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In this episode, hosts Gus Minor and Eric Demers dive deep into the environmental impacts of the mining sector and the collaborative efforts being made to address climate change. Joining them is Kati McCartney, the President of FROSKR Corp, an environmental consulting company based in Northern Ontario.
At the start of the show, Gus and Eric express their excitement for today’s topic, considering the recent wildfires and smoke experienced in the area. They also mention their participation in a conference that discussed similar issues, setting the stage for an enlightening conversation.
Kati shares insights into the purpose and mission of FROSKR Corp, which was founded in 2020 during the pandemic. Although starting an environmental consulting company during such a challenging time might have seemed unconventional, the team at FROSKR felt compelled to make a difference in the mining sector. They recognized the crucial role mining plays in addressing climate change and wanted to contribute to a better and more sustainable approach.
The hosts and Kati discuss the negative perception often associated with mining, acknowledging the valid concerns about its environmental impact. However, they emphasize the importance of finding better ways to extract resources because mining is essential for the production of renewable energy technologies such as solar panels, wind turbines, and electric vehicles. FROSKR Corp aims to support mining clients in transitioning to more sustainable practices while highlighting the industry’s positive contributions to solving climate change.
The conversation delves into the concept of climate change and its significance. Kati explains that climate change encompasses various aspects, such as the risks it poses to society, including access to clean water, food production, and the way we construct buildings to withstand extreme weather events. She also emphasizes that mining is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, requiring urgent adaptation and innovation to maintain operations effectively.
Gus shares his newfound understanding of climate change as the average temperature for a given area over a 30-year period. This definition prompts further discussion on how climate change affects rainfall, biodiversity, and other environmental factors crucial for mining operations.
The hosts also touch on the delicate balance between mitigating and adapting to climate change. They highlight the potential risks of overcompensation or abrupt changes that could disrupt ecosystems. Striking the right balance is essential to ensure the sustainability of the planet and its inhabitants.
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Guest Speaker: Kati McCartney, M.Sc., MBA, EP – President
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