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Local, national and international environmental issues from grassroots, activist perspectives with a strong social justice focus. Distributed nationally on the Community Radio Network.

Earth Matters Em Gayfer, Megan Williams, Pauline Vetuna, Teishan Ahearne, Bec Horridge, Else Kennedy & Nicky Stott

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Local, national and international environmental issues from grassroots, activist perspectives with a strong social justice focus. Distributed nationally on the Community Radio Network.

    Plans to Pump the Fitzroy

    Plans to Pump the Fitzroy

    The Martuwarra or Fitzroy River in the Kimberely, WA, is one of the last pristine rivers on Earth, but farming magnates are seeking to open up this unique ecosystem to irrigation and undermine decades of community action to protect this river system.  Guests: Dr Anne Poelina, Nyikina Warrwa Traditional Owner and Chair of the Martuwarra Fitzroy River CouncilMartin Pritchard, Director of Environs KimberleyMonique Barker, Campaign Coordinator of Kimberley - Like Nowhere Else Sign the petition to protect the Martuwarra - Fitzroy Riverhttps://www.environskimberley.org.au/protect_fitzroy This week's show is #1267 and was produced by Megan Williams

    Calling for a referendum on the environment and a renewables led recovery. & NSW, VIC, TAS forest campain updates

    Calling for a referendum on the environment and a renewables led recovery. & NSW, VIC, TAS forest campain updates

    The school strikers for climate action are back!   Rosie and Jimmy will tell you clearly what  they want.  Into the lawns of Parliament House Canberran,  they plant hundreds of  placards made by school students  protesting against Morrisons gas led recovery and for renewable energy.  " I have had to miss out on my school and learning  so that I can do the job the adults are  meant to be doing."  Jimmy,School Striker                     When the challenges we face seem huge, it is reassuring to talk to some who has been campaigning  longer than most.  Margaret Blakers advises  on why legal responsibility for  the environment  must  ultimately remain with the  federal government   and not  be handed over to the state governments.          "It has to be on the desk of the prime minister  of the country if koalas are going to be sent extinct."   Margaret Blakers                                 She calls for a referendum on the environment and stares down the gas led recovery outing it as expensive  and  "stupid". Guests: Margaret Blakers              School Strikers: Jimmy and Rosie:  Music: The Formidable Vegetables: The Climate Movement Links:Womens Environmental Leadership Australia  School Strike for Climate Australia Earth Matters    #1264 was produced by Bec Horridge

    Not-so-golden rice: Agro-imperialism in a time of COVID-19 (Part 3—Final)

    Not-so-golden rice: Agro-imperialism in a time of COVID-19 (Part 3—Final)

    Not-so-golden rice: Agro-imperialism in a time of COVID-19 (Part 3—Final)The Gates Foundation funded project ‘Golden Rice’ is an unnecessary and unwanted GMO technology driven by big agriculture corporations purely for profit. It endangers agrobiodiversity, self-determination and community health in the global south. Agroecologists & small-medium/peasant farmer networks have been campaigning against the propagation and commercialisation of Golden Rice since the mid-2000s via protest and direct action resistance.But in the looming COVID-19 recession—as the UN predicts the worst global food crisis in more than 50 years—corporate agri-imperialists are shamelessly taking advantage by amping up Golden Rice hype as a “solution” to the worsening hunger and malnutrition associated with the pandemic.This is the final episode of a three part series featuring concerned activists from the Stop Golden Rice Network speaking at an urgent online forum to commemorate the International Day of Action Against Golden Rice. Speakers:Sarojeni Rengam (Pesticide Action Network Asia Pacific) on anti GMO & Stop Golden Rice resistance movement.Neth Daño (ETC Group) how big tech philanthro-capitalists like the Gates Foundation are commandeering global food systems.  Earth Matters #1263 was produced by Nicky StottLISTEN to Not-so-golden rice Part 1 hereLISTEN to Not-so-golden rice Part 2 here

    Workers for Climate Action

    Workers for Climate Action

    At the beginning of the pandemic the Morrison Federal government announced the creation of the COVID commission. Stacked with mining and fossil fuel interests, it’s little surprise that now in September the government is pushing what it calls a ‘gas led recovery.’ But could a different COVID recovery be possible - or maybe even necessary?  On this week's show we talk with Dylan Goldsworthy from Workers for Climate Action Melbourne, about why we need to be organising in our workplaces and across our unions to fight for a just and sustainable future.  And then later in the show, it’s been 20 years since the protests against the World Economic Forum meeting in Melbourne, known as s11. We dig into the archives and listen back to 3CR’s coverage of the movements that came together with the message that another world is possible.  Earth Matters #1262 was produced by Teishan Ahearne.  Links:  Globalisation Unplugged  The NT Fight Against Fracking  School Strike for Climate  Materials for unionists for September 25  Workers for Climate Action Melbourne  

    Inquiry Into Fast Tracked Dams

    Inquiry Into Fast Tracked Dams

    A NSW Upper House inquiry is underway into the impacts of dams in the Murray Darling fast tracked by NSW Government.The Murray-Darling supports RAMSAR wetlands and critical ecosystems for endangered fish & migratory birds and supplies food for millions. So whether you live near a project, downstream or elsewhere in Australia these projects effect you! This week on Earth Matters we hear from community members opposing the Wyangala Dam and Macquarie Re-regulating Weir as well and the NSW State Upper House Greens MP chairing the inquiry.Make a Submission by Sept 22ndhttps://www.melbournefoe.org.au/no_new_damsLearn more about Wiradjuri Culturehttps://burambabili.org/ GuestsMel Gray - Healthy Rivers DubboRaymond Woods - Wiradjuri ElderCate Faehrmenn - NSW Greens MPShow #1261 was produced by Megan Williams 

    Not-so-golden rice: Agro-imperialism in a time of COVID-19 (Part 2)

    Not-so-golden rice: Agro-imperialism in a time of COVID-19 (Part 2)

    Not-so-golden rice: Agro-imperialism in a time of COVID-19 (Part 2) The Gates Foundation funded project ‘Golden Rice’ is an unnecessary and unwanted GMO technology driven by big agriculture corporations purely for profit. It endangers agrobiodiversity, self-determination and community health in the global south. Agroecologists & small-medium/peasant farmer networks have been campaigning against the propagation and commercialisation of Golden Rice since the mid-2000s via protest and direct action resistance. But in the looming COVID-19 recession—as the UN predicts the worst global food crisis in more than 50 years—corporate agri-imperialists are shamelessly taking advantage by amping up Golden Rice hype as a “solution” to the worsening hunger and malnutrition associated with the pandemic. This is Episode 2 of a three part series featuring concerned activists from the Stop Golden Rice Network speaking at an urgent online forum to commemorate the International Day of Action Against Golden Rice. Cris Panerio from the farmer-led network MASIPAG in the Philippines speaks about the history of Golden Rice field trials and where the controversial GMO editing technique CRISPR has been used—and reminds us that locally grown, organic food continues to offer a far superior source of nutrition, biodiversity and sustainability than any GMO product.Earth Matters #1260 was produced by Nicky StottLISTEN to Not-so-golden rice Part 1 hereLISTEN to Not-so-golden rice Part 3—Final here

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