Rank #1: S3E1: The Psychology of Learning to Change, a Conversation with Renee Lertzman
Learning to change begins in the personal sphere. How do emotions attached to climate change drive how we communicate and act on the issue?
In this first episode of season 3, we talk with psychologist Renee Lertzman about how we, individually and in our communities, can create the necessary space to listen to others and develop emotional intelligence about climate issues.
Oct 01 2018
Rank #2: S2E11 Intersectionality and Climate Justice
The Climate Conversations team sits down with Jacqui Patterson, the Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program. They discuss intersectionality within the climate justice movement, and how global warming disproportionately impacts women of color. Looking at impacts on reproductive rights and poverty, the Climate Conversations team and Patterson analyze how local movements are utilized to combat environmental and racial injustice.
The conversation then looks at capitalism’s role in injustice, and how prioritizing amassing wealth for elites disregards the earth’s well-being and human rights. Finally, the team examines mobilization strategies that take into account the interconnectivity of justice issues across individuals and institutions.
Feb 07 2018
Rank #3: 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 #4: Climate Conversations Bonus Episode: MIT Solve and Coastal Communities
30% of the population lives on or near a coast, and the majority of global trade runs through ports on coasts. How can the impacts of rising sea levels and stronger storms be mitigated?
In this special bonus episode of Climate Conversations, the team sits down with Dr. Alexander Dale, the Senior Officer for MIT Solve’s Sustainability pillar. MIT Solve is a community for connecting innovative solution-makers with the resources to solve global challenges. They seek to connect people across spaces both within MIT and the external, global community to address the world’s greatest environmental, economic, and sociopolitical challenges.
The Climate Conversations group explores how Solve is building this global network of scalable solutions, and what makes for a successful Solver (challenge winner). They discuss Solve’s 2018 “Coastal Communities” challenge, which looks at ways to address the issues coastal communities are facing due to climate change and rising sea levels. Is there a way to harness these issues, and transform them into a solution? Dr. Dale and the team discuss the innovators of the future, and how they are tackling these challenges.
Jun 05 2018
Rank #5: S2E12 Market Forces and Climate Action
The Climate Conversations team sits down with the director of the MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative, Jason Jay, to discuss the role of market forces and government regulation in climate action. They discuss the theoretical framework of capitalism, and how it can lend itself to benevolent practices as well as exploitative ones. Jay and the team analyze geopolitical interests in fossil fuels and alternative energies, and transitional practices.
Lastly, they discuss Jay’s research and recent book on “breaking through the gridlock” in difficult conversations. How do we move past the certainty of our own perspectives, and really engage with dissenting voices? The team looks at the power of shared values and how to foster authentic connections, in order to unlock new and better solutions.
Feb 14 2018
Rank #6: 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 #7: 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 #8: 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 #9: Together in Climate Action Summit: Nature and Cities Get Together
This special episode is part of MIT’s Together in Climate Action Summit, which is focused on sharing climate leadership strategies and exploring pathways forward in Northeastern North America.
In this episode, we interview Professor John Fernandez, Director of the Environmental Solutions Initiative at MIT and an expert in urban metabolism – the flows of material and energy that sustain growing cities and their ecosystems.
We discuss how natural systems can mitigate and help society adapt to climate change as urban areas expand rapidly and globally. John highlights how healthy forests, wetlands, and soils help limit carbon, keep air and water clean, and limit risks from extreme weather. We also discuss how technology (e.g. sensors, AI) can work in service of nature.
John stresses the need to understand and manage our urban metabolism by coordinating natural systems policies across states and regions.
If you’d like to learn more about the Together in Climate Action Summit, which runs December 7th & 8th 2017, visit climatesummit.mit.edu
Dec 04 2017
Rank #10: 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 #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: 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 #13: 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 #14: 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 #15: 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 #16: 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 #17: S1E12 Divesting Your Career
This week, we interview MIT student and Fossil Free MIT member, Jeremy Poindexter.
We discuss Fossil Free MIT’s new career pledge, which encourages students to prioritize climate change and sustainability when making future career choices, fossil fuel divestment and much more.
Sep 28 2017
Rank #18: 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 #19: 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 #20: 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