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

First guest is Matt Pacenza with HEAL Utah.  HEAL is hosting its 14th annual breakfast fundraiser this Thursday with Shawn McGrath, former EPA Regional Administer as keynote speaker. Then Daisy Fair from Copper Moose Farm stops by to discuss their open house happening this Saturday the 20th. Finally, three students from Park City Day School come in to discuss their efforts to raise awareness and money in support of Bonanza Flat.

Carl Pope, the Executive Director of the Sierra Club and co-author of the book, Climate of Hope, Joins Chris and Nell in the first part of the show.  Then in the second half, Dan Hartinger of The Wilderness Society talks about the Executive order asking the Department of the Interior to review every National Monument designated since 1996.

Carolyn Wawra  and Molly Brooks join Nell and Chris in the first half of the program to discuss the Hazardous Waste Drop Off Event being held this Saturday the 6th at the Canyons Parking Lot.  Then Jason Barto of ReLeaf calls in to discuss their new organization and calendar of events.

Gemma Tillack from the Rain Forest Action Network joins Chris and Nell in the first half of the program to discuss Palm Oil Plantations, Conflict Oil and what we can do to reduce our use of palm oil based products. In the second half of the program, Piper Christian, a student at Logan High School talks about a resolution she helped draft and present to the Utah State Legislature on climate change.  Dave Pacheco of SUWA joins in the conversation. 

Clayton Johnson with Utah Clean energy joins Chris in the first half to discuss their event promoting e-vehicles and bikes being held at the Hogle Zoo. Then Neil Clark with SUWA discusses the Department of Interiors recent decision to allow ATV access to 7-miles of trail within Recapture Canyon.  

Katy Wang, Executive Director of the Park City Film Series, joins Chris and Nell to discuss several environmental documentaries being shown during the month of April.  They include “Tomorrow” and “Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman”.  Chris and Nell also discuss Rocky Mountain Powers plan to build a 1,100 megawatt wind farm in Southeastern Wyoming. 

Today Chris and Nell visit with Andrea Walker Bravo about the Urban Homestead Expo being held Saturday, April 22 at the Conservation Gardens Park in West Jordan. Then, in the second half of the program, they talk about the Clean Power Plan and the Presidents Executive order he signed last week to formally undo the CPP with Steve Michel of the Western Resources Advocates.

Jenni Julander and Ashley Miller with Breathe Utah talk air quality legislation and their Earth Day Event. Then, Scott Parkin of the Rain Forest Action Network joins Chris and Nell to discuss the next steps regarding the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Reece Demille of Republic Services and Larry Gibbons of Rocky Mountain Recycling join Chris and Nell to discuss recycling, the MRF and China’s Green Sword.  Then Dr. Diana Cox Foster talks about her research in bees and the latest bee discovered in the Escalante region of Utah.

All but one of the seven warmest U.S. winters on record have occurred since 1997, with three of those recorded in the 2010’s.  Joining Chris and Nell in the first part of the show is Brian McInerney, Senior Hydrologist with The National Weather Service. Brian discusses what our winter was like here in Utah. Then, in the second part of the program, author Dan Eagan talks about  his book, The Death and Life of the Great Lakes.

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