Monthly Archives: June 2009

Forecasting Climate Change

StephanFarisMattMadiaWhat does our future on this warming globe hold?  We explore this question today with Stephan Faris, who talks about his new book, FORECAST: The Consequences of Climate Change.  And Matt Madia of OMBWatch tells us about a provision in the Waxman-Markey climate bill that would strip the EPA of its authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act.

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Sea Change Media Produces Arc of Change: The ICCR Story

Arc_of_Change_300sqLauraBerrySea Change Media is producing a year-long series of monthly podcasts called The Arc of Change: The ICCR Story recounting how the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility helped pioneer the practice of shareholder activism since its 1971 founding.  In the first episode, Bill Baue and Francesca Rheannon of Sea Change Media interview ICCR Executive Director Laura Berry about how ICCR got started, the guiding principles that empassion its movement, and its place in the larger universe of the financial markets.  The press release generated a lot of interest, and the story got picked up by CNBC, MSN Money, ABC, Yahoo News, and EarthTimes.      

Sea Change also produced a preview podcast, giving a taste of some of the stories that will be recounted over the next year in the Arc of Change series.  Check it out!

Banking Futures: Making Money Sustainable

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Banks are increasingly viewed as a bane to a healthy economy.  But done right, banks can play a key role in the shift to sustainability.  Today, Sea Change presents three perspectives on futures for banking.  Peter Blom, CEO of Triodos Bank in the Netherlands, proposes a shift in the mission of banks, from maximizing profit to maximizing sustainability.  Doug Rushkoff, author of LIFE INC, discusses how a surplus of debt that banks needed to sell triggered the financial meltdown.  LyleEstillAnd Lyle Estill describes the role a chapter in his book SMALL IS POSSIBLE played in a local currency in North Carolina, The Plenty, being carried by a local bank.

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8 Loopholes in Corporate Reporting

See Sea Change Co-Director Bill Baue interview Sanford Lewis of the Investor Environmental Health Network about its new report in a video —  8 Loopholes: Corporations and the Investor Crisis of Confidence — co-produced by Sea Change Media and IEHN.  You can also listen to a press briefing about the report, which links the history of companies hiding known asbestos risks to human health and to their financial health with the lack of disclosure on the parallel risks documented today on nanotechnology.

Climate 2030 & Route to Reform

rachaelcleetusLast week on Sea Change Radio, we featured the pros and cons of the climate bill now set to wend its way through the halls of Congress. Today, we take a look at two proposals from the grassroots that have some important bearing on climate policy. We talk with Rachel Cleetus of the Union of Concerned Scientists about the group’s National Blueprint for a Clean Energy Economy, Climate 2030 and with David Goldberg about Transportation for America‘s  Route to Reform.

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Climate Bill: Pass or Fail?

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The Waxman-Markey Climate Bill is making its way through Congress, and stirring up controversy within the environmental movement between those who support it as a necessary first step, and those who think it’s fatally flawed.  Sea Change Radio talks with both sides.  Joe Romm, editor of the ClimateProgress.org blog and a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, favors passing the Bill.  Carroll Muffett of Greenpeace says the bill fails to address key issues in solving the climate crisis.

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