Outrage + Optimism

Outrage + Optimism

By Global Optimism

Face the climate crisis head on, but understand that we have the power to solve this. From former UN Chief Christiana Figueres and the team who brought you the Paris Agreement, this podcast about issues and politics will inform you, inspire you and help you realize that this is the most exciting time in history to be alive.

Episodes

233. The Thorny Issue of 1.5C

1.5C degrees is back in the news again as the recent Copernicus report reported that the world had exceeded this politically agreed temperature limit for the majority of 2023. But what does this mean? Do we abandon this target and set a new one? Is it still useful to use this as our north star in tackling the effects of man-made climate change? Is now the right time to start a serious conversation about geo-engineering? Join Christiana, Tom and Paul as they grapple with these difficult questions and their wider implications. Our guest this week is Dr. Michael E. Mann, Presidential Distinguished Professor of Earth & Environmental Science, and Director of the Penn Center for Science, Sustainability and the Media (PCSSM) at the University of Pennsylvania. He lends us his expertise to discuss the liabilities and implications of breaching the 1.5 degree ceiling, and what his latest legal victory means for the ‘war on science’. Music comes from Luke Wallace with his song ‘Comeback’. Luke is a songwriter, speaker, choral arranger and environmental champion from the Coast Salish Territory known as Vancouver, Canada.   NOTES AND RESOURCES   The O+O episode with Elizabeth Kolbert where we discuss the possible implications of Geo-Engineering explored in her book ‘Under A White Sky’ can be found here.   GUEST Dr. Michael E. Mann, Presidential Distinguished Professor of Earth & Environmental Science, and Director of the Penn Center for Science, Sustainability and the Media (PCSSM) at the University of Pennsylvania Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | LinkedIn | YouTube   Check out Dr. Mann’s new book, ‘Our Fragile Moment: How Lessons from Earth's Past Can Help Us Survive the Climate Crisis’   MUSIC Luke Wallace Website | Instagram | Facebook | YouTube   Learn more about the Paris Agreement.   It’s official, we’re a TED Audio Collective Podcast - Proof! Check out more podcasts from The TED Audio Collective   Please follow us on social media! Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn
22/02/24·1h 12m

232. Our Story of Nature: From Rupture to Reconnection - Part Three - Living AS Nature

This week, Christiana Figueres and her guest co-host Isabel Cavelier Adarve introduce the third and final episode in their mini-series, Our Story of Nature: From Rupture to Reconnection. In this episode, Living As Nature, co-hosts and a stellar cast of guests use the pandemic as their jumping off point to unpack how a moment of physical separation, from each other and the natural world, became a strange chrysalis to stronger and deeper interconnections.  Contributors from across many religious and spiritual traditions, including Bayo Akomolafe, public intellectual,  and Sister True Dedication,Zen Buddhist monastic teacher  join Christiana and Isabel to discuss how developing a sense of reverence and responsibility for the Earth leads to both personal and systemic transformation.  They ask: how can our unprecedented ecological and social crises become an opportunity for the foundation of a new way of relating to each other and to nature? How can we move away from living from nature to living as nature, so that we can grow and flourish?  This episode is part of a series that shines a new light on humanity’s fundamental relationship with the rest of nature as key to responding to the climate crisis and to transitioning into a regenerative future.  Please don’t forget to let us know what you think here, and / or by contacting us on our social media channels or via the website.    NOTES AND RESOURCES   GUESTS Xiye Bastida, Co-Founder Re-Earth Initiative, Indigenous Wisdom, TIME100Next, UN HLC Ambassador, TED Speaker Website | LinkedIn | Twitter | Instagram | TED  Janine Benyus, Co-Founder Biomimicry 3.8 and Biomimicry Institute Biomimicry Institute | LinkedIn | Twitter  Dr. Lyla June Johnston, Indigenous musician, author, and community organizer of Diné (Navajo), Tsétsêhéstâhese (Cheyenne) and European lineages Website | YouTube | Instagram | Facebook Dr. Bayo Akomolafe, Public Intellectual, Author, Professor and Chief Curator, The Emergence Network Website | Course webpage | LinkedIn | Facebook Sister True Dedication, Zen Buddhist monastic teacher in Thich Nhat Hanh's Plum Village Community Twitter | Instagram Plum Village LinkedIn | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook Krista Tippett, award-winning journalist, author and host of On Being podcast Website | LinkedIn | Instagram | Facebook Arturo Escobar, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology Wolf Martinez, Diné, Lakota, & Spanish. Two Spirit. Speaker, Ceremonialist and practitioner of Ancient Healing Arts. Therapist. Lover. Human Being. LinkedIn | Instagram | Facebook Kate Raworth, Author of Doughnut Economics and Co-founder of Doughnut Economics Action Lab Twitter | DEAL Twitter Dr. Gunhild Anker Stordalen, Founder and Executive Chair of EAT Foundation LinkedIn | Instagram   Learn more about the Paris Agreement.   It’s official, we’re a TED Audio Collective Podcast - Proof! Check out more podcasts from The TED Audio Collective   Please follow us on social media! Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn
15/02/24·1h 7m

231. Our Story of Nature: From Rupture to Reconnection - Part Two - Living WITH Nature

This week, Christiana Figueres and her guest co-host Isabel Cavelier Adarve introduce the second episode in their mini-series, Our Story of Nature: From Rupture to Reconnection.  In this episode, Living With Nature, the hosts share a series of conversations with experts from the worlds of food, the economy, energy and design to illuminate how our man-made systems are rooted in a separation from the natural world. You’ll hear insight and fresh ideas from author Kate Raworth, Founder and Executive Chair, EAT Gunhild Stordalen, energy strategist at Rocky Mountain Institute Kingsmill Bond, author of the Earth Transformed: An Untold History, Peter Frankopan and co-founder of Biomimicry, Janine Benyus. With appropriate outrage, Christiana and guests will explore how the climate crisis, the energy crisis, the inequality crisis and the food crisis all share the same deep root: extractivism based on extrinsic principles. They argue that this extractivism not only depletes the planet—the very soil of the Earth itself—it also depletes our human soul.  With characteristic and bold optimism, Christiana, Isabel and guests will argue that if we can overthrow the tyranny of GDP, invest in harvesting rather than in extraction, and if we design our world mimicking nature’s genius, we might yet create a future where humans and nature thrive in balance. This episode is part of a series that shines a new light on humanity’s fundamental relationship with the rest of nature as key to responding to the climate crisis and to transitioning into a regenerative future.  Do not miss the third and final episode, Living As Nature, in which Christiana and Isabel invite listeners to contemplate what it will take for each of us to fully awaken to our interconnectedness as, perhaps, the starting point - the foundational stone - without which no new home can be built for a truly regenerative future.  Please don’t forget to let us know what you think here, and / or by contacting us on our social media channels or via the website.    NOTES AND RESOURCES   GUESTS   Arturo Escobar, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology Kate Raworth, Author of Doughnut Economics and Co-founder of Doughnut Economics Action Lab Twitter | DEAL Twitter Krista Tippett, award-winning journalist, author and host of On Being podcast Website | LinkedIn | Instagram | Facebook Dr. Gunhild Anker Stordalen, Founder and Executive Chair of EAT Foundation LinkedIn | Instagram Kingsmill Bond, Energy Strategist at RMI LinkedIn | Twitter  Janine Benyus, Co-Founder Biomimicry 3.8 and Biomimicry Institute Biomimicry Institute | LinkedIn | Twitter    Learn more about the Paris Agreement.   It’s official, we’re a TED Audio Collective Podcast - Proof! Check out more podcasts from The TED Audio Collective   Please follow us on social media! Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn
13/02/24·1h 3m

230. Our Story of Nature: From Rupture to Reconnection - Part One - Living FROM Nature

This week, Christiana Figueres introduces a new mini-series, Our Story of Nature: From Rupture to Reconnection. Over three episodes, Christiana and guests will shine a light on our relationship with the rest of nature. Does transforming our connection with the natural world hold the key to transforming our response to the multiple environmental, political and social crises we face?  Christiana’s accompanied on this journey by co-host Isabel Cavelier Adarve. Isabel is a former negotiator for Colombia and co-founder of Mundo Comun.  In Episode 1, Living From Nature, Christiana, Isabel and guests delve deep into the roots of humanity’s separation from nature. They explore moments where cracks may have appeared and widened, including the advent of farming and a particular interpretation of the Book of Genesis. How have certain ideas shaped different cultures’ relationships with the natural world, and what are their consequences? Is our distance from nature related to other forms of separation, like colonialism?  How can we nurture and narrate new stories of our relationship with nature to address 21st Century problems? The best and brightest minds from around the globe contribute to Our Story of Nature, including Peter Frankopan author of the Earth Transformed: An Untold History; Janine Benyus, co-founder of Biomimicry 3.8; Dr Lyla June Johnston, indigenous musician and community organiser;  Krista Tippett, award-winning journalist and author Reverend Doctor Augusto Zampini Davies, former adjunct Secretary of the Vatican Dicastery for the Service of Integral Human Development ; Wolf Martinez, Traditional Medicine Person, Guardian and Keeper of the old indigenous ways; Arturo Escobar Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Xiye Bastida the co-founder of Re-Earth Initiative.  Once listeners have heard about the roots of our rupture from nature, tune in for the second episode of the series - Living With Nature. A stellar cast of experts will join Christiana to explore how our current systems - food, economy, energy, design - have been built on a mindset of extraction and separation. With characteristic optimism, they will give us a glimpse into how these systems, in many places, are planting the seeds for a more regenerative future.  The third and final episode, Living as Nature, is where the science of awe meets spirituality.  Christiana and Isabel invite listeners to contemplate what it will take for each of us to fully awaken to our interconnectedness as the starting point - the foundational stone - without which no new home can be built for a truly regenerative future.  Please don’t forget to let us know what you think here, and / or by contacting us on our social media channels or via the website.    NOTES AND RESOURCES   GUESTS Peter Frankopan, Professor of Global History at Oxford University Website | Twitter | LinkedIn Janine Benyus, Co-Founder Biomimicry 3.8 and Biomimicry Institute Biomimicry Institute | LinkedIn | Twitter  Krista Tippett, award-winning journalist, author and host of On Being podcast Website | LinkedIn | Instagram | Facebook Reverend Doctor Augusto Zampini Davies LinkedIn | Laudato Si Platform | Laudato Si Movement | Laudato Si Research Institute, University of Oxford | The encyclical Laudato Si | European Climate Foundation Arturo Escobar, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology Xiye Bastida, Co-Founder Re-Earth Initiative, Indigenous Wisdom, TIME100Next, UN HLC Ambassador, TED Speaker Website | LinkedIn | Twitter | Instagram | TED  Dr. Lyla June Johnston, Indigenous musician, author, and community organizer of Diné (Navajo), Tsétsêhéstâhese (Cheyenne) and European lineages Website | YouTube | Instagram | Facebook Wolf Martinez, Diné, Lakota, & Spanish. Two Spirit. Speaker, Ceremonialist and practitioner of Ancient Healing Arts. Therapist. Lover. Human Being. LinkedIn | Instagram | Facebook Sister True Dedication, Zen Buddhist monastic teacher in Thich Nhat Hanh's Plum Village Community Twitter | Instagram Plum Village LinkedIn | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook Dr. Bayo Akomolafe, Public Intellectual, Author, Professor and Chief Curator, The Emergence Network Website | Course webpage | LinkedIn | Facebook   Learn more about the Paris Agreement.   It’s official, we’re a TED Audio Collective Podcast - Proof! Check out more podcasts from The TED Audio Collective   Please follow us on social media! Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn
08/02/24·1h 8m

229. 2024: The Year Of Democracy (Or Not)

Welcome back to Outrage + Optimism! Season 9 starts here… Our hosts - Christiana Figueres, Tom Rivett-Carnac and Paul Dickinson - are back in conversation, sharing expertise, insights and camaraderie at the outset of the biggest election year in history with more voters than ever heading to the polls globally. Tune in as we explore what on earth does this all have to do with climate change? The three hosts also discuss Christiana Figueres and co-host Isabel Cavelier’s mini-series ‘Our Story of Nature’. Over three episodes, they deep dive into how the ecological crisis - and the many crises we find ourselves in - have their roots in the fact that, by and large, over time, many of us have become disconnected from the rest of nature. This heartfelt inquiry into our relationship with nature has been months in the making. It includes conversations with many insightful guests, including Arturo Escobar, Xiye Bastida, Dr. Bayo Akomolafe, Kate Raworth and Sister True Dedication.  Music comes from Wyldest and her beautiful song ‘Easier to Believe’. Wyldest is the artist project of London-based multi-instrumentalist and producer, Zoë Mead.   NOTES AND RESOURCES   Democracy by Margaret Atwood | Democracy 2024 Costa Rica: Civil War – The Rest Is History Paul’s Book Recommendation: ‘Short Circuiting Policy’   MUSIC   Wyldest Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | YouTube | Bandcamp | Mailing List   Learn more about the Paris Agreement.   It’s official, we’re a TED Audio Collective Podcast - Proof! Check out more podcasts from The TED Audio Collective And subscribe to our newsletter!   Please follow us on social media! Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn
01/02/24·50m 28s

228. Climate Conversations: A Holiday Survival Guide [December Mailbag]

For the final episode of the year, we asked you, our listeners, to submit any awkward, painful or difficult climate questions you've encountered from (often well-meaning) friends and family, and Christiana, Tom and Paul told us how they would respond. Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to send through a question to our hosts, you made this a very special episode. Apologies if we weren’t able to get to yours, please do go and engage with us on social media and share your thoughts.  Music comes from composer and pianist, Joep Beving and his beautiful piece of music, ‘Losar’.   NOTES AND RESOURCES   MUSIC Joep Beving Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | YouTube   Watch Joep perform ‘Losar’ on YouTube   -   Want to help a musician climate activist hit No. 1 on the UK Charts? Click Here to Buy Louise Harris’ ‘We Tried’!   -   Our answers not good enough? Katharine Hayhoe has some FANTASTIC advice and guidance on navigating difficult climate conversations. Check out a pile of resources here.   -   Listen to O+O regularly? Please fill out our 10 minute survey - We want to hear from you!   - Learn more about the Paris Agreement.   It’s official, we’re a TED Audio Collective Podcast - Proof! Check out more podcasts from The TED Audio Collective   Please follow us on social media! Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn
18/12/23·53m 45s

227. COP28 Panel: Turning Sustainability Values into Action

This week on Outrage + Optimism we bring you a serving of sizzling Cuban black bean soup in the form of a special live panel that was hosted by Tom Rivett-Carnac during COP 28!    Joined by special guests Ellen Jackowski, Chief Sustainability Officer for Mastercard; Kate Brandt, Chief Sustainability Officer at Google; and Craig Hanson, Managing Director and Executive Vice President for Programs at World Resources Institute, Tom and the panel dug in to a series of fascinating questions: how do businesses and organisations shift consumer behaviour to close the value -action gap; what is the importance of the role of the CSO in corporations; why is providing people and businesses with the right information at the right time key to transformation; and why communicating what IS working will build momentum.  Essential listening as we enter the run up to the holidays when many of us will be choosing gifts for loved ones and taking time to set intentions for the New Year ahead!   NOTES AND RESOURCES   Ellen Jackowski LinkedIn | Twitter   Kate Brandt LinkedIn | Twitter   Craig Hanson LinkedIn   Listen to O+O regularly? Please fill out our 10 minute survey - We want to hear from you!   Learn more about the Paris Agreement.   It’s official, we’re a TED Audio Collective Podcast - Proof! Check out more podcasts from The TED Audio Collective   Please follow us on social media! Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn
15/12/23·25m 23s

226. COP28: The Outcome Is A Signal

With Christiana away, Tom and Paul invite Jennifer Morgan, Germany’s Special Envoy for International Climate Action, to share her thoughts on the final text achieved and what we can take from this year’s COP 28 process.   NOTES AND RESOURCES Jennifer Morgan, Germany’s Special Envoy for International Climate Action LinkedIn | Twitter    Listen to O+O regularly? Please fill out our 10 minute survey - We want to hear from you!   Learn more about the Paris Agreement.   It’s official, we’re a TED Audio Collective Podcast - Proof! Check out more podcasts from The TED Audio Collective   Please follow us on social media! Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn
14/12/23·18m 15s

225. COP28: The Snapshot vs The Movie

With much of the world’s media focusing on the language of the final text at COP 28 to determine the success or failure of the COP and Dr Sultan’s presidency, Tom, with the help of friend of the show and High Level Climate Champion for COP 26, Nigel Topping; and H.E. Razan Al Mubarak, UN Climate Change High Level Champion for COP 28, take a different lens on what has been unfolding at COP 28 aside from the phase out/down controversy. NOTES AND RESOURCES H.E. Razan Al Mubarak, UN Climate Change High-Level Champion from the COP28 Presidency LinkedIn | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Website   Nigel Topping, Member of the Climate Change Committee (CCC) / Non-executive director of the UK Infrastructure Bank (UKIB) Twitter | LinkedIn    Listen to O+O regularly? Please fill out our 10 minute survey - We want to hear from you!   Learn more about the Paris Agreement.   It’s official, we’re a TED Audio Collective Podcast - Proof! Check out more podcasts from The TED Audio Collective   Please follow us on social media! Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn
11/12/23·20m 10s

224. COP28: Later Is Too Late

This week on Outrage + Optimism we bring you news that over 1000+ signatories from across business, finance, philanthropy, politics, academia and civil society have joined forces to call on Sultan Al Jaber and all Parties to deliver a 1.5C aligned outcome in response to the Global Stocktake - because later is too late! Tom reflects on this huge concerted effort to deliver outcomes at COP 28 and speaks to Halla Tómasdóttir, CEO & Chief Change Catalyst at the B Team about her motivations to galvinise the B-Team behind this effort to call for meaningful action, and we also hear from many of the signatories themselves explaining why transformative action must happen now.    NOTES AND RESOURCES   Link to the website STATEMENT: THE TRANSFORMATION IS UNSTOPPABLE   Click here to see all signatories featured in this episode.   Click here to see the full list of signatories. Listen to O+O regularly? Please fill out our 10 minute survey - We want to hear from you!   Learn more about the Paris Agreement.   It’s official, we’re a TED Audio Collective Podcast - Proof! Check out more podcasts from The TED Audio Collective   Please follow us on social media! Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn
08/12/23·37m 30s

223. COP28: Will The Word ‘Out’ Be In?

This week on Outrage + Optimism our hosts give a crucial update from Dubai’s COP28 opening days.  With Tom and Paul dialling in direct from Dubai and Christiana offering an outside perspective, the hosts ask: Will the word 'out' be in? What role will governments play in the climate crisis going forward? How brave was it for Dr Sultan to launch with a COP outcome (loss and damage) on day 1? They also discuss the incredible commitment from 134 countries to the food systems declaration, and much, much more in this packed episode. To close this week's episode, we have Louise Harris with ‘We Tried’, a moving and beautiful song about the climate crisis and what will happen if we don’t act. The song became the first ever climate song to reach UK iTunes No.1 and all proceeds go to climate causes.   NOTES AND RESOURCES   MUSIC   Louise Harris Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | DistroKid | YouTube | Spotify   Watch ‘We Tried’ Here   ‘We Tried’ is just the beginning of Louise's music activist journey, with plans to release an entire Climate Album in 2024 if she can raise enough funds for it. You can donate to her GoFundMe if you would like to see more songs and videos like ‘We Tried’ from Louise.   Listen to O+O regularly? Please fill out our 10 minute survey - We want to hear from you!   Learn more about the Paris Agreement.   It’s official, we’re a TED Audio Collective Podcast - Proof! Check out more podcasts from The TED Audio Collective   Please follow us on social media! Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn
04/12/23·58m 27s

222. Moments of Truth

This week on Outrage + Optimism our hosts discuss the leaked documents revealing how Adnoc, the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company and Dr. Sultan were planning to use COP 28 meetings with other countries to promote deals for its national oil and gas companies. With Dr Sultan set to give his speech on Thursday, our hosts ask what needs to happen to restore the faltering trust in his presidency and avoid derailing the COP agenda at such a vital time.  Our guest this week is Nathaniel Stinnett who founded the Environmental Voter Project, which targets inactive environmentalists, transforming them into consistent voters to build the power of the environmental movement, something which may prove critical given the news that Trump would scrap the landmark IRA and BIL legislations if elected. To close this week's episode, we have Chris Redmond, Co- Artistic Director of Hot Poets with his poem ‘Blink’, with a beautiful musical accompaniment by The Tongue Fu Band (music written by Riaan Vosloo). The poem was commissioned by 3M as part of a series of poems in collaboration with UNFCCC's Resilience Frontiers.    NOTES AND RESOURCES   GUEST Nathaniel Stinnett, Founder & Executive Director of the Environmental Voter ProjectTwitter | LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram ARTIST Chris Redmond, Artistic Director - Hot Poets (the film of ‘Blink’ will be released on Thursday 30 November on YouTube and across Hot Poets channels) Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok The Tongue Fu Band Twitter | Instagram   Learn more about the Paris Agreement.   It’s official, we’re a TED Audio Collective Podcast - Proof! Check out more podcasts from The TED Audio Collective   Please follow us on social media! Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn
29/11/23·59m 46s

221. TIME100 Climate: Stories of Leadership

This week on O+O… our hosts discuss the US-China ‘Sunnylands statement’; China’s positive 2024 emissions news, and ask how we hold this positivity, alongside the recently published UN report that warns of lack of global progress on climate change and the inexorable rise of greenhouse gas emissions, without our heads exploding! Our guests this week are Simon Mulcahy and Shyla Raghav from TIME, both responsible for founding TIME CO2, a division focused on providing businesses with the trusted content, solutions, applications and community that accelerate investment in climate solutions, and progress towards net zero. They recently released their TIME 100 CLIMATE inaugural list which includes our very own incredible Paul Dickinson. Music this week comes from completely DIY self taught Indie-alt-pop musicians and producers Bad Sounds, with their song ‘Beggin’. NOTES AND RESOURCES   GUESTS Shyla Raghav, Chief Climate Officer, TIME Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram Simon Mulcahy, President Sustainability, TIME LinkedIn | Twitter    TIME CO2 Twitter | LinkedIn | Website   MUSICAL GUEST Bad Sounds Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Spotify | YouTube   EXTRA LINKS Submit your awkward family climate questions via video or voice note to contact@globaloptimism.com OR comment the question on our Instagram Post   Check out The Climate Question’s Episode on COP - ‘What has COP Achieved?’   –   Learn more about the Paris Agreement.   It’s official, we’re a TED Audio Collective Podcast - Proof! Check out more podcasts from The TED Audio Collective   Please follow us on social media! Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn
23/11/23·55m 58s

Presenting: ‘On Being with Krista Tippett’

On Being with Krista Tippett is a groundbreaking show, with an iconic host, about the big questions of meaning in 21st Century life  - from science to spiritual inquiry, from social creativity to poetry: What does it mean to be human and how do we want to live and who will we be to each other? Listen and subscribe to On Being with Krista Tippett, wherever you get podcasts - LINK - From this week's episode of 'On Being with Krista Tippett': 'The ecological crisis we are standing before is at once civilizational and personal - intimately close to each of us in the places we love and inhabit, and unfolding at a species level. And as much as anyone alive on the planet now, Christiana Figueres has felt the overwhelm of this and stepped into service. She gives voice so eloquently to the grief that we feel and must allow to bind us to each other - and what she sees as a spiritual evolution the natural world is calling us to. If you have wondered how to keep hope alive amidst a thousand reasons to despair, if you are ready to take your despair as fuel - intrigued by the idea of stepping into love and immediate realities of abundance and regeneration - this conversation is for you.'
17/11/23·1h 21m

220. Inequality Is At The Root!

Welcome to another episode of Outrage + Optimism, where we examine issues at the forefront of the climate crisis, interview change-makers, and transform our anger into productive dialogue about building a sustainable future. This week, Christiana joins us from Singapore where she has been attending the inspirational Earthshot Prize Awards, a week of climate and nature-based workshops and events, culminating in a prize awarded to 5 winners who are scaling the most innovative solutions to the world’s toughest environmental challenges. She points to the fact that the prize itself also represents a mindset, by acknowledging that we do have what it takes to tackle these issues if we support and finance incredible initiatives such as these. The three hosts also discuss the recent concerning polls around the US Presidential Elections suggesting that our democratic institutions are not delivering solutions to the systemic global challenges we now face. They also touch on other topics; as insurance companies forecast more climate destruction, what does an uninsurable future look like? How do religion and faith communities deliver in the climate crisis?    Music this week comes from DL Rossi, a Singer-Songwriter from the Metro Detroit area of Michigan. His latest single “With Two Feet” speaks to the random nature of life, and the lessons learned from just being able to show up and work through things as they come.  NOTES AND RESOURCES   The Earthshot Prize Awards How To Watch | YouTube   MUSICAL GUEST DL Rossi Website | Facebook | Instagram | Bandcamp | Spotify | YouTube Learn more about the Paris Agreement.   It’s official, we’re a TED Audio Collective Podcast - Proof! Check out more podcasts from The TED Audio Collective   Please follow us on social media! Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn
09/11/23·39m 14s

219. Ice Down the Spine and Courage in the Heart

This week, the team talk positive tipping points, grapple with the comms coming out of the pre-COP meets and send our tributes to dearly loved colleagues who have recently passed.  With pre COP 28 meetings currently taking place, the host team discuss the mixed messaging that is currently making headlines and anticipate what this might mean for how the future of fossil fuels will appear in the final text at COP 28.  Tim Lenton, the founding Director of the Global Systems Institute at the University of Exeter and Chair in Climate Change and Earth System Science is our guest this week, and with Tom unable to make the interview, our brilliant colleague from Global Optimism, Freya Newman, joins Christiana and Paul to interview her former professor. With negative tipping points racing along their own ‘S curve’, the team ask Tim Lenton whether there are signs that the positive tipping points can win this race and avert the worst impacts of the climate crisis (pssst, the answer is it looks very, very possible).  Music this week comes from Jemima Coulter with their beautiful song ‘[flowers]’. NOTES AND RESOURCES   GUEST Professor Tim Lenton, Founding Director of the Global Systems Institute at the University of Exeter and Chair in Climate Change and Earth System Science Website | LinkedIn   Here is the website on Global Tipping points where you can find resources and info on all that Tim and the team discuss. Spread the word!   FREYA NEWMAN LinkedIn   PETE BETTS We are all very saddened by the news of the death of Pete Betts, a former guest on Outrage + Optimism and an all round incredible human being. Please check out the episode here, to hear the man himself and his lifetime dedication to working for a better, fairer sustainable future.    DAVID ATTENBOROUGH As mentioned by Tom here is one of the first O+O episodes recorded and it is one worth revisiting to hear the exchange between Christiana and David as they talk about the Garden of Eden and Garden of Intention. Truly worth a revisit.    MUSICAL GUEST Jemima Coulter Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Bandcamp | Spotify | YouTube   Go buy/stream ‘Grace After A Party’   PLUM VILLAGE ‘An Invitation to Sit Together For Peace’ Learn more about the Paris Agreement.   It’s official, we’re a TED Audio Collective Podcast - Proof! Check out more podcasts from The TED Audio Collective   Please follow us on social media! Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn
02/11/23·1h 21m

218. October Mailbag

This week it is over to you, our listeners as the hosts strive to answer all of your challenging and wonderful questions:  Should we be having children? How long have we got? How do international conflicts impact climate? And so many more… Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to send through a question to our hosts, you made this a very special episode. Apologies if we weren’t able to get to yours, please do go and engage with us on social media and share your thoughts.  We also have an edited interview between our friend and colleague Sue Reid and the incredible Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, a Tanzanian biodiversity leader and lawyer, speaking in her capacity as Co-Chair of The Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) on the incredible launch of TNFD’s final framework/recommendations at Climate Week NYC on 18 Sept and the urgent need to shake up current paradigms that still pervasively treat nature as disposable and limitless. Music this week comes from Passiflora and their wonderful track ‘Bosque’.  NOTES AND RESOURCES   Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week Links to the report mentioned by the hosts at the top of the episode called: Latin American successes in the energy transition can be found here   Taskforce on Nature-Related Financial Disclosures Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme and Co-Chair of The Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) LinkedIn | Twitter   Here is the link to the published TNFD framework.    MUSIC GUEST   Passiflora Facebook | Instagram | Bandcamp | Spotify | Soundcloud Check out Passiflora’s Live Album ‘Noches en vela’ on Bandcamp Learn more about the Paris Agreement.   It’s official, we’re a TED Audio Collective Podcast - Proof! Check out more podcasts from The TED Audio Collective   Please follow us on social media! Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn
26/10/23·59m 5s

217. Greening Shipping

Ahoy! With Christiana at the helm this week we’re raising our anchor and charting a course into the fascinating and complex world of greening shipping. The shipping industry can feel removed from our daily lives. With images of huge cargo ships criss-crossing the oceans, distant foreign ports and international regulatory bodies with unfamiliar acronyms like the IMO or the GMF, you might even ask yourself: why should I care? We’ll hear how 90% of what we consume, wear and use in our homes comes to us via a ship.  And how the predominant use of dirty fossil fuels means that the shipping industry currently contributes around 3% of the world’s global CO2 - that’s the same as the whole of Germany or Japan’s emissions. But not any more! Christiana and her crew of shipping experts take you on a journey to explore how the shipping industry is at the forefront of an exciting transition to Net Zero, and will explain how greening the maritime sector could help us address the climate emergency. Christiana has been a long and passionate advocate for reform in the shipping industry. With the help of guests such as AP Moller-Maersk’s Senior Vice President, Morten Christiansen; Alejandra Teran from Costa Rica’s Sailcargo; Eric Leveridge, Campaign Lead at Ship it Zero; Ambassador Albon Ishoda, Royal Marshall Islands Presidential Special Envoy for Maritime Decarbonisation, Dr Lucy Gilliam, Seas at Risk, Bo Cerup-Simonsen, CEO, MaerskMcKinney Moller Centre, Cleo Bierneza, Third Officer at Swire Shipping and many more, this deep dive episode will hope to leave no doubt in our listeners’ minds as to why shipping’s path to Net Zero is integral to our current and future life on the planet. How these ships are fuelled now and in the future, why the recent International Maritime Organisation decision was history in the making, how the people working on these ships are treated to ensure a just transition as well as the role that we, the consumers, can play, are all questions that Christiana and her guests tackle during this special episode.   Do let us know what you think!   NOTES AND RESOURCES   GUESTS   Alejandra Terán, Chief Purpose Marketing Officer at Sailcargo LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram   Ambassador Albon Ishoda, Royal Marshall Islands Presidential Special Envoy for Maritime Decarbonisation Twitter | LinkedIn    Bo Cerup-Simonsen, Chief Executive Officer of Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping LinkedIn | LinkedIn for Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping   Christine Loh, Chief Development Strategist, Institute for the Environment at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology LinkedIn   Cleo Bierneza, Third Officer at Swire Shipping LinkedIn    Eric Leveridge, Campaign Lead at Ship It Zero   Ingrid Irigoyen, Associate Director, Ocean and Climate, Aspen Institute Energy and Environment Program & President and CEO, Zero Emission Maritime Buyers Alliance Twitter | LinkedIn    Dr Lucy Gilliam, Senior Shipping Policy Officer at Seas at Risk Twitter | LinkedIn  Seas At Risk Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn    Morten Bo Christiansen, Senior Vice President, Head of Energy Transition at A.P. Moller - Maersk LinkedIn Learn more about the Paris Agreement.   It’s official, we’re a TED Audio Collective Podcast - Proof! Check out more podcasts from The TED Audio Collective   Please follow us on social media! Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn
19/10/23·57m 51s

Presenting: 'Uncertainty and Possibility - Meeting the Climate Future'

What happens when three wise women get together? Just an incredible series of new, mind-blowing conversations, that’s all. In this week’s episode we are THRILLED to bring you an edited version of the AMAZING ten-part video series Uncertainty and Possibility -Meeting the Climate Future featuring Buddhist teacher, Roshi Joan Halifax; writer/activist Rebecca Solnit and of course, our own remarkable Christiana Figueres.   Recorded by our friends at Upaya Zen Centre earlier this year while the three women were together in person, please do be sure to check out the full series in its entirety! During the course of these discussions, Roshi Joan, Rebecca and Christiana go deep on topics ranging from personal reflections on climate grief, to how to be present to the current climate reality, to how we can rewrite the current narrative of the anthropocene.  We guarantee you will leave this conversations with a deepened understanding of the transformation, both personal and systemic, required to meet the challenges of the climate crisis. Huge thanks goes to the team at Upaya who recorded these interviews and kindly allowed us use of their audio, and to Roshi Joan Halifax, Rebecca Solnit and Christiana for the rich conversation. If the episode leaves you wanting to hear more from these wonderful women, you can download the previous Outrage + Optimisms episodes where Roshi Joan Halifax  and Rebecca Solnit feature as guests.    Please remember to send in your questions for the Listener mailbag episode we are doing at the end of October. Either submit through our social media channels or email: contact@globaloptimism.com   NOTES AND RESOURCES   Upaya Zen Centre Website | Instagram | Facebook   Ten-part Video Series Video Series: Uncertainty and Possibility—Meeting the Climate Future - Upaya Zen Center   GUESTS   Roshi Joan Halifax Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | flickr   Rebecca Solnit  Website | Twitter   Rebecca’s organisation Not Too Late co-founded with Thelma Young Lutunatabua. Website   Learn more about the Paris Agreement.   It’s official, we’re a TED Audio Collective Podcast - Proof! Check out more podcasts from The TED Audio Collective   Please follow us on social media! Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn
12/10/23·1h 38m

216. Drilled, Baby, Drilled!

This week on O+O, our hosts, Christiana, Tom and Paul delve into the latest International Energy Agency report which sounds the death knell on the fossil fuel era and welcome award-winning investigative journalist Amy Westervelt onto the show. With the IEA’s publication of their World Energy Outlook report, Christiana, Tom and Paul assess what this means for the fossil fuel industry, national governments and the companies continuing to push the exponential growth of the renewable energy markets. The IEA report still offers us an opportunity, a very, very slim opportunity to act unitedly and decisively to keep within our global targets - can we heed this advice before the door finally closes on this opportunity? We’re extremely excited to welcome Amy Westervelt as our guest this week. Amy is an award-winning investigative print and audio journalist, loved by our team for her true crime climate podcast Drilled. Join us as she shares her journey to launching Drilled and Critical Frequency, her podcast production company, and why she’s dedicating her time to unearth the nefarious actions of a few PR firms that enable incumbents to keep a stake in the climate crisis narrative. Music this week comes from Nick Nuttall and his debut album, Just Because Some Bad Wind Blows, which draws on rich life experiences between his eccentric upbringing in the North of England, to his nearly two decades of work at the UN fighting the climate and environmental crises across the globe.   NOTES AND RESOURCES   GUEST Amy Westervelt, Investigative climate journalist and Head of Drilled Media Twitter | LinkedIn | Instagram   THINK TANKS Story: Meet the Shadowy Global Network Vilifying Climate Protesters MUSIC Nick Nuttall Website | Instagram | Facebook | LinkedIn | Twitter  Album ‘Just Because Some Bad Wind blows’ can be purchased here, or here Watch the music video for ‘Just Because Some Bad Wind Blows’   Learn more about the Paris Agreement.   It’s official, we’re a TED Audio Collective Podcast - Proof! Check out more podcasts from The TED Audio Collective   Please follow us on social media! Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn
05/10/23·1h 12m

215. Hungry For Alternatives

This week on O+O: UK Net Zero rollbacks, the rise of global populism and why we should all be hungry for (protein) alternatives. Pull up a chair to the table and tuck in to this week's episode. With the UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s recent announcement that he plans to ‘roll back’ Net Zero commitments, coupled with the disturbing rise of global populist politicians choosing to hack the climate crisis conversation, our hosts Christiana Figueres, Tom Rivett-Carnac and Paul Dickinson, ask: why, and why now, are these leaders choosing to act against the scientific consensus and hit the brakes on progress? Tune in this week to hear the hosts’ lively and insightful analysis on this worrying trend in global politics. Alternative proteins is the topic of this week’s guest interview.  Bruce Friedrich from the Good Food Institute is interviewed by the unflappable Andy Jarvis from theBezos Earth Fund, using his expertise in this area to dig into this incredibly important and hugely influential issue. Bruce, Andy and the hosts unpacked the outsized positive impact that alternative proteins can have not only on tackling the climate crisis, but also our health, animal well-being and nature restoration.  He also issued a stark warning with regards to the huge quantities of antibiotics we feed our animals and the current and future on human health: “The UK government said the threat to the human race from antimicrobial resistance is more certain than the threat from climate change. It's already killing 1.3 million people per year. It's predicted to be killing 10 million people per year by 2050, according to an article in The Lancet last year.  Seventy percent of medically relevant antibiotics are being fed to farm animals. Now, former head of the World Health Organization, Margaret Chan, has said  the end of working antibiotics is the end of modern medicine.” * Yikes.   Music this week comes from Colombian Psychedelic band ‘BALTHVS’ and their track ‘Eclipse Solar’.   NOTES AND RESOURCES   * Bruce quotes an article published in Jan 2022 by The Lancet:  Global burden of bacterial antimicrobial resistance in 2019: a systematic analysis. This article in turn quotes the UK’s AMR review’s final paper:Tackling Drug-Resistant Infections Globally: Final report and recommendations (2016) which is the original source of the figures Bruce uses in the quote above.  PLUM VILLAGE   Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet course. Sign up  HERE and make sure to check out their scholarships on offer if support is needed.  GUESTS   Bruce Friedrich, President and Founder of The Good Food Institute Twitter | LinkedIn  The Good Food Institute Twitter | LinkedIn    Andy Jarvis, Director of Future of Food at Bezos Earth Fund Twitter | LinkedIn | Instagram MUSIC   BALTHVS Website | Instagram | YouTube Learn more about the Paris Agreement.   It’s official, we’re a TED Audio Collective Podcast - Proof! Check out more podcasts from The TED Audio Collective   Please follow us on social media! Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn
28/09/23·1h 13m

214. Climate Week NYC: Love Is The Answer

Welcome to another episode of Outrage + Optimism, where we examine issues at the forefront of the climate crisis, interview change-makers, and transform our anger into productive dialogue about building a sustainable future. This week, Tom plays the role of roving reporter live from Climate Week NYC and shares his analysis of UNGA and the growing public concern around the UN’s ability to maintain the momentum and vision that we so desperately need to keep us on track to meet our global goals. Tom also shares an incredible finding with us all presented by former O+O guest, John Marshall, CEO of Potential Energy Coalition, that the winning message that caused people to unite behind climate change action is….love. The hosts beautifully discuss what this means for us as a global community and how we should stay as close to this source as possible.  Throughout the episode, we also hear from a range of voices captured by Tom throughout the first part of the week from leaders representing civil society, private corporations, youth, state legislatures and communication professionals.  Music this week comes from Annie Hamilton and her incredible track, 'Electric Night'. NOTES AND RESOURCES   Celine Herweijer, Group Chief Sustainability Officer at HSBC Twitter | LinkedIn    Ellen Jackowski, Chief Sustainability Officer and EVP at Mastercard Twitter | LinkedIn    Mary Robinson, Chair of The Elders  Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube   Isabelle Offer, Photographer Website | Instagram | LinkedIn   Phil Drew, Partner at Brunswick Group LinkedIn    Harjeet Singh, Head Of Global Political Strategy at Climate Action Network (CAN) Twitter | LinkedIn    Sally Fouts, Director of The Climate Pledge at Amazon LinkedIn   Secretary Wade Crowfoot, California Secretary for Natural Resources Agency Twitter | LinkedIn    -   MUSIC   annie hamilton Website | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube   Check out the dreamy and fuzzy version of ‘electric night’   Annie’s ‘production, sustainability, and brand ethos’   -   Learn more about the Paris Agreement.   It’s official, we’re a TED Audio Collective Podcast - Proof! Check out more podcasts from The TED Audio Collective   Please follow us on social media! Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn
21/09/23·1h 3m

213. September Stocktake

Welcome to another episode of Outrage + Optimism, where we examine issues at the forefront of the climate crisis, interview change-makers, and transform our anger into productive dialogue about building a sustainable future. This week, we welcome back perennial friend of the podcast Nigel Topping as he joins Christiana, Tom and Paul on a fast-paced whistle stop analysis of the recent and up-coming events (Africa Climate Week, UN General Assembly and New York Climate Week) populating the climate change calendars. If that was not enough, the team also discusses the soon to be published IEA report, set to declare the ‘beginning of the end’ of the fossil fuel industry, (watch out for the ‘Minsky Moment’) as well as the much anticipated recent UNFCCC Global Stocktake report, with an invitation to view these reports in a more integrated way. Music this week comes from Nu Deco Ensemble and their beautiful piece of music titled 'Sacred Earth'. The orchestra’s mission is to create compelling and transformative genre-bending musical experiences that inspire, enrich and connect new and diverse audiences and artists.   NOTES AND RESOURCES   Nigel Topping, Member of the Climate Change Committee (CCC) / Non-executive director of the UK Infrastructure Bank (UKIB) Twitter | LinkedIn    Fatih Birol’s op-ed: Peak fossil fuel demand will happen this decade   THIS WEEK: Go to a March or Climate Action Near YOU - Fight Fossil Fuels Dot Net   -   MUSIC   Nu Deco Ensemble Website | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube   Check out their Daft Punk and Dr. Dre concerts on YouTube   -   Learn more about the Paris Agreement.   It’s official, we’re a TED Audio Collective Podcast - Proof! Check out more podcasts from The TED Audio Collective   Please follow us on social media! Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn
14/09/23·51m 16s

212. We're BACK! With Al Gore

Welcome to another episode of Outrage + Optimism, where we examine issues at the forefront of the climate crisis, interview change-makers, and transform our anger into productive dialogue about building a sustainable future. Back together following our break, the hosts discuss the devastating extreme weather events that have been happening across the world and they encourage us to think about how these changes within the global climate are impacting all our environments. Looking ahead to the next few months, we’ll cover the major climate events, all requiring critical decisions to be made in this important decade. They also explore some positive news stories that have happened over the last month, including the vote by Ecuadorians to halt oil drilling in the biodiverse Amazonian national park. We have a fascinating and passionate interview from the incredible Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, he gives us an honest account of what he feels are the top political obstacles to climate solutions. Music this week comes from the very talented Hilang Child, a British-Indonesian alt-pop artist, songwriter and drummer from South London!   NOTES AND RESOURCES   Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore Twitter | Instagram | Facebook Watch AG’s New TED Talk - ‘What The Fossil Fuel Industry Doesn’t Want You To Know’   -   Hilang Child Website | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube   Pre-Save or Stream the new single - ‘Lapwings’ Extra Listening - ‘Seimbang​/​Balance’   -   Learn more about the Paris Agreement.   It’s official, we’re a TED Audio Collective Podcast - Proof! Check out more podcasts from The TED Audio Collective   Please follow us on social media! Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn
07/09/23·1h 21m

211. You’ve Got Questions, We’ve Got Answers

Welcome to another episode of Outrage + Optimism, where we examine issues at the forefront of the climate crisis, interview change-makers, and transform our anger into productive dialogue about building a sustainable future. For the final episode of the season, Christiana, Tom and Paul answer many of your fantastic questions including: ‘We hear a lot of talk about planting trees to sequester carbon, but most of our planet is covered by ocean, and the ocean is absorbing most of the heat. Should we be doing more to plant and restore seaweed, seagrasses, and mangroves?’; ‘If anything would be possible and all of us would work together towards one goal - what would your ideal world look like?’ and “Are we gonna be OK?”’  Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to send through a question to our hosts, you made this a very special episode. Apologies if we weren’t able to get to yours, please do go and engage with us on social media and share your thoughts.  Music this week comes from our very own fabulous host, Christiana Figueres, check out the video of her rap here. Feel free to spread the love!    We will welcome you back in September with a very exciting not-to-be-missed interview, followed by episodes sharing insights into New York Climate Week, COP and many more important events which will see us through to the end of the year.    NOTES AND RESOURCES   Christiana’s incredible rap video can be found here.   Adam McKay’s video can be found here. The song mentioned by Paul from Gracie Fields can be found here. Here is a link to the lawsuit against big oil companies by the city of San Francisco. Learn more about the Paris Agreement.   It’s official, we’re a TED Audio Collective Podcast - Proof! Check out more podcasts from The TED Audio Collective   Please follow us on social media! Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn
28/07/23·1h 5m

210. A Jolt From Complacency

Welcome to another episode of Outrage + Optimism, where we examine issues at the forefront of the climate crisis, interview change-makers, and transform our anger into productive dialogue about building a sustainable future. Pilita Clark, associate editor and business columnist at the FT is our very special guest this week and as huge fans of her work at Outrage + Optimism Tom and Christiana were thrilled to host this fascinating conversation. In this episode, Pilita discusses with the hosts the changing landscape of climate coverage against the backdrop of the extreme weather events across the globe, delves into her insights from her recent article The fossil fuel industry will not lead us out of the climate crisis | Financial Times and why exponential growth in climate solutions is a narrative that technology is leaving editors with no choice but to cover.  We hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did! If you have not yet checked out Christiana’s rap on social media - where have you been? Go show our brave host some love and let us know your thoughts. You can find it on Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn Look out for our end of season listener mailbag special on Friday! NOTES AND RESOURCES   Pilita Clark, FT Columnist and Associate Editor LinkedIn | Twitter  Learn more about the Paris Agreement.   It’s official, we’re a TED Audio Collective Podcast - Proof! Check out more podcasts from The TED Audio Collective   Please follow us on social media! Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn
26/07/23·42m 35s

209. Powered By Nature

Welcome to another episode of Outrage + Optimism, where we examine issues at the forefront of the climate crisis, interview change-makers, and transform our anger into productive dialogue about building a sustainable future. With Tom away, Christiana and Paul discuss the extreme and deadly heat waves facing multiple continents, news which is dominating the headlines. They review the details of the recently published Letter to Parties from the incoming COP president, which sets out his vision for what he thinks needs to be accomplished at COP28 later in the year. Also, they talk about the hard won law just passed by the European Parliament to restore degraded natural ecosystems. Our special guest this week is Fiona Morgan, Chief Purpose Officer of Sail GP, an extraordinary international sailing competition. Hear about the Sail GP Impact League, in which athletes race to win two podiums - one for sporting performance and one for the planet. They bring us a fascinating conversation on how climate, sport, ocean and nature collide. To close this week's episode, music comes from the Norwegian band Darling West, and their beautiful song ‘How I Wish’.   You still have time to submit your questions to our hosts for next week’s episode, email us at contact@globaloptimism.com or engage on our social media channels.  NOTES AND RESOURCES   Letter to Parties - COP28 UAE   Fiona Morgan, Chief Purpose Officer at SailGP LinkedIn | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook Here is a link to the video mentioned by the hosts, Season 4 Calendar Revealed | SailGP Purpose & Impact Report    Darling West Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | YouTube | Spotify Learn more about the Paris Agreement.   It’s official, we’re a TED Audio Collective Podcast - Proof! Check out more podcasts from The TED Audio Collective   Please follow us on social media! Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn
20/07/23·53m 32s

208. TED Countdown: The Future is Exponential

Welcome to another episode of Outrage + Optimism, where we examine issues at the forefront of the climate crisis, interview change-makers, and transform our anger into productive dialogue about building a sustainable future. This week, our podcast comes from Detroit, Clay's home city, where Christiana, Tom and Clay have been attending the TED Countdown conference. The hosts provide an insight into what has been an incredible week, with fascinating speakers including a not-to-be-missed speech by Al Gore, Xiaojun "Tom" Wang and Susan Lozier, many talking about the exponential change that we are seeing, a recurring message coming out of the event. They also discuss Christiana’s recent op-ed, I thought fossil fuel firms could change. I was wrong’ which really is worth a read if you haven’t already. Our hosts speak with some special guests from across the TED Countdown conference about this idea of exponential change and the need for a shift in the narrative of climate change; Andrew Steer, Fiona McRaith, Dr Jonathan Foley and Ellen Jackowski. With Clay busy in Detroit at TED Countdown, huge thanks to Airaphon who mixed and sound edited the podcast this week. NOTES AND RESOURCES You can read Christiana’s most recent op-ed here, I thought fossil fuel firms could change. I was wrong’ Andrew Steer, President and CEO of the Bezos Earth Fund LinkedIn | Twitter | Instagram   Fiona McRaith, Manager, Engagement & Delivery and Special Assistant to the President & CEO, Bezos Earth Fund LinkedIn | Twitter | Instagram   Dr Jonathan Foley, Executive Director, Project Drawdown LinkedIn | Twitter   Ellen Jackowski, Chief Sustainability Officer and EVP at Mastercard LinkedIn | Twitter   TED Countdown Summit 2023   Learn more about the Paris Agreement.
13/07/23·37m 15s

207. Five Times Faster

Welcome to another episode of Outrage + Optimism, where we examine issues at the forefront of the climate crisis, interview change-makers, and transform our anger into productive dialogue about building a sustainable future. With the hosts back together, Christiana and Tom discuss their week at Plum Village with Paul, and Christiana mentions the privilege of meeting Emmanuel Faber, the Chair of the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB). They debrief on their fascinating conversation with him about the recently launched IFRS Sustainability Disclosure Standards, ushering in a new era of sustainability-related disclosures in capital markets worldwide, something very close to Paul’s heart.  Our interview this week is with Simon Sharpe, Director of Economics for the UNFCCC Climate Champions, Senior Fellow at the World Resources Institute and author of Five Times Faster. In conversation with Christiana and Tom, Simon discusses how we can accelerate climate action, why we need to ​​decarbonise the global economy five times faster than we have managed so far, and why some of the real blocks to achieving this could be the very ideas and institutions that are supposed to be helping us.  To close the episode, we have some exciting instrumental music from a listener of the podcast, Gilmore Trail. NOTES AND RESOURCES   Simon Sharpe Director of Economics for the Climate Champions Team and Senior Fellow at the World Resources Institute. Author of Five Times Faster Five Times Faster Website I LinkedIn   Gilmore Trail Website I Facebook I Instagram I Twitter I Youtube I Bandcamp I Soundcloud I Spotify   Learn more about the Paris Agreement.   It’s official, we’re a TED Audio Collective Podcast - Proof! Check out more podcasts from The TED Audio Collective   Please follow us on social media! Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn
06/07/23·46m 27s

206. Space, Time and The Ultimate Dimension!

Welcome to another episode of Outrage + Optimism, where we examine issues at the forefront of the climate crisis, interview change-makers, and transform our anger into productive dialogue about building a sustainable future. This week, we bring you a very special joint episode of Outrage + Optimism and The Way Out Is In. From the peace and tranquility of the International Plum Village Community of Engaged Buddhism, Christiana and Tom speak with Zen Buddhist monk Brother Pháp Hữu and journalist Jo Confino. Listeners of both podcasts are invited to join in on an intimate and deep conversation covering everything from the missing spiritual elements in the climate movement, moving beyond linear timelines into exponential transformation, and what happens when we all stop. So bring your tea to the table and let the radical collaboration begin.   NOTES AND RESOURCES   Note:  this episode was edited on 22.09.23 date in response to a listener comment on language Listen and Subscribe to ‘The Way Out Is In’ Listen to Brother Phap Linh perform ‘Music for Difficult Times’   Plum Village App Twitter | YouTube | Instagram Thich Nhat Hanh Twitter | Foundation Plum Village Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | YouTube Brother Chân Pháp Hữu Instagram Jo Confino Instagram   LISTEN: ‘Bringing the Ultimate Dimension Down to Earth’ READ: ‘Zen and The Art of Saving the Planet’ by Thich Nhat Hanh To learn more about our planet’s climate emergency and how you can transform outrage into optimistic action subscribe to the podcast here.
01/07/23·1h 51m

205. How To Talk About Climate Change So People Will Listen

  Welcome to another episode of Outrage + Optimism, where we examine issues at the forefront of the climate crisis, interview change-makers, and transform our anger into productive dialogue about building a sustainable future. This week our hosts discuss the slow progress made at the negotiations in Bonn which concluded last week and how the perceived lack of direction has led many in the climate community to feel anxious about how successful talks will be in Dubai later in the year.  Christiana also touches on the New World Bank report, Detox Development: Repurposing Environmentally Harmful Subsidies, highlighting the trillions of dollars wasted on subsidies for agriculture, fishing and fossil fuels that could be used to help address climate change instead of harming people and the planet. With Tom off to the Global Citizen Power Our Planet Live event on Thursday, the hosts discuss their hopes for a more positive outcome from The Summit for a New Global Financing Pact also happening in Paris this week. Look out for the anticipated momentum to gather pace on Mia Mottley’s Bridgetown Agenda for the much needed reform of international finance. Our special interview this week is with the brilliant communications expert John Marshall, CEO of Potential Energy Coalition, to discuss climate change’s marketing problem and how we can solve it. Essential listening and the team here all agree we could learn a lot from John’s insights! For anyone wanting to learn more about the important work of Potential Energy, click here. Our fabulous music this week comes from Hazel Mei and her song Golden Chains, another finalist from this year's Environmental Music Prize. Check out her links below. With Clay away, huge thanks to Airaphon who mixed and sound edited the podcast this week. Please don’t forget to let us know what you think here, and / or by contacting us on our social media channels or via the website. NOTES AND RESOURCES John Marshall, Chairman and CEO of Potential Energy Coalition LinkedIn | TED Bio Potential Energy Coalition Website | LinkedIn | Instagram Hazel Mei, Environmental Music Prize Finalist  Instagram | Facebook | YouTube  For anyone wanting to watch the absurd Fox news interview with Power the Future founder, Daniel Turner, here is the link.  Learn more about the Paris Agreement. It’s official, we’re a TED Audio Collective Podcast - Proof! Check out more podcasts from The TED Audio Collective Please follow us on social media! Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn
22/06/23·50m 35s

204. LIVE Q+A on Lifelines VS Deadlines

Welcome to another episode of Outrage + Optimism, where we examine issues at the forefront of the climate crisis, interview change-makers, and transform our anger into productive dialogue about building a sustainable future. This week we are excited to share our Live Lifelines vs Deadlines Q&A session packed with brilliant questions from some of our listeners!  Alongside our regular hosts, we welcomed back the fabulous Fiona Macklin and Dylan Tanner co-hosts of the original mini-series with Paul Dickinson, and were thrilled to once again offer O+O listeners the chance to peek behind the curtain on our live recording.  Listen to the episode to find out how our hosts feel about what place the oil and gas companies should have at COP28, and should they be there at all? And is it time for the climate movement to unite around one single issue, and what should that be? We close this week's episode by sharing an inspiring video which shows the moment 200 South African firefighters landed in Canada to help fight the wildfires.   Please don’t forget to let us know what you think here, and / or by contacting us on our social media channels or via the website.   NOTES AND RESOURCES   Don’t Miss Another LIVE O+O Event - Sign up here for our newsletter! Got thoughts from this episode? Continue the conversation here on LinkedIn.   —   Fiona Macklin, Senior Adviser, Groundswell at Global Optimism LinkedIn   Dylan Tanner, Executive Director at InfluenceMap Twitter | LinkedIn | Website   It’s official, we’re a TED Audio Collective Podcast - Proof!   Check out more podcasts from The TED Audio Collective   Please follow us on social media! Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn
15/06/23·51m 30s

203. Tomfoolery! Red Herrings!

Welcome to another episode of Outrage + Optimism, where we examine issues at the forefront of the climate crisis, interview change-makers, and transform our anger into productive dialogue about building a sustainable future. With anti-ESG action hitting the headlines across the ‘puddle’ (as Christiana would say), our hosts begin this week by walking us through the origins of the anti-ESG movement which we covered in our Season 6 episode: ESG: Facts are not Political, before moving us on to explore the current spate of legal cases being brought by certain Republican groups, designed to intimidate members of net zero alliances. We were very fortunate to speak to Maurits Dolmans, attorney and partner of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, and a rising star of the Net Zero Lawyers Alliance, who helped us understand the baseless allegations and coordinated propaganda employed by Republican groups (such as Consumers’ Research and the State Financial Officers Foundation) to delay and obfuscate meaningful climate action, while putting voters’ pensions, investments and livelihoods at risk. Expect high octane outrage from this episode!  Relief in the form of our talented musical number comes this week from Constant Follower and their track “The Merry Dancers on TV”.  Check out their links below. Also, don't forget we’re hosting a live Q+A session on Monday 12 June with Paul, Fiona, Dylan, Tom and Christiana to cover all those burning questions unearthed by the Lifelines vs Deadlines mini-series. Details about how to register your place can be found here. Please don’t forget to let us know what you think here, and / or by contacting us on our social media channels or via the website. NOTES AND RESOURCES Don’t miss our LIVE Online Podcast Recording & Q+A on Monday, June 12, 2023. Click the link to register and save your spot! Letter from 23 Attorney Generals to the Net Zero Insurers Allianz that Paul mentioned in the episode.   Maurits Dolmans LinkedIn | Blog Co-Authord by Maurits Constant Follower Instagram | Linktr.ee | McAll’s Story Check out UK-based Charity - Help Musicians
08/06/23·1h 14m

202. No Matter What, We're Going Too Slow

Welcome to another episode of Outrage + Optimism, where we examine issues at the forefront of the climate crisis, interview change-makers, and transform our anger into productive dialogue about building a sustainable future. This week, Christiana, Tom and Paul debrief on Paul’s recent mini series and discuss the news that insurers are leaving the Net Zero Insurance Alliance after the ESG backlash in the U.S. There is a big week coming up, with the Bonn climate intersessionals in preparation for the COP28 in Dubai later in the year. Finally, they discuss the devastating news of heat waves in India and Asia, and the fact that the World Meteorological Organization has said that there is a 66% chance that the world will exceed the 1.5 °C threshold in at least one of the next five years. We introduce you to this year's Environmental Music Prize which aims to amplify the voices of artists who inspire action for climate and conservation. We feature three of the finalists; Meraki Mae, SheisArjuna and Sunfruits. Also, don't forget we’re hosting a live Q+A session on the 12th June with Paul, Fiona, Dylan, Tom and Christiana to cover all those burning questions unearthed by the Lifelines vs Deadlines mini-series. Details about how to register your place can be found here. Please don’t forget to let us know what you think here, and / or by contacting us on our social media channels or via the website. NOTES AND RESOURCES   Don’t miss our LIVE Online Podcast Recording & Q+A - June 12, 2023. Click the link to register and save your spot! Environmental Music Prize 2023 ***Go to EnvironmentalMusicPrize.com to VOTE for your favorite 3 finalists by Sunday, June 4th!***   Edwina Floch Founder, The Environmental Music Prize LinkedIn | Twitter   Finalists Featured: Meraki Mae - Warrior Instagram | Facebook | Spotify SheisArjuna - Vessel Instagram | Facebook | Spotify Sunfruits - End of The World Instagram | Facebook | Spotify Learn more about the Paris Agreement. Credits: Exec Producer: Sarah Thomas Producer/Sound Design/Editor: Clay Carnill Production Coordinator: Mandy Clark Social Media Manager: Kam-Mei Chak Communications Manager: Zoe Tcholak-Antitch Operations Manager: Katie Bradford It’s official, we’re a TED Audio Collective Podcast - Proof! Check out more podcasts from The TED Audio Collective Please follow us on social media! Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn
02/06/23·52m 50s

201. Lifelines VS Deadlines: The Need For Science Based Policy (Part Two)

Welcome to another episode of Outrage + Optimism, where we examine issues at the forefront of the climate crisis, interview change-makers, and transform our anger into productive dialogue about building a sustainable future. Last week Paul Dickinson, Dylan Tanner and our guests explored some of the good, the bad, and the downright dark side of government action on climate policy, or perhaps that should be inaction. This week, with the help of co-host Fiona Macklin, part two of Lifelines vs Deadlines will go beyond the politics and speak to industry and city leaders, lawyers and youth activists on the need for collective support around regulatory lifelines if the deadlines, climate science has set for us are to be met. Expert guests including: Mark Watts, Executive Director at C40 Cities Lord Adair Turner, Chair of the Energy Transitions Commission Paul Polman, Business leader, campaigner and co-author of ‘Net Positive: how courageous companies thrive by giving more than they take’ Georgina Beasley, Secretary General at Net Zero Lawyers Alliance Joshua Amponsem, Founder, Green Africa Youth Organization and Co-Director - Youth Climate Justice Fund Shyla Raghav, Co-Founder, Chief Portfolio and Partnership Officer at TIME CO2 Dr Ellen Quigley, Special Adviser (Responsible Investment) to the Chief Financial Officer and Principal Research Associate (Climate Risk & Sustainable Finance) at University of Cambridge Please don’t forget to let us know what you think here, and / or by contacting us on our social media channels or via the website. NOTES AND RESOURCES Paul Dickinson, Founder Chair at CDP LinkedIn Fiona Macklin, Senior Adviser, Groundswell at Global Optimism LinkedIn Dylan Tanner, Executive Director at InfluenceMap Twitter | LinkedIn | Website Mark Watt, Executive Director at C40 Cities Twitter | Instagram Lord Adair Turner, Chair of the Energy Transitions Commission Twitter Energy Transitions Commission Twitter | LinkedIn Paul Polman, Business leader, campaigner and co-author of ‘Net Positive: how courageous companies thrive by giving more than they take’ Twitter | LinkedIn | Website Georgina Beasley, Secretary General at Net Zero Lawyers Alliance LinkedIn Net Zero Lawyers Alliance LinkedIn Joshua Amponsem, Founder, Green Africa Youth Organization and Co-Director - Youth Climate Justice Fund Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram Shyla Raghav, Co-Founder, Chief Portfolio and Partnership Officer at TIME CO2 Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook | InstagramTIME and TIME CO2 Twitter | LinkedIn | Website Dr Ellen Quigley, Special Adviser (Responsible Investment) to the Chief Financial Officer and Principal Research Associate (Climate Risk & Sustainable Finance) at University of Cambridge LinkedIn Paper: Universal Ownership in Practice: A Practical Investment Framework for Asset Owners Paper: Universal Ownership and the Polycrisis: Social Norms, Feedback Loops, and the Double HermeneuticCredits: Series Producer: Catherine Harte Exec Producer: Sarah Thomas Producer/Sound Design/Editor: Clay Carnill Production Coordinator: Mandy Clark Social Media Manager: Kam-Mei Chak Communications Manager: Zoe Tcholak-Antitch Operations Manager: Katie Bradford It’s official, we’re a TED Audio Collective Podcast - Proof! Check out more podcasts from The TED Audio Collective Please follow us on social media! Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn
25/05/23·1h 14m

200. Lifelines VS Deadlines: The Need For Science Based Policy (Part One)

Welcome to another episode of Outrage + Optimism, where we examine issues at the forefront of the climate crisis, interview change-makers, and transform our anger into productive dialogue about building a sustainable future. This week Paul Dickinson introduces the first of his two-part series on Lifelines vs Deadlines: The Need for Science Based Policy by delving into some of the big, underlying and often nefarious causes currently blocking the implementation of meaningful science-based policy which would accelerate our collective transition to a net zero world. Paul kicks off the episode by outlining the enormity of the net zero target that businesses have set themselves in line with scientific targets and expresses his belief (which is share by many) that these goals are not achievable without meaningful government policy to derisk, regulate, set a level playing field and penalise persistent offenders. Why then, instead of governments swooping in with these regulatory lifelines, are we seeing at best antipathy or at worst active disinformation campaigns to block regulation that might aid businesses to make the necessary transitions to align with Net Zero strategies and investments? What are the forces at play? Why aren't governments stepping up to the challenge? These are a few of the questions Paul and Dylan will be exploring over Part One of this mini series with a range of expert guests including: Senator Sheldon Whitehouse Naomi Oreskes Amita Chaudhury Steve Waygood Chris Skidmore MP NOTES AND RESOURCES Dylan Tanner, InfluenceMap Website | Twitter | LinkedIn Senator Sheldon Whitehouse Twitter | Instagram | Facebook Naomi Oreskes Twitter | LinkedIn Amita Chaudhury LinkedInAIA Group Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn Steve Waygood Twitter | LinkedIn Aviva Investors LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | YouTube Chris Skidmore MP Twitter Credits: Series Producer: Catherine Harte Exec Producer: Sarah Thomas Producer/Sound Design/Editor: Clay Carnill Production Coordinator: Mandy Clark Social Media Manager: Kam-Mei Chak Communications Manager: Zoe Tcholak-Antitch Operations Manager: Katie Bradford It’s official, we’re a TED Audio Collective Podcast - Proof! Check out more podcasts from The TED Audio Collective Please follow us on social media! Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn
18/05/23·1h 22m

199. Climate and Nature: One and The Same

Welcome to another episode of Outrage + Optimism, where we examine issues at the forefront of the climate crisis, interview change-makers, and transform our anger into productive dialogue about building a sustainable future. This week, Christiana, Tom and Paul cut straight to heart of our collective outrage following yet more announcements from Oil and Gas companies disclosing record-breaking profits. The fact that these record breaking profits are juxtaposed with record-breaking temperatures directly causing devastation to people and planet leads to a line-in-the-sand moment for Christiana. Our esteemed guest this week is Her Excellency Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, UN Climate Change High-Level Champion for COP28.  Tune in as the hosts explore with Razan her journey to her current role, her passionate focus and belief on the integral role of nature in tackling the climate crisis and the importance of engaging, understanding and preserving different cultural relationships to our environment. This week's music comes from a wonderful artist called Arya with her superb track: "The Art of Letting Go."   NOTES AND RESOURCES H.E. Razan Al Mubarak UN Climate Change High-Level Champion from the COP28 Presidency LinkedIn | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Website Arya Instagram | Facebook | Spotify Check out Arya’s “Por Amor De Mi Vida” - WATCH: Zen Rapstars of Plum Village - “Little Star” Performance - SIGN UP: Donna Grantis' Culture vs Policy Email List (scroll down to bottom of the page to enter your email) Learn more about the Paris Agreement. It’s official, we’re a TED Audio Collective Podcast - Proof! Check out more podcasts from The TED Audio Collective Please follow us on social media! Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn
11/05/23·1h 13m

Bonus: From Action to Empathy to Impact

Welcome to another episode of Outrage + Optimism, where we examine issues at the forefront of the climate crisis, interview change-makers, and transform our anger into productive dialogue about building a sustainable future.  Okezue Bell,  a high school senior, activist and a social entrepreneur, is the co-founder of Fidutam, a SIM card based application that provides microloans to low infrastructure and unbanked communities, and the co-inventor of something called WeArm, which is a low cost 3D printed human like prosthetic arm for below the elbow amputees. Christiana and Tom caught up with him to hear more about his work in the climate space, how he views the current situation and his ideas for a clear solution driven approach to tackling the climate crisis.   Notes Okezue Bell LinkedIn | Instagram |  Twitter| Website It’s official, we’re a TED Audio Collective Podcast - Proof! Check out more podcasts from The TED Audio Collective Please follow us on social media! Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn
08/05/23·22m 15s

198. Dancing on Two Dancefloors

Welcome to another episode of Outrage + Optimism, where we examine issues at the forefront of the climate crisis, interview change-makers, and transform our anger into productive dialogue about building a sustainable future. With our very own 'durational piece of art' Paul Dickinson away this week, Christiana and Tom take a sobering look at the heatwaves affecting so much of the global community right now; and analyse Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber's speech at the 14th Petersberg Climate Dialogue. We also have music this week from Stella Talpo with her track Tarantino. Clay is sadly away this week spending some time with the monastics of Plum Village - we are expecting him to be very Zen upon his return! Huge thanks as ever to Airaphon for helping with the edit.  Stella Talpo - Tarantino Instagram |  Twitter | Bio-site For those interested in Tom and Christiana's reference to The Ministry of the Future, check out our episode with author Kim Stanley Robinson here Learn more about the Paris Agreement. It’s official, we’re a TED Audio Collective Podcast - Proof! Check out more podcasts from The TED Audio Collective Please follow us on social media! Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn
04/05/23·23m 40s

197. What If Our Best Times Are Ahead Of Us?

Welcome to another bumper episode of Outrage + Optimism!   This week we kick off with a rather triumphant Paul Dickinson revelling in the news that Fox News personality, Tucker Carlson, has parted ways with the corporation. First David Malpass, now Tucker Carlson... We can’t help but wonder who else features on Paul’s mysterious list? Don’t worry Tom, you are quite safe. For now… Christiana, Tom and Paul cover other big news in the US including Biden’s re-election bid; a White House commitment to put $1 billion into the Green Climate Fund; the announcement of the launch of Carbon Management Challenge; and an anticipated Biden vs Trump showdown. The recent G7, IMF and World Bank gatherings also come under the hosts scrutiny. Our interview this week is with two formidable and fantastic women: (Mama) Mary Robinson (Chair of the Elders) and Hafsat Abiola, (President, Women in Africa (WIA) Initiative), who together have launched Project Dandelion, an incredible initiative that has grown out of the Connected Women Leaders network. Finally, we play a brief clip featuring Mary Robinson taken from a short film entitled How Do We Get the World Off Fossil Fuels Quickly and Fairly? This film, recently made and released by our fantastic friends and partners over at TED Countdown serves as the second installment of their brilliant TED Countdown Dilemma Series. Be sure to watch the many varied viewpoints offered by an impressive line-up of guests here.   NOTES AND RESOURCES    Mary Robinson, Chair of The Elders  Instagram | Facebook | Website | Twitter | YouTube   Hafsat Abiola, President, Women in Africa (WIA) Initiative LinkedIn | Twitter | Instagram   Women in Africa (WIA) Initiative Instagram | LinkedIn | Facebook | Website | Twitter | YouTube   Connected Women Leaders (CWL) and Project Dandelion LinkedIn | Twitter TED Countdown  Website | Instagram | Twitter   WATCH: TED Countdown Dilemma Series How Do We Get the World Off Fossil Fuels Quickly and Fairly   NEWSLETTER: Subscribe! Prince? Tzeporah? Shredding? —-> It will all make sense.   To learn more about our planet’s climate emergency and how you can transform outrage into optimistic action subscribe to the podcast here.   AND - The Environmental Music Prize is BACK for 2023! YOU can take climate action by watching music videos and voting for your favourites to win the $20,000AUD prize!   Go here to vote:  Environmental Music Prize Instagram | LinkedIn | Facebook | Website   Learn more about the Paris Agreement.   It’s official, we’re a TED Audio Collective Podcast - Proof! Check out more podcasts from The TED Audio Collective   Please follow us on social media! Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn
27/04/23·55m 59s

196. Earth Day Special: LIVE Q+A on Momentum vs Perfection

Welcome back to an Outrage + Optimism Earth Day Special where we are super excited to share with you this recording of our Live Q&A session recorded on Wednesday 19th April discussing the Momentum vs Perfection series. We duly rolled out the red carpet once again for the fabulous Fiona McRaith who co-hosted the original Momentum vs Perfection mini-series with Tom Rivett-Carnac, and were thrilled to be able to offer our wonderful audience the chance to peek behind the curtain on our live recording and put their questions to the host team.  Tune in to hear our hosts’ answers to questions about momentum, perfection, diversity, 'the moveable middle', joy, spirituality and more. PLUS Paul's singing 🎶 - and the audience vote on it 👍👎...?   NOTES AND RESOURCES    Fiona McRaith, Manager, Engagement & Delivery and Special Assistant to the President & CEO, Bezos Earth FundLinkedIn | Twitter | Instagram   To learn more about our planet’s climate emergency and how you can transform outrage into optimistic action subscribe to the podcast here.   Find out what’s happening around the globe on Earth Day 2023. Major events include Extinction Rebellion’s The Big One in London which aims to be the largest environmental protest of 2023, Earth Day DC’s End of Era of Fossil Fuels in Washington DC and countless more.   AND - The Environmental Music Prize is BACK for 2023! Starting Earth Day (Saturday) Apr 22, 2023 YOU can take climate action by watching music videos and voting for your favorites to win the $20,000AUD prize! Go here to vote: Environmental Music Prize Instagram | LinkedIn | Facebook | Website   Learn more about the Paris Agreement.   It’s official, we’re a TED Audio Collective Podcast - Proof! Check out more podcasts from The TED Audio Collective   Please follow us on social media! Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn
21/04/23·56m 25s

195. A Better Future Emerging

With Tom away this week, tune in to hear Christiana Figueres and Paul Dickinson discuss announcements from the World Bank, the spring G7 meeting in Japan and Paul’s mini scoop into the issue of UK internal flights, as well as their fantastic interview with celebrated author  Jon Alexander and his widely acclaimed book: “Citizens: Why the Key to Fixing Everything is All of Us” We are also excited to share details of how you can join Christiana Figueres, Tom Rivett-Carnac, Fiona McRaith and Paul Dickinson for a live online Q&A recording of Outrage + Optimism on Wednesday 19, 2023 @ 4.30pm BST / 11.30am EST. During this live Q&A session we will be taking questions resulting from Tom and Fiona’s mini series: Momentum vs Perfection. Please follow this link to register your place. We will be taking a short break next week so please take time to revisit the mini-series here. And we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on Wednesday 19 April!   Enjoy the episode!  NOTES AND RESOURCES    O+O Live Q&A: Join Us - April 19, 2023 @ 4.30pm BST / 11.30am EST    Register to join us for our live online Q&A episode of Outrage + Optimism and put your question to our hosts, please click on this link and follow the instructions.    Rachel Kyte article mentioned by Christiana here   Jon Alexander Twitter | LinkedIn ​​ MUSIC   Banditos Instagram | Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube Be sure to spin and buy their latest record ‘Right On’!   To learn more about our planet’s climate emergency and how you can transform outrage into optimistic action subscribe to the podcast here. Learn more about the Paris Agreement.   It’s official, we’re a TED Audio Collective Podcast - Proof! Check out more podcasts from The TED Audio Collective   Follow us on social media! Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn
06/04/23·1h 15m

194. Making a Difference

Join Christiana Figueres, Tom Rivett-Carnac and Paul Dickinson this week on Outrage + Optimism as they discuss how best to counter the doom and disinformation in the wake of the recent IPCC synthesis report. Our special guest this week is Pete Betts, the much loved and highly respected civil servant with over 10 years as Director International climate and energy in the UK Government. Despite receiving a terminal diagnosis, Pete continues to dedicate his time and effort to climate change, specifically highlighting those who stand to suffer the most from its effects are kept in the forefront of decision makers minds as we attempt to face the challenges of climate change. Pete shares that the two most important questions we believe we should all ask ourselves: “Are you surrounded by people you love and that love you? And did you make a difference?”   How would you respond?   NOTES AND RESOURCES    To learn more about our planet’s climate emergency and how you can transform outrage into optimistic action subscribe to the podcast here. Learn more about the Paris Agreement.   Pete Betts ​​LinkedIn   The Climate Pledge Future Forward The Climate Pledge | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   MUSIC   Aisha Badru Instagram | Twitter | Spotify | Apple Music Be sure to check out the official lyric video for ‘Path of Least Resistance’ on YouTube. It’s trippy and beautiful.   It’s official, we’re a TED Audio Collective Podcast - Proof! Check out more podcasts from The TED Audio Collective   Please follow us on social media! Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn
30/03/23·1h 4m

193. Momentum VS Perfection: The Biggest Question in Climate Right Now? (Part Two)

Welcome back to part two of the mini-series Momentum vs Perfection! This week Tom Rivett-Carnac and Fiona McRaith deepen their exploration of the tensions in the climate movement outlined in episode one, and look to see how we might begin to move past the current impasse to accelerate action in this decisive decade. Journey with Tom, Fiona and their guests as they seek to answer the burning questions that they hope might unlock a trajectory to collaborative, joyful action. Some of these questions include:     Is a rebuilding of trust and understanding among the different actors key?  What part does the ‘moveable middle’ play on the spectrum of momentum and perfection.  How do we ensure inclusivity and engagement of those whose voices are not currently represented in the wider movement?  How do these divisions present in the corporate world where the sense of urgency is well embedded but transition to action is hesitant?  What role can impartial actors and data play in pushing forward the momentum and perfection agendas? Can the capitalist spirit ever be used as a force to accelerate change as long as it is rooted in good intention?   Is connection and personal relationships key to building the sense of common purpose and approach we need now?   Helping Tom and Fiona to answer these questions is an incredible line-up of guest speakers:    Justin Forsyth, Co-Founder Count Us In, a radical collaboration of business, faith, sport, and civil society to inspire a billion people to take climate action. Farhana Yamin, Lawyer/Author/Activist & Keynote Speaker. Farhana is an internationally recognized environmental lawyer, climate change and development policy expert. She works part time at the Doc Society coordinating the Climate Reframe Project which seeks to amplify the voice of climate activists and experts from racialized minorities in the UK environment movement. Peter Bakker, President & CEO WBCSD, the global CEO-led community of the world’s leading sustainable businesses working collectively to accelerate the system transformations needed for a net zero, nature positive, and equitable future. Sister True Dedication, Zen Buddhist monastic teacher in Thich Nhat Hanh's Plum Village Community Prof Helen Pankhurst CBE. CARE International, MMU, UOS. Senior Advisor at international humanitarian agency CARE International, women’s rights activist, and the direct descendant of Emmeline Pankhurst and Sylvia Pankhurst, both leaders in the suffragette movement    NOTES AND RESOURCES    To learn more about our planet’s climate emergency and how you can transform outrage into optimistic action subscribe to the podcast here.   Learn more about the Paris Agreement.   Fiona McRaith, Manager, Engagement & Delivery and Special Assistant to the President & CEO, Bezos Earth Fund LinkedIn | Twitter | Instagram   Justin Forsyth LinkedIn | Twitter Count Us In Twitter | Instagram   Farhana Yamin LinkedIn | Twitter | Instagram   Peter Bakker LinkedIn | Twitter  WBCSD – World Business Council for Sustainable Development LinkedIn | Twitter    Sister True Dedication Twitter | Instagram Plum Village LinkedIn | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook   Helen Pankhurst, women’s rights activist and Senior Advisor, CARE International  LinkedIn | Twitter   CARE International Twitter | YouTube Learn more about Pankhursts’s great-grandmother Emmeline Pankhurst and grandmother Sylvia Pankhurst, both leaders in the suffragette movement.  It’s official, we’re a TED Audio Collective Podcast - Proof! Check out more podcasts from The TED Audio Collective   Please follow us on social media! Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   -   Click Here to see the full show notes for this episode
23/03/23·1h 23m

192. Momentum VS Perfection: The Biggest Question in Climate Right Now? (Part One)

Welcome to another episode of Outrage + Optimism, where we examine issues at the forefront of the climate crisis, interview change-makers, and transform our anger into productive dialogue about building a sustainable future. This week Tom Rivett-Carnac introduces the first of his two-part series on Momentum vs Perfection by looking at the different theories of change within the climate movement and asking if and how they can co-exist to drive the level of scale and action needed in this decisive decade. He is joined on this complex and emotive journey by guest co-host Fiona McRaith, Manager of Engagement & Delivery and Special Assistant to the President & CEO at climate philanthropy fund Bezos Earth Fund. Fiona brings a (significantly younger) Gen Z perspective to this thought-provoking discussion. Our co-hosts speak with a series of esteemed guests on this timely and important question, including:    Helen Pankhurst, Senior Advisor at international humanitarian agency CARE International, women’s rights activist, and the direct descendant of Emmeline Pankhurst and Sylvia Pankhurst, both leaders in the suffragette movement  Author, educator, environmentalist, and Co-Founder of international environmental organization 350.org, Bill McKibben  Environmental activist and Co-Founder of global environmental movement Extinction Rebellion, Gail Bradbrook Jerome Foster II, Co-founder of Waic Up and youngest member of the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council  Director of mission-driven consulting firm Reos Partners,  Adam Kahane Previous Director of Strategy for the Cabinet Office for COP 26 (the United Nations’ annual climate conference) Charles (Charlie) Ogilvie    Don’t miss Part One of this incredible and timely conversation, including insights from previous movements, generational collaboration, the value of civil disobedience, the role of data and measurement, and whether agreement between sides is necessary for advancement. And be sure to look out for the final episode of this mini-series next week, in which our co-hosts, with the help of their guests, will hopefully draw some conclusions to help guide us in these crucial years.   It’s official, we’re a TED Audio Collective Podcast - Proof! Check out more podcasts from The TED Audio Collective   Please follow us on social media! Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn
16/03/23·1h 28m

191. The Stories of Women are Precious

Welcome to another episode of Outrage + Optimism, where we examine issues at the forefront of the climate crisis, interview change-makers, and transform our anger into productive dialogue about building a sustainable future.   This week, co-hosts Christiana Figueres, Tom Rivett-Carnac, and Paul Dickinson interrupt their previously scheduled programming一the launch of the O+O miniseries discussed last week一to celebrate International Women’s Day (recognized annually on March 8) with CEO & Leadership Activist Fabian Dattner. The team also covers big news about our oceans’ future and closes with music from Child Seat.   Tom starts with the news that after nearly 20 years, members of the United Nations have finally agreed on the United Nations High Seas Treaty, an international framework to protect biodiversity in international waters. It’s a massive achievement that protects the migratory routes of some of our most iconic species and demonstrates significant multilateral cooperation.    Oh, and negotiations were led by Rena Lee, Singapore’s Ambassador for Oceans and Law of the Sea Issues and Special Envoy of the Minister for Foreign Affairs一another great reason to celebrate International Women’s Day.   On a related note, Christiana references a disturbing statistic from a report prepared by GWL Voices for Change and Inclusion, an advocacy group of 62 current and former senior women leaders, that women have held just 12% of top positions at 33 of the largest multilateral institutions since 1945. Clearly, we still have a ways to go in the pursuit of gender equality.   Next, the trio welcomes CEO & Leadership Activist and the founder of the global leadership consultancy the Dattner Group, Fabian Dattner. The group discusses Dattner’s work at the nexus of leadership, support for women, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). While it may sound like an unconventional combination, Dattner explains how it all came together一initially in a dream一and later in her Homeward Bound initiative. It is, our co-hosts agree, an unassailable mix of what our world desperately needs and could use more of.     Later, Dattner brings up her trip to Antarctica and how the concept of success is as dangerous as the concept of failure. For many women, Dattner explains, success can be framed as an elusive ideal. She counsels that if you aren’t willing to fail, there’s nothing you can achieve because success is mostly a string of failures. These are just some of the topics from the group’s lively exchange!   Finally, the episode closes with the track “Burning” from indie rock powerhouse Child Seat.   You won’t want to miss this one! NOTES AND RESOURCES  To learn more about our planet’s climate emergency and how you can transform outrage into optimistic action subscribe to the podcast here.   Find out more about the United Nations High Seas Treaty.   Download the report from GWL, Numbers Matter: To Fix the multilateral system start by including women.   Fabian Dattner LinkedIn   Learn More about the Dattner Group, the Compass Leadership Program for Women, and Homeward Bound.   Here’s the 20023 Edelman Annual Trust Barometer referenced in the episode.   MUSIC Child Seat Instagram | Spotify | Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter | SoundCloud   It’s official, we’re a TED Audio Collective Podcast - Proof! Check out more podcasts from The TED Audio Collective   Please follow us on social media! Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn
09/03/23·54m 9s

190. Presenting: Coliving Conversations - Shared Living & the Climate Emergency

Welcome listeners as as we start the week with a special bonus episode from the wonderful folks at  Conscious Coliving who recently hosted Tom Rivett-Carnac on their brilliant podcast  Coliving Conversations, a show that shines light on the people, projects, and places of the blossoming coliving movement! In this episode, join co-hosts Naima Ritter Figueres and Dr Penny Clark for an insightful conversation with Tom Rivett-Carnac where together they explore the role of communities in addressing the climate emergency. Enjoy!    
06/03/23·51m 58s

189. We Are in Listening Mode

Welcome to another episode of Outrage + Optimism, where we examine issues at the forefront of the climate crisis, interview change-makers, and transform our anger into productive dialogue about building a sustainable future. This week, co-hosts Christiana Figueres, Tom Rivett-Carnac, and Paul Dickinson discuss the amazing reviews they’ve received on the podcast and take the opportunity to thank listeners for participating with us in trying to save our planet. The team also announces an upcoming special project they’ve been working on and chats about the nomination of Ajay Banga as World Bank President. A frightening new study on the accelerating rates of extinction is also discussed, and there’s music from Bailen. Paul starts with highlights from the results of a listener feedback survey. First, a whopping 87% of respondents said they’d taken action on climate change since listening to the podcast, which includes sharing the podcast一a key part of our mission一and for which we’re deeply grateful. Plus, only 43% of those listening work in the climate space. That means we’re breaking out of the climate bubble and bringing people outside of climate into the conversation. “Astonishing!” declares Christiana. Wait until you hear the rest!  Next, Tom introduces a fresh theme on O+O related to personal projects each of the co-hosts will work on individually and bring to the podcast. Over the next few weeks, Tom will begin the series on different approaches to change一momentum and perfection. He’ll explore whether they can work together, and if so, how? Exciting stuff is on the way! In the following segment, our co-hosts weigh in on the World Bank presidential nomination of Ajay Banga, previously President and CEO of MasterCard. They agree he’s a hopeful choice for, among many other things, bringing climate issues back to the World Bank, which stands in contrast to the positions held by outgoing president David Malpass, a climate denier.  Finally, the trio discusses the alarming new study by lead author Dr. Yuangeng Huang of the China University of Geosciences on the steady destruction of biodiversity and how it’s likely to suddenly tip over into total ecosystem collapse. All agree the study didn’t get the coverage it should have, and that it’s critical we’re focused now on strategies and capital allocations to protect and reverse habitat destruction. Climate won’t matter if this doesn’t get done. Again, thank you for taking the time to respond so thoughtfully to our listeners’ survey and to help us improve the podcast.   And before you leave please don’t miss the beautiful three-part family harmonies of Bailen on their moving ballad “Eyelashes.”  Correction: We would like to apologise for the mispronunciation of Dr Yuangeng Huang's name during the episode. NOTES AND RESOURCES    To learn more about our planet’s climate emergency and how you can transform outrage into optimistic action subscribe to the podcast here. Find out more about Ajay Banga, the U.S. nomination to lead the World Bank. Here is The Guardian’s coverage of Dr. Yuangeng Huang’s study on ecosystem collapse.  Here is Dr. Yuangeng Huang’s study itself. More on Elizabeth Kolbert’s The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History referenced in the episode.   GLOBAL CLIMATE STRIKE on FRIDAY MARCH 3 - Click here to find a strike near you. #TomorrowIsTooLate   MUSIC   Bailen Instagram | Facebook | YouTube | Twitter | Spotify | TikTok   Click here to Pre-add/Pre-Save ‘Tired Hearts’ coming out May 5th! See Bailen on Tour   Check out Clay’s Picks this week: ‘Call It Like It Is’ ‘Something Tells Me’   -   It’s official, we’re a TED Audio Collective Podcast - Proof! Check out more podcasts from The TED Audio Collective   Please follow us on social media! Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn
02/03/23·47m 43s

188. The Path to Sustainability is Equity

Welcome to another episode of Outrage + Optimism, where we examine issues at the forefront of the climate crisis, interview change-makers, and transform our anger into productive dialogue about building a sustainable future. In this episode, co-hosts Christiana Figueres and Paul Dickinson interview climate leaders Sandrine Dixson-Declève, Co-President of global issues think tank the Club of Rome (the Club), and Johan Rockström, Joint Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (Potsdam). Our esteemed guests discuss the 50th anniversary of the Club’s groundbreaking report on the implications of continued worldwide expansion, “Limits to Growth” (Limits), and their recently published collaborative report “Earth for All: A Survival Guide for Humanity (Earth For All).” Serving as both a sort of update to “Limits,” and a new solutions manual, “Earth For All” goes deep into the interrelationships between global stress points, the consequential scenarios that could lay ahead of us, and the policy recommendations we need to save our future. It’s a fascinating conversation that covers planetary boundary science, dynamic systems modeling, the social tension index, and whether we can reach aspirational and equitable goals for humanity within our environmental boundaries. Importantly, we explore whether a planetary solution is possible without addressing systemic inequity. Of course, be sure to stick around for music this week from brand new father/son duo Emrys + Clay.   Don’t miss a minute of this compelling episode!      NOTES AND RESOURCES    To learn more about our planet’s climate emergency and how you can transform outrage into optimistic action subscribe to the podcast here.   Sandrine Dixson-Declève, Co-President of the Club of Rome LinkedIn | Twitter   Explore The Club of Rome and the original landmark report (including a free download), “Limits to Growth.” An updated version is available here.   Johan Rockström, Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research Twitter    Listen to a previous episode featuring Rockström about the race to zero.  Learn about the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research Twitter   Read more or get your own copy of “Earth for All: A Survival Guide for Humanity.” MUSIC   Emrys + Clay You can find more of Clay and Emrys on Clay’s Patreon.   Clay has played in bands before. They are: Claslan | Flint Eastwood   Clay Carnill Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   It’s official, we’re a TED Audio Collective Podcast - Proof! Check out more podcasts from The TED Audio Collective   Please follow us on social media! Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn
23/02/23·1h

Weekend Rewind: Our Conversation with Nicola Sturgeon

This week in a surprise move, the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, announced her resignation. So in light of this profoundly ego-less moment of leadership, we revisit a stirring conversation we had with her in 2021 when we visited the First Minister at her residence in Edinburgh during the TED Countdown Conference. Our conversation surrounded this new vision she had brought forth into the world for small countries collaborating on climate action, detailed in the instantly-popular TED Talk she had just delivered earlier that day (immediately followed by a standing ovation). Tom said, “it was one of the best I’ve ever seen.” This interview is part of a longer episode we published in 2021 titled, ‘Small Countries, Big Vision with Nicola Sturgeon’. You can listen to that full episode and more by visiting the Outrage + Optimism website or by finding us wherever you get your podcasts.   Enjoy the Rewind.   —   NOTES AND RESOURCES   Nicola Sturgeon | First Minister of Scotland Twitter   Watch Nicola Sturgeon’s TED Talk referenced in the episode, followed by a short Q+A.   It’s official, we’re a TED Audio Collective Podcast - Proof! Check out more podcasts from The TED Audio Collective   Please follow us on social media! Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn
19/02/23·21m 26s

187. THIS is the Rainy Day

Welcome to another episode of Outrage + Optimism, where we examine issues at the forefront of the climate crisis, interview change-makers, and transform our anger into productive dialogue about building a sustainable future. In this episode, co-hosts Christiana Figueres, Tom Rivett-Carnac, and Paul Dickinson discuss the monstrous profits made by Big Oil last year, how at least one fossil fuel firm plans to invest its gains, and what it all means for the climate agenda going forward. They also speak to Avinash Persaud (Avi), Special Envoy to the Prime Minister of Barbados on Investment and Financial Services and creator of the 2022 Bridgetown Initiative, and we have music from gifted musician Scotty Grand. The team opens with the astounding report that BP, Chevron, Equinor, ExxonMobil, Shell, and TotalEnergies together made more than $200 billion in profits in 2022. What’s even more shocking? BP followed with an announcement that in the interests of “energy security,” it’s scaling back its 2030 emissions reductions targets from 40% to 25%. Let’s just say the trio doesn’t mince words in response. Outrage indeed! Next, Avi Persaud outlines his work on the 2022 Bridgetown Initiative with Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley. While climate change impacts us all, it does so unevenly. Those who suffer disproportionately have the narrowest access to capital support. Can our current economic system address this problem? Persaud leads a fascinating discussion on the power of global financeーwhen deployed creativelyーto drive extraordinary changemaking. Find out how callable capital, international reserve currency, and other key levers could meet the significant systemic challenges in front of us today. Finally, we have music from the one and only Scotty Grand. He’s served as Creative Director, Keyboardist, and MC for Grammy-nominated artists Jordin Sparks, the Jonas Brothers, and fellow pianist Alicia Keys, among many other A-listers. He’s also the great-nephew of legendary gospel singer Mahalia Jacksonーand Christiana’s neighbor! You won’t want to miss a minute of this substantive and thrilling episode!    NOTES AND RESOURCES    To learn more about our planet’s climate emergency and how you can transform outrage into optimistic action subscribe to the podcast here.   Avinash Persaud, Special Envoy to the Prime Minister of Barbados on Investment and Financial Services LinkedIn |Twitter | Facebook Learn more about the Bridgetown Initiative.   Scotty Grand Spotify | Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram     Watch Scotty Grand’s inspiring video for “Change Everything.” Also, be sure to give a listen to ‘All I Know’ and ‘Alchemy’   It’s official, we’re a TED Audio Collective Podcast - Proof! Check out more podcasts from The TED Audio Collective   Please follow us online! Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn
16/02/23·1h 18m

186. The Breakthrough Effect

Welcome to another episode of Outrage + Optimism, where we examine issues at the forefront of the climate crisis, interview change-makers, and transform our anger into productive dialogue about building a sustainable future. In this episode, co-hosts Christiana Figueres, Tom Rivett-Carnac, and Paul Dickinson discuss US President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address, a possible green race to the top across the G7 nations, and how to identify positive economic tipping points with Kelly Levin, Co-Director of the Systems Change Lab and Chief of Science, Data and Systems Change for the Bezos Earth Fund, which provides grants to support the climate and nature.  The team agrees that United States politics, as witnessed through the lens of the annual State of the Union speech, seems like a slugfest, with jabs from both sides but no winner. Still, they admire Biden’s multiple references to climate change as a global security issue affecting vulnerable people一rather than more political drama. Also worth discussing: Could Biden have a chance at winning reelection in 2024? The trio weighs in. Next, Kelly Levin discusses the Breakthrough Effect, a groundbreaking report on how to trigger a cascade of tipping points to accelerate the net zero transition. She outlines the three super leverage points that could prompt the “tipping of the tipping points” to bring about planet-saving climate action. Electric vehicles (EVs), green ammonia, and alternative proteins play a role. The co-hosts contend this is a welcome concept一that if we can trigger the right leverage points, we can cause a global cascade of positive climate change. From there, we can go from a linear to exponential transformation. It’s almost a relief to think it’s possible, especially in the face of grinding, slow change that seemingly won’t be fast enough to save the planet. You won’t want to miss this fascinating conversation! Finally, alt-pop singer-songwriter Panteon closes the episode with the beautiful acoustic track “Archipelago.”   See you next week! NOTES AND RESOURCES    To learn more about our planet’s climate emergency and how you can transform outrage into optimistic action subscribe to the podcast here.   Kelly Levin, Co-Director Systems Change Lab LinkedIn |Twitter    Bezos Earth Fund Instagram | Twitter | YouTube   Find out more about The Breakthrough Effect report Explore more about the Systems Change Lab   To find out more about the Climate Party, visit their website. Or contact them on: info@theclimate.party  Instagram | Twitter | Facebook   MUSIC   Panteon Spotify | Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube Check out Panteon’s new single - ‘Anyone Someone’ Yvonne from Panteon is in Encanto!   We were a finalist for the AICA Award (International Association for Environmental Communication)! Check out the work they are doing here on their website.   Be sure to check out and follow our sister podcast, ‘The Way Out Is In’   It’s official, we’re a TED Audio Collective Podcast - Proof! Check out more podcasts from The TED Audio Collective   Please follow us! Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn
09/02/23·1h 5m

185. Welcome to 2023

Happy New Year!   Welcome to another episode of Outrage + Optimism, where we examine issues at the forefront of the climate crisis, interview change-makers, and transform our anger into productive dialogue about building a sustainable future. After a well-spent hiatus, the team returns with the first episode of what we hope to be an amazing year documenting climate progress! We know from previous years that many people discover the podcast over our break, so If you're a new listener, we're thrilled you’re here! In today’s episode, co-hosts Christiana Figueres, Tom Rivett-Carnac, and Paul Dickinson catch up on what’s been happening in climate over the last few weeksーand what’s to come in 2023. First up, the team chats about their break and the importance of taking time to reflect and cultivate equanimity, self-care, and inner strength. And speaking of inner strength, what about the brave decision of New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, to leave office after five remarkable years? Our co-hosts weigh in with some thought-provoking insights. There’s talk of Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, the controversial pick to be the president of COP28—this year’s UN climate conference, which is set to be held in Dubai. Al Jaber is the Minister for Industry and Advanced Technology and Managing Director and Group CEO of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC). Check out Christiana’s Op-Ed on Al Jaber in The New Statesman.  This year will also mark the first global stocktake (GST), the process designed to assess the world’s progress toward achieving the purpose behind the landmark Paris Agreement.  Oh, and Paul’s “friend” wrote a poem about Christianaーyou’ll have to listen to find out what rhymes with “emissions.” Finally, we leave you this week with the beautifully haunting track “Oh Mother” from Sive.   Bye for now!   NOTES AND RESOURCES    To learn more about our planet’s climate emergency and how you can transform outrage into optimistic action subscribe to the podcast here. Tom recommends Stolen Focus by Johann Hari. Learn more about ChatGPT. Read Christiana’s Op-Ed about Dr. Sultan Al Japer in The New Statesman. Learn more about COP28.   MUSIC   Sive Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | Facebook | Spotify | Bandcamp Check out Sive’s album ‘We Begin In Darkness’   Check out our sister-podcast, ‘The Way Out Is In’   Did you know we’re a TED Audio Collective Podcast? - Check it out! Check out more podcasts from The TED Audio Collective   Please follow us! Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn | Facebook
02/02/23·56m 31s

184. Last Episode of 2022: Strong Back, Soft Front

Welcome to another episode of Outrage + Optimism, where we examine issues at the forefront of the climate crisis, interview change-makers, and transform our anger into productive dialogue about building a sustainable future. In the final episode of 2022, co-hosts Christiana Figueres, Tom Rivett-Carnac, and Paul Dickinson look back at what transpired this year, what went well, what didn't, and what to expect in 2023. Plus, they have a conversation with spiritual leader Roshi Joan Halifax and highlight music from Windser. Reflecting on the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the team addresses the profound tragedy of the war but also how it proved to be a watershed moment for exposing the vulnerability of fossil fuel markets. It appears the weaponization of energy has driven the world closer toward decarbonization. While 2022 was undoubtedly marked by tragedy, there was some good news, including three landmark legislative wins from the United States that contain meaningful provisions to address climate change. They also hailed the recent announcement from the U.S. Department of Energy about an unexpected breakthrough: Scientists at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) in California for the first time successfully generated more energy from a fusion reaction than what was required to produce it. And in another positive note, biodiversity is also getting a much-needed boost from the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP15) to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).  Next, guest Roshi Joan Halifax provides a nourishing dose of inspiration with her thoughts on her lifelong spiritual journey, social and environmental engagement, and cultivating resilience in the face of increased uncertainty.  It’s the type of motivational close to the year we needed. As we all take stock, we’re reminded that we couldn’t do this without your support, and we thank you from the depths of our hearts for joining us on this journey to better understand our ability to come together to affect transformation in the world. Also, we wish environmental activist, Buddhist scholar, and dear friend Joanna Macy, a swift recovery as she recuperates from pneumonia in the hospital. You can find more about Macy and her work in the show notes below. Finally, we’ll leave you with the dazzling sounds of California singer/songwriter Windser. Have a wonderful holiday season, and we’ll see you in January 2023.   NOTES AND RESOURCES    To learn more about our planet’s climate emergency and how you can transform outrage into optimistic action subscribe to the podcast here.   Roshi Joan Halifax Instagram| Twitter | Facebook | flickr   Upaya Institute and Zen Center Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Instagram   Here’s more on the Inflation Reduction Act 2022, the 2022 Budget Resolution And Reconciliation: How We Will Build Back Better, and the CHIPS Act of 2022.   Read more about the United Nations Biodiversity Conference (COP15).    Find out more about fusion energy from the National Ignition Facility (NIF).   Listen to environmental activist, Buddhist scholar, and deep ecologist Joanna Macy on Outrage! + Optimism. Explore her celebrated book Active Hope.   MUSIC   Windser Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | TikTok | YouTube    Watch the video for “Drift Away” Stream the new EP - “Where The Redwoods Meet The Sea” Watch Windser perform with Macklemore on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Also - Check out Windser’s AudioTree Live Session   It’s official, we’re a TED Audio Collective Podcast - Proof! Check out more podcasts from The TED Audio Collective   Please follow us! Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn | Facebook
15/12/22·1h 9m

183. And Then a HERO Comes Along

Welcome to another episode of Outrage + Optimism, where we examine issues at the forefront of the climate crisis, interview change-makers, and transform our anger into productive dialogue about building a sustainable future. Who are our heroes? How do we select them? In addition to parents, families, partners, friends, comic book characters, or others on your list, you might want to add today’s guests. In this episode, co-host Christiana Figueres speaks with climate activists Mauricio Porras and Anuna De Wever about HERO一a climate tech startup on a mission to empower people to accelerate change in the world. Co-founder Porras and advisory board member De Wever share the inspiring story behind this extraordinary organization and platform一which enables subscribers to provide critical financial support to those on the frontlines of climate action. Links on how to subscribe are below! As climate activists, they are all too familiar with how draining such work can be. Most activists, in fact, must hold down other jobs to support themselves. This often becomes exhausting, and untenable一which can negatively impact the campaign’s momentum.  Find out how HERO creatively addresses this very real need for financial support while sharing highlights of activist journeys and connecting climate “mobilizers” (their term) with broader communities worldwide. It’s an uplifting conversation that touches on tech, finance, innovation, communication, climate, and some of the true heroes of the climate movement. You won’t want to miss it!  As the holiday season approaches please consider supporting the activist community by subscribing to a policy circle of your choice.   NOTES AND RESOURCES    To learn more about our planet’s climate emergency and how you can transform outrage into optimistic action subscribe to the podcast here.   HERO Hero Circle | Podcast | Website | Twitter | Instagram | TikTok   Mauricio Porras Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn    Anuna De Wever Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn  It’s official, we’re a TED Audio Collective Podcast - Proof! Check out more podcasts from The TED Audio Collective   Please follow us! Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn | Facebook
13/12/22·34m 55s

182. COP15: Nothing Without Nature!

Welcome to another episode of Outrage + Optimism, where we examine issues at the forefront of the climate crisis, interview change-makers, and transform our anger into productive dialogue on building a sustainable future. In this jam-packed episode, co-hosts Christiana Figueres, Tom Rivett-Carnac, and Paul Dickinson catch up on news from the Earthshot Prize awards ceremony in Boston, the United Nations Biodiversity Conference (COP 15) in Montréal, insights from Conservation International’s Dr. M. Sanjayan, and music from Boyish. Christiana opens by recounting her time at the award ceremony for the Earthshot Prize一the world’s most prestigious environmental award. Highlights include the “green carpet” with such A-listers as Prince William, Billie Eilish, Annie Lennox, and David Beckham, among others, £5 million in prizes, and the extraordinary winners themselves. Christiana was actually brought to tears.  The team also previews the UN Biodiversity Conference COP15, which started Dec. 7. Conference dynamics are bound to be interesting since it’s being chaired by the Chinese delegation (a holdover from the cancellation of the in-person conference in 2020) but hosted by the Canadians in Montréal. Listen for all the details on “30 by 30,” the significance of biodiversity for global GDP, and more. Later, Conservation International CEO Dr. M Sanjayan shares his thoughts on the connection between climate and nature, why the nature agenda is一counterintuitively一running behind the climate agenda, and the forthcoming nature economy. We close the episode with music from the indie duo, Boyish. They’ve amassed more than 15 million streams across their catalog, received praise from publications including Billboard, Paper, Office Magazine, and Pigeons and Planes, and were the recipient of the 2021 LGBTQ+ Emerging Artist Award. Enjoy their beautifully evocative track, “mom i think i'm gay”    Listeners, this is your last chance to complete our listener survey. Your feedback is important to us, and we’re deeply grateful for your ongoing support. Thank you!   Bye for now!   NOTES AND RESOURCES    To learn more about our planet’s climate emergency and how you can transform outrage into optimistic action subscribe to the podcast here.   Catch up with The Earthshot Prize 2022 Learn more about the UN Biodiversity Conference: COP15 in Montréal   Check out our sister-podcast, ‘The Way Out Is In’   Sanjayan, Ph.D. Twitter | LinkedIn | YouTube   Conservation International Twitter | LinkedIn | Instagram | Facebook | YouTube It’s official, we’re a TED Audio Collective Podcast - Proof! Check out more podcasts from The TED Audio Collective   MUSIC   Boyish Spotify | Instagram | YouTube | Facebook   Clay’s Pick of The Week:   Boyish Music Videos - Smithereens | Legs | Congratulations | Superstar BEL - Paul BigDawg (with Boyish)   Please follow us! Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn | Facebook
08/12/22·1h 8m

181. A U.S. Special: Making The Irresistible Irreversible!

Welcome to another episode of Outrage + Optimism, where we examine issues at the forefront of the climate crisis, interview change-makers, and transform our anger into productive dialogue on building a sustainable future. In this episode, co-hosts Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac go deep into U.S. domestic energy policy with guests U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm and White House Deputy National Climate Advisor Ali Zaidi. First up, the critical topic of energy justice: Granholm updates the team on the Justice40 Initiative, in which an unprecedented 40 percent of federal energy investments are earmarked for disadvantaged and historically underserved communities that are overburdened by pollution. The plans, which seek to reckon with deep-seated inequities, are ambitious, exciting, and groundbreaking. Speaking of action, Tom and Christiana’s next guest is optimist and White House Climate Advisor Ali Zaidi. He contends the U.S. is on a positive linear trajectory and accelerating exponentiallyーnot just in clean energy or emissions reduction but in terms of the political economy backing these actions. Get the scoop on how federal agencies and departments are pushing forward together.  We finish the episode with the beautiful track “Until the Day” by Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter BEL. Additional details are included in the show notes below.    You won’t want to miss a second of this electrifying episode!   Listeners, please take a minute to complete our listener survey. Your feedback is important to us, and we’re deeply grateful for your ongoing support. Thank you!   NOTES AND RESOURCES    To learn more about our planet’s climate emergency and how you can transform outrage into optimistic action subscribe to the podcast here.   Please complete our listener survey here   Jennifer M. Granholm, Secretary U.S. Department of Energy. Twitter | LinkedIn | Instagram | Facebook   Find out more about the Justice40 Initiative Ali Zaidi, White House Deputy National Climate Advisor  Twitter | | LinkedIn Learn about the National Climate Task Force   Here’s more on the Inflation Reduction Act 2022 and the 2022 Budget Resolution And Reconciliation: How We Will Build Back Better legislation   It’s official, we’re a TED Audio Collective Podcast - Proof! Check out more podcasts from The TED Audio Collective   MUSIC   BEL Spotify | Twitter | Instagram | SoundCloud | YouTube   Please follow us! Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn | Facebook
01/12/22·1h 17m

180. TED Countdown Dilemma Series: Is There a Role for Carbon Credits in the Transition to a Fair, Net-Zero Future?

Today, a special TED Countdown conversation for you! In June 2022, TED’s climate initiative, Countdown, launched its Dilemma Series: events designed to look at some of the “knots” in the climate change space, where diverging positions have stalled progress and solidified into an inability to collaborate across differences.  What we offer today is one of the conversations recorded as part of that event between Outrage + Optimism host Tom Rivett-Carnac, and academic, writer, and author Professor James Dyke.  The event focused on the question: Is there a role for carbon credits in the transition to a fair, net-zero future?  We hope that Tom and James' ‘agreeable disagreement’ on this often divisive issue will be taken as an invitation to listen deeply, keep an open mind and get a little wiser on a complex topic. Please follow the links below to view the fantastic film produced by the TED Countdown team, and gain a greater insight and understanding on the topic of carbon credits but also the process of holding space for such conversations to take place.  Carbon credits is a contentious subject that prompted some discomfort, disagreement and, ultimately, a renewed sense of possibility. Enjoy We want to hear from you! Fill our our LISTENER SURVEY - Thank you! To learn more about our planet’s climate emergency and how you can transform outrage into optimistic action subscribe to the podcast here. It’s official, we’re a TED Audio Collective Podcast - Proof! Check out more podcasts from The TED Audio Collective. TED Countdown Dilemma Series TED Countdown Dilemma Series Intro Film | Blog | TED Countdown Website | Instagram | YouTube | Twitter Professor James Dyke Website | Twitter Follow us on Social Media Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn | Facebook
29/11/22·44m 34s

179. The Best of Times, The Worst of Times

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.” Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities Welcome to another episode of Outrage + Optimism, where we examine issues at the forefront of the climate crisis, interview change-makers, and transform our anger into productive dialogue on building a sustainable future. In this episode, co-hosts Christiana Figueres, Tom Rivett-Carnac, and Paul Dickinson give their concluding thoughts on COP27, followed by Tom’s interview with Rory Stewart OBE FRSGS FRSL一former Conservative cabinet minister, diplomat, soldier, author, academic, charitable entrepreneur, and podcaster一a true polymath if there ever was one. We close the episode with music from British singer-songwriter L.A. Salami and his captivating single, “Desperate Times, Mediocre Measures.”   Enjoy the show!   NOTES AND RESOURCES    We want to hear from you! Fill our our LISTENER SURVEY - Thank you! To learn more about our planet’s climate emergency and how you can transform outrage into optimistic action subscribe to the podcast here. Explore more about COP27. It’s official, we’re a TED Audio Collective Podcast - Proof! Check out more podcasts from The TED Audio Collective.   Rory Stewart  Twitter | The Rest is Politics | Wikipedia   GiveDirectly Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn | Facebook | YouTube MUSIC   L.A. Salami  Instagram | Facebook | Spotify | Apple Music Watch the amazing video for “Desperate Times, Mediocre Measures.”   All his incredible music videos are here - WATCH Clay’s Pick of The Week - ‘Things Ain’t Changed’   Follow us on Social Media Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn | Facebook
24/11/22·1h 18m

178. COP27: Why the Money Flow is Slow

Welcome to another episode of Outrage + Optimism, where we examine issues at the forefront of the climate crisis, interview change-makers, and transform our anger into productive dialogue on building a sustainable future. In this episode, co-hosts Christiana Figueres, Tom Rivett-Carnac, and Paul Dickinson share their reflections on COP27. We also have music from South Africa’s Daily Maverick, featuring the brilliant vocalist, Anneli Kamfer. Tom is back from Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, where he spent several days at COP27, the UN’s annual climate conference. The trio discusses whether the international commitment to contain global warming to 1.5°C一now that the target seems to be moving out of reach一is as robust as it should be. Is conference messaging, such as “[We are] resolved to pursue efforts,” as strong as it should be? Next, there’s good and bad news on “Loss and Damage.” This refers to the responsibility of industrialized nations for the climate crisis and the moral case for compensating poorer countries suffering disproportionately from its consequences. Hear the breakdown and where the group stands on the progress of this critical issue. Other COP27 discussions cover balancing collective global action with internal political realities, strides in reversing deforestation, and Tom’s birthday! You won’t want to miss this engaging conversation!   Before we go to the music, hear our incredible ‘pass the mic’ segment where Zoe, our roving reporter, spent an afternoon capturing diverse voices from COP 27 delegates in the halls and corridors of the conference. Finally, we finish with our musical selection: “20Twenties: Eve of Destruction,” by the Daily Maverick, featuring the celebrated vocalist Anneli Kamfer.   Enjoy the show!   NOTES AND RESOURCES  To learn more about our planet’s climate emergency and how you can transform outrage into optimistic action subscribe to the podcast here. Explore more about COP27. It’s official, we’re a TED Audio Collective Podcast - Proof! Check out more podcasts from The TED Audio Collective.   MUSIC Listen to the full track “20Twenties: Eve of Destruction” from the Daily Maverick featuring acclaimed vocalist, Anneli Kamfer. Anneli Kamfer Facebook | Instagram Learn more about the Daily Maverick and the Our Burning Planet initiative.  Here’s a well-known version of Eve of Destruction, written by 19-year-old PF Sloan in 1965 and recorded soon after by Barry McGuire.   Follow us on Social Media: Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn | Facebook
17/11/22·1h 1m

177. Future of Food: Live from COP27

Welcome to another episode of Outrage + Optimism, where we examine issues at the forefront of the climate crisis, interview change-makers, and transform our anger into productive dialogue on building a sustainable future. In this special episode we bring you the conclusion of our celebrated Future of Food  series, recorded live from COP 27.  Outrage + Optimism host Tom Rivett-Carnac pulls together an incredible line up of leaders to explore how food might act as the connecting force that engages communities and individuals and brings us all together in a united global movement. First, Tom takes the opportunity to catch up Per Heggenes, the CEO of The IKEA Foundation, to hear why food is of huge importance to his organisation's work and why Per believes food needs to stay top of the global agenda. Next, Tom convenes a fascinating and diverse group of guests in a unique and quirky setting: a blue shipping container repurposed in collaboration with Museum for the United Nations UN Live team and The IKEA Foundation using Global We portals, to bring the voices of people on the frontline of climate change, directly into the heart of climate conversations at COP27 via full length screens, set up in diverse global locations. Listen to the fascinating contributions from Tom's IRL guests  Paul Polman, Business Leader, Former CEO of Unilever and co-author of Net Positive; Liesbet Steer, Executive Director of the Education Commission; and Sophia Kianni climate activist, Executive Director of Climate Cardinals  and the youngest member on the United Nations Secretary-General's Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change; and our  Global We portal leaders from Kigali  Sarah Kenkuyu, Program Manager at GiveDirectly Rwanda; Kristian Gasaro, activist, Greenpreneur and photographer; and Tanignigui Siriki Soro, a writer and community leader from the Ivory Coast. The resulting conversation is as diverse and as fascinating as our guests themselves.    Enjoy the show!   NOTES AND RESOURCES  To learn more about our planet’s climate emergency and how you can transform outrage into optimistic action subscribe to the podcast here.   The IKEA Foundation Website | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram | YouTube Museum for the United Nations Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn GUESTS:  Per Heggenes Twitter |  Paul Polman LinkedIn | Website | Twitter |  Liesbet Steer  Twitter | LinkedIn |  The Education Commission Website | Twitter | Instagram Sophia Kianni LinkedIn | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook Sarah Kenkuyu LinkedIn GiveDirectly LinkedIn | Twitter |  Facebook | Instagram Kristian Gasaro LinkedIn | Twitter Tanignigui Siriki Soro LinkedIn Want to participate in the COP27 Civic Imagination Lab? REGISTER HERE Also, explore more about COP27 It’s official, we’re a TED Audio Collective Podcast! Check out more podcasts from The TED Audio Collective Go listen to Abigael Kima’s coverage of COP27 on the Hali Hewa Podcast Click through to listen to more of our episodes on The Future of Food
16/11/22·43m 28s

176. COP27: Loss and Damage in the Spotlight

Welcome to another episode of Outrage + Optimism, where we examine issues at the forefront of the climate crisis, interview change-makers, and transform our anger into productive dialogue on building a sustainable future. First up we have some exclusive news... *drumroll*... We are excited to announce that Outrage + Optimism is now part of the TED Audio Collective! This news represents an exciting continuation of the collaboration between our organizations, which began with our strategic partnership with TED Countdown. The TED Audio Collective is a curated collection of podcasts sharing ideas on a range of subjects, including psychology, business, and design. Be sure to check out some of the other podcasts in the collective! Back to this special COP 27 episode... co-hosts Christiana Figueres and Paul Dickinson talk long-distance with co-host Tom Rivett-Carnac, who’s on the ground at the COP27 UN climate conference in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. Also, Christiana interviews Simon Stiell, the latest Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the podcast announces a new partnership with TED Audio Collective. First, Tom calls in from COP27, where the top item on the agenda is “Loss and Damage,” which refers to the historical responsibility of industrialized nations for the climate crisis and the moral case for compensating poorer and developing countries suffering the brunt of its many devastating effects. What is fair, really? Next, Christiana discusses getting things done, accountability, and the power of meditation with UNFCCC Secretary Simon Stiell. They expand on COP27 and the role of oil and gas companies in the conference. You won’t want to miss this engaging conversation. The team closes with their reflections on the midterm elections in the United States (votes are still being counted) and what a divided Congress means for President Biden’s climate agenda. And finally, producer Clay brings us the goods on O+O’s new partnership with the TED Audio Collective and today’s tune from British guitar-goddess and artist, Anna Calvi: “Don’t Beat the Girl Out of My Boy.” Enjoy the show!   NOTES AND RESOURCES  To learn more about our planet’s climate emergency and how you can transform outrage into optimistic action subscribe to the podcast here. Want to participate in the COP27 Civic Imagination Lab? REGISTER HERE Also, explore more about COP27 It’s official, we’re a TED Audio Collective Podcast - Proof! Check out more podcasts from The TED Audio Collective Want to join our Book Club? Read Jon Alexander’s ‘CITIZENS’ and email your question from the book to contact@globaloptimism.com to be invited to an invite-only session with Jon and us! Go listen to Abigael Kima’s coverage of COP27 on the Hali Hewa Podcast   GUEST Simon Stiell LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram MUSIC Anna Calvi Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | YouTube Be sure to listen to ‘Indies or Paradise’ -Clay Listen to the full album ‘HUNTER’ Peaky Blinders fans - Listen to ‘Tommy EP’  
10/11/22·1h 14m

175. COP27: A Little Less Conversation, A Lot More (Climate) Action

Welcome to another episode of Outrage + Optimism! Co-hosts Christiana Figueres, Tom Rivett-Carnac, and Paul Dickinson catch up on the whirlwind political news from the last few weeks. They cover the defeat of Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro by former president (and prisoner) Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva aka “Lula,” the upcoming COP27, and the U.S. midterm elections. First up, Brazil. The news of Lula’s presidential win is a victory for the planet. Deforestation skyrocketed under Bolsonaro but declined under Lula’s first stint as president. However, it won’t be easy to reverse Bolsanaro’s trends. Lula doesn’t have a Congressional majority, and Bolsonaro’s party just picked up a few more legislative seats. What will this mean for Brazil’s regeneration initiatives? Next, the team discusses COP27, the upcoming UN climate conference. This year’s theme will be implementation rather than high-stakes, multi-governmental negotiation. But that has our trio wondering about what that means for the private sector? With $20 trillion in income, they’re essential to hitting net zero targets. What role will they play? On to U.S. and U.K. politics: Republicans一with their climate denial stance一seem poised to win both legislative houses in the upcoming American midterm elections. And across the pond, the U.K. continues to flounder in its ongoing leadership crisis. How does this affect the U.S. and U.K. climate agendas, wealthy western oil companies, or climate finance commitments to developing countries? You won’t want to miss the team’s insights! Finally, enjoy the amazing British-Asian fusion sound of Nikhil Beats with an exclusive performance of his song 'Wisdom ft. Eclipse'.   NOTES AND RESOURCES    To learn more about our planet’s climate emergency and how you can transform outrage into optimistic action subscribe to the podcast here. Learn more about COP27 Participate in the COP27 Civic Imagination Lab – REGISTER HERE   Nikhil Beats Soundcloud | Spotify | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube   Get Tickets to Nikhil’s Headlining Show in London on Nov 16!   -   Watch Sister True Dedication’s Ted Talk Listen to Sister True Dedication on 10 Percent Happier with Dan Harris
03/11/22·52m 27s

Bonus. Hali Hewa: Gender and the Climate Crisis with Sofanit Mesfin

Welcome to the fifth episode of the Hali Hewa Podcast. ‘Hali Hewa’ is a Swahili term for ‘climate ' and this podcast series is hosted and produced by Kenyan climate activist, Abigael Kima. In the lead up to the COP27 international climate negotiations, which are now just a month away, Abigael interviews African climate change experts and activists on the issues that matter most to them. Guests sign off each episode by sharing what they feel the COP27 conference must deliver on. Our guest today is Sofanit Mesfin. Sofanit is a gender specialist working as the Regional Gender and Social Inclusion Coordinator at Ripple Effect, formerly known as ‘Send A Cow’. Ripple Effect works with smallholder farmers to equip them with knowledge and skills enabling them to improve their livelihoods and thrive. Farmers working alongside Ripple Effect learn more, grow more and sell more. They can feed their families nutritious food, and by having a surplus to sell can invest in their farms, send their children to school and build sustainable agri-businesses. In this episode, Sofanit takes us through her journey working with women farmers in different African countries to deliver training programs that help them adapt to a changing climate. She explains how and why women and children are disproportionately affected by the impacts of climate change, and what Ripple Effect is doing to ease the burden on women, children and their households. Sofanit also explains how other stakeholders can come on board to support this kind of work, ensuring that more and more communities get support to build resilience and secure a healthy future for themselves and their children. Sofanit signs off the show by sharing what she wants the upcoming COP27 climate conference in Egypt to deliver in November. Enjoy the show! Learn more about Ripple Effect Linkedin | Facebook | YouTube | Twitter | Website [Note: I recently had the privilege to visit women farmers in Busia and Bungoma in the Western Region of Kenya. I learned a lot from them about methods to improve food production, and how these practices allowed them to better their lives and that of their families. Follow the Hali Hewa Podcast on social media to see these interviews]
28/10/22·27m 25s

174. These are Powerful Times

Welcome to another episode of Outrage + Optimism! In this episode, co-host Christiana Figueres is joined by an all-female cast. You’ll hear from climate activist Abigael (Abbie) Kima from Kenya about her recent visit with His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, and Isabel Cavelier, Colombian climate activist and recent recipient of the prestigious Climate Breakthrough Award, an initiative of the Climate Breakthrough Project.  We also feature music from the British indie rock duo, Penelope Isles. First, Abbie Kima brings Christiana up to date with her podcast, the Hali Hewa Podcast一“Hali ya Hewa” is Swahili for “climate”一covering indigenous people, women, and climate emergencies from the African perspective. Kima also recounts her extraordinary (collective) meeting with the Dalai Lama at the Mind & Life Institute in Dharamsala. She discusses his teachings about how oneness across all people is innately linked to global climate action. Next, Christiana chats with Isabel Cavelier about her fascinating climate journey. Isabel touches on her early work helping develop the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs一the United Nations framework for global peace and prosperity一her climate action organization Transforma, and her work in the climate movement today. They also touch on Cavelier’s Climate Breakthrough Award, one of the field's most distinguished honors.  Finally, we close the episode with indie rock band Penelope Isles's new release, “Underwater Record Store.”   See you next week!   NOTES AND RESOURCES    To learn more about our planet’s climate emergency and how you can transform outrage into optimistic action subscribe to the podcast here. Shoutout to our very own Freya Newman on her research being published in Nature Communications!   Want to participate in the COP27 Civic Imagination Lab? REGISTER HERE   -   GUESTS   Abigael Kima LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook| YouTube | Instagram Listen to Abbie’s Hali Hewa Podcast   Isabel Cavelier Adarve LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook Learn more about Isabel’s award from Climate Breakthrough   Transforma LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram   -   MUSIC   Penelope Isles Twitter | Facebook | Instagram Clay’s Recommendation: Check out their LIVE KEXP and AudioTree Performances!
27/10/22·1h 10m

173. The Way Out Is In: Benefitting from a Spiritual Practice

Many of us living through the climate emergency are asking, how do we support positive change in the world? How do I bring presence and insight into my daily life and the global challenges we face? How do I cultivate inner peace amidst these crises? How can I show up in my daily life as my authentic self?  This week on the podcast, our very own host Tom Rivett-Carnac moonlights as a guest for a special episode of The Way Out Is In: The Zen Art of Living, a podcast series mirroring Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh’s deep teachings of Buddhist philosophy: a simple yet profound methodology for dealing with our suffering, and for creating more happiness and joy in our lives. Presenters, Zen Buddhist monk Brother Phap Huu and journalist Jo Confino, discuss with Tom the power that deep spiritual grounding has to make mindfulness a tool for individual and collective awakening, not only in life in general, but specifically during an ecological and climate crisis. Tom also talks about his early-life experience as a Buddhist monk; the benefits of spiritual development, how it precipitates coming together without egoic attachment to find collective solutions, and how to use it as a tool to integrate practice and activism. And stick around to the end of the episode for a ‘The Way Out Is In’ tradition, a short meditation guided by Brother Phap Huu.   -   NOTES AND RESOURCES   Listen and Subscribe to ‘The Way Out Is In’   Plum Village App Twitter | YouTube | Instagram   Thich Nhat Hanh Twitter | Foundation   Plum Village Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | YouTube   Brother Chân Pháp Hữu Instagram   Jo Confino Instagram   Next ‘The Way Out Is In’ Recommended Episodes To LISTEN To: War And Peace (Ukraine) Zen and The Art of Saving The Planet Wise Leadership w/ Lindsay Levin   WATCH: ‘A Cloud Never Dies’ on YouTube READ: ‘Zen and The Art of Saving the Planet’ by Thich Nhat Hanh
20/10/22·1h 47m

172. Dinner with Satish Kumar

This week, a bonus episode with something a little different than normal. Join us for a dinner conversation at Tom's house with Satish Kumar! Peace-pilgrim, life-long activist and former monk, Satish Kumar has been inspiring global change for over 50 years. Aged 9, Satish renounced the world and joined the wandering Jain monks. Inspired by Gandhi, he decided at 18 that he could achieve more back in the world and soon undertook a peace-pilgrimage, walking without money from India to America in the name of nuclear disarmament. Now in his 80s, Satish has devoted his life to campaigning for ecological regeneration, social justice and spiritual fulfillment. So find a seat, grab a glass, and enjoy the conversation! - NOTES AND RESOURCES   Schumacher College Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | LinkedIn The Resurgence Trust Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Website | Discounted Membership
18/10/22·45m 38s

171. ESG: Facts Are Not Political

Welcome to another episode of Outrage + Optimism!  As always, we examine issues at the forefront of the climate crisis, interview change-makers, and transform our anger into productive dialogue on building a sustainable future.  In this episode, co-hosts Christiana Figueres, Tom Rivett-Carnac, and Paul Dickinson discuss the anti-ESG (environmental, social, and governance) movement in the U.S. and its broader implications for the role of corporate institutions in an increasingly climate-sensitive world. You’ll hear from Jesse Coleman, Senior Researcher with investigative watchdog and journalism project Documented. Jesse and his team have uncovered some astounding research on the sobering reality behind the ESG pushback. You won’t want to miss a second of this important and intriguing discussion! Also, enjoy the outro track, entitled “Frying Paint,” from guest artist, Archive. Details, including a link to the brilliant video, are in the show notes below. See you next time! CORRECTION: Our host Paul Dickinson mentions in the show that Paul Watchman produced a fiduciary duty report for Linklaters.  The fiduciary duties report Paul Watchman was responsible for was from Freshfields....not Linklaters.  NOTES AND RESOURCES    Jesse Coleman  Twitter | Documented   Learn more about Jesse’s research on Documented  LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram   Read a joint report on ExxonMobil by Jesse (Documented) and Emily Atkin (HEATED)   Huge, huge shout out to Jason Schwartz and Kathleen Brophy at The Sunrise Project for their incredible work bringing this anti-ESG movement to our attention, and for all their help and generosity.   The Sunrise Project State Financial Officers Foundation Texas Public Policy Foundation   Music This Week: Archive  Twitter | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Music   Tom + Clay recommend Archive’s video for “Frying Paint” Clay’s Pick of The Week - Archive’s “Shouting Within” Be sure to check out “The Way Out Is In” - our sister podcast with Plum Village!
13/10/22·1h 3m

170. Australia is Back!

Welcome to another episode of Outrage + Optimism.  As always, we examine issues at the forefront of the climate crisis, interview change-makers, and transform our anger into productive dialogue on building a sustainable future.  In this episode, co-hosts Christiana Figueres and Paul Dickinson are joined by guest co-host and friend, Dean Bialek. Dean has worked on climate change for years in his native Australia, which is especially relevant to today’s episode.   The team spends some time Down Under一well, proverbially speaking一conversing with Aussies-extraordinaire Zali Steggall, Australia’s most renown international alpine skier, Teal Movement founder, and current independent member of the Australian Parliament for Warringah; and Mike Cannon-Brookes, climate activist and Co-Founder and Co-CEO of software juggernaut Atlassian Corporation Plc. Our guests weigh in on Australia’s new government, its audacious climate bill, and how a nation chock-full of renewable resources (but historically low political will) could be about to pivot to climate superpower status.  We also have an update on the Environmental Music Prize from Edwina Floch, Founder of The Environmental Music Prize as well as a music track from the Winner of the Prize, King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard. You won’t want to miss this inspiring podcast episode一It’s definitely ace!   NOTES AND RESOURCES    To learn more about our planet’s climate emergency and how you can transform outrage into optimistic action subscribe to the podcast here.   Thank you to our guest co-host, Dean Bialek!   Dean Bialek Twitter | LinkedIn | Instagram - Thank you to our guests this week!   Zali Steggall | Member Australian Parliament for Warringah Twitter |  Facebook | Instagram | YouTube | Website   Mike Cannon-Brookes | Co-founder and Co-CEO of Atlassian Twitter | LinkedIn   Atlassian  Website | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook | YouTube - Congratulations to our musical guest and winner of the 1st Environmental Music Prize, King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard!   King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard Instagram | Twitter | YouTube | BandCamp | Website   Go watch their Prize-Winning Music Video “If Not Now, Then When” on YouTube **Note from Clay** - It’s f***ing awesome Listen more from the Environmental Music Prize and sign up for their newsletter to stay tuned for next year's prize!   Edwina Floch LinkedIn | Twitter   Environmental Music Prize Instagram | Facebook | LinkedIn | YouTube   -   Check out Tom’s appearance on the Coliving Conversations podcast. Learn more about Australia’s Climate Change Bill 2022 Learn more about the Australia Asia Powerlink by Sun Cable
06/10/22·1h 15m

169. Do The Work

Welcome to this week’s episode - It’s a packed agenda. Our hosts cover everything from nature breakdown in the UK, the threat of nuclear war in Europe, the downfall of a World Bank President and plenty in-between. We also hear from the incredible Helen Clarkson and Catherine McKenna on everything to do with greenwashing, carbon tax and the power of straight-talking on climate. For those of you working in the corporate world and grappling with climate action, this is an episode you do not want to miss. Helen Clarkson, CEO of the Climate Group which convenies Climate Week NYC, shares a fascinating insight at the disconnect happening within companies on the road to net zero, who are now having to turn their commitments into real action. And that brings us to the fascinating conversation on greenwashing with Catherine McKenna, Chair of something with an extraordinarily long and very difficult to say without reading your notes name: the UN’s High-Level Expert Group on the Net-Zero Emissions Commitments of Non-State Entities. We talk about how, while we’re all outraged - rightly - by greenwashing, we still need to lift up the folks who are doing the real work and not lump everyone in the same group. And there’s more: on the balance between integrity and momentum, supply chain efficiencies, understanding risk, a price on carbon, disclosure and what blockchain has to do with all of that. We wrap up with a gorgeous song from Finnegan Tui. Your ears will thank you for staying on to listen.   Notes and Resources    Thank you to our guests this week:    Helen Clarkson | Chief Executive Office at the Climate Group  Twitter   Climate Group Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram Catch all of last week’s Climate Week NYC On Demand   Catherine McKenna | Chair of H-LEG - the UN’s High-Level Expert Group on the Net-Zero Emissions Commitments of Non-State Entities. Twitter - Thank you to our musical guest this week, Finnegan Tui! Finnegan Tui Spotify | Apple Music | YouTube | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | Website Patreon | Bandcamp Watch the ‘ZEPHYR’ Audio-Visual Journey on YouTube - Congratulations to Global Optimism’s very own Freya Newman on her Masters Resarch being published in Nature Communications! - For more on WBG President David Malpass’s controversial remarks, start here. -  @OutrageOptimism is where we are online! Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn
29/09/22·1h 13m

168. From Climate Week NYC: No Other Option But To Solve This

In an event as rare as the triple Jovian eclipse on Jupiter, Christiana, Tom and Paul recorded this episode together! As in IRL together! Physically at the same table! Having graduated from their humble beginnings which saw them huddled together around a mic in a San Francisco bathroom (not ‘toilet’ as the Brits call it, conjuring up all kinds of odd visions for our US audiences), they are now broadcasting to you listeners from Tom’s ‘cozy’ New York hotel room, bringing us all the news and highlights from the first half of Climate Week NYC. Christiana shares that alongside all the useful conversations that will be happening this week as the community grapples with solutions to tackling the climate crisis, the need for a gut belief that we CAN solve this crisis is critical. A belief she is sensing is worryingly absent… Tom’s prediction for the next mega trend in the climate movement and philanthropy is in the form of strategic communications and political economy building. Paul meanwhile is inspired by the role cities can play in implementing much needed governance and policy without the obstacles that are present in high level government. While our special guest this week, the Financial Times columnist, Martin Wolf might not self-identify as an optimist, his conversation with Christiana, Tom and Paul offers a  fascinating analysis of the economic, corporate and political forces that we find ourselves at the mercy of, the reasons behind the rise of populism and what he thinks it will take for us to really collectively wake up to this crisis. And of course another incredible song from our new friend, Tommy WÁ. Stick around to the end to hear an exclusive performance from him!   Notes and Resources    Thank you to our phone guest this week, Martin Wolf!   Martin Wolf | Chief Economics Commentator at the Financial Times Twitter   Be sure to check out Martin’s Column in The Financial Times   - Thank you to our musical guest this week, Tommy WÁ!   Tommy WÁ Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | LinkTree | YouTube   Check out Tommy’s Live from NYC 3 Song Concert on YouTube - The EarthShot Prize Innovation Summit 2022 was a major highlight this week. Christiana moderated! - Your inside scoop to Climate Week NYC - @OutrageOptimism Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn
22/09/22·56m 54s

167. We Like To Call It Piñata Syndrome

Welcome back to a brand new season of Outrage + Optimism! We have missed you, friends! This summer break in the Global North was yet another massive climate summer with much to talk about. We kick off this jam-packed episode acknowledging the sad passing of Queen Elizabeth II with personal reflections from the hosts Christiana, Tom and Paul as well as a touching conversation with Henry Dallal, a photographer who was regularly commissioned to capture Queen Elizabeth during the last few decades of her reign. Christiana offers us a unique insight from Gastech, the world's largest gas, LNG, hydrogen, and energy event that saw lone-climate-advocate Christiana deliver a strong speech to 40,000 executives on their role and moral duty to tackle emissions in their industry. A speech that is not to be missed and you can watch the full version here. The hosts turn their attention to the key events of the summer that offered the global community both hope and sorrow as the world watched with keen optimism as the implications of Biden’s IRA legislation unfolded, Australia successfully passed a key climate bill through government, and India, Australia and Egypt submitted new NDCs ahead of UNGA and COP 27. With heavy hearts however Christiana, Tom and Paul considered the devastating impact of the Pakistan floods that left a third of the country under water, mass crop failure, many lives lost including children, and vital infrastructure destroyed. The very real impacts of climate change are already hitting so many people in the global south, that issues of loss and damage and financial aid from the global north must surely form part of the discussions between world leaders in this year’s big climate events.  We will of course be here throughout the rest of the season with the help of our very special guests, to bring you all the insights and analysis from these big events.  Notes and Resources    Thank you to our phone guest this week, Henry Dallal!   Henry Dallal | Photographer Website | Instagram   Be sure to check out Henry Dallal’s Book, ‘Addressing Climate Change’   -   Thank you to our musical guest this week, Gabriela Eva!   Gabriela Eva Instagram | Music | YouTube | Facebook | Twitter | Dot Com   Check out Gabriela’s lyric video for ‘Pulling Faces In The Wind’ Be sure to spin ‘Feng Shui’ this weekend!   -   There’s a solar-powered boombox in a park in Queens, NYC that plays LL Cool J’s music from noon to 5p every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday and yes it’s 100% real.   -   Listen to Tom’s appearance on our sister-podcast, ‘The Way Out Is In’!   -   We tweet and stuff - @OutrageOptimism Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn
15/09/22·1h 11m

166. No Mud, No Lotuses: The Last Episode of Season 5

So here we are! 30 episodes later we have finally arrived at the end of Season 5 of the Outrage + Optimism podcast. And what a rollercoaster it has been for all of us in the global climate community since the start of the year! We are due to take a well-earned break over August before we return with gusto in September for Season 6 - but before we go - in this dynamic episode, we take you on a whistlestop tour of the last six months of the podcast, narrated with a present day lens from our hosts, Christiana Figueres, Tom Rivett-Carnac, and Paul Dickinson. We hope you will enjoy revisiting the wisdom and inspiration our guests and hosts offered up over the last six months.  Even though it has often felt we are in dark times, we invite you to draw from these episodes the gritty determination to believe that we have what it takes to move the trajectory we are currently on to a safer, more resilient and just world. To paraphrase the teaching of Thich Naht Hahn that Christiana recalls in her interview with Plum Village: “No mud, no lotuses’. And in true Outrage and Optimism fashion, playing us out is the talented Australian TV weather presenter and musician, Jessica Braithwaite. Jessica contacted the team recently to share her positive feedback and offer us the use of her single ‘Hello (You Got My Heart)’ to play out the final episode of this season. We jumped at the chance and invited her to reflect on what it means to working as a musician (and weather presenter) in an ecological crisis.  We loved her answers - be sure to check out more of her music! Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | TikTok   See you next season!
29/07/22·1h 35m

165. Moral Imagination, Patient Capital and Averting Collective Climate Suicide with Jacqueline Novogratz

Crippling heat, fire, and death in the U.K., Europe, and the U.S. are bringing the climate emergency to our literal doorsteps. At the same time, political antipathy一in the lack of climate depth among Britain’s leadership candidates or the collapse of sweeping climate legislation in the U.S., for example一seems to be adding fuel to the fire.  Co-hosts Tom Rivett-Carnac and Paul Dickinson, and especially Christiana Figueres, are outraged! They explore what this means for the climate agenda going forward and, of course, how compassion, inclusion, and optimism must be part of the solution. Will deaths in the streets of Madrid and 40+°C (102°F) temps in the alleys of London compel us to wake up and see what’s happening? Next, how do we use the tools of capitalism without being controlled by them? In this segment the gang explores the differences between traditional and enlightened capital and their connections to poverty, moral imagination, and climate – joined by visionary entrepreneur, philanthropist, and best-selling author Jacqueline Novogratz. Novogratz, described by Forbes as one of the World’s 100 Greatest Living Business Minds (2017), is the head of the global nonprofit impact investment fund Acumen. Novogratz explains, “What is the problem we’re here to solve, and how do we use the tools we have to solve them? Investment has always been [one of those] tools…but we see investment as a means, not as an end in itself.” Listen in as they deconstruct patient capital, off-grid solar, outrage over ongoing divisiveness, and how moral imagination as corporate strategy might just work a little magic for the future.   NOTES AND RESOURCES    Check out more of Gabrielle Sey’s Music here, and be sure to spin her cut of “Patterns” and add it to your summer playlist! Learn more about Acumen and its inspirational founder, Jacqueline Novogratz.  You Can buy Novogratz’s 2020 work “Manifesto for a Moral Revolution: Practices to Build a Better World” here, or in the US, here. You can buy Novogratz’s bestseller, “The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap between Rich and Poor,” here, or in the US, here. To learn more about our planet’s climate emergency and how you can transform outrage into optimistic action subscribe to the podcast here.
21/07/22·1h 7m

164. The Supreme Court's EPA Ruling: Is the Crisis of Climate a Crisis of Democracy?

With the US Supreme Court's ruling on the EPA still sending shockwaves through some quarters of the climate community, we ask in our second special episode this week: is this a sign that the tide is turning against environmental regulation, or should we be careful not to mistake the tide for the current?  In this episode, co-hosts Christiana Figueres, Tom Rivett-Carnac, and Paul Dickinson take leave of UK politics (in the most part) and take a look across the ‘puddle’ at what many have described as the devastating ruling delivered by the US Supreme Court on the EPA’s power to regulate green house gas emissions.  We hear from two very special guests, Gina McCarthy former EPA administrator and now the first National Climate Advisor to the White House, and John Podesta, the founder and chair of the Board of Directors for the Center for American Progress, and former counselor to President Barack Obama.   NOTES AND RESOURCES  Have you enjoyed listening to this new format of Outrage + Optimism? We have had great fun making these last two episodes so as Tom suggests in the show, let us know what you think by dropping us an email at contact@globaloptimism.com.   Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now!   Gina McCarthy Twitter   John Podesta Twitter | Website   To learn more about the climate emergency and how you can translate outrage into action, subscribe to the podcast here.
15/07/22·1h 12m

163. Boris and Net Zero: What Happens Next?

Welcome to another episode of Outrage + Optimism. As always, we examine issues at the forefront of the climate crisis, interview change-makers, and transform our anger into productive dialogue on building a sustainable future. In this episode, co-hosts Christiana Figueres, Tom Rivett-Carnac, and Paul Dickinson reflect on the recent downfall of British Prime Minister (PM) Boris Johnson and what comes next for U.K. climate initiatives, with guests Ben Goldsmith, Founder of the Conservative Environment Network, and Chris Skidmore, MP for Kingswood, near Bristol. Despite Johnson’s decidedly mixed term as PM一including delivering on Brexit, recent Partygate blunders, and other scandals一he has kept the U.K. focused on climate and nature progress. He’s embraced Net zero by 2050, introduced ambitious goals for 2035, and supported the Conference of the Parties summit (COP26). But what do the hosts think? And, where does the U.K. go from here? With the interests of the global right generally focused on issues such as immigration, and new Tory leadership on the horizon, will climate and nature continue to be relevant to the U.K. conservative project? Guests Ben Goldsmith and Chris Skidmore weigh in on this dynamic moment.   NOTES AND RESOURCES    For more on conservative environmentalism in the U.K. and overseas visit the Conservative Environment Network.  Chris Skidmore, MP, Kingswood Learn more about the United Nation’s Net zero initiative and the COP26.  Read Chris Skidmore’s recent piece with Zac Goldsmith, ‘Ditching Net Zero would be electoral suicide for Conservatives’. “Hustings” is defined as a meeting at which candidates in an election address potential voters. To learn more about the climate emergency and how you can translate outrage into action, subscribe to the podcast here.
12/07/22·55m 46s

162. 'Our Time On Earth': Radical Visions for The Future by Arts & Ecology

Welcome to another episode of Outrage + Optimism. As always, we examine issues at the forefront of the climate crisis, interview change-makers, and transform our anger into productive dialogue on building a sustainable future.    In this special episode, the Outrage + Optimism crew has teamed up with the Dartington Arts School to bring you the first episode of the school’s intriguing new podcast, Arts and Ecology. The podcast explores the nexus between art, ecology, and culture and the role creatives can play in tackling the climate crisis.   In this inaugural episode, Arts and Ecology co-host Natasha Rivett-Carnac and O + O Executive Producer Sarah Thomas discuss “Our Time on Earth,” a major multimedia exhibition currently running at the Barbican in London with co-curator Caroline Till. Till is the co-founder of FRANKLINTILL, a research agency exploring design, colour, and material innovation for a sustainable future.    You’ll also hear from two teams who collaborated on exhibition pieces.  Chippindale, CEO of the award-winning digital retail agency, Holition, and George Monbiot, writer, Guardian columnist and environmental activist bring us The World Beneath Our Feet. The piece was inspired by “The Wonders of Soil,” the first chapter in Monbiot’s latest book, Regenesis: Feeding the World Without Devouring the Planet.   Next, we hear from Anab Jain and Jon Ardern, the co-founders of Superflux, an award-winning experimental design agency creating visceral experiences that bring future possibilities into the present. Their exhibition piece, a lavish multi-species banquet, is entitled, Refuge for Resurgence.   -   Notes and Resources    To explore more about the interconnection between art, ecology, and culture, subscribe to the  Dartington Arts School’s podcast Arts and Ecology.   Natasha Rivett-Carnac, curator, Arts and Ecology, Dartington School of Arts    The exhibit Our Time on Earth, created by Caroline Till and Kate Franklin, will be at the Barbican in London from Thursday, 5 May to Monday, 29 Aug 2022.    Caroline Till is Co-Founder of FRANKLINTILL. Her book, co-written with business partner and co-curator, Kate Franklin, is Radical Matter: Rethinking Materials for a Sustainable Future and can be purchased here or in the US, here.   Jonathan Chippindale, is CEO of Holition.    You can get George Monbiot’s latest book, Regenesis: Feeding the World Without Devouring the Planet, here. Or in the US, here.   Anab Jain and John Arden are co-founders of Superflux.   You can listen to Jain and Arden’s piece, Window View, accompanying their exhibition piece, Refuge for Resurgence, here. To learn more about our planet’s climate emergency and how you can transform outrage into optimistic action subscribe to the podcast here.   -   Thank you to our amazing guests this week!   Dartington Arts School Website | Twitter | Instagram   Caroline Till Designer | Co-Curator of Our Time on Earth Website | Instagram   Barbican - ‘Our Time on Earth’ Website | Twitter | Instagram   Jonathan Chippindale (Holition) Website | Instagram | Twitter    George Monbiot Twitter   Anab Jain and Jon Arden (Superflux) Twitter | Instagram
07/07/22·56m 33s

161. The Power of Disclosure with CDP’s Paul Simpson

This week, our hosts Tom Rivett-Carnac and Paul Dickinson sit down for an exclusive interview with Paul Simpson as he exits his role as CEO of CDP after co-founding the organization over 20 years ago. CDP began in a basement with a few committed individuals to bring about a livable future through the disclosing of environmental data from companies around the globe. While it may have had humble beginnings from a small basement office and only a few employees in 2000, today CDP reports directly on current disclosures that cover over 13,000 companies covering around 64% of global market capitalization. So as Paul Simpson wraps up his last few hours on the job, we look back into the roller coaster ride of how CDP discovered that disclosure of information was a latent power that existed in the world, and how they transformed it into a positive force moving both business and government towards a Paris-Aligned trajectory. And of course it’s just not our podcast without some amazing music, so this week we have the rootsy band Our Man In The Field with an intimate performance of their single, ‘Thin (I Used To Be Bullet Proof)’.   Enjoy the show!   —   Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now! Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter!   —   Thanks to our guest this week, Paul Simpson!   Paul Simpson Twitter | LinkedIn   CDP Twitter | Website   —   Thank you to our musical guest this week, Our Man In The Field!   Our Man In The Field Twitter | YouTube | Instagram | Spotify | SoundCloud | BandCamp   —   Keep up with Christiana Figueres online Instagram | Twitter   Tom Rivett-Carnac Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   Paul Dickinson LinkedIn | Twitter   —   Follow @OutrageOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
30/06/22·57m 22s

160. No Doom for Boomers! Mobilizing a Generation with Bill McKibben

ESG is in hot water - Is it just simmering or is it spoiling? When Elon Musk tweets “ESG is a scam” that “has been weaponized by phony social justice warriors.” and a day later, an HSBC executive says that “climate change isn’t a financial risk that we need to worry about,” and then after that Former Vice President Mike Pence writes an opinion in WSJ that “ESG is elevating left-wing goals over the interests of businesses and their employees”...You start to wonder - What is all this fuss about? And why now? This week we dig into the future or collapse of ESG as we know it, and is all this attention making ESG better or worse? And later on in the episode Bill McKibben returns to the podcast to talk about his latest venture mobilizing ‘The Greatest Generation’ to take action on Climate Change call Third Act - and his new book, ‘The Flag, the Cross, and the Station Wagon: A Graying American Looks Back at His Suburban Boyhood and Wonders What the Hell Happened. What a title! And of course, be sure to stick around for an exclusive podcast performance of ‘Leaving Song’ by Max Jury.   Enjoy the show!   —   Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now! Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter!   —   Mentioned links from the episode:   READ: Could Google’s Carbon Emissions Have Effectively Doubled Overnight? READ: The Carbon Bankroll ACT: ShareAction ACT: Make My Money Matter   —   Thanks to our guest this week, Bill McKibben!   Bill McKibben Founder | Third Act | 350.org Twitter   Third Act Twitter | Website | Linktree   350.org Twitter | Facebook | Instagram   NEW: Bill’s New Book - The Flag, The Cross, and The Station Wagon   —   Thank you to our musical guest this week, Max Jury!   Max Jury Spotify | Apple Music | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | YouTube | Website   —   Keep up with Christiana Figueres online Instagram | Twitter   Tom Rivett-Carnac Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   Paul Dickinson LinkedIn | Twitter   —   Follow @OutrageOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
23/06/22·1h 11m

159. How to Feed the World without Devouring the Planet

Regenesis: Feeding the World without Devouring the Planet is the title of George Monbiot’s new book and an essential challenge that we explore in this Future of Food episode, with the help of George and three other guests committed to transforming our food system. As the current global food crisis continues to push more and more people to the brink of starvation, join us as we take a deep dive into the root causes of the crisis. Surface with a diverse and exciting range of solutions that could ensure we have a ‘glocal’ diverse food system, and a paradigm shift in the way we produce protein that regenerates our planet and feeds our population.    Our four contributors to this episode are: George Monbiot, celebrated author, activist and environmentalist; Dr Laura Pereira, Associate Professor at the Global Change Institute at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa and a researcher at the Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University in Sweden; Dr Ruchika Singh, Director of Sustainable Landscapes and Restoration at the WRI or World Resources Institute in India; and Josh Tetrick, Co-Founder and CEO of  Eat Just Inc.  You can find their short biographies and links to their work and media platforms below.    All of our guests were incredible, but a special acknowledgement goes to Ruchika who recorded her interview during the middle of a heat wave in India. It should bring home to us all how climate change is already severely affecting particular regions right now.    A huge thanks as ever to The Ikea Foundation for supporting us with the making of this episode. Please check out their wonderful work using the links below:  Website | Facebook | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram | —   Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now!   Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter!   —   Mentioned links from the episode: George’s mentions: Solar Foods the precision fermentation company mentioned by George Monbiot who are making food from thin air.  Definitely one to watch!  The Land Institute - Perennial Crops  - the initiative mentioned by George Monbiot Tolhurst Organic - The Oxfordshire Farmer doing incredible things with soil mentioned by George Monbiot Laura’s Mentions Scaling Out, Scaling Up, Scaling Deep  by Michelle Moore.  You can read up to 100 articles per month for free on this site if you register.   Ruchika’s Mentions The Land Accelerator | World Resources Institute TerraFund for AFR100 —   Thank you to our guests this week:   George Monbiot, Author, Environmentalist and Activist (photo credit Guy Reece) George Monbiot is an author, Guardian columnist and environmental activist. His best-selling books include Feral: Rewilding the land, sea and human life, Heat: how to stop the planet burning, and Out of the Wreckage: a new politics for an age of crisis. George cowrote the concept album Breaking the Spell of Loneliness with musician Ewan McLennan, and has made a number of viral videos. One of them, adapted from his 2013 TED Talk, How Wolves Change Rivers, has been viewed on YouTube over 40m times. Another, on Natural Climate Solutions, that he co-presented with Greta Thunberg, has been watched over 60m times.  George’s latest book, Regenesis: Feeding the World without Devouring the Planet, was published in May 2022.   Website | Twitter | YouTube | TikTok   Dr Laura Pereira, Associate Professor at the Global Change Institute at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa and a researcher at the Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University in Sweden Dr Laura Pereira is a member of the Seeds of Good Anthropocenes project and leads two current projects, the first is a Formas funded project entitled “Seeding transformative futures for people and nature in Africa ” and the other is an H2020 project in collaboration with EAT called “Foodtrails”. She also works with Guillermo Ortuño Crespo on a small project to realise transformative scenarios for the high seas using the Nature Futures Framework. Pereira co-ordinates the SRC’s module of the Bosch Stiftung Transformational Leadership Post-doc Academy. She is also actively involved in MSc student supervision and gives a lecture on sustainability transformations as part of the MSc course. Pereira holds a DPhil in Geography and Environmental Science from the University of Oxford. She completed her BSc (Hons) majoring in Zoology, Ecology and Law at the University of the Witwatersrand and read for an MSc in Nature, Society and Environmental Policy at St Hilda’s College, Oxford. Twitter   Dr Ruchika Singh, Director - Sustainable Landscapes and Restoration, WRI India Dr. Ruchika Singh leads the Sustainable Landscapes and Restoration programme in India. Till January 2019, Ruchika anchored the restoration opportunity assessments for the Landscape Restoration programme at WRI India. Ruchika brings over eighteen years of extensive experience of conducting evidence-based research, programme management, assessments and evaluations related to various aspects of forest, water, tenure, resource rights, landscape management and governance issues, taking into consideration social inclusion and gender, from an interdisciplinary lens. Ruchika also contributes to Cities4Forests, an initiative focused on helping cities better conserve, manage, and restore inner forests (such as city trees and urban parks), nearby forests (such as green corridors and watersheds) and faraway forests (such as tropical and boreal forests). Ruchika works closely with Kochi (India) to help them maximize benefits from trees and forests for water, air quality, biodiversity, climate, livelihoods and more. WRI India LinkedIn  | Twitter | Facebook |  Instagram   Josh Tetrick, co-founder and CEO, Eat Just, Inc. Josh Tetrick is CEO & co-founder of Eat Just, Inc., a food technology company with a mission to build a healthier, safer and more sustainable food system in our lifetimes. The company's expertise, from functionalizing plant proteins to culturing animal cells, is powered by a world-class team of scientists and chefs spanning more than a dozen research disciplines. Eat Just created America’s fastest-growing egg brand, which is made entirely of plants, and the world’s first-to-market meat made from animal cells instead of slaughtered livestock. Prior to founding Eat Just, Tetrick led a United Nations business initiative in Kenya and worked for both former President Clinton and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. As Fulbright Scholar, Tetrick taught schoolchildren in Nigeria and South Africa and is a graduate of Cornell University and the University of Michigan Law School. Tetrick has been named one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business,” Inc.’s “35 Under 35” and Fortune’s “40 Under 40.” Eat Just has been recognized as one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Companies,” Entrepreneur’s “100 Brilliant Companies,” CNBC’s “Disruptor 50” and a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer. GOOD Meat                            Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn | Instagram                    JUST Egg Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn | Instagram — Big thanks to the talented team at Airaphon who helped edit and mixed this show for us this week. Check them out: Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn | Website —   Keep up with Christiana Figueres online Instagram | Twitter   Tom Rivett-Carnac Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   Paul Dickinson LinkedIn | Twitter   —   Follow @OutrageOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
16/06/22·1h 3m

158. The Journey Matters: Ending Fossil Fuel Supply with Tzeporah Berman

Scientists are reporting that there is now more carbon dioxide in the air than ever before, and with OPEC recently agreeing to accelerate oil production following pressure from the Biden administration to stabilize global markets, what gives? And with cracks showing in the EU as energy prices start to bite, is there a way through this crisis that keeps us on track with the goals of the Paris Agreement? Our guest this week has her own solution. We speak to Tzeporah Berman about her journey to form the big and bold Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty, and what the impact is of the Stockholm 50+ President’s communique calling for a phase out of coal, oil and gas. And stick around ‘til the end for some amazing feel good music this week - ‘No Te Rindas’ by Charmant Mushaga!   —   Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now! Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter!   —   Mentioned links from the episode:   WATCH: Tzeporah’s TED Talk - The Bad Math of the Fossil Fuel Industry   —   Thanks to our guest this week, Tzeporah Berman!   Tzeporah Berman Twitter | Instagram | Facebook    Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty  Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook   —   Thank you to our musical guest this week, Charmant Mushaga!   Charmant Mushaga Facebook | Twitter | YouTube   WATCH: ‘All Year Summer’ - Live performance WATCH: Solo Nylon Acoustic Live Performance READ: Charmant Mushaga: The refugee who has found stardom in Uganda   —   Keep up with Christiana Figueres online Instagram | Twitter   Tom Rivett-Carnac Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   Paul Dickinson LinkedIn | Twitter   —   Follow @OutrageOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
09/06/22·1h 3m

157. Presenting: ‘Who Cares Wins’ with Lily Cole and Christiana Figueres

Today, a special bonus episode in your feed from British model, actress, climate activist and podcaster, Lily Cole. In this episode of ‘Who Cares Wins’, Host Lily Cole interviews Christiana Figueres on how to maintain daily optimism, why more women in leadership will deliver a better world, and how systemic change and a livable future can begin with me and you.   Enjoy the episode!   Click Here to listen to more episodes of ‘Who Cares Wins’   Who Cares Wins with Lily Cole Apple Podcasts | Spotify   —   Lily Cole Instagram | Facebook | Website   —   Keep up with Christiana Figueres online Instagram | Twitter   Tom Rivett-Carnac Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   Paul Dickinson LinkedIn | Twitter   —   Follow @OutrageOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
06/06/22·45m 59s

156. Why It's "Not Too Late" with Rebecca Solnit and Thelma Young Lutunatabua

Reactions to the now infamous presentation of the suspended HSBC Head of Responsible Investing, Stuart Kirk, is still a source of considerable outrage here at Outrage + Optimism.  Kirk’s presentation entitled "Why investors need not worry about climate risk" peddled such dangerous climate disinformation that it prompted Christiana to refer to it in her brilliant op-ed in Investor Week as one of the most irresponsible public statements we have heard in years. In this week’s episode brace yourself for Paul’s no holds barred account of what he really thinks about Stuart Kirk’s views and hear Christiana expand on why opinions like Kirk’s threaten the emergence of stakeholder capitalism. Tom’s insightful analysis further links the growing movement of incumbents rallying against ‘woke capitalism’ with the corporate disclosure of emissions and climate risk that is about to be regulated in the US and the EU.   Thankfully our main interview this week features a previous, much loved, Outrage + Optimism guest Rebecca Solnit, and the inspirational Thelma Young Lutunatabua whose Not Too Late project offers us the tools to tackle this current wave of disinformation, and provides tangible stories of hope. Hear how the project aims to invite newcomers to the climate movement, as well as providing climate facts and encouragement for people who are already engaged but weary.  Listening to these two incredible women speak about Not Too Late ‘rang a bell of truth in our souls’ as Thelma so beautifully puts it in the interview.   Sit back and be sure to enjoy the remarkable track Preacher Man by Mica Millar.   Enjoy the show!   — Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now! Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter!  — Not Too Late Make sure to visit the Not To Late project launched by Rebecca Solnit and Thelma Young Lutunatabua Website | Facebook | Twitter   — Mentioned links from the episode:   Not So Moral Money?  -  link to the Business Green article Christiana mentions in the episode that deunks Stuart Kirk's presentation.     On Being podcast episode with Tarana Burke speaking about the need for ‘revolutionary grace’ mentioned by Thelma.  —   A HUGE thank you to Adam, James and the team at Airaphon this week for editing this week’s podcast while Clay is away! Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn | Website   — Thank you to our musical guest this week, Mica Millar! Mica Millar Website |Facebook |Instagram |YouTube |Tik Tok |Twitter — Follow @OutrageOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
02/06/22·53m 6s

155. Huge Wins for Future Generations in Australia and Wales with Sophie Howe

Finally, some optimism for future generations! First, in Australia, the massive success of the so-called ‘teal’ female candidates, who are not aligned to either of the major political parties, but have essentially swept to power across a number of states. This, along with long-awaited Labour victories…Does this mean the climate wars are over in Australia? We dialed up Dean Bialek, lead negotiator and legal advisor to the world’s island states (AOSIS) in negotiations that led to the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change and current Head of Policy & International Strategy at CWP Global, to give us a quick update on what this major swing in Australian politics means for climate! And for our main interview this week, we sit down with Sophie Howe, Future Generations Commissioner for Wales. Her role is linked to the Welsh Government’s 2015 Wellbeing and Future Generations Act, which requires public bodies in Wales to think about the long-term impact of their decisions. Described by the Big Issue Magazine as one of the UK’s leading Changemakers, her interventions have secured fundamental changes to land use planning policy, major transport schemes and Government policy on housing - ensuring that decisions taken today are fit for the future, and especially future generations in Wales. And this week a special Outrage + Optimism EXCLUSIVE performance, 'Quémalo' by Kathy Palma (ft. Reyli Barba).   Enjoy the show!   —   Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now! Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter!   —   Mentioned links from the episode:   READ: The Welsh Government’s 2015 Wellbeing and Future Generations Act LISTEN: Repsonse to Listener Review - 4 O+O Episodes on Food Systems   —   Thanks to our guest this week, Sophie Howe!   Sophie Howe Future Generations Commissioner for Wales Twitter | LinkedIn   The Office of the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   —   And thank you to Dean Bialek for joining us!   Dr Dean Bialek Head, Policy & International Strategy CWP Global Twitter | LinkedIn   CWP Global  Website |  LinkedIn   —   Thank you to our musical guest this week, Kathy Palma!   Kathy Palma Spotify | Apple Music | YouTube | Tidal | Instagram | Facebook | Website   —   Keep up with Christiana Figueres online Instagram | Twitter   Tom Rivett-Carnac Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   Paul Dickinson LinkedIn | Twitter   —   Follow @OutrageOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
26/05/22·1h 9m

154. African Clean Energy Access: Why Gas Cannot Be The Future Africa Chooses with Rachel Kyte

In this episode, we talk about the impacts of living through a global energy crisis while living through a climate crisis. Inflation is running at 10% in most major economies, the highest in decades. This is driven primarily by the cost of food and energy. And while most of us are aware of higher prices at the pump and on energy bills, today we focus on the hardest place it is hitting: Africa. Since 2019, 4% of Africans have lost access to affordable energy, undoing a decade of gains.  And with a desire in the Global North to get off of Russian Gas, there is higher demand for gas, and therefore pushing more and more people out of the ability to afford it. This week in response, African Ministers made the case for expanding gas production in Africa, amidst a climate crisis. So that’s the setup for this week’s discussion - we bring in Rachel Kyte, Dean of the Fletcher School at Tufts University to argue the case on how to move forward out of this complicated situation. And be sure to stick around ‘til the end for a brand new tune from Carmody titled, “Mother.”   Enjoy the show!   —   Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now! Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter!   —   Mentioned links from the episode:   READ: Vanessa Nakate’s Op-Ed in Aljazeera READ: SG António Guterres’ 5 Point Plan on Renewable Energy VOTE: Time is running out to vote! Go to EnvironmentalMusicPrize.com to vote for your favorite 3 songs. Voting ends May 22nd!   —   Thanks to our guest this week, Rachel Kyte!   Rachel Kyte Dean | The Fletcher School at Tufts University Twitter   The Fletcher School at Tufts University Twitter | Website   —   Thank you to our musical guest this week, Carmody!   Carmody Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | YouTube | Spotify   LIVE: Go see Carmody @ Amazing Grace in London on May 31st!   —   Keep up with Christiana Figueres online Instagram | Twitter   Tom Rivett-Carnac Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   Paul Dickinson LinkedIn | Twitter   —   Follow @OutrageOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
20/05/22·59m 20s

153. Why the 21st Century is for Cities and Mayors with Sadiq Khan

Cities are where we will lose or win the climate change battle. Chapter 8 of the IPCC report on mitigation reported that more than half of the global population now lives in cities, and that proportion is expected to grow to about two-thirds by 2050. That is a lot of people. And that’s a lot of emissions. As of 2020, urban areas are the source of about 67-72% of emissions with about 100 of the highest emitting urban areas [currently] accounting for approximately 18% of the global carbon footprint.” But with problems like urban heat, growing disparities in income and access to food and healthcare, how are mayors uniquely empowered to adapt to everything a climate emergency brings with it? This week, we have the Mayor of London and Chair of C40, Sadiq Khan. He shares his personal journey with being diagnosed with Adult-Onset Asthma after breathing in too much pollution in London, and how educating the public and bringing people along with you in your leadership is the way forward to cleaner, greener cities. And this week a special sample of Environmental Music Prize finalist, Holy Holy with their song ‘Hello My Beautiful World’   Enjoy the show!   —   Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now! Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter!   —   Mentioned links from the episode:   LEARN: CDP Cities, States and Regions Open Data Portal VOTE: Environmental Music Prize   —   Thanks to our guest this week, Sadiq Khan!   Sadiq Khan Mayor of London | Chair of C40 Cities Twitter | Instagram   Mayor of London Twitter | Instagram   C40 Cities Twitter | LinkedIn | Instagram | Facebook | YouTube   —   Thank you to our musical guest this week, Holy Holy!   Holy Holy Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | YouTube   Time is running out to vote! Go to EnvironmentalMusicPrize.com to make sure your vote counts!   —   Keep up with Christiana Figueres online: Instagram | Twitter   Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   Paul Dickinson: LinkedIn | Twitter   —   Follow @OutrageOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
12/05/22·1h 5m

152. Putin, Producer Logic and Peak Demand with Kingsmill Bond

Does Putin’s invasion mark the end of the Fossil Fuel Era? In this week’s episode we look at how the Russian invasion in Ukraine and subsequent energy crises are impacting energy deals between developed and developing countries ahead of COP27. We also subject our guest, Kingsmill Bond of RMI, to a round of Paul’s new painfully-condescending evil oil baron persona as we put his optimistic assertions on the green energy transition to the test. And be sure to stay tuned until after the interview for a brand new song with main-character energy titled, ‘End Transmission’ from Stelios Vassaloudis.   —   Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now! Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter!   —   Mentioned links from the episode:   READ: How Putin’s War Marks the End of the Fossil Fuel Era LISTEN: The Climate Change and Happiness Podcast READ: ‘Generation Dread’ by Brit Wray   —   Thanks to our guest this week, Kingsmill Bond!   Kingsmill Bond Senior Principal | RMI Twitter | LinkedIn   RMI Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn | Facebook   —   Thank you to our musical guest this week, Stelios Vassiloudis!   Stelios Vassiloudis Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | YouTube | Website   WATCH: All Else Fails Album Visuals Playlist   —   Keep up with Christiana Figueres online: Instagram | Twitter   Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   Paul Dickinson: LinkedIn | Twitter   —   Follow @OutrageOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
05/05/22·1h 11m

151. What on Earth is Happening in the US with NRDC’s Manish Bapna

What on Earth is happening in the US on climate policy? This week, a look at US federal climate policy ahead of the US midterm elections. We explore the scarily-small-and-measured-in-weeks amount of time we have to pass meaningful climate legislation before the US midterm elections, and where the optimism is in Senate blocked legislation, a so-called ‘Conservative’ leaning Supreme Court, and a Presidential Administration dealing with fossil fuel addiction issues - Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and high prices at the pump. So, with the help of the NRDC’s Manish Bapna, we discuss whether it is still possible to squeeze through an acceptable climate package that would put The States back on track to achieve their net-zero goals, AND why his outrage fuels his optimism in the  midst  of seemingly insurmountable challenges. Plus! Stick around after the interview for the room shaking track ‘My Mama’ by musical guest, Dizraeli.   —   Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now! Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter!   —   Mentioned links from the episode:   NEWS: India’s Heatwave is about to get worse READ: ‘The Ministry For The Future’ by Kim Stanley Robinson REST: Resources for Dealing with Climate Anxiety DAME: Christiana Figueres is Now A Dame   —   Thanks to our guest this week, Manish Bapna!   Manish Bapna | President & CEO | Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Twitter | LinkedIn   NRDC Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn | Facebook   —   Thank you to our musical guest this week, Dizraeli!   Dizraeli Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | YouTube | Website   TOUR: Dizraeli is coming to a city near you! WATCH: See for yourself how Dizraeli is touring sustainably   —   Keep up with Christiana Figueres online: Instagram | Twitter   Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   Paul Dickinson: LinkedIn | Twitter   —   Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
28/04/22·1h 14m

150. Earth Day Special: The Environmental Music Prize! with Edwina Floch

Australia is turning up the volume on environmentalism for the world to hear! If you turned on your favorite music radio station, would you know we’re in a crisis? Only 1% of songs in National Australian premier radio station Triple J’s Hottest 100 (2.5M+ votes) over the last 5 years directly referenced environmental issues…and that’s following mass bleaching of The Great Barrier Reef, The devastating Australian Bushfires of 2019-2020, AND a recent study before COP26 that reported 75% of Australians are concerned about climate change. So why is Australian mainstream music so culturally disconnected from a population overwhelmingly environmentalist? We know artists, bands, and musicians have been and are currently creating environmentally-minded music, so how do we get those songs into the mainstream? Our guest today, Edwina Floch, recently launched The Environmental Music Prize - A new $AU 20,000 prize that amplifies the voices of artists who inspire action for climate and conservation. The prize launched during the UN Climate Summit, and it's a global first and a call-to-action for artists to create and submit powerful music videos that celebrate nature and encourage us to defend it. Every movement needs anthems. The search is on! Enjoy the show and stick around to hear some amazing music from music artists Montaigne, In Hearts Wake, Little Green, Billy Otto, and King Stingray!   —   Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now! Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter!   —   Mentioned links from the episode:   WATCH: All the Music Videos by the finalists for The Environmental Music Prize! VOTE: Vote for your favorite Environmental Music Prize finalists! DONATE: Keep The Environmental Music Prize going! LEARN: Learn more about The Environmental Music Prize!   —   Thanks to our guest this week, Edwina Floch!   Edwina Floch Founder | Environmental Music Prize LinkedIn   Environmental Music Prize  Instagram | LinkedIn | Facebook | Website   —   A massive thank you to all our musical guests this week:   Montaigne Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | YouTube WATCH: ‘Ready’ Music Video (feat. School Strike For Climate Activist Fergus Clarkson)   In Hearts Wake Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | YouTube | EMP Profile   Little Green Instagram | Facebook | YouTube | EMP Profile   Billy Otto Instagram | Facebook | YouTube | EMP Profile   King Stingray Instagram | Facebook | YouTube | EMP Profile   —   Keep up with Christiana Figueres online: Instagram | Twitter   Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   Paul Dickinson: LinkedIn | Twitter   —   Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
21/04/22·57m 18s

149. Presenting: ‘The Way Out Is In’ with Christiana Figueres

As many around the world turn inward this week, we bring you a special episode featuring Christiana Figueres from ‘The Way Out Is In’ podcast. Many of us are looking for a way out of the crises we face. Climate, biodiversity, ecological, nature, health, wealth inequality…not to mention the deeply personal, familial, and interpersonal. A quick log in to twitter, checking the news, or reading the latest IPCC report reveals to us that we are on a path towards breakdown. We know there is a pathway out of this ‘atlas of human suffering’ as United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres recently said, but how do we chart that path? This week, we suggest that the way out of suffering is in it. Today we are sharing an episode from ‘The Way Out Is In’ podcast, produced by Plum Village, the Buddhist Monastery founded by the Late Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Thich Nhat Hanh and his teachings were a vital support to Christiana in the lead up to the Paris Agreement and beyond.  In this episode, you’ll hear co-hosts Jo Confino and Brother Pháp Hữu invite Christiana on to share deeply about what brought her to Plum Village, both now and years ago during her first encounter with Thich Nhat Hanh; her journey to a spiritual practice that helped her overcome a personal crisis, and the transformative power of practices such as ‘deep listening’ and ‘interbeing’ on the negotiation process of The Paris Agreement. So get comfortable, settle in, and join us for a special listen to Episode #21 of ‘The Way Out Is In’ - Being the Change We Want to See in the World: A Conversation with Christiana Figueres [Content warning: This episode includes mentions of suicidal thoughts at 00:25:00 for approximately two minutes – listeners who could find this discussion distressing may wish to skip this section.]   —   Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now! Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter!   —   Links from the episode:   Next ‘The Way Out Is In’ Recommended Episodes To Listen To: War And Peace (Ukraine) Zen and The Art of Saving The Planet Wise Leadership w/ Lindsay Levin WATCH: ‘A Cloud Never Dies’ on YouTube READ: ‘Zen and The Art of Saving the Planet’ by Thich Nhat Hanh DOWNLOAD: The Plum Village App   —   A special thanks this week to Plum Village!   Brother Phap Huu Abbot | Upper Hamlet in Plum Village Co-Host | The Way Out Is In Instagram   Jo Confino Co-Host | The Way Out Is In Instagram   Plum Village Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | YouTube   Plum Village App Twitter | YouTube | Instagram   Thich Nhat Hanh Twitter | Foundation   —   Keep up with Christiana Figueres online: Instagram | Twitter   Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   Paul Dickinson: LinkedIn | Twitter   —   Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
14/04/22·1h 54m

148. The Future is Intersectional with Leah Thomas

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." - MLK (1963)   This week, we reject our flawed, siloed thinking and embrace the oneness of social justice and environmentalism as a singular, inclusive movement. In the Summer of 2020, our guest, Leah Thomas, coined the term “Intersectional Environmentalism” with a graphic she shared to Instagram that read, “Environmentalists For Black Lives Matter” as a call out to all environmentalists to stand in solidarity with BIPOC communities that face compounding social and environmental injustices daily. The Instagram post went viral, and the pledge she introduced along with it, The IE Pledge, has reached over a million people.  And so now that it’s 2022 and counting, how can we continue to root ourselves in that moment of clarity in 2020 and hold to the truth that you don’t have to separate race or racial justice from environmental advocacy? How can we scale climate solutions while advocating for marginalized communities all the while not making excuses for extractive industries? We’re also joined this week by special co-host Abigael Kima, a young energy expert and climate activist from Kenya .She is the producer and host of the new Hali-Hewa (Swahili for ‘Climate Change’) podcast, which will profile African activists and climate experts airing through to COP27 on themes including a just energy transition, loss and damage, youth participation in intergovernmental processes and indigenous rights. And —- Stick around for 3-Time GRAMMY Award Winning Artist Fantastic Negrito performing a live version of his song, “Rolling Through California”! Enjoy the show!   —   Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now! Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter!   —   Mentioned links from the episode:   ACT: Take the Intersectional Environmentalist Pledge LISTEN: IE’s Brand New Podcast ‘The Joy Report’ READ: MAPS (Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary) WATCH: How Black Lives Matter and Environmental Justice Are Connected READ: The NAP Ministry   — Thanks to our guest this week, Leah Thomas!   Leah Thomas Founder | Intersectional Environmentalist Twitter | Instagram    Intersectional Environmentalist Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn | Facebook | Website | Patreon   BUY: The Intersectional Environmentalist by Leah Thomas   —   Thank you to our Co-Host this week, Abigael Kima!   Abigael Kima Host and Producer | Hali Hewa Podcast  Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn | Facebook    Hali Hewa Podcast  Website   —   Our musical guest this week is Fantastic Negrito!   Fantastic Negrito Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify | Apple Music | TikTok   WATCH: ‘Highest Bidder’ READ: New Film + Album “White Jesus Black Problems” coming June 3rd    —   Keep up with Christiana Figueres online: Instagram | Twitter   Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   Paul Dickinson: LinkedIn | Twitter   —   Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
07/04/22·1h 6m

147. IPCC Report: It's Not Too Late to Mitigate with Ko Barrett

The World’s scientists have come together on behalf of the web of life to deliver the most comprehensive review of how we can mitigate the effects of climate change.  So what’s in this latest IPCC report? The latest from Working Group III covers a broad spectrum of topics: from mitigation pathways and in-depth sectoral analysis to finance, international cooperation, net-zero and carbon dioxide removal… Let’s simplify that - Mitigation. This report lays out how we’re going to mitigate the effects of climate change. Because make no mistake, climate change is here and gaining speed. It’s up to us to listen to the scientists and follow their guidance to slow it down. So, here to guide us through this new report is Ko Barrett, Vice Chair, IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) and Senior Advisor for Climate, NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Ko is widely recognized as an expert on climate policy, particularly on issues related to climate impacts and strategies to help society adapt to a changing world. Not only was she one of the first women elected to serve as a vice chair of the IPCC in 2015, but she oversaw this latest report, gracefully and skillfully convening the global scientific consensus on this crucial report on Climate Change. An incredible achievement. This report informs business leaders, policy makers, activists, influencers, artists…everybody. Listen in to hear what makes this report unique, how to avoid doomism on climate, and what it’s going to take to get to a livable future.   —   Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now! Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter!   —   Mentioned links from the episode:   READ: WG3 AR6 IPCC Report   — Thanks to our guest this week, Ko Barrett!   Ko Barrett Vice Chair | IPCC Senior Advisor for Climate | NOAA Twitter   IPCC Twitter | Instagram | Facebook   NOAA Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn | Facebook   —   Keep up with Christiana Figueres online: Instagram | Twitter   Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   Paul Dickinson: LinkedIn | Twitter   —   Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
06/04/22·40m 35s

146. Together We Can Change the World with Jane Goodall

What do you get when you swap the office for a classroom and our hosts for school pupils? An incredibly special episode, we hope you’ll agree. Yes, that’s right – this week’s conversation is brought to you from Totnes Progressive School, where the children were joined by an extraordinary guest: Dr Jane Goodall DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and United Nations Messenger of Peace. With the support of Outrage + Optimism’s Tom Rivett-Carnac and his sister Bee, who together wrote and illustrated a children’s book voiced by Dr Goodall, the pupils take it in turns to ask about their guest’s experiences, work, and thoughts on the future. From Dr Goodall’s memories of her own childhood to reflections on what children now can do to help in healing our planet, this is a moving lens on a remarkable life spanning nearly nine decades. Dr Goodall shares lessons from her mother about working hard and not giving up on dreams, as well as how together we can – and will – change the world. We hope you find this conversation as inspirational as we do. — Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now! Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter! —  Mentioned links from the episode: READ: When We All Stopped LISTEN: When We All Stopped narrated by Dr Jane Goodall  — Thank you to our amazing guest this week, Dr Jane Goodall DBE! Jane Goodall Institute UK: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook Roots & Shoots UK: Facebook  — Keep up with Christiana Figueres Instagram | Twitter Tom Rivett-Carnac Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn Paul Dickinson LinkedIn | Twitter — Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
30/03/22·36m 13s

145. Africa: A View From The Frontlines of Climate Justice and Gender Equality with Vanessa Nakate

For years in the Global North, our dialogue around climate change has been focused on the idea that it is a looming disaster with consequences that would happen in the future if we did not take immediate action. The recent years of extreme weather events where we saw flooding in Germany and London and heat waves and storms across Europe and the United States, brought the reality home that climate change was happening NOW. But for those living in Africa and the Global South, this ‘looming disaster’ has been a reality for decades. While the devastation, droughts, famines, wars over life-sustaining resources and refugee crises that climate change has caused might not make the headlines in the Global North the way Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has, the impacts of climate change on these frontline communities is nonetheless devastating and requires attention and action NOW. Which is why this week we invited one of the incredible female voices from the frontline of the climate crisis in Uganda, Vanessa Nakate, an activist and founder of the Rise Up! Movement, onto the O+O podcast so we could share her concerns and action points first hand with our listeners. In this intimate, in-depth interview with Christiana, Vanessa shares her journey from Ugandan school girl to world renowned climate activist. She tells us about her passion for gender equality and why she believes it is synonymous with bringing the climate crisis to justice, and why Loss and Damage must stay on the agenda for COP27, touted by many as The African COP. Keep your ears open because Vanessa gives a clear call to action to any listeners who want to help African activists get their voices heard during COP 27.  Vanessa asks that businesses, organizations and individuals consider supporting African activists either through providing accreditation for COP27 or through funding. If you can help please reach out via social media to Vanessa directly or via the Rise UP Movement’s website. And stick around until the end of the episode to hear the soul-stirring Ugandan musical artist Afrie perform her single, “Let Her Know”. Enjoy the show!   —   Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now! Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter!   —   Mentioned links from the episode:   DONATE: Vanessa’s Solar and Stove Project ACT: Fridays For Future’s 4 Digital Strike Actions WATCH: Vanessa Nakate asks Global North Ministers the “Thumbs Up” Question READ: A 10-Point Plan to Reduce the European Union’s Reliance on Russian Natural Gas READ: Christiana pens an alternative ending to ‘Don’t Look Up’ for Netflix   — Thanks to our guest this week, Vanessa Nakate!   Vanessa Nakate Climate Justice Activist | Founder of Rise Up Movement Twitter | Instagram   Rise Up Movement Twitter | Instagram | Website   BUY THE BOOK: A Bigger Picture by Vanessa Nakate   —   Our musical guest this week is Afrie!   Afrie Instagram | YouTube | Website | YouTube   —   Keep up with Christiana Figueres online: Instagram | Twitter   Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   Paul Dickinson: LinkedIn | Twitter   —   Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
24/03/22·1h 8m

144. Conflict Fueling Outrage: It’s Time to Quit Fossil Fuels

As the news from Ukraine unfolds quickly, detailing the tragedy Ukrainian citizens are living through, our hosts Christiana Figueres, Tom Rivett-Carnac, and Paul Dickinson cut straight to the roots of what is fueling this conflict - Our global addiction to fossil fuels.    What is our response as a global community to this crisis and many other current violent crises when many will argue climate action isn’t affordable and we should ramp up independent oil and gas production? Will we gather ourselves around the moral clarity that we need to end the violence by breaking our addiction once and for all?   Because our addiction is fueling the conflict we are watching our neighbors and our neighbor’s children suffer. It’s time to quit. —     Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now!   Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter!   —   Mentioned links from the episode:   WATCH: Ukraine Video Showing Mock Footage of Paris Air Attacks   READ: China, Russia Agree to 30-Year Gas Deal via New Pipeline   —   Keep up with Christiana Figueres online Instagram | Twitter   Tom Rivett-Carnac Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   Paul Dickinson LinkedIn | Twitter   —   Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
14/03/22·40m 16s

143. An Appetite for Adaptation

Welcome back to our series on the Future of Food! In this episode, we’ll explore the significance of adaptive transformation in global food systems.  How do farming and consumption play into creating an inclusive, just, and beautiful future?  From empowering women farmers in Africa, to telling the story behind every piece of organic produce, from considering food value over food price, to what to ask at your grocery store, we examine why urgent transformation is needed to protect the people – and land – growing our food against the increasingly devastating impacts of climate change.   You’ll hear from:   Wanjira Mathai | Vice President + Regional Director for Africa, World Resources Institute Volkert Engelsman | Founder + CEO, Eosta Jenipher Sambazi | Coffee Farmer + Vice Chair, Mount Elgon Agroforestry Community Cooperative Enterprise Elen Jones | Co-Founder + Director, Jenipher's Coffi Ed Davey | Policy + International Engagement Director, Food and Land Use Coalition + Co-Director, WRI UK Helena Leurent | Director General, Consumers International   So with food being at the heart and centre of the human story, there’s not a minute to waste. Let’s get on with it!   —   Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now! Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter!   —   Mentioned links from the episode:   MORE LISTENING: Outrage + Optimism’s previous episodes on The Future of Food READ: What is Plum Village?   — Thank you to our amazing guests this week, Volkert Engelsman, Wanjira Mathai, Jenipher Sambazi, Elen Jones, Ed Davey and Helena Leurent!   Volkert Engelsman Founder and CEO, Eosta LinkedIn    Eosta  LinkedIn | Website   Nature & More  Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Website   —   Wanjira Mathai Vice President & Regional Director for Africa, World Resources Institute (WRI) Twitter | LinkedIn | Website   WRI Africa  Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn | Facebook   —   Jenipher Sambazi Coffee Farmer & Vice Chair, Mount Elgon Agroforestry Community Cooperative Enterprise (MEACCE)   MEACCE  Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | Website   —   Elen Jones Co-Founder and Director, Jenipher's Coffi LinkedIn   Jenipher's Coffi  Instagram | Facebook | Website   —   Ed Davey Policy and International Engagement Director, Food and Land Use Coalition & Co-Director, WRI UK Twitter | LinkedIn   WRI  Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn | Facebook   FOLU  Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   —   Helena Leurent Director General, Consumers International Twitter | LinkedIn   Consumers International  Twitter | LinkedIn | Website   —   Keep up with Christiana Figueres online Instagram | Twitter   Tom Rivett-Carnac Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   Paul Dickinson LinkedIn | Twitter   —   Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
10/03/22·1h 10m

142. Ukraine, Defense, and Climate Change with William Hague and David Miliband

All eyes are on Ukraine as we watch the horrific events unfold as a result of Russian aggression. Are we sliding toward a global catastrophe or seeing the birth of a new political order? How will we know which one awaits us? This week, we speak to former UK Foriegn Ministers David Miliband and the Rt Hon Lord William Hague. We pitch to them this question of, “how will we know which one awaits us?” as we admire the resilience of the people of Ukraine and witness the inextinguishable might of people power. Is this the ironic end of global energy dependence on a petrostate or the resurgence of fossil fuel infrastructure for the sake of energy independence? No simple answers ahead.   —   Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now! Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter!   —   Mentioned links from the episode:   READ: William Hague’s piece from 2019 in The Telegraph - Conservatives Have to Take the Climate Crisis Seriously READ: David Miliband’s latest in NYT - Ukraine Presents a Moral Crisis, Not Just a Military One CATCH UP: Outrage + Optimism’s previous episodes on The Future of Food LISTEN: Our episode from Tuesday on the Latest IPCC Report   — Thanks to our guests this week, William Hague and David Miliband!   Rt Hon Lord William Hague Lord Hague of Richmond Twitter   David Miliband President & CEO | International Rescue Committee Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook    International Rescue Committee Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn | Facebook    —   Keep up with Christiana Figueres online: Instagram | Twitter   Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   Paul Dickinson: LinkedIn | Twitter   —   Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
03/03/22·51m 33s

141. IPCC Report: Adapt or Die! with Patrick Verkooijen

The latest IPCC Report from Working Group II on Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability comes at an unprecedented moment in human history. A moment too late to avoid all effects of climate change baked into an already 1.1C warmer world, and a moment not too late to adapt humanity and all species to our increasingly important target of only 1.5C of warming. In a strikingly clear connection this report makes between human and ecosystem vulnerability, the science is clear; Either we adapt, or we perish. Because between 3.3-3.6 Billion humans are currently living in areas “highly vulnerable to climate change”. So, with over 270 scientists that poured over 34,000 publications and assessed 127 risks  telling us to adapt now, Now, NOW! …how do we cut to the heart of those at the levers of economic and governmental power already dealing with war, famine, a pandemic, the list goes on. This week, Patrick Verkooijen, CEO of the Global Center on Adaptation joins us to lay out the findings of this next section of the IPCC report, and how tapping into humanity’s enlightened Self-interest (with a capital S) can take investment now into adaptation and promise exponential returns for humanity, as well as all species on Earth.   —   Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now! Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter!   —   Mentioned links from the episode (and others):   READ: The IPCC Report: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability WATCH: IPCC Press Conference + Secretary-General of The UN’s Address LISTEN: Our Episode with Michael Mann on the previous Working Group I contribution to the IPCC Report   —   Thanks to our guest this week, Patrick Verkooijen!   Patrick Verkooijen CEO | Global Center on Adaptation Twitter | LinkedIn   Global Center on Adaptation Twitter | LinkedIn   —   Keep up with Christiana Figueres online: Instagram | Twitter   Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   Paul Dickinson: LinkedIn | Twitter   —   Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
01/03/22·35m 30s

140. Every Country Could Be Carbon Negative with Erika Mouynes

“It doesn’t matter what your economy is. It’s just a matter of deciding of protecting your areas and committing to it.” Last week it was reported that the world’s governments are currently subsidizing our own destruction to the tune of $1.8 Trillion a year…yeah. Not good. What does it look like to turn these subsidies around to promote nature, clean energy, and equitable access to energy across continents? Maybe this week we have the answer, because in the midst of those irresponsible subsidies, this week we present a story of responsibility, political courage, and negativity! …The good kind. Erika Mouynes is the Minister of Foreign Affairs from Panama, a country that recently attained certified Carbon Negative status. How does a country with a fleet of ships that is the 8th largest emitter of greenhouse gases and an economy based on global trade go carbon negative? Minister Mouynes tells all in our interview. From implementing a Greenhouse Gas Emissions Fee, to the indigenous protection of land, and even some eco-surveillance in space, today’s episode is all about how a Minister of Forein Affairs goes absolutely Environmental. And stick around ‘til the end for the African Fusion Soul stylings of ‘Ganda Boys’.   Enjoy the show!   —   Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now! Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter!   —   Mentioned links from the episode:   READ: ROADMAP TO REGENERATION: THE EARTHSHOT PRIZE SELECTION PRIORITIES 2022 READ: The Guardian - “World spends $1.8tn a year on subsidies that harm environment, study finds” READ: Yuval Noah Harari’s 2% More Campaign    —   Thanks to our guest this week, Minister Erika Mouynes!   Erika Mouynes  Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Panama Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores de Panamá Twitter | LinkedIn   —   African Fusion Soul Group ‘Ganda Boys’ are our musical guest!   Ganda Boys Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Website | YouTube (Note from Clay - Be sure to check out their YouTube)   Ganda Foundation  Website   —   Keep up with Christiana Figueres online: Instagram | Twitter   Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   Paul Dickinson: LinkedIn | Twitter   —   Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
24/02/22·55m 4s

139. 2% For 1.5 with Yuval Noah Harari

It took 40-50% of GDP to win WWII, 15% to manage COVID in 2020, so what can 2% do? Historian, philosopher, bestselling author (and newly welcomed activist!), Yuval Noah Harari joins us to highlight how investing just 2% of global GDP into developing eco-friendly technologies and infrastructure every year could avert “the apocalypse” as he puts it. His clear, down-to-the-essence thinking shines a bright light on a dark moment. Hit play to listen! And at the top of the episode, our hosts Christiana Figueres, Tom Rivett-Carnac, and Paul Dickinson discuss the latest UK fringe conservative rumblings of the “Net Zero Scrutiny Group” and how recent populism movements are a wolf in sheeps clothing for communities who feel disenfranchised by politicians and global energy price fluctuations alike. Plus! This week we have a special musical guest, “Ny Oh” with her song “Australia”. Stick around for that!   —   Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now! Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter: Signals Amidst The Noise   —   Mentioned links from the episode:   LISTEN: Christiana guests on The Way Out Is In   —   Thanks to our guest this week, Yuval Noah Harari   Yuval Harari Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Website   Sapienship  2% More | Website   —   The multi-talented, undeniable Ny Oh is our musical guest!   Ny Oh Instagram | YouTube | BandCamp | Spotify | Website | Facebook   Neon Gru Spotify | BandCamp | YouTube   —   Keep up with Christiana Figueres here: Instagram | Twitter   Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   Paul Dickinson: LinkedIn | Twitter   —   Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
17/02/22·1h 7m

138. Just Look Up! with Adam McKay

Today, an earth-shattering comet of an episode as Christiana, Tom and Paul talk to the phenomenally talented Adam McKay about his 4 time Oscar nominated film Don’t Look Up! Writing and directing a comedy film about climate change is not a challenge for the faint hearted. Not only did Adam McKay take this challenge on, in doing so he created a tour-de-force which dominated global news feeds after its release, quickly took the position of 2nd most watched Netflix original and got EVERYONE talking about climate change.  Listen as he describes his journey of growing climate awareness, how he doesn’t think he will produce another piece of work that ISN’T about climate change, and the breaking news that France will be hosting its own series of ‘Just Look Up’ days as a result of the film. The hosts are also super charged this week as they tackle the global energy crisis head on, taking us on a whistlestop tour of the major issues that are being played out against an ever increasingly tense geopolitical backdrop. Can gas ever be considered green? What are the implications of this crisis on a swift green energy transition and stability of net zero ambitions? We think you’ll agree, we really did have it all this week didn’t we? And! Stick around til the end because playing us out this week is the incredibly talented Sibusile Xaba with his single ‘Angisenalutho’.   —   Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now! Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter: Signals Amidst The Noise   —   Mentioned links from the episode:   JOIN: Don’t Look Up’s Count Us In Initiative! (And bring a friend!) READ: What if Climate Change Were Like a Comet? By Emily Atkin of HEATED WATCH: Rowanbank’s Positive Imaginings Films LISTEN: The Last Podcast Ever Made: A Don’t Look Up Podcast   —   Thanks to our guest this week, Adam McKay!   Adam McKay Writer | Director | Producer Twitter   HyperObject Twitter   —   The fantastic Sibusile Xaba is this week’s musical guest!   Sibusile Xaba Instagram | Facebook | BandCamp | YouTube | Twitter    —   Keep up with Christiana Figueres here: Instagram | Twitter   Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   Paul Dickinson: LinkedIn | Twitter   —   Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
10/02/22·1h 9m

137. We're Back! Welcome to Season 5

How do we know what we’re doing is really helping? What should we do now that the world is changing? A slow, intentional beginning to a new year after a racing finish to the last one raises some big questions for all of us in the climate space. This week, Christiana, Tom, and Paul set out the big topics for the year leading up to COP27. Yes, another one. Shifting long term pledges to short term deliverables. Moving financial institutions from high carbon assets to low carbon assets. Getting the data points that move the needle on reducing emissions on the desks of central governments- Solid, concrete, ambitious NDCs driven by the innovation and flexibility of the private sector is how we will prove ourselves to a Net Zero future. Listen in to hear how Christiana lays out how our Self-interest, with a capital “S”, is the key to unlocking our true collective potential. Welcome to Season 5!   Stick around for an intimate and cozy musical performance from Lilo!   —   Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now! Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter: Signals Amidst The Noise   —   Mentioned links from the episode:   LISTEN: Overthinking IT by Willow (Paul’s recommendation) WATCH: Joy READ: The Book of Joy LISTEN: The Deep Time Walk O+O Episode   —   The incredible Lilo is our musical guest this week!   Lilo Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Music   —   Keep up with Christiana Figueres here: Instagram | Twitter   Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   Paul Dickinson: LinkedIn | Twitter   —   Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
03/02/22·48m 34s

136. The Deep Time Walk with Stephan Harding

*This episode is best enjoyed on a pair of headphones or quality speaker system   Welcome to Season 5! We have a special season opener for you- An immersive sound journey through the history of Gaia, as told by Dr. Stephan Harding. Normally on the podcast we engage full-heartedly in the political, social, and economic debate surrounding everything climate, but today we set aside the time to sit comfortably, relax, and learn to “walk well into the life of Gaia” as Stephan puts it. Stephan has had a massive influence on the climate movement in the way of inspiring global leaders to shift their world view of life to a Gaian view of life. We have the privilege of sharing an exercise of that shift with all of you. But just before we go on this meditation together, we are taking a mindful breath as we acknowledge the passing of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. He was a global spiritual leader, poet, and an environmental and peace activist, known for his powerful teachings and bestselling writings on mindfulness and peace. Christiana, at the top of the episode, shares a few beautiful words about him and how grateful we are to have such influential teachers in our life. Our hearts are with the Plum Village and all the Sanghas around the world who are continuing Thich Nhat Hanh’s incredible legacy and teachings. It is in this spirit of deep gratitude and stubborn optimism for the continuation of our teachers that we offer you this audio journey of The Deep Time Walk.   Enjoy!   —   Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now!   Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter: Signals Amidst The Noise   —   Mentioned links from the episode:   READ: Zen and The Art of Saving The Planet by Thich Nhat Hanh LISTEN: The Way Out is In Podcast (A Podcast Co-Produced by Global Optimism) DOWNLOAD: The Deep Time Walk App CHECK OUT: The Deep Time Walk Field Kit LEARN MORE: Deep Time Walk Project   —   Thank you to our guest this week, Dr. Stephan Harding! Dr. Stephan Harding Deep Ecology Research Fellow | Senior Lecturer in Holistic Science  Author of Animate Earth and Gaia Alchemy   LINKS:   Schumacher College Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | LinkedIn   Deep Time Walk Website — Keep up with Christiana Figueres here: Instagram | Twitter   Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   Paul Dickinson: LinkedIn | Twitter   —    Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
01/02/22·58m 32s

135. No Substitute For Nature with Zac Goldsmith

There’s no pathway to capping our global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius without protecting and restoring nature. That’s the lay of the land according to The Rt Hon Lord Goldsmith, Minister for the Pacific and the International Environment - our final guest for 2021. At the close of a year that’s seen enormous momentum to incorporate forests and land use well and truly into the climate agenda, Lord Goldsmith shares insights into the context and his vision for the next twelve months. So, where do we stand now? Among the remarkable outcomes of COP26 was a commitment to halting and reversing forest loss and land degradation by 2030. Signed by 141 countries, the Glasgow Leaders’ Declaration on Forest and Land Use covers an incredible 90 percent of global forest. We also saw meaningful progress at this year’s Convention on Biological Diversity in Kunming. And the direction of travel? Our ultimate challenge and goal, Lord Goldsmith says, is to reconcile our economy with our natural world – and now has to be the turning point. So! Join us for a reflection on some major moments on the podcast this past year and a look into this turning point moment. Can we reduce emissions by 7% each consecutive year from here on out? And - we have a holiday-themed song this year as our last song of the season! A special acoustic performance of “It’s Christmas” by Callum Beattie. Stick around for it! Thank you for a great season!   —   Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now! Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter: Signals Amidst The Noise   —   Mentioned links from the episode:   Read: Glasgow Leaders’ Declaration On Forests and Land Use Donate: Steps To Hope   —   Thank you to our guest this week:   Zac Goldsmith (Rt Hon Lord) Minister for the Pacific and the International Environment Twitter   UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Twitter | LinkedIn    Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office Twitter | LinkedIn   —   Callum Beattie is our musical guest!   Callum Beattie Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | Website | Music   DONATE: Steps To Hope   Steps To Hope Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Donate   —   Keep up with Christiana Figueres here: Instagram | Twitter   Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   Paul Dickinson: LinkedIn | Twitter   —   Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
20/12/21·1h 4m

134. Shifting Mindsets and Systems with Jennifer Morgan

In this week’s episode we continue our series debriefing COP26 and take a look at the climate movement for their perspective on the outcomes of the Glasgow Climate Pact. Staying optimistic and fighting for climate justice - because indeed our lives depend on it - is a rightful approach to the conversation. And yet, the clock is ticking. What’s the reality behind fast-tracking our path to only a 1.5 world? Today, we talk to Jennifer Morgan, Executive Director at Greenpeace International, who joins us to discuss how shifting mindsets and systems are crucial in finding alternative development models and dismantling systems of oppression. Jennifer lays out how we can rebuild trust between those on the proverbial “inside” and “outside”. Because, whilst we have seen a huge coming together of stakeholders, movements and mindsets, this conversation focuses on understanding why we hear some voices proclaim a historic and generational win, while others voice a more depleted and disappointed point of view at the lack of urgency and responsibility by those in positions of power. The reality is that both are true. Join us in piecing together the puzzle and understanding deeper our role in the movement as a podcast.  And don’t miss IDER, our musical artist with their song, BORED- a song born out of frustration  at the profit structures behind corporate power and false advertising.   —   Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now! Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter: Signals Amidst The Noise   —   Mentioned links from the episode:   From Paul: A Climate of Concern (“When Shell was Greenpeace”) From Paul: Lawsuit - The People of California vs Big Oil   DONATE: Greenpeace International   —   Thank you to our guest this week:   Jennifer Morgan | Executive Director of Greenpeace International Twitter | LinkedIn   Greenpeace Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | Instagram | LinkedIn   DONATE to Greenpeace   —   The incredible Ider is our musical guest this week!   Ider Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Website | Bandcamp | Spotify | Apple Music   —   Keep up with Christiana Figueres here: Instagram | Twitter   Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   Paul Dickinson: LinkedIn | Twitter   —   Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
16/12/21·1h 7m

133. Innovative Finance to Fast-Forward Climate Solutions with Hiro Mizuno

COP26 saw announcement after announcement from the financial sector, but we have questions. First off, why the sudden wake-up? What will follow? And, critically, will it be enough to address the climate crisis? Here to help us make sense of the fast-moving developments is Hiro Mizuno, Special Envoy of U.N Secretary-General on Innovative Finance and Sustainable Investments. Hiro shares his deep insights into the financial landscape since the shift towards recognition of the systemic risk posed by the climate crisis. Reaching back to the Industrial Revolution, Hiro talks us through the role of the finance industry in accelerating change. Financial institutions’ competitive nature may well drive their transition to net-zero business models and portfolios – but it’ll be the next twelve months that prove the worth of the COP26 announcements, Hiro reminds us. Covering regulation, GFANZ, public trust, carbon pricing, and much more, this is a wide-ranging conversation not to be missed.   —   Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now! Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter: Signals Amidst The Noise   —   Thank you to our guest this week, Hiro Mizuno!   Hiro Mizuno Special Envoy of U.N Secretary-General | Innovative Finance + Sustainable Investments Twitter   United Nations Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | LinkedIn   SDGs Twitter | Instagram   —   Keep up with Christiana Figueres here: Instagram | Twitter   Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   Paul Dickinson: LinkedIn | Twitter   —   Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
13/12/21·39m 28s

132. Getting Over The Line at COP26 with Alok Sharma

Countries have stepped up. Projected emission trajectories have come down. But let’s be real for a moment- We are still not doing enough, fast enough. So what did this year's host of the COP26 get right, and what is still in play as we prepare for COP27? Today we talk with Alok Sharma, President of COP26 and the man in the spotlight of the Glasgow negotiations just a few weeks back. As Alok takes us back through his experience at COP26 keeping 1.5°C front and center, the grounding truth of how The Glasgow Pact directly impacts the lives and livelihoods of millions of people becomes crystal clear. In this episode we hear from his perspective how fighting climate change must be both a personal experience and global effort, and how building trust was a precious commodity in the discussions, holding the key to all the parties mutually agreeing to get an agreement over the line. But, how is this hard-earned political trust perceived outside the negotiation halls? It seems an increasingly challenging task to ensure that this is communicated in a digestible way to all the stakeholders working tirelessly for the phasing out of fossil fuels, climate justice, adaptation, as well as loss and damage. Listen in to discover the presidency’s plans on how to ensure that no small piece of the process allows it all to tumble down like a big jenga tower. And stick around after the conversation for a cinematic musical experience with Sarah Class!   —   Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now! Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter: Signals Amidst The Noise   —   Mentioned links from the episode: WATCH: Sister True Dedication’s TED Talk   —   Thank you to our guest this week, the Right Honorable Alok Sharma MP!   Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP COP26 President Twitter | Instagram   —   Sarah Class is our musical guest this week!   Sarah Class Twitter | Facebook | Instagram   WATCH: ‘Resonate’ Official Music Video DONATE: The World Land Trust   —   Keep up with Christiana Figueres here: Instagram | Twitter   Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   Paul Dickinson: LinkedIn | Twitter   —   Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
09/12/21·59m 15s

131. Being Smartly Selfish is Selfless with President Carlos Alvarado

¡Feliz Día de la Abolición del Ejército en Costa Rica! Happy Military Abolition Day in Costa Rica! Every year on December 1st, the country of Costa Rica celebrates the day that Christiana’s father and former Costa Rican president, José Figueres Ferrer, abolished their national army and redirected that part of the national budget to biodiversity and education. This year marks the 73rd anniversary!  So with that in mind, we take a break from our COP26 reflections to speak with President Carlos Alvarado of Costa Rica! With over 50% of their country re-forested, an energy grid that is 99.5% renewables, and ZERO investments in weapons or military, Costa Rica is a model for how to lead sustainably in a world of compounding crises. How does Costa Rica do it, and what can other countries learn from this example? May we all be more like Costa Rica! And! Stick around ‘til the end for a soulful tune from musical artist Bobby Bazini!   —   Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now! Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter: Signals Amidst The Noise   —   Mentioned links from the episode: Listen: The Way Out Is In Podcast   __   Thank you to our guest this week:   Carlos Alvarado Quesada President | Costa Rica Instagram | Facebook | Twitter   —   The incredible Bobby Bazini is our musical guest this week!   Bobby Bazini Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Website | Tour Dates   —   Keep up with Christiana Figueres here: Instagram | Twitter   Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   Paul Dickinson: LinkedIn | Twitter   —   Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
02/12/21·56m 1s

130. Opening Hearts with Elizabeth Wathuti

With the ink still drying on The Glasgow Pact, we’re already hearing the results from Glasgow being labeled in binary terms like “Success” and “Failure” While we know that some stunning pledges and progressive language in the Pact came from some of the negotiations, it is also true that historically these pledges have not been met completely, or have been missed entirely. Full stop. So with millions of humans suffering under the systemic injustice of rising global emissions, how do we meet this moment to reduce those global emissions and break those unjust systems of oppression? And how does the COP process make those necessary changes politically possible? And in the next eight years?! Maybe it’s as simple as starting with silence. This week we speak with Elizabeth Wathuti, environmentalist and climate activist from Kenya. She is the founder and president of Green Generation Initiative, and Head of Campaigns and Daima Consortium Coordinator for the Wangari Maathai Foundation. Elizabeth brought the house down at COP26 this year with her speech in which she led a moment of silence followed by the urgency to every Head of State in the room to “ please open your hearts”. You won’t want to miss what she has to say to us on the show! Stick around ‘til the end for an incredible music track from Knomad Spock! _ Excerpt from Elizabeth Wathuti's speech at COP26, reproduced courtesy of the UN. Excerpt from the Opening Ceremony of the World Leaders Summit at COP26, November 2021. Available here: Elizabeth Wathuti at COP26 “Please Open Your Hearts” Speech — Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now! Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter: Signals Amidst The Noise — Mentioned links from the episode: Read: Martin Wolf’s piece in The FT __ Thank you to our guest this week, Elizabeth Wathuti! Elizabeth Wathuti Environmentalist | Climate Activist Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | LinkedIn — The incredible Knomad Spock is our musical guest this week! Knomad Spock Twitter | Facebook | Instagram — Keep up with Christiana Figueres here: Instagram | Twitter Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn Paul Dickinson: LinkedIn | Twitter — Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
25/11/21·1h 6m

129. COP26: Glasgow Pact and Ready to Go Further

Yesterday, nearly 200 countries agreed to adopt The Glasgow Climate Pact after a roller coaster of a COP26...and this is a really big deal. From agreeing to reduce global dependence on coal, to speeding up the end of fossil fuel subsidies, this is progress on paper. But how far does it go to keep our 1.5C target front and center? This week, our hosts dig through a few key details of the agreement, including the new commitment for every country to revisit and strengthen their emissions reductions plans together at COP27, instead of in 5 years time as previously required. So let’s take a collective breath, get a good look at this thing, and find out where we go from here. Stick around to the end for a special “Pass The Mic” segment we are sharing, which highlights some of the voices we heard around the corridors and in the streets of Glasgow during COP26.   —   Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now! Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter: Signals Amidst The Noise   —   COP26 - UN Climate Change Conference Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   —   Keep up with Christiana Figueres here: Instagram | Twitter   Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   Paul Dickinson is on LinkedIn! LinkedIn   —   Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
15/11/21·58m 45s

128. COP26 Halfway Point: A City of Two Tales With Nigel Topping

It's the halfway point of the COP26 climate discussions in Glasgow, UK! Pledges over the past week from world leaders could be transformational, keeping the Paris Agreement's ambition in reach. The devil is in the detail of delivery and, As we head into the second week of the negotiations, government Ministers and negotiators get down to business, with final agreements due to land on Saturday this week. Momentum from the pledges of the past week reverberated around the world, yet the youth movement, alongside many of the most vulnerable nations showed  how much further we have to go.  On this episode we take stock with a great friend of the show, the UK's High Level Climate Action Champion, Nigel Topping. Start your week with our digest of what's happened and what needs to happen next. — Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now! Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter: Signals Amidst The Noise — WATCH: Livestream COP26 from anywhere — Nigel Topping High Level Climate Action Champion for COP26 Twitter | LinkedIn | Instagram — Race to Zero Twitter | LinkedIn COP26 - UN Climate Change Conference Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn — Keep up with Christiana Figueres here: Instagram | Twitter Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn Paul Dickinson is on LinkedIn! LinkedIn — Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
08/11/21·32m 29s

127. Live from COP26! Energy For People and Planet

Coming to you LIVE from Energy Day at COP26! So, energy and climate change. Where should we start? With both the IEA World Energy Outlook and the IPCC AR6 Scientific assessment that came out this year declaring that coal has peaked, we also know that gas and then oil must also peak and see their way to the museums, as Christiana would say. 1.5C has been the only north star at COP26 to doing things like consigning coal to history, and every step towards decarbonizing our economy paints a clearer and clearer understanding more than ever before that we have to start now to cut emissions in one half by 2030 and restore and protect nature, at the same time. But how does this apply to the developing world? The right to development is unquestionable, morally and also economically. But whilst those in rich and middle income countries received energy from fossil fuel sources that enabled their development, the situation that put us in is forcing us to think differently about providing clean, low carbon, and affordable energy to ensure societies that are bearing climate impacts the most harshly are also given an equal and equitable pathway to develop. So where do we begin to provide accessible, clean, affordable energy to all? What are the challenges, what are the benefits, how will this new fund support billions of people to live better lives - and how fast can it be achieved? Tune in to find out!   —   Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now! Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter: Signals Amidst The Noise   —   Links Mentioned in the Show:   LISTEN: Check out our new Shortcast with Blinkist!   —   Thank you to our Guests this week!   Rebekah Shirley Director of Research, Data & Innovation, World Resources Institute Africa Twitter   Andrew Steer President & CEO, Bezos Earth Fund Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Rhajiv Shah President of the Rockefeller Foundation Twitter | Facebook | Instagram   Rockefeller Foundation Twitter | Facebook | Instagram   Per Heggenes CEO of the IKEA Foundation LinkedIn   Ikea Foundation Facebook | Twitter | Instagram   —   Race to Zero Twitter | LinkedIn   COP26 - UN Climate Change Conference Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   —   Keep up with Christiana Figueres here: Instagram | Twitter   Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   Paul Dickinson is on LinkedIn! LinkedIn   —   Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
05/11/21·43m 42s

126. COP26! All Eyes on 1.5

The World Leaders Summit at COP26 has happened...So what happened, exactly? A LOT. This week, we cover it all in a laid-back-waiting-for-takeaway-to-arrive style conversation with our hosts. We’ll cover updated pledges and commitments on: An End to Deforestation by 2030 Methane reductions India’s Net Zero 2070 target We also get into inclusion and representation of the Global South, and how we went from 50% of global emissions covered by a Net Zero target at the beginning of this year, to yesterday it being 89%. So sit back, relax, and dig in!   —   Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now! Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter: Signals Amidst The Noise   —   Links Mentioned in the Show:   READ: Vanessa Nakate for TIME READ: Beware: Gaia may destroy humans before we destroy the Earth by James Lovelock READ: The Case for Climate Reparations by David Wallace-Wells WATCH + READ: COP26 Must Keep 1.5 Degrees Celsius Goal Alive by UN Secretary-General António Guterres WATCH: Pope Francis says Costa Rican coffee “is the best in the world.”   —   Race to Zero Twitter | LinkedIn   COP26 - UN Climate Change Conference Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   —   Keep up with Christiana Figueres here: Instagram | Twitter   Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   Paul Dickinson is on LinkedIn! LinkedIn   —   Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
03/11/21·34m 46s

125. Banking on Net Zero with Noel Quinn

The way to Net Zero is through the bank. One of the major questions at COP26 is, “How are we going to finance the transition to Net Zero?” From shifting investments away from fossil fuels, to boosting the speed and scale of green companies bringing forward the necessary solutions to creating a sustainable future for people and planet. ...And profit.   This week, we’re joined by Group Chief Executive of HSBC, Noel Quinn. He recently committed HSBC, with an impressive $3 trillion balance sheet, to have a completely Net Zero portfolio by 2050, and have their own supply chain and operations Net Zero by 2030. All the while significantly expanding their investment in green finance, creating a philanthropic program and clean technology venture fund. We are also joined this week by guest co-host Kelly Clark, Director of Finance & Capital Market Transformation at The Laudes Foundation. Her day job is reimagining our current economic system and redefining value to go beyond shareholder interest. It’s a fascinating conversation and essential to bring about the radical systems change we need to see. Join us!   —   Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now! Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter: Signals Amidst The Noise   —   Links Mentioned in the Show:   LEARN: GFANZ WATCH: Livestream COP26 from anywhere READ: Noel Quinn’s letter on Net Zero   —   Thank you to our Guest & Guest Co-host this week!   Noel Quinn Group Chief Executive | HSBC LinkedIn   HSBC Website | Twitter   Kelly Clark Director Finance & Capital Market Transformation | Laudes Foundation LinkedIn   Laudes Foundation Twitter | ​​Website   —   Race to Zero Twitter | LinkedIn   COP26 - UN Climate Change Conference Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   —   Keep up with Christiana Figueres here: Instagram | Twitter   Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   Paul Dickinson is on LinkedIn! LinkedIn   —   Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
02/11/21·51m 46s

124. We Need To Talk About China

China.  On one hand, the country is the world’s largest source of carbon emissions, an economic and political powerhouse resting on a thick cloud of hydrocarbon pollution, contrary to the goals of the Paris Agreement. On the other hand, President Xi Jinping has set the stage for China to emerge as an environmental leader, with the highest reforestation rate in the world; it makes and buys more electric cars than any other country by far; and is the world’s top renewable energy investor for the eighth consecutive year, including manufacturing 80% of solar cells globally. It is clear that China has the power to determine whether we can limit global temperature rise  to 1.5 degrees celsius. As we head into the COP26 international climate discussions, all eyes will be on the indomitable diplomatic skills of China and America’s special envoys for climate, Xie Xanhau and John Kerry, who brought about significant pact between the world’s two top polluters that significantly influenced the success of the Paris Agreement.  This week we talk with Peggy Liu, a leading catalyst of a greener China and Former Prime Minister of Australia and President of the Asia Society, Kevin Rudd, who offers deep insight into China’s climate goals and trajectory of travel, gleaned over 35 years of working with the Chinese Government.   Enjoy the show! — Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now! Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter: Signals Amidst The Noise — Thank you to our guests this week, Peggy Liu and Kevin Rudd! Peggy Liu Chair of JUCCCE, board member of Drawdown, Governor of Hillary Institute Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn JUCCCE Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn | Vimeo Kevin Rudd Former PM of Australia, President of the Asia Society. Twitter | Linktr.ee Asia Society Twitter | Asia Society Asia Society Policy Institute Twitter |  — Keep up with Christiana Figueres here: Instagram | Twitter Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn Paul Dickinson: LinkedIn | Twitter — Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
29/10/21·48m 1s

123. Ramping Up for COP26! with Matthew Phillips

If you haven’t heard, COP26 is about to happen. This week we embrace the complexity that is a COP (Conference of the Parties), and try to frame what is going to happen in the next 2 weeks so we don’t lose focus on limiting global heating to 1.5C. We’re joined by Communications Director of COP25 & COP26 Climate Champions, Matthew Phillips. Matthew is inextricably linked with the process of COP26 and shares his wisdom and unique insight into what a successful COP26 looks like. So if you’re thinking about the logistical nightmares of COP26, what the Heads of State might say, how NDCs are going, or how inequities are being addressed at the COP this year, this conversation is for you. Stay til the end for a beautiful soundscape of children’s voices from Positive Imaginings. Enjoy! —   Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now! Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter: Signals Amidst The Noise   —   Links Mentioned in the Show:   WATCH: TED Countdown   Learn More: Rowanbank Environmental & Arts Education   LISTEN: Positive Imaginings Children’s Soundscape   —   Thank you to our Guest Co-host this week!    Matthew Phillips Communications Director | Climate Champions Twitter   High Level Climate Champions Twitter    —   Race to Zero Twitter | LinkedIn   COP26 - UN Climate Change Conference Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   —   Keep up with Christiana Figueres here: Instagram | Twitter   Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   Paul Dickinson is on LinkedIn! LinkedIn   —   Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
28/10/21·43m 55s

122. What The Hale?! Introducing the Net Zero Tracker with Thomas Hale

Tom Hale is BACK and here to announce the official Launch of the Net Zero Tracker! So yes - this week we have Associate Professor in Global Public Policy at Oxford University, Tom Hale, who joined us back in March of this year discussing the launch of a report “Taking Stock of commitments to Net Zero”. That report put a spotlight on the credibility of a wave of government and business net zero commitments at the time. He is now returning more triumphant than ever with a significant update - The launch of a publicly available Net Zero Tracker! It’s a big deal. Our host, Paul Dickinson jumps in to ask, What the Hale IS the Net Zero Tracker? And how is it creating radical transparency that will lead to actually limiting global heating to 1.5C? In tandem with the Net Zero Tracker is a new release as well, The Net Zero Dashboard Codebook - Filled with terms to bring absolute clarity to Net Zero pledges, promises, and commitments...so what the Hale do all these terms mean? Stick around for our classic Lightning Round. The Race to Zero continues!   —   Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now! Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter: Signals Amidst The Noise   —   Links Mentioned in the Show:   Net Zero Tracker UNEP Gap Report Oxford English Dictionary Climate Words Added NYT Visualization of Emissions Pre-Paris vs Current vs Pledged vs Necessary for 1.5C   —   Thank you to our guest this week!    Thomas Hale Associate Professor in Global Public Policy at Oxford University Twitter | Website   Blavatnik School of Government Twitter   Net Zero Tracker Twitter | Website   —   Race to Zero Twitter | LinkedIn   COP26 - UN Climate Change Conference Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   —   Keep up with Christiana Figueres here: Instagram | Twitter   Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   Paul Dickinson is on LinkedIn! LinkedIn   —   Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
27/10/21·28m 5s

121. Small Countries, Big Vision with Nicola Sturgeon

*inhales deeply* Fresh off the TED Countdown Stage and moments after the ‘Green Carpet’ at The Earthshot Prize Awards 2021 AND a week and a half away from COP26 - Has there ever been a more exciting moment? This week we give our first-hand experience at TED Countdown, discussing ‘the moment’ and what followed when Christiana was moderating a discussion on the TED stage about our theories of change with Ben van Beurden, Chris James and Lauren MacDonald. Also Christiana and Tom recall a few exciting moments from the Earthshot Prize Awards and the future investment in scaling these 5 award winning solutions to meet our rapidly approaching climate targets. In an incredible interview, our very special guest this week is First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon. We met her at her residence in Edinburgh to discuss this new vision she has for small countries collaborating on climate action, and the phenomenal TED Talk she had just delivered (ensured by a standing ovation). Tom says, “it was one of the best I’ve ever seen.” And in perfect harmony with this week’s subject- An amazing song this week from DIVEST - we hear them play ‘Something’s About to Change’. It’s really, really good. Enjoy the show!   —   Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now! Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter: Signals Amidst The Noise   —   Mentioned links from the episode:   Absolutely Required Viewing: Decarbonizing fossil fuels: An unedited discussion from TED Countdown Summit Follow Up Read: Christiana Figueres reflects on the emotionally charged climate debate that riveted TED Watch: The Earthshot Prize Awards 2021   __ Thank you to our guest this week, Nicola Sturgeon!   Nicola Sturgeon First Minister of Scotland Twitter   Office of the First Minister Twitter   Scottish Government Twitter   Net Zero Scotland Twitter   —   The incredible DIVEST was is our musical guest this week   DIVEST Facebook | Bandcamp | Instagram | Twitter   Give them a follow and check out their new EP - Mercury Retrograde   —   Keep up with Christiana Figueres here: Instagram | Twitter   Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   Paul Dickinson: LinkedIn | Twitter   —   Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
21/10/21·50m 57s

120. Taking Business Net Positive with Paul Polman & Andrew Winston

For the first time ever, we are all in-person bringing you this episode from the TED Countdown Summit in Edinburgh! TED Countdown is an event that officially kicked off on 12th October and encompasses four days of inspiring talks, collaboration, connections and commitments to meaningful action for a better world ahead of COP26. Our guest today is Paul Polman, return Outrage + Optimism guest and a celebrated business leader who made sustainability the heart of a global consumer business’ growth agenda in his former role as CEO of Unilever. He is joined by one of the most widely read, published and acclaimed writers on sustainability, Andrew Winston, to talk about the new book the two have co-authored, “Net Positive: How Courageous Companies Thrive by Giving More Than They Take”.   We unpack the ways the book re-frames how business can put a lasting end inequality and climate change. Can every business be Net Positive? Find out! Stick around for a track of epic proportions from musical guest, WACO.   —   Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now! Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter: Signals Amidst The Noise   __   Mentioned links from the episode:   Go buy Paul + Andrew’s new book: Net Positive: How Courageous Companies Thrive by Giving More Than They Take   TED Countdown! Blog (Day 2) | Twitter | Instagram   Clay Recommends - Visualizing Climate Change: An Open Call For Photography __ Thank you to our guests this week, Paul Polman and Andrew Winston!   Paul Polman Influencer, business leader, campaigner Twitter | LinkedIn    Andrew Winston Writer, Adviser/Speaker on Megatrends & Sustainability, Consultant on Corporate Strategy Twitter | LinkedIn —   Amazing music this week was from WACO!   WACO Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Spotify   You gotta see their punkishly cosmic music video for “A New Future”   They have a physical copy of their latest record for sale out on Venn Records, made from leftover waste vinyl: “Hope Rituals” - Buy It!   Sales will be donated to Beyond Gender - Please check out the work they are doing to create a fairer and safer society.   —   Keep up with Christiana Figueres here: Instagram | Twitter   Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   Paul Dickinson: LinkedIn | Twitter   —   Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
14/10/21·50m 35s

119. Dealing with Climate Grief with Luisa Neubauer

With only 99 months left until 2030, and COP26 in less than 1, time is ticking on 1.5. And young people know it. So today, a timely and relevant conversation with Climate Activist, and return guest to Outrage + Optimism, Luisa Neubauer. This time, focusing on climate change and its impact on the mental health and outlook on the future of young people everywhere. The backdrop to the conversation with Luisa are two recently published studies (One from The Lancet, another from Science.org) examining the psychological effect of climate induced anxiety and perceived government inaction on our youth, and their current and future lived experience of the impact of climate change. We also consider causes for optimism at the other end of the spectrum as The Eartshot Prize has announced its finalists and is featuring a high profile TV series focusing on the regenerative and transformative projects from small community efforts to public policy driven national initiatives. A just future is possible. What will we choose?   Hit play, join us for the conversation, and stick around for musical guest this week is the one and only Gizmo Varillas!   —   Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now! Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter: Signals Amidst The Noise   —   Mentioned links from the episode:   Earthshot The TV Series featuring Christiana Figueres is now available to view on Discovery+ and BBC iPlayer! TEDCountdown Summit is next week! Climate Grief and Anxiety Studies: Young People's Voices on Climate Anxiety, Government Betrayal and Moral Injury: A Global Phenomenon Intergenerational Inequities in Exposure to Climate Extremes   Check out the incredible activists Christiana and Paul met in Dubai:   HE Dr. Nawal Al-Hosany permanent representative of the UAE to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   The UAE Mission to IRENA Twitter | Instagram    Nisreen Elsaim Chair, UN Secretary General's Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change Twitter | LinkedIn | Instagram   Heeta Lakhani Global Focal Point, YOUNGO and Director, UmeUs United Pvt. Ltd. Twitter | LinkedIn | Instagram   Children and Youth constituency to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (YOUNGO) Twitter | Linktr.ee | Website | Instagram   Climate Change Conference of Youth (COY16) Twitter | Website | Instagram   A recommendation from Clay: Go listen to ‘The Flock’ - An epic audio drama about rising up against environmental destruction - From the view of birds!   —   Thank you to our guest this week, Luisa Neubauer!   Luisa Neubauer Twitter | Instagram   Check out her podcast: 1.5 Degrees And of course, her incredible TED Talk Learn more about Fridays For Future   —   Amazing music this week was from Gizmo Varillas!   Gizmo Varillas Music | Website | Vinyl   —   Keep up with Christiana Figueres here: Instagram | Twitter   Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   Paul Dickinson: LinkedIn | Twitter   —   Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
07/10/21·47m 11s

118. Protecting Our Planet with Cristián Samper

You probably heard last week was Climate Week and UNGA. But, what actually happened? To cover it all, we get into the cornucopia of methane reduction announcements from countries across the world, a quick update on China, and a special focus this week on the announcement of the ‘Protecting Our Planet Challenge’, an announcement that saw 9 philanthropic organisations, including the Bezos Earth Fund, collectively commit $5 billion of funds to the 30x30 campaign.  We explore what this funding announcement means for the campaign, what effect this could have on government ambition and commitment to biodiversity as we gear up for COP26, and how this is a goal every single one of us can unite behind. Joining us this week is Cristián Samper, President and CEO of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Cristián played a key role in convening the 9 organizations to launch the Protecting Our Planet Challenge. It marks the largest-ever philanthropic commitment to nature conservation and a significant step in addressing the triple crisis that threatens our planet – climate change, nature loss and economic insecurity. Thanks for listening! Stick around ‘til the end for a live performance of 'Ocean' by special musical guest Palmaria!   —   Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now! Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter: Signals Amidst The Noise   —   Mentioned links from the episode:   Go watch Global Citizen Live! Read the Sierra Club’s rundown of ‘Climate Night'   —   Thank you to our guest this week:    Cristián Samper President and CEO | Wildlife Conservation Society Twitter   Wildlife Conservation Society LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook | Website   Bezos Earth Fund  Website | Twitter | Instagram   High Ambition Coalition (HAC)  for Nature & People (30x30 campaign) Website | Twitter   —   Amazing music this week was from Palmaria!   Palmaria Instagram | Facebook | YouTube | Website   Listen to 'Ocean'   Also, check out their live performance music video for ‘Ocean’!     —   Keep up with Christiana Figueres here: Instagram | Twitter   Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   Paul Dickinson: LinkedIn | Twitter   —   Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
30/09/21·46m 21s

117. The Seeds Are Sown for a Food Revolution with Agnes Kalibata

Following the success of UN Food Systems Summit, or as it’s also known- “The People’s Summit” we get a chance to speak to the driving force behind it, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Food Systems Summit, Agnes Kalibata. Formerly Rwanda’s Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) from 2008 to 2014, she drove programs that moved her country to food security helping to lift more than a million Rwandans out of poverty. Now as Special Envoy, her efforts toward progress of the delivery of the SDGs, and to prioritise Food Systems in the global conversation around climate change are coming to a 2 year culmination. Besides this summit being the first time the UN has called a summit dedicated to food systems, it is engaging more than 100,000 people from 147 countries through 900 independent multi-stakeholder dialogues on food system transformation. UN Summits are often mostly prepared statements by member states. This move to put people and dialogue at the center was a radical return to destroying our siloed thinking when it comes to global issues. The Food Revolution begins with a Thought Revolution, and people are at the heart of systemic change.   —   Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now! Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter: Signals Amidst The Noise   __   Mentioned links from the episode: Check out Friday For Future’s #UprootTheSystem   __ Thank you to our guests this week:    Dr Agnes Kalibata UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy | 2021 Food Systems Summit Twitter | LinkedIn   UN Food Systems Summit 2021 Facebook | Twitter |  Website   —   Keep up with Christiana Figueres here: Instagram | Twitter   Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   Paul Dickinson: LinkedIn | Twitter   —   Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
24/09/21·28m 24s

116. Setting The Table for a Food Revolution

Welcome to the first episode in a brand new series on The Future of Food!   Today, this episode coincides with a very important international gathering, the first of its kind at the United Nations. Known as the UN Food Systems Summit, formally, it is also called The People’s Summit. During this ongoing series we will seek to unlock the many changes needed to enable each sector – government, corporations and citizens to ask themselves, “How can we contribute to a transformative movement for an inclusive, regenerative and circular society where access to nutritious food is a right we actually realize for every single person?” But before we eat, we need to set the table. We’re joined on this episode by:   Dr. David Nabarro Co-Director | Imperial College of London Institute of Global Health Innovation  Senior Advisor | Food Systems Summit Dialogues  Strategic Director | 4SD Switzerland  Special Envoy of WHO Director General for COVID19   Johan Rockström Director | Potsdam Institute of Climate Impact Research   Dr. Gunhild A Stordalen Founder & Executive Chair | EAT   These incredible guests help us explore in-depth the challenges and opportunities our current food system faces, and show us why getting food right might just be the key to unlocking our path to achieving our 2030 goals.   —   Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now! Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter: Signals Amidst The Noise   __   Mentioned links from the episode: Global Citizen is streaming a 24 hour concert live from Central Park on Saturday, Sept 25 Watch BTS do their thing at UNGA The 500-foot Sea Creature will be scaling the UN Facade this week Fridays For Future is hosting a Climate Strike on Friday, Sept 24. Find your local strike here Be sure to catch up on Climate Night which aired Live on Sept. 22   __ Thank you to our guests this week:    UN Food Systems Summit  Website | Twitter   Dr David Nabarro Co-Director | Imperial College of London Institute of Global Health Innovation  Senior Advisor | Food Systems Summit Dialogues  Strategic Director | 4SD Switzerland  Special Envoy of WHO Director General for COVID19 Twitter    4SD  Website | Twitter | Facebook     Johan Rockström Director | Potsdam Institute of Climate Impact Research Twitter    Potsdam Institute of Climate Impact Research (PIK) Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn     Dr Gunhild A Stordalen Founder & Executive Chair | EAT Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn   EAT Foundation Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn   —   Keep up with Christiana Figueres here: Instagram | Twitter   Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   Paul Dickinson: LinkedIn | Twitter   —   Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
23/09/21·1h

115. Turning Around in a Storm with David Shukman

Our struggle with the Climate Crisis begins with naming it, facing it, and engaging it. Last week, the latest NDC Synthesis Report published showed that global emissions are on track to rise by 16% by 2030. With science screaming at the top of its lungs to get us to cut emissions 50% by 2030 to avoid catastrophic warming and climate tipping points, this 16% number says unequivocally, “we are headed in the wrong direction” as BBC Science Editor David Shukman tells us on today’s episode. So that’s where we’re at. How do we face this moment with stubborn optimism? Tom dials up David to wrestle with the reality of how short our NDCs are of achieving the Paris Goals, and what mindset and ambition it will take to get our world’s biggest emitters to transparently confront this issue and reverse the course of rising emissions.   —   Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now! Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter: Signals Amidst The Noise   —   Links mentioned in the episode:   NDC Synthesis Report Climate change: UN warning over nations' climate plans - David Shukman Young People's Voices on Climate Anxiety, Government Betrayal and Moral Injury: A Global Phenomenon   —   Thanks to our guest this week:   David Shukman Science Editor | BBC News Twitter   —   Join the conversation online:   Christiana Figueres Instagram | Twitter   Tom Rivett-Carnac Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   Paul Dickinson LinkedIn | Twitter   —   Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
21/09/21·27m 4s

114. 30x30: Nature Needs More with Rita El Zaghloul

Today, only 15 percent of land and 7 percent of our ocean are protected. Nature needs more. The science is very clear – to prevent a mass extinction crisis, support a growing global population, and address climate change, we must conserve at least 30% of the planet by 2030. ...So why now? The science is very, very clear - If we act now we can limit the disaster, and we could even reverse the trends of climate change in an equitable, just fashion. But how? This week we’re joined by Rita El Zaghloul, Coordinator of the High Ambition Coalition (HAC) for Nature & People on behalf of Costa Rica. She is the driving force behind ambition at The HAC’s 30x30 campaign, slamming the pedal to the metal on their aim to agree to this plan at the COP15 Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in October. The best part about it? It centers indigenous leadership and indigenous rights, while mobilizing financial resources both publicly and privately to ensure protected areas are properly managed, all the while protecting at least 30% of the planet by 2030; We know our situation is dire. But we also know it’s going to take everything (aka Nature) and everyone (aka People) to keep us below 1.5 degrees. The HAC’s 30x30 campaign is one of the roadmaps there.  Nature is counting on us. What future will we choose? — Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now! Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter: Signals Amidst The Noise — Our Guest This Week: Rita El Zaghloul Coordinator of the High Ambition Coalition for Nature & People on behalf of Costa Rica Twitter | LinkedIn   High Ambition Coalition (HAC)  for Nature & People Website | Twitter — Musical Guest This week: Mr Bruce Instagram | YouTube   You need to watch Mr Bruce’s BRAND NEW video for I Am Disaster Sign the petition to recognize the legal status of climate refugees. — Join the conversation online:   Christiana Figueres Instagram | Twitter   Tom Rivett-Carnac Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   Paul Dickinson LinkedIn | Twitter — Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
16/09/21·37m 1s

113. Time's Up! We Need Everyone to Fight for 1.5

Season 4 is here! The past few months have been astonishing. It’s no news to anyone that climate change is here, right now. In fact, it’s reported by the Washington Post that in the US, nearly 1 in 3 people live in a county hit by a weather disaster in the past three months, and even more terrifying, 2 out of 3 live in a place that experienced a multi-day heatwave. Time is up. We can’t squabble and scapegoat ourselves into a better future. Let’s swallow the alarm clock and take action on climate! — Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now! Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter: Signals Amidst The Noise __ Mentioned links from the episode: Nearly 1 in 3 Americans experienced a weather disaster this summer - Washington Post — Join the conversation online: Christiana Figueres Instagram | Twitter   Tom Rivett-Carnac Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   Paul Dickinson LinkedIn | Twitter —  Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
09/09/21·30m 3s

BONUS: IPCC Report: The Tipping Point for Action with Michael E. Mann

We’re back in your ears for a quick bonus episode on the latest IPCC Report. The heavily anticipated and undeniably influential release of the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report’s Working Group 1 findings came out on Monday. In it, they provide an extraordinarily thorough examination into and warning of the physical science basis of climate change. Christiana and the guys give their gut reactions to the report, and discuss how its findings are the turning point for necessary climate action at COP26. And joining us for this bonus episode to walk us through the release of this report is Distinguished Professor and Director of the Earth System Science Centre at Penn State University, Michael E. Mann, who has previously contributed as a lead author of the IPCC third cycle assessments. This is the moment, there’s no going back. Thanks for listening.   —   We’re planning Season 4 of Outrage + Optimism and we need your views! Give us your opinions in our short survey here to help us make it our strongest season yet. Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now! Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter: Signals Amidst The Noise   __ Mentioned links from the episode:   Read: The Full WG1 AR6 IPCC Report (Caution: It’s like 1000+ pages) Much Easier Read: The Headlines from The WG1 AR6 IPCC Report (2 pages) Watch: Check out the IPCC’s YouTube Channel Play: The IPCC Interactive Atlas   __   Thank you to our guest this week, Michael E. Mann!   Michael E. Mann Distinguished Professor and Director of the Earth System Science Center | Penn State University Twitter | Instagram | Website   Check our Michael E. Mann’s latest book, ‘The New Climate War’   IPCC Social Media & links Twitter | Instagram | Website | Facebook   —   Keep up with Christiana Figueres here: Instagram | Twitter   Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   Paul Dickinson: LinkedIn | Twitter   —   Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
10/08/21·31m 24s

112. The Nature of Nature: Why We Need The Wild with Enric Sala

This week, we take an unflinching look at the impacts of the recent extreme global weather events as they provide a grim backdrop to the G20 meeting in Naples, the informal meeting of ministers representing 51 countries in London at the weekend, and the IPCC summary report by Working Group 1. This highly anticipated report is set to provide the up-to-the-moment science on future warming and future effects of warming. It’s a big deal, especially with of COP26 right around the corner. So, with the lack of consensus on ending fossil fuels subsidies and phasing out coal among the G20 delegates and environmental ministers in London, combined with the anticipated stark report due from the IPCC, leads us to ask: how much more devastation can we suffer before climate change is recognised for the existential threat it poses?   Our guest this week Enric Sala, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, and founder of National Geographic Pristine Seas. He brings us the optimism on protecting our marine life, and how we can avoid mass biodiversity loss and depletion of our fish stock and prevent further catastrophes to human and natural communities, if we act now on 30x30. And later on in the episode, join us for Elle L’s debut avant-pop track, “Hoping”. Thanks for joining us!   —   We’re planning Season 4 of Outrage + Optimism and we need your views! Give us your opinions in our short survey here to help us make it our strongest season yet. Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now! Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter: Signals Amidst The Noise   __   Mentioned links from the episode:   Check out The Dasgupta Report that was issued to help inform governments and business leaders to account for the value of nature’s ecosystem. __   Thank you to our guest this week, Enric Sala!   Enric Sala National Geographic Explorer in Residence | National Geographic Pristine Seas Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn    National Geographic Pristine SeasWebsite | Twitter | Instagram   Go check out Enric’s latest books here   __   Our artist this week is Elle L! Instagram | Twitter    Check out the music video for ‘Hoping’   —   Keep up with Christiana Figueres here: Instagram | Twitter   Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   Paul Dickinson: LinkedIn | Twitter   —   Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
31/07/21·1h 8m

111. New Systems and New Power with Dame Ellen MacArthur & Guest Co-Host Catherine Howarth

This week, The Circular Economy! Currently our economy operates in a linear way. Take, Make, Dispose. It’s based on the industrial revolution, and we know this way of doing things has limits. Some of those limits we are reaching even today. But there’s a different economy we could create. The Circular Economy. This week we explore the ‘Circular Economy’ with #1 Circular Economy advocate, Dame Ellen MacArthur. This brand new economy is all about designing out waste and pollution, keeping products and materials in use, and regenerating natural systems. It incentivizes manufacturers to create and maintain better products, stops the Global North from polluting the Global South, and has the potential to regenerate wildlife and ecosystems that are on the brink of collapsing. And with Christiana and Tom out this week, we invite special guest co-host, Catherine Howarth, CEO of Share Action, to discuss what it will take to encourage regenerative economic practices? Are we at a tipping point right now? Is a green, equitable, regenerative global society finally close to our grasp? And later on in the episode, join us for a soulful acoustic performance of “What Can I Do?” by Rachel Sermanni. Thanks for joining us!   —   Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now!   Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter: Signals Amidst The Noise   __   Mentioned links from the episode: Universal Ownership by Ellen Quigley Tax Pollution, Not People with Ex’Tax   __   Thank you to our guest this week, Dame Ellen Macarthur!   Dame Ellen MacArthur  Founder and Chair of Trustees | Ellen MacArthur Foundation Twitter   Ellen MacArthur Foundation Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | LinkedIn   __   Our artist this week is Rachel Sermanni! Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | Spotify | Website   Live in Bristol or Sheffield? Go See Rachel LIVE Check out her rad music video for “What Can I Do”   —   Thank you to our Guest Co-host, Catherine Howarth!   Catherine Howarth  Chief Executive | ShareAction Twitter | LinkedIn   ShareAction Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn | Instagram | Website   —   Keep up with Christiana Figueres here: Instagram | Twitter   Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   Paul Dickinson: LinkedIn | Twitter   —   Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
22/07/21·58m 31s

110. Building Leaderful Movements with Katie Eder & Guest Co-host Alice Garton

In a week that has seen record temperatures occurring throughout the Pacific Northwest of the United States and Canada, a major hurricane that hit Barbados - the first in 60 years - and one of the warmest winters on record down south in New Zealand, this episode looks at the urgent call to action coming from the younger generation. Their call for transformational change applies not only to climate action, but in delivering meaningful social justice action and revaluating and redefining the very notion of leadership itself. Our special guest this week is Katie Eder, Climate Organizer at Future Coalition. She eloquently describes for us the foundational goal of equity that is at the heart of the youth movement. and how she believes transformational change begins with ‘a leaderful movement’, and is the way to securing climate and social justice goals. Spoiler Alert: This is the secret to the success of the Paris Agreement. Paul is joined this week by guest co-host, Alice Garton, Legal Director for the Foundation for International Law for the Environment. Alice talks through some climate optimism in regards to recent Australian judicial rulings, as well as an optimistic take on the recent Royal Dutch Shell ruling in the Netherlands. And later on in the episode, join us for a great acoustic performance of “The Woman Who Planted Trees” by Emily Barker. Thanks for joining us!   —   Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now! Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter: Signals Amidst The Noise Click here to listen to our previous episode with Wanjira Mathai   __   Links mentioned in the episode: Read: Reason, Rationality and Fiduciary Duty by Steve Lydenberg   __   Thank you to our guest this week, Katie Eder!   Katie Eder Climate Organizer, Future Coalition Instagram   Future Coalition Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook   __   Our artist this week is Emily Barker! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | Website   Check out her latest EP, “Machine”   —   Thank you to our Guest Co-host, Alice Garton!   Alice Garton Director Global Legal Strategy, FILE Twitter | LinkedIn   FILE Foundation Website   Facts and figures on climate litigation: LSE Grantham Global Trends on on Climate Litigation 2021   Links for lawyers and law students looking to use the law to progress the climate transition: Law Students for Climate Accountability Net Zero Lawyers Alliance The Chancery Lane Project PILNET A4ID   Links for citizens looking to participate in climate litigation: Urgenda Global Climate Litigation Holding Your Government’s Accountable for Climate Change Climate Litigation Guide   Australian SHARMA case: Equity Generation Lawyers   Fiduciary Duty: Primer on Climate Change: Directors Duties ACCR commentary on Shell Transition Plan   What citizens Can Do: Wiki Page   —   Keep up with Christiana Figueres here: Instagram | Twitter   Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   Paul Dickinson: LinkedIn | Twitter   —   Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
15/07/21·1h 1m

109. The Race to Resilience!

The Race to Resilience is on! This week has seen another extremely harsh wildfire season and searing temperatures in the global North, Tropical Storm Elsa ripped through the Caribbean, becoming the first hurricane to hit Barbados in 60 years, and way down in the south of the planet, New Zealand has its hottest winter.  It is absolutely vital that the Race to Zero (emissions) and an equally important set of measures for adaptation and resilience be undertaken - at the same time - to allow humanity to thrive in the near and distant future. So what exactly is the Race to Resilience? Join Christiana, Tom and Paul as we explore the links between tackling climate change, protecting and enhancing biodiversity, ensuring ocean health and changing how we use land. Among a few other notable guests, we talk to two city leaders building resilience in two very different communities, addressing local challenges and bringing thousands of citizens together to tackle climate change.   This week you’ll hear from: Elizabeth Mrema, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity Anne-Marie Trevelyan, COP 26 International Champion for Adaptation and Resilience, and UK Energy and Climate Change Minister Enric Sala, National Geographic Explorer in Residence, National Geographic Pristine Seas Mayor Kate Gallego, Mayor of Phoenix, Arizona and Mayor Mohammed Sowah, Mayor of Accra, Ghana   We are racing against time - and rather than allowing fear to paralyse us, let’s use this energy to fuel our spirit and determination. Hit play for your weekly dose of outrage - and stubborn optimism.   — Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now!  Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter: Signals Amidst The Noise  PBS Learning Media melted our hearts with a beautiful film The Age of Nature Join the Race to Zero  Learn more about C40 cities   Click here to listen to the previous episodes of our The Race to Zero Series — Thank you to our guests this week:   Elizabeth Mrema  UN Assistant Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity Twitter   UN Biodiversity Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn | Instagram   Anne-Marie Trevelyan  COP 26 International Champion for Adaptation and Resilience, and UK Energy and Climate Change Minister Twitter   COP 26 Twitter   Enric Sala  National Geographic Explorer in Residence, National Geographic Pristine Seas Twitter | LinkedIn | Instagram   NG Pristine SeasWebsite | Twitter | Instagram   Mayor Kate Gallego  Mayor of Phoenix, Arizona Twitter | Facebook | Instagram   Mayor Mohammed Sowah  Mayor of Accra, Ghana Twitter   —   Keep up with Christiana Figueres here: Instagram | Twitter   Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   Paul Dickinson is on LinkedIn! LinkedIn   —   Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
08/07/21·1h 11m

108. Climate, Fossil Fuels and the Future of Shell with Ben van Beurden

This week, something different. An exclusive interview with Shell CEO, Ben van Beurden. In May 2021, the District Court in The Hague delivered its landmark ruling in the climate change case filed against Royal Dutch Shell (“Shell”). In her ruling on the case, Judge Larisa Alwin ordered Shell to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 45% by 2030 from 2019 levels. The court found that Shell’s existing carbon mitigation strategy was “not concrete and is full of conditions ... that's not enough.” The court also ruled that Shell is responsible for emissions from its customers and suppliers, known as scope 3 emissions, and further that Shell’s activities constituted a threat to the “right to life” and “undisturbed family life,” as set out in the European Convention on Human Rights. So, what next? Pending an appeal to the case, how is Shell going to follow the court ruling to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 45% by 2030? We sit down with Ben van Beurden, CEO of Royal Dutch Shell Plc to discuss what the decisive decade looks like for oil and gas majors.   —   Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now! Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter: Signals Amidst The Noise   __   Catch up on our Race To Zero Series so that you’re ready for next week’s episode!   __   Thank you to our guest this week, Ben van Beurden.   Ben van Beurden Chief Executive Officer, Royal Dutch Shell Plc LinkedIn   Shell Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn You can read Ben’s response to the Dutch Court Ruling here on LinkedIn.   —   Keep up with Christiana Figueres here: Instagram | Twitter   Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   Paul Dickinson! LinkedIn | Twitter   —   Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
03/07/21·1h 6m

BONUS: The Stubborn Optimist's Playlist Vol. 3

Welcome to Volume 3 of The Stubborn Optimist’s Playlist!   Every week on the podcast we feature a musical artist who is thoughtful about the role of art and artists in the climate crisis and this week, we bring you a collection of those artists in playlist form as an extended listening experience.   Enjoy the music!   ___ The Stubborn Optimist’s Playlist Vol. 3:   (1:28) Aaron Frazer - Bad News Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | Spotify   (5:17) Alfred Nomad - Speaking   (6:10) Alfred Nomad - Justice Spotify | Bandcamp | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook   (8:50) Mel Chante - Air Spotify | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Website | Youtube   (11:56) Asher Monroe - Speaking   (12:35) Asher Monroe - Midnight Masquerade Spotify | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Website   (15:53) Milky Chance - We Didn’t Make It To The Moon Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | YouTube   (19:20) Guster - Satellite Spotify | Apple Music | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Website   (23:52) Marie Spaemann - Circles Instagram | Facebook | Website | YouTube   (29:42) Vivii - Speaking   (31:11) Vivii - One Day Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Soundcloud   (35:03) Eliza Shaddad - Blossom Our musical guest this week is Eliza Shaddad! Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | Spotify | Apple Music | YouTube   (38:15) Easy Wanderlings - Dream To Keep Us Going Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Website   —   Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now!   —   Keep up with Christiana Figueres here: Instagram | Twitter   —   Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   —   Paul Dickinson is on LinkedIn! LinkedIn   —   Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
25/06/21·42m 17s

107. Breaking Boundaries, Post Growth & The Future We Choose

This week, a live recording of our event “Breaking Boundaries, Post Growth & The Future We Choose” with special guests Johan Rockström and Tim Jackson. A little bit about our guests: Johan Rockström is the Director of Potsdam Institute of Climate Impact Research & Author of Breaking Boundaries, which is both a book and a powerful Netflix documentary. Tim Jackson is the Director of The Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity at the University of Surrey and has recently issued his latest book, Post Growth. Join us for a sobering, gripping, and stubbornly optimistic conversation about the most decisive decade in human history. How can we change the stories we tell ourselves, to engage, inspire and empower people toward climate action? Hit play and listen in!   __   Book Links:   The Future We Choose: The Stubborn Optimist’s Guide To The Climate Crisis by Christiana Figueres & Tom Rivett-Carnac Breaking Boundaries: The Science of Our Planet by Johan Rockström & Owen Gaffney Post Growth: Life After Capitalism by Tim Jackson   __   To take meaningful steps to protect what you love from the worst damages of climate change, and to join the Guiness World Record attempt this month, check out the Count Us In Campaign, and decide if we can count you in!   Christiana, Johan and Tim have all been honoured as Hillary Laureates. Tap in to learn more about the work of the Hillary Institute.   Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter: Signals Amidst The Noise   __   Thank you to our guests this week, Johan Rockström & Tim Jackson!   Johan Rockström Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) Twitter   PIK Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn   Tim Jackson Author, Director of Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP)  Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram | Website   CUSP Twitter   —   Keep up with Christiana Figueres here: Instagram | Twitter   Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   Paul Dickinson! LinkedIn | Twitter   —   Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
24/06/21·50m 29s

106. Warren East of Rolls-Royce says Nature is the Best Engineer

This week, we take a look at the latest pledges to arise from the G7 heads of government, who met over the weekend in Cornwall. Are these announcements indicative that the seven biggest western economies are really showing up to achieve a 1.5 world? Can this close the Gigatons gap in the run up to COP26? Can the Group of Seven offer developing countries funding alternatives to Beijing’s so-called 'Belt and Road' Initiative? Christiana, Tom, and Paul help us sort out this mixed bag of a weekend for climate. Our special guest this week is Warren East, CEO of Rolls-Royce, an engineer by training and now leading a business in one of the hardest sectors to decarbonise: Aviation. Aviation accounts for a significant 2.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions today, and growing. As the sector starts to recover from huge losses as a result of the pandemic, how does Rolls-Royce see the future for the sector and beyond the pandemic and into the climate crisis? We’ll hear from Warren on how the historic innovation of Rolls-Royce has the potential to lead us into a cleaner, more sustainable future of flight. And stick around 'til the end because our music this week is from Asher Monroe! He’ll be performing live for us his single, ‘Midnight Masquerade’. Thanks for joining us!   —   Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now! Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter: Signals Amidst The Noise   __   Attention Stubborn Optimists! Click this link to save your spot for our Breaking Boundaries LIVE Event happening this Monday, June 21st. Watch Breaking Boundaries on Netflix!   __   Thank you to our guest this week, Warren East!   Warren East Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce   Rolls-Royce Twitter | LinkedIn   Join Rolls-Royce’s newsletter to get updates on their world record attempt.   __   Our artist this week is Asher Monroe! Spotify | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Website   Clay recommends you check out his Youtube Channel See his conversation with Sir Elton John on Apple Music about his upcoming album.   —   Keep up with Christiana Figueres here: Instagram | Twitter   Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   Paul Dickinson! LinkedIn | Twitter   —   Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
17/06/21·59m 8s

105. Why Dale Vince is a Successful Serial Climate Entrepreneur

With the G7 Summit happening in just a few days, things are looking good for it being a big moment for climate. Foreign Ministers have noted the impact of climate change on the most vulnerable, Health Ministers have made the link between health and the environment, Finance Ministers have supported mandating climate related disclosures...the momentum is real. But we’ve been here before with the same words and no action, so what is different this time around? Later on in the episode we speak with serial climate entrepreneur, Dale Vince. Dale is a tireless force of nature. So far he’s founded a successful Green Energy company, Ecotricity; he’s Chairman of Forest Green Rovers, the world’s first all vegan, carbon neutral football team; and his company Skydiamond makes precious gems from carbon capture. We hear what underlies Dale's motivation and how his determined, stubborn optimism has made his ventures successful in demonstrating what we can still do to solve challenges posed by the climate crisis. And...is there a possible future for him in politics? And finally, we hear a stirring spoken word piece titled, “Air” by Mel Chanté. Thanks for joining us!   —   Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now! Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter: Signals Amidst The Noise   __   Watch Breaking Boundaries on Netflix. Do it! Sign up for our newsletter to be informed on the details for our upcoming Breaking Boundaries LIVE Event!   __   Thank you to our guest this week, Dale Vince!   Dale Vince Environmentalist and Businessman | Founder of Ecotricity | Chairman of Forest Green Rovers Twitter | Instagram | Facebook   Ecotricity Twitter | Instagram | Facebook   Forest Green Rovers Twitter | Instagram | Facebook   __   Our artist this week is Mel Chanté! Spotify | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Website | Youtube   Subscribe to her podcast, “The Daily Shine” Check out her latest EP, “FLO”   —    Keep up with Christiana Figueres here: Instagram | Twitter   Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   Paul Dickinson! LinkedIn | Twitter   —   Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
10/06/21·58m 11s

BONUS: Richard Curtis, Amina Mohammed, Mark Carney, Christiana Figueres and More On Making Your Pension Clean Up

This week, a bonus! Our own Christiana Figueres spoke at the Net Zero Pensions Summit, hosted by Richard Curtis, the famous filmmaker and co-founder of Make My Money Matter, an organization elevating the voices of citizens to demand that pension funds invest in line with the values of their members. In this episode you’ll hear from: Richard Curtis Filmmaker | Co-Founder of Make My Money Matter   Alok Sharma MP COP26 President Designate   Mary Robinson Chair of The Elders | Former President of Ireland | Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights   Amina Mohammed Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations   Nigel Topping High-Level Climate Action Champion for COP26   Mark Carney UN Special Envoy for Climate Action and Finance   This bonus episode gives you a flavour of the Net Zero Pensions Summit, and we hope it will propel you to take a step and logging it on CountUsIn.org.   Enjoy!   —   As an individual, join the movement demanding Net Zero Pensions here: https://makemymoneymatter.co.uk/net-zero/   If you can represent a business, be a Net Zero Hero and please sign the Green Pensions Charter here: https://makemymoneymatter.co.uk/charter/   —   Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now! Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter: Signals Amidst The Noise   —   Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
04/06/21·44m 39s

104. Big Hits to Big Oil & Adam Gardner on a Music Climate Revolution

This week, we talk about the absolute shake up of a week Big Oil had, and a Music Climate Revolution that starts TODAY.  First up, a shareholder vote to add three new members to the Exxon board succeeded as part of a strategy by activist hedge fund Engine No. 1 to address the twin concerns of climate change and Exxon’s poor financial performance. One of the new board members is our good friend, Andy Karsner! He joins us at the top of the episode for a quick update on what these seats at the table mean for the Oil and Gas industry moving forward, but especially for humanity and the climate. Second, the unprecedented ruling by a Dutch Court which ordered Royal Dutch Shell to cut its carbon emissions by 45 percent from 2019 levels by 2030 happened. To give us an incredibly exciting executive summary is Lead Campaigner of the case against Shell, Friend of The Earth’s Nine de Pater. And finally for our main interview, we are joined by Co-Founder and Co-Director of Reverb, Adam Gardner, who is also the vocalist and guitarist of the band, Guster.. From intention to action, he expresses the work that Reverb has been doing over the last 18 years to disrupt industry norms and increase the climate positive impact of the music touring industry. Acknowledging the unprecedented influence and reach that musicians have at their disposal, Adam, the newest stubborn optimist recruit, explains how environmentalism can be united with fans’ passion to drive positive change and achieve meaningful environmental, social justice and community gains. And this week for music, we have the privilege of spinning the famous “Satellite” by Guster. Join us, won’t you?   —   Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now! Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter: Signals Amidst The Noise   __   Watch the Trailer for Breaking Boundaries on YouTube Watch Breaking Boundaries on Netflix   __   Thank you to our guest this week, Adam Gardner! Adam Gardner Co-Founder and Co-Director of Reverb | Vocalist and Guitarist for Guster    Reverb Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram __   A special thank you to Andy Karsner and Nine de Pater   Alexander “Andy” Karsner Board of Directors | ExxonMobil Twitter Nine de Pater Lead Campaigner | Friends of The Earth Twitter   __   Our musical guest this week is Guster! Spotify | Apple Music | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Website   Get your tickets to Guster: On The Rocks   This is Clay’s favorite Guster Song: “One Man Wrecking Machine”   —   Check out the song by Moondog that Paul mentioned: Enough About Human Rights   —    Keep up with Christiana Figueres here: Instagram | Twitter   Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   Paul Dickinson! LinkedIn | Twitter   —   Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
03/06/21·1h 21m

103. Building a Movement to Fight a System with Jerome Foster II

On the back of the IEA report last week that shook the oil and gas industry, the G7 this week pledged not only to limit global warming to 1.5C, but to stop all new financing for overseas coal projects by the end of this year! An absolute breakthrough for the climate. We get into the geopolitics behind the G7 announcement and what it’s going to take to close the remaining 20+ GtCO2 gap left even after China and the US NDCs. And our guest this week is championing and informing the policy behind climate and racial justice in the United States and beyond. After striking every Friday for 58 weeks in a row outside of the White House as part of the ‘School Strike for Climate’ movement, On March 29th 2021, Jerome Foster II was appointed the youngest ever member of the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council. We talk with him about how young people are experiencing and meeting the massive social and political changes happening, and hear more about his vision for bringing about justice through US climate policy. Stick around to the end of the episode for a live performance of “Justice” from Alfred Nomad!   —   Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now!   Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter: Signals Amidst The Noise   __   Watch the Trailer for Breaking Boundaries on YouTube Watch Breaking Boundaries on Netflix   __   Thank you to our guest this week, Jerome Foster II!   Jerome Foster II Environmental Justice Advisory Council Member to the White House | Climate Justice Activist | Founder and Executive Director of One Million Of Us, Climate Reporter Twitter | Facebook | Instagram  | LinkedIn   Check out his organization One Million of Us Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | YouTube   You need to watch Jerome in this piece by Initiative29 on Hulu   __   Our musical guest this week is Alfred Nomad! Spotify | Bandcamp | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook   Tap through to donate to the “Everything Will Be Alright” Initiative   —   Keep up with Christiana Figueres here: Instagram | Twitter   Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   Paul Dickinson! LinkedIn | Twitter   —   Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
27/05/21·1h 10m

102. Cooling Conflict by Tackling the Climate Crisis with Jens Stoltenberg

This week on the show we discuss the latest IEA Report, “Net Zero by 2050” which charts a path for the energy sector to achieve a 1.5 degree world, and specifically naming the 400 milestones that will get us there. It’s an incredible marker in this decisive decade because the IEA is the gold standard for energy policy around the globe (particularly for Oil and Gas), and in this report they explicitly detail the urgent and irreversible need for a rapid and comprehensive shift away from fossil fuels. And later on, an O+O first. We get into the connection between national security and climate change with our special guest, Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General of NATO. With his extensive career history, notably serving twice as Prime Minister of Norway and as UN Special Envoy on Climate Change, he has uniquely straddled both worlds of environmentalism and national security. We unpack how SG Stoltenberg views a military response to the climate crisis as NATO fulfilling it’s duty to secure today and tomorrow for its citizens. Stick around to the end this week for a catchy tune from Milky Chance.  Join us!   —   Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now!   Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter: Signals Amidst The Noise   __   Watch the Trailer for Breaking Boundaries on YouTube Watch Breaking Boundaries on Netflix   __   Thank you to our guest this week, Jens Stoltenberg!   Jens Stoltenberg Secretary General of NATO Twitter | Facebook | Instagram   NATO  Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Linkedin   __   Our musical guest this week is Milky Chance! Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | YouTube   Catch Milky Chance on Tour   “Stolen Dance” Music Video   —   Keep up with Christiana Figueres here: Instagram | Twitter   Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   Paul Dickinson! LinkedIn | Twitter   —   Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
20/05/21·1h 18m

101. A Fund for the Earth with Andrew Steer

This week, the Nature Agenda. A forest the size of France has regrown since 2000 and The Biden administration introduced its “America the Beautiful” plan. In it, they plan to conserve 30 percent of the nation’s land and water by 2030, calling it the country’s first-ever national conservation goal. Long overdue, but on the table.   Speaking of nature, later in the episode we discuss the role philanthropy can play in accelerating innovative actions and radical collaboration across movements to meet the impact of the climate crisis with the requisite attention. ‘A Fund for the Earth’ as it were.   We invite Dr. Andrew Steer, formerly President and CEO of the World Resources Institute, and as of April 2021, the CEO and President of the Bezos Earth Fund, to talk us through the opportunities and challenges ahead for philanthropy as we begin to make the systemic transition to a green economy.  We ask how he will be looking to spend his whopping $10 Billion (with a B) budget to secure the SDGs by 2030 and create the biggest impact to accelerate various sectors towards their positive tipping points.   And an absolute smash this week in music from Marie Spaemann. Listen in!   —   Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now!   Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter: Signals Amidst The Noise   __   Watch the Trailer for Breaking Boundaries Watch Breaking Boundaries on Netflix   __   Thank you to our guest this week, Andrew Steer!   Andrew Steer President & CEO, Bezos Earth Fund Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn    __   Our musical guest this week is Marie Spaemann! Instagram | Facebook | Website | YouTube   Stream and buy her music!   Tap in to watch the live performance of ‘Oscar’s Dream’   —   Keep up with Christiana Figueres here: Instagram | Twitter   Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   Paul Dickinson! LinkedIn | Twitter   —   Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
13/05/21·1h 15m

BONUS: Outrage + Optimism is 100 Episodes Strong! with Christiana, Tom and Paul

Outrage + Optimism is celebrating 100 episodes!   In this episode, we reminisce about our humble beginnings as a podcast and celebrate some memories made along the way. Not only are we celebrating 100 episodes but we also are turning 2 as a podcast! Yes!   So pour yourself a drink, light a candle, and join us for a moment together as we glance back and focus forward.   And! Dreams do come true because Paul Dickinson is our musical guest this week. You won’t want to miss.   —   Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now!   Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter: Signals Amidst The Noise   —   Keep up with Christiana Figueres here: Instagram | Twitter   Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   Paul Dickinson is on LinkedIn! LinkedIn   —   Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
07/05/21·25m 7s

100. Financing The Race to Zero!

Welcome to the third episode of our Race To Zero series!   In this episode, we show you the money. Finance is an absolutely crucial factor in accelerating our world towards a Net-Zero future, and with less than 9 years left to halve our global emissions and current investments and markets spiraling towards catastrophic risk, it’s going to take every financial lever we have to shift the global economy to a sustainable, equitable, and just system.   On topics of investment, divestment, engagement, and tropical carbon pricing, you’ll hear from:   Mark Carney, UN Special Envoy for Climate Action and Finance and Prime Minister Johnson’s Finance Adviser for COP26    Amal-Lee Amin, Director of Climate Change at CDC and Senior Advisor to the UK COP26 Unit    Thomas Di Napoli, New York State Comptroller    Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility   Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director, IMF   And of course our good friend, Nigel Topping, High Level Climate Action Champion for COP26   The race is on! Buckle up and hit play.   —   Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now!   Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter: Signals Amidst The Noise   —   Thank you to our guests this week!    Mark Carney  UN Special Envoy for Climate Action and Finance and Prime Minister Johnson’s Finance Adviser for COP26  Twitter | LinkedIn   —   Amal-Lee Amin Director of Climate Change at CDC and Senior Advisor to the UK COP26 Unit  Twitter | LinkedIn   CDC Twitter | LinkedIn   —   Thomas Di Napoli  New York State Comptroller Twitter | Facebook | Instagram   —   Kristalina Georgieva  Managing Director, IMF Twitter | Facebook | Linkedin | Instagram   The IMF Twitter | Facebook | Linkedin | Instagram    —   Carlos Manuel Rodriguez CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility Twitter   The GEF Twitter   —   Nigel Topping High Level Climate Action Champion for COP26 Twitter l LinkedIn | Instagram   Race to Zero Twitter | LinkedIn   COP26 - UN Climate Change Conference Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   —   Keep up with Christiana Figueres here: Instagram | Twitter   —   Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   —   Paul Dickinson is on LinkedIn! LinkedIn   —   Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
06/05/21·1h 6m

99. Hope Is a Verb with Fred Krupp

With the Biden U.S. Climate Summit barely in the rearview mirror, our hosts Christiana Figueres, Tom Rivett-Carnac, and Paul Dickinson unpack what this moment means for global leadership, ambition, and the gaps in the road ahead for the climate movement. The new U.S. NDC of 50% GHG reductions by 2030 sets the stage for the rest of the decade, so what is next?   And our interview this week is with Fred Krupp, long-serving President of the Environmental Defence Fund (EDF). We discuss one of the most pressing and, until now, overlooked issues of methane leakage and emissions, and their wildly powerful short-term warming potential. EDF is launching a satellite soon that will track methane emissions around the world to keep us all accountable. Amazing.   We also celebrate the announcement at the Biden summit of the launch of the LEAF Coalition, a project that the EDF is partnering in with both private sector and government participation, and the impact this private and public partnership will have on tackling the stubborn challenge of tropical deforestation on a meaningful scale.   And be sure to hang around for a live performance from ViVii of their song ‘One Day’!   —   Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now!   Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter: Signals Amidst The Noise   __   Thank you to our guest this week, Fred Krupp!   Fred Krupp President of Environmental Defense Fund Twitter | LinkedIn   Environmental Defense Fund Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn    __   Our musical guest this week is ViVii! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Soundcloud   Their album “Mondays” is dropping May 21st! Click Here to Pre-save the album   Tap in to watch the live performance of ‘One Day’   —   Keep up with Christiana Figueres here: Instagram | Twitter   Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   Paul Dickinson is on LinkedIn! LinkedIn   —   Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
29/04/21·1h 5m

98. 100% Outrage and 100% Optimism with John Kerry

Happy 51st Earth Day, everyone!   Today marks the first U.S. Earth Day Summit convened by President Joe Biden with the aim to strengthen climate ambition among invited world leaders ahead of the COP26 meeting in Glasgow in November.   And while the global community anticipates the details of the U.S’s own NDC announcement expected shortly before or at the summit itself, we speak to John Kerry in his role as Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, about his recent deployment overseas to meet delegates and colleagues ahead of the summit to discuss climate ambition and the urgent need for even more ambitious targets to be pledged in this most decisive decade.   And just before the interview, we bring the latest in climate news this week. We discuss the latest IEA report citing carbon dioxide emissions are forecast to jump this year by the second biggest annual rise in history, the UK’s Prime minister, Boris Johnson, pledging to reduce emissions 78 percent by 2035 compared to 1990 levels, and the U.S. Treasury appointing a climate counsellor, John Morton, to coordinate the efforts of a new climate hub focused on leveraging finance to confront the threat of climate change. Plus, we discuss the ratification of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol.   It’s a busy Earth Day! Join in with us and listen!   And be sure to hang around after the interview for a musical treat from rock n’ soul legend-in-the-making, Aaron Frazer!   —   Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now!   Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter: Signals Amidst The Noise   __   Thank you to our guest this week, John Kerry!   John Kerry U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate Twitter    __   Our musical guest this week is Aaron Frazer! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | Spotify   Check out Aaron Frazer + Sierra Club - SolNation SolNation has a Summit happening April 22-24 - Register Here   —   Keep up with Christiana Figueres here: Instagram | Twitter   Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   Paul Dickinson is on LinkedIn! LinkedIn   —   Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
22/04/21·1h 2m

97. Jojo Mehta on Ecocide and Ending Impunity

With France banning short haul flights, John Kerry on his way to China and South Korea to talk climate just days ahead of The US Climate Summit, and The American Legislative Exchange Council (not so) secretly planning to fight Biden on climate, this episode is jam packed with things to discuss!   And speaking of things to discuss, have you heard of the word “Ecocide”? It’s a term describing something we all understand and know is wrong - the mass damage and destruction of ecosystems. But, yet it is still somehow legally permitted around the world.   This week, we explore the tireless work of Jojo Mehta and the Stop Ecocide Foundation who are pursuing their goal to have Ecocide added to the International Criminal Court (ICC) as a fifth crime alongside Genocide, War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity and Crimes of Aggression.   How would this fifth crime change corporate behavior? We can only assume it would act as a deterrent to environmental destruction, but could it also act as an accelerator of the goals of the Paris Agreement?   Stick around after the interview for a mesmerizing tune from Eliza Shaddad!   —   Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now!   Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter: Signals Amidst The Noise   __   Thank you to our guest this week, Jojo Mehta!   Jojo Mehta Co-Founder & Executive Director, Stop Ecocide International Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn   Stop Ecocide International Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn | Instagram | YouTube    __   Our musical guest this week is Eliza Shaddad! Check out Eliza on Patreon! Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | Spotify | Apple Music | YouTube   —   Keep up with Christiana Figueres here: Instagram | Twitter   Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   Paul Dickinson is on LinkedIn! LinkedIn   —   Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
15/04/21·1h 7m

96. Climate Action Is the Adventure of Our Lives with Bertrand Piccard and Dee Caffari

This week, the climate solutions are here, and they’re neatly labeled.   You may have heard of Bertrand Piccard, the explorer, balloonist, and ‘inspioneer’ who was the first to circumnavigate the globe in a solar powered aircraft in 2016. Well, since then, he’s been on a mission to support climate friendly technologies. With his Solar Impulse Foundation, he is close to having found, assessed and labeled 1000 cleantech solutions that have a positive impact on both the environment and the economy. Now he’s making sure that they get used. In our interview with him this week, we discuss his commitment to create and nurture innovative new ways of thinking that reconcile ecology and economy, providing a compelling argument for business and governments to act today to achieve planetary health and profit with his ‘Tao of Economics’.   And with Tom taking a well earned break away from hosting, we are delighted to introduce a special co-host for this episode, Dee Caffari, MBE! Dee is the first woman to have sailed single-handed and non-stop around the world in both directions and the only woman to have sailed non-stop around the world a total of three times! Yes, you read that right. Having witnessed personally the problem of single use plastics on ocean health, she uses her platform to raise awareness on Ocean health, sustainability, and a new danger - microplastics. Her fascinating first-hand experience and deep thinking on climate change makes determined ambition a reality.   Our adventure awaits!   Hang tight after the interview for a live musical performance from Easy Wanderlings!   —   Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now!   Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter: Signals Amidst The Noise   __   Thank you to our guest this week!   Bertrand Piccard Chairman of the Solar Impulse Foundation | Explorer | Psychiatrist | Inspirational Speaker Twitter  | Facebook | Linkedin   Solar Impulse Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Linkedin   Check out the climate solutions here: Solar Impulse Solutions   —   And thank you to our guest co-host this week:   Dee Caffari, MBE Chair of the World Sailing Trust | World Record Holder | Author and Ocean Advocate Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn | Website   __   Our musical guest this week is Easy Wanderlings! Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Website   WATCH: Sofar Mumbai Performance   —   As Christiana mentioned in the episode, check out Seaspiracy on Netflix.   —   Keep up with Christiana Figueres here: Instagram | Twitter   Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   Paul Dickinson is on LinkedIn! LinkedIn   —   Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
08/04/21·1h

BONUS: The Stubborn Optimist's Playlist Vol. 2

Welcome to Volume 2 of The Stubborn Optimist’s Playlist!   Every week on the podcast we feature a musical artist who is thoughtful about the role of art and artists in the climate crisis. This week we bring you a collection of those artists in playlist form as an extended listening experience.   So without further ado, Vol. 2.   Enjoy the music! ___   The Stubborn Optimist’s Playlist Vol. 2:   (0:59) James Hersey - My People Twitter | Facebook | Instagram   (3:16) Mystery Jets - Wrong Side of The Tracks Twitter | Facebook | Instagram   (7:07) Mesadorm - Easy Facebook   (11:15) Presidio - Clockout Facebook | Instagram   (13:33) I See Rivers - We Don’t Get More Time Twitter | Facebook | Instagram   (16:10) MF Tomlinson - Sum of Nothing Twitter | Facebook | Instagram   (19:46) Beans on Toast - On and On Twitter | Facebook | Instagram   (24:17) Gecko - End of The World Twitter | Facebook | Instagram   (28:37) Desiree Dawson - Mountain Tops Twitter | Facebook | Instagram   (31:21) Rhys Lewis - Better Than Today Twitter | Facebook | Instagram    (35:06) Alex Serra - Everything is Changing Facebook | Instagram   (39:47) Saunder Jurriaans - Easy Now Facebook | Instagram   (42:55) Emmanuel Jal - We Want Peace Twitter | Facebook | Instagram   __   Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now!   —   Keep up with Christiana Figueres here: Instagram | Twitter   —   Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   —   Paul Dickinson is on LinkedIn! LinkedIn   —   Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
01/04/21·46m 43s

95. Sounds of Action! The Stubborn Optimist's Playlist Vol. 1

Welcome to the very first Volume of The Stubborn Optimist’s Playlist!   Every week on the podcast we feature an artist who is thoughtful about the role of art and artists in the climate crisis. This week, we celebrate all the artists we have had on the show so far with 2 separate volumes for your listening enjoyment!   So without further ado, Vol. 1.   Enjoy the music!   ___   The Stubborn Optimist’s Playlist Vol. 1:   (4:12) Ellie Goulding - Speaking   (5:18) She Drew The Gun - Trouble Every Day Twitter | Facebook | Instagram   (8:37) Blackout Problems - Dark Twitter | Facebook | Instagram   (12:14) Jelani Blackman - Pretty World Twitter | Facebook | Instagram   (15:42) Toukan Toukan - Konowoulen Facebook | Instagram   (19:49) Billy Bragg - King Tide and The Sunny Day Flood Twitter | Facebook | Instagram   (22:49) Robert 3D Del Naja - Speaking   (25:01) Massive Attack ft. Christiana Figueres - Eutopia Twitter | Facebook | Instagram    (28:32) Gaeya - Contact Twitter | Facebook | Instagram   (32:32) Cosmo Sheldrake - Speaking   (34:15) Cosmo Sheldrake - Cuckoo Song Twitter | Facebook | Instagram   (36:56) Nick Mulvey - Begin Again Twitter | Facebook | Instagram   (41:54) Baaba Mal - Leke Twitter | Facebook | Instagram    (44:44) AURORA - Speaking   (46:00) AURORA - The Seed Twitter | Facebook | Instagram   (50:43) Millie Turner - Underwater Twitter | Facebook | Instagram    (54:34) Ayoni - The Patriots Twitter | Facebook | Instagram   (58:47) Too Many T’s - Speaking   (01:01:18) Too Many T’s Not Enough Bees Twitter | Facebook | Instagram   (01:04:50) OK GO - All Together Now Twitter | Facebook | Instagram   (01:09:18) Aaron Taylor - Get Through This Facebook   (01:12:06) AJR - Speaking   (01:14:02) AJR - Burn The House Down Twitter | Facebook | Instagram   —   Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now!   —   Keep up with Christiana Figueres here: Instagram | Twitter   —   Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   —   Paul Dickinson is on LinkedIn! LinkedIn   —   Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
01/04/21·1h 17m

94. The Risk of Living Under a White Sky with Elizabeth Kolbert

With CO2 in the atmosphere now reaching levels 50% higher than when humanity began large-scale burning of fossil fuels during the industrial revolution, time is running out and some ecosystems are on the brink of collapse. In light of this, some scientists and engineers are asking the question, can we act in time to save them? What do we do if we cannot reduce emissions in time? What tools will we have to save humanity? This week we talk to Elizabeth Kolbert, Pulitzer-Prize winning author, activist, The New Yorker journalist, about her latest book Under a White Sky, a fascinating work that is asking the big questions: having meddled so much in our natural ecosystems, are we now able to save them and ourselves from the devastating effects of climate change? What form will these interventions take? Are the proposals such a genetically modified coral or solar geoengineering even possible? Will our sky be white? Join us for a delightfully sobering conversation. And stick around later in the show for a musical performance from Saunder Jurriaans! — Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now! — Thank you to our guest this week, Elizabeth Kolbert!   Elizabeth Kolbert Twitter | Facebook   In 2015, Elizabeth wrote a phenomenal article on Christiana in The New Yorker. Highly recommended reading!   Grab a copy of Elizabeth’s new book, Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future!   Elizabeth is a Pulitzer-Prize winning author, and her books are available for purchase here:   Books by Elizabeth Kolbert   — Our musical guest this week is Saunder Jurriaans! YouTube | Facebook | Instagram | Spotify   Check out Saunder Jurriaans’ debut album ‘Beasts’ — Keep up with Christiana Figueres here: Instagram | Twitter — Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn — Paul Dickinson is on LinkedIn! LinkedIn — Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
25/03/21·58m 53s

BONUS: What The Hale Does This Mean? with Thomas Hale: Net Zero Goals

A bonus episode for you this week! With science demanding that in order to stay below 1.5C we must reach “net zero” greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 at the absolute latest, how do we get there? We know we can’t keep emitting as we currently are and just offset to balance it out. We need radical cuts and that means a complete reshaping of the global economy and most business models. Arguably, anyone could shape their net zero goals differently, unless we can compare these (literally) hundreds of commitments that have been made - and hundreds, even thousands more that will continue to come. So here’s a question - what does :net zero” actually mean? Is it the same as carbon neutrality, or any of the other terms we hear and read about? This week, Tom Rivett-Carnac dials up for a quick chat with Dr. Thomas Hale, Associate Professor in Global Public Policy at Oxford University. He’s part of a team that has just released a report - Taking Stock: A global assessment of net zero targets. The report is the first quantitative analysis of the robustness of the different types of net zero targets and provides a baseline against which we can compare country, city, or company level net zero commitments. __ Heard something about climate change you don’t understand, or a term that isn't clear to you? Tweet us @GlobalOptimism starting your question with 'What the Hale', tell us what you want to know and we'll get the answer directly from Dr. Thomas Hale for you! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn __ Dr. Thomas Hale Associate Professor of Global Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford Twitter Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford Twitter __ Keep up with Christiana Figueres here: Instagram | Twitter — Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn — Paul Dickinson is on LinkedIn! LinkedIn — Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
22/03/21·18m 31s

93. The Race To Zero! Extreme Electrification with Nico Rosberg and Sara Price

This is the second episode in our Race To Zero series! All evidence points to the tipping point for electrification of road transport, and the end of the internal combustion engine. But will this happen fast enough?  One of the key pillars of the Race to Zero is to accelerate the adoption of Zero Emissions Vehicles. Today, transport accounts for about 16% of global emissions, but is a much higher share of total emissions in industrialized countries. For example in the United States, transport accounts for nearly 30% of emissions and globally is a major source of the pollution causing one in ten deaths. If we’re going to succeed in this, it’s going to take everyone. So how do we bring in new people to take action on climate change? And how do we reach and inspire a new generation to never purchase an internal combustion engine? We ask Nico Rosberg and Sara Price whether the innovative impact of Extreme E and its exciting partnership with citizen action campaign, Count Us In, can bring the power of sport and the excitement of motor racing, to inspire the public to apply pressure that spurs industry and government policy to accelerate the race to zero carbon. —   Check out everything Extreme E!   —   Thank you to our guests this week!    Nico Rosberg Sustainability Entrepreneur | Founder & CEO of Rosberg X Racing   Personal Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | YouTube   Rosberg X Racing Twitter | Facebook | Instagram   —   Sara Price  Driver of the No. 99 Hummer EV Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Website   —   Nigel Topping High Level Climate Action Champion for COP26   Personal  Twitter l LinkedIn | Instagram   Race to Zero Twitter | LinkedIn   COP26 - UN Climate Change Conference Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   —   Marina Guião will be taking over our social media channels on Friday, March 19th! You can follow her on Instagram.   — Keep up with Christiana Figueres here: Instagram | Twitter — Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn — Paul Dickinson is on LinkedIn! LinkedIn — Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
18/03/21·1h 4m

92. Vicki Hollub Thinks Oil Has a (Low Carbon) Future

This week we get into Republicans and climate change, faith and climate change, and some exciting news in climate philanthropy! And our guest for this episode is President & CEO of Occidental Petroleum, Vicki Hollub. Not only is she the first and currently only female CEO of a major oil and gas company, but Occidental - or Oxy as the company is fondly known - is the first US oil and gas major to announce their strategy to reach Net Zero across emissions scopes 1,2 and 3. We explore with Vicki the process of capturing carbon for enhanced oil recovery and why this has translated into plans to build the largest Direct Air Capture facility in the world, how they see their new DAC business venture beyond Oxy’s own fields, a vision of the energy future with oil and how they think they will contribute to a Net Zero carbon world. But with the complicated history between oil and gas majors and the public, will the public trust needed to ensure Oxy’s success be rebuilt in time? And stick around later in the show for a musical performance from Alex Serra! — Thank you to our guest this week!    Vicki Hollub President & CEO, Occidental Petroleum Twitter | Oxy LinkedIn | Vicki LinkedIn — Our musical guest this week is Alex Serra! Instagram | YouTube | Facebook | Music | Website | Patreon — As Christiana mentioned early in the episode, check out #Faiths4Climate   SacredPeopleSacredEarth: Homepage | Sign + share the statement   Greenfaith: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook — Keep up with Christiana Figueres here: Instagram | Twitter — Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn — Paul Dickinson is on LinkedIn! LinkedIn — Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
11/03/21·1h 19m

91. The Race to Zero! Road to COP26

Welcome to the first episode of our new Race To Zero series! With COP26 as the vital milestone for climate action in November 2021, the promises and pledges made by governments must be converted into meaningful action beginning today. We know the EU, the UK and many other countries have net zero pledges but can they achieve them without a global collective effort?  And it’s not just up to governments - history has shown that political actors need the real economy to place wind in their sails. So with everything on the line and the clock ticking, the Race to Zero has no separation between winners and losers, and failure is NOT an option. Joined this week by Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP, President-Designate of COP26, Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of UNFCCC, Mary Anne Hitt, National Director of Campaigns for The Sierra Club, and Nigel Topping, High Level Climate Action Champion for COP26, we get a first hand look at what is at stake, who is stepping up, and how everyone can join the race to a better future. And we’ll find out why COP26 is not just a 2 week event in November, but a race that has already begun.   —   Guests this week   Alok Sharma Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP, COP President Designate Twitter | Instagram   Patricia Espinosa Title: Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC Twitter   Mary Anne Hitt National Director of Campaigns, Sierra Club Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Nigel Topping  High Level Climate Action Champion for COP26 Twitter | LinkedIn | Instagram    —   UNFCCC Twitter | Instagram   Race to Zero Twitter | LinkedIn   Sierra Club Twitter | Instagram   COP26 - UN Climate Change Conference Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn — Keep up with Christiana Figueres here: Instagram | Twitter  — Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn — Paul Dickinson is on LinkedIn! LinkedIn — Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
05/03/21·1h 4m

90. Ferocious Love with Katharine Wilkinson

With a deep freeze in Texas leaving a wake of devastation, a UN Security Council Meeting weakly addressing climate change as the planet’s “gravest threat”, and massive investment for offshore wind in Denmark to produce green ammonia, there’s no shortage of things to be outraged by or optimistic about this week! We are at a new political moment where we are seeing the ambition for a cleaner world, and we are seeing the economics weigh more and more towards phasing out fossil fuels. We’re even seeing the political winds shift toward championing racial, social, and economic justice! And at the heart of the climate movement that is deeply committed to making all of this possible is a ferocious love for our planet, nurtured and activated by a ‘feminist climate renaissance’ as our guest, Katharine Wilkinson, phrases it. This week we talk to Katharine Wilkinson, author, teacher and former Editor-in-Chief at Project Drawdown, about her latest book co-edited with Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, ‘All We Can Save’, an anthology of women’s voices in the climate movement, and what is giving her a “fire in the belly and the heart” in tackling the climate crisis. Our interview with Katharine gets into why she believes the climate crisis is ultimately a leadership crisis, and explores the idea of transformative leadership and emerging voices at the core of the climate movement which she describes as, “characteristically feminine, but also more committedly feminist in its commitment to equality and justice.” And stick around later in the show for a musical performance from Desirée Dawson! — Thank you to our guest this week, Katharine Wilkinson. Website | Twitter | IG | Linkedin Project Drawdown’s Website The ‘All We Can Save Project’ Buy a copy of “All We Can Save”! A Matter of Degrees Podcast @allwecansave - Twitter | IG @degreespod - Twitter — Our musical guest this week is Desirée Dawson! Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Music | Website Watch Desirée’s CBC Searchlight 2016 Finale Performance Here — Go check out Science Moms! Website | Instagram   Moms Clean Air Force Website | Facebook — Keep up with Christiana Figueres here: Instagram | Twitter — Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn — Paul Dickinson is on LinkedIn! LinkedIn — Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
25/02/21·1h 8m

89. The Ministry for the Future with Kim Stanley Robinson

On Friday, The United States will officially be back in the Paris Climate Agreement! *cue appropriate volume of fanfare* And while in a week where Dallas, Texas is colder than Anchorage, Alaska - our co-host Paul Dickinson takes us on a short list of topics discussing the social cost of carbon recently updated by Joseph Stiglitz and Lord Nicholas Stern to match the severity of the climate crisis, as well as a listener question regarding the unregulated growth and steadily growing emissions of bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. But all of this in context, with the US “still in” as it’s being promoted - We anxiously await the United States’ Nationally Determined Contribution which should be announced anytime between now and late April. Once that number comes through, the race to COP 26 will be at full speed where the very first 5 year check in of global accountability and ambition towards a net-zero 2050 and beyond will happen.  So with the world’s largest economy on track to boost the global coalition of nations dedicated to this collective goal, will we be able to achieve emission reductions fast enough to avoid catastrophe? This week our guest is legendary science fiction writer, Kim Stanley Robinson, whose prolific career includes the international bestselling Mars trilogy, and more recently Red Moon, New York 2140, Aurora, Shaman, Green Earth, and 2312. Stan joins us for an exclusive look into the themes of his latest book: The Ministry for the Future, which offers an unflinching look at what our future may hold even in 2025 if we do not address runaway climate change. Optimistically he says, “We are all living in a science fiction novel we are coauthoring together.” So, what future will we write? Sci-Fi Pop Music this week from French duo, Toukan Toukän! — Thank you to our guest this week, Kim Stanley Robinson. Grab a copy of his latest book - ‘The Ministry For The Future’ Facebook | Twitter (Unofficial) — Our musical guest this week is Toukan Toukän! Music video for ‘Konowoulen’ Facebook | Instagram | YouTube | Website — Keep up with Christiana Figueres here: Instagram | Twitter — Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn — Paul Dickinson is on LinkedIn! LinkedIn — Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media and send us a message! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
18/02/21·1h 10m

88. Living on Planet Earth with Oliver Jeffers

According to new research by a team of U.S. and U.K. scientists published in Environmental Research, Fossil fuels alone are responsible for more than 8 million premature deaths annually. That’s 1 out of 5 deaths. Let that sink in for a moment. 1 out of 5. This figure underscores a fact absent from much public debate and discussion about climate change. While the fight to stop greenhouse gas pollution by curtailing fossil fuel use is framed in terms of how it would improve the future, it’s also true that fossil fuels are killing millions of people right now. And right now is the time to change our thinking. But when Climate scientists and activists are continuously imploring us to ‘look at the bigger picture’ to address climate change right now, what does this mean? How do we do it? These are questions that our Outrage + Optimism guest, Oliver Jeffers tackles in this week’s interview with Christiana, Tom and Paul, as he delves into how he performs this perspective shift by ‘simple optics’ in his award winning picture books and visual art. Whether brought on by an experience of art, science, religious practice, grief, love or parenthood, there is a need for us all to undergo a change in perspective and see beyond our day to day concerns and routines to grow an awareness of ourselves as a human family with a shared duty to protect our Earth, our home, from growing climate catastrophe. Art like Oliver’s, provides the perfect vehicle for this transformational and necessary journey which we hope you will all join us on. Music this week from the incredible Presidio. Listen in! — Thank you to our guest this week, Oliver Jeffers. Instagram | Facebook | Twitter   Oliver delivered a series of free art classes for children (and adults) in partnership with Harrods in which he demonstrates how to draw some of his best loved characters from his books.   His website also includes more free activities for children and their families. An Ode to Living on the Earth is Oliver’s fantastic Ted Talk. The Moon, The Earth and Us is Oliver Jeffers 2019 art installation. This Way Up is the upside down map that Oliver Jeffers referenced in the interview.  More of Oliver Jeffers’ art work is available here. These are the temporary tattoos that Clay wants. Here is the Dipped Painting Project. — Our musical guest this week is Presidio! Stream their latest EP - ‘Telepathy’ - Listen to “Unwind” Facebook | Instagram — Keep up with Christiana Figueres here: Instagram | Twitter — Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn — Paul Dickinson is on LinkedIn! LinkedIn — Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
11/02/21·1h 6m

87. The Future of Urban Transport

This is our fourth and final episode of an Outrage + Optimism investigative series on The Future of Transport. In 2019, UN Secretary General stated that “cities are where the climate battle will largely be won or lost” and he couldn’t be more right. With seven out of ten people expected to live in urban areas by 2050, and cities currently consuming ⅔ of the world’s energy, the need to transition off of fossil fuel based urban transport has never been more urgent. But how do we solve deadly air pollution, traffic congestion, overcrowding while securing racial justice and a just transition for marginalized communities? The answer might surprise you. From flying taxis and high speed pods, to better bus routes and bike lanes, the urban transport solutions of the future look as unique and varied as the cities they might one day serve. The future of sustainable cities will mean that billions of citizens can safely get around and enjoy healthy, equitable lives in our urban spaces. From Sao Paulo to London, Montreal to Kampala, Our hosts Christiana Figueres, Tom Rivett-Carnac, and Paul Dickinson  speak to transport planners, pioneers and professors, all rising to the challenge of creating more sustainable cities.    —   Listen to the previous episodes of our miniseries here - The Future of Transport   This series is sponsored by NESTE Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn | Instagram   —   Guests this week:   Kevin Manaugh: Associate professor in the Department of Geography and The Bieler School of Environment at McGill University Twitter | LinkedIn | Twitter (McGill)   Pia Heidenmark Cook: Chief Sustainability Officer, Ingka Group Twitter | LinkedIn | Twitter (IKEA)   Robin Chase: Co-founder of Zipcar, Veniam, NUMO Twitter | LinkedIn | Twitter (NUMO)   Claire Birungi: Institute for Transportation & Development Policy, Country Manager, Uganda Twitter (ITDPA) | Facebook (ITDPA) | Instagram (ITDPA)   Sergio Avelleda: Urban Mobility Director at the World Resources Institute Ross Center For Sustainable Cities LinkedIn | Twitter (WRI) | Facebook (WRI) | LinkedIn (WRI)   Jay Walder: CEO Virgin Hyperloop LinkedIn | Twitter (VH) | Facebook (VH) | LinkedIn (VH) | Instagram (VH) | YouTube (VH)   Florian Reuter: CEO Volocopter LinkedIn | Facebook (Volo) | Instagram (Volo) | Twitter (Volo) | LinkedIn (Volo)   Shirley Rodrigues: London’s Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy Twitter | Twitter (LDN) | LinkedIn   —   Keep up with Christiana Figueres here: Instagram | Twitter    —   Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   —   Paul Dickinson is on LinkedIn! LinkedIn   —   Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
04/02/21·1h 8m

86. The Scientific Case for The Race to Zero with Johan Rockström

Welcome to Season 3! With a renewed sense of optimism felt around the world with the inauguration of President Joe Biden in the United States this month, our collective sigh of relief is quickly met with the sobering reality of the moment - Nature’s systems are collapsing and we are running out of time to stop irreversible changes to our planet. The science is clear. If we do not rapidly cut global greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% in 2030, we will push our Earth beyond the ‘planetary boundaries’ that have sustained life for millions upon millions of years. So what exactly are these ‘planetary boundaries’ we are dangerously approaching, and what are the science-based solutions to achieve our 2030 emissions target? Is there hope for our future? Our guest this week, Johan Rockström, is here to present the sobering, scientific case for why science demands a united global commitment for the race to zero. Johan Rockström is an internationally recognised scientist and director of the Potsdam Institute of Climate Impact Research. He is best known for his influential work on the ‘planetary boundaries’ framework on which he has delivered two outstanding Ted Talks, the most recent as part of the Ted Countdown series. Stick around for an unbelievable music performance from Ayoni! — Help us shape Season 3 of Outrage + Optimism by filling out our short listener survey!  – Thank you! — Thank you to our guest this week, Johan Rockström. Twitter | Twitter (PIK) | Facebook (PIK) | LinkedIn (PIK)   Watch two of his TED Talks mentioned in the episode here: 10 Years to Transform The Future of Humanity - or Destabilize The Planet 5 Transformational Policies For a Prosperous and Sustainable World — Our musical guest this week is Ayoni! Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Spotify | YouTube — Keep up with Christiana Figueres here: Instagram | Twitter — Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn — Paul Dickinson is on LinkedIn! LinkedIn — Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!   0:59 (5:45) [15.22]
28/01/21·1h 9m

BONUS: U.S. Inauguration Special with Gina McCarthy

Today we witness history, the 59th United States Presidential Inauguration. And a long time coming, right? It’s been 4 years of destructive and incompetent leadership on climate from the United States federal government, but today the U.S. is BACK. Not only formally back in the Paris Climate Agreement, but back at the table with leadership and new positions in the White House creating the policy, action, and messaging around climate action. So who better to talk to on this historic day than the incoming National Climate Policy Chief, and a beloved friend of this podcast, Gina McCarthy. Most recently President and CEO of NRDC, she was also the 13th administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under President Obama, where she ushered in a paradigm shift in national environmental policy, which expressly linked it to global public health. Literally on her way to receive her COVID vaccine in DC so she can work at the White House, Gina pulled over to talk about what we can expect from this new office, new administration, and new moment. — Help us shape Season 3 of Outrage + Optimism by filling out our short listener survey!  – Thank you! — Thank you to our guest this week, Gina McCarthy! Follow Gina McCarthy on Twitter Click Here to listen to our previous episode with Gina. — Keep up with Christiana Figueres here: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook — Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn — Paul Dickinson is on LinkedIn! LinkedIn — Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
20/01/21·52m 39s

85. The Future of Shipping

This is our third episode of an Outrage + Optimism investigative series on The Future of Transport. With 2020 barely in the rearview mirror, the pandemic rages on across the globe, new variants bringing concern and unified collective action to the forefront as a rapidly developed vaccine begins being administered as we speed into 2021. That same resolve needs to be applied to climate change and the sectors in most urgent need of decarbonisation. And this week, we dive into the future of sustainable shipping. We rarely ever think about the things we buy as being transported by sea, but shipping has been the backbone of global economies for thousands of years and today accounts for 90% of world trade. It is responsible for 2-3% of global emissions which if it were a country, would put it on a par with Germany - the world’s sixth biggest emitter. The challenge to decarbonise shipping is huge. With around 60,000 vessels currently in operation emissions are expected to be 50% higher in 2050 than in 2018. So how to turn this ship around? Our hosts Christiana Figueres, Tom Rivett-Carnac, and Paul Dickinson speak to scientists, CEOs, politicians and pioneers committed to charting a course to a more sustainable shipping future. — Help us shape Season 3 of Outrage + Optimism by filling out our short listener survey!  – Thank you! Listen to the previous episodes of our miniseries here - The Future of Transport   This series is sponsored by NESTE Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn | Instagram   —   Guests this week   Jutta Paulus, MEP, Greens/EFA Twitter | Facebook | Instagram   Erik Lewenhaupt, Head of Sustainability, Stena Line Twitter | Stena Line   Jacques Vandermeiren, CEO, Port of Antwerp LinkedIn | Twitter   Peter Hinchliffe, Former Secretary General, International Chamber of Shipping Twitter   Louis-Noel Vivies, Managing Director, Energy Observer  Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Website   Diane Gilpin, CEO and founder, Smart Green Shipping Twitter | LinkedIn | Website   Simon Bullock, Researcher, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of Manchester  Twitter | Twitter (Tyndall Manchester)   James Mason, Researcher, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of Manchester  Twitter | Twitter (Tyndall Centre)   Nishan Degnarain, Chair, Ocean Finance Initiative, London School of Economics Twitter   Søren Skou, CEO of A.P. Møller - Mærsk Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram | Søren’s LinkedIn   Jules Kortenhorst, CEO of Rocky Mountain Institute  Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram | Jules’ LinkedIn   —   Keep up with Christiana Figueres here: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook   —   Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   —   Paul Dickinson is on LinkedIn! LinkedIn   —   Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
15/01/21·58m 24s

BONUS: A Great Regeneration with Andrew Higham and Mission 2020

A special bonus episode for a little inspiration as 2021 begins! Christiana Figueres and the Outrage + Optimism gang chat with Andrew Higham, Chief Executive of Mission 2020 as its mission comes to a close. Mission 2020 was born out of the Paris Agreement to harness the momentum it brought about to ensure the urgency of the global climate conversation would be followed up by ambitious and daring action. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, 2020 did mark a turning point in tackling the climate crisis, with unprecedented commitment to achieving net zero emissions by 2050 at the latest, from governments, countries, regions, companies, investors and citizens. Now that 2020 has come and gone, what needs to happen next?  Through consultation with hundreds of climate leaders from the grassroots to the highest levels and from all around the world, we chat with M2020 about the underlying principles of the “Prelude to A Great Regeneration” which sets a vision for the remaining nine years of this Decisive Decade. By 2030 we have to cut greenhouse gas emissions globally by at least 50% and actively restore our natural world. Woven through the rich visions, it is our hopes and dreams for the future, and a common desire for something altogether new to emerge from this moment: a world that is kinder, braver, more equal and more just.   —   Click the link below to read along.   ‘Prelude to a Great Regeneration’   —   Help us shape Season 3 of Outrage + Optimism by filling out our short listener survey!  – Thank you!   —   Keep up with Christiana Figueres here: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook   —   Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   —   Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   —   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
06/01/21·41m 29s

84. The 2020 Christmas Lectures: A User's Guide to Planet Earth with Dr. Helen Czerski, Prof. Chris Jackson and Dr. Tara Shine

With the first year in the most decisive decade in history coming to a close, we wrap up Season 2 of Outrage and Optimism by being visited by 3 Christmas Ghos...ahem...Scientists. ...That’s a Charles Dickens joke. But all joking aside, you are in for a real treat this episode. The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures have taken place every Christmas since 1825 in the UK. Started as a way to educate the public about science, it has become an annual tradition loved by families across the globe, both adults and children alike. So in this episode, Christiana Figueres and Paul Dickinson sit down with the three Christmas Lecturers this year, Dr. Helen Czerski, Professor Chris Jackson, and Dr. Tara Shine, all expert scientists from different fields who will be addressing the unique challenge of climate change by unravelling our astonishing global systems and remarkable natural wonders that combine to keep life on Earth alive. This year the program is titled, “Planet Earth: A User’s Guide And don’t be fooled. “Lecture” might be a bit dull of a term to describe what happens at this annual event. Explosions, experiments, and demonstrations abound in this exciting and engaging program. So grab your popcorn and hot chocolate, and listen in as we are visited by 3 different scientists this Christmas - Each guiding us to see a perspective on how we can each protect our climate from changing and create a more equitable and sustainable world.   —   Please fill out our listener survey! - Thank you!   Don’t forget to join ‘Count Us In’ with your practical steps towards protecting our planet against climate change!   —   The 2020 Christmas Lecturers:   Dr. Helen Czerski Twitter | Website   Professor Chris Jackson Twitter   Dr. Tara Shine Twitter | Instagram | Website   —   Read More about this year’s Christmas Lectures   Learn more about how you can support The Royal Institution HERE   Check out our previous episode with Dr. Tara Shine! —   Keep up with Christiana Figueres here: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook   —   Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   —   Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   —   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
25/12/20·48m 29s

83. How Europe is Racing to Zero with Frans Timmermans and Nigel Topping

The Climate Ambition Summit this week announced some of the most ambitious Nationally Determined Contributions we have seen to date. And so with the European Commission announcing it’s target of 55% GHG reductions by 2030, the world has optimistically moved even closer to limiting warming to only 1.5C. So, what set of actual policies, financing, social protections and market incentives will guide the EU towards achieving this ambitious target? The European Green Deal. It’s a set of bold policies guaranteeing “economic growth decoupled from resource use” as well as ensuring “no place and no person is left behind.” Our guest this week is a major champion for The Green Deal, First Vice President of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans. Frans shares his deeply emotional family connection to our responsibility in this historic moment, and we discuss his passion for climate when it comes to radical shifts in energy that bring about redistribution of wealth and justice to the inequality crisis.   And stick around for a performance from Rhys Lewis!   —   Please fill out our listener survey! - Thank you!   Don’t forget to join ‘Count Us In’ with your practical steps towards protecting our planet against climate change!   —   Rhys Lewis Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube   —   Frans Timmermans Twitter | Instagram | Facebook   EU Climate Action Twitter | Instagram   —   Nigel Topping Twitter | LinkedIn Keep up with Christiana Figueres here: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook   —   Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   —   Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   —   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
18/12/20·1h 5m

82. The Paris Effect with Laurence Tubiana

Show notes: The Paris Effect   On December 12th, 2015 the landmark Paris Agreement was adopted by 195 countries as the first unanimously agreed climate change treaty. It has become a symbol of collaboration, a spirit of shared interest merging harmoniously with enlightened self-interest. This weekend is the 5th anniversary of the Paris Agreement’s adoption and, as we near the end of an extremely challenging 2020, it’s time to celebrate the phenomenal changes that have happened and are happening in the real economy. We have not one, but two phenomenal guests this week.   France's former Climate Change Ambassador and Special Representative for the 2015 COP21 Climate Change Conference in Paris, Laurence Tubiana, joins us to discuss the nail-biting process with our hosts, Christiana Figueres, who oversaw the delivery of the Paris Agreement as the former UN Climate Chief at the time, Tom Rivett-Carnac (former chief political strategist for Figueres) and Paul Dickinson, Executive Chair of CDP. This is a no holding back chat about how history was made, their outrage about what has not happened yet, and the extraordinary achievements that have already taken place – now known as the Paris Effect.    Also, we have an Outrage + Optimism SURPRISE conversation with New York City based band, AJR plus an exclusive performance of their global hit, Burn the House Down (figuratively, not literally!).   --- Please answer our listener survey   Think-tank Systemiq offers this excellent report, The Paris Effect.   World leaders gather on December 12th 2020 for a Climate Ambition Summit.   ---   AJR Twitter  |  Instagram  |  Facebook   ---   Laurence Tubiana   Twitter  |  LinkedIn   ---   Keep up with Christiana Figueres here: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook   —   Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   —   Follow @GlobalOptimism  Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   —   Don’t forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don’t miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
11/12/20·1h 21m

81. Climate Justice and Racial Justice with David Lammy

Around the world In 2020, we saw an unprecedented rise in activism surrounding Black Lives Matter and the call for racial and social justice. But if there’s one enormous takeaway for those marching for the climate, it is that our fight for climate justice is inextricably linked to our fight for racial justice. BIPOC have suffered, are suffering, and will continue to disproportionately suffer the harshest effects of climate change. Unacceptable. So what clear actions can organizations, individuals, and institutions take to rectify this massive injustice? Taking us to the heart of the matter this week is our guest, British MP David Lammy. David Lammy was the first black Briton to study at Harvard Law School and practised as a barrister before entering politics. He has served as the MP for Tottenham since 2000 and as Shadow Secretary of State for Justice and Shadow Lord Chancellor in Keir Starmer's Shadow Cabinet since 2020. David is one of Parliament’s most prominent and successful campaigners for social justice. His recent TED Talk titled “Climate Justice Can’t Happen Without Racial Justice” has amassed millions of views and has become required viewing for anyone involved in climate action. Stick around to the end for a special musical performance from Blackout Problems!   —   David Lammy TED Talk | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook   —   Blackout Problems Music | “Dark Days Episode 3” | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook Pre-Order Their Upcoming Album ‘DARK’ - Releasing Jan 15th   —   Keep up with Christiana Figueres here: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook   —   Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   —   Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   —   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
04/12/20·1h 3m

80. The Future of Fuels

This is our second episode of an Outrage + Optimism investigative series on The Future of Transport. There’s no denying that for over a century, fossil fuels have played a key role in humanity’s progress. But at a cost. They account for two-thirds of global greenhouse-gas emissions, and the pollution from burning them kills more than 4 million people a year. So in a year where cars sat unused, and oil prices crashed...what is the future of fuels? We know that in order to meet the Paris Agreement, we need to reduce CO2 emissions by 50% by 2030. Because even though COVID-19 is expected to reduce energy-related CO2 emissions by 7% this year, we need massive changes in how we move people and things. So will we see the end of the internal combustion engine? How will the world go electric? Can hydrogen scale to meet our energy demands? Our hosts Tom Rivett-Carnac, Christiana Figueres and Paul Dickinson pull out the roadmap to a zero-emission future, hit the road looking for answers to a decarbonized transport sector with experts who are in the driver's seat. Read Tom’s blog to find out more from behind the scenes. Watch David Lammy’s TED Talk before listening next week! — This series is sponsored by NESTE  Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn | Instagram — Guests this week:   Ramez Naam, Singularity University Twitter | LinkedIn   Monica Araya, Climate Champion Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn | Instagram | Ted Talk   Mary Nichols, CA Air and Resources Board Twitter | CARB   Martin Daum, Daimler Twitter | LinkedIn | Instagram   Alejandro Agag, Formula E Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn | YouTube   Craig Knight, Hyzon Motors Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook | Craig LinkedIn   Sara Forni, CERES Twitter | CERES   Robert Llewellyn, Fully Charged Twitter | FC Twitter | Fully Charged YouTube   —   Keep up with Christiana Figueres here: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook   —   Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   —   Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   —   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
27/11/20·58m 38s

79. Everything Is Possible with Sanda Ojiambo

After 4 intolerable years of you-know-who in the US, this week there seems to be a brief moment of calm. But while many of us are catching our breath, the world is transforming how it will conduct business as usual by pressing the proverbial ‘reset’ button on what appears to be “everything we do and how we do it.” - to quote Lindsay Levin. And this is the perfect moment to reset everything, right? We’ve seen economic inequality grow exponentially, we’ve seen the gender gap resist closing, and we’ve watched the climate crisis reveal itself not just on television, but in our own backyards. And, not to mention, COVID. But in 2020, there’s one person who believes everything is possible. Sanda Ojiambo is Executive Director and CEO of the United Nations Global Compact, the first African citizen to be appointed to the post, and second woman! We meet her on this episode in week 5 of her life in New York City after relocating from Nairobi for the job. Sanda brings her brilliant mind and stubborn optimism to leading the business world on accomplishing the SDGs in this historic and unprecedented time.   Stick around to the end to hear an intimate live performance with Gaeya!   ---   Click Here to Vote for ‘The Future We Choose’ Goodreads Choice Awards!   ---   Gaeya Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | ‘Contact’ Live Music Video   ---   Sanda Ojiambo Twitter | Read About Sanda | UN Global Compact   --- Keep up with Christiana Figueres here: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook   MyGridGB on Twitter   —   Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   —   Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   —   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
20/11/20·57m 57s

78. Adrenaline, Stamina and Joy with Xiye Bastida

With young voter turnout in the US election the highest it has been in 40 years, President-Elect Joe Biden is heading to the White House with a mandate to address the climate crisis head on, following on his promises he made during his campaign. So along with the shock of having a President that acknowledges the climate crisis poses some absolutely crucial questions: What do we do with someone in power who is listening to climate activists? What do we focus on achieving first? How do we work with someone who will inevitably not go as far as we want them to go on climate? Who wins, and in what order in a multi-polar political world? Our special guest this week has an incredible perspective on the intersectionality of climate and social justice, and is mobilizing and energizing tens of thousands of people to raise their voices and bring about a world where things like food sovereignty is law, and we don’t see trees and oceans as natural resources but sacred elements. Xiye Bastida is a Mexican-Chilean climate activist and member of the indigenous Mexican Otomi-Toltec nation. She is one of the major organizers of Fridays for Future New York City and has been a leading voice for indigenous and immigrant visibility in climate activism. She is on the administration committee of the People's Climate Movement and a member of Sunrise Movement and Extinction Rebellion. She is co-founder of Re-Earth Initiative, an international not for profit organization that is inclusive and intersectional “just as the climate movement should be.” Stick around for a live performance from musical artist, Millie Turner!   ---   Millie Turner Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | ‘Underwater’ Music Video   ---   Xiye Bastida TED Talk | TED Countdown Session 3 | Re-Earth Initiative   ---   Keep up with Christiana Figueres here: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook   —   Tom Rivett-Carnac: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn   —   Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn   —   Don't forget to hit SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss another episode of Outrage + Optimism!
13/11/20·59m 53s