Meet the environmental and social justice changemakers who are taking on the world’s wicked problems head on with new and inventive solutions. You will come away inspired and hopeful.
Dreaming the Salinas
Known as the “upside-down river,” the Salinas River has its source in San Luis Obispo County and runs north to empty into Monterey Bay. Polluted with agriculture runoff and choked with invasive species, the Salinas River is one of the most degraded rivers in California. Devin Best, Executive Director of the Upper Salinas-Las Tablas Resource Conservation District will talk about efforts to create a watershed management plan to save the river.
Supporting Our Dreamers
Adrienne Garcia-Specht, Steering Committee Member for San Luis Obispo's Central Coast Coalition for Undocumented Student Success, talks about the Coalition's mission of creating social change to ensure educational equality for all students, and how they support undocumented students achieve their goals of graduation and college.
San Luis Obispo is Going Carbon Neutral by 2035
In 2018, San Luis Obispo city leaders set an ambitious target date for achieving carbon neutrality: 2035. This is a decade sooner than the same goal set by former Governor Jerry Brown for the State of California. How are they going to do this? Our guests Heidi Harmon and Chris Read will talk about how they were able to get the initiative adopted and how they plan to implement it.
Episode 7: Stories That Change the World: The Work of the Population Media Center
Population Media Center creates powerful TV and radio shows that catalyze social norm change, helping more than 500 million people in over 50 countries live healthier lives. William Ryerson, President of PMC tells how they do it and shares stories of success.
Episode 6 - Toward an Ecological Civilization
Eileen Crist, author and associate professor in the Department of Science, Technology and Society at Virginia Tech, discusses her latest book, "Abundant Earth." Crist calls for a profound shift in the way humanity is addressing the extinction crisis.
Episode 5: Running a Sierra Club Chapter
Grassroots environmental activism is hard work. Monitoring local media, writing op ed pieces and letters to the editor, attending city council and county supervisors meetings, supervising targeted litigation and promoting green initiatives are all part of the job. Andrew Christie, Executive Director of a small Sierra Club chapter based in San Luis Obispo, describes his typical day.