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All #muskokadrawdown episodes are available as podcasts on Soundcloud. Click the links below to listen.
Episode 1: Overcoming Eco-Anxiety, Household Recycling
Guests: Dr. Steve Stewart, Celine Mackay | Premiere Air date: February 22, 2020.
Episode 2: Renewable Energy
Guest: Melinda Zyaruk of Fourth Pig Building Cooperative | Premiere Air Date: March 21, 2020
Episode 3: Food
Guests: Collin Sober-Williams of Eat Local Muskoka and Kelli Ebbs of Muskoka North Good Food Co-op. | Air date: May 16, 2020
Episode 4: Electric Vehicles
Guest: Local engineer and electric vehicle enthusiast Mark Walker. | Air date: July 11, 2020
Episode 5: Forests
You probably already know that one of the best ways to combat deforestation & climate change is to plant more trees. But what about the trees that are already here? The fact is that Muskoka’s forests are struggling with the legacy of damage done decades ago. Healing them will greatly improve their ability to absorb greenhouse gas out of the air, among other positive things. Dr. Norman Yan, Chair of the Friends of the Muskoka Watershed, tells us about ASHMuskoka, a local program that promises to help them bounce back, with our help. | Air date: August 8, 2020
Episode 6: Permaculture Gardening
Permaculture is the application of holistic, sustainable principles and practices. We’ll talk about how you can apply these to what we in Muskoka can grow in our own back yards, and how we grow it. Our guests are Bet Smith and Tricia Bilissis. Listen to the podcast. Follow-up resources for those who want to learn more include: Jeff Lowenfels’ Teaming with Microbes, Regeneration Canada, and Good Work Canada. | Air date: September 5, 2020
Episode 7 : Road Salt
Guest: Dr. Norman Yan from Friends of the Muskoka Watershed | Air date: October 31, 2020
Friends of the Muskoka Watershed is still in the process of pursuing funding, via grants and private donations, to enable us to fully roll out our “Halt the Salt” program in Muskoka. New, soon to be published research offers further evidence emphasizing the importance of this program and the need to act quickly in reducing and, in some cases, eliminating the use of road salt on Muskoka’s roads and highways.
Episode 8: Green Houses
What climate action enthusiast doesn’t fantasize about designing, building and living in an energy efficient, environmentally friendly house? In this episode we speak with Paul Ecclestone and Scott Young, two Muskoka residents who tell us about their innovative homes (each of which is a “mosaic of separate solutions”, built approximately 15 years ago); what they did, what they thought about doing but didn’t, what has worked out and what hasn’t. We’ll also get some tips, for those of you thinking of taking the plunge.
About the Show
We follow the framework of Project Drawdown, an international team of research gurus that reviews, analyses, and ranks 100 of the most viable climate solutions worldwide. Drawdown isn’t about stopping global warming. It’s about reversing it. Through innovations in energy, food, land use, and more.
You’re probably saying, it’s all very well to talk about what can be done in China, Africa, Europe, and what-not; but what about us, here in Muskoka? The fact is that many of these solutions are happening, right now, right here, in our own back yards. We talk to the innovators who are taking the lead. So you can jump in.
About host Tamsen Tillson
Tamsen Tillson is a Bracebridge resident and one of the founders of Climate Action Muskoka. A former journalist, she’s a communications and marketing consultant. You can find her waving her No Plan(et) B banner, (online now with the pandemic), Fridays from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. #climatestrike #fridaysforfuture #gogretago.