Protecting & Restoring Nature

Protecting & Restoring NatureOnline audio programs, including presentations, panel discussions, documentary and online interviews, talk radio guest appearances, broadcast radio news and feature stories, green performances, and radio documentaries with a broad focus on protecting and restoring the web of life upon which we depend for our survival. Humans are part of nature and not separate from it, and understanding the complex reciprocal relationships between biological ecosystems and human culture is critically important.

Specific topics include the unfolding mass extinction of species (“the sixth extinction”), the growing danger of a globalized ecological collapse, building a movement to fight for the conservation of nature, including specifically rainforests, the oceans, and endangered terrestrial and marine life, and the protection of particular species (bees from neonicotinoids and an end to the slaughter of dolphins). Also covered is the importance of reversing plummeting science literacy as well as the value of traditional ecological knowledge.

The Annihilation of Nature. Interview with Paul Ehrlich. Biologist Ehrlich discusses a book he co-wrote, The Annihilation of Nature: Human Extinction of Birds and Mammals. The mass extinction of species is accelerating, he explains, and that also threatens humans as the web of life upon which we depend for our survival is shredded. Listen Here >>

Bees Under Attack. Interview with Reese Halter. Bees are in trouble all over the world. More than 40 percent of bees died in the U.S. in 2015.  Halter describes efforts to save bees, including a rally that saw millions of dead bees delivered to the EPA in Washington. The EPA controls the use of neonicotinoids, which are employed at levels thousands of times above those harmful to bees. Listen Here >>

If You Love This Planet: Our Thinking Needs To Change. Interview with Chris Maser. In this episode of Helen Caldicott’s program “If You Love This Planet,” Maser discusses his deepest concerns about what’s happening to the planet and how we can fix these problems by changes in our behavior. Listen Here >>

Interview On Dolphin Talk Radio. Discussion with Ric O’Barry. Dolphins are regularly captured, harassed, slaughtered and sold into captivity around the world. O'Barry describes his work not only to halt these slaughters, but also to rehabilitate captive dolphins and return them to the wild. He brought the world’s attention to the brutal hunts taking place along the coast of Japan, as seen in the 2009 Academy Award-winning feature documentary The Cove, and he successfully negotiated for an end to dolphin slaughter in the Solomon Islands. Listen Here >>

Sustainable World Radio: Defending The Forest. Interview with John Seed. Describes his work on projects focused on the conservation of nature, including the conservation of rainforests, as well as reforestation efforts in India and South America. Seed argues that humans must realize that we’re part of nature rather than separate from it, or none of the practical projects he and others undertake will save us in the end. Listen Here >>

A Myriad Of Challenges Facing Ocean Life. Interview with David Helvarg. Dr. Rob Moir talks with Helvarg about the myriad challenges facing endangered marine life, from Hawaii to Georges Banks, and from the Louisiana Bayous to Michigan’s Straits of Mackinac. Also covered is the health of species in Hawaiian waters, including monk seals, Nene Geese, and other indigenous wildlife. Listen Here >>

When Wildlife Documentaries Jump The Shark. Interview with Chris Palmer. Science literacy is plummeting, explains Palmer, and when people watch a show containing sensational but untrue portrayals coming from a highly esteemed broadcaster such as Discovery, that distracts viewers from real problems in the oceans, like shark finning and pollution. Palmer says that while the Discovery Channel has done a lot of good, faked content is not responsible. Listen Here >>

Are We Headed Toward Extinction? Interview with Paul Ehrlich. NPR’s Science Friday talks with the biologist and author about his book The Dominant Animal and about why scientists studying many different parts of the planet's ecosystems are warning that Earth may be on the verge of a sixth major mass extinction event. Listen Here >>

KBRW Divoky-Frey Interview. Discussion with George Divoky and Darcey Frey. Bird scientist George Divoky and Darcey Frey, a freelance writer for the New York Times who is working on a book about Divoky, discuss George’s work with birds around a warming Barrow, Alaska. Listen Here >>

The Seaweed Rebellion: Saving The Earth By Saving The Oceans. Discussion with David Helvarg, Michael Stocker, and Anne Rowley. The marine news is heartbreaking. Ocean defenders Helvarg, Stocker, and Rowley illuminate both the peril of noise and plastics pollution and the promise they see In the Seaweed Rebellion to save the oceans and ourselves. From the Bioneers Radio Series. Listen Here >>

Formless Warriors: 21st Century Wisdom. Interview with Enei Begaye, Dune Lankard, and Hawk Rosales. For thousands of years, First Peoples have successfully managed the complex reciprocal relationships between biological and human cultures using traditional ecological knowledge. Yet no prior human civilization has ever faced the globalized ecological collapse occurring now. In the face of unprecedented pressures on their homelands and ways of life, indigenous leaders Begaye, Lankard, and Rosales are organizing in new ways to protect the environment. Listen Here >>

Marine Biologist Extraordinaire. Interview with Wallace ‘J’ Nichols. “Our ocean is in trouble,” Nichols explains. “We’re putting too much into it, taking too much out of it, and destroying the edge,” and then he articulates three powerful “calls to action.” Listen Here >>

Retiring Coal Rights In Alaska Helps Native Americans In California. Interview with Dune Lankard. A recent deal to preserve forests in Southeast Alaska by retiring coal rights for the Bering River Coal Field is being heralded as a groundbreaking decision that could have positive implications for Native American tribes in California. Lankard, who as the founder of the Eyak Preservation Council was instrumental in making the land-protection deal happen, explains why. Listen Here >>

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