Green Visions

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We speak with Rolf Weberg, the Executive Director of the NRRI (Natural Resources Research Institute) about their onging mission, now 35 years along, to develop sustainable, natural resource-based industries, to inform environmental management and policy, to support business and entrepreneurial opportunities, and to assist industry and communities in defining and maintaining the social license to operate.

Maija Jenson

This week's Green Visions features audio from the Thursday, August 2 press conference by the US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB).

Serbian Animals Voice (SAV)

When the video of a sea turtle with a plastic straw lodged in its nose (taken by a marine biologist and posted to YouTube) went viral, the conversation about single-use plastics heated up again.

Jamie Harvie of Bag it Duluth says yes, video like that is compelling, but we need a more holistic way to think about these issues, and, in the process, re-establish the connectedness to one another that people are hungry for.

University of Minnesota Press

A leader in Minnesota's environmental history and graduate of Duluth Central High school and UMD, Grant J. Merritt joins us to talk about his book "Iron and Water: My Life Protecting Minnesota's Environment."  Merritt chronicles his family history in iron mining and how his young life on the North Shore led to a career of protecting the waters of Lake Superior, as head of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.  

Animal Allies and Bent Paddle Brewing Co. have teamed up to raise awareness and funds. Dr. Shawna Weaver joins us with a preview of this months event, Animals & Environment, happening at the Bent Paddle Taproom, Wednesday, July 25, 4-6pm.  

Energy Democracy: Germany's Energiewende/Facebook

Germany is well on its way to phasing out fossil fuels and nuclear energy and replacing them with renewables.

But in a stunning display of democracy (?), everyday people are driving this energy transition (called "Energiewende" which, literally translated, means "energy turn").

KUMD's Adam Reinhardt talked with co-author Craig Morris in Germany.

Duluth AmeriCorp volunteer Alayna Johnson has been working to bring recycling and composting to summer events at Duluth parks.  Creating low-waste events her focus and is a matter of providing proper receptacles along with good signage and education. You can volunteer this summer as a part of the effort where trash talking is encouraging composting at the Chester Creek Concert Series.  

Learn more about participating in Trash Talking at Chester Creek

©Lisa Johnson

What do Minnesotans like in the summertime?

Lots of things.  Many involving lakes, dogs and ... beer.

So if something comes along that threatens those things ... well, them's fightin' words.

Clover Valley Farms

Apples and rabbits and sheep - oh my!

Clover Valley Farms is giving farmers, gardeners of the merely curious a chance to tour their organic, sustainable acres this weekend.

Chester Park Trail Race/Instagram

Just over three miles.

Up to 300 runners.

It's the second annual Chester Park Trail Race, and the only thing that will stop it is the trail itself.  

Inter-Tribal Maple Syrup Producers Cooperative/Facebook

Maybe it's hard to really internalize what rising ocean levels, for instance, mean when you live in the middle of the country.

But the effect climate change could have on the maple syrup we make every spring?

That's something to pay attention to,

Elizabeth Alexson/MN Sea Grant

The toxic blue-green algae blooms on Lake of the Woods are a human-created problem.

And that it's going to take another few decades for the lake to flush itself of the toxins and nutrients that are causing the blooms.

How do we know this, you ask?

So glad you asked!

University of Minnesota Duluth

KUMD's Adam Reinhardt has a conversation with UMD Assistant Professor Randel Hanson, the Co-Director of the Program in Environment and Sustainability.

©Emily Ford. Used with permission.

Emily Ford isn't the kind of gardener to sit around twiddling her thumbs when winter drags on.

The harsh winter took her bees, but she's already planning to restock the hives. And while she was waiting for spring to arrive, she tapped some friends to borrow gear and then tapped some maple trees.

Suffice it to say that this year, Glensheen will be abuzz with bees, in bloom with roses, and dripping with maple syrup.

Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory

Maybe it's not as warm as Hawk Ridge in September.

But Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory Count Interpreter John Richardson says it's a lot more exciting.

The counters are headquartered at Enger Tower for spring migration, and even if a piece of West Skyline Parkway is closed and you have to park and walk in,  Richardson says there are a lot of species to be seen.

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