Climate Changers features interviews with remarkable entrepreneurs, scientists, activists, educators and other leaders who are taking initiative as we face a growing climate crisis.
Climate Changers is for people who are tired of feeling helpless and want to hear real stories from thoughtful and effective leaders who are on the front lines of building the products and coalitions that will create change
The future is worth fighting for, so join me in this weekly celebration of the heroes who are working to create a new and sustainable resource and energy economy.
High Plains Biochar with Rowdy Yeatts
High Plains Biochar in Laramie Wyoming provides "real carbon negative technology for the real world." In this interview, founder Rowdy Yeatts explains how biochar is a type of charcoal made by exposing biomass such as wood or crop residue to high temperatures in the absence of oxygen. This effectively burns off everything except the carbon leaving behind a highly porous material high in carbon content, essentially creating a blank carbon sponge that can be used to improve agricultural yields, clean polluted water, reduce methane emissions from livestock, and permanently trap atmospheric carbon underground.
Beetcoin with Woody Tasch
Woody Tasch is the author of Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered (Chelsea Green), SOIL: Notes Towards the Theory and Practice of Nurture Capital (Slow Money Institute), and AHA!: Fake Trillions, Real Billions, Beetcoin and the Great American Do-Over (Slow Money Institute). Tasch is former chairman of Investors’ Circle, a nonprofit angel network that has facilitated more than $200 million of investments in over 300 early-stage, sustainability-promoting companies. As treasurer of the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation in the 1990s, he was a pioneer of mission-related investing. He was founding chairman of the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance. Utne Reader named him “One Of 25 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World.”
Rise Up with Edwin Namakanga
Edwin Namakanga is a climate activist from Uganda. He graduated from Makerere University in 2019 with a Bachelors of Science in Population Studies. Both Vanessa Nakate and Greta Thunberg inspired Edwin to get involved with climate activism, which happened in August 2019. Becoming an organizer for Fridays for Future Climate Strikes and a graphics designer for the Rise Up Movement were the next steps of his activist journey.
The most recent parts of his climate activist journey included attending the UN Climate COP 26 Summit. While he was at this summit he traveled on the Greenpeace Warrior ship to Glasgow with other activists and defied restrictions to let world leaders know their voices will not be silenced or left out. Also, during his time traveling for COP 26 conference events, Edwin gave a speech at a global climate strike alongside Greta Thunberg.
"I strike and speak up because I want people to understand that we are in a climate emergency and need climate justice now; the threat is imminent so I will keep using my voice to help create positive and sustainable change for all."
Wine and Climate with Josep Maria Ribas Portella
Josep Ribas is the Climate Change Director at Familia Torres. Directly reporting to the President Miguel Torres, he is in charge of the Climate Change department whose core initiatives are linked to climate change mitigation and adaptation, as well as to raise awareness and foster collaboration inside and outside the wine sector.
Josep is an industrial engineer from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia and holds a masters in Sustainable Energy Systems by the Swedish university Chalmers Tekniska Hogskola of Gothenburg.
Climate and National Security with Thomas Hochman
Thomas Hochman (@thomashochman) is a Fellow at Citizens’ Climate Lobby. His work has been featured in The National Interest, The Washington Examiner, and a number of other outlets.
Climate Activism Design with David Johnson
Dave Johnson is a lawyer, teacher and writer. He has served as general counsel for several tech companies in Silicon Valley across the last twenty years. For the last decade he has held teaching and research posts at Stanford Law School, as well as the Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford. Dave’s client list included some of the biggest names in science and technology: Apple, Caliper, Google, McKesson, and The Computer History Museum. Dave’s research has examined software design methods and their potential to improve global environmental policy, especially with respect to climate change. He is currently working on a book titled Climate Activism by Design, bringing design principles to bear on citizen activists responding to corporate and government inaction on this immediate, existential crisis facing all of humankind.
Important and Inspiring
Ryan has a super interesting and diverse roster of guests, and no matter the topic, I gain something from every episode. In a world that often seems impossibly polarized, this podcast is a refreshing reminder that we all share this planet, and we all have a stake in protecting it. Check it out!
The topics are super interesting, the guests are top notch professionals, and it will be fun to see where the host Ryan takes it from here.
Vital Subject with Smart People
This podcast is off to a strong start and I plan on listening as I help to make change in my community and our world alongside these people.