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IPCC Climate Talks: Indigenous Perspectives

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This week we are bringing you more stories from the conference on Cities and Climate Change that was held in Edmonton by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change  (IPCC) from March 5th to 7th, 2018. In this episode, we have a conversation about renewable energy projects in the Beaver Lake Cree First Nation with Crystal Lameman, and talk with Laura Lynes of the Rockies Institute, a non-profit based in Canmore, Alberta.

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Crystal Lameman

Terra Informer Dylan Hall had the opportunity to speak with Crystal Lameman, a member of the Beaver Lake Cree First Nation. She is currently pursuing a Masters degree in indigenous peoples education at the University of Alberta. Dylan spoke with Crystal about renewable energy projects that she helped facilitate for her community.

The Rockies Institute

Next up is Laura Lynes, co-founder and board member of the Rockies Institute based in Canmore, Alberta. Terra Informers Chris Chang-Yen Phillips and Dylan Hall spoke with Laura about the organization’s work and the inspiration behind it. They also discussed the many threats facing our changing environment and how indigenous knowledge and science can work together to respond.

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Photo by: Velcrow Ripper on Flickr

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Public Participation and the Environment

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This week, we bring you a documentary by Terra Informer Caitlin Macnab on the new environmental impact assessment and what public participation means in the environmental sphere. Tune in for a deep dive on just one part of the recent federal environmental legislation changes.

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Terra Misinforma 2018

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The Terra Informa team is back again with the classic annual ~April fools~ episode!

This April fools tune in to be misinformed about solutions to cow farts, the revocation of your ‘environmentalist’ card, and other solutions to climate change. Then we revisit an archive and delve into questions like “what to do with Iceland?” and “what is eco-amnesia?”.

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The bridge from science to practice

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This week on Terra Informa, we’re diving into another great interview from the conference on Cities and Climate Change that was held in Edmonton by the intergovernmental panel on climate change. Terra Informer Dylan Hall sat down with Debra Roberts, Co-Chair of the IPCC working group titled ‘Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability.’ Listen on to learn about bridging science and practice, the importance of informality, and encouraging activism.

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What’s Happening

Are you interested in the economic, social, and policy issues revolving around the upcoming legalization of cannabis in Canada? On Thursday  March 22, the University of Alberta’s faculty of Agriculture, Life, and Environmental Sciences are hosting a half-day conference called ‘Cannabis in Canada’. This event will bring together experts from across Canada and beyond, including entrepreneurs, researchers, and government officials.  Check out this link for more details on the speakers and information on how to register!

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Photo by: Ville Miettinen

International Non-Profits at the IPCC Conference

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This week on Terra Informa, we bring you the first instalment of our reporting on the 2018 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Conference on Cities and Climate Change. This conference was hosted in Edmonton, AB from March 5-7th. We sent a team to dig up the best stories from the event, interviewing scientists, policy makers, and other movers-and-shakers like the Chair and Co-Chairs of the IPCC, leaders of non-governmental-organizations (NGOs), Indigenous activists, data specialists,  the mayor of Edmonton, radical youth, and more!

In this episode, we’ll be showcasing two representatives from climate-focused NGOs at the IPCC conference – the global research organization Future Earth, and a climate policy and global sustainability not-for-profit, New Climate Institute.

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Future Earth

Terra Informers Charlotte Thomasson and Sydney Karbonik had the pleasure of sitting down with Anne-Helene Prieur-Richard, the regional director of global organization Future Earth’s Montreal Hub, to discuss international collaboration, Future Earth as an organization, and the research they are doing to address Global Sustainability and the Anthropocene.

NewClimate Institute

Sydney Karbonik spoke with Thomas Day, a founding partner of NewClimate Institute, about the diverse and immediate benefits of taking action against climate change. NewClimate Institute is an NGO that calls for action against climate change and aids the creation of sustainable development through research and knowledge.

 

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Photo by: Green Energy Futures – David Dodge

 

Making Winter Cities Accessible

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This week we dug into the archives and found a story from last year. In February of 2017, Edmonton hosted the city’s second Winter City Shake Up – a conference that addresses how we can make our cities more lovable, healthy, safe, and accessible and ultimately how we can beat the odds and thrive in the city during the winter season. Guest contributor Jody Zink went to the conference and brings us a variety of interviews discussing solutions to combat the windchill blues by making cities more winter friendly.

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George Kourounis Chasing Climate

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This week on Terra Informa, we dip into the archives to bring back an interview with the infamous George Kourounis, a world-renowned storm chaser, adventurer, and host of the international TV show Angry Planet. His work has taken him around the world to document extraordinary natural events like tornadoes and bizarre wildlife phenomena. Terra Informer Dylan Hall spoke with George Kourounis about the different calibers of fear he’s experienced in his amazing career, documenting the Fort McMurray wildfire days after the city was reopened, and documenting climate change.

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What Oil Spills?

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This week on Terra Informa, we bring you an exclusive piece with non-profit ecologist Dr. Kevin Timoney about oil and saline-water spills caused by the energy industry in Alberta. Dr. Timoney reveals fascinating evidence that exposes the Alberta Energy Regulator’s misrepresentation and omission of spill data. This piece begs the question: if the Alberta Energy Regulator is 100% funded by the industry that it’s supposed to regulate, how can it possibly remain impartial? Can the AER be reformed, or does it need to be replaced?

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What’s Happening

On Wednesday, February 7, the Alberta Climate Dialogue is hosting an event at the Edmonton Tower with the City of Edmonton and the Athabasca University Press. Challenging Public Involvement: Learning from the Citizens’ Panel on Edmonton’s Energy and Climate Challenges will start at 6:45 PM! No tickets are required.

For more information visit their Facebook page.

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