Over the weekend, Victoria commemorated the 44th Earth Day with a rally, march, and the Creatively United for the Planet festival. The hope is, we can bring the various quarters of our human society together to bring some semblance of sanity to the way we live upon this, our only viable address within the next few million light years,or so.
Going back more than half the distance to that first Earth Day, my first guest has devoted his creative energies to addressing some of the most urgent environmental issues we face.
In 1989, Janos Maté joined Greenpeace, and in 1992 took on its campaign to protect the ozone layer from the misuse of industrial chemicals – and though his work was recognized in 2010 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Montreal Protocol Award, he reminds; the campaign goes on.
In 1995, Maté was among the Greenpeace crew that sailed into the French exclusion zone at the Mururoa Atoll to stop nuclear tests. Closer to home, Maté is, with Whale Friends and No Whales in Captivity, pushing to see an end to the ‘incarceration for entertainment’ of whales and dolphins at the Vancouver Aquarium.
Janos Maté in the first half.
And; few human endeavors pose a greater risk to the natural environment than war. In these last decades, the relentless push of profit-driven conflict has wreaked havoc around the globe. From the occupations of Gaza, Afghanistan, and Iraq, to the more subtle subterfuges provoking violence and social breakdown in Syria, and Ukraine, it’s clear; a more nuanced understanding of the workings of the World is required to make some sense of War in the 21st Century.
Eva Golinger is an award-winning American journalist, author, and attorney living in Caracas, Venezuela for almost a decade. Golinger is winner of the International Award for Journalism in Mexico, and was named ‘La Novia de Venezuela’ by the late President, Hugo Chávez. Some of her English language book titles include: ‘Bush vs. Chávez: Washington’s War on Venezuela,’ ‘The Empire’s Web: Encyclopedia of Interventionism and Subversion,’ and ‘The Chávez Code: Cracking US Intervention in Venezuela,’ which is currently being made into a feature film. Golinger has, since 2003 been analyzing and investigating US interventions in Latin America and, as well as her many articles, has written two books in Spanish on the subject. Her documentary film, ‘One Day with President Evo Morales’ is a Russia Today “special project” that will air tonight and tomorrow on RT.
Eva Golinger and The Dirty Hand of the National Endownment for Democracy in Venezuela in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of what’s good going on on our city’s streets and beyond in the coming week. But first, Janos Maté and twenty-five years on the Green front line.
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca. He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/
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