I have started a new radio program and podcast on environmental urbanism, hosted on 93.3 CFMU on Tuesday afternoons at 1:00 PM.
By Jason Allen
Published November 21, 2019
This article has been updated.
If you are a lover of podcasts, cities and environmentalism, you may want to tune into The Environmental Urbanist on 93.3 CFMU radio, Tuesday afternoons at 1:00 PM.
Here's a roundup of the last two episodes:
On November 12, Dr Lynda Lukasik of Environment Hamilton was my guest and we talked about the proposed urban boundary expansion into the town of Elfrida. The city is proposing an expansion into hundreds of hectares of prime farm land to make way for 80,000 new residents.
City staff are pushing ahead with getting provincial approval despite the last instructions from council on this matter being from 2006. We are in a very different world than we were in 2006, in terms of our awareness of the climate crisis.
City council will have an opportunity to revisit this in the coming months and it's important to make sure your voice is heard. On this show we ask: Why is greenfield suburban development a pyramid scheme? Why is the land in Elfrida so valuable? And what can you do to express your concern about this proposal? Listen in to find out.
On November 19 I welcomed two of Hamilton's Eco Heroes onto the show. Ollie Tessier and Paulina Szczepanski were two of the four young people dubbed as Eco Heroes at the recent Hamilton Eco Youth Summit. After receiving the recognition they participated in a Q&A in front of 900 students that left their peers feeling inspired and empowered to help save the planet.
Ollie and Paulina discuss ways they are influencing parents, teachers, and elected officials to do the right thing to reduce waste, and tread more lightly on the earth. These are smart, well spoken young people who know exactly what's at stake. Listen in to be inspired.
You can listen to the podcast of the show.
Be sure to tune in every week to hear fascinating insight and the latest happenings in the climate change fight in Hamilton. The next few shows will feature:
November 26 - Alan Hansell from Stewards of Cootes Watershed will join us to talk about cleaning up Cootes in the age of #sewergate
Dec 3 - Hamilton's Clean and Green Committee with Lennox Toppin and special guest
December 10 - Hamilton's Urban Forestry Strategy with Cathy Plosz from Hamilton's Urban Forestry Division
December 17 - Nature in the City with Daniel Coleman and John Terpstra
Update: the subject for the November 26 show has been changed.
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