A podcast that makes the climate crisis the top issue of the 2020 presidential election.
This podcast is hosted by Years Of Living Dangerously award-winning documentary producer David Gelber and ClimateNexus Founding Director Jeff Nesbit.
Climate 2020 was co-created by The Planet Project, Inc., and BOOM, a division of John Marshall Media. It is produced in association with The Years Project, a 501(c)3 climate change communications nonprofit based in New York City.
The most detailed climate plan in U.S. history
Florida Democrat Kathy Castor chairs the House select committee on the climate crisis. In July, her panel issued a massive, 547-page blueprint outlining the ways Congress can address climate change and the enormous opportunities it presents for a clean energy economy.
It is arguably the most comprehensive legislative report on climate ever, and will shape what Congress does on the issue. We talked to Rep. Castor about that blueprint, and what might happen with it in 2021.
The future of the We Are Still In climate coalition in America
Three years ago, President Trump said he was withdrawing from the historic Paris climate accord.
But then a curious thing happened. Within 72 hours, more than a thousand business CEOs and others signed a “We Are Still In” pledge to keep America in the Paris accord. America’s Pledge from Bloomberg Philanthropies chronicled the sub-national effort.
Now, the We Are Still In movement has quadrupled to more than 4,000 signatories. WASI co-founder Elan Strait talks about the future of this coalition.
BONUS EPISODE: WITH COVID, RACE, AND AN ECONOMIC CRISIS, IS CLIMATE STILL AN ISSUE?
In this Climate One episode, our co-host Jeff Nesbit joins podcast host Greg Dalton, Vanessa Hauc of Telemundo, and Nathaniel Stinnett of the Environmental Voter Project to explore the continuing relevance of climate to the November election.
How Green Dems Take Back Washington w/ Gina McCarthy
When Gina McCarthy left her post as Obama’s EPA Administrator, she was ready to leave the sometimes grueling world of Washington politics behind. She went into academia. In 2018, she founded the Harvard Center for Climate, Health and the Global Environment (C-CHANGE).
But after observing Trump’s chaotic first term from the sidelines, she realized she wasn’t content to sit this one out.
Today, Gina is President of the Natural Resources Defense Council. There, she leads a multi-pronged approach to get climate champions elected into office — and elect Trump out.
We got Gina’s perspective from the center of this historic fight to take back democracy and hit the reset button on national climate action.
Making The Climate Movement Anti-Racist w/ Dr. Robert Bullard
Sociologist and Environmental Justice Activist Dr. Robert Bullard came of age during the Civil Rights Movement. Back then, the conversation around how racism and environmentalism intersected hadn’t gained much traction.
But Dr. Bullard began to make those connections through his research. He began to notice in cities across the country — from his hometown of Houston to Alabama to Louisiana — the ways in which black neighborhoods were made to bear the brunt of industrial pollution.
Dr. Bullard has dedicated his career to fighting environmental racism, and he believes that fight may have reached a turning point.
We spoke to him about why the Black Lives Matter demonstrations that have taken place over the past few weeks feel unique — even from other racial justice milestones he’s witnessed.
And he gives us his take on what a President Biden could do to turn hopeful words into concrete action.
How Do You Message Climate In This Turbulent Political Moment?
At the start of 2020, Americans were becoming increasingly alarmed about climate change.
But then: A pandemic, record unemployment and now mass demonstrations over police violence and racism. The last time America faced such a turbulent political moment — during the Great Recession — public concern about climate change fell sharply. Now political winds are shifting again. Is climate still a political priority?
The latest poll from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication gives us clues. We discuss the results with the program's director, Dr. Tony Leiserowitz.
And in this political moment how will Joe Biden and Donald Trump's very different stances on climate play out with voters? We focus on a group that may play a big role in 2020: swing voters.
We speak to Rich Thau, a messaging expert who has conducted focus groups with swing voters in battleground states.