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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.

    New Systems and New Power with Dame Ellen MacArthur & Guest Co-Host Catherine Howarth

    New Systems and New Power with Dame Ellen MacArthur & Guest Co-Host Catherine Howarth

    This week, The Circular Economy!
    Currently our economy operates in a linear way. Take, Make, Dispose. It’s based on the industrial revolution, and we know this way of doing things has limits. Some of those limits we are reaching even today.
    But there’s a different economy we could create. The Circular Economy.
    This week we explore the ‘Circular Economy’ with #1 Circular Economy advocate, Dame Ellen MacArthur. This brand new economy is all about designing out waste and pollution, keeping products and materials in use, and regenerating natural systems. It incentivizes manufacturers to create and maintain better products, stops the Global North from polluting the Global South, and has the potential to regenerate wildlife and ecosystems that are on the brink of collapsing.
    And with Christiana and Tom out this week, we invite special guest co-host, Catherine Howarth, CEO of Share Action, to discuss what it will take to encourage regenerative economic practices? Are we at a tipping point right now? Is a green, equitable, regenerative global society finally close to our grasp?
    And later on in the episode, join us for a soulful acoustic performance of “What Can I Do?” by Rachel Sermanni.
    Thanks for joining us!
     

     
    Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now!
     
    Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter: Signals Amidst The Noise
     
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    Mentioned links from the episode:
    Universal Ownership by Ellen Quigley
    Tax Pollution, Not People with Ex’Tax
     
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    Thank you to our guest this week, Dame Ellen Macarthur!
     
    Dame Ellen MacArthur 
    Founder and Chair of Trustees | Ellen MacArthur Foundation
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    Ellen MacArthur Foundation
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    Our artist this week is Rachel Sermanni!
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    Live in Bristol or Sheffield? Go See Rachel LIVE
    Check out her rad music video for “What Can I Do”
     

     
    Thank you to our Guest Co-host, Catherine Howarth!
     
    Catherine Howarth 
    Chief Executive | ShareAction
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    ShareAction
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    • 58 min
    Building Leaderful Movements with Katie Eder & Guest Co-host Alice Garton

    Building Leaderful Movements with Katie Eder & Guest Co-host Alice Garton

    In a week that has seen record temperatures occurring throughout the Pacific Northwest of the United States and Canada, a major hurricane that hit Barbados - the first in 60 years - and one of the warmest winters on record down south in New Zealand, this episode looks at the urgent call to action coming from the younger generation. Their call for transformational change applies not only to climate action, but in delivering meaningful social justice action and revaluating and redefining the very notion of leadership itself.
    Our special guest this week is Katie Eder, Climate Organizer at Future Coalition. She eloquently describes for us the foundational goal of equity that is at the heart of the youth movement. and how she believes transformational change begins with ‘a leaderful movement’, and is the way to securing climate and social justice goals. Spoiler Alert: This is the secret to the success of the Paris Agreement.
    Paul is joined this week by guest co-host, Alice Garton, Legal Director for the Foundation for International Law for the Environment. Alice talks through some climate optimism in regards to recent Australian judicial rulings, as well as an optimistic take on the recent Royal Dutch Shell ruling in the Netherlands.
    And later on in the episode, join us for a great acoustic performance of “The Woman Who Planted Trees” by Emily Barker.
    Thanks for joining us!
     

     
    Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now!
    Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter: Signals Amidst The Noise
    Click here to listen to our previous episode with Wanjira Mathai
     
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    Links mentioned in the episode:
    Read: Reason, Rationality and Fiduciary Duty by Steve Lydenberg
     



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    Thank you to our guest this week, Katie Eder!
     
    Katie Eder
    Climate Organizer, Future Coalition
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    Future Coalition
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    Our artist this week is Emily Barker!
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    Check out her latest EP, “Machine”
     

     
    Thank you to our Guest Co-host, Alice Garton!
     
    Alice Garton
    Director Global Legal Strategy, FILE
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    FILE Foundation
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    Facts and figures on climate litigation:
    LSE Grantham Global Trends on on Climate Litigation 2021
     
    Links for lawyers and law students looking to use the law to progress the climate transition:
    Law Students for Climate Accountability
    Net Zero Lawyers Alliance
    The Chancery Lane Project
    PILNET
    A4ID
     
    Links for citizens looking to participate in climate litigation:
    Urgenda Global Climate Litigation
    Holding Your Government’s Accountable for Climate Change
    Climate Litigation Guide
     
    Australian SHARMA case:
    Equity Generation Lawyers
     
    Fiduciary Duty:
    Primer on Climate Change: Directors Duties
    ACCR commentary on Shell Transition Plan
     
    What citizens Can Do:
    Wiki Page
     

     
    Keep up with Christiana Figueres here:
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    The Race to Resilience!

    The Race to Resilience!

    The Race to Resilience is on!
    This week has seen another extremely harsh wildfire season and searing temperatures in the global North, Tropical Storm Elsa ripped through the Caribbean, becoming the first hurricane to hit Barbados in 60 years, and way down in the south of the planet, New Zealand has its hottest winter. 
    It is absolutely vital that the Race to Zero (emissions) and an equally important set of measures for adaptation and resilience be undertaken - at the same time - to allow humanity to thrive in the near and distant future.
    So what exactly is the Race to Resilience? Join Christiana, Tom and Paul as we explore the links between tackling climate change, protecting and enhancing biodiversity, ensuring ocean health and changing how we use land. Among a few other notable guests, we talk to two city leaders building resilience in two very different communities, addressing local challenges and bringing thousands of citizens together to tackle climate change.
     
    This week you’ll hear from:
    Elizabeth Mrema, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity
    Anne-Marie Trevelyan, COP 26 International Champion for Adaptation and Resilience, and UK Energy and Climate Change Minister
    Enric Sala, National Geographic Explorer in Residence, National Geographic Pristine Seas
    Mayor Kate Gallego, Mayor of Phoenix, Arizona
    and
    Mayor Mohammed Sowah, Mayor of Accra, Ghana
     
    We are racing against time - and rather than allowing fear to paralyse us, let’s use this energy to fuel our spirit and determination. Hit play for your weekly dose of outrage - and stubborn optimism.  

    Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now! 
    Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter: Signals Amidst The Noise 
    PBS Learning Media melted our hearts with a beautiful film The Age of Nature
    Join the Race to Zero 
    Learn more about C40 cities
     
    Click here to listen to the previous episodes of our The Race to Zero Series

    Thank you to our guests this week:
     
    Elizabeth Mrema 
    UN Assistant Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity
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    UN Biodiversity
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    Anne-Marie Trevelyan 
    COP 26 International Champion for Adaptation and Resilience, and UK Energy and Climate Change Minister
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    COP 26
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    Enric Sala 
    National Geographic Explorer in Residence, National Geographic Pristine Seas
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    NG Pristine Seas
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    Mayor Kate Gallego 
    Mayor of Phoenix, Arizona
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    Mayor Mohammed Sowah 
    Mayor of Accra, Ghana
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    Keep up with Christiana Figueres here:
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    Tom Rivett-Carnac:
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    Paul Dickinson is on LinkedIn!
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    Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media and send us a message!
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Climate, Fossil Fuels and the Future of Shell with Ben van Beurden

    Climate, Fossil Fuels and the Future of Shell with Ben van Beurden

    This week, something different. An exclusive interview with Shell CEO, Ben van Beurden.
    In May 2021, the District Court in The Hague delivered its landmark ruling in the climate change case filed against Royal Dutch Shell (“Shell”). In her ruling on the case, Judge Larisa Alwin ordered Shell to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 45% by 2030 from 2019 levels. The court found that Shell’s existing carbon mitigation strategy was “not concrete and is full of conditions ... that's not enough.” The court also ruled that Shell is responsible for emissions from its customers and suppliers, known as scope 3 emissions, and further that Shell’s activities constituted a threat to the “right to life” and “undisturbed family life,” as set out in the European Convention on Human Rights.
    So, what next? Pending an appeal to the case, how is Shell going to follow the court ruling to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 45% by 2030? We sit down with Ben van Beurden, CEO of Royal Dutch Shell Plc to discuss what the decisive decade looks like for oil and gas majors.
     

     
    Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now!
    Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter: Signals Amidst The Noise
     
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    Catch up on our Race To Zero Series so that you’re ready for next week’s episode!
     
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    Thank you to our guest this week, Ben van Beurden.
     
    Ben van Beurden
    Chief Executive Officer, Royal Dutch Shell Plc
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    Shell
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    You can read Ben’s response to the Dutch Court Ruling here on LinkedIn.
     

     
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    The Stubborn Optimist's Playlist Vol. 3

    The Stubborn Optimist's Playlist Vol. 3

    Welcome to Volume 3 of The Stubborn Optimist’s Playlist!
     
    Every week on the podcast we feature a musical artist who is thoughtful about the role of art and artists in the climate crisis and this week, we bring you a collection of those artists in playlist form as an extended listening experience.
     
    Enjoy the music!
     
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    The Stubborn Optimist’s Playlist Vol. 3:
     
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    Aaron Frazer - Bad News
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    (5:17)
    Alfred Nomad - Speaking
     
    (6:10)
    Alfred Nomad - Justice
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    (8:50)
    Mel Chante - Air
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    (11:56)
    Asher Monroe - Speaking
     
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    Asher Monroe - Midnight Masquerade
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    (15:53)
    Milky Chance - We Didn’t Make It To The Moon
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    (19:20)
    Guster - Satellite
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    (23:52)
    Marie Spaemann - Circles
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    (29:42)
    Vivii - Speaking
     
    (31:11)
    Vivii - One Day
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    (35:03)
    Eliza Shaddad - Blossom
    Our musical guest this week is Eliza Shaddad!
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    (38:15)
    Easy Wanderlings - Dream To Keep Us Going
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    • 42 min
    Breaking Boundaries, Post Growth & The Future We Choose

    Breaking Boundaries, Post Growth & The Future We Choose

    This week, a live recording of our event “Breaking Boundaries, Post Growth & The Future We Choose” with special guests Johan Rockström and Tim Jackson.
    A little bit about our guests:
    Johan Rockström is the Director of Potsdam Institute of Climate Impact Research & Author of Breaking Boundaries, which is both a book and a powerful Netflix documentary.
    Tim Jackson is the Director of The Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity at the University of Surrey and has recently issued his latest book, Post Growth.
    Join us for a sobering, gripping, and stubbornly optimistic conversation about the most decisive decade in human history. How can we change the stories we tell ourselves, to engage, inspire and empower people toward climate action?
    Hit play and listen in!
     
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    Book Links:
     
    The Future We Choose: The Stubborn Optimist’s Guide To The Climate Crisis by Christiana Figueres & Tom Rivett-Carnac
    Breaking Boundaries: The Science of Our Planet by Johan Rockström & Owen Gaffney Post Growth: Life After Capitalism by Tim Jackson
     
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    To take meaningful steps to protect what you love from the worst damages of climate change, and to join the Guiness World Record attempt this month, check out the Count Us In Campaign, and decide if we can count you in!
     
    Christiana, Johan and Tim have all been honoured as Hillary Laureates. Tap in to learn more about the work of the Hillary Institute.
     
    Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter: Signals Amidst The Noise
     
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    Thank you to our guests this week, Johan Rockström & Tim Jackson!
     
    Johan Rockström
    Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
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    Tim Jackson
    Author, Director of Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP) 
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    CUSP
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    • 50 min

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330 Ratings

330 Ratings

queenbiophillia ,

Most important thing to listen to

I’m so grateful for this show- and all of you- for having the capacity to hold complexity & dialectics- both emotionally and intellectually. You manage to include creativity, humor, fun, depth, despair, passion, necessary fear and intelligence in one place.
The world needs us all to be focusing on the climate crisis right now- and the way you approach it has the potential to reach people not just in the “malleable middle” but I’d say even on the “other side” of the spectrum - where people’s stubbornness and fear have gotten the best of them.
I see your work as a means to have a conversation about our world for everyone- not just like-minded people.
Thank you. Keep it coming. We need you.

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I LOVE this podcast!! Christiana, Tom and Paul have such incredible depth of knowledge about climate but also incredible chemistry that just makes learning about something so daunting as climate change, fun, interesting, exciting, hopeful and inspiring. This podcast is relevant to every human on the planet and I hope it continues to spread FAR & WIDE!

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Outrage and Optimism is an encouraging and engaging listen - it’s clear that the Global Optimism puts extraordinary effort into finding artists and guests that are authentic and truly care about being a positive force in this world. I always walk away feeling inspired and empowered… you don’t want to miss it!

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