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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.






Voices of the Future

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

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 biodiversity.Coming...

Duration: 00:27:50

NT Intervention: 10 long years, 10 years too long

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

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


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

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

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

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

Food Waste

On this week's Earth Matters we discuss the issue of food waste.Guests: Madeline Wilson, Victorian state manager for food rescue organisation OzHarvest.Bruises from Melbourne Food Not Bombs.

Duration: 00:33:55

Eco Cities and Water Keeping

This week on Earth Matters we have Vivien Langford speaking with Beyond Zero Emissions CEO Vanessa Petrie about BZE’s presentations to the Ecocity 2017 worldwide summit about Zero Carbon Communities and Zero Carbon Cement. Then we hear from Water Keeper Neil Blake speaking to Jan Bartlett about his role protecting the waters of Port Phillip Bay and some of the key challenges that inform his work.Guests: Vanessa Petrie, Beyond Zero Emissions, & Neil Blake, Port Phillip...

Duration: 00:28:02

A Crude Injustice: The ongoing effects of the Montara oil spill on the people of West Timor

The Montara oil field is in the Timor Sea, off the Northern coast of Western Australia. In 2009 it was the site of one of Australia's worst oil spills. Shortly after, oil and toxic dispersants showed up in West Timor where they caused an environmental and social disaster. On today's show we'll talk to Jane Hammond has made a film called 'A Crude Injustice' to bring attention to this issue. We'll also talk to Indonesian businessman Ferdi Tanoni who has been fighting tirelessly around this...

Duration: 00:28:04

Urban Aboriginal Creatives: Timmah Ball & Kent Morris.

On this week's Earth Matters show you’ll meet two deadly fine Aboriginal Contemporary Urban Creatives. Writer Timmah Ball on Aboriginal Art, Writing, Feminism, Urban Planning and her latest creative Art project at YIRRAMBOI Festival.And Kent Morris Artist CEO of The Torch Project on his Digital Photography and his important day job, helping prisoners creating and selling art in Victorian prisons and finalist in the 2017 National Indigenous Art Awards. Earth Matters #1092 produced by...

Duration: 00:27:50

The Finkel report is a climate failure

The Finkel Report on Australia’s energy future was meant to break the political deadlock in energy policy federally and secure the future of our electricity needs. But the Federal Coalition is deeply divided on the proposal, with some MPs saying it doesn’t give enough priority to fossil fuels. Meanwhile, the report has also been slammed as being heavily biased towards coal and gas, and as short-sighted and falling short of our Paris commitments. Touted as objective and ideologically...

Duration: 00:28:01

Nuclear dump-stopping + Black Rhymes

SA high-level dump project "dead"After two years of Government pressure and community resistance, the SA Premier has finally declared that his proposal for the state to import high-level nuclear waste from around the world is dead. Karina Lester, Yankunytjatjara-Anangu, from the No Dump Alliance tells us about it. She clarifies that while this is a huge win, two communities are still under the threat of a national dump; the Flinders Ranges and Kimba.We hear three spoken word pieces from...

Duration: 00:29:51

The river is like blood flowing through our veins

"The river and the lakes mean to us now... it's like blood flowing through our veins" - Uncle Badger BatesOn this episode of Earth Matters we look at the water shortages in the Lower Darling River system. We talk to Uncle Badger Bates of the Barkindji mob, and Jason Alexandra who's an expert in water management and used to work for the Murray Darling Basin Authority.

Duration: 00:35:44

Meet bryan Andy Social Media Bossman YIRRAMBOI First Nations Arts Festival

This week on Earth Matters you’ll meet bryan Andy -Yorta Yorta man, broadcaster, writer and a social media whiz for the YIRRAMBOI First Nations Arts Festival (5-14 May 2017) Melbourne. bryan shares his views on local Aboriginal community arts, culture and identity in Victoria and you’ll hear about his most recent work in the role of Social Media Bossman for YIRRAMBOI socials on Facebook and Instagram. And you’ll also hear about bryan’s passion for his writing as a Blak Critic and we yarn...

Duration: 00:27:18

Shut Youth Prisons, Chelsea Manning + stopping Adani

A special report from Else Kennedy of Shut Youth Prisons in Alice Springs explores the juvenile (in)justice system from the perspectives of Dylan and Kirra Voller, in the wake of the NT Royal Commission into Juvenile Justice. The Vollers were thrown into the spotlight after a Four Corners report in October 2016 exposing inhumane conditions and treatment of juvenile prisoners, including Dylan. This report includes a spoken word piece from Dylan and a new track from his sister Kirra.We hear...

Duration: 00:29:51

Toxic Legacy

There are an estimated 160 000 toxic sites in Australia. In this episode we investigate how well they're being monitored and remediated, using the example of a toxic site in the Melbourne suburb of Fawkner that is set to be redeveloped.GuestsDr Ravi Naidu from the Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the EnvironmentBrian Snowden, resident of McBryde Street who is opposing the redevelopment of the toxic siteMara Bonacci, former environmental scientist...

Crunch Time for Adani

We return to what has been touted one of the most significant social and environmental struggles of our era, the fight against the proposed Adani coal mine on Wangan and Jagalingou peoples' land in Central Qld. Hear a conversation with lawyer from Environmental Justice Australia, Ariane Wilkinson, who discusses EJA's research into Adani's international corporate behaviour. Also featured are some excerpts from the Stop Adani Roadshow outlining how people can get active at this crucial time.

Duration: 00:29:53

Nuclear legacies and a new chance to end the nuclear age

Marshallese activist and educator Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner uses the power of words and performance to explore the effects of nuclear testing and climate change on her beloved home, the Marshall Islands. She shares a piece on her teenage discovery of the racist nuclear testing program and the origin of the bikini swimsuit’s name.Hiroshima survivor Setsuko Thurlow and Kokatha woman from South Australia, Sue Coleman-Haseldine, address the UN conference to negotiate a treaty banning nuclear...

Duration: 00:29:51

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