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Leap Manifesto - A Vision for the Future

In this short episode, Laura reads The Leap Manifesto, "a call for Canada based on caring for the Earth and one another." This platform, developed in 2015 by 60 Canadians across the progressive spectrum, calls for a new vision of our future that is just and sustainable for all. The Leap Manifesto has been adopted by many progressive organizers around the world and is still growing strong.

Duration: 00:12:05

Fossil Free UB

In this episode, Laura speaks with three undergraduate activists (Alexa Ringer, Meghan Griffin, and Aidan Powell) who are a part of Fossil Free UB, a campaign demanding that the University at Buffalo Foundation divest from the fossil fuel industry and re-invest in clean energy and socially responsible alternatives. This episode provides an update on the same campaign that Vanessa Dwyer talked about in Episode 9.

Duration: 01:00:54

JD Hartman - Socially Responsible Investing

JD Hartman is the Managing Partner and Investment Advisor with the Buffalo-based Signity Financial. He is an expert on Socially Responsible Investing. For years he has been helping people achieve financial security by investing their money in alignment with their values. In this episode, Laura and JD talk about socially responsible investing, student loan debt, Buffalo's Our Outer Harbor campaign, and more.

Duration: 01:06:59

Sarah Baird - Safe Light for the Most Vulnerable

Sarah Baird is the President and Founder of Let There Be Light International, a U.S. nonprofit organization addressing energy poverty in sub-Saharan Africa. LTBLI donates individual solar lights to families living in extreme poverty and prioritizes distribution to handicapped and orphaned children, the elderly, and widows living with HIV/AIDS. LTBLI also raises funds for the installation of complete solar lighting systems at unelectrified, off-grid health facilities in Uganda.

Duration: 00:59:16

Marge Ryan - Community Service & Beautification

Marge Ryan is a lifelong resident of South Buffalo, New York, and an active member of South Buffalo Alive. She has been called the "mayor of South Buffalo" because she is deeply involved in her community and works tirelessly to make it a more beautiful place. At 80 years old, she steps up and takes action for positive change in South Buffalo.

Duration: 00:52:14

Adam Schwartz - Environmental Law in Arizona & Planning for the Future

Adam Schwartz is an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Arizona, focusing primarily on fraud cases and “special prosecutions”, which include environmental crimes. In this episode, we talk about environmental issues in Arizona, as well as how water is managed in Western states (prior appropriation doctrine) versus Eastern states (riparian doctrine).

Duration: 01:07:26

Sara Jablonski - Social Justice, Dance, & Empathy

Sara is a Buffalo resident involved in many local organizations, including Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Buffalo. She has been active with SURJ Buffalo for two years and is part of the group's Base Building and Education Committee. In this episode, we talk about what SURJ is and how it works, privilege, social justice issues, the importance of dance in Sara's life, and why it's important to vote in your local elections next week (in Erie County, use your vote to help #firehoward!).

Duration: 01:10:39

019 Anti-Pipeline Victory

Listen to the amazing story of Western New York communities working together to halt the proposed Northern Access Pipeline (NAPL). NAPL is a 97-mile pipeline proposed by National Fuel, which would transport fracked natural gas from Pennsylvania, through New York, under the Niagara River, and into Canada for sale. This past April, the NY Department of Environmental Conservation denied National Fuel's water quality permits, which is an amazing victory for healthy communities, climate action,...

Duration: 01:09:20

018 Sam Magavern

Sam Magavern is the Executive Director of Partnership for the Public Good, a community-based think tank in Buffalo, New York. Sam and I talk about PPG's research and advocacy work in the Buffalo community, as well as lead paint safety and climate justice.

Duration: 00:58:52

017 Joe Karnath

Joe Karnath is a high school science teacher at Hamburg Senior High School in Hamburg, New York. He created and teaches a class called "Disasters," which educates students on disasters of all kinds: hurricanes, climate change, air pollution, war, terrorism, and the opioid epidemic.

Duration: 00:48:37

016 Season 2 Welcome

Welcome to Season 2! In this episode, I tell the story of my first website, I also give an update on my foot surgeries (I can walk!) and discuss environmental injustice in Puerto Rico.

Duration: 00:22:36

015 - Season 1 Wrap

Thank you for a great Season 1! In this episode I provide an update on this podcast, an overview of my Season 1 interviews, and some information on the foot surgeries that I am currently going through. Please contact me through if you have any suggestions for Season 2!

Duration: 00:30:26

014 Jim Anderson Radio Part 2

This is Part 2 of a special two-part series on environmental law where my guest from Episode 2, Jim Anderson, interviews me for his radio show, Conversations with Jim Anderson, on WUFO 1080AM in Buffalo, NY. In this talk, we discuss the public trust doctrine, the youth climate change lawsuits against the U.S. government, the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, & more. See Episode 10 for Part 1 of this series.

Duration: 00:55:54

013 Miles Gresham

Miles Gresham is an attorney, member of the Young Black Democrats, and the Get Out the Vote coordinator for the Bernie Tolbert for Erie County Sheriff Campaign. In this talk, we discuss his experiences living in Buffalo, redeveloping property on Genesee Street, studying history and politics at Howard University in DC, and many others. Miles does a great job explaining why it is critical for everyone to vote in every election season, starting with this one.

Duration: 01:26:48

012 - Massachusetts Avenue Project

Today I am sharing my conversation with three inspiring women from the Massachusetts Avenue Project (MAP). Rebekah Williams is the MAP Youth Education Director, while Ingabire and Mariama are two teenagers who work with Rebekah at MAP. This interview was a lot of fun to be a part of, and we discuss many important topics such as youth engagement in climate justice, school lunches that accommodate student dietary needs, and how agriculture must be a part of the climate conversation.

Duration: 01:07:47

011 Samantha Nephew

Samantha Nephew is a Community Organizer at Citizen Action New York State. In this conversation, we talk about her experiences growing up and living in Buffalo, public education reform, race, poverty, climate justice, Standing Rock, and many other topics related to keeping things alive.

Duration: 01:03:49

010 Jim Anderson Radio Part 1

The tables have turned! This is a special episode where my guest from Episode 2, Jim Anderson, interviews me for his radio show, Conversations with Jim Anderson, on WUFO 1080AM in Buffalo, NY. This is Part 1 of a two-part workshop on environmental law. In this talk, we discuss what environmental law is, how it works, and how it has not been protecting the environment or public health.

Duration: 00:55:45

008 - Sarah Sorci

Sarah Sorci is a community herbalist, owner of Sweet Flag Herbs, and manager of the Dunkirk Farmer's Market. During this interview, we discuss her background, edible and medicinal Western New York plants, and the importance of local food for community and health.

Duration: 01:05:48

007 - Craig Labadie

Craig Labadie is an acupuncturist and co-owner of Buffalo Alternative Therapies. Craig and I talk about his background, what acupuncture is, how community acupuncture works, and finding affordable healthcare outside of the U.S. healthcare system.

Duration: 00:52:25

006 - Agnes Williams

Agnes Williams is a member of the Seneca Nation, social worker, founding mother and board president of the Indigenous Women’s Network, Standing Rock Buffalo Support Group member, and activist for U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Duration: 01:21:23

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