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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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.

First guest is Matt Pacenza with HEAL Utah.  HEAL is hosting its 14th annual breakfast fundraiser this Thursday with Shawn McGrath, former EPA Regional Administer as keynote speaker. Then Daisy Fair from Copper Moose Farm stops by to discuss their open house happening this Saturday the 20th. Finally, three students from Park City Day School come in to discuss their efforts to raise awareness and money in support of Bonanza Flat.

Carl Pope, the Executive Director of the Sierra Club and co-author of the book, Climate of Hope, Joins Chris and Nell in the first part of the show.  Then in the second half, Dan Hartinger of The Wilderness Society talks about the Executive order asking the Department of the Interior to review every National Monument designated since 1996.

Carolyn Wawra  and Molly Brooks join Nell and Chris in the first half of the program to discuss the Hazardous Waste Drop Off Event being held this Saturday the 6th at the Canyons Parking Lot.  Then Jason Barto of ReLeaf calls in to discuss their new organization and calendar of events.

Gemma Tillack from the Rain Forest Action Network joins Chris and Nell in the first half of the program to discuss Palm Oil Plantations, Conflict Oil and what we can do to reduce our use of palm oil based products. In the second half of the program, Piper Christian, a student at Logan High School talks about a resolution she helped draft and present to the Utah State Legislature on climate change.  Dave Pacheco of SUWA joins in the conversation. 

Clayton Johnson with Utah Clean energy joins Chris in the first half to discuss their event promoting e-vehicles and bikes being held at the Hogle Zoo. Then Neil Clark with SUWA discusses the Department of Interiors recent decision to allow ATV access to 7-miles of trail within Recapture Canyon.  

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. 

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