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    October 8, 2010
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    Pat writes: If you’ve never foraged before the prospect could seem a rather daunting. You can get wet, you can get dirty. Occasionally, as I have found out, you get spectacularly stung by a rogue wasp that thinks your rosehips are his rosehips! All this for a handful of berries, some windfall apples or unusual greens? And yet the popularity of foraging is increasing – for pleasure but also as a form of activism and a statement of intent about localised food systems. On this week’s show I’m joined by food activist Darren Flint who runs independent foraging walks in south London, Paul MacKay from Transition Belsize in north London, and mushroom expert Andy Overall co-founder Fungi to be With.

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    October 8, 2010
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    Pat Thomas writes: My guests this week are right in the thick of the microgeneration revolution. Mary Walsh is a lawyer and an expert in renewable energy development who devotes her time and portfolio of skills to helping groups develop and/or finance new energy initiatives. Chas Warlow is project manager at one of London’s most ambitious microgeneration projects, Ham Hydro, a social enterprise which is harnessing the power of community to bring clean hydroelectricity to residents on both sides of Teddington Weir on the river Thames.

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    October 8, 2010
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    A micro edition of Deep Fried Planet with new host Pat Thomas, who writes: My guests for this edition of Deep Fried  Planet will be campaigning barrister Polly Higgins, whose new book  ‘Eradicating Ecocide‘ argues that the best way to save the planet from corporate and political corruption and destruction is to make ecocide a recognised crime against peace. I’ll also be joined by activist-lawyer James Thornton, founder of the environmental law group ClientEarth, which works in Europe and beyond to find pragmatic ways to make the law work for the environment instead of against it.

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    October 5, 2010
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    Climate Rush are back with a snazzily redesigned website and an event in London on 13 October, 7-8pm @ Toynbee Hall, Commercial St, E1. The hour of talks and workshops features Caroline Lucas MEP, Suffragette historian Diane Atkinson, Aldermaston Women’s Peace Camp plus Tamsin Omond and Helen Boutler from Climate Rush. Update: Climate Rush confront the editor of the Daily Express.

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    September 25, 2010
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    Former Chair of Friends of the Earth International gives the John Preedy Memorial Lecture at the Friends of the Earth Local Groups Conference on Sunday 12th September 2010.

    International climate change politics analysis at 22 mins and questions from 35 minutes until end.

    The first in a possible series of responses to George Monbiot’s recent declaration that the international climate change process is dead.

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    September 15, 2010
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    Oil Painting Protest over BP sponsorship in Tate Modern Turbine Hall
    Liberate Tate calls for footprint of art museum to be free from Big Oil

    Tuesday (14 September) art activists from Liberate Tate staged a guerrilla art intervention in Tate Modern, covering the floor of the iconic Turbine Hall with dozens of litres of oil paint in protest at the museum taking sponsorship from BP.

    The flash mob-style event was staged a day before a Tate Board of Trustees meeting. Liberate Tate are part of a growing public movement calling on Tate’s governing body to end its sponsorship agreement with the oil company. Tate’s Board of Trustees has decided to review the BP corporate sponsorship…

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    September 10, 2010
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    Merchants of Doubt – How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming – Naomi Oreskes & Erik M. Conway (Bloomsbury Press, £25)

    Published in The Morning Star and The Ecologist.


    In 2006 the tobacco industry was convicted of criminal conspiracy to defraud the public about the dangers of smoking. Internal documents from the 1960s released during the landmark trial show that the industry’s own scientists had confirmed the link between smoking and cancer. Yet for over fifty years the tobacco companies waged a multi-million dollar campaign to put doubt into the public mind, muddy the waters by funding their own research and fend off both court cases and government regulation.

    Similarly with climate change, as early as 1979 the basic science was settled. That year President Jimmy Carter commissioned the National Academy of Sciences to review the available science and the NAS concluded: “If carbon dioxide continues to increase, the study group finds no reason to doubt that climate change will result and no reason to believe that these changes will be negligible.”

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    August 22, 2010
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    The 2010 Camp for Climate Action has set up right next to the Royal Bank of Scotland HQ!

    The day of mass action is today! Follow the action as it happens:

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    August 9, 2010
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    Graham Thompson and Joss Garman talk to award winning journalist Johann Hari about whether US green groups went bad and Diane Abbott about whether the environment is an issue in the Labour leadership contest.

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