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What On EARTH Can We Do?

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What On EARTH Can We Do? (WOECWD) is an environmental education podcast produced by the Alberta Emerald Foundation. In each episode of WOECWD, host Bri Huot sits down with leaders from across Alberta to unpack environmental topics and figure out what on earth we can do to take action against climate change and protect our environment! With each episode, we're educating Albertans, Canadians and beyond about the environmental work happening in Alberta and how our province is taking a leading r ...
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Join Bri as she explores the innovative Calgary Willow Plantation project with Catalina Nadeau-Bonilla, shedding light on the fascinating intersection of wastewater treatment, biosolids utilization, and environmental sustainability. The conversation delves into the details of the project, its impact on marginal lands, and the myriad benefits it bri…
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In this episode of WOECWD, Bri has an eye-opening conversation with Kelly Rogers from Lloydminster-based EcoPlast Solutions about how they’re revolutionizing the construction industry by building homes from recycled plastic bottles. Join us for an inspiring discussion on the intersection of sustainability and construction, and the limitless potenti…
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In this episode, Bri delves into the crucial work of the Caribou Patrol program with Stephanie Leonard, the environmental coordinator at the Asenuwiche Winewak Nation (AWN). Discover the inspiring efforts behind protecting and conserving the caribou population in west-central Alberta, from highway patrols to educational outreach. Explore the deep c…
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In this episode, we explore the world of plastic waste and how it can be saved from landfills and turned into a valuable resource. Join us as we chat with Corey Saban from ReWaste to discover their unique approach to recycling plastic and learn how they're contributing to a circular economy that's changing how we view plastic. If you've ever wonder…
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In this episode, we delve into Blindman Brewing's incredible journey of pioneering carbon capture technology in the craft beer industry in Canada. Co-founders Kirk Zembal and Hans Doef unpack their six-year endeavour to reduce emissions and save money while brewing delicious beer. Learn how they're making a significant impact on sustainability and …
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In this episode host we sit down with Bradley Peter, Executive Director of the Alberta Lake Management Society (ALMS). Together, we delve into the world of lakes, exploring how this nonprofit has been working to enhance our understanding of Alberta's lakes and their watersheds for over 30 years. We’ll dive into the specifics of their Lake Keepers P…
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In this episode, we dig deep into the world of tire recycling and its pivotal role in building a more sustainable future. Together with Michael Lobsinger, the Vice President of Operations at EcoFlex Recycled Rubber Solutions, we explore the history of tire recycling, its evolution, and the environmental challenges posed by discarded tires. Learn mo…
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In this episode, we delve into the captivating world of rewilding with Project Forest's Founder and Executive Director, Mike Toffan. Join us as we explore how Project Forest is on a mission to rewild Canada, one forest at a time. Discover their inspiring journey, their impact on biodiversity and climate resilience, and their vision for a greener, m…
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Backyard, front yard, or even alleyway gardening is a great way to connect to nature, your community, and help feed your family. In this episode, Bri chats with Patty Milligan from The Edmonton Urban Farm to discover the environmental benefits of gardening and the different ways to get started! Learn more about the Edmonton Urban Farm: https://expl…
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In 2021 alone, 2.5 billion beverage containers were sold in Alberta. Of that, 2.1 billion were recycled through Alberta's bottle depots. In this episode, Bri chats with Lori Koebel from ABCRC to learn what happens to our beverage containers after they're recycled and how they can help play a role in the circular economy. Learn more about ABCRC: htt…
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Over the past century, Alberta's natural spaces have changed drastically. We've converted spaces like grasslands into urban centres, wetlands into agricultural areas, and so much more. And while we need to change natural spaces to meet our society's growing needs, there's often a more sustainable way to do it. In this episode, Bri chats with Jennif…
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In this episode, Bri is joined by Sarah Janzen, owner of Blenderz Garment Recyclers, to talk about textile waste. They'll explore where our textile waste problem comes from, its environmental impact, and discuss solutions to the problem! Learn more about Blenderz https://www.blenderzgarmentrecyclers.com/ Learn more about textile waste https://wrwca…
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With rising energy costs and the increasing need for climate action, solar is something that many people are turning toward. But, installing solar in your home can become overwhelming if you don't have the information you need to make the right decisions. In this episode, Bri sits down with Kai Fahrion and Gursh Bal, Co-CEO's of Zeno Renewables, to…
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Cycling is a great way to reduce transportation costs and travel around our cities, but once the snow hits the ground it can be a bit intimidating! In this episode, Bri chats with Jen and Jeremy Tweddell from the Canmore Community Cruisers about the benefits of winter cycling and tips to get started. What's in this episode? 01:30 - Why did you star…
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Eco-anxiety is quickly becoming a shared experience for people across the world, especially young people. In this episode of WOECWD, Bri chats with Sasha Adamova from the Alberta Youth Leaders for Environmental Education and Sebastien Rioux from Newo Global Energy about their experiences with eco-anxiety and their advice on how to work through it. …
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Who are the individuals across Alberta taking action against climate change and what drives them to do it? What we're chatting about: 02:09 - Get to know Pat Letizia 04:35 - Pat has been a part of environmental granting programs that have dispersed over $11 million dollars to over 734 environmental projects 08:08 - Pat’s advice to new leaders or yo…
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In this episode, we sit down with Emerald Award winners Defend Alberta Parks & Lacombe Composite High School's EcoVision. Together, we chat about how public engagement can influence solutions to problems that affect people’s lives and how we can use our voices to make a change. What we're chatting about: 03:57 - Learning about CPAWS and the Defend …
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In Canada, transportation produces 27% of our national emissions, and homes and buildings produce 13%... but, there are things we can do to shrink those numbers! In this episode of What On EARTH Can We Do? we chat with The Calgary Region Airshed Zone and Solar Alberta to learn all about emissions: what they are, why they exist, and what we can do a…
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"Nîpîy, which is water in Cree, means life… where there is water, there is life” - Katherine Swampy, Band Councilor, Samson Cree Nation In this episode of What On EARTH Can We Do? we're chatting with the Emerald Award-Winning Vermilion River Watershed Alliance & Pigeon Lake Watershed Association to learn all about watersheds and why they're so impo…
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In this episode: "Regenerative agriculture is a decision to stop with the extraction ... and all about helping the earth thrive" (08:26) "When you support local farmers you're a part of an incredibly hopeful journey" (13:28) "[Alberta] has some of the last left healthy native fescue grasses and it's our responsibility to preserve them" (18:49) Abou…
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About 2.8 million tonnes of plastic waste ends up in Canadian landfills every year, which is the equivalent of the weight of 24 CN towers! In this episode, we sit down with Jade Janzen from Lives with Less Plastic and Robert Herritt from StyroGo to chat about plastic pollution and what they're doing about it. And, as always, we'll get some tips on …
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Last season, we chatted with a young person about their un-bee-lievable work – but the conversation about youth leading the environmental movement was far from over. In this episode, we take you on a road trip of Southern Alberta, and introduce you to some incredible educators who are inspiring the next generation of environmental leaders.…
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