Climate911

Climate911 is our weekly radio show and podcast which explores innovative and practical solutions to the climate emergency.

Climate911 is broadcast on CHLY, operated by Radio Malaspina Society. You can catch the program Tuesday’s at 11 am Pacific on CHLY (101.7 FM) or at this link: https://tunein.com/radio/CHLY-1017FM-s18493/. You can also listen to a recording of any episode by clicking on the corresponding “Link to listen” for that episode.

Federal Election Interviews

We have invited the candidates from each of the political parties to appear on Climate911 to discuss their party’s plans for tackling the climate emergency. Interviews will air on CHLY (see schedule below). Interviews are still in process, and we will post links to the audio and video of each interview once all candidates have been interviewed. Please click on the candidate’s name to go to a page with audio, video, and resources for that interview.

You can see the questions we prepared for the candidates here. Thank you to the West Coast Climate Action Network, Environmental Defence, and the Climate Emergency Unit for many of the questions used during the interviews. We also thank Transition Nanaimo and the Nanaimo Climate Action Hub for coordinating the questions and promoting the interviews.

Here are two election resources you may find helpful:

National Observer article comparing each party’s climate action plan: https://www.nationalobserver.com/2021/08/18/explainer/election-2021-main-federal-parties-plan-fight-climate-crisis

Macleans online summary of each party’s election promises: https://www.macleans.ca/rankings/2021-federal-election-platform-guide/

August 31st: Michelle Corfield (Liberal Party)

September 7th: Paul Manly (Green Party)

We were planning to air an interview with Lisa Marie Barron (New Democratic Party) on September 14th, but she was unable to make our scheduled interview. We have not had a response yet from Tamara Kronis (Conservative) or Stephen Welton (People’s Party of Canada). If Tamara and/or Stephen do an interview with Climate911 it would be aired on CHLY (date and time to be confirmed) and links to the audio and video would be posted on this page.

Episode 30 (Air date: September 14, 2021)

Link to listen: https://InstantTeleseminar.com/Events/127748406

Title: Protecting BC’s Farmland

Guest: Heather Pritchard, Foodlands Cooperative of BC

Description: In this episode, we speak with Heather Pritchard of the Foodlands Cooperative of BC. We discuss their work to preserve farmland in BC, their beef with the Canada Revenue Agency, their funding, some of the projects they have been involved in on Vancouver Island and what Heather likes to do in her spare time.

For references, resources, and additional material on this episode, please click here.

Episode 29 (Air date: August 3, 2021)

Link to listen: https://InstantTeleseminar.com/Events/127351506

Title: ReImagine Nanaimo – Phase 2

Guest: Lisa Bhopalsingh, Manager of Community Planning for the city of Nanaimo

Description: In this episode, we speak with Lisa Bhopalsingh, Manger of Community Planning for the city of Nanaimo. We discuss Phase 2 of the ReImagine Nanaimo community engagement process that is currently underway, 3 major scenarios the city is considering to manage our expected growth over the next 25-40 years, how to get involved, and what Lisa likes to do in her spare time.

For references, resources, and additional material on this episode, please click here.

Episode 28 (Air date: July 27, 2021)

Link to listen: https://InstantTeleseminar.com/Events/127279623

Title: What’s new Tyler Brown?

Guest: Tyler Brown, city of Nanaimo councilor and chair of the Regional District of Nanaimo council

Description: Tyler Brown joins us again to provide an update on what’s new at the city of Nanaimo and the Regional District of Nanaimo.

Episode 27 (Air date: July 20, 2021)

Link to listen: https://InstantTeleseminar.com/Events/127218009

Title: Life on the Farm

Guest: Sabrina Anderson, Farm Manager for Nanaimo Foodshare

Description: In this episode, we speak with Sabrina about her background, Nanaimo Foodshare’s three sites, what they grow, the many different groups that work on the farms, regenerative agriculture, the connection between climate change and food production, and how to build a better local food system.

For references, resources, and additional material on this episode, please click here.

Episode 26 (Air date: July 6, 2021)

Link to listen: https://InstantTeleseminar.com/Events/127148079

Title: Catching up with Ben

Guest: Ben Geselbracht, city of Nanaimo councilor

Description: In this episode, we speak with city of Nanaimo councilor Ben Geselbracht about developments at the city and the RDN, proposals from the Climate Action Technical Advisory Committee, the RDN’s compost system, and the status of the city’s proposal to the province to suspend logging of old growth forests.

For references, resources, and additional material on this episode, please click here.

Episode 25 (Air date: June 29, 2021)

Link to listen: https://InstantTeleseminar.com/Events/127025859

Title: Building a Community Food System

Guest: Craig Evans, activist and community food system advocate

Description: In this episode, we speak with Craig Evans, an activist who has been working on community food systems for over 35 years. We talk about the various organizations Craig has started including Nanaimo Community Garden Society, Growing Opportunities Co-op, Farmship Growers Co-op, and Nanaimo Foodshare. We also discuss his work with the BC Farmland Trust (Foodlands Co-op), how to build a community food system, and what he loves to do in his spare time.

For references, resources, and additional material on this episode, please click here.

Episode 24 (Air date: June 15, 2021)

Link to listen: https://InstantTeleseminar.com/Events/126885747

Title: Greenhouse Gas Accounting

Guest: Svend Andersen, founder and principal, GHG Accounting.

Description: In this episode we discuss how governments and businesses calculate their carbon emissions, the top sources of carbon emissions in B.C., how the province and municipalities can reduce their emissions, inexpensive and innovative ways to store renewable energy, and the hidden opportunity in our food waste.

For references, resources, and additional material on this episode, click here.

Episode 23 (Air date: June 8, 2021)

Link to listen: https://InstantTeleseminar.com/Events/126858594

Title: Horticulture and Climate Change

Guest: Jessica Gemella, Chair and Instructor, Vancouver Island University’s Horticultural Technician program.

Description: In this episode, we discuss VIU’s Horticultural Technician program, how horticulture and landscape architecture can help address climate change, VIU’s partnership with Tokyo’s Tamagawa University, invasive species, and how to adapt plants and crops to our changing climate.

For references, resources, and additional material on this episode, click here.

Episode 22 (Air date: June 1, 2021)

Link to listen: https://InstantTeleseminar.com/Events/126750990

Title: Green Construction

Guests: Kerriann Coady (Executive Diector.), John Drazic (Board President) and Mark Bernhardt (Past Board President) of the Canadian Home Builders Association – Vancouver Island (CHBAVI).

Description: Home construction is a significant contributor to carbon emissions. In this episode we explore ways to build homes in a more environmentally responsible way. We discuss the new building Step Code program, passive homes, new building materials, why lumber is so expensive, how to build more affordable homes, and the pros and cons of industrial hemp.

For references, resources, and additional material on this episode, click here.

Episode 21 (Air date: May 25, 2021)

Link to listen: https://InstantTeleseminar.com/Events/126660333

Title: Faith and Environmental Justice

Guest: Brian Short, chair, Environmental Justice Task Force, First Unitarian Fellowship of Nanaimo

Description: In this episode, we discuss the Unitarian Fellowship’s work in environmental justice, projects the task force has worked on, recent successes, Brian’s founding of Engineers for Nuclear Disarmament, the Buy Nothing Lower Millstream Facebook group, and what he likes to do in his spare time.

For references, resources, and additional material on this episode, click here.

Episode 20 (Air date: May 18, 2021)

Link to listen: https://InstantTeleseminar.com/Events/126578685

Title: Protecting Our Land and Waters

Guest: Paul Chapman, Executive Director, Nanaimo and Area Land Trust (NALT)

Description: In this episode, Paul tells us about his journey to NALT, their mission and projects, how we can support their work, and what he loves to do in his spare time.

For references, resources, and additional material on this episode, click here.

Episode 19 (Air date: May 11, 2021)

Link to listen: https://InstantTeleseminar.com/Events/126513480

Title: Yes, You Can Cook!

Guest: Heidi Sinclair, Executive Director, Nanaimo Community Kitchens Society

Description: In this episode, Heidi tells us about NCKS, their 30-year history, their programs, how Covid has impacted their work, and what she loves to do in her spare time.

For references, resources, and additional material on this episode, click here.

Episode 18 (Air date: May 4, 2021)

Link to listen: https://InstantTeleseminar.com/Events/126435801

Title: Humane Animal Husbandry

Guest: Ben Glassen of Glassen Farms

Description: In this episode, we sit down with local farmer Ben Glassen of Glassen Farms. Ben shares how he got into farming, his love for animals, his farm operations (pastured poultry, forest pork and grazing sheep), regenerative agriculture, the benefits of small-scale, humane animal husbandry and some of his favourite authors, podcasts and movies.

For references, resources, and additional material on this episode, click here.

Episode 17 (Air date: April 27, 2021)

Link to listen: https://InstantTeleseminar.com/Events/126358689

Title: Virtual Town Hall call-in Show with Ben and Tyler

Guests: City of Nanaimo councilors Ben Geselbracht and Tyler Brown

Description: This is our 2nd monthly virtual town hall with Ben and Tyler. They give us an update on their resolution to city council on old growth forests, share news from the City of Nanaimo and Regional District of Nanaimo, and answer questions from attendees.

For references, resources, and additional material on this episode, click here.

Episode 16 (Air date: April 20, 2021)

Link to listen: https://InstantTeleseminar.com/Events/126309486

Title: An interview with Chris “Farmer” Brown

Guest: Chris “Farmer” Brown, agriculturist, activist, entrepreneur, and educator

Description: Chris shares how he became a farmer, his experience with Farmship Growers Cooperative, becoming an agricultural educator, the problems he sees with our current food system, and some possible solutions.

Episode 15 (Air date April 13, 2021)

Link to listen: https://robin.learnnewmedia.ca/270/DIGI270_climate911_april2021.mp3

Title: Student Solutions to Climate Change

Guest: This show, produced by VIU students from the DIGI 270 Audio Production course taught by from Robin Davies, features a collection of short segments with suggestions to tackle climate change.

Episode 14 (Air date: April 6, 2021)

Link to listen: https://InstantTeleseminar.com/Events/126130062

Title: The Dark Side of Grocery Stores

Guest: Jon Steinman, author of “Grocery Story: The Promise of Food Co-ops in the age of Grocery Giants”.

Description: We speak with Jon about his book, the power wielded by grocery stores, food co-ops as an alternative and his latest project.

For references, resources, and additional materials on this episode click here.

Episode 13 (Air date: March 30, 2021)

Link to listen: https://InstantTeleseminar.com/Events/126047091.

Title: Up Close with Island Roots Market Co-op.

Guest: Larry Whaley, President, Island Roots Market Co-op (IRMC).

Description: We speak with Larry about the history and mission of IRMC, the status of their quest for a year-round market building, and his vision for the future.

For references, resources, and additional materials on this episode, click here.

Episode 12 (Air date: March 23, 2021)

Link to listen: https://InstantTeleseminar.com/Events/125963742

Guests: City of Nanaimo councillors Ben Geselbracht and Tyler Brown.

Description: During this live call-in show, conducted over Zoom, Ben and Tyler share the latest news from the city and RDN; then take questions from the virtual audience.

For references, resources, and additional materials on this episode, click here.

Episode 11 (Air date: March 16, 2021)

Link to listen: https://InstantTeleseminar.com/Events/125905026

Segment 11: “The Guy With The Plan”

Guest: Guy Dauncey, local author and activist

Description: We discuss Guy’s 7-Point Plan for creating a resilient, regenerative, equitable system for growing healthy, organic, local food in our area.

For references, resources, and additional materials on this segment, click here.

Episode 10 (Air date: March 9, 2021)

Link to listen: https://InstantTeleseminar.com/Events/125820921

Segment 10: “Exploring Seaweed”

Guest: Bill Collins, Board chairman and co-founder, Cascadia Seaweed

Description: In this far-ranging interview, Bill discusses the formation of Cascadia Seaweed, their work with First Nations, their five areas of focus, the potential of seaweed to sequester carbon, and launching Radio Sidney.

For references, resources and additional materials on this segment, click here.

Episode 9 (Air date: March 2, 2021)

Link to listen: https://InstantTeleseminar.com/Events/125729760

Segment 9A: “What do the people want?”

Guest: Rob Lawrance, Environmental Planner, City of Nanaimo

Description: We speak with Rob about the “Reimagine Nanaimo” process and what they have been hearing from participants in response to “how do we adapt and stay green” and “how do we move”.

For references, resources and additional material on this segment, click here.

Segment 9B: “Sacred People Sacred Earth”

Guest: Julia Roberts, Nanaimo Green Faith Circle

Description: Julia tells us about the new Nanaimo Green Faith Circle and their “Sacred People Sacred Earth” event on March 11th.

For references, resources and additional material on this segment, click here.

Segment 9C: “Food for Thought”.

Guest: Terry Koch, Transition Nanaimo board member and Program Coordinator for their “Food for Thought: Food, Farming and Climate Change Summit” on March 12-13.

Description: What would it take to build a resilient, sustainable, equitable local food system on central Vancouver Island? That is the question Transition Nanaimo’s “Food for Thought: Food, Farm and Climate Change Summit” seeks to answer. Terry tells about the 2-day, free event on March 12-13 and the great speakers and topics they have planned.

To learn more about the Food for Thought: Food, Farming and Climate Change Summit on March 12-13, click here.

Episode 8 (Air date: February 23, 2021)

Link to listen: https://InstantTeleseminar.com/Events/125636583

Segment 8A: “Wonders of the Sea – Part 1”

Guest: Dr. Emy Montgomery, Research Associate and Instructor, North Island College.

Description: We talk with Emy about her passion for sea cucumbers and other marine invertebrates, polyculture, and the future possibilities in aquaculture.

Segment 8B: Wonders of the Sea – Part 2″

Guest: Dr. Spencer Serin, Technical Advisor, Cascadia Seaweed.

Description: Spencer talks about his research with seaweed and how it can be used as an agricultural feed for cattle and other ruminants to reduce methane emissions.

For references, resources and additional material on this topic, click here.

Episode 7 (Air date: February 16, 2021)

Segment 7: “Reimagining Nanaimo”

Link to listen: https://InstantTeleseminar.com/Events/125598531

Guest: Lisa Bhopalsingh, Manager of Community Planning, City of Nanaimo

Description: What do we want Nanaimo to look like in the next 20-25 years? The City of Nanaimo is currently undertaking an extensive community engagement exercise, called “Reimagine Nanaimo”, that seeks to answer that question as it updates many of its official plans. Lisa, who is coordinating the project, shares what residents like most about our city, what they are most concerned about, and the next steps in the engagement process.

For references, resources and additional material on this topic, click here.

Episode 6 (Air date: February 9, 2021)

Link to listen: https://InstantTeleseminar.com/Events/125092893

Segment 6: “Back to the Future: Returning to a Sustainable Food System”

Guest: Kent Mullinix, Director, Institute for Sustainable Food Systems

Description: In the 1970’s, Vancouver Island was growing about 85% of the food that we ate. In this episode, we discuss what is needed to return to a system of sustainable food production.

For references, resources and additional material on this topic, click here.

Episode 5 (Air date: February 2, 2021)

Link to listen: https://InstantTeleseminar.com/Events/125494077

Segment 5A: “Discussion with an enthusiastic gardener”

Guest: Dorothee Kieser, President, Vancouver Island Master Gardeners Association (VIMGA)

Description: Dorothee shares her life-long love of gardening, tells us what it takes to become a Master Gardener, and reveals how her VIMGA members help people become better gardeners.

For references, resources and additional material on this topic, click here.

Segment 5B: “Be Your Own Grocer”.

Guest: Gardening instructor, Connie Kuramoto

Description: Connie talks about her new course, “Be Your Own Grocer” that she is offering in partnership with Transition Nanaimo. The program will teach you everything you need to know to grow your own food, even if you are a complete beginner! It is a 12-week program, offered in 4 parts from March to June, on Saturday mornings 9:30-11:30 am Pacific starting March 13th, 2021.

For references, resources and additional material on this topic, click here.

Episode 4 (Air date: January 26, 2021)

Link to listen: https://InstantTeleseminar.com/Events/125676021

Segment 4A: “Growing Food the NASA Way”

Guest: Kate Petersen, Tower Garden grower

Description: Kate shares her experience growing her own food for the past 9 tears in a Tower Garden – a vertical aeroponics gardening system.

For references, resources and additional material on this topic, click here.

Segment 4B: “Time to Grow Up: Vertical Farming with Tower Farms”

Guest: Troy Edwards, Jes Urban Farms

Description: Troy discusses vertical farming using Tower Farms – vertical, commercial-scale aeroponics farming systems.

For references, resources and additional material on this topic, click here.

Episode 3 (Air date: January 19, 2021)

Link to listen: https://InstantTeleseminar.com/Events/125676273

Segment 3A: “A Vision for Food Security”.

Guest: Carolyn Herriott, Author, owner of Deep Roots Farm and School, and food security advocate.

Description: What is possible within 5 years if we committed to creating true food security in our communities? Carolyn Herriott has a vision for what that could look like. We discuss her vision and what it would take to make it a reality.

For references, resources and additional material on this topic, click here.

Segment 3B: “Saving the Planet – One Meal at a Time”.

Guest: Claire Surgenor, former Board member of Transition Nanaimo Society, who became a vegan in her 70s!

Description: You’ve heard the expression, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks”? Don’t tell that to Claire! We talk with Claire about how she is lucky to be alive, her decision to become a vegan in her 70s, how she did it, her love of gardening, and her experience with Nanaimo Community Gardens.

For references, resources, and additional material on this topic, click here.

Episode 2 (Air date: January 12, 2021)

Link to listen: https://InstantTeleseminar.com/Events/125676399

Segment 2A: “Farming in the Age of Climate Change”

Guest: Seann Dory, Regional Coordinator for BC and Yukon, National Farmers Union (NFU)

Description: Sean shares his experience as a farmer, tells us about the NFU, discusses the challenges farmers face, and offers ideas and suggestions for using farming to tackle climate change.

For references, resources, and additional material on this topic, click here.

Segment 2B: “Farming: The Next Generation”.

Guest: Azja Jones Martin, Land Matcher for Vancouver Island, Young Agrarians

Description: Azja shares her experience as a young farmer, her role at Young Agrarians, the challenges young farmers face, and ways we could address those.

For references, resources, and additional material on this topic, click here.

Episode 1 (Air date: January 5, 2021)

Link to listen: https://InstantTeleseminar.com/Events/125677155

Segment 1A: “A Trip Down Memory Lane”

Guests: Suzanne Gregory and Marjorie Stewart, producer and host of the “Changes” radio program on CHLY

Description: We talk with Suzanne and Marjorie about their experiences with the “Changes” radio program over the past 19 years, memorable shows and guests, and how it feels to pass the torch to Transition Nanaimo Society.

Segment 1B: “Global Challenges, Local Solutions”

Description: In this episode, we share our vision for the new “Climate911” program, explore the E4 Crises we are facing, discuss two solutions we can use locally to address all 4 crises, and outline the topics we will be tackling over the next few months.

For references, resources, and additional material on this topic, click here.