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Terra Misinforma 2020: Conspiracy Edition

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Image by: Evan Littauer

At Terra Informa, we know that climate change affects us all… and that includes the vast range of conspiracy communities. Worried about how our changing climate is going to affect the flat earth, or Bigfoot’s habitat? Well, this week, we’re broadcasting straight from the center of the hollow moon to bring you the F-A-C-T-S.

For maximum impact, listen to this episode on April 1st.

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Managing Climate Grief in 3 Easy Steps

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Image credit: Friends of the Earth

This week on Terra Informa, we discuss climate grief; a term that has increasingly entered into the public awareness. We’ll take a look at what climate grief is and how it can manifest, then listen to advice from life coaches and personal instructors Sarah Connor and Michael James on how to cope. Sarah and Michael shared their presentation at the October 2019 Change for Climate Talks with three simple, but not so easy steps for managing climate grief.

Their advice:

  1. Figure out your purpose.
  2. Eat, sleep, and exercise.
  3. Make a plan

We’ll hear from Terra Informers Sonak Patel, Andrea Miller, and Elizabeth Dowdell as they share thoughts on the talk, put this advice into practice, and cope with climate grief. 

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Episode resources

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/dec/08/a-z-of-climate-anxiety-how-to-avoid-meltdown

 

https://workthatreconnects.org/spiral/about-joanna/

https://www.radicalsupport.org/jess

https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/07/health/climate-anxiety-eprise/index.html

https://www.goodgriefgroup.org/

https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2020/02/how-climate-change-affects-mental-health/

 

https://www.vox.com/the-highlight/2019/5/28/18629833/climate-change-2019-green-new-deal

https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/gy48d4/environmental-grief-climate-change-anxiety

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Reject Teck Part 2: All My Relations

This week on Terra Informa we share the second part of an interview with Eriel Deranger, co-founder and Executive Director of Indigenous Climate Action, where we talk about what it means to live in relation to each other and the environment.

In Reject Teck Part 1: Who is Teck?! we shared a background on the mining company Teck Resources Ltd and Eriel explained why the proposed Frontier Oilsands Mine should be rejected. Just before we aired that episode on February 25th, the RejectTeck campaign tasted sweet sweet victory.

Sort of.

Teck rejected itself in a letter published February 23, where it removed it’s application for environmental approval.

While that project has been shelved, the interview we share with you today is deeply relevant because it covers themes that include the ongoing way we approach resource projects, the environment, and each other across this country. Eriel is organizing and campaigning about more than one oilsands mine. Indigenous Climate Action is an Indigenous climate justice organization. That means working to put Indigenous rights and leadership front and center in a climate transition strategy that protects the land, water, and resources we all rely on. 

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Episode resources

https://www.nationalobserver.com/2020/02/24/news/what-killed-tecks-frontier-mine

https://www.kamloopsmatters.com/local-news/numerous-arrests-made-from-northern-bc-rail-blockade-in-support-of-wetsuweten-hereditary-chiefs-2118048

https://www.ecowatch.com/canada-police-indigenous-pipeline-blockade-2645252314.html?rebelltitem=3#rebelltitem3

https://bc.ctvnews.ca/14-arrested-after-blockade-on-cn-rail-tracks-near-new-hazelton-first-nation-chief-1.4827187?cache=yes

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Reject Teck Part 1: Who is Teck?!

This week on Terra Informa we share the first part of an interview with Eriel Deranger, Executive Director and co-founder of Indigenous Climate Action, one of the organizations behind Reject Teck. Reject Teck a grassroots campaign challenging the Teck Frontier oilsands project and the Canadian government, that has made headlines at COP25, Fire Drill Fridays, and in other news. Eriel has a lot of knowledge to share about the Teck project, the larger resource development process in Canada and Alberta, and organizing to protect the environment and take climate action.

Update: As of February 23, 2020, the Teck Resources Ltd has withdrawn the Frontier mine project from the environmental assessment approval process.

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Episode resources

https://www.indigenousclimateaction.com/

https://firedrillfridays.com/

https://globalnews.ca/news/6280884/indigenous-protest-cop-25-madrid-oilsands-frontier-alberta/

https://www.teck.com/operations/

https://thenarwhal.ca/b-c-coal-mine-company-teck-fined-1-4-million-polluting-b-c-river/

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/teck-metals-fined-34-million-for-polluting-bcs-columbia-river/article28962151/

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/b-c-mining-giant-admits-polluting-u-s-waters-1.1177305

https://www.oilsandsmagazine.com/news/2016/7/18/mining-versus-in-situ-how-energy-companies-are-shifting-their-priorities

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/teck-frontier-athabasca-chipewyan-wilkinson-1.5457701

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The Many Forms of Climate Action

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Photo of a climate strike in Edmonton, Alberta by Hannah Cunningham

This week, Terra Informers Charlotte Thomasson, Andy Silva, and Shawn Hou discuss the different forms that climate action can take. What are the differences between collective and individual action, and is one more important than the other?

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The Energy War Room Part Two: CEC Activities and Implications for Environmental Journalism

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Photo from the Canadian Energy Centre

This week, we’re bringing you the second and final part of a two-part series on the Canadian Energy Centre Ltd., alternatively known as the Energy War Room introduced by Alberta’s UCP government. In this episode, Terra Informers Sonak Patel and Hannah Cunningham discuss what the CEC does, and its potential implications for environmental journalism. We also feature more audio from a talk on the Canadian Energy Centre done as part of the Parkland Institute’s 2019 Fall Conference by David Climenhaga and Dave Cournoyer.

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The Energy War Room: A Deep Dive into the Canadian Energy Centre Ltd.

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Photo from the Canadian Energy Centre

This week, we’re bringing you part one of a two-part series on the Canadian Energy Centre Ltd., alternatively known as the Energy War Room introduced by Alberta’s UCP government. In this episode, Terra Informers Sonak Patel and Hannah Cunningham discuss what the centre is, why it was created, the funding and organization behind it, and its staff. We also feature audio from a talk on the Canadian Energy Centre done as part of the Parkland Institute’s 2019 Fall Conference by David Climenhaga and Dave Cournoyer.

Stay tuned for next week, where the second episode will focus on the work that the Canadian Energy Centre does, and the implications it has for environmental journalism.

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Revisiting Conspiring with Plants

Untitled design (1)At Terra Informa, we conspire with our houseplants! [Top row, left to right: Andrea Wiebe, Sofia Osborne, Amanda Rooney. Bottom row, left to right: Hannah Cunningham, Shelley Jodoin, Carter Gorzitza]

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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