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Meet the environmental and social justice changemakers who are taking on the world’s wicked problems head on with new and inventive solutions. You will come away inspired and hopeful.
Apr 25, 2021
Nonprofit Activism 101
What type of political activism can nonprofit organizations engage in without running afoul of the IRS? Joel Diringer of Diringer & Associates will lead us through the types of lobbying and promotion nonprofits can safely do.
Feb 27, 2021
Transforming Communities With City Repair
City Repair is a Portland-based nonprofit that facilitates artistic and ecologically-oriented placemaking through projects that honor the interconnection of human communities and the natural world. Join us as we talk to Mark Lakeman, founder of City Repair.
Jan 18, 2021
Roadmap to 100% Renewables
Stanford Professor Mark Z. Jacobson discusses his roadmaps to convert 139 countries to 100% wind, water and sunlight for all energy purposes. Prof. Jacobson has testified before Congress and governmental agencies on this subject, was a guest on the Letterman show and spoke at the 2020 Central Coast Bioneers Conference. Hear how we can achieve energy security and a healthier planet.
Oct 27, 2020
Dreaming the Salinas
Known as the “upside-down river,” the Salinas River has its source in San Luis Obispo County and runs north to empty into Monterey Bay. The river and its two tributaries are dammed by three dams, creating difficulties for native steelhead trout to come upstream to spawn. Polluted with agriculture runoff and choked with invasive species, the Salinas River is one of the most degraded rivers in California. What is being done to improve the situation for the river and its inhabitants? Devin Best, Executive Director of the Upper Salinas-Las Tablas Resource Conservation District will talk about efforts to create a watershed management plan to save the river.
Aug 18, 2020
Episode 9 - Supporting Our Dreamers
Adrienne Garcia-Specht, Steering Committee Member for San Luis Obispo's Central Coast Coalition for Undocumented Student Success, talks about the Coalition's mission of creating social change to ensure educational equality for all students, and how they support undocumented students achieve their goals of graduation and college. Recorded June 2019
Jul 5, 2020
Episode 8 - San Luis Obispo is Going Carbon Neutral by 2035
In 2018, San Luis Obispo city leaders set an ambitious target date for achieving carbon neutrality: 2035. This is a decade sooner than the same goal set by former Governor Jerry Brown for the State of California. How are they going to do this? Our guests Mayor Heidi Harmon and Sustainability Manager Chris Read will talk about how they were able to get the initiative adopted and how they plan to implement it.
1 hr 2 min
May 9, 2020
Episode 7: Stories That Change the World: The Work of the Population Media Center
Population Media Center creates powerful TV and radio shows that catalyze social norm change, helping more than 500 million people in over 50 countries live healthier lives. William Ryerson, President of PMC tells how they do it and shares stories of success.
Apr 19, 2020
Episode 6 - Toward an Ecological Civilization
Eileen Crist, author and associate professor in the Department of Science, Technology and Society at Virginia Tech, discusses her latest book, "Abundant Earth." Crist calls for a profound shift in the way humanity is addressing the extinction crisis.
Aug 10, 2019
Episode 5: Running a Sierra Club Chapter
Grassroots environmental activism is hard work. Monitoring local media, writing op ed pieces and letters to the editor, attending city council and county supervisors meetings, supervising targeted litigation and promoting green initiatives are all part of the job. Andrew Christie, Executive Director of a small Sierra Club chapter based in San Luis Obispo, describes his typical day.
Aug 6, 2019
Episode 4: Meet California’s The Wildlands Conservancy
The Wildlands Conservancy is California’s largest nonprofit nature preserve system, offering free admission to nature lovers and families. Biologist Landon Peppel will tell us about the mission and projects of TWC and what it is like to work in the conservation field.
Jul 14, 2019
Episode 3: The Life of an Environmental Author
Environmental and science author Mary Ellen Hannibal describes her life and work and how the sixth extinction brought her to this work. Mary Ellen is the author of Citizen Scientist, The Spine of the Continent and Evidence of Evolution.
Jul 1, 2019
Episode 2: Empowering Communities with Cool Block
Cool Block is a how-to guide for communities to tackle climate change one neighborhood at a time. Meet David Gershon, CEO of Empowerment Institute and create of Cool Block.
Apr 9, 2019
Episode 1: Gross National Happiness – Measuring well-being with contentment instead of money
Bhutan is a fairly new democracy. Its constitution requires 60% of the country be kept in national forests, and measures Gross National Happiness instead of Gross Domestic Product. Kinga Tshering of Bhutan tells us the story of how the 4th King of Bhutan coined the term and insisted the country put these measures in place to promote the happiness of its citizens.