Monthly Archives: June 2012

Liar Liar, My Water’s on Fire: Josh Fox on Hydraulic Fracturing

Remember when the tobacco industry hired a PR firm to convince us all that smoking wasn’t addictive and didn’t cause cancer? Now we know better but the next big lie is coming from the natural gas industry who hired that same PR firm to convince us that fracking isn’t bad for us or the earth. This week on Sea Change Radio, host Alex Wise speaks with Josh Fox, director of the 2010 Oscar-nominated film, Gasland, which showed audiences all over the world the devastating impact of hydraulic fracturing, from cancer to flammable tap water. His latest project, The Sky Is Pink, is a documentary short that uncovers the obfuscation campaign the natural gas industry has launched in response to Gasland and growing activism against this controversial drilling practice. On the eve of New York’s decision to frack or not to frack, Fox’s insights and this film couldn’t be more timely.

To join the outcry and send a message to New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo, go to New Yorkers Against Fracking

Sustainable Eating: From Bunnies to Black-Eyed Peas

When you think about living sustainably, what comes to mind first? Driving less, recycling, avoiding plastics? For this week’s guests on Sea Change Radio, sustainable eating is what tops their list. First, we hear from Novella Carpenter, who recently co-authored a how-to on urban farming. Carpenter explains how she came to this topic and why raising rabbits might be a practical way to have a meat-rich but sustainable diet. After that, host Alex Wise talks to Bryant Terry, chef, author and food justice activist, who is as passionate about social justice as he is about great-tasting food. Whether it’s farming in your own back yard or making vegan food that is no less satisfying or flavorful than a meat-lover’s feast, what these guests have to say will give you a practical guide for how to eat in a way that’s healthy for both the body and the planet.

Battle Fatigue Over Army Green

The U.S. military is far and away the largest consumer of fossil fuels in this country. Reducing the military’s carbon footprint is not only important for the environment, it also would make for a much more effective, efficient military. But efforts to make the military greener are being stymied by Republicans and a few conservative Democrats in Congress. This week on Sea Change Radio, host Alex Wise speaks with David Roberts, a staff writer at Grist.org, and one of the leading environmental journalists in the country, about the current political struggle to enable the U.S. military to use alternative fuels and take other steps to reduce its carbon consumption. Roberts, who’s written a series of pieces on the subject, takes us inside the Marine Corp’s Expeditionary Energy Office and tries to wade through the political morass that’s keeping these forward-thinking efforts from becoming standard operating procedure.

The New Arctic Part II: “The Eskimo and the Oil Man”

When he began research for his new book, The Eskimo and the Oil Man, author Bob Reiss thought that he would affirm his belief that Arctic oil drilling needed to stop. But as he delved deeper into the myriad complexities surrounding the exploration for fossil fuels in northern Alaska, he eventually concluded that some drilling was OK. What changed his mind? This week on Sea Change Radio, the second part of our two-part series on the Arctic. This time we focus on the race to drill for oil in one of the last remaining pristine regions on the planet.