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A podcast that makes the climate crisis the top issue of the 2020 presidential election. This podcast is hosted by Years Of Living Dangerously award-winning documentary producer David Gelber and ClimateNexus Founding Director Jeff Nesbit. Climate 2020 was co-created by The Planet Project, Inc., and BOOM, a division of John Marshall Media. It is produced in association with The Years Project, a 501(c)3 climate change communications nonprofit based in New York City.
 
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When Gina McCarthy left her post as Obama’s EPA Administrator, she was ready to leave the sometimes grueling world of Washington politics behind. She went into academia. In 2018, she founded the Harvard Center for Climate, Health and the Global Environment (C-CHANGE). But after observing Trump’s chaotic first term from the sidelines, she realized s…
 
Sociologist and Environmental Justice Activist Dr. Robert Bullard came of age during the Civil Rights Movement. Back then, the conversation around how racism and environmentalism intersected hadn’t gained much traction. But Dr. Bullard began to make those connections through his research. He began to notice in cities across the country — from his h…
 
At the start of 2020, Americans were becoming increasingly alarmed about climate change. But then: A pandemic, record unemployment and now mass demonstrations over police violence and racism. The last time America faced such a turbulent political moment — during the Great Recession — public concern about climate change fell sharply. Now political w…
 
The Environmental Protection Agency hopes to finalize its new ‘Secret Science’ rule that would make it harder for lifesaving climate science to inform policy. If approved, it could be detrimental to studies that contain confidential data — including seminal public health findings related to air pollution. This is an especially critical area of rese…
 
Jaime Kaiser 4:22 PM (39 minutes ago) to me Senator Sheldon Whitehouse on Climate's Stolen Decade Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse made his debut in Congress in 2007. Back then, hopes for congressional action on climate change were high, and multiple proposals for viable carbon legislation were on the table. But within the last decade, enthu…
 
Unemployment is getting worse. Congress is under increasing pressure to pass more spending bills to rescue the economy. So far Congress has focused on immediate relief, but congressional leaders have signaled that future proposals could focus on infrastructure and jobs. We talk to someone who’s trying to make sure that climate is a big part of thos…
 
Naomi Klein has had a long career as a journalist. Time and time again, she's seen capitalists take advantage of crises. She saw it when she was a reporter in Iraq, and noticed it again while reporting on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Now, she's seeing the agents of capitalism rush in to profit off of the Coronavirus pandemic. Our hosts spoke…
 
Hurricane season starts in a few weeks, but officials across the country have their hands full managing COVID-19. Experts suggest we may be on the verge of another wave of infections as states end their stay-at-home orders. So what happens if a hurricane or other major natural hazard hits the US during the pandemic? We hear from worried local offic…
 
The pandemic continues to wreak havoc on public health and people’s livelihoods. But remember folks, there’s a Presidential election on the other side of all of this. New York Times Columnist Tom Friedman discusses whether Joe Biden will step up on climate if he makes it to the White House, and why mother nature doesn’t care about President Trump's…
 
Youth climate organizers were deep in the process of planning a series of mass mobilizations for the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Then, a global pandemic hit. So they had to completely rethink their approach. They needed to translate an event that included striking in the streets and other in-person actions into something totally digital. In just…
 
Hospitals overcrowded. Frontline workers at risk. And everyone else stuck at home. The coronavirus outbreak has laid bare a nation woefully ill-equipped to meet this challenge. If we couldn’t find a way to work together in this moment of crisis — what hope do we have of uniting against the climate crisis? We sat down with Author David Wallace-Wells…
 
Bernie Sanders has officially ended his bid for the presidency and endorsed Joe Biden. Most of his other former Democratic challengers have now thrown their support behind him too. But will Biden be able to earn the support of progressive voters and unify the party — and could climate be the lynchpin issue that wins their favor? We spoke to someone…
 
The congressional stimulus package will send trillions of dollars to families and businesses amid the pandemic — but you won’t find many concessions to climate groups. That’s because prominent Republicans fought tooth and nail to make sure green measures didn’t make the cut. How will Democrats handle Republican resistance to climate policy in futur…
 
Last week, Congress passed a $2 trillion stimulus package amid the economic fallout of COVID-19. It didn’t include many of the green measures that environmental groups had been pushing for. Climate-friendly dems were accused of “politicizing” the relief package by trying to shoehorn climate into the bill. But history says this is nothing new. Durin…
 
Coronavirus brought the 2020 election to a screeching halt. Climate was once a top issue in the Democratic primary, but it’s been overtaken by a virus and a looming economic apocalypse. Primaries are delayed. Traditional campaigning has stopped. Biden is hiding out, preparing for the general election. Bernie Sanders is hanging on. And the way we th…
 
As the economy shuts down, people around the world have noticed an unintended side effect: cleaner air. As it turns out, all that pollution has been making us sicker and potentially more vulnerable to outbreaks like coronavirus. In this episode, we talk to Dr. Ari Bernstein about the links between climate change, health and the COVID-19 pandemic. T…
 
The pandemic arrived, and the Trump White House was unprepared. In this episode, we talk with Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Laurie Garrett about the botched U.S. response to coronavirus. We’ll unpack the climate-public health connection when it comes to preparing for disasters. Plus, TIME’s energy and environment reporter Justin Worland discuss…
 
Trump has officially started to pull the US out of the Paris Climate Agreement — and that could threaten our collective ability to act on the crisis. Then in honor of election week, Working America’s Karen Nussbaum explains how to rally undecided voters who are up for grabs in the 2020 presidential race. Plus, sociologist Arlie Hochschild talks bui…
 
Our hosts recap the beginnings of a historic trial to challenge a major oil company for fueling the climate crisis. Then, former presidential candidate and current Washington Governor Jay Inslee muses on the scope of executive authority to curb emissions. Finally, we pivot to the other side of the isle as one of Trump's pollsters draws back the cur…
 
Listen as journalist David Gelber and policy expert Jeff Nesbit make the case as to why climate change should be the number one campaign issue of the 2020 presidential election. Millennial comedians also weigh in on the democratic hopefuls.By David Gelber, Jeff Nesbit, Janet Babin
 
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