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Dr Guy McPherson Helping Others Walk Away from Empire

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You'll hear about all of it in this interview. About the things we're doing to our living habitat on Earth.

By the way, "habitat" doesn't mean "mall." Doesn't mean WalMart either  And that big screen TV? That's not it, the stuff on it isn't even real.

Our living habitat comprises all the things that industrial civilization does not value: the air we breathe, our oceans, the dirt under our feet. If it can't be mined or made into a dumping ground, it's useless. Even the people living here are only useful as consumers.

In this 32-minute interview, Guy McPherson shares with Co-Host Daniel Kerbein his view that industrial civilization is destroying everything so quickly, that that if we don't stop it in the next few years, we are quickly headed for an uninhabitable planet.

Dr. McPherson came around to this while a tenured professor of Environmental Science at the U. of Arizona. He couldn't reconcile his position of privilege with his realization that a collapse is mandatory for humanity's continued survival. So, he says, he "walked away from Empire."

Now he lives with a group of like-minded people, producing what he calls "the Big Four- healthy food, clean water, body temperature maintenance (clothing & dwellings), and a decent human community." He also volunteers his time teaching others how to walk away.

This walking away, by McPherson and others, is the subject of the upcoming film "Somewhere in New Mexico, Before the End of Time.", by Mike Sosebee. Dr. McPherson's blog site, www.guymcpherson.com, is titled "Nature Bats Last."

This interview first aired on KBBF-FM 89.1 Calistoga/Santa Rosa. Please support bilingual public radio.