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 his book, Thirst for Power: Energy, Water and Human Survival, Michael Weber offers a farsighted and holistic way of thinking about the nexus between energy and water. He underscores that population growth, climate change and short sighted policies are likely to make things worse.

Then, in the second part of the show, Chris and Nell speak with Rob Davies; coordinator of the Utah Climate Center at Utah State University  who will give a speech on climate change and mitigation at the Santy Auditorium this Sunday night at 6:30.

  Today, Chris and Nell discuss several items currently in the news including local butterfly’s and fireflies, wolverines, polystyrene, GMO’s and Algae blooms. 

  Last fall, The Park City Council declared that the city’s municipal works would be net zero with respect to carbon consumption by the year 2022.  In addition, they announced that the city, as a whole, would be net zero by the year 2023. But what does net zero look like?  How is it calculated?

  Joining Chris and Nell in the first part of the show to discuss record sea and ice loss is Mark Serreze, the Director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colorado.

In the second half of the program, they speak with professor Tadd Truscott who just completed some research that investigated why some species of desert plants have a unique capacity to collect water out of the atmosphere.

 Joining Chris on the first segment of the program is Mike Luers who is the General Manager of the Snyderville Basin Recreation District.  They talk of existing wastewater collection and treatment infrastructure and what plans there might be for expansion.

Then in the second half of the show, National Weather Service Senior Hydrologist,  Brian McInerney, recaps the past three months of weather and climate conditions locally and  throughout the state.

  On the program today Jordan Fisher Smith describes the role scientists and policy makers play in managing nature and our national parks in his new book:  Engineering Eden: The True Story of a Violent Death, a Trial, and the Fight Over Controlling Nature.

In the second part of the program, Chris and Nell get a visit from local girl scouts who recently received a Girl Scout Bronze Award for their project titled Plastic bag-free PC.

  According to Park City Municipal, 70-percent of this towns daily water use In the summer goes to irrigating landscapes – most notably Kentucky Blue Grass.  Chris and Nell have some amazing figures to share regarding how much water we use and what that costs – to both the homeowner and the water treatment plant.

  In the first half of the program, Chris and Nell speak with Christopher Wolsko, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Oregon State University about a recent study comparing liberal and conservative views on environmental stewardship.  In the second half of the program, Peter Metcalf stops by to discuss the proposed Bears Ears National Monument.  

  First guest is Jamo O'Reilly, General Manager at the Black Diamond Lodge, located in Deer Valley.  Jamo discusses the numerous changes they've made at the lodge to reduce electricity and natural gas demand.

Second guest is Michael O'Shea, Policy Associate for HEAL Utah.  Michael talks about a BLM meeting occurring this May 19th which will take public comment on the bureau's current coal leasing program.  

  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.  

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