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

What Would Greta Do?

From left: Climate activists Marinel Ubaldo, Greta Thunberg, and Varshini Prakash.
From left: Climate activists Marinel Ubaldo, Greta Thunberg, and Varshini Prakash. Foreign Policy illustration/Getty Images/French Ministry of Ecology

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

The Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg has helped ignite a global youth climate movement that’s energizing a new generation of activists. In this episode we profile two young climate leaders. First, host John D. Sutter talks with Varshini Prakash, a co-founder of the Sunrise Movement, a U.S.-based organization whose mission is to get young people to advocate for climate action. We’ll then travel to the Philippines with reporter Avery Thompson and meet Marinel Ubaldo, an activist who is helping her country evolve toward a sustainable future.

About 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.  Hosted by CNN contributor John D. Sutter, each episode begins with an interview about a particular aspect of climate change that threatens our planet. The segment is followed by a sound-rich report highlighting one green project somewhere around the world—from Ghana to Brazil to Morocco. Listeners will hear from people who use innovation, technology, and investment to roll back the devastation. Heat of the Moment tells the stories of the people on the front lines of the fight against climate change.  See All Episodes

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