This is the podcast for people that can't wait to switch to renewable energy. Each episode includes an interview with someone who is fighting climate change with clean power.
A New Climate Change Podcast
I’m excited to let you know that Keaton and I have just launched a new podcast called How To Stop Climate Change. It’s a show about the people that are working to fix the climate crisis. Sometimes it seems like no one is doing anything about this upcoming catastrophe.
It’s true that most of the world’s leaders aren’t doing nearly enough, but a lot of people are hard at work every day trying to change our course. It’s not just people in renewable energy or in the activist community. There are people fighting climate change in nearly every industry, from agriculture to transportation.
How To Stop Climate Change will share stories about the determined people who are working on the climate crisis. We’ll also take a look at the actions and policies that could make a real difference and identify the things you shouldn’t waste your time worrying about.
Thanks so much for listening to Clean Power Planet over the years. It’s been fun and I’ve learned a lot from the amazing people that we’ve interviewed.
We hope you enjoy How To Stop Climate Change. Episode 1 is already live. Please look for it on your favorite podcast app and subscribe. If you like it, please take a second and give it a positive rating.
You can find it here:
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Retraining Coal Miners for Energy Efficiency Work - Frank Morris
Frank Morris is a former coal miner who was retrained as a residential energy specialist through the New Energy Intern program. This is the third episode in a three-part series about the program, which helps out of work coal miners train for jobs in energy efficiency. Frank now works for the Appalachia Heat Squad and the Housing Development Alliance.
The New Energy Intern program is run by MACED (the Mountain Association for Community and Economic Development) with funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC)
Here is an excerpt
DB: Would you like to see your kids work in coal mining when they get older?
FM: If my son picks up a coal shovel I might smack him with it.
DB: Alright, you should warn him about that in advance though.
FM: Oh yeah!
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MACED has a lot of fantastic programs for people and businesses in Eastern Kentucky. You can find out more about them at MACED.org. If you’re interested in the New Energy Intern program contact Chris Woolery (email@example.com).
The episodes in this series were recorded at Appalshop in Whitesburg, Kentucky which is a fantastic organization that helps people in the region tell their stories through music, film, video, art - you name it. You can find out more about them at Appalshop.org.
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Retraining Coal Miners for Energy Efficiency Work - John Craft
This is the second episode in a three part series about out-of-work coal miners in Eastern Kentucky that are being retrained to do energy efficiency work through the New Energy Intern program. It was created by the Mountain Association for Community and Economic Development or MACED. In the first episode of the series Rachel Norton from MACED told us about the program.
Today we’re talking to John Craft. He’s spent a lot of his working life as a coal miner, in both underground and surface mines. He started out doing surface mining permit work at 19 and did a lot of different types of mining jobs over the years. He finally left mining in 1995, partly because he got a bad chest x-ray but also because he saw the decline coming in the coal industry.
Now John’s starting his own energy efficiency company, and looking forward to helping people in Eastern Kentucky cut their electricity and gas bills and save money. That means more fossil fuels can stay in the ground. He’s got some great stories to share.
Here’s an excerpt.
David: So if you realized that coal didn’t have a great future in ‘92 I’d say that you were a few years ahead of people because there’s still plenty of people that are hoping it will come back.
John: Coal will never be back. Ever. It’s too dirty. We can’t do it and live on this planet.
David: When you talk to guys that you used to work with, what do they say about it? Do they feel the same way as you?
John: Everybody I used to work with is on disability man.
Our next episode will feature Frank Morris, another of MACED’s New Energy Interns.
MACED has a lot of fantastic programs for people and businesses in Eastern Kentucky. You can find out more about them at maced.org.
The episodes in this series were recorded at Appalshop in Whitesburg, Kentucky which is a fantastic organization that helps people in the region tell their stories through music, film, video, art - you name it. You can find out more about them at appalshop.org.
Retraining Coal Miners for Energy Efficiency Work - Rachel Norton
This is a very exciting episode. It's the first in a three part series about a cool internship program that retrains out-of-work coal miners for energy efficiency jobs. All three episodes were recorded at the historic Appalshop media center in Whitesburg, Kentucky, right in the middle of the Appalachian coalfields.
Our guest for this first episode in the series is Rachel Norton. She's not an out-of-work coal miner. She's an energy efficiency expert that works for the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED) the organization that created the New Energy Intern program. The coal industry in Appalachia has been in decline for many years and it’s left behind a struggling economy with very few job opportunities. Retraining miners to do energy efficiency upgrades has several positive outcomes. Obviously it helps the miners find work or start businesses but it also helps homeowners and businesses lower their energy bills, which allows them to invest the savings in something more important. When energy costs are reduced it helps the entire local economy and the efficiency upgrades pay for themselves through the savings they generate.
Rachel studied Biosystems Engineering at the University of Kentucky. She wanted to find a job that would allow her to work toward a progressive energy future. She knew that there weren’t many opportunities to do that in her home state of Kentucky, but she decided to stick it out because she felt she could do the most good here. MACED has given her an opportunity to make a big difference. She also has her own energy efficiency consulting business called GreenStep.
Our next two episodes will feature Frank Morris and John Craft, two of MACED’s New Energy Interns.
Here is a little more detail about Appalshop. It’s a unique organization that's been around for 50 years. It houses an art gallery, a theater, a community radio station, and recording studios. It's really an amazing place that helps people from around the region share their stories. You should check it out at appalshop.org.
A World of Renewable Energy - Dave Renné
Dave Renné has almost 30 years in international solar energy development. We asked which countries are leading the way.
DIY Wind Turbines - Solar Jim and Sustainable Jack
Our guests today are Chris Carter and Jack Martin, also known as Solar Jim and Sustainable Jack. Chris is a performing artist and sculptor with 20 years of experience designing and installing standalone power systems. Jack is a professor in sustainable technologies at Appalachian State University, and together they’re pioneers of DIY wind turbines and co-hosts of their own radio show, The Home Power Hour, where they discuss homemade wind turbines, alternative energy and environmental issues. They also teach Home Brew Wind Turbine workshops at the Handy Village Institute in central North Carolina.
This episode of Clean Power Planet is brought to you in partnership with the American Solar Energy Society. ASES advocates for sustainable living and 100% renewable energy. They bring scientists, policy-makers, business people and citizens together to share knowledge and community. You can join ASES at https://www.ases.org/.
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