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Saving the Planet - Energy, Plastic, and an eco-mystery

Continuing our interviews with entrepreneurs at the Sustainable Hamilton-Burlington Expo 2018: Adam Firchuk, Director, Business Development for Rodan Energy Solutions; and Robert Pocius, President of TekPak Solutions. And we spoke with Marissa Slaven, palliative care physician and author of an eco-mystery novel aimed at the Young Adult audience, 'Code Blue'.


Is there hope when it comes to Climate Change?

Despite the doom and gloom we often hear, the disasters and catastrophic events that grab headlines, there is an optimistic stream that flows through society when we here of individuals, organizations, and increasingly businesses that refuse to just let human-induced climate change take over. Are we reaching a tipping point when a 15 year old goes on strike against Climate Change? When Millenials take governments to court? When countless small companies use business to do...



Many feel that society’s most challenging problems can`t be solved by government and non-profits alone. Companies, small businesses and worker co-ops also play a significant part in addressing socio-economic and environmental issues. Certified B Corporations are businesses that focus on social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. B stands for Beneficial. We spoke with Kasha Huk, Country Manager with B Lab Canada who...


Zero-Waste Lifestyle

Kate Pepler moved to Canada’s east coast and attended Dalhousie University. There she learned about environmental issues and it troubled her that more wasn’t being done to reduce waste and recycle. After a year of learning how to source sustainable items and reduce her own waste, Pepler created a website to inspire others to become more eco-conscious and began hosting workshops for people living in her new hometown, Halifax, Nova Scotia to help them move towards a zero-waste...


Sustaining Prosperity, Nature and Wellbeing

Peter Bartelmus is an honorary professor at the University of Wuppertal, Germany. After his work in the United Nations, he taught economics of sustainable development at Wuppertal and Columbia University in New York. Peter is the author of the book ‘Sustaining Prosperity, Nature and Wellbeing’. It’s an examination of the many different ways we try to measure economic growth, wellbeing, happiness, and environmental impacts. The subject matter is intense, especially for those who may not...


Should We Hate Invasive Species?

In a provocative paper, titled ‘Turning over a new leaf: the role of novel riparian ecosystems in catchment management’, authors Samantha Capon, and Gary Palmer, examine research done on Novel riparian ecosystems. These ecosystems host new combinations of species – some might call invasive species – with natural areas affected by human infrastructure. While posing numerous risks to riverine biodiversity and ecosystems, novel riparian ecosystems can also have many beneficial effects at...


Climate Refugees

The UN Refugee Agency estimates that by 2050, up to 250 million people will be displaced by climate change impacts such as rising sea levels, floods, famine, drought, hurricanes, desertification and the negative impacts on ecosystems. Amali Tower is the Founder and Executive Director of Climate Refugees. Amali has worked the past 12 years to promote the protection of refugees and forcibly displaced persons in a variety of contexts, including in refugee resettlement, protection, evaluation...


Sue Reid, VP Climate & Energy - Ceres

Sue Reid is the Vice President Climate & Energy & for Ceres. Ceres is a sustainability non-profit organization working with influential investors and companies to build leadership and drive solutions throughout the economy. Through powerful networks and advocacy, Ceres tackles the world’s biggest sustainability challenges, including climate change, water scarcity and pollution, and human rights abuses.


Climate Change Toolkits for Business

Whether it’s because of the dire warnings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change or the pressure from consumers to do better, businesses are slowly starting to incorporate sustainable practices into every facet of their operation. Real sustainability, not just greenwashing, is being demanded but where can CEO’s and business leaders get authentic information, samples of best practices, and verifiable results? There is no shortage of ‘sustainability experts’ with varying degrees...


Permafrost & Climate Change

Today’s program is about permafrost, and specifically the impact that warmer temperatures are having on the melting permafrost that covers some 24% of the Northern Hemisphere. I spoke with Dr. Sean Carey. Dr. Carey directs the Watershed Hydrology Group at the School of Geography & Earth Sciences at McMaster University, and his research interests include hydrological, biogeochemical and land surface processes in natural and human impacted environments.


Kale Black - local eco-hero

In today’s show we speak with Kale Black, an inspiring young environmentalist, who speaks from the heart and talks about the spirituality he experiences while talking to students about the environment, or when holding workshops on sustainability, or when he’s sorting through a hundred pounds of recycled material. Kale's passion for nature and respect for the environment began in high school where he established the Aldershot High School Eco-club.


Environment Hamilton

Environment Hamilton was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 2001 and has worked since then to inspire people to protect and enhance our environment through leadership, education and advocacy. We spoke with Lynda Lukasik, Executive Director of Environment Hamilton.


EarthMatters times two

Samantha Rose and Anna Casey-Cox are passionate advocates for a healthy earth and a thriving society. Their weekly radio program, ‘Earth Matters’ offers topics on how to apply the permaculture ethics of Earth Care, People Care, and Fair Share to our lives and communities. I spoke to Samantha Rose of the New Zealand program ‘Earth Matters’, broadcast on Free-FM. We decided to find out a bit more about each other, and our programs. We found a common approach to some of the most pressing...


Can Protests Stop Bottled Water? - Pt. 3

This is the final episode in our three part series, “Can Protests Stop Bottled Water?” In this episode we dive a little deeper into the controversy surrounding one location in Canada, the campaigns mounted by volunteers, and the reaction from regional governments trying to balance the needs of citizens to access clean, fresh water with the realities of an industry that earns billions of dollars in revenue, creates some jobs for local residents and generates tax revenues for municipalities.


Can Protests Stop Bottled Water - Pt, 2

In this, the second part of our multi-part special on bottled water and the community groups fighting the extraction of bulk water, we further examine the complaints against bottled water and the defense water bottling companies use to justify water taking. Are governments doing enough to protect water? How do regulations and restrictions affect the issue? We also take a look at some of the citizens groups that have sprouted up around the continent to understand their tactics and...


Can Protests Stop Bottled Water?

Bottled water has created a firestorm of protest as aquifers are depleted, droughts continue, and fresh water becomes a commodity. More and more communities are saying "No to Nestle" and other water bottlers - yet sales of bottled water continue to climb. Can local, non-profit, groups of citizens fight against big corporations and win? Why does Nestle Waters have a target on its back? What are the myths and facts surrounding water taking? Part 1 of a series.


Global Climate Action Summit

Sept. 12-14, 2018, the Global Climate Action Summit will bring leaders and people together from around the world to “Take Ambition to the Next Level.” It will be a moment to celebrate the extraordinary achievements of states, regions, cities, companies, investors and citizens with respect to climate action. It will also be a launchpad for deeper worldwide commitments and accelerated action from countries—supported by all sectors of society—that can put the globe on track to prevent...


Environmental Sustainability Rotarian Action Group

Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million business people, in 35,000 chapters, dedicated to 'service above self'. Rotary's people of action have used their passion, energy, and intelligence to take action on sustainable projects. From literacy and peace to water and health, they are always working to better our world. ESRAG was formed to empower members of the Rotary Family worldwide to take actions to sustain our environment, particularly to stabilize our climate. Karen Kendrick-Hands is...


Working With Nature

Extreme Weather Events have become the 'New Normal'. What should we be looking for and how can we work with nature to prepare ourselves for 'catastrophic' events. Sara Jane O'Neill, Lead Author of the Smart Prosperity Institute's report - 'Defining and Scoping Municipal Natural Assets'. Tys Thysmeyer, Head of Natural Lands at the Royal Botannical Gardens - the Flood of 2017. Chris McLaughlin, Executive Director of the Bay Area Restoration Council - remediation progress in one of Canada's...


Resilience Matters

In 2013 Island Press launched the Urban Resilience Project (URP) with support from The Kresge Foundation and The JPB Foundation. The project is working to imagine and inspire the sustainable, equitable, resilient cities of the future. It brings together thought leaders with a broad range of expertise to generate and cross-pollinate ideas. These ideas are shared in a variety of media—books, articles, podcasts interviews, webinars, and educational coursework. Laurie Mazur is the Island Press...