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  • This week, we take a look at the latest pledges to arise from the G7 heads of government, who met over the weekend in Cornwall. Are these announcements indicative that the seven biggest western economies are really showing up to achieve a 1.5 world? Can this close the Gigatons gap in the run up to COP26? Can the Group of Seven offer developing countries funding alternatives to Beijing’s so-called 'Belt and Road' Initiative? Christiana, Tom, and Paul help us sort out this mixed bag of a weekend for climate.

    Our special guest this week is Warren East, CEO of Rolls-Royce, an engineer by training and now leading a business in one of the hardest sectors to decarbonise: Aviation.

    Aviation accounts for a significant 2.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions today, and growing. As the sector starts to recover from huge losses as a result of the pandemic, how does Rolls-Royce see the future for the sector and beyond the pandemic and into the climate crisis? We’ll hear from Warren on how the historic innovation of Rolls-Royce has the potential to lead us into a cleaner, more sustainable future of flight.

    And stick around 'til the end because our music this week is from Asher Monroe! He’ll be performing live for us his single, ‘Midnight Masquerade’.

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    Our artist this week is Asher Monroe!

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  • With the G7 Summit happening in just a few days, things are looking good for it being a big moment for climate. Foreign Ministers have noted the impact of climate change on the most vulnerable, Health Ministers have made the link between health and the environment, Finance Ministers have supported mandating climate related disclosures...the momentum is real. But we’ve been here before with the same words and no action, so what is different this time around?

    Later on in the episode we speak with serial climate entrepreneur, Dale Vince. Dale is a tireless force of nature. So far he’s founded a successful Green Energy company, Ecotricity; he’s Chairman of Forest Green Rovers, the world’s first all vegan, carbon neutral football team; and his company Skydiamond makes precious gems from carbon capture. We hear what underlies Dale's motivation and how his determined, stubborn optimism has made his ventures successful in demonstrating what we can still do to solve challenges posed by the climate crisis. And...is there a possible future for him in politics?

    And finally, we hear a stirring spoken word piece titled, “Air” by Mel Chanté.

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    Environmentalist and Businessman | Founder of Ecotricity | Chairman of Forest Green Rovers

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    Our artist this week is Mel Chanté!

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  • This week, a bonus! Our own Christiana Figueres spoke at the Net Zero Pensions Summit, hosted by Richard Curtis, the famous filmmaker and co-founder of Make My Money Matter, an organization elevating the voices of citizens to demand that pension funds invest in line with the values of their members.

    In this episode you’ll hear from:

    Richard Curtis

    Filmmaker | Co-Founder of Make My Money Matter

    Alok Sharma MP

    COP26 President Designate

    Mary Robinson

    Chair of The Elders | Former President of Ireland | Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

    Amina Mohammed

    Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations

    Nigel Topping

    High-Level Climate Action Champion for COP26

    Mark Carney

    UN Special Envoy for Climate Action and Finance

    This bonus episode gives you a flavour of the Net Zero Pensions Summit, and we hope it will propel you to take a step and logging it on CountUsIn.org.

    Enjoy!

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    If you can represent a business, be a Net Zero Hero and please sign the Green Pensions Charter here: https://makemymoneymatter.co.uk/charter/

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  • This week, we talk about the absolute shake up of a week Big Oil had, and a Music Climate Revolution that starts TODAY.

    First up, a shareholder vote to add three new members to the Exxon board succeeded as part of a strategy by activist hedge fund Engine No. 1 to address the twin concerns of climate change and Exxon’s poor financial performance. One of the new board members is our good friend, Andy Karsner! He joins us at the top of the episode for a quick update on what these seats at the table mean for the Oil and Gas industry moving forward, but especially for humanity and the climate.

    Second, the unprecedented ruling by a Dutch Court which ordered Royal Dutch Shell to cut its carbon emissions by 45 percent from 2019 levels by 2030 happened. To give us an incredibly exciting executive summary is Lead Campaigner of the case against Shell, Friend of The Earth’s Nine de Pater.

    And finally for our main interview, we are joined by Co-Founder and Co-Director of Reverb, Adam Gardner, who is also the vocalist and guitarist of the band, Guster.. From intention to action, he expresses the work that Reverb has been doing over the last 18 years to disrupt industry norms and increase the climate positive impact of the music touring industry. Acknowledging the unprecedented influence and reach that musicians have at their disposal, Adam, the newest stubborn optimist recruit, explains how environmentalism can be united with fans’ passion to drive positive change and achieve meaningful environmental, social justice and community gains.

    And this week for music, we have the privilege of spinning the famous “Satellite” by Guster. Join us, won’t you?

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    Co-Founder and Co-Director of Reverb | Vocalist and Guitarist for Guster

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    Our musical guest this week is Guster!

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  • On the back of the IEA report last week that shook the oil and gas industry, the G7 this week pledged not only to limit global warming to 1.5C, but to stop all new financing for overseas coal projects by the end of this year! An absolute breakthrough for the climate. We get into the geopolitics behind the G7 announcement and what it’s going to take to close the remaining 20+ GtCO2 gap left even after China and the US NDCs.

    And our guest this week is championing and informing the policy behind climate and racial justice in the United States and beyond. After striking every Friday for 58 weeks in a row outside of the White House as part of the ‘School Strike for Climate’ movement, On March 29th 2021, Jerome Foster II was appointed the youngest ever member of the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council. We talk with him about how young people are experiencing and meeting the massive social and political changes happening, and hear more about his vision for bringing about justice through US climate policy.

    Stick around to the end of the episode for a live performance of “Justice” from Alfred Nomad!

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    Thank you to our guest this week, Jerome Foster II!

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    Environmental Justice Advisory Council Member to the White House | Climate Justice Activist | Founder and Executive Director of One Million Of Us, Climate Reporter

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    Our musical guest this week is Alfred Nomad!

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  • This week on the show we discuss the latest IEA Report, “Net Zero by 2050” which charts a path for the energy sector to achieve a 1.5 degree world, and specifically naming the 400 milestones that will get us there. It’s an incredible marker in this decisive decade because the IEA is the gold standard for energy policy around the globe (particularly for Oil and Gas), and in this report they explicitly detail the urgent and irreversible need for a rapid and comprehensive shift away from fossil fuels.

    And later on, an O+O first. We get into the connection between national security and climate change with our special guest, Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General of NATO. With his extensive career history, notably serving twice as Prime Minister of Norway and as UN Special Envoy on Climate Change, he has uniquely straddled both worlds of environmentalism and national security. We unpack how SG Stoltenberg views a military response to the climate crisis as NATO fulfilling it’s duty to secure today and tomorrow for its citizens.

    Stick around to the end this week for a catchy tune from Milky Chance.

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    Our musical guest this week is Milky Chance!

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  • This week, the Nature Agenda. A forest the size of France has regrown since 2000 and The Biden administration introduced its “America the Beautiful” plan. In it, they plan to conserve 30 percent of the nation’s land and water by 2030, calling it the country’s first-ever national conservation goal. Long overdue, but on the table.

    Speaking of nature, later in the episode we discuss the role philanthropy can play in accelerating innovative actions and radical collaboration across movements to meet the impact of the climate crisis with the requisite attention. ‘A Fund for the Earth’ as it were.

    We invite Dr. Andrew Steer, formerly President and CEO of the World Resources Institute, and as of April 2021, the CEO and President of the Bezos Earth Fund, to talk us through the opportunities and challenges ahead for philanthropy as we begin to make the systemic transition to a green economy. We ask how he will be looking to spend his whopping $10 Billion (with a B) budget to secure the SDGs by 2030 and create the biggest impact to accelerate various sectors towards their positive tipping points.

    And an absolute smash this week in music from Marie Spaemann. Listen in!

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    Our musical guest this week is Marie Spaemann!

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  • Outrage + Optimism is celebrating 100 episodes!

    In this episode, we reminisce about our humble beginnings as a podcast and celebrate some memories made along the way. Not only are we celebrating 100 episodes but we also are turning 2 as a podcast! Yes!

    So pour yourself a drink, light a candle, and join us for a moment together as we glance back and focus forward.

    And! Dreams do come true because Paul Dickinson is our musical guest this week. You won’t want to miss.

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  • Welcome to the third episode of our Race To Zero series!

    In this episode, we show you the money. Finance is an absolutely crucial factor in accelerating our world towards a Net-Zero future, and with less than 9 years left to halve our global emissions and current investments and markets spiraling towards catastrophic risk, it’s going to take every financial lever we have to shift the global economy to a sustainable, equitable, and just system.

    On topics of investment, divestment, engagement, and tropical carbon pricing, you’ll hear from:

    Mark Carney, UN Special Envoy for Climate Action and Finance and Prime Minister Johnson’s Finance Adviser for COP26

    Amal-Lee Amin, Director of Climate Change at CDC and Senior Advisor to the UK COP26 Unit

    Thomas Di Napoli, New York State Comptroller

    Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility

    Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director, IMF

    And of course our good friend,

    Nigel Topping, High Level Climate Action Champion for COP26

    The race is on! Buckle up and hit play.

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    Mark Carney

    UN Special Envoy for Climate Action and Finance and Prime Minister Johnson’s Finance Adviser for COP26

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    Director of Climate Change at CDC and Senior Advisor to the UK COP26 Unit

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    New York State Comptroller

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    Kristalina Georgieva

    Managing Director, IMF

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    Carlos Manuel Rodriguez

    CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility

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  • With the Biden U.S. Climate Summit barely in the rearview mirror, our hosts Christiana Figueres, Tom Rivett-Carnac, and Paul Dickinson unpack what this moment means for global leadership, ambition, and the gaps in the road ahead for the climate movement. The new U.S. NDC of 50% GHG reductions by 2030 sets the stage for the rest of the decade, so what is next?

    And our interview this week is with Fred Krupp, long-serving President of the Environmental Defence Fund (EDF). We discuss one of the most pressing and, until now, overlooked issues of methane leakage and emissions, and their wildly powerful short-term warming potential. EDF is launching a satellite soon that will track methane emissions around the world to keep us all accountable. Amazing.

    We also celebrate the announcement at the Biden summit of the launch of the LEAF Coalition, a project that the EDF is partnering in with both private sector and government participation, and the impact this private and public partnership will have on tackling the stubborn challenge of tropical deforestation on a meaningful scale.

    And be sure to hang around for a live performance from ViVii of their song ‘One Day’!

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    Thank you to our guest this week, Fred Krupp!

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    Our musical guest this week is ViVii!

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  • Happy 51st Earth Day, everyone!

    Today marks the first U.S. Earth Day Summit convened by President Joe Biden with the aim to strengthen climate ambition among invited world leaders ahead of the COP26 meeting in Glasgow in November.

    And while the global community anticipates the details of the U.S’s own NDC announcement expected shortly before or at the summit itself, we speak to John Kerry in his role as Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, about his recent deployment overseas to meet delegates and colleagues ahead of the summit to discuss climate ambition and the urgent need for even more ambitious targets to be pledged in this most decisive decade.

    And just before the interview, we bring the latest in climate news this week. We discuss the latest IEA report citing carbon dioxide emissions are forecast to jump this year by the second biggest annual rise in history, the UK’s Prime minister, Boris Johnson, pledging to reduce emissions 78 percent by 2035 compared to 1990 levels, and the U.S. Treasury appointing a climate counsellor, John Morton, to coordinate the efforts of a new climate hub focused on leveraging finance to confront the threat of climate change. Plus, we discuss the ratification of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol.

    It’s a busy Earth Day! Join in with us and listen!

    And be sure to hang around after the interview for a musical treat from rock n’ soul legend-in-the-making, Aaron Frazer!

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    Thank you to our guest this week, John Kerry!

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    Our musical guest this week is Aaron Frazer!

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  • With France banning short haul flights, John Kerry on his way to China and South Korea to talk climate just days ahead of The US Climate Summit, and The American Legislative Exchange Council (not so) secretly planning to fight Biden on climate, this episode is jam packed with things to discuss!

    And speaking of things to discuss, have you heard of the word “Ecocide”? It’s a term describing something we all understand and know is wrong - the mass damage and destruction of ecosystems. But, yet it is still somehow legally permitted around the world.

    This week, we explore the tireless work of Jojo Mehta and the Stop Ecocide Foundation who are pursuing their goal to have Ecocide added to the International Criminal Court (ICC) as a fifth crime alongside Genocide, War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity and Crimes of Aggression.

    How would this fifth crime change corporate behavior? We can only assume it would act as a deterrent to environmental destruction, but could it also act as an accelerator of the goals of the Paris Agreement?

    Stick around after the interview for a mesmerizing tune from Eliza Shaddad!

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    Thank you to our guest this week, Jojo Mehta!

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    Our musical guest this week is Eliza Shaddad!

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  • This week, the climate solutions are here, and they’re neatly labeled.

    You may have heard of Bertrand Piccard, the explorer, balloonist, and ‘inspioneer’ who was the first to circumnavigate the globe in a solar powered aircraft in 2016. Well, since then, he’s been on a mission to support climate friendly technologies. With his Solar Impulse Foundation, he is close to having found, assessed and labeled 1000 cleantech solutions that have a positive impact on both the environment and the economy. Now he’s making sure that they get used. In our interview with him this week, we discuss his commitment to create and nurture innovative new ways of thinking that reconcile ecology and economy, providing a compelling argument for business and governments to act today to achieve planetary health and profit with his ‘Tao of Economics’.

    And with Tom taking a well earned break away from hosting, we are delighted to introduce a special co-host for this episode, Dee Caffari, MBE! Dee is the first woman to have sailed single-handed and non-stop around the world in both directions and the only woman to have sailed non-stop around the world a total of three times! Yes, you read that right. Having witnessed personally the problem of single use plastics on ocean health, she uses her platform to raise awareness on Ocean health, sustainability, and a new danger - microplastics. Her fascinating first-hand experience and deep thinking on climate change makes determined ambition a reality.

    Our adventure awaits!

    Hang tight after the interview for a live musical performance from Easy Wanderlings!

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    Chairman of the Solar Impulse Foundation | Explorer | Psychiatrist | Inspirational Speaker

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    Dee Caffari, MBE

    Chair of the World Sailing Trust | World Record Holder | Author and Ocean Advocate

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    Our musical guest this week is Easy Wanderlings!

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  • Welcome to Volume 2 of The Stubborn Optimist’s Playlist!

    Every week on the podcast we feature a musical artist who is thoughtful about the role of art and artists in the climate crisis. This week we bring you a collection of those artists in playlist form as an extended listening experience.

    So without further ado, Vol. 2.

    Enjoy the music!

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    The Stubborn Optimist’s Playlist Vol. 2:

    (0:59) James Hersey - My People

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    (3:16) Mystery Jets - Wrong Side of The Tracks

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    (7:07) Mesadorm - Easy

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    (11:15) Presidio - Clockout

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    (13:33) I See Rivers - We Don’t Get More Time

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    (16:10) MF Tomlinson - Sum of Nothing

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    (19:46) Beans on Toast - On and On

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    (24:17) Gecko - End of The World

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    (28:37) Desiree Dawson - Mountain Tops

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    (31:21) Rhys Lewis - Better Than Today

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    (35:06) Alex Serra - Everything is Changing

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    (39:47) Saunder Jurriaans - Easy Now

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    (42:55) Emmanuel Jal - We Want Peace

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  • Welcome to the very first Volume of The Stubborn Optimist’s Playlist!

    Every week on the podcast we feature an artist who is thoughtful about the role of art and artists in the climate crisis. This week, we celebrate all the artists we have had on the show so far with 2 separate volumes for your listening enjoyment!

    So without further ado, Vol. 1.

    Enjoy the music!

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    The Stubborn Optimist’s Playlist Vol. 1:

    (4:12) Ellie Goulding - Speaking

    (5:18) She Drew The Gun - Trouble Every Day

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    (8:37) Blackout Problems - Dark

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    (12:14) Jelani Blackman - Pretty World

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    (15:42) Toukan Toukan - Konowoulen

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    (19:49) Billy Bragg - King Tide and The Sunny Day Flood

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    (22:49) Robert 3D Del Naja - Speaking

    (25:01) Massive Attack ft. Christiana Figueres - Eutopia

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    (28:32) Gaeya - Contact

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    (32:32) Cosmo Sheldrake - Speaking

    (34:15) Cosmo Sheldrake - Cuckoo Song

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    (36:56) Nick Mulvey - Begin Again

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  • With CO2 in the atmosphere now reaching levels 50% higher than when humanity began large-scale burning of fossil fuels during the industrial revolution, time is running out and some ecosystems are on the brink of collapse.

    In light of this, some scientists and engineers are asking the question, can we act in time to save them? What do we do if we cannot reduce emissions in time? What tools will we have to save humanity?

    This week we talk to Elizabeth Kolbert, Pulitzer-Prize winning author, activist, The New Yorker journalist, about her latest book Under a White Sky, a fascinating work that is asking the big questions: having meddled so much in our natural ecosystems, are we now able to save them and ourselves from the devastating effects of climate change? What form will these interventions take? Are the proposals such a genetically modified coral or solar geoengineering even possible? Will our sky be white?

    Join us for a delightfully sobering conversation.

    And stick around later in the show for a musical performance from Saunder Jurriaans!

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    Thank you to our guest this week, Elizabeth Kolbert!

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    Grab a copy of Elizabeth’s new book, Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future!

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  • A bonus episode for you this week!

    With science demanding that in order to stay below 1.5C we must reach “net zero” greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 at the absolute latest, how do we get there?

    We know we can’t keep emitting as we currently are and just offset to balance it out. We need radical cuts and that means a complete reshaping of the global economy and most business models. Arguably, anyone could shape their net zero goals differently, unless we can compare these (literally) hundreds of commitments that have been made - and hundreds, even thousands more that will continue to come.

    So here’s a question - what does :net zero” actually mean? Is it the same as carbon neutrality, or any of the other terms we hear and read about?

    This week, Tom Rivett-Carnac dials up for a quick chat with Dr. Thomas Hale, Associate Professor in Global Public Policy at Oxford University. He’s part of a team that has just released a report - Taking Stock: A global assessment of net zero targets. The report is the first quantitative analysis of the robustness of the different types of net zero targets and provides a baseline against which we can compare country, city, or company level net zero commitments.

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  • This is the second episode in our Race To Zero series!

    All evidence points to the tipping point for electrification of road transport, and the end of the internal combustion engine. But will this happen fast enough?

    One of the key pillars of the Race to Zero is to accelerate the adoption of Zero Emissions Vehicles. Today, transport accounts for about 16% of global emissions, but is a much higher share of total emissions in industrialized countries. For example in the United States, transport accounts for nearly 30% of emissions and globally is a major source of the pollution causing one in ten deaths.

    If we’re going to succeed in this, it’s going to take everyone. So how do we bring in new people to take action on climate change? And how do we reach and inspire a new generation to never purchase an internal combustion engine? We ask Nico Rosberg and Sara Price whether the innovative impact of Extreme E and its exciting partnership with citizen action campaign, Count Us In, can bring the power of sport and the excitement of motor racing, to inspire the public to apply pressure that spurs industry and government policy to accelerate the race to zero carbon.

    Check out everything Extreme E!

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  • This week we get into Republicans and climate change, faith and climate change, and some exciting news in climate philanthropy!

    And our guest for this episode is President & CEO of Occidental Petroleum, Vicki Hollub. Not only is she the first and currently only female CEO of a major oil and gas company, but Occidental - or Oxy as the company is fondly known - is the first US oil and gas major to announce their strategy to reach Net Zero across emissions scopes 1,2 and 3.

    We explore with Vicki the process of capturing carbon for enhanced oil recovery and why this has translated into plans to build the largest Direct Air Capture facility in the world, how they see their new DAC business venture beyond Oxy’s own fields, a vision of the energy future with oil and how they think they will contribute to a Net Zero carbon world.

    But with the complicated history between oil and gas majors and the public, will the public trust needed to ensure Oxy’s success be rebuilt in time?

    And stick around later in the show for a musical performance from Alex Serra!

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  • Welcome to the first episode of our new Race To Zero series!

    With COP26 as the vital milestone for climate action in November 2021, the promises and pledges made by governments must be converted into meaningful action beginning today. We know the EU, the UK and many other countries have net zero pledges but can they achieve them without a global collective effort?

    And it’s not just up to governments - history has shown that political actors need the real economy to place wind in their sails. So with everything on the line and the clock ticking, the Race to Zero has no separation between winners and losers, and failure is NOT an option.

    Joined this week by Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP, President-Designate of COP26, Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of UNFCCC, Mary Anne Hitt, National Director of Campaigns for The Sierra Club, and Nigel Topping, High Level Climate Action Champion for COP26, we get a first hand look at what is at stake, who is stepping up, and how everyone can join the race to a better future.

    And we’ll find out why COP26 is not just a 2 week event in November, but a race that has already begun.

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    Alok Sharma

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