Wiebo Ludwig

Pharmaceuticals in our Water, Gaia Hypothesis & Wiebo Ludwig

We rely on modern pharmaceuticals to keep us healthy, but now researchers are finding that those same drugs are making their way into our water. Today Dr. Greg Goss tells us about the effects these chemicals are having on aquatic ecosystems. We also look into a prominent, but often misunderstood scientific theory, the Gaia Hypothesis. Plus, we talk to director David York about his documentary Wiebo’s War, which chronicles Wiebo Ludwig’s battle with the oil and gas industry. Ludwig spent years fighting sour gas extraction near his home, and eventually served time for bombings and sabotage.

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Wiebo Ludwig's struggle with the oil and gas industry spanned decades and culminated in high profile acts of sabotage. Today we talk to the director of Wiebo's War, a documentary about Ludwig's battle.

Pharmaceuticals in our Water
Most people take safe drinking water for granted, but just how clean is our municipal water? Modern water purification does a great job of removing viruses and bacteria, but now concerns are starting to surface about a different type of contamination. Increasingly, trace amounts of pharmaceuticals are being found in water. Today our correspondent Steve Andersen talks to water expert Dr. Greg Goss about the risks and what we can do to reduce them.

Gaia Hypothesis
Does the earth seem uncannily comfortable? Certainly, levels of nutrients, atmospheric gasses, salinity, temperature and more seem just right for life. Could it be that life itself is creating the conditions it requires, and if so, does that make the entire earth some kind of super organism? David Kaczan finds out on today’s Ecobabble, on the Gaia Hypothesis.

Wiebo’s War
Sometimes on Terra Informa, we bring you green screen segments where we review an environmentally themed film. Today Rebecca Rooney brings us a green screen of Wiebo’s War, a documentary that tells the story of Wiebo Ludwig and his Christian community. The community lives in northern Alberta, the heart of Canada’s oil patch. They moved there 25 years ago to live in line with their believes, including becoming self-sufficient in terms of food and energy use. They built their farm with their own hands, not knowing that it lay on top of one of the largest undeveloped natural gas fields in North America. Their neighbours accepted industry buyouts and moved on. Weibo and his family – after years of trying to negotiate with the gas industry, politicians, and the media – went to war.

Why Environmentalists are Occupying Wall Street and Review of ‘Weibo’s War’

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.

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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.

More on this story: Treehugger.com, Occupy Together, Naomi Klein

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
  • October 21: Vancouver, Vancity Theatre
  • October 21: Calgary, Plaza Theatre
  • October 21: Edmonton, Metro Cinema
  • October 21: Toronto, The Royal

More on this story: Trailer, Producers, Book on Wiebo Ludwig

News Headlines:

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.

More on this story: CBC, CTV News, The Telegram, RCEN

Drilling Halted After Second Spill at Offshore Rig: A second spill has occurred in Newfoundland at an offshore drilling rig.

More on this story: CBC, Winnipeg Free Press, The Telegram

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.

More on this story: Vancouver Sun, News 1130, Market Watch