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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.

    BP's Road to Rebuilding Trust with CEO Bernard Looney

    BP's Road to Rebuilding Trust with CEO Bernard Looney

    This week we sit down with the CEO of BP, Bernard Looney. Following BP's announcement to be net-zero by 2050 and cutting oil production by 40% by 2030, we talk about the beginning steps to rebuilding trust and what it looks like to transition an oil and gas company away from oil and gas.
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    Climate Action is a Team Sport with Uber's Dara Khosrowshahi

    Climate Action is a Team Sport with Uber's Dara Khosrowshahi

    It all started one cold night in Paris in December 2008. Two American friends visiting the city couldn’t get a taxi and this frustration inspired them to ask ‘what if’? What if it were possible to order a car ride with a simple tap on your mobile? Since both came from successful San Francisco tech backgrounds, it wasn’t surprising that this personal experience led to the creation of the company that is today the global tech on-demand transportation platform, Uber. 
    Now Uber is all grown up. It’s a publicly listed company, known for fuelling the gig economy – and has become embedded in our language and culture. The company operates in over 10,000 cities in 69 countries with a variety of services beyond personal rides including UberEats, cycle share schemes and more. Uber however has not stopped asking ‘what if’ and has chosen this crucial decade to set itself the challenge of integrating global climate targets with a seamless user experience.  
    Outrage + Optimism hosts, Christiana Figueres, Tom Rivett-Carnac and Paul Dickinson talked to Uber’s CEO Dara Khosrowshahi about the company’s announcement this week of its commitment to meet the goal of net zero by 2040, a bold and necessary step to tackle the climate crisis. We are fascinated by the potential this has for changing the culture of the 5 million active drivers and for millions of Uber riders taking 18 million trips between them every day. To fuel the greener electrified system, app users will have the option to favour drivers of hybrid and electric cars through Uber Green, and in future, can select from different forms of mobility based on their priorities at any given moment – cost, time, or carbon. Uber says they will literally put the power on our fingertips to contribute to the greening of our cities. You can listen to the whole episode here.
    Why does Uber’s announcement this week really matter to people who live in cities around the world?
    The Paris Agreement, signed by 195 counties in 2015, calls for a unifying goal to reach net zero emissions by 2050. This is based on the global scientific consensus that doing so will allow us to stay below 1.5C of global warming, beyond which it becomes more economically and socially disruptive to live with the effects of climate change.
    According to the EPA transportation accounts for 28.2% of the greenhouse gas emissions in the United States of America. Most of this comes from the emissions of cars, trucks, ships and other forms of transportation. Over 90% of the fuels used in transportation are from fossil fuels, mainly oil (or petroleum) sources. These not only cause damage to the environment, they cause the air pollution around the world that results in the premature deaths of 7 million people every year, according to the World Health Organisation. During the COVID-19 crisis, people with underlying respiratory health issues have been more likely to die when they contract the virus, so we need to converge the solutions to the climate change, inequality, health and economic crises. 
    Cities, where the vast majority of Uber rides take place, account for 70% of global carbon emissions and are home to more than half of  all people on earth. As the world continues to urbanise, making cities sustainable is one of the biggest challenges – and opportunities – that we have. We will need resilient cities that support a good quality of life for all. By 2050 there will be 9 billion of us on the planet and 68% of us will live in cities. This means the frontlines of climate change are the cities of the world and moves like Uber’s will make cities more liveable and critically enable  urban populations to survive and thrive in a new co-created urban economy. 
    By committing to net zero by 2040, Uber plans to play its part in tackling the most pressing issues facing humanity in this, the most decisi

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    Faith, Science and the Climate Crisis with Dr. Katharine Hayhoe

    Faith, Science and the Climate Crisis with Dr. Katharine Hayhoe

    With over 80% of people on Earth claiming a religious affiliation, it's impossible to imagine solving the climate crisis without major religions taking climate action on as a spiritual exercise of their faith.
    and in the US, less than 30% of white evangelicals believe the Earth is warming due to human activity. With only 60 days til the US election, how are evangelical Christians going to vote on climate change? Why is the gospel of climate change failing to reach them?
    Dr. Katharine Hayhoe is an award winning climate scientist and endowed professor of public policy and law at Texas Tech University, AND an evangelical Christian. Her incredible work of connecting the dots for believers and non-believers alike when it comes to the intersection of faith, climate, science and politics has earned her the awarded title "Champion of the Earth" from the UN Environment Programme, as well as vitriolic hate-mail from those threatened by her telling the truth.
    And, later in the episode we have our first live hip hop music performance from Too Many T's!
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    BONUS: Extinction Rebellion Are Back with Gail Bradbrook

    BONUS: Extinction Rebellion Are Back with Gail Bradbrook

    Ahead of the massive climate demonstrations planned by Extinction Rebellion the first 2 weeks of September, Tom has an insightful conversation with Extinction Rebellion co-founder, Gail Bradbrook on what we can expect to see and how we can get involved.
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    Longing for the Endless Immensity of the Sea with Philippe Cousteau Jr.

    Longing for the Endless Immensity of the Sea with Philippe Cousteau Jr.

    "If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea."
    - Antoine de Saint-Exupery
    One of the often taken-for-granted and overlooked aspects of climate is our oceans. And by oceans, we mean ocean. One. All "oceans" are part of the same system, and they have been absorbing the heat and CO2 that we have been so irresponsibly emitting.
    But how can we get people to take action on climate, sustained and long-term? Our guest, Philippe Cousteau Jr. believes it all begins when we fall in love with our oceans. Standing on the shoulders of his father, Philippe Sr. and grandfather, Jacques Cousteau, Philippe reaches even further by taking us with him to explore just how endlessly immense the sea is, how much it has loved us, and how much we love it back.
    Stick around til the end for an incredible music performance by Nick Mulvey!
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    • 57 min
    Embracing Radical Uncertainty with Rebecca Solnit

    Embracing Radical Uncertainty with Rebecca Solnit

    With the US election less than 75 days away, the entire world is watching because the future of the planet is on the ballot. How do we rise in moments like this to be the people this moment needs us to be? How can we face the uncertainty of our future with stubborn optimism to address our greatest challenge, climate change?
    This week we have a special guest that heavily influenced the idea of "Stubborn Optimism" and the optimistic basis of Christiana and Tom Rivett-Carnac's book, "The Future We Choose." Our guest this week is writer, historian, and activist, Rebecca Solnit. She has authored more than 20+ books on feminism, western and urban history, popular power, social change and insurrection, and hope and catastrophe. Including titles such as "Men Explain Things to Me" and "Hope in the Dark," her non-dualistic mindset and unmatched word-smithing expands our minds and creativity when approaching climate change and the consequential moment we live in. She is quoted as saying, "Hope is embracing radical uncertainty." Yeah. She's good.
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Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
266 Ratings

266 Ratings

Asefeh Pishro ,

Leadership matters! Sanctions are inefficient!

Super fascinating podcast! I’ve listened all the episodes so far. Some episodes thanks to your guests have remarkably ingrained in my mind. About last episode 31, I completely agree with Christina that leadership matters. For example, in Iran, we disagree with nuclear energy and we prefer the government invest in clean energy but since the power in the hand of Trump and here in the hand of hardliners, the sanctions can be considered as obstacles for mitigating climate change and have led the country to environmental degradation. If Trump had accepted the nuclear agreement, government would have invested in clean energy and not follow isolation from the global. Bearing in mind, Iran has joined Paris agreement but with these severe sanctions and economic situation how this country can reach target or utilize new technologies? Please, talk about sanctions as inefficient tools that make consequences of climate change worse! They target people and environment not rulers of a country or push them to change the strategy!
Asefeh, Iran

mm279 ,

Empowering and hopeful

Listening to Tom, Tom, and Christiana gives me hope for the future of the world and clarity on how I can be better for it. Inspirational, thought provoking, funny, sobering, and rallying. Whenever I’m feeling down about the climate/politics, this podcast puts me back on my feet and reminds me that we have agency to create change together, and we can wake up and choose to be optimistic about it every day :)

kingkaylen ,

gives me hope

this podcast is, quite literally, the greatest podcast of all time. can’t wait to listen to all 64 all over again. love you all!! thank you so much!!!!!!!!

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