Category Archives: Earth Day

The Goldilocks Planet & The Trump Administration


“For over the past 10,000 years, Earth has been the Goldilocks planet, not too hot, not too cold, as the temperature has been steady, fluctuating by only about 1°C. So, everything the human species has done has been within a very narrow, and almost perfect temperature range (Source: Richard Alley, professor of geosciences, Penn State University, PBS Interview). In other words, civilization is like a spoiled child that has been protected and shielded from the reality of a rough and tumble world.” This is from a stirring article by frequent and popular Life Elsewhere contributor, Robert Hunziker. Suggesting civilization is like a spoiled child, is hardly coincidental for Hunziker, who has little time for what he considers to be the dangerous antics of an infantile Donald Trump. “The Artic is finally in a weakened stage enough so to cause humankind’s worst nightmare. Regrettably, that nightmare is already trump-tweet-global-warmingwarming up to the destructive task at hand, and Trump is not even in the White House yet!” Says Robert. The Los Angels-based, environmental journalist’s latest commentary for Counterpunch paints a frightening scenario, “Lamentably, on Election Day, the creepy Doomsday Clock got an enormous shot in the arm and now absorbs powerful testosterones, suggesting that the big ole clarion bells on ye olde public square should be ringing as loud as possible, alerting the townspeople to an impending storm!” Hunziker shouts in his piece titled, The Arctic Warms Up For Trump. In the next edition of Life Elsewhere, Robert Hunziker  will explain why he is so fearful of Donald Trump’s view on global warming, as illustrated in his Tweet on November 8, 2012, “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”

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PS: News came in as this post was being published that President-elect Trump may rethink his views on Global Warming. No details were available. 

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Kiss The Sky!

Kiss The Sky

Directly after Life Elsewhere’s Earth Day Edition, Norman B dashed off to Seattle to host a very special charity event, Kiss The Sky! The Orca Freedom Concert on Earth Day, April 22 at the Experience Music Project Museum’s Sky Church, benefiting wild Orca research and advocacy. The stellar line-up of artists are all keenly interested in or actively involved with Orca advocacy, including Heart, Graham Nash, Joan Jett And The Blackhearts, Country Joe McDonald, Ian McLagan and more. The Kiss The Sky event celebrates the orca—the totem species of the Pacific Northwest—while supporting The Center for Whale Research on San Juan Island, OrcaLab on BC’s Hanson Island, and Earth Island Institute’s International Marine Mammal Project in Berkeley. These groups are diligently working to recover endangered orcas and advocate for their freedom and well-being.

To promote the concert, Norman B was invited onto The Bob River’s Show Seattle’s top-rated morning-drive radio program at KJR 95.7 fm. The two radio personalities met live on air for the first time and recalled the days when they were supposedly bitter enemies at rival radio stations. Norman B talked about the early days of Grunge and his involvement in the Seattle music scene.

The Earth Day Edition

Robert Hunziker“How many people wait with bated breath for Earth Day to arrive in April of each year? Who knows, but taking a wild guess, probably nobody. Earth Day kinda died out along with the fade-out of the counter-culture of the sixties and seventies. Today, they’re all grandparents and Earth Day has dissipated”. Wrote freelance writer and environmental journalist, Robert Hunziker in a recent edition of Dissident Voice. Mr. Hunziker goes onto say, “Imagine what could of / would have been if only global warming had been the issue of the day in 1968. The likely answer is: Major legislation, including a national directive to convert to renewable energy sources ASAP, setting a D-Day for rejection of fossil fuels. Back then, the streets of Washington, D.C. would have been so filled with so much outrage that Congressional members would have required hours to wade through the mass of people to their offices”. His thought-provoking article, prompted Norman B to invite Robert Hunziker onto Life Elsewhere to explain why he believes we should Ban Earth Day”.

“Greening the Media”
a book by Toby Miller and Richard Maxwellexamines important questions such as the media’s complicity in environmental pollution, illustrating how information technology contributes to the global ecological crisis and hot-button issues such as global warming, cellphone safety, and technological waste. Miller and Maxwell like Robert Hunziker are also concerned about what Earth Day means, so they co-authored an article for Psychology Today, titled “The Toby MillerProblem With Earth Day”. Professor Toby Miller is an interdisciplinary social scientist, the author and editor of over 30 books who has published essays in more than 100 journals. He joins the Life Elsewhere conversation to discuss his original and for some, controversial ideas.

As always at Life Elsewhere, we format the incidental music to align with the topics. This week we included music specifically fitting for Earth Day, including: The YardbirdsThe Shape Of ThingsDeep ForestForest HymnRadioheadIdioteque and Marvin GayeMercy Mercy Me (The Ecology). This week’s Hit That Never Was also has an Earth Day reference with Rise by Samantha James.