Friday, March 13, 2009

Right Whales, Sea Turtles, Hybrid Garbage Trucks, Integrative Biology and Listeners Protest This Weekend on Sustainable Georgia

Sustainable Georgia airs across the state on GPB Radio at 12:30p Saturday and 4:30p Sunday. You can listen to the program on demand here, and you can also download the program as an iTunes podcast.
It's been a week with good news for coastal wildlife and next week promises to be a pivotal week in the expansion(or not) of nuclear power in Georgia. Meanwhile, Macon Georgia gets out on the cutting edge of hybrid vehicles. Melissa Stiers reports on the news that Sea Turtles have plenty of suitable nests on Tybee Island after all. Myriam Levy reports on the first successful sedation of a whale swimming free in the wild, as federal biologists sedated a Right Whale off of Daytona Beach in order to disentangle it from fishing gear.
From Macon comes word that the first hybrid-power municipal garbage truck in America will be hauling refuse through the cherry blossom city. Josephine Bennett from WMUM 89.7 FM reports.
Earth & Sky's Lindsay Patterson talks with integrative biologist Camille Parmesan, who suggests that climate change will change the rules of wildlife conservation.
Sustainable Georgia answers email from a listener in Washington County, Georgia, who favors the building of coal fired energy Plant Washington. While respectfully disagreeing with some of his assertions, we are interested in featuring a debate on the plant between two Washington County residents. Our listener can represent the Pro side. If you are interested in debating the Con side of Plant Washington and you live in Washington County, please drop us a line at
Finally, we ask the question "can we all get along" by recycling a song from Johnny Clegg and Juluka, one of the great, courageous cross-cultural, cross-class artistic expressions of late 20th century. You can read more about them here.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Sierra Club of Georgia, Coal Plants, Bicycle Power, Red Snapper Ban, Marvin Gaye All On Sustainable Georgia This Weekend

Sustainable Georgia is on the air on GPB Radio Saturday at 12:30p and Sunday at 4:30p after Weekend Georgia Gazette. You can also stream or download on demand here, or you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

This week on Earth News we cover Thursday night's public meeting with the Georgia EPD in Sandersville discussing the impact of building new coal-fired Plant Washington. Georgia cyclists rode to the Capital this week to rally in favor of more bike paths and trails and against a state transportation bill that has nothing in it for pedal-powered vehicles. Dave Bender reports. From Savannah comes news that Red Snapper is now forbidden to be fished out of Georgia waters. Orlando Montoya reports on this sustainable seafood story.
Believe it or not, there is a green initiative underway in NASCAR. During this week's visit to Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, the Hall of Fame Racing Team, which runs the 96 Ford with driver and former champion Bobby Labonte, announced that they are purchasing carbon offsets to account for the carbon dioxide produced by their team on track and traveling between tracks. Sustainable Georgia dares to ask the question this week--if the good old boys in NASCAR can purchase carbon offsets, then why can't the rest of us?
Our feature interview is with Sierra Club of Georgia Organizer Erin Glynn. Glynn appeared with a Sierra Club group at the Plant Washington meeting in Sandersville, and she talks about the problems with coal plants, the realities of rural economy, and why it's in our best interest to factor in the cost of carbon emissions in anything we do. She also lets you know how to get involved with the local Sierra Club chapter in your community. Go here to find out more.
Marvin Gaye's 1971 album What's Going On was a break from the Motown tradition in many ways, not least of which was the record's topic matter, which included drugs, poverty and the Vietnam War. But most interesting to us is Mercy Mercy Me(The Ecology), which departed from Motown's standard verse-chorus-verse formula musically, and brought soul music and its audience around to the environmental message for the first time. We recycle the song to close out this week's show. Thanks for listening.