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…

How a grassroots rebellion shut down big coal

A grassroots people powered movement has transformed how electricity is made in the US, away from the most carbon intensive fossil fuel, coal, toward renewable energy, shares this week’s Climate Curious expert, Mary Anne Hitt, Senior Director at Climate Imperative. Tune in with co-hosts Maryam Pasha and Ben Hurst to hear Mary Anne’s story of extraordinary grit and tenacious dedication to help build one of the most successful climate movements of our time. Over the course of a decade, the campaign, ‘Beyond Coal’, triumphed in securing the retirement of two thirds of the coal plants – from 530 to 172 – the lion’s share of the greenhouse gas reductions in the US. As Mary Anne says, “it gave me a huge appreciation for how much is possible and how much we actually can change the world.” Win, win, win!

Climate Quickie: What is a just transition?

A just transition means a fair transition. But when the Global North has benefitted from 150 years of fossil fuels, is it fair to deny the Global South the same opportunities? To share a vision of how developing countries can leap frog to a carbon-free energy is this week’s Quickie expert, Akil Callender, a youth specialist at Sustainable Energy For All. Live from TED Countdown, tune in to learn about the key points when it comes to this mind-blowingly unfair ethical dilemma, and how financing and technology transfer can help get us there.

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How storm-proof solar farms can help Hurricane Alley

A storm-proof megawatt solar farm is helping communities hit by hurricanes get back on their feet more quickly – thanks to reliable energy supply. And with Hurricane Fiona hitting Puerto Rico five years to the day after the devastating Hurricane Maria, which killed nearly 3,000 people and caused the longest power blackout in US history, we know we need to build resilience to these increasingly incurring extreme weather events, fast. Here to share the details of how we do that is this week’s Climate Curious expert Justin Locke, the Managing Director of RMI’s Global South Program. Tune in with Ben Hurst and Maryam Pasha live from Climate Week NYC to learn how solar farms can stop hospitals losing power during hurricanes, how clean energy creates 7.6 new jobs for every million dollars invested, and why grandmas are the real hub of knowledge in any community.

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