Strange Territories

Welcome to this week’s episode of TerraInforma, where we’re going to walk into strange territories. First with James Balog, someone who has journeyed to the ends of the earth seeking to capture the ends of ice, and then with an inner city garden project called the “Living Bridge”.

We’re also pretty excited about a recent award the show received for a TerraInforma documentary, Rough Waters and Divided Valleys, so we’re going to talk to a couple of the producers on their experiences making the piece, as they followed the proposed route of the Northern Gateway pipeline.

(photo credit: Nicole Wiart)

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Extreme Ice Survey

When James Balog picks up his camera and begins to frame a shot, he sees a world in flux. An acclaimed National Geographic photographer, videographer, and public speaker, James Balog has re-defined nature photography. He has changed the way we think about endangered animals. He has ignited discussions about the importance of protecting North America’s Old Growth Forests. And he’s done all of this through the snap of a camera shutter.

In recent years, Balog has focused his camera on the awe-inspiring landscapes of the world’s melting glaciers. Combining time-lapse photography with cutting edge science, Balog’s Extreme Ice survey compresses time to help people understand the reality of climate change.

For more on this amazing photographer, and to see some of the Extreme Ice Survey’s breathtaking photos, visit:

Living Bridge

Now, what happens when you put three creatives together, give them an abandoned bridge and seven weeks? Well, in the case of Edmonton locals Carmen Douville, Erin Ross, and Chelsea Boos, you emerge with a “Living Bridge.” Literally. I think. Terra Informa’s Nicole Wiart spoke with Erin and Carmen to get the details on how the transformation of one unused space is revitalizing a downtown community.

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Terra Informa pipeline documentary wins national award

Two years ago, Terra Informa correspondents Steve Andersen, Myles Curry, David Kaczan and Marcus Petersen set out to follow the route of the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline. It took them from Edmonton, Alberta across British Columbia. They wanted to document the voices of the people along the route, to see how they would feel about a pipeline carrying diluted bitumen through their communities.

The documentary was called Rough Waters and Divided Valleys, and it aired in 2012.

Another year on, we’ve just been honoured with our fourth ever award from the National Campus and Community Radio Association (NACRA). The pipeline documentary won the award for Outstanding Achievement for a Syndicated Show or Podcast.

We thought the documentary experience taught us some important lessons about gathering stories in the field. To share what we learned, we’ve brought back into the studio two of the producers from Rough Waters and Divided Valleys.

To hear the documentary:

What’s Happening

Louisbourg Lighthouse Guided Walk (Cape Breton)

If you’re in the mood to see Canada’s oldest lighthouse, you’ll want to check out the Louisbourg Lighthouse Guided Walk in Cape Breton on June 28. The Cape Breton Island Hoppers invite you to join them for a tour through the streets of downtown Louisbourg — just a short drive down Highway 22 from Sydney — and out to the lighthouse. Registration starts at 1:30 PM, and the walk begins at 2 PM on Friday, June 28 at Pecks Store on Wolfe Street.

Find out how to participate through the Cape Breton Island Hoppers:

EcoTunes (Fredericton)

Check out EcoTunes this Saturday, June 29 at Fredericton’s James Joyce Irish Pub. It’s an evening of music in support of the Conservation Council of New Brunswick, and the suggested donation is only $10. Join musicians like Tom and Liz Whidden, Waiting for Patience and Eric LeBlanc and Friends at James Joyce Irish Pub. June 29 at 7 PM.

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Tar Sands Healing Walk (Fort McMurray)

If you feel a need to heal in Alberta, you can join the 4th Annual Tar Sands Healing Walk this July 5-6. One of our former correspondents will be coming all the way up from California to participate! It’s a 14 kilometre walk and a series of workshops near Fort McMurray focused on learning about local cultures, healing the environment, and healing people affected by expansion of tar sands projects. Registration starts July 4 at the Indian Beach campground.

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