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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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Seaweed Farming

This BZE Radio episode was broadcast on Monday 11th September 2017


  • Dr Alecia Bellgrove – Deakin University
  • Jane Hammond -Film Maker “A crude injustice”
  • Nathaniel Pelle- Greenpeace Ocean Campaigner

How can seaweed help us draw down the millions of tonnes of CO2 we emit daily?

How can seaweed farmers, ruined by the Montara Oil Spill, find justice?

When will the climate changing oil industry forget the Great Australian Bight?

We start with the potential of seaweed, which Dr Tim Flannery brought to a wide audience on Catalyst and ask “What could possibly go wrong?”

Dr Alecia Bellgrove appeared in that film and explains to us why she sounded a note of caution.

Journalist Jane Hammond found that West Timorese seaweed farmers had been encouraged by Ausaid. Yet when their green gold turned to porridge at the same time as the oil spill reached Indonesian waters, it was denial all round. Her film is timely because their class action is still before the Australian Federal Court.

Nathaniel Pelle is campaigning with Greenpeace to prevent oil drilling in the Great Australian Bight. He describes the great kelp forests and the wealth of biodiversity there which would be ruined by an oil spill. Even the sonic exploration is disturbing deep living creatures.


11 Sep 2017|Categories: Community Show|

Podcast: Land Clearing: Part 2

“The majority of the Emissions Reduction Fund is poured into questionable abatement schemes to discourage land clearing, while mass deforestation cancels out any climate gains.”
(Mike Seccombe, The Saturday Paper)


  • David Gallan – Director of the film “Understorey”
  • Dr Mehreen Faruqi –  Environment spokesperson for the Greens in NSW Parliament
  • Jessica Panegyres – Wilderness Society – National Nature Campaigner

BZE Community Radio Show Podcast: Monday 4 Sept 2017


 State laws are failing to prevent massive land clearing. Regional Forest Agreements are giving loggers a victory. What new mindset will  cause  us to value forests for their carbon? Listen to Land Clearing Part 1

The Historian
David Gallan recounts the 40 year battle to save the South East Forests of NSW round Bega. His film celebrates the growing awareness of how  many species lived there with rare footage of quolls and lyrebirds. Farmers wanted to preserve the water catchment. Locals realised that forests are “worth more standing”. Scientists came to see logging for woodchips as outdated as whaling for oil. Now  that we need to draw down carbon,  they are thinking big.

The Parliamentarian
Dr Mehreen Faruqi explains how new state laws are reducing our capacity to sequester carbon. The Reputex report shows that ” ending land clearing would compete with renewables for carbon abatement”. Yet the new NSW land clearing laws will see emissions soaring.   She says they “make a mockery of any commitment from the NSW government to get to ZERO EMISSIONS by 2050”.

The Campaigner
Jessica Panegyres sees koala populations down by 80% because of deforestation and landclearing. She says “enough!”
She is the National Nature Campaigner with the Wilderness Society. As a Rhodes Scholar and former Greenpeace activist, she has seen the global struggle not to let our tropical forests go up in smoke. She will show us how all the work to sequester carbon in Qld is sabotaged by  land clearing on steroids AND  she will invite us to join the campaign to see it brought to an end. Watch Queensland land clearing footage.

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04 Sep 2017|Categories: Community Show|

Climate Wars

This BZE Radio episode was broadcast on Monday 28th August 2017

Tune in today at 5pm for Mark Butler MP, Christine Milne and Dr John Hewson on Australia’s time-wasting ‘climate wars’.
How did we become the first country to repeal a carbon tax?
How did we discourage investment in renewable energy and end up with costly electricity?
Why  have citizens lost confidence in parliament’s capacity to unify round climate policy?
The Hon Mark Butler, in a conversation with Vivien Langford, takes an unflinching look at the time wasting climate wars.
As Naomi Klein says ” No is not enough” .We need a plan for a future we can say yes to.
Mark Butler’s book gives us part of a new narrative  and he consults widely in the community.
Former parliamentary leaders Christine  Milne and John Hewson will round out the picture. 3CR Community Radio

28 Aug 2017|Categories: Community Show|

Farmers for Climate Action

This BZE Radio episode was broadcast on Monday 21st August 2017

This week we speak to “Farmers for Climate Action”, an alliance of farmers and  leaders in agriculture.
Vivien Langford interviews the CEO Verity Morgan-Schmidt about her work advocating for climate conscious farmers to have their voices heard. Verity calls on PM Turnbull to get out of bed with the fossil fuel companies and invest in farmers adapting to changed conditions.

Vivien  also speaks with Farmer Charlie Prell, about his experiences pioneering wind energy on farms including the proposed Crookwell 2 project.

Finally Kurt Johnson interviews Anika Molesworth who is 2015 Australian Young Farmer of the Year. She has been researching farming methods in Laos and Cambodia and farming at Broken Hill. She says ” Farmers are feeling the heat, from subsistence rice farms in SE Asia to arid outback grazing properties in Australia.”
Tune in to hear what a young person finds in farming and why Farmers are taking Climate Action
Verity Morgan-Schmidt -CEO of Farmers for Climate Action
Charlie Prell – Co-Chair of Farmers for Climate action and Regional director of the Australian  Wind Alliance

Anika Molesworth – Farmer for Climate Action and Master of Sustainable Agriculture

Already in Australia climate disruption is creating prolonged droughts and  increased frequency in flooding and bushfires. As farmers derive their livelihood from the land, they are the most vulnerable to these catastrophes, and so have the greatest incentive to prevent their most ruinous effects.
A message from farmers all around Australia to the PM on climate change via Farmers for Climate Action CEO Verity Morgan-Schmidt.
21 Aug 2017|Categories: Community Show|

Ecocity World Summit 2017 (Part 2)

This BZE Radio episode was broadcast on Monday 31st July 2017

Cities are facing the fact that a certain amount of climate change is locked in. Their creativity and co-operation was on display at The EcoCities World Summit.

Vivien Langford talks to Professor Rob Roggema about what the Dutch have learned from living partly below sea level. Could cities work more with nature, with Sand Machines and Porous Courtyards?
At a session on disaster management strategies Vivien meets Karibaiti Taoaba. She tells us how communications during and after an emergency area terrific challenge for local governments in small island states. Also foreign aid can be unhelpful “They built a clinic right where our main road used to be”. Alliances were formed at this summit to share expertise and minimise the impact of climate change. The key is to listen to the locals.
It was not all about emergencies. David Holmgren talks about the profound shift needed in our relationship with nature. Instead of building more housing let’s subdivide existing huge houses, share resources and downsize our lives to fit in with the lower carbon footprint we must achieve for an equitable future. “There’s way more land in the suburbs than people with skills to farm it”

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31 Jul 2017|Categories: Community Show|

Clive Hamilton: Defiant Earth.. The Fate of Humans in the Anthropocene

This BZE Radio episode was broadcast on Monday 24th July 2017
Guests: Professor of Ethics at CSU Clive Hamilton and Philosopher Dr Tim Dean
The School of Life welcomed Clive Hamilton and Tim Dean to rethink our responsibility towards the earth.
Earth System Scientists are showing that while humans have massive power now, Earth also is more energised and tempestuous.
Will we continue to rip up its resources and dump the waste in our biosphere?
Is leaping to action a way to avoid thinking?
Let’s sit with the new Anthropocene realities. You will find this broadcast uncomfortable. But, like the Sydney  audience, maybe you will find facing the worst strangely steadying.
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24 Jul 2017|Categories: Community Show|

Wild Animals and Climate Change

This BZE Radio episode was broadcast on Monday 17th July 2017
Today, in our second creature feature we talk to those in the front line working with animals, trying to mitigate the ruinous effects of climate change. We will learn which organisations are feverishly operating to keep these iconic Australian critters from oblivion.
We talk to Dr John Kanowski of the Australian Wildlife Conservancy – about some of the marvellous work he’s doing.
Then to ‘Batman’ Tim Pearson – who works saving flying foxes around Sydney, bringing to you one of the last recorded calls of the now extinct Pipistrelle bat.
Also chatting to Griffith University’s Professor Brendan Mackey who co-authored a recommendation for a vast conservation corridor that runs the length of our East Coast – and we see how that went!
Finally we will discuss the plight of amphibians (who will be most heavily impacted by climate change) with expert Professor Jean Marc Hero.
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17 Jul 2017|Categories: Community Show|

Ecocity World Summit 2017

This BZE Radio episode was broadcast on Monday 10th July 2017

Al Gore and climate leaders from around the world will give life to ideas now gestating in Melbourne.
We will ask Professor John Wiseman why it is important.
Vanessa Petrie will outline BZE’s presentations to the summit about Zero Carbon Communities and Zero Carbon Cement.
Cities and States are leading us off the path of runaway climate change and on to the path of RECOVERY. It is up to all of us to make it happen.
Stephanie Ziersch will tell us how businesses are signing up to decarbonise with Sustainability Victoria.
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10 Jul 2017|Categories: Community Show|