Women’s Space Radio Show with our guest Tracey Ritchie on the Earth Day Network and the Environmental Activism Legacy of Marjorie Stoneman Douglas, recorded on 4/8/19, has been uploaded to the web archives. The show was recorded, broadcast and streamed over Radio KBBF 89.1 FM in the North Bay on Monday 4/8/19 at 11 AM (repeats at 11 PM) and repeat broadcast and streamed over Radio KPCA 103.3 FM in Petaluma on Wednesday 4/10/19 at 11 AM.
Visit the web archive page for the show to hear the audio recording:
Earth Day Network – Protect our Species
Marjorie Stoneman Douglas’ Legacy of Environmental Activism
1.Tracey Ritchie , Director of Education, Earthday Network
Our Featured Guests
1. Tracey Ritchie shares her journey in advocating for a livable planet Earth to her present position as Director of Education for the Earth Day Network, which helps coordinate the annual theme for the world wide event on on or about April 22nd. This year the theme is Protect our Species. Tracey explains the process of picking the annual theme and her work with young people who realize the danger to the environment. Tracey also points to the environmental protection action legacy of Rachel Carsonwho published her book Silent Spring in 1962 and of Marjorie Stoneman Douglas, the savior of the Everglades and the namesake of the Parkland, Florida school where the massacre of 17 students with an assault rifle occurred, as she is an alumna of the school. Tracey is heartened by her Alma Mater’s students rallying the nation to political action on this gun control matter,perhaps inspired by the environmental activism of Marjorie Stoneman Douglas. Students across the globe are rallying for Climate Action.
About our Guest: Tracey Ritchie joined the Earth Day Network as the Director of Education in January
2018. Most recently she was adjunct faculty at the University of Florida and has held positions from Florida to North Carolina managing and facilitating Environmental Education programs. Tracey completed her PhD at the University of Florida in 2017. Her research focused on developing systems thinking skills in students and teachers to more effectively communicate about complex environmental issues such as climate change. She also holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. Tracey has been active in the field of Environmental Education for over 12 years and looks forward to working with the global network of educators through EDN to advance environmental and climate literacy worldwide.
Guest Links: Earth Day Network www.earthday.org
Saturday April 20, 2019, Link to Sonoma County Beach Clean up
Saturday April 20, 2019, Link to SSonoma County Creek Clean up day
Saturday April 27, 2019, Noon – 4pm, Earth Day, Festival in Courthouse Square Santa Rosa Link —
Women in History
“In nature, nothing exists alone.” – Rachel Carson, 1962
Rachel Louise Carson (May 27, 1907 – April 14, 1964) was an American marine biologist, author, and conservationist whose book Silent Spring and other writings are credited with advancing the global environmental movement. Late in the 1950s, Carson turned her attention to conservation, especially some problems that she believed were caused by synthetic pesticides. The result was the book Silent Spring (1962), which brought environmental concerns to an unprecedented share of the American people.
Although Silent Spring was met with fierce opposition by chemical companies, it spurred a reversal in national pesticide policy, which led to a nationwide ban on DDT and other pesticides. It also inspired a grassroots environmental movement that led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Carson was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Jimmy Carter.
According to a profile of Douglas on the National Park Service website:
Marjorie Stoneman Douglas’ book, The Everglades: River of Grass,, published in 1947 — the year Everglades National Park was established — has become the definitive description of the natural treasure she fought so hard to protect. After several reprints, the revised edition was published in 1987, to draw attention to the continuing threats — unresolved — to “her river.”
In the 1950s, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers rose to the top of her list of enemies. In a major construction program, a complex system of canals, levees, dams, and pump stations was built to provide protection from seasonal flooding to former marsh land—now being used for agriculture and real estate development. Long before scientists became alarmed about the effects on the natural ecosystems of south Florida, Mrs. Douglas was railing at officials for destroying wetlands, eliminating sheetflow of water, and upsetting the natural cycles upon which the entire system depends.
Early on, she recognized that the Everglades was a system which depended not only on the flow of water from Lake Okeechobee into the park, but also upon the Kissimmee River which feeds the lake. To add a voting constituency to her efforts, in 1970 she formed the Friends of the Everglades, and was active as the head of the organization.
In his introduction to her autobiography Voice of the River (1987), John Rothchild describes her appearance in 1973 at a public meeting in Everglades City: “Mrs. Douglas was half the size of her fellow speakers and she wore huge dark glasses, which along with the huge floppy hat made her look like Scarlet O’Hara as played by Igor Stravinsky. When she spoke, everybody stopped slapping [mosquitoes] and more or less came to order. She reminded us all of our responsibility to nature and I don’t remember what else. Her voice had the sobering effect of a one-room schoolmarm’s. The tone itself seemed to tame the rowdiest of the local stone crabbers, plus the developers, and the lawyers on both sides. I wonder if it didn’t also intimidate the mosquitoes. . . . The request for a Corps of Engineers permit was eventually turned down. This was no surprise to those of us who’d heard her speak.”
The Opening and Closing Theme song is with permission of the Composer and Singer
Hey Mr. Politican by Ellen Buckstel from the album Daddy’s Little Girl (2008 Ellen Bukstel)
What on Earth by Earth Mama from the album Love Large (1996 Rouse House LLC)
Imagine , Sung by Glee Cast, from the album Glee The Music – Season 1 (2009-10 20th Century Fox Film Corporation)
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