In this episode we speak with Cam Walker who has been working at Friends of the Earth (FoE) for 30 years and has been an activist for even longer than that.  If you want someone who really understands the push and pull, the nuance and dynamics of running a long term campaign for the environment Cam is your guy. Today I talk to him about friends of the Earth, his life, what he sees as important in regional communities like central Victoria and what is the most important thing you can do today to help keep our government on track in this time of Covid 19 management and recovery.




To learn more about Friends of the Earth and their campaigns check out their websites:

FoE Melbourne

FoE International


If you want to hear more from Cam he has a blog called The Mountain Journal


If you are inspired to write to your local or federal politicians about the need to keep our post Covid 19 economic stimulus clean and green go to: 

Prime Minister


Find your local minister or a particular one such as the minister for energy or environment.


Book Review:

To borrow audio books and e-books from your local library you can use the app Borrow Box 

Tim Flannery: The Weather Makers


In this episode I speak with Castlemaine local, Kerry Calcraft, who spent her twenties protesting logging in Western Australia at Giblett forest.  We discuss the training she got in Deep Ecology and Non Violent Direct Action and how that has impacted her life since then... including how it helps her during this Covid-19 pandemic and into the future as the climate emergency increases.

We also have a recycling tips segment at the end of the episode. 



Non Violent Direct Action:

How the Stanford University King Institute describes Martin Luther King’s journey to nonviolent direct action:

The Commons Social Change Library is a rich resource for further reading on Non-violent Direct Action:


Deep Ecology: 

About Arne Naess, the originator of Deep Ecology:

An interesting article about Deep Ecology and Arne Naess:

Joanna Macy Website:


WA forest protests:

This is a call to action for the Giblett forest from 1997:

A list of groups that unite to help protect the forests:

South West Forest Defence Foundation:


Recycling tips from Sustainability Victoria:

In this episode I speak with a family of activists about the Adani coal mine and why it is being protested. 

Ben Laycock, Jacynta Walsh and their daughter Rilka Laycock-Walsh have each participated in different ways; Ben joined last year's Adani convoy as lead by Bob Brown, Rilka has been protesting Adani with non violent direct action and all three have lead a life of environmental activism.




Information about the Traditional Owners in the Galillee Basin where the Adani mine is happening and what they have been doing to stop the mine:


About the Adani coal mine:


Protest groups mentioned in the show - each name below is a link, so click away to find out more:

An article about protesters at camp Binbee and what they are up against: 


Art Swank interview with Ben Laycock about how his art practice and his activism interact:


Transition Towns episode as mentioned at the start of this episode:


April 28, 2020

S2 E16 Natural Funerals

In this episode we speak with a funeral director and an artist about how we can exit this world with as little harm as possible. Libby Moloney from Natural Grace Funerals in Woodend talks about how she got into the industry of natural funerals and what is really possible in terms of our choices when it is time to return to the earth.

Then Helen Bodicomb talks to us about her fully biodegradable artwork which is also her future funeral shroud. 

The image for this weeks show is of Helen's artwork 'Shroud' created in 2019.




Libby Moloney's funeral company Natural Grace:


Natural Death Advocacy Network


Dying to Know Day by the Groundswell Project


 15 Trees Project


 Egg shaped pod burial idea:


Mushroom burial suit:


Helen Bodicomb, artist

In this episode I speak with Deb Taylor about her sustainable business choices and her bike ride across the Nullarbor Plain. A six week journey across one of the most iconic Australian landscapes.  She rode approximately 2,468 km from Port Lincoln in South Australia, to Busselton in Western Australia. I wanted to know why she wanted to do it and what it was like for her.  From the practicalities of making a trip like that to the meaning of what it is to be a successful human being... join us.





Use Things:


La Spotiva running shoes:    


Post Resante:

In today's show we have three interviews with people doing sustainable babies in very different ways. Firstly Joan Webster tells us how it was back in the day when you boiled a copper to wash all your clothes, including the cloth nappies (diapers). Then I speak to new parents Alex and Mark, about using washable nappies these days... finally I have a chat with Nickie and Miles about how they raised their daughter nappy free!

If you LOVE poo... listen to Episode 2 where we talk about sustainable ways to manage your dog's poo.  And Episode 10 'coronavirus and Human Signs' where we looked at what to use when there is no toilet paper to be found. Stay tuned for future episodes about composting loos and how to do it right at festivals!


Some fast facts about nappies:

"Although disposable diapers need to be exposed to oxygen and sunlight to decompose, they do not degrade well in a landfill. What's more, disposable diapers take about 500 years to decompose. The millions of tons of untreated waste added to landfills each year through plastic diapers can contaminate ground water."


"Every child has about 6500 nappy changes, generating one tonne of plastic waste each. Damage is caused by nappies disintegrating into the environment, forming microplastics which can maim and kill fish, mammals and birds, and filter into the food chain for humans."



Diaper Free: The Gentle Wisdom of Natural Infant Hygiene
by Ingrid Bauer


The Continuum Concept: In Search of Happiness Lost
by Jean Liedloff
Washable Nappy advice website.  They also have a great facebook page where you can ask your questions and get support:

In today’s episode I am talking to Chris Hain and Mel Willard about Food Security.  Chris is the President of the Victorian Farmers Market Association and market manager at both Bendigo and Castlemaine markets. Mel is one half of Gung Hoe growers, with her partner in crime Sas Allardice.  Gung Hoe Growers is the vegetable growing arm of the Harcourt Organic Farming Cooperative.  I spoke to these guys in depth in 2018 in episode six of season one, it is one of my favourite episodes of that season, so I recommend you also listen to that:


Food security as a topic has been on the cards in terms of climate change since people first started thinking about it... but it has come up, as so many climate change related topics have, during this time of the corona virus with people panic buying seedlings, seeds and potting mix.




Victorian Farmers Market Association


Castlemaine Farmers Market


Bendigo Community Farmers Market


Harcourt Organic Farming Cooperative


Gung Hoe Growers


Gung Hoe interview from 2018


Another interview from 2018 with Katie and Ant – about organics and the importants of supporting local growers.



Further information about how the virus is impacting food security elsewhere in Australia:


In today's episode we talk with Peter Yates, who you might remember from episode seven when we spoke to him and his son Rory about their documentary When the River Runs Dry. Today we listen to an interview I did with Peter several months ago, back when the bushfires were the main topic and we had never heard of the coronavirus... remember that?

In this interview we begin our chat by talking about his life up to this point, a life that includes working with World Vision, travelling Australia with a young family in a gypsy wagon pulled by camels and working with indigenous rangers in land management. Later in the episode we unpack the ideas involved in Deep Adaptation which is a concept Peter had been thinking about and discussing with others. It is a topic made famous by Jem Bendell who published an academic paper in 2018 entitled Deep Adaptation: A Map for Navigating Climate Tragedy.




Deep Adaptation:


Coronavirus and Climate change:


In this episode we chat with two local author/illustrators. 

Trace Balla is a Castlemaine local and much beloved author/illustrator who has produced multiple comic style books about young people learning about and thus learning to love nature. Her latest creation 'Landing with Wings' has just been released by Allen & Unwin.

J. M. Rodier is a Kyneton local and has just published her first book called 'Lanuola'.  It is a whimsical and fantastical short novel for tweens with occasional illustrations all about the real problem of crown of thorn starfish in our reefs.


Coronavirus and the environment updates:

I'm really sorry to say it but some good news is fake news:

Also, if it ain't toilet paper then bin it or compost it but whatever you do, DON'T FLUSH IT:


Trace Balla:

Follow this link and scroll to the bottom of the page to get downloadable kids activities based on the book:


Links to indigenous groups mentioned by Trace:


J M Rodier:

or email her at:

Some info about the crown of thorns starfish and giant sea snails:


In this episode we explore the global phenomenon of the coronavirus, or Covid-19, and what it means for the environment.  It touches on carbon emissions, pollution, waste management and personal choices about hand sanitiser and, of course, toilet paper!!

Then we move on to a collection of interviews I recorded in late February at the Hepburn Wind Farm as we all gathered to create a human sign to communicate the need for our govt to set targets that keep global warming below 1.5 degrees.




Soap and coronavirus:


Toilet paper alternatives:

(she is super excited to share with you - but don't be afraid, she runs through some good options)


Hygene advice from a Nona:


How to use a tabo with Mikey Bustos:

Mikey kindly let me use the whole song in this episode. He has many very funny you tube parodies.  Check them out at:


How Corona is affecting the evnironment:



Wind Farm and Human Sign Links:


John Knox the King of the Human Sign


Recommended Reading - Ross Garnaut "Superpower"


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