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Building Greener

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This week on Terra Informa we take a visit to the Primed Mosaic Centre, Alberta’s first net-zero and LEED Platinum-certified building. This one-of-a-kind commercial building is located in Edmonton, Alberta and has won awards for building engineering and Innovation. Now formally known as the Primed Mosaic centre due to its recent change in ownership. The Primed company is a local medical products company that put there values to actions when they decided to invest in the LEED building. We hope this story will inspire any and all businesses to look at more sustainable work sites – if not for the solar panels, than for the live plant walls!

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Provoked by Poems

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This week on Terra Informa, amidst news of our earliest ever earth overshoot day, Terra Informers Dylan Hall and Amanda Rooney speak with poet Alice Major about her book entitled “Welcome to the Anthropocene”. Alice Major, who was also Edmonton’s first poet laureate, reads poems from her book and answers our questions, including “what is the anthropocene?”.

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Responsible Recreation & Bioremediation

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Photo by: Hannah Cunningham

This week on Terra Informa, we’re focusing on looking after the world around us. First, Terra Informer Hannah Cunningham speaks with Sheryl Savard, a trail runner turned activist who will tell us how to responsibly recreate in our local natural spaces. Then, we’re bringing back an archive piece where Leila Darwish talks about the use of bioremediation.

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Responsible Recreation

In this week’s first piece, Hannah Cunningham speaks to Sheryl Savard, founder of the local Edmonton Trail Runners group and race director for the bi-annual River Valley Revenge trail race. Sheryl speaks to the importance of collaboration when it comes to looking after our public spaces, how to reduce the environmental impact of large events, and how recreating can turn you into an activist for your local natural spaces.

Bioremediation

In a time when spills, leaks, and environmental disasters are becoming more and more common, how do we clean up in a way that’s both reasonable and responsible? Prevention, of course, is always the best policy, but even the best-laid plans go awry, and when they do, one answer is often overlooked: bioremediation. Tasmia Nishat speaks with community organizer Leila Darwish, author of Earth Repair, about the healing potential of sunflowers and oyster mushrooms for backyard contamination, big spills, and everything in between.

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Infrastructure for the People

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This week on Terra Informa we are talking about cycling! In this archive episode, Terra Informers Shelley Jodoin and Amanda Rooney speak with Vice Chair from Paths for People, Conrad Norbert, an Edmonton non-profit organization advocating for the creation of infrastructure with pedestrians and cyclists in mind.

In June of 2017, Paths for People released multi-use trail policy recommendations. We discuss re-imagining the use of public space, hopes and ideas for the future, and the policy recommendations recommendations.

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INSPIRING CANADIAN ENVIRONMENTALISTS FOR CANADA DAY

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This week on Terra Informa, we’re acknowledging Canada Day by bringing you two interviews from our archives that highlight two powerful female Canadian environmentalists.

First, Trevor Chow-Fraser and Natalee Rawat speak with Severn Cullis-Suzuki, an environmental activist and daughter of David Suzuki. Our second interview features Terra Informer Matt Hirji speaking with Maude Barlow, Chairperson for the Council of Canadians and author of the book ‘Blue Planet’.

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Bringing science to the people

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This week on Terra Informa we explore the topic of science communication and talk to two women who are bridging the gap between science and the people. First, Amanda Rooney brings you an interview with New Zealand’s Nicole Masters, an agro-ecologist, educator and systems thinker, about soil health and regenerative agriculture. Then, Ashley Kocsis interviews children’s book author and illustrator Karen Romano Young. Romano Young’s work aims to help scientists convey their messages and stories by combining science and art.

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Metamorphosis – Cinema on Climate and Change

This week on Terra Informa, we’re bringing you a piece centred around “Metamorphosis”, a new documentary playing in theatres across Canada this June. “Metamorphosis” explores the state of our current environmental crisis, and the psychological, emotional, artistic, and resilient responses of different people to this crisis, all using unusually spectacular imagery to communicate. We got a chance to talk with filmmaking couple Velcrow Ripper and Nova Ami; a group of Terra Informers also discuss our viewing of the film.

In news this week,

  • A new study shows fish are changing their migration habits due to Climate Change [Link – The Washington Post]
  • A Thunder Bay committee is taking another look at cleaning up a toxic pulp mill spill [Link – CBC]

If you’re interested in seeing “Metamorphosis” yourself, its screening dates are:

Globe Cinema, Calgary – Opening June 20

Metro Cinema, Edmonton – June 22 at 4 p.m. and June 23 at 9:30 p.m.

Cinecenta, Victoria – June 24 and 25

Vancity Theatre, Vancouver – June 26–28

 

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Co-Chairing the IPCC Science Process

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This week on Terra Informa, Chris Chang-yen Phillips brings you an interview with Valérie Masson-Delmotte, who is the Co-Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – Working Group I. This Working Group is one of three that inform the United Nations and its member countries and deals with the physical science basis of climate change.

We also have some headlines for you about bike-sharing [Link] and some urban agriculture projects in Edmonton [Link 1][Link 2]!

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