UC Press’ Headwinds and Tailwinds AND Pacific Visions at the Aquarium of the Pacific

In talking about the importance and value of university presses over many sectors, UCI Humanities Dean Tyrus Miller has much to say about some warning signs related to Stanford University Press on or near the budget chopping block. 
In the second segment, (minute 30:55), we talk about the all new addition at Aquarium of the Pacific, “Pacific Visions,” with CEO and President Jerry Schubel. Ample servings pertaining to climate change are available for all members of the public. Details about the public opening May 24th are available at: http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/.

UCI Climate Communication All Stars

Back by popular demand and the host’s insistence on finishing what we started, is UCI engineering PhD candidate Kimberly Duong. Gianna Lum, senior Earth System Scientist at UCI, joins her in taking up effective science communication, bridging research with the general public to increase literacy, with their pretty impressive tools. Their many useful sources and tools are: https://sustainability.uci.edu/portfolio-items/climatepedia-at-uci/https://www.instagram.com/climate_memes/?hl=en, and https://climatecommunication.yale.edu/.  

Vote Spotting AND Shifting Climate Politics in the US

Professor Rachel Bitecofer, polling forecaster and Assistant Director of the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University, knows how to call ‘em and offers  pronouncements that may surprise.  First stop, Orange County Congressional Districts; then on to the broader national picture for 2020 and beyond.  She’ll make us better consumers of political polling.  

Breathlessly, (minute 28:50) we head over to Bob Inglis, Executive Director of https://www.republicen.org/ and former Congressman from South Carolina, who returns to the show to gauge the change in the political discussion of climate change, and the value he sees in the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, the Green New Deal, and the Green Real Deal.

Municipal Foreign Policy Poised to Save the Planet

We devote the whole hour to Ben Leffel, UCI PhD candidate in Sociology, Kugelman Citizen Peacebuilding Research fellow, and co-creator of the Center for Innovative Diplomacy digital archive. He talks about the 30 year old legacy of municipal foreign policy that began here in Irvine, as well as his work with ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability an important, international strategic alliance. The archive can be accessed at :http://escholarship.org/uc/uci_cid and details about the ICLEI at: https://www.iclei.org/. For those interested in details about the 4/28/19 CA Redistricting Commission public information forum at the Fullerton Police Department go to: http://shapecaliforniasfuture.auditor.ca.gov/

Climate Action Hits The Road Again AND The Central Park Five Voiced in Opera

Before he heads out on his West Coast Climate Action road tour, Shahir Masri weigsh in about the climate initiatives moving through Congress. He’ll pack copies of his book, Beyond Debate: Answers to 50 Misconceptions on Climate Change. Have a peek of the tour and other progress at: https://www.shahirmasri.com/on-the-road-for-climate-action.html

In the second segment (minute 27:25), performer, teacher, and activist, Dr. Derrell Acon talks about his singing role in the Long Beach Opera world premier of The Central Park Five by Anthony Davis. In addition, he talks about the LBO’s companion justice-themed lectures during this season. Details are available at: https://www.longbeachopera.org/the-season/2019-season.

Solving Climate Change Through Free Enterprise Lenses AND Greenpeace Campaign Turning Off Plastic Spigot

Bob Inglis, Executive Director of RepublicEn.org and former Congressman representing Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina, offers wholesome and winning perspectives on climate change solutions. He moves mountains on climate change acceptance in business and in the Grand Ol’ Party. Details are available at:http://www.republicen.org/.

In the second segment (minute 33:45), Kate Melges, Ocean Plastics Campaigner for Greenpeace, directs our attention to the production end of the omnipresent plastics. Yeah, consumers can make better decisions, but the producers make it oh so hard for us. Their campaigns can be followed at: https://www.greenpeace.org/usa/oceans/.

Pre-Trial Detentions in CA AND Rethinking Water Management

Jeffrey Clayton, Executive Director of the American Bail Coalition, offers a grounded analysis about what California, versus others states, is doing with SB 10, the law ending money bail in CA. Petitions for reversing this law are being distributed statewide; qualified signatures are due into the Governor’s office by November 26th.

In the second segment (min 26:06) Conner Evers, water policy whisperer of Southern California, has tools for some out of the box thinking with water solutions, including savings from the closed-loop economy. Ways in which to follow Connor’s work include: http://ewccalifornia.org/home/index.php, and https://www.coastkeeper.org/.