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Greg Dalton is changing the conversation on energy, economy and the environment by offering candid discussion from climate scientists, policymakers, activists, and concerned citizens. By gathering inspiring, credible, and compelling information, he provides an essential resource to change-makers ready to address climate change and make a difference.

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Greg Dalton is changing the conversation on energy, economy and the environment by offering candid discussion from climate scientists, policymakers, activists, and concerned citizens. By gathering inspiring, credible, and compelling information, he provides an essential resource to change-makers ready to address climate change and make a difference.

    Last Call for Gasoline

    Last Call for Gasoline

    Is this the end of the road for the internal combustion engine?

    California isn’t the first major economy to ban gas-powered cars and trucks, and it won’t be the last. Fifteen countries, including some of the world’s top auto markets, have announced plans to phase out gas-powered engines as a step toward a 100% zero-emission vehicle future. It’s a bold move, but a critical one for climate. Transportation emits more greenhouse gas than any other sector of the US economy, and 15% of all global emissions come from road transport.

    What does this mean for drivers, for automakers, for infrastructure and for businesses that depend on a gas-powered economy? Can we get to a zero-emission future quickly enough?

    Visit climateone.org/watch-and-listen/podcasts for more information on today's episode.

    Guests: Part 1
    Craig Scott, Group Manager, Toyota North America
    Katie Sloan, Clean Energy and Electrification Executive, Southern California Edison; Board Member, CalStart
    Emily Castor Warren, Senior Policy Advisor, Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates

    Guests: Part 2
    Colin McKerracher, Head of Advanced Transport analysis at BloombergNEF
    Hui He, ICCT China Regional Director

    This program was recorded in November 2020 and is underwritten by the ClimateWorks Foundation.

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    REWIND: Racism and Climate / Climate Change Through the Artist’s Eyes

    REWIND: Racism and Climate / Climate Change Through the Artist’s Eyes

    In this program, we revisit two Climate One programs from earlier in the year. First, events of the past year, including the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and other Black citizens by police, have shone a glaring spotlight on the racism embedded in every aspect of American society. How can we amplify and advocate for leaders of color in the fight against climate change?

    Can art help us process our changing climate? The story of climate change is typically told in the language of facts and figures, graphs and charts. But through dance, music, sculpture and other media, artists can reach people on a deeper and more emotional level, designing cultural moments that can bring us together - and bring us to tears. Choreographer Alonzo King sees the union of art and science as the perfect balancing act. “There is nothing that exists that you can create that does not have science -- it's impossible,” says King. “There's nothing that doesn't have music. It's impossible.”

    Visit climateone.org/watch-and-listen/podcasts for more information on today's episode.

    Guests: Part 1
    Mustafa Santiago Ali, Vice President of Environmental Justice, Climate, and Community Revitalization, National Wildlife Federation
    Glynda Carr, CEO and Co-Founder, Higher Heights for America
    Robert Bullard, Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy, Texas Southern University

    This program was first broadcast on July 3, 2020.

    Guests: Part 2
    Alonzo King, Choreographer and Founder, LINES Ballet
    Nora Lawrence, Senior Curator, Storm King Art Center
    Additional Speaker: Adam Schoenberg, Composer

    This program was generously underwritten by the Sidney E. Frank Foundation and was first broadcast on August 28, 2020.

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    Cropped Out: Land, Race and Climate

    Cropped Out: Land, Race and Climate

    Harvest season is especially hard this year as the pandemic strains farmers and food systems, highlighting a deeply divided and often unjust America. Black farmers are no strangers to the intersection of these challenges, as structural racism in the food system makes it increasingly challenging for non-white farmers to own and profit from land.

    Is small-scale, regenerative agriculture a solution to climate disruption? How have years of redlining and discriminatory real estate policies shaped land ownership in the US? How is climate gentrification shaping access to land?

    Visit climateone.org/watch-and-listen/podcasts for more information on today's episode.

    Amber Tamm, farmer and horticulturist
    Chris Newman, farmer and co-founder, Sylvanaqua Farms
    Andrew Kahrl, Professor of History and African-American Studies, University of Virginia

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    The 2020 Election: Anxiety and Incrementalism

    The 2020 Election: Anxiety and Incrementalism

    The 2020 campaign season has finally come to a close. And days after November 3rd has passed, the country is still reeling. About seventy percent of Americans - Democrats, Independents and Republicans - say the election caused a significant amount of anxiety and stress in their lives. That’s up from fifty percent four years ago.

    How should we process those difficult emotions surrounding the election? Climate psychologist Renée Lertzman recommends practicing self-awareness and self-care.

    “It’s very important for us each to know what our own thresholds are,” she says. “So knowing when it's time to sort of disengage and to take care of ourselves. To do what we need to do to restore our sense of being grounded, of being connected, of being in balance. So definitely, it’s a balancing act.”

    Visit climateone.org/watch-and-listen/podcasts for more information on today's episode.

    Guests:
    David Roberts, Energy & Climate Change Writer, Vox
    Renée Lertzman, Climate Engagement Strategist, author and founder of Project InsideOut
    Eric Utne, Founder, Utne Reader; Author, Far Out Man: Tales of Life in the Counterculture (Penguin Random House, 2020)

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    Power Shift: Jamie Margolin and Dorceta Taylor

    Power Shift: Jamie Margolin and Dorceta Taylor

    What is the role of power in deciding the fate of a planet? 2020 has seen a reckoning with various forms of power embedded in racial, gender, and generational identities. As we think about a transfer of U.S. presidential power, what can we learn about how other types of power are shaping our climate and our future? “It is precisely for people when they vote to not just think of the vote as voting for health or voting for schools or libraries, but to start connecting the dots,” says Dorceta Taylor, an original leader of the environmental justice movement. “That's another dimension of power.”

    Visit climateone.org/watch-and-listen/podcasts for more information on today's episode.

    Guests (in order of appearance):
    Dorceta Taylor, Professor, Professor of Environmental Justice, Yale School for the Environment
    Jamie Margolin, Co-Executive Director, Zero Hour; Author, Youth to Power: Your Voice and How to Use It

    This program was recorded via video on October 26, 2020 and September 15, 2020.

    • 51 min
    Steve Schmidt and Varshini Prakash on Disrupting Climate Politics

    Steve Schmidt and Varshini Prakash on Disrupting Climate Politics

    Can we break up the political logjam on climate?

    “The brokenness of our politics,” says Republican political strategist Stephen Schmidt, “is that we have 90% agreement on a dozen different solutions that we cannot get through the state or federal legislative processes -- because of the systemic brokenness of politics.”

    Not long ago, Democrats and Republicans basically agreed on climate change. Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzennegger put California at the head of the charge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Senator John McCain crossed the proverbial aisle to co-sponsor three versions of the Climate Stewardship Act -- none of which made it through the senate. In today’s ultra-partisan climate, when even wearing a face mask is seen as a political statement, can both parties ever get on the same page?

    “I do think that one of the aspects, if we want to move climate change forward as an issue,” Schmidt continues, “is that the two sides, they’re gonna have to learn to speak American to each other.”

    Visit climateone.org/watch-and-listen/podcasts for more information on today's episode.

    Guests:
    Steve Schmidt, Co-Founder, The Lincoln Project; Former Senior Presidential Campaign Strategist, John McCain
    Varshini Prakash, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Sunrise Movement, co-author, Winning the Green New Deal: Why We Must, How We Can (Simon & Schuster, 2020)

    This program was recorded on September 18 and September 24, 2020.

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