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Climate change is depressing, but we’re not! Explore a world of solutions with host Laura Lynch and our team of journalists. We find inspiration in unexpected places, scrutinize new technologies, hold powerful people accountable and join you on the journey to fix this mess. New episodes every Saturday.

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Climate change is depressing, but we’re not! Explore a world of solutions with host Laura Lynch and our team of journalists. We find inspiration in unexpected places, scrutinize new technologies, hold powerful people accountable and join you on the journey to fix this mess. New episodes every Saturday.

    A girl’s death, and her mom’s fight for clean air

    A girl’s death, and her mom’s fight for clean air

    Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah doesn’t want any other kids to die the way Ella did. The 9-year-old suffered a fatal asthma attack, which has since been linked to air pollution from her neighbourhood in London. Now, her mom is suing the U.K. government and taking her campaign global. And – Alberta has declared an early start to wildfire season, even as so-called zombie fires continue to burn underground. Next, as climate change shifts from abstract threat to lived reality for many Canadians, columnist Abhay Singh Sachal says our mental health system needs to adapt to support people after disasters. Plus, a drag queen ice skating show about climate change is derailed by warm weather.

    • 54 min
    Tiny forests everywhere

    Tiny forests everywhere

    It all started in Japan, now it’s a worldwide craze. Trees planted at industrial sites by botanist Akira Miyawaki in the 1970s were a way to resist deforestation. Today, community groups around the world have joined the tiny forest movement as a way to store carbon in pockets of cities. Then, we hunt for winter across Canada, and find out how a lack of snow and ice are affecting everything from ice fishing to the Ontario Winter Games. The co-creator of Black Climate Week shares how a stark realization sparked a campaign to build a more inclusive environmental movement. We head to the hardware store to answer a listener’s question about the most climate-friendly light fixtures. And, American climate scientist Peter Kalmus reflects on his high-profile protest outside a bank in 2022 and the role of civil disobedience as a climate solution.

    • 54 min
    How to sell people on climate action instead of fossil fuels

    How to sell people on climate action instead of fossil fuels

    Advertising can contribute to the climate crisis, but it can also be a force for change. We hear about efforts underway here in Canada to strengthen rules around fossil fuel advertising. And how some European cities and towns are banning “high carbon advertising” altogether. Plus, a former ad executive shares the personal story of how he stopped selling soap and credit cards and is now using his skills to find marketing messages that motivate climate action. Spoiler: it's all about love. What On Earth's climate justice columnist Chúk Odenigbo discovers gaps in how Black communities in Hamilton, Ontario understand and experience climate change. Also, we explore the magical world of mushrooms as a climate solution.

    • 54 min
    Could 2024 be the year China becomes a climate…leader?

    Could 2024 be the year China becomes a climate…leader?

    China emits a third of the world’s greenhouse gases. But it’s also a leader in renewables. We hear from people inside the country about its paradoxical – and controversial – energy mix. Plus, you’ve maybe weighed the option of buying a new EV, but one listener asks: can you retrofit a gas car? We find out. And, in Alberta, severe drought in the middle of winter is forcing difficult conversations about who gets less water come spring. We check in with a rancher and learn how monitoring is helping landowners manage their wells. Finally, why one B.C. university is trying out spiritual care as a balm for climate anxiety.

    • 54 min
    The robots are coming (to help fight climate change)

    The robots are coming (to help fight climate change)

    From potato rovers to wildfire sniffers, AI is being put to work. But there’s a catch: the technology’s growing carbon footprint. Last week, we talked about cold weather and the grid, heat pumps and EVs. You listened…and wrote in. Climate Change Minister Steven Guilbeault responds to those topics and more. Melina Laboucan-Massimo – What On Earth’s Indigenous climate solutions columnist – shares the story of the Mesgi’g Ugju’s’n wind farm on Mi’gmaq territory in Quebec.

    • 54 min
    When it's really freaking cold, is green power a solution?

    When it's really freaking cold, is green power a solution?

    An emergency alert on Alberta's power grid has people asking: can renewable energy get us through Canada's extreme winters? We find out what really triggered Alberta's electricity supply crunch, and how a greener grid can still meet demand. We look to Northern B.C. and Norway to see how electric vehicles handle frigid temperatures. Plus, how heat pumps can still keep you toasty in Canada's coldest cities and what you should consider before getting one.

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
186 Ratings

186 Ratings

Doctor Mags ,

NW Climate Gathering

Two weekends ago I attended the NW Climate Gathering in Thunder Bay after hearing Mary Jean Cormier interview Paul Berger on Superior Morning. I read the Ministry of the Future and attended the gathering. Both events were so engaging! Now I’m listening to all your podcasts. So much great information from so many interesting people. I love your podcasts, so informative!

Timmie’s Brain Trust ,

Elephant in the Room

Enjoy most stories, maybe I missed it but after a quick scan of your history I don’t see any investigation of human over population, arguably the base cause of most of which ails the environment, or is it? Love for you to delve into the science, economics and politics related to the implications of continued population growth, and depopulation, both catastrophic and controlled. You could probably do a three part series and still not cover all the facets.

Laura-BC ,

My favourite climate change podcast

I love this positive podcast that focuses on climate solutions. Laura Lynch approaches the topic with humbleness and humour. Lots of informative interviews from experts to ordinary people. Definitely need to listen if you are suffering from climate despair to realize so much is happening. Thank you to the What On Earth team!

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