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an FP Studios podcast, in partnership with the Climate Investment Funds

Heat of the Moment

Stories from the front lines of the fight against climate change

an FP Studios podcast, in partnership with the Climate Investment Funds

Latest Episode

Youth Climate Activists Are Suing Big Oil—and Winning

Youth activists in the Netherlands joined lawsuit against Shell as part of a new strategy to hold fossil energy companies accountable for unsustainable carbon dioxide emissions.

The climate change crisis can feel so formidable, so daunting, that instead of mobilizing people to action, it engenders paralysis. What could we mortals possibly do to prevent the calamity? A fair bit, it turns out. On Heat of the Moment, a 10-part podcast by FP Studios, in partnership with the Climate Investment Funds, we focus on ordinary people across the globe who have found ways to fight back. 

Hosted by CNN contributor John D. Sutter, Heat of the Moment tells the stories of the people on the front lines of the fight against climate change.

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John D. Sutter is a climate change analyst for CNN. Sutter is an award-winning reporter and was previously in CNN's investigative unit, where he focused primarily on climate change, social justice issues and crowdsourced reporting projects.

Lead Producer: Rosie Julin | Editor: John D. Sutter Managing Editor: Rob Sachs

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How Debt Relief Can Help Developing Countries Go Green

Blue Bonds for a greener ocean.

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The Godmother of Climate Security

Why the U.S. military is a key player in solving the climate crisis.

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Climate Migrants: Destination Duluth

We are in the midst of one of the greatest moments of human migration in recent history. Wars and unrest in the Middle East, political tensions in Latin America, and ethnic clashes in places like Myanmar have caused millions of people to flee their homes looking for safety and security for themselves and their families. But there’s also another set of migrants: those who are fleeing because they’ve determined their homes are no longer safe from the massive forces of climate change. Today’s story involves someone who never expected to see herself as a climate migrant. In fact, as director of a climate-solution organization, Jamie Beck Alexander would often spend countless hours trying to help others in far-off places deal with the effects of climate change. But then a few years back, she realized her own living situation in California was no longer going to work.

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From Oil Worker to Climate Activist

On this episode of Heat of the Moment, we meet former oil worker Allen Hubbard. Hubbard spent most of his professional career as a geologist working on oil rigs in Louisiana, trying to calculate the best spots to drill. Since leaving the industry, Hubbard began learning more about the climate crisis from people like former U.S. President Al Gore, and he decided he needed to do a complete 180. Now in his 80s, Hubbard has made it his duty to speak out and try to motivate people to curb their consumption of fossil fuels.

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A Just Transition

How one town in Wyoming is moving away from coal.

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How a Regenerative Ocean Farmer Is Rethinking the Way We Eat

How a regenerative ocean farmer is rethinking the way we eat and produce our food.

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How One Sri Lankan Engineer Is Transforming His Community and Local Economy

Sasiranga de Silva, an engineer in Colombo, Sri Lanka, is improving the health and well-being of his community by converting diesel-powered tuk-tuks to electric.

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What Developing Countries Can Teach the World About Climate Resiliency

A look at what developing countries can demonstrate to the world about climate resiliency and the importance of community-based activism in implementing societal change.

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Paris’s Promises and Glasgow’s Gut Check: Assessing the U.N. Climate Change Conference’s Impact

The second season looks back at the historic 2015 Paris Agreement and previews what to look forward to at this year’s U.N. Climate Change Conference in Glasgow.

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Heat of the Moment Season Two - Coming Oct. 21

Stories from the front lines of the fight against climate change.

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The Solutions Under Our Noses

A look at how many of the innovations that will be needed for a cleaner, greener future are actually available today—and what's needed to get them activated on a larger scale.

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Extreme Weather Resilience

How climate change is increasing the intensity of storms, and what the world can do to be more resilient.

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Why Bold Investments Matter

A look into how green investments and economic policy changes can be a driver for a healthier planet.

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The World Bank and CIF Administrative Unit Team visited Niger in 2015 to conduct a review of the Community Action Project for Climate Resilience.

Adapting to a Drier Planet

An exploration of the wider ramifications of water scarcity and what’s being done to help those affected.

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Talking Green Without Seeing Red

How governments, journalists, and activists are all trying to change the narrative when they talk about climate change. The goal? Make the conversation more inclusive, less hostile, and frankly less boring.

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A New Plan for the Amazon

Saving the Amazon rainforest is not just about raising alarms but also about finding ways to make harvesting its trees more profitable than tearing them down.

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Food 2.0

How food production contributes to climate change and what individuals and the agricultural industry can do to make food production, distribution, and disposal more eco-friendly.

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The Noor solar plant in 2018.

The Future of Green Energy

A look at why it’s critical for the world to move toward more renewable energy sources and how innovations like concentrated solar power are helping us get there.

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A view of the Oslo Opera House in 2016.

How to Make Cities Greener

How rethinking urban design can have a major impact on carbon emissions and the quality of city life.

Mafalda Duarte (left), head of the Climate Investment Funds, plants cocoa seeds with students in Ghana in 2018.
Mafalda Duarte (left), head of the Climate Investment Funds, plants cocoa seeds with students in Ghana in 2018.

When Climate Hits Home

Climate change is forcing people from their homes, especially in island nations. How can the world change its policy toward climate migrants, and what can be done to assist those who want to stay not only survive but thrive?

From left: Climate activists Marinel Ubaldo, Greta Thunberg, and Varshini Prakash.
From left: Climate activists Marinel Ubaldo, Greta Thunberg, and Varshini Prakash.

What Would Greta Do?

Young climate activists in the United States and the Philippines are pushing for change and getting their governments to take notice.

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How Far We’ve Come

Heat of the Moment looks at the origins of the global climate crisis and finds areas of optimism.

Listen to Heat of the Moment: The climate change crisis can feel so formidable, so daunting, that instead of mobilizing people to action, it engenders paralysis. What could we mortals possibly do to prevent the calamity? A fair bit, it turns out. On Heat of the Moment, a 12-part podcast by FP Studios, in partnership with the Climate Investment Funds, we focus on ordinary people across the globe who have found ways to fight back.
Listen to Heat of the Moment: The climate change crisis can feel so formidable, so daunting, that instead of mobilizing people to action, it engenders paralysis. What could we mortals possibly do to prevent the calamity? A fair bit, it turns out. On Heat of the Moment, a 12-part podcast by FP Studios, in partnership with the Climate Investment Funds, we focus on ordinary people across the globe who have found ways to fight back.

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The Climate Investment Funds is a nonpartisan champion of climate action. Political views and opinions expressed in this series do not necessarily represent those of the Climate Investment Funds or its partners.


To learn more about creating a podcast with FP Studios, contact Andrew Sollinger at andrew.sollinger@foreignpolicy.com.

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