When the BioMass Hits the Wind Turbine
114 - Socially Responsible Investing

114 - Socially Responsible Investing

April 18, 2021

Every dollar you spend is a vote.  Every dollar you invest or save is also a vote.

How can you make sure that the companies you support also support an agenda and a world vision that you agree with?  And just what should you look for when trying to decide where to place your money?

Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station as they speak with Michelle Wilson, Financial Planner and owner of Athens Impact Socially Responsible Investments as they discuss the evils and advantages of money.

113 - Have We Reached Peak Climate Change?

113 - Have We Reached Peak Climate Change?

April 11, 2021

Since the beginnings of the industrial revolution, economic greed and industrial activity have behaved like frat boys at an open bar.  The result - a changing climate that threatens our very existence on this planet.

But have political will, economics and technology all aligned at this moment to ensure that the worst is behind us and the healing has begun?  President Biden has recently announced a $2 trillion sustainability package.  Corporations and investors are abandoning fossil fuel projects and flocking to renewables.  The solar industry grew 47% during a pandemic year. 

Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a surprisingly hopeful discussion of the various challenges and complexities of living a sustainable life.

 
112 - Adapting Your Property to a Changing Climate

112 - Adapting Your Property to a Changing Climate

April 4, 2021

If you have been paying attention, you will notice that the climate is changing.  Plants and trees that used to thrive are dying off.  Pollinators are disappearing.  The seasons seem to arrive early - or late.  It is too wet, then too dry.

Climate change is real and it is here now.  So how can we adapt our property, gardens and forests to deal with this new reality?

Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a discussion of the various challenges and complexities of living a sustainable life.

 
111 - Home Funerals, Sustainable Burials

111 - Home Funerals, Sustainable Burials

March 28, 2021

We are all going to die someday.  So how would you like to go? 

Many people are opting to reject the industrialized death machine that has gradually emerged in our society - one that makes those who love you spectators rather than participants in what is, after all, a natural and inevitable end to being a part of this world. 

Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station as they speak with Donna Baker, founder of Columbus Community Deathcare about the process of conducting a home funeral and burial options that are more natural and easier on this planet that we have come to know and love.

110 - 2021 UN Climate Report

110 - 2021 UN Climate Report

March 21, 2021

In late February 2021 the United Nations issued their latest report on global climate.  The report was a call to action, warning that it should be seen as a “red alert for our planet” and that “2021 is a “make or break year” to confront the global climate emergency.

But haven't we heard this all before and it seems that people and governments are content to continue on with business as usual.  Will anything change before it is too late?  Or are things already changing... despite inaction by government?

Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a discussion of the various challenges and complexities of living a sustainable life.

109 - The Doula of Death

109 - The Doula of Death

March 14, 2021

When we give birth, it is generally with the help of a midwife or a doctor who has been through the process before and knows what to do and what to say to ease us through what is, after all, a natural process. So why is it not the same with death?

In the not-so-long-ago past, death was a community affair. Friends and relatives would take charge of the process, assisting the dying, helping those that would be left behind – explaining the process, washing the body, arranging for the remains.

Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station as they speak with Donna Baker, founder of Columbus Community Deathcare. She is an INELDA-trained Death Doula, hoping to revive some of the ancient rituals and practices that made the process of death a much more normal part of life.

108 - Nuclear Power is Dead

108 - Nuclear Power is Dead

March 7, 2021

Nuclear power produces about 18% of all the electricity produced in the US.  Power plants have an expected life of around 40 years, and currently 88 of the 96 existing reactors are older than their original life expectancy.  Only one nuclear reactor has been put in service since 1998.  For all intents and purposes - the nuclear industry is dead.

But it is not.  And why is that?  Like riding the tiger, once on the nuclear production beast it is hard to get off.  Decommissioning a plant can take 60 years and many millions of dollars.  Yet many "green" activists remain convinced that nuclear power must remain part of a clean energy future. 

Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a discussion of the various challenges and complexities of living a sustainable life.

107 - Staying Sane in an Insane World

107 - Staying Sane in an Insane World

February 28, 2021

It's easy to get the impression that everything and everyone around you is either crazy or in the process of going crazy. This is largely because it's true. Mental health is the number one illness or complaint facing those living in our soul-sick society.

So how can you deal with and cope with the mental stresses of everyday life? What are some of the things you can do to try to stay sane in an insane world? Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a discussion of the ever changing landscape of living sustainably.

106 - Solar Incentives you can take advantage of in 2021

106 - Solar Incentives you can take advantage of in 2021

February 21, 2021

Solar is today the cheapest form of electricity in most parts of the country. And it is made even cheaper when you take advantage of the incentives that still exist (but are rapidly disappearing). Incentives range from tax credits (currently 26% of the cost of installing the system), grants (up to 25% of the system cost for rural businesses) to low interest loans.

Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station are joined by Mat Roberts from the Sustainable Ohio Public Energy Council for a discussion of the ever changing landscape of living sustainably.

 

105 - Economics of Pandemics

105 - Economics of Pandemics

February 14, 2021

The Covid pandemic exposed a number of weaknesses in the globalized consumer culture that has evolved in recent decades.  How does the system react when travel, transportation, markets are disrupted?  And what happens when this disruption lasts for weeks, then months, then years?

What resiliency lessons have been learned and what changes might we experience going forward as economic systems adapt to a globe subject to major periodic disruptions.  Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a discussion of the ever changing landscape of living sustainably.

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