Conversation radio about the nature–human relationship and what positive things people are doing about it in the greater Portland area. Post comments at the bottom of this page or send them and suggestions, praise, or letters of hope about the nature-human relationship to wmpgecotones AT gmail DOT com
10-18-2018 Brian Danz of the Portland Gear Hub
This week Brian and I will be talking about bikes, bike commuting, and building skills and community with bikes, the ultimate form of transportation!!
10-11-18 Music to ease a troubled world
This week I touch on some of the toughest environmental challenges we face and try to ease the pain with some soothing music. The Nature Nugget offeres Driving Tips for when you really have to drive…
10-4-18 Heather Craig, Energy Efficiency Coordinator for Americorps and the Maine Partnership for Environmental Stewardship
This week I chat with Heather Craig about helping people become better environmental stewards.
9-27-18 David Homa from Post Carbon Designs
This week I speak with David Homa Permacuture landscape designer/installer. In between Beg-a-thon chat, we talk about the basics of permaculture, what it looks like and how it is helpful for a more ecologically sustainable world. Check out his web site at www.postcarbondesigns.com
9-20-18 Denise Beck from Greater Portland METRO
I’ll be talking with Denise who is the Director of Marketing for METRO about the changes and improvement to our public transportation system here in Portland. For more info see www.gpmetro.org
9-13-18 Ruth Libby from Ruth’s Reusable Resources
I was so excited when I found out about Ruth’s Reusable Resources and I am excited to talk with her and Computer Re-life Program Manager Chris Slader and the great social and environmental work they are doing. The 3Rs is coming up on 25 years of work toward a more sustainable Maine!
Check out http://www.ruths.org
Also the Kids in Need Foundation is
9-6-18 Sustainability at Home
This week I look at the ways we can be more sustainable where we live and how we live. The Nature Nugget this week is on BEES, because without them our current food system could collapse.
8-30-18 350 Maine and RISE
I speak with Jill McLaughlin and Thea Youngs of 350 Maine about the RISE event on September 8th and about 350.org and the good work they are doing.
8-23-18 Human Powered and Public Transport
This week is mainly about taking the bus. I touch on the history of public transportation in the USA and get into why it doesn’t compare to other similarly developed nations in Europe and Asia. It is a complicated problem, but people need to start using it more and now is as good a time as any to cut your carbon footprint by taking the bus, even once a week.
Greater Portland Metro https://gpmetro.org
8-16-18 RECYCLED SHOW 2 Year of the Bird
8-9-18 RECYCLED SHOW 1 USM Sustainability with Aaron Withem
8-2-18 Walking and Cycling on the Earth
This week I expound on the benefits of walking and cycling the landscapes and cityscapes in the greater Portland area. In a time when we need to cut our CO2 emissions, walking and cycling are a great alternative, they also help us slow down and enjoy the places and spaces around us.
7-26-18 Ocean Health
This week I speak with Ivy Frignoca, Casco Baykeeper from Friends of Casco Bay on Ocean Health.
7-19-18 Materials Re-use
This week I speak with Gary Mercier, Procurement Coordinator for the Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore on Warren Ave. in Portland. We’ll be talking about materials re-use and maybe get a tour of the Re-Store!
Some other re-use resources:
Goodwill Industries of Northern New England
Threads of Hope (Catholic Charities’ thrift store)
7-12-18 Sustainability and Education
This week I talk with Chelsea Malacara, education & outreach coordinator for USM’s Office of Sustainability.
7-5-18 Insects are Amazing: Backyard Entomology with Joe Staples from USM
This week I talk with Joseph Staples at the USM Department of Environmental Science and Policy about insects and how important they are to health ecosystems.
Maine Entomological Society
Cooperative Extension Service (Cumberland County)
Entomological Society of America
6-28-18 Year of the Bird
This week I’m celebrating the Year of the Bird, because birds are amazing and they need our help. Today’s nature nugget is about plastic and CO2!
NOAA Current Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Level
Ending the Deadly Feather Trade
Year of the Bird
Migratory Bird Treaty Act
This is where you find the bill that changes to this act a being proposed.
Cornell Lab of Orithology
6-21-18 Happy Solstice – Water Show
“If there is magic on the planet, it is contained in Water” Loren Eiseley, The Immense Journey, 1957
Water is indeed magical and the show this week takes a broad view of water first, and then focuses down on the fresh, potable water we get here in Portland.
Check out some water resources:
The USGS Water Use
Water Use Visualization
Portland Water District
6-14-18 Lesley Heiser from Cultivating Community
This week I talk with Lesley Heiser from Cultivating Community and all the wonderful things they are supporting in our local food scene. And I definitely have another nature nugget from the kids at the King Middle School.
6-7-18 Travis Wagner: Waste and Materials Solutions
Travis and I talk about his interest in “sustainable material management through the identification and evaluation of model environmental policy programs with special emphasis on the social dimension and applying extended producer responsibility and product stewardship frameworks to divert, recapture, and recycle waste”
Of course we have another nature nugget from the students at the King Middle School.
5-31-18 Ed Suslovic: Local Environmental Initiatives
Ed is former Mayor and City Councilor of Portland, and currently at the USM Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy. We’ll talk about a bunch of different environmental and sustainable initiatives around Maine and the greater Portland area. And we’ll have another nature nugget from the kids at the King Middle School!
5-24-18 Rosemary Conroy: Art as Envronmental Communication
Show #6 feature Rosemary Conroy, a long-time environmentalist. She’s worked for New York Audubon and the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. Now she’s an artist—a painter to be more precise, and she essentially paints to protects wildlife. You can see her work at www.rosemaryconroyart.com
A Birding Extravaganza: Saturday, May 26, 2018, 8:00 to 9:30 AM, Thorne Head Preserve Bath, ME. Ted Allen from Merrymeeting Audubon will lead birders through the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust’s Thorne Head Preserve in Bath. Overlooking Whiskeag Creek as it converges with the Kennebec River, the preserve is located on the Maine Birding Trail and is rich in migrating warblers and vireos. Participants can meet at 7:30 a.m. at the CVS in Bath to carpool. For more information contact Ted Allen at 207-729-8661
Sustaining Remote Communities. Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 5:30 to 7:30 PM at the Rines Auditorium, Portland Public Library. Featuring Christopher R. Sauer CEO of Ocean Renewable Power Company
5-17-18 USM Climate and Sustainability Commitments
For show # 5, I spoke with Aaron Withem, Assistant Director of Sustainable Programs at the University of Southern Maine about the University Presidents’ Carbon Commitment and all the intiative they are working on at USM. Another nature nugget from student Ella at the King Middle School get’s us thinking about plastic packaging.
5-10-18 Solar Energy à la ReVision Energy
Show #4 featured Fred Greenhalgh, Creative Drevices Director at ReVision Energy, Portland. We talked about the current state of solar energy and why it is a good and hopeful situation. We also talked about how ReVision is a Certified B Corps and what that means. There also was a nature nuggets from Aja at the King Middle School on how reptiles are affected by climate change.
See ReVision Energy‘s web site for good info
5-3-18 Sustainability and the City of Portland Maine
Show #3 featured Troy Moon, Sustainability Director for the City of Portland, Maine. We spoke about the sustainability initiatives the city is currently working on (like LED street lights) and some of the past ones you might be familiar with, like the new big, blue recycling bins. We also talked about how amazing nature is and how important it is for folks to get out there and experience nature more, becuase the more you like something, the more you want to protect it. And we need to protect the earth becuase we rely on it entirely for our survival!
Check out Portland’s Sustainability Office web site. You can see the current initiatives and the tiop 5 things you can and should do to help make and keep Portland sustainable.
A great resource for recycling and all solidwaste solutions in Maine is EcoMaine.
The Recyclopedia is THE resource for how and where to recycle most everything.
4-26-18 Avoiding Waste and Overconsumption
On today’s show Richard exands our knowledge of waste and overconsumption of resources in the US. We hear from local young people at the Terra Matters Earth Day Climate Summit, March & Rally. The Nature Nugget this week is compliments of four girls at King Middle School on their adventure with the Kid Wind Challenge. The rest is about things you can do to help the state of the environment in North America.
Theme music and musical interludes are by yours truly. The other music was Pat Metheny—”Au Lait” and “Are You Going With Me”
The Permaculture Handbook, by Peter Bane
Check out www.carpoolworld.com to find someone to share a ride with
Terms this week are: tragedy of the commons, sustainability, and ecological footprint. See footprintnetwork.org for more info on that.
See terramatters.org for more info. on taking action with all types of people
Check out the web site www.govtrack.us and search for Environmental Protection.
Calculate your eco-footprint at www.footprintcalculator.org
4-19-18 The Earth is Amazing
This week’s show orients listeners of what to expect on the show and takes wide view of the planet we live on, how to be hopeful about our situation, and how to make change happen.
The following resources are mentioned:
Deering High School Portland, the Urban Runoff 5K & Green Neighbor Family Fest by the city’s Greener Neighborhoods Cleaner Streams program. www.cleanerstreams.org
Kennebunk Earth Day festivities. The Planeteers Of Southern Maine (330) 689-6849 email@example.com
South Portland Earth Day Citywide Litter Cleanup on Saturday April 21, 2018 from 8:30 – 11:00 AM. Check in at Mill Creek Park opposite Hannaford. See www.southportlandlandtrust.com for more info.
In Portland, the Youth Climate Summit and Rally on Saturday the 21st At Deering Oaks Park and Hannaford Hall from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM. Organized by Terra Matters. See www.terramatters.org for more info.
Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center Clean-up at 92 Pine Point Rd.
The CHILDREN’S MUSEUM & THEATRE OF MAINE at 142 FREE STREET is celebrating the day Saturday with earth-friendly activities from 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM. See http://www.kitetails.org
The International Environmental Communication Association (IECA) https://theieca.org
Rachel Carson Center http://www.carsoncenter.uni-muenchen.de/about_rcc/index.html