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Episode 164 Harjeet Singh, head of Global Political Strategy at Climate Action Network International on his expectations for COP27

In this timely interview on the eve of COP27, Harjeet Singh shares his expectations for this COP and explains why 'Loss and Damage' compensation is the centrepiece of COP27...

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Episode 163: Interview with David Loy, professor, writer, and Zen teacher of Japanese Zen Buddhism

David Loy presents the key ideas in his latest book EcoDharma—which provides a Buddhist response to our ecological predicament - to deal with today’s environmental and other crises. A...

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Episode 162: Groundbreaking nuclear scholar Professor Elaine Scarry shares her views on today’s growing nuclear threats – and discusses how citizens and communities can prepare for emergency situations in order to preserve themselves and their autonomy.

Groundbreaking nuclear scholar and social thinker Professor Elaine Scarry shares her views on today’s growing nuclear threats –the underlying problems with the nuclear architecture and governance, and discusses how...

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Episode 161 Interview with Indian Marxist historian Vijay Prashad –looking at today’s environmental problems through a Marxist lens.shad

A wide-ranging, hard hitting discussion with Vijay Prashad exploring the environmental crises we are facing today through a Marxist lens-with a particular focus on the importance of the “common...

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Episode 160 Author Ned Beauman talks about his satirical extinction novel, Venemous Lumpsucker

Fascinating, broad ranging discussion on extinction, literary fiction and the climate crisis, environmental satire, and the commodification of nature.

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Episode 159: Deep dive on the destruction of the blue commons, with economist Guy Standing

Eye opening discussion on the destruction of the blue commons… the destruction of fragile ocean ecosystems, marine pollution, habitat destruction, and the destruction of coastal communities, driven by overfishing,...

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Episode 158: interview with McKinsey partner Peter Spiller on how to deal with Scope 3 emissions

McKinsey partner Peter Spiller shares his perspective on key questions around how to tackle Scope 3 emissions, why Scope 3 emissions matter, and he highlights some of the key...

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E157: Interview with American theologian, philosopher, and environmentalist John B. Cobb

John B. Cobb talks about his half-century long commitment to the environment, and environmental ethics, his life long work as a theologian and philosopher, and why, ay 97, he...

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Episode 156: interview with Dasha Karma Ura, President of the Center for Bhutan studies, and Gross National Happiness Research

Discussion of the Bhutanese philosophy of Gross National Happiness (GNH) based on measures of individual and collective happiness, well-being of the population, and relationship with the environment, underpinned by...

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Episode 155: Art curator and critic Hans Ulrich Obrist discusses the role of art in climate communications and activism

A wide-ranging discussion with art critic and curator Hans Ulrich Obrist on ecology and contemporary art--focussing on his work at the Serpentine Gallery in London--and the potential for climate...

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Episode 154: Interview with Professor Helen Thompson on her new book Disorder: Hard Times in the 21st century.

Fascinating interview exploring the interwoven geopolitical, economic, and political history of Western democratic societies revealing the way in which the battles for energy and for resources has ultimately led...

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Episode 111: Stanford Business School’s Professor Neil Malhotra on how to create and sustain solutions to systemic problems

A fascinating, wide-ranging, and spirited discussion about the state of social entrepreneurship and innovation today, touching on key challenges facing social innovators--and the sector as a whole.

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Episode 153: Lord Adair Turner on the role of Carbon Dioxide Removals (CDR) in meeting global climate objectives

Lord Adair Turner discussed the work of the Energy Transitions Commission --and the Commission’s recent report on the role of Carbon Dioxide Removals (CDR) in meeting global...

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Episode 152: Interview with Timothée Parrique: why we need to degrow the economy. Now.

Timothee Parrique discusses the latest research on degrowth economics, how the IPCC is embracing the idea of degrowth, and why green growth is not the answer.

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Episode 151: Professor Robert Eccles discusses ESG trends, and the importance of sustainability ratings

A fascinating discussion with Professor Robert Eccles, one of the world’s leading authorities on ESG, on the role of ESG factors in investment, the development of new sustainability...

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Episode 150: Sunrise co-founder William Lawrence shares some lessons and insights from the growth and development of the Sunrise movement

A deep dive with Sunrise co-founder William Lawrence on the key lessons and insights from the growth and development of the Sunrise movement.

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Episode 149 Professor Kevin Gallagher and Richard Kozul-Wright discuss their ideas for a new Bretton Woods to deal with inequality and climate breakdown

How can the Bretton Woods institutions be reformed to stabilise international finance, align trade and investment rules with climate and development goals?

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Episode 148: Interview with Professor Ann Pettifor on finance and climate and stranded assets

Wide ranging interview with Professor Ann Pettifor on the impact of an unstable financial system on the prospects of dealing with the climate crisis, the power of the private...

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Episode 147: Professor Ruth DeFries on lessons from the natural world on how to deal with environmental crises.

Deep dive with Professor Ruth DeFries on her recent book What would Nature Do exploring how strategies from the natural world can help humanity weather many of the environmental...

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Episode 146: Interview with Mark Campanale, Founder of the Carbon Tracker Initiative

A deep dive on stranded assets with Mark Campanale, Founder of the Carbon Tracker Initiative --and a look at the Fossil fuel Non Proliferation Treaty.

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Episode 145 Interview with MSCI’s Global Head of ESG and Climate Research Linda-Eling Lee

Episode 110: Interview with Tom Chi founder At One Ventures…a climate-focused VC fund investing in companies creating environmentally positive technology.

Deep dive on the role and impact of technology with Tom Chi, former Head of Experience and founding member of Google X and founder At One Ventures, a...

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Episode 144: Interview with Kenyan conservationist Dr Mordecai Ogada on conservation trends in Kenya.

Hard-hitting interview with outspoken Kenyan ecologist and conservation writer Dr Mordecai Ogado on conservation trends in Kenya.

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Episode 143 Interview with pioneering American political activist, urban theorist and Marxist environmentalist Mike Davis

A wide-ranging and hard-hitting interview with pioneering American writer, activist, and Marxist environmentalist Mike Davis about the existential environmental and nuclear dangers we are facing --and the prevailing ideology...

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Episode 142: Sir Ronald Cohen, “the father of social investment,” discusses his new book, Impact, Reshaping capitalism to drive real change.

Sir Ronald Cohen, "the father of social investment," discusses his new book, Impact, Reshaping capitalism to drive real change, and shares his vision of a world where investors...

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Episode 141 Interview with Professor Katharina Pistor on How the Law Creates Wealth and Inequality

Professor Katharina Pistor on How the Law Creates Wealth and Inequality--and she highlights the various ways that debt, complex financial products, and other assets are selectively coded to...

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Episode 140 COP26 SPECIAL Deep dive on the outcome of COP26, the structure and future of the COPs with professor Stefan Aykut

Episode 138 COP26 SPECIAL: Interview with former XR spokesperson Rupert Read on the outcomes of COP26

COP26 debrief with Rupert Read. In the immediate aftermath of COP26, Rupert Read shares his profound disappointment with the outcome of COP26, shares his views for possible ways forward...

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Episode 138 Interview with James Thornton, CEO of legal powerhouse ClientEarth, on using the law to deal with nature loss and climate change

In this hugely inspiring interview, James Thornton, CEO of legal powerhouse ClientEarth, talks about how the firm uses the law to confront nature loss and climate change. This is...

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Episode 137 COP26 SPECIAL: Interview with youth activists Sohanur Rahman, Lucy Jordan and John Paul Jose about COP26 –expectations and reality

A fascinating discussion with 3 passionate youth activists from the UK, India and Bangladesh, on 7th November 2021, about their expectations for COP26, what is at stake, their experience...

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Episode 136 COP26 SPECIAL Frédéric Hache from Green Finance Observatory: a critical analysis of carbon offsets and related market mechanisms

Episode 135 COP26 SPECIAL: Professor Mike Hulme talks about his expectations for COP26

Fascinating interview with Professor Mike Hulme on his expectations for COP26, the role and importance of the COPs, and the dangers of an overly scientific approach to climate change.

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Episode 134: Interview with Dr Genevieve Guenther on how fossil-fuel interests have manipulated language and the media to suppress support for climate action

In depth discussion of the powerful ongoing ways in which the fossil fuel industry influences communication about climate change-- preventing us from not only seeing the true problem of...

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Episode 133: Interview with Professor Daniel Aldrich on resilience and the importance of social capital in post-disaster recovery

Episode 132: Interview with Professor Katharine Hayhoe on how to have a conversation on the highly politicised and divisive subject of climate change

Atmospheric scientist and IPCC author Professor Katharine Hayhoe, a hugely effective communicator about climate change, explains why we need to talk about climate --and advises how to best do...

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Episode 131: Interview with French anthropologist Professor Philippe Descola on our relationship with nature

Leading French anthropologist Professor Philippe Descola explores man's relationship with nature--and suggests how we can, and must today, learn from other ways of connecting to nature--and move beyond the...

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