Mary Lou Singleton is a deep ecologist, radical midwife and women’s liberation activist. She practiced as a homebirth midwife for over 15 years and currently provides primary health care as a family nurse practitioner in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Mary Lou believes that birth is a sacred rite of passage and that preserving wild human birth is integral to the struggle for the preservation of all wild systems on Earth.
In April 1997 after only a few months of being involved in hunt sabotage and environmental activism Jay Tiernan became well known in the U.K. animal rights scene when at a demonstration against a breeder for beagle dogs for vivisection he climbed onto the roof of a building with one of those dogs (something he later went to prison for). A riot ensued and after another very violent demonstration a month later “Consort Beagle Kennels” closed down, he became heavily involved in a variety of animal liberation campaigns until summer 2000 when a fellow activist was nearly killed during a publicity stunt he’d helped organise. At that point he retired from activism, returning in the summer of 2012 to set up the campaign against the then-planned badger culls. As a spokesperson for the campaign, the bulk of his energy goes into using social media and working out creative ways to get into the mainstream media. The badger cull campaign has gone from a handful of people four years ago to now well over a hundred active people on any single night during the six week annual badger culls.
Today we talk about stopping coal trains.
Klaas-Douwe Dijkstra was born in The Netherlands but grew up in Egypt, drawing and describing his first dragonflies when he was 12 years old.
Emma Phipps has been involved in campaigns against wildlife persecution, with an emphasis on direct action on the ground, as well as animal liberation and environmental campaigns for about 12 years. She has been been working in the west of England for 3 years now against the local foxhunts and the recent culling of the European badger in small group of friends called Three Counties Hunt Saboteurs. Today we talk about fox hunting.
Benjamin Madley. He is Associate Professor of History and Chair of American Indian Studies at UCLA. Trained at Yale and Oxford, he is an historian of Native America, the United States, and genocide in world history. Today we talk about the genocide against California Indians.
George Wuerthner is the former Ecological Projects Director for the Foundation for Deep Ecology. He is an ecologist and wildlands activist. He has published 38 books on environmental issues and natural history including such environmentally focused books as Welfare Ranching, Wildfire, Thrillcraft, Energy and most recently Protecting the Wild. Today we talk about the need to expand the National Parks in the American West.
Brigitte Stevens is a Steven Irwin protégé who fell in love with an orphan wombat, sold her properties, left her family and friends and moved 2500 kilometres to establish the only free range, cage free wombat sanctuary. Brigitte and her friend Clare are the only people in the world who live within a community of wombats and are at the forefront of wombat advocacy.
Emanuel Pastreich is the director of the Asia Institute in Seoul, Korea, a think tank that has made the environment and technological change in Asia its central concern. Originally a scholar of classical Chinese literature, and more broadly Asian literature, he has advocated for closer cooperation across Asia to address the profound challenges of our age. He is fluent in Chinese, Japanese and Korean and has recently published a book in Chinese in which he advocates for a new vision of the Chinese economy based in part on traditional Chinese ideas about ecology from Confucianism and Daoism.
Alicen Grey is an award winning writer based in New York City. You can read more of her work at www.alicengrey.com. Today we talk about pedophile culture, and what we can do to stop it.