23 November 2010
Tonight’s Ecotopia takes up two topics.
First, we talk with Michael Halpern of the Union of Concerned Scientists about their new report that raises questions about how safe our food supply is and the political and commercial pressures put on agricultural inspectors that limits their effectiveness.
Then we talk with Chicoan and longtime KZFR programmer Chris Nelson, who has written a book about her’s and Michael Pike’s odyssey in an alternative fuel camper. The title summarizes the story– The Veggie Voyagers: An Eco-Friendly, Low Budget Loop Of North America’s Wild Places Powered by Used Cooking Oil.
Our Discussion with Michael Halpern
Michael Halpern is Scientific Integrity Program Manager for the Union of Concerned Scientists in Washington. He has previously been active with the World Wildlife Fund and has worked with Minnesota Public Radio.
The Union of Concerned Scientists. UCS has a wide range of interests, including clean air, global warming, nuclear weapons, and clean energy. Check out their website at http://www.ucsusa.org/.
Our Conversation with Chris Nelson
Chris Nelson is well-known as a programmer on this station and as a long-time community activist in Chico. Chris is also an environmentalist,and she and Michael Pike toured North America without ever filling up at a gas station.
Playlist for Ecotopia #112
1. Food 2:40 The Turtles The Turtles Present the Battle of the Bands
2. Home Cookin’ 4:32 Linda Miles Home Cookin’
3. Only So Much Oil In The Ground (LP Version) 3:50 Tower of Power Urban Renewal
4. Route 66 3:03 Buckwheat Zydeco Where There’s Smoke There’s Fire
5. Route 66 3:29 The Cheetah Girls Route 66 -
6. Weave Me the Sunshine 4:28 Peter, Paul And Mary The Very Best of Peter, Paul and Mary
7. Food Food Food (Oh How I Love my Food) 2:10 The Wiggles Toot Toot
November 9, 2010
Tonight’s program focuses on the health of the ocean and its inhabitants. We’ll be talking with Robert Wintner in Maui, Hawaii, about his new book called, Some Fishes I Have Known: A Reef Rescue Odyssey. Listeners may recall that we’ve done several programs about ocean health over the past two years, including plastics in the ocean, hormones and other chemicals in the seas, and issues concerning the health and preservation of whales. Our guest, Robert Wintner, also goes by the name of Snorkel Bob, and he shares those concerns and adds his own particular interests in preservation of the Hawaiian coral reefs and the tropical fish that are being extracted from those reefs to live (and mostly die) in hobbyist aquarium tanks.
Background: The Kululipo Creation Story
The word “Kumulipo” translates roughly as “a source of darkness and origin.” This segment appears in Robert’s book, and it describes the origins of the corals and many of the sea creatures that we’ll be describing tonight:
The night gave birth, born was Kumulipo in the night, a male.
Born was Po’ele in the night, a female
Born was the coral polyp, born was the coral, came forth
Born was the grub that digs and heaps up the earth, came forth
Born was his child, an earthworm, came forth
Born was the starfish, his child, the small starfish came forth
Born was the sea cucumber, his child the small sea cucumber came forth
Born was the sea urchin tribe
Born was the short-spiked sea urchin, came forth
Born was the smooth sea urchin, his child the long-spiked came forth
Born was the ring-shaped sea urchin, his child the thin-spiked came forth
Born was the barnacle, his child, the pearl oyster came forth
Born was the mother-of-pearl, his child they oyster came forth
Born was the mussel, his child the hermit crab came forth
Born was the cowry, his child the small cowry came forth
Born was the naka shellfish, the rock oyster his child came forth
Born was the drupe shellfish, his child the bitter white shellfish came forth
Born was the conch shell, his child the small conch shell came forth
Born was the nerita shellfish, the sand burrowing shellfish his child came forth and
Born was the drupa shellfish, his child the bitter white shellfish came forth and
Born was the fresh water shellfish, his child the small fresh water shellfish came forth
Born was man for the narrow stream, the woman for the broad stream
Born was the Ekaha moss living in the sea
Guarded by the Ekahakaha fern living on land
Darkness slips into light
Earth and water are the food of the plant
The god enters, man cannot enter
Man for the narrow stream, woman for the broad stream
Born was the tough seagrass living in the sea
Guarded by the tough landgrass living on land.
The Hawaiian creation myth, the Kumulipo, quoted by Robert Wintner in his book, Some Fishes I Have Known: A Reef Rescue Odyssey.
Our Discussion with Robert Wintner
On the phone with us now is Robert Wintner, the founder of the Snorkel Bob Foundation. He runs tourist services that includes snorkeling, helicopter and boat tours, and action sports, and one of his many interests is in rescuing the Hawaiian reefs, as described in his new book, Some Fishes I Have Known. Welcome Robert Wintner.
Our guest has been Robert Wintner, author of Some Fishes I Have Known: A Reef Rescue Odyssey, published by Skyhorse Book. It’s a beautiful book, gorgeously illustrated with photos, most of them taken by Robert Wintner himself. You can learn more about the book and about the work of the Snorkel Bob foundation at www.snorkelbob.com. We have just finished our KZFR pledge drive, but if you forgot to phone in and make a late pledge, we’d like to give you our copy of Robert’s book as a thank you gift. And thank you, Robert Wintner, for being with us this evening.
Resources for Further Research and Action
In closing our show tonight, we’d like to share a few links with ocean conservation organizations. We’ll post all of these links on our website, ecotopiakzfr.net.
The Ocean Conservation Portal is a clearing house of web sites and organizations concerned with ocean preservation http://www.oceanconserve.org/links/Organizations/
Their “editor’s pick” organizations include:
Greenpeace “Defending Our Oceans: Myriad of human pressures are being exerted both directly and indirectly on ocean ecosystems the world over. Consequently ecosystems are collapsing as marine species are driven towards extinction and ocean habitats are destroyed. Degraded and stripped of their diversity, ocean ecosystems are losing their inherent resilience. We need to defend our oceans because without them, life on Earth cannot exist. http://www.greenpeace.org/international/campaigns/oceans/
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, whose work includes much more than just protesting the slaughter of the whales. They have campaigns to preserve animal rights on the Galapagos Islands, to end the Harp Seal hunt in Canada, to defend dolphins, to save sea turtles, and to help restore the Gulf of Mexico after the BP oil spill. http://www.seashepherd.org/
The Scripps Institution of Oceanography of UCSan Diego, with numerous projects including the Gulf Oil Spill, ocean currents, global warming, and ocean acidification. www.scripps.uscd.edu
World Ocean Observatory with projects including managing ocean resources (including mining, energy, and pharmacological extraction), sea life census, history of oceanography, and educational materials, plus an electronic newsletter and a series of radio essays on mp3. www.thew2o.net
Playlist for Ecotopia #110: Some Fishes I Have Known
1. Minnie the Mermaid 4:32 The Fryer-Barnhart International All Star
Jazz Band The First Album
2. Coral PSA-3 7:17 Snorkel Bob Founhdation
3. Pacific Ocean Blues 2:37 Dennis Wilson Pacific Ocean Blue & Bambu -
4. Joy To The World 3:16 Three Dog Night Three Dog Night – The
Complete Hit Singles
5. 111 The Ultimate Sink 4:41 Ocean Conservation Society
6. Weave Me the Sunshine 4:28 Peter, Paul And Mary The Very Best of
Peter, Paul and Mary
7. Save the Water 3:36 Stan Breckenridge Reflections
8. Song Of The Whale – Part One: From Dawn … 8:20 Tangerine Dream