April 10, 2022
Solar energy is one of the fastest growing industries worldwide. It currently produces about 3% of the US electricity - but is anticipated to generate as much as 30% within a decade. And as is true with any large industry - it will create its share of problems.
Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a discussion of the environmental problems the growth of solar energy will generate for our planet - from mineral extraction, to pollution during manufacturing, to how to deal with the waste stream when the systems grow old and fail.
April 3, 2022
The industrialized food industry has discovered that a growing number of people are hungry for meat alternatives. Everyone from fast food restaurants to mega grocery stores are rolling out their meat alternatives.
But are these fake meat products healthy (as claimed)? Just what is in this stuff? Join Annie and Jay Warmke as they discuss the evolving world of fake meat - coming to a grocery store near you.
March 27, 2022
As solar goes more mainstream, we are beginning to see solar “aluminum siding salesmen” knocking on doors and trying to sell homeowners systems that are overpriced and may or may not meet the needs of the household. We are seeing misleading advertisements claiming there are “new incentive programs for your zip code” that the utility companies “don't want you to know about.”
So how do you separate the truth from the BS?
Every six months, the solar consulting company Energy Sage publishes a comprehensive study, asking solar installers around the nation questions about how the business has changed and what things really cost in the market today.
Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a discussion of this report's findings and what you should expect to pay should you decide to put solar on your roof.
March 20, 2022
Increasingly there is a growing awareness that the world is in crisis. Four years of Trump, two years of Covid, the outbreak of war in Europe... people are reaching an emotional breaking point.
Well clearly the sad reality is that difficult and troubling things happen in each of our lives. But how do some seem to deal with this stress better than others?
Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a discussion of how to create emotional resiliency in your life.
March 13, 2022
Ah, the suburban dream. A lush, freshly cut lawn stretching as far as the eye can see. But as far as the planet is concerned, that lawn is an ecological disaster, a toxic polluting wasteland devoid of biodiversity.
Join Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a discussion of the resources consumed and the environmental problems unleashed when we pursue the perfect lawn. And what are some alternatives that are a bit gentler on Mother Earth?
March 6, 2022
In case you hadn't noticed, the climate is changing and plants are dying. How can homesteaders cope with extreme weather events and a changing ecology. Well, one way is to create an environment for their garden that they can control to a certain extent. This is where high tunnels come in.
A high tunnel, or hoop house is a greenhouse like structure where plants can be cultivated and raised under more controlled conditions.
Join Annie and Jay Warmke from Blue Rock Station for a discussion on their experience with high tunnels, building it, the grant process with the government, and plans for how they intend to use it in the future.
February 27, 2022
The NRCS, or Natural Resources Conservation Service, is an agency within the Department of Agriculture tasked with “Helping People Help the Land.”
They offer a number of grants and programs that are designed to help farmers preserve and protect the soil, water and other natural resources.
Join Annie and Jay Warmke from Blue Rock Station for a discussion with Laurie Ryan Griffin, SE Ohio District Conservationist for NRCS about the various programs her agency has available to farmers.
February 20, 2022
Education is the key to understanding. No wonder the planet is in such a mess – as we do a pretty terrible job in teaching about sustainability, in our classrooms as well as within society in general.
So what are the issues, how do we address them, and what would the world look like if we made making the planet better as high a priority as we do making more money?
Join Annie and Jay Warmke from Blue Rock Station for an uniformed rant about the state of education and how we get the message out regarding the greatest challenges facing our global society.
February 13, 2022
More and more corporations are promoting their net-zero or carbon-neutral goals. Is this more corporate greenwashing, or is it a real thing? Can the profit-driven corporate structure really shift to embrace a long-term impact-neutral process? And what does net zero really mean?
Join Annie and Jay Warmke from Blue Rock Station for a discussion about the impact of a truly net zero society.
February 6, 2022
We all know that recycling is good. Saves the planet, conserves resources. Well, maybe, and maybe not. It is much more complicated than that. Find out just what is the sorted truth about recycling.
Join Annie and Jay Warmke from Blue Rock Station for a discussion of the issues and challenges of trying to live a sustainable life.