30 episodes

Want to use your job to make an impact? We go behind the scenes with today's most inspiring changemakers. Yesh has candid conversations with them about careers, motivation, and how they're fighting climate change — and how you can too.

Degrees: Real talk about planet-saving careers Yesh Pavlik Slenk

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 84 Ratings

Want to use your job to make an impact? We go behind the scenes with today's most inspiring changemakers. Yesh has candid conversations with them about careers, motivation, and how they're fighting climate change — and how you can too.

    Jason Swann’s life turned upside down. Now, he’s saving wild places

    Jason Swann’s life turned upside down. Now, he’s saving wild places

    When Jason Swann goes hiking, he always takes pictures. It’s important to him to show other Black and brown people that they belong in the wilderness too. Jason talks with host Yesh Pavlik Slenk about how an encounter with the police, a divorce, and job loss led him to a new life as an advocate for racial equity in the outdoors and to a dramatic career change from finance to sustainability.

    • 29 min
    Sustainable investment leader Taeun Kwon on women, money and saving the planet

    Sustainable investment leader Taeun Kwon on women, money and saving the planet

    If we are to truly combat climate change, there must be more women leaders in finance. Taeun Kwon, 32, is so passionate about replacing finance’s power structure of “pale, male and stale” with women’s leadership that she founded a global organization to help women transform the status quo. Kwon and Yesh have a lively conversation about the connection between climate change, power, gender and money; you’ll come away changed by this discussion, and by Kwon’s courage and conviction.

    • 29 min
    How an energy entrepreneur is helping to light up the world

    How an energy entrepreneur is helping to light up the world

    Dan Schnitzer has been passionate about renewable energy since the eighth grade, when he discovered he could make clean fuel from apple peels using his grandma's pressure cooker. Later, he learned that lack of access to energy is a trap that keeps people in poverty. He vowed to try to solve a huge problem: In developing countries, as much as half the population has no reliable source of electricity. He founded his company, SparkMeter, to try to fill that crying need. In 2021, Fast Company named SparkMeter the most innovative company in energy.

    • 26 min
    How a farmworker’s son-turned politician is fighting “the serious crisis with Mother Earth”

    How a farmworker’s son-turned politician is fighting “the serious crisis with Mother Earth”

    Working with his parents harvesting produce in the 100-degree agricultural fields of southern California, Eduardo Garcia never imagined growing up and becoming a state assemblyman. But unlikely events led to a spark to make decisions for his community—and today, Garcia is the climate-change-fighting assemblyman representing California's 56th District. Fierce about saving California’s embattled ecosystem, Garcia authored a bill to allocate almost $4 billion to fight wildfires and drought. He talks with Yesh Pavlik Slenk about how he got here, what he’s fighting for, and why he still has to battle for basic rights to clean water and air.

    • 28 min
    How this 30 Under 30 sustainability star navigates tough dilemmas at REI

    How this 30 Under 30 sustainability star navigates tough dilemmas at REI

    Dawnielle Tellez, 29, recently made it onto media company GreenBiz’ 30 under 30 list. The REI sustainability analyst tells Yesh Pavlik Slenk how hard it is to make the outdoor apparel industry more sustainable. She tells us what she learned working at Patagonia; what dolphins and solar panels have to do with hiking pants and backpacks; and how she landed one of the sexiest jobs in corporate sustainability (note: she could paper her walls with rejection letters).

    • 28 min
    Yes, you can turn your climate anxiety into meaningful action

    Yes, you can turn your climate anxiety into meaningful action

    This week we talk with LaUra Schmidt, cofounder of The Good Grief Network. LaUra talks about how millions of us are suffering from eco-anxiety, how our emotions affect our planet-saving work, and how we can cope so we can do the work that needs to be done to make a positive impact on the future.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
84 Ratings

84 Ratings

JNSmall ,

Awesome!

Interesting and helpful.

Plants are the Future ,

Smart people, important work

I’ve been following EDF for years and supporting them, so when I learned about their podcast I had to check it out. The interviewer and her guests are all incredibly inspiring and talented folks working to make the world a better place for all humans and creatures. Sustainability isn’t just someone’s job - but everyone’s. Their content is really empowering so you feel like you have a lot of take always you can work on no matter what your contribution level is. I often relisten to an episode and visit episode notes and resources because there really is a gold mine of information in each episode.

Rupent ,

Love this podcast

This is so great. I have learned so much.

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