Learn what Hilton Hotel in Concord is doing to green their properties, using a model in the Bay Area as a pilot program. Hilton's Matt Hohenstreet says their new practice of refurbishing pillows is saving them a lot of green and keeping piles of pillows out of the landfill.
Lynn Palmer and Scott Kyle are two eco activists from Ontario, where environmental issues center around preserving forests and fighting threats from extractive industries, primarily mining. Lynn, who has participated in UN conferences, and Scott, a Green Party candidate in Canada weigh on Canada's recent pullout from Kyoto accords, Keystone controversy and the threat of climate change.
My trashiest green friend, Annie Leonard, joins me on The Green Front to talk about The Story of Stuff and her latest (en)viral video, The Story of Broke (on YouTube). Annie has it all; talent, brains, heart of green, humor and passion so don't miss this interview with my she-ro!
Meet Brad Friedman of Bradblog and Desi Doyen, co-hosts of The Green News Report, coming soon to The Green Front. Brad and Desi are so in sync with our views on green media, the political gridlock in Washington, and need for an eco-evolution that I'm sure we'll be chatting again soon!
A fellow green radio host, Alex Smith, joins Betsy to discuss the current state of environmental media in the age of climate change, freaky weather, peak oil and ocean issues, to name a few challenges. Alex' program, EcoShock, also airs on PRN so we interviewed each other about what's needed now!
Peter Joseph, Climate Project Presenter, comments on Newt Gingrichs' turnaround position on climate change realities. In an interview with Bill O'Reilly, Gingrich called the ad he made with Nancy Pelosi calling for bipartisan action to combat global warming four years ago, "a mistake'. Peter also shocks us (a bit) with the latest stats on weather records (hint: 2010 the hottest yet) and asks "What the frack?" are we doing with natural gas exploration?
From fighting devastating wildfires to desalinating water in the desert, Israel has always faced serious environmental challenges and limited natural resources. Ariel is with the Jewish National Fund. He explains how the planting of millions of trees, funded in large part by American Jews, has gone a long way toward not only providing much needed greenery, but also a source for carbon absorption."
Zach Alton, Climate and Energy Campaign Organizer for Oceana, joins the conversation to discuss renewed efforts to allow drilling off the Atlantic coast as well as Oceana's new photo petition campaign to push for wind turbines rather than oil rigs off America's coastlines.
Green Front friends, Susan and Roger Shamel talk about the latest efforts and accomplishments of GWEN, their Global Warming Education Network, on the climate beat. This dynamic duo has come come up with an idea that's gotten the attention of uber-activist Bill McKibben; a State of the Climate Address that President Obama would deliver to get the issue on the American and political agenda.
Foster Gamble and Kimberly Carter Gamble talk about their new documentary Thrive. This breakthrough film manages to connect all the dots, name the forces behind what they call a global dominance conspiracy, and best of all lay out a road map for what we can do about, as 2012 approaches.
Dr. Peter Joseph of The Climate Project, is just back from the DC tar sands protest. He shares his interpretations of the current temperature of climate politics as well as what's at stake for President Obama on tar sands decision.
The picture is not pretty along the shore of Lake Michigan where toxic coal ash is pouring into the water from a damaged coal fired power plant. Protecting against this very type of accident is what the most anti-environment congress just voted against! Drew Grande of The Sierra Club in Massachusetts tells what's wrong with this picture.
Mark Reynolds of Citizens Climate Lobby explains that Congressman Pete Stark, and nine other liberal legislators, have bucked the crimson anti-climate tide and floated a measure to tax carbon producers. Reynolds says it likely won't get out of committee but provides an opportunity to talk about the prospect!
Beth Waitkus is a trailblazer and "avant- gardener". She'll talk about her groundbreaking Insight Garden Program at San Quentin prison which teaches hard core inmates how to grow plants and nurture the possibility of a future beyond bars.
Tree lover and expert Gail Zawacki writes about the less than fabulous fall foliage and other signs of environmental degradation. The "Wit's End" blogger has also spent some time at the Occupy Wall Street protests in NYC and she shares her observations.
California Governor Jerry Brown has signed legislation to ban the sale, possession and trade of shark fins, hoping to slow the consumption of shark fins soup and slaughter of an estimated 73 million sharks per year. Peter Knights, Executive Director of WildAid, one of the global organizations leading that legislative effort in California, and continuing around the world talks about this victory.
Stephen Lacey, climate blogger at The Center for American Progress and Grist, has written a slew of stories about the solar industry, Solyndra and clean energy progress - and obstacles. Meet the man behind many compelling stories.
The anti GMO factions are out in force this week with a two-pronged attack on the need for proper labeling of food products made with genetically modified organisms. The "Just Label It" campaign is demanding "GMO" appear on product packages as is the Right2Know march, a two week walk from New York to The White House. David Bronner, of Dr Bronner's Magic Soaps joins us to share what's at stake for the future of our food supply.
Renee Sharp, Head of Environmental Working Group California office talks about how BPA is now banned in California baby bottles after Governor Jerry Brown signed the new legislation. Now, what about the rest of cans and bottles that contain bisphenol A?
Today's show is dedicated to the life and legacy of Wangari Maathai, of Africa, and the world. The pioneer who planted seeds - and trees - for the benefit of environmental and womens transformation, died this week of ovarian cancer at the age of 71 in Nairobi. We'll speak to the Director of Greenbelt Movement about what the Nobel Peace Prize winner was working on when she died - Steve Mills will also talk about Maathai's unusual corporate partnership with the Shaklee company.
Climate change communications is the focus of today's interview with Edward Maibach, Professor and Director of George Mason University's Center For Climate Change Communication. The Center has been doing cutting edge research on how Americans are understanding and responding to global warming...or not...and studying the factors behind beliefs and attitudes around our greatest ecological challenge.
Are you ready for 24 Hours of Climate Reality? I know most of U.S. could sure use a dose, especially down in Texas where the Governor is still flames deep in denial! We'll talk to Kevin Curtis, Al Gore's Program Director for The Climate Reality Project, which is launching a global, 24-hour effort today, and find out how you can participate, even after the event. Here the concluding presentation by Al Gore.
Fresh from the success of the two-week Tar Sands protest outside The White House, 350.org Founder Bill Mckibben is catching his breath before gearing up for his next mega-event; Moving Planet, September 24, a worldwide day of action to combat climate change apathy! 350.org's U.S. coordinator, Molly Haigh, discusses what's being planned and how you can participate.
Nasa's climate scientist, James Hansen, and actor-activist Darryl Hannah are among the latest demonstrators to be arrested outside the White House where the Keystone tar sands protest is in its second week. We'll talk to two other notable arrestees about the importance of President Obama's upcoming decision on the Canada-to-Texas pipeline: CREDO's CEO, Michael Kieschnick and Elijah Zarlin, also of CREDO. Zarlin's arrest is significant because he was Obama's paid Chicago fundraiser, raising millions on the internet for the 2008 campaign. Hear what he has to say about what's on the line for the Obama administration.
Roger Shamel of the Global Warming Educational Network (GWEN),checks in to tell us about their "Go The Limit" campaign, a CO2 reducing activity that all Americans can engage in - we'll tell you how - and their efforts to get President Obama to issue a "State of the Climate" address. Roger and his wife Susan will also be participating in the Tar Sands protest, continuing outside the White House.