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Decarbonize Ottawa

Decarbonize Ottawa

By David Paré
A look at Climate Change in Canada's capital city. This podcast explores the many facets of this growing challenge through conversations with Ottawans committed to a sustainable future.
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Greening the Neighborhood
What to do when an asphalt roadway is sitting virtually unused beside a prime piece of parkland in your neighbourhood? The residents of Ottawa's west end had a radical idea--tear it up, and turn it into gardens and forests instead. This is the story of how Champlain Park won a Greener Greenspace Award from the Society for Organic Urban Land Care.
January 14, 2022
The National Healing Forests Initiative
The National Healing Forest project was born on a May day walk in Ottawa. This episode tells the tale of how this collaborative initiative came to be, and explores the possibilities for sustainability and reconciliation offered by the growing number of healing forests in Canada. Featuring Peter Croal and Patricia Stirbys. Music by Paul Paré.
December 31, 2021
Going Electric, Part Two: Practical Considerations of Owning an Electric Vehicle in Ottawa.
In the first of this two-part conversation, Raymond Leury, President of the Electric Vehicle Council of Ottawa broke down the environmental impact of EV’s versus internal combustion vehicles. In this episode, Raymond and David explore common questions about owning and driving an electric car in Ottawa. Featuring Raymond Leury with music by Paul Paré.
December 08, 2021
Going Electric, Part One: The Carbon Footprint of Electric Vehicles
The transportation industry is converting to electric at a rapid rate--presumably a good thing, But just how different is the carbon footprint of electric compared to internal combustion vehicles?  In the first of two parts, this episode unpacks the question with a vehicle specialist. Featuring Raymond Leury with music by Paul Paré.
December 04, 2021
Scoping the Urban Forest: Doing an Inventory of the Tree Canopy in Old Ottawa South.
Volunteers in Ottawa South are busy counting trees on private land in their neighbourhood. Not just counting, but identifying, measuring and assessing age and health. They're following a protocol called "Neighbourwoods", and the data they collect will give them leverage to advocate for trees in their community.  Featuring Mark Burgham with music by Paul Paré.
December 02, 2021
Decarbonize Ottawa: An Introduction
Decarbonize Ottawa is a podcast series devoted to exploring climate change—what it means, and what we can do about it in Canada’s capital city. This short trailer gives you a peek at what the series is all about. Featuring music by Paul Paré.
November 28, 2021
Looking out for Trees in Your Neighborhood
Thirty percent of Ottawa is covered in tree canopy--an urban forest that plays a crucial role in both mitigating and adapting to climate change.  Each tree makes a difference. And yet how often do we see a healthy tree destroyed by new construction? Ottawa has a tree bylaw that sets rules for which trees can be cut, and which trees cannot. This podcast tells you what you can do to ensure no trees in your neighbourhood are being damaged or destroyed by careless building practices.  Featuring Daniel Buckles with music by Paul Paré.
November 22, 2021