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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…
 
"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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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!…
 
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 [ …
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
"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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
Two lads and a baby hanging out in the sitting room, talking about how scary and fucked up the world is. Recorded and edited in a rush of a January evening.CONTENTS:?2016 carbon dioxide bonanza, 400 PPM, climate change denial and disinformation, Trump's cabinet, Fine Gael and climate inaction, government messing, Enda's platitudes, energy productio…
 
In this episode we discuss the gold mining industry in Ireland, with a specific focus on Inishowen, where exploration licenses have been issued for. This leads to a broader consideration of the industry across the island and its environmental impact. Interviewees for this episode are: Toni Devine, an Inishowen resident and anti-mine campaigner; Joh…
 
This episode discusses the controversial Poolbeg Incinerator, a massive municipal waste incinerator being built next to Dublin port. Residents of the nearby suburbs of Ringsend, Sandymount and Irishtown have been campaigning for 18 years against the construction on the basis of potential health and ecological effects, coming up against the undemocr…
 
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