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 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.

  Matt Pacenza, executive Director of Heal Utah, joins Chris and Nell as the Utah Legislature nears the end of its winter session.  Matt brings us up to date on a number of bills that address energy and environmental policy. Then in the second part of the show, Jeff McCarthy joins us.  Jeff is the director of the Environmental Humanities Graduate Program at the University of Utah.

  Lisa Yoder, Sustainability City Coordinator for Summit County, is on the first half of the show to discuss the county’s environmental programs for 2016.  Then, Marc Clemmons from the Sierra Club – Utah chapter – is on the second half to discuss the draft Public Lands Initiative. 

  Johan Rockstrom joins Chris and Nell to discuss the possibility of a “good anthroposcene”.  In their critically claimed book, Big World, Small Planet – Abundance within Planetary Boundaries, Authors Johan Rockstrom and Mattias Klum combine the latest science with accessible charts and stunning photography to create a new narrative for humanity’s impact on the planet.  

  Joining us for the first part of the show to talk solid waste and recycling is Reece DeMille. He is the manager of municipal services and government affairs for northern Utah for Republic Services.  On the second segment of the program Eric McGill of Earthwings joins us along with Bill Voelker, founder and director of Sia, an ethno-ornithological initiative of the Comanche Nation.

  Dr. Rich Bullough joins Chris and Nell on the first part of the show. Rich is the Director of Summit County’s Health Department.  We discuss several topics with Rich, including the County’s study of septic tanks and what you may – or may not – have to do if your property already has a  septic tank on it. 

  In her book, This Changes Everything – Capitalism Versus the Climate, author Naomi Klein argues that if we really want to solve such an existential threat as climate change, we need to restructure the very fundamentals of capitalism, economic growth and personal consumption.  Dr. Jeff McCarthy is the director of the environmental humanities graduate program at the University of Utah.  He joins us on the show today to discuss the book, the film and the panel he participated in following the film Sunday night. 

  Chris and Nell’s first guest today is Brian McInerney, Senior Hydrologist at the National Weather Service.  Brian gives us a rundown on last week’s storm as well as this past autumn’s temperatures and precipitation.  On the second half of the program, Katy Wang joins the conversation talking about a documentary film hosted by the Park City film series this weekend. It’s called, This Changes Everything – Capitalism Verses the Climate. There will be a discussion panel that will be held immediately following the showing Sunday night, January third. 

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