Jessica Aldridge Archive

  • On this EcoJustice Radio episode, we discuss what is happening in Indonesia and elsewhere around Palm Oil extraction, expansion, and exploitation. Our guest has been involved with orangutans for 46 years and has been working tirelessly to secure and protect the orangutan populations through creating more regenerative and equitable solutions around Palm Oil production.

    Palm Oil and Orangutans – The Oily Truth & What We Can Do

    On this EcoJustice Radio episode, we discuss what is happening in Indonesia and elsewhere around Palm Oil extraction, expansion, and exploitation. Our guest has been involved with orangutans for 46 years and has been working tirelessly to secure and protect the orangutan populations through creating more regenerative and equitable solutions around Palm Oil production.

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  • On this episode of EcoJustice Radio, we discuss the power of youth-led activism and how our guest is helping to inspire change and build community. We welcome 19-year-old Youth Environmental Activist and one of the lead organizers for Youth Climate Strike LA, Kevin Patel.

    The Power of Youth-Led Activism: Inspiring Change and Building Community

    On this episode of EcoJustice Radio, we discuss the power of youth-led activism and how our guest is helping to inspire change and build community. We welcome 19-year-old Youth Environmental Activist and one of the lead organizers for Youth Climate Strike LA, Kevin Patel.

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  • In this EcoJustice Radio episode, we discuss the struggle to protect the sacred lands and culture of the Wixárika people, also known popularly as the Huichol, an indigenous group inhabiting the remote reaches of the Sierra Madre Occidental of Mexico. Our guests are Andrea Perez, Indigenous Environmental Justice Advocate, and Susana Valadez Director of the Huichol Center for Cultural Survival and Traditional Arts. Jessica Aldridge did the interview.

    Wixárika/Huichol People: Protecting Sacred Lands of Mexico

    In this EcoJustice Radio episode, we discuss the struggle to protect the sacred lands and culture of the Wixárika people, also known popularly as the Huichol, an indigenous group inhabiting the remote reaches of the Sierra Madre Occidental of Mexico. Our guests are Andrea Perez, Indigenous Environmental Justice Advocate, and Susana Valadez Director of the Huichol Center for Cultural Survival and Traditional Arts. Jessica Aldridge did the interview.

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  • On Episode 45 of EcoJustice Radio our guest Reverend Oliver Buie, Minister of Community Engagement at the Holman United Methodist Church in South Los Angeles, speaks with Jessica Aldridge on the important relationship between faith and environmentalism and what his parish has been doing to promote environmental and social justice in their community.  As a member of the Steering Committee of STAND-LA, he speaks to the environmental justice movement to institute a 2,500-foot health and safety buffer between oil drilling and where people live, in particular motivated by the Murphy Oil Drilling site near his South Los Angeles church.

    Urban Oil Drilling and the Intersection Between Faith and Environmentalism

    On Episode 45 of EcoJustice Radio our guest Reverend Oliver Buie, Minister of Community Engagement at the Holman United Methodist Church in South Los Angeles, speaks with Jessica Aldridge on the important relationship between faith and environmentalism and what his parish has been doing to promote environmental and social justice in their community. As a member of the Steering Committee of STAND-LA, he speaks to the environmental justice movement to institute a 2,500-foot health and safety buffer between oil drilling and where people live, in particular motivated by the Murphy Oil Drilling site near his South Los Angeles church.

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  • This episode of EcoJustice Radio we speak with Los Angeles's North East Trees organization regarding the powerful effect urban forests have on the health and well-being of our communities and the climate in general. We also look into programs that are working within those communities to provide equitable solutions, green jobs, and open spaces.

    How Urban Forestry Can Cool the Climate and Promote Social Equity

    This episode of EcoJustice Radio we speak with Los Angeles's North East Trees organization regarding the powerful effect urban forests have on the health and well-being of our communities and the climate in general. We also look into programs that are working within those communities to provide equitable solutions, green jobs, and open spaces.

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  • Susan V. Collins, President of Container Recycling Institute, speaks with host Jessica Aldridge about how California underwent a recent wave of redemption center closures (those places where consumers can drop off their recyclable beverage containers for cash). So what needs to happen to fix the California bottle bill?

    Bottles And Cans Recycling: A Social Contract In Peril

    Susan V. Collins, President of Container Recycling Institute, speaks with host Jessica Aldridge about how California underwent a recent wave of redemption center closures (those places where consumers can drop off their recyclable beverage containers for cash). So what needs to happen to fix the California bottle bill?

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  • Los Angeles currently imports a whopping 70% of their water. And getting it to LA is the largest use of electricity in the state of CA. When water is not captured and utilized within the system, it traverses through the city and out to the ocean. In order to shape a strong water future, we must manage the flow in way that ensures high quality, social equity, and solutions based in nature.

    Shaping our Water Future: Through Water Quality, Equity & Nature Based Solutions

    Los Angeles currently imports a whopping 70% of their water. And getting it to LA is the largest use of electricity in the state of CA. When water is not captured and utilized within the system, it traverses through the city and out to the ocean. In order to shape a strong water future, we must manage the flow in way that ensures high quality, social equity, and solutions based in nature.

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  • Ayla Sohail, Climate Change and Livelihood Project Coordinator at PODA, Potohar Organization of development and advocacy in Pakistan, speaks with Jessica Aldridge from EcoJustice Radio on how climate change, women's empowerment, and art activism come together in her home country.

    Pakistan: Connecting Climate Change, Women Empowerment, and Art

    Ayla Sohail, Climate Change and Livelihood Project Coordinator at PODA, Potohar Organization of development and advocacy in Pakistan, speaks with Jessica Aldridge from EcoJustice Radio on how climate change, women's empowerment, and art activism come together in her home country.

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  • In the spring of 2019, the Sunrise Movement, building an army of young people to make climate change an urgent priority across the US, put on the Road To A Green New Deal Tour, visiting eight cities across the US to share what a Green New Deal would look like in different communities as well as spotlighting local politicians and organizers throughout the country.

    Green New Deal Tour Comes to Los Angeles – EcoJustice Radio

    In the spring of 2019, the Sunrise Movement, building an army of young people to make climate change an urgent priority across the US, put on the Road To A Green New Deal Tour, visiting eight cities across the US to share what a Green New Deal would look like in different communities as well as spotlighting local politicians and organizers throughout the country.

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  • On this show, Jessica Aldridge talks with Aura Vasquez, Environmental and Social Justice organizer and Candidate for Los Angeles City Council District 10, on how we change the “old boys club” and what this could mean for bringing social equity to the table.

    Women in Politics and the Environment – EcoJustice Radio

    On this show, Jessica Aldridge talks with Aura Vasquez, Environmental and Social Justice organizer and Candidate for Los Angeles City Council District 10, on how we change the “old boys club” and what this could mean for bringing social equity to the table.

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  • Los Angeles is the nation’s garment production capital and the city’s second largest manufacturing sector, yet workers face injustice, usually associated with the developing world, right here in one of the largest cities in the United States. Jessica Aldridge interviews Mar Martinez from the Garment Worker Center a worker rights organization leading an anti-sweatshop movement to secure social and economic justice for tens of thousands of Los Angeles garment workers.

    LA’s Sweatshops & the Fight for Garment Workers – EcoJustice Radio

    Los Angeles is the nation’s garment production capital and the city’s second largest manufacturing sector, yet workers face injustice, usually associated with the developing world, right here in one of the largest cities in the United States. Jessica Aldridge interviews Mar Martinez from the Garment Worker Center a worker rights organization leading an anti-sweatshop movement to secure social and economic justice for tens of thousands of Los Angeles garment workers.

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  • When we get dressed in the morning, most of us don’t consider the environmental costs and human rights issues that may be attached to the clothing on our bodies. Jessica Aldridge interviews two women who have made it their business to not only consider how to clean up the global fashion industry, advocating for environmentally-supportive and equitable solutions to water pollution, pesticides, microfibers, and waste associated with making, washing, and disposing of our clothing.

    The Steep Environmental and Social Costs of the Fashion Industry

    When we get dressed in the morning, most of us don’t consider the environmental costs and human rights issues that may be attached to the clothing on our bodies. Jessica Aldridge interviews two women who have made it their business to not only consider how to clean up the global fashion industry, advocating for environmentally-supportive and equitable solutions to water pollution, pesticides, microfibers, and waste associated with making, washing, and disposing of our clothing.

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  • Massive climate disruption continues to strike all over the world, one disaster after another, droughts, wildfires, typhoons, mega-floods, with glaciers melting and methane escaping from deep under the permafrost. The UN IPCC said we have 12 more years to stabilize greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere to avoid runaway climate change. We need solutions to this problem to spark a climate revolution. Jessica Aldridge speaks with NASA climate scientist and author Peter Kalmus and Sam Berndt also a scientist and a coordinator of the Sunrise Movement Los Angeles.

    Mobilizing a Climate Revolution – EcoJustice Radio

    Massive climate disruption continues to strike all over the world, one disaster after another, droughts, wildfires, typhoons, mega-floods, with glaciers melting and methane escaping from deep under the permafrost. The UN IPCC said we have 12 more years to stabilize greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere to avoid runaway climate change. We need solutions to this problem to spark a climate revolution. Jessica Aldridge speaks with NASA climate scientist and author Peter Kalmus and Sam Berndt also a scientist and a coordinator of the Sunrise Movement Los Angeles.

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  • The Nov. 2018 Woolsey Fire in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties burned 96,949 acres, destroyed 1,643 structures, killed three people, and prompted the evacuation of more than 295,000 people. The fire started at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory, site of one of the worst nuclear accidents in history.

    Nuclear Waste: The Los Angeles Meltdown & Cover-Up – EcoJustice Radio

    The Nov. 2018 Woolsey Fire in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties burned 96,949 acres, destroyed 1,643 structures, killed three people, and prompted the evacuation of more than 295,000 people. The fire started at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory, site of one of the worst nuclear accidents in history.

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  • EcoJustice Radio guest, Nick Lapis, Director of Advocacy of Californians Against Waste (CAW), advocates at the state and local levels to create, promote, and implement the standards and policies necessary for waste reduction and recycling.

    The State of Recycling in California and Beyond – EcoJustice Radio

    EcoJustice Radio guest, Nick Lapis, Director of Advocacy of Californians Against Waste (CAW), advocates at the state and local levels to create, promote, and implement the standards and policies necessary for waste reduction and recycling.

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  • How do we confront the swirling gyres of plastic pollution dumped into our oceans? EcoJustice Radio on KPFK-Los Angeles examines the social and environmental implications of wasted resources, and follow two interrelated approaches to solving the problem from an indigenous woman doing exemplary work in New Zealand and an LA-based plastics pollution fighter who built a raft made of plastic junk and crossed the Pacific.

    Waste Colonization, Plastic Pollution and the Pacific Gyre

    How do we confront the swirling gyres of plastic pollution dumped into our oceans? EcoJustice Radio on KPFK-Los Angeles examines the social and environmental implications of wasted resources, and follow two interrelated approaches to solving the problem from an indigenous woman doing exemplary work in New Zealand and an LA-based plastics pollution fighter who built a raft made of plastic junk and crossed the Pacific.

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  • How do we confront the swirling gyres of plastic pollution dumped into our oceans? In this show, we examine the social and environmental implications of wasted resources, and follow two interrelated approaches to solving the problem from an indigenous woman doing exemplary work in New Zealand and an LA-based plastics pollution fighter.

    EcoJustice Radio – Waste Colonization and Plastic Pollution – Episode 19

    How do we confront the swirling gyres of plastic pollution dumped into our oceans? In this show, we examine the social and environmental implications of wasted resources, and follow two interrelated approaches to solving the problem from an indigenous woman doing exemplary work in New Zealand and an LA-based plastics pollution fighter.

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  • Why is incineration in direct opposition with Zero Waste and social and environmental justice? Hear from local and international groups working together to fight this beastly issue.

    We Can’t Burn Our Way to Zero Waste – EcoJustice Radio

    Why is incineration in direct opposition with Zero Waste and social and environmental justice? Hear from local and international groups working together to fight this beastly issue.

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  • One billion people do not have access to clean water or the privilege to purchase a filtration system to feed their reusable water bottles -- this is water equity. Our guests today are fighting for water equity in the Los Angeles County areas of Compton and Willowbrook, where the taps are running brown and bottled water has become a way of life.

    EcoJustice Radio – When the Tap Runs Brown: One LA Community’s Fight for Water Equity – Ep 17

    One billion people do not have access to clean water or the privilege to purchase a filtration system to feed their reusable water bottles -- this is water equity. Our guests today are fighting for water equity in the Los Angeles County areas of Compton and Willowbrook, where the taps are running brown and bottled water has become a way of life.

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  • Learn how our "wasted resources" have direct social, economic and environmental impacts and how local groups are creating local solutions.  This episode's guests are tackling the environmental issues of soil health and wasted organics, all the while building community roots and social equity through local composting and thriving urban farms.

    Empowering Community Through Urban Farming – EcoJustice Radio

    Learn how our "wasted resources" have direct social, economic and environmental impacts and how local groups are creating local solutions. This episode's guests are tackling the environmental issues of soil health and wasted organics, all the while building community roots and social equity through local composting and thriving urban farms.

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  • Each year, up to 40% food in the United States is not eaten from production to plate contributing to the largest source of waste in our landfill (organics) and the second largest source of anthropogenic methane gas in California. All the while, there are 1.5 million Los Angelenos who are food insecure.

    EcoJustice Radio – Food Equity, Food Recovery, and the Climate Connection – Episode 13

    Each year, up to 40% food in the United States is not eaten from production to plate contributing to the largest source of waste in our landfill (organics) and the second largest source of anthropogenic methane gas in California. All the while, there are 1.5 million Los Angelenos who are food insecure.

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  • With such crisp and fresh flavors, this salad is a perfect addition to any summer day. And, it is quick and easy to make! Even 24 hours later, the left overs continue to burst with immense flavor, so much that you might consider chilling the finished dish overnight for best results.

    Picnic Recipe: Minted Orange Summer Rice Salad

    With such crisp and fresh flavors, this salad is a perfect addition to any summer day. And, it is quick and easy to make! Even 24 hours later, the left overs continue to burst with immense flavor, so much that you might consider chilling the finished dish overnight for best results.

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  • Jessica Aldridge, using The Good Cookies Bakery, has crafted a delicious alternative for those gluten sensitive, vegetarian, or just interested in eating healthy for the holidays. Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Corn Free, and Soy Free.

    Healthy Holidays: Gluten Free Vegetarian Wild Rice Stuffing

    Jessica Aldridge, using The Good Cookies Bakery, has crafted a delicious alternative for those gluten sensitive, vegetarian, or just interested in eating healthy for the holidays. Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Corn Free, and Soy Free.

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  • Millions of activists in 52 countries around the world Marched Against Monsanto, the biotechnology giant of genetically engineered agriculture. They claim GMOs will safely feed the world, but a growing body of scientific evidence shows it is dangerous to human health and the environment, and will not increase productivity.

    GMO Agriculture: The Case Against Monsanto

    Millions of activists in 52 countries around the world Marched Against Monsanto, the biotechnology giant of genetically engineered agriculture. They claim GMOs will safely feed the world, but a growing body of scientific evidence shows it is dangerous to human health and the environment, and will not increase productivity.

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  • In the pre-Hispanic era, skulls were kept as trophies and displayed during the rituals to symbolize death and rebirth. These ancestors passed down the knowledge that souls exist after death, resting in Mictlan, the land of the dead, not for judgment or resurrection, but for the day each year when they could return home to visit their loved ones.

    Day of the Dead: Mexica Dance Honoring the Soul’s Rest

    In the pre-Hispanic era, skulls were kept as trophies and displayed during the rituals to symbolize death and rebirth. These ancestors passed down the knowledge that souls exist after death, resting in Mictlan, the land of the dead, not for judgment or resurrection, but for the day each year when they could return home to visit their loved ones.

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