Climate emergency, climate change: whichever you call it, there’s no doubt that as a traveler, you have encountered the results of shifts in climate realities. That is just as true if your travels are around the world, a bit down the road, or through reading and viewing.
At this writing a panel of scientists — 234 of them, to be exact — have issued a report on the climate emergency. The scientists make clear that it is just that, an emergency. It is one in which we all have possibility to act, however, through personal and political action, and through informing those actions through learning.
I’ve ideas to help you think about your choices, and indeed, think about and learn abut where your actions and beliefs, as someone who loves and respects the value of travel, fit in what’s going on now with the climate emergency, and what’s to come.
Herewith, one explainer, four podcasts, and three pieces of music to help you on your journey of learning in these climate emergency filled times.
The explainer comes from Axios. The folk there have studied the IPCC report (that’s the one those 234 scientists made) and created a hit the highlights story about it . There are also links to the report itself so you can explore it directly.
Other scientists, scholars from other disciplines, journalists, and writers have been researching and thinking about climate emergency as well.
My favourite podcast about this issue is called The Climate Question. It comes from the BBC World Service.
Presenters are documentary film maker Neal Razzell, who is based in western Canada, and science journalist Graihagh Jackson, who is based in the UK. The two have lively and informed conversations about subjects ranging from how useful and climate friendly is hydrogen fuel is really to what role big shipping plays in the climate emergency to the idea of including climate information/transport costs on food packaging to ways things indigenous peoples know can help us understand and deal with climate change.
The two presenters take a global perspective in their research and conversations, often drawing in voices from BBC reporters and people on the ground across the world as their stories unfold. To help listeners understand what’s going on with climate change, why it’s happening, and what can be done about it is the purpose of the show. They deliver.
TILclimate (Today I Learned: Climate) comes from the MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
It’s “the show where you learn about climate from real scientists” including those who contributed to the IPCC report mentioned above. Each 15 minute or so episode breaks down aspects of the science of things such as sea level rise, hurricanes, national security and climate, and how to understand climate and uncertainty.
Laur Hesse Fisher, who leads public engagement on climate change at MIT’s Environmental Solutions Initiative, hosts the podcasts. Her narrative and questions help make the scientists’ words direct and relevant to day to day concerns. Each episode offers a page of links to dive deeper into what’s discussed, and an educators guide, too.
Green Originals from the BBC takes a biographical approach to learning about the climate emergency.
I’ll let the show’s own description speak:
“The series which assesses the work and impact of the pioneering scientists, campaigners and communicators of the last 60 years who’ve swum against the tide to influence our opinion and behaviour on the environment.”
Jacques Cousteau, Wangari Mathaai, Petra Kelly, James Lovelock, and Joni Mitchell are among those profiled.
America Adapts does what it says on the tin: episodes are focused on ways people are adapting to climate change.
Host Doug Parsons has worked on climate adaptation in Australia, Florida, and for the National Park Service’s climate change response initiative, as well as North America Policy Director at the Society for Conservation Biology, working on climate change adaptation. He has the background, the contacts, and as you will hear when you listen, the enthusiasm to seek out people and ideas around adapting to climate change.
Episodes have included focus on new books on the subject of sea level rise, a conversation about sea level rise with an National Geographic explorer, ways a Nantucket wildlife refuge is adapting to climate change, and three part episodes on California’s climate change adaptations.
Creative folk observe and think about climate emergency, too.
Del Suggs thinks about preparing for a hurricane. Storms of wind and water are becoming more frequent and more intense, and not only in the warmer parts f the world. The song is called A Hurricane’s Coming; it is recorded on the album Wooden Boat.
Tish Hinojosa sings of the lives of those working the crops, the people who harvest the food we eat. The song is Called Something in the Rain and is found on her album Culture Swing.
The Sun Goes on Rising is the name of this song from Sarah McQuaid. You could take it as being about a number things, from relationships to personal reflection. McQuaid’s words can also help you see climate change from a different perspective. It is recorded on her album The Plum Tree and the Rose.
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