Terra Informa

Each week Terra Informa delivers coverage of breaking environmental news from across Canada and around the world. From corporate wrongdoings to tips on living a little greener, we're your source for the news that the mainstream media missed.

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Weekly environmental news on Canadian community radio
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2019-06-10 06:32
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2019-06-10 06:01
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All About Birds Continued!

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 lo...
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All about BIRDS

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 ...
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Sharing is Caring: Urban planning, entrepreneurship, and collaborative consumption

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. 
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Endangered Habitat, Past and Present

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 "...
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Treaty, Climate Change, and Relationships to the Land

This week we asked what treaty means for our relationships to land, the more-than-human, and to each other.
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Literature in the Face of Climate Crisis

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 en...
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Menstruation Innovation

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.
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The Sounds of Climate Activism

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 t...
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In the grey —Alberta’s relationship with oil in a changing world

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?
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Elections and the Environment

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 Anth...
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The Re Re Re Re Return of Terra Misinforma

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 ...
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Conspiring with Plants

On the week's episode, York university associate professor Natasha Myers critiques 'the Anthropocene' and suggests that we radically conspire with plants
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Exploring the Unseen Environment

We sent our volunteers out to report on either a breaking news story OR something that fits into the category: the unseen environment
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Avocado Toast and Environmentalism

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 ...
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Environmentalism and Student Politics

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...
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Indigenous Food Sovereignty: Wild Meat, Wild Stories

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. ...
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Dad’s World Was My Refuge

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 wi...
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Asking the questions and LICHEN the answers with Amanda Schutz

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...
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Investigating in Alberta

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 cl...
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De-Extinction: Should We Resurrect Extinct Animal Species?

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 techno...
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Myrtle and Charlie Ed, Revisited

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 ...
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Sponge Reefs of the Pacific Canadian Deep

Terra Informer Jeremie Mahaux speaks with Nathan Grant, a graduate student at the University of Alberta.
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Winter Cycling & Christmas Tree Debacles

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.
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Camping, climbing and COP24

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 be...
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Talking Indigenous Rights with The Firelight Group

This week on Terra Informa, we have an interview with Dr. Ginger Gibson, the director of the Firelight Group. The Group works to support indigenous peoples and communities defending their rights. With Terra Informer Dylan Hall, they discuss the work th...
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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 Pang...
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Thinking Like A Plant

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 decision...
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The Most Terra-fying FunDrive Yet!

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 info...
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Sassy Bats and Boss Moss

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!
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Inside the IPCC with Debra Robertson

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...
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Advice from Buffy Sainte-Marie

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...
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The Strange and Wonderfull

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 ...
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Stephen Jenkinson on Death, Grief, and the Withering World Tree

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...
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Following in Dad’s Low-Impact Footsteps

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.
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Revisiting Mary Schäffer (plus Alberta Climate Week events)

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 rela...
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Sustainability in Classrooms and Constitutions

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 ...
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Putting the ECO in the Economy

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
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Revisiting Environmental Activists

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,...
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Smokey Skies and Gallant Grandmothers

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 Fi...
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Building Greener

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 an...
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Provoked by Poems

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".
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Responsible Recreation & Bioremediation

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....
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Infrastructure for the People

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 creat...
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Life in Plastic

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 Bamse...
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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.
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Bringing science to the people

This week on Terra Informa we explore the topic of science communication and talk to two women who are bridging the gap between science and the people.
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Metamorphosis – Cinema on Climate and Change

Terra Informers watch and discuss Metamorphosis, a new climate change documentary, and also speak with its creators in this week’s episode.
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Co-Chairing the IPCC Science Process

Chris Chang-yen Phillips talks to Valerie Masson-Delmotte, the Co-Chair of the IPCC – Working Group I.
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A Monster is Captured

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 dis...
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The Ballad of Myrtle & Charlie Ed

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. Li...
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