Amy Goodman

Trees for Goals

This week on Terra Informa, good news for fans of the Boston Bruins and reforestation. Stanley Cup of Chowder’s Sarah Connor is on the line talking about the audacious challenge she made to Boston Bruins player Andrew Ference, and the treesforgoals campaign it launched. Then, we ask Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman about the importance of independent media, and talk to Jennifer Wickham – a poet with a message to share about the sacred waters in Wet’suwet’en territories.

Andrew Ference skates with his stick on the ice

Boston Bruins player Andrew Ference helped inspire the Trees for Goals campaign [Photo credit: slidingsideways]

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Sarah Connors on the treesforgoals Campaign
No matter where you are in Canada, chances are you’re happy to have the NHL back on the ice. At the beginning of a 2012 shortened season, the NHL was looking for a way to help give back, in hopes of enticing lost and frustrated fans to come back. Close to the beginning of the 2013 shortened NHL season, Sarah Connors, the managing editor of the blog Stanley Cup of Chowder, contacted Andrew Ference, a defenseman for the NHL club the Boston Bruins, via Twitter and told him she would buy 50 trees to plant, via the Plant a Billion Trees campaign, for every goal that he scored. From there, it took off, and as Kyle Muzyka finds out, the treesforgoals campaign started off as a very casual idea, but turned into something very special. 

More on this story: Donate to the treesforgoals campaign at  Stanley Cup of Chowder@cupofchowdah on Twitter, Plant a Billion Trees

Amy Goodman on Independent Media
In November 2011, Terra Informa correspondent Myles Curry caught up with American broadcast journalist, syndicated columnist and investigative reporter, Amy Goodman. She is the host of the popular independent news show Democracy Now. Myles asked her what media independence means for environmental reporting.

More on this story: Democracy Now!

Environmental Poetry with Jennifer Wickham and “Engussi Wedzin Kwah”
For our Terra Informa segment on environmental poetry, Annie Banks spoke with Jennifer Wickham last November. Jennifer shared her poem “Engussi Wedzin Kwah”, about sacred waters on her traditional Wet’suwet’en territories, and also some of her thoughts on poetry, the role of a poet and what’s currently inspiring her writing and resistance. Jennifer’s book of poetry will be coming out in summer 2013.

More on this story: Unis’tot’en Action CampWe Support the Unist’ot’en and the Wet’suwet’en Grassroots Movement – Facebook Group

What’s Happening

Edmonton Supporting a Green Economy (E-SAGE)
The Common on 109 st and 99 ave are hosting an event for Edmonton Supporting A Green Economy or E-SAGE on Wednesday, the 6th. ‘Good Business’ is the month’s theme and they willl be exploring initiatives taken and being made to make Edmonton a more sustainable city to live and work within. You’ll get to connect with some of Edmonton’s leading figures & thinkers in ‘good business’ and learn what kinds of opportunities exist out there for you!

More information: The Local Good

ExpoPlaza Latina
They say it’s “the only event like this in western Canada.” Vancouver is hosting a conference titled ExpoPlaza Latina on February 7. I bet you’re wondering, what does that even mean? Well, listeners, this event focuses on three industries that are flourishing in Latin America, one of which being Green Technologies. People are invited to attend this conference to understand their trading partners better, create connections, and learn more about what it means to be a sustainable city. The event takes place at the Simon Fraser University in downtown Vancouver, registration is $150 for the full day,

More information: ExpoPlaza Latina website.

APIRG Board Nominations
Are you an Edmonton student looking to get involved in social problems and public interest? The Alberta Public Interest Research Group, or APIRG, is taking nominations for their board of directors until February 15 at 5 pm. This student-run, student-driven, and non-profit group helps to turn ideas into reality. Based out of the University of Alberta in Edmonton, elections for board positions will coincide with student union elections on March 6 and 7. For more information or to download a nomination form, check out APIRG’s website, call 7804920614 or drop by the APIRG office in Hub Mall at the U of A. If you are from Edmonton, head to the APIRG office on February 6 at 12:00 pm for the Elections Information Session.

More information: APIRG

Independent Media and the Implications of Climate Change to Global Health

Terra Informa brings you an exciting lineup beginning with an interview with renowned journalist Amy Goodman on the role of independent media in environmental reporting. Next up we talk to Dr. Graham McAll in the United Kingdom on why climate change is the greatest threat to human health in the 21st century. Tune in to find out more!

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Amy Goodman, award winning journalist and host of Democracy Now!, addresses the 2010 Chicago Green Festival. ChrisEaves via

Amy Goodman: Amy Goodman is an American broadcast journalist, syndicated columnist and investigative reporter. She also co-hosts the independent global news program on community media called Democracy Now! with Juan Gonzalez which is based in New York and played on over 900 radio and television stations internationally. She has also written four books. A common theme in Goodman’s writing is the importance of what she calls the ‘independent media’. By way of demonstration, her program refuses all government funding and commercial advertising. Terra Informa correspondent Myles Curry caught up with Goodman to find out just what such media independence means for environmental reporting.

Climate Change and Global Health: In 2007, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change published work on likely threats to health from climate change, and in 2009 one of the United Kingdom’s leading medical journals, The Lancet, published a detailed report which described climate change as the greatest threat to human health of the 21st century. Dr. Graham McAll, a retired inner city General Practitioner and Surgeon in the United Kingdom and Malaysia, speaks to the often overlooked significant consequences of climate change to global health. Dr. McAll took a one year sabbatical to spend some time with A Rocha, the organization of Christians in Conservation, in both Malaysia and Singapore. His aim was to help develop awareness of climate and health issues amongst medics as well as getting signatories for the Climate and Health petition prior to the Copenhagen summit in 2009.

If you are in the health field, Dr. McAll also recently published a book called “At a Given Moment” (2011) which demonstrates the importance of understanding a patient’s worldview and spiritual background.


Polar bears under SARA: Canada is home to 15,000 polar bears, about two thirds of the world’s population, and now this vulnerable species will be protected under the Canadian Species at Risk Act. On November 9th, the iconic bear was officially listed as a species of special concern, a rank two levels below endangered. This listing comes hot on the heels of reports that shrinking sea ice is the main threat to polar bear survival.

More on this story: Gazette, Newswire, CBC (1), CBC (2)

Nature Conservancy of Canada gains land for conservation: The Nature Conservancy of Canada has acquired some important new properties along a land bridge connecting Nova Scotia to New Brunswick. This corridor represents the only route for terrestrial wildlife moving in or out of Nova Scotia and protecting it is critical to preserving the natural dispersal of plants and wildlife.

More on this story: Newswire, Environment Canada, Nature Conservancy

Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency reviews Prosperity Mine: Last week, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency agreed to carry out a second review of the proposed Prosperity Mine, a massive gold and copper mine southwest of William’s Lake in British Columbia. The region is home to one of the largest undeveloped gold and copper deposits in Canada. This represents the first time that the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency has agreed to review a proposal that was previously rejected by a federal review panel, even with modification prior to resubmission.

More on this story: CTV, UBC, The Globe and Mail, BC Local News

Keystone XL pipeline delayed: The White House has announced the US State Department will delay giving a permit to TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline until at least 2013. The pipeline is proposed to carry oil south from Alberta’s oil sands to refineries in Texas. President Barack Obama said further review is needed to consider the environmental impacts of the pipeline’s planned corridor.

More on this story: CBC, The Guardian, PBS News Hour

CFIA says BC salmon are safe: The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says new tests on BC sockeye salmon showed no signs of a deadly virus detected by researchers in October. Scientists with BC’s Simon Fraser University had announced they’d found infectious salmon enemia – or ISA – in tests on wild Pacific salmon samples. But Dr. Cornelius Kiley, a veterinaian with the CFIA, said government researchers’ analysis of those samples showed no signs of the virus.

More on this story: Seattle Times, The Vancouver Sun