New Enviro Close-Up programs recently seen on FSTV
Wonders of Industrial Hemp
Linda Booker, producer and director of the new award-winning documentary, "Bringing It Home," speaks about the numerous uses of industrial hemp -- including for clothing, food and beverages, paper, building materials -- and the federal prohibition on it being grown in the United States. This although it's legally grown in many countries and the U.S. imports it. She elaborates on the key message of the documentary that "hemp is hope." View full program here! #621
Bob DiBenedetto is executive director of HealthyPlanet, a non-profit organization whose mission is "to promote food choices and lifestyles that respect our bodies and our shared environment." In this Enviro Close-Up he tells of how the Huntington, New York-based group educates people "about the deep connection between all life on Earth, and the powerful effect our everyday choices can have on creating a cleaner, healthier and more compassionate world." #620
Plastic Free with Beth Terry
Beth Terry is the author of Plastic Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too. After learning about the North Pacific Gyre, also known as "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" -- the gigantic deposit of plastic debris floating in the middle of the Pacific Ocean -- she embarked on a plastic free life. Terry, a founding member of the Plastic Pollution Coalition, explains in this Enviro Close-Up how everyone can live plastic free. Her blog, MyPlasticFreeLife.com, is the leading blog on plastic free living. #619 View full program here! Or here on YouTube!
Toxic Baby with Penelope Jagessar Chaffer
The latest project of Penelope Jagessar Chaffer, a London-born filmaker and the first black woman to be nominated for the British Academy Award, is "Toxic Baby" -- a documentary about the exposure of children to thousands of toxic chemicals. In it, she interviews numerous scientists who have documented the damage done to children by these poisonous substances in wide use today. #618
This Enviro Close-Up is a repeat of Karl Grossman's 1996 interview with David Brower (1912-2000), a giant of the environmental movement, founder and chair of Earth Island Institute, founder of Friends of the Earth and former executive director of the Sierra Club. Brower tells of his long and illustrious life as a key environmental leader, and discusses the environmental movement's history. View the program here! #617
Peter Wilcox: Greenpeace's Rainbow Warrior
Greenpeace's Rainbow Warrior sails the world challenging environmental outrages. Pete Wilcox, captain of the new and third Rainbow Warrior, discusses its mission and what has led him to a life of environmental campaigning at sea. #616 View full program here.
Karen Joy Miller: Prevention is the Cure Update
The initiative Prevention Is The Cure focuses on preventing cancer and other diseases by eliminating the environmental causes that largely cause them. Karen Joy Miller, founder of the effort, outlines what needs be done -- and what you can do. #615 View full program here.
Janine Jackson: Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting
Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting or FAIR is the leading media watch group in the United States. Janine Jackson, program director of FAIR, discusses how corporate ownership impacts on media, stories that are neglected and under-reported -- including the consequences of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster, the government's "official agenda" and how media follow "Washington's official line," telecom policy and diversity in media. She outlines the activities of FAIR among them its magazine Extra! and radio program CounterSpin -- and how people can support FAIR. Enviro Close-Up #614. View full program here.
Rory O'Connor: Nukespeak
Of the books written about nuclear technology through the years, Nukespeak is a classic. A new 30th anniversary edition of Nukespeak has just been published and co-author Rory O'Connor speaks about it. The new edition of Nukespeak has been updated -- with four new chapters -- and added to its title is: The Selling of Nuclear Technology from the Manhattan Project to Fukushima. It tells how nuclear promoters have been -- and continue -- using Orwellian language to try to hide the truth about the deadly dangers of nuclear technology. #613 Watch full program here.
Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility
Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) is an organization dedicated to protecting public employees who protect our environment. Jeff Ruch, PEER's executive director, details the Washington, D.C.-based non-profit group's many activities--including its whistleblower program and its defense of environmental professionals against political pressures that seek to gag them and suppress their work. #612 Watch full program here.
Lester Brown: World on the Edge
Founder and President of the Earth Policy Institute, Lester Brown, speaks about his new book World on the Edge: How to Prevent Environmental and Economic Collapse.
The issues, says Brown, are critical -- and the big question is whether we can change direction before "we go over the edge." Among his points: solar, wind and geothermal energy, with energy efficiency, can provide all the power we need, but a massive effort must be made now to fully shift to these clean, safe, renewable energy technologies. He strongly rejects nuclear power. #611 View full program here.
Chernobyl: A Million Casualties
A million people have died so far as a result of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear plant accident, explains Dr. Janette Sherman, toxicologist and contributing editor of the book Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment. Published by the New York Academy of Sciences, the book, authored by Dr. Alexey Yablokov, Dr. Vassily Nesterenko and Dr. Alexey Nesterenko, examined medical records now available--which expose as a lie the claim of the International Atomic Energy Commission that perhaps 4,000 people may die as a result of Chernobyl. #610 View full program here.
Larry Kilroy: Healthy Building Network
Larry Kilroy of the Healthy Building Network outlines how his organization strives to have where people work, play and live, environmentally sound, socially just and healthy. #609 View full program here.
Chuck Schwartz: Energy Efficiency at Home
Chuck Schwartz, an energy efficiency expert, discusses the many ways in which homes and buildings can be made more energy efficient. He outlines how an energy audit" can determine wasteful energy use--and how, at relatively low cost, the problems can be fixed and money and energy saved. #608
Dr. Alonso Aguirre: Conservation Medicine
Dr. Alonso Aguirre of the Conservation Medicine Program of the EcoHealth Alliance, formerly known as Wildlife Trust, discusses the intricate relationships between wildlife, ecosystems and human health. He describes the impacts on turtles and other marine life -- as well as plants and people -- of emerging diseases caused by global pollution and the loss of biological diversity and habitat.
A veterinarian and a Ph.D., Dr. Aguirre is a pioneer in the new discipline of ecological health. He outlines what is being done --and needs to be done -- to protect delicate ecosystems for the benefit of wildlife and humans. #607 View full program here!
Kevin Kamps: Nuclear Power: Dirty, Dangerous and Expensive
Kevin Kamps of Beyond Nuclear explodes the myths now being promulgated by those promoting nuclear power. He tells of the insoluble problems of nuclear waste, how nuclear power plants routinely emit radioactive poisons, how catastrophic accidents can happen, how nuclear power plants are pre-deployed weapons of mass destruction for terrorists, and the enormously high costs of nuclear power. He exposes the falsehood that the French nuclear program has been a success and that nuclear power does not contribute to global warming. #606 View 12 min. version here!
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Kevin Kamps: The Nuclear Relapse
Kevin Kamps of Beyond Nuclear discusses the huge push now underway to revive nuclear power. He exposes schemes including unlimited taxpayer-backed loan guarantees for the building of new nuclear plants. #605 View full program here!
Susan Harder: Light Pollution
Susan Harder of the International Dark Sky Association tells of the problems and damage caused by light pollution, the history of the dark sky movement and what can be done to dim or eliminate the light that obscures the night sky. #604
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Solar Breakthroughs with Dean Hapshe
Dean Hapshe, a pioneer in solar energy and president of Majestic Son and Sons of Patchogue, New York, tells of the big advances in solar technology in recent years and how, at the same time, costs have come down. He also outlines government tax credits and utility rebates that have resulted in homeowners now paying a fraction of the final cost of solar photovoltaic and solar thermal installations. #603 View full program here.
Rainforest Action Network with Michael Brune
Michael Brune, Executive Director of Rainforest Action Network, discusses how RAN works to transform the global economy and create a just and sustainable world through their hard hitting grassroots campaigns: Freedom From Oil, Global Finance, RANs Old Growth Campaign, and The Rainforest Agribusiness Campaign. #602
Ocean Planet with Wallace J. Nichols
Wallace J. Nichols, Co-Director of OceanRevolution.org, speaks about the Earth being the "ocean planet." The oceans comprise 71 percent of the Earth's surface, he notes, so when addressing global warming or environment in general, the state of the oceans--and there are big problems--is critical. #601 Watch 10 minute version here or view full program here.
ForestEthics with Tzeporah Berman.
Tzeporah Berman, co-founder and program director of ForestEthics, describes its mission of protecting endangered forests and wild places, wildlife and human well-being, with a major emphasis on climate change. ForestEthics also focuses on industries that use products from wild places and has transformed the environmental practices of many of them. #600 Watch 10 minute version here!
The Indigenous Environmental Network with Tom Goldtooth
Tom Goldtooth, Executive Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network, describes this alliance of Native grassroots groups and communities working together on environmental issues. #599 View full program here.
Driving Clean and Green
Having engines in cars and trucks use up to 50 percent less fuel and reducing emissions by 90 percent is possible through a vehicle "add-on" system developed by CLean Motors Corporation. Izzy Haber, its chief executive officer, demonstrates what he calls this "true comprehensive revolution" in locomotion. #598 View full program here.
Children's Health and the Environment
Dr. Leo Trasande, M.D., M.P.P., Assistant Director for The Mount Sinai Center for Children's Health and the Environment, talks about his work to safeguard those most susceptible to environmental pollution: children. Dr. Trasande says of the 80,000 chemicals in wide use, including mercury and pesticides, 60% are not tested for toxicity. #597 View full program here.
Barbara Zimmerman: Protecting The Amazon Rainforest
Barbara Zimmerman, Director of the Kayapo Project for Conservation International, explains how the Kayapo tribe of Brazil has managed to protect the largest preserved area of rainforest in the world. #596 View full program here.
Lisa Rainwater van Suntum
Indian Point: One of 103
River Keeper's Indian Point Campaign Director, Lisa Rainwater van Suntum, discusses the serious threats to public health and safety of the Indian Point nuclear power facility just north of New Your City, which is among the 103 nuclear plants now operating in the United States. She also discusses the strong support of G. W. Bush for the construction of new nuclear plants. #595 View full program here.
Greenpeace USA with Bill Richardson
Bill Richardson, Deputy Executive Director of Greenpeace USA, speaks on the group's work including its challenges to global warming and the push to revive nuclear power as well as activities to save the oceans. Richardson, with Greenpeace since 1988, has taken part in numerous Greenpeace protests including climbing the Sears Tower in Chicago on the 50th anniversary of the first sustained atomic reaction in that city and blockades in Orgon to end commercial logging on the public lands of the United States. #594 View 10 min. version or view full version here.
Grub with Anna Lappe
Anna Lappe who wrote Hope's Edge: The Next Diet for a Small Planet with her mother, Frances Moore Lappe, and who co-authored, Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen, with Bryant Terry, discusses good food, the consolidation of the food supply, loss of plant diversity, the farm crisis and the impact of globalization on agriculture. #593 View full program here.
Joel Kupferman: Environmental Law and Justice Project
Joel Kupferman, executive director and head attorney of the New York Environmental Law and Justice Project, details the government cover-up of the public health impacts of the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center. #592 View 7 min. version or view full program here.
Louis Slesin: Cell Phones: Are We at Risk?
Louis Slesin, editor of Microwave News, details the potential health impacts of cell phones citing research studies. With two billion cell phones now in use around the world, Slesin says they represent the biggest public health experiment ever. #591 View full program here.
Karen Joy Miller: Prevention is the Cure
Karen Joy Miller speaks on the movement she launched that emphasizes that the best way to fight cancer and other largely environmentally-caused diseases is to eliminate the causes of these diseases. #589 View 7 min. version or view full program here.
New York - New Jersey Baykeeper Andy Willner and Peconic Baykeeper Kevin McAllister tell of the work of those who protect the waters of the world through the Waterkeeper Alliance. #588 View 7 min. version or view full program here.
Brian Halweil: Eat Here, Homegrown Pleasures
Brian Halweil, senior researcher at Worldwatch Institute and author of "Eat Here: Reclaiming Homegrown Pleasures in a Global Supermarket," speaks on why getting food from nearby farms and shops rather than distant agribusinesses in better for your health, for farmers and for the Planet. #587 View 7 min. version or view full program here.
John de Graaf: Take Back Your Time
John de Graaf, national coordinator of Take Back Your Time Day and author of the book "Affluenza," discusses the epidemic of overwork, over-scheduling and time famine that now threatens our health, our families and relationships, our communities and the environment. We need to slow down -- and realize the folly of the frenetic scramble for affluence. #586 View full program here.
Disinfopedia with John Stauber
John Stauber is founder and director of the Center for Media and Democracy, and co-author of books including "Toxic Sludge is Good for You!," "Mad Cow U.S.A.," "Trust Us We're Experts," "Weapons of Mass Deception," and "Banana Republicans."
In this Enviro Close-Up he speaks about the newest target of the center -- disinfopedia: disinformation by corporate public relations operatives -- and its other projects helping people cut through PR propaganda and the deceptions of right-wing political machines and Big Media. #585 View full program here.
Carolyn Raffensperger: Science and Environmental Health
Carolyn Raffensperger, environmental attorney and founding executive director of the Science and Environmental Health Network, speaks in this Enviro Close-up of how the wise application of science is critical to the protection of the environment and public health. And she stresses the importance of the Precautionary Principle -- key elements include taking precautions in the face of scientific uncertainty; exploring alternatives to possibly harmful actions and placing the burden of proof on proponents of an activity. #584 View 10 min. version or view full program here.
John Mohawk: A Conversation with John Mohawk
Mohawk, the author of books including "A Basic Call to Consciousness" and "Red Buffalo," is professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo. In this Enviro Close-up, Mohawk, a Seneca, speaks about how the conquest of indigenous peoples parallels the conquest of nature, how ideologies of Western Civilization have led to slaughter and devastation and is now driving the world off a cliff into environmental disaster. #583 View full program here.
Richard Heinberg: Oil: The Party's Over
Richard Heinberg, author of "The Party's Over: Oil, War and the Fate of Industrial Societies" and "Powerdown: Options and Actions for a Post-Carbon World," and professor at New College of California, discusses the end of oil as the fuel of industrial societies. There must be fundamental changes, says Heinberg, a full commitment to renewable energy, adoption of energy conservation measures and a transition to sustainable local food systems.#582 View 9 min. version or view full program here.
Dave Phillips: Earth Island Institute
Executive Director Dave Phillips tells how Earth Island Institute, founded in 1982 by veteran environmentalist David Brower, works for solutions to environmental problems by developing and supporting projects for the conservation, preservation, and restoration of the global environment. #581 View 10 minute version or view full program here.
Ashley Shelby: The Ongoing Exxon Valdez Disaster
Writer Ashley Shelby details how the terrible impacts of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska continue. She tells how Exxon, despite a federal jury ordering it pay $5.2 billion in punitive damages to fishers and natives, still fights the verdict. #580 View full program here.
Frank Locantore: The Politics of Paper
Frank Locantore, director of Co-op America's Woodwise Program, speaks of the massive destruction of forests as one billion trees are cut down each year to make paper. He also describes the toxic pollution resulting from paper manufacturing and discusses alternatives to paper. #579 View 10 min. version or view full program here.
Michael Brune: Rainforest Action Network
Michael Brune, executive director of Rainforest Action Network, tells of its work and its successes--most recently an agreement by the giant bank Citigroup that includes an end to its funding of exploitive industries in endangered ecosystems. Also, Brune reveals steps now being taken by a Congressional committee to subpeona records of his organization, an effort, he says, to stifle activism by RAN and others in the environmental movement. #578 View 5 min. version or view full program here.
Energy-efficient, environmentally sound building design is discussed by Alex Wilson, president of BuildingGreen, Inc. #577
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Socially Responsible Investing
Writer Marshall Glickman examines socially responsible investing, its history and impacts. #575 View full program here.
Oren Lyons: Value Change for Survival
Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan, Onondaga Nation who for decades has been a visionary voice, active in international indigenous rights and sovereignty issues at the United Nations and other international forums, speaks of how "we are living in a time of prophecy." #574 View 8 min. version or view full program here.
John Cavanagh: Alternatives to Economic Globalization
John Cavanagh, director of the Institute for Policy Studies, co-author of 22 books on the global economy, speaks on the alternatives to economic globalization. Cavanagh's books include "Global Dreams: Imperial Corporations and the New World Order." #573 View full program here.
David Suzuki, scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster, an internationally respected geneticist, professor at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and author of more than 30 books, speaks on the ecological crisis we face. #572 View full program here.
Andy Kimbrell: Challenging Corporate Globalization
Andrew Kimbrell, attorney, activist and author and founder of the International Center for Technology Assessment, speaks on dangerous technologies--including genetic engineering. #571 View 8 min. version or view full program here.
The Reckoning: Global Warming
Jim Motavalli, editor of E, The Environmental Magazine, explains the major impacts global warming is already making and the devastating consequences that will result for the planet's biodiversity and the human race itself in coming years as it alters the Earth's climate--unless aggressive, unified worldwide action is taken to deal with global warming. And he talks of the forthcoming book, "Feeling The Heat: Reports From the Frontlines of Climate Change," which he edited with contributions from leading specialists in global warming. #570 View full program here.
Marilee Foster and Joseph Gergela: Saving Farms
The efforts made by the Long Island Farm Bureau to save farmlandseen as a national modelare described by Joseph Gergela, Executive Director, Long Island Farm Bureau and Marilee Foster, Farmer and Author. #569 View full program here.
Kathleen Whitley & Scott Cullen: Blowing in the Offshore Wind
The great strides being made in harvesting wind power from off shore, for electricity are discussed by Kathleen Whitley, Co-Director, Citizens Energy Alliance and Scott Cullen, Long Island Offshore Wind Energy Initiative #568 View full program here.