3: 'Climate of Hope' → Carl Pope (Author): The Arrival of the Clean Energy Revolution

The low carbon economy is rapidly shifting and reduced carbon emissions in benefiting

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A veteran leader in the environmental movement, Carl Pope is the former Executive Director and Chairman of the Sierra Club. He’s now the principal adviser at Inside Straight Strategies, looking for the underlying economics that link sustainability and economic development. He serves as a Senior Climate Adviser to former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg. He was a founder of the Blue-Green Alliance and America Votes. He has served on the Boards of Ceres, the California League of Conservation Voters, As You Sow, the National Clean Air Coalition, and California Common Cause. He is currently a member of the US-India Track II Climate Diplomacy project of the Aspen Institute. He writes regularly for Bloomberg View and the Huffington Post. Mr. Pope is also the author of three books: Sahib, An American Misadventure in India; Hazardous Waste in America; and co-author along with Paul Rauber of Strategic Ignorance: Why the Bush Administration Is Recklessly Destroying a Century of Environmental Progress, which the New York Review of Books called “a splendidly fierce book.”

In this episode, the topics discussed include:

  • The clean energy revolution .
  • The new reality: climate change can be solved with opportunity, no sacrifice necessary.
  • Carbon emissions and food systems: shipping, storage, waste.
  • The overuse of the word efficiency: legacy, creative, and innovative maybe better words.
  • Cities and their role in solving climate change – they are a source and a solution to the problem.
  • In lights of the U.S. pullout from the Paris Agreement, why should there be hope?
  • The role of corporations in climate change.
  • Corporate alignment with NGOs.
  • Branding and labeling of sustainbilty initiatives. 
  • The current pace of commitment made by the U.S. for the Paris Agreement.
  • The importance of employee engagement to a company’s innovation.

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