KPCW's This Green Earth

Tuesday, 9-10 AM

Hosts Chris Cherniak and Nell Larson
Credit Mark Maziarz

This Green Earth is a weekly, hour-long program that focuses on the environment and environmentalism. Co-hosts Christopher Cherniak and Nell Larson explore the science, politics, economics and ethics behind the environment, natural resources and sustainability.

The program includes interviews with local and national experts in the fields of water resources, air quality, environmental policy, fossil and renewable fuels, climate, conservation, ecosystems, agriculture, aquaculture and sustainability.

TGE has interviewed a number of individuals from different environmental fields including: writers Andrew Revkin, Terry Tempest Williams, Craig Childs, Richard Louv and Paul Erlich; politicians like the Mayors of Park City and Salt Lake City; policy analysts from the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Environmental Defense Fund; scientists and researchers from the Monterey Bay Aquarium to the National Weather Service; and, local sustainable business owners from Copper Moose Farm, Main Street Olive Oil Company, Whole Foods Market and Fairweather Natural Foods.

Christopher Cherniak is an environmental engineer with nearly 30 years experience as an environmental consultant. Nell Larson is an environmental scientist , educator and a graduate of the Yale School of Forestry. Together, they direct This Green Earth's mission, which is to educate listeners about the importance of environmental preservation, conservation and stewardship.

Contact Chris and Nell via email at thisgreenearth@kpcw.org.

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What People are Saying About This Green Earth

"This Green Earth offers an in-depth analysis of current environmental issues that affect our local and global community.  The conversations between the hosts and their guests is enlightening and challenging, but at the same time has a light touch that makes the issues accessible to a wide listening audience.  An invaluable resource for our community." Katy Wang

"This Green Earth does an excellent job recruiting knowledgeable and interesting guests.  As someone who's been involved in the "green" sector for many years, I'm consistently impressed with the ability of Katie and Nell to introduce me to something new!"  Tyler Paulsen, former Sustainability Office, Park City Municipal

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Ways to Connect

  Today on This Green Earth, Nell and Chris speak with James Costa, the author of the new book:  Darwin's Backyard:  How Small Experiments Led to a Big Theory. Costa explains how Darwin's simple experiments on plants, insects and animals living in his own backyard, helped advance many of his revolutionary ideas on evolution and natural selection.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chris and Nell’s first guest is Marlee Ostheimer from the National Forest Foundation.  Marlee talks about the effort to reintroduce the Bonneville Cutthroat Trout to Mill Creek.  The second guest is Urs Kormann, a post-doctoral research scientist at Oregon State University.  Urs talks about “forest edges” and what species avoid and benefit them.  

  Chris and Nell speak with Jon Schutz, a local water rights attorney.  Jon will summarize the history of water rights in Utah, how they were established using ecclesiastical control, when that changed and why, even with growing demand and regional drought, concepts like "use it or lose it" are still used today.   Then, former Congressman Bob Inglis talks about a speech he is giving this Friday, November 3rd at the Hinckley Institute of Politics.  Bob is a republican from South Carolina who received high marks from his colleagues and constituents until he embraced one subject - climate chan

On This Green Earth this morning Chris and Nell speak with students from BYU and the University of Utah on how they are collaborating with, and competing against, each other on climate change education, awareness and initiatives.  Then they speak with the Western Environmental Law Center about the Department of Interior's recent attempts to delay the implementation of a rule which would reduce the amount of methane gas emitted into the atmosphere from natural gas wells and distribution systems.     

Last week, the EPA announced they would be repealing the Clean Power Plan, an effort put forth by the Obama administration to reduce U.S. electricity generation using fossil fuels. Chris and Nell’s first guest is Jon Goldin Dubois, president of Western Recourses Advocates, an environmental non-profit.  He shares his thoughts on why this repeal is such a bad idea, not just for the environment and our climate, but for economic reasons as well.

The first guest on the program, Bret Hartl with the Center for Biological Diversity talking about Utah Senators Hatch and Lee’s attempt to gut the Endangered Species Act. Then, Brian McInerney with the National Weather Service stops by to explain why the summer of 2017 was the hottest on record.  Finally, Lisa Yoder, Summit County Sustainability Coordinator joins Chris and Nell to discuss the County’s renewable energy and carbon emissions goals. 

Jason Barto, Certified Arborist and Executive Director of ReLeaf Utah joins Chris and Nell in the first part of the program to discuss the challenges facing White Fir and why watering your trees is more important than ever. Then, in the second half of the program they speak with Will Falk. He is a local resident and lawyer who, along with four others from around the Colorado River’s Upper Basin, recently filed the first ever rights of nature lawsuit – Colorado River v. Colorado – in the United States District Court in Colorado. 

This Green Earth - September 26, 2017

Sep 26, 2017

The first guest on the program is Jamie Farrell, Seismologist with the Department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Utah.  He talks about last week’s 3.3 magnitude earthquake near Park City.  In the second half of the show Chris and Nell talk with Brian Fagan, author of, “Fishing: How the Sea Fed Civilization.” 

In Mark Sundeen’s book , “The Unsettlers: In Search of the Good Life in Today’s America,” three American families ditch modern comforts and convenience – including, in some cases, supermrkets, cars, and even electricity – to define authentic living for themselves.  For those striving to live a simpler, uncomplicated life, “The Unsettlers” offers an in depth and compelling account of diverse Americans living off the grid – physically and behaviorally.  Mark Sundeen is coming to Park City as part of eh Humanities Book Festival.

This Green Earth - September 12, 2107

Sep 12, 2017

 Mike Luers from Snyderville Basin Water Reclamation District is up first to discuss a recent study showing increasing concentrations of anti-depressants coming out of wastewater treatment plants and showing up in fish. Carolyn Wawra from Recycle Utah is talking about RU's role in Summit County's solid waste management plans and priorities. Judd Werner from Citizens Climate Lobby talking about their latest activity along with Tom Moyer who helped compel Mia Love to join the U.S. Congress' Climate Solutions Caucus. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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