Kate Sackman of EcoMyths Alliance believes more people seek to understand Climate Change and how to solve it. For our EcoMyths segment, Sackman joins us with Dr. Paul Smith, secretary general of Botanic Gardens Conservation International and former head of the Kew Millennium Seed Bank. They’ll tell us why they think that botanic gardens, accessible to most city dwellers in the U.S., are the key to finding these global solutions.
Mollenbeek, a largely immigrant neighborhood in Brussels, comes under scrutiny in the wake of the Paris attacks, and we talk about the scourge of food waste. Also, WBEZ Morning Shift Host Tony Sarabia introduces us to The Good Ones, a band from Rwanda.
Globally, we waste one-third of all food produced for us to eat (1.3 billion tons), according to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization. For our EcoMyths segment, Kate Sackman of EcoMyths Alliance joins us with Dr. Barbara Willard of DePaul University, to bust the myth that large holiday food bills and waste are inevitable.
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.