Are you Climate Curious? If you care about the world, but find the current conversation about climate change confusing, scary or boring – then this might be the podcast for you. Join TEDxLondon and hosts Maryam Pasha and Ben Hurst as we lift the lid on the climate emergency by speaking to the world’s leading and most relatable climate pioneers. Find out why cities are key to the climate fight, why we need to tackle systemic problems (and not just plastic straws), and why we’re all a bit crap at sustainability.
Why the climate crisis is a health crisis
“It’s impossible to have healthy people on a sick planet,” says climate and health campaigner Shweta Narayan, on the latest episode of Climate Curious by TEDxLondon. Shweta introduces a new perspective: by viewing climate change through the lens of the Hippocratic Oath — an ancient set of ethical standards sworn by physicians (and no, it has nothing to do with hippos!)— every person has a role to play in the climate fight. Tune in with co-hosts Maryam Pasha and Ben Hurst live from TED Countdown to learn about why how we must focus on “first doing no harm” before anything else, how we cannot put a cost on our ability to simply breathe clean air, and how her four dogs are her secret weapon to avoiding eco-burnout.
How seaweed reduces cow burps
Gassy cows no more – Ermias Kebreab, animal scientist and TED speaker shares how feeding cows seaweed reduces their methane filled burps on the latest episode of the Climate Curious podcast by TEDxLondon. Tune in with Maryam Pasha and Ben Hurst live from TED Countdown to learn why stopping eating meat and dairy is not an option for most people in the world, how approaching food with a different sort of sustainability mindset is key, and why we already have the solutions we need – it’s right there, in that slimy smelly stuff wrapped around our ankles at the beach – seaweed! As this visionary Burger King puts it, “it’s a win, win, win situation.” Even Ben says he’s “feeling really, really, really encouraged.” Kerching! We’ve hit the climate jackpot this week.
Climate Quickie: How to prevent climate activism burnout
If you want to look after the planet, first of all, you need to look after yourself. We catch up with anti-fossil fuel environmental campaigner, Tzeporah Berman, on how to take care of your mental health, when it feels like the world is literally crumbling!
Enjoyed this quickie? Listen to our full-length chat with Tzeporah on why fossil fuels are the weapons of mass destruction – everyone has them, but nobody needs them: https://tedxlondon.com/podcast/climate-curious-why-fossil-fuels-are-the-new-weapons-of-mass-destruction/
Why climate has a youthwashing problem
Youthwashing is the latest corporate eco marketing strategy. But young climate activists aren't falling for it, says environmental educator Isaias Hernandez, aka @QueerBrownVegan on the latest episode of the Climate Curious podcast by TEDxLondon. In a bid to try and clean up their image, multinational businesses (usually with a vested interest in fossil fuels), feature WAY too many young faces in their ads… and we’re over it. In this chat with co-hosts Maryam Pasha and Ben Hurst, learn what institutionalised racism feels like in the climate movement (from someone on the inside), why we need to push for multigenerational wisdom as opposed to piling the pressure on young people to save the world, and how foraging for mushrooms is the perfect eco self-care activity to try today. Tune in to learn why climate has a #youthwashing problem.
Learn more: https://tedxlondon.com/podcast/climate-curious-why-climate-has-a-youthwashing-problem/
Check out Isaias’ page, @queerbrownvegan: https://queerbrownvegan.com/
How cities are redefining what it means to be green
Cities — if they are designed to be sustainable, equitable and joyous — are the best hope for humanity, says architect, author and TED speaker, Vishaan Chakrabarti, on the latest episode of TEDxLondon’s Climate Curious. This self-confessed city-lover aka ‘Professor Skyscraper’ is putting the joy back into our cities by designing communities that are cheaper to live in, easier to get around, and offer more collective, inter-generational and diverse living. Vishaan shares his vision for changing the narrative when it comes to ‘green cities’ – think less urban parks and more clean electrical grids and goldilocks homes – not too big, not too small – just right! Tune in with Maryam Pasha and Ben Hurst live from TED Countdown to learn why cities, as Vishaan puts it, are a bit like acupuncture; “a small move can make a really big difference.”
Read more: https://tedxlondon.com/podcast/climate-curious-how-cities-are-redefining-what-it-means-to-be-green/
Climate Quickie: What even is COP?
Everyone’s talking about COP26, but what is it? We sit down with Rt Hon. David Lammy MP, to get a 5-minute explainer on what this curious ‘COP’ is, which according to Lammy, is actually quite like a “festival” – count us in!
Tune in to discover what really goes on at the ‘Conference of The Parties’, and why so much hinges on the 26th meeting this year in Glasgow.
Enjoyed this quickie? Listen to our full-length chat with David Lammy MP from Season 1 on why climate justice can’t happen without racial justice: https://tedxlondon.com/news/climate-curious-why-climate-justice-cant-happen-without-racial-justice/
Honest and interesting conversations about important issues!
Great podcast - the hosts do a really good job of keeping the conversations down to earth and accessible and the guest are well selected and super engaged in the material. A refreshing take on the climate crisis! Highly recommend!
Informative yet accessible and fun
Important and engaging content
Such a fan - great perspectives and production