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Restoring Power to the People
15 Sep, 2019 | 0:27:05 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

New and resurgent solutions are democratizing how we produce, consume, govern, and solve social problems. The maker movement, collaborative consumption, the solidarity economy, open source software, transition towns, open government, and social enterprise are just a few of the movements showing a way forward based on sharing. The sharing transformation shows that it’s possible to govern ourselves, build a green...
Barriers to Adopting Electric Buses
08 Sep, 2019 | 0:28:29 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

World Resources Institute (WRI) is a global research organization that spans more than 50 countries, with offices in the United States, China, India, Brazil and more. Its work focuses on seven critical issues at the intersection of environment and development: climate, energy, food, forests, water, cities and the ocean. We spoke with Ryan Sclar, co-author of two reports on the...
To Divest or Not to Divest
01 Sep, 2019 | 0:29:58 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

Based in Calgary, Canada, the ARC Energy Research Institute conducts economic and investment analysis for ARC Financial Corp. and its stakeholders. ARC Financial is an employee-owned, private equity investment management firm specializing in the Canadian energy industry. Jackie Forrest actively monitors emerging strategic trends related to energy. She is an author and sought after public speaker with 20 years of...
Local is Our Future
28 Aug, 2019 | 0:30:05 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

Author and filmmaker Helena Norberg-Hodge is the founder and director of Local Futures. A pioneer of the ‘new economy’ movement, she has been promoting an economics of personal, social and ecological well-being for more than thirty years. She is the producer and co-director of the award-winning documentary 'The Economics of Happiness'. Helena has just released a new book, 'Local is...
Speaking (Environmental) Truth to Power
21 Aug, 2019 | 0:29:22 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

2015 to 2019, Dr. Dianne Saxe was the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO), an office that has since been abolished. She was appointed unanimously by all MPPs to report to the Legislature on Ontario’s environmental, energy and climate performance, and to be the guardian of the Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR). During her term, she improved the effectiveness of the...
Climate Action Network
15 Aug, 2019 | 0:29:50 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

Climate Action Network Canada – Réseau action climat Canada (CAN-Rac Canada) is a coalition of more than 100 organizations across the country. CAN-Rac Canada is the only network in the country that brings labour, development, faith-based, and Indigenous groups together with the key national, provincial, and territorial environmental organizations working on climate change. The network plays a critical role in...
Funding Local Solutions to Global Problems
04 Aug, 2019 | 0:28:07 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

Throughout various communities across America, there are plenty of opportunities in need of funding in order to come to fruition. Examples include properties requiring capital to become productive again or entrepreneurs working on promising businesses that have no access to capital to grow. There are plenty of citizens that wish they could make meaningful private equity investments locally, but have...
Alternative Protein Sources - Bugs, Beetles & Insects
28 Jul, 2019 | 0:30:00 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

Scientists and foodies have been searching for alternatives to traditional, animal protein-based food. Land use, greenhouse gas emissions and obesity are touched on during this discussion about eating insects instead of beef, pork and poultry. While many get squeamish at the idea, entomophagy — people eating insects — is a possible way to ensure a sustainable and secure food supply...
Communicating Climate Change and Carbon Pricing
21 Jul, 2019 | 0:27:39 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

Effective communications are integral to gaining acceptance for carbon pricing and to ensure that audiences understand human-induced climate change. Dr. Louise Comeau, is an independent researcher and communications specialist and a Research Associate at the University of New Brunswick. Her communication, policy and education recommendations are based on quantitative and qualitative research. She has almost 30 years’ experience in analyzing...
Post Carbon Institute
21 Jul, 2019 | 0:30:00 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

Founded in 2003, Post Carbon Institute’s mission is to lead the transition to a more resilient, equitable, and sustainable world by providing individuals and communities with the resources needed to understand and respond to the interrelated ecological, economic, energy, and equity crises of the 21st century. We spoke with Rob Dietz, Program Director at Post Carbon Institute about the many...
M-KOPA Solar - Distributed Electricity in Africa
30 Jun, 2019 | 0:29:49 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

M-KOPA Solar has provided 750,000 homes in East African villages and towns with small, affordable solar kits - bringing households light, power and communications, and avoiding harmful kerosene and diesel fumes. Through micro-payments, as little as fifty cents per day, M-KOPA allows customers an affordable approach to ownership and self-sufficiency. Since 2010, Co-Founders Jesse Moore and Nick Hughes, and their...
Trains, Buses, People:An Opinionated Atlas of US Transit
11 Jun, 2019 | 0:28:30 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

In 'Trains, Buses, People", transportation expert Christof Spieler looks at how cities can build successful transit. He profiles the 47 metropolitan areas in the US that have rail transit or BRT, using data, photos, and maps for easy comparison. He explains broad concepts, but recognizes all of the technical, geographical, and political difficulties of building transit in the real world.
Indigenous Land Recognition, REDD+, and Plastic Pollution
02 Jun, 2019 | 0:28:40 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

Stacey Laforme is the elected Chief of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation (MNCFN). Born and raised on MCFN, Chief Laforme has served his community for over eighteen years, being first elected to council in 1999. Kevin Conrad is Executive Director of the Coalition for Rainforest Nations. In 2004 he designed the REDD+ Mechanism that is represented by Article...
Christiana Figueres & Catherine McKenna
26 May, 2019 | 0:28:59 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

Christiana Figueres was appointed Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and helped push through the Paris Agreement. Figueres was recently named one of the top 100 most influential people in Climate Change policy. Figueres was at a Q&A session at ‘Collision’ a high tech conference. Also at the Collision conference held in Toronto was another member...
Protecting Pollinators - Butterflies ,Bees, Bats and More
20 May, 2019 | 0:28:07 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

In 'Protecting Pollinators: How to Save the Creatures that Feed Our World', beekeeper and author Jodi Helmer explores why pollinator decline has become so dire and how it can be reversed. Her book, published by Island Press, offers a hopeful vision for the future of pollinators - not just the iconic monarch butterfly and the dainty hummingbird, but the drab...
Making the Case for Building to Zero Carbon
06 May, 2019 | 0:29:09 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

Transportation is often noted as the biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions. The built environment – offices, factories, homes and hospitals, for example are not far behind. Between the ecological footprint of construction, demolition, and the ongoing generation of heat and electricity used on a daily basis, its no wonder says Jeff Ranson of the Canadian Green Building Council. After...
Clean Works - waterless cleansing of fresh produce
22 Apr, 2019 | 0:29:26 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

Clean Works is a joint venture between Paul Moyer, a fruit farmer and Court Holdings Ltd., a family business involved in manufacturing, technology and steel services. The process - called Clean Verification - was validated by the Food Science Department at the University of Guelph, a leading agri-food institution. The method is chemical-free and waterless. According to Clean Works, the...
Plant-Based Meat
22 Apr, 2019 | 0:30:00 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

Growing crops to feed farm animals is vastly inefficient, driving up the price of grains and legumes, and entrenching global poverty. The challenge to produce enough food for 9 billion people by 2050, requires a more efficient system and less food waste. The Good Food Institute works with scientists, investors, and entrepreneurs to discover improved methods and use all the...
Building Inclusive Communities - One Bike at a Time
11 Apr, 2019 | 0:30:01 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

Community bike shops are run on a mandate to eliminate barriers to cycling by teaching people how to repair and maintain bikes (and offering the tools and space to do so), and providing safe, affordable bikes to those who might otherwise be priced out of the market. Whether running hands-on programs in neighbourhood schools, or just through day-to-day shop activity,...
A Vision for a Circular Economy for Plastics
31 Mar, 2019 | 0:30:00 |
EN | Lawson Hunter | EarthMatters

The use of plastics today is a highly wasteful, linear, take-make-waste model that is harmful to the environment and misses economic opportunities as value is literally thrown away. This linear economy for plastics requires energy and generates emissions for each production cycle that would largely be avoided, were plastic otherwise reused or effectively recycled. In a report to the Smart...
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