11 episodes

Climate change has been endlessly debated. Is it happening? Are humans causing it? How bad is it going to get? What should we do about it? In this podcast a climate scientist and clinical psychologist team up to tackle the topic that’s missing from the climate conversation: how do you learn to live with it?
Whether you’re an energy worker who’s facing the loss of your job and ability to provide for your family, a youth activist afraid of what the future holds, or a nature-lover grieving the rapid ongoing destruction of our biosphere - we sit down with world-leading experts on climate change and the energy transition to explore the thoughts and feelings that keep them up at 2 A.M., and talk about how they manage them productively.
No political agenda. No alarmism. Just open, fact-based conversation about what it means to be a human being living on a changing planet. New episodes weekly!

Living on a Changing Planet Carter Powis & Patrick Kennedy-Williams

    • Science

Climate change has been endlessly debated. Is it happening? Are humans causing it? How bad is it going to get? What should we do about it? In this podcast a climate scientist and clinical psychologist team up to tackle the topic that’s missing from the climate conversation: how do you learn to live with it?
Whether you’re an energy worker who’s facing the loss of your job and ability to provide for your family, a youth activist afraid of what the future holds, or a nature-lover grieving the rapid ongoing destruction of our biosphere - we sit down with world-leading experts on climate change and the energy transition to explore the thoughts and feelings that keep them up at 2 A.M., and talk about how they manage them productively.
No political agenda. No alarmism. Just open, fact-based conversation about what it means to be a human being living on a changing planet. New episodes weekly!

    Episode 11: Vicki Hollub

    Episode 11: Vicki Hollub

    President and Chief Executive Officer of Occidental Petroleum, one of the worlds largest fossil fuel companies. We speak with Vicki about how she feels about climate change and why, what it is like to work towards climate action within the fossil fuel industry, how lonely a position that can be, and how climate activists can more productively engage with the fossil fuel industry.

    • 57 min
    EP10 Don Wuebbles

    EP10 Don Wuebbles

    Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Author of multiple IPCC reports, and co-lead for the 4th US National Climate Assessment published under the Trump Administration in 2018. We speak with Don about his emotional journey over almost half a century in atmospheric sciences, about effective climate communication under challenging circumstances, and staying resilient in the face of personal attacks. Don's famous ozone paper: https://www.nature.com/articles/321755a0The latest in lethal heat research: https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/sciadv.aaw1838Medium Article on responding to trolls: https://medium.com/age-of-awareness/snuff-out-climate-trolls-with-this-one-sentence-it-works-every-time-7bc2d1e6dd4eOrganization mentioned by Patrick: https://climateoutreach.org/

    • 53 min
    Episode 09: Susan Clayton

    Episode 09: Susan Clayton

    Whitmore-Williams Professor of Psychology at the College of Wooster. Member of the APA task force on psychology and global climate change. Landmark contributor to the field of climate and environmental psychology, and IPCC chapter lead for the 6th Assessment Report. We speak with Susan about why she entered the field, the nature of climate anxiety, and the landscape of different options for responding to it.
    The 10000 young person study: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanplh/article/PIIS2542-5196(21)00278-3/fulltext
    Why breathing is so effective at reducing stress: https://hbr.org/2020/09/research-why-breathing-is-so-effective-at-reducing-stress

    • 54 min
    Episode 08: Mark Maslin & Matt Winning

    Episode 08: Mark Maslin & Matt Winning

    Mark Maslin is a Professor of Earth System Science at University College London and the Natural History Museum of Denmark, a scientist, a science communicator, and an award-winning author. Matt Winning is an environmental economist at University College London, a climate comedian, host of the BBC radio show Net Zero: A Very British Problem, author of Hot Mess, and TED speaker on the importance of using humor to discuss climate change. We speak with our guests about what the paleoclimate record tells us about what we should be worrying about, and the effectiveness of humour as a coping mechanism to trauma.
    Mark's Books:https://www.amazon.ca/Climate-Short-Introduction-Mark-Maslin/dp/0199641137https://www.amazon.ca/Book-Futures-Planet-Survive-Century/dp/0241472520
    Matt's Book:https://www.amazon.ca/Hot-Mess-Matt-Winning/dp/147227668X

    • 51 min
    Episode 07: Yadvinder Malhi

    Episode 07: Yadvinder Malhi

    Professor of Ecosystem Science at the University of Oxford. Director of the Leverhulme Center for Nature Recovery. World-leading expert on Tropical Forests. We talk about the Amazon forest, and his emotional response to the fires and ongoing deforestation there. We discuss dealing with grief and anxiety related to observed loss of the natural world, in addition to exploring how amazing tropical forests are and the role they play in the Earth system.A great paper from Yadvinder on the future of the Amazon: https://www.science.org/doi/full/10.1126/science.1146961How forests cause rain: https://academic.oup.com/bioscience/article/59/4/341/346941Teleconnections between the Amazon Forest and Tibetan Weather: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-022-01558-4

    • 58 min
    Episode 06: Spencer Glendon

    Episode 06: Spencer Glendon

    Spencer has been an industrial engineer, an economic historian, a scholar of language and finance, and an executive for a major asset management firm. He now works to connect science and culture as the Founder of Probable Futures, a not-for-profit climate literacy initiative, and as a Senior Research Fellow at Woodwell Climate Research Center. We speak to Spencer about his journey from working in finance to becoming concerned about climate change, and about the parallels between the emotional impacts of climate change and chronic illness. (While I (Carter) won't speak on behalf of Patrick here, this is personally my favorite episode of the entire season.)
    Probable Futures: https://probablefutures.org/

    • 1 hr 16 min

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