4 episodes

Welcome to My Climate Story, where we meet inspiring Leeds alumni around the globe who are helping to combat the climate crisis.

In the build-up to COP26, this mini-series is a chance for the Leeds community to learn more about climate action, how others are making a difference, and how they too might help create a more sustainable future.

My Climate Story Leeds Alumni

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Welcome to My Climate Story, where we meet inspiring Leeds alumni around the globe who are helping to combat the climate crisis.

In the build-up to COP26, this mini-series is a chance for the Leeds community to learn more about climate action, how others are making a difference, and how they too might help create a more sustainable future.

    Aya Al-Sharqawy: Fighting Egypt's plastic waste

    Aya Al-Sharqawy: Fighting Egypt's plastic waste

    When growing up in Cairo, plastic pollutants had a devastating impact upon Aya Al-Sharqawy and her family. It was the motivation she needed to tackle the crisis head on after Leeds.
    In this episode of My Climate Story, the inspirational Aya explains how the recent death of her father made those impacts even more stark. We learn about her start-up, Recyclizer, and the challenges she's faced in making it a success - including fighting gender discrimination, and her daily battle with serious illness.

    • 15 min
    Money matters: Combatting the climate crisis

    Money matters: Combatting the climate crisis

    In episode three, host Simon Moore is in conversation with Leeds alumni Jennifer Bell (Economics 2015), Senior Climate Risk Policy Advisor at the Bank of England, and Professor Iain Clacher (PhD Accounting and Finance 2008), Professor of Pensions & Finance at Leeds, and Pro Dean for International at Leeds University Business School.  
    We hear about the importance of finance in combatting the climate crisis, as well as our guests’ reflections on COP26 – including the commitment of nearly 500 global financial services to align $130 trillion towards limiting warming to 1.5 degrees, a process Jenn played a large part in. We hear why divestment strategies might not always be the answer, and how to best ensure financial decisions account for climate and environmental impact. 
    We also discover the role Leeds played in our guests’ careers, and hear some advice on how you too could forge a career combatting the climate crisis.  
    My Climate Story is a chance to meet inspiring Leeds alumni around the globe who are helping to combat the climate crisis.  
    * Presented by Simon Moore (Biology 2014), alum and communications officer at University of Leeds and Admin and Logistics Lead with the Climate Action Leeds programme. Follow @Simon_C_Moore on Twitter.  
    Featuring Jennifer Bell, Senior Climate Risk Policy Advisor at the Bank of England, who supports Mark Carney as COP26 Private Finance Advisor to the UK Government. Jenn is working to create the financial system for net zero which involves creating a framework to allow every financial decision to take climate change into account. 
    And Professor Iain Clacher, Professor of Pensions & Finance, Pro Dean for International at Leeds University Business School and head of the University’s new Centre for Financial Technology and Innovation. Iain leads on climate and environmental risk analytics for pensions and asset management within the newly established £10m UK Centre for Greening Finance and Investment. As part of this project he is also leading on the development of one of the two climate and environmental risk analytics hubs in Leeds and London.  
    Produced by Ed Newbould, communications officer, University of Leeds.  
    We’d love to hear your feedback - tweet @LeedsAlumni  
    You can meet more inspiring Leeds alumni around the globe who are helping to combat the climate crisis through our podcasts, features and guest blog posts.
    And discover how Leeds researchers are helping to shift the world rapidly to net-zero emissions and avoid the worst impacts of the climate crisis. 

    • 41 min
    Empowering people to take action

    Empowering people to take action

    In episode two, host Simon Moore is in conversation with Leeds alumni Gemma Hoskins (Environmental Science 2002), Head of Outreach at Greenpeace, UK, and Meesha Tandon (MSc Watershed Management 2007), Independent Subject Expert and the Vice President of the Sustainability & Adaption Planning Foundation, India. 
    We hear about the work of Greenpeace and newer environmental groups, and the role activist movements play in inspiring others. We find out about attitudes towards climate change in India, and how Meesha is working to educate the population. We hear our guests' hopes for COP26, and why there is reason for optimism.   
    We also discover the role Leeds played in our guests’ careers, and hear some advice on how you too could forge a career in sustainability.  
    My Climate Story is your opportunity to meet inspiring Leeds alumni around the globe who are helping to combat the climate crisis. 
    * Presented by Simon Moore (Biology 2014), alum and communications officer at University of Leeds and Admin and Logistics Lead with the Climate Action Leeds programme. Follow @Simon_C_Moore on Twitter. 
    Featuring Gemma Hoskins, Head of Outreach at Greenpeace, UK, a movement of people who are passionate about defending the natural world from destruction. Gemma sets the direction of Greenpeace’s Volunteer Programme, delivers Greenpeace’s local presence campaigns, and provides relevant support to their network of approximately 5,000 Activists to enable them to deliver work to support the organisational objectives across the UK.  
    And Meesha Tandon, Independent Subject Expert and the Vice President of the Sustainability & Adaption Planning Foundation, India, a group of environmental experts who seek to raise climate change awareness across all of Indian society. Meesha conducts awareness programs and short courses on water and other aspects of climate change.   
    Produced by Ed Newbould, communications executive, University of Leeds. 
    We’d love to hear your feedback - tweet @LeedsAlumni 
    You can meet more inspiring Leeds alumni around the globe who are helping to combat the climate crisis through our podcasts, features and guest blog posts.
    And discover how Leeds researchers are helping to make the upcoming climate summit a success, to shift the world rapidly to net-zero emissions and avoid the worst impacts of the climate crisis.  

    • 37 min
    Sustainable fashion and business

    Sustainable fashion and business

    Welcome to My Climate Story, where we meet inspiring Leeds alumni around the globe who are helping to combat the climate crisis.
    In the build-up to COP26, this mini-series is a chance for the Leeds community to learn more about climate action, how others are making a difference, and how they too might help create a more sustainable future.
    In episode one, Sustainable Fashion and Business, host Simon Moore puts the important questions to Leeds alumni Rupa Ganguli (MSc Textile Management 2001), Founder of Inclusive Trade, and Adam Savitz (Environmental Science 2003; MA Environment & Business 2004), Sustainability Director at Johnson Controls.
    How is business contributing to the climate crisis? What needs to happen in the fashion industry, and in business to create a sustainable future? And how might COP26 help get us there?
    We also discover the role Leeds played in our guests’ careers, and hear some advice on how you too could forge a career in sustainability.
    * Presented by Simon Moore (Biology 2014), alum and communications officer at University of Leeds and Admin and Logistics Lead with the Climate Action Leeds programme. Follow @Simon_C_Moore on Twitter.
    Featuring Rupa Ganguli, founder of Inclusive Trade, connecting artisan brands with consumers who want to make ethical and sustainable lifestyle choices. Read more about Rupa in our alumni magazine and follow @Rupa_Ganguli on Twitter.
    And Adam Savitz, Sustainability Director for Europe, Middle East Africa and Latin America at Johnson Controls International, the smart buildings company aiming to reduce 40% of emissions from the built environment to reach net-zero by 2050. Read more about Adam in our 2020 alumni profiles and follow @AdamSavitz on Twitter.
    Produced by Ed Newbould, communications executive, University of Leeds.
    We’d love to hear your feedback - tweet @LeedsAlumni
    You can read more about how Leeds researchers are helping to make the upcoming climate summit a success, to shift the world rapidly to net-zero emissions and avoid the worst impacts of the climate crisis. 

    • 44 min

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