A Word With Severn Cullis-Suzuki


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Severn Cullis-Suzuki has been an environmental activist, speaker and author in the public eye since the age of 12 when she addressed world leaders at the Rio Summit in 1992 about the climate crisis. Since then, her activism has taken her to many stages globally to speak to the continuing issues we’re facing and the need to encourage and uplift youth to be part of the movement for change. This week, guest contributor and former Terra Informer, Natalee Rawat, speaks with Severn over the phone about her experience in Rio 27 years ago, how to engage with our elected leaders, and her career evolution.

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CO2 emissions being turned into soap

$10 million geothermal pilot project underway in Alberta

Recovery of the South Atlantic humpback whale population

Alberta Electric Systems Operator (AESO) projects the Alberta government will fail to meet renewable electricy targets set by NDP

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Youth Voices on Climate Change

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.

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Innovating Environmental Education


Recently, Terra Informer Sydney Karbonik spoke with Aaron Dublenko and James Stuart about their work founding and facilitating the award winning Innovate program at schools here in Edmonton. This program began when Aaron encouraged the Queen Elizabeth High School environmental club to try something different … and the result has been truly … innovative. You might have heard about their school’s project to put solar panels on its roof. Listen on to find out what these students have accomplished.

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Katimavik’s Eco-Citizenship Program, Petro States, and a Review of the Cove

This week, on Terra Informa…

We take a look at Katimavik’s youth leadership program that focuses on environmental citizenship and active living. Dr Gordon Laxer talks to us about the political and economic dangers of western Canada’s reliance on oil revenues. And we review the Oscar award winning film “the Cove” which delves into the hidden world of the Japanese dolphin slaughter.

Photo by Jade Gregg

Environmental News Headlines

P.E.I. – Genetically modified salmon approval

Report – Ontario’s North threatened by developers

Oil Sands – Special report on impacts commissioned by Env. Minister Renner

Arctic Ice – Third lowest levels on record

Nova Scotia – Biomass project proposal

Green Screen Review: “The Cove”

Terra Informa correspondent Alex Hindle gives us his review of “The Cove“, a controversial documentary which follows a dolphin trainer searching to uncover a dark secret. The movie documents activists, filmmakers and freedivers as they work to discover the hidden world of a dolphin killing operation in Japan.

Interview with Jade Gregg on Katimavik

Jade Gregg works as a project leader with Katimavik, Canada’s volunteer-service program for youth.  As such, she lived with the youth volunteers, was responsible for daily operations of the program, and for implementing the program’s learning model.  The program consists of three streams, and today Terra Informa correspondent Rebecca Rooney asks Ms. Gregg about the Eco-citizenship and Active Living stream, which fosters a connection with nature through outdoor activities and a focus on understanding ecological challenges faced by the host community.

Gordon Laxer on Petro States

Energy and resources, especially oil, drive the Western Canadian Economy. We hear a lot about the environmental damage that results from this, but today we investigate the possible political and economic implications of such dependency. What does Canada have to show for its fossil fuel wealth compared to other oil rich countries? And is there a danger that oil wealth is distorting sectors of our economy, not to mention our democracy? To answer these questions, Terra Informa’s David Kaczan spoke to Dr. Gordon Laxer, director of the progressive think tank the Parkland Institute, based in Edmonton.  Gordon Laxer is a Political Economist and has written extensivley on such topics for both an academic and broader audience. This piece originally aired in March.