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

  In the first half of the program, Nell and Chris speak with Roland Kays, author of Candid Creatures – How Camera Traps Reveal the Mysteries of Nature.  Then in the second half, Katy Wang discusses the documentary, Cars Vs Bikes showing Wednesday at 6pm and the Jim Santy Auditorium.  

  In the first part of the show, Chris and Nell join Jason Barto, Certified Arborist, to discuss his Wasatch Back tree efforts.

Then in the second half, they discuss night skies, light pollution and the city’s codes on landscape lighting. 

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In this edition of KPCW's This Green Earth, hosts Chris Cherniak and Nell Larsen welcome Lyndsey Gammon, Chief Garden Manager at Summit Community Garden to talk about the art and science behind good gardening in a high desert environment. Gammon also shares what 'No Mow' grass is and why it's a great alternative to Kentucky Blue Grass.

 

  National Conservation Leader Brock Evans is visiting Utah this week to speak to Utahns about how to persevere in the fight to protect the environment.  He joins Chris and Nell in the first part of the show to discuss the arc of his environmental career, the talks he is giving this week and why it’s even more important today to educate, advocate and act on environmental issues.

In the second half of the program Chris and Nell speak with Kailey Kornhauser and Kailey Luzbetak.  Both are students enrolled in the U of U’s Environmental humanities program. 

In the first half of the show, Deborah Cramer talks about her book, Narrow Edge, a story about Red Knots on their extraordinary odyssey from remote Tierra del Fuego to the icy Arctic. 

In the second half of the program hosts Chris Cherniak and Nell Larson speak with Katy Wang, Executive Director of the Park City Film Series and Lindsey Nelson with Recycle Utah about three environmental films showing this month.

  The first guest today is Mark Cleamans of the Utah Chapter of the Sierra Club who gives a summary of the good and bad bills impacting the environment from the last session of the Utah Legislature. In the second half of the program David Garbett, a staff attorney with the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance joins us in anticipation of tonight’s Forum for Deeper Understanding at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.

  Joining Chris and Nell in the first part of the show is Doug Fryer a local bee keeper and honey purveyor. He tells how his bees managed through this past cold winter. 

Then in the second half of the program, Jason Barto joined the conversation to discuss summit county trees.  Jason is the 2015 Arborist of the year and founder of the organization and website Wasatch Back Trees.

  Joining Chris and Nell in the first part of the show to discuss the Zika Virus is Phil Bondurant, the Environmental Health Director for Summit County.  Then in the second half of the program, John Muir Laws discusses the benefits of nature drawing and journaling.  

  Joining Chris and Nell in the first part of the show is John Hopkins.  He is a Vice President at GE energy Financial Services and is part of the renewable energy group at GE.  We discover where the trends are with respect to wind, solar and other renewable energy systems domestically and internationally, and where GE plans to make future investments.

In the second segment of the program, architect Hank Louis discusses a unique home he is building outside of Park City that uses tires as construction material for the walls of the home.

  The Citizens Climate Lobby is hosting their Western Regional Conference in Salt Lake City starting March 18th.  Representatives join Nell and Chris in the first part of the program to discuss the organization and their programs agenda. In the second segment of the program we turn our attention to the drying up of the Great Salt Lake as we speak with Professor Wayne Wurtsbaugh.

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