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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

Sustainability Now! on KSQD.org Ronnie Lipschutz

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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

    The Sustainable Systems Research Foundation: Who are those guys?

    The Sustainable Systems Research Foundation: Who are those guys?

    Sustainability Now! is underwritten by the Sustainable Systems Research Foundation.  But what is SSRF?  Join host Ronnie Lipschutz and new co-host Brooke Wright in a discussion of two SSRF projects in development.  The Watsonville Basic Income Pilot Project will take revenues from sale of solar electricity to a local business and distribute to selected farmworker households as basic income stipends.  The Sustainable Urban Food Initiative will bring the benefits of agricultural technology and farm management techniques to small farms and gardens in the Monterey Bay Region.  Both projects are examples of the kinds of local development pursued by SSRF.

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    Clean Energy Now! with Shaina Nanavati of Reclaim Our Power

    Clean Energy Now! with Shaina Nanavati of Reclaim Our Power

    Join host Ronnie Lipschutz for a conversation with Shaina Nanavati, a research organizer for the Reclaim Our Power Utility Justice Campaign and staff member of the Local Clean Energy Alliance. Reclaim Our Power is an statewide initiative mobilizing a broad coalition of utility ratepayers, social justice advocates, and allies to develop an equitable, sustainable, decentralized restructuring of California’s energy system.  Tune in to learn about this transformative project and what it will require to succeed.

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

    • 53 min
    An SN! Revisit with Dr. Rupa Basu. Climate Change and Public Health

    An SN! Revisit with Dr. Rupa Basu. Climate Change and Public Health

    Planetary heating and climate change are in the news more and more, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has just issued a very pessimistic report on humanity’s and the world’s prospects. In a revisit of a show from 2020, Host Ronnie Lipschutz and Guest Dr. Rupa Basu talk about about climate change and public health. Dr. Basu is Chief of the Air and Climate Epidemiology Section at California Office on Environmental Health Hazards and a lecturer in the UC Berkeley School of Public Health.  She is coauthor of a review article in JAMA Open Network about the effects of air pollution and climate change on birth outcomes.  She is featured in an article on the health effects of high temperatures in The San Francisco Chronicle, on Sunday, August 29, 2021.

    • 55 min
    An SN! Revisit: Can Solar Energy provide a basic income for everyone on earth? A conversation with Robert Stayton

    An SN! Revisit: Can Solar Energy provide a basic income for everyone on earth? A conversation with Robert Stayton

    In this SN! Revisit from 2019, host Ronnie Lipschutz welcomes Robert Stayton, physicist and author of Solar Dividends: How Solar Energy Can Generate a Basic Income for Everyone on Earth.  We’ll discuss the math, physics, economics and politics of his idea and proposal, and whether his utopian vision can be made real by the end of the 21st century.

    • 57 min
    That’s the Last Straw! with Jackie Nuñez, founder of The Last Plastic Straw

    That’s the Last Straw! with Jackie Nuñez, founder of The Last Plastic Straw

    Plastic is ubiquitous: it rains down on us, it fouls land, streams and oceans, it even turns up in our bodies. And the big oil companies are looking to plastic to keep up profits when fossil fuels are finally banned. What are we to do?

    SN! host Ronnie Lipschutz speaks with guest Jackie Nuñez, founder of The Last Plastic Straw and Advocacy Manager of the Plastic Pollution Coalition.  The Last Plastic Straw is a project of the Plastic Pollution Coalition, a global alliance of more than 1,200 organizations, businesses, and thought leaders in 75 countries that seeks to shift the way individuals and businesses think about plastic pollution - and about our society’s disposable culture on a larger scale.

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

    • 55 min
    Give Me Land, Lots of Land in the Santa Clara Valley with Andrea Mackenzie of the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority

    Give Me Land, Lots of Land in the Santa Clara Valley with Andrea Mackenzie of the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority

    Host Ronnie Lipschutz speaks with Andrea Mackenzie, General Manager of the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority. For more than 25 years, Ms. Mackenzie has worked in the fields of land use planning, conservation planning, public policy, and finance for open space and agricultural land preservation agencies at county, regional, state, and national levels. The Open Space Authority works to protect and steward the region’s natural capital, open spaces, water resources, natural areas, and working lands to support healthy lands, resilient communities, and strong economies.

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

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