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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.

    No Mud, No Lotuses: The Last Episode of Season 5

    No Mud, No Lotuses: The Last Episode of Season 5

    So here we are!
    30 episodes later we have finally arrived at the end of Season 5 of the Outrage + Optimism podcast. And what a rollercoaster it has been for all of us in the global climate community since the start of the year! We are due to take a well-earned break over August before we return with gusto in September for Season 6 - but before we go - in this dynamic episode, we take you on a whistlestop tour of the last six months of the podcast, narrated with a present day lens from our hosts, Christiana Figueres, Tom Rivett-Carnac, and Paul Dickinson.
    We hope you will enjoy revisiting the wisdom and inspiration our guests and hosts offered up over the last six months.  Even though it has often felt we are in dark times, we invite you to draw from these episodes the gritty determination to believe that we have what it takes to move the trajectory we are currently on to a safer, more resilient and just world. To paraphrase the teaching of Thich Naht Hahn that Christiana recalls in her interview with Plum Village: “No mud, no lotuses’.
    And in true Outrage and Optimism fashion, playing us out is the talented Australian TV weather presenter and musician, Jessica Braithwaite. Jessica contacted the team recently to share her positive feedback and offer us the use of her single ‘Hello (You Got My Heart)’ to play out the final episode of this season. We jumped at the chance and invited her to reflect on what it means to working as a musician (and weather presenter) in an ecological crisis.  We loved her answers - be sure to check out more of her music!
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    • 1 hr 35 min
    Moral Imagination, Patient Capital and Averting Collective Climate Suicide with Jacqueline Novogratz

    Moral Imagination, Patient Capital and Averting Collective Climate Suicide with Jacqueline Novogratz

    Crippling heat, fire, and death in the U.K., Europe, and the U.S. are bringing the climate emergency to our literal doorsteps. At the same time, political antipathy一in the lack of climate depth among Britain’s leadership candidates or the collapse of sweeping climate legislation in the U.S., for example一seems to be adding fuel to the fire. 
    Co-hosts Tom Rivett-Carnac and Paul Dickinson, and especially Christiana Figueres, are outraged! They explore what this means for the climate agenda going forward and, of course, how compassion, inclusion, and optimism must be part of the solution. Will deaths in the streets of Madrid and 40+°C (102°F) temps in the alleys of London compel us to wake up and see what’s happening?
    Next, how do we use the tools of capitalism without being controlled by them?
    In this segment the gang explores the differences between traditional and enlightened capital and their connections to poverty, moral imagination, and climate – joined by visionary entrepreneur, philanthropist, and best-selling author Jacqueline Novogratz.
    Novogratz, described by Forbes as one of the World’s 100 Greatest Living Business Minds (2017), is the head of the global nonprofit impact investment fund Acumen.
    Novogratz explains, “What is the problem we’re here to solve, and how do we use the tools we have to solve them? Investment has always been [one of those] tools…but we see investment as a means, not as an end in itself.”
    Listen in as they deconstruct patient capital, off-grid solar, outrage over ongoing divisiveness, and how moral imagination as corporate strategy might just work a little magic for the future.
     
    NOTES AND RESOURCES 
     
    Check out more of Gabrielle Sey’s Music here, and be sure to spin her cut of “Patterns” and add it to your summer playlist!
    Learn more about Acumen and its inspirational founder, Jacqueline Novogratz. 
    You Can buy Novogratz’s 2020 work “Manifesto for a Moral Revolution: Practices to Build a Better World” here, or in the US, here.
    You can buy Novogratz’s bestseller, “The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap between Rich and Poor,” here, or in the US, here.
    To learn more about our planet’s climate emergency and how you can transform outrage into optimistic action subscribe to the podcast here.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    The Supreme Court's EPA Ruling: Is the Crisis of Climate a Crisis of Democracy?

    The Supreme Court's EPA Ruling: Is the Crisis of Climate a Crisis of Democracy?

    With the US Supreme Court's ruling on the EPA still sending shockwaves through some quarters of the climate community, we ask in our second special episode this week: is this a sign that the tide is turning against environmental regulation, or should we be careful not to mistake the tide for the current? 
    In this episode, co-hosts Christiana Figueres, Tom Rivett-Carnac, and Paul Dickinson take leave of UK politics (in the most part) and take a look across the ‘puddle’ at what many have described as the devastating ruling delivered by the US Supreme Court on the EPA’s power to regulate green house gas emissions. 
    We hear from two very special guests, Gina McCarthy former EPA administrator and now the first National Climate Advisor to the White House, and John Podesta, the founder and chair of the Board of Directors for the Center for American Progress, and former counselor to President Barack Obama.
     
    NOTES AND RESOURCES 
    Have you enjoyed listening to this new format of Outrage + Optimism? We have had great fun making these last two episodes so as Tom suggests in the show, let us know what you think by dropping us an email at contact@globaloptimism.com.
     
    Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now!
     
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    John Podesta
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    To learn more about the climate emergency and how you can translate outrage into action, subscribe to the podcast here.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Boris and Net Zero: What Happens Next?

    Boris and Net Zero: What Happens Next?

    Welcome to another episode of Outrage + Optimism.
    As always, we examine issues at the forefront of the climate crisis, interview change-makers, and transform our anger into productive dialogue on building a sustainable future.
    In this episode, co-hosts Christiana Figueres, Tom Rivett-Carnac, and Paul Dickinson reflect on the recent downfall of British Prime Minister (PM) Boris Johnson and what comes next for U.K. climate initiatives, with guests Ben Goldsmith, Founder of the Conservative Environment Network, and Chris Skidmore, MP for Kingswood, near Bristol.
    Despite Johnson’s decidedly mixed term as PM一including delivering on Brexit, recent Partygate blunders, and other scandals一he has kept the U.K. focused on climate and nature progress. He’s embraced Net zero by 2050, introduced ambitious goals for 2035, and supported the Conference of the Parties summit (COP26). But what do the hosts think?
    And, where does the U.K. go from here? With the interests of the global right generally focused on issues such as immigration, and new Tory leadership on the horizon, will climate and nature continue to be relevant to the U.K. conservative project? Guests Ben Goldsmith and Chris Skidmore weigh in on this dynamic moment.
     
    NOTES AND RESOURCES 
     
    For more on conservative environmentalism in the U.K. and overseas visit the Conservative Environment Network. 
    Chris Skidmore, MP, Kingswood
    Learn more about the United Nation’s Net zero initiative and the COP26. 
    Read Chris Skidmore’s recent piece with Zac Goldsmith, ‘Ditching Net Zero would be electoral suicide for Conservatives’.
    “Hustings” is defined as a meeting at which candidates in an election address potential voters.
    To learn more about the climate emergency and how you can translate outrage into action, subscribe to the podcast here.

    • 55 min
    'Our Time On Earth': Radical Visions for The Future by Arts & Ecology

    'Our Time On Earth': Radical Visions for The Future by Arts & Ecology

    Welcome to another episode of Outrage + Optimism. As always, we examine issues at the forefront of the climate crisis, interview change-makers, and transform our anger into productive dialogue on building a sustainable future. 
     
    In this special episode, the Outrage + Optimism crew has teamed up with the Dartington Arts School to bring you the first episode of the school’s intriguing new podcast, Arts and Ecology. The podcast explores the nexus between art, ecology, and culture and the role creatives can play in tackling the climate crisis.
     
    In this inaugural episode, Arts and Ecology co-host Natasha Rivett-Carnac and O + O Executive Producer Sarah Thomas discuss “Our Time on Earth,” a major multimedia exhibition currently running at the Barbican in London with co-curator Caroline Till. Till is the co-founder of FRANKLINTILL, a research agency exploring design, colour, and material innovation for a sustainable future. 
     
    You’ll also hear from two teams who collaborated on exhibition pieces.  Chippindale, CEO of the award-winning digital retail agency, Holition, and George Monbiot, writer, Guardian columnist and environmental activist bring us The World Beneath Our Feet. The piece was inspired by “The Wonders of Soil,” the first chapter in Monbiot’s latest book, Regenesis: Feeding the World Without Devouring the Planet.
     
    Next, we hear from Anab Jain and Jon Ardern, the co-founders of Superflux, an award-winning experimental design agency creating visceral experiences that bring future possibilities into the present. Their exhibition piece, a lavish multi-species banquet, is entitled, Refuge for Resurgence.
     
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    Notes and Resources 
     
    To explore more about the interconnection between art, ecology, and culture, subscribe to the  Dartington Arts School’s podcast Arts and Ecology.
     
    Natasha Rivett-Carnac, curator, Arts and Ecology, Dartington School of Arts 
     
    The exhibit Our Time on Earth, created by Caroline Till and Kate Franklin, will be at the Barbican in London from Thursday, 5 May to Monday, 29 Aug 2022. 
     
    Caroline Till is Co-Founder of FRANKLINTILL. Her book, co-written with business partner and co-curator, Kate Franklin, is Radical Matter: Rethinking Materials for a Sustainable Future and can be purchased here or in the US, here.
     
    Jonathan Chippindale, is CEO of Holition. 
     
    You can get George Monbiot’s latest book, Regenesis: Feeding the World Without Devouring the Planet, here. Or in the US, here.
     
    Anab Jain and John Arden are co-founders of Superflux.
     
    You can listen to Jain and Arden’s piece, Window View, accompanying their exhibition piece, Refuge for Resurgence, here.

    To learn more about our planet’s climate emergency and how you can transform outrage into optimistic action subscribe to the podcast here.
     
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    Thank you to our amazing guests this week!
     
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    Caroline Till
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    Barbican - ‘Our Time on Earth’
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    Jonathan Chippindale (Holition)
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    George Monbiot
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    Anab Jain and Jon Arden (Superflux)
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    • 56 min
    The Power of Disclosure with CDP’s Paul Simpson

    The Power of Disclosure with CDP’s Paul Simpson

    This week, our hosts Tom Rivett-Carnac and Paul Dickinson sit down for an exclusive interview with Paul Simpson as he exits his role as CEO of CDP after co-founding the organization over 20 years ago.
    CDP began in a basement with a few committed individuals to bring about a livable future through the disclosing of environmental data from companies around the globe. While it may have had humble beginnings from a small basement office and only a few employees in 2000, today CDP reports directly on current disclosures that cover over 13,000 companies covering around 64% of global market capitalization.
    So as Paul Simpson wraps up his last few hours on the job, we look back into the roller coaster ride of how CDP discovered that disclosure of information was a latent power that existed in the world, and how they transformed it into a positive force moving both business and government towards a Paris-Aligned trajectory.
    And of course it’s just not our podcast without some amazing music, so this week we have the rootsy band Our Man In The Field with an intimate performance of their single, ‘Thin (I Used To Be Bullet Proof)’.
     
    Enjoy the show!
     

     
    Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now!
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    Thanks to our guest this week, Paul Simpson!
     
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    Thank you to our musical guest this week, Our Man In The Field!
     
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Thank you!

You are providing an invaluable education!

By unraveling all the different strands contributing to climate change - and showing the problems caused by ,and the solutions to each of them - you give us the means of turning paralysing fear into action.

You are helping nations and individuals move away from wasting energy ( of all kinds ) on blame and hostility , and instead use all their passion and intelligence to problem solve.

You are introducing us to people - from all over our one planet - who have the love, ideas and skill to guide us.

Thank you sooooooo much!! 🥰

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