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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 of...


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.


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...


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.


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...


Radical Food Resistance

Wayne Roberts is a Canadian food policy analyst and writer, widely respected for his role as the manager of the [Toronto Food Policy Council], widely recognized for its innovative approach to food security, from 2000-2010. Wayne is the author of seven books including "The No-Nonsense Guide to World Food" and speaks to us about nutrition, health, economics and more. We also speak with Melissa Houghton, CEO and Founder of Lumago Inc. - an Aquaponics systems distributor.


Can We Find a Path to Sustainability through Coffee?

Over two billion cups of coffee are consumed, worldwide, every day. According to the International Coffee Organization, each year some 10 million tons of coffee is produced employing 120 million people with 25 million of them being small farm producers in 37 countries. We spoke to three retailers of coffee, all using certified Fair Trade coffee, and asked how and why they got started. One company is a worker co-op, another is a certified B Corporation (meaning that social and environmental...


Land Trusts and Conservation Agencies

EarthMatters spoke to representatives from two organizations that understand the importance of conservation – one a small local group and the other a much larger, national, organization. Land Trusts and Conservation agencies abound all around us, we simply need to take an effort to see what they are accomplishing and lend a hand. Jen Baker, Land Trust manager for the Hamilton Naturalists Club. Kristyn Ferguson, Acting Director of Conservation, Ontario Region of the Nature Conservancy of...


CoPower Green Bonds

CoPower is a registered exempt market dealer and a certified B corporation that began in 2013 with the vision that new online tools, and the surge in profitable clean energy investments could provide an investing platform for people who care about their portfolios, their communities and their environment. Trish Nixon, Managing Director & Head of Capital for CoPower explains what CoPower does and how investors can help fund environmental projects.


Farm & Food Care

While some of us buy fresh food from local markets and speak directly to those who produce that food, and many have at least heard of the 100-mile diet, the vast majority of society has little or no contact with farmers and the agricultural industry. I spoke to Kelly Daynard, Executive Director, and Dave McEachren a Grain Farmer and Board Member, both of Farm & Food Care Ontario to find out more. Farm & Food Care is a whole-sector coalition made up of representatives from all farming types...


What is Responsible Investing?

Environmentalists and Investors seem to be speaking different languages, yet everyone wants 'sustainability'. We've heard about Green Bonds and Impact Investing for several years but can we leverage our personal investments, pensions funds, and insurance pools to push corporations to embrace Environment, Social and Governance issues? EarthMatters went to the Responsible Investment Association of Canada to find out.


Transportation & GHG emissions

I speak with Lindsay Wiginton, Managing Director, Transportation and Urban Solutions for the Pembina Institute. The Pembina Institute is made up of engineers, scientists, analysts, MBAs, planners and communication professionals working throughout B.C., Alberta and Ontario. Lindsay talks about the carbon footprint of freight transportation and how its GHG emissions may outstrip passenger vehicles by 2030. A report by Pembina titled "Improving Urban Freight Efficiency" is discussed.


Economic Tools to Reduce Household Waste

Katherine Monahan, Senior Research Associate for Smart Prosperity Institute, discusses a new report, 'Economic Tools to Reduce Household Waste and Related Greenhouse Gas Emissions', and how incentives and environmental charges must be used to decrease the amount of waste we don't yet recycle.