This week on Terra Informa, we chat with Indigenous activist and educator Lewis Cardinal after recording an excerpt of a talk he gave at the University of Alberta’s International Week this past February. We asked what treaty means for our relationships to land, the more-than-human, and to each other in these troubled times.
This week we are lucky to have co-authors Elizabeth Gierl and Sofia Osborne read their feature article entitled “In the Grey” that was published in the April 2019 edition of the University of Alberta’s student magazine, The Gateway. In the piece, Gierl and Osborne set out to explore climate change, the Global oil market and Alberta’s complex relationships to the industry in the province. They also pose a question glossed over in mainstream discourse regarding Alberta’s oil production – who will even be buying it?
After the authors read their piece, Terra Informer Charlotte Thomasson sat down with them to delve into some of the research that went into the piece as well as to reflect on the current situation for energy production in the province as well as globally.
What would the world look like if we made drastic changes and prevented climatic warming? How would politics change, stocks, resource market trends? How are people shopping now, what is the latest tech? Take a journey with our reporters as we travel the world and delve into the nitty gritty of 2030.
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]
Maybe you’ve heard of the Anthropocene, but have you heard of the Planthropocene?
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.
Terra Informa in CJSR’s Studio A. From the top clockwise: Sofia Osborne, Dylan Hall, Olivia Debourcier, Charlotte Thomasson, Amanda Rooney, with Carter Gorzitza behind the camera!
This week we decided to shake things up on Terra Informa and take a page from one of our favourite podcasts, Radiolab! Specifically, an episode called Breaking Bad News Bears in which they tasked their reporters to pitch and produce a story about either breaking news or bears. So we sent our volunteers out to report on either a breaking news story OR something that fits into the category: the unseen environment
We ended up with stories ranging from ancient organisms (both big and small) to deleted provincial parks and murmurations. We’re pretty sure that our reporters did an amazing job! What do you think?
Did you know that insects take up the most space on the taxonomic web of life? Did you know that about 75% of flowering plants are pollinated by insects? You might have also heard that insect biodiversity is on the decline. Sadly, what you may have hear is right. In a paper published in the Journal ‘Biological Conservation’, lead authorsFrancisco Sánchez-Bayo andKris A.G.Wyckhuys state “almost half of insect species are rapidly declining and a third are being threatened withextinction”.
Can you imagine a world without insects? To some it may sound like a dream come true but insects are integral to the functioning of our world! From the food we eat to the waste we excrete, we have insects to thanks (we would literally be swimming in detritus if not for decomposers!). Tune into this episode where we show these important little creatures some well-deserved attention!
Checking out bugs with Peter Heule: Q&A with the Royal Alberta Museum’s live animal supervisor
Terra Informer Olivia deBourcier interviewed Peter Heule, a live animals supervisor at the Royal Alberta Museum, about bugs. Originally aired on The Gateway Presents, we’ll hear about butterfly migration, what animal science is all about, how kids understand bugs better than grown ups think, and what a wild world there is left to discover!
The Good News: The Big Bee!
In light of the bad news about insect populations, there is hope! Recently, the world’s BIGGEST BEE, thought extinct for 38 years, has been found alive on the Indonesian islands of the North Moluccas. As long as an adult thumb, with jaws like a stag beetle and four times larger than a honeybee this dinosaur of a bee continues to be threatened, particularly by deforestation for agriculture, but the very fact that it persists suggests that extinction is not inevitable! Hannah Cunningham explains in this ecobabble the ways that we can all help pollinators keep on keeping on!
From planning what you plant, building bee hotels (a simple DIY bee hotel) to reducing your use of pesticides, there are many ways you can make your world more pollinator friendly
This week we’re bringing you a radio documentary produced by Roisin Graham. It was produced as a part of a CSL project for the course AREC 173 at the University of Alberta. This short documentary explores the challenges to Indigenous food sovereignty. Roisin interviewed indigenous activist, Nigel Henri-Robinson, and treaty 8 consultant, Jessica Cardinal. They address their experience with traditional indigenous food systems and how they are impacted by Canadian food systems and policies.
If you’re interested in hearing more about sparking change in indigenous communities catch Acimowin streaming online, or if you’re in Edmonton tune into our mother station – CJSR 88.5 – on Fridays from 9am – 11am!
Show your support for Indigenous activists across turtle island and come out to the Defender Dance Party in Amiskwaciwåskahikan raising funds for Wet’suwet’en on Friday February 22 at 7:30 until late. All funds raised at the event will be donated to the Unist’ot’en Legal Fund
Hannah Cunningham and Carter Gorzitza at the Pembina Institute’s Youth Climate Summit 2018
More and more often we’re seeing young people in environmental headlines, speaking out about climate change action, and willing to call out politicians and corporations to do what is right and necessary to prevent catastrophic global warming. Greta Thunberg is a great example of a tenacious youth getting the message across to older generations that big change is needed if young people are to inherit a livable future. This week we’re speaking with youth involved in creating change!
In September 2018, Terra Informers Hannah Cunningham and Carter Gorzitza took a trip down to Calgary to attend the Pembina Institute’s Alberta Climate Summit. One of the presentations featured local young people who talked about a variety of innovative projects they had come up with to assist in the transition to a sustainable energy future.
The Projects included hands-on renewable energy labs on school rooftops, sustainable municipal wastewater treatment infrastructure, and the creation of an indigenous student energy summit. Hannah and Carter caught up with the group after their presentation to get the low-down on what they’ve been working on.
In October, 2017 Sofia Osborne spoke with Elizabeth Geirl, an engineering student and one of the founders of The Green Medium, an award-winning, youth environmental awareness blog. Elizabeth was at the Youth Climate Summit in 2018 as well.