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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On This Green Earth, Mary Mason, a Forest Geneticist with the US Forest Service, comes on the show.

Mason discusses the issues that are facing the North American ash trees. The ash borer invasion that slipped into the US around the turn of the millennium, most likely on a container this, is now is 35 states and responsible for the deaths of hundreds of millions of trees.

Mason shares what is being done to save our ash trees.

On This Green Earth:

As we head into wildfire season, Chris and Nell discuss what we are facing. As of last week, all but eight of the 227 wildfires that have occurred so far this year have been human caused.  

Last year, Utah set a record for human-caused wildfires with 1,143. 

Coming on the show to discuss this with them is Kaitlynn Webb, the Statewide Prevention and Fire Communications Coordinator.

Webb will talk about these numbers, their trends, and the good possibility that we will set another record this year. 

On This Green Earth, Nell and Chris speak with Kimberly Flores, who is launching Utah’s first mobile refill shop.

This mobile shop delivers earth-friendly soaps, detergents, bath and body product refills, and other plastic-free products. 

Flores says, fulFILLed's mission is to simplify low-waste living by offering refillable and package-free products to those looking to lessen their impact on the environment. By making zero-waste alternatives accessible, she hopes more people will ditch single-use plastics and join the Reduce, Reuse, and Refill Revolution,

On This Green Earth, Nell and Chris talk with author and National Geographic magazine contributor, Doug Chadwick. 

Chadwick's new book is titled, Four-Fifths a Grizzly - A New Perspective on Nature that Just Might Save Us All. The book takes a close look at our place in the natural world from a scientific angle, with the underlying message that humans aren't that much different from other creatures. 

On This Green Earth, Nell and Chris welcome Wendy Fisher, Executive Director of Utah Open Lands.

Fisher discusses the Trying Times Conservation Easements and Federal Tax Law Seminar, a recent seminar which addressed conservation easements and the impact federal tax laws have on them.

2021 Declared "Year of the Shorebird"

May 18, 2021

On This Green Earth, Ella Sorensen, manager of the Gillmor Audubon Sanctuary, and Don Paul, a biologist for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources join the show.

They come on to discuss Utah Governor Spencer Cox's declaration to make 2021 the “Year of the Shorebird”.

On This Green Earth Nell and Chris speak with Miami Herald journalist Jim Wyss.

On This Green Earth, Jeff Bousson, Climate Program Manager for Utah Clean Energy, joins Nell and Chris to discuss opportunities to address the climate as it continues to change. 

Bousson breaks down a year-long program Utah Clean Energy just wrapped, which involved local citizen input on energy use, efficiency and reduction.

On This Green Earth, Jordan Clayton, Data Collection Officer with Utah Snow Survey, joins the show to share the outcome of the Utah Water Supply Outlook Report for May. 

The lack of snow over the season has made a grim impact on our water supplies. Clayton says that ninety percent of our state is in an extreme drought situation and Lake Powell could even see a record low this year.

On This Green Earth, Recycle Utah Executive Director Carolyn Wawra comes on the show. 

Wawra gives us the lowdown regarding this year's Hazardous Waste Drop Off Day, which took place on April 24.

Each year, this event helps to ensure toxic waste items are disposed of properly. 

On This Green Earth, joining the show is Diana Movius, Director of Global Forest Policy with the non-profit group, Climate Advisers.

Movius discusses the actions of private businesses and countries who are developing financial incentives to protect and preserve threatened tropical rain forests.

On This Green Earth, author Jon Dunn, talks about his new book: "The Glitter in the Green: In Search of Hummingbirds".

Dunn's book chronicles his tracking of various hummingbird species, and teaches us about their incredible biomechanics and interesting behaviors.

 

  

On This Green Earth, Nell and Chris speak with Dr. Mark Chynoweth, an assistant professor of Wildland Resources for Utah State University. Chynoweth specializes in carnivore ecology.

In Park City, predator sightings seem to be increasing. It isn’t uncommon to see coyotes, bobcats and mountain lions in residential areas. Chynoweth will address the human-wildlife conflict and how we can safely co-exist with these large predators.

On This Green Earth, Alaska-based journalist Yereth Rosen lights up the conversation with a discussion on Arctic lightning.

In a single decade, summer lightning tripled across the Arctic, a change directly attributed to rapid Arctic warming. Rosen recently wrote an article for Arctic Today about this trend. She will provide an overview of this important data.

On This Green Earth, joining Nell and Chris is Dr. Robert Davies, a professor of Physics at Utah State University.

Davies has published numerous works on the Earth’s climate system and continues to study critical science communication, principally focused on climate change and human sustainability. 

He'll be sharing the latest on climate change and what it means for mountain communities such as Park City. 

  

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