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’.
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.
This week Terra Informa speaks with 350.org about the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York City. This movement began on September 17th, and is currently spreading across the nation as cities in Canada and the rest of the world chime in to speak up against “economic inequality and corporate influence”.
We also bring you a green screen review of Wiebo’s War, which is a documentary currently showing in cinemas across the country. This movie tells the story of Weibo Ludwig and his family who own property on top of one of the largest undeveloped natural gas fields in North America. The family has struggled against the gas industry over the past two decades to defend their home.
Protestors at Occupy Wall Street. Mrwho00tm via Wikipedia.
Occupy Wall Street began with a simple call to action issued by Adbusters, a Vancouver-based magazine, which stated “On September 17, flood into lower Manhattan, set up tents, kitchens, peaceful barricades and Occupy Wall Street”. This movement is described as being a “people powered movement for democracy”. Since its inception, the movement has grown from hundreds to thousands of people camped out in New York City’s Zuccotti Park. On October 15th, cities across the nation will join in with their own ‘occupy movements’. Environmental organizers are among the many who have joined the movement. Terra Informa correspondent Kathryn Lennon spoke with Phil Aroneanu, co-founder of 350.org and author of an article titled “Why Environmentalists Should Occupy Wall Street“.
If your in Edmonton, Bill McKibben of 350.org will be speaking at the University of Alberta on Friday, October 21st, as part of Sustainability Awareness Week.
Wiebo’s War had its North American premier at Toronto’s Hot Docs festival and will begin showing in cinemas across Canada this week. But before you hit the box office, have a listen to Terra Informa’s green screen review by correspondent Rebekah Rooney.
Wiebo’s War theatrical engagements:
October 14: Ottawa, Mayfair Theatre
October 19: Winnipeg, Winnipeg Film Group Cinematheque
Canadian Environmental Network Looses Funding: Last week Ottawa dealt a devastating blow to one of Canada’s oldest environmental groups by cutting off their funding in 2012. The Canadian Environmental Network is an umbrella organization which facilitates communication between the federal government and more than 600 environmental groups spanning the country.
New Marine Conservation Area Planned for British Columbia: The federal and provincial governments in British Columbia have announced the boundaries for a new national marine conservation area which will cover approximately 1400 square kilometers. Plans for the area are hoped to be completed within the coming year.