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Earth Day co-founder Pete McCloskey

A veritable national treasure, Pete McCloskey really has seen and done it all: the last in a long line of McCloskey Republicans dating back to 1859, a Korean War Vet, a Republican Congressman from 1967 to 1983, a candidate against Richard Nixon in the ’72 primary on an anti-Vietnam War platform, a co-founder of Earth Day, and co-author of the 1973 Endangered Species Act.
PART ONE (11 min)  PART TWO (7 min)

Long alienated by his own party’s abandonment of its principles of conservation, McCloskey
switched to the Democratic party this month, at the ripe age of 80.
Listen here for a good half-century of amazing stories and political
perspective, including his participation in the first Earth Day
celebration in 1970.

Treehugger: Eco America’s Bob Perkowitz

Thradio368Treehugger Correspondent Simran Sethi
(who appeared on Oprah again today– cool! ) interviews Eco America‘s Bob Perkowitz about what’s wrong with how Environmental Groups are marketing the Environment, tailoring the message for a United States that contains multitudes, and environmentalism as a faith-based initiative. LISTEN (12 min)

Home Depot’s New Eco Options

Home Depot has really come along way since the late 90’s: their latest in a determined push to operate more sustainably and help their customers do the same is their Eco Options program. Walk inside your local Home Depot, says vice president for environmental innovation Ron Jarvis, and you will find products with the Eco Options label given prominent shelf space, and accompanied by information on the impact (or lack thereof) of the product you’re buying. Stop by April 22nd, and you may leave the store with one the 1 million CFL lightbulbs they’re giving away for Earth Day. Thanks, Ron! LISTEN (8 min)

Senator Barbara Boxer gives a damn

"Barbara Boxer Gives a Damn,"– that was the slogan of her 1982 campaign for the House of Representatives, and for 25 years Senator Barbara Boxer has been giving a damn for American people, American priorities, and for Global environmental sustainability. LISTEN (12 min)

Here Senator Boxer tells Betsy of the possibilities for strong,
practical environmental legislation now that she, not James Inhofe,
holds the gavel: "We’ve already passed a bill through my committee (Committee on Environment and Public Works)
that deals with government buildings becoming models of energy
efficiency; we passed that with a provision that also makes grants to
cities and counties throughout the country. There’s a lot on my plate,
but I will tell you: with the work you’re doing, and the work that so
many are doing across this country, I think we can get this done."
for the ‘China and India aren’t doing it so we won’t either’ method of
global leadership, Senator Boxer says: "Since when do we wait for China
to lead on the environment?"

Matt Peterson and Global Green USA


Global Green USA CEO and President Matt Peterson stops by, first to chat with Betsy about five simple things all of us can do this Earth day to give back to Mother Earth: "If you can wash clothes with cold water instead of hot, you can save 500 pounds of carbon dioxide a year." In the second segment, Matt takes stock of his organization and its founder Mikhail Gorbachev, his buddy Leonardo DiCaprio, and both the footprint and reach (and open ear!) of Starbucks.
PART ONE (6 min)  PART TWO (12 min)


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