Sinopsis

For the first time in history, the activity of human civilization reaches into every corner of the globe. So significant is the role we play that our time has been dubbed the Anthropocene Epoch. This calls for self-examination at a new level. Conversation Earth presents insightful dialog with the leading thinkers of our time. Philosophy, ethics, science, psychology and economics, at a macro level, and all focused on humankinds relationship with the planet.

Episodios

  • Ecological Amnesia: Winona LaDuke #104 Encore

    Ecological Amnesia: Winona LaDuke #104 Encore

    17/08/2017 Duración: 29min

    The author of Recovering the Sacred tells us we need a society that is “respectful, resilient, and ecologically and socially responsible.” Instead, “we have a society based on conquest, on consuming more than it needs.” We emphasize “quarterly profits over intergenerational responsibility.” This is an encore from Season One. We're taking a break after two enlightening seasons of Conversation Earth. Please vote for another season, at http://tinyurl.com/ceseason3

  • The Fetish of GDP: Raj Patel #103 Encore

    The Fetish of GDP: Raj Patel #103 Encore

    11/08/2017 Duración: 28min

    “Gross Domestic Product has now become a fetish,” according to economist Raj Patel. Many undesirable things end up adding to GDP: wars, disease, and environmental destruction, for example. And GDP fails to measure many desirable indicators of community health. It has led us to live in an ecologically and socially unsustainable fashion. “No one wants to live in the Stone Age, no one wants to live in a time with bad medical care, no one wants to live in a time of poverty and wide-spread illness and disease, but what I'm suggesting is that there are other ways in which we can get to that world, and other ways in which we can track our progress other than the fetish of Gross Domestic Product.” Raj Patel offers observations of what is and isn't working our current, unsustainable system. He believes better ways of organizing our economy are being developed and demonstrated today; we just need to open our eyes. We're re-sharing the best episodes of our first season while we prepare for season 3. If you want to co

  • Retrospective: Dave Gardner #223

    Retrospective: Dave Gardner #223

    01/08/2017 Duración: 55min

    Our 41st episode is a retrospective of Seasons 1 and 2 of Conversation Earth. In this episode we turn the table, as co-producer Kaitlyn Hickmann interviews host/creator Dave Gardner. The two share highlights from previous episodes and discuss the joys and challenges of producing the series. This episode serves as a great sampler, giving you a taste of the variety of subjects and the caliber of the guests. Do you want to hear a Season 3? You can make that happen at http://tinyurl.com/ceseason3. We've just launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to produce Season 3. Visit http://tinyurl.com/ceseason3 to learn more about the podcast, meet Dave and Kaitlyn up close and personal, and make a tax-deductible contribution to keep the conversation going.

  • Time Blindness: Jack Alpert #222

    Time Blindness: Jack Alpert #222

    18/07/2017 Duración: 28min

    Frustrated at the abysmal rate of adoption when seatbelts were introduced into cars in the 1960s, Jack Alpert quit his job as an automotive engineer to study human decision-making. In this episode he sheds interesting light on how we gather and process information to predict future outcomes and make related decisions. Would you be surprised to learn that human beings today have an impairment that prevents most of us from making the wisest decisions that affect our future? Jack founded the Stanford Knowledge Integration Laboratory while doing post graduate work at Stanford University in 1978. Today the lab is an independent non-profit research foundation. Aside from his automotive engineering and cognitive science work, Jack was on three early tech start-up teams – Bananafish software, Conductus and Cisco Systems. Learn more, subscribe to our weekly email, and contribute support at http://www.conversationearth.org

  • Bystander Effect: Alan Berkowitz #221

    Bystander Effect: Alan Berkowitz #221

    11/07/2017 Duración: 28min

    Are we all “bystanders” when it comes to responding rationally to the serious environmental crises faced by our civilization? How is our behavior shaped by that of those around us? We’ve all heard of “the bystander effect” in which a large number of people stand by and do nothing to help someone in trouble. According to social norms theory, misperceptions of the attitudes or behaviors of our peers can cause the expression of problem behavior and the inhibition of healthy action. In this episode, psychologist Dr. Alan Berkowitz shares the latest thinking about how the presence of other people affects our behavior, including our denial about critical threats to human civilization. Berkowitz founded and edited The Report on Social Norms. He authored RESPONSE ABILITY: A Complete Guide to Bystander Intervention in 2009. Links and more info at http://www.conversationearth.org

  • Thriving Economy: Not Rocket Science - Kate Raworth #220

    Thriving Economy: Not Rocket Science - Kate Raworth #220

    04/07/2017 Duración: 28min

    Human civilization can thrive while living within sensible limits imposed by a finite system. “Renegade economist” Kate Raworth manages to tell the truth about what we’re getting wrong in economics, while at the same time inspiring activism and optimism. In this conclusion of a two-part interview, Kate finishes her list of seven fundamentals to achieving a healthy 21st century economy. Her recently published book, Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist, was called “brilliant, thrilling and revolutionary” by columnist George Monbiot. This conversation includes some of Raworth’s ideas about how we can put into practice what she is preaching. More information, links, subscribe to email newsletter, support this program, all at http://www.conversationearth.org

  • Flipping Economics on Its Head: Kate Raworth #219

    Flipping Economics on Its Head: Kate Raworth #219

    27/06/2017 Duración: 28min

    No civilization should head out into the world without “Doughnut Economics” in its survival kit. With her modernized thinking, economist Kate Raworth is, in her words, “flipping economics on its head.” UK Guardian columnist George Monbiot calls her new book, Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist, “brilliant, thrilling and revolutionary.” In this first of a two-part conversation, Raworth explains why it’s way past time to update the approach to economics that’s been taught for over a century. She outlines seven fundamentals to achieving a healthy 21st century economy. Kate advocates painting a new mural over the “intellectual graffiti” keeping us locked into outdated economic thinking. More info and links at http://www.conversationearth.org

  • Near-Term Human Extinction #218

    Near-Term Human Extinction #218

    20/06/2017 Duración: 28min

    Award-winning scientist Dr. Guy McPherson has concluded that for human civilization, the end is near. He advises the rate of change of our climate is increasing far more rapidly than we are being told, and this puts us on his endangered species list. In this 2017 interview, McPherson reveals why the International Panel on Climate Change, and even many individual scientists, understate the problem. He critiques our modern “living arrangement,” and the lies our culture promulgates to avoid admitting, “We are trashing this planet at an astonishing rate of speed.” He also shares his thinking about a “sane” living arrangement. You might be surprised – both at how soon he expects we’ll be extinct, and at his positive advice about how to respond to this news. Links and more information at http://www.conversationearth.org

  • Local Food Revolution: Michael Brownlee #217

    Local Food Revolution: Michael Brownlee #217

    13/06/2017 Duración: 28min

    Re-establishing our personal relationship with food and ending our role as commodity “consumers” is part of a healing, regenerative process. It’s a part of our natural evolution, according to Michael Brownlee, author of The Local Food Revolution: How Humanity Will Feed Itself in Uncertain Times. In this conclusion of a two-part conversation, Brownlee shares why food is sacred, and what is needed to accelerate relocalization of our food supply. He also explains what we’ve lost in the commoditization of food, and what we can gain as we relocalize. Since 2005, Michael Brownlee and Lynette Marie Hanthorn have shepherded grassroots relocalization efforts in Boulder, Colorado. Their efforts have included the founding of Boulder Valley Relocalization, Boulder County Going Local, Transition Boulder County, Transition Colorado, Local Food Shift Group, and – most recently Local Food Catalysts. The pair are producing and co-hosting the first national Local Food Summit for ten days this summer. For more information, v

  • Surviving a Hostile Climate on Local Food: Michael Brownlee #216

    Surviving a Hostile Climate on Local Food: Michael Brownlee #216

    06/06/2017 Duración: 28min

    A scaled-up local food system may be the only way we can feed ourselves as we weather the storm of climate change. Until now, CSAs, urban gardens and farmer’s markets have been the face of the local food movement. But Michael Brownlee, author of The Local Food Revolution: How Humanity Will Feed Itself in Uncertain Times, tells us this is not nearly enough. In this episode, the first of a two-part conversation, Brownlee shares how global industrial agriculture is failing us, and can’t adapt to the coming climate changes. He advocates relocalizing our food supply chain in order to adapt and survive. Since 2005, Michael Brownlee and Lynette Marie Hanthorn have shepherded grassroots relocalization efforts in Boulder, Colorado. Their efforts have included the founding of Boulder Valley Relocalization, Boulder County Going Local, Transition Boulder County, Transition Colorado, Local Food Shift Group, and – most recently Local Food Catalysts. The pair are producing and co-hosting the first national Local Food Summi

  • Carbon Drawdown: Paul Hawken #215

    Carbon Drawdown: Paul Hawken #215

    29/05/2017 Duración: 28min

    100 real-world actions happening now have the potential to bring greenhouse gases back down to a level that won’t cause humans to join the ranks of the dodo and other extinct species. They just need to be scaled up. That’s the conclusion of environmentalist and entrepreneur Paul Hawken and the team of researchers, scientists, business people and political leaders he assembled for Project Drawdown. The team spent several years cataloging and modeling feasible, real-world carbon-reducing actions. They analyzed existing technological, ecological, and behavioral solutions for their potential to reduce and drawdown greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. The results were published in April of 2017 in a book edited by Hawken, Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming. In this May 2017 interview, Hawken shares details of the project, a few surprises, and his perspective on making use of this information. Paul Hawken has previously authored Ecology of Commerce and co-authored Natur

  • Sustainable Population Roadblocks: Bill Ryerson #214

    Sustainable Population Roadblocks: Bill Ryerson #214

    23/05/2017 Duración: 28min

    Most scientists agree the current level of human population, in combination with present living arrangements, is damaging our ecosystems. But doing something about overpopulation is not high on public policy lists. It’s rarely discussed in the media or over coffee with friends. Why? Population Media Center President Bill Ryerson discusses the obstacles preventing faster progress on solving the overpopulation problem, or even admitting there is one. This is the second part of an April 2017 interview. Bill Ryerson has worked in the reproductive health and population arena for 47 years. He founded Population Media Center in 1998. He’s also Chairman and CEO of The Population Institute in Washington, DC. More information about Conversation Earth at http://www.conversationearth.org

  • Everything You Want to Know About Population: Bill Ryerson #213

    Everything You Want to Know About Population: Bill Ryerson #213

    16/05/2017 Duración: 28min

    World population passed the 7.5 billion mark in the Spring of 2017, and it could rise to 11 billion by the turn of the century. We currently add over 200,000 to the population every day. If fertility rates don't continue to drop, and we don’t suffer a “massive die-off,” that figure could be closer to 30 billion. Population Media Center President Bill Ryerson corrects misconceptions, debunks myths, and shares a variety of surprising facts about overpopulation, population growth, fertility rates and human reproductive behavior in the first of a two-part conversation. Ryerson has spent 47 years in the reproductive health and population fields. He is also Chairman and CEO of the Population Institute in Washington D.C.

  • The Free Market Assault on Science: Kerryn Higgs #212

    The Free Market Assault on Science: Kerryn Higgs #212

    09/05/2017 Duración: 28min

    What exactly are “think tanks” supposed to be thinking about? Are some of them part of a campaign to cast doubt on science when it could interfere with profits? Author Kerryn Higgs recounted the growth-seeking activities of the corporate world in her book, Collision Course: Endless Growth on a Finite Planet. Her research reveals think tanks, industry associations, and even university economics departments all play a role in advancing and preserving our society’s commitment to growth above all else, even if it means ignoring science. More at http://www.conversationearth.org

  • Collision Course: Kerryn Higgs #211

    Collision Course: Kerryn Higgs #211

    02/05/2017 Duración: 28min

    How and why did our society come to value economic growth so highly that we pursue it at the risk of our long-term survival? For some time scientists have warned that human civilization is living beyond the ecological means of our planet. Yet our commitment to economic growth is unwavering. Australian writer Kerryn Higgs chronicled this triumph of denial over science in her book, Collision Course. She shares her findings here.

  • Avoiding Thought Traps: Frances Moore Lappé #210

    Avoiding Thought Traps: Frances Moore Lappé #210

    25/04/2017 Duración: 28min

    We need to change the way we think if we want to extend the shelf-life of our civilization, according to Frances Moore Lappé, author of EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think and Diet for a Small Planet. In this 2017 conversation, Lappé explains some of the “thought traps” to avoid in order to effectively inspire transition from what she calls our “economy of destruction.” She also explains how democracy is much more than just a form of government; it is an essential part of human nature. Lappé is co-founder of the Small Planet Institute. Respected around the world for her insights into world hunger, democracy and the environment, she has appeared on most major television and cable networks, and is a contributing editor at Yes! Magazine and Solutions Journal. Visit http://www.conversationearth.org for more information, links to her work, and an opportunity to support the non-profit Conversation Earth project.

  • What Keeps Our System Stuck? Mike Nickerson #209

    What Keeps Our System Stuck? Mike Nickerson #209

    18/04/2017 Duración: 28min

    We’re not living on Earth as if we want to stay, observes Mike Nickerson. In our last episode, Mike Nickerson shared his vision for, and the joy of, making the cultural shift necessary for a sustainable human civilization. In this continuation of the conversation, we explore some of the forces keeping our system stuck in an unsustainable mode. Nickerson leads the Sustainability Project/7th Generation Initiative in Canada, a non-profit organization that collects, studies, develops and teaches ideas, information, technologies and customs that promote green values and lead toward a sustainable future. His books include Change the World I Want to Stay On; Planning for Seven Generations: Guideposts for a Sustainable Future; and Life, Money and Illusion.

  • Cultural Metamorphosis: Mike Nickerson #208

    Cultural Metamorphosis: Mike Nickerson #208

    11/04/2017 Duración: 28min

    “We could be having so much fun that there just isn't time to consume resources on a quantity, or produce waste on a quantity that would be problematic for the planet,” according Mike Nickerson. He shares his ideas about how enjoyable it could be to make the cultural shift necessary for human civilization to be sustainable. Mike Nickerson has spent his career advancing sustainability. In the 1970s he founded and co-directed the Institute for the Study of Cultural Evolution. Today he leads the Sustainability Project/7th Generation Initiative in Canada, a non-profit organization that collects, studies, develops and teaches ideas, information, technologies and customs that promote green values and lead toward a sustainable future. Nickerson wrote legislation to launch measurement of a Genuine Progress Index in Canada. The Canadian government never followed through, but an independent Canadian Index of Wellbeing was eventually developed. His books include Change the World I Want to Stay On; Planning for Seven

  • Public Policy Brakes on Procreation? Travis Rieder #207

    Public Policy Brakes on Procreation? Travis Rieder #207

    04/04/2017 Duración: 28min

    Efforts to date are falling far short of achieving the greenhouse gas reduction needed to avoid catastrophic climate disruption. Bioethicist Travis Rieder shakes things up by suggesting ethical use of public policy to encourage smaller families, which would result in dramatic decrease of carbon emissions. This is part two of our conversation with Rieder. In part one, we discussed whether couples have a moral responsibility to have just one or perhaps no children. For more information, visit http://www.conversationearth.org

  • Moral Basis for Small Families: Travis Rieder #206

    Moral Basis for Small Families: Travis Rieder #206

    28/03/2017 Duración: 28min

    With human activity disrupting the climate, do we have a moral imperative not to have children, or to have only one child? Bioethicist Travis Rieder dares to explore this bold question with sensitivity and scientific rigor. Rieder shares his logic in the short book, Toward a Small Family Ethic: How Overpopulation and Climate Change are Affecting the Morality of Procreation. It starts with the fact that deciding not to have one child is over 20 times more effective at reducing carbon footprint than a lifetime doing the six most common “green” activities. Visit http://www.conversationearth.org for more information, to subscribe to our weekly email announcement, and/or to support the non-profit Conversation Earth project with a donation. Please ask your local public or community radio station to carry this series.

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