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Who is the Most Creative of Them All? Engineers?!?

Dr. Hugh Sealy at climate change negotiations in Bonn, Germany

For a long time I have been impressed with just how creative and artistic engineers can be. In my early 20s I met someone studying to be an electrical engineer. Along with his disciplined and detail oriented approach to his work, he also displayed an artsy side.

In my latest Citizens’ Climate Radio podcast episode I ask Dr. Hugh Sealy, an environmental engineer, about his creative side. As a problem solver, he is looking for solutions. Creativity is important to devise elegant solutions to complicated problems.

I aslo feature a 19 year old student, Adia Samba-Quee, from Springfield, MA. She is just beginning her journey as someone concerned about climate change. Her response? To use comedy and journalism.

For the Art House I get creative myself by imagining what a historian will have to say about us from the year 2167. Turns out the celebrities of our future will be engineers!

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Mountains, Islands, and Music — Ep 8 Citizens Climate Radio

New Year and more New Stuff!

Cuba is filled with old cars and great fonts

Happy New Years folks. I know it has been quiet here at Climate Stew. Elke Arnesen headed north to Iceland for some winter camping while I headed south to Cuba for mojitos (well and I interviewed a bunch of people for a future Spanish language podcast episode.)

We are back. Look out for more posts from Elke, Prescott, and me. We are also looking for more contributors who want to share creative, insightful, and honest pieces about climate change and our roles on this new planet.

Podcasting Joy

Aryan Uprety

One of the genuine joys of my life this day comes from producing and hosting Citizens’ Climate Radio. I really enjoy the technical side of things–editing, playing around with music for the segments, getting the timing just right–but I also very much enjoy connecting with the many guests we have on the show.

The program features many women, something you do not hear in most climate-themed podcast. I also seek voices from outside of the USA. We have had guests who come from Nigeria, Chile, China, Australia, and even exotic places like Canada.

Meet Ayran Uprety, Chris Balos, and Ashley Mazanec

Chris Balos (center front) with fellow CCL volunteer lobbyists

In the latest program I introduce listeners to two young men from very different cultures and climate. Aryan Uprety is from Katmandu, Nepal and Chris Balos, is originally from the Marshall Islands and now lives in the USA. Both men are passionate about addressing climate change. They speak about how global warming is affecting their home countries. But they are not one issue guys; various issues move them to action. In fact, it is their ability to pursue answers to intersecting problems that make them successful in their climate advocacy.

We also have some really great music this episode thanks to singer/songwriter Ashley Mazanec. She shares with us tracks from her latest album, Let’s Talk about the Weather, and reveals the motivation behind the music.

Ashley Mazanec

Hot Climate Action for your Ears

As often happens, the messages from the various guests and even from the puzzler question, come together to create an overall theme. In this case, it is the theme of feeling passion about interconnected issues. My guests are concerned about climate change but also about immigration, women’s right, healthcare, and jobs.

Have a listen to Episode Eight of Citizens’ Climate Radio. Look for Citizens’ Climate Lobby on iTunes, Stitcher Radio, and PodBean, or click on the player below.

Climate Opportunities? Resiliency and Community

Natasha DeJarnett

Natasha DeJarnett

In the latest episode of Citizens’ Climate Radio I sit down with Dr. Natasha DeJarnett from the American Public Health Association to talk about the health effects of climate change. These include mental health concerns. Natasha not only outlines these clearly, she also talks about the opportunities ahead we can pursue on a changing planet, particularly to improve community and health. Dr. Jalonne White-Newsome, senior program officer from the Kresge Foundation, then provides a new framework for looking at resiliency.

Each episode of the podcast has an artsy section and this month I feature a short story written by Dr. David R. Bowne, Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at Elizabethtown College. Using his scientific expertise and tapping into his creative side, David wrote the short story, Henry Ford Hated Glaciers. He reads an excerpt with us.

There is more to this episode too including some encouraging messages for climate advocates who may feel weary from well-doing, particularly when they see the steep road ahead.

File Photo: Henry Ford With His Model T. (Photo By Getty Images)

Henry Ford With His Model T. (Photo By Getty Images)

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Climate Communication Myths Exposed! Featuring Katharine Hayhoe

Want to improve your communication skills?

Climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe photographed at the National Ranching Heritage Museum in Lubbock, Texas on April 16, 2014. Photo Credit: Ashley Rodgers—Texas Tech University

Climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe photographed at the National Ranching Heritage Museum in Lubbock, Texas on April 16, 2014.
Photo Credit: Ashley Rodgers—Texas Tech University

As host of the Citizens’ Climate Radio podcast, I get to think, write, and talk a lot about climate communication. Folks like Dr. Katharine Hayhoe have helped me understand the sort of traps climate communicators fall into. Back in 2015 I heard her speak, and that talk has helped shaped my style and approach.

In episode 4 of Citizens’ Climate Radio, I resist that talk and give listeners a chance to go deeper. Who are we connected to in the world? Who are the people who trust us and will listen to us? These are the folks we can influence with our climate messages, especially when we make them relevant to the passions we share.

Sing a new song–a climate-themed song

I also interview singer/song writer Michael Levy and share some of his original music. He is trying to process the many strong feelings around climate change. His music serves to encourage and inspire other climate advocates.

GREAT BIG LOVE! from Elsbeth Mumm on Vimeo.

Maybe my favorite part of the show is the Citizens’ Climate Puzzler. This time three different listeners share their responses to the question: Why should America do anything about climate change when China is polluting so much. Three different approaches to this common question.

Have a listen.

A Cloud of Witnesses — Christians Talking Climate Change

Y.E.C.A. Steering Committee members with three Y.E.C.A. Congolese Climate Leadership Fellows at a natural science training in Mwamba, Kenya. (from Left to Right, Andrew Kinzer, Diane Kyanga, Rachel Lamb, Faden Simbamtaki, Ben Lowe and Jolie Sifa Kpaka)

Y.E.C.A. Steering Committee members with three Y.E.C.A. Congolese Climate Leadership Fellows at a natural science training in Mwamba, Kenya. (from Left to Right, Andrew Kinzer, Diane Kyanga, Rachel Lamb, Faden Simbamtaki, Ben Lowe and Jolie Sifa Kpaka)

Evangelicals Gone Climate Wild!

I recently spoke with Rachel Lamb from Young Evangelicals for Climate Action. As their name states, they are young Evangelicals speaking out to both their peers and faith leaders to act regarding climate change.

It was a fascinating conversation. In it we talked about development projects around the world and missionaries. Can these folks serve as eye-witnesses and trusted sources who will report back to their congregations in the USA about the dangers of climate change?

A Roman Catholic Eye-Witness from Nigeria

In addition, I spoke with a Catholic from Nigeria. David Michael Terungwa is a leader in the African GREEN Movement and Africa Regional Coordinator for Citizens’ Climate Lobby.

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David Michael Terungwa (hand upraised) introducing low energy cooking stoves in a village.

He tells a moving story of how he has seen firsthand the effects of climate change. He also reveals how climate change affects women and girls in Nigeria and throughout much of Africa. They experience the effects of these rapid changes more than men in their communities.

If we want to see robust and meaningful action around climate change, than faith communities and leaders will need to be on-board. This is already happening. You can hear my interviews with Rachel and David Michael.

Missionaries as Climate Witnesses

Also, I imagine the role of Christian missionaries and their testimonies regarding global warming. In a radio report from the future, we discover just how instrumental these witnesses can be.

Check out this third episode of Citizens’ Climate Radio. We consider a variety of voices and have a monthly puzzler question. This is not a gloom and doom, fear and guilt podcast. Rather we offer hope and solutions, and I seek to do it with a professional, well edited audio magazine with great music. Enjoy!

Do it for the Spawns! Radio that explores climate communication

We must act for the children and grandchildren?

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Piper Christian (right) me with the president of Utah Moms for Clean Air, her daughter, and the mayor of past mayor Salt Lake City, Ralph Becker, who was attending the Paris summit.

We hear this talking point all the time. No doubt it has moved lots of people to action. For me though it falls flat. Perhaps it is because I never raised any children. I do have some unofficially adopted queer children (who I never had to put through college or change diapers or any of the difficult parenting stuff.)

An Audio Magazine Exploring Climate Communication

In Episode Two of Citizens’ Climate Radio I explore the talking point of doing it for the kids and the idea of acting for future generations.

I raise some questions:

  • Does it work? I mean does it really get people engaged in climate work?
  • And what do the children have to say about it?
  • Oh, and who exactly are these children and grandchildren?
Lilace and family

Lilace and family

I interview three fascinating women from age 16 to age 50 born in three different countries. Their response to pollution in their lives is inspiring. You will meet Christian Piper, Clara Fang, and Cathy Orlando. I also bring in the voice of ecologist and poet Lilace Mellin Guignard who asks the questions, “How do we raise children in a time of climate change?”

Oh, and we have answers for our puzzler question from all over the world and I even have an expert, Dr. Joanna Huxster, help us answer it.

If you like NPR style radio programs with good music, compelling interviews, and moving stories, check out this new episode of Citizens’ Climate Radio.