Within Our Grasp: Sharman Apt Russell on Childhood Malnutrition

As Anne Frank wrote in her diary, “hunger is not a problem, it is an obscenity.” This week on Sea Change Radio, we speak to author Sharman Apt Russell about her book entitled Within Our Grasp: Childhood Malnutrition Worldwide and the Revolution Taking Place to End It. We look at some of the areas around the globe plagued by hunger, learn how countries like Brazil and Vietnam have made strides in battling childhood malnutrition and examine how health care professionals and food companies are changing the way they try to tackle this obscenity.

John Englander: Moving To Higher Ground

Summer is nearly upon us. The next time you’re at the beach, gazing upon the blue horizon, take a moment to contemplate the depths of the sea, and the ways that the ocean is changing. This week on Sea Change Radio, we speak with oceanographer and author John Englander to take a deep dive into rising sea levels and his book Moving To Higher Ground. We examine the latest predictions by the scientific community, discuss the various challenges that coastal regions around the globe face, and ponder the policies needed to mitigate the encroaching threat of higher and higher tides.

Gregory Schwartz: Bright Green Future

Do you ever look around and think that if our agricultural and transportation systems could get a little more efficient, we might just be able to slow down the rate of climate change? Well, our guest today has spent a lot of time thinking about that, and what people are calling “tactical urbanism.” This week on Sea Change Radio, we speak to Gregory Schwartz, whose new book is Bright Green Future – How Everyday Heroes are Re-Imagining the Way We Feed, Power and Build Our World. Taped before the pandemic, our conversation highlights urban planning efforts in Dallas, non-profits in Detroit, as well as other movements and innovations that are providing hope in the struggle against climate change. Schwartz also alerts us to a set of newfangled, made-up policy words like “stroads” and “blots” that may be coming soon to a neighborhood near you!

Eriel Deranger of Indigenous Climate Action

The list of crimes committed in the name of so called “progress” includes modern offenses such as the Trump Administration’s effort to sell off Native American lands to oil and gas prospectors, as well as historical atrocities like the slaughter and theft perpetrated against indigenous populations across the globe. Our guest today on Sea Change Radio works to amplify first people’s voices in the fight for climate justice. This week we speak with the Executive Director of Indigenous Climate Action, Eriel Deranger. We discuss the intersection of the indigenous people’s and the Black Lives Matter movements, take a look at her organization’s latest climate report, and get an update on the Keystone XL pipeline.

Rebecca Leber: A Green New Infrastructure Deal?

Infrastructure is sort of the unsung hero of a functioning society. It’s hard to get across town without a reliable road, hard to keep people healthy without clean drinking water, hard to fight climate change without ready renewable energy sources, and hard to right historical wrongs without accessible transit systems that support greater equity. This week on Sea Change Radio, we take a deep dive into the Biden Administration’s proposed $2 trillion infrastructure bill with environmental journalist Rebecca Leber. We break down the bill’s significant climate and energy-related policies, look at the politics surrounding it, and discuss whether the proposal should be considered part of Green New Deal legislation.

Nithin Coca: Indonesian Coal Crisis

We often associate coal consumption with China and India, countries that have indeed invested heavily into the harmful fuel but flying under the radar is Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populous nation which in the past two decades has become one of the world’s leading exporters and consumers of coal. This week on Sea Change Radio, we speak to global journalist Nithin Coca who has written a series of pieces for Mongabay.com about Indonesia’s alarming headfirst dive into the coal industry. We discuss the high-level corruption that allowed coal to take off in Indonesia, examine the lax regulatory standards that imperil workers while allowing the country to keep export prices low and learn about the environmental degradation that the Indonesian coal boom is causing.

Georgina Gustin on the Farm Bureau + Gigi Berardi on Eating Wisely

Feeling peckish? No living creature can live without nourishment, but feeding ourselves conscientiously requires a little research. This week on Sea Change Radio, we dig into the archives as journalist Georgina Gustin tells us about the troubling agenda of the Farm Bureau, one of the most powerful lobbying organizations in the country. Then, we revisit our discussion with author and food expert Gigi Berardi as she lays out ways to make better decisions about what we eat.

Andrea Fuller + Jennifer Abbott: Documenting Hope

Documentary filmmaker Errol Morris once said, “What interests me about documentary is the fact that you don’t know how the story ends at the onset – that you are investigating, with a camera, and the story emerges as you go along.” This week on Sea Change Radio we speak with two documentary filmmakers whose new films take divergent paths in telling the tale of a planet in peril. First, we hear from Andrea Fuller, the producer of They Say It Can’t Be Done, which profiles innovations for a better environment tomorrow. Then, we talk to Jennifer Abbott about her film, The Magnitude of All Things, which goes around the world to lay bare the emotional impact of climate change.

Megan Milliken Biven proposes an Abandoned Well Administration

For over a hundred years, American land and waters have been tapped for that dark and viscous substance that has propelled our economy and generated the climate crisis. But oil wells don’t last forever, and now approximately 3 million defunct oil and gas rigs sit idle in states like Oklahoma, Texas, Pennsylvania, and others. This week on Sea Change Radio, we speak to energy market analyst Megan Milliken Biven about her lemons-to-lemonade idea for the abandoned equipment and the people who used to work on them. She proposes a new federal agency that will oversee the millions of obsolete wells, many of which are seeping toxic stuff. We discuss the existing problem, outline the concept of an Abandoned Well Administration, and discuss folding oil & gas workers right into the machinery of a Green New Deal economy.

Tim Dickinson of Rolling Stone: Anti-Vaxxer Factor

For many of us, the increasing availability of Covid vaccinations glows brightly, a light at the end of what has been a long and dreary tunnel. For others, however, that glowing represents a falsehood promoted by governmental and medical charlatans conspiring to dupe the public. People convinced of the danger of these vaccines comprise a varied demographic, although they may have some things in common, namely an oversized mistrust of science, the media, and government. This week on Sea Change Radio, we speak to Tim Dickinson, senior writer at Rolling Stone, about his piece on the anti-vaxxer movement. We examine the public health threat caused by vaccine hesitancy, look at the characters behind the movement, and discuss best strategies to get more folks to trust science.