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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  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. 

  Chris and Nell’s first guest is Bob Nohavec a member of UCARE, an acronym for Utah Citizens Advocating Renewable Energy.  Bob discusses the groups on going activities and advocacy and shares UCARE’S thoughts on the Public Service Commission’s recent decision regarding residential solar power . In Segment two,  Chris and Nell discuss air quality in China and India and why India's future energy plans could bring down the UN's first annual conference on climate change.

  During the first half of the show, Chris and Nell speak with Tom Diegel, the Vice President of the Wasatch Backcountry Alliance about their involvement with the Mountain Accord.  In the second half of the program they speak with author Susan Imhoff Bird about her book titled: Howl – Of Woman and Wolf.   Drawn to wolves’ resilience and innate sense of place, Bird discovers important personal truths as she learns about the science, the behaviors and the myths surrounding these controversial and misunderstood creatures.

 

     Chris and Nell chat with two authors today.  First they  interview Andrew Nikoforuk about his book: Slick Water – Fracking and One Insiders Stand Against the World’s Most Powerful Industry.  The second segment of the show, Peter Seidel talks about his book: There Is Still Time.

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