The GreenplanetFM Podcast with Tim Lynch

Synopsis

Dedicated to interviewing leading edge experts, practitioners in their field, and people who are living examples of sustainability. Covers environmental subject matter that is not readily discussed in depth in mainstream media.

Episodes

  • Christopher Le Breton. On NZs Peace Foundation taking Peace to all schools locally, then globally?

    Christopher Le Breton. On NZ's Peace Foundation taking Peace to all schools locally, then globally?

    04/08/2016 Duration: 01h01s

    Can an upsurge in world peace be gained by The Peace Foundation in schools in NZ & around the world? I just interviewed Christopher Le Breton who as the co-manager of The Peace Foundation, I wanted to know if peace is actually possible, especially with the background din of horror, pain and loss in so many countries and expanding. What he told me below shows that a small country like Nuclear Free New Zealand could be pivotal in world events.   This may be one of NZ’s greatest social and mindful exports of the 21st century. That Nuclear Free NZ could again become the moral compass for a planet of peace and a totally new paradigm. “The Peace Foundation” was established in Auckland NZ 1975, with the vision of building peaceful local, national and global communities. That in 1987, it helped bring about ‘Nuclear Free New Zealand’ in partnership with citizen groups around NZ all coming together. This awoke NZ and then the world woke up to NZ. That in 2008, it managed to initiate a ‘chair’ of Peace Studies at Otago

  • Valerie Morse: Why Is Nuclear-Free New Zealand Hosting A Weapons Conference and Inviting Warships?

    Valerie Morse: Why Is Nuclear-Free New Zealand Hosting A Weapons Conference and Inviting Warships?

    28/07/2016 Duration: 01h01s

    Peace activist Valerie Morse talks with Lisa Er on the upcoming weapons conference, warship visits and why this is bad for New Zealand and the rest of the world. This November, coinciding with the New Zealand Navy’s 75th birthday celebrations, is the annual NZ Defence Industry Conference and Arms Expo, that includes approximately 500 international weapons companies. The Navy "celebration" is a stage-managed marketing event to secure public support for future ties with the US, sanctioning wars, with ever-increasing budgets, and the recruitment of young men and women who are asked to fight and die. 

 This is proposed for 16th and 17th November 2016 in Auckland, sponsored by the world’s largest weapons manufacturer and maker of nuclear weapons, Lockheed Martin. Also sponsoring are Thales, Babcock, ThyssenKrupp, and Cubic Defence (all in the top 100 list of international arms companies), along with the NZ Defence Industry Association, itself an industry trade promotion group consisting of another approximately 6

  • Dr Niki Harre on The Infinite Game vs The Finite Game, Conscious Choices and Strategies

    Dr Niki Harre on The Infinite Game vs The Finite Game, Conscious Choices and Strategies

    21/07/2016 Duration: 58min

    I have just finished a grassroots interview with Niki Harre, a leading academic at Auckland University - involved in psychology and sustainable ecological solutions. During this interview, we talked about how she enjoys her immersion into evolving positive change with her local community at the Point Chevalier Transition Towns group, where she finds an active group of localised participators intent on walking their talk. Because, she sees that there is a movement happening - one without a capital ‘m’ but, it’s a fundamental movement all the same. For example, they have the following active sub-groups up and running: The Old Homestead Community Garden with the Dignan Street Community Garden Hub, and the Bulk Purchasing Group. Then there is our Resource Pool for community members who would like to borrow mulchers, hoes, juicers etc. They also have set up recycling for soft plastics at Pt Chevalier Primary School, Te Ra Road - to avoid this going into landfill - as well as a social calendar, that includes local

  • Makuini Ruth Tai - Decodes REO - Maori Language in Esoteric Terms - An Illuminating Disclosure!

    Makuini Ruth Tai - Decodes REO - Maori Language in Esoteric Terms - An Illuminating Disclosure!

    14/07/2016 Duration: 59min

    Our guest today is Makuini Ruth Tai.  I first met her as Ruth Tai. She is happy to be called either Makuini or Ruth, because she knows and honours the source of both her birth names. Some two hundred years ago, the word Maori was not used as an identity term, It was only when the European landed on the shores of Aotearoa that a shift happened.  When Ruth was young - she identified more with her whanau (immediate and extended family) and her hapu (sub-tribe or clan).  The use of Maori as an identity label is fairly recent. Ruth asserts that Maori was not just an oral language, it was also recorded. However, the European translators did not recognise the graphics as a written language.  REO means language and voice.  Every design, every pattern is the voice recorded/written in graphic form.  Ruth is  committed to decoding REO through the Rich Earth Oratory of the old time Maori, who understood the power of the voice and its varying tones.  They didn't just 'talk', they also intoned or chanted and sang and were

  • Dr Robin Kelly - From Empathy, Compassion and Nurturing to Betrayal, Sociopathy and Psychopathy

    Dr Robin Kelly - From Empathy, Compassion and Nurturing to Betrayal, Sociopathy and Psychopathy

    07/07/2016 Duration: 59min

    Listen to a medical doctor who also specialises in Eastern Medicine & Acupuncture talk about the challenges we face today. Today I learn that doctors are having to deal with many variants of mental disturbances. That the art of listening is extremely important so as to gain trust and be sensitive to the many needs of a society that is becoming increasingly stressful. From empathy, compassion and nurturing, to the challenges of abandonment, abuse and separation, to betrayal, sociopathy and psychopathy. In identifying the darker side of the human character we learn that there is a certain percentage of people who show no signs of connection, compassion or empathy, but instead climb the ladder of the proverbial power structures to embed themselves at the top, or at a critical nodal point or as a gatekeeper. Yet, the challenge for all of us is to become whole - whilst living in a society that has many dysfunctionalities and fragmentations. That people wanting to become more fulfilled, but lack a moral or ethical

  • Penny Bright - Anti-corruption Campaigner and Auckland Mayoral Candidate says “Open The Books!”

    Penny Bright - Anti-corruption Campaigner and Auckland Mayoral Candidate says “Open The Books!”

    30/06/2016

    “Open the books,” is Mayoral candidate Penny Bright’s catch phrase, She hasn’t paid her rates for 9 years, and won’t until Auckland Council tells us how our rate payers money is being spent. Auckland Mayoral Candidate and public watchdog Penny Bright talks with Lisa Er. 'Activists get things done'! “It's time to stop the commercialisation and privatisation of Council services and regulatory functions, and return to the genuine 'public service' model” says Penny. “It's time for we the people to take back control of our region, our assets and our resources!” This October, voting Penny Bright for Mayor will not be just a 'protest' vote - but a vote for real change that will serve the public and the public interest - not corporate interests. “I'm fiercely and genuinely politically independent and work on an 'issue by issue' basis. My proven track record is 20 years experience in local government, defending the public & the public interest, as a self-funded anti-privatisation & anti-corruption 'Public Watchdog'.”

  • David Icke - British Researcher Shattering the Hypnotic Program that Psychologically Allows Apathy

    David Icke - British Researcher Shattering the Hypnotic Program that Psychologically Allows Apathy

    23/06/2016 Duration: 01h01min

    This week I interviewed David Icke the British researcher - on shattering the hypnotic program that has psychologically allowed us to sleep-walk our way into George Orwell’s 1984 and conversely, succumbing to Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World - by default. David has a very interesting take of what’s happening today and even though we have been warned to participate more fully in our democracy, we have let our politicians essentially, run away with their own agenda. For instance, increasing their own pay packets regularly, and on many levels, basically dispensing with their commitment to being ‘our servants’ to act for the public good. Note that, when we visit the book - 1984, we read that a totalitarian regime reigns by fear, using mass surveillance and the media to impose its authority on the populace. Those who step out of line risk having their existences erased. Rebellion is quelled by force. Then we compare it to Brave New World, mass surveillance is unnecessary - rather, people are controlled by their des

  • How Does A Human Being Live On A Planet? Personal Reflections  Life Lessons with Tim Lynch

    How Does A Human Being Live On A Planet? Personal Reflections & Life Lessons with Tim Lynch

    16/06/2016 Duration: 59min

    Join Tim on a journey into greater understanding as he reflects on the lifetime drivers that have pulled the threads of GreenplanetFM.com and Ourplanet.org together. For any budding All Black or athlete we were conditioned as children in NZ,  that we really could achieve success, especially in the realm of sport and take on the world. This was favourably looked on throughout our schooling and this is where we could excel up to international level. It was basically how we played the game. Born on a dairy farm in a well-off region near Matamata, yet among financially challenged Maori, I saw both sides of our so called bi-cultural society, and then in my early 20’s when traveling overseas it all hit me that there was so much inequity - and inequality - especially in Africa and at different levels throughout the Iron Curtain countries. That when hitchhiking and travelling  back to NZ from the UK - overland, through the Middle East to India down to Singapore, I witnessed so many poor and struggling - when there wa

  • Carole Gordon, Social Gerentologist - studying social, psychological, cognitive,  biological aspects of ageing

    Carole Gordon, Social Gerentologist - studying social, psychological, cognitive, & biological aspects of ageing

    09/06/2016 Duration: 01h01s

    For the first time in human history the phenomenon of the global population ageing and its impact on social cohesion and economic sustainability is increasing - and needs to be addressed. The political word for elders is gerantocracy … When soon, older people will be in the majority and we will have to rethink, what democracy is … This interview is about re-languaging, leadership, acknowledgement and the impacting of more people ageing and how we factor them into the full healthy happy lives. Covering New Zealand, to China and Japan as well as Europe - now known as super-ageing countries and NZ too, is getting close to becoming a super-ageing country. Whereas, Europe has been discussing this issue for 20 years NZ has not. The OECD has been warning us as well. For example - In Tauranga a NZ city of 130,000, ageing people are going to be 1 in 3 in ten years time - it is moving faster that we recognise. An engaging interview that everyone in society needs to became aware of - the surge in numbers of people agein

  • Issac Oron and Charles Pierard - A Universal Basic Income (UBI) as a Catalyst for Global Change

    Issac Oron and Charles Pierard - A Universal Basic Income (UBI) as a Catalyst for Global Change

    02/06/2016 Duration: 01h01s

    Issac Oron and Charles Pierard chats with Lisa Er about the Universal Basic Income (UBI) as a Catalyst for Global Change. Have you bought into the Puritan work ethic? 
Do you think everyone should have a job? 
What happens as more work is outsourced to underdeveloped ‘cheap’ countries, and in the West increasingly robots do the work?
Why not have a “basic income” paid to every individual to cover their basic needs. The governments would pay the same amount of money to each person, regardless of whether they work. 
A Universal (or Unconditional) Basic Income acknowledges that every individual has the same unconditional right to a basic income, sufficient for them to live in dignity. 
Switzerland will vote on whether to introduce the model on June 5, 2016. This has come about by a petition which has been circulating, and enough signatures were collected to insist on a binding referendum. Supporters of the initiative have suggested that each adult would receive 2,500 francs (a whopping $3755.18 New Zealand dolla

  • GreenplanetFM is Relaunching and Merging into a New Media Platform

    GreenplanetFM is Relaunching and Merging into a New Media Platform

    26/05/2016 Duration: 01h01s

    This week I have Stephen Grant-Jones in the studio to talk about the relaunch of the www.GreenplanetFM.com website & the merging with www.Ourplanet.org into a dynamic, far-reaching local to global web presence.   GreenplanetFM is upping it game, it’s jumping its codes to a whole new platform by extending its outreach to as many people as we can who we share breath with. In doing this, it is merging with Tim’s flagship website Ourplanet.org - which first went up on the world wide web as one of the pioneers of html coding and art work - 20 years ago in 1996. When first put up it collected a number of awards for both content and aesthetics as well as gleaning hundreds of hits a week every year, whilst sitting ‘in suspense’ waiting to be truly activated - well, this time to accelerate our expansion is now!   Stephen Grant-Jones started building websites many years ago after being inspired by an interview he heard by David Bowie and was the person who took the GreenplanetFM audios and turned them into podcasts in

  • Professor Paul Connett on the Dangers of Mandatory Fluoridation of our Public Water Supply

    Professor Paul Connett on the Dangers of Mandatory Fluoridation of our Public Water Supply

    19/05/2016 Duration: 01h01s

    (Due to Public Concern, this is a Repeat) Are New Zealand citizens really wanting mass medication in their water supply? For years health experts have been unable to agree on whether fluoride in the drinking water may be toxic to the developing human brain. Extremely high levels of fluoride are known to cause neurotoxicity in adults, and negative impacts on memory and learning have been reported in rodent studies, but little is known about the substance’s impact on children’s neurodevelopment.

Despite many studies, the Government now appears to be planning to implement mandatory fluoridation to the whole of New Zealand. Currently, only around 50% of households are on fluoridated water, with only 23 out of 67 local councils still fluoridating, many voicing their growing concerns about fluoridation risks and dangers. In response to more and more councillors and mayors deciding against fluoridation the Government is now taking the decision away from local councils and communities and putting the power into the

  • Jeff Griggs - The Re Emergence of Transition Towns, Men’s Sheds  Localised Food

    Jeff Griggs - The Re Emergence of Transition Towns, Men’s Sheds & Localised Food

    12/05/2016 Duration: 01h01s

    Whangarei in the north of NZ is stirring and it’s around ‘community participation’ as a result of a small dedicated team based on collaborative leadership. Food resilience is one of the important focusses of Transition Towns (TT) as it affects everyone, the poor, middle income and even the rich. We all need high quality food in our body to obtain optimum results. By re­localising their food system, which even here in NZ has been taken over by large corporate players and international supply chains, we have to have plan B. Fortunately over the last 8 years, Jeff has been in Whangarei holding the space whilst many if not most TT’s have dissipated and/or fallen away. But, in Whangarei people come in and out depending on the issues and they are continually finding situations that galvanise people and engage community and get them involved. Which he warmly finds is contagious. Once you gain the awareness of people who want to find out what they can do, it then becomes all what they can do at a community level. Esp

  • Brendan Hoare on the Resurgence of Organic Food Production in New Zealand

    Brendan Hoare on the Resurgence of Organic Food Production in New Zealand

    05/05/2016 Duration: 01h01s

    The 2016 New Zealand Organic Market Report. Organic produce sales have increased 11% per annum across the country, as New Zealanders are becoming more mindful as to what they are putting in their mouths and swallowing. This interview covers the era (and error) of the 1st World War where newly concocted chemicals were introduced in armaments etc, that were seen to also have an effect in seemingly speeding up growth in plants. This onslaught continued into synthetic chemicals and the challenges we have today with industrialised factory farming becoming intoxicated from pesticides and herbicides. That then turned into industrial agriculture - a particular ‘culture’ (not really farming) and now we are coming to the end of this industrial age plus its ‘so-called’ mythology. Pesticide and (herbicide) use is everywhere in our civil society, our road and parks management, in conservation and agriculture, and it begs the question:– Are we going to continue to poison our environment, our soil, our food, (that mean

  • Klaus Bosselmann - Revisiting the Earth Charter

    Klaus Bosselmann - Revisiting the Earth Charter

    28/04/2016 Duration: 53min

    WHAT IS THE EARTH CHARTER? The Earth Charter is an ethical framework for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful global society during this 21st century. It seeks to inspire in all people a new sense of global interdependence and shared responsibility for the well-being of the whole human family, the greater community of life, and future generations. It is a vision of hope and a call to action. The Earth Charter is an international declaration of fundamental values and principles considered useful by its supporters for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful global society in the 21st century. Created by a global consultation process, and endorsed by organizations representing millions of people, the Charter "seeks to inspire in all peoples a sense of global interdependence and shared responsibility for the well-being of the human family, the greater community of life, and future generations." It calls upon humanity to help create a global partnership at a critical juncture in history. The Earth Charter

  • Phil Stevens - Alternative Currencies, Money Systems, IT, Consultant, Disaster Recovery, Polymath

    Phil Stevens - Alternative Currencies, Money Systems, IT, Consultant, Disaster Recovery, Polymath

    21/04/2016 Duration: 01h01s

    Time Banks, Green Dollars, Savings Pools    The interview initially starts with latest topics of Universal basic income, Bitcoin and crypto currencies and that people are awakening to the fact that central bankers don’t have a clue as to solve this ongoing and deteriorating crisis. In NZ the situation today looks pretty good to the casual observer - listen to MSM and government sources and we are in a stable and robust moderately growing economy - everything is quite good, some of our major trading partners are experiencing some head winds but … ‘she’ll be right.’   If you rule out the dairy shock of the last 14 months and take out the Auckland property bubble but don’t worry about those little wobbles, we as a country are doing just fine! What this means that we in NZ are going to be following most of the rest of the world into 'debt deflation' which over the coming years is going to take hold with a greater severity. We have been a lucky country and managed to come through the recent (GFC) Global Financial

  • Greg (Fullmoon) Rzesniowiecki is a Public Advocate and Activist on TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) Issues

    Greg (Fullmoon) Rzesniowiecki is a Public Advocate and Activist on TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) Issues

    14/04/2016 Duration: 01h01s

    Why is this government touting the TPPA, a complex and convoluted path to achieve a $2.7 billion by 2030?  In 2015, over $4.5 billion was earned by our four big Australian banks alone which was a 30% increase in returns over a 7 year period. Our country's sovereignty and democracy is about to be lost for such little gain from the TPPA, particularly compared to corporate profit levels. Since the TPP’s signing on the 4th February the government is steaming ahead with ratification, first reviewing the TPP agreement and the National Interest Analysis (NIA) through the present Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade (FADT) Select Committee process. Over 3000 New Zealanders have provided the government with their views and evidence, at hearings in Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland, with more through the remainder of April in Wellington. The report from the FADT committee is due before the Parliament in May. If approved the Minister Todd MacClay will introduce enabling legislation to the House which will amend our Ne

  • Geoff Lawton - A Permaculture Teacher on Cultivating Abundance through Systemic Regenerative Design

    Geoff Lawton - A Permaculture Teacher on Cultivating Abundance through Systemic Regenerative Design

    07/04/2016 Duration: 01h01s

    Permaculture is a designed science system that is the most innovative planetary method available - of pulling all the disparate forces of nature together in a harmonious movement to live within the seasonal flow of the web of life. Geoff is continually invited to go to many countries from very developed, to others that are environmentally distressed and now, situations of conflict where he finds himself putting both conflict and environmental circumstances back together - in a sustainable form. Even looking towards establishing eco city developments and eco villages as examples, as the permaculture design system covers all climates, all landscapes and virtually all contingencies. Permaculture to him is essentially a journey of discovery through a career of assisting people towards embedding sustainable knowingness – which has been taught as a subject since 1979 - to over 15,000 students and NZ too has a number of superb students now fully trained as experienced teachers, many working globally as leaders in th

  • Justin Evatt - Senior Partner at Jasmax Architectural Firm on The Shift in Values in Today’s Business Context

    Justin Evatt - Senior Partner at Jasmax Architectural Firm on The Shift in Values in Today’s Business Context

    24/03/2016 Duration: 58min

    We have empathy. We walk in the shoes of others and care how we affect the world around us. We have open minds. We value creativity and collaboration when solving problems. We trust our people. We back people to achieve the remarkable. We are future focused. Through our actions and behaviour we aim to leave the world in a better place. The above is what Justin feels is a crucial part of how our future is created – that in a business sense the values are brought to the fore to just remind all the players within the business and around the business, of what we are there for and how we support each other and how we work together to enable better outcomes. Justin see values as a pivotal issue as he sees our societal values are changing at a deep level and he feels it is quite problematic and is something that has to be addressed so the business is leading the way as they spend a lot of time at work.

  • Mike Joy - NZ’s Most High Profile  Prolific Ecological Voice For The Nations Waterways And Ecology

    Mike Joy - NZ’s Most High Profile & Prolific Ecological Voice For The Nation's Waterways And Ecology

    17/03/2016 Duration: 59min

    Dr Mike Joy, NZ’s most high profile & prolific ecological voice for the waterways and ecology. How his valued insights has him consulting for LandCorp the NZ Government’s holdings that involve 127 properties, close to 1 million acres of land, and 1.6 million animals that need to be environmentally stewarded. Mike says that the big challenge for NZ farms, especially dairy is through the increasing application of both nitrogen and phosphorus. That in assisting in quadrupling farm production in the last 25 years - that has benefitted the rural sector and the country as a whole, the downside is immense. As these leach out of the soil and into waterways where they feed nuisance plant and algae growth throughout our river and lakes. Also, that we are facing a critical problem with cadmium that is found in the phosphates that are mined overseas and imported into NZ.

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