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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.

    No Substitute For Nature with Zac Goldsmith

    No Substitute For Nature with Zac Goldsmith

    There’s no pathway to capping our global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius without protecting and restoring nature.
    That’s the lay of the land according to The Rt Hon Lord Goldsmith, Minister for the Pacific and the International Environment - our final guest for 2021. At the close of a year that’s seen enormous momentum to incorporate forests and land use well and truly into the climate agenda, Lord Goldsmith shares insights into the context and his vision for the next twelve months.
    So, where do we stand now? Among the remarkable outcomes of COP26 was a commitment to halting and reversing forest loss and land degradation by 2030. Signed by 141 countries, the Glasgow Leaders’ Declaration on Forest and Land Use covers an incredible 90 percent of global forest. We also saw meaningful progress at this year’s Convention on Biological Diversity in Kunming. And the direction of travel? Our ultimate challenge and goal, Lord Goldsmith says, is to reconcile our economy with our natural world – and now has to be the turning point.
    So! Join us for a reflection on some major moments on the podcast this past year and a look into this turning point moment. Can we reduce emissions by 7% each consecutive year from here on out?
    And - we have a holiday-themed song this year as our last song of the season! A special acoustic performance of “It’s Christmas” by Callum Beattie. Stick around for it!
    Thank you for a great season!
     

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

     
    Mentioned links from the episode:
     
    Read: Glasgow Leaders’ Declaration On Forests and Land Use
    Donate: Steps To Hope
     

     
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    Zac Goldsmith (Rt Hon Lord)
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    Callum Beattie is our musical guest!
     
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    Shifting Mindsets and Systems with Jennifer Morgan

    Shifting Mindsets and Systems with Jennifer Morgan

    In this week’s episode we continue our series debriefing COP26 and take a look at the climate movement for their perspective on the outcomes of the Glasgow Climate Pact. Staying optimistic and fighting for climate justice - because indeed our lives depend on it - is a rightful approach to the conversation. And yet, the clock is ticking. What’s the reality behind fast-tracking our path to only a 1.5 world?
    Today, we talk to Jennifer Morgan, Executive Director at Greenpeace International, who joins us to discuss how shifting mindsets and systems are crucial in finding alternative development models and dismantling systems of oppression.
    Jennifer lays out how we can rebuild trust between those on the proverbial “inside” and “outside”. Because, whilst we have seen a huge coming together of stakeholders, movements and mindsets, this conversation focuses on understanding why we hear some voices proclaim a historic and generational win, while others voice a more depleted and disappointed point of view at the lack of urgency and responsibility by those in positions of power. The reality is that both are true.
    Join us in piecing together the puzzle and understanding deeper our role in the movement as a podcast. 
    And don’t miss IDER, our musical artist with their song, BORED- a song born out of frustration  at the profit structures behind corporate power and false advertising.
     

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

     
    Mentioned links from the episode:
     
    From Paul: A Climate of Concern (“When Shell was Greenpeace”)
    From Paul: Lawsuit - The People of California vs Big Oil
     
    DONATE: Greenpeace International
     

     
    Thank you to our guest this week:
     
    Jennifer Morgan | Executive Director of Greenpeace International
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    The incredible Ider is our musical guest this week!
     
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Innovative Finance To Fast-Forward Climate Solutions with Hiro Mizuno

    Innovative Finance To Fast-Forward Climate Solutions with Hiro Mizuno

    COP26 saw announcement after announcement from the financial sector, but we have questions. First off, why the sudden wake-up? What will follow? And, critically, will it be enough to address the climate crisis?
    Here to help us make sense of the fast-moving developments is Hiro Mizuno, Special Envoy of U.N Secretary-General on Innovative Finance and Sustainable Investments. Hiro shares his deep insights into the financial landscape since the shift towards recognition of the systemic risk posed by the climate crisis.
    Reaching back to the Industrial Revolution, Hiro talks us through the role of the finance industry in accelerating change. Financial institutions’ competitive nature may well drive their transition to net-zero business models and portfolios – but it’ll be the next twelve months that prove the worth of the COP26 announcements, Hiro reminds us.
    Covering regulation, GFANZ, public trust, carbon pricing, and much more, this is a wide-ranging conversation not to be missed.
     

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

     
    Thank you to our guest this week, Hiro Mizuno!
     
    Hiro Mizuno
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    • 39 min
    Getting Over The Line at COP26 with Alok Sharma

    Getting Over The Line at COP26 with Alok Sharma

    Countries have stepped up. Projected emission trajectories have come down. But let’s be real for a moment- We are still not doing enough, fast enough. So what did this year's host of the COP26 get right, and what is still in play as we prepare for COP27? Today we talk with Alok Sharma, President of COP26 and the man in the spotlight of the Glasgow negotiations just a few weeks back.
    As Alok takes us back through his experience at COP26 keeping 1.5°C front and center, the grounding truth of how The Glasgow Pact directly impacts the lives and livelihoods of millions of people becomes crystal clear. In this episode we hear from his perspective how fighting climate change must be both a personal experience and global effort, and how building trust was a precious commodity in the discussions, holding the key to all the parties mutually agreeing to get an agreement over the line.
    But, how is this hard-earned political trust perceived outside the negotiation halls? It seems an increasingly challenging task to ensure that this is communicated in a digestible way to all the stakeholders working tirelessly for the phasing out of fossil fuels, climate justice, adaptation, as well as loss and damage.
    Listen in to discover the presidency’s plans on how to ensure that no small piece of the process allows it all to tumble down like a big jenga tower.
    And stick around after the conversation for a cinematic musical experience with Sarah Class!
     

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

     
    Mentioned links from the episode:
    WATCH: Sister True Dedication’s TED Talk
     

     
    Thank you to our guest this week, the Right Honorable Alok Sharma MP!
     
    Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP
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    Sarah Class is our musical guest this week!
     
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    WATCH: ‘Resonate’ Official Music Video
    DONATE: The World Land Trust
     

     
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    • 59 min
    Being Smartly Selfish is Selfless with President Carlos Alvarado

    Being Smartly Selfish is Selfless with President Carlos Alvarado

    ¡Feliz Día de la Abolición del Ejército en Costa Rica!
    Happy Military Abolition Day in Costa Rica!
    Every year on December 1st, the country of Costa Rica celebrates the day that Christiana’s father and former Costa Rican president, José Figueres Ferrer, abolished their national army and redirected that part of the national budget to biodiversity and education. This year marks the 73rd anniversary! 
    So with that in mind, we take a break from our COP26 reflections to speak with President Carlos Alvarado of Costa Rica! With over 50% of their country re-forested, an energy grid that is 99.5% renewables, and ZERO investments in weapons or military, Costa Rica is a model for how to lead sustainably in a world of compounding crises. How does Costa Rica do it, and what can other countries learn from this example?
    May we all be more like Costa Rica!
    And! Stick around ‘til the end for a soulful tune from musical artist Bobby Bazini!
     

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

     
    Mentioned links from the episode:
    Listen: The Way Out Is In Podcast
     
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    Thank you to our guest this week:
     
    Carlos Alvarado Quesada
    President | Costa Rica
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    The incredible Bobby Bazini is our musical guest this week!
     
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    • 56 min
    Opening Hearts with Elizabeth Wathuti

    Opening Hearts with Elizabeth Wathuti

    With the ink still drying on The Glasgow Pact, we’re already hearing the results from Glasgow being labeled in binary terms like “Success” and “Failure” While we know that some stunning pledges and progressive language in the Pact came from some of the negotiations, it is also true that historically these pledges have not been met completely, or have been missed entirely. Full stop.
    So with millions of humans suffering under the systemic injustice of rising global emissions, how do we meet this moment to reduce those global emissions and break those unjust systems of oppression? And how does the COP process make those necessary changes politically possible? And in the next eight years?!
    Maybe it’s as simple as starting with silence.
    This week we speak with Elizabeth Wathuti, environmentalist and climate activist from Kenya. She is the founder and president of Green Generation Initiative, and Head of Campaigns and Daima Consortium Coordinator for the Wangari Maathai Foundation.
    Elizabeth brought the house down at COP26 this year with her speech in which she led a moment of silence followed by the urgency to every Head of State in the room to “ please open your hearts”. You won’t want to miss what she has to say to us on the show!
    Stick around ‘til the end for an incredible music track from Knomad Spock!
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    Excerpt from Elizabeth Wathuti's speech at COP26, reproduced courtesy of the UN.
    Excerpt from the Opening Ceremony of the World Leaders Summit at COP26, November 2021.
    Available here: Elizabeth Wathuti at COP26 “Please Open Your Hearts” Speech

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

    Mentioned links from the episode:
    Read: Martin Wolf’s piece in The FT
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    Thank you to our guest this week, Elizabeth Wathuti!
    Elizabeth Wathuti
    Environmentalist | Climate Activist
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    The incredible Knomad Spock is our musical guest this week!
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Good things

A great resource to keep up with the latest in policy, news and developments in the world of climate change. The guest are varied and insightful and the suggested resources are enough to satisfy even the most news hungry listener. Thank you.

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I am inspired weekly by this amazing podcast! I work within the local sustainable fashion sector in South Africa and love listening to these amazing shows while I work and draft patterns for designs. They fuel not only my passion for sustainable design but also my drive for change and focus on working towards a better future. Thank you so much for creating this platform, sharing such real insights and completely relatable thoughts! Recommend this podcast to everybody and anybody!

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