31 May 2011 

Tonight’s program focuses first on international efforts to improve the environment and people’s lives.

 We’ll talk with Josephine Pillai and Tanya Kieselbach of the Braj project of India, which is working to stop destruction of water and land resources and even India’s sacred cattle, which are suffering from destruction of the environment.

Then we will interview Michelle Rasmussen and Marcia Zimmerman of the Women’s MicroFinance Collaborative, which makes low-cost loans to women around the world to create small, sustainable businesses.

In addition, we’ll talk with Sammey Sangrilli and Greg Degovia about the Bicycle Powered Music Festival that takes place in Chico this coming Saturday, June 4.

Listen to the Program

Our Interview on the Braj Foundation

With us in the KZFR studio now are Josephine Pillai and Tanya Kieselbach.  They are Chico residents who work with the Braj Foundation that is conducting a variety of environmental projects in northern India.  We first learned about their project at the Endangered Species Faire a few weeks ago and thought that Ecotopia listeners would want to learn more about it.  
  • Please start by telling us about Braj--both the Braj region in India and the Braj Foundation and its aims.
  • How did you personally become involved in these projects?
  • Let's focus first on the historic and sacred Yamuna River.  Where does it come from and flow to?  What has happened to it over the years?  How has the Braj Foundation worked to restore it?
  • Braj has other water restoration projects as well, working on what are called Kunds.  Please tell us about these activities.
  • The Braj Foundation is also engaged in even more environmental projects.  (As our time permits), please tell us about:
  • Deforestation
  • Illegal Mining
  • The rescue and preservation of sacred cattle.
  • You also indicated to us that the work of the Braj Foundation is sometimes complicated by religious and political issues.  Could you briefly explain those?
  • How can our listeners become involved in the work of the Braj Foundation?  We will post the link on our website: www.brajdhamseva.org
     
  • Can Chicoans contact you locally to learn more or to become involved?
Our Interview on Women's Microeconomics



With us in the studio now are Michelle Rasmussen and Marcia Zimmerman of the Women's MicroFinance Collaboration. This is a local Chico group that works through the North Valley Community Foundation, and they currently have a materials on display at the Chico Peace & Justice Center.  
  • Please tell us about the Women's Microfinance Collaborative.  What is your mission?  How do you work thorugh the North Valley Community Foundation.
  • As we understand it, you create  loan funds in banks abroad for entrepreneureal projects.  Please tell us how microfinance itself works. (What's your connection with other international projects such as FINCA)
  • What's the typical size of these loans?
  • Who is eligible to receive them?
  • How are people selected for the projects?
  • Your first bank project was through the Communal Bank of San Jacinto El Salvador.  Please tell us about that.
  • Please tell us about one or several of the recipients: 
  • Ana Marian Lopez de Mejia 
  • Desyi Guadalupe Perez Soriano
  • Marina Rivera de Monge
  • Evelin Roxana Mejia
  • What’s the next project for your group here in the Northstate? You have an event coming up in July at the Women’s Club. What will that be about?

 How can people become involved in the Women’s Microfinance Collaborative? We’ve been talking Michelle Rasmussen and Marcia Zimmerman of the Women’s MicroFinance Collaboration. We appreciate your great work. Also you can see a window display, including samples of products produced by the women involved, at the Chico Peace & Justice Center.  Our Interview on the Chico Bicycle Music Festival

 

This coming Saturday, June 4, is the annual pedal powered Bicycle Music Festival.  With us in the studio are Sammey Zangrilli, organizer of the festival, and Greg Degovia, who has built an amazing bicycle-powered generator system that will provide electricity for the festival as volunteers pedal. 

  • Discuss CBMF and the history.
  • What will happen on the day. Discuss new and interesting things that will be
available on the day of the event.
  • Transition to Greg and discuss his art....
backround in welding and inventing, summary of work and one favorite piece.
  • Also, about the system and why Greg Degovia is interested in such things as pedalpower and LEDs.
Greg's website: *www.conceptulight.com*

Playlist:

Jai Jai Shri Yamuna (aarti)        7:06        Bimal Shah, Vimal & Manoj Rayach         
Kirtan Kunj                                
Hare Krishna (Mahamantra) - Raga Puriya Dhanashru        3:28        Jagjit Singh         
Krishna                                
Yamuna Ji Ni Aarti        3:18        Bhushan Dua & Anuradha Paudwal        Shreenathji  
Mala                                
Weave Me the Sunshine        4:28        Peter, Paul And Mary        The Very Best of  
Peter, Paul and Mary        

Bicycle Music Festival Compilation
Track 01        3:03                                                
Track 02        2:44                                                
Track 03        3:00                                                
Track 04        4:56                                                
Track 05        4:49                                                
Track 06        3:57                                                
Track 07        3:07                                                
Track 08        2:58                                                
Track 09        2:19

 

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Record of Public Discussion:

Program: Ecotopia on KZFR, Tuesday, 6-7 pm

Programmers: Susan and Stephen Tchudi

Date: 31 May 2011

Guests and issues: We’ll talk with Josephine Pillai and Tanya Kieselbach of the Braj project of India, which is working to stop destruction of water and land resources and even India’s sacred cattle, which are suffering from destruction of the environment.

Then we will interview Michelle Rasmussen and Marcia Zimmerman of the Women’s MicroFinance Collaborative, which makes low-cost loans to women around the world to create small, sustainable businesses.

In addition, we’ll talk with Sammey Sangrilli and Greg Degovia about the Bicycle Powered Music Festival that takes place in Chico this coming Saturday, June

Length of Discussions: 45

Local content: All three pairs of interviewees are local Chicoans with global interests.

Playlist:

Jai Jai Shri Yamuna (aarti)        7:06        Bimal Shah, Vimal & Manoj Rayach
Kirtan Kunj
Hare Krishna (Mahamantra) - Raga Puriya Dhanashru        3:28        Jagjit Singh
Krishna
Yamuna Ji Ni Aarti        3:18        Bhushan Dua & Anuradha Paudwal        Shreenathji
Mala
Weave Me the Sunshine        4:28        Peter, Paul And Mary        The Very Best of
Peter, Paul and Mary
Track 01        3:03
Track 02        2:44
Track 03        3:00
Track 04        4:56
Track 05        4:49
Track 06        3:57
Track 07        3:07
Track 08        2:58
Track 09        2:19