Saturday, June 19, 2010

Oil Experts -- Oceanographer, Australian of the Year, David Suzuki, the Man who Stayed Silent for 17 years, Post Carbon Institute

Interested in learning more about oil, climate change, the weather and more? Down To Earth NW columnist Paul Haeder has selected some relevant past interviews he’s conducted with regional, national and international experts on his KYRS radio program, “Tipping Points.”

For “Dispatches from a Disaster,” Haeder has selected 10 past guests who can offer interesting and related viewpoints or expertise. These guests were all in Spokane over the last few years for events or appearances unrelated to the current Gulf Coast oil spill but each can offer an interesting perspective. For more information, please contact attention Paul, the host.

The programs include:

Richard Feely, Supervisory Oceanographer, NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, Seattle, Washington & Affiliate Professor, University of Washington, School of Oceanography

John Francis, author of “Planet Walker.” After a massive oil spill polluted San Francisco Bay in 1971, John Francis gave up all motorized transportation. For 22 years, he walked everywhere he went — including treks across the entire United States and much of South America — hoping to inspire others to drop out of the petroleum economy.

David Suzuki, an internationally known environmental activist and scientist. Although he is well known for his radio broadcasts in Canada, he’s become an international celebrity through the television show The Nature of Things. Suzuki also co-founded the David Suzuki Foundation for the promotion of living in balance with the natural world.

Daniel Lerch has worked in the public, private and non-profit sectors on urban planning and sustainability issues for over ten years. Based in Portland, Oregon, he manages the Post Carbon Cities program at the Post Carbon Institute, providing resources and assistance to local governments on peak oil and climate change. Daniel also co-founded The City Repair Project, a non-profit organization helping neighborhood residents to reclaim their public spaces.

James Howard Kunstler calls suburban sprawl “the greatest misallocation of resources the world has ever known.” His arguments bring a new lens to urban development, drawing clear connections between physical spaces and cultural vitality. Books like “The Long Emergency” and “The Geography of Nowhere” made him famous.

Tim Flannery
, Australian environmentalist, known for his television series “The Future Eaters”, and best selling non-fiction books about the environment, paleontology, and nature, including “The Weather Makers.” Tim Flannery was also “Australian of the Year” in 2007.


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