Direct from Wakefield, England I have fresh audio of a rally organized by the City of Wakefield City of Sanctuary. I speak with Mohamed, a 27 year-old Syrian man who has been in the UK for eight months. He tells us about his three month long journey, his life before the war, and his hopes for the future. I also speak with Linda Fielding, who have been welcoming asylum seekers for several years. We also take a look at pumpkins, and in particular pumpkin flavored beers. Seems the warmer weather is forcing beer producers to brew up batches of Pumpkin ale weeks earlier.
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- Pumpkin Beers are Already Here because of Climate Change
- Blind Testing and Rating 45 Pumpkin Beers
- Wakefield City of Sanctuary
- Syria and Climate Change–a overview through a comic strip from Mother Jones
- An analysis of climate change the Syrian Civil War
- Over and Over from Five Song Demo by Mark Chadwick
- Live Action News by Sean Pope
- Silk Road by Dayspired on Wrapped in Sound (EP)
- Credits by Raúl Díaz Palomar on Musica Para Poder Contra Verdad (2013)
- Little White Duck by Boogie Belique
- Dream On on Lush Life by Poldoore
Hello and welcome to episode 36 of Climate Stew, the audio magazine program they reveals climate change is not simply an environmental issue. It’s about human rights. In this episode I share interviews I conducted in Wakefield England (I love the Yorkshire accents) with community members who are going out of their ways to welcome refugees into their community and country. I also speak with a young man from Syria who found refuge in the UK. But first the news.
Our climate news story today is about pumpkins. If you live in United States you know that we have entered pumpkin flavored season. Through the wonders of advertising, we are inundated with pumpkin flavored products. The flavor evokes a a mood—autumn leaves, football games, fall weather, and honey crisp apples. Pumpkin flavor gets you jazzed up for pre-Halloween shopping. Pumpkin spice lattes are big right now along with pumpkin flavored smoothies, baked goods, and, yes, pumpkin beer.
Pumpkin flavor has infiltrated autumn beers. While some mock the wildly popular trend of pumpkin flavored adult beverages, there is no getting around the fact that this trend is here to stay.
But because of the warming weather it seems that the pumpkin beer drinking season is extended.
According to Addrienne LaFrance writing for the Atlantic, “brewers at Rogue (in Oregon), best known for Dead Guy Ale, found themselves picking pumpkins five weeks ahead of schedule and concocting their annual pumpkin-flavored beer long before the dog days slipped away. (Last year, Rogue’s Pumpkin Patch Ale wasn’t released until October 7.)”
A Rogue Beer spokeswoman commented, “We did plant our pumpkins a little earlier this year; because Mother Nature deemed the spring free of frost. Also, it was a hot summer here in Oregon, so this sped up the growth leading to perfectly ripe orange globes in August.”
They are actually lucky this year. Climate Change means that possible shorter pumpkin growing seasons will threaten the crops and the quality of pumpkins. That might mean more artificial pumpkin flavoring, which of course is an industry standard when it comes to coffee products and candles. But in beer? NO we need the real deal there.
Main: Voices from Wakefield Sanctuary Rally
Mohamed 27. been in Wakefield 8 month. , Linda Fielding
Wakefield is a center where migrants first arrive for about three weeks. Wakefield has an initial accommodation center with 300 people. They stay for 3 weeks at a time.
Then they move.
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