Monthly Archives: December 2012

Sustainable Eating: From Bunnies to Black-Eyed Peas (re-broadcast)

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.

Walking in Our Footprints

How will our current climate policies and actions be viewed by future generations? Our first guest this week on Sea Change Radio is pretty sure our descendants will be, “stunned by our obliviousness.”

Host Alex Wise talks with Joe Romm, whose influential blog, Climate Progress, has been instrumental in shaping the climate debate in this country. After that, we hear from someone who’s working to leave less for future generations to lament. Wendell Simonson is the Marketing Director for Eco-Products, a relatively small manufacturer of compostable and biodegradable products that’s beginning to make a significant dent in a rapidly growing industry.

Richard Heinberg: “The Quest” For Truth

Last year, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and energy consultant Daniel Yergin published his long-awaited sequel to the The Prize called The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World. The New York Times called this follow-up “even better… than the first. It is searching, impartial and alarmingly up to date.” The Prize provides readers with an overview of the modern energy industry and posits that peak oil, the premise that the world’s oil supply is being rapidly depleted, is an out-dated theory and that with new discoveries in shale gas, we’ve instead reached a comfortable plateau when it comes to ferreting out fossil fuels from the ground.

This week’s guest on Sea Change Radio, Richard Heinberg, an author, a senior fellow at the Post-Carbon Institute and a leading environmentalist, fundamentally disagrees with many of Dr. Yergin’s ideas. And while both The Prize and The Quest are certainly recommended reading for Sea Change Radio listeners, Mr. Heinberg and host Alex Wise discuss why Dr. Yergin’s view of reality differs so greatly from his own.

Coping With The Rising Tides: John Englander & David Hedman

Our planet’s rising oceans are no longer the purview of pessimistic doomsayers – they are the new reality. This week’s guests on Sea Change Radio are both trying to help us adapt to the phenomenon of crumbling coastlines and swollen seas. 

First, host Alex Wise speaks with author and oceanographer John Englander, whose new book, High Tide On Main Street, provides a roadmap for readjusting our fiscal, social and political expectations in a world with significant sea level change. Then, we hear from David Hedman, the inventor of a mold remediation technology that is sure to find an escalating demand in the impending diluvial age.