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: to educate listeners about the importance of environmental preservation, conservation, and stewardship.

Contact Chris and Nell via email at thisgreenearth@kpcw.org.

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, Executive Director of Park City Film

"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

Record Low Sea Ice At Both Polls

Jul 16, 2019

Walt Meier, Senior Research  Scientist with the National Snow and Ice Data Center out of Boulder, Colorado talks about the record low sea ice presently being observed at BOTH poles; not just the Arctic but the Antarctic as well.  The Arctic extent of sea ice is on a path to match the lowest year ever recorded - 2012, while Antarctic sea ice has been in retreat for the past five years.              

Jason Christensen, Water Resource Manager from Park City Municipal talks about the progress the City is making in reducing the communities water use by 25% by the year 2025 (using the year 2000 as a baseline).  He explains what the city is doing what the city is doing to lower leaks within the city's delivery network and, how homeowners are lowering their demand by a significant margin.      

During the second half of the show, Nell and Chris talk with author Summer Rayne Oakes about the benefits and logistics of growing plants in your home, and about her new book, How to Make a Plant Love You: Cultivating Green Space in Your Home and Heart.  

During the first half of the show, Nell and Chris learn about the latest research on the Salt Lake Valley's Jordan River, and the surprising results about where the water in the river comes from, and how it is impacted by nutrients from the community around it. Dr. Rose Smith, professor at the University of Utah joins Chris and Nell to share the details.

During the second half of the show, Nell and Chris spoke with Melissa Marsted, local Park City author of a series of children's books focusing on National Parks, native wildlife, and environmental issues through the eyes of a wildlife narrator.  

During the first half of the show, Nell and Chris spoke with Brian McInerney as they do every solstice and equinox for an update on weather and climate.  A record breaking wet spring has provided many benefits to our streams, reservoirs, and soils, but also causes some challenges.  Tune in to learn more!

Christopher Thomas works with the Utah Sierra Club and the Beyond Coal Campaign.  The purpose of the Beyond Coal Campaign is to aid efforts in retiring coal plants while working to transition communities who have been dependent on coal to other industries. Basically, working to reinvent power in a way that is sustainable, healthy, accessible to all, and economically viable. Christopher Thomas joins Chris and Nell on the program to talk about the campaign, it’s message and goals and how you can participate and become involved.

During the second half of This Green Earth, Nell and Chris chat with Jennifer Gardner,  local Park City resident who recently took on the design and construction of an environmentally conscious home.  Learn about her experiences, her challenges, and her tips for those who want to follow in her footsteps.  

During the first half of This Green Earth, Nell and Chris spoke with Bren Smith, commercial fisherman turned restorative ocean farmer about his new book:  Eat Like a Fish - My Adventures as a Fisherman Turned Restorative Ocean Farmer.  Bren shared his thoughts on how we can transform our food system while enjoying nutritious, locally grown food, and how in the process, restorative ocean farming can create new jobs and help to address climate change.  

During the second half of the show, Nell and Chris spoke with Phyllis Robinson, local chocolatier and founder of Tandem Chocolates about the impacts of the mainstream cocoa industry as well as sustainable and conflict-free chocolate and how to find it.

During the first half of the show, Nell and Chris spoke with Academy-Award nominated filmmaker Danfung Dennis, founder of Condition One, a virtual reality production company that focuses on the creation of immersive environmental documentaries. One such film, This is Climate Change, is showing locally on Saturday evenings and tickets are available for sale online.  

Nell and Chris spoke with Nicholas Markels, a recent Park City High School graduate and winner of the Edison Award for his bio-degradable multi-function plastic spoon, fork, knife utensil called a Sporknife. Nick created and submitted 3-D images, engineering designs, and a photograph of the prototype he had built.
By designing a single, pull apart plastic utensil made from corn-based plastic, Nick hopes to entice businesses to choose his product for its cost effectiveness and environmental benefits.

Last year, legislators passed a bill that established the Utah Inland Port Authority. It will cover some 16,000 acres, or 25 square miles of land just west of the SLC airport; half of it north of I-80 and the other half south. The port will be comprised of warehouses, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers. Proponents of the port say it’s a unique economic opportunity that will bring jobs and connect the state directly to the flow of international trade. But opponents say, not so fast.

During photosynthesis, all plants emit low-levels of infrared light. Now, through the use of satellite technology, scientists are beginning to observe and quantify the health and wellness of forests through this combined flouresence. Troy Magney with the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory helped co-author a paper discussing this science and it's findings. He joins Chris Cherniak and Glen Wright to discuss the work and what it might mean to forest management.  

Can Summit County's forests be managed to sequester more carbon? Over half of the county is forested, and with forests under stress from climate and invasive species, what can be done to promote growth, reduce the threat of wildfires, and provide renewable energy? Summit County Councilman Glenn Wright and host Chris Cherniak discuss the issue and potential answers.   

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