26 episodes

Your weekly dive into the latest news and current state of energy transitions, sustainability, environmental politics and all things climate change. Each week we will have in-depth discussion on a specific topic relating to the science and economics of global warming, and feature experts as guests.

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Your weekly dive into the latest news and current state of energy transitions, sustainability, environmental politics and all things climate change. Each week we will have in-depth discussion on a specific topic relating to the science and economics of global warming, and feature experts as guests.

    E8: "We can't blame our way out of this"

    E8: "We can't blame our way out of this"

    For the last episode of this season, we are doing things differently, Michael Green, Executive Director of Climate XChange is interviewing our host, Maria Virginia Olano. She speaks on the need to more intentionally craft and deliver innovative and engaging communications strategies and messages to move people to action in the climate space. What decisions drove the episodes, the questions, and the selection of guests, as well as what we can learn from the experts in moving the movement and the conversation forward.

    • 29 min
    E7: "Don't throw out the baby with the bathwater"

    E7: "Don't throw out the baby with the bathwater"

    This week on the podcast is John Schwartz, a science writer for The New York Times, focusing on climate change; he provides us with a look into the editorial and journalistic process of covering climate change, which is the story of our lifetime. The New York Times, as have many other institutions made deliberate decisions around this coverage, which include tossing out the idea that there are two sides to this story, and the pressing need to include multimedia and creative visuals to attract new audiences.

    • 31 min
    E6: "People want to feel meaning"

    E6: "People want to feel meaning"

    This week on the podcast, we are doing things a little differently. Our guest does not work in the climate field, but is the Executive Director of the organization awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2016. Beatrice Fihn leads the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), which was awarded the prize for its work in in highlighting the humanitarian cost and consequences of nuclear weapons. Once again this year, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists have identified the two most existential threats facing humankind as being climate change and nuclear weapons, for this reason our conversation with Beatrice is relevant, and incredibly useful in how we conceptualize and advocate for these issues.  

    • 37 min
    E5: “Gravity is just a theory too”

    E5: “Gravity is just a theory too”

    This week on the podcast, is Susan Joy Hassol, the Director of Climate Communication, a non profit organization aimed at assisting scientists and journalists in communicating climate change effectively and efficiently. She has built a career around the question of how to best communicate climate change, including broad outreach as well as one-on-one coaching. She brilliantly identified the schism between scientific communication and every-day understanding of certain terms, which causes a lot of misunderstanding around climate change.

    • 33 min
    E4: “You can’t just scare people into action”

    E4: “You can’t just scare people into action”

    This week on the podcast, John Kotcher, Ph.D, a Research Assistant Professor at George Mason University’s Center for Climate Change Communication, where he conducts research on science and risk communication. We speak about the role of academic research in furthering advocacy and informing best practices to communicate climate change in a way that does not aim to scare people, but rather mobilize them into action. Climate change perceptions have shifted dramatically among Americans in the past five years, with a double-digit increase in the perception of this as an important issue. The next step, is how to translate that concern to political action.

    • 31 min
    E3: "Showing people research really doesn't work"

    E3: "Showing people research really doesn't work"

    Andrew Jones is an expert on international climate and energy issues, he is a system dynamics modeler, keynote speaker, and designer of simulation-based learning environments. He is also the co-founder and co-director of Climate Interactive. On this week’s episode, he speaks about the motivations that led to him start his non-profit, and why he now understands that we need to go beyond simply showing people the research. After spending his own career as a systems modeler who knew the impacts of climate change in the long term, as well as the limitations in science communication to large audiences, he decided to find a different way. His simulations and tools now reach thousands of people across the United States and around the world, and have inspired them to understand and want to take collective action in finding solutions.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

Vignesh Mohankumar ,

Good stuff!

This is the first thing I listen to in the morning. Climate change has a huge impact on our future, and this helps me stay connected to some good content in the space. Thanks!

Podcastlover4 ,

E2 is AWESOME

So insightful hearing about Dr. Martin's journey and her work on the ground paving the way to racial equity in Boston as the Cheif Resilience Officer. Thank you!!

lizliz4231 ,

Well researched, fascinating topics & guests!

Cooler earth is not only interesting but also super informational and very well researched. I can’t wait for more episodes!

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