Monthly Archives: August 2011

Filmmaker Josh Tickell: Fueling the Ethanol Debate

Ask an environmentally aware friend of yours what they think about ethanol and the response will probably be negative. Critics of this long-established biofuel will say that it’s not a viable long-term replacement for petroleum-based fuels, that it competes with food production by diverting corn, that it’s hard to store, doesn’t travel well, or doesn’t go to the more underlying problem of over-consumption. But how did most of us reach this conclusion? Who made these drawbacks to ethanol part of conventional wisdom?

This week’s guest on Sea Change Radio, filmmaker, Josh Tickell, offers a different perspective. Tickell recently completed a documentary film titled Freedom that presents ethanol as a solution to this country’s reliance on fossil fuels. Host Alex Wise asks him how his thinking on this subject changed so dramatically since his last highly-acclaimed documentary, Fuel, and find out more about why he believes in ethanol’s potential as a clean alternative.

Podcast exclusive: Current State of Solar (not for radio distribution)

Founder of Sungevity (a Sea Change Radio sponsor), social entrepreneur, and a former Greenpeace campaign manager, solar executive Danny Kennedy sits down with host Alex Wise to update us on all things solar. Here’s a link to the Don Blankenship/Robert F. Kennedy Jr. debate that Wise and Kennedy discuss as well.

Salad Days: A discussion with Northern California organic farmer, Thaddeus Barsotti

This week on Sea Change Radio, host Alex Wise speaks with Thaddeus Barsotti, a second generation organic farmer who grows and distributes fresh fruits and vegetables in Northern California through his family’s companies, Capay Organic and Farm Fresh To You. Barsotti talks about the challenges that small farmers face including a distribution system for produce that’s heavily oriented toward large producers and markets. So what’s a little farming operation to do? One solution is the CSA – Community Supported Agriculture – where farmers cut out the “middle man” and distribute directly to the consumer, literally to your door. Barsotti talks about the role that the internet has played in promoting local small farmers and what we can do as consumers to make sure we’re eating local produce and supporting smaller farmers.

Road Maps For Responsible Business

Corporate social responsibility or CSR. What is it, exactly? The Wikipedia entry says “The goal of CSR is to embrace responsibility for a company’s actions and encourage a positive impact through its activities on the environment…and members of the public.” Sounds really good. But not everyone involved in this sort of work embraces the term CSR. Today on Sea Change Radio we’ll talk with Carol Sanford who believes her approach to responsible business is distinct from CSR. And, for those of you who are long-time listeners, you’ll be happy to hear from our second guest, Bill Baue, CSR pioneer and Sea Change Radio Founder. Baue provides a thorough overview of what CSR is and could be, and speaks to why some consultants pushing the business sector to be more mindful of its environmental and social impact don’t use the term CSR.

Richard Heinberg: A Post-Carbon Conversation

What will a post-carbon tomorrow look like? Most experts agree that the end of the age of cheap fossil fuels will mark a fundamental change in human history. The question that no one can answer, though, is how well will our species adapt to these new realities.

This week’s guest on Sea Change Radio, author Richard Heinberg, believes that a key to better understanding the current global economic slowdown lies in how we gauge progress itself. The author of ten books, including Peak Everything and Blackout, Heinberg’s latest book, The End of Growth suggests that in order to thrive during this post-carbon transition, we need to realign our goals to promote human and environmental well-being, rather than continuing to pursue the almighty dollar. Sea Change Radio host Alex Wise talks with Heinberg about the policies and conditions that need to be in place for our species to evolve in the face of ballooning population, dwindling resources and global climate change.

The Resurgence Of The Rake

This week on Sea Change Radio, we talk about leaf blowers, one of the least eco-friendly items found in the garage or tool-shed of your average American. But in the past two decades these debris blowers have become sort of ubiquitous, almost completely replacing their peaceful, quiet, low-carbon-footprint predecessor, the rake. As the ecological sensibility around the country and the globe continues to evolve, will we see a reversal of this trend? If today’s guests on Sea Change Radio have anything to say about it, the answer is a resounding, “Yes.” First, host Alex Wise speaks with Gretchen Biggs, an environmental attorney and activist who’s working to ban leaf blowers in Greenwich, CT through her organization Greenwich CALM. Then, we hear from Peter Kendall, a resident of a Bay Area suburb whose anti leaf-blower activism was recently featured in a full-length New Yorker article. Pour yourself a glass of iced tea, go ask your neighbor to stop blowing those leaves and dirt onto your stoop and listen to this week’s show as Sea Change Radio advocates for the resurgence of the rake.