People under the age of 18 make up almost 30% of today’s population.
Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project and iMatter March reach around the globe for leaders young and old, seeking everyday people to get involved in reducing our reliance on fossil fuels and changing our mindset of every day living.
|Maggie Fox, President and CEO of Climate Reality Project, rejoins us on the show to give us an update on some exciting news. They recently held 24 Hours of Reality, a worldwide event to present the reality of the climate crisis. The event had an incredible turnout, with 8.6 million people tuning into the event. You can check out the video at climaterealityproject.org.
||Sabrina Cowden, Program Director of Climate Reality Project, has her first Radio Green Talk experience, sharing her excitement for their recent event and where they’re headed. Not only are they working on creating leaders around the globe, but they’re putting a ton of effort into giving middle and high school students the opportunity to be a part of something big.
||A fine example of a young leader on the loose is Alec Loorz, founder of iMatter March and Kids vs Global Warming. Protecting the planet since the age of 12, Alec believes the climate change movement needs to be lead by the youth in order to protect the planet. Alec talks to us about the progress of his lawsuit against the government, and what we need to do for a healthier tomorrow.
We’ve just returned home from our first Idea Festival experience, and what a trip! We had no idea what to expect at first, but immediate love was felt from people both at the festival and the city of Louisville, Kentucky.
For those that are unaware, Idea Festival
is an event where innovators across all disciplines can come together to celebrate and share bold ideas. During the four-day event, presenters tell their stories and connect to each and everyone in the audience. It’s a really great place to just converge ideas, and get to know other people who are out there trying to change the world.
The energy at Idea Festival nearly mimicked that of a high school pep rally. As presenters from the CTO of the U.S. under President Obama, to the founder of SHE, a company that creates affordable menstrual pads for woman of Africa made of banana leaf shavings, pepped the crowd with their passionate presentations. What a rejuvenating feeling! It’s not every day that you get to surround yourself by such spirit and pizazz.
Connections were endless — from strangers on a shuttle bus, to an evening event, to people sitting next to us at a swanky restaurant. It seemed just telling our own story was key, and the synchronicity would begin the conversation.
Idea Festival was such a fabulous way to connect, network, and share the word about sustainability to others. By expanding minds, we hope we were able to make an impact and a more fulfilling experience for many here on the planet. We learned a lot from this experience, but we know learning is a life-long journey. Although Idea Festival has come to an end, our minds are inspired, and our impact has just begun; we are forever curious.
Ceres is a nonprofit organization leading organizations and investors to address sustainable issues around the globe. With a primary focus in climate change and water scarcity, Ceres shares their recommendations on how we can work together in creating more jobs and a more sustainable planet.
Regulation is an idea Ceres feels strongly about. Putting a cost and limit on carbon emissions would not only make for a cleaner planet, but would provide green jobs. Sure, this would put a small percentage of the population with ‘dirty jobs’ out of work, but the growth would be significant enough to accommodate, according to Mindy Lubber, President of Ceres.
Transportation is another issue Ceres is driving to change. Carol Lee Rawn and Dr. Rodger Bedek inform us of how transportation is the fastest-growing source of carbon emissions, and that $1billion is leaving the country every day to meet our oil demands. If people and organizations can support and invest in the Clean Fuel Standard, we can drastically reduce this dependability.
A huge thanks goes out to the Ceres team for taking action at such a large level. Join them in our podcast below to discover what other recommendations Ceres has for improving the planet and our health through day-to-day practices.
Our typical troop can be expected to carry 120 pounds of equipment on a regular basis — 120 pounds of food, water, and energy sources such as fuel and batteries. Brigadier General Kevin Nally, Chief Information Officer of the USMC, discusses the Marine Corps’s plan for using sustainable options for those on the frontline.
Looking to lessen the 120-pound load, the Marines are going green. Instead of carrying jugs of water, our forces can be expected to carry equipment for water harvesting instead. This will allow a once non-drinkable river, creek, or canal to become potable.
If all that water isn’t a load off of someone’s back (or the government’s wallet), several pounds of batteries replaced by a mere 3-pound solar panel should be. Check out what else the Marine Corps has in store. Brigadier General Kevin Nally, Chief Information Officer of the USMC, continues with in-depth solutions for saving on fuel consumption, advances on uniforms, and how they’re saving more lives.