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January 2019 - Archived Shows

January 11: Guest Marc McGinnes

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Other topics on the show include the Exxon lawsuit, right-to-repair laws, and tips for mastering emotions.

January 18: Joe Simonetta

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TOPICS: Upside of PG&E declaring bankruptcy, Converting coal to solar + storage facility.  an interview with Joe Simonetta about his book: 7 Words to Change the World. 

January 25: Elisabet Sahtouris

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TOPICS: Agritech,  the plastic problem & nice doctors, and Rinaldo interviews Elisabet Sahtouris.  Their lively discussion of how nature is on our side will inspire and delight our listeners.

January 11, 2019 - Guest: Marc McGinnes

January 11, 2019

On the inaugural show, Rinaldo and Kristy talk with local environmental icon Marc McGinnes about his 50 year journey as an "environmental elder" and his newest book In Love with Earth.  Other topics on the show include the Exxon lawsuit, right-to-repair laws, and tips for mastering emotions.

January 18, 2019 - Guest: Joe Simonetta

January 18, 2019

On this episode of Solutions News, Rinaldo discusses the upside of PG&E declaring bankruptcy, describes a shuttered coal plant in Holyoke, MA that converted to a solar + storage facility, and interviews Joe Simonetta about his book: 7 Words to Change the World

January 25, 2019 - Guest: Elisabet Sahtouris

January 25, 2019

In this week's episode of Solutions News, we discuss agritech, talk about the plastic problem & nice doctors, and Rinaldo interviews Elisabet Sahtouris.  Their lively discussion of how nature is on our side will inspire and delight our listeners.  Take a listen! 

Marc McGinnes

J. Marc McGinnes is an environmental leader, lawyer and educator. After the 1969 Santa Barbara oil blowout and subsequent oil spill, Rep. Pete McCloskey urged McGinnes, who was then practicing law in San Francisco, to go to Santa Barbara to assist in that community’s response. McGinnes served as chair of the January 28, 1970 Environmental Rights Day national conference, a precursor of Earth Day observances later that year. He became a public interest environmental lawyer and led the founding of the Community Environmental Council (1970) and the Environmental Defense Center (1977).


In 1971 he became a member of the faculty of the Environmental Studies Program of the University of California, Santa Barbara, one of the first undergraduate programs of its kind in the United States. In 1983 he began full-time there, developing courses for both the Environmental Studies and Law and Society programs. He also served in various campus advisory and administrative positions. Since 2005 he has served in an emeritus capacity. The Environmental Studies Program awards each year the McGinnes Environmental Law and Advocacy scholarship to an outstanding graduating senior.  In 2016 he donated his research papers, teaching and practice papers and materials to the UCSB Library. In 2017 he developed and convened a seminar titled Hope That Works.


His books include Principles of Environmental Law (Rainbow Bridge, 1980) and Rise Up! A Stilter’s Adventures in Higher Consciousness (Mercury Press, 2017).   His most recent  book, In Love With Earth: Testimonies and heartsongs from an environmental elder (Mercury Press, 2018) is part memoir, part love letter, part call to action. 

Marc McGinnes, an "Environmental Elder"
Marc McGinnes, an "Environmental Elder"

Joe Simonetta

Joe Simonetta holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Colorado. He also studied architecture at the University of Southern California. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School. He also studied at Yale Divinity School. He holds a B.S. in Business Logistics from Penn State University.


Born November 22, 1943 in a World War II housing project in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, he is the second of three sons of an immigrant blue-collar steelworker and his wife. He was raised in the shadows of the blast furnaces of the Bethlehem Steel Corporation. He has since lived for significant amounts of time in California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Florida, Greece, New Zealand, and Ecuador. 


His rich life experiences encompass many fields. He has been an Army officer, professional athlete, entrepreneur and businessman, architect, real estate developer, home builder, environmental activist, author, senior editor of the World Business Academy, twice a nominee for the U.S. Congress, and once a nominee for the U.S. presidency (Democratic Party National Convention, New York City, 1992).


His last book, 7 Words That Can Change the World, The Simple Truth and The Death of Sacred Cows, is based on his lecture series, “Astonish the World, Tell the Simple Truth.”


He is married to Susana Rojas Simonetta. They have a son, Russell, born April 22, 2013 (Earth Day), and a daughter, Fiorella, born October 12, 2015.


OTHER BOOKS BY Joseph R. Simonetta

The Heroes Are Us: A Call to Rescue Our World

Russell, Alexandra, and John, A Story of Personal and Planetary Change

The Book of Observations, Life on Earth

Religion, An Obstacle to Human Progress

The Skeptic’s Book of Religious Quotes and Anecdotes

ONE, A Third Millennium Belief System

(an earlier version of 7 Words)

Joe Simonettta, with 7 words to change the world!
Joe Simonettta, with 7 words to change the world!

Elisabet Sahtouris, PhD

As an internationally known evolution biologist, Dr. Elisabet Sahtouris is a 'deep pastist' in order to be a good futurist. Knowing our human evolutionary trajectory helps us see the best options lying ahead in a world that works for All.  Elisabet speaks on all five continents; teaching Living Economies and How to Navigate our Perfect Storm of Crises. With a post-doctoral degree at the American Museum of Natural History, she taught at MIT, the University of Massachusetts, contributed to the NOVA-Horizon TV series, is a fellow of the World Business Academy with an honorary Chair in Living Economies, and is on the Advisory Board of Ethical Markets. She is now on the core team of TomorrowMakers (see link below) which aims to change the OS for Humanity through massive gaming.  She has also convened international symposia on Foundations of Science in Hokkaido, Japan and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and is a Professor of Business at Chaminade University in Honolulu. Elisabet is a co-founder of the WorldWide Indigenous Science Network, a Fellow of the Findhorn Foundation, and has appeared in numerous films.   


She is the author of EarthDance: Living Systems in Evolution, A Walk Through Time: From Stardust to Us, and co-author with Willis Harman ofBiology Revisioned. Her newest book Gaia's Dance: The Story of Earth & Us-- a children's book for grownups, is a Kindle eBook and in paperback. 


A brand new book for cellphone reading is her Bacteria (R) Us,  see http://books2read/BacBook


website: http://tomorrowmakers.org

Elisabet Sahtouris, Our Guest on January 25, 2019
Elisabet Sahtouris, Our Guest on January 25, 2019