Climate Conversations: A Climate Change Podcast

Climate Conversations: A Climate Change Podcast

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Climate Conversations is the weekly climate chang…


S3E13 Season 3 Wrap-up: What Have We Learned About Learning To Change?
Jan 10 • 30 min
We hope you’ve enjoyed Season 3 of Climate Conversations, devoted to the question: what does it mean to learn to change, with the speed and scale that can address the climate crisis? In this episode, co-hosts Rajesh, Dave and Curt reflect on their key…
S3E12: Turning Learning into Habits with Quinton Zondervan, City Counselor, Cambridge MA
Dec 18, 2018 • 38 min
How can we encourage policymakers and communities to take bolder climate action? We talk with Quinton Zondervan about the generative potential of learning from quick “safe to fail” experiments, and the practical benefits of turning learnings into habits.…
S3E11: Learning to Lead with Boston Latin School YouthCAN Co-President Susan Tang
Dec 11, 2018 • 29 min
In Episode 4, we heard about a pioneering form of climate-related learning in the Boston school system, Youth Climate Action Network (YouthCAN). Need an encouraging story from a young climate action leader? Give a listen in this extended cut to Susan…
S3E10: From Learning to Teaching with Boston Latin School & YouthCAN Alumna Rebecca Park
Dec 4, 2018 • 31 min
In Episode 4, we heard about a pioneering form of climate-related learning in the Boston school system, Youth Climate Action Network (YouthCAN). Join us in this episode to hear from Rebecca Park, an alumna of Boston Latin School (BLS), as she opens a…
S3E9: More with Boston Latin School YouthCAN Teacher Cate Arnold
Nov 26, 2018 • 33 min
In Episode 4, we heard about a pioneering form of climate-related learning in the Boston school system, Youth Climate Action Network (YouthCAN). In this episode faculty member Cate Arnold tells us how as a middle school history teacher at the Boston Latin…
S3E8: Moving into Action with Mothers Out Front Chapter Leader Stacy Levy
Nov 19, 2018 • 27 min
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…
S3E7: Building a Community with Mothers Out Front Ço-Founder Vanessa Rule
Nov 12, 2018 • 36 min
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…
S3E6: The Making of a Climate Scientist with MIT Terrascope Alumna Lauren Kuntz
Nov 4, 2018 • 30 min
In Episode 2, we heard how MIT’s Terrascope program empowers and engages university students through free-choice learning. Here’s an extended cut of our conversation with MIT Terrascope alumna Lauren Kuntz, where we dive deeply into that student…
S3E5: More with MIT Terrascope Lecturer Dr. Ari Epstein
Oct 31, 2018 • 32 min
In Episode 2, we heard how MIT’s Terrascope program empowers and engages university students through free-choice learning. Here’s an extended cut of our conversation with MIT Terrascope lecturer Ari Epstein, where we discuss how Terrascope achieves its…
S3E4: NextGen Learning to Change with Boston Latin School YouthCAN
Oct 23, 2018 • 17 min
What happens when a high school student passionate about climate action shows up at a City Council meeting? In this episode, we talk to Cate Arnold, Boston Latin School history teacher and climate instigator and two of her students, Rebecca Park and Susan…
S3E3: Learning in Community with Mothers Out Front
Oct 14, 2018 • 28 min
What does “we’re all in this together” really mean? In this episode we’re inspired by Mothers Out Front whose work helps answer that question by examples of learning in community, from and with each other. Give a listen to how they’re building on the…
S3E2: Free Choice Learning in Universities with MIT Terrascope
Oct 9, 2018 • 21 min
What happens when college students are given a massive problem to solve, and the wide-open space to unleash their full potential? Deep engagement, a healthy dose of frustration, empowerment, and changed lives. We explore this promising space in…
S3E1: The Psychology of Learning to Change, a Conversation with Renee Lertzman
Sep 30, 2018 • 27 min
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…
Season 3 Teaser: Learning to Change
Sep 24, 2018 • 2 min
The urgency of the climate crisis demands that we learn so many things, together — going faster, going bigger, finding new ways to share and build upon what we’re figuring out all around the world. Join us for Season 3 of the ClimateX podcast “Climate…
Climate Conversations Bonus Episode: MIT Solve and Coastal Communities
Jun 5, 2018 • 33 min
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…
S2E13 Climate Conversations Season 2 Wrap-Up
Feb 21, 2018 • 33 min
After a whole season of climate justice episodes, the ClimateX team and podcast producer Dave Lishansky step back and take stock. How has our understanding of climate justice evolved? What voices and stories have stuck with us? The team discusses…
S2E12 Market Forces and Climate Action
Feb 14, 2018 • 35 min
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…
S2E11 Intersectionality and Climate Justice
Feb 7, 2018 • 32 min
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…
S2E10 Climate Resilience in Puerto Rico
Jan 31, 2018 • 33 min
On this week of Climate Conversations, the team sits down with Ramón Bueno; a MIT alumnus and climate and development specialist. They discuss the devastation in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, in the context of systems failure and intersectional…
Designing a Better Future: Climate CoLab and Crisis Mitigation with Maarten van Aalst
Jan 29, 2018 • 32 min
In this special podcast, we sit down with Marteen van Aalast to discuss climate resilience and his role in the Climate CoLab A2R contest. Van Aalst is the director of the Climate Center and coordinates support to climate risk management across the Red…
S2E9 Motherhood and Mobilization
Jan 24, 2018 • 27 min
How can we get more families involved in environmental justice? The Climate Conversations team sits down with Zeyneb Magavi, a leader in Mothers Out Front in Cambridge, MA. Zeyneb wears multiple hats as an activist with Mothers Out Front, Research…
S2E8 Indigenous Perspectives on Just Transitions
Jan 17, 2018 • 42 min
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…
Climate Summit Recap with Tom Kiley
Jan 16, 2018 • 32 min
The Climate Conversations team sits down with Tom Kiley, the organizer of the Northeastern North American Climate Policy Summit hosted by MIT in December, 2017. They discuss key results and takeaways from the event, how to strengthen ties between…
S2E7 Climate Justice Through Community Partnerships
Jan 9, 2018 • 37 min
What is climate justice? How do we come up with solutions that not only recognize that climate change disproportionally impacts marginalized people, but amplify the voices of those in frontline communities? We sit down with Lisa Young, the Climate Justice…
S2E6 Justice, Equity, and Climate Change
Jan 3, 2018 • 30 min
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…
S2E5 Transportation for Communities and a Healthy Planet
Dec 20, 2017 • 31 min
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,…
S2E4 Planning for Climate Change with Communities
Dec 13, 2017 • 21 min
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…
Together in Climate Action Summit: Regional Carbon Pricing vs. Federal Inaction
Dec 5, 2017 • 30 min
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 Deb Markowitz, a former six-term…
Together in Climate Action Summit: Nature and Cities Get Together
Dec 4, 2017 • 34 min
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,…
Together in Climate Action Summit: The Evolution of the Electric Grid
Dec 1, 2017 • 37 min
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 Frank O’Sullivan, Director of…
Together in Climate Action Summit: State Governments Together in Climate Action
Nov 30, 2017 • 37 min
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. We interview Dr. David Cash, former commissioner of the…
S2E3 How will Human Beings Adapt to a Changing Climate?
Nov 29, 2017 • 38 min
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…
S2E2 Standing up to the Fossil Fuel Industry
Nov 15, 2017 • 34 min
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…
S2E1 An Appalachian Perspective on Just Transition
Nov 8, 2017 • 41 min
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…
S1E15 Why is Climate Change a Justice Issue?
Oct 19, 2017 • 17 min
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…
S1E14 Climate Disasters and Inequality
Oct 11, 2017 • 32 min
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…
S1E13 Brokering International Climate Deals
Oct 4, 2017 • 25 min
This week we are joined by Associate Professor Noelle Selin, from MIT’s Institute for Data, Systems and Society, who has an intimate knowledge of international climate negotiations. Professor Selin explains the complexities of international environmental…
S1E12 Divesting Your Career
Sep 28, 2017 • 29 min
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…
S1E11 Climate, Food Security and Water: Interdisciplinary Insights
Sep 20, 2017 • 29 min
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…
S1E10 Beyond Techno-Fixes
Sep 14, 2017 • 20 min
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,…
BONUS: To fly or not to fly?
Sep 12, 2017 • 8 min
In this bonus episode, the Climate Conversation team asks, should we reduce how frequently we fly?
S1E9 Addressing Climate Change Through Electrochemistry
Sep 7, 2017 • 23 min
This week, the team are joined by MIT Professor of Materials Chemistry, Don Sadoway. In this fascinating discussion, we explore extreme electrochemistry, Don’s novel efforts to cut the carbon footprint of steel, his liquid metal battery for grid-scale…
S1E8 How Climate Puzzles of the Past Point us to the Future
Aug 31, 2017 • 37 min
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…
BONUS: The Environmental Impact of Using Amazon
Aug 29, 2017 • 11 min
In this bonus episode of Climate Conversations, the team discusses the environmental impact of using Amazon versus physical stores.
S1E7 Reaching Climate Neutrality in Somerville by 2050
Aug 23, 2017 • 28 min
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…
S1E6 Plastics and Siberia
Aug 17, 2017 • 17 min
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.
S1E5 Teaching Kids about Climate Change
Aug 10, 2017 • 32 min
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…
Bonus: Considering College Through a Climate Lens
Jul 27, 2017 • 3 min
In this special bonus episode of Climate Conversations, the team takes a climate approach to the question, where should my kids go to college?
S1E4 Making MIT’s Campus Sustainable
Jul 26, 2017 • 31 min
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…
S1E3 The Conflicts of Climate Stakeholders
Jul 20, 2017 • 26 min
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…
S1E2 The Complexities of Climate Modeling (with John Reilly)
Jul 13, 2017 • 32 min
In episode 2 of Climate Conversations, the team explores the role of market forces in tackling climate change. They are joined by special guest John Reilly, who discusses the complex nature of climate modeling, and the challenges faced by the climate…
S1E1 Climate after Paris
Jun 3, 2017 • 27 min
How is the US responding to the Paris withdrawal and how will it affect world climate? Is Geoengineering a necessary risk? These are the questions that Climate Conversations host Rajesh Kasturirangan is discussing with ClimateX Team members Curt Newton,…