EcoJustice Radio talked about cultural fire with Elizabeth Azzuz from the Cultural Fire Management Council, traditional Native Karuk methods of prescribed burning to protect forests and heal degraded ecosystems.
EcoJustice Radio covers the deadly waters of oil spilling in Orange County, CA, and how to move beyond offshore drilling in the US after recent disasters. Jack Eidt from WilderUtopia and Emily Parker from Heal the Bay speak with Jessica Aldridge.
EcoJustice Radio considers how to foster deeper connections with the chaparral ecosystem and how public education can protect this important biodiversity hotspot and lead to minimizing wildfire dangers with Rick Halsey of the California Chaparral Institute.
Martha Arguello of Physicians for Social Responsibility Los Angeles discusses with host Jessica Aldridge neighborhood oil drilling, the call for a 2,500 ft. health and safety buffer, and how community mobilization is addressing the climate emergency and ensuring public health and environmental protection. Martha leads the coalition Stand Together Against Neighborhood Drilling in Los Angeles. They work in a statewide coalition dedicated to buffers as well called Voices in Solidarity Against Oil in Neighborhoods.
EcoJustice Radio guest, Nick Lapis, Director of Advocacy of Californians Against Waste (CAW), advocates at the state and local levels to create, promote, and implement the standards and policies necessary for waste reduction and recycling.
As California continues with massive wind-driven, high-intensity wildfires that often turn deadly, the governmental and institutional response has been to thin forests and “grind up vegetation” to fight fires. Naomi Pitcairn points to a movement by plant community and wildfire experts led by the Richard Halsey of the Chaparral Institute to focus on protecting vulnerable communities rather than trying to control nature, which now faces extreme heatwaves and droughts from an unpredictable greenhouse-gas-warmed climate.
Jack Eidt writes on the California wildfires and their dangerous connection with climate change, melting of Arctic sea ice, and the drying out of the US West Coast. We must reduce our dependency on fossil fuels, get cracking on a just transition to an economy based on clean, efficient, renewable energy, and start making our homes and lives more extreme-climate-resilient.