Monday, October 15, 2007

The environment in educational podcasts

On the occasion of blog action day for the environment, I would like to point you to a number of podcasts where the environment is being discussed, or the implications of the topic are relevant for the environment.

The first podcast I want to point you to is the incomparable University Channel Podcast. This a collection of academic lectures from all over the world, a wide variety of institutions and subjects. One of the subjects that recently has had a lot of attention is the world energy crisis. The most recent one is titled: Facing the Hard Truths About Energy; Lee R. Raymond, Former Chairman and CEO, ExxonMobil Corporation; Chair, National Petroleum Council.

A lot of background knowledge is required in order to grasp and effectively deal with the environmental problems. Berkeley University offers a number of courses that can be helpful. Among others is my favorite Descriptive Introduction to Physics, by Richard Muller. This course is also affectionately known as Physics for future Presidents. And since I am neither a physicist nor a president, I like to call it Physics on an academic level for students of all kinds.

Apart from all the technicalities, let us not forget, that effective dealing with the environment will also require a psychological pendent. We need to change our mentality, our consciousness and our outlook on life. In this respect Shrinkrapradio has much to offer. We talk consumerism, ecological consciousness and more.