Are you Climate Curious? If you care about the world, but find the current conversation about climate change confusing, scary or boring – then this might be the podcast for you. Join TEDxLondon and hosts Maryam Pasha and Ben Hurst as we lift the lid on the climate emergency by speaking to the world's leading and most relatable climate pioneers. Find out why cities are key to the climate fight, why we need to tackle systemic problems (and not just plastic straws), and why we're all a bit crap at sustainability.
Best of Season 1
Join Maryam Pasha and Ben Hurst in this bonus episode as they celebrate the highs and lows of season 1 of the Climate Curious podcast by TEDxLondon. From reminiscing on their most cringe-worthy climate confessions to reflecting on our guest’s most powerful insights, tune in to get geeky - in a fun way - and find out what we’ve really learnt in the first 8 episodes.
Why what you wear is about more than fashion
Far from being frivolous, fashion is cultural currency, a tool of self-expression, and a much-loved confidence boost, but sadly it’s a problematic friend. Whether you’re donning Primark or Prada, thanks to hazy supply chains and labour practices, there’s no guarantee as to who made your clothes, and how sustainable they really are. In this episode of TEDxLondon’s Climate Curious we’re joined by Baroness Lola Young, an activist, author, crossbench peer in the House of Lords, and Chancellor of the University of Nottingham, widely known for her contribution to creating legislation to eliminate modern slavery, a number which shockingly still stands at 40 million today globally. This pioneer urges us all to wake up to the labour behind the label, and to disengage from the fast fashion blame game and change what we can, today, with the resources we have. Tune in with Maryam Pasha and Ben Hurst to understand why it’s not about banning fast fashion – it’s about pressuring governments to make firms smarten up their act to end modern slavery, discover why being more thoughtful about people is the first step to being more thoughtful about consumption, and explore the surprisingly easy thing you can do today to make a difference – simply wear your clothes more! In this week’s Climate Confessions we take on shoe addictions, shopping to make yourself feel better (we’ve all been there) and recklessly running the hot tap for no good reason – why not!?
Why the law can save the planet
Forget imaginary superheroes, there is a team of legal avengers that are fighting every day on behalf of us and the planet. These legal heroes are shutting down coal power plants in Poland, re-designing what law looks like in China, making air pollution a thing of the past in the UK and uniting with local communities in Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia and the Republic of Congo to stop deforestation. In this episode of TEDxLondon’s Climate Curious, we’re joined by the legal powerhouse that is James Thornton, the founding CEO of ClientEarth, and one of the New Statesman’s ‘ten people who could change the world’ – a lawyer who helps protect the planet and its people. Tune in with Maryam Pasha and Ben Hurst to discover what it takes to sue Governments and huge corporations, understand why working as a community is key to dismantling the fossil fuel economy, and explore why getting creative with the law is empowering nations to redesign ‘the system’ from within to reduce carbon emissions. In this week’s Climate Confessions, or Climate Crimes (for one week only!) we’re talking environmental litigation envy, disposable face masks and how your coffee addiction can lead you to some climate compromising decisions.
Why you feel anxious about climate change (and what to do about it)
Young people are terrified, depressed and anxious about the climate crisis. And the pressure society puts on them to drive innovation and lead change isn’t helping. In fact, it’s wearing them down – with 70% of 18-24-year-olds saying they feel eco-anxiety. In this episode of TEDxLondon’s Climate Curious we’re joined by visionary 21-year-old activist Clover Hogan, who urges us to give youth activists the space to have nuance and express their true feelings. Tune into this illuminating episode with Maryam Pasha and Ben Hurst where they explore the importance of an intergenerational approach to the climate crisis, explain why it’s so important to face these negative or scary feelings, and suggest how to turn your anxiety into agency. This week’s Climate Confessions? A nearly vegan burger, long hot baths, and a shocking revelation about coconut water you won’t be able to unhear.
Why climate justice can’t happen without racial justice
The climate conversation is changing; a more inclusive, diverse and equitable story around climate is emerging, with race at the centre. This week’s extra special guest Member of Parliament for Tottenham and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice David Lammy explains that the fight for racial justice is critical to saving the planet. He urges us to reframe the climate debate and see it as a humanitarian crisis: “this in the end is not just about saving the planet. It's about the people on the planet. And the people on the planet bearing the brunt of it are black,” David explains. On this episode of Climate Curious by TEDxLondon tune in with co-hosts Maryam Pasha and Ben Hurst as they discuss why we need more black representation in the climate conversation, interrogate why if you care about identity, race, gender or equality you should also care about climate, and explore how we can all join the dots between racism and climate to create a more equitable world. And don’t miss out on this week’s scandalous Climate Confessions, which includes an hilarious overshare on some very personal habits!
Why there’s much more to climate action than reducing your carbon footprint
What comes to mind when you think of the climate change conversation? Puffed-up academics? Militant hippies? Infuriating climate sceptics? Only ten years to save the world? Yep – it’s pretty overwhelming, pretty polarised, and we’re here to help you find a way through this ‘wicked problem’ of climate change. In this episode of TEDxLondon’s Climate Curious we're joined by the legendary TEDxLondon speaker and neuroscientist specialising in polarisation, Dr. Kris De Meyer, who gives us the tools to disarm ourselves of limiting values and opinions and instead approach the climate crisis from a place of pure action. Tune into our most empowering episode to date with Maryam Pasha and Ben Hurst where they explain why climate change is a wicked problem, debunk why the 2020 climate conversation feels so fragmented and hostile, and unpack the neuroscience at the centre of this polarising topic. Spoiler alert – it involves going on a journey to discover where your ‘agency’ and climate intersect. This week’s Climate Confessions? Engaging with strangers on climate, vowing to be less judgemental and struggling to sort the recycling. For a full list of sources and further reading in this episode visit the TEDxLondon site: https://tedxlondon.com/news/climate-curious-why-theres-much-more-to-climate-action-than-reducing-your-carbon-footprint/
Why our cities must ditch the exhaust pipe
You don’t have to be an expert or a car owner to get involved in the exhaust pipe debate – from the way your parcels are delivered to how you get around, we’re all using a transport system which is hurting our planet. The solution? Electrifying transportation, especially fleets. On this episode of TEDxLondon’s Climate Curious podcast electrification advocate and TED speaker Monica Araya breaks down how we can shift to an emissions-free world, in an equitable way. She joins hosts Maryam Pasha and Ben Hurst to debunk the different energy sources that power our vehicles, explain why EVs are so much more than a Tesla, and highlight the cities leading the way to eliminate these exhaust pipe polluters. Having spent her career campaigning for clean air across the world, Monica is optimistic for where we’ll be in ten years; “the sound of the city will be different”. This week’s Climate Confessions? Taking flights just for the loyalty points, hybrid Ubers, and being unable to resist buying that new shirt. For a full list of sources and further reading in this episode visit the TEDxLondon site: https://tedxlondon.com/news/climate-curious-why-our-cities-must-ditch-the-exhaust-pipe/
Why your gas stove has to go
It’s not just what you are cooking that could be killing you, but how you are cooking. Millions of people each day turn on their gas stoves without a single thought to the silent, but deadly pollution the stove is emitting and that they are breathing in – with serious consequences for our health. This week on TEDxLondon’s Climate Curious podcast hosts Maryam Pasha and Ben Hurst speak to climate pioneer and campaigner extraordinaire, Bruce Nilles. He spent 15 years working to replace dirty coal plants with clean energy and now he’s set his sights on eliminating another highly polluting fossil fuel, “natural” gas. Join us to learn why there is nothing natural or clean about fossil gas, how gas causes dangerous indoor air pollution that especially harms children, and how cities are leading the way in dismantling the fossil fuel empire and electrifying everything. Having fought powerful vested interests to shut down hundreds of coal plants across the United States and in Europe, Bruce knows we can get it done; “we’re one little planet and we’ve got to do this together.” And don’t miss out on this week’s Climate Confessions, which involves mouldy tupperware, chewing plastic straws and a hard cheese obsession! For a full list of sources and further reading in this episode visit the TEDxLondon site: https://tedxlondon.com/news/climate-curious-why-your-gas-stove-has-to-go/
Why climate change is everyone's business
Charmian Love wants you to shake up your mindset. More specifically, to stop worrying about whether you’re on the right or wrong side of the climate conversation and instead focus on taking action. Newsflash: We all have a role to play and it is time to move beyond the blame game and focus on solutions. In this first episode of Climate Curious, Maryam Pasha and Ben Hurst speak to Charmian Love, Social Entrepreneur in Residence at the Skoll Centre at the University of Oxford and co-founder of B Lab UK. Charmian shares how we need to actively work towards systems level fixes while also taking individual action against climate change. From thinking like a sunflower to approaching problems and solutions as interconnected, our conversation explores how we can cultivate a mindset to access the climate conversation and why Charmian believes kindness and creativity are at the heart of a healthy planet. And don’t miss Charmian, Ben and Maryam’s ‘Climate Confessions’ at the end of the episode to discover the shady secret hiding in their drawers.
Coming Soon: Climate Curious
Are you Climate Curious? If you care about the world, but find the current conversation about climate change confusing, scary or boring then this might be the podcast for you. Join TEDxLondon as we lift the lid on the climate emergency. Find out why cities are key to the climate fight, why we need to tackle systemic problems (and not just plastic straws), and why we’re all a bit crap at sustainability. Hear from hosts Maryam Pasha and Ben Hurst as they scout the earth for intersectional solutions, meet the cities that are leading the way, find out why the next 10 years are so important, indulge in our speakers’ climate confessions, and ask – episode by episode – why climate? Why should we care? And what can we do? This season, we're talking about why your gas stove is killing you, why you don't need to care about climate change to care about climate change, why green is the new black and why racial justice and climate justice are inextricably linked. Warning – this is not just another climate podcast. It’s for people who want to care, who are curious, but need a little helping hand to find that motivation. This podcast is produced by TEDxLondon and made possible by the generous support of our Headline Partner, Citi. Join us for the first episode dropping on October 20th. Follow us on Instagram @tedxlondon and find out more at https://tedxlondon.com/