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Local, national and international environmental issues from grassroots, activist perspectives with a strong social justice focus. Distributed nationally on the Community Radio Network.

Local, national and international environmental issues from grassroots, activist perspectives with a strong social justice focus. Distributed nationally on the Community Radio Network.


Melbourne, VIC


Local, national and international environmental issues from grassroots, activist perspectives with a strong social justice focus. Distributed nationally on the Community Radio Network.






Future histories [encore]

Can we simply innovate our way out of the present climate crisis? Or do technological fixes hide another problem - that of a deeply unequal and unjust world? Until we start to understand that climate change is a also political problem we may end up carrying the problems of the present into a clean energy future.Lawyer and writer Lizzie O'Shea argues that if we are going to have a just and democratic world we need to wrestle the future of technology away from the billionaires and tech-bros...


Doing it ourselves: Renewables & bio-hacking COVID-19

Doing it ourselves: Renewables & bio-hacking COVID-19As the COVID-19 pandemic escalates, the neo-lib stance on privatised & for-profit "herd-culling" healthcare has directly precipitated a drastic shortage of test kits & respirators. But the good news is that an incredible global explosion of grass-roots solidarity & self-organising initiatives are bypassing the general criminal prevarication and inaction of these governments. This week we hear from analytical chemist Bill Slavin, founder at...


Harriet Swift: Close the Eden chipmill and end Native forest logging.

A hundred thousands tons of woodchips and the Eden wood chip mill burned in January bushfires. 80% of the New South Wales, South East state forests were incinerated. Harriet Swift tells us what's happening on the ground now. Harriet lives in the Bega region and has been campaigning for decades to close the wood chip mill and end native forest logging. Music Song of the Restless fly catcher from Morningin the Australian Bush Paradise On Fire (Song For Australia) by Sebastian Dudko LinksNature...


Indigenous Science: Water knowledge systems

Indigenous Science: Water knowledge systemsBrad Moggridge, Kamilaroi man & geologist, and Tyson Yunkaporta of the Apalech Clan from Western Cape York, and author of Sandtalk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World, are two Indigenous scientists speaking about exploring water knowledge systems and stories.Recorded live at Bush Heritage Australia's Bush Nights: Stories from the water event at the Brunswick Mechanics Institute on February 13th, 2020. Earth Matters #1235 was produced by...


BIPOC Women’s Resistance: IWD 2020

BIPOC Women’s Resistance: IWD 2020BIPOC women in the global south are necessarily at the forefront of climate activism, as it is their communities that are the most adversely affected by climate change. This week's International Women's Day show features Indigenous rights activist Daiara Tukano, of the Tukano people from the north western Amazon, on the impacts of climate fires & deforestation there.Also, Ugandan youth climate striker Vanessa Nakate and Isanti (Santee) Dakota & Ho-Chunk...


Still threatened, Still fighting: Tassie Forests Frontline

Still threatened, Still fighting: Tassie forests frontlineLisa Searle (Bob Brown Foundation) gets us up to speed with the rapidly shifting landscape of forest activism in Tasmania - as the end of the logging moratorium that came out of the 2013 so-called forest peace deal is rapidly approaching.Closing track is 'Born in This Time', by Natalie Fallah from the N.E.F.A album Lock On! Songs to Save Australia's Forests available on BandcampEarth Matters #1233 was produced by Nicky Stott


Windara Reef Restoration: Reinvigorating ocean ecosystems

Windara Reef Restoration: Reinvigorating ocean ecosystems Most of the continent now known as colony-Australia was once surrounded and protected for thousands of years by massive reefs built up by shellfish, providing rich breeding grounds for marine life. However colonisation has decimated these ancient reefs and rendered them extinct. So the news that thriving artificial reefs are now being built to correct this travesty is very good to hear. Guest presenter Nicky Paige speaks with Anita...


Not Quiet Australians: On the Steps Rally, Parliament House, Canberra, 4th, February 2020

Exceptional speeches calling for climate action ring with rising anger in response to government denial and inaction. MC: Dr Karl Kruszelnicki makes climate science segways. Zali Stegall the Independent member for Waringah outlines her bill for an official bipartisan climate action plan. Bruce Shillingsworth a Muruwari and Budjiti man, from the north-west NSW river lands demands:" Put the water back in the rivers" Dr Sue Wareham from the Medical Association for the prevention of war warns of...


Invasion Day 2020 Highlights (Part2): Narm protest rally & march

Invasion Day 2020 Highlights (Part2): Narm protest rally & marchPart 2 of a two part Invasion Day tribute features selected speakers from the Narm protest rally & march Earth Matters #1229 was produced by Nicky Stott


Invasion Day 2020 Highlights (Part1): Narm Dawn Service

Invasion Day 2020 Highlights (Part1): Narm Dawn ServicePart 1 of a two part Invasion Day tribute features the Dawn Service in Narm last weekend, as we pay our deepest respects to all the First Nations Peoples who were massacred by British terrorists during the Frontier Wars, and all their descendants who inherited that mass intergenerational trauma.Earth Matters #1229 was produced by Nicky Stott & Michaela Stubbs


Workers responding collectively to bushfire pollution

As bushfires have been raging across Australia since October last year, cities have been blanketed in toxic smoke. What are the health impacts of this? And how might workers respond to this new environmental health crisis? On today’s show, workers responding collectively to bushfire pollution, and looking for a working class environmentalism. Guests: Elizabeth Humphrys (UTS); Katherine Barraclough (Doctors for the Environment Australia); Bradly Dunn (dock worker and MUA delegate); Adam...


Animals burnt out and injured. Join the Wildlife feeding, rescue, care and release responses.

We are in a terrible, fiery climate emergency. Humans and animals are in crisis. We have seen at least a billion animals die [not including billions of insects. This number is rapidly rising as animals face starvation in destroyed ecosystems where there is no food. Responding to this on the front line of this are the wildlife rescue groups . They have always been there caring for injured animas and orphans. Now they are massively mobilizing to leave out food and for the animals in the burnt...


Heal the Ancestors: East Gippsland bush fires

Heal the Ancestors: East Gippsland bush firesElders Robbie and Mick Thorpe on 3CR’s Fire First discuss bushfires and the Law of the Land, while Mick shares his first hand account of the evacuation from the Lake Tyers Community on Gunai/Kurnai country. Also, an update from Chris Schuringa at Goongerah Environment Centre about what’s happening on the ground with ongoing fires destroying habitat, wildlife sanctuaries and homes of local front line forest protectors - just weeks after cautiously...


Tiny House Warriors: Secwepemc struggle

Tiny House Warriors: Secwepemc struggleSecwepemc land protector Kanahus Freedom on how Secwepemc people are resisting the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion and ongoing impacts of colonialism & white supremacy by asserting their sovereignty via creative direct action campaigns, such as the Tiny House Warrior sourced with thanks from The Final Straw Radio on Archive.orgEarth Matters #1225 was produced by Nicky Stott


In excess - debunking the myths of floods of migrants and scarcity of resources in Australia's border regime

What does it mean when we talk of floods of migrants? Is it accurate or even useful? Or does it distract from the real floods, the disasters brought on by climate change? Lauren Piko, presents her paper “Hydraulics and flood: rhetorics and realities of fluidity in Australian cities” at the 2019 Historical Materialism Conference, held at Trades Hall in Melbourne. Then later in the show, Nic Beuret discusses the problematic connected between environmentalist ideas of 'carrying capacity' and...


Richard Flanagan's call to climate action. Extinction Rebellion tells Capitalism to bite the dust!

As our eyes sting from the ashes of the forests, Richard Flanagan's call for climate action becomes prophetic . Extinction Rebellion rebels blockade Canberra streets preventing politicians from leaving Federal parliament to split for holidays, leaving climate action and leadership behind them. Guests: Richard Flanagan, Author. Extinction Rebellion rebels blockading Canberra streets Song: Walking with Spirits by Kai McKenzie Mark kai mackenzie (facebook) guitar, vocal, harmonica Allen Murphy...


For the love of Soil: Urban Tilth

For the love of Soil: Urban TilthDoria Robinson from Urban Tilth speaking this year at the Community Alliance for Global Justice about dismantling extractive culture. She gets the ball rolling with a crucial task that we all now face; namely, unpacking what we mean by "justice" in the context of making a "just transition", as we move towards systemic change as the logical solution to climate justice and food sovereignty.Audio sourced with thanks from Seattle Community Media on...


Fungi fights forest fire and builds the Global Carbon Soil Sponge

We must start cooling the planet. Walter Jehne and Cindy Eiritz explain how to restore the Earth s hydrological cooling system AND restore the “soil carbon sponge” offering resilience to global heating. The Soil Carbon Sponge is porous, well-aggregated soil rich in plant roots, diverse life forms, nutrient availability, air, and often holding lots of water. Building up the Soil Carbon Sponge draws down massive amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere AND regenerates our soils AND enhances...


On the chopping block. An end to native forest logging in Vic.?

Finally the Victorian government has acknowledged that native forest logging must end. After decades of mismanagement, financial losses and environmental destruction. The government has announced all native forest logging to end by 2030, with an immediate end to old-growth logging, and the planned protection of the Greater Glider. But the devil is in the detail, and the promises might not be kept. Then later in the show: urban heatwaves, the silent killer of a forgotten population. Margarita...


Defend the Laws that Stop New Coal Mines.

If you are starting to think that the grip of the coal and gas industry on Australian land and politics is impossible to break -take hope. New coal mines are being knocked back by the courts for their climate impacts. In February 2019 the New South Wales Land and Environment Court made a landmark judgement to reject a new open-cut coal mine near Gloucester in the Hunter Valley, NSW. For the first time one of the key reasons given was the global heating impacts of the co2 released when the...