If You Love This Planet, Dr. Helen Caldicott

About Us

If You Love This Planet with Dr. Helen Caldicott delivers an hour each week of in-depth discussion about urgent planetary survival issues such as global warming, nuclear weapons, nuclear power, deforestation, toxic pollution, ozone depletion, hunger and poverty, and species extinction. Each program features one major topic, allowing for an extended conversation with our guest or guests. Clips of lectures by Dr. Caldicott are also part of the mix.

If You Love This Planet endeavors to bring the human, animal and plant health aspects of all environmental issues into sharp focus.


Helen Caldicott, M.D.

Nobel Peace Prize-nominated pediatrician Helen Caldicott, M.D. is the host of If You Love This Planet. For over 35 years, Dr. Caldicott has helped galvanize awareness of the risks of nuclear technology and global environmental collapse. Her work with Physicians for Social Responsibility organized thousands of doctors to teach the public about the medical implications of nuclear war and nuclear power. She helped motivate the U.S. public to demand a nuclear freeze initiative in the 1980s. Dr. Caldicott has written seven books about nuclear and ecological issues. She has received the Gandhi Peace Prize and the Lannan Prize for Cultural Freedom. Dr. Caldicott currently divides her time between Australia and the U.S., where she lectures widely. She founded the U.S.-based Nuclear Policy Research Institute (NPRI), which evolved into Beyond Nuclear. Currently, Dr. Caldicott is President of The Helen Caldicott Foundation / NuclearFreePlanet.org, an educational outreach project that informs people on the dangers of nuclear power and nuclear weapons. The mission of the Foundation is education to action, and the promotion of a nuclear-energy-free and nuclear-weapons-free, renewable-energy-powered world.

Dr. Caldicott has had a high profile in American radio since the late 1970s, with her speeches and interviews played frequently on national airwaves. From 1995 to 1997, she hosted a weekly radio talk show on WBAI in New York City. She hosted the 13-part series, A Passion for Survival (2002) and a six-part radio series based on her book, The New Nuclear Danger (2004) for Pacifica Radio.

To read a detailed biography of Dr. Caldicott, click here. See the announcement in The New York Times about Dr. Caldicott winning the Lannan Cultural Freedom Prize here. Watch an April 2009 television interview with Dr. Caldicott (44 minutes, requires QuickTime).


Scott Powell

Scott Powell, founding producer of the program, is If You Love This Planet’s U.S. producer. He has worked with Dr. Caldicott as a researcher, video producer, event organizer and fundraiser since 1991. He wrote the appendices and did extensive research for her book The New Nuclear Danger (2001 / 2004) and produced a six-part Pacifica Radio series of the same name, hosted by Dr. Caldicott. He also helped research and wrote the appendices for the 2009 edition of Dr. Caldicott’s book book If You Love This Planet.

Jasmin Williams

Jasmin Williams is If You Love This Planet’s Australian producer and editor. With an extensive background in media work, she produced and edited a public affairs program for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation from 2001-2005. Ms. Williams handles the engineering and technical aspects of all If You Love This Planet recordings.


We gratefully acknowledge our wonderful donors who make this show possible:

Park Foundation
Wade Greene / Rockefeller Foundation
Lannan Foundation
John and Chara Haas
Carolyn Kleefeld
Mitchell Lichtenstein
Crea Lintilhac
Bonnie Raitt
Cynda Arsenault

And two publicists whose outreach has been tremendously invaluable:

Amanda Bellerby
Rhonda Garner

Contact Us

To contact us, you can write to info@ifyoulovethisplanet.org.