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Greening the Apocalypse

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There is a crack in everything, that's where the light gets in. Each week the Greening the Apocalypse team talk to the tinkerers and thinkerers, the freaks and geeks from permaculturists and eco-farmers to alt-tech innovators and peer-to-peer information networkers who are growing fascinating new systems through the fault lines of the old. Presented by Bushy, Adam Grubb, Kate Dundas and Jed MacCartney from Melbourne's Triple R FM.

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There is a crack in everything, that's where the light gets in. Each week the Greening the Apocalypse team talk to the tinkerers and thinkerers, the freaks and geeks from permaculturists and eco-farmers to alt-tech innovators and peer-to-peer information networkers who are growing fascinating new systems through the fault lines of the old. Presented by Bushy, Adam Grubb, Kate Dundas and Jed MacCartney from Melbourne's Triple R FM.

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Greening the Apocalypse

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There is a crack in everything, that's where the light gets in. Each week the Greening the Apocalypse team talk to the tinkerers and thinkerers, the freaks and geeks from permaculturists and eco-farmers to alt-tech innovators and peer-to-peer information networkers who are growing fascinating new systems through the fault lines of the old. Presented by Bushy, Adam Grubb, Kate Dundas and Jed MacCartney from Melbourne's Triple R FM.

Rank #1: Greening the Apocalypse - 5 December 2017

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Can we help reverse climate change while creating more productive, profitable, ecologically functional and beautiful rural landscapes? Connor Stedman joins us to argue the case that yes, we can. Connor is a field ecologist, environmental planner, and farm planner at Appleseed Permaculture in New York state, USA, and runs an internationally recognised course on 'carbon farming'.

Books mentioned: The Carbon Farming Solution by Eric Toensmeier and Drawdown edited by Paul Hawken.

Dec 05 2017

1hr 4mins

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Rank #2: Greening the Apocalypse - 30 May 2017

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We talk peak oil with Richard Heinberg, Senior (and very fine) Fellow with the Post Carbon Institute. Richard is regarded as one of the world's foremost advocates for a shift away from our current reliance on fossil fuels. He's the author of 13 books, including some seminal works with titles like The End of Growth: Adapting to Our New Economic Reality, and Powerdown: Options and Actions for a Post-Carbon World. His latest book is Our Renewable Future: Laying the Path to One Hundred Percent Clean Energy (available for free online!) co-authored with Berkeley energy expert David Fridley. If you want to do an online course with Richard checkout Think Resilience. This is the first of a two part interview.

Later in the show we talk about the concept of 'energy slaves'. Check out this video an Olympic cyclist vs. a toaster.

May 30 2017

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Rank #3: Greening the Apocalypse - 14 August 2018

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Adam is joined by KMO, host of the C-realm podcast to discuss whether our world is on an unstoppable trajectory of material, social and technological progress, or if perhaps if faith in that process might be allowing us to defer responsibility for addressing some environmental and humanitarian crises. KMO's got a new web comic, check it out at GEBB.io. This is an extended podcast-only episode.

And... please please please subscribe to Triple R to keep us on air (and online)! Go to www.rrr.org.au and be in the running for lots of wonderful prizes if you do so before Sept 26. But don't wait, do it now! Thanks so much.

Aug 14 2018

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Rank #4: Greening the Apocalypse - 18 July 2017

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Transition Towns founder Rob Hopkins describes the late historian and green economist David Fleming as "one of the most original, brilliant, urgently-needed, under-rated and ahead-of-his-time thinkers of the last 50 years."

Fleming thought the globalised market economy would, in the not too distant future, begin to fail as it faces limits to growth from resource depletion, and said: "Localisation stands, at best, at the limits of practical possibility. But it has the decisive argument in its favour that there is no alternative." And his work explores how we can create rich local cultures and economies as an alternative to global capitalism.

Fleming died suddenly in 2010, but his good friend, Shaun Chamberlin has recently turned a manuscript Fleming left behind, into two books: his magnum opus, Lean Logic: A Dictionary for the Future and How to Survive It, and a smaller introductory text, Surviving the Future: Culture, Carnival and Capital in the Aftermath of the Market Economy. We speak to Shaun by Skype from his home in Devon. Shaun's also behind the website darkoptimism.org where you can read his rather impressive bio, which includes co-founding Transition Town Kingston, and authoring the Transition movement's second book The Transition Timeline.

You can find out more about the books at the Fleming Policy Institute.

We also mention the Dark Mountain Project and Mark Boyle, the Moneyless Man.

The podcast contains a slightly extended interview than what went to air.

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Jul 18 2017

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Rank #5: Greening the Apocalypse - 5 June 2018

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Adam and Sarah talk to David Holmgren on Retrosuburbia: Energy descent, what Melbourne might look like in 40 years, and the retrofits people can implement at home.

Jun 05 2018

42mins

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Rank #6: Greening the Apocalypse - 31 October 2017

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Charles Massy gained a Bachelor of Science in the 70s before returning to the family farm near Cooma and the Snowy Mountains. He has been farming since, and in 2009 Charles Massy returned to ANU to complete a PhD in Human Ecology. In his latest book Call of the Reed Warbler he explores regenerative agriculture; an approach to farming that rebuilds topsoil, increases biodiversity, and importantly for Australia, resurrects eroded land and combats climate change. Charles joins us in the studio. Here's Sarah's review of the book.

Oct 31 2017

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Rank #7: Greening the Apocalypse - 12 September 2017

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We're joined by eloquent US podcaster KMO, who has made hundreds of hours of fascinating radio through The C-Realm, which covers many of the same topics as Greening the Apocalypse, only he's been at it since 2006. KMO shares his personal journey from a well paid early Amazon employee -- a time when he was inspired by techno-utopian visions -- to an out-of-work divorcee feeling more attracted to doomsday scenarios; and we discuss what role psychology plays into our visions for the future. If you want to hear the longer version of KMO's story check out C-Realm Radio 045 from about 30 minutes in -- it's great radio.

Sep 12 2017

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Rank #8: Greening the Apocalypse - 7 November 2017

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Bushy, Kate and Jed (all parents) and Adam (who's childless) take some time to consider the reasons or not for bringing kids into the world, a world threatened by resource depletion, climate change and other ecological crises.

Nov 07 2017

42mins

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Rank #9: Greening the Apocalypse - 13 March 2018

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Adam chats with keynote speaker, Dr Lenore Newman, at the Urban Agriculture Forum. They tackle urban food security, peri-urban farming and sustainable food systems. Adam, Kate and Jed sit down in studio with Andrew Butt, Senior Lecturer in community planning and development at La Trobe, to follow up on some of these ideas.

Mar 13 2018

45mins

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Rank #10: Greening the Apocalypse - 22 August 2017

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With Elon Musk, Bill Gates and Steven Hawking all warning that future artificial intelligences of our own creation may pose existential threats to humanity, we delve into both the risks as well as utopian visions surrounding superintelligent AI as we are joined by Adam Ford of Science, Technology & the Future. We make a few references to Nick Bostrom's excellent book Superintelligence. Max Tegmark's new book Life 3.0 is a more approachable introduction.

Aug 22 2017

42mins

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Rank #11: Greening the Apocalypse - 19 September 2017

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We speak with Craig Byatt and Liz Franzmann about their recent experience building a tiny house.

Craig Byatt is a holistic architect and Liz has a background in sustainability and project management. We spoke about how the demand for tiny houses is on the rise despite the average size of the new Australian home being a whopping 231 square metres.

We discussed the laws around tiny houses and the way that councils are playing a game of catch up in this area. We looked at examples of tiny houses being used in a social justice context, for example, Quixote Village in the US is one of the first tiny house communities set up to address issues of homelessness.

Later in the show we hear from Nick Lamberton who until last week lived in a tiny house (and ran a tropical fish breeding enterprise) in a western suburbs caravan park for eight years. We discuss this article: Reclaiming "Redneck" Urbanism: What Urban Planners can Learn from Trailer Parks, and what life was actually like in an urban caravan park.

Craig and Liz are coming back to talk about Community Land Trusts, one solution to the problem of acquiring land to put your tiny house on. In the meantime check out the tiny house planning resource, Small Is Beautiful, the tiny house documentary, and this New York Times article about living with a lot less. Sarah makes reference to a tiny house being stolen last week allegedly by a 24 year old man believed to be from Canberra.

Sep 19 2017

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Rank #12: Greening the Apocalypse - 27 February 2018

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Bushy, Jed and Adam chat with Dr Samuel Alexander, founder of the Simplicity Institute and author of many books, and a new as-yet-unpublished essay 'Carbon Civilization and the Energy Descent Future', written with Joshua Floyd. They talk about making cooking gas (biogas) from your household compost, as Sam is doing in his own backyard, and while they're at it, look at the history of how energy has influenced the cultural evolution and structures of the human race.

Feb 27 2018

42mins

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Rank #13: Greening the Apocalypse - 22 May 2018

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Patrick Jones calls himself a 'neo-peasant'. Bushy, Adam and Jed chat to the writer, community gardener, artist and author of The Art of Free Travel with Meg Ulman, about his lifestyle.

May 22 2018

43mins

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Rank #14: Greening the Apocalypse - 14 June 2017

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We talk to the eloquent Dr Saamdu Chetri, who leads the country of Bhutan's efforts to measure Gross National Happiness (GNP). Dr Chetri holds PhD in Commerce, Master in Commerce and Post-Graduation Certificate in HRM, and was a founder of the Bhutan Peoples United Party. He now runs the kingdom's Gross National Happiness Centre which has made this small landlocked Himalayan country capture attention all around the world.

Dr Chetri is in town for some School of Life events.

Jun 14 2017

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Rank #15: Greening the Apocalypse - 24 October 2017

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On 11 November, Arts House will transform the North Melbourne Town Hall into an Emergency Relief Centre. The project is called Refuge, and we're joined by Arts House producer Tara Prowse to discuss this collaboration between artists, emergency services and the public. The theme of Refuge this year is heat waves, and to tell us how Melbourne and Australia will be effected by heat and other extreme weather events in the future we're joined by storm chaser and Melbourne University climate scientist Andrew King.

(Photo by MusikAnimal licensed CC BY-SA 4.0)

Oct 24 2017

43mins

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Rank #16: Greening the Apocalypse - 7 August 2018

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Adam, Kate and Jed chat to Ian Dunlop (former corporation executive and head of coal council, turned activist) and David Spratt (climate activist, author and businessman). They unravel risk/scientific/political understatement, and the lack of imagination to think the unpalatable, when it comes to climate change.

Aug 07 2018

40mins

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Rank #17: Greening the Apocalypse - 16 May 2017

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We talk with the fascinating Pamela Morgan about her life, which includes being a driving force behind the first two decades the Collingwood Childrens' Farm, and later one of the people to bring permaculture to Cuba during their devastating loss of food and oil imports after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

May 16 2017

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Rank #18: Greening the Apocalypse - 3 April 2018

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Adam, Kate, Jed are joined by former guest Rafael Schouten, who studies plant physiology and energy dynamics. Together, they use some scientific literacy to consider viral environmental videos, talking thermodynamics, algae for biofuel and indoor grow-light vertical farming. Plus, they look to the future with emerging technologies.

Apr 03 2018

47mins

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Rank #19: Greening the Apocalypse - 4 July 2017

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What's the environmental impact of your favourite illicit drug? We dig deep, and the answers are sometimes a bit of a buzz kill. Although there's some happy high news too. Which team member was microdosing during this episode? You be the judge.

Jul 04 2017

41mins

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Rank #20: Greening the Apocalypse - 9 August 2016

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Zainil Zainuddin grew up on a self sufficient farm in Malaysia but these days she's a researcher and scholar in local food and urban agriculture, currently doing her PhD at RMIT. Some of her studies so far have involved working with home gardeners in Melbourne to figure out exactly how much food they grow. So what does home food production offer urban resilience, and how much can we really grow at home?

Aug 09 2016

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