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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All eyes have been on the Lone Star State recently, watching the grim and undeniable impact of climate change on a population completely unprepared. This week on Sea Change Radio, we speak with energy market expert Alex Gilbert about the devastating power outages in Texas amid a record freeze. We learn about Texas’s unique power grid, look at what could have been done to prevent the massive blackouts, and examine policies around the globe that could help mitigate the effects of extreme weather events to come.
In the 1990s, I recall my grandfather remarking upon the new ubiquity of plastic water bottles, “When did everybody get so thirsty all of a sudden?” Indeed, plastic bottles have been proliferating at an exponential rate since the 1970s – the US alone is responsible for tens of billions of single-use plastic bottle waste every year. This week on Sea Change Radio, we take a look at the bottled water industry through the eyes of a relatively small but innovative player in the space. CEO and co-founder of FloWater, Rich “Raz” Razgaitis, joins us to tell us about his company’s product, its mission to help curb America’s seemingly bottomless thirst for single-use plastic bottles, and the ways the bottled water industry is similar to Big Tobacco.
Webster defines adolescence as “the state or process of growing up.” As a species, we may be smack dab in the middle of our collective adolescence. This week on Sea Change Radio, we take a breath to learn a bit about ourselves from Bill Plotkin, an author, psychologist and spiritual ecologist. We dive into Plotkin’s teachings, outlined in his new book, The Journey of Soul Initiation, about moving from adolescence into adulthood (both metaphorically and figuratively), and how we can all evolve as individuals to become better stewards of the planet.
The new American majority is multiracial, multicultural, and progressive, and our guest today is working to make sure that it also has a powerful voice in shaping the future of politics in this country. This week on Sea Change Radio, we speak to Steve Phillips, author, political activist, and founder of Democracy In Color. We discuss Georgia’s important role in the 2020 election, talk about his friendship with Stacey Abrams, and contemplate potential Democratic strategies in other racially, ethnically, and politically diverse states such as, Arizona, North Carolina, and Texas. Lastly, we dive into the Senate, scrutinizing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s latest shenanigans and discussing the future of the filibuster.