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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.

    The Future of Flight

    The Future of Flight

    This is the first of an Outrage + Optimism investigative series on The Future of Transport. Today our cars, planes, trains and ships cause nearly 30% of global carbon pollution. We think the pioneering spirit that got these industries and forms of transport underway more than 120 years ago will have to be reinvigorated to get to a transportation sector that is fit for a low carbon future.
     
    This first episode tackles The Future of Flight. COVID-19 has dealt the airline industry a devastating blow. Airline revenues have been decimated, passenger numbers are down by 70% and hundreds of thousands of people have already (or are at risk of) losing their jobs.
     
    Can this moment of challenge be a springboard toward a sustainable future for airlines? Are there sustainable solutions ready now? And what does the future hold? Tom Rivett-Carnac and co-hosts Christiana Figueres and Paul Dickinson are on a mission to find out what the new aviation pioneers have in store to accelerate the sustainability of airlines and propel us into The Future of Flight. 
     
    Read Tom’s blog to find out more from behind the scenes.
     

     
    This series is sponsored by NESTE 
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    Peter Vanacker, CEO of NESTE
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    Val Miftakhov, CEO of ZeroAvia
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    Robin Riedel, Consultant at McKinsey & Company
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    • 44 min
    Prelude to TED Countdown with Chris Anderson and Lindsay Levin

    Prelude to TED Countdown with Chris Anderson and Lindsay Levin

    On the eve of TED Countdown, Christiana and Tom sit down for an in-depth conversation with TED's Chris Anderson and Lindsay Levin, CEO of Leaders' Quest, detailing an exclusive sneak-preview of what we can look forward to during the epic virtual climate event scheduled for Saturday, 10.10.20 at 11 AM ET
    You can find all the details and livestream the event at Countdown.TED.com as well as on TED's YouTube Channel
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    • 50 min
    No Room for Being Cynical with Ted Danson

    No Room for Being Cynical with Ted Danson

    Plenty of outrage this week after the first U.S. Presidential Debate and disappointing news about the biodiversity pledge. But a conversation with Ted Danson offers hope and insight from his remarkable life and commitment to the worlds oceans. 
    When Ted met environmental lawyer Bob Sulnick he become involved in a movement to prevent digging for oil wells in Santa Monica. Buoyed up by the victory, Danson accelerated his involvement by helping create the American Oceans Campaign in 1987, which eventually became Oceana in 2001.
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    Our special musical guest this week is Jelani Blackman
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    BONUS: Climate Leadership Now with Alok Sharma, Kara Hurst and We Mean Business

    BONUS: Climate Leadership Now with Alok Sharma, Kara Hurst and We Mean Business

    Christiana talked with Alok Sharma, the UK government’s Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, also President of the forthcoming climate negotiations, COP26, to find out about the state of diplomacy and what to aim for in 2021. Tom talked to four leaders from the private sector to find out about the biggest movers that will transform the next 10 years, including Amazon’s Kara Hurst, Mindy Lubber of Ceres, Halla Tómasdóttir of The B Team and Claire O’Neill of WBCSD. 

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    We Can Only Face the Future if We Do it Together with Achim Steiner

    We Can Only Face the Future if We Do it Together with Achim Steiner

    As the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, Achim Steiner has a relentless collaborative spirit. The conversation covers the relationship between the environment and economic development as big news comes this week from China. 
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    BP's Road to Rebuilding Trust with CEO Bernard Looney

    BP's Road to Rebuilding Trust with CEO Bernard Looney

    This week we sit down with the CEO of BP, Bernard Looney. Following BP's announcement to be net-zero by 2050 and cutting oil production by 40% by 2030, we talk about the beginning steps to rebuilding trust and what it looks like to transition an oil and gas company away from oil and gas.
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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
439 Ratings

439 Ratings

PMBAKJ ,

Joy and gratitude

Hi lovely team. I’ve been working the inside and outside track of change making for decades, and that has come with both moments of darkness and of elation. Today, I started sad, sludgy and stuck. So, I walked in Hampstead Heath and listened to your episode with Rebecca Solnit. It brought me joy. I found myself stopping to write down what she said over and over. It was elevating to hear such compassionate intentional and inspirational language. Thank you for these gifts you offer to us all. They help me to get through and keep showing up.

cal_maan ,

I love the optimism! But sometimes need more outrage

UPDATE:

After listening to episode 72, I definitely felt a bit more outrage from you all. Love it! Well, I don’t love that you have to be outraged but I love that we got to here more about how you feel. To be honest, I probably feel more outraged, but your optimism rubs off on me, which is a good thing. So thank you. ❤️

END UPDATE

I love what you do with this podcast, I think the interviews and the guests you have on are really good and informative. I also find it helps me when my climate anxiety is getting too much to deal with because you always make me feel like I’m not alone in it. But... I think you need to be a bit more outraged or critical of some of your guests. You have CEO‘s of big companies that are talking about their climate action plan and you praise them for the effort they’re making, but you don’t push them on the fact that for too long they have been part of the problem and they’re only making effort to change now, probably due to public pressure or just to jump on the green bandwagon. (E.g. the interview with the CEO of BP)
Climate change has been known about for at least 80 years, and industrial production is the main culprit, they chased profits over planet this whole time, and most companies still do.
Don’t get me wrong, I know we do need private companies to get on board because governments aren’t doing what needs to be done, but we need to remember what got us into this mess in the first place. People only buy environmentally damaging throwaway crap because it’s available and aggressively marketed, not because it’s what people really want.
It’s so hard for me to buy sustainable ecologically friendly things and toys for my little girl because the market is flooded with plastic rubbish that will break easily but will still be around for thousands of years damaging the environment.
Unfortunately a lot of people don’t know, don’t care, or can’t afford to buy environmentally friendly things, and that is all the fault of these big companies who control the market.

That all said, I’m going to give it 5 stars because that will help more people to find it.

So listen to this podcast, and others (I recommend Climate Changers), educate yourself. Then spread the word!

Vitality UK ,

My new favourite podcast

Great title and fantastic hosts, who discuss global challenges with the “heavy hitters” who are effecting real change. Christiana, Tom and Paul articulate complexities brilliantly and, as the title promises, they leave us with a sense of optimism to keep pushing forward. And they feature wonderful musical guests. Bravi!

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