We know it’s alarming. Our streets and cities are flooding, our forests are burning, sea levels are on the rise. Our shared home, planet Earth, is threatened by man-made climate change. But did you also know that we already have the solutions to stop the escalating climate crisis?
In this five episode podcast series we explore the solutions and dive into why the key to reaching our collective climate goals lies with the global energy sector and a systemic, swift transition from black to green energy. You will meet experts and strategists driving green transformation and understand the different components needed to get there in time to protect our home.
Ørsted, the worlds most sustainable energy company, is publishing this podcast series to inspire everyone to take action now.
Episode 5: Time to take action
As we know from this podcast series, we do have most of the green technologies we need to transition from black to green energy. Yet, we still aren't on track to reduce global carbon emissions at a pace that will limit global warming to 1,5 degrees. Why is that and how do we speed up green action? These are the questions episode 5 of Climate Action Now explores.
We talk to some of the most knowledgeable experts about what businesses, energy companies, investors, policy makers and you and me, the citizens, can do to show love for our shared home, Planet Earth.
Joining us in this episode are Katherine Richardson - Head of the Sustainability Science Center at the University of Copenhagen and a UN appointed expert, who you might remember from episode 2. We also welcome Dr. Andrew Steer, CEO of the World Resources Institute in Washington DC, which is perhaps the worlds most renowned research organisation on climate and energy.
Episode 4: We have the solutions to go green!
It can all seem a bit hopeless when it comes to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees.
But did you know that we actually have most of the green technologies needed to transform the energy system from black to green?
And did you know that green energy has become cheaper than black? In this episode we take a closer look at the green energy technologies that can replace fossil fuels. We also look at how creating a world on green energy holds a lot of benefits for people such as cleaner air and more jobs.
Joining us in this episode are:
Dr. Sven Teske, the research director at the Institute for sustainable futures at the University of Technology in Sydney has devoted his career to green energy.
Samantha Smith, the director of the Just Transition Center. This is an initiative of the International Trade Union Confederation.
Jamil Khan, Development Manager, Market Strategies and New Projects at Orsted in the US
Jane Cooper is the head of Regulatory Affairs and Stakeholders for Orsted in the UK.
Episode 3: How energy can solve the crisis it created?
Energy is in everything we do. It’s heating the building you live in, it's powering the smartphone you are probably looking at right now, it fuels our cars and it’s in the production of every single thing you use during the day.
That is also why the global production and consumption of energy is the number one emitter of carbon-dioxide. Actually 73% of the world’s total carbon emissions come from energy.
But is it possible for the culprit to become the savior? In this episode we tell you how and why to transition the global energy system from black to green.
Episode 2: Aligning with climate science to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees
Global warming needs to be stopped!
Collective climate goals have been set in order to do this. The world needs to reduce its carbon emissions to 50% by 2030 to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees. But why those numbers and how do these collective climate goals impact the countries and companies aligning with them?
These are the questions we explore in the second episode of Climate Action Now. We talk to climate scientists at the top of the field and employees at Ørsted about how the radical transition has felt from inside the walls of the company.
Episode 1: How did we get here – and how do we get out?
Our shared home, planet Earth, is changing.
The climate crisis demands our urgent action, but how bad is it actually? That is the question we dive into in this introductory episode of our series, where we talk with one of the leading climate scientists to take stock of the climate. We also visit one of the strategists behind Ørsted’s green transformation to learn what prompted their turn from black to green energy.