DTY Podcast Episodes

What is Down to You All About

Setting the stage for understanding Net-zero and how it relates to our daily lives

In the race to Net-zero, what can individuals do to help their communities meet the challenges of the climate crisis? In Down to You, we speak with young leaders across BC on what initiatives they are undertaking where they live to reduce or remove emissions. To help situate these discussions within Western and Indigenous science, we sat down with two esteemed researchers: Janna Wale, an Indigenous policy advisor and scientist at the Canadian Climate Institute, and Simon Donner, a UBC professor working in the field of climate science.

Episode Guests

Janna Wale is Gitxsan from Gitanmaax First Nation, and is also Cree-Métis on her mother’s side. She uses a complex human-environmental systems approach in her work, and believes that this lens can be used when looking for ways to bridge western and Indigenous climate work. Janna’s research focused on climate resilience in Indigenous communities. In 2023, Janna was the recipient of the Anitra Paris Memorial Award for female youth climate leadership through Clean Energy BC, and was named as an Indigenous Trailblazer through Diversity in Sustainability.

 
Simon Donner is interested in the human, societal, and environmental impacts of climate and climate change. He is an interdisciplinary climate scientist and professor, teaching at the intersection of climate science, marine science, and policy. He has held appointments in UBC’s Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, Geography Department, and Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, and is a member of Canada’s Net-Zero Advisory Body, which advises the federal government on pathways to eliminate climate-warming emissions.
Resources

Canada’s climate plans and targets 
Website that outlines Canada’s current climate plans and targets, including Net-Zero by 2050.

www.nzab2050.ca
Website for Net-Zero Advisory Body (NZAB), Canada’s first-ever advisory body dedicated to net-zero. The body is a group of independent experts appointed by the Governor in Council on the recommendation of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change.

Just Transition Guide 
Resource for Indigenous people and other folks looking for Indigenous-Led pathways to implementing equitable and just transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. 

Canada’s  Emissions Reduction Plan Assessment
Report from Canadian Climate Institute assessing Canada’s first Emissions Reduction Plan. Assessment demonstrates the 2030 plan is comprehensive and credible, however policy must be quickly developed and implemented. 

440megatonnes.ca 
440 Megatonnes is a collaborative project of the Canadian Climate Institute that through exclusive data and expert insights, tracks how climate targets, plans, and policies are driving Canada’s climate policy progress. 

BC Community Climate Funding Guide 
BC Community Climate Funding Guide is a comprehensive list of funding opportunities for Indigenous communities and local governments to reach their climate action goals.

Carbon Toolkit 
Toolkit that provides information to First Nations interested in learning more about forest offset projects. Offers five learning modules to provide nations with fundamentals of forest carbon offset project, along with overview of legal and policy landscape in British Columbia.

Climate Change Accountability Report 
BC government report “Climate Change Accountability Report” which includes information on BC’s progress and actions on climate change during previous fiscal year (April 2022-March 2023) and actions underway or planned for current fiscal year (April 2023 to March 2024).

Tangible ways to manage eco-anxiety 
Eight tangible ways to stay sane in the climate crisis and manage your eco-anxiety.  

Nature conservation framework agreement
Article announcing signature of tripartite framework agreement to protect and conserve biodiversity, habitats, and species at risk in the province. First of its kind, framework was signed by governments of Canada and BC as well as the First Nations Leadership Council. 

Water: The Lifeblood of Our Planet

From watersheds to oceans, healthy water affects us all

Are you ready to dive into the story of oceans and water? Beyond being the critical component to all life and ecosystems on this planet, water can be a barometer for the health of a community, society and the effectiveness of our collective efforts toward climate action. In the second episode of Down to You, we speak with two avid conservation activists: Bodhi Patil, co-creator of Ocean Uprise, and Caio Krause Conradt, a high-school student, and a proud community and ocean protection volunteer. These youth share not only a clear passion for oceans, but they also both see water as a lifeblood of our planet that connects us all. What can we learn from the waters that surround us to better take care of ourselves and our planet? Tune in to find out.

Episode Guests

Bodhi Patil is an ocean climate solutionist who believes that in order to rebuild our ecosystems, we first need to prioritize inner resilience. As the co-creator of Ocean Uprise and the founder of Inner Light, an organization focused on planetary wellbeing, Bodhi is no stranger to the world of water. Raised and then residing on nearly all of the world’s oceans, he has been witness to both the beauty and perils of our world’s largest bodies of water. He is also a committed community organizer that has been recognized by the United Nations, Forbes, and the Jane Goodall Foundation (when he was in Grade 6!)

www.bodhipatil.com

Originally from Brazil, Caio found his calling in conservation shortly after visiting the aquarium as a newcomer in Canada. Through the Youth to Sea program, and various other wildlife rescue organizations and volunteer opportunities, Caio shows his great care for the planet’s flora and fauna. He is deeply involved in his community and shoreline cleanups, where he enjoys engaging passers-by in conversations around plastic pollution and sustainability. An avid paddle boarder, hiker, and traveler, Caio is getting ready for his next chapter in life, doing his  studies in biology at the Simon Fraser University.

Resources

Policy Framework for Blue Carbon Ecosystems  facilitates alignment across global policy processes to enhance conservation, restoration and sustainable management of coastal ecosystems.

Coast First Nations Great Bear Initiative
Led by 15 First Nations, Canada and BC, the Great Bear Sea MPA network planning effort is breaking new ground in terms of Indigenous co-governance.   

Canadian Ocean Literacy Coalition
Empowering Canadians to better understand, value, and care for the ocean

Watershed Moments Blue Ecology
Featuring Michael Blackstock, the Watershed Moments 2023 documentary showcases a free-flowing conversation with Brian Carruthers about Blue Ecology in action, with Richard Boase steering the process. Michael and Brian have direct experience in interweaving two cultures, Indigenous and Western. This makes the documentary relevant, timely and timeless. 

Oceanwise: Youth to Sea Program
A hands-on learning program that endeavours to unite youth to make a difference towards ocean conservation.

The Future of Getting Around

Overcoming personal and structural barriers to sustainably getting around our communities

What does sustainable transport look like where you live? What steps can be taken to overcome barriers in access to sustainable transport, and how can youth empower themselves and improve their communities by advocating for changes to current transportation systems? In the first episode of the Down to You podcast, we connect with Paolo Bigit, an El Salvadorian videographer living in Kamloops, and Kyle Ross, a university student and community organizer in Prince George, who have challenged themselves to choose and model transportation methods that reduce carbon emissions in the car-centric cities where they live.

Episode Guests

For Paolo, cycling didn’t come naturally. Kamloops is a city of many elevations, and the commute was grueling for his body. But, while Paolo’s cycling journey started as a simple means to commute to school, it soon became an integral part of who he was: improving not only his physical fitness, but his ability to connect with his community and nature in a more direct and accessible way. For Paolo, the most important step in adopting this change has been to shed the excuses we tell ourselves to avoid real change.

In Kyle's community of Prince George, existing bike lanes pose a significant problem: the lack of physical barriers between cyclists and motor vehicle traffic makes the dedicated lanes feel too unsafe to use. What started as a summer project to petition the community for safety improvements quickly grew into a much larger research study that ended in a successful appeal to City Council. Kyle's research shows that around 50% of current car users would switch to bicycle commuting if the option becomes safer, which would result in less traffic, a decrease in annual emissions, a decrease in road maintenance costs and overall improved health within the community.

Resources

BC Cycling Coalition Podcast
Podcast hosted by Peter Ladner of the BC Cycling Coalition, where he chats with top supporters and experts from all over BC about climate change, getting around using bikes and walking, and the experiences and obstacles of cycling throughout the province.  

Vision Zero (visionzerobc.ca)  
Granting Program with goal to support local communities across BC that was established in 2021 from joint partnership of BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit, Government of BC, First Nations Health Authority and the five local health authorities. Applications open now! Closing January 15 th .  

BC Cycling Coalition Safe Routes 
Website to determine if your community has an Active Transportation plan. This initiative gathers information from communities across BC about current plan for walking and cycling. Focuses particularly on rural areas and small towns to create a map-based inventory of bike and pedestrian plans.  

First Nations Low-Carbon Transportation Project 
Outline of three-year project that seeks to accelerate opportunities for First Nations  

Kyle’s Presentation to PG City Council
Kyles presentation to PG City Council

Kyle’s Petition
Kyle’s Petition

All about EV’s in BC FAQs – Emotive (emotivebc.ca)

Website covering everything you ever wanted to know about electric cars.

Meet the hosts

Hollis Nelson

Shared territory of musqueam squamish and tsleil-waututh

A hawk of some kind. I’d love to experience their perspective from high in the sky and with such amazing eyesight! They also experience exceptional hearing, with strong beaks and sharp talons that make them amazing hunters and foragers. And finally, the females are bigger than the males!

Thoughtful, creative, dedicated

We all have stories embedded in our being. Be patient, remain curious, hold space, and let the story tell itself.

My journey towards storytelling began in my childhood. I was homeschooled as a child and a lot of my upbringing involved art and make-believe. My dad always encouraged my dreams and my imaginations. For many years my dad and I would make books to give to people for the holiday season.
Together we would write and illustrate these stories as gifts for our loved ones. It was in this collaborative spirit that my storytelling journey began.

I would like to leave my listener with inspiration and hope, with vision and possibility, and with a firm belief in the coming of a better world.

Alex Penney

Squamish/Musqueam/Tsleil Waututh

Tiger. There may be more creative answers, but I would just love to feel what it is like to be a tiger. Agility, awareness and grace in a world of speed, sound and scent. And napsin the sun.

Exploring, Inquiring, Enjoying

Listening is my philosophy. Everyone has something interesting to share.

My introduction to storytelling was through books, family stories, and music. I went on to study Philosophy, where I was drawn to aphorisms and fiction as forms that struck a chord with me. My life eventually led me to music and art, where I now create pieces based on narrative, sometimes in a roundabout way. I tend to tell stories through recording, collecting and collaging. I remix memories from my journey – from people I meet and places I go – to form a story and express an idea.

I would like to share perspectives with others and create more understanding among people and the planet. Sharing stories inspires insight into where we come from, where we are, and where we might be going.

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