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Solartopia Green Power And Wellness Hour – 05.05.15

The escalating campaign to LEGALIZE CANNABIS is work of our superb guest ERIC STERLING, President of the Criminal Justice Policy Foundation and a commissioner on the Maryland state board investigating medical marijuana there.

Eric first testified for legalizing cannabis to the Pennsylvania legislature more than four decades ago. He recalls for us the 1972 Schafer Commission, empowered by Richard Nixon, that advocated decriminalization. Nixon did his best to suppress the findings, which came from a Republican Governor of Pennsylvania. But 43 years later, after more than a million arrests, its wisdom is obvious.

With his decades of leadership on the issue, Eric takes us through the realities of legalization on Colorado and Washington, as well as the recent approval of medical cannabis in Puerto Rico. He emphasizes that the term “marijuana” was adopted in the 1930s as a race-based stigmatization for cannabis, which is has been used by humankind for a wide range of purposes for many millennia.

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Solartopia Green Power And Wellness Hour – 04.28.15

The fabulous, fascinating FREDA SIDEROFF joins us to describe the GARIFUNA FILM FESTIVAL ( http://garifunafilmfestival.com/2015/03/may-22-25-4th-annual-garifuna-film-festival/ )upcoming May 22-25 in Venice, California. Freda is a member of the indigenous Garifuna culture, one million humans strong, based largely in the Caribbean regions of St. Vincent, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras….but with “diaspora” representatives through the western hemisphere.

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Solartopia Green Power And Wellness Hour – 04.14.15

The ATTACK ON RENEWABLES IN OHIO is dissected and made understandable by the brilliant NED FORD, the Cincinnati-based expert who has translated the state’s mutated energy policies for years on end. In 2008 Ohio adopted a forward-looking bi-partisan energy policy designed to promote efficiency and renewables and bring Ohio into the 21st Century.  Like other midwestern states, Ohio has been …

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Randy Hayes: 9 Planetary Boundaries to Ensure a Healthy Planet

Harvey Wasserman | EcoWatch.com Randy Hayes is a great green lifer. Decades ago he founded the Rainforest Action Network, still one of the major players in the save-the-Earth infrastructure. Now he runs Foundation Earth. Never one to comprise, Randy has gone beyond his fair share of assorted jail stints and come out more dedicated than ever. “We need to double the world’s …

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Solartopia Green Power And Wellness Hour – 03.31.15

MOVE TO AMEND (https://movetoamend.org/wethepeopleamendment ) wants to change our Constitution so corporations can’t buy our elections and run our government.  We’re joined by Frank Hribar of Mentor, Ohio, a long-time Move to Amend activist who tells us about the resolution passed by his small home town demanding an end to corporate domination.  A state-wide convention just held in central Ohio has …

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Solartopia Green Power And Wellness Hour – 03.24.15

A SOLAR-POWERED EARTH is our topic with the astonishing STEVE STRONG, one of our great green pioneers. Steve’s SOLAR DESIGN company has blown through many of the corporate and regulatory barriers to bring renewable technologies into the engineering and construction mainstream. Among other things, Steve coordinated the solar installations at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia, …

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Solartopia Green Power And Wellness Hour – 03.17.15

RADIATION IN OUR AIR and WATER is killing us.  FUKUSHIMA FALLOUT has been found in tea exported from Japan, as documented by the article linked here.  http://ecowatch.com/2015/03/16/radioactivity-green-tea-fukushima/ That radiation as it comes to the US is being tracked by MIMI GERMAN of RADCAST.ORG, a great pioneer in citizen radiation monitoring.  Together we explore the terrible realities of what reactor fallout …

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Solartopia Green Power And Wellness Hour – 03.10.15

We go from UNPLUG NUCLEAR POWER to OCCUPY and the DANDELION INSURRECTION!

For Fukushima Day, activist JOE DE MARE of Bowling Green, Ohio, lays out the terms of the annual 3/11 power down to commemorate the horrific disaster that still pollutes our precious Pacific (http://www.toledofreepress.com/tag/nuclear-energy/ ). Joe tells us how every year a multi-stage UNPLUG boycott of electric use emphasizes public opposition to corporate control of our energy supply. He explains that while the Bowling Green utility owns 6 of its own windmills, it’s also signed on to a devastating power purchase contract with a coal-burning utility that is undermining the community’s economy.

From RIVERA SUN we hear about solar energy and utility issues in the New Mexico town of Taos, where she and her partner live in a solar-heated home. Rivera is an OCCUPY ACTIVIST ( http://www.riverasun.com ) and radio host who’s written and community/self published three novels including BILLIONAIRE BUDDHIST and THE DANDELION INSURRECTION. With a beautiful voice and a gentle soul, Rivera tells us of her excursions into non-violence and of what too much money can do to people.

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Solartopia Green Power And Wellness Hour – 02.24.15

With guest MARK DOWIE, one of the great investigative reporters of our generation. Decades ago Mark broke the Ford Pinto story, and has followed it with literally scores of investigative pieces that have helped change the world.

Mark is now working on a fascinating book about the HAIDA GWAII, an astonishing First Nation living on about 150 islands in the great Canadian northwest. The Haida Gwaii have successfully protected their beautiful lands from extractive industries in a unique centuries-long campaign that Mark will explain in his next book, being published by Inkshares. Don’t miss this amazing discussion.