Earth Beat: Full Circle
Bad news, Radio Netherlands has decided to cancel Earth Beat. The last show will be at the end of July.
Earth Beat, 15 June 2012. Things that come full circle, like how an international explorer found the glamour of travelling in his own backyard, and a man’s Harley-Davidson, lost in the Japanese tsunami of 2011, is found – on the other side of the Pacific.
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Bruce Kirkby makes his living as a photographer, writer and general all-round adventurer.
He’s been to six continents, and his international expeditions are usually years in the making.
But a 1,500 km loop via kayak, foot and river raft through some of his home country’s most remote, and in some parts even unexplored, terrain proved to be just as challenging, in some cases more so, even though it was in his own backyard. View photos.
Peter Mark lives on the west coast of Canada, and often combs the beaches where he lives.
But he never expected to find a Harley-Davidson inside a container washed up on shore – a container from Japan that had gone afloat because of the tsunami, 13 months earlier.
Peter tells host Marnie Chesterton about his efforts to return it to its owner.
Ben Markham is a former engineer who has harnessed the power of play, and used it to generate light in remote Ghanaian villages, by installing merry-go-rounds.
We spoke to him about how much energy the average child produces, and to a teacher at a school on an island where there’s no electricity, about how the lanterns have changed life in the village. View photos.
Eustace Conway has been living off the land for more than 30 years. He has built his own home, does all his own blacksmithing, makes all his own tools and medicines, doesn’t personally use electricity or running water, grows and hunts for his own food and makes his own clothes. And he has since he was 17. For nearly 20 years, including his college years, Eustace lived in a tepee in the Appalachian mountains, where he still lives today, and fended for himself. And it all began at a very early age. View photos.
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