Canadian Arctic

FunDrive 2013 Pt. 2

Four people speak in recording studio (photo in black and white)

Terra Informa’s Kyle Muzyka (far left) interviews David Herbert and Aliza Dadani, two of the voices behind Activat ED.

This week, hear Part 2 of the annual Terra Informa Fun Drive Live show! The live show features interviews from Canadians of all walks of life and focuses on municipal government and its power to affect a community. With Alberta-wide elections approaching quickly on October 21 this is an excellent time to get educated about the changes that can or can’t be made by your municipal government. In part 2, we spoke to an Edmonton group trying to promote progressive candidates, and to an Edmonton engineering student who’s seen the extremes of environmental issues municipalities try to deal with.

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Caribou Special

For this week’s Terra Informa, we present a special episode from out of the archives. It’s The Caribou Special, originally aired in March, 2011.

Declining caribou numbers have sparked concerns over the long term viability of herds. There are fears that several herds may even be on the brink of collapse. With many northern people relying on caribou as a major part of their diets, it’s a problem that has governments and communities worried. So just how serious is the decline? Is it natural or human induced? And what does it mean for people who rely on Caribou? To find out we talk to a biologist, native hunters, a sociologist and an economist about the state of Canada’s iconic caribou.

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Caribou near Watson Lake in the Yukon. Photo by Bruce McKay.

Climate Change Politics and Environmental Security

Terra Informa March 8:Climate Change and Environmental Security (Listen/Download)

On this week’s show, David Kaczan and special guest correspondent Stephen Smiley investigate the emerging issue of environmental security. Environmental issues are sometimes thought to be of concern only to idealistic greenies, wilderness lovers and gentle peacecnicks. But in their latest quadrennial strategic report, the hawks at the US department of defence voiced their own serious concerns – that environmental issues posed a threat to the security of nations. The potential effects of global warming on water supplies, agricultural output and access to valuable resources such as oil, risk being a cause of future conflict. On our own back door, a melting Arctic is opening up vast quantities of untapped mineral and oil wealth. Not surprisingly, military powers in the region are beefing up their fire power. Whilst no one is suggesting that war is imminent, climate change is already affecting diplomatic relations. In other parts of the world, the dangers are real.

Dr. Robert Huebert (Professor of Political Science and Associate Director of the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary.)

Greenpeace International recently appointed long-time environmental activist Tzeporah Berman to lead their Climate and Energy campaign (oilsandstruth.org article). Berman is known in BC for her work during the Clayoquat Sound protests of the early 90s, she co-founded ForestEthics and currently heads PowerUp Canada. She has worked with companies such as Home Depot, Dell, and Staples to improve their environmental records and has won numerous accolades for her work over the past 20 years. But not everyone who looks through her resume has such a glowing opinion of it. In fact, there are members of the environmental movement who are so concerned about her new position within Greenpeace that they’ve launched a campaign against her. Today Steve speaks to Macdonald Stainsby, one of the authors of the newly created website SaveGreenpeace.org.

Greenpeace Greenwash: Greenpeace International hires torchbearer Tzeporah Berman as chief climate campaigner (Vancouver Media Co-op)

Terra Informa March 8:Climate Change and Environmental Security (Listen/Download)