Monthly Archives: November 2016

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Part I

gavin-newsom1Many believe Gavin Newsom will be the next Governor of the most populous state in the union. Today, in his first in-depth interview since the election, he is our guest here on Sea Change Radio. The former Mayor of San Francisco, and current Lieutenant Governor of California,  Newsom is a nationally recognized pioneer in gay rights, a champion for the environment, and a consistently progressive Democrat. This week, in Part 1 of a two-part series with the Lieutenant Governor, Newsom and host Alex Wise discuss what the result of the recent presidential election might mean for the country, for the Democratic Party, and for the environment. We also talk about California’s energy future, including the decision to shut down the state’s last nuclear power plant and its ambition to achieve a 55% renewable electric grid.

Re-exploring Sports Welfare

PatrickHrubyAs you digest your Thanksgiving feast this Thursday and settle in to watch some football with the family, keep in mind that your down time comes with a cost. Nearly all NFL teams are profitable before a single ticket is sold and for most of these teams it’s public dollars that have made this level of profitability possible. This week on Sea Change Radio, we re-visit our 2014 discussion with Patrick Hruby, a contributing Editor at VICE Sports. In this examination of “sports welfare,” Hruby talks about how common government subsidies are in the sports industry, and the opportunity cost felt by environmental causes when public coffers are drained in order to bankroll some of the wealthiest enterprises in America.

Food Waste Pioneers: David Rodriguez + Jonathan Bloom

david-rodriguezFive years ago, when we first started covering the food waste issue, America was throwing away enough food to fill the Rose Bowl every day. And, unfortunately, not much has happened to change that statistic. But this week on Sea Change Radio, we talk to someone who’s doing his best to change the status quo. First, we dig into the archives from 2011 as food waste expert, blogger and author of American Wasteland, Jonathan Bloom, gives us some perspective on the amount of food we waste from field to fridge in this country. Then, we hear from David Rodriguez, a Mexican immigrant turned Boston-based entrepreneur, who tells us about his startup company Food For All, a mobile app that allows diners a chance to purchase leftover food from restaurants at a steep discount.

David Hart: Dream World of Magic Blues

david_hartIf you had a functional magic wand wouldn’t you use it to reverse climate change? A quick flick of your wrist and, presto change-o, our troubles would be over! But, as our guest this week on Sea Change Radio, David Hart, rightly points out, that’s not how the world works. Hart, a professor at George Mason University and a senior fellow at the Information, Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), summarizes his recent report on the need to avoid overly optimistic, simplistic solutions to climate change, or what he calls “magical thinking.” He argues that environmentalists and science-deniers may both be guilty of this enchanting oversimplification, and posits that instead we need to devise complex strategies to address the multi-faceted dilemma that is climate change.

Shower Power: Doniece Sandoval

doniece_sandovalDo you live in a city? Well, if you don’t, you may soon. It is predicted that by 2050, more than 70 percent of us human beings will be living in cities. The urban landscape offers several advantages for sustainability, including reduced transportation emissions, more efficient water delivery, and less per-capita energy consumption. But those of us who live in cities know there are also disadvantages. Today on Sea Change Radio we speak with two innovative thinkers who are working on solutions to a couple of the problems of city living. Our first guest is Doniece Sandoval whose company Lava Mae recycles buses and transforms them into mobile showers for people who cannot access sanitation, many of whom live on our urban streets. We talk about the model, the mission, and the vision of replicating these bathroom buses in cities everywhere. Next, we dig into the archives to revisit host Alex Wise‘s discussion with Dickson Despommiers, microbiologist and vertical farming advocate. He tells us why he believes growing food in skyscrapers would conserve water and fossil fuels, and how it could become the way cities get food in the not-too-distant future.