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Featuring Jeff Gibbs, director of "Planet of the Humans," Ozzie Zehner, and Michael Moore, the "Planet of the Humans Podcast" cuts through smokescreens and illusions that have blinded we humans to the full reality of the time we are in and the way forward. Covering breaking news and critical environmental issues from a perspective available nowhere else. We believe the path forward begins with courage, vision, and the willingness to see things in a new light. Support this podcast: https://an ...
 
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Spring is in the air, and it's tempting to clean up the yard. Yet, starting too early, or cleaning too thoroughly, can be devastating to our pollinators, including bees, birds and butterfiles. On this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair spoke with Lisa Denys, a seasonal environmental program assistant for Washtenaw County, about s…
 
We know, with certainty, the climate crisis is negatively impacting our environment. It is also having adverse affects on pubic health, particularly in communities of color and among low-income familes. Dr. Lisa Del Buono is the founder of Michigan Clinicians for Climate Action. She joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss her organization's advocacy of…
 
For 24 years, Janis Bobrin served Washtenaw County as Water Resources Commissioner. Some of the programs she devised and implemented are now industry standard and the positive environmental impacts she's had in our community are quite tangible. For the final Women's History Month edition of "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair speaks with…
 
Michigan State Representative Donna Lasinski has, among other things, stood up for numerous environmental causes. That includes fighting the Gelman 1-4 dioxane plume to trying to prevent Enbridge Line 5 from causing catastrophic damage to the Great Lakes. Now, as the top Democrat in the Michigan House of Representatives, Lasinski seeks to help rewr…
 
Mary Beth Doyle Park is a beautiful and serene area in which to spend time and enjoy the outdoors. It is appropriately named after environmental advocate and activist Mary Beth Doyle. She helped bring the Ecology Center to international prominence and improved the health of environment and inspired others to do the same. WEMU's David Fair checked i…
 
Throughout Women's History Month, WEMU is talking with women who are dedicated to creating new history when it comes to environmental protections. In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair recognizes Michelle Deatrick. The former Washtenaw County Commissioner was instrumental in forming the Washtenaw County Climate Council and h…
 
The Huron River is a life force for the communities in its watershed. Throughout the years, it is women who have been a driving force in improving its quality. In this Women's History Month edition of "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks with the current executive director of the Huron River Watershed Council about some of the women…
 
The movement towards racial equity is an ongoing fight. Environmental racism has been an issue in our area since the industrial revolution, and it persists today, inflicting the most harm on communities of color. In another Black History Month edition of "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair and the Sierra Club's Justin Onwenu explore prob…
 
The concept of environmental justice can traced back to the 1970's. But, it wasn't until the 1990's when the movement really began to take shape, thanks to the works of such scholars as Dr. Bunyan Bryant and Dr. Paul Mohai. Dr. Mohai looks back at the work he and his colleagues have done over the last three decades in a conversation with WEMU's Dav…
 
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the the African-American community more in a variety of negative ways. Among other things, it has highlighted the systemic issues that continue to support environmental racism. Detroit-based " Green Door Initiative " was created specifically to fight such inequities. Organization founder and CEO Donele Wilkins dis…
 
The cost of producing and distributing renewable energy continues to decline. That is changing the energy marketplace. Still, there are a lot of hurdles to overcome in both legislative policy and in the behaviors of individuals and communities. In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair discusses the near and longer-term energy f…
 
Ann Arbor's Materials Recovery Facility has been closed for nearly five years due to safety concerns. In 2020, the city hired Recycle Ann Arbor to handle recycling and charged it with reopening the facility. Renovation and innovation measures are getting underway, and "The MuRF," as it's called, should open this fall. Recycle Ann Arbor CEO Bryan Uk…
 
Joe Biden will be sworn in today as the 46th President of the United States. University of Michigan professor Richard Rood is one of many experts expecting the new administration will undo the damaging environmental policies of the Trump administration and advance the effort to combat the climate crisis. Dr. Rood discussed his predictions with WEMU…
 
One of the few certainties about weather is its uncertainty. So far, the winter of 2021 is off to a rather mild start. But, the weather phenomenon known as "La Nina" and other factors could bring serious snowfall to the region. In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair explored the possibilities with Dr. Ashley Payne, assistant …
 
The second "Planet of the Humans" podcast! Jeff discusses what might come next in the world of "Planet of the Humans" and seeks listener input--your input. He explains why the current "environmental" movement has not and will not save us, and how an obsession with a single symptom of humans dominating the entire planet is a fatal mistake, and ends …
 
Nonprofit organizations have been among those forced to adapt change and overcome survival challenges in 2020. In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair called Donna Murray-Brown, president/CEO of the Michigan Nonprofit Association. to discuss what was learned in 2020 and how that will carry forward in 2021.…
 
With so many people staying home during the pandemic, levels of outdoor activity have been on the increase. That includes bird watching. In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair speaks to Erin Rowan, conservation associate for Audubon Great Lakes, about the growing popularity of bird watching and its impacts on Michigan's bird …
 
Millions of people around the world live near major garbage dumps. Such conditions are a public health and environmental danger. The Ann Arbor-based nonprofit International Samaritan has been working for decades to help the people and improve the environmental conditions. The organization's president, Mike Tenbusch, discussed the efforts with WEMU'…
 
The automotive industry is shifting to electric vehicles. Right now, only about two percent of American automobile sales are in the electric sector. But reducing waste, increasing recycling, and making the shift to electrification move more quickly will only have a positive impact on CO-2 emissions and climate change. For the first time, a circular…
 
After study and gathering community feedback, Ypsilanti City Council voted in 2019 in favor of removing the Peninsular Paper Dam from the Huron River. In this week's "Issues of the Environment," Huron River Watershed Council executive director Rebecca Esselman joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss progress toward that end. Phase II of the removal pro…
 
The pandemic has impacted all parts of our economy, including the local agricultural community. But, there are positives that have resulted and reasons for giving thanks, too! Kim Bayer is owner of Slow Farm in Washtenaw County. She joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss COVID-19 impacts on local farming for this week's "Issues of the Environment."…
 
"Planet of the Humans" director Jeff Gibbs responds to censorship, and describes what "Planet of the Humans" is really about. Hint: it's not solar panels. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/planetofthehumans/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/planetofthehumans/support
 
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