Worried about limate change? Trying hard to reduce your
carbon footprint? Kurt Hoelting gave up his car and spent a year traveling
only by bike, kayak, public transportation, and his own two feet. In this
hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge an argument in favor of the
radically local life.. Living small and liking it.
Bill McKibben sounded the alarm about global
warming over twenty years ago in his book, "The End of Nature."
His new book is "Eaarth" (yes, spelled with 2 "a"s)
and lays out a model of how to survive on our changed planet: think
small and local. He talks with Anne Strainchamps about the changes to
come and what we can do about them. Also, Kurt Hoelting is commercial
fisherman and wilderness guide in the Pacific Northwest. He was shocked
to discover how large his carbon footprint was, so set out to spend
a year living within a 60 mile radius of his home. He describes it in
his book "The Circumference of Home: One man's Yearlong Quest for
a Radically Local Life" and in this conversation with Jim Fleming.
Gordon Hempton is one of the world's leading
audio ecologists. For twenty years, he's traveled the planet recording
natural soundscapes. He tells Anne Strainchamps Silence is disappearing
in our world, but he brought lots of interesting sonic examples for
us to hear. Hempton is the author of "One Square Inch of Silence:
One Man's Search for Silence in A Noisy World."
Brenda Peterson is an environmental writer and
editor. She talks with Steve Paulson about her memoir, "I Want
To Be Left Behind: Finding Rapture Here on Earth." Peterson is
the child of fundamentalist Christians but her father was a forest ranger
and she grew up in a remote wilderness cabin. Also, sociologist Bron
Taylor tells Steve Paulson that we're witnessing the birth of a
new "dark green religion." His book is "Dark Green Religion
- Nature Spirituality and the Planetary Future."
CD copies are available at 1-800-747-7444.
Ask for program number 10-05-02-A.
- -After Bill McKibben: Bittersweet,
performed by Sonos, on the CD SONOSings (Verve B001-3291-02)
- -After Kurt Hoelting: from Leo Kottkes Six
and Twelve String Guitar (Takoma Records TAKCD-6503-2)
- -Gordon Hempton: sound recordings used courtesy of
the artist most are available through his website: www.soundtracker.com
- -After Brenda Peterson: Another Green World,
by Brian Eno, on his CD Another Green World. (EG Records
- -Close: from Leo Kottkes Six and Twelve
String Guitar (Takoma Records TAKCD-6503-2
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