Outrage + Optimism is a weekly podcast about facing
the climate crisis and how we can thrive beyond it
Welcome to Season 3!
Everyone now knows that the climate crisis is real. In fact, we are experiencing the impacts around the globe already, some countries far more than others. Whilst tackling this challenge is certainly not easy, it is our responsibility to do so. The truth is, science shows that the window to avert the worst catastrophic impacts of climate change is very small – we need to halve global greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, a mere nine years from now.
That means we cannot afford the luxury of time to despair. That is why we call this the most decisive decade in human history. Every week on Outrage + Optimism, we explore the challenges, frustrations and genuine outrage we need to face this crisis, and we explore the real changes already happening that offer the stubborn optimism we need to play our part in building a thriving new economy and world.
Join us on the rollercoaster journey, as we talk to politicians, scientists, artists and musicians changing culture, business leaders, investors and changemakers, bringing the future forward. Plus our special investigative series this season is in partnership with the Race to Zero, exploring the breakthroughs accelerating entire sectors – the power, transportation, building and food industries, and many more. Subscribe, stream or share a new episode every Thursday throughout 2021.
106. Warren East of Rolls-Royce says Nature is the Best Engineer
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This week, we take a look at the latest pledges to arise from the G7 heads of government, who met over the weekend in Cornwall. Are these announcements indicative that the seven biggest western economies are really showing up to achieve a 1.5 world? Can this close the Gigatons gap in the run up to COP26? Can the Group of Seven offer developing countries funding alternatives to Beijing’s so-called ‘Belt and Road’ Initiative? Christiana, Tom, and Paul help us sort out this mixed bag of a weekend for climate.
Our special guest this week is Warren East, CEO of Rolls-Royce, an engineer by training and now leading a business in one of the hardest sectors to decarbonise: Aviation.
Aviation accounts for a significant 2.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions today, and growing. As the sector starts to recover from huge losses as a result of the pandemic, how does Rolls-Royce see the future for the sector and beyond the pandemic and into the climate crisis? We’ll hear from Warren on how the historic innovation of Rolls-Royce has the potential to lead us into a cleaner, more sustainable future of flight.
And stick around ’til the end because our music this week is from Asher Monroe! He’ll be performing live for us his single, ‘Midnight Masquerade’.
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