climate crisis

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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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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Why Aren’t We Talking About the Climate Crisis?

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This week on Terra Informa we talk about the roles and responsibilities of the media when it comes to reporting on the climate crisis and providing truthful information to the public about this global issue. Sean Holman, Associate Professor of journalism at Mount Royal University, and Dr. Joe Vipond, an emergency physician and Co-chair of Calgary Climate Hub, both argue that the media are failing to cover the climate crisis properly.

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Thoughts on the Extinction Rebellion “Bridge Out”

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Last week, the environmental activist group Extinction Rebellion (XR) held a week of protests to call attention to the climate crisis, including die-ins and “bridge out” blockade demonstrations in multiple cities across Canada. One of the bridge blockades was performed on Edmonton’s own Walterdale Bridge on Monday October 7th from approximately 7am to 8:30am. For this week’s episode, Terra Informers Sonak Patel, Carter Gorzitza, Andy Silva, and Charlotte Thomasson discuss what this kind of civil disobedience means in terms of climate action.

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Headlines

Millennials as a Voting Bloc
For the 1st time, millennial voters will make up the biggest voting bloc in a federal election
The Rising Power of Millennials 

Party Climate Plans Graded
The best and worst federal party climate plans, graded 
This week in climate inaccuracy: practicality vs. ambition at the leaders’ debate

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