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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.

    The Seeds Are Sown for a Food Revolution with Agnes Kalibata

    The Seeds Are Sown for a Food Revolution with Agnes Kalibata

    Following the success of UN Food Systems Summit, or as it’s also known- “The People’s Summit” we get a chance to speak to the driving force behind it, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Food Systems Summit, Agnes Kalibata.
    Formerly Rwanda’s Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) from 2008 to 2014, she drove programs that moved her country to food security helping to lift more than a million Rwandans out of poverty.
    Now as Special Envoy, her efforts toward progress of the delivery of the SDGs, and to prioritise Food Systems in the global conversation around climate change are coming to a 2 year culmination. Besides this summit being the first time the UN has called a summit dedicated to food systems, it is engaging more than 100,000 people from 147 countries through 900 independent multi-stakeholder dialogues on food system transformation. UN Summits are often mostly prepared statements by member states. This move to put people and dialogue at the center was a radical return to destroying our siloed thinking when it comes to global issues.
    The Food Revolution begins with a Thought Revolution, and people are at the heart of systemic change.
     

     
    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 Friday For Future’s #UprootTheSystem
     
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    Thank you to our guests this week: 
     
    Dr Agnes Kalibata
    UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy | 2021 Food Systems Summit
    Twitter | LinkedIn
     
    UN Food Systems Summit 2021
    Facebook | Twitter |  Website
     

     
    Keep up with Christiana Figueres here:
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    Tom Rivett-Carnac:
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    Paul Dickinson:
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    • 28 min
    Setting The Table for a Food Revolution

    Setting The Table for a Food Revolution

    Welcome to the first episode in a brand new series on The Future of Food!
     
    Today, this episode coincides with a very important international gathering, the first of its kind at the United Nations. Known as the UN Food Systems Summit, formally, it is also called The People’s Summit.
    During this ongoing series we will seek to unlock the many changes needed to enable each sector – government, corporations and citizens to ask themselves, “How can we contribute to a transformative movement for an inclusive, regenerative and circular society where access to nutritious food is a right we actually realize for every single person?”
    But before we eat, we need to set the table. We’re joined on this episode by:
     
    Dr. David Nabarro
    Co-Director | Imperial College of London Institute of Global Health Innovation 
    Senior Advisor | Food Systems Summit Dialogues 
    Strategic Director | 4SD Switzerland 
    Special Envoy of WHO Director General for COVID19
     
    Johan Rockström
    Director | Potsdam Institute of Climate Impact Research
     
    Dr. Gunhild A Stordalen
    Founder & Executive Chair | EAT
     
    These incredible guests help us explore in-depth the challenges and opportunities our current food system faces, and show us why getting food right might just be the key to unlocking our path to achieving our 2030 goals.
     

     
    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:
    Global Citizen is streaming a 24 hour concert live from Central Park on Saturday, Sept 25
    Watch BTS do their thing at UNGA
    The 500-foot Sea Creature will be scaling the UN Facade this week
    Fridays For Future is hosting a Climate Strike on Friday, Sept 24. Find your local strike here
    Be sure to catch up on Climate Night which aired Live on Sept. 22
     
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    Thank you to our guests this week: 
     
    UN Food Systems Summit 
    Website | Twitter
     
    Dr David Nabarro
    Co-Director | Imperial College of London Institute of Global Health Innovation 
    Senior Advisor | Food Systems Summit Dialogues 
    Strategic Director | 4SD Switzerland 
    Special Envoy of WHO Director General for COVID19
    Twitter 
     
    4SD 
    Website | Twitter | Facebook
     
     
    Johan Rockström
    Director | Potsdam Institute of Climate Impact Research
    Twitter 
     
    Potsdam Institute of Climate Impact Research (PIK)
    Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn
     
     
    Dr Gunhild A Stordalen
    Founder & Executive Chair | EAT
    Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn
     
    EAT Foundation
    Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn
     

     
    Keep up with Christiana Figueres here:
    Instagram | Twitter
     
    Tom Rivett-Carnac:
    Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn
     
    Paul Dickinson:
    LinkedIn | Twitter
     

     
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    Turning Around in a Storm with David Shukman

    Turning Around in a Storm with David Shukman

    Our struggle with the Climate Crisis begins with naming it, facing it, and engaging it.
    Last week, the latest NDC Synthesis Report published showed that global emissions are on track to rise by 16% by 2030. With science screaming at the top of its lungs to get us to cut emissions 50% by 2030 to avoid catastrophic warming and climate tipping points, this 16% number says unequivocally, “we are headed in the wrong direction” as BBC Science Editor David Shukman tells us on today’s episode.
    So that’s where we’re at. How do we face this moment with stubborn optimism? Tom dials up David to wrestle with the reality of how short our NDCs are of achieving the Paris Goals, and what mindset and ambition it will take to get our world’s biggest emitters to transparently confront this issue and reverse the course of rising emissions.
     

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

     
    Links mentioned in the episode:
     
    NDC Synthesis Report
    Climate change: UN warning over nations' climate plans - David Shukman
    Young People's Voices on Climate Anxiety, Government Betrayal and Moral Injury: A Global Phenomenon
     

     
    Thanks to our guest this week:
     
    David Shukman
    Science Editor | BBC News
    Twitter
     

     
    Join the conversation online:
     
    Christiana Figueres
    Instagram | Twitter
     
    Tom Rivett-Carnac
    Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn
     
    Paul Dickinson
    LinkedIn | Twitter
     

     
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    • 27 min
    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
    Twitter | LinkedIn
     
    High Ambition Coalition (HAC)  for Nature & People
    Website | Twitter

    Musical Guest This week:
    Mr Bruce
    Instagram | YouTube
     
    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.

    Join the conversation online:
     
    Christiana Figueres
    Instagram | Twitter
     
    Tom Rivett-Carnac
    Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn
     
    Paul Dickinson
    LinkedIn | Twitter

    Follow @GlobalOptimism on social media and send us a message!
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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

    Join the conversation online:
    Christiana Figueres
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    Tom Rivett-Carnac
    Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn
     
    Paul Dickinson
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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
    Twitter | Instagram | Website
     
    Check our Michael E. Mann’s latest book, ‘The New Climate War’
     
    IPCC Social Media & links
    Twitter | Instagram | Website | Facebook
     

     
    Keep up with Christiana Figueres here:
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    Tom Rivett-Carnac:
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    Paul Dickinson:
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    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
338 Ratings

338 Ratings

NYCisListening ,

Climate info at its best

If only more people were like Christiana, Tom and Paul! Despite their impressive track record in climate policy, no trace of self-importance accompanies the episodes when they share their deep insider knowledge. It's always fun to listen, and I often see the world in a new light after listening to this show. I like the new 30 minute format. Maybe you could publish the full interviews as bonus material, for instance while you go on a break?

Chiyochan64 ,

This podcast gives me hope and inspiration

(Please keep the longer format!!) Outrage + Optimism is the highlight of my week and my favorite podcast I listen to. I have found the range of topics related to climate and the balance of outrage to optimism as refreshing and inspiring. This podcast does a great job of outlining the scale of the emergency while also illuminating the progress and potential that humanity is working on for climate technology and policy. Climate change is such a vast and pervasive issue that it is easy to become overwhelmed or burnt out, but I have never felt that way when listening to Outrage+Optimism. The perspectives on this podcast have pushed me to pursue a career in (sustainable) urban planning and transportation planning so that our world can one day be designed with the needs of both the planet and the people in mind (instead of corporate interests and the well-off). Keep up the fantastic work!

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.

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