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Making Relatives, which took place in May 2023, was an event that brought indigenous activists from Turtle Island (AKA North America) over to Ireland, to visit other environmental and local campaigners, share experienes, build connections, and make relatives.This special episode of Turning Earth features interviews with the three Lakota visitors: C…
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An interview with Independent Workers Union organiser Alex Homits, discussing what sets the IWU apart from other unions, what struggles they've been involved with, and why you should join a union and get active in your workplace. Anti-alienation action!بقلم Turning Earth
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An interview with Emma of Slí Eile, reflecting on last years Climate Camp, and planning for this years, which will take place near Lough Neagh. The Lough is currently owned by the Earl of Shaftesbury. It was, as Emma put it, a "colonial gift". It was stolen from the people, and by right should be returned to the people.…
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Join Marxist historian Conor McCabe for a radical walk along the banks of the royal canal.Fine more info on the walk, including a map and photos of the stops, here:https://conor-mccabe.com/2024/03/07/radical-walk-comprador-state-phibsborough-to-cabra/Organised in collaboration with Daylight Glasnevin, a new DIY cultural venue in Dublin.https://www.…
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Ireland in 2023 saw a sharp rise in far right organising and agitation. Communities under pressure, facing increased poverty and homelessness, now experiencing an increase in inward migration, are struggling to find solutions. The fascist right offer up simplistic answers, and easy targets to scapegoat, while shielding the powerful from the anger o…
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A look back over 2023, reflecting on the development of people's struggle globally. From Palestine, to Mali, to Ireland; conflicts sharpen, imperialism rampages, capitalism destabilises, resistance rages.What can we learn from the past to help us shape the future in the present?بقلم Turning Earth
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Interview with Dr. Fiadh Tubridy. The interview covers a lot of ground including the struggle for trans healthcare, housing activism and Palestinian solidarity.Dublin For Gaza:https://www.instagram.com/dublin4gaza/Trans Harm Reduction:https://transharmreduction.org/https://www.instagram.com/transharmreduction/https://www.instagram.com/transgress.ie…
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Two interviews with activists who have spent time in Palestine in recent years, to give some context to anyone who may not understand how and why the recent escalation in violence occurred. When we look at Israel and Palestine, we can't understand the situation without understanding it as a case of settler-colonialism. Hopefully this episode will m…
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Firat, an interview with Johnny McElligott of Safety Before LNG about the recent decision by An Bord Pleanala to refuse planning permission for the proposed LNG platform in North Kerry, and what's next for the campaign. In part 2 of the episode we go to The Shopfronts (That Social Centre), a squatted social centre in Phibsboro, for a chat with two …
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An interview with Patrick Bresnihan on the history of environmentalism, disentangling and challenging the hidden assumptions, and inherited common sense of the movement. Most importantly, we talk about what lessons can be drawn out from this to inform our political work today. The conversation was oriented around his new book with Naomi Millner, Al…
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Just ahead of this year's climate camp, here's a short intro to some of the campaign groups involved. Capitalist extractivism is hitting Leitrim hard, but the people are ready to fight.https://climatecampireland.ie/https://saveleitrim.ie/https://twitter.com/love_leitrim/https://www.facebook.com/people/North-Leitrim-Sustainable-Energy-Community…
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The final episode in this series! More discussions on community organising and movement building. Hear Lucky Khambule tell the story of the strike and occupation that started MASI, as well as more chats with Eoghan O'Ceannabhain, Donal O'Kelly, Eddie Mitchell, and finishing off with Enda McHugh introducing CATU, how it works, and how you can join.…
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This episode examines the effects of capitalist imperialist exploitation on communities in Ireland and around the world. Hear from Raymond Kemble about the destruction and death caused by the fracking industry in his hometown. Maureen O'Connor of Extinction Rebellion discusses the colonial commonalities between Ireland and Uganda. Environmental sci…
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Capitalism creates and depends on upon sacrifice zones for its existence. How do communities who live in these areas respond?In this episode you will hear from activists from Treasure Leitrim, as well as some of the contributors from earlier episodes. Newcomers include Jacintha & Thomas, representatives from Keep Tulla Untouched.…
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The housing crisis and the biodiversity crisis share a common ancestor: privatisation. A brief history of land enclosure in Ireland, to explain how we got into this mess. Interviews with Ted Cook, Eoghan O'Ceannabhain, Enda McHugh, Eddie Mitchell, Brian Smyth, Fergal Anderson and more.بقلم Turning Earth
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An interview with William Hederman from Futureproof Clare. William explains the dual threat of Liquified Natural Gas and the runaway construction of data centres in Ireland. We are facing a future of energy shortages and catastrophic climate change. The Irish government, instead of tackling the issues, are trying to preserve business as usual and s…
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This episode is an interview with independent researcher and activist Mark Malone. We take a look at how the far right use social media to organise, and how social media platforms benefit from hosting extremist content.https://farrightobservatory.medium.com/remembering-the-utoya-massacre-as-facebook-hosts-calls-to-kill-irish-president-cf10790af67a…
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The Principle of Charity is based on the idea that 'arguments should aim at finding the truth, not winning the fight.' We can use it as a tool: to fully understand the opinions and feelings of people we disagree with, and to fully understand our own worldview. To challenge and refine our own views and opinions, to keep an awareness of what feelings…
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"The heartbeat of critical thinking is the longing to know - to understand how life works." - bell hooksThinking is an action. Thinking about the world and how it works is a practical act. Thinking about how we think will make us better thinkers. Every child is born with this wonder in their minds and somewhere along the way life beats it out of us…
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Moving deeper in to Carl Sagan's The Demon-Haunted World, we'll have a think about how we can use the scientific method to tell if we're being lied to. Who's telling us the most real story of reality, or who's trying to confuse us, to lead us astray, or to exploit us?بقلم Turning Earth
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An audio essay, some sonic rambles and worried mumbles, wondering about how do we know the truth, who can we trust, who's being a nonsense-merchant and who's pointing us in the right direction? Guided by Carl Sagan's The Demon-Haunted World, I'll try to drown out some of the noise with some mostly sensible sense.…
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The first episode in a new series, where we'll be thinking and talking about forests. In this episode we talk about monoculture, the many ways that it's jeopardising the basis for life on earth, and what we can do about it. This episode features excerpts from an interview with Natalia Beylis from the campaign group Save Leitrim: https://www.faceboo…
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This is part two of the first episode in a new series, where we'll be thinking and talking about forests. In part two we delve a little deeper into the ideology behind the practice of monoculture, and what role government and big companies play. We also explore the alternative approaches and responses we can make as communities.This episode feature…
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Are you fed up of greedy cunts wrecking the buzz? Me too. Have a listen to this first of two episodes on gold mining and the many problems wrapped up with it.Music provided by the not-gold-but-still-glittering Woven Skull, taken from their album The Lair of the Glowing Bantling:https://wovenskull.bandcamp.com/album/lair-of-the-glowing-bantling-3Ima…
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Joined this time for the Joint Committee by Rachael from Not Here, Not Anywhere. NHNA are a campaign group organising against any and all new oil and gas infrastructure in Ireland and internationally. At the same time Fine Gael, the leaders of the minority government, are using technicalities to block bills that are passed by majority vote. Guess w…
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The first in our new, bare-bones series of current events and news analysis podcasts! Join Tommy and Eric having the chats about Extinction Rebellion, local elections, the notions of radicalism, the recent victory of the Waorani tribe in protecting their part of the Amazon from destruction aaaaaand loads more probably. BANTS NOT RANTS!…
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This time Eric and Tommy get deeper into the separation of humanity from the rest of nature. Tommy also talks to Lucy O'Hagan from Wild Awake about getting back in touch with our roots.As usual there's a decent amount of lefty belligerence. Bakin' n' snowflakin'.Music:Wild Rocket - Blowholes [ wildrocket.bandcamp.com/ ]Illustration:Gareth Curtis [ …
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Food Sovereignty: The right of peoples to define their own food, agriculture, livestock and fisheries systems.This time Tommy and Eric have a good ramble about food, where we get it from, how it's produced, how we as a species have become separated from the life systems that sustain us. Tommy had a chat with Fergal Anderson from Talamh Beo and Food…
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Our second anniversary! Kind of. In this episode we give a run down of the the year 2018 with all it's highs and lows, we also got to catch up with some of the issues we missed out on covering throughout the year.Extinction, pollution, habitat loss, government corruption, corporate psychopathy, the death of the oceans. It can all be stopped, and it…
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For this episode on fossil fuels, Tommy had a chat with Richard Curtin and Aideen O'Dochartaigh from the campaign group Not Here Not Anywhere, who are resisting the construction of new oil and gas infrastructure here in Ireland.We discussed the danger of these proposed projects and what we can do to stop them. We brought up some scary problems in t…
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"Question the authority of the authorities" - Fritz SchultIn this episode we're discussing police, specifically the Irish police force An Garda Síochána. We're asking questions: Why do they exist? Who do they serve? How can we keep ourselves safe? This episode is dedicated to the memory of Fritz Schult, a resident of Erris, Co. Mayo and long time c…
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In this episode we're talking about water! And gently freaking out about how we're going to access it in the near future. We had nobody to interview this time so it's just Tommy and Eric ranting at each other for an hour. Contents: Ireland drought and water shortages, water charges, Bolivian water wars, neoliberalism, capitalism, the psychopathy of…
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In our latest episode we focus on green space in Dublin City, as well as our usual rundown of the latest environmental news.Tommy met with Tony O'Rourke, a community activist from Bridgefoot St and Tony Lowth, a guerilla composter who set up the NCAD community garden to discuss parks, community gardens and their impact.Following this Eric and Tommy…
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The month's episode focuses on greenwashing:greenwashnounThe practice of promoting environmentally friendly programs to deflect attention from an organization's environmentally unfriendly or less savory activities: Interview with Pauric Fogarty of the Irish Wildlife Trust, discussing Bord Bia's Origin Green campaign. We also discuss the citizens as…
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This month we're yapping about climate change and flood resilience in the context of recent flooding in Donegal and Derry, we're wondering about the upcoming Citizen's Assembly on climate change and examining the events in Charlottesville, Virgina, and what the rise of white supremacy and organised racism means for us as environmentalists.We also h…
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This episode covers: Shell Ireland, the continued oil and gas giveaway, fracking north of the border, Preston New Road anti-fracking protests, rural neglect, debunking the urban-rural divide, the Irish state and climate denial, and a new data centre in Anthenry. Including an interview with Niall Bakewell from Friends of the Earth NI. Featuring the …
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