‘Beyond Coal’ at Lake Julian with Julie Mayfield and Joan Walker

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Joan Walker, campaign coodinator for Beyond Coal campaign with May Walker!

Joan Walker, campaign coodinator for WNC’s Beyond Coal campaign….. with May Walker!

Beyond Coal campaign coordinator Joan Walker and WNC’s MountainTrue co-director Julie Mayfield address the issue of increased pollution from the Duke / Progress Energy Lake Julian coal fired power plant. Why are emissions exceeding federal guidelines? Where are those areas most impacted by excessive sulfur dioxides, or SO2? How does the switch to using more higher sulfur coal contribute to this problem?

The Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign and efforts by MountainTrue and others are encouraging people to make their views heard at the upcoming public hearing and on line. Dial up the pollution scrubbers and cut out high sulfur coal, keep to the SO2 limits!

Julie Mayfield, co-director of MountainTrue

Julie Mayfield, co-director of MountainTrue

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Dogwood Alliance “Our Forests Are Not Fuel”

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Did you know that millions of acres of Southern forests are being clear cut for so called “renewable” energy, while more acreage is threatened? Adam Macon, Campaign Director, and Emily Zucchino, Campaign Organizer, with Dogwood Alliance detail the many aspects of this ongoing crisis and, most importantly, how you can be involved to support the “Our Forests Aren’t Fuel” effort!

Well intentioned, but poorly thought out, European energy policy, the environmental impacts that result from clear cutting on sensitive areas, the economic and cultural impacts on local communities, the negative consequences of cutting down our forest when they are a top carbon “sink” to address climate change and much more are discussed with host Ned Ryan Doyle during a visit to the offices of the Dogwood Alliance.

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Brevard College : Professor Reynolds & Fossil Fuels Divestment

"JR" aka Professor Jim Reynolds

“JR” aka Professor Jim Reynolds

What do geology, the environment, investments, divestment, intelligent students, climate change and clean energy have in common?  Professor Jim Reynolds!!

One strategy in the effort to address climate change is to divest financially from fossil fuels, such as coal and oil, while investing instead in clean, renewable energy sources. Professor Reynolds, known to friends and students as “JR”, explains the growing divestment movement nationwide and the actions of his students and others to persuade Brevard College to divest from fossil fuels, making Brevard College the first institution of higher learning in the Southeast to do so.

Joining in for the program are four students offering their viewpoints on the issue, Emily Crowley, Ethan Woody, Christina Bailey and Lauren Fowler. With a variety of interests from environmental sciences to business development, these students, and others, were part of the awareness raising and education that led to the decision to divest at Brevard College.

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Slow Money NC with Carol Peppe Hewitt Local Investing

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CAROL PEPPE HEWITT is an author, business owner, social entrepreneur, pioneer in the community finance movement, and a champion of small business owners and entrepreneurs.

Since founding Slow Money NC in 2010, she has catalyzed over 125 peer-to-peer, low-interest loans to 63 small farmers and local food businesses in North Carolina.

Carol’s book, Financing Our Foodshed: Growing Local Food With Slow Money, (New Society Publishers, April 2013) tells the compelling, real life stories of twenty-two of those local food entrepreneurs – folks who grow, process, distribute, and sell local food – and the motivations behind the ordinary people in their communities who become their lenders. It is a blueprint for any community that wants to get moving from Wall Street to Main Street.

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Wild South with Ben Prater

Ben Praytor, WildSouth Conservation Director

Ben Prater, WildSouth Conservation Director

Our Southern Community visits the Wild South office in Asheville, NC, for a conversation with Conservation Director Ben Prater discussing red wolf recovery challenges, forest service planning for the next decade, preserving cultural ties with peoples and the land, ancient Cherokee trails that are still used today, invasive species eradication, the upcoming Roosevelt-Ashe awards event and a special Keller Williams tour to benefit Wild South!

WildSouth focuses it’s efforts on public lands and forests across the South East, connecting a wide range of volunteers with programs that benefit not only the wild areas we have today, but protections for future generations. Addressing the environmental challenges and economic pressures, Wild South draws from 20 years of advocacy and action.

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Blue Ridge Biofuels Sustainable Fuel

Woody Eaton, CEO at Blue Ridge Biofuels, and Melita Kyriakou, Business Administrator, join host Ned Ryan Doyle for a wide ranging discussion of the current national issues with biofuels, the regional success story of biodiesel from waste oil, the big expansion of the BRB facilities and new jobs, the “Field to Fryer to Fuel” program and more!

Now in their tenth year, Blue Ridge Biofuels demonstrates a sustainable model for renewable liquid fuel for diesel engines and home heating, community residential programs for cooking oil, how it’s possible to incorporate the agricultural community in growing feedstocks that help “close the loop” in the fuel versus food debate, create Living Wage jobs and a dedicated team of employees while supporting a sound regional economy keeping money in local economies.
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Building Community with Brotherhug Barlow

Brotherhug goodA wonderful conversation with Brotherhug Barlow, the ever charming Communitarian! What do greenways, community spaces, air conditioning, front porches, abandoned rail lines, creeks, home design and gardening have in common? They can either build community or hinder building community, as Brotherhug explains in a fun discussion with host Ned Ryan Doyle.

Brotherhug and his family spent many years in the Five Points area of Atlanta before settling in Asheville, experiencing and learning what it takes to bring people together in communities on a truly local level, from pot luck suppers and music gatherings to local food coops and even banking! With a talent and passion for greenways and open spaces, Brotherhug as been an effective advocate for community and organizational collaboration in developing the Hominy Creek Greenway  and much more. With a wonderful dose of historical facts surrounding the current Asheville Buncombe efforts to connect open spaces, provide walking and biking opportunities and preserve environmentally and socially valuable resources, a wonderful interview!

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Zev Friedman, Permaculturalist

ZevWhat do permaculture, kudzu, milpas, climate change, biochar, building community and education have in common? Zev Friedman! An interesting, fact filled discussion on forest farming, sustainable agriculture, hands on education and much more.

Zev is Vice President at Living Systems Design, Co-Leader of Permaculture In Action, Instructor at the School of Integrated Living and received his B.S. in Human Ecology from UNC Asheville in 2004.   Zev spends lots of time growing, gathering and processing perennial and annual foods, medicines and craft materials, and uses that experience to create hands-on classes in permaculture and earthskills.  He makes his living as a professional permaculture designer and teacher, and seeks to connect landowners, farming families and other stakeholders to grow multi-generational, carbon-sequestering village culture through that consulting work.

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And watch Zev’s intriguing TedX Katuah talk: Our Budding Forest Economy.

Mercury in Your Mouth? A visit to Dr. Matthew Young, DDS.

MattYoungHeadshotWhat’s in YOUR mouth? We know about the hazards of mercury from coal burning power plants and industry, but do you know millions still have mercury fillings in their teeth? Dr. Matthew Young discusses the science and the health impacts of mercury fillings, options to replace them, the global effort to ban mercury from the environment, best practices for removal of dental mercury and even a bit of the history of mercury fillings!

MattYoungproceduremercuryInvited to attend a global IAOMT conference in Australia this year for his efforts, Dr. Young works with a range of professionals in education and awareness. His practice in Hendersonville, NC provides the only nationally available  ‘real time’ mercury measurements during the dental removal process, a comprehensive biologic approach and custom designed and made, while you wait,  mercury free crowns, fillings and more. For more information, visit www.matthewyoungdds.net .

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Mary Olson, Nuclear Information and Resource Services

Mary-Olson-wuft headshot      Mary Olson, the SE Coordinator for the Nuclear Information and Resource Service , brings her expertise and positive viewpoints to explain the nuclear plant shutdowns in the United States due to economic and safety issues, regional risks of dam failures to nuclear plants,  her presentation at the Vienna Conference on women’s health risks, the ongoing problem of nuclear waste and upcoming presentations sponsored by WNC Physicians for Social Responsibility.

Did you know women are at greater risk than men and young girls are at greater risk than young boys, from the same dose of radiation? That ratepayers are saving money as a result of nuclear power plant shutdowns? That proposed carbon rules are being co-opted by dirty energy industry’s lobbying? That nuclear power is not the answer to climate change? Ned Ryan Doyle hosts an update from an international expert on the issues.

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