Episodes

Episode of our radio show / podcast.

Revisiting Conspiring with Plants

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To help celebrate the end of a brutal coldsnap here on the Canadian prairies, this week’s episode features an archive that is all about green and growing things! We’ll hear Terra Informer Amanda Rooney speak with Dr. Natasha Meyers, a professor of anthropology at York University, about our relationships with plants and how we might be able to re-conceptualize them.

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After reading an article entitled “How to grow livable worlds: Ten not-so-easy steps“, Terra Informer Amanda Rooney wanted to share the idea of the Planthropocene with listeners! Amanda got to speak with the author of the paper, Natasha Myers, about her relationship with plants, planthropology and how you might reconceptualize your relationship with plants.

Dr. Natasha Myers is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at York University. You can find many of Dr. Myers publications, articles and other resources on her website.

We will also hear from Terra Informers Sonak Patel, Hannah Cunningham, and new recruit Curtis Blandy about some of their most memorable chlorophyll-ed relationships.

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The Best of 2019: Environmental Connections, Hope, and Resolutions

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Photo by Hannah Cunningham

This week, Terra Informers Elizabeth Dowdell, Carter Gorzitza, and Hannah Cunningham sit down to reflect on 2019. What inspired us? When did we feel the most connected to the environment around us? How many animal carcasses did we each see?

We here at Terra Informa are very excited to be planning some excellent episodes for the new year! Do you have an idea for a story that you’d like to hear on the show? If so, shoot us a message at terra@cjsr.com!

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I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas with Special Guest Janina Fuchs

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Christmas market in Munich, Germany. Photo credit: Mark Pegrum.

This week on Terra Informa we’re talking about renewable energy and how students from across campuses, disciplines, and countries, are exploring what sustainability means to them, and to our shared future. In this episode, you’ll hear us chat with Janina Fuchs, a student from Ludwig Maximillion Universtat in Munich, Germany, about her research on student energy perspectives in Munich and Alberta. We’ll also give you some background on energiewende, the German renewable energy transition strategy, and ABBY-Net, a research exchange between German and Alberta students that Janina Fuchs and our very own Terra Informer Sonak Patel participated in this past summer.

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https://www.bmwi.de/Redaktion/EN/Publikationen/vierter-monitoring-bericht-energie-der-zukunft-kurzfassung.pdf?__blob=publicationFile&v=16

https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2019/12/11/media/time-person-of-the-year-2019/index.html

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/sep/21/across-the-globe-millions-join-biggest-climate-protest-ever

https://www.climatechangenews.com/2019/09/19/millions-expected-make-friday-climate-protest-largest-history/

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The Future of Alberta’s Electricity System

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This week on Terra Informa we bring you a recap of the 4th annual Centre for Applied Business Research in Energy & the Environment (CABREE) Electricity Symposium – The Future of Alberta’s Electricity System. Terra Informer Andy Silva catches up with Benjamin Thibault (@thibault_ben) from Solar Alberta, to clarify questions you might have had about the electricity market in Alberta. We also hear from Dr. Andrew Leach (@andrew_leach), an Associate Professor of economics at the University of Alberta, about his thoughts on the future of electricity generation in the province.

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The Sharing Economy, Electric Vehicles, and Green Innovation: Change for Climate Continued

 

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This week, we’re bringing you talks by Shannon LeBlanc talking about the sharing economy, Andrew Bell talking about the adoption of electric vehicles, and Connie Stacy talking about green innovation recorded at Edmonton’s Change for Climate Talks. 

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Headlines

Energy Efficiency Canada

ICA Press Conference Against Teck Frontier Mine

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BIPOC in Edmonton

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Photo credit: GROUNDED.

This week on Terra Informa, Charlotte Thomasson sits down with Grace Wainaina and Dalyah Mouallem with the not-for-profit Apathy is Boring. The two worked on the project GROUNDED., a portrait series shared through social media that highlights environmental injustice and resilience in the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour) communities in Edmonton. The series focuses on the intersection of relationship with land, identity, and culture. An art show featuring the portraits will be held on November 29 at the Naked Cyber Cafe Downtown at 6pm. For more information, check out GROUNDED. on Instagram at grounded.yeg or on Facebook. Come out and support BIPOC artists and the community!

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Finding an Afterlife for Electric Vehicle Batteries

The Second Life of Electric Vehicle Batteries

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/day6/recycling-electric-vehicle-batteries-1.5352030

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-06-27/where-3-million-electric-vehicle-batteries-will-go-when-they-retire

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REDesign Engineering

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This week on Terra Informa, Matthew Danyluik and Daniel Alexander from Renewable Energy Design (RED), a student engineering group aiming to make university a greener place through developing net-zero products, talk about the inspiration for starting the group and current sustainability design projects such as a solar phone charging station scheduled for installation in SUB.

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Headlines

Warren Buffet’s New Wind Development in Alberta

SaskPower’s New Net Metering

 

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Climate Change at Home

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This week on Terra Informa we listen to speakers at the City of Edmonton’s Change for Climate Talks discuss the challenges and opportunities for transformation that the climate crisis brings to our cities. Terra Informers Sonak Patel and Elizabeth Dowdell attended the event on October 3, 2019 and caught up with a few speakers after. We picked two talks that focus on how our homes and urban environment can be more sustainable. We’ll hear from Jocelyn Crocker about her experiences as an urban farmer, and from Kenton Zerbin, and his ideas about the potential of tiny houses.

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Jocelyn Crocker and the food revolution

YEGBeesYEGBees founder, Sunshine Community Garden coordinator, and Sustainable Citizen of the Year 2019 Jocelyn Crocker delivers a talk titled ““The Revolution is local: Why you should grow food not lawns” about climate change and urban agriculture.

Kenton Zerbin living big in a tiny house

International teacher, permacutlure designer, and entrepreneur Kenton Zerbin delivers a his talk “Living Big in a tiny house while saving the world”.

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FunDrive 2019

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This week on Terra Informa we share highlights from our annual Fundrive show, recorded live from the CSJR studio! Even though we are now post Halloween, I hope you’re not done with spooky stories because Terra Informers Sonak Patel and Charlotte Thomasson are gonna be bringing you some chills and thrills from beneath the earth – and no I’m not talking zombies. Special guests include Margarete Detzlaff, a PhD student at the University of Alberta, and Robert Rogers of the Alberta Mycological Society. Welcome to Scare-a Informa!

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A Word With Severn Cullis-Suzuki

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Severn Cullis-Suzuki has been an environmental activist, speaker and author in the public eye since the age of 12 when she addressed world leaders at the Rio Summit in 1992 about the climate crisis. Since then, her activism has taken her to many stages globally to speak to the continuing issues we’re facing and the need to encourage and uplift youth to be part of the movement for change. This week, guest contributor and former Terra Informer, Natalee Rawat, speaks with Severn over the phone about her experience in Rio 27 years ago, how to engage with our elected leaders, and her career evolution.

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Headlines

CO2 emissions being turned into soap

$10 million geothermal pilot project underway in Alberta

Recovery of the South Atlantic humpback whale population

Alberta Electric Systems Operator (AESO) projects the Alberta government will fail to meet renewable electricy targets set by NDP

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