Robinhood and the United Nations (512)

The #ExxonKnew story continues to develop as executives do everything they can to prevent accountability for huge corporations by spending hundreds of millions of dollars to put the entire world in mortal danger with lies to protect their business model. It is now a matter of public record that Exxon has known and admitted to knowing that climate change was a real threat for 30 years… and spent the next 30 years lying to the public through funding fake science and supporting opportunistic political hacks. The result? Well they learned their lesson, this sort of thing works. They are now spending more money to intimidate, delay and attempt to discredit those attempting to seek accountability.

The CBC gets into our crosshairs again this week with a discussion on the language used to describe anti-science hacks who keep being called ‘contrarians’ by the CBC much less science denialists and how that affects public discourse in Canada, and some final thoughts from hideous theatre macabre of the Republican National Convention.

Green Majority regular contributor and finance expert Tim Nash the sustainable economist joins us this week for a segment on the concept of a global “Robinhood Tax” and how this idea could address the vast wealth inequality all over the world, climate change and basically all the other big-ticket global problems all in one go. But you know, start small right? 🙂 This is not a new idea, nor is it crazy… in fact it’s already been proposed on a smaller scale in some countries and policies similar to this are already in place.

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In the final main-show section we discuss briefly the technology/carbon connection with Googles data-centres… both how big an impact they have and how they are trying to reign this in with artificial intelligence (AI) software. As well, the ‘scary climate story of the week’ involves a shockingly rapid loss of sea ice and how we’re totally not nearly freaked out enough about sea level rise.

Bonus Show!

Deirdre and Daryn talk about ferrets and gene editing (part 2 of a discussion from last week) and Pokemon Go (yes really) and it’s very real relevance to modern environmental impacts. If you think this is silly or not relevant, sorry! Your wrong 🙂 Listen in on the podcast to find out why!

This weeks music:

Last Hologram “Culture Class” & “Dreamchaser”

What do you think?

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The Future Of Green – Special 500th Episode Edition (500)

It’s our 500th episode! Green Majority started as a community radio show back in 2006, and we look forward to hosting 500 more.

Our guest this week is show regular, Tim Nash the Sustainable Economist joins us to talk about his groundbreaking research into global green investment.

The rest of the show, Tim joins the rest of the team discussing what we’d like to be talking about on our 1000th episode.

This Weeks News:

How Underwater 3D Farms Could Revolutionize Food Production

New Ways Climate Change Will Affect Public Health

Fracking Way Worse Than Anyone Thought

Conservatives’ filibustering could delay Ontario cap-and-trade legislation

Electric car charging outlets to be required in all new homes: report

We pretty much never get to all the news we find each week, see what else we flagged as important eco-news and VOTE for things you think we should come back to with VOTE FOR THE NEWS – click here.

This Weeks Music:

Suuns “Translate” & The Darcys “Miricle”

What do you think?

Let us know what you think of what we discussed in the bonus show! Click here to find us on social media, leave us a phone message to play on air or send us an email!

Saudi Arabia Smarter Than Canada? (499)

This week was our Spring Fundraiser at CIUT 89.5FM, but we still managed to make a proper show! The podcast here posted has all the ‘call in now!’ stuff cut out and we did an extended after-show to make it back to full-length but the result is some occasionally choppiness so please excuse. That aside, it was a great show and we think you’ll love it!

The post for this weeks show will be a bit brief due to the hectic-ness, but here’s all the links you’ll need to follow along.

News Items

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Angela Bischoff from the OCAA joins us at the top of the show to discuss some news and also talk about the complete waste of money (not to mention HUGE public safety hazard) Pickering Nuclear plant. Learn more about their campaign here.

Tim Nash – The Sustainable Economist joins us later in the program to preview his spot next week about the most recent Renewable Investment Scoreboard Report (sneak preview.. it tops $7 Billion this year). Learn more about Tim and check out his investment blog here.

Back to our regular format next week!

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Please join us NEXT FRIDAY on April 22nd from 6pm to 9pm at 720 Bathurst – Centre for Social Innovation – Annex for a beverage and a chat to meet and hang out with the Green Majority team, past and present and other listeners to celebrate our 500th episode!You can get your very modestly priced tickets here.

We pretty much never get to all the news we find each week, see what else we flagged as important eco-news and VOTE for things you think we should come back to with VOTE FOR THE NEWS – click here.

This Weeks Music:

MAUNE “Burn This” & Minotaurs “Gold Lush Lady”

What do you think?

Let us know what you think of what we discussed in the bonus show! Click here to find us on social media, leave us a phone message to play on air or send us an email!

(471) Ironman VS Harperman

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Chris White is the campaign coordinator for the ‘Harperman‘ crowd-fund campaign, supporting up-until-today on paid-leave Environment Canada scientist who is also a folk musician in his spare time. Tony Turner is still unable to talk to the media, but Chris gave us an update on the Harperman story (including that Tony has just retired) and a brief talk about the importance of the song, and the issues it raises in this election.

Learn more about ‘Harperman’ and Tony Turner here.

In the second half of the show, long-time economics and green/ethical investment correspondent Tim Nash joins us today to talk about the election, Tesla/Tony Stark (Elon Musk) and the importance of battery technology to the renewable revolution.

Learn more about Tim, and check out his blog article on this topic here.

In the last section, Stefan leads us in a brief discussion of a few of these news items, but make sure you let us know what you want us to cover so we can make more time to talk about this items! Vote for the news, now in democracy flavour.

Stefan’s picks for this week:

Shell abandons Alaska Arctic drilling

‘Fair’ Elections Act could disenfranchise half a million voters, says elections expert

Carbon X Prize

This weeks top news:

To vote for this weeks news click here.

First Nations take Harper government to court over Northern Gateway – just days from election

There may be flowing water on Mars. But is there intelligent life on Earth?

World leaders unveil their vision for a ‘Green New World’ as Paris talks loom

Notley hints at straying from federal NDP on climate change cap-and-trade proposal

Potentially scandalous probe into muzzled scientists not likely out by Oct.19

Elon Musk Gives Indian Prime Minister Tour of Tesla Factory, Talks Battery Storage and Solar

TransCanada slashing a fifth of senior staff jobs; warns of more cuts


NEW: “Texts with Dave”

We’re doing an extended show after the radio show for our podcast audience so we can wrap up our thoughts from the broadcast (there’s never enough time!). So we keep going on a hand-held recorder a few min. The after show is called “Texts with Dave” because Dave (Stefan’s brother) always texts Stefan live while we’re on air with weird questions. Now we can answer them.

*Warning* The after-show includes some colourful language not found on the radio broadcast, listener discretion advised.

You can listen here to this weeks episode (5 min) and as of Nov 20th it will be included in the podcast stream as part of the same upload as the main show.

Listen here: Texts With Dave (2) Oct 2nd


This weeks music!

‘Harperman’ LIVE outside Queen’s Park & Frazy Ford “Done”

Please check out our Climate Cartoons Series!

We need your help to share this new project to help explain renewable energy to students, politicians and voters, and they are only 2 min! You can watch and share here: http://www.greenmajority.ca/climate_cartoons

(450) The Dam Is Showing Cracks

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Tim Nash, the sustainable economist joins us at the top of the show to talk about the most recent Green Transition Scoreboard report that pegs sustainable investments (investments in sustainable tech, funds, projects etc) at $6.22 TRILLION since 2007. Tim talks about what those numbers actually mean, what it compares to in the non-sustainable/dirty energy “brown” market and what we can and cannot say about what these numbers mean.

Read Tim’s post about the report here, the CSRwire story about it here and watch his interview on Amanda Lang’s show on the CBC here.

After the first break, we welcome Canadian director – Charles Wilkinson to talk about his films, primarily Haida Gwaii: On The Edge of the World which is currently running at Hot Docs. Charles talks about his experience on Haida Gwaii, the involvement of Severn Suzuki (David Suzuki’s daughter) in the film and his time with the Gwaii people.

Learn more about Charles and the film here, and you can see if you can still see the film at Hot Docs here.

Charles also sticks around for the punditry section of the show to talk about this article talking about a poll taken of “oil and gas industry insiders” about their feelings on climate change as well as talk about the change in atmosphere (haha) with conservative republicans in the US about how their positions on climate change might have to change given public sentiment on the issue.

This weeks music:

Sam Roberts “Canadian Dream” & Tragically Hip “Poets”

(427) The Water Brothers Grimm

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Alex and Tyler Mifflin

The main interview this week is our old friends Tyler and Alex Mifflin aka TVO’s “The Water Brothers“. An award winning show, now in production of it’s third season Alex and Tyler have had great success balancing education, entertainment, accessibility and urgency to important issues around one of the very few things on this earth we actually can’t do without… Water.

For those wondering about the show title, The Brother Grimm were 18th century storytellers who codified cultural stories and helped preserve these stories in our culture… so I think the pun fits 😀

Tim Nash
Tim Nash

Tim Nash the Sustainable Economist and our resident correspondent on everything to do with finance starts off the show with a few words about divestment from fossil fuels. You can read more about Tim and links to his resources in our contributors section.

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“Contamination Nation”

Finally, Kevin Farmer helps us wrap up the show with a few words about big business propaganda, and a plug for the upcoming GlobalTV 16×9 show “Contamination Nation” which we recommend watching! Live Nov 22nd at 7pm on Global. You can check out the show page here: http://globalnews.ca/tag/contamination-nation/

As you might have heard, we are now producing high-quality interviews in full HD video as well as memberships that get you exclusive members content each week! Check it out on the main site here: greenmajority.ca or you can…

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This weeks Music:

Tanya Tagaq “Force” & Jethro Tull “Songs from the Wood”

(418) Peoples Climate March Will Change Everything

Listen to the radio show with the player above, or right-click (save link as) to download: Peoples Climate March Will Change Everything

Climate_March_Banner-01-slideThis week we prepare for the historic Peoples Climate March in New York City, with 280 Torontonians leaving from downtown tonight to join a massive march on Sunday Sept 21st with an estimated 200,000+ people!. The event will be massive and you can learn more about the Toronto team here: http://toronto350.org/ and the event overall here: http://peoplesclimate.org/

We are also producing a documentary about the entire experience! Stay tuned for previews and info about that by subscribing to our YouTube page here: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheGreenMajority

Timothy Nash
Tim Nash

Our main guest this week is the fabulous Tim Nash: The Sustainable Economist. Tim joins us as both a part of the trip to NYC but also to talk about the most recent report released by Ethical Markets Media regarding global trends in sustainable energy, energy efficiency and sustainability. You can view the press release along with links to the full report here: http://3blmedia.com/News/Green-Bonds-Add-57-Trillion-Privately-Invested-Green-Economy

You can also learn more about Tim Nash here: http://www.sustainableeconomist.com/

Once we get back, perhaps you want to check out our cool FREE event on Sept 25th! See below.

Opt-Out: Sharing As A Political Act (a kick-ass town hall)

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Green Majority will be hosting a town-hall style event on what happens when we scale up the sharing economy here in Toronto on Thursday September 25th @ 6pm – 11pm @ the Centre for Social Innovation. It features an amazing panel of speakers, but more importantly the speakers will only be presenting for a few min each before opening the floor to a full-hour of Q&A followed by drinks + food + networking.

Our panelists include:

Camille Labchuk – Green Party Candidate for Trinity-Spadina in Toronto (more here…)

Tim Nash – The Sustainable Economist (more here…)

Lucy Gao – Toronto Curator for Collaborative Consumption (more here…)

Lawrence Alvarez – Co-Founder of Toronto Tool Library and President @ Institute for a Resource Based Economy (more here…)

Tickets are FREE but please register to make sure you get a seat.

Sign up here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/opting-out-sharing-as-a-political-act-tickets-12924574751

As you might have heard, we are now producing high-quality interviews in full HD video as well as memberships that get you exclusive members content each week!

This weeks Music: 

Carl Sagan – Pale Blue Dot (we are here)

Symphony of Science – Our Biggest Challenge (Climate Change Music Video)