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Ep. 36. New Year's Day Special!

2009-02-21
Length: 29m 57s

Aired on 1 January 2009. 10 000 Riel and a Case of Wine Equivalent to around $2.50 - a paltry payout to displaced indigenous landholders in Cambodia, and also the name of a new documentary by a young Sydney film-maker. The documentary spolights some of the big players behind land-grabs in Cambodia; some transnational corporations fetching up to 100 million hectraes of land for aluminium smelters, logging and the like, leaving local communities without their livelihoods - but they're not going without a fight. SCAG and Direct Action Penalties The Chair of the Ministerial Council on Energy has asked the Standing Committee of Attourneys General, 'SCAG', to undertake a review of penalties that apply to unlawful disruption of energy facilities. The request emphasises, as a matter of urgency, the importance of protecting energy infrastructure and preserving energy security for "the Australian economy and way of life". This request comes alongside the Government's release of their 5% emissions reduction target and the expected demonstrations against what many are calling an inadequate response to climate change. NSW MP Lee Rhiannon spoke with The 3rd Degree's Libby King. Emissions Trading Schemes Following on from the release of the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme White Paper, we take a closer look at the merits of an emissions trading scheme, and paint what international context we can expect for 2009. Is an ETS essentially 'privatising the air'? What does it mean for global trade agreements? Will it further increase international inequalities? This Week's Guests: Tim Frewer, Sydney student and maker of '10 000 Riel' talks us through some horrifying Cambodian and international land and environment politics; Adam Wolfenden from the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network (AFTINET) talks about discriminatory trade agreements and emissions trading schemes. And we all battle with hangovers. Happy New Year :) Presenters: Nick Hollins and Tessa Dowdell …

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Ep. 35. Christmas Special!

2009-02-12
Length: 24m 21s

Aired on 2SER 25 December 2008. Peats Ridge Festival As we roll up to a new year in a polluted world, what better way to kick it off than a sustainability festival? We hear how Peats Ridge steps lightly on the local environment. From the Land of Hopeless Utopians to geodesic domes to fertiliser-harvesting toilets - the festival is about people coming together, having fun and imagining a better world. Christmas Lunch It's the biggest meal of the year! How can you make it more sustainable? We're advised to stay away from meat, stay in season and rethink what the 'local' Coles means - Plus a few hot ideas for very last minute earth-friendly pressies, and some ideas for true food resolutions! Mitigation Gap Report Last week Kevin Rudd announced a 5-15% reduction in Australian emissions by 2020 as part of the release of the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme White Paper. This is low - but the Mitigation Gap Report, published by the Global Climate Network, states that even the higher targets suggested internationally are also too low. The 'Mitigation Gap' is the disparity between diplomatic targets and the targets science tells us we need. The Third Degree's Libby King speaks to Andrew Pendleton from the Institute for Public Policy in London, and is coordinator of the Global Climate Network. This Week's Guests: Claudia Santangelo, arts producer of the Peats Ridge Festival; Tim Barker, founder of Regenerate and member of the Figure8 sustainable production collective; and Renata Field from Alfalfa House, a community food co-operative in Enmore. Presenters: Libby King, Dominic Santangelo and Tessa Dowdell …

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Ep. 38. Climate Action Summit + more

2009-01-19
Length: 29m 0s

Aired on 15th January 2009 More anti-logging protesters have been arrested in Tasmania's Florentine Valley. Police moved in on the two year camp early last week and began dismantling it. Most protesters left the camp, but some remained in tree sits at the camp and were arrested. Supporters of the protest held a rally on Hobart's parliament house lawns on Tuesday. Ali Alishah is a spokesperson for Still Wild, Still Threatened. He spoke with the Third Degree's Nick Hollins. This week's Guest: As governments continue to endanger us with weak targets, lots of talk and little action, people are taking action on climate change into their own hands! Wenny Theresia is a climate campaigner with the Nature Conservation Council and longtime student activist. We caught up with her about Australia's Climate Action Summit, happening in Canberra from January 31 until February 3. Over the course of the summit, climate action groups and other concerned people will be joining together to develop a strategic national climate campaign and make connections with other grassroots campaigners from across the country. The RTA are planning an upgrade to the pacific highway through Bulahdelah. Although there are 5 route options available, Option E has been chosen - even though the local community is opposed to it because of the Environmental and Cultural damage it will cause. The proposed upgrade will pass through a sacred creation site, as well as destroying threatened flora and fauna and local cultural heritage. Robert Corowa is a Traditional Owner and Environmental Activist from Bunjalong country in northern NSW. He spoke with Third Degree's Hannah Walters. Presenters: Tessa Dowdell and Libby King …

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Episode 37. Pulp mill, resource wars + more

2009-01-13
Length: 26m 48s

Pulp Mill Earlier this week Environment Minister Peter Garrett confused us all when he announced that the Gunns Limited pulp mill had failed to win approval from the government as it needed to meet 3 marine impact requirements. However later it was confirmed that the pulp mill can actually begin construction as the construction works were approved after environmental assessment. Meanwhile, Gunns has just served another writ on 13 more activists for an action that occurred at the Triabunna woodchip mill in December last year. Third Degree's Libby King spoke with Ula Majewski, one of the activists who has been served a writ by Gunns, and also Paul Oosting, who has been campaigning against the pulp mill with the wilderness society. This week's Guest: Antony Loewenstein is a journalist and author of My Israel Question and The Blogging Revolution. He joins us to talk about world shortages in resources such as oil, coal and water, and the impact this is having on global politics and the environment. Presenters: Nick Hollins and Libby King …

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Ep. 33 Poznan, White Paper, International Day of Human Rights + more

2008-12-10
Length: 28m 54s

Aired on 2ser 11th December This week the final round of climate talks before the Copenhagen agreement next year is happening at the moment in Poznan, Poland. The Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) - which include countries most at risk from climate change impacts - has made a plea for the world to commit to a strong action plan on climate change at the United Nations talks currently underway in Poznan, Poland. Yesterday Australia was awarded first in the "fossil of the day" awards for countries which attempt to undermine the progress of the negotiations. Third Degree's Jessica Minshall speaks with John Hepburn, Climate Campaigner with Greenpeace. This week's guest: Owen Pascoe from the Australian Conservation Foundation breaks down the figures and targets that Australia should be aiming for at Poznan, in the White Paper (to be released next Monday 15th December) and at Copenhagen next year. He shares the latest information from climate campaigners in Poznan for the talks. The NT Intervention is still being rolled out in the NT, despite a recent review and Rudd's election promise to replace the “emergency” legislation with genuine consultation with Aboriginal communities. The Intervention involves the suspension of the racial discrimination act, which is a blemish of Australias human rights record. Wednesday was the International Human Rights Day celebrating the 60th anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human rights. Third Degree's Hannah Walters spoke with Alison Vivian from the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning. Presenters: Hannah Walters and Jessica Minshall …

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Ep. 32. Poznan, Olympic Dam, Off-shore CCS + more

2008-12-10
Length: 31m 28s

Aired on 2ser 4th December Poznan Climate Negotiations The Kyoto Protocol, which was signed in 1997, was a first step for international climate negotiations. Last year, on the back of the world’s first climate election, the Rudd government went to Bali pushing for strong targets. This week, Minister for Climate Change Penny Wong will enter negotiations in Poland without having set any domestic targets at all. Libby King speaks with Jane Holden, the new Executive Director of the Climate Action Network Australia who is in Poland. Guest Nicky Ison from Australian Students Environment Network and the Institute for Sustainable Futures - talks about International Climate Conferences and Australia's position on feed-in tarrifs for the renewables. Olympic Dam Mine Last week mining giant BHP Billiton hold its annual shareholder meeting attracting a large number of protestors outside the Melbourne venue. The company walked away from its bid to take over Rio Tinto but it was the proposal to expand the Olympic Dam mine 500 km north of Adelaide that caused the protest. Under the new 20 billion dollar expansion, BHP Billiton will continue to starve the water reserves of the Great Artesian Basin and increase the mining of uranium. Anne von Fehrn speaks with Jim Green of Friends of the Earth Australia. CCS Bill passes the Senate A few weeks ago, a bill passed through the Senate, making Australia the first nation to legislate on carbon capture and storage, otherwise known as ‘clean coal’ technology. This involves burying carbon underground, more specifically offshore beneath the ocean floor. Phil Freeman, Climate Campaigner at the Australian Conservation Foundation, speaks here with Nick Hollins. Presenters Libby King and Tessa Dowdell …

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Ep 26. Greenwashing + more

2008-10-24
Length: 33m 5s

This week, was radiothon at 2SER, so forgive and ignore our suggestions to call you, you can still visit www.2ser.org.au to subscribe to the show. We talked with Jess Miller, expert in environmental communications and PR. She filled us in on the way people and companies greenwash and some great examples. Jessica Minshall talks with the ACF about their recent report suggesting free permits of big polluters could cost Australia millions of dollars. And lastly Nick Hollins talks about recent story of an en ex-police officer infiltrating environment groups on behalf of the uranium industry. Presenter: James Hitchcock and Libby King …

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Ep. 24 Alice Springs Convergence and more

2008-10-13
Length: 32m 47s

Ep. 24 Alice Springs Convergence, Greens Radioactive Waste Dump legislation, Carben Offset watch and Green Jobs. Aired on 2ser October 9th This week's guest is Hannah Walters who reports-back on the convergence in Alice Springs against the NT Intervention. Greens Dump legislation With the ALP election promise to repeal the Commonwealth Radioactive Waste Management Act, you'd be forgiven for thinking that debate over a nuclear waste dump in the Northern Territory is no longer relevant. However nearly a year into the Rudd government's term, the act is still in place. Two weeks ago the Greens senator Scott Ludlam introduced a bill to repeal this act. The Third Degree’s James Hitchcock spoke with Senator Ludlam. Carbon Offset Watch You may ride a bicycle to work and have switched to GreenPower at home, without realising there are other ways you can reduce your carbon footprint. More than 50 carbon offset schemes exist, but how do you find what project is sustainbable for you. ‘Carbon Offset Watch’ is a website that ranks Australia’s carbon offset retailers and Anne von Fehrn spoke to one its founders, Dr Chris Riedy from the Institute for Sustainable Futures. Green Jobs Workers in the U.S. are swapping jobs in polluting industries for new ‘green-collar’ jobs in the emerging clean economy. And in Australia, several pilot programs have started which focus on youth in coal-affected communities like the Hunter Valley. This feature is produced by Jessica Minshall and Holly Creenaune. We speak to program co-ordinators, young workers and hear from researchers exploring the potential for green employment. Presenters: Libby King and Jessica Minshall …

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Ep. 23 - NSW coal expansion and more

2008-10-12
Length: 31m 8s

Aired on 2ser Oct 2nd This week's guest is Bev Smiles from the Mudgee District Environment Group, who provides an overview of current coal mining in NSW, and in particular Xstrata's record. The burning issue is Garnaut: The federal government's chief climate advisor, Professor Ross Garnaut handed his final report over to Kevin Rudd on Tuesday, and received some very mixed reviews from global warming experts. Featured in story: Bob Brown - Australian Greens leader, Anna Rose – GetUp climate campaigner and Roger Jones - Principal research scientist of CSIRO Produced by Michelle Watts. NT Intervention uranium and rally On Tuesday it was revealed that Uranium mining company Cameco has been granted a uranium exploration license for Angela - Pamela, a site located just 25km from the heart of Alice Springs. The federal government’s decision has incensed many locals who believe uranium mining could pose a direct threat to the safety of the community and its water supply. Dr Hilary Tyler from Medical Association For the Prevention of War, is at the convergence at Alice Springs protesting against the continued NT Invervention and the impact it’s having on the communities there. The 3rd Degree’s James Hitchcock spoke with her about the license approval. Polluting environmentalists Recent research in the UK has found people who feel they lead the most sustainable lifestyles are actually causing the most environmental damage. According to a survey of 200 people done by Exeter University, people who regularly recycle and save energy at home are also the most likely to take frequent long distance flights. Dr. Phil McManus is a senior lecturer at the University of Sydney Geography department. He has been doing related research into the tensions between discourses of sustainable cities and the practices of Neoliberalism. He spoke with the third degree’s Libby King. Rising Tide meets with K RUDD A Community Cabinet session was held in Newcastle this week, giving the locals a chance to voice concerns to the federal government. And, as ever, there were climate change demonstrations. A few people had short meetings with Kevin Rudd and the Minister for Climate Change, Penny Wong. The 3rd Degree’s James Hitchcock spoke with Georgina Woods from Rising Tide Newcastle about her meeting with the PM Kevin Rudd. Presenters: Jessica Minshall and Nick Hollins …

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Ep 22. Climate emergency, Garnuat and NGO dialogue and Gunnedah Coal Conference.

2008-09-28
Length: 31m 54s

Aired on 2ser 25th Sept 2008 - This week's guest is Tessa Dowdell, Sydney climateer (or climate activist). She talks about the climate emergency week of action, the importance of taking action over the next few months and a new COAL-TURE jamming project. If you have any ideas for COAL-TURE jams please send them through to the3rddegree [at] 2ser.com -Nick Hollins follows his story from two weeks ago regarding Garnuat's interim targets. After much criticism from environmental NGOs, Garnuat has responded. Damien Lawson, climate justice coordinator from Friends of the Earth Australia gives us the low down. -Another story we caught up with this week was that of the Gunnedah basin and the opposition to the expansion of coal mining in the region. This week saw protesters gather outside the Gunnedah coal conference. The third degree's Robin King spoke with the Greens MP Lee Rhiannon at the conference. Presenters: James Hitchcock and Libby King Events: Climate Emergency Rally Protest outside offices of Xstrata Coal!1 Macquarie Place Sydney CBD (off Loftus St, near Circular Quay) 5pm Thursday October 2nd It's a climate emergency! Melting of the Arctic sea ice may be complete by the northern summer of 2010. We must urgently decarbonise our economy to radically reduce greenhouse gas emissions and existing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Xtrata, NSW’s biggest coal exporter, is about to start work on the Mangoola mine in the Hunter Valley. The call for renewables is more urgent than ever! …

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Episode 21. Climate Camp Germany and UK, ethical investments and more

2008-09-28
Length: 32m 4s

Aired on 2ser 18th Sept 2008 -This week's guest is Renata Field from Friend's of the Earth Sydney. She reports back on the joint Anti-Racist and Climate Camps held last month in Hamburg, Germany. - The UK has just had their third climate camp at Kingsnorth coal-fired power station in Kent, aiming to highlight how dangerous it is to be building new coal-fired power stations in the middle of the current climate crisis. Steve Milligan was a participant in all three UK Climate Camps. He speaks to the third degree's Libby King. -A corporate watch report has found that only two out of all so-called 'ethical' investment funds do not invest in uranium mining. The 3rd degree's James Hitchcock called his super fund to ask how his super is being invested. He spoke with David St John - Chief Investment Officer for UniSuper. -A Survey released last week suggests that delaying action on Climate Change may not be that popular after all. The 3rd Degree’s Andy Small spoke to Jordan Louvier, Executive Director of the Research Centre at UTS, about key findings of the survey, and their political implications. Presenters: Nick Hollins and Jessica Minshall …

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Ep 20. Climate protection bill, weak interim targets, nt intervention and mining

2008-09-17
Length: 31m 18s

-This week we spoke with Nina Hall from Climate Action Coogee about the climate protection bill which will be before Parliament later this month. Info on the bill and how you can support it here! - Nick Hollins reports on Garnaut supplementary draft report and speaks with John Connor, CEO of the Climate Institute and David Spratt, the author of 'Climate Code Red' -Jessica Minshall reports on the NT intervention and the effects the land rights reforms under the scheme have had in regards to mining and communities Presenters: Libby King and James Hitchcock …

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Ep 19. Flight pollution + more

2008-09-14
Length: 31m 54s

Ep 19. Flight pollution, Beverly uranium mine... This week we speak to Erland Howden from NSW Nature Conservation Council about flight pollution and alternative travel routes. Also: -James Hitchcock catches up with Peter Burdon from Friends of the Earth Adelaide to get the low-down on Peter Garrett's approval of the expansion of the Beverly Uranium mine. -The fate of the Coorong and Lower Murray hangs in the air, Libby King reports. -Anne von Fehrn gave us an insight into media coverage of climate change and climate change scepticism. Presenters: Nick Hollins and Jessica Minshall …

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Ep 18. International Carbon trading, coal expansion in Gunnedah Basin, Food Crisis and MyPower cycling team.

2008-08-27
Length: 28m 50s

This week: -Damien Lawson, climate justice coordinator from Friends of the Earth joined us in the studio to talk about international carbon, why its not going to help us reduce emissions and its effects on developing nations under the kyoto protocol clean energy mechanism. There will be film screening happeing on tuesday on the topic 'The Carbon Connection' (see below for details). Click here to make a submission to the governments Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme. Rising Tide Australia have a form letter to help out here. Submissions are due to 10th September. -Our 'Burning Issue' of the week is the coal exploration and expansion of the Gunnedah plains regions. The China Shenhua Energy group was last week given rights to explore land adjacent to BHPbillitons licesne area in Caroona. Jessica Minshall talked with Tim Duddy from the Caroona Coal Action Group about the expansion and taing direct action. -A global food crisis is threatening humainity. The cost of staple foods has risen by an estimated 83% over the past three years, and there are many factors contributing to the price surge. These include finaical speculation, the use of grain for bio-fuels, and the ising demand for food combined with eclining agricultural yields. The 3rd Degree's Nick Holins spoke with Julian Cribb, Ajunct Professor of Science Communication at UTS, to get his view on the crisis, and what Australia should be doing about it. -My power is one of many groups cycling around Australia right now to promote sustainability, They're in the Northern Territory at the moment. The 3rd Degree's Andy Smal caught up with Mareki from the MyPower team after their visit to Mataranka Primary School. This weeks Hot Events: Public Forum: Green jobs for a greener Hunter – What are the Prospects?Presented by Lake Macquarie Climate Action and Climate Action NewcastleThursday 28th August, 730pm, St Albans Church, Charlestown. Film Screening: The Carbon Connection – the story of two communities, one in Brasil and on Scotland, linked by carbon trading. Presented by Friends of the Earth Sydney. Tuesday 2nd September, 630pm, Brown St Community Hall, Newtown Library. And two fantastic fundraisers to support climate camp arestes: - FauxBQ – Friends of the Earth Sydney are hosting a FauxBQ, a feast of fake meat!Come along for a protein rush and a beer. Camperdown Park, Newtown, 2-6pm. $5 a plate, if its wet call Holly 0417 682 541 Climate Camp Fine Film Fundraiser – Showing “Persepolis”: a new French animation film about a young woman growing up in Iran. Winner of the Canes Jury prize. ($8 donnation – maybe). Thursday 4th September, 6.30pm, 16 Sloane St Newtown, Call Ollie 0422331213 …

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Ep 17. De-carbonising our Energy Systems

2008-08-21
Length: 17m 6s


James caught up with Dr Mark Diesendorf from the Institute of Environment Studies, University of NSW and Author of the Book ' something' about de-carbonising our electricity system. Diesendorf tells us from now until 2020, energy efficiency measures and solar hot water can reduce our demand by around 50%. This can be coupled with wind and biomass energy. After 2020 Mark suggests solar thermal and pv, as well as geothermal can potentially supply all our energy needs. He also calls for a moratorium on new coal fired power. …

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Ep 17. Replacing solar rebates with feed-in tariff

2008-08-21
Length: 5m 53s

James spoke with Andrea Gaffney from the Clean Energy Council about the effects of the governments means test on the solar industry, and the potential of feed-in tariffs as a replacement for the rebate systems. …

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Ep 17. Residents to fight Wollombi Gas Project

2008-08-21
Length: 5m 47s

Sydney Gas and AGL have been given exploration licenses to test drill for Coal Seam Methane Gas in 12 locations across the Hunter Valley. Since these licenses were issued, Drilling has begun in the Hunter Valley town of Wollombi. Jess spoke with Sean Gough from 'Wollombi Valley against gas extraction'. …

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Ep 17. Toxic Pollution in Blue Mountains

2008-08-21
Length: 4m 25s

Pollution has severely reduced aquatic biodiversity in rivers in the Blue Mountains World Heritage area. New tests have shown the water contains toxic levels of zinc, and the population of some water fauna have been reduced by as much as half. The pollution is believed to be caused by run-off from an abandoned mine. Libby King spoke to Dr. Ian Wright, a researcher at the University of the Western Sydney. …

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Ep 15. Uranium Mining and Radioactive waste dump

2008-08-10
Length: 6m 48s

Jess talks with Dr Jim Green, Anti-Nuclear campaigner from Friends of the Earth Australia about ALP's plans for a radioactive waste dump and the expansion of uranium mining. …

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Ep 14. Caroona Coal Blockade

2008-08-03
Length: 5m 30s

Gunnedah plains and surrounding area is currently home to a large part of NSW agricultural sector. Mining companies however have seen past the fertile soils to the large coal deposits in the area. When Bhp-Billiton came to explore coal deposits on farming properties in the town of Caroona, local residents have gone about blockading the properties from exploration. Libby speaks to farmer and property owner Tim Duddy about potential coal exploration on his land and its effects on underground aquifers. …

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Ep 14. Green Collar Jobs

2008-08-03
Length: 5m 27s

Jess talks with Phil Freeman from ACF about the potential for green collar jobs in Australia. …

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Ep 13. Direct Action and Climate Camp

2008-07-25
Length: 20m 9s

We talk with Libby and special guest Kathryn who both took direct action on the decentralised day of action a climate camp, shutting down a coal loader at kooragang. They share their experience, demystify what it means to get arrested, and fill us in on what to wear if locking yourself to industrial coal infrastructure. …

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Ep 13. Ride Planet Earth

2008-07-25
Length: 12m 49s

We talked with Kim, who is launching the Ride Planet Earth project next week in Sydney. Kim is riding from Brisbane to Denmark visiting places effected by climate change and often ignored by the international community. Kim will be collecting a video petition along the way to deliver to the UN Copenhagen conference in '09. rideplanetearth.org …

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Random fact of the week - worlds most polluting man

2008-07-25
Length: 3m 5s

Tim reveals the worlds most polluting man, resposible for inventing both leaded petrl and cfc's …

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Ep 12. Climate Camp Report back Sunday - Coal Blockade

2008-07-25
Length: 11m 2s

James, Libby and special guest Kathryn report back on the Camp for Climate Action, which happened in Newcastle last weekend, including live recordings from the mass action day on Sunday …

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Ep 11. Andy Smalls on the death penalty + more

2008-07-18
Length: 19m 30s

We talk to Andy Small who has recently completed an internship working with Reprieve, an NGO who provide legal and humanitarian suport for those on death row. Andy completed his internship in New Orleans and shares his experiences with us. …

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Ep 11. Libby reports from students of sustainability

2008-07-18
Length: 9m 37s

Libby reports in live from the field on what the students of sustainability conference is all about. …

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Ep. 8 Georgina on Climate Camp

2008-06-29
Length: 16m 55s

We spoke to Georgina Woods, a member of the the organising collective of the Camp For Climate Action, which will be held at Newcastle in July. Georgina fills us in on what the camp is about, how you can get involved and more. …

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Ep. 8 Gemma from UTS Enviro Collective

2008-06-29
Length: 9m 36s

Gemma from the UTS (University of Technology, Sydney) Enviro Collective, dropped by to say hi and tell us about the sorts of things the collective have been getting up to this year. Contact the Collective: utsenviro [at] gmail.com …

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Ep 7. Jess from climate friendly on offsets and sustainability

2008-06-15
Length: 28m 9s

Well this week we were joined with a special guest host Jess Miller from Climate Friendly, a Sydney based company that does sustainability consultancy and carbon offsetting. We spoke to Jess about the in's and outs of offsetting, who uses their services and why and much more. …

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Ep 7. Jess from Climate Friendly, bicycle offset proposall

2008-06-15
Length: 2m 22s

Jess from climate friendly suggests motorists could pay people to cycle to offset their emissions. …

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Ep 6. Coal: a miners perspective

2008-06-04
Length: 44m 4s

Peter Kennedy and Graham Brown, two coal miners from the Hunter Valley, talk at a lunch time Forum organised by the Sydney Uni Enviro Collective. They share their views and knowledge on the coal industry, the big companies behind the mines, where the unions are on the issue, climate camp and the future of coal. (40 mins) …

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