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.
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.
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.
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.
Back at CJSR, the students edited down their work for broadcast on Day 2…
And presented all three radio camp stories live on air with Chris.