Repairing Earth, a new podcast from Hawaii News Now on local solutions to global climate change.
Repairing Earth, a new podcast from Hawaii News Now on local solutions to global climate change.(Hawaii News Now)

Repairing Earth

A series on local solutions to global climate change.

“Repairing Earth” is a new podcast series from Hawaii News Now and producer Emily Cristobal that showcases the people who are fighting climate change in our own backyard. The series will release monthly on the Hawaii News Now podcast channel, as well as on our website and mobile app.

Episode 1: The Reef Protectors

Coral reefs are so important that they’re often called the rainforests of the sea, and a quarter of the ocean’s fish depend on healthy reefs to live. But corals around the world are in crisis as rising ocean temperatures and increases in human pollution threaten their livelihood.

Listen to our first episode, The Reef Protectors, by clicking the play button below.

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Episode 2: Taking Tech to the Skies

Trees are often called the lungs of the world, producing oxygen for humans to breathe and trapping harmful pollutants like carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. But as global temperatures continue to rise and the world sees more catastrophic wildfires, these lifelines are dying.

Listen to our second episode, Taking Tech to the Skies, by clicking the play button below.

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Episode 3: Building the Next-Generation of Environmental Warriors

From cutting down invasive species with hand saws to growing native plants across the islands, many hands are needed to restore and protect Hawaii’s unique environment. Oftentimes, people in this line of work are from outside of Hawaii. But one group is trying to change that. They want to build an army of environmental warriors from Hawaii and for Hawaii.

Listen to our third episode, Building the Next-Generation of Environmental Warriors, by clicking the play button below.

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Episode 4: A Conversation with Honolulu’s Chief Resilience Officer

It’s Earth Week!

In this episode, we are joined by Matthew Gonser, the Chief Resilience Officer and Executive Director of the city’s Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency. He breaks down the city’s plan in tackling the massive issue of climate change and the steps we can take to limit our harm on the environment.

Listen to our fourth episode by clicking the play button below.

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Episode 5: Paving a Path Toward Food Sustainability in Hawaii

In 2016, Gov. David Ige made a pledge to double local food production by 2030.

Six years later, agriculture experts say the state isn’t anywhere close to reaching the governor’s goal. While it’s proven an elusive goal, we spoke to just some of the many organizations that are working to bring more locally grown food to your plate.

Listen to our fifth episode, Paving a Path Toward Food Sustainability in Hawaii, by clicking the play button below.

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Episode 6: Adapting to a More Inundated Future

Rising seas mean changing coastlines.

While an inch may not seem like much, it can add up. Scientists project that Hawaii could see at least 6 to 8 inches of sea level rise by 2050, but they warn the number could be much higher.

Listen to our sixth episode, Adapting to a More Inundated Future, by clicking the play button below.

To read more on this episode, click here.

Episode 7: Your Plate Lunch Is about to Go Green

The city’s ban on foam plate lunch containers along with disposable plastic food, drink and other serviceware is set to take effect on Sept. 6.

In this episode, we’re joined by HNN Digital Intern Justin Mitselmakher to discuss what this means for Oahu and the impact single-use foodware has on the islands.

Listen to our seventh episode, Your Plate Lunch Is about to Go Green, by clicking the play button below.

To read more on this episode, click here.

Episode 8: Young Climate Warriors Sound the Alarm

From worldwide student-led strikes to kids in Hawaii filing a climate lawsuit against the state, youth are sounding the alarm about the climate crisis.

In this episode, we’re talking to three middle schoolers about climate change and how they’re making a difference every single day.

Listen to our eighth episode, Young Climate Warriors Sound the Alarm, by clicking the play button below.

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Episode 9: Researchers Find Plant Once Believed Extinct

Once thought to have been extinct in the wild, a rare native plant has been rediscovered in the remote forests of Hawaii Island. It reappeared in a volcanic crater over 50 years later in an area where it was thought to have been gone forever.

Now, it’s all hands on deck to ensure this plant is protected and continues to thrive.

Listen to our ninth episode, They Found a Plant Once Believed Extinct, by clicking the play button below.

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Episode 10: Reimagining Tourism in Hawaii

When most people think of traveling to Hawaii, they think of lying on the beach or walking around Waikiki, but in this program, visitors are getting their hands dirty and learning about Hawaiian culture.

It’s all part of what the Hawaii Tourism Authority calls “voluntourism” -- a new movement to change the type of visitor that is coming to Hawaii and reimagine what tourism looks like.

Listen to our 10th episode, Reimagining Tourism in Hawaii, by clicking the play button below.

To read more on the episode, click here.

Repairing Earth (Holiday Edition): Celebrating Christmas with a Native Tree

While many often buy the popular Douglas or Noble firs, there’s a plant nursery in Kaneohe that’s hoping to convince people to switch to a native tree to celebrate the holidays.

Honolulu Civil Beat Reporter Cassie Ordonio joins the podcast to talk about how one man is trying to make the alahee tree the new face of Christmas in Hawaii.

Listen to the Holiday Edition of Repairing Earth, Celebrating Christmas with a Native Tree, by clicking the play button below.

To read more on the episode, click here.

Repairing Earth (Episode 12): Climate Adaptation Games

Originally created to gather input for Oahu’s climate adaptation strategy, the city’s Resilience Office crafted a couple of games to explore the effects of sea level rise and increasing heat.

The games focus on ways people can adapt to these two climate hazards and work together to find tangible solutions.

Listen to the 12th episode of Repairing Earth, Climate Adaptation Games, by clicking the play button below.

To read more on the episode, click here.

Repairing Earth (Episode 13): Creating Green Habits

Still looking for a resolution to start the new year on the right foot — how about creating green habits!

The new year offers a great opportunity to live more sustainably, and you can do just that by following some of these easy tips.

Listen to the 13th episode of Repairing Earth, Creating Green Habit, by clicking the play button below.

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Repairing Earth (Episode 14): Hawaii’s Whale Season Is in Full Swing

As February marks the peak of whale season in Hawaii, NOAA officials are reminding mariners and spectators to be extra vigilant as these majestic creatures enter Hawaiian waters.

While whales face the risk of entanglement and vessel contacts, some of these threats aren’t always visible.

Listen to the 14th episode of Repairing Earth, Hawaii’s Whale Season Is in Full Swing, by clicking the play button below.

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Repairing Earth (Episode 15): UN climate report highlights ‘urgency’ in taking swift action

The United Nations is giving out a stark warning about climate change following the release of a report on Monday.

To break down this new data and how it affects people living in Hawaii, Matthew Gonser, the city’s chief resiliency officer, explains what is being done on a local level to combat this ever-growing issue.

Listen to the 15th episode of Repairing Earth, UN climate report highlights ‘urgency’ in taking swift action, by clicking the play button below.

To read more on the episode, click here.

Repairing Earth (Episode 16): Can this group pull off the biggest cleanup event in Hawaii history?

In celebration of Earth Day, a local nonprofit is hoping to host the biggest cleanup event in Hawaii’s history.

Their goal is to have 2,000 volunteers — and it seems like their dream will soon become a reality.

Listen to the 16th episode of Repairing Earth, Can this group pull off the biggest cleanup event in Hawaii history?, by clicking the play button below.

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Repairing Earth (Episode 17): Harnessing the sun’s heat to mold everyday objects

With such a huge need for water catchment tanks in Hawaii, this company is working to make the process greener and cheaper.

They’re harnessing the power of the sun — but it’s not just for electricity.

Listen to the 17th episode of Repairing Earth, Making water catchment with sun rays, by clicking the play button below.

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Repairing Earth (Episode 18): Researchers scramble to battle habitat loss for Hawaii’s honu, monk seals

In a remote atoll 500 miles northwest of Oahu, seven researchers embark on a crucial endeavor to study Hawaiian monk seals and green sea turtles.

The two research teams from NOAA left in May to spend the summer monitoring the animals’ populations in Lalo, which is located in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument.

Listen to the 18th episode of Repairing Earth, Researchers scramble to battle habitat loss for Hawaii’s honu, monk seals, by clicking the play button below.

To read more on the episode, click here.

Repairing Earth (Episode 19) : Scientists make ground-breaking deep sea discovery

Nearly 1,000 nautical miles southwest of Hawaii, a NOAA team of scientists is mapping the deep sea and making ground-breaking discoveries.

Among those, a sea creature thought to have been extinct for millions of years.

Listen to the 19th episode of Repairing Earth, Scientists make ground-breaking deep sea discovery, by clicking the play button below.

To read more on the episode, click here.

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