Rank #1: S1E5 Teaching Kids about Climate Change
This week the Climate Conversations team are joined by the founder of ClimateCurriculum.com and Science Teacher at Boston Latin School, Timothy Gay, whose goal is to get schools across the country teaching students about climate change.
We discuss the challenges associated with bringing climate change into the science curriculum, and how Timothy’s students have taken up the mantle of climate activism.
Timothy highlights some of the practical and hands on climate research activities that his students engage in, with a focus on climate solutions at a local level, and tells us about the future of his Climate Curriculum project.
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Aug 10 2017
Rank #2: S1E3 The Conflicts of Climate Stakeholders
This week on Climate Conversations, the team discusses the problematic term ‘stakeholders’ and ask whether climate policy makers can ever treat all stakeholders with equity. We also consider the role of individual action, and what we can do each day to support green initiatives and reduce our individual impact on the environment.
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Jul 20 2017
Rank #3: S2E3 How will Human Beings Adapt to a Changing Climate?
How well have humans adapted to the current climate, and how will we adapt to new climate complexities?
This week, the Climate Conversations team is joined by climate research scientist Nick Obradovich, who discusses the many ways the climate affects us in our day-to-day lives, including the way we sleep and exercise. Nick explains how he uses data science to look at climate and behavior, such as social media indications of how people’s mood changes with weather.
We discuss climate change as a human cooperation challenge, and explore how developing countries will struggle to adapt to climate change: is it time to pay reparations to these countries?
Nov 29 2017
Rank #4: S3E7: Building a Community with Mothers Out Front Ço-Founder Vanessa Rule
In Episode 3, we heard how Mothers Out Front takes climate action through learning in community, from and with each other.
Here's an extended cut of our conversation with Vanessa Rule, a co-founder of Mothers Out Front co-founder and their director of learning and expansion. Hear how their organizing model, built on relationships, stories and continuous learning, empowers "unsuspecting activists" to become climate leaders and build the movement.
Nov 13 2018
Rank #5: S1E14 Climate Disasters and Inequality
This week, we’re discussing the human response to extreme weather and climate change, with Patrick Field, Managing Director at the Consensus Building Institute.
Pat explains his role in intricate climate change negotiations, and how governments fund and adapt to climate challenges in coastal and island locations.
Additionally, Pat explores the complex relationship between people and place, considering the role that the market-based solutions in climate adaptation in the wake of natural disasters.
Oct 12 2017
Rank #6: S3E8: Moving into Action with Mothers Out Front Chapter Leader Stacy Levy
In Episode 3, we heard how Mothers Out Front takes climate action through learning in community, from and with each other. Here's an extended cut of the conversation from that episode with Stacy Levy, a co-founder of the South Bay CA (San Jose) chapter of Mothers Out Front. Stacy tells us about how a deep love for her children, and deep commitment to do anything to protect them, led her to organize a new climate action group with friends. We discuss the growth and connections fostered by house parties, and how mentoring and mutual support leads to continuous learning and leadership.
Nov 20 2018
Rank #7: S1E15 Why is Climate Change a Justice Issue?
This week, the Climate Conversations team explore why some social groups, including women and people of color, are disproportionately affected by climate change.
We examine how justice issues play out in climate disasters such as hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, and consider what a “just transition” away from fossil fuels might look like in local communities.
Oct 19 2017
Rank #8: S2E2 Standing up to the Fossil Fuel Industry
In this week’s episode, we are joined by climate activist and Harvard / MIT researcher Geoffrey Supran, whose recent peer-reviewed paper exposed ExxonMobil for misleading the public about climate science and its implications.
Geoffrey discusses the importance of the science community going beyond facts and figures to reach the heart of the climate action movement and engage the public.
We also explore the way fossil fuel companies need to transition if we are to move successfully towards decarbonisation.
Nov 15 2017
Rank #9: S2E4 Planning for Climate Change with Communities
This week, we’re joined by Mike Wilson, graduate student at MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning.
We discuss transformative adaptation, and how planners can develop green infrastructures whilst improving the lives of everyone in our global society.
Mike explains how future planning in Boston needs to communicate with local communities to discover their lived experiences, and use these to inform future plans.
Dec 13 2017
Rank #10: S1E4 Making MIT's Campus Sustainable
This week, the Climate Conversations team are joined by special guest, MIT's Director of Sustainability, Julie Newman.
In this episode, we explore the challenging and growing role of sustainability officers, plus autonomous vehicles, the campus building renaissance and MIT's path to carbon neutrality.
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Jul 26 2017
Rank #11: S2E1 An Appalachian Perspective on Just Transition
In the first episode of Climate Conversations Season 2, we are joined by ex-coal miner and author of The Thoughtful Coal Miner blog, Nick Mullins.
We discuss the history of coal mining in the Appalachian region, including the coal industry’s exploitation of coal miners, and what a just transition away from coal should look like.
Nick explains how activists and environmentalists can improve the way they communicate with mining communities in order to engage them in productive environmental action.
Nov 08 2017
Rank #12: S2E8 Indigenous Perspectives on Just Transitions
The Climate Conversations team interviews Dr. Kyle Powys Whyte, a Professor of Philosophy and Community Sustainability at Michigan State -- about indigenous views of climate change and climate justice. As a context for understanding those views, Dr. Whyte outlines how the legacy of colonialism, capitalism, and other systems of domination affected indigenous populations in North America. We also heard about efforts to surface just climate solutions that respect indigenous traditions, while amplifying the voices of contemporary indigenous peoples. Dr. Whyte concludes by describing his work with colleagues and allies to incorporate indigenous approaches into environmental research and education; highlighting a recent conference on “Being Human in the Age of Humans”.
Jan 17 2018
Rank #13: S1E11 Climate, Food Security and Water: Interdisciplinary Insights
This week, the climate conversations team are joined by Élodie Blanc and Erwan Monier, research scientists at MIT who are investigating the way climate change affects the amount of water available for agriculture.
We discuss how climate modelling and collaborative research are used to assess the way climate influences regional agriculture, the economy and industry.
Erwan and Élodie also stress the importance of bringing different disciplines together within universities to solve complex problems such as climate change.
Sep 20 2017
Rank #14: BONUS: The Environmental Impact of Using Amazon
In this bonus episode of Climate Conversations, the team discusses the environmental impact of using Amazon versus physical stores.
Aug 29 2017
Rank #15: S2E6 Justice, Equity, and Climate Change
Have justice issues changed, or are we standing still?
These are the questions we’re asking Trish Weinmann, the Associate director of Radius, a place for the MIT community to discuss issues of justice and equity.
Trish explains to us the role that Radius plays in helping the MIT community reflect on complex justice issues such as climate change, and how they have turned these reflections into action.
Jan 03 2018
Rank #16: S2E5 Transportation for Communities and a Healthy Planet
This week, the Climate Conversations team are joined by Zak Accuardi, a Senior Program Analyst at TransitCenter, and former research fellow at Project Drawdown.
Zak explains how improvements to public transportation can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while improving the lives of a community's disadvantaged people. Zak and the team explore some of the choices both travelers and urban land use planners need to make in promoting a healthy climate.
We also discuss Zak’s role in Project Drawdown, which identifies the 100 most impactful climate change solutions that we can access immediately, and ask Zak about its future.
Dec 20 2017
Rank #17: S1E8 How Climate Puzzles of the Past Point us to the Future
This week, the Climate Conversations team are joined by MIT’s Associate Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, David McGee.
We discuss the many climate changes that the Earth has experienced in the last half million years, our dependence upon climate stability and David’s role in Terrascope, a freshman learning community at MIT.
Additionally, David explains the many ways he and his team track historical changes in the Earth’s climate, including the measurement of tree and lake rings.
Aug 31 2017
Rank #18: S1E7 Reaching Climate Neutrality in Somerville by 2050
This week, the Climate Conversations team interviews the Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Somerville, Hannah Payne.
Hannah explains Somerville’s climate mitigation and adaptation plans, and how Somerville is preparing to be carbon neutral by 2050.
Aug 24 2017
Rank #19: S1E10 Beyond Techno-Fixes
Renewable energy, geoengineering and other technological solutions dominate the climate action spotlight, but are they the only way forward?
As our reading of Project Drawdown shows, some of the highest impact solutions are low-tech: stop eating meat, empower women and girls. We have been thinking about these questions for a while and a recent interview with Richard Heinberg on this very topic on the Warm Regards podcast gave us the perfect opportunity to air thoughts in the guise of a response. Listen to this “Big Questions” episode to find out what Curt, Dave and Rajesh think about techno-fixes. And let us know what do you think – when should we trust technology and when should we look elsewhere?
OWR podcast with Richard Heinberg," There's No App for Climate Change: A Manifesto for Moving Forward" - https://soundcloud.com/warmregardspodcast/climate-change-geoengineering-post-carbon-institute-manifesto
There's No App for That -http://noapp4that.org/
Drawdown, pp. 80-82, Educating Girls - http://www.drawdown.org/solutions/women-and-girls/educating-girls
Sep 14 2017
Rank #20: S1E6 Plastics and Siberia
This week, Rajesh and Laura Howells discuss the pervasiveness of plastic and which countries contribute the most plastic to the world's oceans. The two also talk over some recent natural events happening in Siberia.
Aug 17 2017