Youth for Change

Welcome to Good Dirt Radio, where daily lifestyle choices connect… to a healthier biosphere.

Today’s youth face serious consequences, from over a century… of environmental degradation. Seeing their future clouded by pollution, chemical toxicity and disease, an inspired group of young activists are highlighting beaurocratic inaction by promoting education about topics like natural science, sustainability and justice. They work to change public awareness… knowing that smarter lifestyle choices, starting at the cash register, can help the biosphere.

We visited with 3 young women from the international artist/activist Bee Hive Design Collective, on their tour through the Southwest. They campaign for awareness about social, environmental and justice issues through graphic arts, media and story telling… and are deeply concerned.

For example, Emma Bee’s mission is to inspire people to get involved and take action. As a young woman, she feels a strong sense of urgency about consumers learning to help steer away from self-destruction.

Bee: In our work as the beehive we try reflect a whole variety of ways that people can take action and there are a lot of things we can do in our individual lives. But the beehive really comes from a belief that acting as sole individuals we can only change a small amount of things that directly touch us. If we want to achieve greater change, individuals have to come out of their homes and bond together as a community and like leverage their collective energy to create change on a much bigger level.

Lea Peachtree is another Beehive activist, pollinating for a saner future. She says how we consume, produce, pollute and waste… must change.

Peachtree: Were trying to connect all these dots together into this frame of climate justice which is looking at the ways in which climate change is not only affecting natural communities but also the in the way that it affects different human communities based on their economic background, the way they’re already marginalized in the world. This whole system of production, slow down here<

Karlann Krispell grew up with respect for the natural world and says its her connection with nature that drives her activism.

Krispell: You know we need system change not light- bulb change and that means we need to get out and be more than just consumers. We need to be active engaged political members of our communities and our ecosystems and just get involved in local groups to defend our watersheds and to clean up our air quality and to protect the wild areas that we have left around us.

The Beehive provides examples of people already engaged in beneficial lifestyle activities. They use art and cartoons to simplify the complex dynamics of eco-damaging systems… to help people, especially kids, understand and integrate change, around critical issues.

Bee: More of what we highlight in our work is what folks are doing and trying to provide that as examples of how people are trying to address this kind of big complex and overwhelming problem in a hope that communities can see their selves in the stories and be inspired to take strategic and critical action. And so that can look like a whole spectrum of things from individual actions we can take within our own lives to getting together in our communities and organizing to gain political power and confront the larger system.

The Beehive urges you to share ideas with friends and family and to join local change groups or start your own. They say… use less and buy organic for your health and for the biosphere. Everyone can find a way to get involved and take action.

Krispell/Bee: Just really trying to spread the word, really inspire people to take an active stance, an active role in their community to build systems of resiliency and defend the natural resources that provide for them. And find a front of this larger struggle in their own lives and in their own community and create change.

Despite their outlook on the future, these young women… share a message of hope. Join us at gooddirtradio.org for ideas and examples of choices that can help you join the tipping point.

What will grandparents say when their children ask ‘why didn’t you do something to stop it?’ Change happens when we connect our own lifestyle choices with global health.

I’m Tom Bartels and I’m Tami Graham. Thanks for joining us on Good Dirt Radio, digging up good news…. for a change.

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