getter in the recent election for the Green Party's County Council in Sonoma County.
This will be a roundtable discussion with Kurt Kuhwald, a Unitarian Universalist Community Minister; John Sorenson, founder of the Conscious Elders Network; Constance Washburn, a facilitator of Johanna Macy’s Work That Reconnects; and David “Lucky” Goff, co-author of “The Age of Actualization: A Handbook for Growing An Elder Culture.”
Bios of these dynamic and vital elders:
Kurt A. Kuhwald - Unitarian Universalist Community Minister in Oakland. Climate, racial and social justice activist. Served in seven UU congregations, including three community ministries (one was with homeless in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco, and one was as seminary faculty in Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley). Active in Showing Up For Racial Justice (organizing in white communities in support of the Movement for Black Lives), in interfaith work for low-wage workers, as well meeting with in dialogue groups with Conscious Elders in Sebastopol. He is ecstatic that he will be a grandfather in October!!
John Sorenson - Founder of Conscious Elders Network, formed in 2014. John has had 40 plus years of engineering design, corporate management, and entrepreneurial experiences. He now uses this experience to fulfill his calling as an environmental activist and community organizer in transforming our culture to one that encompasses the wisdom and caring of the conscious elder.
Constance Washburn attended the founding session of CEN in 2014, she is a facilitator of Johanna Macy’s Work That Reconnects. She worked at MALT for many years as Education Director, and is a resident of San Geronimo Valley.
David “Lucky” Goff, with Alexandra Hart started an Elder Salon in Sebastopol six years ago that meets monthly. Together, they host Growing an Elder Culture – a 2-hour radio show that aires monthly from Sebastopol on various elder topics and issues.
David “Lucky”Goff is a prolific writer, writes the a blog called The Slow Lane on his observations on the aging process. In 2003 David had a brain aneurism. As a result of his stroke, and the onset of a rare brain syndrome, he nearly died and ended up permanently disabled. This experience had a transformational effect on David, which made him "Lucky," and cued him into how radically connected all things are.
We speak with Lindsay Dyson, volunteer program manager at the Pachamama Alliance, co-founded by former economic hitman John Perkins, about their work in the Amazonian rainforest. They have received a request from Achuar elders there to work to “change the dream" in the global North. Lindsay will also discuss how Pachamama has reorganized their own work to be more shared, how that is going for them, and how it relates to the goal of changing the dream.
We air a talk by Aileen Miyoko-Smith. Aileen is the Executive Director of Green Action Japan. She has been working for 30 years against nuclear power in Japan, and her talk, which she gave in June at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, is about her work to keep shuttered Japanese nuclear power plants from starting up again.
After the Fukushima disaster began in 2011, all nuclear power plants in Japan were shut down. There were massive, unprecedented demonstrations, and many lawsuits against TEPCO and the government.
Despite these protests, the Abe government has a goal of restoring 20% of Japan's power to nuclear by the year 2030. Right now, only 1% is coming from nuclear. There are nuclear 43 plants in this small country which is located on the Ring of Fire, the seismically active circle of convergent tectonic plates in the Pacific Ocean. Only two plants are operational at this time.
Having survived the shutdown, public opinion supports keeping the nuclear plants closed. But the economy has been in a slump for decades, so public support for closing the plants weakens when people are told it will further depress the economy by making energy more expensive.
Stay tuned to learn about who's fighting back, the state of monitoring for contamination and health impacts in Japan and the US, what Aileen thinks we should be doing in the U.S., the relocation of residents including those with special needs, the role of gender in Japanese nuclear politics, threats to Japan's Peace Constitution, the new Secrecy Law, and how it is all playing out given yesterday's Japanese parliamentary elections, where the governing Liberal Democratic government of Shinzo Abe is claiming victory.