Farmsters + Citizen Science

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markhamGetting back to the roots. What does it really mean? This week on Sea Change Radio, we feature two women who have each recently penned pieces for Orion Magazine about movements to connect people with nature. First, we hear from Lauren Markham who has chronicled the new generation of hipster farmers, or “farmsters.” More and more educated young people are thumbing their noses at corporate America and instead working the land. Continue reading

Journeys: PBS Film Series + Walkabouts

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TomCourtneyThis week on Sea Change Radio we talk about journeys, large and small. First we hear from Marilyn and Hal Weiner, the filmmakers behind the PBS series, Journey To Planet Earth. The documentary series is hosted and narrated by Matt Damon, and explores the voyage that human beings and the planet are taking together. The latest episode illustrates the connection between the severe weather that climate change is already bringing and security threats around the world. Then, we hear from author Tom Courtney, who discusses the walkabout movement – travelling by foot from inn to inn. Courtney talks about his books, which are essentially how-to guides for a soul-enriching way to explore and commune with nature.

‘Tis The Season For A Good Guide

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DaraIt’s that time of year, again: the season of giving…or at least the season of buying. When you’re perusing the shelves, be they virtual or actual, what matters to you? Beyond price, quality and value what about knowing how the company that made this product treats its workers, the extent to which production depletes natural resources, and what impact this product has on the environment? Many of us care about these things in the abstract, but it would be awfully arduous to research all of that while we are out there trying to get our shopping done. If only there were an app. But there is! Continue reading

Origami Electronics (rebroadcast)

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ASUAdvertisers love to talk about the art of engineering. But this week’s guests on Sea Change Radio truly are fusing their high-tech research with art. By incorporating the principles of origami, the traditional Japanese art form of paper folding, with their work in the emerging field of paper battery technology, this Arizona State research team has come up with some exciting new ways to store energy. Continue reading

What the Lobster Knew: Biomimicry + Concrete

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BrentConstantzDid you know that the production of cement is responsible for 5% of the carbon dioxide emissions on the planet? Our guest today on Sea Change Radio is geologist, biomineralization expert, and entrepreneur, Brent Constantz. His start-up company, Blue Planet Ltd., hopes to use biomimicry to transform carbon dioxide to a calcium carbonate base that can be used to build, pave and even roof. Continue reading

Paul Hawken Part II: Cultivating Progress

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PaulHawken (2)Last week on Sea Change Radio, we spoke to Paul Hawken about how the civil rights movement helped shape his thinking and spurred him into a life of environmental activism and entrepreneurship. This week, you’ll hear the second half of host Alex Wise’s wide-ranging interview with this environmental luminary. They discuss corporate social responsibility, the evolution of the open-source and sharing economy movements, and how communication technology has transformed global human interaction.

Digging Deep with Paul Hawken

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PaulHawkenToday on Sea Change Radio we begin our two-part discussion with Paul Hawken, thought-leader, author and environmentalist, perhaps best known as the co-founder of the gardening supply chain Smith & Hawken. This week listeners will learn about Hawken’s path from civil rights activist to environmental champion to gardening guru, and hear his thoughts on what it will to take to make real social change.

Foam: Ecovative + Alaskan Brewing Company

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EbenBayerThis week we re-visit conversations with two innovators making everyday items greener. First, we hear from Eben Bayer, one of the founders of Ecovative, a company that has developed a mushroom-based alternative to Styrofoam. Bayer tells us how Ecovative’s biologically-based material is replacing packaging, insulation and maybe soon food storage containers that were previously the exclusive domain of polluting, non-biodegradable stuff. Continue reading

Fracking Moves To China, Part II

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credit: Steve Webel

Last week on Sea Change Radio, we learned about the new shale gas boom in China. This week, in the second part of my discussion with Jaeah Lee and James West of Mother Jones, we examine the larger questions that surround this shift in Chinese energy policy. Can natural gas be a bridge fuel as the industrial giant weans itself off coal? Will there be enough water to extract China’s significant shale deposits? Will shale gas exploration further divide urban and rural China, or could it help to close the country’s income gap?

West and Lee provide some answers to these complex questions, and also discuss the implications of Chinese investments into the U.S. natural gas sector. Will this big business alliance be good for consumers on either side of the Pacific? Find out on this week’s Sea Change Radio.