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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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Melbourne, VIC

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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.

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@EarthMradio

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English


Episodes

Disability, Climate Change and Natural Disasters Part 2

12/16/2017
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This week's on Earth Matters we bring you Part 2 of our International Day of people with a Disability broadcast as we bring you audioof a timely discussion on the intersection of disability, climate change and natural disasters. Produced by FREED CIL – A disability activist group based in Nevada US that produce a show called Disability Rap.Coming up in this Disability Rap program you’ll hear from the Disability Rap host with program guests Brian Schneider A local community member from Nevada...

Duration: 00:27:50


Why should environmentalists care about the peace movement?

12/9/2017
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On today's show we're looking at the recent cases that were held in the Northern Territory Supreme Court, prosecuting peace activists who walked onto the secretive Pine Gap military base. We will be discussing why environmentalists should care about Pine Gap and about peace issues. Throughout the show we will be talking to a number of experienced peace activists who were present at the trial: defendant Margaret Pestorius, former senator Scott Ludlam, academic Richard Tanter, and long-time...

Duration: 00:52:27


Disability Day 2017 – Disability, Climate Change and Natural Disasters

12/2/2017
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This week's on Earth Matters we celebrate International Day of people with a Disability and we bring you audio of a timely discussion on the intersection of disability, climate change and natural disasters. Produced by FREED CIL – A disability activist group based in Nevada US that produce a show called Disability Rap.Coming up in this program you’ll hear from the Disabilty Rap host in conversation with program guests Brian Schneider A local community member from Nevada County and Alex...

Duration: 00:27:50


Out of our depth: deep sea mining in Papua New Guinea - episode 2

11/25/2017
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Newly engineered deep sea mining machinery sits waiting at Port Moresby. Canadian company Nautilus Minerals wants to mine gold and copper 1600m underwater in Papua New Guinea’s Bismarck Sea.The surrounding coastal communities already know about the disastrous impacts of land-based mining, and are also confronted with rising sea levels.Legal action is afoot and the campaign is growing in strength. The Alliance of the Solwara Warriors is bringing people together on the frontline of...

Duration: 00:29:51


Out of our depth: deep sea mining in Papua New Guinea - episode 1

11/18/2017
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It’s a race to the bottom of the sea on the frontier of extractive industries: experimental deep sea mining.Canadian company Nautilus Minerals is planning to mine a hydrothermal vent 1500m underwater: Solwara 1 in the Bismarck Sea. This sea is ringed by islands and coastal communities that depend upon it, in a country that has already seen the worst of land-based mining.Surrounding communities, led by the Alliance of the Solwara Warriors, are calling for a ban on deep sea mining.This is...

Duration: 00:29:51


Incredible Phytoplankton

11/11/2017
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Phytoplankton are small organisms that drift around in all aquatic environments. They are important because they create about 50-85% of the world's oxygen, and they are the basis of aquatic food chains. Phytoplankton numbers are affected by pollution and climate change. We talk to Dr John Beardall and Dr Martino Malerba of Monash University about their research into phytoplankton.

Duration: 00:25:37


Will Lidia Thorpe be the first Aboriginal person in the Victorian Parliament?

11/4/2017
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Will Lidia Thorpe be the first Aboriginal person in the Victorian Parliament?In this Earth Matters episode we take you inside Lidia Thorpe's official Greens campaign launch held in Thornbury, Melbourne ahead of the 18th November Northcote by-election.Deadly strong Gunnai Gunditjmara woman Lidia Thorpe is hoping to create real change and make history for the very first time by being the first Aboriginal woman elected to the Victorian Parliament.The electorate of Northccote is a safe Labour...

Duration: 00:27:53


Greening Red October

10/28/2017
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2017 marks the centenary of the October revolution in Russia that ultimately brought the Bolsheviks to power and lead to the formation of the Soviet Union.When we think of the USSR we often think of environmental and human tragedy. But 100 years on from the 1917 revolution it is perhaps more important than ever to re-assess the environmental record of the Soviet Union and learn from the radical thinkers, scientists and ecologists who offered a different vision for humans relationship with...

Duration: 00:25:56


Kids in country, not in custody

10/21/2017
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The Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the NT has finished its hearings; will this process lead to change? People are taking to the streets to demand real action for the incarcerated, and justice for the families of those who have died at the hands of the prison system.Tune in to recent protests in Sydney and Alice Springs. It's time to shut youth prisons, end deaths in custody and hold prisons, police and guards accountable for the lives lost too soon.Shut...

Duration: 00:29:52


Indigenous and Grassroots Movements Solidarity Gathering

10/14/2017
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This week on Earth Matters we take you inside the INDIGENOUS GRASSROOTS MOVEMENTS SOLIDARTY GATHERING – SO CALLED AUSTRALIA – LATIN AMERICA – ASIA PACIFIC.This gathering is for Indigenous traditional owners from different countries, communities, groups and cultures to express global solidarity against the corporate machine and aiming for a better world for us all to live plus it's also a great opportunity for networking for different mobs from here and overseas to come together to learn...

Duration: 00:27:50


“This mine is a flashpoint”: Frontline resistance to Adani’s mega coal mine

9/30/2017
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Resistance to Adani’s proposed Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin, Central Queensland, is heating up. The project is subject to sustained criticism because of the impacts on climate, the lack of consent from Traditional Owners, the company's history of corruption and the risk to precious groundwater resources.Activists from around Australia are taking their opposition to the frontline to show the company, local and state governments how far they are willing to go, to stop this...

Duration: 00:29:51


Prices versus the planet - changes to the Victorian Renewable Energy Target

9/23/2017
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On this week's Earth Matters we're looking at the Victorian government's recent promise to legislate their renewable energy target. Victoria currently produces about 17% of its electricity using renewable resources. The target is to increase that to 25% by 2020 and 40% by 2025. The legislation has just passsed in the lower house. We'll be talking to Pat Simons from Yes2Renewables about what this means, and what it took to get to this point. We'll also be talking to Megan Wheatley from...

Duration: 00:29:27


Voices of the Future

9/16/2017
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On this week's Earth Matters we look into the future and find out what kids are learning at school about sustainability. I spoke to Julie Harris who is the Executive Officer at Environment Education Victoria. I also spoke to Dominique Dybala who is one of the teachers implementing the program at St Mary's Primary School Williamstown and also works at Environment Education Victoria. And I spoke to some of her students, who are on the Student Sustainability Leadership Team. Their names are...

Duration: 00:41:06


The Aboriginal Carbon Fund

9/9/2017
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This episode on Earth Matters we take a look at The Aboriginal Carbon Fund and find out what the fund is doing to assist Aboriginal Traditional Owners with Savannah Burning across some parts of Northern Australia. It’s a new way of working with TO’s to continue caring for country by and to reduce carbon emissions by conducting traditional and small cool burns across savannah country. Thus minimising large unpredictable wild fires that can have a damaging direct impact on...

Duration: 00:27:50


NT Intervention: 10 long years, 10 years too long

9/2/2017
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It’s been 10 years since the beginning of the Northern Territory Intervention, a far-reaching and disempowering intrusion into the lives of Aboriginal people. In June 2017 a conference in Alice Springs brought people together from across Australia to hear about the impacts and to work together to end this disgraceful government regime of control.Listen up for the call-out: a national weekend of action to end deaths in custody and shut youth prisons on 28-30 September.Links:Intervention...

Duration: 00:29:51


Coal power's toxic health toll

8/26/2017
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Coal-fired power stations emit toxic chemicals and particulates that are highly damaging to human health. And our governments - both state and federal - are failing to protect us.This is revealed in a new report by Environmental Justice Australia. It’s called Toxic and Terminal and it highlights how governments and their regulators are failing the public by allowing coal-fired power stations to emit pollutants at levels much higher than over industrialized countries - such as the United...

Duration: 00:28:11


Nanotechnology

8/19/2017
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On this episode of Earth Matters we explore the environmental implications of nanotechnology. In what ways could it harm the environment, in what ways could it be used to help the environment, and how should it be regulated.Guests:Louise Sales co-ordinator of Friends of the Earth Emerging Technology ProjectMark Wiesner, PhD, who is a professor of environmental engineering at Duke University in North Carolina in the United States, where he also directs the Centre for the Environmental...

Duration: 00:39:33


TELL EXHIBITION - 2017 Ballarat International Foto Biennale

8/12/2017
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On Earth Matters this week we yarn on the new TELL EXHIBITION with 2 deadly Aboriginal women as we hear about their work on display at the upcoming art exhibition the ‘2017 Ballarat International Foto Biennale’ showing a range of Artworks featuring some of the world’s finest photographers and photo media artists from here in Australia and the world and is on in Ballarat from the 19th of August till the 17th of September 201The group exhibition is the TELL EXHIBITION shall showcase a number...

Duration: 00:25:03


Don't forget Paga Hill: landgrabbing in PNG and Australian aid

8/5/2017
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The Paga Hill community in Papua New Guinea have spent years resisting an Australian-run developer, Paga Hill Development Company, determined to build a 5-star hotel and marina on their land. The new complex is intended to host the 2018 APEC meeting, supported by Australian aid funding.‘The Opposition’ is a film that has survived censorship attempts to expose the corruption and human rights abuses suffered by the evicted Paga Hill residents. It is also a call out to the international...

Duration: 00:29:51


Changes to the Environment Protection Authority Victoria

7/29/2017
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The Environment Protection Authority, or the EPA, of Victoria is going through some big changes. On today's show we're going to talk to two community advocates, Wendy Farmer from Voices of the Valley and Brian Snowden from Toxic Free Fawkner, about their experiences with the EPA and what they would change about it. Then we're going to talk to Dr Chris Atmore from Environmental Justice Australia, who describe themselves as "nature's legal team", about what they hope for and expect to see...

Duration: 00:36:15

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