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This Green Earth
Tuesday, 9-10 AM

This Green Earth is a weekly, hour-long program that focuses on the environment and environmentalism. Co-hosts Christopher Cherniak and Claire Wiley 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. Claire Wiley is an award winning broadcast journalist. Together, they direct This Green Earth's mission: to educate listeners about the importance of environmental preservation, conservation, and stewardship.

Contact Chris and Claire 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

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  • Author Jade Sasser speaks about her recently released book "Climate Anxiety and the Kid Question: Deciding Whether to Have Children in an Uncertain Future."
  • Aidan Charron, Director of End Plastic Initiatives with Earthday.org comes on the show to talk about the history of Earth Day and the theme for this year: Planet vs Plastics.
  • Author and CBS News national correspondent Jonathan Vigliotti discusses his newly release book, "Before it's Gone: Stories from the Front Lines of Climate Change in Small-Town America."
  • Author, attorney, and environmental historian Lowell Baier discusses his new book, "Earth’s Emergency Room: Saving Species as the Planet and Politics Get Hotter." In the book, Baier covers the last 50 years of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA) and provides an insightful and entertaining history, profiles his work with the ESA from its inception to the present, and with key figures who shaped its history, from field biologists to presidents of the United States.
  • Utah Snow Survey Supervisor Jordan Clayton provides an in-depth report on the 2023/24 snow season and what it means for the months ahead.
  • Author Abrahm Lustgarten joins the show to discuss his new book, "On the Move."
  • A coalition of organizations and community members are holding a press conference and rally March 28 at the Utah State Capitol to announce the filing of an Endangered Species Act listing petition for Wilson’s phalaropes, migratory birds whose fate is intricately linked to that of the embattled Great Salt Lake.
  • Heal Utah’s Meisei Gonzalez details the 2024 legislative decisions the organization says will impact our state’s environmental health.
  • Environmental scientist, ecologist and award-winning author, Carl Safina, takes us on an exploration of the human relationship with the natural world. Safina melds a scientific understanding of the animal kingdom with a human's emotional connection with it.
  • Suzanne Simard, professor of forest ecology at the University of British Colombia joins This Green Earth to help us all better understand just how vital trees are to humans and the planet.