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Learn about green careers from inspiring people who help the planet. Each episode we talk to a different guest, so you can learn about the various jobs and topics in the green economy.

A podcast by Relay Education, a charity which delivers education and training programs about the renewable energy and the environment. Hosted by Madison Kendal.

In the Green Chair Relay Education

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Learn about green careers from inspiring people who help the planet. Each episode we talk to a different guest, so you can learn about the various jobs and topics in the green economy.

A podcast by Relay Education, a charity which delivers education and training programs about the renewable energy and the environment. Hosted by Madison Kendal.

    Stay true to your own green journey (Season 3 Closer)

    Stay true to your own green journey (Season 3 Closer)

    That's a wrap on season three of In the Green Chair! Leave us a review and rank our podcast :)

    Special thanks to our guests:


    Amanda Savoie
    Isabelle Allen
    Ashley Smith
    Anita Rao
    Sidney Howlett
    Sophia Yang
    Smiely Khurana
    Cathy Valentine


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    Underwater phycology (SEAWEED RESEARCH) with Dr. Amanda Savoie

    Underwater phycology (SEAWEED RESEARCH) with Dr. Amanda Savoie

    Did you know that Canada's coastline stretches 202,080 kilometers long? Or that 70-80% of the oxygen we breathe comes from seaweed and other marine plants? Or that it's possible to scuba dive for work?

    Neither did Madison... until she spoke with Dr. Amanda Savoie, a research scientist at the Canadian Museum of Nature. As the director of the museum's Centre for Arctic Knowledge and Exploration, Dr. Savoie recently led an expedition in Nunavut's Cambridge Bay to gather baseline data about Arctic seaweed to help scientists understand future ecological changes.

    We also couldn't resist using our fave. podcast, Ologies, title style for this episode 3

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    Learn more about the expedition ⁠here⁠

    Follow Dr. Savoie on Twitter @iheartseaweed

    And check out the Canadian Museum of Nature!

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    • 21 min
    Climate adaptation and mitigation in Newfoundland with Ashley Smith

    Climate adaptation and mitigation in Newfoundland with Ashley Smith

    Who do you call when a community is trying to recover after experiencing a natural disaster caused by climate change...or when a city is trying to improve their stormwater management to lessen flooding? In this episode, we've come from away to Newfoundland to learn about climate mitigation, adaptation, and resilience from climate change consulting firm Owner and Director, Ashley Smith (Fundamental Inc.).



    Learn more about Newfoundland's first socially-focused, climate action consulting firm: Fundamental Inc.

    And dive into Fundamental Inc.'s own podcast, Walking the Walk, for an in-depth look at their Transition 2050 projects!


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    • 21 min
    Taking care of death with Cathy Valentine

    Taking care of death with Cathy Valentine

    If environmentally responsible choices are important to us in life, shouldn't they be important to us after?

    For the past two decades, Canada's cremation rates have been steadily increasing, with approximately 75% of Canadians choosing this method over burial. Unfortunately, just one cremation produces an average of 534.6 lbs of carbon dioxide and can release harmful chemicals into the atmosphere.

    So, what's a body to do?

    We're joined by Cathy Valentine, co-owner and operator of Canada's first public natural burial ground, to find out more about her unique career.

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    Visit Salt Spring Island Natural Cemetery's website: https://saltspringcemetery.ca/

    Check out Cathy's farm, online or in person: https://http://www.nightowlfarm.ca/

    (P.S - to see a photo of Cowboy "the cemetery sentinel", click or tap here)

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    • 27 min
    Reducing harmful greenhouse gases in hospitals with Dr. Anita Rao

    Reducing harmful greenhouse gases in hospitals with Dr. Anita Rao

    When it comes to anesthetic gases, one of them is not like the others. Desflurane, one of three general anesthetics used in surgery to safely put patients to sleep, has a global warming potential 2500x greater than carbon dioxide. Due to its devastating impact on the atmosphere, there is a global initiative to ban desflurane with Scotland leading the charge. In Canada, anesthesiologists like Dr. Anita Rao are bringing climate action to work with sights set on a complete ban, one hospital at a time.

    Explore the link between sustainability and healthcare, as well as the many efforts toward decarbonizing Canada’s health system.

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    Thinking about a green career in healthcare?

    Dr. Rao shared the perfect resource, just for you: https://cascadescanada.ca/

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    • 23 min
    Climate conversations with Sidney Howlett

    Climate conversations with Sidney Howlett

    What are climate emotions? Why do they matter? And how do we talk about them with kids? This episode we discuss how to have climate conversations with youth and support teachers with Sidney Howlett, an environmental educator and research assistant.



    If you'd like to explore even more, visit GreenLearning's resource page.

    Relay Education also offers School Programs about environment and renewable energy

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    You can also check out what Sidney's reading: 

    Hope Matters 

    All We Can Save






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