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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  In the first part of the program, Chris and Nell talk about the damage feral cats and home owners  who let their housecats run unattended outside, do to our local wildlife - its diversity and populations.  They also discuss what Swaner Preserve is doing to address their feral cat population. Then, in the second part of the show, Molly Brooks, the director of outreach and communications with Recycle Utah, stops by to discuss their upcoming event – the 100 mile meal.  It’s an event that showcases the vegetables, fruits, cheeses and meat raised by local farmers.

Chris and Nell speak with Andrew Fraknoi, professor of Astronomy, about the upcoming solar eclipse on August 21st.  Park City will experience approximately 90-percent coverage starting around 11 am.

First up on the program is Brian McInerney, Senior Hydrologist with the Naitonal Weather Service.  Brian gives us a summary of the spring melt, our record warm July and the perils of flash flooding. Then, Michelle Dehaan and Clint McAfee from PCMC join Chris and Nell to discuss the city’s annual water quality consumer confidence report. 

Utah Lake is a popular spot for boating and shoreline recreation, but for decades, large blooms of so-called blue-green algae have rendered the lake unappealing, at times harmful, to native fish, birds, dogs and humans alike. Why is this happening repeatedly at Utah Lake? What are its sources? And why is the bloom sometimes referred to as blue-green algae and other times cyanobacteria?  Joining Nell and Chris in the first part of the program is Ben Holcomb.  Ben is the coordinator of Biological Assessment and Harmful Algal Blooms Program with the Utah Department of Environmental Quality.

John Coequyt, Global Climate Policy Director for the Sierra Club  joins Chris and Nell in the first half of the program to discuss the continued international response to the U.S. pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement.  In the second half, Matt Bishop discusses the impacts behind the DOI’s announcement to remove the Yellowstone Grizzly Bear from the endangered species list .  Matt in an attorney with the Western Environmental Law Center.

This Green Earth - June 20, 2017

Jun 20, 2017

In a move that will help protect one of the Southwest’s most iconic landscapes, the Bureau of Land Management recently decided to remove parcels of land residing at the door step of Zion National Park from a proposed September oil and gas lease sale.  David Nimkin is the Senior Southwest  Regional Director for The National Parks Conservation Association.  He joins Chris and Nell in the first part of the show to talk about the process and the results.

This Green Earth - June 13, 2017

Jun 13, 2017

Alex Taurel of the League of Conservative Voters joins Chris and Nell in the first part of the show to discuss the recent DOJ report suggesting that the Bears Ears National Monument be reduced in size.  Then Lisa Yoder, Summit County Sustainability Manager stops by to discuss her report she will be sharing with the County Council on June 21st.

This Green Earth - June 6, 2017

Jun 6, 2017

  On June 6th, host Nell Larson was joined by guest co-host Katy Wang.  

During the first half of the show, they spoke with Fiona Stafford, professor of English language and literature at Oxford University, and author of The Sunday Times Nature Book of the Year.  It’s called The Long, Long Life of Trees and is a lyrical tribute to the diversity of trees, their incredible histories and characteristics, and ever-evolving meanings to our society.

This Green Earth - May 30, 2017

May 30, 2017

During this installment of This Green Earth, Nell Larson and guest co-host Katy Wang started the hour by learning about Park City's net zero carbon goals, the most ambitious in the country, and the road map to get there from Celia Peterson, Park City's Environmental Sustainability Project Manager.  During the second half of the hour, Nell and Katy spoke with Kathy McGlauflin.  Internationally recognized for her expertise in environmental education, Kathy is senior vice president of education for the American Forest Foundation and executive director for Project Learning Tree.  Kathy highlig

This Green Earth - May 23, 2017

May 23, 2017

Joining Nell and Chris in the first half of the program to discuss the early response from the single use plastic bag is Luke Cartin, Environmental Manager for Park City Municipal.  He will also share with us some additional environmental activity going on at PMMC including the latest on the Net Zero campaign and how Bonanza Flat might play a role as a carbon sink.

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