Matt Soltys - producer and host of the Healing the Earth radio program broadcast on the Guelph community radio station - CFRU and as a podcast series here at rabble. Matt is also a co-organizer of the 'No Olympics on Stolen Land' speaking tour Jan. 19 - Feb. 7, 2008 throughout the East Coast and Great Lakes regions.
Matt speaks about the need to make the connections beyond simplified environmental discussions to include the political, power structures and the colonization of Indigeneous lands and our minds. He shares his experiences with the healing power of nature - helping him to cope with the sometimes overwhelming grief for life on earth suffering through climate collapse.
This interview was conducted in April, 2006 following the Healthy Mind Body Planet tour event in Guelph, Ontario. Follow along below for my questions and comments and also find links to the full series of podcasts, both audio and video.
This episode was produced in Craik, Saskatchewan with technical support from the Craik branch of the Palliser Regional Library, by Kelly Reinhardt of boilingfrog.ca (using mostly solar generated electricity). Additional support provided by International Funk, Avatar Productions and Angela Bischoff of Greenspiration!.
(0:00 - 0:56) intro
(0:57 - 1:08) ... You do good work with community radio... tell me a bit about that.
(1:09 - 1:49) ... trying to make connections between ecological and political issues like power and colonialism... touching on issues of healing
(1:50 - 1:52) How did you come to that way of thinking?
(1:53 - 2:36) ... not letting school beat it out of me... too many environmentalists not wanting to make connections between militaristic uses of the earth, weather warfare and genocide, stolen land... we're not gonna be doing anything effective if we're just talking about environmental issues or just talking about political issues
(2:37 - 2:46) ... when you first started becoming concerned about things around you, what kind of effect did that have on you and your relationships...?
(2:47 - 3:30) it's a really good feeling to be connected to struggles that go back thousands of years and know that there is a long history of people being proud of resisting and standing up for something that really means something.
(3:31 - 3:37) ... How are you able to maintain such a positive outlook...?
(3:38 - 5:57) ... it's overwhelming sometimes... the grief builds up... what's kept me strongest and sane has been a strong connection with nature.
(5:58 - 6:41) you've identified a couple of key things... meaningful work and a connection to nature are very positive forces in ones life. What kind of advice would you give for people who just can't access the positive work or a positive environment?
(6:42 - 7:45) ... something as simple as feeling the pulse of our heart and breathing deep, knowing that each single breath connects us to each tree transpiring oxygen for us to breath
(7:46 - 8:12) ... you came to these insights, whether it's practical, intuitive, training... seems you are quite comfortable with your positions... feeling with the heart rather than thinking with (the brain)
(8:13 - 9:04) ... most of my insights have come from spending a lot of time by myself outside...
(9:05 - 9:12) Where's your secong favorite natural spot?
(9:13 - 9:23) ... anywhere along a riverbank...
(9:24 - 9:32) when you're communing with nature do you feel it's reciprocal?
(9:33 - 10:53) certainly! ... a river is happy to have someone sit by them or a tree would love to be touched just like a human loves to be touched.
(10:54 - 10:58) ...tell us where people can plug in to some of your media work?
(10:59 - 11:22) resistanceisfertile.ca ... and it is fertile, it certainly isn't futile.
(11:23 - 12:23) extro
listen to our other audio podcasts from the Healthy Mind Body Planet Tour:
Dr. Abram Hoffer interview
From his office at the Orthomolecular Vitamin Information Centre Dr Hoffer explains how ortholecular medicine began, it's successes and the opposition to it from the medical establishment.
On the Farm with Percy Schmeiser
Percy highlights potential dangers of eating GMO's (genetically modified organisms)
Communal Health: Can we de-toxify our society?
HMBP Series / Episode 8
Corporate Control: Why modern medicine is killing us?
HMBP Series / Episode 7: During the Healthy Mind, Body, Planet multi-media tour, boilingfrog presented two video Modules, “Corporate Control” and “Communal Health”. These modules used excerpts from a variety of audio, visual and printed mediums. Many of these excerpts represent fabulous pieces of work that should be experienced in their entirety and are listed below. Other excerpts that are not identified below have been taken from tv news and corporate messages. These divergent media sources have been woven together to reflect our awakenings. Albeit overwhelming at times, we’ve tried to be fast-passed and entertaining, to expose the dilemma of the conscious mind, close your eyes and stay happy or dig deep, take action and avoid burnout.
Alternative Exposures: Montreal, Killaloe, Ottawa
HMBP Series / Episode 6: While on the HMBP Tour, Angela, Kelly and Bridget make their way to Montreal, Ottawa, and Killaloe where professionals and citizens speak out about health issues. See how whistle blower Dr. Michele Brill-Edwards fights for better health care. Hear the story of healer Gastone Naessens and how citizens are teaching themselves to be healthy.
Playing with Democracy (remix)
HMBP Series / Episode 5: A short remix of the hit video, 'Playing with Democracy' from the 2000 Toronto Mayoral campaign. See why Tooker Gomberg was the best candidate, and learn about some issues that affect everyone, everywhere.
HMBP Series / Episode 4: A short remix of the 1991 video that Tooker Gomberg produced to highlight the growing concern about environmental degradation, and his favourite solution - the bicycle.
HMBP Series / Episode 3: In Halifax, the Healthy Mind Body Planet Tour spends time on the bridge where Tooker breathed his last, and visit with the Justice Ministers staff and the Chief Medical Examiner calling for an inquiry into his death.
HMBP Series / Episode 2: On April 1, 2006 the Healthy Mind Body Planet Tour begins at Union (yoga) Station in Toronto, Canada. By train and car we aim for Halifax, Nova Scotia.
HMBP Series / Episode 1: Introducing boilingfrog’s presentation on the Healthy Mind Body Planet Tour, April 3 - June 20, 2006. What have drug companies accomplished? Why are alternatives inaccessible?
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