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

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.

Chris and Nell talk with Mark Derichsweider, a retired engineer with the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality.  He offers his take on Scott Pruitt, the ex-Oklahoma Attorney General and now head of the U.S. EPA.

Joining Nell and Chris to provide legislative updates is Matt Pacenza, the executive director of the environmental activist group Heal Utah.  He updates us on what senate and house bills and resolutions have already passed with respect to our environment, and what bills remain under consideration.

The first guest on the program is Dave Pacheco with the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance. He discusses how the new administration will affect public lands, conservation and protection. The second guest is Florence Williams, author of  Nature Fix – Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier and More Creative. 

This Green Earth - February 7, 2017

Feb 7, 2017

Joining Chris and Nell in the first part of the program to discuss the impacts which the new administration will have on our national climate policy, and what is being done about it, is Judd Werner of the Citizens Climate Lobby.

Amy Roberts, the executive director with the Outdoor Industry Association, joins Chris and Nell to discuss how the new administration leaders, policies and objectives will impact the conservation, protection and access to our public lands.  In the second half of the program they speak with Mike Aguilar, the Marketing Director of Mark Miller Subaru and General Manager Jeff Miller who discusses what Subaru does to support environmental causes and sustainable business Practices.

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