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There are a lot of questions, ideas and emotions about climate change. Whether you feel scared, curious or overwhelmed, What On Earth hears you. Laura Lynch explores your experiences, grapples with the challenges, and examines the potential solutions.

What On Earth CBC Radio

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    • 4.9 • 122 Ratings

There are a lot of questions, ideas and emotions about climate change. Whether you feel scared, curious or overwhelmed, What On Earth hears you. Laura Lynch explores your experiences, grapples with the challenges, and examines the potential solutions.

    ENCORE: After the flood: How High River recovered after climate disaster struck

    ENCORE: After the flood: How High River recovered after climate disaster struck

    Extreme weather is usually treated as a physical problem. But eight years after historic flooding in High River, Alta., the town’s recovery shows the long toll climate disasters can have on mental health — and offers lessons for how to help.

    • 27 min
    River above, trouble below: A What On Earth special report

    River above, trouble below: A What On Earth special report

    A "river in the sky" triggered landslides and floods that brought the climate crisis home. In this special report, hear what happened in B.C., and how to chart a path forward with solutions, strength, and hope.

    • 53 min
    How COP26 put public health in the spotlight

    How COP26 put public health in the spotlight

    In Glasgow, doctors, students and activists from around the world gathered to make the case: climate change is a health crisis. With Canada signing a pledge to decarbonize health care, this week a look at how the system itself can be part of the solution.

    • 28 min
    Why decolonizing COP can help keep 1.5 alive

    Why decolonizing COP can help keep 1.5 alive

    Negotiations continue at COP26 and Indigenous leaders are in Glasgow for the talks, even though they don't have seats at the bargaining table. Hear why some believe it’s a waste of time to try to be heard, while others argue it’s essential.

    • 34 min
    Trust, fairness, and a $100B broken promise

    Trust, fairness, and a $100B broken promise

    Wealthy nations have failed to meet a $100 billion pledge to help developing countries tackle climate change. This week, a look at why trust is the 'most relevant currency of climate negotiations' and what can be done to restore it.

    • 38 min
    ENCORE: Canada's climate strategy has an oil and gas problem

    ENCORE: Canada's climate strategy has an oil and gas problem

    As Canada strengthens its Paris Agreement targets, critics point to the elephant in the room — oil and gas expansion. We revisit an earlier episode and hear why Canada has 'one eye shut' when it comes to climate policy and what might be a first step toward a solution.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
122 Ratings

122 Ratings

Mtlgirl ,

What on earth

Just heard the special episode after the BC floods: excellent exploration of adaptation in the face of charges wrought by climate change and the impact on people’s lives. Quality journalism.

SWABCA ,

Very informative

It is the best time to learn and change our society to prevent climate changes taking place around the world. We have untapped resource to learn from in Canada. The untapped resource is our native Indians that have been around for thousands of years. They know best way to take what we need from the nature to sustain us but respect and preserve the nature for future generations. Keep up the good work. Thanks

TWGreenTeacher ,

Accessible, relevant, and comprehensive

I enthusiastically subscribed to What On Earth as soon as I learned about it. It is a valuable resource in my work as editor of Green Teacher magazine and in my various environmental education endeavours. Complex, potentially esoteric concepts are made accessible and even entertaining at times. The episodes lengths are ideal and each episode is well-paced, varied, and engaging throughout. Keep up the good work!

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