Turn the Tide

Turn the Tide

with Laren Leland

Turn the Tide hopes to inspire listeners to engage in environmental betterment. Topics include conservation, green living, social justice, and activism. Turn the Tide suggests that we ask ourselves everyday: what can I do to contribute to positive change?

Leland is an artist, native bee conservationist, aspiring farmer, and real estate broker. She lives and dreams on Yachats River Road at Blossomwood Farmstead – bee sanctuary and permaculture.  Leland volunteers with the Pollinator Restoration Project and 350.org. To find out more about her work, please visit Leland at Advantage Real Estate.

Most recent show:

Interview with E. G. Vallianatos about his book Poison Spring: The Secret History of Pollution and the EPA.

From the back cover, “For twenty-five years E.G. Vallianatos saw the EPA from the inside, with rising dismay over how pressure from politicians and threats from huge corporations were turning it from the public’s watchdog into a ‘polluter’s protection agency.’ Based on his own experience, the testimony of colleagues, and hundreds of documents Vallianatos collected inside the EPA, Poison Spring reveals how the agency has continually reinforced the chemical-industrial complex.”

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Previous shows:

Interview with Joanne Kitell and Leland shares quotes from Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: a Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver.

Joanne Kitell is Chair of a local non-profit organization called View the Future. She is also the author of a few books about Yachats’ early days, including one which she wrote with oversight by local tribes entitled, Early Yachats History: Yachats Indians, Origins of the Name and the Reservation Years. She volunteers with Yachats Trails, where she helps with development. She is possibly best well known for her work on the Amanda Trail.

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Interview with Robert Kentta and Leland talks about the book Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teaching of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer.

Robert Kentta has worked as the Siletz Tribal Cultural Resources Director for over 20 years, and has concurrently served as an elected member of the Tribal Council of the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians for the past 9 years. He is active in supporting Siletz languages, ceremonial and cultural events, cultural/sacred site protection, archaeological and archival research, and history/cultural education. He is a traditional artist who specializes in regalia and baskets. He grew up in his Tribal community of Siletz, Oregon, and attended the Institute of American Indians Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is active on behalf of all Siletz Tribal members in matters of fairness/equality, and is able to advocate regionally/nationally as well through inter-Tribal regional/national organizations.

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Interview with Dr. Tom Kerns on the Declaration on Human Rights and Climate Change and Leland reads her written piece, “How to be an environmentalist.”

Dr. Kerns is author of Environmentally Induced Illnesses: Ethics, Risk Assessment and Human Rights (McFarland, 2001). He has lectured at the World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva on human rights issues in HIV vaccine research, and he has served as commissioner on the New Zealand People’s Inquiry into Aerial Pesticide Sprays Over Auckland (2006). Tom also serves as a Board member of Beyond Toxics, and of Concerned Citizens for Clean Air. He is on the Steering Group for the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal on the Human Rights Impacts of Fracking and is a member of the Drafting Group for the Declaration on Human Rights and Climate Change.

Mentioned in the interview: Our Children’s Trust, Eugene

*content note Newport’s 350.org usually meets the first Sunday of each month, but please check the web site for updated information in case of changes.

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