This week, we dig into views on transforming landscapes. Calgary sustainability writer Chris Turner shares his take on using planet-scale engineering to solve the climate crisis. Then, Boston’s Brian Swett talks about an eye-opening relationship that encouraged him to aim higher on green building. And world-renowned physicist and ecologist Vandana Shiva opens up about advocating for the freedom to plant what we want and restore our relationship with the land. Listen close, and you might just hear the world changing.
This week we feature two stories relating to bodies of water; Girl Gone Wild correspondent Jamie Pratt and Chris Chang-Yen Phillips take a journey in search of Lake Sturgeon and Jennifer Wickham shares her poem, “Engussi Wedzin Kwah” about the sacred waters in her traditional territories. Also, Rebecca Rooney speaks to urban ecologist Jason Aloisio about Green Roofs in a piece from our archives.
Environmental Poetry with Jennifer Wickham and “Engussi Wedzin Kwah”
For our new Terra Informa segment on environmental poetry, Annie Banks spoke with Jennifer Wickham this month. Jennifer shared her poem “Engussi Wedzin Kwah”, about sacred waters on her traditional Wet’suwet’en territories, and also some of her thoughts on poetry, the role of a poet and what’s currently inspiring her writing and resistance. **Correction!** Jennifer’s book of poetry will be coming out in summer 2013.
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Girl Gone Wild: Lake Sturgeon
Well every now and again Terra Informa correspondent Chris Chang-Yen Phillips takes a trip with our resident wildlife expert, Jamie Pratt. She’s the creator of the Girl Gone Wild wildlife documentary series, and this time we decided it was time to journey down Edmonton’s North Saskatchewan River in search of an ancient fish — the Lake Sturgeon.
This week’s “What’s Happening”
This weeks selection of environmental news headlines.
There is a rapidly growing trend in environmentally-conscious circles to seek the help of local community leagues. While many are stretched for resources and support, they are invaluable hubs of innovation, creativity, and openness, and Edmonton is no different; Marcus investigates the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues‘ Green Challenge program and some of the city’s amazing projects designed to empower and transform neighborhoods.
In Canada, the heating of our buildings accounts for about 10% of greenhouse gas emissions. Although we think that our cold climate necessitates the use of all this energy, in fact at least half, and probably much more, could be saved by building efficient, highly insulated buildings that take full advantage of the sun’s radiation in winter. If well designed, these houses are also cooler in summer. However, cutting energy use by 50% is not enough for some. This week, Terra Informa speaks to a builder and company director whose new houses strive to be completely carbon neutral. Peter Amerongen, works for Habitat Studio and Workshop, a company specialising in energy efficient construction. His recent projects in Alberta are showing that it’s possible to build green, even in a very cold climate. David Kaczan chatted to Peter about his work and his thoughts on how Canadians should be building their houses in the future.
Next up is a new feature to Terra Informa but a regular feature here in Edmonton on CJSR, The Bicycle Traffic Report with Carly Colemen. Steve Anderson Catches up with Carly to give you an introduction to the segment and talk about the high cost of free parking.