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, Utah Rivers Council Campaign Director Jon Carter talks about the return of the Rain Barrel Program, and why they are so important to those of us who live in a drought-impacted, high desert environment.

The Utah Rivers Council, in collaboration with Park City Municipal Corporation is once again offering Rain Barrels for sale starting April 6. 

The barrels will range in price between $50 and $75 and, be available for pickup beginning May 2. 

 

On This Green Earth, Flooding from rising seas is a present and increasing threat to coastal communities around the world. 

Oceanographer John Englander presents his new book: Moving to Higher Ground – Rising Sea Level and the Path Forward. In his first interview since the book launched, Englander talks with Chris and Nell about exploring how sea level rise will affect our ecosystems, our economies, our water supplies and our daily lives. 

His book also covers the strategies and adaptations required to tackle the inevitability of a rising sea.

On This Green Earth, Nathan Donley from the Center for Biological Diversity joins Nell and Chris to discuss a recent federal study which found 90% of streams sampled contain pesticides.   

Nathan will share the acute and chronic ecological impacts that are associated with this condition in our waterways. 

On This Green Earth, Chris and Nell talk about the recent introduction of the "Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act". This bill would establish a national law phasing out unnecessary single-use plastic products, such as carryout bags and polystyrene foam food containers. 

Speaking with them is Christy Leavitt, Plastics Campaign Director with Oceana. She will break down what’s on the bill and share her thoughts on its likelihood to pass.

Josh Balk of the Humane Society joins This Green Earth to share his thoughts on the recent signing of Senate Bill 147 into law. 

The bill bans the use of "battery cages" in Utah’s egg farms and requires that hens live in cage-free conditions.

Utah is the eighth state to sign this bill, joining California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Michigan, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Washington.

Today on This Green Earth, Robert Adler gives us the breakdown on the 26th Annual Wallace Stegner Symposium titled:  "The Plastics Paradox: Societal Boon or Environmental Bane?". The program will present a number of speakers who explore the role of plastics in our lives, including its history, benefits, impacts, and solutions.

Adler is a professor at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, where he teaches and writes in the areas of environmental and water law.

On This Green Earth, Max Wilbert, who co-authored the new book, Bright Green Lies - How the Environmental Movement Lost Its Way and What We Can Do About It, comes on to share his viewpoint surrounding our unwillingness as a society to sacrifice any of our consumptive behaviors. 

On this episode of This Green Earth:

Maria Najera, Government Affairs Director at Western Resource Advocates joins Chris to discuss the appointment of Debra Haaland as the Senate-confirmed United States secretary of the interior.

Haaland is the first indigenous cabinet secretary in US history.

  

On this episode of This Green Earth:

Adam Brewerton with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources talks about the outbreak of salmonella that is happening in songbirds throughout the pacific northwest. 

He will share what we can do to recognize infected birds, and how we can help the outbreak from spreading by keeping our backyard feeders clean. 

On this episode of This Green Earth:

Group leader with the Wasatch Back chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby Lauren Barros joins the show to talk about the major changes in Climate Legislation.

Barros also discusses the Executive Orders expected under the new Biden administration.

  

Birders around the world are rejoicing with the rediscovery of a bird that has not been seen for 180 years. 

The illusive Black-browed Babbler has been captured, photographed and then released back into the tropical forest of Borneo. 

Dr. John Mittermeier of the American Bird Conservancy talks with Nell and Chris about this unique feathered creature, its accidental capture, and why its rediscovery is so important to both birders and conservationists.   

Today on This Green Earth:

Sean Sublette from Climate Central is talking about last week’s record-breaking cold temps in the Midwest and Southern U.S.

Sublette will have answers about what role the jet stream played in this event, and the influences a warming planet can have on the jet stream.

Sublette also lets us know if we should expect more cold snaps like this, even as the planet warms.

Today on This Green Earth:

A fascinating conversation with Kim McCoy, an oceanographer and co-author of the book: Waves and Beaches: The Powerful Dynamics of Sea and Coast.

McCoy discusses the ongoing physical, chemical and biological impacts that rising sea levels are having on our beaches and coasts. 

On today's episode of This Green Earth:

Mary Farnsworth was recently named the Acting Regional Forester for the Intermountain Region of the U.S. Forest Service.

Farnsworth addresses the responsibilities of this position and what the Intermountain Region faces with a new administration.

On today's episode of This Green Earth:

Nell and Chris welcome Jordan Clayton.

Clayton is the Data Collection Officer with Utah Snow Survey. He discusses the Survey's latest report on the state's climate and water, and provides a summary of the snow and reservoir conditions up through the end of January.

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