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Thursday 2 October  
Grand Cirque: arriving back in Vancouver after 67 days

Earth Beat - Full Circle

On air: 15 June 2012 3:00 (Photo: Bruce Kirkby)

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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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Grand Cirque: Sea Kayaking - three kayaks heading north along Sunshine Coast
Grand Cirque: Sea Kayaking - three kayaks heading north along Sunshine Coast
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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.


Despite some rust, the Harley-Davidson was in fair condition.
Despite some rust, the Harley-Davidson was in fair condition.
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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.

 


Children in a tiny village in Ghana play on their electricity-generating merry g
Children in a tiny village in Ghana play on their electricity-generating merry go round for the first time
Lighting up Ghanaian villages is child’s play - listen in new player

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.

More about the project at Empower Playgrounds and you can donate here.


Eustace Conway
Eustace Conway
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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.

More: GQ article - The Last American Man. Shawnee Street Media blog - On Turtle Island.


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Host Marnie Chesterton reads some of your reactions to the news that Earth Beat will be ending soon.

  • Map of Bruce Kirkby&#039;s Grand Cirque route<br>&copy; Bruce Kirkby - http://www.brucekirkby.com/index.php
  • Grand Cirque: Sea Kayaking - eagle and paddler in Georgia Strait<br>&copy; Bruce Kirkby - http://www.brucekirkby.com/index.php
  • Grand Cirque: Sea Kayaking -Bruce Kirby&#039;s brother Doug looking at sea urchin on paddle<br>&copy; Bruce Kirkby - http://www.brucekirkby.com/index.php
  • Grand Cirque: Sea Kayaking - misty morning and two kayaks in Johnstone Strait<br>&copy; Bruce Kirkby - http://www.brucekirkby.com/index.php
  • Grand Cirque: Sea Kayaking - early morning on a dock in Discovery Islands<br>&copy; Bruce Kirkby - http://www.brucekirkby.com/index.php
  • Grand Cirque: Rafting - Shaun Boughen in the huge rapids of Bridge River Rapids, Fraser River<br>&copy; Bruce Kirkby - http://www.brucekirkby.com/index.php
  • Grand Cirque: Rafting / White water. POV over the shoulder shot in interior desert of Fraser River<br>&copy; Bruce Kirkby - http://www.brucekirkby.com/index.php
  • Grand Cirque: Rafting / White water - Bruce&#039;s brother sleeping amid driftwood on Savory Island<br>&copy; Bruce Kirkby - http://www.brucekirkby.com/index.php
  • Grand Cirque: mountaineering - NW summit of Mount Waddington, SW Canada (not the Himalayas!)<br>&copy; Bruce Kirkby - http://www.brucekirkby.com/index.php
  • Grand Cirque: mountaineering - NW Ridge on Mount Waddington, SW Canada<br>&copy; Bruce Kirkby - http://www.brucekirkby.com/index.php
  • Grand Cirque: Rafting / White water - raft arriving back in Vancouver after 67 days<br>&copy; Bruce Kirkby - http://www.brucekirkby.com/index.php
  • The container containing the motorbike was originally on the back of a Japanese truck. <br>&copy; Peter Mark - http://www.rnw.nl/english
  • The Harley as it was found inside the container<br>&copy; Peter Mark - http://www.rnw.nl/english
  • Loading onto the pickup truck<br>&copy; Peter Mark - http://www.rnw.nl/english
  • This electricity-generating merry-go-round will provide a renewable light source for these children as a part of their energy is used to charge it<br>&copy; Empower Playgrounds - http://www.empowerplaygrounds.org/
  • This young girl studies with her play-powered LED lantern. A portion of her energy exerted at recess charged the lantern she is using to read<br>&copy; Empower Playgrounds - http://www.empowerplaygrounds.org/
  • Eustace Conway (left) has been living off the land for more than 30 years<br>&copy; Lucas Foglia - http://www.turtleislandpreserve.com/home
  • In 1978, aged 17, Eustace Conway went to live in the woods<br>&copy; Eustace Conway - http://www.turtleislandpreserve.com/home
  • Eustace Conway in a canoe<br>&copy; Eustace Conway - http://www.turtleislandpreserve.com/home

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