9 episodes

The feels you get when you realize the planet is hotter than your boyfriend… But actually: “How can we save our dying planet?” More and more of my friends are asking this as we realize that we’re the ones who’ll be around when the consequences of climate change happen. We are demanding a say and asking big questions. Hi, I’m Sarah by the way… I talk a lot. I like improv and cooking...basically, pretty normal, but not too basic...if that makes sense. I’m by no means perfect when it comes to living green, but I try.  I eat veggie, I ride the bus and I recycle but TBH, I didn’t end up going to the climate rally... I know, I know... I feel super bad about it. But that’s why I want to start this podcast because it's like... I may not know exactly what to do, but I have a lot of really good questions...and a bee in my bonnet... which I will return to its hive as soon as possible, they’re becoming increasingly rare. I'm going to talk to brilliant creative people that have new ideas about how to solve this problem, listen to the voices of the teenagers and kids who have inherited it. You in? Let’s do this…

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The feels you get when you realize the planet is hotter than your boyfriend… But actually: “How can we save our dying planet?” More and more of my friends are asking this as we realize that we’re the ones who’ll be around when the consequences of climate change happen. We are demanding a say and asking big questions. Hi, I’m Sarah by the way… I talk a lot. I like improv and cooking...basically, pretty normal, but not too basic...if that makes sense. I’m by no means perfect when it comes to living green, but I try.  I eat veggie, I ride the bus and I recycle but TBH, I didn’t end up going to the climate rally... I know, I know... I feel super bad about it. But that’s why I want to start this podcast because it's like... I may not know exactly what to do, but I have a lot of really good questions...and a bee in my bonnet... which I will return to its hive as soon as possible, they’re becoming increasingly rare. I'm going to talk to brilliant creative people that have new ideas about how to solve this problem, listen to the voices of the teenagers and kids who have inherited it. You in? Let’s do this…

    Bonus: Under the Weather Together

    Bonus: Under the Weather Together

    So, there’s a lot going on right now… A LOT…. And I thought it might be kinda cool to talk it out? School is cancelled, which means I have way too much time on my hands… I’m sure most of you are in the same boat. I thought since everyone is following the coronavirus pandemic as it unfolds, and we’re getting news from so many different sources and everything is kinda confusing… That maybe I could use the power of fact-checking to sort some of it out. Not the health science part… I’ll leave that to the pro’s. But there is one story I can set straight. I’m sure most of you have seen these wildlife related posts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. They’ve totally gone vir-…They’re really popular. But in case you haven’t, let me give you the rundown. These posts show totally adorable pictures of dolphins frolicking in crystal clear water in the channels of Venice, while swans float by. As awesome as those reports sounded, my mythbuster-sense started tingling. Listen in to see what I learned.

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    • 7 min
    Episode 7: Robots vs. Climate Change

    Episode 7: Robots vs. Climate Change

    The future;  an unknown frontier. A world with technology right at the limit of what’s possible.  Where science fiction meets science reality... Or wait - aren’t we there already?  At this very moment, there are teams of people working on advanced carbon capture machines. Geneticists designing enzymes that can eat plastic.  Even people developing robot minds that could solve the current climate crisis for us...  But should we? Knowing it could potentially go wrong?

    This episode features interviews with:

    Steve Oldham
    Steve is the CEO of Carbon Engineering a company working on the leading edge of Carbon Capture technology. He has studied robotics, computer science and aerospace engineering. I talked to Steve about how technology can help us fight climate change.

    Jerome Foster II
    Jerome is a climate activist from Washington DC and besides having been a House Congressional Intern and worked with Jane Fonda to promote climate strikes, he also happens to know a lot about AI and VR. He actually started his own VR tech company when he was in grade 9. In our talk, he explains the difference between the 2 different types of artificial intelligence.

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    • 26 min
    Episode 6: OK Boomer!

    Episode 6: OK Boomer!

    This week it’s not about the what’s and why’s… but rather the who’s and the how’s and a couple of when’s.  As in; who’s fault is it? When did you know? And how could you let this happen? Let’s rewind to the beginning:

    When we get onto the topic of who’s to blame, it’s it is so incredibly hard not to feel mad... but at this point is pointing fingers is kinda... pointless? I’m going to chat with my dad to see what he has to say.

    This episode features interviews with:

    My Dad
    Not much of a climate expert, but he tries…

    Patricia (Ellie) Perkins
    Ellie is a Professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University, Toronto. She is an ecological economist who studies climate justice: how societies can improve their governance systems to address climate change fairly. She is helping to write the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's 6th Assessment Report (coming out in 2021). Awesome!

    Pat Roach (aka Producer Pat)
    Producer Pat is a former professional musician, producer and self-professed Science geek, he has an insatiable interest in astronomy and astrophysics. He is the producer and a panelist on “The Reality Check” podcast. It’s a weekly Canadian show that explores a wide range of controversies and curiosities by probing popular myths and exposing the surprising truth behind them He also works on  “Five Minutes with an Astronomer”. His work is truly out of the world! Hah, see what I did there…

    http://www.trcpodcast.com/

    http://astronomyin5.com/

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    • 31 min
    Episode 5: Tornadoes, Floods and Super Storms - oh my!

    Episode 5: Tornadoes, Floods and Super Storms - oh my!

    Extreme weather events like the infamous ~sharknado~ are happening more and around the world!! Okay, I’m kidding about that one specifically, but freak-level weather around the world IS a thing, it IS happening more often, and it IS related to climate change! For realz!

    Let me be clear, this bonkers weather isn't new to our planet. There have always been epic storms and abnormally cold winters. The thing that makes the current situation so alarming is actually the frequency. And they’re not just inconvenient for a moment. They do real, lasting damage, cost millions of dollars, displace people and fundamentally change their homes. Lives can be forever changed after just one dramatic weather incident... so having more and more of them is a super serious problem. So what is the link of this higher frequency to climate change? Let's find out.

    This episode features interviews with:

    Katia Bannister

    Katia is the Co-leader of the Cowichan Valley Earth Guardians – a group of teens working in climate
    activism in BC.  She’s passionate about fighting against climate displacement and the loss of indigenous culture and biodiversity. She spoke to us about climate change is threatening life on her small gulf island off the coast of British Columbia.

    facebook.com/cvearthguardians

    Finn Gleichmann

    Finn is a German middle school student currently living and going to school in Amman, Jordan. He’s been super involved in the eco-conscious community there, organizing and taking part in climate marches, and modeling some seriously awesome eco-lifestyle choices! We asked him to chat with us about how he’s noticed his #desertlife been affected by climate change.

    Faith Hunt

    Faith is a Canadian highschooler currently living in Saudi Arabia. Living in an oil-rich country, she has focused her eco-conscious efforts mostly on her day to day choices instead of publicly protesting. She has also done some stellar volunteer work in places like Nepal to help build some eco-friendly homes! We chatted with her about what she has noticed climate-wise while living over there, which is quite different from what she was used to here in Canada!

    Kathleen Martin

    Kathleen is the Executive Director and founding member of the Canadian Sea Turtle Network. She is interested in sea turtles and how communication affects conservation, as well as the link between conservation and economic development. She talked to us about why climate change is such a big threat to sea turtles.

    https://seaturtle.ca/

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    • 25 min
    Episode 4: On the Grill

    Episode 4: On the Grill

    Hi peeps, Sarah here!

    Alright, so… It’s easy to see why some people just ignore the climate crisis.  Actively engaging with it all the time is really - really hard.  You can end up feeling like you’re doing something wrong just by being a person.  So, today, instead of curling up into a little ball and vowing to only eat twigs we figure out how to approach eating responsibly, learn the merits of munching insects, give ourselves a bit of a cosmic hug with Cheryl and bust our climate myth of the week: “Plants and animals can adapt to climate change”

    Plus, there is that whole thing where I trick Kyle into eating crickets… lol!

    This episode features interviews with:

    Cheryl Leutjen

    Cheryl is the* writer of LOVE EARTH NOW*, a book of simple and immediate exercises to prompt each of us to explore our ecoanxiety and gives us calls to action. “*Let’s connect and aid each other in discovering what each of us can do that will make a meaningful contribution at this time of great eco-upheaval.” *Cheryl chats with me about how to tackle feeling helpless for our planet but also make taking some small steps to help. It’s okay we can’t do it all, but it’s good to do SOMETHING and be proud of that!!

    Website: https://cherylleutjen.com/

    Website: https://loveearthnow.us/

    IG: https://www.instagram.com/loveearthnow/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/loveearthauthor?lang=en

    **Sydney Koby
    **Sydney is a totally legit #GirllBoss. She invented recipes for cricket-based protein snacks and protein powders. Yeah don’t chirp me, you read that right, CRICKET PROTEIN. And honestly? They slap!! Absolutely delish and not at all icky, I promise.

    BITE Snacks Official Website https://bitesnacks.com/

    IG: https://www.instagram.com/bite_snacks/

    FB: https://www.facebook.com/bitesnacksco

    BC Business Article: https://www.bcbusiness.ca/The-Bug-Picture-Are-we-ready-to-eat-crickets

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    • 25 min
    Episode 3: We ♥ the North!

    Episode 3: We ♥ the North!

    Canada is an incredibly beautiful country.  There are vast wildernesses barely touched by people.  Parts of it that are still truly wild. But if you truly want to experience the wilds of Canada you have to go North. That’s what this episode is all about.  TBH I have always wanted to explore the "wild, wild North".

    The Arctic is one of the most unique places on the planet  The Arctic is also home to some of the most fragile ecosystems on the planet.  Very specific environmental conditions are necessary to keep it in balance and its particularly vulnerable to rising temperatures... which makes sense... you know, seeing as its defining feature is how singularly cold it is?  It’s ground zero for a lot of global warming phenomena; that melting ice cap? Rising Sea levels? Thawing permafrost? We all feel the ripples of these changes, but they make up the very foundation of the arctic ecosystem.

    I guess because it's so far away from where most Canadians live, we don’t think about it that
    much. It might as well be a totally separate snowy planet in a galaxy far far away...

    Since I can't make it up there myself, I think it's time to do some at-home research and make a few long-distance calls to way up there!

    This episode features interviews with:

    **Charlotte Irish
    **Charlotte is the Community Climate Coordinator of the Tuktoyaktuk Community Corporation Resilience Project. We chatted a bit about how climate change has been affecting her community waaaaay north in Tuktoyaktuk, Nunavut!

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TCCRPClimateCoordinator/

    **David Yurkowski
    David **works in scientific research studying the arctic! Cool! Literally!! We talked about what he’s been working on and what it’s like to live and work up there in such a unique climate.

    (@DJYurkowski) | Twitter

    https://www.researchgate.net/profile/David_Yurkowski

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    • 24 min

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