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A sustainability and climate crisis podcast made for local radio in Central Victoria, Australia, but relevant to communities everywhere. Each week is a new in depth interview with people who are involved in the environmental movement. Activists, farmers, artists, scientists, community workers and concerned citizens all offer their perspective and experiences.

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A sustainability and climate crisis podcast made for local radio in Central Victoria, Australia, but relevant to communities everywhere. Each week is a new in depth interview with people who are involved in the environmental movement. Activists, farmers, artists, scientists, community workers and concerned citizens all offer their perspective and experiences.

    S2 E19 Cam Walker and Friends of the Earth (FoE)

    S2 E19 Cam Walker and Friends of the Earth (FoE)

    In this episode we speak with Cam Walker who has been working at Friends of the Earth (FoE) for 30 years and has been an activist for even longer than that.  If you want someone who really understands the push and pull, the nuance and dynamics of running a long term campaign for the environment Cam is your guy. Today I talk to him about friends of the Earth, his life, what he sees as important in regional communities like central Victoria and what is the most important thing you can do today to help keep our government on track in this time of Covid 19 management and recovery.
     
    Links:
     
    To learn more about Friends of the Earth and their campaigns check out their websites:
    FoE Melbourne
    FoE International
     
    If you want to hear more from Cam he has a blog called The Mountain Journal
     
    If you are inspired to write to your local or federal politicians about the need to keep our post Covid 19 economic stimulus clean and green go to: 
    Prime Minister
     
    Find your local minister or a particular one such as the minister for energy or environment.
     
    Book Review:
    To borrow audio books and e-books from your local library you can use the app Borrow Box 
    Tim Flannery: The Weather Makers
     

    • 45 min
    S2 E18 Deep Ecology and Non Violent Direct Action

    S2 E18 Deep Ecology and Non Violent Direct Action

    In this episode I speak with Castlemaine local, Kerry Calcraft, who spent her twenties protesting logging in Western Australia at Giblett forest.  We discuss the training she got in Deep Ecology and Non Violent Direct Action and how that has impacted her life since then... including how it helps her during this Covid-19 pandemic and into the future as the climate emergency increases.
    We also have a recycling tips segment at the end of the episode. 
     
    Links:
    Non Violent Direct Action:
    How the Stanford University King Institute describes Martin Luther King’s journey to nonviolent direct action:
    https://kinginstitute.stanford.edu/encyclopedia/nonviolence
    The Commons Social Change Library is a rich resource for further reading on Non-violent Direct Action:
    https://commonslibrary.org/nonviolent-direct-action-nvda-start-here/
     
    Deep Ecology: 
    About Arne Naess, the originator of Deep Ecology:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arne_N%C3%A6ss
    An interesting article about Deep Ecology and Arne Naess:
    https://www.schumachercollege.org.uk/learning-resources/what-is-deep-ecology
    Joanna Macy Website:
    https://www.joannamacy.net/main
     
    WA forest protests:
    This is a call to action for the Giblett forest from 1997:
    http://www.rainforestinfo.org.au/wrr37/giblett.htm
    A list of groups that unite to help protect the forests:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Australian_Forest_Alliance
    South West Forest Defence Foundation:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_West_Forests_Defence_Foundation
     
    Recycling tips from Sustainability Victoria:
    https://www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/About-us/Latest-news/2019/03/05/03/08/Keep-up-your-good-recycling-habits

    • 51 min
    S2 E17 Adani Coal Mine and its protesters

    S2 E17 Adani Coal Mine and its protesters

    In this episode I speak with a family of activists about the Adani coal mine and why it is being protested. 
    Ben Laycock, Jacynta Walsh and their daughter Rilka Laycock-Walsh have each participated in different ways; Ben joined last year's Adani convoy as lead by Bob Brown, Rilka has been protesting Adani with non violent direct action and all three have lead a life of environmental activism.
     
       
    LINKS:
    Information about the Traditional Owners in the Galillee Basin where the Adani mine is happening and what they have been doing to stop the mine:
    https://wanganjagalingou.com.au/our-fight/
     
    About the Adani coal mine:
    https://www.stopadani.com/why_stop_adani
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-04-26/what-we-know-about-adanis-carmichael-coal-mine-project/11049938
     
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carmichael_coal_mine
    https://www.adaniaustralia.com/
     
    Protest groups mentioned in the show - each name below is a link, so click away to find out more:
    FLAC – Frontline Action on Coal
    Stop Adani
    Galilee Rising
    Extinction Rebellion
    Galilee Blockade
    FOE
    Climate for Change
    Whistleblowers, Activists and Citizens Alliance (WACA)
    Latin American Solidarity Network (LASNET)
    Knitting Nanas
    An article about protesters at camp Binbee and what they are up against:
    https://www.echo.net.au/2019/08/from-lismore-to-camp-binbee-fighting-adani-every-step-of-the-way/ 
     
    Art Swank interview with Ben Laycock about how his art practice and his activism interact:
    https://soundcloud.com/mainfm-1/ben-laycock-art-and-activism?in=mainfm-1/sets/art-swank-series-the-bigger
     
    Transition Towns episode as mentioned at the start of this episode:
    https://saltgrass.podbean.com/e/s2-e3-transition-towns/
     

    • 55 min
    S2 E16 Natural Funerals

    S2 E16 Natural Funerals

    In this episode we speak with a funeral director and an artist about how we can exit this world with as little harm as possible. Libby Moloney from Natural Grace Funerals in Woodend talks about how she got into the industry of natural funerals and what is really possible in terms of our choices when it is time to return to the earth.
    Then Helen Bodicomb talks to us about her fully biodegradable artwork which is also her future funeral shroud. 
    The image for this weeks show is of Helen's artwork 'Shroud' created in 2019.
     
    Links:
     
    Libby Moloney's funeral company Natural Grace:
    https://naturalgrace.com.au/
     
    Natural Death Advocacy Network
    https://ndan.com.au/
     
    Dying to Know Day by the Groundswell Project
    https://www.thegroundswellproject.com/dyingtoknowday
     
     15 Trees Project
     https://15trees.com.au/
     
     Egg shaped pod burial idea:
    https://www.dezeen.com/2019/03/31/capsula-mundi-egg-shaped-burial-pod/
     
    Mushroom burial suit:
    https://coeio.com/coeio-story/
     
    Helen Bodicomb, artist
    https://helenbodycomb.com/
    https://helenbodycomb.com/portfolio/shroud/

    • 1 hr 7 min
    S2 E15 Deb Taylor - The Long Ride

    S2 E15 Deb Taylor - The Long Ride

    In this episode I speak with Deb Taylor about her sustainable business choices and her bike ride across the Nullarbor Plain. A six week journey across one of the most iconic Australian landscapes.  She rode approximately 2,468 km from Port Lincoln in South Australia, to Busselton in Western Australia. I wanted to know why she wanted to do it and what it was like for her.  From the practicalities of making a trip like that to the meaning of what it is to be a successful human being... join us.
     
    Links:
    Nullarbor
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nullarbor_Plain
     
    Use Things:        
    https://www.usethings.com.au/
     
    La Spotiva running shoes:            
    https://www.lasportiva.com/en/one-percent-for-the-planet
    https://www.lasportiva.com/in-love-with-nature
     
    Post Resante:
    https://community.auspost.com.au/s/article/Im-a-visitor-or-tourist-in-Australia-without-a-fixed-address-Can-I-have-an-item-delivered-Post-Restante-or-to-care-of-a-post-office?language=en_AU

    • 51 min
    S2 E14 In the Beginning - Nappies

    S2 E14 In the Beginning - Nappies

    In today's show we have three interviews with people doing sustainable babies in very different ways. Firstly Joan Webster tells us how it was back in the day when you boiled a copper to wash all your clothes, including the cloth nappies (diapers). Then I speak to new parents Alex and Mark, about using washable nappies these days... finally I have a chat with Nickie and Miles about how they raised their daughter nappy free!
    If you LOVE poo... listen to Episode 2 where we talk about sustainable ways to manage your dog's poo.  And Episode 10 'coronavirus and Human Signs' where we looked at what to use when there is no toilet paper to be found. Stay tuned for future episodes about composting loos and how to do it right at festivals!
     
    Some fast facts about nappies:
    "Although disposable diapers need to be exposed to oxygen and sunlight to decompose, they do not degrade well in a landfill. What's more, disposable diapers take about 500 years to decompose. The millions of tons of untreated waste added to landfills each year through plastic diapers can contaminate ground water."
    https://oureverydaylife.com/environmental-impact-of-disposable-diapers-5088905.html
     
    "Every child has about 6500 nappy changes, generating one tonne of plastic waste each. Damage is caused by nappies disintegrating into the environment, forming microplastics which can maim and kill fish, mammals and birds, and filter into the food chain for humans."
    https://www.mags4dorset.co.uk/join-geccos-real-nappy-campaign-and-ditch-plastic-nappies/#.XpVHhcgzbIU
     
    Resources:
    Diaper Free: The Gentle Wisdom of Natural Infant Hygieneby Ingrid Bauer
    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1132111.Diaper_Free
     
    The Continuum Concept: In Search of Happiness Lostby Jean Liedloff
    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/331046.The_Continuum_Concept
     
    Washable Nappy advice website.  They also have a great facebook page where you can ask your questions and get support:
    https://cleanclothnappies.com/

    • 47 min

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