Blue Planet Almanac news blog is humming away while new books on consciousness & sustainability are readied. Oh, by the way, we’re developing a media foundation, annual conference and theatrical show. Audio of most Blue Planet Almanac shows are archived for the moment. Below are some audio examples of early shows in 2009. But, news postings about each show are still on-line. Those can be searched via keyword tags or cloud tags in the nav bar to the right, below the Good News feed.
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5-12-09: Click the link immediately above. It’s a good-sized file so please be patient if it takes just a minute or two to load. Happy listening! – Honoring her family’s tradition as champions and stewards of the earth, National Geographic’s recognition of Alexandra Cousteau as Emerging Explorer shows that she has developed and cultivated her own voice in Mother Earth’s favor. Because of her experience and perspective, Alexandra founded Blue Legacy – and these days its principal project is Expedition: Blue Planet. Imagine trekking for 100 days across five continents to chronicle what our specie is doing and what needs to be done and you’ve got an intimation of what her and her fellow explorers are up to.
Also, in the last 20 minutes of this edition of Blue Planet Almanac, documentarian, producer and director Ian Connacher discusses his experiences during the making of his Addicted to Plastic, now airing on the Sundance Channel. Connacher discusses the many ways and means that plastic has come to affect and influence our lives, often in especially surprising ways you wouldn’t expect!
4-14-09: Click the link immediately above. It’s a good-sized file so please be patient if it takes just a minute or two to load. Happy listening! – To bring us the freshest, most relevant environmental news possible, Thomas M. Kostigen has traveled the Earth to far-flung locales like Jerusalem, India’s Mumbai, Southeast Asia’s Borneo, China’s Linfen City, Alaska’s Shishmaref Village, as well as The Amazonian jungle. New York’s retired but massive Fresh Kills Landfill provided his perspective in his story for us about the world’s newest, largest and most unintentional dump, The Pacific Ocean’s Eastern Garbage Patch. Tom is the “Go-To Guy” for the mission-critical environmental decisions involved in solar power, smart electrical grids, coal power, cap-and-trade emissions schemes, water scarcity and much more.
3-10-09: Click the link immediately above. It’s a good-sized file so please be patient if it takes just a minute or two to load. Happy listening! – Marianne Barner, IKEA’s Head of Social Initiative – The UN announced that IKEA is now UNICEF’s largest corporate partner: with this donation, IKEA Social Initiative has become the agency’s biggest corporate partner, with total commitments of more than $180 million from 2000 to 2015.
2-10-09: Click the link immediately above. It’s a good-sized file so please be patient if it takes just a minute or two to load. Happy listening! – Thomas E. Lovejoy, III, eminent biologist, author, creator of the PBS show, Nature and champion of a sustainable, green Earth discusses species diversity, energy use, prospects for mass extinction mammals. Tom is believed by many to be the most important environmentalist of the last century and the first person credited with Debt-for-Nature Swaps which reduce or retire a developing nation’s debt when a country sets aside large tracts of land for conservation. He’s also credited with popularizing the term “biological diversity” in print, in 1980 and introduced the world to the issue of tropical deforestation.
1-13-09: Click the link immediately above. It’s a good-sized file so please be patient if it takes just a minute or two to load. Happy listening! Topics discussed include –
* Dr. Ellis Jones’ Better World Shopping Guide – from which consumers can vote their dollars for companies with the best environmental and social records. Jones spent over five years compiling the data for the invaluable company profiles in this book.
* Bioamplification, which affects how people, animals and plants bring toxic substances into their bodies via food.
* Consumer products containing palm oil and palm derivatives and how they directly affect climate change, global warming and destruction of important rainforests. See also the Blue Planet Almanac blog entry here about palm products and agribusiness.
* Charity Navigator where anyone can get important, reliable information on a wide variety of nonprofits.
* The United Nations Environment Programme Yearbook 2008