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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.
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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.






A history of the world in seven cheap things

A history of the world in seven cheap things "It's easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism" - Mark Fisher Imagining the end of capitalism, that's our task on this 200th anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx, the most influential theorist of capitalism.On today’s show, Raj Patel helps us un-pack the history of capitalism, and how it has radically altered the ecology of this planet. Patel is the co-author, with Jason W. Moore of the book 'A History of the World in...


Illawarra mining blues: locals defending water and climate

Earth Matters looks at contemporary issues with coal mining in the Illawarra region, south of Sydney on Dharawal land. Long-wall mining, subsidence, slag heaps and polluted creeks are some of the local problems, with broader impacts on Sydney's water supply and global impacts on climate.Despite a long history of mining in the area, locals are getting organised and the tide of public opinion is turning towards renewable energy sources and jobs.Guests:Kaye Osborn, Illawarra Residents for...


Climate Change in Australia - A Sunburnt Country

This week on Earth Matters a conversation on climate change and the environment; A Sunburnt Country a new book release on climate change in Australia with program guest Joelle Gergis an award winning climate scientist and writer from the University of Melbourne.A Sunburnt Country by Joelle Gergis is out now and available through Melbourne University Press (MUP) check out MUP the website www.mup.com.auSpoken word piece Dear Future Generations - SORRY by Prince Ea.Music - Earth Song by...


The Desert Pea and The Frontier Wars March on Anzac

The Australian frontier wars were a series of conflicts fought between Indigenous Australians and white settlers during the Brittish colonisation of Australia.Hear from two activists who decided eight years ago to make banners that remember the frontier war conflicts and join the Anzac march on Anzac day in Canberra to be met by a police line. Now the march has become an annual event attended by hundreds of people with similar actions springing up in other parts of Australia. Hear Hazel...


Roadtrip to Nuclear Australia

The Radioactive Exposure Tour is a road trip exploring nuclear Australia, past and present, and forging connections for the ongoing campaigns to keep uranium in the ground, to stop unwanted and unnecessary radioactive waste dumps and to eliminate nuclear weapons.Tune in to the Rad Tour 2018 to hear about the inspiring resistance taking place beyond the city, and some special snippets from Rad Tour Got Talent.The Rad Tours have been organised by Friends of the Earth for more than 30...


Resisting shock politics in a Trump world

On this week’s show, we listen to a wide ranging conversation between best-selling author and journalist Naomi Klein and comedian Aamer Rahman. Recorded just days after Donald Trump won the 2016 US presidential election, they discuss race and the colonial mindset in a post-Trump world and reflect on what this means for environmental organising in Australia and Canada. You can watch the full conversation - and many more - at the Wheeler Centre's website. Earth Matters #1134 was produced by...


Saving the Murray Darling PART 1

Dr Jackie Kelly is one of the many people who dedicate their time and are committed to better environmental outcomes for the health of our rivers and wetlands. And today we’re in conversation with Kelly on the latest on the Murray-Darling Basin plan from an environmental perspective, the politics and you'll hear how community members from all over the country are passionate about saving the mighty Murray Darling Rivers and the wetlands.


War Costs the Earth

In this edition of Earth Matters we look at the costs of war to the environment through habitat destruction, nuclear test fallout, chemical pollution, weather manipulation, depleted uranium, and CO2 emissions. Our guests unpack the staggering financial cost of war and question the proposed development of a large subsidised weapons export industry in Australia. Together we broach the question: how we can end the endless wars and build a more positive, sustainable future? The Independent and...


Land-clearing in NSW + growing solar

Changing light bulbs isn’t stopping climate change so people are breaking their own addictions to coal and doing it for themselves. 1.8 million rooftops in Australia have solar panels. Solar Citizens are campaigning to grow and defend that, and increase access to the renewable revolution.A sinister collusion of business and government is again wreaking havoc on the environment. NSW land-clearing laws are letting landowners bulldoze willy-nilly, shrinking the remnants of native bushland...


Exploring Seedbanks

Exploring SeedbanksAustralia is home to two seed banks and coming up on Earth Matters in this program we are joined by guest Dr Sally Horton as we take a look inside the Australian Grains seedbank at Horsham and we yarn on Norton’s recent return from the Global Seedbank also known as the Doomsday Vault in a remote mountain location in Norway.


Telling stories of cyclones

People of the Pacific Islands are already feeling the ravages of climate change - be that loss of food production as sea levels rise, the erosion of shorelines, king tides, and the increased occurrence and severity of cyclones.But Pacific Islanders are speaking out. So on today’s show we are tuning-in to Pasifika voices and amplifying their messages.We’re going to hear from a brand-new podcast. It’s called Climates of Listening, it’s a special feature produced by Anja Kanngieser and...


Protect language, protect country

Karina Lester, Yankunytjatjara-Anangu woman from South Australia, tells us about her work to reclaim, revive and maintain Aboriginal languages.Karina's late father was blinded by the nuclear testing program in the 1950s. The Lester family have played an enormous role speaking out against nuclear dangers, from nuclear weapons to radioactive waste.Karina explains the critical role of language in knowing and protecting country, as evidenced by the successful Irati Wanti campaign to prevent...


Chinese Ban on recycled products impacts Victorians

This week on Earth Matters we explore the current recycling issue affecting some Victorians as the Chinese Government ban on foreign recyclables came into effect on January 1st 2018. The Victorian State Government and the various stakeholders including some Victorian local councils (metro and regional) are all trying to work through how to best deal with this problem right across the state of Victoria. The Chinese Government Recycling import ban is from China is affecting not only...


We need writers who can remember freedom

On this week's show:We take time to listen to three writers and activists who help us see our world differently, helping us to imagine other possible futures.Hannah Donnelly is a Wiradjuri woman from New South Wales. She is the creator of the Sovereign Trax music blog, celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music and culture. Hannah is also the co-editor of the Sovereign Apocalypse. Her writing experiments with speculative fiction and future imaginings of Indigenous responses to...


The Boot on our Necks

All around the planet widespread ideological folly on the neoliberal bandwagon is targeting environmental activists systemically via government and big business. But Indigenous land rights activists are fighting back, and looking to the global community for support in their struggles.Last week activist and protest organiser Heri Budiawan, aka Budi Pego, from Banyuwangi in East Java was sentenced to ten months in prison for displaying a communist logo on a protest banner. The law under...


CRISPR; update on Fawkner toxic site

At the end of last year the Commonwealth government’s Office of the Gene Technology Regulator quietly proposed to deregulate a new genetic modification technique know CRISPR.Also, we bring you an update on the campaign against the development of the former NuFarm site in Fawkner, Victoria. Responsible for manufacturing highly toxic industrial chemicals, including Agent Orange.Guests: Lou Sales (FoE emerging tech campaign); Sue Bolton (Toxic Free Fawkner).Links:Emerging Tech ProjectToxic...


Decolonising Climate Action

This week on Earth Matters - A Decolonising Climate Action panel discussion held in Melbourne at the Black Dot Gallery Brunswick in April 2017.Featuring a poetry performance by Kate West panel followed by a panel discussion featuring deadly first Nations women Jen Rae, Mathi Canadian Aboriginal group and Artist, Allara Briggs - Yorta Yorta & Seed Mob and Jacinta Fuamatu - A Samoan Pacific islander Australian woman from 350 Pacific.Earth Matters #1123 was produced by Kerri-Lee Harding.


Natural Beekeeping Part 2

Earth Matters this week we bring you to PART 2 of our conversation - Keeping Bees in a natural environment with program guest Adrian Iodice from Beekeeping Naturally and coming up in this program you’ll hear how keeping bees in a natural environment can be positive for you at home in a rural or urban setting plus you’ll hear how to make deadly honey from your hive and we find out how to naturally keep bees and you’ll hear about one man and his naked beekeeping success!Want more...


Protecting Belfast Coastal Reserve

On this week's show we're going to Belfast Coastal Reserve. Stretching 22 kilometres between Warrnambool and Port Fairy in Victoria, this small strip of land is important environmentally, culturally, socially and economically. It faces many challenges, including horse racing. We'll be talking to Bill Yates from the Belfast Coastal Reserve Action Group and Lou Hollis from Killarney Coast Care.


Natural Beekeeping Part 1

Coming up in this program all you need to know about natural bee care in our environment as we explore Beekeeping Naturally and we take a look at how it compares to conventional bee keeping methods and you'll also hear how good it is to be keeping bees naturally, as it is a positive practice for the environment. Earth Matters program guest is Adrian Iodice - BeeKeeping Naturally.want more information? on natural bee keeping or some of the workshops held across some parts of Australia? You...


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