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Hi everyone, welcome to Sierra Youth Podcast, hosted by the youth committee of the Sierra Club Canada - we host conversations for a healthy planet and healthy communities. Stay tuned for education on all things related to environmental justice! Hosted by: Brynna Kagawa-Visentin, Micaela Yawney, Jackie Layton, Jessica Cloutier, and Emily Markholm

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Hi everyone, welcome to Sierra Youth Podcast, hosted by the youth committee of the Sierra Club Canada - we host conversations for a healthy planet and healthy communities. Stay tuned for education on all things related to environmental justice! Hosted by: Brynna Kagawa-Visentin, Micaela Yawney, Jackie Layton, Jessica Cloutier, and Emily Markholm

    S2E4: Biocultural Diversity with Dr. Luisa Maffi

    S2E4: Biocultural Diversity with Dr. Luisa Maffi

    Today we speak with linguist and anthropologist Dr. Luisa Maffi about the concept of biocultural diversity.

    In 1995, Dr. Luisa Maffi and David Harmon explored the idea of how cultural diversity, language diversity, and biodiversity are all interconnected. If we were to lose a culture or language then we would see the negative effects in our biodiversity as well. Ultimately, this understanding led Dr. Luisa Maffi, David Harmon and some team members to create Terralingua - an international non-profit dedicated to sustaining the diversity of life in nature and culture.

    Dr. Luisa Maffi is now the director of Terralingua and continues to explore the “connections between language and the way language expresses the way of thinking and acting of a given culture. In particular, the way it expresses and codifies the ways of thinking and acting towards the environment.”

    If you have any stories to help contribute to the understanding of biocultural diversity or are interested in hearing authentic stories from people across the globe then check out Dr.Luisa Maffi’s Langscape Magazine. It is an annual online publication that further explores the interconnectivity of biocultural diversity.

    To learn more about Terralingua visit their website.

    Terralingua’s Twitter: @TerralinguaBCD.

    Terralingua’s Instagram: @terralingua.langscape.

    Support the Sierra Youth Podcast on Patreon! Follow us on Instagram!

    • 54 min
    S2E3: A Conversation with Janelle Lapointe: Afro-Indigenous Climate Justice and Indigenous Rights Activist

    S2E3: A Conversation with Janelle Lapointe: Afro-Indigenous Climate Justice and Indigenous Rights Activist

    Hello everyone and happy new year! We are so excited to be back and kicking off our first episode of 2022 with a special guest; Janelle Lapointe. Janelle is an Afro-Indigenous climate justice and Indigenous rights activist from Stellat’en First Nation, currently working in communications for the David Suzuki Foundation as a guest on the lands of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) peoples.

    Today’s episode starts off with Janelle’s journey to becoming a climate and Indigenous rights activist. We then dive into an important conversation about the events taking place on the West Coast with respect to the Wet’suwet’en peoples, the Coastal Gaslink Pipeline, and the ‘national myths’ that surround perceptions of so-called ‘Canada.’ Today’s chat is one that you don’t want to miss so plug in your earphones and get listening!

    To follow along with more of Janelle’s journey, you can find her on Instagram and Twitter at @janellelapointe. 

    Janelle’s Instagram

    Janelle’s Twitter

    Janelle’s PayPal (TIP YOUR EDUCATOR!)

    Janelle’s article in the National Observer: An environment of anti-racism is how we win

    David Suzuki Foundation

    Support for Wet’suwet’en: Check out the Wet’suwet’en Supporter Toolkit and write your government representatives to tell them to get RCMP off of Wet’suwet’en land!!!

    Books: Unsettling Canada: A National Wake-Up Call by Arthur Manuel and Grand Chief Ronald Derrickson, The Reconciliation Manifesto: Recovering the Land, Rebuilding the Economy by Arthur Manuel and Grand Chief Ronald Derrickson, The Trudeau Formula: Seduction and Betrayal in an Age of Discontent by Martin Lukacs

    University of Alberta Indigenous Canada FREE Course

    Stay up-to-date on all things Wet'suwet'en: Gidimt’en Yintah Access 

    Brandi Morin: Cree/Iroquois/French | Awarded Journalist @Songstress28 on Twitter

    Amber Bracken: Documentary photographer @photobracken on Twitter

    Michael Toledano: Documentary filmmaker and photographer on Wet’suwet’en land @M_Tol on Twitter 

    • 57 min
    S2E2: Burnout (a group chat)

    S2E2: Burnout (a group chat)

    Hey everyone, with such a stressful year a lot of us here at Sierra Youth have been experiencing burnout and we are aware a lot of you are experiencing the same thing. We wanted to do this episode to share our experiences with burnout and how we are trying to manage it as the stress of 2021 continues on. We hope that we bring you comfort in knowing you are not alone in feeling stressed out and invite you to share some of your stories in how you've been coping with burnout. You can DM us on Instagram for more information on how to share your story. 

    We also suggest talking with someone about your feelings and getting some insight on how to deal with everything. A great website we suggest is Better Help, they are a great source for anyone looking to try out therapy for the first time or even just as a resource to vent. We hope you enjoy this episode, happy holidays and happy new year!

    Resource to help you find a therapist:


    Psychologytoday.com

    • 53 min
    S2E1: As the Orca goes, so go we (meet the filmmakers of Coextinction)

    S2E1: As the Orca goes, so go we (meet the filmmakers of Coextinction)

    We are back for season 2, BABY! This week the team kicks off a new series of conversations with Gloria Pancrazi (@gloriapancrazi) and Elena Jean (@elena.jean). They are the filmmakers behind the newly premiered documentary, Coextinction (@coextinctionfilm). This film is all about orcas, specifically the Southern Resident killer whales, who are most often found swimming in the waters of the Pacific Northwest. We chat about why this species is so incredible, the importance of listening to Indigenous knowledge holders, and what needs to be done to achieve co-existence. As always, we hope you love the episode and can’t wait to hear your thoughts! 

    Coextinction Website & Trailer 

    We are the youth chapter of a grassroots non-profit, to support our work, please visit our Patreon  

    This episode of Sierra Youth Podcast was produced by Aviva Lessard. Our editor is Justine Van Dyke. Graphic design by Carissa Kirk. Social media support by Abbey Gagnon. The rest of our team includes Brynna Kagawa-Visentin, Emily Markholm, Jackie Layton, Jessica Cloutier and Micaela Yawney.

    • 47 min
    S1E12: So Many Radishes, So Little Time (aka Diets and Sustainability)

    S1E12: So Many Radishes, So Little Time (aka Diets and Sustainability)

    This week the team tackles a beeeeeefy topic! We’re talking all things food and sustainability. Liiiiiiike... how does our collective food consumption impact the planet? How can we fuel our bodies more sustainably? What does systematic change in our food supply look like?

    IN NO WAY does this podcast endorse, promote, or prescribe a particular diet. We touch on our own relationships to food and how they have evolved over the years, and ultimately encourage our listeners to listen to your body and take care however you see fit :)

    Listen now, wherever you get your podcasts!

    Resources Mentioned:


    What is the Environmental Footprint of Your Plant Milk?
    Shark Water 
    Intuitive Eating
    How To Be A Better Human: How learning about indigenous foods can open up your worldview (with Sean Sherman)
    Tatum Monod (Free Skier) - A Caribou Hunt (@tatummonod)
    Winona LaDuke (rural development economist) 
    The 100-Mile Diet (a Year of Local Eating) by Alisa Smith & J.B. MacKinnon
    An Overview of the 100-Mile Diet

    • 35 min
    S1E11: Greenwashing 101 - Eco-Friendly Brainwashing?

    S1E11: Greenwashing 101 - Eco-Friendly Brainwashing?

    Hey folks! 

    We asked you what you wanted us to talk about this week… and you answered GREENWASHING! So today, we demystify what the heck it is, what the different types are, our own experiences with greenwashing, and what we can do about it. Join us for this fun chat with the crew of Sierra Youth. 

    Please follow us wherever you listen to your podcasts and interact with us on Instagram - we love hearing from you!  

    Mentioned in the episode: 

    The Narwhal 

    The Tyee 

    Threading Change

    How to Save a Planet 

    Patriot Act - The Ugly Truth of Fast Fashion

    Fitzroy Rentals - Two way shipping Canada wide!

    B Corporation Directory

    Competition Bureau 

    Not mentioned but useful: 

    Best World Shopping Guide - Guide for ethical consumers

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

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Charlotte1936 ,

Wow Fantastic

I’m a 61 year old woman who has lived many years uninformed of the world around her these 5 wonderful women have given me many topics to ponder upon.

This podcast discusses all kinds of issues that we are faced with, in this fasted paced world, in a setting that makes you feel like your in a room chatting with a group of friends with a cup of tea in hand or a good glass of wine.

These intelligent, insightful woman have me looking forward to each new episode.

Thank you ladies for opening my mind to the world around me in such a nonjudgemental, kind and empathetic manner.

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Most informative

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Love this podcast!!

Thank you for making environmental education not so daunting :’)

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