Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Jennifer Abbott September 16, 2020

Welcome back to Gorilla Radio’s continuing efforts, NOT broadcast live from CFUV Radio in the basement of the Student Union Building at the University of Victoria, but emanating live-to-tape via Skype from our home-based … studios on this date, September 16th, 2020.

Are there any among you listening not worried about the state of the natural World; any unaware of collapsing populations of insects, of birds, of the fish great and small; any not lamenting the expected fate of the jungle cat, elephant, or polar bear? Are there any of you out there still willing to debate the issue; willing to question the fact and scope of the emerging calamity? And, are there any left who believe it’s not too late to avert climate disaster?

If that’s the case, I’m sorry to be the one to tell you: “Yes, it IS too late, baby”.

But, just because we are past the point of being able to preserve “our way of life” doesn’t mean we can’t still live full and meaningful lives.

Jennifer Abbott is an internationally renowned, award-winning documentary filmmaker. Her screen credits include, ‘A Cow at My Table’, ‘Us & Them’, the short, ‘Brave New Minds’, and the seminal film of our young century, ‘THE CORPORATION’.

Now, the writer, director, editor, sound designer, co-producer, and all ’round indy film bottle-washer has two titles premiering on the Canadian festival circuit, ‘The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel’, again in collaboration with Joel Bakan, and ‘The Magnitude of All Things’, a deeply personal and poignant film, “explor[ing] the emotional and psychological dimensions of the climate crisis and the relationship between grief and hope in times of personal and planetary change.

Today, Jennifer Abbott and The Magnitude of All Things.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Dr. Tim Takaro August 18, 2020

Welcome back to Gorilla Radio’s continuing efforts, NOT broadcast live from CFUV Radio in the basement of the Student Union Building at the University of Victoria, but emanating live-to-tape via Skype from our home-based … studios on this date, August 18th, 2020.

Before Covid-19 swallowed the World we worried about banal issues like the climate crisis and survival of terrestrial life on a way too rapidly changing planet. But even if the environmental problems of our creation are no joke, our elected officials seem unable to take the situation seriously; some apparently wanting to accelerate the process. Clearly, we have to try harder.

Right now, not far outside New Westminster, near Hume Park, along the Brunette River, twenty meters above the ground is a tree-sit. Activists there are barring the way of the infamous TransMountain Pipeline Expansion project by occupying the trees that stand in the way of the final leg of the TMX ‘s route to terminus in Burnaby.

Dr. Tim Takaro is a scientist-physician, health researcher, educator, and Associate Dean of Research at Simon Fraser University. Takaro has dedicated his career to studying the human health impacts of climate change, and the more difficult task of communicating to those in control of environmental policy the dire and imminent consequence of failure to alter our societal course. Tim was the first to occupy the trees along the Brunette, and says of the TMX, “In addition to the direct health risks of the project, I am considering the future of my children, their children and future generations around the world.”

Today, Dr. Tim Takaro on environmental intersectionality and obstructing passage of the TransMountain pipeline.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Thursday between 11-Noon Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.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/