Monthly Archives: May 2012

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New Economic Horizons: Gus Speth & Will Raap

 What would an economy built on principles of fairness and sustainability look like?  How do we model it; where is it emerging; how do we collectively strategize to fully implement it?  These are the questions that’ll be asked at the upcoming Strategies For A New Economy Conference hosted by the New Economics Institute. Sea Change Radio founder Bill Baue serves as this week’s guest host, speaking with two leading environmental thinkers who’ll be participating in the conference.

First, Bill talks to Gus Speth, a Law Professor at the Vermont Law School and the former Dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. They discuss the problems with GDP-based economic growth strategies and how we might be able to look beyond striving for endless growth in a world with finite resources. Next, Bill speaks with Will Raap, the founder of both Gardener’s Supply and the Intervale Center, about the struggle to create systems change from the bottom up as well using the state of Vermont as a model for rebuilding our economies.

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The New Arctic: A Thawed Diamond

This week on Sea Change Radio we begin a two-part series on the Arctic. If you’re looking for present-day observable impacts of global warming, head North, where the melting of the polar ice cap has opened up oil reserves, shipping lanes, and many other opportunities for trade and transport. If you’re looking for a preview of the unanticipated consequences of climate change, including new sorts of geopolitical conflict over territory and commerce, the Arctic is also a good place to watch that unfold.

Our guest this week is author David Fairhall, whose book Cold Front: Conflict Ahead in Arctic Waters explores these very issues. Fairhall and host Alex Wise talk about the environmental, economic, and political ramifications of a new, thawed Arctic, and discuss whether the last best hope for ecological preservation in the Arctic lies in the hands of the scientific community.

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Low-Carbon Living: Sweating The Right Stuff

Are you the kind of person who calculates your carbon footprint the way some folks count calories? And if you aren’t should you be? This week’s guest on Sea Change Radio, Dr. Brenda Ekwurzel, and her colleagues from the Union of Concerned Scientists have written a guide that makes it easier to reduce your carbon footprint by 20% – without sweating the small stuff.

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Fair Is Fair: Rodney North & Evan Gillespie

Advocates for environmental sustainability would all agree that long-term solutions are going to require changes in consumer behavior. But even the most conscientious consumers sometimes find themselves stumped by confusing labeling and policies that get in the way. Our two guests this week on Sea Change Radio are each trying to make it easier to be a responsible consumer. First we will hear from Rodney North of Equal Exchange, the first organization that promoted socially responsible goods as “fair trade.” He provides the background and discusses some of the controversies around fair trade labeling of goods. Next, host Alex Wise talks with the Sierra Club’s Evan Gillespie, who’s leading a campaign to push for energy reform in California, including a solar bill of rights.

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In the Shadow of the Smokestacks (Part II): Richmond, CA

Last week on Sea Change Radio, we discussed the Chevron Refinery in Richmond, California, and the social movement that’s pushing back against one of the world’s largest corporations there. This week, we hear from Roger Kim, the Executive Director of the Asian Pacific Environmental Network, a non-profit that enables disenfranchised communities to fight for social justice. Then, host Alex Wise talks with Greg Karras, a scientist from Communities for a Better Environment, about the adaptations oil refineries are making as we hit and pass peak oil and how these changes will affect the health of the planet.