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Give up your climate guilt. Sharpen your curiosity. Join Dr. Leah Stokes and Dr. Katharine Wilkinson as they tell stories about the powerful forces behind climate change — and the tools we have to fix it. This show makes sense of big climate questions and critical topics. Our episodes are filled with stories of bold climate leadership, groundbreaking campaigns, and people doing their best to be part of the solution.

A Matter of Degrees is produced in partnership with FRQNCY Media, The 2035 Initiative at UC Santa Barbara, and The All We Can Save Project.

A Matter of Degrees Dr. Leah Stokes, Dr. Katharine Wilkinson

    • Government
    • 5.0 • 6 Ratings

Give up your climate guilt. Sharpen your curiosity. Join Dr. Leah Stokes and Dr. Katharine Wilkinson as they tell stories about the powerful forces behind climate change — and the tools we have to fix it. This show makes sense of big climate questions and critical topics. Our episodes are filled with stories of bold climate leadership, groundbreaking campaigns, and people doing their best to be part of the solution.

A Matter of Degrees is produced in partnership with FRQNCY Media, The 2035 Initiative at UC Santa Barbara, and The All We Can Save Project.

    “What Can I Do?” Part 2 — The Professional

    “What Can I Do?” Part 2 — The Professional

    In this episode, we continue to unpack the question “What can I do?” The second installment of our miniseries zeroes in on our professional lives — ways to approach climate action within the workplace. We learn that almost any job can be a climate job. And, if need be, we can pursue “career divestment.”

    This episode features Amanda Suter Gallardo, deputy petroleum administrator for the City of Los Angeles and former Terra.do fellow, and Jamie Alexander, founding director of Drawdown Labs at the climate solutions nonprofit Project Drawdown. 

    For more info on the online climate school Amanda attended, head to Terra.do. For more info on making your job a climate job, check out Jamie’s TEDx Talk and Drawdown Labs’ guide to Climate Solutions at Work. Want to build community and seed climate action with colleagues? Try All We Can Save Circles tailored for the workplace. Need help glimpsing your professional future? Take the Green New Careers assessment from the Sunrise Movement. 

    We also mentioned The Drawdown Review (free to download!), Dr. Beth Sawin’s Twitter wisdom, the company Canopy (formerly RightHandGreen), the Instagram account Future Earth, co-curated by Max Moinian, and UndauntedK12, started by Jonathan Klein.

    Next time, our miniseries will turn from the realm of The Professional to the realm of The Political. Are you digging the show? Be sure to subscribe, and leave us a rating or review!

    • 49 min
    “What Can I Do?” Part 1 — The Personal

    “What Can I Do?” Part 1 — The Personal

    As climate people, we hear this question again and again: “What can I do?” Many of us are trying to figure out how to help address the climate crisis. So, we’re taking on that critical question in a three-part miniseries. The first episode is all about The Personal — key ways we can act on climate in our own lives and create meaningful, durable change. Hint: it involves stoves and cash.

    This episode features Sarah Lazarovic, artist, writer, and head of communications and brand at Rewiring America, and Marilyn Waite, managing director of the Climate Finance Fund and author of Sustainability at Work. 

    For more info on electrifying your home, head to Rewiring America’s guide to Electrify Everything in Your Home. For more info on moving your money, turn to Marilyn’s guide to Sustainable Banking and Investing. Also mentioned: Carbon Collective, Sphere, Atmos Bank, and Earth Equity Advisors.

    Be sure to check out Sarah’s comic “100 Things You Can Do to Help in the Climate Crisis,” her book A Bunch of Pretty Things I Did Not Buy, and her newsletter Minimum Viable Planet. We quoted from Leah’s essay “A Field Guide for Transformation,” in the anthology All We Can Save that Katharine co-edited, and Bill McKibben’s invaluable newsletter The Crucial Years.

    Next time, our miniseries will turn from the realm of The Personal to the realm of The Professional. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts and don’t miss a single episode this season!

    • 55 min
    Welcome to Season 3 of A Matter of Degrees

    Welcome to Season 3 of A Matter of Degrees

    Welcome back, climate-curious friends — it’s time for Season 3 of A Matter of Degrees. This season we’ll tackle some critical topics and big questions, starting with one we’re all asking when it comes to the climate crisis: “What can I do?”

    Season 3 kicks off (September 15!) with a three-part miniseries to answer that question. We’ll talk with some brilliant folks and illuminate what we can do personally, professionally, and politically. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg...in a good way. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts and don’t miss a single episode this season!

    You can follow us on Twitter @degreespod, @leahstokes, and @DrKWilkinson, and on Instagram @drkwilkinson.

    • 2 min
    This is a Big (Climate) Deal: What’s in the Inflation Reduction Act?

    This is a Big (Climate) Deal: What’s in the Inflation Reduction Act?

    Welcome back to A Matter of Degrees! While we’ve been hard at work producing season three of the show, the climate movement has been going through a lot of twists and turns. Most recently, after announcing he would not support climate investments in a budget reconciliation deal, Senator Joe Manchin abruptly made a historic climate deal with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer: the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA).

    The bill includes $369 billion of climate investments. We can’t overstate the significance of this opportunity — modeling shows the IRA, if passed, would cut emissions 37-41% below 2005 levels by 2030. That gets us 80% of the way to cutting emissions in half this decade and meeting President Biden’s climate goals. In this bonus episode, we acknowledge the harmful flaws in the deal, lay out the modeling of its climate impacts, and call on first the Senate, then the House of Representatives to vote and pass it now.

    This episode features a live conversation co-hosted by Evergreen Action, featuring Senator Ed Markey, Representative Pramila Jayapal, and Reverend Lennox Yearwood, Jr.

    Resources:

    Evergreen Action: What Is the Climate Impact of the Inflation Reduction Act?

    Call4Climate.com (a free and easy tool to call your Congressmembers)

    Rhodium Group: A Congressional Climate Breakthrough (initial IRA modeling)

    Energy Innovation: Modeling the Senate Reconciliation Bill Using the Energy Policy Simulator (comprehensive IRA modeling)

    Abbie Dillen, President of Earthjustice (on the real world impact of the harmful fossil fuel concessions in the IRA)

    Hip Hop Caucus (using the power of our cultural expression to empower communities who are first and worst impacted by injustice)


    Follow our co-hosts and special guests::

    Leah Stokes

    Katharine Wilkinson

    Evergreen Action

    Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr.

    Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA)

    Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA)

    • 1 hr 3 min
    How Gender Equality Can Save The Planet

    How Gender Equality Can Save The Planet

    This episode is a collaboration between A Matter Of Degrees and the Gimlet podcast How To Save A Planet.
    Take a look at many of the spaces where climate-related decisions are being made — from government to business to media — and you'll notice a numbers problem. Despite being roughly half the people on the planet, women rarely have equal representation in critical climate decision-making spaces. This isn’t just bad for women. It’s bad for everyone. 
    In this episode, Dr. Katharine Wilkinson (our host) and Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson (host of Spotify's How To Save A Planet)  take a deep dive into the data behind this idea. They speak with two sociologists about how gender inequality in climate leadership can deepen the harmful impacts of climate change, and also hinder policy changes. 
    They also speak with someone who has seen firsthand how women can transform an entire nation when they lead on climate.
    This episode features Dr. Christina Ergas, Anne Karpf, and Wanjira Mathai.
    Resources:

    We Do’s Gender Climate Tracker

    Emily's List (an organization that helps Democratic women and non-binary people run for office)

    Higher Heights (invests in Black women’s leadership)

    She The People (focused on helping women of color run for office)

    Matriarch (focused on helping progressive women run for office)

    She Should Run (helps women regardless of political affiliation)

    Global Witness (organization that assists environmental defenders)

    Follow our co-hosts and production team:

    Leah Stokes

    Katharine Wilkinson

    Stephen Lacey

    Jaime Kaiser

    Dalvin Aboagye

    A Matter of Degrees is a production of Post Script Audio. For more episodes, visit our website.

    • 52 min
    Paid in Blood

    Paid in Blood

    In the jungles of the Brazilian Amazon, groups of farmers and their families get by on what they can grow with the land beneath their feet. They're known in Brazil as “landless workers,” a social movement with the goal of increasing land access and ownership for the country’s rural poor. 
    These landless workers -- sometimes called land guardians or protectors -- are a symbol for the power imbalances that have destroyed the Amazon.
    Atmos Climate Editor Yessenia Funes brings us a story about one landless worker named Fernando dos Santos Araújo.
    In 2017, Fernando witnessed the massacre of his fellow landless workers on a small farm in Pará, Brazil. His story illustrates the violent tactics that the government and wealthy landowners use to protect their power.
    This episode features Ana Aranha, a documentary filmmaker in Brazil, and Ivi Oliveira from the nonprofit Frontline Defenders. 
    Resources:

    The Print Version Of Yessenia’s Story

    Frontline Defenders

    Global Witness 2020 Environmental and Land Defenders Report


    The Frontline, Yessenia’s bi-weekly newsletter 

    Follow our co-hosts and production team:

    Leah Stokes

    Katharine Wilkinson

    Stephen Lacey

    Jaime Kaiser

    Dalvin Aboagye

    A Matter of Degrees is a production of Post Script Audio. For more episodes, visit our website.

    • 35 min

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This is such a great podcast. I love our two presenters and the stories they bring about climate. Very much worth a listen. Five stars

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