A podcast on climate change hosted by the Danish Minister for Development Cooperation and Global Climate Policy, 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.
Henrik Stiesdal - On developing the modern wind turbine and offshore wind technology
In this episode of Planet A, Dan Jørgensen talks to a true pioneer within the field of wind energy, the father of the modern Danish wind turbine and the world's first offshore wind farm, Henrik Stiesdal, former Chief Technology Officer of Siemens Wind Power.
Stiesdal shares his personal story, recounting how, as a young farmer boy during the 1973 oil crisis, he built his first wind turbine to harness affordable wind power for his family. He also tells the story of how the world's wind turbines have ended up rotating clockwise and how they built the first offshore wind farm in the world, Vindeby Offshore Wind Farm.
Aside from the fascinating stories from a whole life in the business he also describes the special conditions that made the Danish offshore wind adventure possible and explains key factors to the success – among others when Danish pensions funds started to invest in the wind farms before they were even built.
They also discuss the low cost and other merits of offshore wind, even when the wind doesn’t blow. As well as the future of offshore wind, which could potentially meet global electricity consumption needs tenfold.
Stiesdal finishes off with an insight into his latest projects – the floating offshore wind farm and the technology of pyrolysis, that he is now working on.
You can watch the TED-talk mentioned in the podcast, where Dan Jørgensen brought Stiesdal first small rotor to the international scene, here:
Chris Bowen – Changing the course of Australian Climate Policy
In this episode of Planet A Dan Jørgensen talks to Chris Bowen, Australian Minister for Climate Change and Energy.
This July was the hottest month ever recorded. Just another fact that underlines that humanity has to live with the devastating consequenses of climate change such as natural disasters.
“No country is being spared, and they're increasingly frequent, increasingly severe, and increasingly unnatural. They're not natural disasters anymore, because they're caused by human activity” says Chris Bowen.
But what can governments such as the Australian and the Danish do to tackle the climate crisis? How do you ensure green transition of an economy that used to build on fossil fuels? And what do we need to get out of COP28 in Dubai?
That’s being discussed in this episode where Chris Bowen shares his experience with setting a new and ambitious course for Australian climate policy, passing Australia’s Climate Act and increasing the national climate targets.
Achim Steiner - How to Fight Poverty and Climate Change at the Same Time
In this episode of Planet A Dan Jørgensen talks to Achim Steiner, head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
They discuss the threats climate change poses to global development and the fight against poverty, the urgent need for financial markets to support the green transition and climate adaptation in developing countries, as well as their expectations for COP28.
Steiner brings almost thirty years of experience in sustainable development, climate resilience, and international cooperation to the table.
Previously, he served as the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) from 2006 to 2016. Steiner has also held positions such as the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Nairobi and the Director-General of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
Steiner’s expertise lies in understanding the connection between climate and development, and he emphasizes the importance of integrating climate action into development initiatives for sustainable outcomes.
Graham Hill - What Difference can an Individual Make?
In this episode of Planet A Dan Jørgensen talks to Graham Hill who is a dedicated climate change advocate and sustainability pioneer.
Graham Hill explains how he works to change the mindset on climate change within a corporation, what it takes to change a culture and how to reduce your carbon footprint by following “The Big Six”.
In the discussion Hill quotes the legendary management consultant and writer Peter Drucker stating that “Culture eats strategy for breakfast”, which is a key point in the talk.
Graham Hill is probably best known for shaping platforms like TreeHugger.com and LifeEdited as well as GreenRoots and the more recent Carbonauts. Through these platforms, he has worked professionally with what it takes to encourage people to adopt sustainable practices and conscious living for more than two decades. He has been ranked among the "100 Most Creative People in Business" by Fast Company.
Rainn Wilson - Is there Anything Funny to Say about Climate Change?
In this episode Dan Jørgensen talks to American actor and comedian Rainn Wilson. He is perhaps best known for playing Dwight Schrute on the NBC sitcom “The Office” which has earned him three consecutive Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. But Rainn Wilson is also strongly engaged in climate activism, and he works tirelessly to raise awareness of global warming.
Wilson and Jørgensen crack a couple of jokes and discuss how humor can be used in the fight against climate change and what people can do to make a difference – whatever their trade or profession. They also discuss why Rainn Wilson changed his name to “Rainfall Heat Wave Rising Sea Levels Wilson” before the international climate negotiations last year at COP27 in Sharm-El-Sheik.
They talk about the different climate initiatives that Wilson is advocating. Wilson is an advisory board member of the Arctic Basecamp, created by Professor Gail Whiteman, whom Wilson mentions in the podcast. They attended the annual World Economic Forum in Davos to speak “science to power” and launched the Arctic Risk Platform to create awareness of the disturbing effects of rising temperatures and climate change already evident on the Arctic ice sheet in Greenland.
Wilson has been engaged in a sweeping range of projects, from hosting the Saturday Night Live show to founding SoulPancake, a digital media company that explores life’s big questions as part of his search for clarity.
Wilson also hosts the Youtube Series: An Idiots Guide to Climate Change.
He was also part of the TED Countdown for COP26 in Glasgow where he asked other comedians: “Can climate change ever be funny?”.
Angela Carter - On National Bans and Global Commitments to Phase Out Fossil Fuels
In this 4th episode of the 6th season of Planet A, Dan Jørgensen talks to Dr. Angela Carter, who is a leading expert on phasing out fossil fuels.
They discuss the risks of fossil fuel dependency, especially for the least developed countries, the need to align fossil fuel production with our climate imperative, and the importance of global commitments to keep fossil fuels in the ground. These international efforts include the Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance (BOGA) and the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty.
They also touch on the closely related subject of a people-centered clean energy transition and how to support workers and communities in moving away from the fossil fuel industry and into green energy jobs.
Angela Carter is an associate professor at the Department of Political Science and Balsillie School of International Affairs at the University of Waterloo. Carter is also an energy transitions specialist at the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD).
She is known for her interdisciplinary research on environmental policies and politics surrounding Canadian fossil fuel development and the ecological and political-economic risks of fossil fuel dependence. She recently published the award-winning book FOSSILIZED: Environmental Policy in Canada's Petro-Provinces.
Carter is engaged in public debate on climate politics and has served as a member of the Net-Zero Advisory Council, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.
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.