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219: Prairie Fire - Revolutionize the Food System

Monday, September 10th, 2012

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Novelist Dan Armstrong’s Prairie Fire is a fast-paced thriller whose characters forge unlikely alliances to revolutionize the American food system. It’s spearheaded by farmers squeezed by skyrocketing oil prices while marketeers get whopping price gains. This revolution is unlikely to succeed, yet… well, we won’t spoil it! In Dan’s Taming the Dragon, climate change causes Chinese grain production to plummet, bringing the world to the brink. Dan illuminates the real-world backdrop behind both novels. His solution? Localize food production. Meet farmer Harry MacCormack with exciting results in central Oregon. [www.mudcitypress.comsunbowfarm.org]

 

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218 Solving the Environmental Crises - We Can Do It!

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

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pm218_550.jpgFuturist Guy Dauncey’s enthusiastic determination is absolutely infectious! The author of Climate Change: 101 Solutions to Global Warming sees multiple environmental crises descending on us all at once. He points to numerous historical examples of our coming together around critical issues. “We can do this!” he insists. We can “change, adapt, innovate and build an entire economy operating in harmony with nature.” Tools like the internet and cellphones enable us to amplify organizing worldwide, so we can follow our ancestors’ lead in “not wimping out.” [earthfuture.com]

 

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187: How to Boil a Frog - Meet the Filmmaker

Sunday, January 16th, 2011

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pm187_150.jpgFilmmaker Jon Cooksey is one funny guy, even while presenting the most serious problems facing humanity. In this fast-paced conversation, he gallops all over the map with five big problems, five big solutions, and a playful and heartfelt approach. Wacky, sobering, full of animations, with Jon in dozens of personnas, “How to Boil a Frog” is a film to view and discuss with friends. (www.howtoboilafrog.com).

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Read Janaia’s journal Stirring the Pot with the Filmmaker of “How to Boil a Frog” and The Many Faces of Jon Cooksey with video frames, about taping this conversation.

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150: The Waking-Up Syndrome

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

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pm150_150.jpgEcopsychologist Sarah Edwards, PhD, explains stages people often go through when facing the implications of climate change and resource depletion. She outlines various aspects of Denial, Anxiety, Awakening, Despair, Powerlessness  and eventual Acceptance. Differentiating these from the normal grief process, Sarah emphasizes how we can face inevitable feelings of grief and free our energy for positive, practical action in our personal and community lives. (eco-anxiety.blogspot.com). Listen to audio.

Want more? Read “The Waking-Up Syndrome” by Sarah Edwards and Linda Buzzell on Hopedance online. Or see Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind by Linda Buzzell and Craig Chalquist (Sierra Books.)

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132 Peak Oil and Its Effect on Climate Change

Friday, October 24th, 2008

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ASPO-USApm132_1501.jpgThe peak oil message is slow to gain acceptance, says energy analyst Randy Udall, because it’s at odds with our optimistic It’s-Morning-in-America mentality. Politicians “Don’t Do Depletion.” Randy describes challenges, mitigations, and exciting opportunities to create a prosperous path to a lower-energy future. In an excerpt from his presentation at the Association for the Study of Peak Oil (ASPO-USA) conference in September 2008, the co-founder of ASPO-USA points out cornucopian myths about energy that are being shattered by reality. His concern is that the peak oil crisis, while less known than the climate crisis, will impact us sooner, and is not being factored into climate policy decisions, Ironically, it may well make resolution of the climate crisis easier. [www.aspo-usa.com]

DVDs of the entire conference can be ordered through ASPO-USA at www.regonline.com/Checkin.asp?EventId=662327

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101: Energy and Climate Initiatives in Santa Barbara

Saturday, March 15th, 2008

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pm101_150.jpgSanta Barbara is serious about lowering carbon emissions. Guided by a comprehensive greenhouse gas emissions study, they’re adding solar panels to city buildings, requiring lower energy usage for new buildings, switching to biodiesel and hybrid vehicles, and giving free bus passes to downtown workers. City councilmember Das Williams urges citizens to push officials to make substantive (i.e. funded) changes to mitigate the effects of peak oil and climate change. [www.santabarbaraca.gov]

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81: A No-Nonsense Look at Climate Change and Petrocollapse

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

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pm81_150.jpgFormer energy analyst Jan Lundberg opens by singing “Have A Global Warming Day” and closes with “The Depaver’s Song.” In between is an unabashed look at climate distortion, peak oil, and declining ecosystems, all bringing a necessary collapse of our “pigging out” economy. He envisions a future with radically curtailed energy use, and people coming together to find local solutions. [www.culturechange.org]

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80: An Innovative Program Helps Residents Protect Their Water

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

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pm80_150.jpgWater is a precious resource we can’t live without. Pat Pearson educates Olympic Peninsula citizens with a “Water Matters” campaign and “Shore Stewards” program for shoreline residents. New homeowners receive a “Welcome to Your Watershed” packet, while volunteers build rainbarrels to catch roof rainwater for gardens. [water.jefferson.wsu.edu]

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77: Climate Change Despair and Empowerment - A Roadshow from “Down Under”

Thursday, September 20th, 2007

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pm77_150.jpgAfter summarizing the facts of deepening global climate chaos, New Zealander Kelly Tudhope notes that our psychological response is often overlooked. Feeling powerless, many people stay in denial. But if we acknowledge our feelings, we can find empowerment arising from our hopelessness. Kelly identifies “false solutions”, which are forms of business-as-usual, in contrast to “true solutions”, which ask us to change our behavior. [www.climate.net.au]

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74: San Francisco Takes Action on Climate Change

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

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pm74_150.jpgCal Broomhead and Melissa Capria of the Energy & Climate Program discuss the rationale, aggressive plans, and activities for city-wide energy self-reliance and greenhouse gas reduction. Tools include energy efficiency in buildings, transit alternatives, alternative vehicle fuels, generating electricity with renewable energy, and solid waste reduction. [www.sfenvironment.org]

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