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To the Best of Our Knowledge radio: "Sacred Nature"

Bill McKibben lays out a model of how to survive on our changed planet: think small and local. Kurt Hoelting set out to spend a year living within 60 miles of his home (Whidbey Island). Gordon Hempton is one of the world's leading audio ecologists (Olympic Penninsula). Brenda Peterson is the child of fundamentalist Christians and she grew up in a remote wilderness cabin. Bron Taylor thinks that we're witnessing the birth of a new "dark green religion."
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Worried about climate change? Trying hard to reduce your carbon footprint? Kurt Hoelting gave up his car and spent a year traveling only by bike, kayak, public transportation, and his own two feet. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge an argument in favor of the radically local life.. Living small and liking it.

SEGMENT 1:

Bill McKibben sounded the alarm about global warming over twenty years ago in his book, "The End of Nature." His new book is "Eaarth" (yes, spelled with 2 "a"s) and lays out a model of how to survive on our changed planet: think small and local. He talks with Anne Strainchamps about the changes to come and what we can do about them. Also, Kurt Hoelting is commercial fisherman and wilderness guide in the Pacific Northwest. He was shocked to discover how large his carbon footprint was, so set out to spend a year living within a 60 mile radius of his home. He describes it in his book "The Circumference of Home: One man's Yearlong Quest for a Radically Local Life" and in this conversation with Jim Fleming.

SEGMENT 2:

Gordon Hempton is one of the world's leading audio ecologists. For twenty years, he's traveled the planet recording natural soundscapes. He tells Anne Strainchamps Silence is disappearing in our world, but he brought lots of interesting sonic examples for us to hear. Hempton is the author of "One Square Inch of Silence: One Man's Search for Silence in A Noisy World."

SEGMENT 3:

Brenda Peterson is an environmental writer and editor. She talks with Steve Paulson about her memoir, "I Want To Be Left Behind: Finding Rapture Here on Earth." Peterson is the child of fundamentalist Christians but her father was a forest ranger and she grew up in a remote wilderness cabin. Also, sociologist Bron Taylor tells Steve Paulson that we're witnessing the birth of a new "dark green religion." His book is "Dark Green Religion - Nature Spirituality and the Planetary Future."

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