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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.

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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.

    Two Years to Save The World? With Simon Stiell

    Two Years to Save The World? With Simon Stiell

    In this week’s episode, Tom files an exclusive report live from London, where he's on the ground covering Simon Stiell's highly anticipated Chatham House speech, "Two Years to Save the World". Not stopping there, Tom also snags a quick interview with Simon right after the event. 
    Back in the studio, Christiana, Paul, and Tom dive headfirst into the heart of Simon's speech. They navigate through the maze of mixed public reactions it sparked, delving into the underlying tensions it brought to light. 
     
    NOTES AND RESOURCES
     
    GUEST
    Simon Stiell, Executive Secretary at United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
    LinkedIn | Facebook | Twitter
     
    Here are two links to excellent initiatives seeking to help investors evaluate government performance on policy:
    ASCOR: https://www.ascorproject.org/ 
    Climatescope: https://www.global-climatescope.org/
     
    Check out Greg Cochrane’s LinkedIn Post on Billie Eilish’s Vinyl Release
    Extended Listening - Be sure to listen + subscribe to both Sounds Like A Plan + Midnight Chats
    Listen + Subscribe to The Way Out Is In!
     
    To listen to our recent mini-series, Our Story of Nature: From Rupture to Reconnection visit the dedicated Website page, which includes unedited versions of interviews with our wonderful guests.
     
    Learn more about the Paris Agreement.
     
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    • 38 min
    Krista Tippett: Her Story of Nature

    Krista Tippett: Her Story of Nature

    In this week's special episode, while our team takes a well-deserved break, we're excited to present an exclusive, unedited conversation between Christiana Figueres, Isabel Cavelier Adarve, and the award-winning Krista Tippett, host of "On Being." Join us as we delve into "Our Story of Nature: From Rupture to Reconnection."
    Take a moment to relax and immerse yourself in this expansive and inspiring dialogue. Krista opens up about her personal thoughts, feelings, and experiences with nature, offering a fresh perspective that's sure to leave a lasting impact. Get ready to see the natural world in a whole new light after tuning in!
    Krista Tippett is a Peabody Award-winning broadcaster, New York Times bestselling author, and host of the acclaimed podcast "On Being." Renowned for her insightful interviews exploring the intersection of spirituality, ethics, and humanity, Tippett's work fosters meaningful dialogue and reflection. With her distinctive blend of curiosity and empathy, she invites listeners to engage in conversations that inspire deeper understanding and connection in today's complex world.
     
    NOTES AND RESOURCES
     
    GUEST
    Krista Tippett, award-winning journalist, author and host of On Being podcast
    Website | LinkedIn | Instagram | Facebook
     
    For more unedited versions of our wonderful guest conversations from our recent mini-series Our Story of Nature: From Rupture to Reconnection please visit the dedicated  Website page
    Learn more about the Paris Agreement.
     
    It’s official, we’re a TED Audio Collective Podcast - Proof!
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    • 40 min
    Impatient for Change with Hannah Ritchie

    Impatient for Change with Hannah Ritchie

    This week, the hosts welcome Hannah Ritchie, Deputy Editor at Our World in Data and a Senior Researcher at the University of Oxford as our guest and discuss her book ‘Not the End of the World, How We Can Be the First Generation to Build a Sustainable Planet’.  
    In this compelling episode, join the hosts and special guest Hannah as they delve into the intricate dynamics of data, cautious optimism, and doom narratives within the climate community. Don't miss out as we explore the crucial role these elements play in shaping perspectives and driving action. Plus, Hannah treats us to an insightful reading from her remarkable work, offering a poignant addition to our discussion. Tune in for a thought-provoking dialogue you won't want to miss!
    Music comes from Fran Lusty with her pop-folk ballad ‘I Hate My Job’. Fran is an Indie-folk singer-songwriter born in Cambridge with Norwegian roots, see her pages below to listen to more of her soul-stirring nature inspired songs.

    NOTES AND RESOURCES
     
    GUEST
    Hannah Ritchie, Deputy Editor at Our World in Data and a Senior Researcher at the University of Oxford
    Sustainability by numbers | Our World in Data | Twitter (X)
    You can buy her book here: Not the End of the World, How We Can Be the First Generation to Build a Sustainable Planet
     
    MUSIC
    Fran Lusty
    Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | Youtube
     
    People of the State of California v. Big Oil / The text of the lawsuit is here
     
    Our Story of Nature, Deep Dive Series Website
     
    Learn more about the Paris Agreement.
     
    It’s official, we’re a TED Audio Collective Podcast - Proof!
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    • 52 min
    Our Story of Nature: From Rupture to Reconnection - Over to You!

    Our Story of Nature: From Rupture to Reconnection - Over to You!

    This week, our hosts are rejoined by the incredible Isabel Cavelier Adarve. Tune in to hear them answer some of the brilliant questions listeners sent in following Christiana’s and Isa’s launch of their masterful recent mini-series, Our Story of Nature: From Rupture to Reconnection.

    Christiana, Isabel, Tom and Paul muse on an intriguing range of questions from ‘how to teach citizens and governments about nature’ to ‘could bioliteracy transform things’? The hosts dive deep into philosophical questions about the role of religion, and more prosaic ones about supermarket food. They propose that it is possible, if we want, to sustain, and improve our relationships with nature wherever we are, whether in the heart of the city, or deep in the forest. Also, Tom tries to read out a question in Spanish and threatens to mastermind a presidential bid on behalf of Christiana!


    NOTES AND RESOURCES

    Isabel Cavelier Adarve, Co-Founder of Mundo Comun
    LinkedIn | Twitter


    Links to Our Story of Nature episodes:

    Our Story of Nature - From Rupture to Reconnection - Episode 1

    Our Story of Nature - From Rupture to Reconnection - Episode 2

    Our Story of Nature - From Rupture to Reconnection - Episode 3


    Our Story of Nature Intro Music - Catalina by Tru Genesis


    More on Xiye Bastida who features in the show.
     
    Paul’s Book Recommendation - Small is Beautiful by E.F. Schumacher
     
    The full, unedited interviews from the mini-series can be found HERE



    Learn more about the Paris Agreement.

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    • 1 hr 4 min
    SOTU: Unpacking Biden's Vision and The IRA

    SOTU: Unpacking Biden's Vision and The IRA

    This week, we bring you a US democracy special, discussing Joe Biden’s energetic State of the Union Address in which climate action played a significant role, and also the new guidelines from the Securities and Exchange Commission, a move which has seen the Commission attract a slew of legal challenges from both sides of the climate divide. The hosts ask: can Biden’s campaign for presidency in 2024 unite the partisan divide around climate change and if not, how can we protect the progress that the IRA has already made in the US in the face of a Trump victory? 
    To help us unpack all of this, we have the force of nature and great friend of the podcast, Gina McCarthy, former White House National Climate Advisor and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator. Today, Gina is a Senior Advisor at Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Managing Co-Chair of the America Is All In Coalition, and a Senior Fellow at The Fletcher School’s Climate Policy Lab at Tufts University. She is also an Operating Advisor at Pegasus Capital Advisors and a Senior Advisor at TPG Rise Climate Fund. She serves as co-chair of the India-U.S. Track II Dialogue on Energy and Climate Change, and on the Board of Directors for the Energy Foundation and the Resources Legacy Foundation.
    Music this week comes from James Hastings with his beautiful song ‘Mother’. James is a singer-songwriter whose unique brand of eco-conscious alt-folk conjures up wild, earthy textures enfolded in ethereal, electronic landscapes.
     
    NOTES AND RESOURCES
     
    GUEST
    Gina McCarthy, former White House National Climate Advisor and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator
    Website 
     
    MUSIC
    James Hastings
    Website | Instagram | YouTube | Spotify
     
    Check out ‘The Forest Sessions’
     
    SEND IN YOUR Q’S FOR NEXT WEEK! - SPEAKPIPE LINK
     
    Learn more about the Paris Agreement.
     
    It’s official, we’re a TED Audio Collective Podcast - Proof!
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Female Leadership Can Unlock Systemic Change (International Women's Day 2024)

    Female Leadership Can Unlock Systemic Change (International Women's Day 2024)

    Get ready to celebrate International Women's Day with Tom and Christiana on Outrage + Optimism! We're discussing the fallout from Super Tuesday and the uphill battle for female parliamentary leadership. Plus, don't miss our exclusive interview with the incredible Gaia van der Esch! Tune in for insights, inspiration, and empowerment!
    Gaia van der Esch, is an executive in the non-profit and public sectors, a policy expert and author, and we discuss her book, "Leading Our Way: How Women Are Re-Defining Leadership". She is currently the Managing Director of a large international foundation working across 40+ countries to build a world with zero exclusion, zero carbon and zero poverty. 
    Laura Lucas closes this week's episode with her beautiful song, ‘The Sun Touches Everything’. Laura’s introspective songwriting is delivered by delicate vocals and dreamy instrumentation rooted in a warm, modern take on the indie-folk genre.
    And remember, if you'd like to be part of our miniseries, Our Story Of Nature, Christiana and Isabel will be answering your questions in a special episode on Thursday 21 March. Submit your questions now by emailing contact@globaloptimism.com with 'Audience Q&A' in the subject line. You can send your question in writing or as a video or voice note.
     
    NOTES AND RESOURCES
     
    GUEST
    Gaia van der Esch, CEO, Author of "Leading Our Way", Policy Expert
    Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | LinkedIn 
    Leading Our Way: How Women are Re-Defining Leadership, also available on Amazon 
     
    MUSIC
    Laura Lucas
    Website | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify
     
    Submit your question for Christiana +  Isa’s Q+A here
    Check out Climate Clock's Gender Parity Lifeline  which tracks the global averages of women in all national parliaments. 
    Learn more about the Paris Agreement.
     
    It’s official, we’re a TED Audio Collective Podcast - Proof!
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    • 1 hr 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
208 Ratings

208 Ratings

Abi Thomas ,

My weekly dose of inspiration

Hi Christiana, Tom & Paul, I started listening to your podcast in 2019 and so far it has inspired me to a) change my career from digital transformation to sustainability transformation b) get my Australian corporate to commit to an ambitious net zero goal of 2045 for Scope 1, 2 and 3 and c) plot with my best friend to spend 3 months in Costa Rica researching sustainability the Costa Rican way. Thank you for your inspiration and energy! Abi

ziyingyangcav ,

“drilled”

We need to build/strengthen an ‘on ramp’ for the ‘moveable middle’ - a wise takeaway

ccach ,

Thank you.

Thank you so much for the encouraging call out to Australia and for not losing faith in us despite our appallingly recalcitrant government over the last decades. There are so, so many of us who have been fighting so hard for this. This change of government is a brilliant result for grassroots people power. It’s also, not coincidentally, a sign of what happens to governments when they fail to heed the voices of women. Our politics has been smothered by the fossil fuel industry’s influence for so long but we have voted to break that stranglehold. We hoped for three independents and we got eight! This is just the beginning.

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