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Terry Moore investigates sustainable solutions to the ecological issues of today with interviews from innovators in construction, conservation, legislation and more! Big ideas for the whole planet, from Haliburton County!

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Terry Moore investigates sustainable solutions to the ecological issues of today with interviews from innovators in construction, conservation, legislation and more! Big ideas for the whole planet, from Haliburton County!

    Why Green Burials

    Why Green Burials

    This week,Terry Moore speaks with Elizabeth Fournier author of f The Green Burial Guidebook: Everything You Need to Plan an Affordable, Environmentally Friendly Burial.

    In many respects the only real certainty in life is death. All living things die and human beings are not exceptional in that regard. That hasn’t stopped many humans, however, from thinking and behaving as if we are somehow outside of the rules governing the larger “natural world” - in particular, that we’re fully capable of indefinitely living beyond the biogeophysical limits all other species face.

    With the increased awareness of human-caused ecological crises since the 1960’s and the parallel growth of environmental movements over the same period, the notion of human exceptionality has come under increasing pressure.

    A reassessment of our relationship to the larger natural world has in more recent times focused on not only the larger existential crises such as climate change but has also broadened into taking a critical look at conventional high impact, end-of-life practices such as conventional burial and fire cremation.

    To discuss the Ecological impacts of those conventional practices as well as the efforts being made to create more environmentally-friendly alternatives, I’m pleased to welcome Elizabeth Fournier to Planet Haliburton. Elizabeth is the owner/operator of the Cornerstone Funeral Service in Boring, Oregon, the author of “The Green Burial Guidebook” and an Advisory Committee member with the largely-US based, Green Burial Council.
    Link to resources for this program.
    https://canoefm.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/PH-Resource-List-Why-Green-Burial-with-Elizabeth-Fournier-April-28-2022.pdf
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    • 55 min
    Energy Poverty in the Highlands

    Energy Poverty in the Highlands

    This episode of Planet Haliburton, features a conversation about “energy poverty” with Tina Jackson, the Executive Director of the Central Food Hub and co-founder of Heat Bank Haliburton County.

    It’s no secret that Haliburton County has one of the highest rates of poverty in Ontario, if not the country, as well as serious levels of food insecurity, precarious employment and a crisis in the supply of affordable housing. Less recognized and discussed is the level of “energy poverty” being experienced throughout the county, which has been estimated to be an astounding level 65% of households by the NGO CUSP, the Canadian Urban Sustainability Practitioners.

    Report after report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), reiterates the growing urgency of driving down GHG gas emissions and breaking our dependency on fossil fuels, while making as fast as possible a transition to a low-carbon energy system, at the same time.

    Addressing both energy poverty and the climate emergency, without leaving anyone behind, will require Just Transition programs designed to address not only the displacement of oil and gas workers but precarious employment and housing affordability crises as inter-related challenges.

    The conversation concludes with some initial thoughts on how to create the political will for urgent action at the provincial and municipal levels as we head into a June 2nd provincial election and October 24th municipal elections.

    • 50 min
    Adapting to the Human Impact of Climate Change

    Adapting to the Human Impact of Climate Change

    Overshadowed by the February 24th Russian invasion of the Ukraine, the release of latest UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report on Monday February 28th, came with renewed calls for urgent climate action.

    UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, says that the evidence contained in the “Climate Change impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability” Report is unlike anything he has ever seen, calling it an “atlas of human suffering and a damning indictment of failed climate leadership.”

    To help understand what’s contained in the second of three Reports in the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Review (AR6) series since 1988, as well as its potential impact on climate policy, politics, and action, I’m joined by Mitchell Beer, the founder and editor of The Energy Mix.

    The Energy Mix (https://www.theenergymix.com) is an essential climate and energy news site and digest that tracks everything and anything having to do with the climate emergency.

    Follow this link to the resouce list for this episode.
    https://canoefm.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/PH-Resource-List-for-Adaptation-and-Climate-Change-with-Mitchell-Beer-March-10-2022.pdf

    This podcast is hosted by ZenCast.fm

    • 57 min
    Ford's Bogus Climate Plan

    Ford's Bogus Climate Plan

    This episode of Planet Haliburton takes stock of Premier Doug Ford’s climate change record with David Robertson from “Seniors for Climate Action Now” (SCAN) in February 2022 - less than four months before the June 2nd Ontario Provincial Election.

    Premier Ford has, from the day he was elected, proven to be an implacable opponent of anything having to do with serious climate action.

    While Ontario is not a significant oil and gas producer it is a major source of carbon emissions, second only to Alberta, the Tar Sands juggernaut. After winning the 2018 election, Ford dismantled the previous Wynne government’s entire climate plan and joined forces with Alberta and Saskatchewan in a legal attack on the Federal carbon tax.

    They lost that battle when the Supreme Court found the tax to be “critical to our response to an existential threat to human life in Canada and around the world.”

    While the Federal government continues to set national GHG emission reduction targets, without Canada’s most populous province pulling in the same direction, there’s no possibility of Canada achieving its fair share of the emission cuts required to reign in the climate emergency.

    • 55 min
    Posing As Canadian

    Posing As Canadian

    “Posing As Canadian – How Big Foreign Oil Captures Canadian Energy and Climate Policy” with Professor Gordon Laxer, January 27/29 2022

    After winning the 2018 provincial election, Premier Jason Kenney set up a 3-year, $3.5 million “Public Inquiry into Anti-Alberta Energy Campaigns”, AKA the “Allen Inquiry”.

    Allen handed in his final report on October 21, 2021 having found only a dibble of so-called foreign “anti-Alberta” money where Kenney had alleged gushers. In fact, the amount of foreign money directed to anti-fossil fuel campaigns turned out to be less than the cost of the Public Inquiry itself.

    While Allen came up dry on the issue of foreign anti-fossil fuel financing, his Inquiry sparked renewed interest in foreign influence over Canadian energy and climate policy.

    This episode of Planet Haliburton features an interview with Professor Gordon Laxer, the author of a December 2021 report entitled “Posing As Canadian: How Big Foreign Oil Captures Canadian Energy and Climate Policy”.

    • 50 min
    Local Climate Change Planning

    Local Climate Change Planning

    This week's episode features an update on the status of the County’s Climate Change Planning initiatives with Korey McKay, the County of Haliburton’s Climate Change Co-Ordinator.

    Climate scientists, UN Climate Reports and Summits, like the recently concluded 26th Conference of the Parties or COP 26 in Glasgow, Scotland in November 2021, continue to remind us of the urgency of the climate challenge we face, the need for immediate and deep cuts to carbon emissions and a rapid transition off fossil fuels.

    In the face of the failure of senior levels of governments to stop, let alone reverse, the rise of GHG concentrations in the atmosphere, pressure has been increasing on municipal governments to take a greater role in cutting emissions and putting adaptive measures in place to address current and future impacts of warming already in the pipeline.

    Haliburton County is warming at greater then twice the global average. Will the Haliburton’s climate planning process make difference? Will it take a fair share of responsibility to address the climate emergency at the scale of the crisis we face?

    • 53 min

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