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Got Grief? Well, duh, we do climate work!

Solemi Hernandez and her sons

I had the honor of interviewing eight women who share their wisdom, experience, and insight about both eco-grief and the collective grief we are all experiencing one way or another because of the impacts of Covid-19. In a single podcast episode I was able to weave in these eight voices and provide listeners with an encounter with these thought leaders. The show is getting a lot of downloads, and many who have listened so far, say it provided an opportunity to better understand themselves and the rapidly changing world around them.

Guests include:

  • Dr. Natasha DeJarnett, Interim Associate Director Program & Partnership Development National Environmental Health Association
  • Dr. Lise VanSusteren, an American psychiatrist in private practice in Washington, DC with a special interest in the psychological effects of climate change.
  • Elizabeth Rush, author of Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore
  • Solemi Hernandez, Citizens Climate Lobby Southeast Regional Coordinator
  • Edie Lush, co-host of Global GoalsCast podcast
  • LaUra Schmidt and Aimee Lewis-Reau, co-founders of the Good Grief Network
  • Anna Jane Joyner, co-host of No Place Like Home podcast

Here is a sample of what they had to say

You can hear the entire show through this player or find Citizens Climate Radio wherever you get podcasts

You can hear Citizens’ Climate Radio on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher Radio, SoundCloud, Podbean, Northern Spirit Radio, Google Play, PlayerFM, and TuneIn Radio. Also, feel free to connect with other listeners, suggest program ideas, and respond to programs in theCitizens’ Climate Radio Facebook group or on Twitter at @CitizensCRadio.

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Fiery, Fierce, and Flat Out Rude — A Climate Prophet

In the current Bible Bash podcast you will hear Rev. Scott Kershner, chaplain at Susquehanna University, and Peterson Toscano talk about John the Baptist from the Matthew 3 narrative. While Scott shares the historical context of the story and its significance, Peterson connects it to contemporary times and the roles performance artists play to use costume and setting to deepen the message they want to communicate.

This is seen most dramatically and effectively in the work of the young Swedish activist, Greta Thunberg.

Like John the Baptist, she made a spectacle of herself, sailing to America, then she stood on the world stage and addressed the rich and powerful. Her directness offended many who deemed her disrespectful and even rude. By dismissing the messenger, they attempted to shift focus away from her message.

Hear the latest Bible Bash Podcast and be inspired to be a prophet yourself.

(Featured Photo by Patrick Fore on Unsplash)


Talking Climate Change in a Time of Coronavirus

The Climate Stew Crew has been busy including an appearance in Citizens Climate Radio. Host, Peterson Toscano writes about his show which covers Coronavirus & Climate Change.

Through Citizens Climate Radio, I spoke to three experts who helped me better understand and similarities and differences between the Coronavirus and climate change. How local and national government responds, the need for an engaged and active imagination, and the role of empathy come up in our conversation.

I chat with Dr. Natasha DeJarnett, the interim Associate Director of Program & Partnership Development at the National Environmental Health Association, Leonardo Martinez-Diaz, the director of the Sustainable Finance Center at the World Resources Institute, and Alice. C Hill, a senior fellow for Climate Change Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations.

In the Art House section of the program, he includes our own original radio play, Survivor Generations 2165.

Hear the show on Podbean or wherever you get your podcasts.

(Featured Photo by National Cancer Institute on Unsplash)

From a job in oil in Venezuela to Climate Work in the USA

I recently met one of the most enthusiastic and positive people I have encountered in a long time. Solemi Hernandez is a new staff member at Citizens Climate Lobby and serves as the coordinator in the SouthEast region, which includes all of Florida. Originally from Venezuela, I asked if she would chat with me about her work.

Solemi speaks like a poet, so expressive and transparent. She speaks powerfully about her feelings during this dreadful time of climate change and how acting to do something about it in her community and beyond is the antidote she needed for despair. Listen to her in this one-minute excerpt from a recent Citizens Climate Radio episode.

I encourage you to check out the entire conversation.

You can hear Citizens’ Climate Radio on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher RadioSoundCloudPodbeanNorthern Spirit RadioGoogle PlayPlayerFM, and TuneIn Radio. Also, feel free to connect with other listeners, suggest program ideas, and respond to programs in the Citizens’ Climate Radio Facebook group or on Twitter at @CitizensCRadio.

Civil Disobedience is Essential for our Survival

Since 2014 we have been talking about the need for non-violent, direct action. From the first episode of our Climate Stew podcast, we recognized that for any real action to happen that leads to policy and systems change, it will require putting pressure on the system.

One model we have looked at is the model early HIV/AIDS activists displayed when taking on a system that ignored the people who were suffering and refused to act.

Photo by Jonathan Kemper on Unsplash

Our curator, Peterson Toscano, speaks out regularly about the lessons we can learn from earlier generations of activists. People are listening.

Elizabeth Rush, author of Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore, was inspired by the connections Peterson has been making. She writes:

A little over a year ago, I had a conversation that would change the way I think about climate activism. It was a day so swelteringly hot that the interview I was to give for the Citizens’ Climate Lobby podcast got rescheduled indoors. As Peterson Toscano, the host, and I fell into a deep discussion, I found myself turning the tables on him, asking a string of ever more personal questions.

I was beginning a new project about gender and the Antarctic, and I wondered how, for Toscano (a self-proclaimed quirky, queer climate activist), the climate crisis intersected with queer rights. Toscano’s response has stuck with me to this day and is best summed up with a line from his one-man show Everything Is Connected—An Evening of Stories, Most Weird, Many True.

He says, “I’m going to tell you the worst-case scenario with climate change, promise me you will not freak out. Promise? Well, we are looking at the potential extinction of the human race…but what other people on the planet have faced potential extinctions and exterminations before? Lots of people. But also LBGTQ+ people…There is a special time in our history when we learned a lot of things that might be applicable today. I’m talking about the HIV/AIDS crisis.” Toscano told me that the activist movements of the 1980s didn’t just change hearts and minds; they changed public policy.

It occurred to me then that a cross-movement conversation in the era of climate crisis would bear vital fruit. A few months ago, I had the great pleasure of chatting with Peter Staley, a founding member of ACT UP, and Roger Hallam, a founder of Extinction Rebellion. It’s my hope that this conversation can demystify direct-action activism while helping us think about what comes next.

What follows is an extraordinary conversation. You can read it for yourself in Document Journal.

‘We’re facing a societal collapse’: Extinction Rebellion’s Roger Hallam speaks to ACT UP’s Peter Staley about disrupting the world in order to save it

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