A podcast on climate change hosted by the Danish Minister of Climate, Energy and Utilities Dan Jørgensen. Inviting some of the world’s leading experts, policy makers and activists to share their thoughts with us. Not only to address the challenges and dilemmas inherent in climate change. But also to talk about its possible solutions.
Chris Anderson - How to spread good ideas about Climate Change
Solutions to climate change are ideas worth spreading. And that is what TED is all about.
On the sixth episode of Planet A’s fourth season, the curator of TED, Chris Anderson, spreads his ideas on how to make a good talk and address climate change in a way that excites and motivates people.
TED has been sharing big ideas on climate change for more than 15 years with prominent speakers like Al Gore, Bill Gates, and Prince William – as well as the host of this podcast, Dan Jørgensen.
So how do we push transformative ideas for the green transition moving forward?
Listen for yourself in this episode.
You can find the TED talks referenced here:
Al Gore: Averting the climate crisis
Dan Jørgensen: How wind energy could power Earth ... 18 times over
Tim Urban: Inside the mind of a procrastinator
Jason Box – What the Ice Can Tell Us About Climate Change
Sometimes having good talks on climate change requires a good listener. And we have one of the best in Professor Jason Box on the 5th episode of Planet A’s fourth season where Dan Jørgensen talks with the esteemed professor of glaciology about the state of the Greenland Ice Sheet and what it can tells us about the changing climate.
Jason Box has been co-author of the latest three assessment reports from IPCC and co-wrote the decisive UN report ‘Climate Change 2007’ for which the team was co-awarded the Nobel Peace prize the same year. He has also participated in more than 30 expeditions in Greenland to study climate changes and monitor the development of the ice sheet.
So what does the ice tell us?
Listen for yourself in this episode of Planet A.
Jonathan Safran Foer – How Breakfast Can Stem Climate Change
In the 4th episode of Planet A’s fourth season, Dan Jørgensen talks with the renowned American author, Jonathan Safran Foer.
His debut “Everything Is Illuminated” and his later novels “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” and “Here I Am” has established him as one of the most thought provoking American authors in this century.
Over the last decade his non-fiction books “Eating Animals” and “We Are the Weather – Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast” plunged him into the debate on climate change – and on this episode of Planet A.
And it all begins with what we eat for breakfast. Safran Foer proposes that we cut as many animal products as possible from our diet – until dinner. That way we can find comfort in the food we are used to eat, while still taking action on one of the biggest emission sources
Safran Foer suggests that we have overlooked what we can do about climate change ourselves. Thus, while we cannot change human nature, we can make choices about what we eat.
Dr. Debra Roberts – Adapt or die: The new IPCC report and our options for adapting to climate change
In the 3rd episode of Planet A’s fourth season, Dan Jørgensen talks with Dr. Debra Roberts co-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC).
The IPCC recently released its report ”Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability” that assesses the impact climate change could have on ecosystems, biodiversity and human communities.
Dr. Roberts calls the report a clear wake-up call that will force us to either ”adapt or die”.
For some animals, the latter option may become their fate. The report finds that - even if we meet the goal enshrined in the Paris Accord - there will be a severe loss of biodiversity.
Thus, an increase in global temperatures of 1.5° will ”very likely” result in the extinction of somewhere between 3 and 14 percent of the several thousand land dwelling species that the IPCC looked at.
Furthermore, a 5° increase in global temperatures could eradicate up to 48 % of the land based species.
Some developments - such as hydrological changes resulting from the retreat of glaciers – have already become irreversible, leading to more droughts and rising sea levels.
However, the report also outlines feasible and effective adaptation options, which can reduce risks to people and nature.
Dr. Roberts argues that to enable climate resilient development, it will require systemic change in everything from the way we produce energy to how we build cities and manage ecosystems.
Lutz Weischer – How to become a global climate champion?
In the 2nd episode of Planet A’s fourth season, Dan Jørgensen talks with Lutz Weischer, Head of Policy for the NGO Germanwatch.
Germanwatch works on a wide range of environmental issues, but is perhaps best known for its annual publication of “CCPI” - the Climate Change Performance Index.
As evident in numerous international assessments, the world is currently not on track to limit the rise of global temperatures to 1.5 degrees celsius and climate action is urgently needed.
Thus, the CCPI aims to enhance transparency in international climate politics and enables comparison of climate protection efforts and progress made by individual countries.
In this episode, Mr. Weischer explains how the CCPI compares the climate policies and actions of different countries. The CCPI is unusual in the way that the top-ranked country is in fourth place. Germanwatch argues that no country performs well enough to be ranked and achieve an overall very high rating. Accordingly, the first three positions in the overall ranking therefore remain empty as even though all countries were as committed as the current frontrunners, it would still not be enough to prevent dangerous climate change.
The index is produced in collaboration with the think tank NewClimate Institute and the Climate Action Network (CAN) - a global network of more than 1,300 civil society organizations in over 130 countries.
Joseph Nye – How is Soft Power the answer to a hard problem like Climate Change?
In the 1st episode of Planet A’s fourth season, Dan Jørgensen talks with Professor Joseph Nye of Harvard University.
Professor Nye gained global fame by introducing the term “soft power”, that is the ability of a country to persuade others to do what it wants – without using force or coercion.
In this episode of Planet A, he explains how soft power is particularly relevant to address transnational problems like climate change.
Professor Nye also talks about the increasing importance of exerting “power with” - rather than “power over” - other nations. To him, climate change is an example of a problem that no government can control by working alone – it demands collaboration with other governments.
Furthermore, he argues there are two great power shifts going on in this century.
One is a power shift from Europe and the US to Asia, particularly countries like China and India. The other great power shift is from vertical to horizontal power. That is the power shift from governments to non-governmental and transnational actors, which manifests itself at the COP-negotiations.
However, despite the rising influence of activists and the growing power of social media, nation-states remain the most important actors in the international system.
But we can only stem climate change if nation states strengthen international collaboration about creating common norms, rules and institutions.
Fin podcast og spændende at høre John Kerrys tanker - fint ansporet og ledet af ministeren.
Jeg ærgrer mig dog over, at man i slutningen opfordrer lytterne til at søge mere viden via ministeriets profiler på sociale medier (Twitter, Facebook og Instagram).
De sociale mediers rolle og indflydelse er stærkt tvivlsom, herunder især når det gælder fake news og polarisering i den overvældende strøm af informationer, der hersker på de sociale medier.
Man burde i stedet have henvist til ministeriets hjemmeside som et autoritativt og pålideligt sted at søge viden. Det havde været bedre i tråd med ministeriets fine budskaber i øvrigt.
Mindre podcasting, mere klimahandling, Dan.
Dan er varm luft. Vi står i en accelererende og potentielt altødelæggende klimakrise, hvor Folketinget trods hensigtserklæringer ikke er lykkedes med at vedtage den lovede klimalov. Klimaministeren vælger at bruge sin tid på podcaste for at bygge sit eget internationale netværk og omdømme gennem urealiserede visioner.
Prominente klimastemmer som Greta Thunberg bruges i podcastet til at insinuere at den danske regeringen har sat en tilstrækkelig kurs for dansk klimapolitik.
Regeringen har henover det seneste år vist at business as usual fylder mere end behovet for en omfattende transformation af Danmark.
Lyt til podcastet med forsigtighed, og forstå at der ligger en bestemt politisk agenda bag hvert enkelt ord.