La Puya + Lenses On The Future

Neo-liberal exploitation, whether in our own backyards, or in others’, has unfortunately become par for the course in today’s global economy. Local residents of San Jose del Golfo and San Pedro Ayampuc in Guatemala had been peacefully leading a protest against the contruction of a Canadian turned US based mining company for two years until they were recently broken up by the Guatemalan police. Tasmia Nishat speaks with Robert Mercatante, director of the Guatemalan Human Rights Commission office, about the protests and transnational phenomenon in Guatemala. All that and more on this week's episode of Terra Informa!

Summer + CO2 In the Air

Ahhh. Summer has arrived, and Terra Informa’s got your gardening Q’s covered with our new segment, Dispatches from the Dirt. Of course, it’s hard to enjoy the weather if the skies are black with fumes—and making you sick. This begs the question, how does one find out if the environment is the cause of certain illnesses in the first place? Finally, we get an economist’s guide to the complex climate change negotiations from a Killam Prize winner.

The Legacy of Farley Mowat + Kicking Off Summer Reading!

Would you be willing to hang out with wolves in the Arctic? How about spending your time following Caribou around? This week on Terra Informa, we pay our respects to the late Farley Mowat, environmentalist extraordinaire (who happens to be a friend to the wolves.) And, we've got your environmental lit covered this summer with our new column, Summer Reading, kicking it off with the book Being Caribou by Karsten Heuer.

I Want to be Heard! Dear Harper + Defend Our Climate

This week takes us to three different stories of people following their passion for engaging people. Anna Hovland of the Winnipeg band Dust Adam Dust tells us about their motivation for starting a video messaging campaign aimed at Stephen Harper. Mark Poesch shares that moment that inspired him to save fish. Finally, Terra Informa was present at the Defend Our Climate, Defend Our Communities rally in Edmonton to witness the marriage between Foss L. Fuel and Govern Mint.

Experimental Lakes Area and IPCC Report

Terra Informa attended the Zero 2014 Conference in Edmonton and discussed some hot-button issues–the experimental lakes region, and, well, climate change. Scott Vaughn of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) reflects on Experimental Lakes’ history , and future. Thomas Stocker of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) muses on its newly-released fifth assessment report and the reactions to it. We’ve got the Small(er) Picture environmental concern coalescing into the Big Picture, but it’s all crucial.

Geoengineering and Vandana Shiva on Seed Freedom

This week, we dig into views on transforming landscapes. Calgary sustainability writer Chris Turner shares his take on using planet-scale engineering to solve the climate crisis. Then, Boston’s Brian Swett talks about an eye-opening relationship that encouraged him to aim higher on green building. And world-renowned physicist and ecologist Vandana Shiva opens up about advocating for the freedom to plant what we want and restore our relationship with the land. Listen close, and you might just hear the world changing.

Return of Misinforma

At Terra Misinforma, we’re always turning up the heat on environmentalists and this week’s no different. We ask the questions that are too controversial for you to ask yourself—like what to do with Iceland? Do we really need water? Plus a special investigative feature on Canada’s radical, extremist environmentalists. And of course, it’s time for the annual Ezra Levant Award for Excellence in Excellence in Journalism!

Spring is in the Air

Spring is in the air! And to celebrate, we’re bringing you a jam-packed show that’s bursting with life.

How does giving birth change your perspective on the environment? What happens when the natural world unexpectedly encroaches on the human? Why do the Great Lakes suddenly need our protection? Who was responsible for the origin of the environmental movement? When will the show start? Just as soon as you hit that “play” button.

Do Personal Actions Matter?

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

First, a B.C. woman who decided to challenge herself to live without plastic for a year. We look at the global conservation campaign Earth Hour—what kind of impact can it really have? And what about energy efficiency—how can we make a very practical means of combating climate change more appealing?

Changing the Conversation

This week, don’t fear the tears. Terra Informa takes a hard look at a threatening future and has to ask the question, what are we thinking? We’ll get an analysis of the troubled plans for a parcel of Canada’s North that stretches far beyond the horizon. And a person who spends all their time thinking about the far future tries to get the rest of us to look beyond the next quarter. We’re examining the at times ineffective processes that we have in place to protect the land and plan for the future.

Faith and Climate Justice

First we’ll take you to the second act of a story from last week on Fast for the Climate, where Trevor Chow-Fraser gets more in depth with his trio of interviewees: an analyst, an activist and a Bishop.

Next we’ll be exploring frostbite: what it is, how we deal with it and where winter has played a huge role in shaping history.

We’ll also be listening to a lecture on the necessary lessons and techniques reporters need to move in when a natural disaster strikes, and finally, a story on snowflakes: what are they, and what makes each one unique.

Turning Perspectives Upside Down

This week on Terra Informa, two new stories that have us envisioning, and then questioning our future environmental perspectives, with a story on the new Edmonton Ambleside Ecostation and the Blatchford Redevelopment project, in “Treadmill”, and then a story about one woman’s deep shift in her perspective on knowledge of our planet in this week’s Eye-opener. We’ll also revisit a really fun story about the red squirrel of the Yukon and the tricks it employs to stay alive in the great North with “The Little Squirrel that Could”.

Harry Potter's Owls and Evidence For Democracy

This week on Terra Informa, we get a glimpse of how the magic of our favourite young wizard and his animal friends is inspiring people to get closer to real wildlife, and then we get to talk to Katie Gibbs, Executive Director of Evidence for Democracy, who explains how evidence-based decision making is withering away in the current Canadian political climate.

Gourmet Street Food, Christmas Trees Showdown

This week we’re headed to Ottawa with Brett Throop to learn about the newest generation of street food to hit the city. We’ll also revisit a few great pieces by contributors Hamdi Issawi and Kyle Muzyka. 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), and then hear some stories about the human side of the 2011 Slave Lake wildfire.