Today is earth day, a celebration of life on earth and a call to action to save the planet. The day began in 1970, as the first wave of the environmental movement in the U-S was at its height.
This year, cities across the country are planning ten days of action under the theme ‘From Earth Day to May Day’, to try to bring together issues of environmentalism and labor rights. KBOO spoke with Lauren Regan, one of Oregon’s main organizers in the Global Climate Convergence days of action. 16:07 minutes (14.76 MB)
In the KBOO studios: Matt Zodrow and Tracy MacDonald the creators of the upcoming documentary project “WHITELANDIA”. The film plans to document Black Oregon and the many turns the state has taken on race relations, and KBOO news in-depth wanted to ask the questions on what the purpose of this docu-film seeks to get across to the residents in Portland and abroad. Whiteland has a Kick-Starter program to raise funds for the film:
Tomorrow is earth day, and people across the world are organizing two weeks of action to bring attention to the issue of climate change, and the urgent need to take radical action for the future of life on earth.
The movement is called ‘Earth Day to May Day’, and it aims to bring together issues of the environment with issues of labor and workers.
In Portland this past weekend, to kick off earth week, A Bioregional Confluence was organized by the Cascadia Brach of Portland at Portland State University. The Gathering was dedicated to promoting bioregional awareness, Indigenous solidarity and community resilience.
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Jerry Greenfield of Ben and Jerry ice cream came to Portland last week for ‘free ice cream day’.
But in addition to the line of people who wanted a free ice cream at Pioneer square, Jerry also faced some protesters, who challenged the company’s decision to maintain stores in Israeli settlements built on stolen Palestinian land.
KBOO’s Don Merrill asked Jerry about the issue while he was in town.
Jerry said, in response, "I think those people who are protesting Ben and Jerrys are doing exactly what they should be doing. I'm happy they're doing it, and it's gonna push Ben and Jerry's to find a good answer".
1:28 minutes (1.35 MB)
A unique and massive tree known as a Paradox Walnut in the Mt. Tabor area of Portland is threatened by a new housing development.
People in the neighborhood are trying to protect the tree and on April 10 the developer agreed to meet with them.
KBOO reporter Paul Roland spoke with arborist Kevin Hillery about the situation. 6:04 minutes (5.55 MB)
A report released on April 10 by Environment Oregon ranked Portland sixteenth among US cities for solar power.
KBOO reporter Ethan Martin spoke with Charlie Fischer of Environment Oregon and Andrea Jacob of Solar Forward for more on the report and Portland's ranking.
6:56 minutes (6.34 MB)