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All Hands on Deck for Nature with Kristina Haddad

Kristina Haddad is our Wonder Guide for episode six.  If you’re looking for some motivation, passion and commitment when it comes to the preservation and celebration of wild places look no further! If you’re looking for someone thoroughly versed in environmental activism and justice, you’ve come to the right place!

Kristina is currently the program director at the environmental non-profit organization, 7th Generation Advisors.  And while this job alone would be enough she also is an actor, teacher and life-long lover of nature.

Our conversation ranges from the big redwood trees of Northern California to her work to protect the Santa Monica Bay from pollution.  We talk about her one person show, Save Sheldon! which follows the journey of an environmental activist and her attempt to save an ancient tree.

 

Vernon Masayesva of the Black Mesa Trust with Kristina Haddad

 

We also take a deeper look at how environmental racism continues to harm and perpetuate disadvantaged communities, specifically people of color.

Kristina reminds us that we’re out of balance as a society in terms of our relationship to the environment (or her preferred term “nature”) but also shares specific actions we can take right now to preserve, protect and defend our planet. 

In the Where Art Meets Nature segment, DJ Shark and I discuss the great Talking Heads song, Nothing But Flowers. Again, DJ Shark points out the magnificent subtleties of another song that has nature at its center.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2twY8YQYDBE

And DJ Shark can be found at his radio show, All Time is Now, http://www.alltimeisnow.com/All_Time_is_Now.html

In the There’s No Planet B segment Kristina and I look at two important non-profits doing magnificent work to empower communities and preserve forests.  They are The Fund for Wild Nature and Sequoia Forest Keeper.

In the 3×3 Main Street Challenge we go to the glorious city of Juneau, Alaska.  We start at the iconic restaurant The Hanger on the Wharf.  They are across the street from Main Street in Juneau and their address is 2 Marine Way, Juneau, AK 99801.https://www.hangaronthewharf.com/ 3 minutes from there is the Mount Roberts Nature Center. https://www.stepintoalaska.com/about-us/mt-roberts-nature-center/

Less than 30 minutes away is the Mendenhall Glacier, https://www.alaska.org/detail/mendenhall-glacier-visitor-center

And if you get on the ferry in Juneau also known as the Alaska Marine Highway you can be in the great city of Haines and observe the thousands of American Bald Eagles there.

http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/aspunits/southeast/chilkatbep.htm

NOTHING BUT FLOWERS
Here we stand
Like an Adam and an Eve
Waterfalls
The Garden of Eden
Two fools in love
So beautiful and strong
The birds in the trees
Are smiling upon them
From the age of the dinosaurs
Cars have run on gasoline
Where, where have they gone?
Now, it’s nothing but flowers
There was a factory
Now there are mountains and rivers
You got it, you got it
We caught a rattlesnake
Now we got something for dinner
We got it, we got it
There was a shopping mall
Now it’s all covered with flowers
You’ve got it, you’ve got it
If this is paradise
I wish I had a lawnmower
You’ve got it, you’ve got it
Years ago
I was an angry young man
And I’d pretend
That I was a billboard
Standing tall
By the side of the road
I fell in love
With a beautiful highway
This used to be real estate
Now it’s only fields and trees
Where, where is the town
Now, it’s nothing but flowers
The highways and cars
Were sacrificed for agriculture
I thought that we’d start over
But I guess I was wrong
Once there were parking lots
Now it’s a peaceful oasis
You’ve got it, you’ve got it
This was a Pizza Hut
Now it’s all covered with daisies
You got it, you got it
I miss the honky tonks,
Dairy Queens, and 7-Elevens
You got it, you got it
And as things fell apart
Nobody paid much attention
You got it, you got it
I dream of cherry pies,
Candy bars, and chocolate chip cookies
You got it, you got it
We used to microwave
Now we just eat nuts and berries
You got it, you got it
This was a discount store,
Now it’s turned into a cornfield
You’ve got it, you’ve got it
Don’t leave me stranded here
I can’t get used to this lifestyle
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: David Byrne
(Nothing but) Flowers lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc

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