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We all know about the doom and gloom associated with environmental issues. We need to tell ourselves a new story. Instead let's talk about energy independence, green jobs, livable cities, clean water, clean air, and healthy children. This is where politics, perceptions, and life-style meet the catastrophe that is unfolding in front of our eyes. Here's a suggestion — subscribe, tune-in, and stop doom-scrolling.

The Green Elephant in the Room: Solutions To Restoring the Health of People and the Living Planett Rico Verde

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We all know about the doom and gloom associated with environmental issues. We need to tell ourselves a new story. Instead let's talk about energy independence, green jobs, livable cities, clean water, clean air, and healthy children. This is where politics, perceptions, and life-style meet the catastrophe that is unfolding in front of our eyes. Here's a suggestion — subscribe, tune-in, and stop doom-scrolling.

    GOLD — After the Shine

    GOLD — After the Shine

    Gold has been an object of desire forever. Why? It's shiny! Humans like shiny things. Gold is also scarce, which adds value. There are rarer metals than gold, but the yellow metal is more recognizable to the naked eye. There has been a cultural feedback mechanism over the centuries so that we get taught that gold is valuable, therefore it is. So, it is a more obvious sign of status and conspicuous consumption. That's why we make our most significant objects, wedding rings, Olympic medals, Oscars, money, religious art from this hot blonde metal. Unfortunately the days of the old prospector and his mule finding giant nuggets and rich veins of gold are over. Today the gold we mine comes in the form of tiny microscopic specks. To extract those small flakes we have to use toxic substances like mercury and cyanide. A lot of it. The gold used to make a single gold ring produces 26 tons of mine waste - the weight of more than seven African elephants. To do all this it takes a mining infrastructure that is inconceivably colossal. Give a listen for alternative sources of guilt-free gold. 2. Also we are introducing a new feature, "A little bit of hope" because we could all use more of that. 

    • 23 min
    8 Billion People :: One Humanity - Part Two

    8 Billion People :: One Humanity - Part Two

    In this episode, first, we’ll put to rest the constant debate over: 
    Is it over-consumption or over-population that is intensifying the climate and wider ecological crisis?Then we will look at our biological nature and the reasons for having children. Next, the profound and delicate subject of what are the moral implications of having children in the age of climate change?Crucially we go directly to the source and talk to children themselves about being born into today’s climate compromised world.And finally, the simple, affordable, and life affirming solution to over-population and the burdens it’s putting on the earth’s living biosphere.  

    • 34 min
    Eight Billion People, One Humanity: Part One

    Eight Billion People, One Humanity: Part One

    On 15 November 2022, the world’s population is projected to reach 8 billion people, a milestone in human development and humanities future. 


    This unprecedented growth is due to the gradual increase in human lifespan owing to improvements in public health, nutrition, personal hygiene and medicine. It is also the result of high and persistent levels of fertility in some countries.
     
    8,000 million people on the planet. What does that even mean?
     
    This first of two podcasts episodes explores humanities humble beginnings and why we are the population juggernaut we are today. 
     
    We examine the factors that caused this phenomenal realization and the single recognition that caused our numbers to grow sky-high. 
     
    We also look at any perceived advantages of rapid population growth, and the difficulties and misconceptions associated with it. 
     
    In part two of our podcast on Population we will take a closer look at environmental impacts and pressures of the rapidly expanding number of humans, and to the simple, affordable and human-life affirming solution to over-population. 
    Finally, we will delve into the third rail of climate and environmental politics: with all we know, is it ethical to have children in our rapidly changing world?
     
     

    • 29 min
    Is Extinction Our Destiny? — Part 2

    Is Extinction Our Destiny? — Part 2

    Animals and people have been living together for thousands of years, but the past 100 years have been extraordinary in the amount of change in those relationships.  Why would you guess?  Understanding the history of the human-animal relationship is key to the preservation of nature, and reducing the drastic decline of native wild animal and plant populations.  It is instructive to look at the enterprise of extinction management today. You could call it The New Noah’s Ark.  The animals that are saved from extinction will be the animals we choose to save.  Listen in to find out what’s our criteria for what gets saved.  Scientist tell us that the vast majority of species and their ecosystems can be saved with one bold proposal. It may seem radical — however, it may be more radical if we don’t do it. Tune in to see if you agree. 

    • 23 min
    Are We the Dinosaur...or the Asteroid? Extinction Part 1

    Are We the Dinosaur...or the Asteroid? Extinction Part 1

    Extinctions, even mass extinctions, are not unprecedented. The "Big Five" extinction events in the long history of life have been devastating. What was the cause of all of the major extinction events? It might surprise you... 

    In modern times, humans historically have caused a great many annihilations of species. Early Americans were responsible for the greatest animal extermination involving billions of creatures. Tune in - it's an amazing story. 

    What is it going to take to save the endangered plants and animals today? We are very capable of doing it. Do we want to? Listen in for a better understanding, and to possibly motivate some respect and restraint in the biological holocaust that is happening all around us. 
     

    • 22 min
    Do We Live Better than the Kings and Queens of Old? (Episode 9: Rebroadcast)

    Do We Live Better than the Kings and Queens of Old? (Episode 9: Rebroadcast)

    THINK OF ALL THE BENEFITS OF BEING A KING OR QUEEN
    Giant castles, vast armies at your command, and unlimited wealth. What could be more appealing than the prestige and power that comes with royalty? 
    Just think of all the people waiting on you. Imagine all your privileges, including your own court jester to entertain you, and lots of soldiers that you can use to expand or defend your territory. 
    You would get to live in a big beautiful  castle, and people from all around would seek your attention and bestow complements and gifts upon you and your family. 
    Could there possibly be a better way to live than being a successful king or queen? Could it be that the average person’s life (yours for example) be better than being royalty? 
    Could it be that living like a King is not enough? The answer may surprise you — and the answer to what will make us happy may also.

    • 24 min

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