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Revisiting The Wildfires in the Amazon and Conservation in Brazil

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With the devastating bushfires in Australia dominating headlines recently, this week on Terra Informa we are revisiting an episode from August 2019 that was made when a different part of the world was up in flames. In this archive episode, we discuss the wildfires that were devastating the Amazon rainforest at the time, and Terra Informer Elizabeth Dowdell talks to interdisciplinary researcher Cristiana Seixas about her work on socio-ecological systems and protecting the environment in Brazil.

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For more information on the richness of the biodiversity of the Amazon rainforest and some of the other biome types mentioned in this week’s episode, check out the Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services for the Americas, which Cristiana Seixas was a part of creating through the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

Check out the sources that were used for the archive episode’s introduction to the Amazon rainforest and Brazil for more information:

Encyclopedia Britannica: Amazon Rainforest
WWF: Amazon

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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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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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Science Communication with Kenneth Tam

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This week, Terra Informer Sonak Patel sits down with Kenneth Tam to discuss the ins and outs of science communication, and nuances of working in that field. Kenneth is the communications associate for Future Energy Systems (FES) at the University of Alberta. FES is one of the largest research initiatives at the university, with 127 researchers, and about 506 graduate students.

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Headlines

The Narwhal – Microplastics may affect how Arctic sea ice forms and melts
CBC – Want to cut down on plastic waste? Here’s what the experts recommend

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Canadian Curriculums in the Face of Climate Change

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Photo by: Feliphe Schiarolli

This week on Terra Informa, we’re bringing you part one of a two-part series on youth and the climate crisis.

In part one, we focus on climate change in Canadian curriculums – or more often, the lack thereof. A paper published recently by Seth Wynes and Kimberly Nicholas, summarized in an article by Sarah Lawrynuik for The Narwhal, scores the curriculum of each province on different components of climate education and stacks them against each other. In this episode, Terra Informers Elizabeth Dowdell and Sonak Patel talk about their experiences and memories about what they learned, and what they’d wished they’d learned, about climate change in grade school.

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Stay tuned for next week’s episode, which will look into how today’s youth are taking control of climate action and education!

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The State of the Amazon and Conservation in Brazil

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Photo by Yolanda via Pixabay

This week on Terra Informa we discuss the current wildfire devastating the Amazon rainforest and Terra Informer Elizabeth Dowdell talks to interdisciplinary researcher Cristiana Seixas about her work on socio-ecological systems and protecting the environment in Brazil.

Download episode now.

For more information on the richness of the biodiversity of the Amazon rainforest and some of the other biome types mentioned in this week’s episode, check out the Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services for the Americas, which Cristiana Seixas was a part of creating through the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

Check out the sources that were used for this week’s introduction to the Amazon rainforest and Brazil for more information:

Encyclopedia Britannica: Amazon Rainforest
WWF: Amazon

BBC: The Amazon in Brazil is on fire – how bad is it?
The Guardian: Bolsonaro declares ‘the Amazon is ours’ and calls deforestation data ‘lies’ 
WWF: Struggle for land, survival, and identity in the Amazon rainforest

Plant diversity in tropical rainforests: a review of mechanisms of species coexistence
Paleoindian Cave Dwellers in the Amazon: The Peopling of the Americas

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Book Club: Streetfight

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Photo by: Hannah Cunningham

Welcome to book club! This week, Terra Informers Elizabeth Dowdell and Hannah Cunningham chat about Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution by Janette Sadik-Khan and Seth Solomonow. Sadik-Khan is a former commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation, a position she held from 2007 – 2013. The book is part history about her role as commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation, and part description of on the ground lessons that can teach people how to look at streets differently. Hannah and Elizabeth chat about parts of the book that stood out to them, and how they feel about their roles as urban citizens in the ‘streetfight’. 

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Open Streets Festival in Edmonton!

If you were inspired to get in on the streetfight by this week’s episode and want to reclaim some pavement, our local listeners will have the chance to do just that on August 25th from 10am-3pm in downtown Edmonton! Click HERE for more information on the festival.

Headlines

Microplastics found in snow at various locations globally

 Alamos Gold Mine Protest

Edmonton’s Solar Rebate Program

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All About Birds Continued!

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You thought we were done with birds? Think again!
We were so amazingly overwhelmed with bird-related content for our June 4, 2019 episode that we didn’t have a chance to use all of it, so we’re bringing it to you this week. This time, it’s PERSONAL – that is, lots of lovely stories about why people love birds, which birds are their favourites, and wild encounters. Terra Informers Amanda Rooney and Carter Gorzitza are working in Alberta’s Dinosaur Provincial Park for the summer, so they chatted with their friends Austin Zeller and Fiona Spitzig about their feathered faves.

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Push for a Canadian Green New Deal

The Green New Deal was introduced in the United States by New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Massachusetts Senator Edward J. Markey as a congressional resolution to address global climate change. The Green New Deal calls for the ending of the United States’ fossil fuel dependency in order to avoid the catastrophic consequences of runaway climate change. While the push for a Green New Deal started in the United States, the word is spreading around the globe, and many Canadian communities and organizations are now beginning to make the same demands.

There are over 150 townhall meetings being organized all across Canada to deliberate on what a Green New Deal could look like in Canada – how it could mean the creation of new jobs, a more equitable economy, and a means of facing the many threats of climate change head-on. The first town hall was held right here, in Edmonton Alberta, on Saturday, May 18th. The event was organized by Climate Justice Edmonton and drew a crowd of 250 people into the Ritchie Community League Hall.

Event: A Green New Deal for All with The Leap and Friends

New York Times: What is the Green New Deal? A Climate Proposal, Explained

Edmonton Journal: Opinion: Green New Deal could bring prosperity back to Alberta

Pipeline Myths and Facts

Both the newly elected and former Alberta provincial governments campaigned heavily around the imperative of pipelines and oil exports for the province’s economy and well-being of people in this province. However, like all political advertising, there were no obligations for these parties to practice truth in advertising. Award-winning journalist Andrew Nikiforuk, a regular on the energy industry beat, writes about a few of the myths, and some of the facts, around the Alberta oil and gas industry and the TransMountain pipeline. Check out the full article for all the myths, facts, and details.

The Tyee: Frustrated by Pipeline Myths Albertans Tell Themselves? Here are the Facts

The 10th Annual Camrose Purple Martin Festival

This Saturday, June 15th, the 10th Annual Camrose Purple Martin Festival is taking place! This single-day event is full of activities and opportunities to learn all about Purple Martins and how to get them into your backyard. For more information, visit their Facebook page.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology: Purple Martin

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Treaty, Climate Change, and Relationships to the Land

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Photo by: The Walrus

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. 

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Headlines:

Indigenous Woarani peoples win landmark lawsuit against Ecuadorian Government 

UK goes 4 days without coal – a new record

One million species facing extinction according to UN

Bighorn Provincial Park proposal rescinded because of changes in the Alberta Government

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The Sounds of Climate Activism

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Photo by: Hannah Cunningham

This week on Terra Informa, our own Kesia Dias reads a self-written an open letter to Albertans about our complicated relationship with our environment, economy, and our future. We also provide a soundscape of content our Terra Informers collected at the youth climate strike that took place in Edmonton, Alberta on March 15, 2019 – sit back and picture yourself in the heart of the action as we bring you sounds, conversations, and interviews.

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Headlines

Lofoten Island, Norway and government protection decision

Quebec: Reusable Containers in mainstream Grocery Stores

Ecuador: Waorani people launch a lawsuit to prevent the Government of Ecuador from auctioning off their ancestral lands to oil companies  (petition here)

Mike De Souza on Twitter: Fact-checking Jason Kenney

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