On this week’s show, we take a ramble through a garden with Edmonton’s Naturalization Group to learn about the importance of native plants species. Then we hear about the Survival Celebration Camp for Sustainable Earth, in Northern Saskatchewan. Finally, we bring you the surprising success story of bison conservation in a new segment called Girl Gone Wild. We’ll close off with a run-down of “What’s Happening” in environmental events across the country this week.
Native Plants of Edmonton and Area
When you’re walking through a park in your city or in the backroads of your town, you probably pass all sorts of plants. Do you know which plants are indigenous to the area and which are not? Gail Fennell and Liz Deleeuw are stewards at the John Janzen Nature Centre and members of the Edmonton Naturalization Group, an informal group of people in the Edmonton area who like to grow native plants and promote their use in gardening and landscaping to a wider public. They take Terra Informa’s Morgana Folkmann for a walk through one of their demonstration gardens in Edmonton and explain the importance of their fight to maintain the native plant species of Edmonton and area.
Survival Celebration Camp
Annie Banks recently spoke with Candyce Paul of the Committee for Future Generations about the Survival Celebration Camp for Sustainable Earth in Northern Saskatchewan. What was this gathering all about and what was achieved over this weekend in South Bay on Lac Île-à-la-Crosse? What are the issues at stake for northern communities, what are elders concerned about and what’s next for the Committee for Future Generations?
Wild About Bison
There’s not much better than a well-done nature documentary. Just sitting back and letting Morgan Freeman tell you everything you need to know about penguins. Not many of them, though, are made independently by smart, funny young people. That’s why we’re starting a new segment called Girl Gone Wild, following the adventures of Edmonton filmmaker Jamie Pratt. She’s the creator of the Girl Gone Wild documentary series. For her first appearance on Terra Informa, our correspondent Chris Chang-Yen Phillips sat down with her in Edmonton’s river valley to ask about to the hairy star of the pilot episode: bison.
Whats Happening August 21
Friday and Saturday August 24 and 25, the Growing Green! Festival 2012, in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, on Mi’kmaq territories. This festival is dedicated to sustainability and features 2 days of events, including a free outdoor concert, street festival, outdoor movies, art show and a local food banquet.
See growinggreenfest.com for more information.
And on the west coast, the Squamish Nation, Tanker Free BC and the
Wilderness Committee are co-hosting a concert in support of Coast
Salish First Nations fighting oil tankers in their waters. The event,
called “Save the Salish Sea”, will take place at Waterfront Park in
North Vancouver, unceded Coast Salish territories on Sunday September
2nd. The organizers of the event are looking for volunteers, so if you
want to take part in making this concert a reality, check out the
links on our website for how you can get involved.
Also, there is an event happening next weekend on Sunday Aug 26, in
Edmonton, Plains Cree and Blackfoot territories, called the Farming in
the City Guided Bus Tour.
Ever wonder where the tasty food sold at local farmer’s markets comes
from? Come along on a guided tour of local farms to find out more
about the produce, the soil and the farmers themselves.
The tours will be leaving from 11331 73 St Northwest, every 45
minutes, from 8:30am until 4:15pm. The tours are approx. 3 hours in
Tickets are $10 per person or $25 for a family. Check out the website
for links to where you can buy tickets and find out more!