This week on Earthgauge Radio, we’re talking about President Obama’s new commitment to climate change, the growing problem of environmental “refugees”, and the environmental dimensions of the Idle No More aboriginal movement. We have 3 interviews on today’s show:
- Lisa Friedman, Deputy Editor of ClimateWire
- Stephen Hazell, environmental lawyer and the founder of Ecovision Law
- John Smol, biology professor at Queen’s University and Canada Research Chair in Environmental Change
U.S. President Barack Obama’s inaugural address last week gave special prominence to taking action on climate change. Will this translate into concrete action and what does this mean for Canada? Today we take a look at what Obama can actually accomplish and what he won’t be able to do given the fierce resistance of some members of Congress and of course the fossil fuel lobby in Washington. We speak to journalist Lisa Friedman of ClimateWire about the international climate change situation, what Obama is up against in the coming four years, and the growing problem of climate and environmental “refugees”.
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Also on the program today Earthgauge contributor Juanita Bawagan gives us a primer on the changes to the Navigable Waters Protection Act and the overhaul of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. It’s been said that these and other fundamental changes to environmental legislation and regulations in Canada have been at least partially responsible for fuelling the Idle No More movement that has galvanized Aboriginal Canadians right across the country. Juanita will explain why many First Nations are so upset with what the Harper government has done to environmental protections in Canada.
Also on the program we have our usual update from Kathy of Ecology Ottawa on local environmental events and campaigns.
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On Earthgauge Radio this week, we take a look back at the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, consider the environmental implications of President Obama’s re-election in the U.S. and catch up with the leader of the Green Party of Canada, Elizabeth May.
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We’ve been trying to get Elizabeth May on the program for the past couple weeks but she is a very busy woman as you might imagine. I did manage to catch up with the MP for Saanich-Gulf Islands this week so on today’s show we hear her thoughts on the re-election of Barack Obama and what it means for Canada, the Conservative government’s new omnibus budget Bill C-45 and specifically their proposed changes to navigable waters legislation, the Cohen Commission report on the decline of salmon populations in BC and the looming Canada-China trade deal.
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To kick off the program today, we talk about Hurricane Sandy and whether or not this storm, like many other record-setting weather events in recent years, is linked to global warming. We hear from our friend Alex Smith of Radio EcoShock in Vancouver about this who speaks with DAPHNE WYSHAM, long-time host of “Earthbeat” on Pacifica radio. Alex talked to Daphne in her home in Washington D.C., just as Hurricane Sandy was coming ashore.
We’ll also have our usual update from Ecology Ottawa on local environmental events and campaigns, and we hear the international eco-news headlines from Deutsche Welle Living Planet.