Big Blue Marble Podcast

Anwar Knight

Join Anwar Knight, one of Canada's most loved forecasters and affable TV personalities as he shares personal stories and welcomes provocative guests for an unprecedented spin around The Big Blue Marble. Listen along as this masterful storyteller, presents a front-line view of what’s happening right now on our changing planet and the efforts to help save it. Be informed, be enlightened and most importantly be inspired to do your part to save The Big Blue Marble. This full production podcast is one you need to listen to.

The BounceBack Of The Butterfly | Episode 29Earth's Black Box | Episode 28Dryers: The Laundry Link To Microfiber Pollution | Episode 27Killer Heat Waves: An Untethered Climate Emergency | Episode 26Canada's Whale Sanctuary | Episode 25Grannies Take A Grand Stand For Climate Change | Episode 24Earth Hour: Is Time On Our Side? | Episode 23Under Siege - How Sound Is Killing The Seas | Episode 22Backyard Rinks On Borrowed Time | Episode 21Conservation Matters | Episode 20
With over 70 years of experience, Ontario’s conservation authorities are global leaders in watershed management.  As a community-based natural resource management agency, their expertise is essential. Ninety-five per cent of Ontario's population lives in a watershed and should hastily proposed amendments by the Ontario government pass, independent science-based decisions in the interest of communities will be significantly limited - wetlands, valleys, and water could all be at risk . In essence, the legislation would weaken environmental protections and put more power into the hands of private developers, while negating the fundamental role of conservation authorities. 2020 has been a chaotic year with unprecedented events linked to climate change.  Now, more than ever it's our responsibility to protect and stand up for nature.  On this episode of the Big Blue Marble, we explain what conservation authorities do, how communities benefit and where you can share your voice in favour of conservation.   Today you can help support nature in your own community. Share Your Voice [Easy Fill - One Step Link] Conservation Matters Please send a message to the Ontario Government and tell them to strike schedule 6 of Bill 229 Minister Philips, Minister of Finance: minister.fin@ontario.ca Minister Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing: minister.mah@ontario.ca Minister Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry: minister.mnrf@ontario.ca Minister Yurek, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks: minister.mecp@ontario.ca Premier Ford: premier@ontario.ca   [Sample Email] I strongly oppose the proposed changes to the Conservation Authorities Act set out in Schedule 6 of Bill 229 that curtail the role of Conservation Authorities in watershed planning and management. I am also deeply concerned that these proposed changes were brought forward in a budget bill, thereby over-riding my right to comment under the Environmental Bill of Rights. I request that you remove Schedule 6 in its entirety from Bill 229. Ontario’s Conservation Authorities are a unique and widely respected innovation. They provide a much-valued bridge across municipal boundaries to understand and address environmental concerns, such as flooding. Because they operate at the watershed level, they are ideally positioned to encourage science-based collaborative strategies and decision-making. Their vital role in land use planning and permitting must be retained to ensure that development does not put communities at risk from flooding and other climate change impacts through loss of wetlands, woodlands and farmland. The changes proposed in Schedule 6 will reduce or constrain the mandate of Conservation Authorities, and are therefore contradictory to the interests of the people of Ontario who are facing enormous risks and costs as a result of climate change and ongoing biodiversity loss. The roles and responsibilities of Conservation Authorities are critical in protecting the lands, waters and wildlife which benefit businesses and communities across Ontario, and upon which our health and well-being ultimately depend. I urge you to remove Schedule 6 in its entirety from Bill 229.
43 mins
Global Warming Forces A Building Code Rewrite | Episode 19Into The Eye Of The Storm | Episode 18World Gorilla Day Live From The Toronto Zoo | Episode 17Protected Skin - Damaged Seas | Episode 16Up TICK - Thanks to Climate Change | Episode 15Nature's Backlash? |Episode 14An Antidote For Chaos : Forest Bathing | Episode 13Kids and Climate Change Anxiety | Eps 12Hold Your Breath - The Air Is Deadly | Episode 11Australia’s Animals – Extinction By Fire | Episode 10
Stories of badly injured, traumatized and dehydrated, Australian wildlife have captured attention the world over. Weeks after news of the devastation broke, animal rescue teams continue to do what they can to save animals from record-breaking fires across the island continent. Fueled by a warming planet, unprecedented summer heat and parched outback, there was an inferno of chaos and destruction, never before seen in the world. What is perhaps most disturbing, is that this tragic scenario was expected. Martine Maron is a Professor of Conservation Ecology and Environmental Management at the University of Queensland, she says the Australian government knew this tragedy was possible – for over a decade. “This was predicted in a government report in 2008, which directly stated there would be an increase in number of extreme fire weather days, and should be directly observable by 2020.”  The result has been catastrophic damage to the vast flora and fauna of the Australia wild. A billion animals, some that are not found anywhere else in the world, have been killed in the fires, pushing many to the brink of extinction.  Says Maron, “That estimate is likely to be a conservative estimate, that number excludes all of the invertebrates, frogs, and fish. That’s the next group we are worried about.”  On this edition of The Big Blue Marble, we discover how devastating the ecological scars of this season’s fires will be and what the future might hold for one of the most biologically diverse nations on the planet.
36 mins