Taina Uitto

Life in Plastic

Plastic Cup Rubbish July 17

Did you know that July is Plastic-Free Month? This week, we’re bringing back two stories from our archives centred around plastic. One about a BC woman, Taina Uitto, who lived plastic-free for a whole year, and another in which we interview Laura Bamsey and Marnie Olsen from the Elements Society on a school pilot project that focused on reducing single-use plastics. Then, Terra Informers Amanda Rooney and Sofia Osborne will give their hot take on the current debate taking place around plastic straws.

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Plastic in the Classroom

Our first archive features the Elements Society and the Lonely Whale Foundation, who created a classroom pilot project to address the issues surrounding single-use plastics. Back in September 2017, I spoke with Laura Bamsey and Marnie Olsen from the Elements Society about this pilot project, and how  students not only learned about plastic waste, but also how to build communication and project management skills.

A Year Without Plastic

Try to make it sixty seconds without using anything made out of plastic. Think about objects that you use day to day. Every minute even. The clothes on your back even. Short of moving into the woods, it’s virtually impossible to live a 100% plastic free year, let alone a lifetime. Hamdi Issawi spoke to Taina Uitto who is trying just such a challenge. He reached her by phone in Denman Island, BC to talk about her plastic-free life. A documentary chronicling Taina’s challenge was released in 2014; it’s called From The Waste Up.

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Photo by: weegeebored (www.flickr.com/photos/kenningtonfox/2768449017)

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Eco-Art, Eco-Living: “It’s Easier than you Think”

Robert Smithson, Spiral Jetty, 2005

In this week’s episode we meet two artists and a BC woman living without plastic to discuss sustainable art procurement and how to live plastic free.

We’re also announcing our new read for April’s book club episode: Sheila Watt-Cloutier’s “The Right to be Cold.” Pick up a copy at your local book store and join us! If you have any questions you’d like us to discuss, Tweet us @terrainforma while you read.

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Stefan Thompson on EcoArt

Creating something new when you are so familiar with the old is challenging. Pulling out the rug from underneath you, diverting from what has become normal, diving into the unknown. Canadian artist Stefan Thompson has tested his hand at shifting his focus to environmental consciousness with great results. Yvette Thompson spoke with Stefan about his art, his inspiration, and what he believes we can learn from his eco experiment. Stefan works in several mediums, and is starting to explore natural sculpture.

What Páll Makes

While traveling in Iceland last year, Terra Informa’s Chris Chang-Yen Phillips visited Húsafell to meet with Páll Guðmundsson, an artist whose local and naturally inspired work makes his home feel like one-of-a-kind.

A Year Without Plastic

Try to make it sixty seconds without using anything made out of plastic. Think about objects that you use day to day. Every minute even. The clothes on your back even. Short of moving into the woods, it’s virtually impossible to live a 100% plastic free year, let alone a lifetime. Hamdi Issawi spoke to Taina Uitto who is trying just such a challenge.  He reached her by phone in Denman Island, BC to talk about her plastic-free life. A documentary chronicling  Taina’s challenge was released in 2014; it’s called From The Waste Up.

Terra Informa Program Log March 29

Credit to Robert Smithson for the photo.

Do Personal Actions Matter?

Pacific ocean plastic on an Oregon public beach (Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/circle_face/8000357312/)

Pacific ocean plastic on an Oregon public beach (Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/circle_face/8000357312/)

On this week’s show we ask a big question: how much of an effect can we really have at an individual level?

We take you first to a story about a woman who decided to challenge herself to live without plastic for a year: an absolutely monumental task. Next, we’re looking at those global awareness campaigns we always hear so much about, specifically Earth Hour. What kind of impact do they really have? And last but not least, we look at energy efficiency. How can we make a very practical means of combatting climate change more appealing?

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