Chris Cherniak

Co-host of KPCW's This Green Earth.

Ways to Connect

  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.  

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KPCW kicks off coverage of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival's filmmakers with a two-hour special edition of The Sundance Reel. For 51 weeks of the year, Chris Cherniak and Nell Larson are the hosts of KPCW's This Green Earth, our local program on sustainability, green living and the science behind environmental trends. This week, however, they do double duty and take on the filmmakers of the Sundance Film Festival.

  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. 

  Joining Chris and Katy in the first part of the show is Jim Steenburgh, a professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Utah and author of the best-selling book, Secrets of the Greatest Snow on Earth.  We get his thoughts on how the record breaking El Nino in the eastern pacific is influencing our winter.  In the second half of the show they cover a number of items in the news around Park City.  

  In the first part of the show Chris and Nell speak with John Buchanan.  John was in Paris for a portion of the Paris Climate Talks, as a representative of Conservation International and the Center for Environmental Leadership in Business.  In segment two, the conversation turned to changing temperatures occurring here along the Wasatch Front. Jessica Di Caprio and Paige Castro are Park City High School juniors who, as part of their PCCAPS project, have just completed an analysis of our monthly, seasonal and annual temperatures in the Wasatch area over the past six decades.

  Today Chris and Nell speak with Lisa Hoyos about the passing of new climate science standards for 6th and 8th graders.  Lisa is the Director and Co-founder of the group, Climate Parents, a non-profit that supports and advocates  bringing more fact based climate science into the class room. In the second segment of the program, Nate Brown from the Audubon Society discusses the annual Christmas Bird Count.  Park City is holding its 5th annual Christmas Bird Count on Sunday the 20th of December. 

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