Episode 19: And I Would Have Gotten Away With All Those Wildfires Too…

Rasha Chebli and Nuha Taha help us investigate whether climate change is affecting wildfires in Alberta.

We’ve been working with a group of students from Hazeldean Elementary and Queen Elizabeth high school. They gave us some questions about climate change in our area. Then we brought them to CJSR (Edmonton’s campus and community radio station) for a radio camp to teach them how to use radio and podcasting to find out the answers.

This is the first of two episodes we’ve adapted for the podcast from that camp.

The Climate Change Radio Camp gang (mostly). Back row (left to right): Meagan Miller, Chris Chang-Yen Phillips, Oumar Salifou. Middle row: Mariam Macabanding, Andre Hui, Laila Elbery, Chad Brunet, Sewar Yousef, and Aaron Dublenko. Front row: Nuha Taha.
The Climate Change Radio Camp gang (mostly). Back row (left to right): Meagan Miller, Chris Chang-Yen Phillips, Oumar Salifou. Middle row: Mariam Macabanding, Andre Hui, Laila Elbery, Chad Brunet, Sewar Yousef, and Aaron Dublenko. Front row: Nuha Taha.

For your listening pleasure, we’re also sharing the entire hour of live radio that the students produced at radio camp. It features three stories, and the first one is only available here.

In it, Sewar Yousef and Andrew Hui interview the University of Alberta’s Norman Neumann about how water quality and emerging diseases will be affected by climate change in the province.

Listen to the complete radio camp hour:

Listen first, then read more below.

spoilers below

Nuha, Rasha, and the rest of the Queen Elizabeth students are part of an Edmonton Public School Board program called Innovate, which creates hands-on opportunities for students to learn about sustainability. Actually the student who gave us this question, Sawyer Peterson, is a grade 5 student at Hazeldean Elementary School. He’s part of the Innovate group at Hazeldean.

Sawyer Peterson stands with his arms crossed in a classroom with a group of other elementary students. Behind them, the whiteboard reads "How can we be leaders in climate change mitigation?"
Sawyer Peterson (left) is part of the Innovate group at Hazeldean Elementary School.

Once the Queen Elizabeth students arrived at CJSR, a group of us from CJSR and Let’s Find Out guided them through preparing for an interview, using field recorders, editing, and hosting a show. Then Nuha and Rasha led the charge as we walked over to meet Mike Flannigan, Professor of Wildland Fire at the University of Alberta.

Rasha holds a microphone and wears headphones as she leads the way to Mike's building, with teacher Ian Potts behind her, as well as Laila, Mariam, and Nuha.
Rasha leading the way to Mike’s building, with teacher Ian Potts behind her, as well as Laila, Mariam, and Nuha.

Back at CJSR, the students edited down their work for broadcast on Day 2…

Nuha Taha editing at a Mac.
Nuha editing in the CJSR news room.

And presented all three radio camp stories live on air with Chris.

Further reading:

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