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Does climate change freak you out? Want to know what we, collectively, can do about it? Us too. How to Save a Planet is a podcast that asks the big questions: what do we need to do to solve the climate crisis, and how do we get it done? Join us, journalist Alex Blumberg and scientist and policy nerd Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, as we scour the Earth for solutions, talk to people who are making a difference, ask hard questions, crack dumb jokes and — episode by episode — figure out how to build the future we want.

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Unnatural Disasters

Unnatural Disasters

2020-09-1043:042

As this summer has made clear: from hurricanes to wildfires, climate change is exposing more of us to extreme weather. This week we hear what it's like to survive a life-changing disaster, get tips on how to prepare — from a disasterologist — and learn why you should never call a disaster “natural.” Call(s) to action Build a go bag or preparedness kit. You can check out www.ready.gov/kit for some tips on how to build your own bag. Remember it's a guide - not a rulebook - so think through what you will really need in a disaster. Kendra packed a spare pair of glasses, just in case, for example.  Create your own disaster plan. The kit is only the first step in disaster preparedness. While building your bag also think through your disaster plan. You can check out ready.gov/plans to think through things like if you had to evacuate what your route would be and where you would go. If you have children, www.ready.gov/kids , helps you incorporate your kids into your disaster planning - which is important because they will be going through this with you. Prepare your home for your disaster. We'll link to specific tips on doing this in the additional reading, but prepping your home for the inevitable increases the odds it will survive. If you're a homeowner it's worth checking out what your insurance policy says. If you are a renter, it's worth getting renters insurance, though it's typically less comprehensive than homeowners insurance.  Find out what your local government and community organizations are doing to prepare for disaster. This is everything from attending meetings that your emergency managers are holding (and if they aren't holding them, why not?) And if you want to go even further consider getting community emergency response team or CERT training. For more info on the climate anthology that Ayana has co-edited, All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis, and to order a copy, head to allwecansave.earth. It includes poignant essays by Christine Nieves Rodrigues, our own Kendra Pierre-Louis and 40 other women climate leaders.
20 Million Trees

20 Million Trees

2020-09-0338:022

Climate change is a big problem — and we’re going to need a big team to solve it. That means reaching people who might not think of themselves as climate activists. This week, we explore what the climate movement can learn from YouTubers... starting with MrBeast. Sign up for our newsletter here! (gimletmedia.com/shows/howtosaveaplanet) We’ll send you calls to action, must-read articles and other surprises every week when we put out a new episode. Want to plant a tree? Here are some treesources: Find the right tree for the place you live with the National Wildlife Federation’s Plant Finder: nwf.org/nativeplantfinder Learn how to plant and take care of your tree: arborday.org/trees Some cities will give you a tree to plant for free! Here are a few: Los Angeles, CA: cityplants.org Denver, CO: theparkpeople.org/what-we-do/denver-digs-trees Portland, OR: portlandoregon.gov/parks/73498 St. Louis, MO: moreleaf.org Philadelphia, PA: treephilly.org Fort Worth, TX: fortworthtexas.gov/forestry/free-trees Austin, TX: treefolks.org/free-trees If you aren’t able to plant a tree, you can adopt one! Take care of a street tree in your neighborhood in these cities: NYC: https://www.nyrp.org/about/programs/tree-giveaway/ Miami, FL: https://www.miamidade.gov/global/service.page?Mduid_service=ser1467835324112359 Richmond, CA: http://www.groundworkrichmond.org/adopt-a-tree.html Cambridge, MA: https://www.cambridgema.gov/iwantto/adoptatree Lexington, KY: https://ufi.ca.uky.edu/adopt-a-tree Minneapolis MN (get a free beer when you adopt!): http://www.brewingabetterforest.com/adopt-a-tree.html Pinecrest, FL: https://www.pinecrest-fl.gov/our-village/green-initiatives/adopt-a-tree-programs Fairview Park, OH: https://www.fairviewpark.org/service-department/adopt-a-tree/ Stafford Township, NJ https://www.staffordnj.gov/418/Adopt-A-Tree If your city has a tree planting program too, send it to us and we’ll add it to the list! howtosaveaplanet@gmail.com Send us pictures of you hugging your saplings on Instagram and Twitter @how2saveaplanet. Learn How to Stop a Bird Murdering Cat
The Green Wave

The Green Wave

2020-08-2742:061

It started with students walking out of school to demand more action on climate change, built into an international movement – and then was propelled forward by a pandemic. Today on the show, the surprising story behind Europe’s climate plan, and what the rest of us can learn from it. Want to get involved? Find your local chapter of the Sunrise Movement or Fridays for Future. Or check out the Global Day of Climate Action on Sept. 25, 2020. Want to read the Green New Deal resolution for yourself? You can find the full text here. Don’t be scared, it’s only 14 pages. Send us an email: howtosaveaplanet@spotify.com. Find us on Twitter and Instagram @how2saveaplanet. How to Save a Planet is a Spotify Original Podcast and Gimlet Production. It’s hosted by Alex Blumberg and Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson. Our reporters and producers are Kendra Pierre-Louis, Rachel Waldholz and Anna Ladd. Our senior producer is Lauren Silverman. Our editor is Caitlin Kenney. Sound design, mixing and original music by Emma Munger. Additional music by Bobby Lord. Thanks to Manon Dufour and Annika Hedberg for talking with us about the European Green Deal. Special thanks to Sandra Riaño, Rachel Strom and Whitney Potter.
The Witch of Wind

The Witch of Wind

2020-08-2041:324

For decades, coal fueled the town of Somerset, MA. But when the coal plant went bust -- taking with it millions in tax dollars -- the town struggled. That’s when a local politician, the self-proclaimed Queen of Coal, learned that an unexpected industry could revive the economy. Today on the show how Somerset, MA went from a town of coal to a launching point for the burgeoning offshore wind industry. Want to help speed the transition away from coal? Check out the Beyond Coal Campaign. Want to nerd out on wind policy and how to jumpstart this industry? Check out the policy memo, polling and graphics by Urban Ocean Lab, Data for Progress, and Evergreen Collaborative. Send us an email to howtosaveaplanet@spotify.com. Find us on Twitter and Instagram @how2saveaplanet. How to Save a Planet is a Spotify Original Podcast and Gimlet Production. It’s hosted by Alex Blumberg and Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson. Our reporters and producers are Kendra Pierre-Louis, Rachel Waldholz and Anna Ladd. Our senior producer is Lauren Silverman. Our editor is Caitlin Kenney. Sound design, mixing and original music by Emma Munger. Additional music by Bobby Lord, Catherine Anderson, and Billy Libby. Our fact checker this episode is James Gaines. Special thanks to Holly McNamara, Blythe Terrell and Devon Taylor.
How screwed are we?

How screwed are we?

2020-08-0611:122

How screwed are we? When it comes to climate change, that’s the question on a lot of people’s minds. Alex and Ayana ask experts and regular folks about what worries them most and what we can do to avoid that future.
Does climate change freak you out? Want to know what we, collectively, can do about it? Us too. How to Save a Planet is a podcast that asks the big questions: what do we need to do to solve the climate crisis, and how do we get it done?  Starting August 20, join us, journalist Alex Blumberg and scientist and policy nerd Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, as we scour the Earth for solutions, talk to people who are making a difference, ask hard questions, crack dumb jokes and — episode by episode — figure out how to build the future we want.
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