Burn This Puppy Down! #brexit (508)

The breaking news today is of course the stunning #brexit vote in the UK meaning it will leave the EU, and this presents a very real possibility that the entire EU will break apart. Between Trump, Bernie Sanders, the brexit vote, the various “springs” around the world etc etc etc. One thing is certain, people are pissed and are lashing out whether or not this is a disaster, or the flames before a great rebirth we will simply have to wait and see but it is undeniable the entire world is going through some giant lurching changes right now. The team discusses the political and environmental implications of this vote and the possible repercussions all over the world.

In the middle of the show, we are joined by Cheryl McNamara who has been on the program before as part of the Citizen’s Climate Lobby. However today she joins us as a playwright having launched a children’s play about nature and our connection to it. The play leans heavily on the simple (and extremely verifiable) fact that we NEED nature much more than we seem to realize not just for practical reasons, or even just for education but our very mental health.

You can learn more about Water Wonders at the Toronto Fringe Festival here.

In the final section, the hosts discuss various news items including the fact that Beijing, China’s capital is sinking by as much as 11cm (4 inches) a year!

This weeks music:

Doug Hoyer “Get It Right” & Shad “Dreams”

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Activism In The Age Of Terror (507)

Peabody Energy is a massive coal company that recently filed for bankruptcy, and during these proceedings has revealed the monumental degree to which this company was funding public deception and political lobbying around science denial regarding climate change. The question is, was this a lone wolf? A bad actor? Or the norm…

This weeks top eco-news:

In the middle of the program we take a bit of a break from the heavy news to chat with Toronto’s music station voice from CHUM FM for the last 40 years Ingrid Schumacher. Ingrid talks about her thoughts on how Toronto has grown up in the last 40 years, animal cruelty and her ability to use her giant microphone to talk about important issues of the day as a music programmer.

Finally Stefan and Daryn can’t NOT mention the horrific shooting over the weekend, Stefan was already writing a piece about activism in the age of global terror, and so we preview that with some comments about recent events at the end of the program.

This weeks music:

Weaves “One More” & Dan Mangan “Race To The Bottom”

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Shell’s Oily Shell Game

Each week we either report on an oil spill, or pass over it in favour of even more pressing news because they just plain happen so often it’s hard to keep track of. Turn out, even these casual estimates are likely vastly underreported or swept under the rug due to the fact that oil companies themselves are responsible for reporting, and reporting how MUCH oil got spilled…. a huge factor in how much attention they get. We talk about these numbers with the help of a few news items in the first section.

In the second section, we talk about some non-oil news 🙂 A new environment commissioner report was published talking about the poor oversight Canada offers consumers with regards to personal healthcare and cosmetics. Many of these products people use every day presuming them to be safe have either never been tested, or the companies aren’t required in the first place to report whats in them. Not just from the public, but from regulators as well.

In the final section, we talk about some “good news*”, aka as usual nothing is ever just purely good 🙂 but this stuff pretty good? Maybe? We discuss…

This week’s bonus show…

we talk about ‘externalities’, long-term threats and other problems humans are just naturally bad at dealing with. Also at the end, Daryn explains why he’s been away and what this means for the future.

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Just Move (506)

Nearly sixty years ago, nine-thousand kilograms of Mercury was dumped into waterways near Grassy Narrows, it’s time to clean it up. What is the impetus of the ‘just move’ reaction to catastrophes and how does it overlap with environmental racism? This episode takes the case of Grassy Narrows and expands it’s underlying questions to the larger context. Why does society treat some lives as worth less? And what can be done about it?

News Links:

  1. Grassy Narrows First Nation demands cleanup of mercury contamination in northern Ontario
  2. Time to clean up river in Grassy Narrows First Nation, grandmother says
  3. Mercury contamination at Grassy Narrows First Nation can be cleaned up, scientists tell government, again

For the middle third we feature a piece by Krystyna Henke on a fascinating individual working on Eco-Tourism in the southern tip of Chile.

In our final section, we cover a few places were people will never be told to move (Paris and Bavaria), one place that may not have a choice (Antartica) and Daryn does a bit of a dive into the reasons to protect biodiversity even if you don’t care about animals (hint mantis shrimp are super cool).

News Links:

  1. Flooding kills at least five people in Germany’s Bavaria
  2. Baking soda “sponge” could capture carbon emissions
  3. Mantis Shrimp Inspires Design For New Generation Of Super Strong Materials

This weeks bonus show has Deirdre, Sabina, Ed and Daryn chatting about a Gorilla.

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Regeneration Gap (505)

Dare we say that it’s beginning to feel like maybe, just maybe, the environmental movement is beginning to win. A generational gap in conservative thought appears to be opening with new right wing leaders beginning to accept climate science. In the first third of the show, we dive into this dichotomy comparing old stock climate deniers Brad Wall and Donald Trump to the recently elected leader of the Ontario Conservatives Patrick Brown.

News Links:

  1. Premier Brad Wall Criticized on Climate Stance
  2. Donald Trump would allow Keystone XL pipeline and end Paris climate deal
  3. Long awaited tidal power turbine heading to Bay of Fundy next month
  4. Oil firms have 10 years to change strategy or face ‘short, brutish end’

For the middle third we’re joined by Barbora Grachalova of the Canadian Environmental Law Association to discuss Ontario’s new Cap and Trade legislation. We break down both what’s in the legislation and what it could mean for Ontario.

News Links:

  1. Fair and Equitable Carbon Pricing: Comments on Ontario’s Cap and Trade Program
  2. Ontario to spend $7-billion on sweeping climate change plan

In our final section Daryn leads a round table discussion on this weeks theme of new discussions replacing old dogma.

This weeks bonus show has Deirdre and Sabina weighing in on a blue-sky-thinking idea of Daryn’s and more nuanced discussion of the cap and trade program.

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Oil and Water (504)

As we approach the half year anniversary of the COP 21 agreement in Paris, it’s time to take a look back to assess where we’ve come and where we need to go. This week the team interviews Keven Roy a University of Toronto PHD Candidate and delegate to COP 21 on his experiences at COP 21 and his research in sea level rise.

News Links:

  1. April breaks global temperature record, marking seven months of new highs
  2. Only Five Years until we pass 1.5 degree carbon budget
  3. Saskatchewan straight up denies climate change in it’s thrown speech

For the middle third we’re joined by Atiya Jaffar of 350.org who gives us a rundown of the global Break Free actions and the protests of Kinder Morgan off the coast of Vancouver. We also discuss the National Energy Board’s decision to approve the twinning of the Kinder Morgan pipeline.

News Links:

  1. Regulator approves twinning of Kinder Morgan pipeline into B.C.
  2. Ontario to spend $7-billion on sweeping climate change plan
  3. Attawapiskat And Fort McMurray Prove Not All Crises Are Seen As Equal

In our final section Emmay questions the difference in responses to Attawaspikat and Fort McMurray and Daryn begins his pitch for a whole new kind of society.

This week also features the return of our bonus show! On which Deirdre and Sabina join us to discuss the future of activism and what works to push issues forward.

 

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We’re Learning…We Think (503)

We are in the middle of an unprecedented wave of global action on climate change, CNN is covering airport wait times. This week the team draws the lines from Christy Clark’s comments on the need for more resource exploitation to the clear message being sent by grassroots organizations across the world saying that her future is not our future.

In the first third of the show we cover the Christy Clark’s comments, 350.org’s movement to “Break Free From Fossil Fuels”, and what the environmental movement seems to be learning from it’s past failures. Also check out the Hot Docs peoples choice award winning documentary Angry Inuk.

News Links:

  1. BC premier calls out feds for dragging its feet on natural resource development in western Canada
  2. Break Free 2016
  3. The Arsonists of Fort McMurray have a name
  4. Angry Inuk director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril hopes to change minds on seal ban

For the next two thirds we open the mailbag and answer questions from our audience. Including:

Do you think that our technology is responsible for our careless attitude towards nature, and can this be resolved via technology or by casting it aside (to a degree, not caveman nonsense)?

In a world full of tree huggers, carbon counters, ocean stewards, endangered species champions, toxic avengers, anti-nuke crusaders, and last-but-not-least climate vegans, what does it mean to be a fully rounded environmentalist? Does it speak to the planetary boundaries model proposed by Johan Rockström, to be mindful of all potential tipping points? Or does that make one the jack of all trades, master of none?

How effective is solar technology in cities? And why don’t we see more solar panels in Toronto? How can a lay person pick a good solar paneling company to work with, and what are some of the pitfalls/catches/pros we should know about?

How to reduce your footprint if you’re going to eat meat no matter what?

More news covered in these sections:

  1. Back to the Data Mine
  2. Our fictional pundit predicted more correct primary results than Nate Silver did
  3. Riding the ‘Solarcoaster’ as Shares Plunge Even more than Coal
  4. Modern propaganda isn’t wrong, it’s simplified

This Weeks Music:

Andy Shauf “The Magician” & Doomsquad “It’s the nail that counts not the rope”

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