Earth Matters

Earth Matters

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Local, national and international environmental issues from grassroots, activist perspectives with a strong social justice focus. Distributed nationally on the Community Radio Network.


Warburdar Bununu - Water Shield documentary
Oct 12
Warburdar Bununu - Water Shield documentary is a new short film highlighting the fight for water rights and mining on country near Boorooloola in the Northern Territory. In this program you’ll hear from the Director Jason De Santolo and community members…
Fighting mining from Ecuador to Australia
Oct 5
Mining is at the forefront of climate change, and the opposition to it is the nexus of indigenous and environmental struggles. A prime example of this is Ecuador. It’s one of the most bio-diverse countries on earth, but it’s people and environment are…
Black throated finch and Adani contractors under pressure.
Sep 28
This is about the fate of the black throated finch as Adani is bulldozing some of its last natural habitat . Michael Kane from the Mackay Conservation Group challenges the legitimacy of using offsets to counter such habitat destruction. “Its not over yet”…
Mauna Kea Struggle: Aloha, Not for Sale
Sep 21
Mauna Kea Struggle: Aloha, Not for SaleThis week on Earth Matters we hear from Kanaka Maoli activists involved in the ongoing resistance struggle and protest blockade against the construction of a giant telescope development on Mauna Kea, which is a…
Fighting Eco-Fascism
Sep 14
Fighting eco-fascism: an environmentalism without natureWe often think of environmental politics as inherently progressive and humane.But from more mainstream far right parties with a presence in national parliaments to marginal but equally dangerous lone…
Future histories - technology isn’t neutral
Sep 7
Can we simply innovate our way out of the present climate crisis? Or do technological fixes hide another problem - that of a deeply unequal and unjust world? Until we start to understand that climate change is a also political problem we may end up…
Wangan Jagalingou establish a sovereignty camp / Sounds from a StopAdani lockon
Aug 31
Adani is currently clearing trees for the construction of its Carmichael mine in Queensland.In todays show we hear Adrian Burragubba leader of the Wangan Jagalingou family council and the traditional owners of the Carmichael coal mine site in Queensland.…
Djab Wurrung Eviction: Our Way, or the highway!
Aug 24
Djab Wurrung Eviction: Our Way, or the highway!The Djab Wurrung Heritage Protection Embassy blockade is facing eviction this week! For fifteen months now they have made a stand to protect more than two hundred and sixty sacred trees - of deep cultural…
Behind Enemy Lines - The Songs of the Terania Creek and Nightcap Blockades
Aug 17
To mark the 40th anniversary of Australia’s first forest blockade at Terania Creek in 1979 Earth Matters presents a program in which musicians Brenda Liddiard and Lisa Yeates reflect on the songs that came out of that event as well as from later protests…
The Vanishing River, Voices from the Darling, Part 3: Sarah Moles, Cathryn Milne.
Aug 10
Cathryn Milne: Student and environmentalist: Mildura: ” We need a royal commission NOW and a grass roots human movement.” There is desperation and calls for strong action as the Darling River dries up. This is part three of a series of interviews with…
Decolonising Anarchism: Indigenous Anarchist Federation
Jul 27
Decolonising Anarchism: Indigenous Anarchist FederationIAF members Bombshell and insurgent e on the formation of the Indigenous Anarchist Federation, and their own personal and political histories as Indigenous anarchists situated within anti-capitalist,…
Kimberley Calling: The Frack is Back
Jul 20
Kimberley Calling: The Frack is BackThe WA moratorium on fracking is to be lifted in the Kimberley next month, with an estimated 40,000 wells set to be drilled across the region. Meanwhile big agribusiness is making moves to put a developmental squeeze on…
The Vanishing River, Voices from the Darling , Part 2: Barry Stone
Jul 13
Barry Stone: Employment Agent, lives on Lake Menindee in NSW. Behind him is 15 kilometres of dry lake-bed to the other side. As this water system dries he knows the actual damage that is happening to people, communities and ecosystems. “We out here are…
Ask the Elders: Budj Bim Protection
Jul 6
Ask the Elders: Budj Bim ProtectionGuest presenter Will Mathews yarns with Uncle Denis Rose from the Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners’ Corporation about how the Budj Bim Cultural Landscape’s nomination for World Heritage status gives prominence to the…
Listening to Nauru [encore]
Jun 22
Listening to Nauru - colonialism and climate change.Over a century of phosphate mining has eaten out the small Pacific island nation of Nauru. While the mining continues, today Nauru is better known as the site for Australia’s offshore detention camp…
The Vanishing River, Voices from the Darling
Jun 15
Produced in the Barkindji nation by Earthling Studios, Executive Producer Mark Merrit “This is serious, very seriousAn ever increasing and multiplying crime has been occurring against our people and our habitat right under our noses for decades ” [The…
Anti-politics
Jun 8
On this week’s show we’re analysing the federal election with Elizabeth Humphrys. With growing distrust of politicians and disillusionment with the electoral system, how does the environment movement engage with anti-politics?For many, the victory of the…
Fight for the Bight
Jun 1
Fight for the BightCoastal whale peoples from all over are concerned about oil drilling operations in the Southern Ocean’s Great Bight. Norwegian multi-national Equinor released an environmental impact statement earlier this year for a proposed oil…
Extinction Rebellion
May 18
The Extinction Rebellion demands 1. that Governments tell the truth about the ecological crisis and declare a Climate Emergency . 2. the creation of a war cabinet to plot the transition to zero carbon . 3.To carry out this agenda they call for…
Sneaky, dirty business: BHP Olympic Dam Expansion
May 11
Sneaky, dirty business: BHP Olympic Dam expansionBHP is up to their old tricks again, trying to expand their dirty uranium mine and sneaky industrial practices, by spinning it with the tired old hype that it will create jobs. But even a cursory glance at…
Passing the torch: A history of nuclear survival in the Pacific
May 4
Passing the torch: A history of nuclear survival in the PacificFrom 1946 to 1998 world players in the nuclear armaments industry conducted more than two thousand nuclear test explosions around the world, including more than 310 nuclear tests that were…
My Extremely Long Walk
Apr 27
This week we welcome you to a program with our guest Shannon and he yarns about his own initiative the MY EXTREMELY LONG WALK. And this walk from Melbourne to Canberra is to create awareness and change for climate action.
Water: Kwatye for Wilora
Apr 20
On the 26th of January 2019 at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra in a a yurt, I interviewed three women from Wilora … a small town just off the Stuart Hwy 300 ks North of Alice Springs .This is the area of the last state sanctioned massacre in…
‘Our History is the Future’ the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance
Apr 13
‘Our History is the Future.’ Nick Estes on the Long Tradition of Indigenous ResistanceNick Estes is Kul Wicasa, a citizen of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe. His new book is ‘Our History Is the Future: Standing Rock Versus the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the…
Traditional savanah burning cuts CO2 emissions and earns carbon credits for aboriginal communities.
Apr 6
The vision of the Aboriginal carbon foundation is to catalyse life-changing, community prosperity through carbon farming.The main method used is a return to traditional ways of burning off savanna. Savanna burning is about reducing emissions from fire by…
Local Whittlesea council environment and recycling initiatives
Mar 30
this week on Earth Matters our guest JOCELYN HARTE - The Resource Recovery Officer City of Whittlesea as we yarn about environmental initiatives at the recent Whittlesea Community Festival and we are also talking about other environmental initiatives such…
School Strike for Climate Action
Mar 23
On March 15th more than 1,5 million young people in 2069 cities of 125 countries across world went on strike from school calling for real climate action. In Canberra students spoke to a massive crowd overflowing from every edge of Garema Place. The…
Coal to hydrogen
Mar 16
Hydrogen has been touted as the next technology for power storage, in both large and small scale. It’s often talked about as a green energy, but it all comes down to how the hydrogen is produced. In February this year Victoria’s Environmental Protection…
Dear Mr Gates, We Do Not Consent
Mar 9
Big profits for agribusiness & military are recklessly risking the spread of a new GMO technology called Gene Drives around the world, regardless of their currently largely unknown consequences. Gene drives to genetically code mice populations into…
The National Shark Summit 2019
Mar 2
The National Shark Summit 2019This week on Earth Matters a conversation on the latest from the NATIONAL SHARK SUMMIT which took place in Sydney from the 21st to the 22nd of February 2019In this program today we hear 2 different perspectives from 2 experts…
Thunder and Enlightenment. No Water Mining
Feb 23
Wadu, a Gidabal and Arakwal elder sat down with Muzz, and dozens of others, in the middle of Uki’s main street to block a water extraction truck. They needed to make the point that there is nothing in water mining for locals and they want it to…
Water is Life - First Nations fight for water justice
Feb 16
Water is Life - First Nations fight for water justiceToday, we’re bringing you First Nations voices in the fight for water. First up, the Royal Commission. Rene Woods, Nari Nari man and Chairperson the Murray Lower Darling Rivers Indigenous Nations…
Saving The Murray Darling part 3 with local traditional owners
Feb 2
In what is a national environmental disaster this week on the program we yarn about the health of the Murray-Darling river systems. I’m joined by our guests William Brian Bates also known as ‘Badger Bates’ a Barkindji Traditional Owner and Elder and Grant…
Ten Eighty Summit, Part 2: The effects of 1080 poison use in Australia focusing on dingos.
Jan 26
Part 2 of the 1080 Summit focuses on the poisons impact on dingos. Australia and New Zealand use almost 95% of the world’s supply of 1080. It is rated a category 1 poison by the WHO - their most toxic category, with no known antidote. Many farmers also…
Coal power’s toxic health toll [encore]
Jan 19
Coal power’s toxic health toll [encore broadcast] This week we bring you a story we first aired in 2007. Coal-fired power stations emit toxic chemicals and particulates that are highly damaging to human health. And our governments - both state and federal…
Warm Belly, Cool Planet
Jan 12
Last year the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted the UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas. This represents the culmination of a long historic struggle for the rights of diverse grass roots peoples…
WATER films by John Harvey Torres Strait Islander Creative
Jan 5
This week on the program you’ll hear from John Harvey. As we yarn about 2 of his latest films. One documentary in post-production and the English name for the documentary ‘Water Shield’ about the community and the McCarthur River mine in NT in…
Ten Eighty Summit. Calling for a ban on the deadly poison. Part One.
Dec 29, 2018
Join the audience for Part Two of the Ten80 Summit into the effects of 1080 poison use in Australia.1080 poison is one of the deadliest toxins in the world. It is colourless, odourless, and one teaspoon has the capacity to kill up to 100 adults. It causes…
Treesitters and troubadours
Dec 22, 2018
Earth First! is a radical environmental network that first emerged in the United States during 1980 in response to the pro-development policies of the Reagan government. Its members adopted a “No Compromise” position which called for an end to logging and…
Where’s your Genocide Convention Oz? Talkin Treaty with Djuran Bunjileenee
Dec 15, 2018
Dec 9 marked the seventieth anniversary of the United Nations Genocide Convention. Djuran Bunjileenee Borun MunDunDarung (aka Robert Thorpe) an Elder from both the Krautungalung Clan (Gunai/Kurnai) & Djap Wurrung Clan (Gunditjamara) in Occupied Victoria…
Victorian state government investment in parks and camping across the state
Dec 8, 2018
Coming up this week on Earth Matters you’ll hear post Victoria state election reaction from Matt Ruchel - Executive Director: The Victorian National Parks Association. And we take a look at the Victorian state government recent election promises as they…
Nasty new logging rules
Dec 1, 2018
The new logging rules for public forests have just been released. They are described as disaster for old growth forests, rainforest, river health, threatened species, Koalas, and global warming.Liz and Jos camped under trees looking for owls and sea…
Listening to Nauru - colonialism and climate change
Nov 24, 2018
Over a century of phosphate mining has eaten out the tiny Pacific island nation of Nauru. While the mining continues, today Nauru is better known as the site for Australia’s offshore detention camp incarcerating people seeking asylum.Amongst all the media…
Cats Contained Canberra
Nov 17, 2018
Cats kill one million birds in Australia every day. Beloved as pets, they are one of the greatest threat to Australian native wildlife. To protect birds, bettongs, skinks and lizards in “The Bush Capital”, all Canberra’s new suburbs require 24 hour cat…
Forest Defenders conference Thailand
Nov 10, 2018
Forest Defenders conference Thailand.In a worsening climate for activists and civil society, 50 environmental defenders from around Southeast Asia came together in Thailand to talk about security, strategy and the situations they’re facing. As attendees…
Keep Urannah Pristine. No Dam, Connection to Country.
Nov 3, 2018
Hear the insights of Ken Peters Dodd, a sovereign Birriah man whose ancestors were forced from their land west of Bowen in Queensland. Now he has returned with his family to live on Birri country, perform ceremony and defend it from the proposed Urannah…
Roger Knox and traditional bush medicines.
Oct 27, 2018
This week on Earth Matters you’ll hear how Country musician Roger Knox survived back to back plane crashes and then going on to continue to perform his music releasing albums and touring for audiences across Australia. Roger shares his personal story of…
Greening ‘Red October’ [encore]
Oct 20, 2018
Greening ‘Red October’.2017 marked the centenary of the October revolution in Russia that ultimately brought the Bolsheviks to power and lead to the formation of the Soviet Union.When we think of the USSR we often think of environmental and human tragedy.…
Don’t mention the emergency?
Oct 13, 2018
Don’t mention the emergency? Reassessing climate messaging. This week we bring you a talk given by Jane Morton about the psychology of climate messaging, recorded at the Melbourne Sustainable Living Festival in February this year.Guest: Jane Morton…
Knitting Nanas against gas,coal and greed.
Oct 6, 2018
30 Knitting nanas are in action, dressed in black and yellow with placards “No New Coal” on the verge of busy road; Industrial Drive in Newcastle, right next to the massive Newcastle coal export terminal. They sing and wave; cars honk encouragement.This…
Victoria’s forests update
Sep 29, 2018
On this weeks’s show, as the November Victorian state election approaches we discuss the dire situation of native forests in Victoria, and some wins on legal and economic fronts.First up, we hear from Lidia Thorpe, Member for Northcote and the first…
Superannuation Trustees do the Climate Wiggle.
Sep 22, 2018
Anthony Too and Margie Pestorius are with ten others from Stop Adani Cairns outside the Cairns convention centre where a conference for superannuation trustees is being held. They are waiting in cars for the call to converge at the building’s entrance to…
Cassowaries need new laws. Crocs not for profit.
Sep 8, 2018
Meet Ingrid Marker from Mission Beach Queensland who lived alongside endangered cassowaries becoming known as a cassowary whisperer. Horribly, all the cassowary families she knew were killed by dogs. Now Ingrid calls for new laws to control roaming dogs.…
Glyphosate’s time is up
Sep 1, 2018
This week we hear about a landmark case in the United States that found that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the common pesticide RoundUp, causes cancer.Also this week: A new week, a new Prime Minister. But what about the Great Barrier Reef, and that…
Forests are for life
Aug 25, 2018
There is a long history of resistance to old growth forest logging in Western Australia’s South West. In this week’s show I speak with Jess Beckerling, Convener for Western Australia Forests Alliance or WAFA, to learn more about that history and as well…
Aboriginals were the first Bread Makers.
Aug 18, 2018
Who were the first bread makers? Bruce Pascoe; Author of “Dark Emu “ has found ample evidence of Aboriginal bread making disputing the myth that aboriginal people were unsophisticated hunter gatherers. The evidence shows that Aboriginal people were using…
Farmers fight new coal mines to protect the Great Artesian Basin
Aug 11, 2018
Annette and Bruce Currie are a farming couple in Central Queensland who found that their farm water is threatened by multiple proposed coal mines. Their lives were turned upside down when they took on the proposed Alpha and Kevin’s Corner coal mines in…
Fracking disrupting the web of life
Aug 4, 2018
Today we hear from American biologist and author Sandra Steingraber, giving the keynote address to the Permanent People’s Tribunal Session on Human Rights, Fracking and Climate Change.Sandra takes a lyrical look at the interconnections between molecules,…
Organising for the future
Jul 28, 2018
This show features Zac Romagnoli-Townsend, coordinator with SEED, Australia’s first Indigenous youth climate network. He is talking about organising for the future in the climate justice movement, and provides interesting and thoughtful insights from his…
How to Win against fossil fuels
Jul 21, 2018
How to win against fossil fuelsBuild our movement; Make political change, Divest MoneySam La Rocca, Deputy Director of The Sunrise Project talks on courage, organising and building a movement to beat fossil fuels and win.Rachel Deans from Market Forces…
Juru traditional owners call for Adani to stop work
Jul 14, 2018
In June 2018 a federal court found that Adani has been negotiating with the wrong traditional owner group and that the Juru people not The Kyburra Munda Yalga Aboriginal Corporation are the correct group that Adani should be negotiating with about…
Green ban, red union [encore broadcast]
Jul 7, 2018
Green bans, red union.An archival interview with Jack Mundey [encore broadcast] This week we’re delving into 3CR’s rich archive to bring you an interview with trade unionist Jack Mundey.Jack talks about the tumultuous era of the Green Bans, and how…
No Trees, No treaty
Jun 30, 2018
This week’s show is about the Djapwurrung Embassy, established to protect sacred trees threatened with destruction, north of Ballarat in Victoria. The state government want to cut down over 3000 trees as part of the Western Highway duplication project,…
Criminalising dissent in Australia and Indonesia
Jun 23, 2018
Dissent and protest are being criminalised and suppressed around the world.The Australian government is seeking to introduce new foreign interference and espionage laws that threaten our democracy. We breakdown what this means and why the laws needs to be…
Earth Matters - “Dont Push Our Bush”
Jun 16, 2018
The moratorium on fracking in the Northern Territory has been lifted. Join experts who describe the impacts this will have on the ecology, sacred sites, clean water and methane emissions. Stand beside Micklo Corpus; the traditional owner near Broome,…
La ZAD
Jun 9, 2018
La ZAD “Against the airport and its world.”This week we’re hearing about the ZAD. An autonomous zone of resistance in rural France. It is the site of a 40 year struggle against a proposed airport.But it is also so much more than that. The ZAD became an…
“Direct action gets the goods”
Jun 2, 2018
Changing the world is difficult, especially when you’re up against institutions that enjoy major political and financial power.Direct tactics of protest have played a major role in catalyzing change throughout history.We talk with six activists about…
Saving the Murray Darling PART 2
May 26, 2018
This week on Earth Matters - Saving the Murray Darling Part 2 and Kerri-Lee is joined by guests Nicole McKay a passionate environmentalist from Nyah and Elder William Brian Bates (also known as Badger Bates_ and a Barkindji Traditional Owner and both…
Artificial Light at Night
May 19, 2018
For many centuries the nightscape was the moon and stars. Now we have many sources of artificial light such as street lighting, roadway lighting, stadiums, parking lots, landscaping, residential, buildings pedestrian and bicycling pathways. In this…
A history of the world in seven cheap things
May 12, 2018
A history of the world in seven cheap things “It’s easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism” - Mark Fisher Imagining the end of capitalism, that’s our task on this 200th anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx, the most influential…
Illawarra mining blues: locals defending water and climate
May 5, 2018
Earth Matters looks at contemporary issues with coal mining in the Illawarra region, south of Sydney on Dharawal land. Long-wall mining, subsidence, slag heaps and polluted creeks are some of the local problems, with broader impacts on Sydney’s water…
Climate Change in Australia - A Sunburnt Country
Apr 28, 2018
This week on Earth Matters a conversation on climate change and the environment; A Sunburnt Country a new book release on climate change in Australia with program guest Joelle Gergis an award winning climate scientist and writer from the University of…
The Desert Pea and The Frontier Wars March on Anzac
Apr 21, 2018
The Australian frontier wars were a series of conflicts fought between Indigenous Australians and white settlers during the Brittish colonisation of Australia.Hear from two activists who decided eight years ago to make banners that remember the frontier…
Roadtrip to Nuclear Australia
Apr 14, 2018
The Radioactive Exposure Tour is a road trip exploring nuclear Australia, past and present, and forging connections for the ongoing campaigns to keep uranium in the ground, to stop unwanted and unnecessary radioactive waste dumps and to eliminate nuclear…
Resisting shock politics in a Trump world
Apr 7, 2018
On this week’s show, we listen to a wide ranging conversation between best-selling author and journalist Naomi Klein and comedian Aamer Rahman. Recorded just days after Donald Trump won the 2016 US presidential election, they discuss race and the colonial…
Saving the Murray Darling PART 1
Mar 31, 2018
Dr Jackie Kelly is one of the many people who dedicate their time and are committed to better environmental outcomes for the health of our rivers and wetlands. And today we’re in conversation with Kelly on the latest on the Murray-Darling Basin plan from…
War Costs the Earth
Mar 24, 2018
In this edition of Earth Matters we look at the costs of war to the environment through habitat destruction, nuclear test fallout, chemical pollution, weather manipulation, depleted uranium, and CO2 emissions. Our guests unpack the staggering financial…
Land-clearing in NSW + growing solar
Mar 17, 2018
Changing light bulbs isn’t stopping climate change so people are breaking their own addictions to coal and doing it for themselves. 1.8 million rooftops in Australia have solar panels. Solar Citizens are campaigning to grow and defend that, and increase…
Exploring Seedbanks
Mar 10, 2018
Exploring SeedbanksAustralia is home to two seed banks and coming up on Earth Matters in this program we are joined by guest Dr Sally Horton as we take a look inside the Australian Grains seedbank at Horsham and we yarn on Norton’s recent return from the…
Telling stories of cyclones
Mar 3, 2018
People of the Pacific Islands are already feeling the ravages of climate change - be that loss of food production as sea levels rise, the erosion of shorelines, king tides, and the increased occurrence and severity of cyclones.But Pacific Islanders are…
Protect language, protect country
Feb 24, 2018
Karina Lester, Yankunytjatjara-Anangu woman from South Australia, tells us about her work to reclaim, revive and maintain Aboriginal languages.Karina’s late father was blinded by the nuclear testing program in the 1950s. The Lester family have played an…
Chinese Ban on recycled products impacts Victorians
Feb 17, 2018
This week on Earth Matters we explore the current recycling issue affecting some Victorians as the Chinese Government ban on foreign recyclables came into effect on January 1st 2018. The Victorian State Government and the various stakeholders including…
We need writers who can remember freedom
Feb 10, 2018
On this week’s show:We take time to listen to three writers and activists who help us see our world differently, helping us to imagine other possible futures.Hannah Donnelly is a Wiradjuri woman from New South Wales. She is the creator of the Sovereign…
The Boot on our Necks
Feb 3, 2018
All around the planet widespread ideological folly on the neoliberal bandwagon is targeting environmental activists systemically via government and big business. But Indigenous land rights activists are fighting back, and looking to the global community…
CRISPR; update on Fawkner toxic site
Jan 27, 2018
At the end of last year the Commonwealth government’s Office of the Gene Technology Regulator quietly proposed to deregulate a new genetic modification technique know CRISPR.Also, we bring you an update on the campaign against the development of the…
Decolonising Climate Action
Jan 20, 2018
This week on Earth Matters - A Decolonising Climate Action panel discussion held in Melbourne at the Black Dot Gallery Brunswick in April 2017.Featuring a poetry performance by Kate West panel followed by a panel discussion featuring deadly first Nations…
Natural Beekeeping Part 2
Jan 13, 2018
Earth Matters this week we bring you to PART 2 of our conversation - Keeping Bees in a natural environment with program guest Adrian Iodice from Beekeeping Naturally and coming up in this program you’ll hear how keeping bees in a natural environment can…
Protecting Belfast Coastal Reserve
Jan 6, 2018
On this week’s show we’re going to Belfast Coastal Reserve. Stretching 22 kilometres between Warrnambool and Port Fairy in Victoria, this small strip of land is important environmentally, culturally, socially and economically. It faces many challenges,…
Natural Beekeeping Part 1
Dec 30, 2017
Coming up in this program all you need to know about natural bee care in our environment as we explore Beekeeping Naturally and we take a look at how it compares to conventional bee keeping methods and you’ll also hear how good it is to be keeping bees…
Gideon Levy. Gaza, the biggest cage on Earth
Dec 23, 2017
Gideon Levy is an Israeli journalist and commentator. He writes for Haaretz newspaper and is a fierce critic of the occupation of Palestine.On this episode of Earth Matters we hear him speak in Canberra in November 2017, at an event organised by the…
Disability, Climate Change and Natural Disasters Part 2
Dec 16, 2017
This week’s on Earth Matters we bring you Part 2 of our International Day of people with a Disability broadcast as we bring you audioof a timely discussion on the intersection of disability, climate change and natural disasters. Produced by FREED CIL – A…
Why should environmentalists care about the peace movement?
Dec 9, 2017
On today’s show we’re looking at the recent cases that were held in the Northern Territory Supreme Court, prosecuting peace activists who walked onto the secretive Pine Gap military base. We will be discussing why environmentalists should care about Pine…
Disability Day 2017 – Disability, Climate Change and Natural Disasters
Dec 2, 2017
This week’s on Earth Matters we celebrate International Day of people with a Disability and we bring you audio of a timely discussion on the intersection of disability, climate change and natural disasters. Produced by FREED CIL – A disability activist…
Out of our depth: deep sea mining in Papua New Guinea - episode 2
Nov 25, 2017
Newly engineered deep sea mining machinery sits waiting at Port Moresby. Canadian company Nautilus Minerals wants to mine gold and copper 1600m underwater in Papua New Guinea’s Bismarck Sea.The surrounding coastal communities already know about the…
Out of our depth: deep sea mining in Papua New Guinea - episode 1
Nov 18, 2017
It’s a race to the bottom of the sea on the frontier of extractive industries: experimental deep sea mining.Canadian company Nautilus Minerals is planning to mine a hydrothermal vent 1500m underwater: Solwara 1 in the Bismarck Sea. This sea is ringed by…
Incredible Phytoplankton
Nov 11, 2017
Phytoplankton are small organisms that drift around in all aquatic environments. They are important because they create about 50-85% of the world’s oxygen, and they are the basis of aquatic food chains. Phytoplankton numbers are affected by pollution and…
Will Lidia Thorpe be the first Aboriginal person in the Victorian Parliament?
Nov 4, 2017
Will Lidia Thorpe be the first Aboriginal person in the Victorian Parliament?In this Earth Matters episode we take you inside Lidia Thorpe’s official Greens campaign launch held in Thornbury, Melbourne ahead of the 18th November Northcote…
Greening Red October
Oct 28, 2017
2017 marks the centenary of the October revolution in Russia that ultimately brought the Bolsheviks to power and lead to the formation of the Soviet Union.When we think of the USSR we often think of environmental and human tragedy. But 100 years on from…
Kids in country, not in custody
Oct 21, 2017
The Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the NT has finished its hearings; will this process lead to change? People are taking to the streets to demand real action for the incarcerated, and justice for the families of those…
Indigenous and Grassroots Movements Solidarity Gathering
Oct 14, 2017
This week on Earth Matters we take you inside the INDIGENOUS GRASSROOTS MOVEMENTS SOLIDARTY GATHERING – SO CALLED AUSTRALIA – LATIN AMERICA – ASIA PACIFIC.This gathering is for Indigenous traditional owners from different countries, communities, groups…
SAVE THE TARKINE LATEST
Oct 7, 2017
The Save The Tarkine campaign aims to protect pristine rainforest and this land it is also home to many significant and sacred Aboriginal cultural heritage sites and is also home to over 60 rare, threatened and endangered species. This pristine and…
“This mine is a flashpoint”: Frontline resistance to Adani’s mega coal mine
Sep 30, 2017
Resistance to Adani’s proposed Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin, Central Queensland, is heating up. The project is subject to sustained criticism because of the impacts on climate, the lack of consent from Traditional Owners, the company’s…
Prices versus the planet - changes to the Victorian Renewable Energy Target
Sep 23, 2017
On this week’s Earth Matters we’re looking at the Victorian government’s recent promise to legislate their renewable energy target. Victoria currently produces about 17% of its electricity using renewable resources. The target is to increase that to 25%…
Voices of the Future
Sep 16, 2017
On this week’s Earth Matters we look into the future and find out what kids are learning at school about sustainability. I spoke to Julie Harris who is the Executive Officer at Environment Education Victoria. I also spoke to Dominique Dybala who is one of…
The Aboriginal Carbon Fund
Sep 9, 2017
This episode on Earth Matters we take a look at The Aboriginal Carbon Fund and find out what the fund is doing to assist Aboriginal Traditional Owners with Savannah Burning across some parts of Northern Australia. It’s a new way of working with TO’s to…
NT Intervention: 10 long years, 10 years too long
Sep 2, 2017
It’s been 10 years since the beginning of the Northern Territory Intervention, a far-reaching and disempowering intrusion into the lives of Aboriginal people. In June 2017 a conference in Alice Springs brought people together from across Australia to hear…
Coal power’s toxic health toll
Aug 26, 2017
Coal-fired power stations emit toxic chemicals and particulates that are highly damaging to human health. And our governments - both state and federal - are failing to protect us.This is revealed in a new report by Environmental Justice Australia. It’s…
Nanotechnology
Aug 19, 2017
On this episode of Earth Matters we explore the environmental implications of nanotechnology. In what ways could it harm the environment, in what ways could it be used to help the environment, and how should it be regulated.Guests:Louise Sales…
TELL EXHIBITION - 2017 Ballarat International Foto Biennale
Aug 12, 2017
On Earth Matters this week we yarn on the new TELL EXHIBITION with 2 deadly Aboriginal women as we hear about their work on display at the upcoming art exhibition the ‘2017 Ballarat International Foto Biennale’ showing a range of Artworks featuring some…
Don’t forget Paga Hill: landgrabbing in PNG and Australian aid
Aug 5, 2017
The Paga Hill community in Papua New Guinea have spent years resisting an Australian-run developer, Paga Hill Development Company, determined to build a 5-star hotel and marina on their land. The new complex is intended to host the 2018 APEC meeting,…
Changes to the Environment Protection Authority Victoria
Jul 29, 2017
The Environment Protection Authority, or the EPA, of Victoria is going through some big changes. On today’s show we’re going to talk to two community advocates, Wendy Farmer from Voices of the Valley and Brian Snowden from Toxic Free Fawkner, about their…
Food Waste
Jul 22, 2017
On this week’s Earth Matters we discuss the issue of food waste.Guests: Madeline Wilson, Victorian state manager for food rescue organisation OzHarvest.Bruises from Melbourne Food Not Bombs.
Eco Cities and Water Keeping
Jul 15, 2017
This week on Earth Matters we have Vivien Langford speaking with Beyond Zero Emissions CEO Vanessa Petrie about BZE’s presentations to the Ecocity 2017 worldwide summit about Zero Carbon Communities and Zero Carbon Cement. Then we hear from Water Keeper…
A Crude Injustice: The ongoing effects of the Montara oil spill on the people of West Timor
Jul 1, 2017
The Montara oil field is in the Timor Sea, off the Northern coast of Western Australia. In 2009 it was the site of one of Australia’s worst oil spills. Shortly after, oil and toxic dispersants showed up in West Timor where they caused an environmental and…
Urban Aboriginal Creatives: Timmah Ball & Kent Morris.
Jun 24, 2017
On this week’s Earth Matters show you’ll meet two deadly fine Aboriginal Contemporary Urban Creatives. Writer Timmah Ball on Aboriginal Art, Writing, Feminism, Urban Planning and her latest creative Art project at YIRRAMBOI Festival.And Kent Morris Artist…
The Finkel report is a climate failure
Jun 17, 2017
The Finkel Report on Australia’s energy future was meant to break the political deadlock in energy policy federally and secure the future of our electricity needs. But the Federal Coalition is deeply divided on the proposal, with some MPs saying it…
Nuclear dump-stopping + Black Rhymes
Jun 10, 2017
SA high-level dump project “dead”After two years of Government pressure and community resistance, the SA Premier has finally declared that his proposal for the state to import high-level nuclear waste from around the world is dead. Karina Lester,…
The river is like blood flowing through our veins
Jun 3, 2017
“The river and the lakes mean to us now… it’s like blood flowing through our veins” - Uncle Badger BatesOn this episode of Earth Matters we look at the water shortages in the Lower Darling River system. We talk to Uncle Badger Bates of the Barkindji mob,…
Meet bryan Andy Social Media Bossman YIRRAMBOI First Nations Arts Festival
May 27, 2017
This week on Earth Matters you’ll meet bryan Andy -Yorta Yorta man, broadcaster, writer and a social media whiz for the YIRRAMBOI First Nations Arts Festival (5-14 May 2017) Melbourne. bryan shares his views on local Aboriginal community arts, culture and…
Shut Youth Prisons, Chelsea Manning + stopping Adani
May 20, 2017
A special report from Else Kennedy of Shut Youth Prisons in Alice Springs explores the juvenile (in)justice system from the perspectives of Dylan and Kirra Voller, in the wake of the NT Royal Commission into Juvenile Justice. The Vollers were thrown into…
Toxic Legacy
May 6, 2017
There are an estimated 160 000 toxic sites in Australia. In this episode we investigate how well they’re being monitored and remediated, using the example of a toxic site in the Melbourne suburb of Fawkner that is set to be redeveloped.GuestsDr Ravi Naidu…
Crunch Time for Adani
Apr 22, 2017
We return to what has been touted one of the most significant social and environmental struggles of our era, the fight against the proposed Adani coal mine on Wangan and Jagalingou peoples’ land in Central Qld. Hear a conversation with lawyer from…
Nuclear legacies and a new chance to end the nuclear age
Apr 15, 2017
Marshallese activist and educator Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner uses the power of words and performance to explore the effects of nuclear testing and climate change on her beloved home, the Marshall Islands. She shares a piece on her teenage discovery of the…
Voices from the #StopAdani roadshow
Apr 8, 2017
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few years, you would probably of heard about the proposed Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin of Queensland.The case against Adani’s coal mine is compelling. The mine will draw billions of litres…
Earth Law: Ideas for a Saner World
Apr 1, 2017
In this week’s Earth Matters we explore the idea of Earth jurisprudence or Earth Laws with the director of the Australian Earth Laws Alliance, Michelle Maloney. Michelle discusses how the Australian Earth Law Alliance stems from global movements for earth…
Victorian treaty and self-determination community forum
Mar 25, 2017
Victorian treaty and self-determination community forumToday on Earth matters we yarn on TREATY and Self-determination in Victoria. It was back in mid-December of 2016 when the Aboriginal Victoria Forum was held in Melbourne for some community mob to come…
Energy on Country
Mar 18, 2017
On this week’s Earth Matters we take you to the opening plenary of the Coalition for Community Energy congress, where Aboriginal elders and activists from around the country and around the world talk about meeting their communities’ energy needs while…
Bulldozers at the Beeliar and Frack-Free WA
Mar 11, 2017
Bulldozers have been clearing land in the Beeliar Wetlands near Fremantle, WA, to make way for a new road known as Roe 8. The project has been plagued with controversy and effective blockading by thousands of people determined to stop the…
Coming of the Dawn: the Lubicon Cree community’s fight for a clean energy future
Mar 4, 2017
Melina Laboucan-Massimo is Lubicon Cree from Northern Alberta. On this week’s episode of Earth Matters she talks about her community’s fight against tar sands mining and their initiative to install solar energy. This talk was recorded at the Coalition for…
Victoria’s native forests in crisis
Feb 25, 2017
An extinction crisis and a jobs crisis looms for Victoria’s native forests as the state government tries to continue with business as usual.Victoria’s native forests are facing a crisis like never before. With species critically endangered and on the…
Sovereignty Art at ACCA
Feb 18, 2017
This week on Earth Matters you’ll get an up close and personal guided tour with Melbourne based Aboriginal Artist Paolla Bella - A Wemba-Wemba & Gundijtmara woman & Co-Curator of the SOVEREIGNTY Art exhibition which is on at The Australian Centre for…
Fighting for land justice in Saskatchewan, Canada
Feb 11, 2017
Come on a journey to the land of the English River Nation, in Saskatchewan, Canada. Earth Matters speaks to Candyce Paul, member of the English River Nation, and spokesperson for the Committee for Future Generations. Topics include the dirty tactics of…
Cops Don’t Make Us Safe: trans-liberalism and anti-violence politics
Feb 4, 2017
Regrette Etcetera, Sydney-based DJ, writer and artist speaks about transliberalism: a political framework that seeks to assimilate trans people into the existing social hierarchies of the capitalist state.Transliberalism privileges representation over…
Invasion Day special 2017
Jan 28, 2017
While the 26th of January is officially known as Australia Day, marking the day in 1788 when First Fleet made their unwelcome arrival to these shores. For many First nations peoples it is know as Invasion Day, or Survival Day.On today’s show, we hear from…
Genetic patenting of Indigenous knowledge
Jan 21, 2017
This week we’re talking to Henrietta Marrie who’s a Gimuy Walubara Yidinji woman, an associate professor at Central Queensland University and who formerly served with the United Nations environment program. We’re discussing the patenting of genetic…
Aboriginal Cricket Team recognition
Jan 14, 2017
Audio recorded by the scar tree at the MCG of the official ceremony on Boxing Day 2016 and paying tribute and recognising Australia’s very first sporting team to tour Nationally which was the All Aboriginal Cricket team from 1866 recognised for the very…
Talking Up Treaty: Victorian Aboriginal Sovereignty and Treaty Forum.
Jan 7, 2017
This week we feature a discussion of Aboriginal Sovereignty and the Treaty process that is currently underway in what is now known as Victoria. The forum was organised by the Moondani Balluk Academic Unit on Friday 4th November 2016. The talks explore…
No to Roe 8 and Nuclear Weapons
Dec 31, 2016
Today we’re hearing from a campaigner with Rethink the Link, travelling West to the country of the Noongar people in Western Australia, to get the down low about the contested Roe 8 mega highway. Later in the show we’ll turn to the global stage and hear…
Green bans, red union
Dec 24, 2016
In 2016 we celebrated 20 years of Earth Matters on the air, and 40 years for 3CR Community Radio.This week we’re delving into 3CR’s rich archive to bring you an interview with trade unionist Jack Mundey.Jack talks about the tumultuous era of the Green…
Anarchy in Athens: militancy, emotions and violence
Dec 17, 2016
Exarcheia is an urban community of resistance created by anarchists and anti-authoritarians in the heart of Athens, Greece. Just 10km from Parliament House, residents of Exarcheia implement their politics every day with prisoner and refugee support,…
The Fight against Adani
Dec 10, 2016
Today we’re travelling to the Galilee basin in Central Qld, to the country of the Wangan and Jagalingou peoples, where Adani Mining is proposing to mine coal in what would be the southern hemisphere’s biggest coal mine. Adani has just been promised 1bn of…
Colonisation, domestic violence and ecocide
Dec 3, 2016
As part of the conversations happening for the 16 days of action on gender based violence, Earth Matters speaks with Murri artist and writer Teila Watson, otherwise known as Ancestress. We discuss the links between domestic violence, the violent…
Resisting Neoliberalism with Shalmali Guttal
Nov 19, 2016
Shalmali Guttal has worked for decades researching, writing and organising around the impacts of neoliberal development in Southeast Asia. She says that the ideology of private over public interest has become widespread in Asia in the last three decades,…
Sydney College of the Arts: Here to Stay
Nov 12, 2016
Within the broader context of the corporatisation of higher education, visual art colleges are under attack. The University of Sydney is planning to slash its College of the Arts; deleting courses, sacking 60% of staff and closing the Callan Park…
Indigenous Struggles for autonomy, self-determination…“This is our time”
Nov 5, 2016
Jaime Heunchullan is a Mapuche Indigenous leader from Chile. He shares his experiences fighting for his land against multi-national resources companies and the Chilean government. This was from the panel on Indigenous struggles for autonomy and…
Life after Hazelwood: a just transition for the Latrobe Valley
Oct 29, 2016
An announcement on the future of Hazelwood power station is expected any day now.Situated in the Latrobe Valley, in eastern Victoria, Hazelwood is one of four coal-fired power stations in the region. It produces a quarter of Victoria’s electricity and is…
BP Bight’s the Dust: a win against big oil
Oct 22, 2016
Oil giant BP has withdrawn plans to explore for oil in the Great Australian Bight. After several years, the surprise announcement has thrilled local and national campaigns working to protect this pristine stretch of ocean. The Bight is home to 36 species…
What’s in the water? Mapping pesticide pollution
Oct 15, 2016
Pesticides are one of the most prevalent pollutants in our waterways and scientific studies show that minute amounts of some of the most commonly used chemicals can pose serious dangers to the health of people and the environment. In Australia, very…
Is Population the Problem?
Oct 8, 2016
This week we talk to Sue Bolton, Socialist Alliance Councillor for Moreland, about whether human population really is a major cause of environmental destruction.
Aboriginal people already know nuclear: the radioactive waste debate in South Australia
Sep 24, 2016
The South Australian Government is promoting a plan to import high-level radioactive waste from around the world, and dump it in SA. Government teams armed with shiny banners and scale models are making 100 “Know Nuclear” visits around the state. We…
Working for the Earth: Citizen scientists, a frack free future and just transitions.
Sep 17, 2016
Today we report on the Goongerah Environment Centre’s Threatened Species Day 2016 action, where they presented an invoice to the Victorian Treasurer, Tim Pallas, for over $2 million dollars of citizen scientist’s work. Recordings from the Threatened…
Another day in parliamentary politics
Sep 10, 2016
The good news is that unconventional gas mining has been banned in Victoria! On this show we speak to Alison Marchant from Friends of the Earth and Lock the Gate about the campaign that brought this about.The bad news is that funding has been cut from…
Cities for the Sun: renewable energy battles in the NT and SA
Aug 27, 2016
In a land drenched with sunshine, the towns of Alice Springs and Port Augusta are perfect candidates for renewable energy transitions. Coal power is closing down in Port Augusta, SA, and the “Repower” campaign has its eyes on the prize: Australia’s first…
Caring for Country: Indigenous Protected Area’s & Rangers
Aug 20, 2016
The first Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) was established in 1998 in South Australia and the Indigenous Rangers program has been operating since 2007. There are now 60 IPA’s and 109 Ranger groups employing 777 Indigenous Rangers. Earth Matters speaks with…
Obstacles to Transition
Aug 13, 2016
Australia is transitioning towards renewable energy, but it is just as necessary to consider the transition away from fossil-fuel based forms of electricity production. Changing the status quo means making hard political decisions, fighting vested…
After Don Dale: demanding change, not another Royal Commission
Aug 6, 2016
On 25 July, the ABC aired an episode of Four Corners showing the conditions of abuse in juvenile prisons in the NT, and in particular the Don Dale centre in Darwin.The footage brought the horrific realities of the juvenile prison system to TV screens…
Mine rehabilitation; Tolak Reklamasi
Jul 30, 2016
There are more than 50,000 abandoned mines in Australia, and around 75 per cent of mines close unexpectedly or without proper site rehabilitation plans. The Australian Conservation Foundation and the Mineral Policy Institute have released a report…
Ditch Coal - Save Bulga
Jul 23, 2016
On this weeks show we are joined by Anne Harris to talk about the report ‘Ditch Coal: The global impacts of the UK’s addiction to coal’ and how they are linking up those at the global mine sites for the UK’s coal.The people of Bulga on Wonnarua country in…
Protecting Biodiversity
Jul 16, 2016
On this week’s show we talk to Dr Peter Spooner who is a vegetation ecologist from Charles Sturt University about proposed changes to NSW’s biodiversity laws.We also hear archival audio of Dr Vandana Shiva from the year 2000. She was speaking at the…
De-naturalising disaster - climate change and marginalisation in Australia
Jul 9, 2016
Feeling hopeless is an understandable response in the face of climate change. In fact, an emerging field of research is focusing on the mental health impacts of our changing climate. This can be in the wake of natural disasters such as floods and…
The TPP Corporatocracy and Plastic Free July
Jul 2, 2016
This week features a speech by Sam Castro from Friends of the Earth’s Economic Justice Collective about the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement and the ramifications for our environment. The ISDS clause could have dire effects on the ability of community…
Facing the Anthropocene
Jun 25, 2016
Prominent Canadian eco-socialist Ian Angus delivers a talk about his new book “Facing the Anthropocene: Fossil Capitalism and the Crisis of the Earth System”. Ian Angus starts from the point of the socialist’s responsibility to earth sciences, then moves…
Geelong Star super trawler; the end of uranium mining in Kakadu?
Jun 18, 2016
This week,the Geelong Star super-trawler been trawling through the small pelagic fishery on Australia’s eastern sea board, catching protected species and controversy along the way.Also on the program,In June 2015 Energy Resources of Australia, the…
Creative Dissent: the pen (and voice) is mightier
Jun 11, 2016
This week we’re listening to poets, spoken word artists, activists and musicians who are changing hearts and minds with their art. Movements for change and justice come alive in the mouths of artists, and it’s a well known fact that a perfectly delivered…
The sound of change [Repeat]
Jun 4, 2016
The climate is changing, and so is our world. But what does that sound like?Anja Kanngieser and Daniel Jenatsch’s ‘A story of extinction’ is a sonic story meditating on climate change, the anthropocene, and capitalism. Katharine Round and Leah Borromeo of…
S.A. too good to waste — the radioactive racism of the proposed national nuclear waste dump
May 28, 2016
It’s a story that involves stolen country, stolen generations, and the threat of a stolen future — the fight against a national nuclear waste dump in South Australia.Just one site has been ‘shortlisted’ for a national nuclear waste dump. Wallerberdina, at…
Break Free from Fossil Fuels: Newcastle Blockade May 2016
May 14, 2016
On one fine Newcastle day, two thousand people gathered from across the country to participate in a collective resistance to the industries fuelling climate change, at one of its most important sites; the world’s biggest coal port.In a spectacular display…
Genocide and Ecocide
May 7, 2016
Following on from discussions between Uncle Robbie Thorpe and Boe Spearim, Earth Matters explores the relationship between the crimes of genocide and ecocide. Our special guest is Clinton Pryor from the Matagarup Refugee Camp.
From the forest to the sea
Apr 30, 2016
Environment East Gippsland set a legal precedent in 2009 when they successfully sued Vic Forests in the Supreme Court of Victoria. Since then a swag of endangered species of flora and fauna have been discovered in Vic Forests logging coups, thanks to the…
On the move - climate change displacement in PNG
Apr 23, 2016
The people of the Carteret Islands, a coral atoll off the coast of Bougainville, in Papua New Guinea, have been called the world’s first climate refugees.Like many low-lying islands in the Pacific, the Carterets have been experiencing the effects of…
Defending language, land and sea in SA: from the Bight to the APY lands
Apr 16, 2016
This week we tune in to the campaign to stop the Great Australian Bight from becoming an oil field. Kokatha elder Aunty Sue Coleman-Haseldine and Breony Carbines from the Clean Bight Alliance Australia tell us what is at stake and why they don’t trust the…
Canary in the Coal Market
Apr 9, 2016
The first part of the show is a discussion with Isaac Astill from 350.org Australia about the financial troubles of Peabody Energy and the declining profitability of fossil fuels. To celebrate 3CR’s 40th birthday we have dedicated the second part of the…
Coal’s Water Grab and the TPP: A deepening environmental crisis.
Apr 2, 2016
We speak with Martin Baker from Greenpeace’s Coal and Water Project about the release of ‘The Great Water Grab’ a report that maps the deepening water crisis with current and proposed coal mines all across the world. Then we join TPP Union and Communities…
“There will be no mining in Pondoland”
Mar 19, 2016
The east coast of South Africa is home to a conflict as old as the industrial age. A start-up company from Perth wants to mine a precious stretch of remote, coastal dunes for titanium; the local people, known as Pondos, value their land and culture above…
CSIRO cuts - Will the last person please turn off the lights?
Mar 12, 2016
The new CSIRO management has announced drastic cuts and a controversial change of priorities for the nations’ peak scientific research body. Drawing global condemnation and outrage, the cuts to the CSIRO have been likened to “driving at night with the…
Water more precious than Gold!
Mar 5, 2016
Today we look at yet another case of corporate interest versus the protection of public health and the environment. Australian mining company Oceana Gold are suing one of the poorest countries in the world, El Salvador for $300 million after an…
Seeds of Africa
Feb 27, 2016
REVIVING INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE SYSTEMSWestern scientists have an obligation to acknowledge and make amends for the damage that their coloniser disciplines have wreaked on Indigenous knowledge systems in regards to unsustainable agricultural and mining…
Invasion Day 2016: No Pride in Genocide
Feb 13, 2016
Invasion Day, also known as Australia Day, is commemorated every year as a day for mourning the Aboriginal warriors fallen in the defence of their country, as well as celebrating cultural survival. 26 January 2016 saw the heart of Melbourne transformed…
The Internet is Not a Cloud (repeat)
Jan 23, 2016
From data centres, to phones, to modems, to mobile towers, to intercontinental fibre optic cables spanning the globe… it takes a lot of energy to keep the internet running all over the world, for millions of people, 24/7. Our beloved internet has an…
Yorta Yorta Survival Day 2003 - a repeat from the Earth Matters archives.
Jan 9, 2016
Late last year we celebrated our 1000th show and it inspired us to take a listen back in our archives to celebrate the wonderful diversity of environmental and social justice stories that we’ve been broadcasting. As Invasion Day approaches, we play a…
The sound of change
Dec 26, 2015
The climate is changing, and so is our world. But what does that sound like?Anja Kanngieser and Daniel Jenatsch’s ‘A story of extinction’ is a sonic story meditating on climate change, the anthropocene, and capitalism. Katharine Round and Leah Borromeo of…
Stopping the Chopping: forest defence in Victoria
Dec 19, 2015
The forests of East Gippsland, Victoria, continue to fall victim to an over-subsidised and under-regulated forestry industry. While some threatened species of flora and fauna should enjoy legal protection, the regulations are too-often ignored in the…
Flood the System
Dec 12, 2015
This week is a journey of voices and sounds from a morning of creative resistance in the centre of the city that was the Flood the System in Melbourne. Flood the System is a worldwide movement of people committed to powerful non-violent direct action that…
Undermining Tanzania: Australians Exploit Africa
Dec 5, 2015
Tanzanians are all-too-familiar with the promises made and not kept by mining companies and the national government. The mining of gold, diamonds, copper and many more minerals have left toxic wastelands and disenfranchised villages behind. An Australian…
COP 21 - Voices from Below
Nov 28, 2015
As politicians from around the world meet in Paris for the latest round of climate talks, we hear some of the voices of resistance from below. We bring you three different perspectives, and three different campaigns.Guests: Amelia Telford & Paul Gorrie…
BHP Billiton’s ecological disasters under fire at their AGM’s
Nov 21, 2015
On the 5th of November a catastrophic failure of a tailings dam at the Brazillian Samarco Iron Ore mine caused Brazils largest ecological disaster and possibly the biggest tailings spill in the world. The rupture in the dam unleashed a deadly mudslide…
Adani Carmichael mine - Reapproved but not without Resistance
Nov 14, 2015
On October 16th, the Federal Government re-approved the Adani Carmichael coal and railway project. Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt, or Minister for Coal, released a statement of reasons for the approval. The Australian Conservation Foundation…
The Murray-Darling’s Political Flows
Nov 7, 2015
The Murray-Darling’s Political Flows: Basin Plan under attackIn response to the failing health of the vital inland Murray-Darling river system, the Murray-Darling Basin Plan enables water allocations to be bought back from farmers and irrigators and kept…
Climate science: a primer
Oct 31, 2015
Now, you’re concerned about climate change, and you know it’s caused by human activity. But the facts, figures and statistics can be bit elusive. And the climate deniers are well rehearsed at seeding confusion and miss-information.This week we’re going to…
#HeyASIO: data retention and the threat to activism
Oct 24, 2015
As someone who cares about the environment and social justice you could be excused for feeling a little bit paranoid at the moment. 2015 has seen the Federal government attack the tax-deductibility status of environmental groups, complain about ‘lawfare’,…
Ipswich Residents Against Toxic Environments
Oct 17, 2015
New Chum toxic waste dump is situated on geographically unsuitable land within the suburbs of the busy urban centre of Ipswich, Queensland. We talk to Jim Dodrill from Ipswich Residents Against Toxic Environments (IRATE) about some of the ongoing problems…
The Green Witch Hunt
Oct 10, 2015
The Green Witch Hunt: another angle to cripple dissentGreen groups have been put under the microscope by the Federal House of Representatives Inquiry into the Tax Status of Environmental Organisations. Currently, the ability to receive tax deductible…
#FreeKaren - debunking the Government’s scare tactics
Oct 3, 2015
On the 21st of September the Federal Justice Minister and the Attorney General’s department launched a booklet titled ‘Preventing Violent Extremism and Radicalisation In Australia’.The kit is directed towards young people, and those working with them,…
Learning to co-exist: trees versus road safety
Sep 26, 2015
Today we’re looking at a highway duplication between Beaufort and Ararat. Vic Roads completed an environmental effects statement that said they would cut down 221 large old trees in this project. Later the estimate went up to 1635 of these valuable trees.…
BP in the Bight: Drilling for oil in our southern ocean
Sep 19, 2015
Today on Earth Matters we speak to various South Australian based activists about the campaign to stop BP’s plan to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight’s pristine ocean environment. Just five years on from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, BP are…
Earth Matters 1000th Episode
Sep 12, 2015
On this episode we interview five former producers - Juliet Fox, Indira Naryan, Gab Reade, Nicky Stott and Helen Gwilliam - about who they are, some of their proudest moments and what they think Earth Matters contributes to environmental and social…
Leadfish and shale gas: resistance in the Northern Territory
Sep 5, 2015
Leadfish and shale gas: resistance in the Northern TerritoryNear Borroloola, NT, the McArthur River Mine continues it’s scandalous modus operandi by failing to deal with toxic discharge contaminating the river and the smouldering pile of waste rock.…
The Art of the Matter - Activism and the arts
Aug 22, 2015
This week on Earth Matters we look at some examples of the way the arts are being employed to address environmental and social justice issues, understand the crisis we’re in and move us to action. Arts and media maker Alex Kelly, Science Communicator Joe…
Winning the case against coal! Court case brings Adani’s proposed Carmichael Coal Mine to a halt
Aug 15, 2015
An update on the campaign to stop the Adani’s proposal for a coal mine on Wangan Jagalingou country in the Gallillee Basin in QLD. Last week Mackay Conservation Group won a Federal Court case challenging the legality of ’so called’ Environment Minister…
Defending Sacred Sites and energy autonomy in North America
Aug 8, 2015
Defending Sacred Sites and energy autonomy in North AmericaCorrina Gould is a Chochenyo/Karkin Ohlone woman who has dedicated her life to protecting her peoples’ sacred sites, even though hundreds of them now lie below the pavements of San Francisco. She…
Deep Sea Mining
Aug 1, 2015
It’s been described as the next big land-grab - the race to dig-up the sea bed. It’s called deep sea mining. And the mining industry see it as their next new hope. Canadian mining company Nautilus Minerals has its eyes set on Papua New Guinea as the…
Environmentalists for Peace
Jul 25, 2015
On this episode of Earth Matters we talk to Robin Taubenfeld and Kim Stewart from Friends of the Earth Brisbane about their report ‘US Bases in Australia: the social and environmental risks’. Robin has recently been protesting the US-Australia war games…
A Royal Waste of Time
Jul 18, 2015
The South Australian Royal Commission into nuclear expansion is losing credibility as it continues. The expert advisory panel is stacked with nuclear advocates and barriers are high for public participation, with requirements that submissions are typed…
Trans Pacific Partnership
Jul 11, 2015
Australia is currently part of negotiations for the Trans Pacific Partnership which is a secretive free trade deal between 12 countries led by the united states of america. Free trade agreements that the United States have negotiated in the past have…
Slashing the RET and burning our forests
Jul 4, 2015
Moves are afoot to keep Australia’s disastrous old-growth forest logging industry alive. Leaked documents have recently revealed what many have been saying for a long time, that logging in the East Gippsland region of Victoria isn’t economically viable…
Against the Grain
Jun 27, 2015
On today’s show we talk to Bill Hampel who has written a book, “Against the Grain,” about farmers’ efforts to prevent and adapt to climate change. We play one of the interviews that Bill did with sheep farmer Mark McKew on this topic.Mark McKew is…
End of an E.R.A. in Kakadu
Jun 20, 2015
This week, a good news story and some cautious optimism!Rio Tinto’s Energy Resources of Australia (ERA) has announced it’s abandoning the Ranger 3 Deeps project. With the current mining lease expiring in 2021, the Mirarr traditional owners have called for…
Borroloola Frackdown: Resistance in the Gulf
Jun 13, 2015
Borroloola Frackdown: Resistance in the GulfBorroloola, NT, is a small town plagued by a big mine; the biggest zinc and lead open-cut mine in the world. The McArthur River Mine has contaminated the river with dangerously high levels of lead, and is the…
They tried to make me go to rehab
Jun 6, 2015
Earth Matters talks about best practice mine rehabilitation, and whether rehabilitation is even possible in the case of uranium mining.
The answer is blowin’ in the wind…
May 30, 2015
Wind Turbines are an excellent source of renewable energy, but some people say that they cause an illness called “Wind Turbine Syndrome”. On this show we investigate the legitimacy of that claim.Guests: Leigh Ewbank, Friends of the Earth Yes2Renewables…
That sinking feeling: climate change and forced migration.
May 23, 2015
Many people in the pacific are already experiencing the drastic effects of human induced climate change.Rising sea levels, storm surges and more severe weather events are forcing communities living on low-lying islands and atolls to face the prospect of…
The Federal Budget
May 16, 2015
This week’s show will be a look at what funding was and wasn’t allocated to the environment on Tuesday night’s Federal budget. For an overall view we talk to Greens Senator Larissa Waters. Nick Heath from the World Wildlife Fund talks about Federal…
Biodiversity across the Borders
May 9, 2015
The International Union for Conservation of Nature estimates that species’ extinctions is occurring at up to 1,000 times the natural rate. So maintaining landscapes for biodiversity is critical. Professor S. K Florentine of Federation University discusses…
No jobs on a dead planet: Just transitions - a May Day Special
May 2, 2015
We are often told that we have to make a choice between jobs and the environment. And that we have no option but to continue with an economic system that has lead us to a point of climate catastrophe.But there is a growing awareness that to effectively…
Carbon Capture and Storage
Apr 25, 2015
Is Carbon Capture and Storage going to enable Australia to keep on burning coal? On this show we explore the feasibility of the technology and whether it is the best solution to the problem of global warming.Guests: Professor Ralf Haese from the Peter…
A Toxic Legacy
Apr 18, 2015
The Tasmanian State Government has just axed a nine year long, nation leading project monitoring pesticide residues in waterways. We speak with Anthony Amis about the importance of that monitoring program, and the alarming effects pesticides have on our…
Environmental Defenders: Writing and Fighting for the Environment
Apr 11, 2015
In the past few weeks Earth Matters has been hearing about different ways to communicate around climate change, through the visual arts, through climate fiction, and through psychology and the social sciences. This week, we hear from Tony Birch. a…
Petroleum License Buybacks and Space Debris
Apr 4, 2015
The NSW government is buying back Petroleum Exploration Licenses (PEL). We talk to Louise Steer from Stop CSG Sydney about what it took to make it this far and what’s next in the fight to rid Australia from fracking.Estimated millions of pieces of space…
Science fiction and science fact
Mar 28, 2015
On this week’s show we delve into the (not-so-fictional) universe of Cli-Fi, or climate change fiction. We hear from novelists Alice Robinson, and Naomi Oreskes.And later in the program, something that should be relegated to the world of fiction, but…
Planet on a Plate: Farming and Eating for Our Future
Mar 21, 2015
This week on Earth Matters, we’re tuning into Dr Vandana Shiva speaking in Sydney in February 2015.Dr Vandana Shiva is a scientist, ecologist, author and winner of the Sydney Peace Prize. She speaks about food sovereignty and seed freedom, the threats…
Earth Matters - Episode 201412141100
Dec 13, 2014
The Bunya Pine is an ancient and sacred tree. It’s native to Cubbi Cubbi country in South East Queensland. It has long been an important food source for Aboriginal Australians and European colonisers are starting to catch onto the idea too. On this show…