Interview with author and professor Juliet Schor

August 22, 2018 Leave a comment

On Earthgauge Radio this week, I was pleased to speak with Juliet Schor. She’s a professor of sociology at Boston University and author of the best-selling 1992 book ‘The Overworked American’ and ‘The Overspent American: Why We Want What We Don’t Need’. Her research focuses on consumption, time use, and environmental sustainability and she is also studying the relation between working hours, inequality and carbon emissions. Schor is currently researching the “connected economy,” via a series of case studies of sharing platforms and their participants.

Before joining Boston College, Schor taught at Harvard University for 17 years, in the Department of Economics and the Committee on Degrees in Women’s Studies. Schor’s most recent books are ‘Sustainable Lifestyles and the Quest for Plenitude: Case Studies of the New Economy’ and ‘True Wealth: How and Why Millions of Americans are Creating a Time-Rich, Ecologically Light, Small-Scale, High-Satisfaction Economy’.

The interview starts at 22:00 and runs roughly 25 minutes. 

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B.C. forest fires, climate change, and the Kinder Morgan pipeline

August 22, 2018 Leave a comment

There are now more than 500 forest fires currently burning out of control in BC. Apparently almost the entire province is now blanketed in smoke as well as parts of Alberta and Washington State. What is happening there is unprecedented but people are calling it the new normal with climate change. Is it the new normal or will the normal just keep getting worse? For years, this is what scientists have been telling us would happen if we didn’t do something to reduce carbon emissions. And that future has no arrived as we’re seeing around the world with extreme flooding in India, fires in California and Sweden, extreme heat in Japan and parts of Europe, and so on. The fires in BC are harmful to everyone, particularly the elderly, children and those with respiratory issues, but no one really knows what the long-term health implications will be for residents of BC, some of whom are already complaining of difficulty breathing and excessive coughing.

This all got me thinking about the irony of the ongoing battle over the controversial KM pipeline. Yes, one pipeline will not make much difference in the struggle to reduce emissions but it is striking that a project designed to increase the production and export of oil sands bitumen is going right through the heart of a province that is right now suffering the extreme effects of climate change. Isn’t this taking Canada in precisely the wrong direction and sending the world precisely the wrong message about Canada’s intentions on reducing our emissions? The government’s paradoxical position seems to me like lighting up a cigarette in a room already full of smoke, while trying to tell others in the room they can’t light up. You might say, well, my cigarette isn’t making much difference here, but it certainly isn’t helping the problem and, worse, it strikes of blatant hypocrisy. Doesn’t everyone have an obligation to do their part?

Alberta premier Rachel Notley likes to say that the pipeline is needed for all the oil sands workers who need the jobs. But what about all those people in BC, especially young children, whose health may be impacted by the forest fires, which we know are a result of climate change or are at least being exacerbated by climate change. How long can we continue to justify this kind of business as usual thinking about pretending that nothing really needs to change? This is not the right approach if we are going to have any chance of solving the climate change problem.

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Earthgauge Radio – August 21, 2018

August 22, 2018 Leave a comment

A Canadian environmental news podcast featuring stories from across Canada and around the world. Broadcast every other Tuesday at 12:00 noon EST on CKCU radio 93.1 FM in Ottawa or online at www.ckcufm.com. Or join me here for the podcast.

On the show this week:

  • Antibiotic genes are airborne
  • Investor skepticism grows over the Canadian government’s Kinder Morgan pipeline purchase
  • A toxic red tide in Florida is causing environmental havoc
  • Brazil’s leading food retailer goes cage-free
  • Weed killer Roundup is found in kids’ cereals
  • The world passes the milestone of generating over 1 terawatt of power from wind and solar
  • And the west coast Orca lets her dead newborn go after carrying body for 17 days

 

Earthgauge Radio – August 7, 2018

August 12, 2018 Leave a comment

A Canadian environmental news podcast featuring stories from across Canada and around the world. Broadcast every other Tuesday at 12:00 noon EST on CKCU radio 93.1 FM in Ottawa or online at www.ckcufm.com. Or join me here for the podcast.

On the show this week:

  • Planet has entered ‘new neighbourhood’ of global temperatures
  • The world is hot, on fire and flooding
  • Newly elected president of Mexico to ban fracking
  • Climate change study ties warming temperatures to rising suicide risk
  • Pakistan’s next PM wants to plant 10 billion trees
  • Polar bear shot dead after attacking cruise ship guard
  • Portland, Oregon may impose clean energy tax on giant retailers
  • A record 207 environmental activists were killed last year
  • August 3 was ‘Earth Overshoot Day’

Earthgauge Radio – July 24, 2018

August 1, 2018 Leave a comment

A Canadian environmental news podcast featuring stories from across Canada and around the world. Broadcast every other Tuesday at 12:00 noon EST on CKCU radio 93.1 FM in Ottawa or online at www.ckcufm.com. Or join me here for the podcast.

On the show this week:

  • A sustainable fashion innovator makes fiber from pineapple leaves
  • An eco-friendly sneaker company reduces carbon output of shoes by 85 percent
  • The Texas supreme court rules cities cannot ban plastic bags
  • Starbucks becomes the largest food and beverage retailer to announce a plastic straw ban
  • Typhoons floods and heatwaves batter Asia
  • Trump administration announces sweeping proposal to weaken the Endangered Species Act
  • Ottawa fails to secure new buyer for Trans Mountain pipeline by deadline
  • Judge throws out New York climate lawsuit
  • Glacier half the size of Manhattan breaks off Greenland
  • Ireland becomes world’s first country to divest from fossil fuels
  • Global population passes 7.5 billion
  • Almost every part of Canada’s largest national park is deteriorating, a federal study says

Earthgauge Radio – Interview with Conceivable Future

August 1, 2018 Leave a comment

The climate crisis is also a reproductive justice crisis: How do you protect your health and your children in an increasingly dangerous and toxic environment? How do you decide whether or not to have a baby when a healthy and stable future is increasingly jeopardized? Even with access to fertility regulation, no one makes reproductive ‘choices’ freely in the face of so many economic and environmental pressures.

On Earthgauge Radio this week, I feature an interview with Meghan Kallman and Josephine Ferorelli, the founders of Conceivable Future, which is a women-led network bringing awareness to the threat climate change poses to reproductive justice, and demanding an end to fossil fuel subsidies.

Meghan Kallman is a sociologist who studies how social movements succeed, why they fail and how we can sustain social commitment and activism in a globalized world.

Josephine Ferorelli is a writer, editor, illustrator, and yoga instructor.


 

 

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Earthgauge Radio – June 12, 2018

June 12, 2018 Leave a comment

A weekly Canadian environmental news podcast featuring stories from across Canada and around the world.

Join me here every week or subscribe to the podcast.

On the show this week:

  • a new oceans study could alter climate change predictions (for the worse)
  • new ship fuel regulations could sink oil sands expansion
  • the Canadian government’s purchase of the Kinder Morgan Transmountain pipeline comes amid collapsing demand for oil globally
  • taxpayers are still shelling out billions of dollars in subsidies for the oil industry
  • India announces a single-use plastics ban and the International Olympic Committee makes a commitment to fight plastic pollution
  • Volkswagen bans diesel exhaust testing on animals (can you believe this was even happening in the first place?)
  • Donald Trump is isolated on plastics and climate change at the recent G7 Summit
  • the Pope urges oil companies to lead the transition to clean energy
  • a B.C. start-up company figures out how to remove carbon from the air.
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