A no shame space where we allow ourselves to imagine and to learn how to take imperfect action to build a brilliant future for ourselves and our planet. The Why We Will Make It Podcast brings you world-class expert interviews packed with insights on the best ways to hack our mind and our skillset to navigate through the climate and biodiversity loss crises without going crazy.Ariana and her guests will inspire you to cultivate your mindset to strengthen your drive and feel the joy that comes from setting in motion actions that are aligned with your values.
Passion comes with challenge, with Dileri Berdeja
In this episode, we invited the amazing Dileri Berdeja, who is passionate about animals. Her career in biodiversity conservation and animal welfare has been inspired by her deep love for nature. She shared some super interesting insights into what it's like to work in conservation, the challenges she has faced and why it is still worth it.
Di's inspirational words remind us why it's so important to keep fighting for the future we want to live in, because all of our decisions have great impact, even when we might struggle to believe it. We talked about sensitivity, emotions and mental health. We're sure you are going to love this special episode.
You can follow some of Dileri's amazing work on instagram: @ditheconservationist
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Women, science and changing the world with M. Sc. Julia Kaltenborn
Get ready for a truly special episode that will leave you inspired and ready to take action! We had the incredible honor of hosting M. Sc. Julia Kaltenborn, a true rockstar in the world of climate science.
In this episode, Julia takes us on a journey into the fascinating intersection of machine learning and climate science. Brace yourself for mind-blowing facts about the cryosphere as Julia shares her wealth of knowledge on the subject. Julia talks about what it's like to be a woman in science and offers her perspective on overcoming challenges and breaking barriers.
Prepare to be uplifted as Julia delivers a message of hope for you to make a positive impact on our planet. Her passion for preserving the environment is truly contagious, leaving us with a renewed sense of purpose and determination. Hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did!
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Here are more references to information Julia provided during the episode in case you want to take a further look:
MOSAiC expedition: https://mosaic-expedition.org/Tipping points: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tipping_points_in_the_climate_systemAnother graphic for tipping points: https://www.carbonbrief.org/explainer-nine-tipping-points-that-could-be-triggered-by-climate-change/Climate feedback loops: https://earthhow.com/climate-feedback-loops/Current news regarding the cryosphere showing that we often underestimate effects in the polar regions and do not understand all processes well enough yet:Slow down of Abyssal ocean overturning:Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/mar/30/melting-antarctic-ice-predicted-to-cause-rapid-slowdown-of-deep-ocean-current-by-2050Paper: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-023-05762-w.epdfAntarctic sea-ice decline (yet another sad record):Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/mar/04/everyone-should-be-concerned-antarctic-sea-ice-reaches-lowest-levels-ever-recordedEffect of stronger El Nino on Antarctic ice:Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/feb/21/stronger-el-nino-events-may-speed-up-irreversible-melting-of-antarctic-ice-research-findsArctic probably gone by 2035:Guardian article with nice visualization: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/ng-interactive/2020/oct/13/arctic-ice-melting-climate-change-global-warmingPaper: https://www.nature.com/articles/s43247-021-00214-7Call of climate scientists to join civil disobedience movements:
Bouncing Back, with Dr. Thalia Balkaran
Climate-related disasters are happening more and more often on Earth. And while they manifest in different forms and places, not all humans are equally at risk.
For this episode, we invited Dr. Thalia Balkaran. This wonderful woman is a Postdoctoral Research Scientist at the National Center for Disaster Preparedness (NCDP) of Columbia Climate School. She studies disaster preparedness and specializes in resilient children and communities in the context of small islands in the Caribbean.
She shared some really interesting facts on climate resilience, risk reduction, vulnerability, and how communities can bounce back when disaster strikes with Alterleap's founder, Ariana.
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You can follow Dr. Balkaran on Twitter: @balkaran_t
*Note: As great as technology is when it comes to connecting with people who are in different locations, sometimes there are issues that can get out of our hands. The audio in this episode is a bit uneven. We recommend listening with earplugs or headphones for best quality.
Women, environment and poverty with Geeta Mehta
In this episode, we invited the amazing Dr. Geeta Mehta, architect, author, co-founder and president of Asia Initiatives, co-founder of URBZ, and professor at Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.
Dr. Geeta Mehta is working on the intersection between architecture, urban design, environmental preservation, and sustainability. She is the developer of the concept of Social Capital Credits (SoCCs), which not only is the coolest, most incredible, impactful thing, but was also described as “the most transformative and simple idea since Mohammad Yunus launched the micro credit movement”.
We discussed the importance of energizing Social Capital, the role of women in the healing of the Earth, insights and tips from Dr. Mehta, her dreams of how the future will look like, and where she finds hope.
Conversations about Eco-Anxiety
What happens when we don't recognize our eco-anxiety and the rest of our "negative" feelings? The earlier we accept our emotions, the better equipped we will be to navigate today's complex reality.
In this episode Ariana interviews an exceptional guest: Rodrigo Gomez Aleman, a cognitive-behavioral psychologist specializing in schema therapy and an eco-anxiety expert.
They talk about the importance of learning how to deal with emotions and how this is especially important in our western cultures. They go through five steps you need to take to go from feeling guilty, sad, and frustrated, to feeling hopeful, empowered, and invigorated.
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Quiz - How Is The Climate Crisis Making You Feel? (And What To Do About It)
Why we will make it
In this first episode Ariana dives deep into the root of the climate and biodiversity loss crises to cut through the noise and explain in a simple and clear way all about the problem we face, what we can do about it and the potential we all have to build a better future.
With her usual passion when it comes to talking about protecting our planet and being our best larger-selves, she argues that although the challenge we face is truly alarming, we have everything at our disposal to turn these crises around and reinvent pretty much everything about the way we live, think, eat, travel, learn, build and understand the world and humanity’s place in it.
This episode is packed with eye-opening information, advice and encouragement to kick-start a new mentality so we can focus less on the doom and more on the reasons why we will make it.
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Infographic - What are we really facing here?