#334: Ca-Li-fornia Love
With my mind on my minerals and my minerals on my mind
If there’s any part of the world that has a front row seat to the swings of a failing environment, it’s probably the state of California.
With the droughts, the wildfires, the landslides and the floods (to only name a few of the recurring environmental disasters), there’s a lot we can all learn from a part of the world with every motivation to change the collective behaviors that have massive environmental impacts.
With the first season of Electric Futures, we have quite the living case study to wrap our heads around with California’s Imperial Valley. Thanks to California having one of the densest concentrations of critical minerals in the world, this part of the state is increasingly known as Lithium Valley; and a potential way out of the rampant carbonization that governs so many aspects of our modern world.
The thing is – we can’t just go around plundering all naturally occurring resources because our behavior suggests that we “need” them.
Host Charles Zukoski examines the choices that lie ahead for California’s Imperial Valley as the lithium extraction industry makes its way to town to set up shop.
Electric Futures delivers a thorough examination of the societal, economic, and environmental nuances tied to the extraction of lithium. All the while, we’re encouraged to avoid repeating the mistakes we seem to always make and listen to the members of a community on the cusp of substantial change.
Across six episodes, we get all the information we need to start understanding the trade-offs that need to be made in an effort to protect the environment, while still realizing the economic potential of a resource that will only grow in significance as we move away from carbon-based energies.
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