#61: How Do We Atone for Poisoning Generations of American Minorities?

In Episode 61, Quinn & Brian ask: How do we atone for poisoning generations of American minorities?

Our guest is Dr. Michael Dorsey, a recognized expert on global energy, finance and sustainability matters. Dr. Dorsey holds Rotary International’s highest honor, The Paul Harris Medal for Distinguished Service to Humanity, and is a “full member” of the Club of Rome. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Yale, and Johns Hopkins University, he is currently Senior Program Officer for Sustainability at the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

Dr. Dorsey is out there making change wherever he goes – which is just about everywhere, really – and today, he’s going to hold our hands and walk us through the history of environmental injustice in the United States (and beyond) – and how, ultimately, we can work together to make things better for future generations.

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#50: It’s Getting Hot in Herre & America’s Poor are (Not Surprisingly) Dying Fastest

In Episode 50, Quinn & Brian discuss: How D.C. and LA are dealing with urban heat issues.  

Our guests are Yesim Sayin Taylor and Molly Peterson. Yesim is the founding Executive Director of the D.C. Policy Center and Molly is a renowned reporter focusing on the environment and climate change (and our first returning guest!).

We all remember when Nelly said, “It’s getting hot in herre,” but not a lot of people remember the whole verse: “It’s getting hot in herre, so take off all your clothes / all of the poor minorities in America are suffering and dying before everybody else / Uh, uh, uh, let it hang all out.” But it’s a shame, really, because if we’d just paid more attention to Nelly’s important message back in 2002, maybe we wouldn’t be facing this problem today.

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#33: This is Zero Hour... So What The Hell Are You Doing?

In Episode 33, Quinn & Brian ask: This is Zero Hour... so what the hell are you doing?

Our guests are Elsa Mengistu and Emelly Villa, two of the young people behind Zero Hour, a movement that is aligning the voices of diverse in the conversation on climate and environmental justice. They’re doing incredible things to make this the world they want to (and can) live in – and they’re only 17 and 18!

The older generations, all around the world, have been stealing the future away from their children and grandchildren for far too long – and their children and grandchildren are fed up. #thisisZeroHour to act on climate change, and neither our planet or the youth can afford to wait any longer. If this episode doesn’t convince you to hop on board The Revolution train – not just any revolution, but the capital letter Revolution that’s going to change the world (and maybe put some backs against the wall) – then there’s probably nothing that will.

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#32: Are You Ready for Some Radical Environmental Justice?

In Episode 32, Quinn & Brian ask: Are You Ready for Some Radical Environmental Justice?

Our guest is Shantha Ready Alonso, Executive Director of Creation Justice Ministries, which we’re pretty sure means she’s the boss of all the religious folks out there – and luckily enough for you pious people, she’s delightful! The mission of Creation Justice Ministries is to “educate, equip, and mobilize Christian communities and individuals to protect, restore, and rightly share God's Creation.” But more than that, and this is why we really wanted to chat with Shantha, they focus on providing support to the vulnerable and marginalized.

As an individual, when you watch the news and see all of the problems in the world (and then maybe pour yourself another drink or cry a little), those big problems can feel insurmountable for a regular person. And as the environment rapidly deteriorates and starts fighting back, the marginalized communities that are already suffering the most from our systematic problems just get more crap piled onto them.

But Creation Justice Ministries is going into small vulnerable communities, asking the people who live there what actually needs to be done, and then educating them on how to solve those problems themselves. Because that’s where people actually give a shit, and that’s where you can have the most impact.

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