How a database is speeding up fossil fuel’s extinction

A ‘list to rule all lists’ is helping citizens and organisations hold polluters, governments and greenwashers accountable, says Carbon Tracker’s executive director Rob Schuwerk on TEDxLondon’s Climate Curious. Data, transparency, accountability – we’ve all heard the buzzwords – but this initiative actually gives us some serious teeth to cut through endless pledges, dreamy statements and downright greenwashing. Tune in with co-hosts Maryam Pasha and Ben Hurst to learn why polluters like to keep people in the dark, how open-sourced data can help us hold harmful players to account, and why the end is in sight for fossil fuels. Bye bye big oil!

Climate Quickie: Why climate change is a wicked problem

Ever feel totally overwhelmed by the climate crisis, and like it’s too complicated an issue to solve? That’s because it’s a wicked problem: an interdependent problem that can feel impossible to solve. TEDxLondon’s Climate Curious podcast catches up with neuroscientist specialising in polarisation, Dr. Kris De Meyer, about what a wicked problem is, and how it can make you feel like you can’t drive change, all in under 5-minutes!

How the climate crisis drives child marriage

Current extreme weather events are contributing to higher prevalence of child marriage, says Dr Faith Mwangi-Powell, CEO of Girls Not Brides on the latest Climate Curious by TEDxLondon. Picture this – there’s a heatwave, followed by a drought, your cows have nothing to drink, your crops fail, you’ve got six mouths to feed, and no income. The only option to survive? Finding a husband for one of your daughters in exchange for a bride price. Tune in with co-hosts Ben Hurst and Daze Aghaji to learn why 12 million girls globally are married below the age of 18, how the three Cs – climate change, covid and conflict – are making the situation worse, and how education is the closest thing we have to a silver bullet for child marriage.

Climate Quickie: Why climate change is code red for girls

Climate change is increasing the incidence of child marriages, shares this week’s quickie expert Dr Faith Mwangi-Powell the CEO of Girls Not Brides. Tune in to discover how globally, every year, 12 million girls are married below the age of 18. That’s one girl every three seconds. And why crop failure, drought and extreme weather is pushing families to look for income outside their natural resources.

Why gender equality is good for the climate

Who runs the world? Girls! Who doesn’t have ownership of natural resources or positions of power? Girls! Intersecting dynamics between gender, race and class make women and girls more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, says Dr Amiera Sawas, Director of Programmes and Research at Climate Outreach on the Climate Curious podcast. Tune in with co-hosts Ben Hurst and Daze Aghaji to learn how diversifying climate leadership and increasing local-led solutions is the first step for both climate and gender equality action, how female leadership is proven to improve climate outcomes, and the surprisingly simple way we can solve this man-made problem.

Climate Quickie: What COP means for Big Ocean States

Big BOSS states – big ocean sustainable states – are calling for action, recognition and reparations at the upcoming COP27 Sharm el-Sheik. This is part of a broader conversation around why and how we need to reframe the representation of climate-vulnerable communities, and what they want to see from this year’s COP. Here to break it down is our quickie expert, Josephine Latu-Sanft, a communications specialist and native Tongan.

What is an intersectional environmentalist?

Intersectional environmentalism is a growing movement – but what exactly is it? And why is it vital? Leah Thomas aka Intersectional Environmentalist joins TEDxLondon’s Climate Curious to share the ways in which identity, race, class and gender impacts everyone’s experience with the natural world around you. And how it helps us dismantle systems of oppression to protect people and planet. Tune in with Maryam Pasha and Ben Hurst live from TED Countdown to discover which social justice movement inspired Leah to write her debut novel, why being an black, female influencer is weaponised against her, and how she’s making environmental education accessible to all.

Climate Quickie: What’s the deal with COP27?

Everyone’s talking about COP27, but what is it? To clear up the confusion we’re joined by this week’s Quickie expert, Helen Clarkson, CEO at Climate Group. Live from Climate Week NYC, tune in to understand what the focus is for this year’s United Nations ‘Conference of the Parties’, what a good outcome looks like, and why now’s the time to deliver on the $100 billion of climate finance pledged at COP26 that’s yet to be seen…