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Going Green Show #4 Energy Crisis & Renewable energy



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Phuket 89.5 fm


The Radio show : Going Green

Sustainable smiles

Saturday 19th November 2012, 5-7 PM

Podcast available.

Special guest

Kelly Franklin, Sustainable Smiles


Today’s discussion is about Sustainable living and making small steps to a better future. American Kelly Franklin is the founder of sustainable smiles, an NGO working on community based sustainable issues and is here to talk to us about Nai Yang Beach Green program, a sister to the Kamala Mr and Mrs Green program.

With her are three AIT (Asian Institute of Technology masters students from Bangkok), where there campus is ravaged by floods and closed for 6 months, with many students relocated to a Hua Hin campus.

Prem & Srujana are from India and specializing in Renewable energy from the ADB and whilst Peter Cookey is a waste management specialist from Nigeria where in Lagos alone over 350 waste management companies thrive.

SEEKs PLAN For the Future… a SMART GRID, the holy grail.

Phuket benefits from a unique environment with tremendous assets such as plentiful sunshine, consistent winds, and reliable ocean currents, waves and tides. The Phuket of the future is an Island where can get off the grid, by firstly reducing energy usage, moving to an island of LEDs, simple home and office energy management reduction & education, and the simultaneous diversification of our energy sources to renewables. Wind, Solar, Tidal & Biomass.


Islands are the places to go for smart grid projects.  El Hierro, off Spain is a good example. There’s also Malta. And Bornholm, in Denmark, the site of the European Union’s EcoGrid. And now Maui that has started a Smart Grid in 2011.

Phuket needs about 50MW of power a year to cover the 200,000 homes on the island.

10MW could be saved by reductions

15MW could come from Solar

15MW could come from wind

15MW could come from tidal turbines

5MW could come from biomass

This would amply cover expected energy increases through growth whilst making the island more efficient.



Reflect, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, reTweet




Phuket launch no single use plastic Dec 5th. by end Feb all major retailers will adopt one day per week NO Plastic bags, and will aim to be plastic bag free during 2012. CENTRAL has gone polystyrene free and TESCO also in moving to banning foam products.

You can register at the Phuket Provincial hall from Dec 5th to pick up a smart reuse bag in return for 20 plastic bag returns


Teracycle, a US waste recycler has a global program taking all sorts of waste, it has collected  2% of UK plastic pens, collected used gum from Brazil actually an easy recyclable rubber and in the USA is active where 73% of US elementary schools collect waste for them and PEPSI works in collaboration to minimize waste. Check out their face book game called “Trash Tycoon”


Currently global CO2 emmissions are just under 400ppm and heading to 450ppm but we should be heading the other way, decreasing towards 350ppm. The UK supported Japan and Russia in potentially delaying an agreement at the climate change meeting till 2018/2020. The meeting takes place in Durban at the end of November.  The UK is saying that they are expecting 4 degree C increase by 2060.

A new climate model going out to 2300 is suggesting temperatures could rise by 10 degrees celcius, a condition not seen for since EOCENE Epoch 34 million years. This happens if the world does NOT cut emissions appreciably.

PPM would drastically go to 2,000ppm with dramatic consequences. The Polar regions would see far greater effects than the tropics, Arctic ice would melt completely and the Nth regions of Russia, Canada and Greenland would become lush forests.

The resulting melt of the North pole releases huge amounts of methane increasing CO2, plus plants would absorb much more sunlight than the ice/snow, increasing temperatures further.. a vicious cycle and the end of the world as we know it.

NEWS: SOLAR & Renewable Energy Debate

Investigations into bankrupt SOLYNDRA have thrown renewables into a new debate, questioning if Government financial support of new energies is money well spent. Keep in mind there are 5,500 solar companies in the USA, with 100,000 employees and in the last 90 days, 9 new US manufacturing facilities have been announced

The Washington Post noted that 172Bn USD has been spent since 1961 on R&D in advanced energy.. where did it go. Mostly Nuclear (60bn)/fossil fuel(40bn) and others… and only a small sliver was invested in renewables (about 30bn)

PLUS, and heres the kicker, the oil & gas industry has received USD447bn in cumulative subsidies, plus nuclear USD185bn according to DBL investors in September.

Renewable subsidies?  USD5.9bn. That’s less than Americans spent on potato chips in 2009.

Renewables let off NO CO2, NO disasters, make us Independant from a depleting fuel and are not a health hazard… clean energy looks pretty good…


Morocco wins green light for 500MW capacity solar home, to power 90,000 homes


Electric vehicles go mainstream, in 2001, according to there were

2 pure battery electric cars, GM EV1 and Th!nk

3 hybrids, Toyota Prius, Honda Insight & Ford Escape

2 natural gas vehicles, Honda Civic GX & Dodge powerbox


7 pure battery electric cars

5 plug in hybrids

9 clean diesels

31 conventional hybrids

15 conventional vehicles getting 40+ mpg

Plus over 30 new vehicles planned for release…

Why, California legislation..

  1. new vehicles by 2025 will have to double their efficiency
  2. zero emission program
  3. 75% reduction in smog causing pollutants

TIDAL POWER: now legit source of power

Siemens have started Marine Current Turbines, with a 1.2MW operating in northern Ireland since 2008. Offering 2MW turbines with plans to offer same costs of generation as wind by 2020.


Dec 15th Patong cl

Cleanup for carnival, 15-20th Dec

Meet at 8am at corner of Bangla and Thaweewong road… after will be a performance, environmental exhibition and prizes for those that collect the most rubbish…DMCR/TDA and Patong municipality.





4,500 million years or so ago, a small planet was formed, earth as we know it today. Circling a yellow star and embedded on one of the spiral arms of the milky way, itself part of the Virgo super cluster, one of millions of similarly vast entities dotted throughout the sky, a still largely undefined and unexplored place called Space.

Some 4,000 million years later the Phanereozoic period of life started and the birth of mammals and flowering plants as evidenced by fossils begun

It was only 65 million years ago that the formation of the Himalayas, the opening of the north atlantic and lifes miraculous biodiversity blossomed.

After all of these years the NOW, the planet as we know it only deals with the Holocene epoch which started about 10,0000 BC, or only the last 12,000 years, known as the start of the Bronze age and the Advance of man. Human life on a time scale is 3 seconds in 24 hours… a brief blip that has achieved so must but respected so little.

Since the year 2,000 it is now widely recognized that we have entered a new period of history, another age, a period of planetary change brought about by dams, mines, pollution, waste, species extinction, weather volatility, polar melts and extreme heat, a new era known the Anthropocene or the Age of man.


A new movie, the Call of Life has been released and explores these messages. The following text is from Raymond Dassman, ecologist, zoologist, conservationist and author.

“From the most remote mountaintops to forests, grasslands, and deserts, from river headwaters to the deepest seas, reports from around the globe tell the same story: wild places that have been stable for millions of years are in turmoil. Weather patterns and water sources are being disrupted. Plant and animal species are vanishing faster than ever before. Our cities and farms, our parks, even our backyards are changing in ways we’re only beginning to notice, but that are already affecting the health and well-being of our planet, and us.

Our planets ecosystems today are already “tattered remnants” of their original beauty

During the four billion years that life has been evolving on Earth there have been five distinct periods when as much as 90% of the species alive at the time suddenly disappear from the fossil record.

The Permian-Triasic mass extinction was the largest in our planets history. Enormous disruptions in our planets carbon cycle led to climate change, ocean acidification and ocean anoxia with about 90% of all species dying off. This era was known as a coal gap as even the forests disappeared.

The most recent of these events ended the reign of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. Paleontologists believe that each of these earlier mass extinctions was triggered by some extraordinary event such as an asteroid impact or a period of unusual volcanic activity. Each of these extinction spasms was actually a slow decline, taking place over many centuries, yet these periods were brief compared to the many millions of years the Earth took to recover its diversity after each mass extinction had finally run its course.

Today, scientists believe that we are entering the 6th Mass Extinction. But unlike the previous five, this one will not take centuries to unfold—in fact, it will take place in our lifetimes. As scientists begin to realize the severity of the crisis and new worldwide assessments are made, the news is difficult to believe. At least half of all plant and animal species are likely to disappear in the wild within the next 30-40 years, including many of the most familiar and beloved large mammals: elephants, polar bears, chimpanzees, gorillas and all the great apes, all the big cats, and many, many others.

Bird species are similarly imperiled; songbird populations have declined by 50% in the last 40 years. One out of every eight species of plant life worldwide and almost one third of the plant species within the United States already face extinction. Populations of large ocean fish have declined by 90% since the 1950s. All around the world, birds, reptiles, mammals, amphibians, fish, and invertebrates, as well as trees, flowering plants, and other flora, are all in steep decline. The rate of extinction today could be as much as 10,000 times greater than the expected natural or background extinction rate. Scientists estimate that tens of thousands of species are vanishing every year, including many that have yet to be discovered or named.

We depend on many species directly for our basic human needs such as food, clothing, fuel, shelter, and medicine, but the complex network of all species is necessary to support those species that we depend upon directly. Ecosystems are intricately interdependent—species depend on each other for survival in complex and subtle ways that science is only beginning to understand. Biologically diverse ecosystems provide indispensable ecosystem services that we often take for granted, including purification of the air and water, climate regulation, nutrient cycling in the soil, disease control, pollination, seed dispersal, biological pest control, and prevention of erosion, to name just a few. We cannot live without these essential services that healthy ecosystems provide

When any species within an ecosystem becomes extinct, species that depend on that species are threatened and other species that depend on those species will become threatened and so on, in a cascade or ripple effect that runs through the whole system. The loss of any species within the ecosystem can potentially affect the ability of other species to thrive, or even survive. What’s more, a species does not need to become totally extinct in order to have this effect. A severe decline in a species’ population can be nearly as detrimental to the ecosystem as extinction and can weaken the entire ecosystem. As stresses due to species loss increase, eventually the ecosystem will reach a breaking point, after which total catastrophic collapse is rapid and irreversible


Researchers have identified six primary direct drivers of extinction and all are the result of human behavior:

  • habitat loss,
  • invasive species,
  • pollution,
  • climate change,
  • over-exploitation of resources, and above all—the factor that magnifies all the others—
  • human overpopulation.

Any of these drivers can wreak havoc by itself, but in combination with each other and with other social and environmental factors, their cumulative effects are devastating. The mass extinction will not be slowed or averted until each of these direct drivers is controlled or eliminated.

We face the potential of the natural world devastated beyond recognition, with the loss of human life in the billions. Yet, we still have time to avert the worst of the crisis and save much of the biosphere, if we act now.”







Reflect, think about your actions, refuse single use plastic bags, straws & polystyrene

Reduce, your waste

Reuse what you can, including composting

Recycle as much of what’s left

Responsibility, to our planet



Re-tweet, tell others


From an Apple to an iPhone

Survival or Extinction


Grandma always had the serious view. Born in an earlier age, witness to the turn of the century and the second industrial evolution, seeing the coal mines, witnessing the wars, losing family, fighting for ideals and witnessing the internet era she saw so much in such little time.


Grandmas offer wisdom, the simplicity of an earlier era, self sustainability, growing vegetables, managing quietly, not asking for too much, not consuming too much, caring, sharing and helping.


Her view was always a YES or a NO.


She had no time for fools, no time for maybe, possibly, later, after or manyana, No dithering, withering, excuses, delays, procrastination, inaction, discussion, justification or deliberation. YES or NO, then ask questions later.


Our world is at a fork in the road, at a crossroads and is for you to decide.






Will you love the earth  YES/NO

Will you make the needed small steps YES/NO

Will you educate and help others to help the world YES/NO



SEEK, for a better world.


NEWS reviewed in the show were from retweets by indigonick


Nick Anthony


All information is used as reference only. All news items featured on the show are retweets taken from Twitter, under user name indigonick or view at in the twitter box.





Guest Information:

Mr. Peter Cookey is a Senior Lecturer at the Rivers State College of Health Science and Technology, Nigeria. He has over 18 years experience in the issues of Environmental and Development. He holds a Master Degree in Environmental Management, Professional Certificate from United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) on Governance in Urban Sanitation amongst other academic qualifications. He is an environmental and development expert with strong focus on water, wastewater and sanitation. Peter is an accomplished Health, Safety and Environment Practitioner. Peter Cookey mission is to support governments, businesses, industry, academia and individuals to ensure that the goal of sustainability is achieve.


He is also the President of EarthWatch Research Institute, (EWRI); Publisher of EarthWatch Magazine – the nation’s foremost environment and development magazine based in Nigeria and the presenter EarthWatch on Radio, Raypower F/M 106.5, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria. (,  The EarthWatch Research Institute is the global network think-tank for environment and development professionals, applying interdisciplinary and multi-institutional approach in its programmes and activities, bringing together researchers and professionals with complementary and compatible skills and disciplines to work on major issues that affect Nigeria, Sub-Saharan Africa region and other developing countries in our core focus area. EWRI is in a better position to help environment and development professionals create innovative, pragmatic and sustainable solutions to challenging global environment and development needs.


He is a member of some international and national professional organizations some of which are: International Standard Development Committee (ISDC) for Water Resources Management of Alliance For Water Stewardship (AWS), Administered By WWF-US;  Advisory Panel Water Integrity Network (WIN), Berlin; Steering Committee Member Representing Anglophone African Countries: WHO-Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council {WSSCC}, Geneva; National Technical Committee on Environmental Management System (TC-EMS): Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON); Technical Committee, Greater Port Harcourt Development Committee (GPDC), Rivers State Government, Nigeria; Environmental Health Officers Registration Council of Nigeria (EHORCON); Nigerian Environmental Society {NES}; Nigerian Institute of Safety Professionals {NISP}; Nigerian Institute of Science Technology {NIST}  etc.


Mr. Cookey has also published several books on various themes on environment and development field some of which are A Functional Approach to Waste Management (2005): Business & Environment & Sustainable Development Practitioner’s Series. EarthWatch Publishers; Hazardous Substance Management (2005): Business & Environment & Sustainable Development Practitioner’s Series. EarthWatch Publishers; House Boat and Offshore Facility Sanitation Devices (2006): Business & Environment & Sustainable Development Practitioner’s Series. EarthWatch Publishers; Breaking Frontier in Water Supply and Sanitation in Nigeria (2008): Proceedings of 1st – 5th EarthWatch Conference on Water and Sanitation (2002 – 2006). EarthWatch Publishers; Fundamentals of Wastewater Treatment & Management (2008). EarthWatch Publishers, Control of Contact Infections (2008), EarthWatch Publishers etc. He had also published several of his papers in local and international journals, and some local newspapers. He has also presented several papers at conferences and workshops, locally and internationally.


Note: Currently a Post Graduate Student at the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand and UNSECO-IHE (Institute for Water Education), Delft, Netherlands.



Ms. Naga Srujana Goteti (Srujana) is a senior Post Graduate student at Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand in the field of Energy. An electrical and electronics engineer by education, she has worked for over 2 years now in the green development sector. She has previously worked in the software development sector for a multinational company in India and also gauges experience from an energy consultancy organization based in India. Keenly involved and passionate about technology she possesses expertise through research in the field of Energy Technology. She has strong focus on renewable energy with an expertise on ‘solar technology’. She has also been previously entrusted with design and development of educational material for green sector. She is currently working on an Asian Development Bank/ Institute project for ‘Development of Green Indicators’ with Asian Institute Of Technology, Thailand for the Asia Pacific. With interest on sustainability and development for the Asia-Pacific she has been actively involved in various workshops and conferences locally and internationally.


Mr. Prathamesh Savargaonkar (Prem) is a Business studies graduate from the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand. A journalist by profession, financial manager by education possesses double masters in ‘Retail Management’ & ‘Marketing’ from India and Thailand. He has previously worked in the field of marketing for a construction major and also capitalizes experience in the supply chain management and logistics sector from various retail organizations in India for over 2 years now. Deeply interested in the topic of ‘Sustainability and its Economics’ he is currently working as a Research Associate for the ‘Asian Development Bank/Institute’ with the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand. He is actively working on various projects for the organization with focus on ‘Monetary Quantification of Co-Benefits from Low Carbon Technologies’ for the Asia-Pacific and looks forward to exploit his research expertise for the same. With interest on sustainability and business for the Asia-Pacific he has been actively involved in various workshops and conferences locally and internationally.




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