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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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Cyclone Debbie – Rebuilding and Growing Climate Resilience

This BZE Radio episode was broadcast on Monday 26th June 2017
In this episode we spare a thought for the people made homeless by the Lismore floods as insurance companies deny a connection with the cyclone.
Find out how communities rebuild in the months after the media has moved on, and what forward thinkers are doing now to build up climate resilience in the community.


Thank you to our guests:

Rev Dr Margaret MaymanDisaster Recovery Chaplaincy Network
Leigh Ewbank  Friends of the Earth


26 Jun 2017|Categories: Community Show|

Sherri Goodman – The Age of Consequences & Disaster Alley

This BZE Radio episode was broadcast on Monday 19th June 2017

This episode contains excerpts from the April 2017 national Breakthrough tour by Sherri Goodman and Ian Dunlop with the film The Age of Consequences.

Sherri is a former Pentagon and US Dept of Defence official, now heading up the Consortium for Ocean Leadership and getting military minds to understand climate change.


19 Jun 2017|Categories: Community Show|


This BZE Radio episode was broadcast on Monday 12th June 2017
If you missed it last year, then you missed BZE producer Viv Langford kicking John Hewson off the phone so that Christine Milne could say hi! Anything can happen at a 3CR BZE Radiothon and sometimes does. But mainly we would just like to cover our costs for the year.
So if you’ve been on the show – or would like to one day – or have listened in and learned something new in the last year, then please make a pledge today before 6.
12 Jun 2017|Categories: Community Show|

Are we ready to love what climate change cannot change?

This BZE Radio episode was broadcast on Monday 29th May 2017


We could consider earth as a rental property. God comes down to do an inspection and he/she says ”What are all these holes in the property? Why is all my coral bleached? What have you done with all the trees? …. ?” I can tell you. You won’t get your bond back. #StopAdani Roadshow M

Films demand and bring out our human and emotional responses and that’s no less true when the subject is the climate crisis and climate solutions.

Go ahead and ride the highs and lows of this emotional rollercoaster as this week BZE’s Vivien Langford covers just some of the highlights from the first ever Sydney screening of the 2017 Transitions Film Festival, plus an excerpt from Danny Kennedy’s presentation for the recent #StopAdani Roadshow.
30 May 2017|Categories: Community Show|

Food Security: Global Perspectives and Climate

This BZE Radio episode was broadcast on Monday 22nd May 2017

This week BZE is chewing over food security and climate from a global perspective, as BZE Radio’s Vivien Langford interviews Clare Westwood in Penang and Alan Broughton – Vice President Organic Agriculture Association, with special guest Robin Laurie aka Professor Pym.

Thank you to our guests:

  • Clare Westwood  Clare is a researcher for the Third World Network and Penang Peace and Justice Commission
  • Alan Broughton –  co-author of “Sustainable Agriculture v Corporate Greed
  • Robin Laurie – Robin, aka Professor Pym, with a lively radio drama about the incongruity of food as fuel for cars


23 May 2017|Categories: Community Show|

Land Clearing and Reforestation

This BZE Radio episode was broadcast on Monday 15th May 2017

“One of the common misconceptions is that a lot of the ERF money is for planting trees”  Jess Panegyres The Wilderness Society
A transformation is beginning to get underway in the agricultural land uses sector. And not before time – without a much-needed U-turn, agriculture, especially northern zone export beef production, is set to be the single biggest GHG-emitting sector of Australia’s economy over the next 2 decades.
BZE’s Vivien Langford talks to two of Australia’s foremost landuse experts and a film maker about carbon sinks and the film Cultivating Murder.
  • Prof Brett Bryan – from Deakin University
  • Gregory Miller – Film Director of Cultivating Murder
  • Gerard Wedderburn-Bisshop – BZE Land Use Report author
We are expecting a lot from the land: to feed us, to feed livestock, to fuel cars and now to draw down carbon. And the carbon is not just from coal-fired power, petrol and gas – the agriculture and land use industries themselves, including the 90% of land clearing conducted for northern rangelands cattle grazing, will be responsible for around half our national annual emissions over the coming two decades!


15 May 2017|Categories: Community Show|

Livestock Methane – Can it be ‘Kelped’?

This BZE Radio episode was broadcast on Monday 8th May 2017

livestock methane - can it be kelped?


“It’s about time the role agriculture plays in the climate crisis – and the role it COULD  play in the solution –  got a concentrated dose of attention.” Bill Mc Kibben


Our 26 million head-strong beef cattle – and 75 million head of sheep – ruminant meat and livestock industry is now responsible for more than half of Australia’s GHG’s and methane, and the near term climate change they are creating. So, is this an industry that can ever really be climate-safe?

Gerard Wedderburn-Bisshop, University of Queensland’s Professor Ram Dalal and CSIRO’s Dr Michael Battaglia will join BZE Radio’s Vivien Langford to consider:

  1. Can improved pastures, and other interventions such as seaweed supplement, really kelp? Um, help.
  2. Is it just time to reduce the national herd?
  3. Are carbon abatement schemes and offsets sold by farmers having any effect on rising emissions?

Thank you to our guests:

  • Gerard Wedderburn-Bisshop is the co- author of BZE land use discussion paper released in 2014: Land Use: Agriculture and Forestry. This report concluded that agriculture, and especially our northern rangelands grazing industry, is a much more important source of near-term GHG emissions than industry or government greenhouse reporting will admit. But the land use report insists that it is also the biggest most immediate opportunity for mitigation. Gerard has 20 years experience in monitoring land clearing in Queensland. More from Gerard on agricultural emissions here.
  • Professor Ram Dalal led the National Soil Carbon Programme from 2012-2015. He is a professor in the School of Agriculture and Food Science at University of Queensland and one of his key research interests is GHG mitigation.
  • Dr Michael Battaglia is the Group Leader Greenhouse gas mitigation and adaptation in agriculture at CSIRO. His article in The Conversation shows how seaweed can cut methane emissions by sheep and cattle. It also shows how wide the search is to lower the impact of livestock on the climate – but are these schemes capable of working in Australia’s various animal agriculture industries?


07 May 2017|Categories: Agriculture, Community Show, Land use, Podcast|

Energy Productivity Summit 2017

This BZE Radio episode was broadcast on Monday 1st May 2017
The 2017 Energy Productivity Summit at the maritime Museum in Sydney in April 2017 drew a number of international speakers including Benoit Lebot (IPEEC), Monica Frassoni, Mary Ritter and Reynald Gallis who joined BZE Radio’s Vivien Langford to record this show.
The theme is perfectly captured by the chairman of the Australian Alliance for Energy Productivity, Jon Jutsen:
“What’s the point of spending billions of taxpayers dollars to add new supply when most of what is produced now is lost?”Jon Jutsen, chairman of the Australian Alliance for Energy and
Thank you to the Alliance for Energy Productivity (A2EP) for hosting us and a great conference.


01 May 2017|Categories: Community Show|

Podcast: Zero Carbon Communities Showcase 2017

BZE Radio interviews 6 people associated with the Zero Carbon Communities (ZCC) program: A showcase of Australia’s most ambitious local government areas, with their plans to get to zero emissions in a range of sectors within 10 years.

These communities are taking on everything from investment models to local and utility-scale energy, home energy assessments, energy retrofits, partnerships with councils, equitable outcomes and even going ‘beyond zero’ in partnerships with the regions agriculture.

Thank you to those who joined BZE Radio’s Erin Jones for a chat:

  • Imogen Jubb  -National Manager, Zero Carbon Communities program, Beyond Zero Emissions
  • Tiffany Harrison – Project Coordinator, Zero Emissions Byron
  • John Lloyd – President, Benalla Sustainable Futures Group
  • Dan Spencer – National Campaigner, Australian Youth Climate Coalition and Repower Port Augusta
  • Malcolm McKelvie – Baw Baw Sustainability Network (BBSN)
  • Daryl Brooke – Chairperson, Clean Energy Nillumbuk

BZE community Radio Show:  24 April 2017: Podcast

Podcast of the whole show:

Podcasts of each individual interview follow:

Dan Spencer – National Campaigner, Australian Youth Climate Coalition and Repower Port Augusta #solar4ptaugusta


John Lloyd – President, Benalla Sustainable Futures Group


Daryl Brooke – Chairperson, Clean Energy Nillumbuk


Malcolm McKelvie – Baw Baw Sustainability Network (BBSN) , Mob: 0417 364 615


Imogen Jubb – Zero Carbon Communities


Tiffany Harrison – Project Coordinator, Zero Emissions Byron ,

24 Apr 2017|Categories: Community Project, Community Show, Pt Augusta Plan|