In Episode 5 of the NL Climate Podcast we talk about how communities can prepare for climate change with Kelly Vodden of Grenfell Campus and Brian Eddy of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan). A recent government report, featured by the CBC, highlighted some of the impacts of climate change expected for Canada. Kelly and Brian are working on a different report, as part of the same series of reports, that deals with the impact of climate change on rural and remote communities in Canada.
We hear from David Brake about how public transit can help mitigate climate change and how it can be improved in Newfoundland and Labrador. Transportation is a significant sources of emissions in our province; it accounts for 34% of our emissions (second only to “large industry”) and we saw an increase in households’ transportation emissions of 40.9% (2009 to 2016). By transporting more people in fewer vehicles emissions can be reduced and public transport also has a lot of other social benefits.
Delia Warren is a former petroleum engineer, born and raised in Newfoundland and Labrador, who has taken it upon herself to help grow the green economy here. She works with the organization Iron and Earth, which was started by oil sands workers, to help promote renewable energy projects and train workers who are transitioning from oil and gas to renewables.
Food systems can contribute greatly to climate change but can also be part of the solution to the problem. Katie Temple is working to make agriculture in NL more resilient to climate change and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. NL’s environment might actually be the perfect place to make a difference on these issues, as it turns out.
Wind energy faces legal hurdles in Newfoundland and Labrador. That hasn’t stopped Nick Mercer; in diesel-dependent communities he’s working on improving energy sustainability.
Stay tuned for a first podcast, coming soon! In the meantime, you can find about more about this podcast series on the About & Contact page.
Also check out the below resources for more information on climate change in Newfoundland and Labrador:
Turn Back the Tide – The Government of NL’s Climate Change Resources
Coastal Communities in a Changing Climate – a symposium website with teaching kits and recorded talks
Community Vulnerability Assessment Tool – from the Atlantic Climate Adaptation Solutions Association
Climate Watch NL – a network of concerned citizens that envisions a minimal carbon economy for Newfoundland and Labrador.
Iron and Earth (East) – an organization, led by oilsands workers, dedicated to integrating renewable energy projects in their work scope.