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Terra Informa

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A weekly environmental news program covering issues from across Canada & around the world..


Cycling and the Environment
Jun 2 • 29 min
Happy Bike Month! This week we’re talking about the environmental benefits of cycling and some of the challenges to keeping roads bike ready year-round.
The Green New what?
May 25 • 29 min
This week Terra Informers Amanda Rooney, and Carter Gorzitza talk about what the deal is, with the Green New Deal. In order to get some insight, we hear from both Emma Jackson, an organizer with Climate Justice Edmonton and 350, doing local work on a…
Welcome to the Anthropocene Part 2
May 17 • 29 min
Part 2 of Dylan and Amanda’s series on the Anthropocene deals with our expression (and suppression) of emotions surrounding climate change and the Epoch we are living in. How do we cope in a time of loss and grief? Tune in and hear all about the…
Welcome to the Anthropocene Part 1
May 11 • 29 min
Whats in a name? This week, Amanda and Dylan dive in and explore the term being used to describe our current geological era - the Anthropocene. Why was this term chosen for our epoch, and why do some people contest this idea? Tune in to find out!
Spring Confessional
May 4 • 29 min
This week several Terra Informers reflect on the changing seasons, and what spring means to them. Listen in for some great ambient spring sounds and grateful reflections on the warmer air around us.
Revisiting Literature in the Face of Climate Crisis
Apr 28 • 28 min
This week on Terra Informa, we revisit a great episode from our archives that originally aired on May 5, 2019. In this episode, Sofia Osborne interviews Dr. Carolyn Sale, an associate professor in the department of english and film studies at the…
Revisiting The Unseen Environment
Apr 20 • 29 min
This week on Terra Informa, we revisit a beloved episode from our archives that originally aired on March 18, 2019. This episode’s format is a round-table discussion, in which the each member of the team brought something different to the table- something…
Revisiting the perils and responsibilities of science communication
Apr 13 • 28 min
This week on Terra Informa, we revisit discussions some of the world’s big problems, like climate change and antimicrobial resistance, and how the communication of information about them can either be motivating or discouraging.
Revisiting Sustainable Menstruation
Apr 6 • 29 min
Revisiting an episode that first aired in April of 2019, and continues to be an important environmental and equity issue - menstruation.
Terra Misinforma 2020: Conspiracy Edition
Mar 30 • 29 min
At Terra Informa, we know that climate change affects us all… and that includes our conspiracy theory communities.
Memes & Decolonization
Mar 23 • 29 min
Have you ever thought about the connection between the dank memes you consume and the process of decolonization? Or about how the power of meme to restructure or recreate the reality we know? For this week’s episode, Terra Informer, Carter Gorzitza, got…
Indigenous Solidarity During #RECONCILIATIONISDEAD
Mar 16 • 29 min
This week on Terra Informa, we discuss the issues surrounding the Coastal Gas Link Project, that is being proposed to run through Wet’suwet’en territory in northern British Columbia. We give you a background on what the CGL project is and the current…
Managing Climate Grief in 3 Easy Steps
Mar 9 • 29 min
This week on Terra Informa, we discuss climate grief; a term that has increasingly entered into the public awareness. We’ll take a look at what climate grief is and how it can manifest, then listen to advice from life coaches and personal instructors…
Reject Teck Part 2: All of My Relations
Mar 2 • 30 min
This week on Terra Informa we share the second part of an interview with Eriel Deranger, co-founder and Executive Director of Indigenous Climate Action, where we talk about what it means to live in relation to each other and the environment.
Reject Teck Part 1: Who is Teck?!
Feb 24 • 29 min
This week reporter Elizabeth Dowdell sat down with the co-founder of Indigenous Climate Action (ICA), Eriel Tchekwie Deranger, to talk about the proposed Teck Frontier Mine project and the reasons ICA is opposed to it.
The Many Forms of Climate Action
Feb 17 • 28 min
This week, Terra Informers Charlotte Thomasson, Andy Silva, and Shawn Hou discuss the different forms that climate action can take.
The Energy War Room Part Two: CEC Activities and Implications for Environmental Journalism
Feb 10 • 28 min
This week, we’re bringing you the second and final part of a two-part series on the Canadian Energy Centre Ltd., alternatively known as the Energy War Room introduced by Alberta’s UCP government.
The Energy War Room: A Deep Dive into the Canadian Energy Centre Ltd.
Feb 3 • 28 min
This week, we bring you part one of a two-part deep dive into the Canadian Energy Centre Ltd.
Revisiting a Conversation with Stephen Jenkinson
Jan 27 • 28 min
This week, we’re bringing you an archive episode from October 2018, featuring Terra Informer Dylan Hall and author Stephen Jenkinson.
Revisiting Conspiring with Plants
Jan 20 • 28 min
To help celebrate the end of a brutal coldsnap here on the Canadian prairies, this week’s episode features an archive that is all about green and growing things! We’ll hear Terra Informer Amanda Rooney speak with Dr. Natasha Meyers, a professor of…
Revisiting The Wildfires in the Amazon and Conservation in Brazil
Jan 13 • 29 min
This week, we’re bringing you an archive episode from August 2019, where we discussed the wildfires in the Amazonian rainforest and Terra Informer Elizabeth Dowdell spoke with interdisciplinary researcher Cristiana Seixas about her work on…
The Best of 2019: Environmental Connections, Hope, and Resolutions
Jan 6 • 29 min
This week, Terra Informers reflect on some stand-out personal moments from 2019.
Revisiting the Less-than-fabulous Footprint of Fashion
Dec 30, 2019 • 28 min
This week on Terra Informa, we revisit a timely episode from this past summer’s coverage of the 2019 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Listen as Terra Informer Dylan Hall interviews fashionista and not-for-profit educator Jess Montgomery on…
All About Birds: Revisited
Dec 23, 2019 • 28 min
This week, we revisit our All About Birds episode from June of this year, featuring Terra Informer Charlotte Thomasson and John Acorn.
I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas with Special Guest Janina Fuchs
Dec 16, 2019 • 29 min
This week we talk about energy transitions strategies and what young people are doing to push the movement. Terra Informers Sonak and Elizabeth give a background on energiewende, ABBY-Net, and student-researcher Janina Fuchs shares her work on renewable…
The Future of Alberta’s Electricity System
Dec 9, 2019 • 29 min
What’s the difference between an energy-only and capacity market?! Where is Alberta headed on renewables? We had these questions and more following the 4th annual Centre for Applied Business Research in Energy & the Environment (CABREE) Electricity…
The Sharing Economy, Electric Vehicles, and Green Innovation: Change for Climate Continued
Dec 1, 2019 • 28 min
This week, we’re bringing you more of the City of Edmonton Change for Climate Talks. On October 3rd, Terra Informers Elizabeth Dowdell and Sonak Patel attended that event. On this episode, we bring you talks by Shannon LeBlanc talking about the sharing…
Grounded: Environmental Injustice and Resilience in Edmonton’s BIPOC Communities
Nov 25, 2019 • 29 min
This week, Terra Informer Charlotte Thomasson speaks with Grace Wainaina and Dalyah Mouallem to chat about their project called GROUNDED. GROUNDED is a portrait series shared through social media, highlighting environmental injustice and resilience in the…
REDesign Engineering
Nov 18, 2019 • 29 min
This week on Terra Informa, Matthew Danyluik and Daniel Alexander from Renewable Energy Design (RED), a student engineering group aiming to make university a greener place through developing net-zero products, talk about the inspiration for starting the…
Climate Change at Home
Nov 11, 2019 • 29 min
This week on Terra Informa we listen to speakers at the City of Edmonton’s Change for Climate Talks discuss the challenges and opportunities for transformation that the climate crisis brings to our cities. Terra Informers Sonak Patel and Elizabeth Dowdell…
FunDrive 2019
Nov 4, 2019 • 29 min
This week on Terra Informa we share highlights from our annual Fundrive show, recorded live from the CSJR studio! Even though we are now post Halloween, I hope you’re not done with spooky stories because Terra Informers Sonak Patel and Charlotte Thomasson…
A Word With Severn Cullis-Suzuki
Oct 28, 2019 • 28 min
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.
Why Aren’t We Talking About the Climate Crisis?
Oct 21, 2019 • 30 min
This week we talk about the roles and responsibilities of the media when it comes to reporting on the climate crisis and providing truthful information to the public about this global issue. Sean Holman, Associate Professor of journalism at Mount Royal…
Thoughts on the Extinction Rebellion “Bridge Out”
Oct 14, 2019 • 29 min
For this week’s episode, Terra Informers Sonak Patel, Carter Gorzitza, Andy Silva, and Charlotte Thomasson discuss the XR “bridge outs” and what this kind of civil disobedience means in terms of climate action.
Science Communication with Kenneth Tam
Oct 7, 2019 • 29 min
This week, Terra Informer Sonak Patel sits down with Kenneth Tam to discuss the ins and outs of science communication, and nuances of working in that field. Kenneth is the communications associate for Future Energy Systems (FES) at the University of…
Eco-anxiety and the Climate Strike
Sep 30, 2019 • 28 min
This week on Terra Informa, we catch up with Dr. Holli-Anne Passmore to talk about eco-anxiety and the feelings that drive the sort of collective climate action we’ve seen over the last week. After an interview with Dr. Passmore, we’ve got audio and…
Canadian Curriculum and Climate Organizing
Sep 23, 2019 • 29 min
This week on Terra Informa, we discuss the second part of a 2 part mini-series on youth education in the climate crisis. On September 20, 2019, Youth For Climate and other climate organizers staged a “die-in” in downtown Edmonton as a start to the…
Canadian Curriculums in the Face of Climate Change
Sep 16, 2019 • 29 min
This week on Terra Informa, we’re bringing you part one of a two-part series on youth and the climate crisis.
Energy Transition in the Face of Climate Crisis
Sep 9, 2019 • 28 min
This week on Terra Informa we discuss Edmonton’s recent declaration of a Climate Emergency and what that means for the City, then Terra Informer Sonak Patel speaks with Sarah Van Wyngaarden about her work on district heating in the environmentally…
Edmonton’s Waste Facility
Sep 2, 2019 • 29 min
This week on Terra Informa, we talk trash! The Edmonton Compost Facility shut down on May 29, 2019 after it was discovered the roof was no longer structurally safe. As a tribute, we wanted to play a story about the facility’s launch from 2009 but… it has…
The State of the Amazon and Conservation in Brazil
Aug 26, 2019 • 29 min
This week on Terra Informa we discuss the current wildfire devastating the Amazon rainforest and Terra Informer Elizabeth Dowdell talks to interdisciplinary researcher Cristiana Seixas about her work on socio-ecological systems and protecting the…
Book Club: Streetfight
Aug 19, 2019 • 29 min
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.
The Climate Activist Experience
Aug 12, 2019 • 29 min
This week on Terra Informa we talk with OurTime and Climate Justice Edmonton organizers Stephen, Madison, and Chen about who these organizations are and what they do, experiences from the front lines of climate action, and how each one found a community…
Planning for Resilience in a Changing Climate
Aug 5, 2019 • 28 min
This week, we talk about the importance of resilience, or how to minimize the damage of the climate crisis. We will be providing you with some of the latest information on climate crisis and impacts. We’ll also hear from Terra Informer Sonak Patel sitting…
CBC Change the Debate
Jul 29, 2019 • 28 min
This week on Terra Informa we focus on the proposed climate action policies of each major federal party in the upcoming 2019 election, and speak with Stephen Buhler of Our Time, the group who organized “CBC Change the Debate” rallies across Canada just…
Reframing
Jul 22, 2019 • 28 min
It is no question that art holds powerful implications for how we view our surroundings, others and ourselves. In 2019 communities of Indigenous artists are coming to the cultural forefront to dispel misrepresentations of Indigenous people as well as…
Workers and the Future of Energy
Jul 15, 2019 • 28 min
This week on Terra Informa, Andrea Wiebe met with Lliam Hildebrand of the Iron and Earth Organization about their work advocating for oil and gas development to incorporate more renewable energy. They discussed how oil and gas sector workers can adapt to…
Soakin’ Up The Sun With Solar Power
Jul 8, 2019 • 28 min
This week on Terra Informa, we discuss solar energy, including topics such as the definition of solar, how it works, the pros and cons to solar, and who the solar power leaders are around the world.
The Less-Than-Fabulous Footprint of Fashion
Jul 1, 2019 • 29 min
This week on Terra Informa Dylan Hall ventures into the world of fashion. Dylan caught up with Jess Montgomery at the 2019 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences held at the University of British Columbia campus. Montgomery holds a BFA with…
Cycling and a Couple of Queers
Jun 24, 2019 • 29 min
This week, Charlotte speaks with Mackenzy Albright, one of the founders of SNAQCS, a Slow Nice And Queer Cycloventure Squad based out of Victoria, British Columbia that creates a welcoming space for members of the LGBTQIA2S community who want to have fun…
The Perils and Responsibilities of Science Communication
Jun 17, 2019 • 28 min
Image by: Discover Magazine Blogs This week on Terra Informa, we discuss some of the world’s big problems, like climate change and antimicrobial resistance, and how the communication of information about them can either be motivating or discouraging.…
All About Birds Continued!
Jun 10, 2019 • 29 min
We were so amazingly overwhelmed with bird-related content for our June 4, 2019 episode that we didn’t have a chance to use all of it, so we’re bringing it to you this week. This time, it’s PERSONAL - that is, lots of lovely stories about why people love…
All about BIRDS
Jun 3, 2019 • 29 min
Photo by: Rick Bohn This week, Charlotte Thomasson talked to resident Nature Nut, John Acorn, about local bird songs and birding stories, with audio captured by Terra Informers live in Edmonton, Alberta, near Drumheller, Alberta, and on Saturna Island in…
Sharing is Caring: Urban planning, entrepreneurship, and collaborative consumption
May 27, 2019 • 28 min
This week on Terra Informa we’ll be discussing what sustainability means to urban planning and talking toolsharing with an entrepreneur interested in collaborative consumption.
Endangered Habitat, Past and Present
May 20, 2019 • 28 min
This week at Terra Informa we deep dive into the World Wildlife Foundation report on conservation lands, hear from University of Alberta professor Rene Belland about endangered species, and visit an archive from 2010 about a public land sale known as…
Treaty, Climate Change, and Relationships to the Land
May 13, 2019 • 28 min
This week we asked what treaty means for our relationships to land, the more-than-human, and to each other.
Literature in the Face of Climate Crisis
May 6, 2019 • 28 min
This week on Terra Informa, we’re diving into the world of storytelling and literature. How can the humanities help us prepare ourselves for the environmental troubles we are facing today and into the future? What do works of fiction have to do with…
Menstruation Innovation
Apr 29, 2019 • 28 min
This week on Terra Informa, we’re talking about periods. Own very own Terra Informer Sydney Karbonik recently hosted an educational event about the environmental, social and economic impact of menstrual products and what other options exist for women.
The Sounds of Climate Activism
Apr 22, 2019 • 29 min
This week on Terra Informa, our own Kesia Dias reads a self-written an open letter to Albertans about our complicated relationship with our environment, economy, and our future. We also provide a soundscape of content our Terra Informers collected at the…
In the grey —Alberta’s relationship with oil in a changing world
Apr 15, 2019 • 29 min
Tune in to hear co-authors Elizabeth Gierl and Sofia Osborne read their feature article entitled “In the Grey”. They reflect on our relationship to oil and pose an important question - who’s even buying?
Elections and the Environment
Apr 8, 2019 • 28 min
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…
The Re Re Re Re Return of Terra Misinforma
Apr 1, 2019 • 29 min
APRIL FOOLS HAS STRUCK AGAIN. Tune in to Terra Informa as we travel in time. Download episode now. What would the world look like if we made drastic changes and prevented climatic warming? How would politics change, stocks, resource market trends? How are…
Conspiring with Plants
Mar 25, 2019 • 28 min
On the week’s episode, York university associate professor Natasha Myers critiques ‘the Anthropocene’ and suggests that we radically conspire with plants
Exploring the Unseen Environment
Mar 18, 2019 • 28 min
We sent our volunteers out to report on either a breaking news story OR something that fits into the category: the unseen environment
Avocado Toast and Environmentalism
Mar 11, 2019 • 29 min
When you think of an environmentalist, what kind of person do you imagine? Does gender, race, or income influence this image? Is it all about eating organic avocado toast? Terra Informer Dylan Hall had the chance to investigate the complex and social ways…
Environmentalism and Student Politics
Feb 25, 2019 • 28 min
This week on Terra Informa, we’re talking about all things Sustainability. Listen in to hear what our UAlberta undergraduate SU presidential candidates, Akanksha Bhatnagar and Andre Bourgeois are thinking about the future of sustainability resources on…
Indigenous Food Sovereignty: Wild Meat, Wild Stories
Feb 18, 2019 • 29 min
This week we’re bringing you a radio documentary produced by Roisin Graham. It was produced as a part of a CSL project for the course AREC 173 at the University of Alberta. This short documentary explores the challenges to Indigenous food sovereignty.…
Dad’s World Was My Refuge
Feb 11, 2019 • 29 min
This week on Terra Informa, Sofia Osborne (a Terra Informer herself) reads us a piece she recently wrote for The Tyee, an independent, Canadian, online magazine. The story recounts Sofia’s experience being isolated on Saturna Island during the worst wind…
Asking the questions and LICHEN the answers with Amanda Schutz
Feb 4, 2019 • 28 min
This week on Terra Informa, we have an interview from illustrator and designer, Amanda Schutz. You may have seen her nature inspired artwork and whimsical designs all over Edmonton, particularly at the newly opened Royal Alberta Museum. Terra Informers…
Investigating in Alberta
Jan 21, 2019 • 29 min
This week we present a single interview, between Terra Informer Sofia Osborne and Sharon Riley, an investigative journalist covering energy and the environment in Alberta for The Narwhal, an independent online magazine that reports on the basis that…
De-Extinction: Should We Resurrect Extinct Animal Species?
Jan 14, 2019 • 28 min
What if we could bring extinct animal species back from the dead? This week, Terra Informer Sofia Osborne brings us a story about de-extinction: the use of selective breeding, cloning, and genetic engineering to “resurrect” extinct species. This…
Myrtle and Charlie Ed, Revisited
Jan 7, 2019 • 29 min
This week on Terra Informa, we return to The Ballad of Myrtle and Charlie Ed, a documentary from our archives, presented by Anthony Goertz. This is story about discovering a story - one filled with charm, heart, and a great elephant escape! Headlines…
Sponge Reefs of the Pacific Canadian Deep
Dec 17, 2018 • 29 min
Terra Informer Jeremie Mahaux speaks with Nathan Grant, a graduate student at the University of Alberta.
Winter Cycling & Christmas Tree Debacles
Dec 10, 2018 • 28 min
This week we bring you two wintry archives! First a debate: which is “greener”? An artificial or a real Christmas tree? Carson Fong finds out! Then winter cycling - sounds scary? Turns out it might not be as awful as it sounds.
Camping, climbing and COP24
Dec 3, 2018 • 29 min
This week on Terra Informa, we dig in to COP24 and follow a conversation between new Terra Informer Kesia and outdoor enthusiast Yuliya Fakhr. Kesia and Yuliya explore the independence and liberation experienced in the Great Outdoors, the connection…
Talking Indigenous-led Environmental Assessment with The Firelight Group
Nov 26, 2018 • 29 min
This week on Terra Informa, we have an interview with Dr. Ginger Gibson, one of the directors and founders of the Firelight Group, an organization that works to support Indigenous peoples and governments defending their rights and their land. Terra…
Pinhole Cameras and Changing Oceans
Nov 19, 2018 • 28 min
This week we dive into an interview with Natalie Baird, a Masters student using participatory art methods to document Inuit knowledge in Canada’s north, and explore how this knowledge can be applied to climate change. Natalie’s work takes place in…
Thinking Like A Plant
Nov 12, 2018 • 29 min
What is it like to be a plant? Do plants make choices? Do they…think? This week on Terra Informa, we turn to Charly Blais’ interview with Megan Ljubotina, a graduate student at the University of Alberta to find out about the ways plants make decisions to…
The Most Terra-fying FunDrive Yet!
Nov 5, 2018 • 29 min
This week we’re bringing you a ~ spooky ~ recap of our FunDrive episode that aired LIVE in Edmonton last week. FunDrive is CJSR 88.5fm’s annual fundraiser and thanks to you we surpassed our goal! For this show, we summoned the ghosts of past terra…
Sassy Bats and Boss Moss
Oct 29, 2018 • 29 min
This week on Terra Informa, we get batty for Calgary Bat Week with an archive discussing the challenges faced by our flying furry friends, plus we re-air an interview with Edmonton’s resident Moss Man, Dr. René Bellend, about the boss that is moss!
Inside the IPCC with Debra Robertson
Oct 22, 2018 • 29 min
This week on Terra Informa, we look back at the past two weeks of climate change news with the release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change ’s most recent “Special Report,” which discusses the impacts of an increased mean global temperature of…
Advice from Buffy Sainte-Marie
Oct 15, 2018 • 29 min
This week on Terra Informa, we hear some of Buffy Sainte-Marie’s advice for young people: words of wisdom for young activists, how music can be an expression of play, and how creativity is a connection to the Creator. Terra Informer Sydney Karbonik and…
Exploring the Strange and Wonderful
Oct 8, 2018 • 29 min
This week on Terra Informa we explore the relationship between place and language with Nicholas Bradley, a Victoria based poet and educator. Bradley’s collection of poetry encourages readers to consider the strange, wonderful and concerning ways that…
Stephen Jenkinson on Death, Grief, and the Withering World Tree
Oct 1, 2018 • 29 min
In this episode, listen to culture worker Stephen Jenkinson speaking about death, age, and grief, particularly in relation to this time of environmental loss and trouble. Download episode What happens when we live in a culture that rejects aging, death,…
Following in Dad’s Low-Impact Footsteps
Sep 24, 2018 • 29 min
This week on Terra Informa, we invite you to listen in on a chat between Terra Informer Sophia Osborne and her dad, David Osborne, who leads a low-impact life in the Gulf Islands of British Columbia.
Revisiting Mary Schäffer (plus Alberta Climate Week events)
Sep 17, 2018 • 29 min
This week, we’re revisiting an archive interview about naturalist, photographer, writer, and artist Mary Schäffer. We’re also bringing you lots of information about upcoming environmental events in Alberta, including the Alberta Climate Summit and related…
Sustainability in Classrooms and Constitutions
Sep 10, 2018 • 29 min
That bite in the September autumn air is a tell-tale sign of back to school. This week, we dug into our archives and uncovered a 2016 piece about sustainability in Alberta schools, as well as another archive that helps us consider the pros and cons of…
Putting the ECO in the Economy
Sep 3, 2018 • 28 min
Catch David Suzuki & Jeff Rubin in our archive this week about The End of Growth, in light of PM Trudeau removing “climate change” from the federal env committee. #growth #climatechange
Revisiting Environmental Activists
Aug 27, 2018 • 29 min
This week, we bring you two interviews from our archive with environmental activists from around the world. First, we pulled a story about activist Tzeporah Berman, who we talked to about bringing together activists and corporate interests. After that, we…
Smokey Skies and Gallant Grandmothers
Aug 20, 2018 • 29 min
This week, we’re excited to air an interview done by fellow CJSR star Nigel Henri Robinson, host of the CJSR show Acimowin, who spoke with the English Bay Grandmothers about their work fighting against oil extraction and development on the Cold Lake First…
Building Greener
Aug 14, 2018 • 29 min
This week on Terra Informa we take a visit to the Primed Mosaic Centre, Alberta’s first net-zero and LEED Platinum-certified building. This one-of-a-kind commercial building is located in Edmonton, Alberta and has won awards for building engineering and…
Provoked by Poems
Aug 6, 2018 • 29 min
This week on Terra Informa, amidst news of our earliest ever earth overshoot day, Terra Informers Dylan Hall and Amanda Rooney speak with poet Alice Major about her book entitled “Welcome to the Anthropocene”.
Responsible Recreation & Bioremediation
Jul 30, 2018 • 29 min
This week on Terra Informa, we’re focusing on looking after the world around us. First, Terra Informer Hannah Cunningham speaks with Sheryl Savard, a trail runner turned activist who will tell us how to responsibly recreate in our local natural spaces.…
Infrastructure for the People
Jul 23, 2018 • 29 min
This week on Terra Informa we are talking about cycling! In this archive episode, Terra Informers Shelley Jodoin and Amanda Rooney speak with Vice Chair from Paths for People, Conrad Norbert, an Edmonton non-profit organization advocating for the creation…
Life in Plastic
Jul 16, 2018 • 29 min
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…
Inspiring Canadian Environmentalists for Canada Day
Jul 2, 2018 • 29 min
This week on Terra Informa, we’re acknowledging Canada Day by bringing you two interviews from our archives that highlight two powerful female Canadian environmentalists.
Metamorphosis – Cinema on Climate and Change
Jun 18, 2018 • 29 min
Terra Informers watch and discuss Metamorphosis, a new climate change documentary, and also speak with its creators in this week’s episode.
Co-Chairing the IPCC Science Process
Jun 11, 2018 • 29 min
Chris Chang-yen Phillips talks to Valerie Masson-Delmotte, the Co-Chair of the IPCC – Working Group I.
A Monster is Captured
Jun 4, 2018 • 29 min
This week on Terra Informa, Sofia Osborne brings you an interview with Mark Leiren-Young, who is the author of a book about “The Killer Whale Who Changed the World”. This book explores the story of Moby Doll, the first orca ever captured and put on…
The Ballad of Myrtle & Charlie Ed
May 28, 2018 • 29 min
This week on Terra Informa, Anthony Goertz brings you an exclusive story about the great elephant escape of 1926. This true story entails an elephant stomping around Jasper Avenue in Edmonton’s downtown core, and again on Calgary’s stampede grounds.…
Living Outside the Box
May 7, 2018 • 29 min
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…
Youth Voices on Climate Change
Apr 30, 2018 • 29 min
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…
Farming in Canada’s North
Apr 23, 2018 • 29 min
This week on Terra Informa we discuss sustainable agriculture and what its like farming in the north. How much sun do they get?! Download episode now. Download program log here. Photo by: Le Refuge Farms
IPCC Climate Talks: Indigenous Perspectives
Apr 16, 2018 • 28 min
This week we are bringing you more stories from the conference on Cities and Climate Change that was held in Edmonton by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) from March 5th to 7th, 2018. In this episode, we have a conversation about…
Public Participation and the Environment
Apr 9, 2018 • 29 min
This week, we bring you a documentary by Terra Informer Caitlin Macnab on the new environmental impact assessment and what public participation means in the environmental sphere. Tune in for a deep dive on just one part of the recent federal environmental…
Terra Misinforma 2018
Apr 2, 2018 • 29 min
his April fools tune in to be misinformed about solutions to cow farts, the revocation of your ‘environmentalist’ card, and other solutions to climate change.
IPCC Climate Talks: Tech and Limits to Growth
Mar 26, 2018 • 29 min
Is sustainable development a contradiction? Is capitalism sustainable? Are their limits to economic growth? Will technology save us? Do individual actions matter at all? This week on Terra Informa, we have two very different perspectives on these…
The bridge from science to practice
Mar 19, 2018 • 29 min
This week on Terra Informa, we’re diving into another great interview from the conference on Cities and Climate Change that was held in Edmonton by the intergovernmental panel on climate change. Terra Informer Dylan Hall sat down with Debra Roberts,…
International Non-Profits at the IPCC Conference
Mar 12, 2018 • 29 min
This week on Terra Informa, we bring you the first instalment of our reporting on the 2018 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Conference on Cities and Climate Change. This conference was hosted in Edmonton, AB from March 5-7th. We sent a…
What’s the Deal with Canada’s updated Environmental Legislation?
Mar 5, 2018 • 29 min
Terra Informer Caitlin Macnab sat down with Jason Unger to discuss the changes to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, the Fisheries Act, the Navigable Waters Act and the National Energy Board Act. If you want to understand if these changes spell…
Homelessness in a Changing Climate
Feb 27, 2018 • 28 min
Homelessness In a Changing Climate Terra Informer Hannah Cunningham spoke with undergraduate student Madeleine Stout. Madeleine is pursuing a BA in Planning and works as a research assistant for University of Alberta human geographer Dr. Damian Collins.…
Making Winter Cities Accessible
Feb 19, 2018 • 28 min
This week we dug into the archives and found a story from last year. In February of 2017, Edmonton hosted the city’s second Winter City Shake Up – a conference that addresses how we can make our cities more lovable, healthy, safe, and accessible and…
George Kourounis Chasing Climate
Feb 12, 2018 • 28 min
Photo by: California National Guard 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…
What Oil Spills?
Feb 5, 2018 • 29 min
This week on Terra Informa, we bring you an exclusive piece with non-profit ecologist Dr. Kevin Timoney about industrial oil spills in Alberta and how the Alberta Energy Regulator is misrepresenting the data.
Innovating Environmental Education
Jan 29, 2018 • 29 min
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…
Remembering Father Goose
Jan 15, 2018 • 29 min
Bill Lishman, known by many as ‘Father Goose’, passed on December 30 after a battle with Leukemia. Bill Lishman was an eccentric artist who found he had a strong affinity for birds after he began flying ultralight aircrafts. He found joy in flying…
Mary Schäffer and Women, Wilderness, and Photography
Jan 8, 2018 • 29 min
Who was Mary Schaffer? We learned about this famous feminist Albertan explorer with UofA historian Dr. Colleen Skidmore.
The Cognitive Science behind Climate Change Denial
Jan 1, 2018 • 29 min
This week on Terra Informa, we’re bringing you an interview with cognitive scientist Stephen Lewandowsky, who talks about the concept of a post-truth world.
Growing together: fish and plants
Dec 25, 2017 • 29 min
Happy holidays! Have you wondered what the heck aquaponics is?! Is it a fancy aquarium? Urban farming? Something marijuana related? We found out this week with Sea to Sky Aquaponics in #YEG, who are growing super plants with fish!
Eco Cars at the U of A
Dec 18, 2017 • 29 min
Come learn about eco cars with us! Download episode now. This week on Terra Informa, we give you an inside look at the University of Alberta’s EcoCar team. We had the pleasure of speaking with 3 team members (who are also students!) about their…
Christmas trees and Bat issues
Dec 11, 2017 • 28 min
This week on Terra Informa we’ll revisit two notable stories. First we’ll take a look at how you can pick the most environmentally friendly Christmas tree for the upcoming season (the answers may surprise you), After that, we discuss the surprising…
The Role of Municipalities in Climate Adaptation
Dec 4, 2017 • 29 min
This past June Amanda Rooney and Charly Blais sat down with Danielle Koleyak, an environmental project manager with the city of Edmonton. We talked about how municipalities are taking leadership in climate mitigation while also making strides for…
Paths for People on Foot and Wheels
Nov 27, 2017 • 28 min
More are biking than ever in Edmonton this Fall! Better bike paths could be why. This week, we’re revisiting a conversation with Paths for People about biking in Edmonton.
Fundrive: Studying, and Eating, Insects
Nov 13, 2017 • 28 min
On Halloween night, Terra Informa went LIVE for our Fundrive episode, where we helped the station surpass its $105,000 fundraising goal! Thanks so much to our amazing donors. If you missed hearing the show live, or just loved it so much that you need to…
Chasing Climate on an Angry Planet
Nov 6, 2017 • 28 min
Storms! Volcanoes! Climate Change! We spoke with George Kourournis about our angry planet.
Something’s not “Right” with the Right Whale Population…
Oct 30, 2017 • 29 min
This week, we’re going live for a one-hour special for FunDrive, our home station’s annual fundraiser. Stay tuned in the next two weeks for a recording of that show. But we still have news to share and a fantastic archive interview you need to hear! If…
Growing super plants with fish!
Oct 16, 2017 • 29 min
Have you wondered what the heck aquaponics is?! Is it a fancy aquarium? Urban farming? Something marijuana related? We found out this week with Sea to Sky Aquaponics in #YEG, who are growing super plants with fish!
Wolves in Alberta’s Athabasca Oilsands
Oct 9, 2017 • 28 min
Interested in environmental research? Wolves? Moose? Wolves eating moose? The oilsands? Maybe a bit of monkey chat? Well we’ve got an episode for you!
RiverFest 2017 and Bioremediation
Oct 2, 2017 • 29 min
This week on Terra Informa, we delve into the recent EPCOR RiverFest, chat with a man who trekked the entire River Valley, and look back on an archive piece about bioremediation.
Bat Issues and Sustainability Classes
Sep 25, 2017 • 29 min
This week on Terra Informa we bring you two stories. First we discuss the challenges facing bats today and then bring you to a new school pilot project centered around reducing single-use plastics.
Icebergs: The Truth About the Melt
Sep 18, 2017 • 22 min
This week on Terra Informa, we discuss the 5800 square kilometre iceberg that broke off this summer in the Antarctica.
Cooking Up Better Food Policy in Canada
Sep 11, 2017 • 29 min
This week on Terra Informa, we discuss the ongoing consultations about Canada’s food policy with master food strategists Juanita Gnanapragasam and Kathryn Lennon.
Paths for People… and Bikes?
Sep 4, 2017 • 28 min
This week on Terra Informa, we discuss multi-use trails with Paths for People, a citizen’s advocacy group here in Edmonton. In June 2017, Paths for People released some new multi-use trail policy recommendations.
People’s Social Forum and Greenland Ice Sheet Melt
Aug 28, 2017 • 29 min
This week on Terra Informa, we have two gems from our archives for you. First, we look back on the 2014 Peoples’ Social Forum and how that event brought diverse groups of people together to collaborate on building strategies to create social change. Next…
Right Whales: The “Canary in the Coal Mine”
Aug 21, 2017 • 29 min
Terra Informer Amanda Rooney spoke with Sean Brilliant, the Canadian Wildlife Federation’s senior conservation biologist, about right whales and what can be done to help conserve this iconic Canadian species. Amanda also touched base with Sean on the…
Beers and Icebergs
Aug 14, 2017 • 29 min
Icy beers and icebergs, this week on Terra Informa we’re sharing two archive pieces. First, Terra Informer Nicole Wiart, a self-proclaimed beer-lover, talks to Neil Herbst, the co-owner of local Edmonton microbrewery Alley Kat about the challenges to…
Finding Meaning in Nature
Aug 7, 2017 • 29 min
This week on Terra Informa, we bring from the archives a piece on positive psychology. Last year, Terra Informer Dylan Hall spoke with PhD student Holli-Anne Passmore about how connecting with nature enhances our well-being and helps us find meaning in…
Forest Fires and Science Faction on Spider Silk
Jul 24, 2017 • 29 min
This week, we have an archive show that delves into the science of forest fires and forest rejuvenation, and how climate change disrupts that cycle. Then on Science Faction, we learn about how spider silk can be used by humans in many strange and…
Your Fracking Answers
Jul 3, 2017 • 28 min
This week on Terra Informa, we re-air an award winning episode answering questions about fracking.
Gems from our Archives: Tale of the Evan’s Cherry
Jun 26, 2017 • 29 min
This week on Terra Informa we re-air a piece from 2014 that we almost lost track of! It’s the tale of the Evan’s Cherry, a prolific fruit in the Edmonton region. This story takes you through the adventure of past Terra Informer, Danielle Dolgoy, who went…
Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation
Jun 19, 2017 • 29 min
This week we have an interview about how municipalities are taking leadership in climate mitigation while also making strides for adaptation. Amanda Rooney and Charly Blais sat down with Danielle Koleyak, an environmental project manager with the city of…
Riding the Trans Canada Trail
Jun 12, 2017 • 29 min
After spending the last two years on the Trans Canada Trail, Sarah Jackson is set to become the first woman on record to complete the 11,500 km hike. This week, we have a story about the Trans Canada Trail. We have an interview with Edmund Aunger, a…
Reflecting on the Fort McMurray Wildfire
May 22, 2017 • 29 min
This month marks one year since the disastrous Fort McMurray wildfire. In this week’s episode we air an archive about the fire. CJSR volunteers gathered first-hand accounts of people who had to flee and met people who opened up their hearts and wallets to…
Alberta Rural Development Network
May 8, 2017 • 29 min
This week Terra Informer Shelley Jodoin interviewed Joshua Bénard, a sustainable housing project manager with the Alberta Rural Development Network (ARDN). They discuss ARDN’s aim to create housing that is both sustainable and affordable. Download episode…
There is no Planet B
Apr 24, 2017 • 28 min
This week we explore the origins of Earth Day with an ecobabble that spans the decades from 1970 to the March for Science of 2017. Next, we’re revisiting an interview with Chris Hadfield from our archives.
Do It Yourself! A Tool Library Adventure.
Apr 17, 2017 • 29 min
Have a DIY project you’ve been itching to do but just don’t have the supplies? Striving to reduce consumerism? The Edmonton Tool Library has got you covered. We dive into what it’s all about and how you can become a member!
The Re-Re-Re-Return of Misinforma
Apr 3, 2017 • 28 min
This week Terra Misinforma is back again, again! We discuss PM Justin Trudeau’s follow-up plans for the removal of the transit tax credit, the reintroduction of an extirpated species by Parks Canada in an attempt to increase tourism, Trump’s new…
Farmtastic Food and Amazing Animals
Mar 27, 2017 • 28 min
This week on Terra Informa, we discuss what makes an animal a pet and what makes them food, what makes a free range egg, and opportunities abroad beyond simply propagating the English language.
The NEB & the Future of Energy in Canada
Mar 20, 2017 • 28 min
This week on Terra Informa, Terra Informer Amanda Rooney chats with Hélène Lauzon, the co-chair on an expert panel set up by the federal government to work on investigating the modernization of the National Energy Board. Then, in an archive, Danielle…
Urban Week at the University of Alberta
Mar 13, 2017 • 29 min
The Growroom, released by Space10 This week on Terra Informa, we hear from organizer Hayley Wasylycia about Urban week, and the environmental and planning fun that they will be whipping up around campus! Download episode now. Urban Week 2017 & The…
A Little Grain and a Lot of Birds
Feb 27, 2017 • 29 min
This week is a special episode that was especially fun to make. Sometimes, when we have an extra cool story that the whole Terra Informa team is invested in, we all go on a field trip together. A couple Sundays ago, we travelled to a Grain Terminal in the…
Just Sustainability: Social Justice and Nature’s Rights
Feb 20, 2017 • 29 min
This week we are bringing sustainability-related pieces from the archives. First, we hear from Dr. Kelly Swing about how Ecuador has enshrined the rights of nature in its constitution. Then we hear an interview with Winona LaDuke, an indigenous economist…
Words, Words, Words
Feb 13, 2017 • 29 min
We discuss great environmental writing that captures our attention. First off, Gail Anderson-Dargatz, the author of The Spawning Grounds, tells us how she writes about the land as a character. Next, ecology graduate students discuss the different styles…
Crime, Bugs and the Physics of Fire Ants
Jan 30, 2017 • 29 min
We all know bugs are important in the function of ecosystems but did you know about their importance in the world of forensics, or in the study of physics? This week on Terra Informa, we go to Chris Chang-Yen Phillips to discuss a murder investigation…
Photos, Fires, Iron and Earth
Jan 22, 2017 • 29 min
They say photos speak louder than words, but what words have the people taking the photos? This week, we’ll listen to the thoughts of photographers Edward Burtynsky and Sara Lindstrom. As well, Kerry Oxford, a spokeswoman for Iron & Earth, voices the…
A Tour of Edmonton’s Waste Management Centre
Jan 16, 2017 • 29 min
This week on Terra Informa, we bring you along on our field trip of Edmonton’s Waste Management Centre, one of the leading waste management facilities in the world.
Flora of the Rare, Indigenous, or Arctic Kind
Jan 9, 2017 • 29 min
Download this episode now. How Arctic Plants Adapt Terra Informer Julianne Hayes explains how arctic plants adapt to a warming tundra. Maintaining the Biodiversity of Alberta’s plants We all know that even now species are going extinct at an alarming…
Speciesism + Science Faction
Jan 2, 2017 • 29 min
This week’s theme is speciesism! Speciesism refers to the belief that the human species is superior to all other species. Mark Devries is the filmmaker behind “Speciesism: The Movie,” a film that documents the immense scale of pig farms in North Carolina…
Reflecting on 2016, Environmentally
Dec 26, 2016 • 29 min
Happy Holidays everyone! This week we bring the holiday feels with some archive pieces – we discuss whether artificial or real trees are the way to go, and we speak to Tasmia Nishat’s bus driver on his experience growing up with chinooks. The Terra…
Standing Rock Unfolding
Dec 19, 2016 • 29 min
This week on Terra Informa, we bring you a Standing Rock special. We got stories reported from Standing Rock, with a timeline of events up to the December 4th 2016 Denial of Easement from the Army Corps of Engineers. Terra Informa speaks with a Standing…