E18 – EARTH WEEK SPECIAL: Environmental Fails! (Anthology Vol 2)


“When all the trees have been cut down, when all the animals have been hunted, when all the waters are polluted, when all the air is unsafe to breath, only then will you discover that you cannot eat money.” – Cree Native American Prophecy

On today’s Earth Day (Earth Week?) Special, Erik invites podcasters from around the world to share some of the environmental issues that they’re most passionate about and what we can learn from them!

Featured in this episode: Devin Clark (Pretend Radio), Kory Torjussen (KTorjussen Photography), Chris Carroll (Comic Zombie), Pete Bourgelais (Maine House candidate), Tyler Thornton (Too Young For This Trek), Josh Dunham, Troytle Power (from the Power Playthroughs Podcast), Justin Ache (Significant Otter Co), and MC (The Best Animated Shows Ever… So Far!)

Music: “Return to Innocence” by Enigma (1994)
Audio Clips: “Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring” (2001), “Fern Gully” (1992), and “Captain Planet” (1990)

Episode Breakdown:

Devin Clark (from the Pretend Radio podcast) talks about the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill
– Photographer (and Kaiju enthusiast), Kory Torjussen explains Japan’s Fukushima disaster
Chris Carroll (Comic Zombie) rants about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch
– Maine House (District 112) candidate, Pete Bourgelais, talks about the Aral Sea (or what’s left of it?)
Tyler Thornton (host of Too Young For This Trek) presents Spay the Cats, Save the World!
Josh Dunham covers America’s (absurd) nuclear waste problem
Erik gives his take on the Love Canal
Troytle Power (from the Power Playthroughs Podcast) asks why don’t we all just
replace gas with french fry grease?!
Justin Ache (of Significant Otter Co) tackles deforestation in the Amazon Rainforest
MC (from the Best Animated Shows Ever… So Far!) offers his personal experience
from 2019’s devastating Australian wild fires

Social Media Links:

LINKS / Sources / Further Reading:

13 Charities to Consider Giving on Earth Day

The Deepwater Horizon Disaster Fueled a Gulf Science Bonanza (Wired)

The Amazon Rainforest sees biggest spike in deforestation in over a decade (NPR)

Fry Fuel: Mc Donalds Franchisee Runs Cars On It! (NBC News)

Australia Fires: A Visual Guide (BBC)

What Is the Yucca Mountain Depository? (EPA)

Why Is the World’s Biggest Landfill in the Pacific Ocean? (HowStuffWorks.com)

Fukushima is Bad, but Testing Was Worse (ploughshares.org)

The Love Canal Tragedy (EPA)

7 Steps of TNR (NeighborhoodCats.org)

Uzbekistan to get it’s own Las Vegas (Eurasianet.org)

Kazakhstan measuring the Northern Aral’s Comeback (Eurasianet.org)

Soviet Cotton threatens a region’s sea and it’s children (New Scientist)

North Korea slams Trump’s Decision to pull out of Paris Accord (Washington Post)

*Also check out the original Epik Fails article, 13 of the Worst Ecological Disasters of All Time!


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Erik Slader

Erik Slader is the creator of “Epik Fails of History” a blog (and podcast) about the most epic fails… of history. With Ben Thompson, Erik is the co-author of the Epic Fails middle grade book series, including The Wright Brothers: Nose-Diving Into History and The Race to Space: Countdown to Liftoff. His latest book, “2299” is a sci-fi / noir novella. Erik is also an editor on Podcasters Assemble and a co-host on 2 Young 4 This Trek, as well as a contributor to Geek to Geek Media and ComicZombie.net! He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Digital Media, once managed a comic book shop, has a weakness for fancy coffee as well as retro video games, and currently lives in Green Cove Springs, Florida with too many cats.

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