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The podcast where better is definitely better than bigger. Do you think growing infinitely on a finite planet is an oxymoron? If the answer is yes, then this podcast is for you. In each episode of the Post-Growth Australia Podcast (PGAP), host Michael Bayliss talks to experts to unpack the notion of post-growth societies and what this means for us, for future generations and for the planet. Each episode will also play an environmental themed song from local artists. PGAP is made possible by the support of Sustainable Population Australia (SPA).

The podcast where better is definitely better than bigger. Do you think growing infinitely on a finite planet is an oxymoron? If the answer is yes, then this podcast is for you. In each episode of the Post-Growth Australia Podcast (PGAP), host Michael Bayliss talks to experts to unpack the notion of post-growth societies and what this means for us, for future generations and for the planet. Each episode will also play an environmental themed song from local artists. PGAP is made possible by the support of Sustainable Population Australia (SPA).

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Australia

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The podcast where better is definitely better than bigger. Do you think growing infinitely on a finite planet is an oxymoron? If the answer is yes, then this podcast is for you. In each episode of the Post-Growth Australia Podcast (PGAP), host Michael Bayliss talks to experts to unpack the notion of post-growth societies and what this means for us, for future generations and for the planet. Each episode will also play an environmental themed song from local artists. PGAP is made possible by the support of Sustainable Population Australia (SPA).

Language:

English


Episodes

Tassie Perspectives 3: North Facing in the North West with Caroline and Kirk

6/2/2021
For PGAP’s third and final episode on Tasmanian Perspectives, host Michael Bayliss returns back to the Northwest to with Caroline Smith and Kirk Hall. Caroline and Kirk share their reasons for relocating from the mainland and why a future of ditching rampant consumption and returning to a life of voluntary simplicity, local communities, permaculture and degrowth are critical – not only for Tasmania – but anywhere and everywhere! Caroline Smith...

Duration:01:13:37

Tassie Perspectives 2: Damning the Matrix with Mike Stasse

5/25/2021
"Degrowth is happening whether we like it or not" - Michel Stasse In the 'Tasmanian Perspectives’ series, PGAP host Michael Bayliss travels around the Apple Isle to interview Post-Growth mainlanders who have resettled in Tasmania and to discuss their reasons why. In this episode, I travel to the Huon Valley to meet with Michel Stasse, long-time Degrowth advocate, founder of the 'Damn The Matrix' blog and DIO superhero who self-built an impressive self-sufficient, off-grid eco home in the...

Duration:00:50:51

Tasmanian Perspectives Part 1: Tania Brookes

5/5/2021
The ‘Tasmanian Perspectives’ series of PGAP examines the lives, projects and perspectives of Post-Growth game changers who have left the mainland to start a new life in Tasmania. What made them decide to jump the Bass Strait? How is it all working out for them? Should you follow by example and make the move yourself? For the first episode, PGAP had the absolute pleasure of chatting with Tania Brookes from the Reseed Centre in Penguin. Tania Brookes is an indigenous Maori woman living on...

Duration:00:58:32

S2 Ep6: The Economics of Arrival with Katherine Trebeck

4/13/2021
How does a society know when enough is enough and it is time to stop growing, developing, consuming? How does a society know when it has ‘arrived’ and doesn’t need to keep striving for more? How does a society know when it hasn’t yet 'arrived' and where further material growth is still, on balance, a good idea? What are the ceiling limits to look out for? Well, who better to come to my rescue on this philosophical quagmire of a question than Dr. Katherine Trebeck, co-Author of "The Economics...

Duration:01:01:10

S2 Episode 5: Changing our Story on Population with Karen Shragg

3/31/2021
Why does modern society persist in pursuing its endless growth experiment when it is so obvious that this is unsustainable? Why is modern neo-liberalism so resistant to change even when the writing is so clearly on the wall? PGAP talks to environmentalist, naturalist, educator, poet and author of new book “Change Our Stories, Change Our World” – Karen Shragg. Karen, who lives in the USA, discusses several of the modern myths and stories detailed in her new book from greed, inequality,...

Duration:01:00:33

S2 Episode 4: How we can have an Inspired Evolution with Amrit Sandhu

3/16/2021
*One of the downsides of becoming intimate with Post-Growth is that one becomes acutely aware of the human impact on our planetary systems. One is continuity at loggerheads with growth based economies that are pulling in the opposite direction of where they should be going and what they should be doing - and the people just don’t seem to stop! * Now I don’t know about you, but this can often fill me with depression, anxiety, existential depression and morose apathy. And this is just on one...

Duration:01:10:02

Season 2 - Episode 3: Saving the Martuwarra-Fitzroy river with Professor Anne Poelina

3/5/2021
Martuwarra, the Fitzroy River, is located in the Kimberley region of northern Western Australia – renowned and cherished for being one of the last of the world’s isolated, vast and by global standards – relatively untouched by Western development. Of course, like all places that haven’t yet been concreted over by a dominant culture that demands to grow infinitely on a finite planet, Martuwarra, the Fitzroy River, is under threat to be next on the chopping block. But not without a fight! PGAP...

Duration:00:59:26

Smaller Families for People and Planet - With Florence Blondel, Maxine Trump and Tanya Williams

2/16/2021
Three inspiring women. Three powerful arguments why empowered women who choose smaller or childfree families are good for individuals, good for communities and arguably better for the planet. This is the case regardless of where in the world you happen to live - global north OR global south. Population is a contentious conversation starter - in large part because it is a very personal issue for all of us. Yet it is a conversation that we must have if we are to envision a future with less,...

Duration:01:23:24

Season 2 - Episode 1: Degrowth in Action with Artists as Family

1/31/2021
A new year – a new season of Post-Growth Australia Podcast (PGAP). What better way to open than with Meg Ulman and Patrick Jones from Artist as Family – two people who are living Degrowth day by day in the most visceral, practical, and inspiring way I have ever seen. Their dedication to living within their ethics, politics and the bio-capacity of their home in Daylesford is nothing short of phenomenal. The interview begins with a tour of their quarter acre block that they share with their...

Duration:01:09:19

Episode 13: International Anti-Corruption Day with Cameron Murray

12/6/2020
December the 09th marks ‘International Anti-Corruption Day (https://www.un.org/en/observances/anti-corruption-day)’. This day was designated nearly 20 years ago by the ‘United Nations Convention against Corruption (https://www.awarenessdays.com/awareness-days-calendar/international-anti-corruption-day-2020/)’ to raise awareness on corruption and its role in undermining democracy, stability and equity. Australia is no exception to this phenomena – one is hard pressed to find a major party...

Duration:00:52:11

Episode 12: Retrosuburbia with David Holmgren

11/19/2020
Are you keen on the idea of permaculture but find the idea of starting an acreage in the country a bit much? Do your cortisone levels go through the roof whenever you see productive farmland being torn down for more cookie cutter suburbia? Are you baulking at the thought of perfectly good houses on your street being pulled down for battleship grey pre-fab concrete apartments? Would you prefer that you could do more things for yourself and with others at home rather than having everything...

Duration:01:12:42

Episode 11: To politik or not to politik, that is the question - with Kelvin Thomson

11/4/2020
Another month, another bunch of elections. In Australia, we’ve just had the ACT elections, QLD elections, and Victoria council elections. I think that’s it. Oh yeah, there’s a small North American country having a federal election counting ballots as we speak. You may have heard about it. Post-Growth still exists on the fringe and for most of us on the fringe voting can be a frustrating exercise choosing between who will lead us through several more years of growth on a finite planet. It can...

Duration:00:41:52

Episode 10: Budget Special with Unconventional Economist Leith van Onselen

10/15/2020
The Federal budget was made public on October 2006 with the usual disappointment we have come to expect from the coalition government (well from both major parties really). So what SHOULD the budget have looked like as we enter into the pandemic flecked decade of consequence? Host Michael Bayliss talks to Leith van Onselen to find out what a sensible economic response during these trying times OUGHT to look like. Leith van Onselen writes relentlessly as The Unconventional Economist...

Duration:00:48:56

Episode 9: Healing within to heal the world - with Jim Villarreal

10/2/2020
In the second part of the 'spirituality special' of PGAP, we interview Jim Villarreal of Gold Cap Integration Network (https://www.goldcapintegration.com/) to discuss that healing the world means healing the internal traumas that lie within us all. We also explore an exciting new movement called Holistic Activism which is seeking to bring together activism and mindful practices. () Jimmy and I reunite after many adventures spanning the globe from Amazonian Peru to the Victorian Gippsland to...

Duration:00:39:59

Episode 8: Can we change the system without changing ourselves? A Taoistic perspective with Darpan

10/2/2020
Many times on PGAP we have discussed how critical it is to live in a way that is Ecocentric rather than Anthropocentric. To decolonise our economies and societies so they are living within the laws of nature rather than trying to dominate the natural world. So what needs to change and how to we facilitate this change? Do we rally against corporations, governments, capitalism and neoliberalism? Or do we need to stop changing the cruel churning world and work to shift our cruel churning minds...

Duration:01:21:33

Episode 7: Discovering Degrowth with Anitra Nelson

9/15/2020
Degrowth? What does it mean? Is it about austerity and deprivation? Or is it about community, collaboration and unshackling ourselves from the matrix of the growth economy into a world that is more equitable, liveable and sustainable? According to Anitra Nelson – definitely the latter! Anitra Nelson (https://anitranelson.info/) is an author, scholar and activist. She is passionate about the degrowth movement in addition to alternatives in restructuring the ways in which we live and relate to...

Duration:00:51:55

Episode 06: Post Growth Institute with Robert Wanalo

9/3/2020
For the 06th episode of Post Growth Australia Podcast, we thought it was prime time to connect with the Post Growth Institute (PGI) themselves. After all, no post-growth advocate worth their salt should go through life without connecting with this wonderful, tireless hub of connectors and game changers at some point. Being the incredible international networkers they are, PGAP had the opportunity to speak with their Partnerships Manager, Kenyan born and raised Robert Wanalo. Host Michael...

Duration:00:44:30

Episode 5: Earth Overshoot Day with Derrick Jensen

8/20/2020
Well the good news is that Earth Overshoot Day arrived later this year on August the 22nd than it did in 2019 (July the 29th). The bad news is that this is due to COVID, not because of concerted effort on part of the dominant economic paradigm. Earth Overshoot Day is always a sobering, soul-searching time for host Michael Bayliss, so what better way to go about it than to soul-search with one of the most thoughtful and articulate environmentalist and authors of our time, Derrick Jensen? You...

Duration:00:47:27

Episode 4: Episode 4: Reimagining an Earth Centered Economy with Michelle Maloney

8/4/2020
Since colonization (at least!) the human race has been blinded by the delusion that we are separate, above and beyond all other species to whom we share the planet. As we enter the decade of consequence, PGAP interviews Dr Michelle Maloney, who has dedicated her life to unpacking these myths and provides some insight into what an earth-centred society might look like. The 2020s is the decade of consequence from centuries of anthropocentrism. The ‘Anthropocene’ has seen the numbers of human...

Duration:00:37:53

Episode 3: World Population Day (part b)

7/17/2020
World Population Day has passed but its legacy continues! In part B of our world population day special, PGAP travels (virtually) to the USA to speak with Dave Gardner from World Population Balance and to Portugal to talk with population sustainability academic João Abegão. We are also serenaded by the song 'Let's Hang Out' by child-free comedian Jude Perl. Dave Gardner speaks with Michael about World Population Balance (https://www.worldpopulationbalance.org/)'s excellent campaigns during...

Duration:00:50:14