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Earthgauge Radio November 22, 2012: 24 hours of Climate Reality and the International Year of Cooperatives

November 22, 2012 Leave a comment

This week on Earthgauge Radio: we’re talking about the U.N. International Year of Cooperatives and featuring highlights from last week’s online 24 Hours of Climate Reality international media event.

To kick off today’s program, I speak with Donna Balkan. She’s the Communications Manager for the Canadian Co-operative Association and, as 2012 was designated by the United Nations as the International Year of Cooperatives, Donna joins me to talk about the cooperative business model; how it is different from privately owned, profit driven enterprises; the environmental benefits of co-ops and how they could be a more economically, socially and environmentally sustainable form of business over the long-term.

Also on the show today, we discuss an important global event that took place last week. It was called 24 Hours of Climate Reality and was organized by Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project. On November 14-15, millions of people around the world tuned in online to hear and watch 24 Hours of Reality. Every hour for a full day, a Dirty Weather Report was broadcast from locations around the globe with the objective to send the following simple message to the world’s leaders: Dirty Energy has created a world of Dirty Weather.

We’ll also have our usual update this week from Ecology Ottawa on local environmental events and campaigns.

Earthgauge Radio airs Thursday mornings from 7-8 AM on CKCU 93.1 in Ottawa. Podcasts on iTunes and www.earthgauge.ca. Stream live on www.ckcufm.com. Check us out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/EarthgaugeRadio.

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Interview with Donna Balkan of the Canadian Co-operative Association

November 22, 2012 Leave a comment

Click the audio player above to hear my interview with Donna Balkan who is the Communications Manager for the Canadian Co-operative Association in Ottawa. Right click here to download the file (14:30).

Did you know that 2012 has been designated by the United Nations as the International Year of Co-operatives? This was done to highlight the contribution of cooperatives to socio-economic development, particularly their impact on poverty reduction, employment generation and social integration. Now Earthgauge Radio is an environment show of course but if we are to have any hope of solving some of our very serious environmental problems, it seems clear to me that we’re going to have to look at moving towards business models that do not place the profit motive of shareholders as the primary force driving our economies today at the expense of social and environmental concerns. Co-operatives operate very differently. Although they are still businesses and need to make profits to survive, co-ops are guided by other values and the objective to meet the common needs of their members. It may be for these reasons that the popularity of the co-op business model is exploding across Canada and around the world. Co-ops simply seem to be a much more sustainable, and frankly less destructive business model and we can only hope that they continue to grow in importance here in Canada and abroad.

In our interview, Donna explains some of the benefits of co-ops and their potential as an alternative business model.

Tomorrow on Earthgauge Radio: 24 hours of Climate Reality and the International Year of Cooperatives

November 21, 2012 2 comments

On Earthgauge Radio this week, we speak with Donna Balkin of the Canadian Co-operative Association about the U.N. International Year of Co-operatives and why the co-op model places environmental values at the core of its business. We’ll also be talking about last week’s 24 hours of Climate Reality, in which millions of people tuned in to hear the ‘Dirty Weather Report’.

Tune in for a great show tomorrow! Earthgauge Radio airs Thursday mornings from 7-8 AM on CKCU 93.1 in Ottawa. News and interviews on environmental stories from across Canada and around the world. Podcasts on iTunes and www.earthgauge.ca. Stream live on www.ckcufm.com.

As a preview of tomorrow show, check out this video  from The Climate Reality Project and take the Climate Reality Pledge!
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