Posts Tagged ‘Mark Allen’

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Politicians discussing climate change. Sculpture by Issac Cordal.

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Nick is joined by town planner and environmental activist Mark Allen. We discuss two forms of climate change denial – both denying climate change is happening and/or is caused by human activity but also denying the action and changes that are required to seriously address the climate emergency. To discuss this, we draw on the article ‘Climate Change: Almost Half Of Australia Is Still Ignorant Or Confused, New Poll Reveals’ by Thom Mitchell and the documentary This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis.

We discuss government “action” on the Great Barrier Reef, the problems with “green” capitalism, statistics on the impact of the carbon tax (we also covered the carbon tax on episodes 5 and 63), climate activism and hopepreferential voting in Australia and voting for the environment in the upcoming election.

Plugs for Mark: City Limits on 3CR, Population, Planning and Permaculture Facebook group and Mark’s article on the Brexit.

If you are interested in hearing more on the issues discussed on this episode, check out our recording of the Left Q/A – Election 2016 event, featuring speakers from Save the Planet, the Socialist Alliance and the Greens – part 1, part 2. We also discuss this event and play some highlights from it on episode 138.

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Clips:

Men With Day JobsDenial Tango’, The Feed SBSGood Grief, the Bloody Reef!’, PJ HarveyLet England shake’.

You can listen to a short (7 minute) version of this episode, which features a shortened version of Nick and Mark’s discussion on voting for the environment in the upcoming election, below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

This image was chosen to put into context claims about Australian public transport being overcrowded (a point made during the episode) rather than to feed into the racist narrative that predominantly blames poorer countries for environmental problems. Image from http://www.shareyouressays.com

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On this one we take on the controversial issue of population, with the help of town planner and environmental activist Mark Allen. We discuss population on both a global and national scale, in light of Australia’s population recently reaching 24 million people. This includes addressing some feedback we got (see the comments on this post) on episodes 115 and 116, which focused on progressive parenting. The episode is a continuation from our discussion with Mark from our previous episode, #127, which focused on addressing urban sprawl.

Mark has written about these issues in his article ‘Why The Greens’ Plan For A Liveable Melbourne Will Not Save Melbourne’ and in the zine he has co-written ‘Why We Need to Talk about Population’ – available at New Internationalist bookshop in Melbourne. Mark has also set up the Facebook groups Population, Permaculture and Planning and Sustainable Cruelty-Free Communities.

If you’d like to hear other episodes where we have covered population, we spoke about the issue at the end of episodes 15 and 44. It would also be worth checking out episode 10, where we challenged the notion of “legitimate” refugees/migrants, which came up in this episode.

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Clips:

Morrissey ‘End of the Line’, Bad ReligionAgainst the Grain’, The Jam ‘Thick as Thieves’.

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You can listen to this episode above and subscribe to our podcast on iTunes. You can also listen to this episode on StitcherCyber Ears or download it on Archive.org (43mins, 34MB).

This time we’re joined by town planner and environmental activist Mark Allen to discuss the issue of urban sprawl, where urban development takes over previously undeveloped areas. This has a variety of negative impacts, including on humans, other animals and the environment as a whole.

Mark advocates an alternative approach to planning, including urban villages and cohousing as responses to these problems. He also argues that high rise is not the (only) response required to address urban sprawl.

If you’re interested in finding out more about and discussing these issues, join Mark’s Facebook group Population, Permaculture and Planning. If you’d like more from us on similar issues, check out our 25th episode: Get Out of Your Car! and you can also hear Nick discussing urban planning, transportation, environment and social justice on episode 47 of Critical Transit podcast.

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Clips:

Shock OctopusIn a Box’, Midnight OilYour Dream World’.

You can listen to a short (10 minute) version of this episode, which features our discussion on why urban sprawl is an important issue that needs to be addressed, below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.