Climate Quickie: How climate journalists are protecting our future

Not your everyday office job – climate journos are out in the field, asking awkward questions and coming up against some of the most powerful voices in the world. To share a snapshot of a ‘day in the life of a climate reporter’, we’re joined by this week’s Quickie expert, Justin Worland, a senior correspondent at TIME magazine covering climate change. Live from TED Countdown, tune in to learn what it’s like to be a climate journalist, the most impactful stories he’s covered, and some of the dangers involved in this sort of work.

How to find your climate joy

Find your joy to save the planet, says Dominique Palmer, a 22-year-old climate activist, storyteller, model and organiser of Climate Live, and member of Fridays for Future and the Bad Activist Collective. Why joy? Joy is key to making the climate movement more sustainable. Because joy in itself IS sustainable! In conversation with Climate Curious co-hosts Maryam Pasha and Ben Hurst, Dominique shares why art and culture is the only way to change behaviour and society, why the climate fight is a crisis of connection and community, and what it really feels like to stand up to oil executives and heads of state.

Climate Quickie: What is nuclear energy? And is it any good?

Nuclear energy gets a bad rap, but is it deserved? To clear up the confusion we’re joined by this week’s Quickie expert, Mark Dyson, a Managing Director with the Carbon-Free Electricity Program at RMI (formerly Rocky Mountain Institute). Live from Climate Week NYC, tune in to understand how nuclear stacks up against oil, gas, coal, wind, and solar power as an energy source, and whether it’s part of an affordable, carbon-free energy future.

How satellites and AI can help keep 1.5 alive

How do we measure the success of climate action if we don’t have timely data? That’s the question Lekha Sridhar, Senior Policy Analyst and Climate TRACE set out to answer. Building a satellite and AI-powered dataset to help identify where precisely emissions are coming from, it’s helping countries, governments and companies to then reduce them. On the latest Climate Curious by TEDxLondon, tune in with Ben Hurst and Maryam Pasha live from Climate Week NYC to discover which greenhouse gases are worse than others, how satellite imagery is helping us to identify observable signals of once invisible emissions, and why this isn’t just an exercise to identify the ‘bad guys’ – transparency and accountability helps us all create a better future.

Climate Quickie: Which Netflix shows to watch (climate edition)

We’re all partial to a bit of Netflix and chill, but what if maxing and relaxing could also save the world? To share some hot off the press green Netflix recommendations is this week’s Quickie expert, Emma Stewart, Netflix’s Sustainability Officer. Live from Climate Week NYC, tune in to understand why climate content isn’t just about polar bears, and how Netflix is working with creators to bring eco entertainment into everyday life. Pass us the popcorn!

How we go beyond greenwashing

You know what they say about greenwashing: “you know it when you see it”. But how do we move beyond it? We speak to the CEO cracking the climate whip by building influential networks and holding organisations accountable – Helen Clarkson from Climate Group. She shares how big business can be at the forefront of climate action – but only if they up their pace, scale and urgency. Tune in to Climate Curious from Climate Week NYC with co-hosts Ben Hurst and Maryam Pasha to get a grip on the climate levers that big businesses pull behind the scenes, what dynamic capitalism is (hint: collaboration not cannibalism), and a look inside the organisation uniting businesses to drive demand on a global, systems level. Ultimately? It’s about building economic systems for change. Now that’s something we can get behind! Let’s get down to business.

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How to make big oil go bust

Defunding big oil is our best shot at forcing change, says Mark Campanale, the founder of non-profit think tank, Carbon Tracker Initiative. Tune in to Climate Curious live from The Conduit in London with co-hosts Maryam Pasha and Clover Hogan to connect the dots between finance and climate change, why investors and banks own climate change because they own the fossil fuel system, and how you can use your own money (bank account, pension, insurance policies) to drive change.

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Climate Quickie: Why you’re hardwired to dislike climate change

Care about the world, but find the climate conversation, well, a bit, meh? You’re not alone. Your brain isn’t optimised to process the climate crisis, but finding a personal connection with it can make it easier, says neuroscientist Dr Kris De Meyer. Tune in to this week’s Climate Quickie to understand the psychology of climate change and unleash your inner activist.

Enjoyed this quickie? Listen to the full Climate Curious episode with Kris on ‘Why there’s much more to climate action than reducing your carbon footprint’:

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How to solve the cost of living crisis

Reducing our dependence on fossil fuels can solve the cost of living crisis, says Tessa Khan, a lawyer, campaigner, strategist and founder and director of Uplift. Tune in to Climate Curious live from The Conduit in London with our special guest co-host Clover Hogan and our fave Maryam Pasha to join the dots between the climate crisis and the fuel poverty crisis, understand the context of what’s led us to this point, and moving forward, how we can escape fossil fuel dependency. And with wind and solar energy currently nine times cheaper than gas, there’s no shortage of solutions! As Tessa explains, “I think everyone is reckoning with the fact that fossil fuels are really screwing us in so many different ways. And there’s never been a better moment to make the argument that we’ve got to get off them.”

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If you enjoyed this chat, you’ll enjoy our past episode on ‘Why fossil fuels are the new weapons of mass destruction’: