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

For nearly 20-years, TRAX light rail trains have shuttled riders up and down the Salt Lake Valley, saving countless car trips and sparing Salt Lake’s air tons of petroleum-based pollutants.  But for the past four years the trains have done even more for Utah’s air.

Senator Orrin Hatch and Congressman John Curtis have co-authored a bill entitled,  The Emery County Public Land Management Act of 2018.  Emery County is home to world class wilderness landscapes such as San Rafael Swell, Desolation Canyon and Goblin Valley State Park.  Dave Pacheco, grassroots organizer from the Southern Utah Wilderness Association,  joins Chris and Nell to give us SUWA's  thoughts and positions on this proposed bill.

Dr. Curt Stager is a professor of Natural Sciences at Paul Smith's College in the Adirondacks region of New York . He focuses on lake biology and has a new book titled, The Secret World of Lakes.

This Green Earth - June 5, 2018

Jun 5, 2018

Micah Kagan from the non-profit , Leaders for Clean Air, joins Chris and Nell to discuss their organizations efforts to improve Utah’s air quality by providing  - among other things – free electric vehicle charging stations to Utah Businesses.

Dr. Joe Romm is a physicist, climate scientist and one of the early and leading voices on human-caused global warming and climate change. He is also the author of the book, Climate Change  - What Everyone Needs to Know.  This book offers the most up to date examination of climate change’s foundational science, it’s implications for the future, and the critical clean energy solutions necessary to stem the climbing levels of carbon dioxide being emitted into the atmosphere. 

 

This Green Earth - May 29, 2018

May 29, 2018

Daisy Fair, chief agricultural engineer at Copper Moose Farm joins Chris and Nell to discuss the growing season and what’s available at the garden stand.

A recent report prepared by the University of Colorado in partnership with the National Park Service summarizes the impacts of sea level rise and storm surge projections to nearly 100 coastal area national parks.  Joining Chris and Nell in the first part of the program is the lead author of the report, Dr. Maria Caffrey, a research associate in the areas of climate change at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Joining Chris and Nell to discuss the many environmental impacts of eating meat and dairy - and the equally many benefits of employing a more plant based diet are Lauren Lockey and Dave Swartz of Sage Mountain. Also, Chis and Dave discuss the latest environment news. 

This Green Earth - May 22, 2018

May 22, 2018

We are nearly six months into the new policies announced by China regardng their acceptance of recyclables, particularly plastic.  It's save to say that as a result, little or no plastics here in the U.S. are being recycled.  Joining Chris and Nell in the first half of the program to discuss details of this situation, as well as the waste and recyclng industry as a whole, is Reece DeMille.

In this segment, Nell and guest co-host Katy Wang speak with Nick Schou, conservation director at Utah Rivers Council, about the important  benefits of rainwater collection and how you can get involved through the new phase of their RainHarvest program.

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