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Are you concerned about the Earth's future? Are you interested in what is being done in Northern California and the world to address environmental issues? Do you want to act? Then tune in every other Sunday to "Sustainability Now!" on KSQD.org to hear interviews with scientists, scholars, activists and officials involved in the pursuit of sustainability. Sustainability Now! is underwritten by the Sustainable Systems Research Foundation in Santa Cruz, California

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Are you concerned about the Earth's future? Are you interested in what is being done in Northern California and the world to address environmental issues? Do you want to act? Then tune in every other Sunday to "Sustainability Now!" on KSQD.org to hear interviews with scientists, scholars, activists and officials involved in the pursuit of sustainability. Sustainability Now! is underwritten by the Sustainable Systems Research Foundation in Santa Cruz, California

    Open Farm Tours is Back!

    Open Farm Tours is Back!

    Open Farm Tours is back and happening October 8th and 9th! Fifteen south county farms are participating and all are family owned, organic and sustainable. Join host Ronnie Lipschutz and his guests, Penny Ellis, Paul Towers and David Blume. They will talk about the current state of farming in Santa Cruz County and Open Farm Tours. Ellis is the founder and coordinator of Open Farms Tour and organizes tours of Santa Cruz County farms and artisanal food purveyors. Towers is Executive Director of the Community Alliance with Family Farmers which advocates for state and national policies that create more resilient family farms, communities and ecosystems. Blume is CEO of Whiskey Hill Farms.  You can find out more about Open Farms Tour at https://www.openfarmtours.com/.

    Sustainability Now! is underwritten by the Sustainable Systems Research Foundation. and Environmental Innovations.

    • 51 min
    Letter to Fellow Citizens of Earth, with Dr. Sharachchandra Lele

    Letter to Fellow Citizens of Earth, with Dr. Sharachchandra Lele

    Join Host Ronnie Lipschutz for a conversation with Dr. Sharachchandra Lele who is coleader of an Expert Writing Group of natural scientists, social scientists and humanities scholars who have published a “Letter to Fellow Citizens of Earth,” “an urgent call to our global neighbours, to acknowledge the climate crisis, make personal and collective commitments in line with differences in privileges and responsibilities and work toward transformative changes.” Dr. Lele is  a Distinguished Fellow in Environmental Policy & Governance at the Centre for Environment & Development of the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment in Bangalore, India  and an Adjunct Faculty Member in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Science Education & Research (IISER) Pune. His research interests include conceptual issues in sustainable development and sustainability, and analyses of institutional, economic, ecological, and technological issues in forest, energy, and water resource management.

    We'll be reaching beyond California on this show, so don’t miss it!

    • 58 min
    In the Shadow of Climate Change: What can the Children Tell Us?

    In the Shadow of Climate Change: What can the Children Tell Us?

    In the Shadow of Climate Change: What can the Children Tell Us?
    with Filmmaker Eric Thiermann
    Join Host Ronnie Lipschutz for a conversation with filmmaker and media producer Eric Thiermann. During his 40-year career, Thiermann has filmed, produced and directed hundreds of media projects in over 40 countries. These include "Art and the Prison Crisis," "The Last Epidemic: Medical Consequences of Nuclear Weapons and Nuclear War," "In the Nuclear Shadow: What Can the Children Tell Us?" nominated for an Academy Award in 1984, and "Women for America," which received the Academy Award for best short documentary film in 1986. More recently, he has been involved in creating a radio show called “Kids on Climate” and “Connected Universe,” a game-like educational platform where the player is offered an island paradise which is suffering from climate change.
    Sustainability Now! is underwritten by the Sustainable Systems Research Foundation. and Environmental Innovations.

    • 56 min
    Well, Well, Well! Clean Water for Everyone!

    Well, Well, Well! Clean Water for Everyone!

    Well, Well, Well! Clean Water for Everyone!
    with Chelsea Tu of Monterey Waterkeeper
    On Sustainability Now! Sunday, August 21st, 5-6 PM, on KSQD 90.7 FM and KSQD.org
    Join host Ronnie Lipschutz for a conversation with Chelsea Tu, the new executive director of a new local non-profit, Monterey Waterkeeper, which combines education, science-based policy advocacy and legal action to ensure that all communities, including low-income communities of color, have safe, affordable drinking water and enjoy clean, swimmable and fishable waters. According to Tu, Monterey waterkeeper will be working to limit levels of contaminants in drinking water, mostly in well water that does not receive water treatment. Drink up!

    Sustainability Now! is underwritten by the Sustainable Systems Research Foundation. and Environmental Innovations.

    • 49 min
    How a Republican Grandfather Helped Legalize Abortion

    How a Republican Grandfather Helped Legalize Abortion

    How a Republican Grandfather Helped Legalize Abortion with Dr. Caroline Tracey
    On Sustainability Now! Sunday, August 7th, 5-6 PM, on KSQD 90.7 FM and KSQD.org
    These days, one’s political affiliation is often a clue to one’s position on abortion (and vice versa).  That was not always the case.  During the 1950s and into the 1970s, Republicans were often supporters of abortion as a form of family planning—especially in developing countries, but in the United States, too. And they were allies of many environmentalists, who were worried about the so-called population explosion.  Join host Ronnie Lipschutz for a conversation with Dr. Caroline Tracey (PhD in geography from UC Berkeley), whose June 18th essay in the San Francisco Chronicle recounted the historical relationship between Republicans, environmentalism and abortion. We’ll also talk about the Reverend Malthus, his essay on population and how it continues to infuse political discourse today, 225 years later.

    You can find more of Tracey's writing at her website (https://cetracey.com/), SFMOMA's "Open Space" (https://openspace.sfmoma.org/author/carolinetracey/), and "Civil Eats" (https://civileats.com/2022/06/08/californias-sheepherders-center-overtime-battle/).

    Sustainability Now! is underwritten by the Sustainable Systems Research Foundation. and Environmental Innovations.

    • 51 min
    Finding the Mother Tree with Professor Suzanne Simard, University of British Columbia (rebroadcast)

    Finding the Mother Tree with Professor Suzanne Simard, University of British Columbia (rebroadcast)

    Join host Ronnie Lipschutz in this Blast from the Past (originally broadcast on May 23, 2021) as he speaks with Dr. Suzanne Simard, Professor of Forestry and Conservation Sciences about the social life of trees.   Her 2021 book, Finding the Mother Tree--Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest, has just been published.  According to Simard, communication between trees happens not in the air but deep below our feet in an incredibly dense, complex network of roots and chemical signals. ... “In a single forest, a mother tree may be connected to hundreds of other trees.”

    Here is what Bookshop Santa Cruz wrote about Simard: “Suzanne Simard is a pioneer on the frontier of plant communication and intelligence; she’s been compared to Rachel Carson, hailed as a scientist who conveys complex, technical ideas in a way that is dazzling and profound…. Simard writes—in inspiring, illuminating, and accessible ways—how trees, living side by side for hundreds of years, have evolved, how they perceive one another, learn and adapt their behaviors, recognize neighbors, and remember the past; how they have agency about the future; elicit warnings and mount defenses, compete and cooperate with one another with sophistication, characteristics ascribed to human intelligence, traits that are the essence of civil societies—and at the center of it all, the Mother Trees: the mysterious, powerful forces that connect and sustain the others that surround them.”

    You can learn more about Simard's work in "The Social Life of Forests," New York Times Magazine, Dec. 2, 2020, and at The Mother Tree Project.  If you search for "Suzanne Simard" on You Tube, you will turn up a dozen videos, including a TED talk, about her work.

    The articles referred to in the show are:

    Lincoln Taiz, et al, "Plants Neither Possess nor Require Consciousness," Trends in Plant Science 24, #8 (August 2019): 677-87

    Michael Pollan, "The Intelligent Plant," The New Yorker, December 23, 2013.

    Sustainability Now! is underwritten by the Sustainable Systems Research Foundation and Environmental Innovations.

    • 54 min

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