Building Our Roots
Youth Voices in Climate Action
On Building Our Roots, we pass the mic to youth from coast to coast of so-called Canada who are mobilizing, advocating, and educating in the face of the climate crisis. Their climate action is unfolding across high schools, universities, and communities. Listen to their stories about fostering connection and solidarity, overcoming eco-anxiety, and fighting for just and sustainable futures.

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Episode 5 – Imagining Clean Energy Futures: Indigenous Youth Leadership, Energy Sovereignty, and a Sustainable Greenhouse

According to Indigenous Clean Energy (ICE), over the past two decades, Indigenous communities, governments, and businesses have become among the most powerful clean energy proponents across Canada, on par with utilities and renewable energy…

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Episode 4 – Sharing Seeds and Growing Community: Connection, Kin, and Culture

The Mississauga Youth Seed Library (MYSL) was founded with the aim of providing the public with free access to open-pollinated and non-GMO seeds. The project emerged from the Young Urban Growers program run by local environmental organization…

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Episode 3 – No More Fossil Fools: Divestment, Activism, and Free Education

On October 27, 2021, the University of Toronto announced that it would be divesting its $4 billion endowment fund from fossil fuels. While this announcement was momentous, it failed to adequately recognize the decade of student activism that had made…

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Episode 2 – Planting Seeds in our Schools: Ecoliteracy, Urban Gardening, and Leadership

The Earl Haig ECO Council is a student-led organization based out of Earl Haig Secondary School, located just outside of Toronto, Ontario. The ECO Council seeks to enhance eco-literacy among high school students and engage the school community in…

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Episode 1 – (Re)Centering Racialized Voices: Justice, Care, and Solidarity

BIPOC voices (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour) have been typically excluded from mainstream environmental movements, yet are crucial to building stronger, healthier, and more sustainable communities. For our first episode, we are in…

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Episode 0 – Welcome to Building Our Roots!

Welcome to Building Our Roots! In this introductory episode, we (Megan and Emiko), your hosts, sit down to introduce ourselves, acknowledge the lands that we are recording from, and give you some insight into all that you will hear on this podcast….

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Host

Emiko Newman

Podcast Host

Emiko Newman (she/her) recently graduated from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (University of Toronto) with a Masters of Education in Social Justice Education with a focus in environmental studies. She is passionate about intersectional environmentalism, and fostering a praxis of hope within environmental education spaces.

Megan Pham-Quan

Podcast Host

Megan Pham-Quan (she/her) is currently a teacher candidate in the Masters of Arts in Child Study and Education program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (University of Toronto). She came to this program from her undergraduate studies in women and gender studies and philosophy, and is interested in creating justice-oriented, liberatory spaces in primary/junior classrooms.