Rank #1: S2 Episode 1: How Did We Get Here?
But how did homo sapiens transform from a species with only minor numbers in parts of Africa, to one that’s spread across the world with 7 billion people, and whose consumption patterns have become so voracious that we’re now threatening the very stability of the planet we depend on?
In this special episode of The Elephant we go on a journey from the dawn of Earth to the 21st century to find out - how exactly did we end up here?
Rank #2: Noam Chomsky, 'The Human Species Has Never Faced A Question Like This’
Rank #3: Storms, Isolation, and Endless Days: Investigating Greenland’s Changing Ice Sheet
Liam Colgan is a glaciologist and professor at York University who specifically studies the Greenland ice-sheet and we got a hold of him by satellite phone as he was in Greenland on a 36 day research expedition led by NASA. We learn about how the Greenland ice-sheet is changing due to climate change, why it matters, and what it's like to do research in such an extreme environment.
Rank #4: Nicolas Haeringer: With Trump’s Election, What Does the Climate Movement Do Now?
We caught up with activist and campaigner Nicolas Haeringer, of 350.org, in Marrakech to get his thoughts on where the climate movement goes from here, and what lessons we can draw from Trump's shocking win.
Rank #5: The Co-Founder of Occupy Wall Street on Bringing About Social Change
Rank #6: Voices of Youth at #COP22
Rank #7: Can Conservatives and Progressives Agree on Climate Action?
At this time when by all signs it seems like the divide between Republicans and Democrats is wider than ever, Radio producer Barbara Lucas takes a look at the plan, and asks, when it comes to climate change, can Conservatives and Progressives in the U.S. ever find common ground?
Rank #8: Ex-Irish President Mary Robinson on Hope, Climate Change & Women's Day
To discuss climate change and equality, and how it intersects with the role of women worldwide, our new Elephant producer and co-host Charlotta Lomas spoke with a woman who has herself been bold for change - Mary Robinson who was the first female President of Ireland from 1990-1997. She now leads the Mary Robinson Foundation: which is devoted to climate justice and she is also the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on El Niño and Climate Change. We reached Mary Robinson by phone in Dublin.
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Rank #9: How Canada's Biggest City Reduced Its Emissions
Rank #10: An Astronaut's View: Spacewalking, Climate Change, and Life on our Pale Blue Dot
When it comes to truly understanding that blue marble we all call home, few people can claim as much insight as Piers Sellers. Not only as an astronaut did Piers get the chance to witness Earth from that ultimate bird’s eye view, but now as the division director of NASA's Earth Sciences department, he oversees the work of 1600 scientists tasked with understanding how the natural systems of our planet operate, and how they’re changing because of humanity's collective impact.
In this special Season 1 Finale of The Elephant, we speak with Piers Sellers about his experiences as an astronaut and what it was like to view earth from space, the exciting new science of understanding the earth’s natural systems, and why despite the serious work ahead, he’s optimistic humanity will be able to overcome the challenge posed by climate change.
Rank #11: Why Climate Change is Wreaking Havoc on The World's Coral Reefs
Rank #12: How Cities Are Leading The Way on Climate
Rank #13: The U.S. Supreme Court v. The Future of The Planet
Rank #14: The Unforgiving Math For Staying Under 2 Degrees
Rank #15: Ex President of Costa Rica - 'Creating Low Carbon Economies is an Opportunity'
Rank #16: George Monbiot - 'Climate Change is Bigger Than Capitalism'
Rank #17: When The Heirs to Big Oil Divested
During COP21 we caught up with Stephen Heintz, the president of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund to talk to him about the fund's daring decision to divest, and his thoughts on how the movement has been growing ever since.
Rank #18: D12 Protest Coverage ft. Naomi Klein & Bill McKibben
Rank #19: New Business Models for a Sustainable Future? A Look at Climate-KIC
Enter Climate-KIC, a large European public-private partnership that helps grow start-ups whose products are focused on sustainability. We first sit down with Mary Ritter, co-founder and former CEO of Climate-KIC, to discuss the role sustainable businesses can play in saving the climate. And in the second half, we talk to Climate-KIC's Director of Education Ebrahim Mohamed about what is wrong with the way economic models are taught to business students, and how changing economic education may help change the future.