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Face the climate crisis head on, but understand that we have the power to solve this. From former UN Chief Christiana Figueres and the team who brought you the Paris Agreement, this podcast about issues and politics will inform you, inspire you and help you realize that this is the most exciting time in history to be alive.

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Face the climate crisis head on, but understand that we have the power to solve this. From former UN Chief Christiana Figueres and the team who brought you the Paris Agreement, this podcast about issues and politics will inform you, inspire you and help you realize that this is the most exciting time in history to be alive.

    54. Seize the Moment with Teresa Ribera and Thomas Thune Andersen

    54. Seize the Moment with Teresa Ribera and Thomas Thune Andersen

    A landmark draft law brought forward in Spain would ban all new coal, gas, and oil projects and bring Spain's carbon emissions to net-zero by 2050. Why is right now, in the middle of a health crisis, the right moment for this? We speak to Spanish Vice President and Minister of The Ecological Transition, Teresa Ribera, and get her courageous reasons.
    So if oil and gas are being phased out, how do energy companies make the switch? We speak with current Chair of renewable energy company Ørsted, Thomas Thune Andersen. Ørsted was recently named "Most Sustainable Company In The World" after transitioning from extracting fossil fuels to a company that harnesses 30% of all global wind energy.
    Check out Ørsted's Podcast: 'Climate Action Now'
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    53. The Power of Nature with Tom Crowther

    53. The Power of Nature with Tom Crowther

    It's International Biodiversity Day and we're celebrating in style!
    We talk with Prof. Dr. Tom Crowther of Crowther Lab, ETH Zürich, who captured the imagination of the world with the idea that our world could support another trillion trees, and how that could restore a new world through carbon drawdown, create a better world with more biodiversity, provide the roadmap to a regenerated world which right now we can only dream of. His research has galvanized many to begin restoration efforts, including the least likely of suspects, Donald J. Trump. What do you do when a climate denier supports your work on climate change? Tom Crowther answers in this episode.
    We also discuss the four principles Nature-Based Solutions which, among all the emerging guidelines and standards, are critical for successful restoration and conservation, avoiding "green-washing" of solutions that cover up escalating emissions.
    After the interview, Christiana and Clay spring a guess-that-animal-sound game on the rest of the Outrage and Optimism team and one particular host refuses to lose.
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    52. Jane Fonda Has Been Getting Arrested

    52. Jane Fonda Has Been Getting Arrested

    This week on the podcast we get outraged at the logical fallacies that comprise Michael Moore's new film, "Planet of The Humans" and we call up Jonathan Koomey, Climate Energy Expert from Stanford University to give us an objective look into the claims of this film.
    In our main interview, we sit down with Jane Fonda. Recipient of various accolades including two Academy Awards, two BAFTA Awards, seven Golden Globe Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award, the AFI Life Achievement Award, and the Honorary Golden Lion...need we go on? She tells us about the transformative experience of civil disobedience, and how celebrities have a unique opportunity to be "repeaters" as she calls it, to send the message on climate all across the world.
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    51. A Very Special 1 Year Celebration Episode!

    51. A Very Special 1 Year Celebration Episode!

    Outrage and Optimism turns 1! YAY!
    In true Outrage and Optimism fashion, we give you a different kind of episode. This week we celebrate some amazing moments from the last year together, and we cast a vision for what we hope another year of podcasting will bring us!
    From Norwegian Musicians to Tom sweating while putting together audio equipment, to a close call almost standing up the Prime Minister. Listen in for some deep reflections and thrilling stories.
    And of course, we play some submitted audio from our fans as we celebrate one year of this podcast together. Thank you for those!
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    50. Yuval Noah Harari on the History of Our Future | Anniversary Episode!

    50. Yuval Noah Harari on the History of Our Future | Anniversary Episode!

    HAPPY 1 YEAR!!!

    To mark the 1 year anniversary of Outrage + Optimism being a podcast, we have on historian, futurist, philosopher, and best-selling author, Yuval Noah Harari! He is best known for his book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. A phenomenal read.
    Yuval shares with us the power of the stories we choose to believe about ourselves. How good they can be, and how they can also trap us. We get his thoughts on the narrative of the climate crisis, and what it would take us to believe to survive it.
    As mentioned in the episode, we're collecting your input for next weeks episode! Record a video of yourself sharing the following:
    - Your name
    - Where you're listening from
    - One thing you like about Outrage + Optimism!
    Please post on FB, IG, and Twitter and tag us @GlobalOptimism so we can see your submission and possible use it for next week! Entries need to be posted by TUESDAY, MAY 5TH @ 1PM GMT. Have fun! Thanks for posting!
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    49. The Third Mass Bleaching Event with Emma Johnston (COVID and Climate #5)

    49. The Third Mass Bleaching Event with Emma Johnston (COVID and Climate #5)

    HAPPY 50TH EARTH DAY!!!
    This week we celebrate Earth Day with a return cameo from High Level Climate Action Champion, Nigel Topping. Nigel gives us an inside update on the unknowns of COP26, and gives us an exclusive on how coordination and ambition is going in the midst of the pandemic.
    And for our main interview - The Great Barrier Reef has sustained a third mass bleaching event in 5 years. Will it survive? Emma Johnston, Dean of Science and Professor of Marine Ecology and Ecotoxicology at The University of South Wales in Australia breaks it down for us. She does a deep dive on what bleaching is, why the bleaching is happening so frequently, and she answers the question, "Will the coral survive?"
    Tom's TED Talk: https://bit.ly/3aAkxDI
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The Most Important Podcast You’ll Ever Listen To!

Found this podcast about 6 months ago and binged on all the back shows over a week or so. Insightful, challenging, informative, humorous, intelligent, the superlatives go on.
Great guest interviews sharing an understanding of so many areas of this planet-changing, animal-extincting, human-destroying issue.
Presented and created by an Amazing team with such passion and experience in this field but most of all communicating that this is fundamentally about inequality, empathy and a call to Rise Up - THERE IS HOPE IF WE WORK TOGETHER AND TAKE ACTION.

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