This week we are lucky to have co-authors Elizabeth Gierl and Sofia Osborne read their feature article entitled “In the Grey” that was published in the April 2019 edition of the University of Alberta’s student magazine, The Gateway. In the piece, Gierl and Osborne set out to explore climate change, the Global oil market and Alberta’s complex relationships to the industry in the province. They also pose a question glossed over in mainstream discourse regarding Alberta’s oil production – who will even be buying it?
After the authors read their piece, Terra Informer Charlotte Thomasson sat down with them to delve into some of the research that went into the piece as well as to reflect on the current situation for energy production in the province as well as globally.
This week on Terra Informa, we talk about the recently released Canada’s Changing Climate Report, which inspired us to revisit an archive about the 2013 flooding in Calgary. We also hear Alice Major recite some poetry from her book Welcome to the Anthropocene, and get a run-down on Alberta’s upcoming 2019 election.
Revisit: An interview with Tamara Lee about the 2013 Calgary floods
Terra Informer Chris Chang-Yen Phillips speaks with Calgary resident Tamara Lee about resilience and her experience of the Calgary flood in her neighbourhood of Sunnyside.
Alberta Election 2019
With a provincial election on April 16th and advance polling from April 9-13, Terra Informer Sofia Osborne gives us an overview of where to vote, why you should vote, and where the two major parties – NDP and UCP – stand on election issues ranging from child care to the budget, education, healthcare, and one of our most important, environment and the carbon tax. Check out the CBC Vote Compass if you want to know how your values align with the major parties. Don’t forget to register for this years election, as your vote truly does make a difference!
Alice Major poetry
To get you feeling reflective about the environment and your election decision-making priorities, we included some poetry written and read by Edmonton’s first Poet Laureate Alice Major. The works “Red Sky” and “Medias Res” can be found in the collection Welcome to the Anthropocene.
The recently leaked Canada’s Changing Climate Report includes the works of 43 federal and university based scientists, and is a two-year mass review of published literature on climate change. The report highlights how Canada is warming faster than predicted, at twice the rate of the global average, and warming is extreme in the northern parts of the country. Higher rainfall is another observation, especially in winter, and increases the risk of flooding across the provinces and territories. While the report is intimidating, it is not a reason to despair as worst-case scenarios can still be avoided if citizens raise their voices and unite to demand change from corporations and governments.
Terra Informa in CJSR’s Studio A. From the top clockwise: Sofia Osborne, Dylan Hall, Olivia Debourcier, Charlotte Thomasson, Amanda Rooney, with Carter Gorzitza behind the camera!
This week we decided to shake things up on Terra Informa and take a page from one of our favourite podcasts, Radiolab! Specifically, an episode called Breaking Bad News Bears in which they tasked their reporters to pitch and produce a story about either breaking news or bears. So we sent our volunteers out to report on either a breaking news story OR something that fits into the category: the unseen environment
We ended up with stories ranging from ancient organisms (both big and small) to deleted provincial parks and murmurations. We’re pretty sure that our reporters did an amazing job! What do you think?
Did you know that insects take up the most space on the taxonomic web of life? Did you know that about 75% of flowering plants are pollinated by insects? You might have also heard that insect biodiversity is on the decline. Sadly, what you may have hear is right. In a paper published in the Journal ‘Biological Conservation’, lead authorsFrancisco Sánchez-Bayo andKris A.G.Wyckhuys state “almost half of insect species are rapidly declining and a third are being threatened withextinction”.
Can you imagine a world without insects? To some it may sound like a dream come true but insects are integral to the functioning of our world! From the food we eat to the waste we excrete, we have insects to thanks (we would literally be swimming in detritus if not for decomposers!). Tune into this episode where we show these important little creatures some well-deserved attention!
Checking out bugs with Peter Heule: Q&A with the Royal Alberta Museum’s live animal supervisor
Terra Informer Olivia deBourcier interviewed Peter Heule, a live animals supervisor at the Royal Alberta Museum, about bugs. Originally aired on The Gateway Presents, we’ll hear about butterfly migration, what animal science is all about, how kids understand bugs better than grown ups think, and what a wild world there is left to discover!
The Good News: The Big Bee!
In light of the bad news about insect populations, there is hope! Recently, the world’s BIGGEST BEE, thought extinct for 38 years, has been found alive on the Indonesian islands of the North Moluccas. As long as an adult thumb, with jaws like a stag beetle and four times larger than a honeybee this dinosaur of a bee continues to be threatened, particularly by deforestation for agriculture, but the very fact that it persists suggests that extinction is not inevitable! Hannah Cunningham explains in this ecobabble the ways that we can all help pollinators keep on keeping on!
From planning what you plant, building bee hotels (a simple DIY bee hotel) to reducing your use of pesticides, there are many ways you can make your world more pollinator friendly
The recent IPCC Cities and Climate Conference in Edmonton gave David Draper the opportunity to finally answer his burning questions. Curious about urban development and the future of urban design, this show talks to Julian Daly (Executive Director of Boyle Street Community Services), David Miller (North American Regional Director, C40 Cities), and Don Iveson (Mayor of Edmonton). This show attempts to challenge your conception of why our cities exist as they do and get you to think, and live outside the box.
David Draper produced this documentary as part of a Community Service Learning project at the University of Alberta.
In this week’s radio documentary, reporter Andrea Wiebe follows the experiences of youth from around the world as they collaboratively prepare and present a paper on climate change at the International Panel on Climate Change conference held in Edmonton in March.
The group of students collaborated via video chat in the months leading up to the conference in the hopes of bringing youth voices to the conference and influencing policy on climate change internationally. The topic they focused on was reflected the theme of the conference: cities and climate change.
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.
Have a DIY project you’ve been itching to do but just don’t have the supplies? Striving to reduce consumerism and waste? The Edmonton Tool Library has got you covered. We dive into what it’s all about and how you can volunteer or become a member!
This week on Terra Informa, we take a trip to the Edmonton Tool Library, a non-profit that launched in January 2017 and it’s located in the Bellevue Community League. The library shelves are full of donated tools, some well-loved and well-worn, while others barely touched. Members can borrow the tools for their art projects, home renovations, yard clean-ups and more. Terra Informers Shelley Jodoin and Lauren Carter explored the tool library and interviewed two of the board members, Robyn Webb and Leslie Bush. They’ll tell you what a tool library is and how it can save you money, reduce your environmental impact and empower you to take on a do-it-yourself project.
Check out their website where you can view the tool catalogue and sign up for volunteer opportunities. You can also follow them on Facebook and on, Instagram, and Twitter.