Turning Perspectives Upside Down

It's a visualization of the Blatchford Redevelopment, on the site of the old City Centre Airport. Photo credit: Perkins + Will/City of Edmonton

It’s a visualization of the Blatchford Redevelopment, on the site of the old City Centre Airport. Photo credit: Perkins + Will/City of Edmonton

This week on Terra Informa, two new stories that have us envisioning, and then questioning our future environmental perspectives, with a story on the new Edmonton Ambleside Ecostation and the Blatchford Redevelopment project, in “Treadmill”, and then a story about one woman’s deep shift in her perspective on knowledge of our planet in this week’s Eye-opener. We’ll also revisit a really fun story about the red squirrel of the Yukon and the tricks it employs to stay alive in the great North with “The Little Squirrel that Could”.

Download episode updated June 16, 2014 at 23:30

The Treadmill

It seems like we’re perpetually hearing that the next big leap in technology is right around the corner. Ten years from now, we’ll be driving hyper-efficient electric cars. Twenty years from now, all our coal plants will be equipped with high-tech carbon scrubbers. This week, Terra Informa’s Chris Chang-Yen Phillips wondered: what are the alternatives to waiting for the latest and greatest new technology to come around and replace what we’re using today? He speaks to Tony Colangelo, a supervisor at the Ambleside Ecostation in Edmonton. Thanks also to Joyce Drohan, at Perkins + Will in Vancouver. She was the project lead on the Blatchford Redevelopment project in Edmonton.

Edit: Since the airing of this interview, there has been controversy over the project’s budget being unable to meet its original vision. (More Info)

Links: Perkins + Will: Blatchford RedevelopmentCity of Edmonton: Meet Blatchford

Eye-opener: Science Doesn’t Have a Monopoly

What are the moments that opened your eyes to a more profound connection with nature? What conversations shifted the way you see a major environmental issue of our time? Rose Yewchuk told Terra Informa’s Chris Chang-Yen Phillips that novelist Monica Hughes, who wrote about ice, snow, and people, helped her realize that science doesn’t have a monopoly on knowledge about our planet. Hughes passed away in 2003, and she is remembered today through the Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Links: Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and FantasyMonica Hughes Biography (UVic)

The Little Squirrel That Could

The Red Squirrel of the Yukon Territory weighs less than half a pound. They can be seen spending their days collecting pine cones, and scampering up trees. They are an animal that wouldn’t be out of place in your favorite children’s cartoon.  Not a very formidable presence when you consider their imposing surroundings in the great wilderness that is the Yukon.  But as we’ll soon find out, the red squirrel has a little trick up its sleeve. Matt Hirji spoke with University of Alberta biologist Stan Boutin to find out more.

What’s Happening

Fredericton Tools Donations

The Greener Village Community Food Centre is collecting for aspiring gardeners. Bring your used garden tools, books and supplies to the Greener Village Community Food Centre, at 686 Riverside Drive. They are especially happy to collect kid’s garden tools – so if your spring cleaning efforts present little green shovels, take them by the centre. This Spring Yard Clean Up initiative goes until the end of the month.

Ted Parnell Scholarship

Looking for some money? The Yukon Conservation Society offers an annual scholarship of $500 to one lucky student that is pursuing any type of environmental studies. The Ted Parnell scholarship fund suggests that students interests in areas pertaining to northern environments are best suited to this award. But apply quickly! The deadline for this award is June 30th.

Bike Week Winnipeg

It is Bike Week in Winnipeg! The first annual bike week starts up June 16 and runs until June 22. Want to help out? First of all, grab your helmet and get on your two-wheeled wonder. Secondly, help get other people jazzed about riding their bat-cycles through hosting a pit stop, running an event, or volunteering.

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