Hosted by Reverend Billy and Savitri D, EARTH RIOT is a comedy-infused, music-filled exploration of humanity’s most urgent issue -- the planet’s Sixth Extinction. Made by "Earth-loving urban activists" from The Church of Stop Shopping, this podcast educates, inspires and urges listeners to embrace reality and take action. Featuring “News From the Natural World,” a weekly gathering of climate change’s latest science, and insightful interviews with radical leaders in environmentalism and activism.
20. The Earth Is A Mystic Sex-Crazed Killer
The spinning wet white-and-blue rock that we call home is completely outside the systems of governance that order society. It is extreme and changing radically in all directions. Our only hope is to connect with the Earth with an invented and secret way of life, evolving into a personal wildness.
19. Juneteenth Two Years Later
Our 'Stop Shopping' community has landed in a great urban gospel tradition of the storefront church. Every Sunday at 5:00 pm we gather in the empty branch bank on Ave C & East 3rd St in New York's East Village. The "nabe" is all the races, though the famous local culture is "Loisaida" -- the presence of Puerto Rican culture is strong. Our songs are about the Earth's crisis but belted out as gospel. We welcome people who come to the door, hearing the 30 voice Stop Shopping Choir. "We love the Earth!" "It's the Extinction but it's Evolution too and we're Alive now!" Some of the folks walk in and sit down and begin to clap their hands.
18: We Got to Be Impossible (to understand)
It isn't clear to us how to pass into the cloud of nothingness that already claims so many lives. How do we warn others, and is survival to be the only project of our lives?
We send signals into the unfathomable extinction like bats and their echolocation. And we listen.
17: Love’s Destruction is a Profit Center
The suicide and murder epidemic by children? Children cannot grow up in the this monoculture. Children breakdown as their families and communities explode. Why is this happening? Because love’s destruction is identified as a profit center.
We have made the violent movie that we can’t stop. The Earth, though, is not helpless. The Earth has new life, new love and new caring. But the storms and wildfires are a part of that new life because we live in the time of extinction. We will have to become strange to evolve. As we become radical by re-inventing who we are, we ask the Earth for a place, a mind, a love.
16: Rewind 3 months, Johnny & Amber Are About To Swallow the Culture
I propose that we revisit the Earth Riot of March 6, with Ukraine freshly invaded, with the onset of the old-fashioned war, a sort-of-like-World-War-2 war. The trial of today's Bonnie and Clyde -- Johnny and Amber -- was beginning to form in the Covid-addled mind of America. In the past 90 days, "eras" have passed. The culture is spinning out of any kind of gravity. There's no plan. The future is a bomb. Let's get back to reality, children.
Featured in this episode is Grammy nominated artist and sustainable fashion guru Angela McCluskey.
15: No Last Rites for the Old Oak Tree
A young girl sits in a window of the projects. She watches an oak as it goes under the chainsaw. The park has been sold to someone. The man starts cutting the branches that look like gestures.
The oak is older than her parents. It has always been there. A loud machine chews it to bits. Protesters down there are dressed up like deer, carrying signs and chanting. The girl watches the deer dancing, waving branches.
As the physical environment asserts its power, we hunger for the Earth as it really was and may someday be again. But as the children in the windows will learn, to remember the Earth is to remember the crime.
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