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  • Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

    Issue: Environmental and Social Justice

    Program Topic: Planned Disrupt J 20 Inauguration Actions and Discussion on Trump’s Nominees’ Impact on Environment and Climate Change

    Key Discussion Points:
    1) Reporting from Washington DC, the day before the inauguration of Donald Trump, we look at the protests planned for tomorrow, including the Disrupt J 20 direct action blockades of the inauguration entrances.
    2) We also look at what Trump’s nominees to head the EPA, the State Dept, the Dept of Energy and the Dept of Interior could mean for environmental health and climate change.
    3) We discuss the urgency of climate change and the need for action.

    Guest: Janet Redman, climate justice activist, part of coordinating committee of the climate contingent of Disrupt J 20; policy analyst for Oil Change, in Washington DC

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  • Producer/Host: Natalie Springuel
    Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

    Issue: Maine coastal and ocean issues

    Program Topic: Waterfront Communities Prepare for Climate Change

    Key Discussion Points:
    What are some of the impacts of climate change that waterfront communities in Maine are already seeing?
    How do these changes, such as sea level rise and increased storm frequency and strength, impact waterfront infrastructure?
    What are tools that these municipalities can use to predict and address climate change impacts?

    Judy East, Washington County Council of Governments
    Tora Johnson, University of Maine at Machias
    Jennifer Curtis, Maine Floodplain Management Program
    Pete Slovinsky, Maine Geological Survey

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  • Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

    Issue: Environmental and Social Justice

    Program Topic:
    Key Discussion Points: Potential Impacts of Trump Administration on Climate, Energy and Tribal Right; Standing Rock Updates

    1) Today we begin to look at the potential impacts of a Trump administration on a number of issues nationally and internationally and how social movements anticipate the work going forward.
    2) We speak with the director of the Global Justice Ecology Project about potential policy impacts on climate change, oil and gas development and tribal rights.
    3) We also look at the current assault on water protectors at Standing Rock. A solidarity rally will be held at noon on Tuesday at Westmarket Square in Bangor. At the end of the month a Wabanaki delegation will head to Standing Rock to set up members for the winter.

    Anne Petermann, Global Justice Ecology Project, globaljusticeecology.org/
    Sherri Mitchell, Penobscot, indigenous rights attorney, facebook.com/sacredinstructions/info

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  • Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

    Issue: Environmental and Social Justice

    Program Topic: A New Study on Carbon Dioxide Emissions Mitigation Goals and Climate Action at Court Date for Clean Power Plan

    Key Discussion Points:
    1) Today we speak with the co-author of a new study showing the inadequacy of planned measures for the US to meet their internationally promised carbon dioxide emissions targets to fight climate change.
    2) Last week, the US Circuit Court of Appeals in DC heard arguments in a suit aimed to stop the US EPA from implementing the so-called “Clean Power Plan” under the Clean Air Act. The plan is designed to reduce the power sector’s carbon emissions to 32% below 2005 levels. 27 states and a number of coal companies are suing the EPA to stop the plan.
    3) Today we speak with Dawn Neptune Adams, who was on a delegation with the People’s Action Network to DC to participate in related climate actions with her daughter.

    Max Lei, Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory, co-author of study “Assessment of the Climate Commitments and Additional Mitigation Policies of the United States”, published in Nature Climate Change
    Dawn Neptune Adams, Penobscot Tribe, Peoples Action Network delegate to DC

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  • Producer/Editor/Host: Amy Browne
    Engineer: Denis Howard
    Audio recorded by Matt Murphy

    In celebration of Earth week, today we talk with Peter Neill of the World Ocean Observatory about his new book, The Once and Future Ocean: Notes Toward a New Hydraulic Society . Neill is the host of the weekly short feature “World Ocean Radio” which has aired here on WERU every Wednesday morning at 7:30 for several years. He is also the founder and director of the World Ocean Observatory
    FMI: worldoceanobservatory.org/

    But first we kick things off with a short montage of poetry from the “Poets Respond to Climate Change” event, at the Reversing Falls Sanctuary in Brooksville last month (recorded by Matt Murphy). In order we’ll hear from: Margaret Brooks, Maira Vandiver, MacKenzie Tapley, Henry Finch, Hattie Fitzpatrick, Emily Eisenhauer, Ed Conte, Brooke Wentworth and Anne Ferrara

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  • Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

    Issue: Environmental and Social Justice

    Program Topic: A Climate to Thrive: Mount Desert Island moves towards energy independence by 2030

    Key Discussion Points:
    1) On January 24th, MDI Climate Solutions kicked off A Climate to Thrive, a local initiative whose goal is to move Mount Desert Island to energy independence by 2030.
    2) Over 200 people attended the event on January 24th, and have divided the work going further into seven tracks, covering solar energy, other alternative energy, conservation and building, transportation, waste, local food and policy.
    3) The project will have a particular focus on solar power, building on the current solar initiatives on Mount Desert Island. This will include more solar farms and arrays for residential and municipal purposes, and discount purchasing of solar panels through pooled buying.

    Gary Friedmann, Bar Harbor town councilor, climate activist, A Climate to Thrive advisory board

    Johannah Blackman, program manager for A Climate to Thrive

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  • Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

    Issue: Environmental and Social Justice

    Program Topic: The Climate Change Institute and Reversing Falls Sanctuary’s Speaker Series on Climate Change

    Key Discussion Points:

    1) The Reversing Falls Sanctuary in Brooksville has begun it’s Lenten speaker series, called “Caring for the Earth, Our Common Home”, most specifically focusing on climate change. It kicked off last Sunday and will run weekly through March 20th.

    2) We interview last week’s speaker, Dr Paul Mayewski, director of the Climate Change Institute and professor at the University of Maine, Orono.

    3) The Reversing Falls Sanctuary is spearheading or involved with a number of local initiatives, including a green house project, participation in a state wide weatherization initiative (“Window Dressers” ), development of the Brooksville Community Solar Farm and work in the Transition Towns movement.

    Dr Paul Mayewski, director of the Climate Change Institute, professor at University of Maine, Orono.

    Anne and Tony Ferrara, Reversing Falls Sanctuary and RFS Community Climate Change Initiative

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  • Producer/Host: Steve Kahl
    Engineer: John Greenman

    Issue: Alternative Energy

    Program Topic: Sustainability

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) climate change
    b) state energy policy
    c) federal tax credit

    Guest: Dylan Voorhees, Clean Energy Director

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