Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Water - Paradigms

A podcast that was recommended to me and nearly got lost, because the reporter's mail ended up in my spam inbox was the podcast Paradigms. (feed)

Baruch Zeichner produces a weekly thematic program in subjects of ecology and environmentalism that is offered as a podcast as well as broadcast on a Vermont radio station, WBKM. Apart from interviews and discussions, Baruch intersperses the segments with his own thoughts and with befitting music. Among the latest programs were issues about Nuclear Energy, pros and cons, social justice, native Americans a lot of music and more.

An issue that stuck out for me was the one about Water. Paradigms had several guests from all over the world to tell how drinking water is being turned into a commodity and about the serious effects this has on the population and the environment. The bottom-line is that an essential to life is commercialized. The drinking water is getting more expensive and the exploitation for profit is mostly badly affecting environment as well as the quality of the water. One of the messages to take away from this program, and I was surprised by that one, is to stop drinking (and buying) bottled water. I had gotten used to that in the past decade and Baruch has given me some good reasons to rethink my habits in this respect.

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