If You Love This Planet, Dr. Helen Caldicott

Archive for February, 2012

Ronnie Cummins on safeguarding healthy food against genetic engineering, pesticides and other threats

Friday, February 24th, 2012

 

Ronnie Cummins

Ronnie Cummins

This week, Dr. Caldicott talks with Ronnie Cummins, founder and director of the Organic Consumers Association (OCA), a non-profit, U.S. based network of 850,000 consumers, dedicated to safeguarding organic standards and promoting a sustainable system of agriculture and commerce. Cummins has been active as a writer and activist since the 1960s, with extensive experience in human rights, anti-war, anti-nuclear, consumer, environmental, and sustainable agriculture campaigns. As background, read Cummins’s January 27 article The Organic Elite Surrenders to Monsanto: What Now?

Michael Pollok on removing corporate money from politics and creating a true U.S. democracy

Friday, February 17th, 2012

 

Michael Pollok

Michael Pollok

This week’s guest is Michael Pollok, an experienced criminal defense litigator who focuses his practice on matters in federal and New York state courts, as well as regulatory investigations and hearings. Pollok is one of a new movement of activists who are focused on reform, not revolution. He has recently been affiliated with two non-profit groups: Reasonable Solutions OWS Philadelphia, and the 99% Declaration Working Group, which have announced a National General Assembly to convene in Philadelphia the week of July 4, 2012. The 99% Declaration Working group invites participation from anyone interested in removing money from U.S. politics. The 99% Declaration is document which originated from one of the working groups of the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York City in 2011.

Arnold Gundersen with the first 2012 Fukushima update; more of Dr. Caldicott’s 2011 speech in Berlin

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

 

Arnie Gundersen

Arnie Gundersen

This week Dr Caldicott receives another update on Fukushima from nuclear engineer Arnold Gundersen. After this conversation, we hear an excerpt of Dr. Caldicott’s lecture at a conference on Chernobyl in Berlin in April 2011. Read the February news articles Fukushima Nuclear Plant at High Risk for Major Earthquake: Scientists issue call for safeguards to prevent another nuclear disaster and Fears Growing as Fukushima Reactor Temperature Rising. Also relevant are three 2012 articles: Temperature Soars Mysteriously Inside Fukushima Nuclear Reactor; Japan’s Nuclear Exclusion Zone Shows Few Signs of Life, Fukushima: A Nuclear War without a War: The Unspoken Crisis of Worldwide Nuclear Radiation and French Scientists: Childhood Leukemia Spikes Near Nuclear Reactors. Visit Dr. Caldicott’s websites NuclearFreePlanet.org and HelenCaldicott.com, and read her book Nuclear Power is Not the Answer.

Father Laurence Mooney on finding one’s own spirituality and contributing to social justice

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

 

Father Mooney

Father Mooney

In this episode, Dr. Caldicott interviews Father Laurence Mooney, an Augustinian priest based in Melbourne, Australia. For the past five years, Father Mooney has worked in the boutique Augustinian seminary in Brookvale, Sydney, attending to the academic, vocational, spiritual, communal and language needs of young men aspiring to be Augustinian priests in Vietnam or Australia. He has lectured on spirituality in various countries, and worked with religious groups from around the world on social justice issues. Longer show description to follow.