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We’re living through a climate emergency; addressing this crisis begins by talking about it. Host Greg Dalton brings you empowering conversations that connect all aspects of the challenge — the scary and the exciting, the individual and the systemic. Join us.

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We’re living through a climate emergency; addressing this crisis begins by talking about it. Host Greg Dalton brings you empowering conversations that connect all aspects of the challenge — the scary and the exciting, the individual and the systemic. Join us.

    The Inflation Reduction Act: What’s in the Sausage?

    The Inflation Reduction Act: What’s in the Sausage?

    For nearly six decades, the US government passed no comprehensive climate legislation. Now that’s changed. The Inflation Reduction Act contains approximately $370 billion of investments in clean energy and climate solutions. But not everyone is happy. To get through the Senate, the bill offered carrots to entrenched fossil fuel interests, along with investments in renewable power. Many in disadvantaged communities, who so often bear the brunt of climate-induced disasters, feel they’ve been left out yet again.
    Guests: 
    Chelsea Henderson, Director of Editorial Content, RepublicEn
    Sam Ricketts, Co-Founder, Evergreen Action 
    Ozawa Bineshi Albert, Co-Executive Director, Climate Justice Alliance
    Somini Sengupta, International Climate Reporter & Anchor, Climate Forward Newsletter, New York Times
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    • 1 hr
    REWIND: Climbing, Conservation and Capitalism

    REWIND: Climbing, Conservation and Capitalism

    Rick Ridgeway estimates he’s spent about five years of his life sleeping in tents, often in the world’s most remote places alongside fellow outdoor adventure luminaries. Ridgeway worked for Patagonia for 15 years and was behind the company’s infamous “Don’t Buy This Jacket” ad campaign, which paradoxically advocated sustainability and increased sales. 
    Outdoor companies like Patagonia may push for sustainability, but they largely still present a mostly white, wealthy experience with nature, which can be off-putting for people of color. “You know if you can't see yourself in those spaces then it’s hard to feel invited or welcome in that movement,” says writer and social justice facilitator Amanda Machado.  
    What is the role of corporations in conservation? And how can the outdoor industry help make nature more safe, accessible and welcoming for all?
    Guests:
    Rick Ridgeway, former Vice President of Public Engagement, Patagonia
    Amanda Machado, writer and social justice facilitator
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    • 54 min
    Patti Poppe: Reinventing Utilities During a Climate Emergency

    Patti Poppe: Reinventing Utilities During a Climate Emergency

    As the CEO of the California utility giant PG&E, Patti Poppe is charged with navigating the company through massive wildfires, disrupted energy markets, and lingering public distrust of the utility. The company is undergrounding 10,000 miles of electric lines, working with GM and Ford on incorporating power from electric vehicles into homes and the grid, deploying batteries at large power plants, and pushing to change net metering rates that pay homeowners for electricity generated on their roofs. How can utilities like PG&E reinvent themselves and modernize the electric grid to deliver renewable power when their own systems are threatened by catastrophic climate change?

    Guests:
    Patricia Poppe, CEO, PG&E
    Katherine Blunt, Reporter, Wall Street Journal
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Turning Down the Heat: Decarbonizing Cement and Steel

    Turning Down the Heat: Decarbonizing Cement and Steel

    Along with aviation, the construction industry is one of the hardest to decarbonize sectors in the global economy. Cement and steel production together are responsible for about 15% of global CO2 emissions. But look around our modern world and it’s hard to imagine doing without these materials. Carbon-negative cement has been talked about for years, and innovations in steel production show promise as well, but is either technology ready for primetime? And what about replacing these materials with engineered wood, which could also store carbon for decades?

    Guests: 
    John Fernández, Professor of Architecture, MIT
    Chathurika Gamage, Manager, Climate Aligned Industries, RMI
    Radhika Lalit, Chief Strategy Officer, RMI
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    • 54 min
    On The Run: Voluntary and Forced Climate Migration

    On The Run: Voluntary and Forced Climate Migration

    The climate crisis may not be the sole driver of human displacement but it is a contributing and growing factor, exacerbating the misery of already struggling communities. According to the UN Refugee Agency, climate change typically creates internal displacement within countries before it pushes people across national borders. While much of this displacement is involuntary, many with wealth and foresight are able to move before things get really bad. How well are governments prepared to handle an influx of people driven from their homes – and support those who are left behind? 
    Guests:
    Abrahm Lustgarten,  Senior Reporter at ProPublica
    Colette Pichon Battle, Esq., Co-Executive Director, Taproot Earth 
    Kayly Ober, Senior Advocate and Program Manager, Climate Displacement Program, Refugees International
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    • 59 min
    REWIND: Firefight: How to Live in the Pyrocene

    REWIND: Firefight: How to Live in the Pyrocene

    We’re on track for yet another summer of record wildfires in the western U.S., endangering lives, displacing communities, and sending unhealthy smoke across the nation. 

    The science is clear: human-caused climate change is making lands more conducive to burning, and we are increasingly living in flammable landscapes. Forest experts say there are tools to help reduce the risk of catastrophic fires, keep forests alive as valuable carbon sinks and make communities more resilient to megafires. But we may also have to become accustomed to more fire – and smoke – in our lives. 

    How can we better live with fire, including using it as a tool, rather than always fighting it?

    This week, we also take a deep dive into the recent Supreme Court case West Virginia v. EPA with Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of Berkeley Law.

    Guests:
    Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean, Berkeley Law 
    Stephen Pyne, author, The Pyrocene: How We Created an Age of Fire, and What Happens Next 
    Susan Husari, member of the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection
    Chad T. Hanson, author, Smokescreen: Debunking Wildfire Myths to Save Our Forests and Our Climate
    Jaime Lowe, author, Breathing Fire: Female Inmate Firefighters on the Front Lines of California’s Wildfires
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    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
386 Ratings

386 Ratings

TimyT ,

Solid, challenging content

Don’t be deceived by the episode titles, which in my opinion can be a little dry up. I found the content itself to be well conceived, clearly presented and full of surprises that made me see environmentalism in a whole new, much more holistic and thoroughly engaging way. Whether educating the listener about how traditional environmentalism is rooted in white supremacy due to its founders’ embrace of eugenics, or challenging them with the mutually beneficial value of offering financial support to developing nations, this podcast is a must for anyone who claims to be serious about a comprehensive approach to climate change.

Contraryan ,

Very good at tackling climate in equitable ways

Very good podcast that discusses how to address or reduce climate change while making the world more equitable.

BlackLivesMatterGirl ,

5/5 lol 😝

This podcast helps me feel better about the changing climate. I always scares me to think that we are actually abusing the earth that has sustained life for so many sentries. It with the help of this podcast I’m calming down and brainstorming ways to help or protest.

-Thank you

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