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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.

    COP15: Nothing Without Nature!

    COP15: Nothing Without Nature!

    Welcome to another episode of Outrage + Optimism, where 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 jam-packed episode, co-hosts Christiana Figueres, Tom Rivett-Carnac, and Paul Dickinson catch up on news from the Earthshot Prize awards ceremony in Boston, the United Nations Biodiversity Conference (COP 15) in Montréal, insights from Conservation International’s Dr. M. Sanjayan, and music from Boyish.
    Christiana opens by recounting her time at the award ceremony for the Earthshot Prize一the world’s most prestigious environmental award. Highlights include the “green carpet” with such A-listers as Prince William, Billie Eilish, Annie Lennox, and David Beckham, among others, £5 million in prizes, and the extraordinary winners themselves. Christiana was actually brought to tears. 
    The team also previews the UN Biodiversity Conference COP15, which started Dec. 7. Conference dynamics are bound to be interesting since it’s being chaired by the Chinese delegation (a holdover from the cancellation of the in-person conference in 2020) but hosted by the Canadians in Montréal. Listen for all the details on “30 by 30,” the significance of biodiversity for global GDP, and more.
    Later, Conservation International CEO Dr. M Sanjayan shares his thoughts on the connection between climate and nature, why the nature agenda is一counterintuitively一running behind the climate agenda, and the forthcoming nature economy.
    We close the episode with music from the indie duo, Boyish. They’ve amassed more than 15 million streams across their catalog, received praise from publications including Billboard, Paper, Office Magazine, and Pigeons and Planes, and were the recipient of the 2021 LGBTQ+ Emerging Artist Award.
    Enjoy their beautifully evocative track, “mom i think i'm gay” 
     
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    NOTES AND RESOURCES 
     
    To learn more about our planet’s climate emergency and how you can transform outrage into optimistic action subscribe to the podcast here.
     
    Catch up with The Earthshot Prize 2022
    Learn more about the UN Biodiversity Conference: COP15 in Montréal
     
    Check out our sister-podcast, ‘The Way Out Is In’
     
    Sanjayan, Ph.D.
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    Conservation International
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    Boyish
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    Boyish Music Videos - Smithereens | Legs | Congratulations | Superstar
    BEL - Paul BigDawg (with Boyish)
     
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    A U.S. Special: Making The Irresistible Irreversible!

    A U.S. Special: Making The Irresistible Irreversible!

    Welcome to another episode of Outrage + Optimism, where 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 and Tom Rivett-Carnac go deep into U.S. domestic energy policy with guests U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm and White House Deputy National Climate Advisor Ali Zaidi.
    First up, the critical topic of energy justice: Granholm updates the team on the Justice40 Initiative, in which an unprecedented 40 percent of federal energy investments are earmarked for disadvantaged and historically underserved communities that are overburdened by pollution. The plans, which seek to reckon with deep-seated inequities, are ambitious, exciting, and groundbreaking.
    Speaking of action, Tom and Christiana’s next guest is optimist and White House Climate Advisor Ali Zaidi. He contends the U.S. is on a positive linear trajectory and accelerating exponentiallyーnot just in clean energy or emissions reduction but in terms of the political economy backing these actions. Get the scoop on how federal agencies and departments are pushing forward together. 
    We finish the episode with the beautiful track “Until the Day” by Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter BEL. Additional details are included in the show notes below. 
     
    You won’t want to miss a second of this electrifying episode!
     
    Listeners, please take a minute to complete our listener survey. Your feedback is important to us, and we’re deeply grateful for your ongoing support. Thank you!
     
    NOTES AND RESOURCES 
     
    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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    Jennifer M. Granholm, Secretary U.S. Department of Energy.
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    Find out more about the Justice40 Initiative
    Ali Zaidi, White House Deputy National Climate Advisor 
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    Learn about the National Climate Task Force
     
    Here’s more on the Inflation Reduction Act 2022 and the 2022 Budget Resolution And Reconciliation: How We Will Build Back Better legislation
     
    It’s official, we’re a TED Audio Collective Podcast - Proof!
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    MUSIC
     
    BEL
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    • 1 hr 17 min
    TED Countdown Dilemma Series: Is There a Role for Carbon Credits in the Transition to a Fair, Net-Zero Future?

    TED Countdown Dilemma Series: Is There a Role for Carbon Credits in the Transition to a Fair, Net-Zero Future?

    Today, a special TED Countdown conversation for you!
    In June 2022, TED’s climate initiative, Countdown, launched its Dilemma Series: events designed to look at some of the “knots” in the climate change space, where diverging positions have stalled progress and solidified into an inability to collaborate across differences. 
    What we offer today is one of the conversations recorded as part of that event between Outrage + Optimism host Tom Rivett-Carnac, and academic, writer, and author Professor James Dyke. 
    The event focused on the question: Is there a role for carbon credits in the transition to a fair, net-zero future?  We hope that Tom and James' ‘agreeable disagreement’ on this often divisive issue will be taken as an invitation to listen deeply, keep an open mind and get a little wiser on a complex topic.
    Please follow the links below to view the fantastic film produced by the TED Countdown team, and gain a greater insight and understanding on the topic of carbon credits but also the process of holding space for such conversations to take place.  Carbon credits is a contentious subject that prompted some discomfort, disagreement and, ultimately, a renewed sense of possibility. Enjoy
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    TED Countdown Dilemma Series
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    Professor James Dyke
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    • 44 min
    The Best of Times, The Worst of Times

    The Best of Times, The Worst of Times

    “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.” Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
    Welcome to another episode of Outrage + Optimism, where 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 give their concluding thoughts on COP27, followed by Tom’s interview with Rory Stewart OBE FRSGS FRSL一former Conservative cabinet minister, diplomat, soldier, author, academic, charitable entrepreneur, and podcaster一a true polymath if there ever was one.
    We close the episode with music from British singer-songwriter L.A. Salami and his captivating single, “Desperate Times, Mediocre Measures.”
     
    Enjoy the show!
     
    NOTES AND RESOURCES 
     
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    To learn more about our planet’s climate emergency and how you can transform outrage into optimistic action subscribe to the podcast here.
    Explore more about COP27.
    It’s official, we’re a TED Audio Collective Podcast - Proof!
    Check out more podcasts from The TED Audio Collective.
     
    Rory Stewart 
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    GiveDirectly
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    L.A. Salami 
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    Watch the amazing video for “Desperate Times, Mediocre Measures.”
     
    All his incredible music videos are here - WATCH
    Clay’s Pick of The Week - ‘Things Ain’t Changed’
     
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    • 1 hr 18 min
    COP27: Why the Money Flow is Slow

    COP27: Why the Money Flow is Slow

    Welcome to another episode of Outrage + Optimism, where 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 share their reflections on COP27. We also have music from South Africa’s Daily Maverick, featuring the brilliant vocalist, Anneli Kamfer.
    Tom is back from Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, where he spent several days at COP27, the UN’s annual climate conference. The trio discusses whether the international commitment to contain global warming to 1.5°C一now that the target seems to be moving out of reach一is as robust as it should be. Is conference messaging, such as “[We are] resolved to pursue efforts,” as strong as it should be?
    Next, there’s good and bad news on “Loss and Damage.” This refers to the responsibility of industrialized nations for the climate crisis and the moral case for compensating poorer countries suffering disproportionately from its consequences. Hear the breakdown and where the group stands on the progress of this critical issue.
    Other COP27 discussions cover balancing collective global action with internal political realities, strides in reversing deforestation, and Tom’s birthday!
    You won’t want to miss this engaging conversation!
     
    Before we go to the music, hear our incredible ‘pass the mic’ segment where Zoe, our roving reporter, spent an afternoon capturing diverse voices from COP 27 delegates in the halls and corridors of the conference.
    Finally, we finish with our musical selection: “20Twenties: Eve of Destruction,” by the Daily Maverick, featuring the celebrated vocalist Anneli Kamfer.
     
    Enjoy the show!
     
    NOTES AND RESOURCES 
    To learn more about our planet’s climate emergency and how you can transform outrage into optimistic action subscribe to the podcast here.
    Explore more about COP27.
    It’s official, we’re a TED Audio Collective Podcast - Proof!
    Check out more podcasts from The TED Audio Collective.
     
    MUSIC
    Listen to the full track “20Twenties: Eve of Destruction” from the Daily Maverick featuring acclaimed vocalist, Anneli Kamfer.
    Anneli Kamfer
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    Learn more about the Daily Maverick and the Our Burning Planet initiative. 
    Here’s a well-known version of Eve of Destruction, written by 19-year-old PF Sloan in 1965 and recorded soon after by Barry McGuire.
     
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Future of Food: Live from COP27

    Future of Food: Live from COP27

    Welcome to another episode of Outrage + Optimism, where 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 we bring you the conclusion of our celebrated Future of Food  series, recorded live from COP 27.  Outrage + Optimism host Tom Rivett-Carnac pulls together an incredible line up of leaders to explore how food might act as the connecting force that engages communities and individuals and brings us all together in a united global movement.
    First, Tom takes the opportunity to catch up Per Heggenes, the CEO of The IKEA Foundation, to hear why food is of huge importance to his organisation's work and why Per believes food needs to stay top of the global agenda.
    Next, Tom convenes a fascinating and diverse group of guests in a unique and quirky setting: a blue shipping container repurposed in collaboration with Museum for the United Nations UN Live team and The IKEA Foundation using Global We portals, to bring the voices of people on the frontline of climate change, directly into the heart of climate conversations at COP27 via full length screens, set up in diverse global locations.
    Listen to the fascinating contributions from Tom's IRL guests  Paul Polman, Business Leader, Former CEO of Unilever and co-author of Net Positive; Liesbet Steer, Executive Director of the Education Commission; and Sophia Kianni climate activist, Executive Director of Climate Cardinals  and the youngest member on the United Nations Secretary-General's Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change; and our  Global We portal leaders from Kigali  Sarah Kenkuyu, Program Manager at GiveDirectly Rwanda; Kristian Gasaro, activist, Greenpreneur and photographer; and Tanignigui Siriki Soro, a writer and community leader from the Ivory Coast.
    The resulting conversation is as diverse and as fascinating as our guests themselves. 
     
    Enjoy the show!
     
    NOTES AND RESOURCES 
    To learn more about our planet’s climate emergency and how you can transform outrage into optimistic action subscribe to the podcast here.
     
    The IKEA Foundation
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    Museum for the United Nations
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    GUESTS: 
    Per Heggenes
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    Paul Polman
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    Liesbet Steer 
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    The Education Commission
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    Sophia Kianni
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    Sarah Kenkuyu
    LinkedIn
    GiveDirectly
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    Kristian Gasaro
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    Tanignigui Siriki Soro
    LinkedIn
    Want to participate in the COP27 Civic Imagination Lab? REGISTER HERE
    Also, explore more about COP27
    It’s official, we’re a TED Audio Collective Podcast!
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    Go listen to Abigael Kima’s coverage of COP27 on the Hali Hewa Podcast
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Customer Reviews

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578 Ratings

Orlando234 ,

Five stars

Brilliant podcast, endlessly informative and so comforting to see how many people we have globally committed to pushing for a better future. Dealing with depression and severe eco-anxiety this year and while some weeks I can’t face listening to anything related to climate change, on the weeks that I can, listening to this podcast and hearing the three hosts managing to laugh and find optimism and enjoyment and realising they haven’t yet lost hope for humanity in spite of having worked in this field for 30+ years is so heartening and hopeful. Thank you!

Osbhutta ,

Needs to be more global, less British

I stopped listening after the episode given to a friendly chat with Zac Goldsmith, someone who ran a racist election campaign. Until then I found the podcasts regularly informative but, despite the best efforts of Christina, too often a presenter-fuelled Britchat, and I say this as a Brit.

Fuschia Jules ,

Outrage and Admiration

A real roller coaster of outrage and optimism this episode. I love Tom’s optimism around the investor “pact” BUT the desperate issues brought up—the lack of support for Pakistan, the lack of support for developing countries, the announcement by the fossil of a Business Secretary in the UK, says so loudly that Governments are prepared to say the words and then focus on other, short term stuff. I am left disbelieving the so-called commitments. Few governments around the world have the brainpower or courage needed to turn the tanker. I’m left with outrage and admiration that the O+O team can be more balanced.

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