Climate Change and Human Extinction — A Personal Perspective (262)

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"Just one source, methane from the arctic…leads us [by 2030] to…a temperature beyond which humans have never existed on the planet." Guy McPherson, professor emeritus of University of Arizona in Environmental Studies, shares highlights from his compilation of recent reports … [Read more...]

Catch the Rain (255)

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Savvy Seattleites are capturing rain from their rooftops not only to water their yards, but to slow runoff into the streets. Jim Bristow gives a gutter-to-ground tour of a residential system, including small-profile cisterns tucked beside the house. Jim also shows a "rain … [Read more...]

Climate Change and Fukushima – Radio Ecoshock Paints the Big Picture (251)

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Two ongoing environmental events are affecting all life on the planet, even if it's not yet noticeable where you live. Alex Smith of Radio Ecoshock is watching climate change and Fukushima very closely. In this program, he summarizes the latest reports and predictions. … [Read more...]

Peak Oil Impact on Cities, Survival & Culture – Vancouver 2006

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Dealing with Community Change under Stress Seeking out New Leaders In the summer of 2006, we videoed the second seminar on Peak Oil and Oil Shock Impacts on Cities and Society hosted by the Strategic Sustainable Planning Committee of the Vancouver City Planning Commission … [Read more...]

David Suzuki’s Keynote at PowerShift BC 2013

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"I come as an elder without an agenda," were keynoter David Suzuki's opening words at PowerShift BC 2013 in Victoria, Coast Salish Territories, B.C. Canada. From my notes: What happens in the next few years is critical for you, the youth. The party is over. We Elders … [Read more...]

Seeing the Forest Community Through the Trees (243)

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Restoration forester Matthew Hall has a vision for the Aprovecho woods: a managed ancient forest. Weaker trees are made into products while the larger trees stay in the forest forever. He retains nature's changes (like storm-dropped trees). He recruits snags. Tops snapped … [Read more...]

An Eco-Sense House – Natural Building, Natural Living (230)

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The Eco-Sense House is alive! From dream (see episode 103) to reality. Its curving cob walls embrace Ann and Gord Baird's three-generation family. A living roof offers summer cooling and filters winter rains stored for garden water. The composting toilet provides rich soil … [Read more...]

Free Geek — Reviving Computers, Empowering People (228)

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Take a whirlwind tour of Free Geek, powered almost entirely by volunteers. Free Geek keeps electronic stuff out of the landfill while refurbishing computers. "Volunteer for 24 hours, and you get a free computer, a class on how to use it, and a year of free tech support," … [Read more...]

Applying a Peak Oil Filter to Financial Choices (222)

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"If peak oil occurs, it will dominate most everything else that we do, because energy drives everything." Financial consultant Jim Hansen's peak oil filter doesn't just guide  investment decisions for his client portfolios. He applies it to his personal lifestyle (you may be … [Read more...]

Human-Powered Machines – Can Pedals Power the World? (221)

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Jump on that bike and power up the blender for your morning smoothie! Matthew Corson-Finnerty shows several machines he has developed while at Aprovecho Center in Oregon. Watch us pedal power an electricity generator, a grain mill, a blender, and a straw-chopper. Matthew … [Read more...]