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Dedicated to environmental philosophy, featuring lively discussions between people active in the effort to bring biotic health to our communities and commonwealth.

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Dedicated to environmental philosophy, featuring lively discussions between people active in the effort to bring biotic health to our communities and commonwealth.

    Native Plants, Community Activism, and Ecological Restoration with Parker Davis

    Native Plants, Community Activism, and Ecological Restoration with Parker Davis

    Welcome to Biocitizen Banter, a podcast dedicated to environmental philosophy featuring lively discussions between people active in the effort to bring biotic health to our communities and commonwealth.



    In this episode Program Director of Biocitizen LA, Benny Jacobs-Schwartz interviews Parker Davis, the Director of Marketing and Communications at the Hahamongna Native Plant Nursery.  







    Davis is a Pasadena native with a background in fine arts, he has an aesthetic obsession with California native plants. He works with volunteers, propagating plants for restoring natural areas & beautifying the local community’s neighborhoods and public spaces.



    The Hahamongna Native Plant Nursery is a project of the Arroyo Seco Foundation, one of Biocitizen LA’s local partners, and is an amazing classroom we use to share the importance of native plants with our students!



    Enjoy their discussion about how hyper-local native plants, habitat restoration, political activism and education are all related to the goal of reintroducing the endangered Southern California Steelhead Trout to the Arroyo Seco River.







     



     





     

    Biocitizen Banter #6: The Biopolitics of COVID-19 with Jerry Phillips

    Biocitizen Banter #6: The Biopolitics of COVID-19 with Jerry Phillips

    Welcome to Biocitizen Banter, a podcast dedicated to environmental philosophy featuring lively discussions between people active in the effort to bring biotic health to our communities and commonwealth.



    In this episode, The Biopolitics of COVID-19, Kurt Heidinger interviews Dr. Jerry Phillips, literature professor at the University of Connecticut, Storrs.



    Our contexts:



    1) "[The UN agency’s director general, Guy Ryder] said he hoped governments would recognise that they needed to reconstruct their economies around better working practices and “not a return to the pre-pandemic world of precarious work for the majority”.



    He said: “The pandemic has laid bare just how precarious, just how fragile, just how unequal our world of work is. It is commonly said that this pandemic does not discriminate, and in medical terms that is right. We can all be struck by the pandemic.



    “But in terms of the economic and social effects, this pandemic discriminates massively and above all it discriminates against those who are at the bottom end of the world of work, those who don’t have protection, those who don’t have resources and the basics of what we would call the essentials of a normal life.”



    2) Foucault recognized a) all human societies are fundamentally biological and b) that "politics" is the way societies determine how humans, in particular, are given or denied vitality/life.



    The biopolitics of COVID-19 involves the way our government determines who lives and who dies, what vanishes and what endures, and what is created, as it infects us.



    3) Darwin's acknowledgement of Malthus as a primary influence, found in his Autobiography: 





    "In October 1838, fifteen months after I had begun my systematic inquiry, I happened to read for amusement Malthus on Population, and being prepared to appreciate the struggle for existence which everywhere goes on, from long-continued observation of the habits of animals and plants, it at once struck me that under these circumstances favourable variations would tend to be preserved, and unfavourable ones to be destroyed. The result would be the formation of a new species."



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    Biocitizen Banter #5: Interview with Filmmaker Samantha Bode, Creator of The Longest Straw!

    Biocitizen Banter #5: Interview with Filmmaker Samantha Bode, Creator of The Longest Straw!

    Welcome to Biocitizen Banter, a podcast dedicated to environmental philosophy featuring lively discussions between people active in the effort to bring biotic health to our communities and commonwealth.



    In this episode California Ex. Director Jesse Carmichael interviews filmmaker Samantha Bode whose documentary, The Longest Straw, tells the story of  the real impact of the LA Aqueduct - the primary source of all of LA’s water.







    This discussion introduces you to the predicament Los Angeles is in, a giant coastal desert city drawing—perilously and complacently—its very life from water sources far from its dwellers' attention or awareness. It also discusses what positive steps can be taken to prepare for the future, including how to practice permaculture techniques even in the middle of the city. Samatha's is a voice of inspiration, urging us all to ACT!

    Biocitizen Banter #4: Interview with Javiera Malebrán Muñoz, Educator at the Omora Ethnobotanical Park in Cape Horn!

    Biocitizen Banter #4: Interview with Javiera Malebrán Muñoz, Educator at the Omora Ethnobotanical Park in Cape Horn!

    Welcome to Biocitizen Banter, a podcast dedicated to environmental philosophy featuring lively discussions between people active in the effort to bring biotic health to our communities and commonwealth.



    In this episode Ex. Director Dr. Kurt Heidinger interviews Javiera Malebrán Muñoz who has been teaching Field Environmental Philosophy for the past 5 years at the Omora Ethnobotanical Park in the Cape Horn archipelago in southernmost Chile. She has worked closely with our friends Drs. Ricardo Rozzi and Francisca Massardo and also with LA director Jesse Carmichael and Chile director Vicente Aguirre Diez.



    Javi was supposed to come to Western Massachusetts this summer to share her immense cultural and academic background with Our Place students, but COVID-19 cancelled out plans.



    This discussion introduces you to her, and her Omora Park friends', powerful way of imagining a world where we live as "family" with all the creatures we share our biomes with. Hers is a voice of inspiration, urging us all to ACT!



    Isla Navarino, looking over the Beagle Channel to Tierra Del Fuego



    Javi is on the left, Jesse on the right and up on top is Marysia!

    Biocitizen Banter #3: Interview with Lila Higgins, Author of Wild LA!

    Biocitizen Banter #3: Interview with Lila Higgins, Author of Wild LA!

    Welcome to Biocitizen Banter, a podcast dedicated to environmental philosophy featuring lively discussions between people active in the effort to bring biotic health to our communities and commonwealth.



    In this episode Co-Director of Biocitizen LA, Benny Jacobs-Schwartz interviews Lila Higgins, the Senior Manager of Community Science at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, founder of City Nature Challenge, and author of the widely acclaimed urban ecology resource Wild LA!



    Enjoy their discussion about nature immersion, exciting community science observations, her favorite LA ecology hotspots, and how to locally engage with the healing aspects of nature during quarantine!

    Biocitizen Banter #2: Interview with Eugene Hargrove, Founder of Environmental Ethics

    Biocitizen Banter #2: Interview with Eugene Hargrove, Founder of Environmental Ethics

    Welcome to Biocitizen Banter, a podcast dedicated to environmental philosophy featuring lively discussions between people active in the effort to bring biotic health to our communities and commonwealth.



    In this episode, Kurt Heidinger interviews Eugene Hargrove, who founded the journal Environmental Ethics, authored  Foundation of Environmental Ethics, and played a major role in establishing Environmental Philosophy as a subject of study from the elementary school- to the graduate degree- level. We hear what drove Dr. Hargrove to create the field of study, and why it remains an essential subject as we enter the Anthropocene.



    As a professor (now emeritus) at the University of North Texas, Dr. Hargrove has studied and taught nationally and in Europe, Asia and Chile, and as the director of the Center for Environmental Philosophy has mentored many proteges here and abroad. He's also been an avid supporter of the Fundacion Omora run by Ricardo Rozzi and Francisca Massardo in Chile, and serves presently as a Biocitizen board member.



    Dr. Hargrove's essay Anglo-American Land Use Attitudes explains how we in the USA have inherited a tradition of viewing land as property, and how that view that determines our relationship with, and treatment of, the living systems that sustain us.  It's a classic expression of environmental philosophy and ethics, and you can read it here.



    > In the discussion of these attitudes, Gene mentions a cave he saved; it's the Devil's Icebox: take a look.

Customer Reviews

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6 Ratings

HaaaamAndCheese ,

Brilliant!

Incredibly insightful, articulate, and charming. I'm hooked right off the bat! Looking forward to more.

UrsaRH ,

Great conversations among experts!

Jerry Phillips interview was stellar. Articulate and Brilliant💥

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