Inauguration Eve in DC – Showing my tag which reads:
“Black Is The New Green!”
2009 is off to a roller coaster start.
For me, and millions of Americans, it kicked off January 20th in Washington
on a cold but clear D.C. day.
Flying into the nation's capitol for 26
hours of witnessing history, and attending Al Gore's Green Ball (see photo of "New Arrival"
poster at the National Portrait Gallery), was an absolute thrill.
But the high, and the honeymoon, did
not last long as we've dipped deeper into financial gloom. The malls
are quiet, foreclosure and bankruptcy lawyers are busy, and the banks
suddenly need our help (and I thought all those bounced check fees were
GREEN MEDIA TRAILBLAZER BETSY ROSENBERG RETURNS TO THE AIRWAVES WITH ON THE GREEN FRONT
ON VOICEAMERICA INTERNET RADIO
After a nearly two-year hiatus to “recharge”, “refuel” and “refresh” her decade-long quest to bring green content into the mainstream media, eco-pioneerBetsy Rosenberg is back with a new call-in radio talk show.
On the Green Front with Betsy Rosenberg airs on Voice America’s Green Talk Network today, and every Thursday, at 1:00 p.m. pacific and 4pm east at www.voiceamerica.com (type “Betsy Rosenberg” in the search engine) and /orhttp://tinyurl.com/bfwhje(direct link).
The program is archived at www.greentalknetwork.com and will soon be available with downloadable podcasts on demand from itunes.
Betsy Rosenberg is an award-winning news reporter, anchor, green radio host and environmental advocate. A 25-year broadcast veteran, Betsy's groundbreaking program, EcoTalk on AirAmerica, was the first green show in the country to air daily, focusing exclusively on environmental issues from the science of climate change, to peak oil, to endangered oceans and species, waste, fuel efficiency and beyond.
Her focus has always been on how these challenges impact humans and how we must all become the solution if we’re to survive, and thrive, on this planet. She has interviewed nearly everyone in the green forefront, from Al Gore to Robert Kennedy Jr. and so many others - including Van Jones, Bill McKibben, Gov. Brian Schweitzer, Dr. Jim Hansen and Richard Louv - only now attracting attention from mainstream media.
Betsy has also been a keynote speaker, featured presenter, panelist and moderator at many green conferences around the nation and has been a regular guest on local and national television shows including CNN Headline News and Fox's "Hannity and Colmes."
Betsy was also years ahead of the curve with her gas-roots campaign, Don’t Be Fueled! a national campaign aimed at increasing supply and demand for more fuel efficient vehicles. In addition to producing Green-To-Go radio features (quick tips, lasting impact!), Betsy is a graduate of The Climate Project, Al Gore’s training program designed to better educate the public about climate change. In addition to being a wife, mother, and volunteer with the Marin-based EcoMoms Alliance, Betsy travels and speaks across the country to help raise America’s Eco-IQ by connecting the dots with her unique ability to inform, humor, and inspire.
Ms. Rosenberg is proud to welcome her charter sponsors for the debut of the new program:
Sustainable Life Media, Clorox’s Green Works and Mighty Leaf Tea.
An open letter to GM, Ford
and Chrysler (Mostly GM!)
Dear Big Three Automakers,
So there you are in Washington
DC with your hands outstretched and your hats out, speaking truth to
power. “We’re in trouble Mr. Treasury. Please bail us out Uncle
Sam, Please don’t let us die Mother Earth, don’chya know we’re
too big to fail?” Those were the plaintive cries heard echoing in
the nation’s capitol chambers from the mouths of once powerful and
almighty Titans of the SUV Age.
Well maybe YOU don’t suffer from
“green fatigue” – if you did you probably wouldn’t be reading
this but it is a term I’ve heard tossed about in the past few months
and each time I hear it – though it goes by other names as well; “green
glut”, “green saturation”, “green overload”,
etc. – each time I want to turn red with anger.
Products has made a name for itself designing household cleaning
products that are not only green but also cool-looking enough to
display above the kitchen counter. Betsy talks with co-founder and "chief brand architect" Eric Ryan. Listen now...
Because we all contribute
to global warming, be co-dependent no more:
you are powerless over your addiction to using energy
and that your high energy use has become unmanageable, and then
change 10 light bulbs in your house to
compact florescent bulbs. Taking this first step
saves 1,795 lbs of carbon dioxide per year!
Want to hear what engaging, positive voices EcoTalk could bring to your radio station? Check out Betsy Rosenberg's inspiring mix of green ideas, trends, and personalities, and call your local affiliate to demand that EcoTalk be heard on your patch of this great green Earth. LISTEN
This might be EcoTalk's last hurrah as a daily show, but we'll be damned if we won't go out with yet another jam-packed hour of news that will inform the future that us optimists are determined to see through. If the mainstream media were a little more concerned with concrete plans for our energy future than the cost of somebody's haircut, presidential outside shot Governor Bill Richardson (NM) might have a reasonable shot at the White House this upcoming silly season. David Sandretti of the League of Conservation Voters joins Betsy to outline the big guy's plan to combat climate change. LISTEN (10 min)
Treehugger Correspondent Simran Sethi reports on France's request that the US show more leadership on reducing emissions, the green rebuilding of tornado-devastated Greensburg, Kansas, the unusual challenge of making the Burning Man festival sustainable, and Paul Hawken's incisive new book "Blessed Unrest." LISTEN (8 min)
Shawnee Hoover of Exxpose Exxon comments on reports that say that despite their ongoing insistence that they've severed ties with the Competitive Enterprise Institute and renounced smearing the science of climate change, Exxon "is still funding more than $2 million to the majority of climate skeptic groups" closely linked to CEI and their ilk. LISTEN (8 min)
Paul Ehrlich has been both authoritative and controversial for forty years, so that fact that to this day his still somewhat taboo advocacy of population control and his other work are cited in newspaper editorials no longer shocks him: "I am an outsider from the point of view of the media. I am an insider from the point of view of science. Scientists don't care what Jerry Falwell, or Limbaugh, or Coulter say. They care about what other scientists say." Join us for a special interview that is as compelling as it is freewheeling. PART ONE(7 min)PART TWO(12 min)
Greg & Connie Mattison of the "GreenByDesign", the creative and frisky Green Building TV show that's taking the state of the New Jersey (and beyond) by storm. Connie: "I think there are many out there who don't know where to begin. We thought, 'Well, you can watch us while we learn.'" Greg: "We call ourselves newlygreens." Check it out! LISTEN (8 min)
In the growing Green Building Community, Andres Edwards of EduTracks and author of The Sustainability Revolution is among the most thoughtful. Here he opines on Tibet, Deep Ecology, and helping companies like Whole Foods, Pfizer, small non profits, and government agencies make the practical decisions that we will look back on and call wisdom: "When I started, it was a huge learning curve for folks to begin to understand, 'What is Green building?' As it's very rapidly been mainstreamed people are a lot more familiar." LISTEN(11 min)
Green Building Initiative's Ward Hubbell checks in with EcoTalk following his Senate testimony on how the Federal Government makes Green Building an implicit part of a smart, forward-thinking government: "I think what [the Senate] were trying to do was get educated on the various rating systems out there and the different approaches." Find out about GBI's Green Globes rating system here. LISTEN (8 min)
Clean Air Watch President (and EcoTalk favorite) Frank O'Donnell weighs in on the President Bush's pledge to abide by the Clean Air Act (or at least mouth words to that effect). "I think that the president has come up with a strategy to stall off any kind of action, and essentially put the US EPA into a straitjacket of bureauracratic process," Frank tells Betsy. Does this have to be "a long process", as the President says? LISTEN(10 min)
The nearly three years of broadcasting
our groundbreaking program on Air America have come with nearly constant
turbulence. As the nation's first progressive network with ambitious
expansion plans experienced growing pains, EcoTalk weathered them all
- but not without significant cost. Selling advertising and partnerships
was our only means to cover production costs and that task was made
difficult for many reasons.
This week, correspondent Jeff McIntire Strasburg
sheds some light on the murky question of ethanol versus biodiesel. We
speak with Mark Oberholzer, a runner-up in the 2006 Metropolis Next
Generation Design Competition, whose plan for roadside turbines aims at
getting something back from the flow of traffic. We also speak with the
designer of World Without Oil, an online alternate reality game that simulates a world in the throes of an oil shock.LISTEN(9 min)
Think only inorganic, GMO, pesticide-laden agriculture can feed the world's poor, and that organic is merely an indugence of the elite? While certain parties have a vested interest in having us believe that, University of Michigan researcher Catherine Badgley tells Betsy about some new studies that suggest that organic agriculture can feed the world. LISTEN(7 min)
Brad College Environmental Studies Chair Mark H. Lytle checks in to discuss his new book The Gentle Subversive: Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, and the Rise of the Environmental Movement: "[Carson] really believed that the right to endure gave us a right to know. She felt that unless the public had the facts necessary to make an informed decision, they were going to be unwitting victims." We take such citizen advocacy for granted today, but as multinational coporations and the chemical revolution created a brave new world of potential dangers to human beings, Carson was one of the first people to stick her neck out for all of us. LISTEN (12 min)
The city of Boston has cut its PC energy use by an astonishing 44 percent with the help of power management software company Verdiem. With power management something we need in every city, Verdiem Vice President of Business Development Dave Harvey tells Betsy what they can offer to any City or Company in the land. LISTEN (8 min)
It's not just Fox News anymore. When you see media degradation on the level that's being seen on shows like CNN's Glenn Beck, who do you call? Media Matters, of course. Betsy alluded the other day to Beck's desperate linkage of Al Gore to Nazis, and here Media Matters Senior Fellow Paul Waldman joins us to give his reaction to the veracity and audacity of such statements, and such newsman as Mr. Glenn Beck. Has CNN hit a new low? "I think they stooped to a new low when they hired Glenn Beck in the first place." LISTEN ( min)
We here at EcoTalk are so taken with California Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi's leadership on energy, public health, and smart (re-)use of resources that we hope that one day he can simply drop the "Lieutenant" from "Lieutenant Governor". He checked in with EcoTalk today to discuss the new e-waste recycling center opening in San Jose, and the global benefits of acting locally. LISTEN(7 min)
The latest issue of Mother Jones Magazine features an incredible (and ominous) article by Julia Whitty on the astonishing loss of biodiversity that this Earth has endured in the last century, and the precipitous increase to come, if we don't change: "It's the interaction of lifeforms that make our planet habitable. If we subtract 50% of those lifeforms, we're going to have a serious time sustainaing life on this planet." Listen to this interview, read the article in Mother Jones, and check out Whitty's new book The Fragile Edge: Diving and Other Adventures in the South Pacific. LISTEN(11 min)
On this week's Treehugger Simran Sethi sits down with Alisa Smith and JB MacKinnon to talk about 100milediet.org and its position at the forefront of the "Locavore" revolution, their book Plenty: One Man, One Woman, and a Raucous Year of Eating Locally, and the ongoing organic versus local (non-)debate: "Really the system to shoot for is local. Organics will follow, whether certified or not, because almost any small farmer both doesn't want to use chemicals and doesn't have to. When you have a wide variety of crops growing in a really small area, they're not susceptible to pests in the same way that 10,000 acres of wheat are." LISTEN (9 min)
This is where the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) stuff gets really interesting: whereas the first to parts, released earlier this year, documented the global scientific consensus on climate change and forecast several possible effects, Part 3, to be released tomorrow, offers an array of solutions to minimize the impacts of climate change, and halt any further effects. Will the nations of the world implement these recommendations? Given their obsession with the wording of this document, there's a good chance they will. Center for American Progress Senior Fellow (and author of Hell and High Water) Joseph Romm: "This report has to be signed off on by 120 governments, including the United States, and oil countries like Saudi Arabia. And they can veto any word. So you can take to the bank anything that all those countries agree to." LISTEN(10 min)
Stanford University Climatologist
Stephen Schneider is on the Synthesis Committee for the IPCC report:
"IPCC doesn't tell the world what to do. That's the job of decision
makers, ranging from everybody out there deciding what car or
refrigerator to buy, to government officials trying to figure out what
industries to support and what industries to tax. What we will do is
survey the literature, summarize the arguments of various sides, from
the coal industry to the enviro groups. Then we'll go beyond that and
we'll talk about the scientific merits in those arguments." LISTEN (8 min)
Care about Wild Salmon's future? Grab a fork and eat one. So says renowned chef Alice Waters and the 200 chefs nationwide who are asking Congress to protect wild salmon habitats, and the delicious, natural nourishment that sustains mammals like us. Greg Higgins, Chef and Owner of Higgins' Restaurant and Bar in Portland, Oregon tells Betsy about the Chefs who will be banging their pots on Capitol Hill next week, so that you can eat the good stuff.LISTEN (9 min)