Episodes
Happy Earth Day! This year, we’re celebrating joy. We speak to our Climate Curious experts about moments of joy that keep them going. Recorded live at TED 2024 in Vancouver, on the shared, unceded, ancestral territories of the səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), and Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) nations.
Published 04/18/24
Published 04/18/24
Climate Curious alumni Tanya Beri returns to share the latest updates about her work to improve air quality on the London Underground; CAIR London. Starting the journey four years ago whilst at University, Tanya has now launched the app, and expanded it to include sound pollution data, too!
Published 04/12/24
Insurance. Yes, it’s geeky, it’s niche. But it’s the secret lever we never knew we needed. The insurance world holds the keys to halt new fossil fuel projects in their tracks. That’s because if you can’t insure the work, it can’t go ahead. TEDxLondon’s Climate Curious speaks to two campaigners from Insure our Future, Isabelle L'Héritier and Hilda Flavia Nakabuye on the wins from their recent week of global action across 31 countries and five continents.
Published 03/22/24
“The beauty of birding is even if you don't see anything, it's just about getting outside with your mates and having a good time,” says Nadeem Perera, birdwatcher and co-founder of global birdwatching community, Flock Together, on TEDxLondon’s Climate Curious. Nadeem shares why black and brown representation in nature is old news, and instead, why creativity, self-expression and leadership is the new goal.
Published 03/15/24
Understand the drivers behind why climate change is increasing the incidence of child marriage with the CEO of Girls Not Brides, Dr Faith Mwangi-Powell, on the latest Climate Curious. 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...
Published 03/08/24
What does malaria have to do with climate change? In short, a hotter planet means more bugs. And more extreme weather events means more flood water, which mosquitos adore. But thanks to incredible efforts, lots of solutions are in action to help right the historic injustice of malaria, which sits right at the intersection of climate and health. United to Beat Malaria's and United Foundation's executive director Margaret McDonnell joins Climate Curious to share the progress.
Published 03/01/24
Photos can convey a message in an instant. But how do you photograph something which day-to-day is invisible to see: air pollution? A new stunning collection of photography on air pollution is compelling action on climate change. From the bustling streets of Indonesia to the industrial heartlands of Poland, these photos capture the stark effects of dirty air on the communities hit hardest, as well as spotlighting solutions already making a difference to people. Climate Curious speaks to...
Published 02/23/24
We’re all living through climate change. So who says we can’t laugh through it, too? Humour is one of the healthiest ways to process the collective tragedy of the pollution of our planet, says the comedian-in-residence at Generation180 and co-creator of the Climate Comedy Cohort, Esteban Gast, on Climate Curious. In conversation with Ben Hurst and Maryam Pasha, Esteban shares some climate jokes live from the comedy stage, plus how he’s building a climate comedy movement to get more climate...
Published 02/16/24
Short answer: no. Long answer: maybe? Humour is one of the healthiest ways to process the collective tragedy of the pollution of our planet, says the comedian-in-residence at Generation180 and co-creator of the Climate Comedy Cohort, Esteban Gast, on Climate Curious. In conversation with Ben Hurst and Maryam Pasha, Esteban shares how he’s building a climate comedy movement to get more humour into storytelling about what’s going on with our polluted planet.
Published 02/16/24
Beavers are back in London, baby! Climate Curious speaks to vet and conservationist Sean McCormack about the Ealing Beaver Project – which has seen beavers reintroduced into the wild in London after a 400 year hiatus. Tune in to learn about how these furry (but mighty!) ecosystem engineers have already made a positive climate impact in London, and around the world.
Published 02/09/24
Reliable, clean water is an essential part of life. But what would you do if your community was hit by a storm, damaging essential infrastructure? Or shifting rainfall patterns or longer droughts meant water was more scarce? That’s why Pacific Islanders in Tuvalu are trialling solar distillation farms that can produce 75 litres of drinking water per day, as well as tackling water storage at the household level. Climate Curious speaks with Engineers Without Borders New Zealand’s Emma Coombe in...
Published 02/02/24
Surprisingly hardy corals called “super corals” show great promise in helping communities in the Pacific Islands rebuild coral reefs, says Dr. Austin Bowden-Kerby, a Fijian marine biologist. Super corals are able to withstand much hotter water temperatures, and some can even survive in water up to 35 degrees celsius! Meaning they are much more resilient to the effects of climate change and a warming planet than corals on regular reefs. Climate Curious speaks to Austin to hear about how...
Published 01/26/24
Who says you can’t have fun whilst solving the world’s problems? Playing video games can increase climate action, says Deborah Mensah-Bonsu, the founder of Games for Good on TEDxLondon’s Climate Curious. With more than 3 billion gamers on the planet, plus a tonne of green themed content, tune in to explore the ways in which people are playing for the planet, and how games can help us change the world for the better, together.
Published 01/19/24
New year, new climate positivity? Climate can feel dull, depressing and doomsdayish at the best of times. But since it's January, let's revisit one of our favourite episodes that might inject a little positivity... Enter Jessica Kleczka, the climate psychologist, activist and educator behind ‘Positive Climate News’ – a weekly online series highlighting climate wins from around the world. Tune in to learn how focussing on the climate positives can help us hack our psychological hardwiring.
Published 01/12/24
Saving Tuvalu is the first step in saving the world, says Grace Malie, a 24-year-old Tuvaluan climate activist who volunteers with the Rising Nations Initiative. Climate Curious speaks to Grace in her home country of Tuvalu to learn how interconnectedness is their climate superpower – explored through dance, culture, food and the ocean – and ultimately keeping them energised in the face of rising sea levels.
Published 01/05/24
We’re all partial to a bit of Netflix and chill, but what if maxing and relaxing could also save the world? Back to share some more green TV recommendations is Emma Stewart, Netflix’s Sustainability Officer. Tune in to discover the latest climate shows to enjoy now. THE WATCH LIST Next In Fashion Unstable with Rob Lowe Magician's Elephant My Octopus Teacher Elephant Whispers Partner Track Secrets of the Blue Zones Represent White Noise
Published 12/29/23
What really happened at COP28? We spoke to five climate curious experts to compile you a mixtape of their reactions and analysis on what went down at the Dubai COP. Tune in to our COP28 wrap-up mixtape and hear expert hot takes to soothe your soul, raise your spirits, and understand what the hits and misses were at this year’s 2023 COP28.
Published 12/22/23
Did you know – we’re still mowing down 400 year old trees to make pizza boxes, t-shirts, and paper packaging? Yea, us neither. Shocking, right? Luckily Nicole Rycroft and her circular solutions non-profit, Canopy, have found a fix. Tune into Climate Curious to learn how she’s protecting Ancient and Endangered Forests from becoming your next throw away container.
Published 12/20/23
Did you know – we’re still mowing down 400 year old trees to make pizza boxes, t-shirts, and paper packaging? Yea, us neither. Shocking, right? Luckily Nicole Rycroft and her non-profit, Canopy, have found a fix. Tune into Climate Curious to learn how she’s protecting Ancient and Endangered Forests from becoming your next throw away container.
Published 12/15/23
Low-lying Pacific Nation Tuvalu is not taking the prospect of going underwater lightly. In fact – they’ve already digitised their land, archived their culture, and moved their government online. The man behind the digital nation campaign and Tuvaluan politician, Simon Kofe MP, joins Climate Curious to share what Tuvalu’s resilience and wisdom can teach the rest of the world, asks what happens to a country without land, and encourages us to think of ourselves as a global community, not...
Published 12/08/23
COP28 starts today in Dubai. And you’re going to be hearing a lot about it over the next two weeks. To help you get an on-the-ground picture of what goes on at a COP, we spoke to seven experts to compile you a climate mixtape! A mashup of expert hot takes designed to soothe your soul, raise your spirits, and understand what the priorities are for this year’s 2023 COP.
Published 11/30/23
It’s smelly, it lasts roughly 12 years in the atmosphere and has more than 80 times the warming power of carbon dioxide. Methane is an underestimated greenhouse gas produced in large part by food systems, organic waste and weirdly, cow burps. Biochemical engineer and CEO of Global Methane Hub, Marcelo Mena, joins Climate Curious to break down how we tackle this invisible climate villain. Recorded live at Climate Week NYC.
Published 11/24/23
Three ways to talk about climate in a way that people care about? Focus on simplicity, humanity, and accountability. Make it real, make it regular, and always accompany it with a consequence. Says the climate marketing professor who’s delivered 3 billion ads on the topic, the founder and CEO of Potential Energy, John Marshall, all on this week’s Climate Curious.
Published 11/17/23
“No-one wakes up in the morning and says it's a great day for decarbonisation,” says climate marketer who’s delivered 3 billion ads on the topic, the founder and CEO of Potential Energy, John Marshall. Climate Curious co-hosts Maryam Pasha and Ben Hurst chat to John about how we can really make climate “pop”: from using real and regular messengers (not politicians) to talking more about “stopping the top 100 polluters” rather than “stopping climate change” (too vague and conceptual), John...
Published 11/16/23