London Environmental Network's Podcast

London, ON: One of Canada’s Greenest Cities?

When Canadians think about environmental sustainability, what city comes to mind? London, Ontario…maybe not. But it could be. This series looks at London’s environmental and ecological health, and asks just how green and resilient the “Forest City” is. In each episode, host Molly Miksa talks to local experts in a given area, asking a specific question to gauge London’s level of success in its pursuit of resiliency and a green future.

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Episode 01

The Forest City

London, Ontario has long been calling itself the Forest City. In this episode we ask if the city is deserving of that name. Our guest speakers share their thoughts to help answer this question. They examine the history of London’s forests and how invasive plants, insect species, and climate change are impacting London’s trees. Molly also learns tips to help the City of London reach the goal of 34% tree canopy cover by 2065. More details.

Guests

Emma Young and Brandon Graham from the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation’s Treaty, Lands and Environment team; Brandon Williamson, Land Management Technician at the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority; and Jill-Anne Spence, Manager of Urban Forestry for the City of London.


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Episode 02

The River - Part 1

In the first of two episodes on Deshkan Ziibi, or the Thames River (which runs through the city of London) we look at the river’s health and the goal of being able to swim in, fish from and drink from the river safely.
With our guests, we consider the names of the river, it’s geography and health over time, and the current and future challenge of climate change. We talk about the sewage system and the problem of combined sewers and overflow. And we ask whose responsibility it is to keep the water clean, and who bears the brunt when it’s not. More details.

Guests

Emma Young and Brandon Graham from the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation’s Treaty, Lands and Environment team, Pat Donnelly from the City of London, and Karen Maaskant from the Upper Thames Valley Conservation Authority.


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