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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.

    Optimism and Earthshots with Prince William

    Optimism and Earthshots with Prince William

    This week on Outrage + Optimism, Prince William is here!
     
    With just under 10 years to cut global emissions by 50%, the future of our planet depends on a raising of ambition we have not seen since JFK’s Moonshot. A conservationist at heart and in practice, Prince William is on the hunt to find and finance the solutions that will get us there.
     
    Enter The Earthshot Prize - Five, one million-pound prizes awarded each year for the next 10 years, providing at least 50 solutions to the world’s greatest environmental problems by 2030.
     
    The categories for the prizes are as follows: Protect and Restore Nature, Clean Our Air, Revive Our Oceans, Build A Waste-Free World, and Fix Our Climate – simple yet ambitious goals, underpinned by scientifically agreed targets, which if achieved by 2030 will improve life for us all, for generations to come.
     
    Our hosts Christiana Figueres, Tom Rivett-Carnac, and Paul Dickinson sit down with The Duke of Cambridge to find out why he is doing this now, and how optimistic he is that we can solve the climate crisis.
     
    Plus, stick around for an incredible musical performance from AURORA and Aaron Taylor!
     
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    Aaron Taylor
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    The Future of Flight

    The Future of Flight

    This is the first of an Outrage + Optimism investigative series on The Future of Transport. Today our cars, planes, trains and ships cause nearly 30% of global carbon pollution. We think the pioneering spirit that got these industries and forms of transport underway more than 120 years ago will have to be reinvigorated to get to a transportation sector that is fit for a low carbon future.
     
    This first episode tackles The Future of Flight. COVID-19 has dealt the airline industry a devastating blow. Airline revenues have been decimated, passenger numbers are down by 70% and hundreds of thousands of people have already (or are at risk of) losing their jobs.
     
    Can this moment of challenge be a springboard toward a sustainable future for airlines? Are there sustainable solutions ready now? And what does the future hold? Tom Rivett-Carnac and co-hosts Christiana Figueres and Paul Dickinson are on a mission to find out what the new aviation pioneers have in store to accelerate the sustainability of airlines and propel us into The Future of Flight. 
     
    Read Tom’s blog to find out more from behind the scenes.
     

     
    This series is sponsored by NESTE 
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    Peter Vanacker, CEO of NESTE
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    Val Miftakhov, CEO of ZeroAvia
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    Prelude to TED Countdown with Chris Anderson and Lindsay Levin

    Prelude to TED Countdown with Chris Anderson and Lindsay Levin

    On the eve of TED Countdown, Christiana and Tom sit down for an in-depth conversation with TED's Chris Anderson and Lindsay Levin, CEO of Leaders' Quest, detailing an exclusive sneak-preview of what we can look forward to during the epic virtual climate event scheduled for Saturday, 10.10.20 at 11 AM ET
    You can find all the details and livestream the event at Countdown.TED.com as well as on TED's YouTube Channel
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    No Room for Being Cynical with Ted Danson

    No Room for Being Cynical with Ted Danson

    Plenty of outrage this week after the first U.S. Presidential Debate and disappointing news about the biodiversity pledge. But a conversation with Ted Danson offers hope and insight from his remarkable life and commitment to the worlds oceans. 
    When Ted met environmental lawyer Bob Sulnick he become involved in a movement to prevent digging for oil wells in Santa Monica. Buoyed up by the victory, Danson accelerated his involvement by helping create the American Oceans Campaign in 1987, which eventually became Oceana in 2001.
    You can learn more about Oceana by visiting them here
     
    Our special musical guest this week is Jelani Blackman
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    BONUS: Climate Leadership Now with Alok Sharma, Kara Hurst and We Mean Business

    BONUS: Climate Leadership Now with Alok Sharma, Kara Hurst and We Mean Business

    Christiana talked with Alok Sharma, the UK government’s Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, also President of the forthcoming climate negotiations, COP26, to find out about the state of diplomacy and what to aim for in 2021. Tom talked to four leaders from the private sector to find out about the biggest movers that will transform the next 10 years, including Amazon’s Kara Hurst, Mindy Lubber of Ceres, Halla Tómasdóttir of The B Team and Claire O’Neill of WBCSD. 

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    We Can Only Face the Future if We Do it Together with Achim Steiner

    We Can Only Face the Future if We Do it Together with Achim Steiner

    As the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, Achim Steiner has a relentless collaborative spirit. The conversation covers the relationship between the environment and economic development as big news comes this week from China. 
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