The Climate Voices Podcast

by Omesa Mokaya

Climate Change is no longer a question of “if” or “when” because it’s a reality and people are already feeling the impacts globally. We will be hosting experts and climate change advocates from all over the globe every two weeks to tackle different topics like just energy transition, youth climate activism and advocacy and resilient systems. If you want to learn what efforts people are putting across the world to address the ... 

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Podcast episodes

  • Revolutionizing the Energy Sector; A Path towards Energy Justice and Equity

    Revolutionizing the Energy Sector; A Path towards Energy Justice and Equity

    Welcome to this exciting episode of The Climate Voices Podcast. Our distinguished guest, Yesenia Rivera is the Executive Director of Energy Allies, leading a team that revolutionizes energy by working with communities most impacted by climate change and ensuring they lead local clean energy solutions. Yesenia talks about the work that Energy Allies does by connecting with communities in Massachusetts and New York with the aim of understanding and reducing barriers in the energy system by co-designing clean energy solutions that enhance people's power to break the reliance on fossil fuels. Tune in and enjoy the conversation and be sure to hit the subscribe button to be informed of new upcoming conversations!

  • Decarbonizing Massachusetts: A Conversation with the Commonwealth's Undersecretary of Decarbonization and Resilience

    Decarbonizing Massachusetts: A Conversation with the Commonwealth's Undersecretary of Decarbonization and Resilience

    Welcome to this exciting episode of The Climate Voices Podcast. Our distinguished guest, Katherine Antos, is the Undersecretary of Decarbonization and Resilience from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Our conversation takes a deep dive into the commonwealth's ambitious programs and initiatives aimed at decarbonizing energy use, with a particular focus on the buildings and transport sectors. Undersecretary Katherine offers detailed insights into the various efforts in place to revolutionize these key sectors, all in a bid to curb carbon emissions and align the Commonwealth with the global climate goals. She elaborates on the innovative technologies, policy instruments, and partnerships the Healy-Driscoll administration has instituted in driving this transformation. She also emphasizes the pressing importance of social and environmental justice and equity in all these endeavors. We explore how the commonwealth is working to ensure that the benefits of decarbonization and resilience efforts are equitably distributed, particularly among communities that have been historically marginalized and heavily impacted by environmental hazards. But this conversation doesn’t just stop at decarbonization - it also delves into the intersection of climate action and social justice. Undersecretary Katherine addresses the critical initiatives taken by the Commonwealth to ensure that environmental benefits and burdens are shared equitably. She emphasizes the importance of social and environmental justice in climate action, demonstrating how Massachusetts is leading the charge in creating an equitable and green future. Tune in and enjoy the conversation and be sure to hit the subscribe button to be informed of new upcoming conversations!

  • How does Climate Change intersect with Water Security and Social Justice? - A case of Toluca, Mexico City

    How does Climate Change intersect with Water Security and Social Justice? - A case of Toluca, Mexico City

    Welcome to this riveting episode of our podcast where we deep-dive into Toluca, the heart of Central Mexico with distinguished professor, researcher, and scholar of Environmental Science & Policy, Prof. Tim Downs. Together with my co-host, Marissa Kulkarni, a seasoned GIS Expert and Analyst in the renewable energy sector, we unravel the intricate nexus between climate change, water security, and social justice.Enjoy the episode and get the rare opportunity to witness how the ripple effects of climate change seep through to the very essence of our daily life, igniting a compelling conversation on the very urgent and pressing issues of our time. Prof Downs shades some light and paints a vivid picture of integrating system dynamics and the co-creation enterprise using deep-rooted knowledge and first-hand experiences from working in Africa, Europe, Latin America, and North America in building resilience in the face of climate change.Tune in to explore the real, human side of these global challenges with a plethora of local impacts and get to understand the struggles, embrace the solutions, and become a part of the change that society so desperately needs. Enjoy the listen and remember to subscribe to our channels to stay updated on future conversations.

  • When Adaptation Backfires; Moving beyond Climate Maladaptation

    When Adaptation Backfires; Moving beyond Climate Maladaptation

    Welcome to this compelling episode where we delve into the seldom talked about topic of climate maladaptation with our special guest, Prof. Lisa Schipper. Through this thought-provoking conversation, we explore the consequences of ill-suited responses to climate change, focusing on the misguided and poorly planned adaptation strategies that exacerbate the negative impacts. Unpacking real-life lived and witnessed examples and expert insights, this enlightening conversation sheds some light on the pressing need for locally-led climate adaptive actions that align with the evolving climate realities.Tune in to better understand climate maladaptation and enjoy the conversation! Don't forget to subscribe to our channel so that you can stay informed of future conversations.

  • Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Building in the context of Africa

    Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Building in the context of Africa

    Welcome to this episode of our podcast, where we explore climate change adaptation and resilience building in the African context. Africa is a negligible emitter of GHG emissions yet it disproportionately faces the lethal impacts of climate change. In this episode, we hold a thought-provoking conversation with the United Nations Environment Programme's Africa Regional Climate Change Coordinator who shares insightfully what Africa can do to address the challenges posed by climate change. Enjoy! And don't forget to subscribe to our social media pages so that you can be informed of our future conversations as they go live!