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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.

    30x30: Nature Needs More with Rita El Zaghloul

    30x30: Nature Needs More with Rita El Zaghloul

    Today, only 15 percent of land and 7 percent of our ocean are protected. Nature needs more.
    The science is very clear – to prevent a mass extinction crisis, support a growing global population, and address climate change, we must conserve at least 30% of the planet by 2030.
    ...So why now? The science is very, very clear - If we act now we can limit the disaster, and we could even reverse the trends of climate change in an equitable, just fashion. But how?
    This week we’re joined by Rita El Zaghloul, Coordinator of the High Ambition Coalition (HAC) for Nature & People on behalf of Costa Rica. She is the driving force behind ambition at The HAC’s 30x30 campaign, slamming the pedal to the metal on their aim to agree to this plan at the COP15 Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in October. The best part about it? It centers indigenous leadership and indigenous rights, while mobilizing financial resources both publicly and privately to ensure protected areas are properly managed, all the while protecting at least 30% of the planet by 2030;
    We know our situation is dire. But we also know it’s going to take everything (aka Nature) and everyone (aka People) to keep us below 1.5 degrees. The HAC’s 30x30 campaign is one of the roadmaps there. 
    Nature is counting on us. What future will we choose?

    Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now!
    Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter: Signals Amidst The Noise

    Our Guest This Week:
    Rita El Zaghloul
    Coordinator of the High Ambition Coalition for Nature & People on behalf of Costa Rica
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    High Ambition Coalition (HAC)  for Nature & People
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    Musical Guest This week:
    Mr Bruce
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    You need to watch Mr Bruce’s BRAND NEW video for I Am Disaster
    Sign the petition to recognize the legal status of climate refugees.

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    Christiana Figueres
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    Tom Rivett-Carnac
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    Paul Dickinson
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    • 37 min
    Time's Up! We Need Everyone to Fight for 1.5

    Time's Up! We Need Everyone to Fight for 1.5

    Season 4 is here!
    The past few months have been astonishing. It’s no news to anyone that climate change is here, right now. In fact, it’s reported by the Washington Post that in the US, nearly 1 in 3 people live in a county hit by a weather disaster in the past three months, and even more terrifying, 2 out of 3 live in a place that experienced a multi-day heatwave.
    Time is up. We can’t squabble and scapegoat ourselves into a better future. Let’s swallow the alarm clock and take action on climate!

    Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now!
    Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter: Signals Amidst The Noise
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    Mentioned links from the episode:
    Nearly 1 in 3 Americans experienced a weather disaster this summer - Washington Post

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    • 30 min
    IPCC Report: The Tipping Point for Action with Michael E. Mann

    IPCC Report: The Tipping Point for Action with Michael E. Mann

    We’re back in your ears for a quick bonus episode on the latest IPCC Report.
    The heavily anticipated and undeniably influential release of the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report’s Working Group 1 findings came out on Monday. In it, they provide an extraordinarily thorough examination into and warning of the physical science basis of climate change.
    Christiana and the guys give their gut reactions to the report, and discuss how its findings are the turning point for necessary climate action at COP26. And joining us for this bonus episode to walk us through the release of this report is Distinguished Professor and Director of the Earth System Science Centre at Penn State University, Michael E. Mann, who has previously contributed as a lead author of the IPCC third cycle assessments.
    This is the moment, there’s no going back. Thanks for listening.
     

     
    We’re planning Season 4 of Outrage + Optimism and we need your views! Give us your opinions in our short survey here to help us make it our strongest season yet.
    Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now!
    Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter: Signals Amidst The Noise
     
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    Mentioned links from the episode:
     
    Read: The Full WG1 AR6 IPCC Report (Caution: It’s like 1000+ pages)
    Much Easier Read: The Headlines from The WG1 AR6 IPCC Report (2 pages)
    Watch: Check out the IPCC’s YouTube Channel
    Play: The IPCC Interactive Atlas
     
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    Thank you to our guest this week, Michael E. Mann!
     
    Michael E. Mann
    Distinguished Professor and Director of the Earth System Science Center | Penn State University
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    Check our Michael E. Mann’s latest book, ‘The New Climate War’
     
    IPCC Social Media & links
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    • 31 min
    The Nature of Nature: Why We Need The Wild with Enric Sala

    The Nature of Nature: Why We Need The Wild with Enric Sala

    This week, we take an unflinching look at the impacts of the recent extreme global weather events as they provide a grim backdrop to the G20 meeting in Naples, the informal meeting of ministers representing 51 countries in London at the weekend, and the IPCC summary report by Working Group 1. This highly anticipated report is set to provide the up-to-the-moment science on future warming and future effects of warming. It’s a big deal, especially with of COP26 right around the corner.
    So, with the lack of consensus on ending fossil fuels subsidies and phasing out coal among the G20 delegates and environmental ministers in London, combined with the anticipated stark report due from the IPCC, leads us to ask: how much more devastation can we suffer before climate change is recognised for the existential threat it poses?  
    Our guest this week Enric Sala, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, and founder of National Geographic Pristine Seas. He brings us the optimism on protecting our marine life, and how we can avoid mass biodiversity loss and depletion of our fish stock and prevent further catastrophes to human and natural communities, if we act now on 30x30.
    And later on in the episode, join us for Elle L’s debut avant-pop track, “Hoping”.
    Thanks for joining us!
     

     
    We’re planning Season 4 of Outrage + Optimism and we need your views! Give us your opinions in our short survey here to help us make it our strongest season yet.
    Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now!
    Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter: Signals Amidst The Noise
     
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    Mentioned links from the episode:
     
    Check out The Dasgupta Report that was issued to help inform governments and business leaders to account for the value of nature’s ecosystem.
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    Thank you to our guest this week, Enric Sala!
     
    Enric Sala
    National Geographic Explorer in Residence | National Geographic Pristine Seas
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    National Geographic Pristine Seas
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    Go check out Enric’s latest books here
     
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    Our artist this week is Elle L!
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    Check out the music video for ‘Hoping’
     

     
    Keep up with Christiana Figueres here:
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    New Systems and New Power with Dame Ellen MacArthur & Guest Co-Host Catherine Howarth

    New Systems and New Power with Dame Ellen MacArthur & Guest Co-Host Catherine Howarth

    This week, The Circular Economy!
    Currently our economy operates in a linear way. Take, Make, Dispose. It’s based on the industrial revolution, and we know this way of doing things has limits. Some of those limits we are reaching even today.
    But there’s a different economy we could create. The Circular Economy.
    This week we explore the ‘Circular Economy’ with #1 Circular Economy advocate, Dame Ellen MacArthur. This brand new economy is all about designing out waste and pollution, keeping products and materials in use, and regenerating natural systems. It incentivizes manufacturers to create and maintain better products, stops the Global North from polluting the Global South, and has the potential to regenerate wildlife and ecosystems that are on the brink of collapsing.
    And with Christiana and Tom out this week, we invite special guest co-host, Catherine Howarth, CEO of Share Action, to discuss what it will take to encourage regenerative economic practices? Are we at a tipping point right now? Is a green, equitable, regenerative global society finally close to our grasp?
    And later on in the episode, join us for a soulful acoustic performance of “What Can I Do?” by Rachel Sermanni.
    Thanks for joining us!
     

     
    Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now!
     
    Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter: Signals Amidst The Noise
     
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    Mentioned links from the episode:
    Universal Ownership by Ellen Quigley
    Tax Pollution, Not People with Ex’Tax
     
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    Thank you to our guest this week, Dame Ellen Macarthur!
     
    Dame Ellen MacArthur 
    Founder and Chair of Trustees | Ellen MacArthur Foundation
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    Ellen MacArthur Foundation
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    Our artist this week is Rachel Sermanni!
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    Live in Bristol or Sheffield? Go See Rachel LIVE
    Check out her rad music video for “What Can I Do”
     

     
    Thank you to our Guest Co-host, Catherine Howarth!
     
    Catherine Howarth 
    Chief Executive | ShareAction
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    ShareAction
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    • 58 min
    Building Leaderful Movements with Katie Eder & Guest Co-host Alice Garton

    Building Leaderful Movements with Katie Eder & Guest Co-host Alice Garton

    In a week that has seen record temperatures occurring throughout the Pacific Northwest of the United States and Canada, a major hurricane that hit Barbados - the first in 60 years - and one of the warmest winters on record down south in New Zealand, this episode looks at the urgent call to action coming from the younger generation. Their call for transformational change applies not only to climate action, but in delivering meaningful social justice action and revaluating and redefining the very notion of leadership itself.
    Our special guest this week is Katie Eder, Climate Organizer at Future Coalition. She eloquently describes for us the foundational goal of equity that is at the heart of the youth movement. and how she believes transformational change begins with ‘a leaderful movement’, and is the way to securing climate and social justice goals. Spoiler Alert: This is the secret to the success of the Paris Agreement.
    Paul is joined this week by guest co-host, Alice Garton, Legal Director for the Foundation for International Law for the Environment. Alice talks through some climate optimism in regards to recent Australian judicial rulings, as well as an optimistic take on the recent Royal Dutch Shell ruling in the Netherlands.
    And later on in the episode, join us for a great acoustic performance of “The Woman Who Planted Trees” by Emily Barker.
    Thanks for joining us!
     

     
    Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now!
    Subscribe to our Climate Action Newsletter: Signals Amidst The Noise
    Click here to listen to our previous episode with Wanjira Mathai
     
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    Links mentioned in the episode:
    Read: Reason, Rationality and Fiduciary Duty by Steve Lydenberg
     



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    Thank you to our guest this week, Katie Eder!
     
    Katie Eder
    Climate Organizer, Future Coalition
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    Future Coalition
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    Our artist this week is Emily Barker!
    Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | Website
     
    Check out her latest EP, “Machine”
     

     
    Thank you to our Guest Co-host, Alice Garton!
     
    Alice Garton
    Director Global Legal Strategy, FILE
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    FILE Foundation
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    Facts and figures on climate litigation:
    LSE Grantham Global Trends on on Climate Litigation 2021
     
    Links for lawyers and law students looking to use the law to progress the climate transition:
    Law Students for Climate Accountability
    Net Zero Lawyers Alliance
    The Chancery Lane Project
    PILNET
    A4ID
     
    Links for citizens looking to participate in climate litigation:
    Urgenda Global Climate Litigation
    Holding Your Government’s Accountable for Climate Change
    Climate Litigation Guide
     
    Australian SHARMA case:
    Equity Generation Lawyers
     
    Fiduciary Duty:
    Primer on Climate Change: Directors Duties
    ACCR commentary on Shell Transition Plan
     
    What citizens Can Do:
    Wiki Page
     

     
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4.6 out of 5
334 Ratings

334 Ratings

queenbiophillia ,

Most important thing to listen to

I’m so grateful for this show- and all of you- for having the capacity to hold complexity & dialectics- both emotionally and intellectually. You manage to include creativity, humor, fun, depth, despair, passion, necessary fear and intelligence in one place.
The world needs us all to be focusing on the climate crisis right now- and the way you approach it has the potential to reach people not just in the “malleable middle” but I’d say even on the “other side” of the spectrum - where people’s stubbornness and fear have gotten the best of them.
I see your work as a means to have a conversation about our world for everyone- not just like-minded people.
Thank you. Keep it coming. We need you.

Najia Lupson ,

Inspiring & exciting!!

I LOVE this podcast!! Christiana, Tom and Paul have such incredible depth of knowledge about climate but also incredible chemistry that just makes learning about something so daunting as climate change, fun, interesting, exciting, hopeful and inspiring. This podcast is relevant to every human on the planet and I hope it continues to spread FAR & WIDE!

ArlieLP ,

Excellent insights, every time!

Outrage and Optimism is an encouraging and engaging listen - it’s clear that the Global Optimism puts extraordinary effort into finding artists and guests that are authentic and truly care about being a positive force in this world. I always walk away feeling inspired and empowered… you don’t want to miss it!

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