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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.

    Welcome to 2023

    Welcome to 2023

    Happy New Year!
     
    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 about building a sustainable future.
    After a well-spent hiatus, the team returns with the first episode of what we hope to be an amazing year documenting climate progress! We know from previous years that many people discover the podcast over our break, so If you're a new listener, we're thrilled you’re here!
    In today’s episode, co-hosts Christiana Figueres, Tom Rivett-Carnac, and Paul Dickinson catch up on what’s been happening in climate over the last few weeksーand what’s to come in 2023.
    First up, the team chats about their break and the importance of taking time to reflect and cultivate equanimity, self-care, and inner strength. And speaking of inner strength, what about the brave decision of New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, to leave office after five remarkable years? Our co-hosts weigh in with some thought-provoking insights.
    There’s talk of Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, the controversial pick to be the president of COP28—this year’s UN climate conference, which is set to be held in Dubai. Al Jaber is the Minister for Industry and Advanced Technology and Managing Director and Group CEO of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC). Check out Christiana’s Op-Ed on Al Jaber in The New Statesman. 
    This year will also mark the first global stocktake (GST), the process designed to assess the world’s progress toward achieving the purpose behind the landmark Paris Agreement. 
    Oh, and Paul’s “friend” wrote a poem about Christianaーyou’ll have to listen to find out what rhymes with “emissions.”
    Finally, we leave you this week with the beautifully haunting track “Oh Mother” from Sive.
     
    Bye for now!
     
    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.
    Tom recommends Stolen Focus by Johann Hari.
    Learn more about ChatGPT.
    Read Christiana’s Op-Ed about Dr. Sultan Al Japer in The New Statesman.
    Learn more about COP28.
     
    MUSIC
     
    Sive
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    Check out Sive’s album ‘We Begin In Darkness’
     
    Check out our sister-podcast, ‘The Way Out Is In’
     
    Did you know we’re a TED Audio Collective Podcast? - Check it out!
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    • 56 min
    Last Episode of 2022: Strong Back, Soft Front

    Last Episode of 2022: Strong Back, Soft Front

    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 about building a sustainable future.
    In the final episode of 2022, co-hosts Christiana Figueres, Tom Rivett-Carnac, and Paul Dickinson look back at what transpired this year, what went well, what didn't, and what to expect in 2023. Plus, they have a conversation with spiritual leader Roshi Joan Halifax and highlight music from Windser.
    Reflecting on the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the team addresses the profound tragedy of the war but also how it proved to be a watershed moment for exposing the vulnerability of fossil fuel markets. It appears the weaponization of energy has driven the world closer toward decarbonization.
    While 2022 was undoubtedly marked by tragedy, there was some good news, including three landmark legislative wins from the United States that contain meaningful provisions to address climate change. They also hailed the recent announcement from the U.S. Department of Energy about an unexpected breakthrough: Scientists at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) in California for the first time successfully generated more energy from a fusion reaction than what was required to produce it. And in another positive note, biodiversity is also getting a much-needed boost from the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP15) to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). 
    Next, guest Roshi Joan Halifax provides a nourishing dose of inspiration with her thoughts on her lifelong spiritual journey, social and environmental engagement, and cultivating resilience in the face of increased uncertainty. 
    It’s the type of motivational close to the year we needed. As we all take stock, we’re reminded that we couldn’t do this without your support, and we thank you from the depths of our hearts for joining us on this journey to better understand our ability to come together to affect transformation in the world.
    Also, we wish environmental activist, Buddhist scholar, and dear friend Joanna Macy, a swift recovery as she recuperates from pneumonia in the hospital. You can find more about Macy and her work in the show notes below.
    Finally, we’ll leave you with the dazzling sounds of California singer/songwriter Windser.
    Have a wonderful holiday season, and we’ll see you in January 2023.
     
    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.
     
    Roshi Joan Halifax
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    Upaya Institute and Zen Center
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    Here’s more on the Inflation Reduction Act 2022, the 2022 Budget Resolution And Reconciliation: How We Will Build Back Better, and the CHIPS Act of 2022.
     
    Read more about the United Nations Biodiversity Conference (COP15). 
     
    Find out more about fusion energy from the National Ignition Facility (NIF).
     
    Listen to environmental activist, Buddhist scholar, and deep ecologist Joanna Macy on Outrage! + Optimism. Explore her celebrated book Active Hope.
     
    MUSIC
     
    Windser
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    Watch the video for “Drift Away”
    Stream the new EP - “Where The Redwoods Meet The Sea”
    Watch Windser perform with Macklemore on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
    Also - Check out Windser’s AudioTree Live Session
     
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    And Then a HERO Comes Along

    And Then a HERO Comes Along

    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 about building a sustainable future.
    Who are our heroes? How do we select them? In addition to parents, families, partners, friends, comic book characters, or others on your list, you might want to add today’s guests. In this episode, co-host Christiana Figueres speaks with climate activists Mauricio Porras and Anuna De Wever about HERO一a climate tech startup on a mission to empower people to accelerate change in the world.
    Co-founder Porras and advisory board member De Wever share the inspiring story behind this extraordinary organization and platform一which enables subscribers to provide critical financial support to those on the frontlines of climate action. Links on how to subscribe are below!
    As climate activists, they are all too familiar with how draining such work can be. Most activists, in fact, must hold down other jobs to support themselves. This often becomes exhausting, and untenable一which can negatively impact the campaign’s momentum. 
    Find out how HERO creatively addresses this very real need for financial support while sharing highlights of activist journeys and connecting climate “mobilizers” (their term) with broader communities worldwide. It’s an uplifting conversation that touches on tech, finance, innovation, communication, climate, and some of the true heroes of the climate movement.
    You won’t want to miss it!  As the holiday season approaches please consider supporting the activist community by subscribing to a policy circle of your choice.
     
    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.
     
    HERO
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    Mauricio Porras
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    Anuna De Wever
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    • 34 min
    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” 
     
    Listeners, this is your last chance to complete our listener survey. Your feedback is important to us, and we’re deeply grateful for your ongoing support. Thank you!
     
    Bye for now!
     
    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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    MUSIC
     
    Boyish
    Spotify | Instagram | YouTube | Facebook
     
    Clay’s Pick of The Week:
     
    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.
     
    Please complete our listener survey here
     
    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!
    Check out more podcasts from The TED Audio Collective
     
    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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    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
580 Ratings

580 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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