(438) The Business of People

Brad Zarnett
Brad Zarnett

Brad Zarnett, founder and president of the Toronto Sustainability Speaker Series begins this weeks show with a post-op on last nights event. The topic was Corporate CSR and more generally a discussion of what role big companies and Bay St. have in being a part of the solution.

In addition to an interesting presentation by some big name speakers including Ian McPherson, Martin Grosskopf and Julie Desjardins the event featured a lively Q&A session among the presenters and the attendees that ran well overtime with lots of spirited questions and debate. To learn more or sign-up to get a notification of the next event click here.

Prof David Foot
Prof David Foot

The main feature of this episode is an interview with the award winning teacher, author professor emeritus of economics at the University of Toronto David Foot. A highly sought after speaker on demographics and the economic implications there-of. David talks to us about a new UN study on population trends that includes new data points which bucks the trend of previous reports that predicted the global population to stabilize around 9.5 billion people. David talks to us about the new studies prediction that we could actually see 12 billion plus people on planet earth by the end of the century, and what the implications of this might be for both the economy and the environment.

We have to cut the interview a bit short, despite all of it being amazing. To watch/listen to the full interview with Professor Foot click here. If you already heard the radio show, and want to just hear the rest of the interview you can click here to pick it up where the radio show left off.

Finally, Stefan and I talk a bit about the interview, as well as promote a special event next week where I will be sitting down in a CIUT special event to talk to Canadaland journalist Jesse Brown, recently famous for breaking the Jian Ghomeshi story, as well as a series of apparent scandals at the CBC. We will be talking about the changing landscape of journalist in Canada and in 2015. You can attend live and participate in the Q&A by clicking here (this show won’t be a TGM episode so you won’t see it here).

Carbon3We also made a special announcement about some exciting new ANIMATED video’s we’ve been working on! They haven’t been released yet, but you can make sure you find out as soon as we do by either subscribing to our YouTube channel or signing up for our mailing list.

This weeks music:

to be updated soon….

(436) Feeding Frenzy

The show starts with Brad Zarnett, organizer of the Toronto Sustainability Speaker Series (TSSS) about an upcoming Wall St/Bay St and Sustainability event in TO. You can read more or sign up for this event here.

Our main interview this week is with Darcy Higgins – founder of FoodForward. We talk to Darcy about urban agriculture and food access, municipal policy and diversity with respect to both the food we eat and the mix of cultures in Canada. You can read more about FoodForward and learn about their programs or volunteer here.

We close the show with the discussion of a few news items, including an update on the ongoing CBC – speaking fees issue from last week. If you missed our episode with Andrew Mitrovica discussing this issue you can click here, and below is the articles we referenced this week.

Amanda Lang fallout: CBC on-air talent barred from taking paid speaking gigs

Doomsday is closer, Bulletin of Atomic Scientists says

Rate of environmental degradation puts life on Earth at risk, say scientists

This weeks music:

“Heart Beat” – Zaki Ibrahim & “Baby, We’d Be Rich” – Old Man Luedecke

Green Majority Radio #397 – Capitalism 2.0

Brad Zarnett
Brad Zarnett

Brad Zarnett is the founder of the Toronto Sustainability Speaker Series which hosts discussions with business leaders and thinkers about how to make the shift towards a better world by engaging with the very people who are so often demonized for being the problem, big business. Brad joins us today to talk about the case for ‘capitalism 2.0’, what the problems are and how we can begin to address them by working with the companies often seen as the problem, rather than working against them. Many topics are brought up that are deserving of their own full discussions including the concept of ‘social license to operate’, what is really sustainable, and what the biggest roadblocks are to making these changes happen. TSSS hosts anywhere between 4-8 events a year, and you can get on the mailing list as well as learn more here.

In the second half, we listen to an interview with Julia ‘Butterfly’ Hill, the american activist that was made world famous in the late 90’s by spending 738 days living at the top of a 1500 year old California redwood. I talk to Julia about the concept of activism as patriotism, spirituality and the earth and whether or not she considers her opponents her ‘enemies’. It was a great interview, which we had to cut short for the radio unfortunately, so I will be posting a full version tomorrow so stay tuned!

If you are going to be in Toronto on April 23, 2014 you should come to participate in her interactive workshop, “Roots and Vision: Seeds of Change” which will be at the Friends House, 60 Lowther Ave in Toronto from 6:00pm-9:30pm. The event is being co-hosted by both climatefast.ca and Toronto350.org. You can register here.

Julia Butterfly Hill photo: Toronto Star

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