Hunting in National Wildlife Refuges? Livestock grazing in National Parks? Wolf eradication in Wilderness Areas? Join host Kevin Bixby with guests Dr. Michelle Lute (Project Coyote) and Dave Parsons (Rewilding Institute) as they discuss these and other activities allowed on federal public lands, the conflict with wildlife conservation, and what it means for the Biden Administration's goal of protecting biodiversity on 30 percent of America's lands and waters by 2030.
Please join Donna Stevens of the Upper Gila Watershed Alliance in a discussion about the twin crises of climate change and biodiversity loss. In the first half of the show, climate activist Mike Fugagli summarizes some of the most recent climate news. Spoiler alert: it’s alarming. But Mike doesn’t give us only bad news; he also shares the latest hopeful, and even revolutionary, social trends. In the second half of the show, UGWA’s Education and Outreach Director, Carol Ann Fugagli, reviews a process called Active Hope, a very helpful method for dealing with climate grief and the accompanying emotions of anger, depression, fear, and anxiety.
Discover the fascinating world of snakes as host Kevin Bixby talks with Melissa Amarello with Advocates for Snake Preservation (ASP). Did you know that rattlesnakes take care of their young for the first few weeks of their lives? And were you aware that vehicles are one of the greatest threats to snake survival? Listen in and learn more about the biology and conservation of our legless friends.
What’s wrong with the oil and gas industry in New Mexico? Find out on this week’s Earth Matters as Donna Stevens of the Upper Gila Watershed Alliance talks with Joseph Hernandez of the NAVA Education Project, retired water engineer Norm Gaume, and the Sierra Club’s Rio Grande Chapter Southern NM Coordinator. Did you know that it’s not illegal in NM to spill oil and toxic fracking fluids into our waterways and land? Hear how Native American and other communities of color are impacted by oil and gas fracking while NM politicians fail to adequately regulate this industry.
Join host Donna Stevens of the Upper Gila Watershed Alliance for a conversation with Pulitzer Rainforest Journalism Fund grantee Sam Schramski. The show is a bit of a departure from our usual programming about local and regional conservation issues. We’ll travel to the Amazonian rainforest to talk about the quilombolas, descendants of escaped African and Afro-Brazilian slaves, their role as forest protectors, and how they’ve been hit hard by the COVID pandemic.
On this week's Earth Matters, host Kevin Bixby does a post-mortem of the NM Legislature, with guests Jessica Johnson, Animal Protection of NM, and Luis Guerrero, Sierra Club. They talk about the environmental and wildlife bills that passed, some that didn't, who holds the real power in NM, bipartisanship, and the baked-in problems with New Mexico's "Citizen Legislature."
March is Women’s History Month, a time when we celebrate the achievements and contributions of women to our history, culture and society. Listen below to this weeks episode as Earth Matters host Allyson Siwik is joined by guest Sally Smith, an environmental activist who has made significant contributions to the environment and community health of Grant County. As the co-founder and board president of Gila Resources Information Project, Sally has taken on the mining industry locally and at the state level and has always spoken truth to power.
Join host Donna Stevens of the Upper Gila Watershed Alliance and her guests Gabe Vasquez and Angel Peña of Nuestra Tierra Conservation Project. Gabe Vasquez is the founder of Nuestra Tierra and a Las Cruces city councilor, and Angel Peña serves as Nuestra Tierra's Executive Director. This wide-ranging conversation discusses Nuestra Tierra’s outreach work, the US/Mexico border, outdoor equity, Wild and Scenic designation for the Gila River, the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol, and more.
Earth Matters Radio Hour host Kevin Bixby and guests discuss the surprise wolf hunt held in Wisconsin last week that resulted in more than 200 wolves being killed in just three days with guns, traps, snowmobiles and dogs. University of Wisconsin professor Adrian Treves, and Melissa Smith, executive director of Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf and Wildlife share their insights on how this massacre happened and what it says about the state of wildlife management in the U.S.
Host Allyson Siwak interviews author Laura Paskus an environmental journalist and correspondent whose work has been widely published. She is the producer of the New Mexico In Focus’s series “Our Land: New Mexico’s Environmental Past, Present, and Future," and author of At The Precipice: New Mexico's Changing Climate. They discuss water quality issues facing New Mexico including the adverse effects of Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
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