Only recently, have studies shown that we’ve only scratched the surface of understanding how animals talk. For our EcoMyths segment, Kate Sackman and Beth Kosson of EcoMyths Alliance, join Bill Ziegler, senior vice president of Animal Programs at Brookfield Zoo to discuss the noisy world of animal talk and how deciphering their languages can aid in conservation efforts.
Many shy away from composting because they have images of rotting food, scavenging animals and neighbors complaining about the smell. But EcoMyths Alliance says that composting can be odorless. Kate Sackman of EcoMyths and composting enthusiast, Jerome McDonnell, talk with Eliza Fournier of Chicago Botanic Garden. Fournier says, "It only stinks if you're not going at it right."
While some seeds seem to be immortal, most seeds don't last forever—unless they're carefully stored in seed banks or in some cases, preserved in liquid nitrogen. This is critical because many plants are under threat of disappearing forever—about 68 percent of evaluated plant species. We’ll do Seed Banking 101 with Kate Sackman, Murphy Westwood of Morton Arboretum and Kayri Haven of Chicago Botanic Garden.
With the centennial of the Armenian genocide around the corner, the international community is bringing light to the killing of 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Empire. We talk to Peter Balakian about the rhetoric behind this international debate. Refugee One also joins us on the show to talk about the growing number of Syrian refugees and we host our monthly EcoMyths segment.
With busy lives, caring for the environment can seem overwhelming, but EcoMyths Alliance says being green takes less time and effort than you think. We ask two experts to help bust the myth that you’re “too busy to care for nature”. Kevin Ogorzalek of the Center for Humans and Nature and John Barrett with the Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods, will tell us how doing just a little, every day, makes a huge difference.
Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff is facing stiff opposition from protesters as people take to the streets and call for her impeachment. We also look at an art exhibit about a controversial Northern Irish tradition and microplastics are featured on this month's EccoMyths.
Plastic makes up 90% of trash picked up in Trash Free Seas ocean cleanups, according to research by Ocean Conservancy. Experts says microplastics - pieces of plastic smaller than 5 millimeters (just under a fifth of an inch) - are as dangerous as 2-liter bottles you might see floating in Lake Michigan or the “Great Pacific garbage patch”. Kate Sackman of EcoMyths Alliance brought experts to find out why microplartics are a big hazard.
Kate Sackman of EcoMyths Alliance says that, “Many environmental organizations use scare tactics to motivate people to take action...For most people, the end result is that they are overwhelmed and too discouraged to act.” For our EcoMyths series, we’ll talk with Sackman and Diane Wood, president of the National Environmental Education Foundation about different methods to inspire people to live "green".