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

Joining Chris and Nell to discuss the many environmental impacts of eating meat and dairy - and the equally many benefits of employing a more plant based diet are Lauren Lockey and Dave Swartz of Sage Mountain. Also, Chis and Dave discuss the latest environment news. 

This Green Earth - May 22, 2018

May 22, 2018

We are nearly six months into the new policies announced by China regardng their acceptance of recyclables, particularly plastic.  It's save to say that as a result, little or no plastics here in the U.S. are being recycled.  Joining Chris and Nell in the first half of the program to discuss details of this situation, as well as the waste and recyclng industry as a whole, is Reece DeMille.

In this segment, Nell and guest co-host Katy Wang speak with Nick Schou, conservation director at Utah Rivers Council, about the important  benefits of rainwater collection and how you can get involved through the new phase of their RainHarvest program.

This Green Earth - May 15, 2018: Eric Balkan

May 15, 2018

This segment features Nell and guest co-host Katy Wang chatting with Eric Balkan, executive director of the Glen Canyon Institute, who shares the history and issues of the Glen Canyon Dam, as well as its impacts on native ecosystems and cultural sites. Balkan also describes GCI's proposal to empty Lake Powell into Lake Mead for a more efficient and environmentally friendly water management system.

The federal Natural Resources Conservation Service just released a report summarizing the state of Utah's water supply, and it's not very encouraging. Mountain snow is melting quickly and there's not much left. Beau Uriona with the NRCS joins Chris and Lynn to provide details on the state's snow pack, stream flows, reservoirs and what to expect the remainder of this spring and coming summer.

Both the Southern Wilderness Alliance and the Sierra Club are helping to host the People's Energy Summit this weekend in Salt Lake City. It's a gathering designed to highlight the wealth of renewable energy alternatives this state has to offer. Dave Pacheco from SUWA and Lindsay Beebe of the Sierra Club join Chris and Lynn in this segment to discuss this event and some legislative bills that may have an impact on our environment.  

In this segment, Chris and Nell talk about fireflies, which arguably are the coolest and most magical insects in North America. Christy Bills, entomologist at the Utah Natural History, joins in to discuss the magic and mystery behind these bright, nocturnal bugs.

Alex Gaffke, a graduate student in land resources and environmental science at Montana State University, and Professor David Weaver, his advisor, join Chris and Nell to discuss their research on tamarisk shrubs and the beetle that loves them.

Sustainability consultant Bill Wilson joins Chris and Nell to talk about how he assists local businesses  and municipalities in creating and managing plans which not only reduce energy, water, and resource consumption, but educate workers on the value of running a more environmentally minded business.

This Green Earth - April 24, 2018 Bugs

Apr 24, 2018

In Bugs, film director Andreas Johnson Follows them as they forage, farm, cook and taste insects with communities in Europe, Australia, Mexico, Kenya, Japan and beyond.  The film Bugs is flying into the Santy Auditorium Thursday, April 2th. Executive Director of the film series, Katy Wang, Joins Chris and Nell on the program. 

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