34 episodes

Speaking of Resilience, with host Kate Madigan, explores the rapid and just transition to a carbon neutral economy for Michigan and the globally rare Great Lakes. National, state, and local leaders examine the multitude of issues and opportunities we face as we move along this exciting path: equity, investment, jobs, infrastructure, land use, and many more. Tap in and share the journey! Created by Michigan Climate Action Network and Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities.

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    • 4.9 • 17 Ratings

Speaking of Resilience, with host Kate Madigan, explores the rapid and just transition to a carbon neutral economy for Michigan and the globally rare Great Lakes. National, state, and local leaders examine the multitude of issues and opportunities we face as we move along this exciting path: equity, investment, jobs, infrastructure, land use, and many more. Tap in and share the journey! Created by Michigan Climate Action Network and Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities.

    Community Solar Bill Speeds Renewables, Boosts Local Economies

    Community Solar Bill Speeds Renewables, Boosts Local Economies

    When we think about energy infrastructure, we tend to think in extremes: either gigantic utility scale installations that cover hundreds of acres or micro installations that cover a single garage roof. But there’s another option, an in-between option called community solar. It’s gaining momentum across the nation because in addition to potential to bring significant amounts of electricity to the grid, community solar can also keep profits in the local community and give access to renewable energy to people whose properties don’t currently enable it—people with shady lots, people who live in condos, people who rent, etc. The benefits of community solar are what convinced Michigan State Representative Rachel Hood to introduce legislation that would open up opportunity to speed and expand the development of community solar in Michigan. We invite her on Speaking of Resilience to share the details and help us fully understand what community solar means for people of the Mitten.

    Speaking of Resilience is created by the Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities and the Michigan Climate Action Network. This episode was produced by Taylor Cramer of Cold Shower Media in collaboration with Nick Loud of the Boardman Review, and hosted by Kate Madigan.

    • 32 min
    Climate Impacts of Line 5 Oil Pipeline Tunnel

    Climate Impacts of Line 5 Oil Pipeline Tunnel

    Unflagging persistence and sharp legal insight enabled the attorneys at Environmental Law & Policy Center to convince the Michigan Public Service Commission that climate impacts must be considered in the environmental assessment of the proposed Enbridge Line 5 oil tunnel. The decision was a historic first: No project had ever had to answer to CO2 emissions under the Michigan Environmental Protection Act. The implications of that decision became more clear recently when four renowned experts—hired by ELPC and co-intervenor Michigan Climate Action Network—provided testimony to the MPSC that showed how Michigan, the Great Lakes Region, and the earth beyond would suffer because of CO2 emissions resulting from an oil tunnel, and pointing out that there are feasible alternatives. In this episode of Speaking of Resilience, host Kate Madigan invites the ELPC’s lead attorney on the case, Margrethe Kearney, to explore key takeaways from the expert testimony and to sketch out what comes next in the tunnel permit process.

    Speaking of Resilience is created by the Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities and the Michigan Climate Action Network. This episode was produced by Taylor Cramer of Cold Shower Media in collaboration with Nick Loud of the Boardman Review, and hosted by Kate Madigan.

    • 37 min
    Michigan and the Build Back Better Legislation

    Michigan and the Build Back Better Legislation

    With votes expected this month on two historically huge spending bills moving through Congress—one focused on broad infrastructure and the other focused on climate action—we ask Bentley Johnson and Sara Chieffo, top government affairs staff with the League of Conservation Voters, to shed light on the bills’ status and what they might mean for Michigan if they pass. Starting things off, Sara Chieffo, Vice President of Government Affairs for the national organization, helps us understand the magnitude and potential of this legislation and what it will take to get it approved. In the second half of the episode, host Kate Madigan invites Bentley Johnson, Federal Government Affairs Director with the Michigan LCV, to examine how the big federal dollars could play out on the ground here in the Mitten. Our guests share this essential message: don’t underestimate the power of your voice. Let officials at all levels of government know you demand urgent and meaningful action on climate change.

    Speaking of Resilience is created by the Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities and the Michigan Climate Action Network. This episode was produced by Taylor Cramer of Cold Shower Media in collaboration with Nick Loud of the Boardman Review, and hosted by Kate Madigan.

    • 59 min
    Driving a Just Energy Transition in Detroit

    Driving a Just Energy Transition in Detroit

    Bryan Lewis settled into the executive director position at Detroit’s EcoWorks environmental nonprofit in October 2020, taking the helm of a 40-year-old organization that has fought for environmental equity since day one. With the strength of the organization’s legacy as a base and a fresh generation of organized and inspired BIPOC leaders at the ready, he sees ways to leverage this moment of clean energy transition to create more just, equitable and healthy lives for thousands of Michigan people. His leadership comes at a crucial moment, as Detroit suffers dangerous flooding and heat waves driven by global warming and hitting low-income communities of southeast Michigan hardest. Bryan joins host Kate Madigan and guest host Jamie Simmons of Michigan Climate Action Network. Learn more about EcoWorks at EcoWorksDetroit.org.

    Speaking of Resilience is created by the Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities and the Michigan Climate Action Network. This episode was produced by Taylor Cramer of Cold Shower Media in collaboration with Nick Loud of the Boardman Review, and hosted by Kate Madigan.

    • 38 min
    Warning, hope, action—Insight for the 2021 IPCC report

    Warning, hope, action—Insight for the 2021 IPCC report

    Code red. It’s nearly unheard of for scientists to use such startling language, but the latest report on global warming by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change sounded just such a bold alarm. How do each of us process the report's dark warnings, and what do we do now? In this episode of Speaking of Resilience, host Kate Madigan invites Jennifer HaverKamp, Graham Family Director, University of Michigan Graham Institute for Sustainability, and international climate leader, to share thoughts and help us chart a way forward. With a warm and insightful balance, she doesn’t shy from the report's stark assessment, but also offers areas where she sees hope and suggests ways people can take action to speed our transition to a sustainable society. Jennifer Haverkamp's distinguished environmental career includes leading the 2016 U.S. climate negotiators to a successful international agreement under the Montreal Protocol to decrease global use of hydrofluorocarbons, a potent greenhouse gas.

    Speaking of Resilience is created by the Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities and the Michigan Climate Action Network. This episode was produced by Taylor Cramer of Cold Shower Media in collaboration with Nick Loud of the Boardman Review, and hosted by Kate Madigan.

    • 31 min
    Health Impacts of Global Warming

    Health Impacts of Global Warming

    Reducing carbon emissions has been the passionate focus of climate change activists, and understandably so. But as Dr. Elizabeth Del Buono, MD and cofounder of Michigan Clinicians for Climate Action, reminds us in this episode of Speaking of Resilience, a constellation of human health impacts flows from fossil fuel combustion. Those impacts—ranging from life-threatening asthma attacks to lifelong cognitive impairments—land squarely on front-line communities. Host Kate Madigan asks Dr. Del Buono to share insight on what motivates her work, opinions on competing climate change strategies, and the importance of hope in this essential moment of opportunity for positive change.

    Here are the links to MiCCA's New Member Introduction , website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and past newsletters.

    Here is a 15 minute video with Dr. Del Buono using MIT's Climate Action Simulator - EnROADS to evaluate different ways to reduce emissions.

    Speaking of Resilience is created by the Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities and the Michigan Climate Action Network. This episode was produced by Taylor Cramer of Cold Shower Media in collaboration with Nick Loud of the Boardman Review, and hosted by Kate Madigan.

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

Crame1tj ,

Important Conversations

Major thanks for the conversations you’re having. Much needed!

Nathan RB ,

Relevant and well-done

The hosts do an excellent job keeping conversations tight, informative, and relevant to everyone who is interested in climate change resiliency and environmental justice in Michigan (though discussions are applicable elsewhere). So far each guest and conversation has been excellent. I also appreciate that the podcast features a diverse range of practitioners and minimal filler content. Highly recommend.

rhammersley ,

Engaging and Insightful

I’ve found all the episodes they’ve released so far to be really interesting and full of great information, both for our community here in Michigan but also with wider appeal to issues seen elsewhere as well. The intersection of climate change and fossil fuel infrastructure and creative municipal utility policies is a crucial and fertile ground for discussion and innovation and this pod does a fantastic job of weaving all that together coherently and intelligently for audiences of all ages and levels of expertise. Truly great stuff!!

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