Thursday, December 17, 2009

December 17, 2009: “On the First Day of Christmas” The Courthouse Will Receive A New Heat Source!

The Recovery Act was intended to jump-start demand in the US economy and create American jobs. An innovative feature of the act was its attention to investment in clean energy projects. But if the country wants to return to pre-recession employment levels, it needs to add 127,000 jobs per month to keep up with population growth. The Seattle area has seen some green job creation, but not enough to dig itself out of the hole and also prepare for climate change.

Listen here:

Thursday, December 10, 2009

December 10, 2009: Blue Marble Energy – Undoing the House that Oil Built

The modern world lives in the house that oil built. Everything around us comes from petroleum. Over 96% of all consumer products, from liquid fuels to plastics, paints, clothes and food are derived from petrochemicals or require oil for their production. Aware of this dependence, Seattle based Blue Marble Energy set out to find a sustainable alternative. Martha Baskin has our story.

Listen here:

Thursday, December 3, 2009

December 3, 2009: Theo Chocolate, The Fair Trade Food of the Gods

When the WTO came to Seattle ten years ago to negotiate a new trade agreement, they were stuck on a model of trade without labor, environmental or domestic protection standards. The model is called "free trade”. The notion of fair trade was not understood. Today companies that promote fair trade are seeing tremendous growth. Green Acre Radio takes us on a tour of a local fair trade company, Theo Chocolate.

Listen here: