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In Our Hands is a podcast series featuring interviews with climate and sustainability experts on the front lines of climate action, emphasizing behavior change. Guests include researchers, journalists, entrepreneurs, policymakers, authors, and more.

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In Our Hands Ramanan Raghavendran

    • Society & Culture

In Our Hands is a podcast series featuring interviews with climate and sustainability experts on the front lines of climate action, emphasizing behavior change. Guests include researchers, journalists, entrepreneurs, policymakers, authors, and more.

www.inourhands.earth

    Ep. 21. Miranda Massie on Curating Climate Consciousness

    Ep. 21. Miranda Massie on Curating Climate Consciousness

    In this episode of In Our Hands, Ramanan Raghavendran speaks with Miranda Massie, visionary driving force, founder, and director of New York City’s Climate Museum. They discuss her lifelong dedication to social equity and how it transfers to her work at the Climate Museum, where she harnesses the expressive power of art to explore the simplistic yet profound mechanics of global warming and the scalable impact the arts can have in furthering climate awareness.
    Time stamps and the full transcript can be found on the episode page.
    Show Notes
    (02:04) Miranda’s early life and education
    (06:29) How fossil fuels disrupt weather systems
    (7:20) The inspiration behind The Climate Museum
    (11:14) The power of art in creating emotional connections and empowering action
    (14:20) Community and creativity
    (19:24) The Climate Museum: Future vision
    (23:36) How to find out more about the museum
    In Our Hands is a production of Amasia. Follow these links for more about our firm, the Amasia blog, our climate fiction podcast, and Ramanan’s blog.


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    • 25 min
    Ep. 20. Akshat Rathi on Capitalism's Role in the Climate Crisis

    Ep. 20. Akshat Rathi on Capitalism's Role in the Climate Crisis

    In this episode of In Our Hands, Ramanan Raghavendran speaks with Akshat Rathi, author and London-based senior reporter for Bloomberg News, author of the book "Climate Capitalism.”
    Ramanan and Akshat delve into the fascinating realm of capitalism's role in tackling the climate crisis. Discover how the synergy of government policies and clean technologies can contribute to a sustainable future while exploring the evolving social responsibility of corporations and the media's crucial role in aligning with progress.
    Time stamps and the full transcript can be found on the episode page.
    Show Notes
    [01:55] Akshat Rathi's transition from organic chemistry to journalism
    [05:06] Capitalism and climate can work together
    [07:32] The role of governments in enabling the deployment of technologies
    [10:03] The combination of people, policy, and technology for change
    [12:23] Flow batteries and the work of Form Energy
    [15:23] The changing social responsibility of corporations and the role of climate
    [18:26] The necessity of behavior change in tackling the climate crisis
    [21:02] The media landscape and the focus on negative news
    In Our Hands is a production of Amasia. Follow these links for more about our firm, the Amasia blog, our climate fiction podcast, and Ramanan’s blog.


    This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.inourhands.earth

    • 25 min
    Ep. 19. Latane Garetson on the Climate Impact of Data Centers

    Ep. 19. Latane Garetson on the Climate Impact of Data Centers

    In this episode of In Our Hands, Ramanan Raghavendran speaks with Latane Garetson, Director of Physical Infrastructure at Dropbox.
    Garetson breaks down the physical infrastructure of data centers and their climate impact and then continues to discuss embracing efficiency technologies, setting targets to reduce environmental footprint, carbon offsetting, and why collaboration is key.
    Time stamps and the full transcript are available on the episode page.
    Show Notes
    [00:31] Latane Garetson intro
    [02:32] The physical infrastructure of the cloud and its impact on climate
    [04:32] Achieving 100% renewable energy for data centers
    [07:09] The economic benefits of energy efficiency in data centers
    [10:10] The challenges of getting renewable energy into multi-tenant buildings
    [12:29] Dropbox's leadership in sustainability
    [14:26] Is carbon offsetting the most impactful solution?
    [15:52] Motivating other companies to take action by understanding their impact
    [16:28] Investing in technologies for long-term benefits
    This episode is also available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify
    In Our Hands is a production of Amasia. Follow these links for more about our firm, the Amasia blog, our climate fiction podcast, and Ramanan’s blog.


    This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.inourhands.earth

    • 18 min
    Ep. 18. State Minister Khadeeja Naseem on the Intersection of Environmental Tech and Economic Needs

    Ep. 18. State Minister Khadeeja Naseem on the Intersection of Environmental Tech and Economic Needs

    In this episode of In Our Hands, Ramanan Raghavendran speaks with Khadeeja Naseem, the State Minister of the Environment, Climate Change, and Technology for the Maldives. 
    They discuss the challenges and opportunities presented by the climate crisis, particularly for small island states like the Maldives, emphasizing the importance of strong leadership, political will, and taking the necessary actions to address the climate crisis and protect vulnerable nations. 
    Time stamps and the full transcript are available on the episode page.
    This episode is also available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify
    Show Notes
    [01:22] Hajja's Background and Decision To Join Politics
    [07:55] The Maldives' Vulnerability to Climate Change
    [14:41] The Importance Of Cutting Emissions 
    [16:21] The Role Of Technology and Data In Addressing Climate Issues 
    [19:01] Using Technology To Understand The Environment
    [21:57] The Importance Of Sustainable Fishing and eco-tourism 
    [25:25] Using Agency To Push For Change 
    [26:58] Empowering Individuals To Take Action
    In Our Hands is a production of Amasia. Follow these links for more about our firm, the Amasia blog, our climate fiction podcast, and Ramanan’s blog.


    This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.inourhands.earth

    • 29 min
    Ep. 17. Doug Farr on Sustainability and Urban Design

    Ep. 17. Doug Farr on Sustainability and Urban Design

    In this episode of In Our Hands, Ramanan speaks with architect and urbanist Doug Farr. Farr shares his sustainability journey and the work of firm, Farr Associates. They delve into Farr’s involvement in movement-building initiatives, the significance of community engagement and individual agency in driving change, and his book "Sustainable Nation," which focuses on urban design patterns and the need for climate action accelerants.
    Time stamps and the full transcript are below.
    [00:01:43] Doug's Background And Interest In Sustainability
    [00:10:40] Sustainable Nation And Its Purpose
    [00:13:59] The Search For Trends In Society And Their Timeframes 
    [00:23:06] Creation Of The Climate Action Museum To Inspire Action
    [00:25:21] Focus On Tangible Actions That Bring Joy And Happiness
    [00:27:36] Approaching Projects With Future Energy Standards In Mind
    [00:29:42] The Importance Of Balancing Science And Community In Climate Action
    This episode is also available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.


    This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.inourhands.earth

    • 30 min
    Ep. 16. Mark Stoll (Pt. 2) on Religion and the Environment

    Ep. 16. Mark Stoll (Pt. 2) on Religion and the Environment

    In this episode, Ramanan speaks with Mark Stoll, a professor of environmental and religious history at Texas Tech University, where he also serves as director of Environmental Studies. This is our second episode with Mark that continues the conversation focused on his work with religion and its relation to environmental movements. Stoll has written two books about the American environmental movement's significant formative religious influences: Protestantism, Capitalism, and Nature in America (1997) and Inherit the Holy Mountain: Religion and the Rise of American Environmentalism (2015). We discuss the relationship between religion and environmental movements, how political influences have shaped the opposition to environmentalism within certain religious groups, and the multicultural nature of contemporary environmental beliefs.
    Listen to Episode 1: Mark Stoll on Profit and the Environment
    Time stamps and the full transcript are on the episode page. This episode is also available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.
    More about Amasia on our website and blog; more on Ramanan here.
    Show Notes
    [00:01:39] From the Beginning
    [00:05:40] The Shift in Religious Views on Environmentalism
    [00:08:25] Denominations and Consequences
    [00:15:30] Denominations in Power
    [00:20:38] Syncretism
    [00:24:30] Influence in a Secular Society


    This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.inourhands.earth

    • 29 min

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