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The BZE Radio Community Show is a one hour podcast focusing on climate solutions across society locally, regionally and around the globe and goes live every Monday at 5pm. The show aims to provide up-to-date news about community climate solutions and events from around Australia, including interviews with scientists, community and business leaders and economists just to name a few.
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Mon 12th Feb 2018

We meet Dr Bob Brown to talk about restoring the Tarkine Forest to its indigenous custodians and sequestering carbon in its soils. Bob also discussed his case defending the right to protest  logging or mining operations and his win in the High court . This protects the Tarkine defenders in Tasmania but protestors in NSW and other states are still facing draconian penalties like 7 years jail for standing on a road leading into a coal mine!

Deane Belfield talks to us about regenerative agriculture and carbon farming. He represents the Regenerative Australian Farmers. They will host a masterclass on Drawdown with Paul Hawken and are keen to help famers get baseline data on the carbon content of their soil so they can eventually qualify for carbon credits.

Justin Borevitz from ANU is a plant biologist using big data to help farmers regenerate their soils and use fertilisers with more precision. His question is How much soil does your food grow? It’s all about the drawing down of carbon and restoration of a safe climate.

The Electric Vehicles Expo will feature the world’s fastest Motor Bike rider Eva Hakansson. We talk to Rebecca Lee from RevBikes about  quiet motor Bikes, less pollution on the roads and the joys of  active travel.

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13 Feb 2018|Categories: Community Show|


Mon 18th Dec 2017

How would carbon rationing work?

Would it be forever?

Would it hurt?

BZE’s Vivien Langford talks to author Stan Cox in Salina Kansas about his book “Anyway you slice it”.

Some people  are aware of the Climate Emergency, but others behave as if unaware. Australia’s per capita aviation emissions for example  are 18 metric tonnes compares to 5 for a French Citizen.

What if this generation put a cap on fossil fuelled travel and energy use? Would it feel better if it was an app on your phone and was called a Carbon Allowance?

We say that the bulk of existing coal oil and gas must stay underground, so shouldn’t we treat these as precious commodities, to be rationed while we make the transition? A Government committee in the UK researched this and said it could become an essential measure but that it was” an idea before its time”. We look into why it is such a taboo subject.

“How the world breaks” is a new book by Stan Cox and his son Paul. We talk to Paul Cox in Copenhagen about the anthropology of disaster response. He praises countries like Bangladesh as the Netherlands without a budget”. He wants us to stop talking bout “natural;” disasters as if there was nothing we could do to mitigate them. When Greens MP Adam Bandt called PM Tony Abbott a “climate criminal ” during a Blue Mountains bush fire, he was condemned as insensitive. But when is there a “right time to connect the  dots”? Paul talks about our bushfires and the floods and landslides that are testing resilience around the world. He says economists fear any restraint on growth more than they fear the worst that climate change can bring us.

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Stan Cox – author of “Anyway you slice it ” and ” How the world breaks”

Paul Cox- Anthropologist and author “How the world breaks”

Music by David Rovics “East Tenessee”, Bangladeshi singer Mak Bul Chowdhury, and “Spirit of Place” sung by Yirmal Marika and Shane Howard.



Andy Britt  with interviews by Vivien Langford


Roger Vize and Jodie Green

Thanks to 3CR for help with SKYPE.


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18 Dec 2017|Categories: Community Show|

CHRISTINE MILNE  An activist life

Mon 11th Dec 2017

BZE radio has spoken often to Christine Milne because she has always been at events to defend the Renewable energy target, the clean energy package and to rid parliament of fossil fuel influence.

Her memoir  shows “how hard it is not to become bitter about the ruthless ” people in power. Even at a time of bereavement  they pressured her to perform.

Her awareness of the urgency of climate action and the difficulty of translating that into enduring legislation are a lesson for those who want system change.

Vivien took the ferry over to Hobart where the retired senator was surrounded by friends.It was  at the launch of “An activist life” in Fullers Bookshop . The atmosphere was warm and full of the laughter  and friendship that underpins action.

We hear Christine in conversation with Tasmanian historian James Boyce.

In the interview that starts this show Christine Milne talks to Vivien about her love of history and Science. She reports that  climate activists now  are facing much harsher penalties than in her day when she was  jailed over the Franklin River campaign.

It is tough in parliament and it is tough pressuring parliament. But it is tougher if you are a forest animal in a logging coupe. It is tougher if you are a child now whose climate will be irreversibly changed. So as Christine says,”I know you will never give up”.


Production- Andy Britt

Interviews- Vivien Langford

Podcasts-Jodie Green and Roger Vize

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11 Dec 2017|Categories: Community Show|


Mon 4th Dec 2017

World Antarctic Day, December 1st- 2017 was celebrated by a huge Marine Protected Area in the Ross Sea coming into force. As the head of International Greenpeace Antarctic Campaign Frida Begtsson said “Healthy oceans take in vast quantities of CO2 and are essential in tackling climate change”
Tonight BZE radio goes to the cryosphere where you will meet scientists and sustainability leaders we can be proud of. You will hear about Katabatic winds,krill, ice cores that show Australian droughts centuries ago and ocean circulation that controls the climate.
After visiting the replica of Mawson’s hut in Hobart, Vivien went past a sculpture of Roald Amundsen and into the epicentre of Antarctic research ACE CRC. It’s near Salamanca Place.
Dr Jan Lieser is a marine glaciologist. His satellite technology helps him advise ships as the summer seasonstarts.. Sea Ice is his speciality as it expands and contracts every year. It doesn’t affect sea level but its great pulse churns the ocean circulation that controls our climate. A film he wants us to watch is called “Chasing Ice”

David Reilly is the public affairs manager at ACE CRC. He talks with pride about the united nations of scientists beavering away in the labs and the benefits of co-operation. Their research can be immediately used by farmers, as a snowfall in Antarctica can predict a drought in W.A. Publications and media outreach have taught him to tell it straight. Climate deniers may cherry pick the data but the scientists’ job is to inform the world in a clear and dependable way.

Corey Peterson is at The University of Tasmania. His interest is more with krill, penguins and the policies that will protect them. He sent Christine Milne two jars of deep Antarctic water to remind her that climate change may be happening out of sight but her battles for enlightened climate policies in parliament were appreciated. He feels that Governments mostly follow, so it up to this generation of Antarctic scientists, ecologists and students in every sector to show them what has to be done. MUSIC tonight thanks to Kristin Rule and her cello pieces from The Knife that cuts a tear and Tiny Tim for The Icebergs are melting !

Production- Andy Britt

Interviews- Vivien Langford

Podcasts-Jodie Green and Roger Vize

Promotions? – YOU!. Please forward this podcast to advance knowledge and inspire action.

Links : ACE CRC

Chasing Ice

An Activist Life by Christine Milne-

Sea Ice and Climate change

04 Dec 2017|Categories: Community Show|


Mon 27th Nov 2017

If Marco Polo returned from China today he’d be telling barely credible stories of wind turbines with livestock grazing beneath them.
Australians coming back from Europe tell the same stories, with the kicker that Australia itself is sitting on a FABULOUS wind resource.
If we could think BIG wouldn’t we be able to hurry to 100% and then beyond?. So why all the delays?
We wanted to find out how the wind industry is going here. It has been in the doldrums with the wrong signals coming out of Canberra but the Clean Energy Council says there is $5.2billion worth of projects with secure finance and ready to go.
We will talk to Andrew Bray from the Australian Wind Alliance for the big picture. We will then go back to 2012 when Viv interviewed a farmer called Paul Reardon . Many listeners told us they liked what he had to say about drought proofing his farm by hosting a few turbines. This meant that he could cut down the number of sheep he was grazing and re vegetate some of the land.
We decided to call Paul again this year and hear what happened next at Boorowa.
Finally we will talk to Charlie Prell who is with Farmers for Climate Action, about the “Crookwell 2” project. This includes turbines on his farm, a neighbour benefit sharing agreement and a Community Enhancement Fund. Their energy will even light up Parliament house as the ACT government has contracted to take the energy they supply.

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Andy Britt – production
Vivien Langford- interviews
Roger Vize – podcast and archives
Jodie Green – podcast graphics and promotion
27 Nov 2017|Categories: Community Show|