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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.

    Alan Jope is Doubling Down

    Alan Jope is Doubling Down

    When a new CEO steps in to their new role at their new company, more often than not they take the company in a new direction. But what happens when you're the new CEO at a company that has 100+ year roots in feminism, pensions, and social safety?
    Enter Alan Jope, CEO of Unilever. With a company that has its products being used everyday by over 2 billion people, changing direction would be a massive undertaking. But Alan doesn't want to change direction, he wants to double down on speed and scale. We find him in a unique moment of converging crises (COVID, Climate, Inequality, etc. to name a few) completely able to take care of everyone at Unilever, while accelerating the progress of addressing climate and sustainability, and staying accountable for it. You won't want to miss what he has to say.
    And stick around for a live performance of "We Don't Get More Time" by I See Rivers!
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    Facing an Uninhabitable Earth with David Wallace-Wells

    Facing an Uninhabitable Earth with David Wallace-Wells

    What role does fear play in awakening humanity to avoiding it's own demise? Can fear sustain long-term action and help us avoid climate change? This week we talk the scary bits of climate truth with author of "The Uninhabitable Earth" David Wallace-Wells. He discusses with us the responsibility of communicating the full potential picture of climate change as a journalist, and how more people on Earth need to hear what could happen if we do not act now.
    Plus, a live musical performance from Billy Bragg!
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    • 1 hr 20 min
    Taking Dirty Energy To Court with James Thornton and Dr. Tara Shine

    Taking Dirty Energy To Court with James Thornton and Dr. Tara Shine

    Since the adoption of the Paris Agreement, legal systems around the world are beginning to witness the power of citizens, organizations, and businesses fighting legal battles to protect Earth. But who's side is the law on? This week we talk about how the tides have turned in favor of Earth in court with CEO of ClientEarth, James Thornton. We hear about how ClientEarth is mending the relationship between humanity and the Earth through the law, and James shares some amazing news from China regarding citizens being able to sue the Chinese government in environmental cases. Stick around for the amazing story of how €30 shut down a coal mine.
    And our special guest co-host this week is Dr. Tara Shine. Science and policy adviser, explorer, tv presenter, and author (to name a few), Tara joins us to discuss the intersection of human rights and environmental rights, and intros us to her exhaustibly-researched-yet-incredibly-practical book, 'How To Save Your Planet One Object At A Time'.
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    This week's music is brought to you in partnership with SoFar Sounds. See live performances and learn more about supporting artists at: https://www.sofarsounds.com
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    Massive Attack and Saci Lloyd Are Creating Eutopia

    Massive Attack and Saci Lloyd Are Creating Eutopia

    In a world where culture leads politics, what is the role of the artist in political activism?
    This week, we interview Massive Attack's Rob "3D" Del Naja and long-time collaborator, Mark Donne to discuss intentional, subversive creation in times of COVID. One such timely creation came about last week when Massive Attack collaborated with Mark and our very own Christiana Figueres to create a sonic experience that evokes an unsettling of the self to expose the dark, dystopian reality that the climate crisis has promised. Based on the backdrop of Sir Thomas More's 1516 "Utopia" The 3 songs on Massive Attack's EP "Eutopia" as described in their own words, "have nothing to do with naïve notions of an ideal, perfect world, and everything to do with the urgent & practical need to build something better."
    And, as Tom is away on holiday, we are joined by a guest co-host! None other than brilliant author and writer, Saci Lloyd. Saci is a pioneer in the Cli-Fi book genre, and has written the critically acclaimed series, "The Carbon Diaries." Her quick wit, irreverent pen, artistic spirit, and deep knowledge of everything climate helps us unpack how we should protect and view the role of the artist in a society that so desperately needs them.
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    Massive Attack's stunning visual creation "Eutopia" featuring Christiana Figueres: https://bit.ly/3fH7XWw
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    NASA Astronaut Jessica Meir Went Off The Earth, For The Earth

    NASA Astronaut Jessica Meir Went Off The Earth, For The Earth

    This week, Outrage! and Optimism goes galactic to talk about the relationship between policy and science. In a world riddled by authoritarian divisions and isolating nationalism, how do we bring ourselves and our neighbors to the realization that we are one human race on a fragile planet that we need to protect?
    Upon her return back to Earth, NASA Astronaut Jessica Meir agreed to sit down with us and talk through her experience of leaving the Earth, and how communicating what is often described as "The Overview Effect" can transform how we live our lives here on our tiny, blue marble.
    Our musical guest this week is Mesadorm. They recorded an intimate rendition of their song, "Easy" for us. Stick around to hear it!
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    Mesadorm's music video for "Easy"
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    This week's musical performance was brought in partnership with Sofar Sounds. You can learn more about supporting artists around the world through live shows and performances at https://www.sofarsounds.com
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    Richard Curtis Wants to Make Your Money Matter

    Richard Curtis Wants to Make Your Money Matter

    This week, a LIVEstream episode! We were joined by activist and filmmaker, Richard Curtis, for his second time on the podcast! His latest initiative, Make My Money Matter is a campaign to shift the £3 trillion invested in UK pensions away from fossil fuels, arms, and meat production over to clean energy, healthcare, and human rights. This initiative is helping vegans not unknowingly invest in meat production, helping doctors not unknowingly invest in tobacco, and the list goes on. Amazing stuff.
    And later on in the episode, another Outrage + Optimism first! A live musical performance from Beans on Toast of his song, "On & On". Check out the music video for "On & On": https://bit.ly/2YTfRWL
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    Really excited that this is our first episode partnering with SoFar Sounds! You can learn more about supporting artists around the world through live shows and performances at https://www.sofarsounds.com
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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
414 Ratings

414 Ratings

sensadrome ,

Probably the most important podcast....

... about and for the health of our one planet.

So many good things to say about this Podcast! The hosts are welcoming and knowledgeable and their guests are the kinds of people who actually inspire us to do better.

The title says it all - we can all be outraged at the kinds of things that we have been allowing to happen, but with these kinds of people we have reason to be optimistic about a better future for the generations to come.

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Brilliant guest James Thornton!

This was quite an interesting and uplifting episode, the guest host Tara Shine added to the good feel

Cjs2392 ,

So informative

Love this podcast...I learn so much from very knowledgeable people. Fab guests too

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