Friday, January 13, 2017

January 13, 2017: Tribal and Non-Native Water Protectors Challenge Wells Fargo to Divest from Dakota Access Pipeline

Since the fossil fuel divestment campaign began on university campuses in 2011 institutions worth $2.6 trillion have pulled their investments in coal, oil, and natural gas. The movement to demand financial institutions divest from the Dakota Access pipeline, which began late last year, is still in the early stages. 17 banks, including Wells Fargo, SunTrust and Citibank,are backing the pipeline. A recent protest in Seattle, lead by native leaders and water protector allies targeting Wells Fargo, shows the movement gaining momentum. Wells Fargo has close to $500 million invested in the pipeline.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

December 28, 2016: Owls: The Otherworldly Creatures Who Need Our Help

"You do not find owls – owls find you. Their camouflage conceals them until you catch a fleeting glimpse of broad, soft wings illuminated by the setting sun or, more likely, the moon." In this audio rich conversation with Paul Bannick, conservationist and photographer about his latest book, Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls, we hear the owl's message and what North America's 19 distinct species need to survive.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

November 28, 2016: No Farms, No Food

Most of us are familiar with the bumper sticker, "no farms, no food," the rallying cry to protect farmland and nurture local, sustainably grown food. The cry has become increasingly relevant to farmers and farmland advocates on Seattle's urban fringe, 13 miles north of the Space Needle. They say current levels of development threaten their future. Martha Baskin takes us to the Sammamish Valley outside of Woodinville.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

October 18, 2016: Birds, Birds, Birds, and the Threat They Can't Escape

Birds exist everywhere we do, so it's little wonder that they have been important to human culture from time immemorial. Their songs thrill along with their incredible display of speed and strength. Audubon has been dedicated to ensuring their survival since it was founded in 1905. From its work in stopping the sale of feathers of native birds for the fashion industry, to the ban of DDT in 1972, the organization has been on the frontlines of conservation and grassroots advocacy. In this bird-rich radio feature, we take a look at Audubon's work in Washington state and why they support I-732, the carbon tax.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

September 28, 2016: State Carbon Tax Initiative Backers Undaunted Despite Divide

The state of Washington could become the first state in the nation to enact a carbon tax on big polluters if grassroots activists can overcome opposition from unlikely allies: the business community, low-income and people of color communities, the state Democratic party and environmental groups. Supporters of the carbon tax, Initiative 732, are pulling out the stops to win voters before November. Meanwhile a new report published this week in Nature says that with today's level of fossil fuel emissions the planet is “locked” into eventually hitting its highest temperature mark in 2 million years.

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September 14, 2016: Youth Unveil Proposed Climate Legislation to Protect Constitutional Rights

A group of youth plaintiffs in Washington state are bringing their fight for a stable climate system – which they argue is a constitutional right and as “unalienable” as any right conceived by the founding fathers - to a new level. The youth have gone to the courts, met with the Governor and lobbied the state's department of Ecology. Their latest strategy is unveiling proposed climate legislation which they argue needs to be based on the “best available climate science”, science that's been prescribed for them by no other than eminient climate scientist James Hansen. Martha Baskin has our story.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

August 22, 2016: Fresh Bucks Rx – A Prescription for Farm Fresh Healthy Food for Low Income Patients

A new federally funded pilot program, "Fresh Bucks Rx," allows medical providers to write a prescription for fruits and veggies from farmer's markets. The pilot was launched by the City of Seattle, Harborview Medical Center and Odessa Brown Children's Clinic along with Seattle and King County farmers markets. The program is aimed at improving health outcomes for low-income patients with diet-related disease. An estimated one in seven Americans experiences food insecurity or the inability to access healthy food on a chronic or intermittent basis. Martha Baskin checked in with providers to bring us this story.

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