Spring is in the Air

Why did the coyote cross the road?

Coyote Crossing (Credit: Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife – http://www.flickr.com/photos/odfw/7489976680/in/photostream/)

Spring is in the air! And to celebrate, we’re bringing you a jam-packed show that’s bursting with life. How does giving birth change your perspective on the environment? What happens when the natural world unexpectedly encroaches on the human? Why do the Great Lakes suddenly need our protection? Who was responsible for the origin of the environmental movement? When will the show start? Just as soon as you hit that “play” button.

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Do Personal Actions Matter?

Pacific ocean plastic on an Oregon public beach (Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/circle_face/8000357312/)

Pacific ocean plastic on an Oregon public beach (Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/circle_face/8000357312/)

On this week’s show we ask a big question: how much of an effect can we really have at an individual level?

We take you first to a story about a woman who decided to challenge herself to live without plastic for a year: an absolutely monumental task. Next, we’re looking at those global awareness campaigns we always hear so much about, specifically Earth Hour. What kind of impact do they really have? And last but not least, we look at energy efficiency. How can we make a very practical means of combatting climate change more appealing?

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A telling tailings tale and the disappearing Greater Sage Grouse

The Greater Sage-Grouse, an endangered bird, sits peacefully on the ground.

Sorry to be pushing you to extinction, Mr. Grouse, although you sure do look fabulous. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

The Wild Rose province bears two dubious distinction that we’ll explore this week. Alberta is home to some of Canada’s most endangered animals, and it is also the location of Canada’s worst ever coal tailings spill. Our reporters give you an update on the aftermath of October’s Obed Mine spill. But first, we explore the human stakes in the fight to save Canada’s Greater Sage-Grouse.

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Them’s The Eats

Hawkers' Market in Edmonton (Photo credit: Trevor Chow-Fraser)

Hawkers’ Market in Edmonton. Photo: Trevor Chow-Fraser.

This week we’re all about FOOD. First off, we’re questioning our food. What does it mean to eat the way we do? Next, it’s about seeing what alternatives could appear—or crawl—onto our plates. And last but not least, we’re on the ground to check out an experiment: what happens when street food goes indoors.

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