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Climate One at The Commonwealth Club offers a forum for candid discussion among climate scientists, policymakers, activists and concerned citizens.

Climate One at The Commonwealth Club offers a forum for candid discussion among climate scientists, policymakers, activists and concerned citizens.
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Climate One at The Commonwealth Club offers a forum for candid discussion among climate scientists, policymakers, activists and concerned citizens.






The Commonwealth Club 555 Post Street San Francisco, CA 94102 4155976728


Weathering the Storm: Mayors of Houston, Miami and Columbia

Steve Benjamin, Mayor, Columbia, South Carolina Francis Suarez, Mayor, Miami, Florida Sylvester Turner, Mayor, Houston, Texas 2017 brought a raft of extreme weather disasters costing the U.S. hundreds of billions of dollars in damages, including hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. And those are just the ones with names – other areas of the country were hit by floods, fires and drought. How do we fight back? The mayors of three cities on the frontline of climate change – Houston, Miami, and...


Climate on Your Plate

John Purcell, VP and Global R&D Lead, Monsanto Company Austin Wilson, Environmental Health Program Manager, As You Sow Scott Kennedy, Filmmaker, Food Evolution Nicolette Hahn Niman, Author, Defending Beef Jonathan Kaplan, Director, Food and Agriculture Program, NRDC Kip Andersen, Founder, AUM Films and Media Brian Kateman, President and Co-Founder, The Reducetarian Foundation What should climate-conscious people do to eat most sustainably? How people approach their diet is deeply...


EPA Then and Now

It was in 1970, under President Nixon, that the Environmental Protection Agency was founded. While the Agency enjoyed tremendous bipartisan support for decades, the last 9 years have seen a decline in support from congressional Republicans. Recently, former EPA Administrator, Gina McCarthy, explained that she is not worried about protections being rolled back—she thinks they will withstand the assault—but rather about the budget cuts Lynda Deschambault, former EPA Staff...


On the Ice with Michael Mann

The so-called hockey stick papers, published in 1999, ignited an assault on the science of climate change that still rages to this day. But lead author Michael Mann hasn’t backed off on his mission to educate the public on the science of global warming. Mann was awarded the seventh annual Stephen H. Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Science Communication, by Climate One. Jonathan Foley, Executive Director, California Academy of Sciences Dr. Michael Mann, Distinguished Professor of...


Inheriting Climate Change

Consumption-crazed baby boomers are leaving millenials with a mountain of debt and a destabilized climate. In his book A Generation of Sociopaths: How the Baby Boomers Betrayed America, Gen-Xer Bruce Gibney argues that the aging baby boomers who still rule the roost politically are holding up progress -- and it’s time they got out of the way. Carleen Cullen, Founder and Executive Director, Cool the Earth James Coleman, Student Bruce Gibney, Author, A Generation of Sociopaths: How the...


Jane Goodall and Yvon Chouinard

World-renowned primatologist and conservationist Jane Goodall talks about her life’s work, the link between deforestation and climate change and why she sees reasons for hope. Yvon Chouinard, the reluctant entrepreneur who founded Patagonia, Inc., explains how charting his own path through the wilderness led him to create a multi-million dollar sporting goods company committed to environmentally responsible design and production. Jane Goodall, Founder, Jane Goodall Institute; U.N....


Net Zero Living

Conservation begins at home – literally. Designing and operating a home that generates as much power as it uses is rapidly becoming a reality. Meanwhile, cities around the country have made zero waste a goal for their landfills. Can it be done? What steps can we take to reduce the trash on our collective backs? And what is it really like to live trash-free? Diana Dehm, Founder, Trash on Your Back Kevin Drew, Zero Waste Coordinator, San Francisco Department of the Environment Lauren...


Ai Weiwei: Human Flow

In his new movie, “Human Flow,” artist and human rights activist Ai Weiwei documents the plight of refugees struggling in a hot and crowded world. Greg also talks to an artist who uses music to convey emotional urgency around climate disruption. Bill Collins, Scientific Advisor, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Stephan Crawford, Founder, The Climate Music Project Ai Weiwei, Artist and Activist This program was recorded at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, CA.


Chaos and Progress: A Year of Climate Conversations

It’s safe to say that 2017 was not been the best of times when it came to climate. Record-breaking hurricanes, year-round wildfires, and a renewed commitment to fossil fuels all contributed to a chaotic first year under the Trump administration. Guests (in order of appearance): Bob Inglis, Former Republican U.S. Representative, South Carolina Jeremy Carl, Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University Debbie Dooley, Co-Founder, Tea Party Movement May Boeve, Executive...


Changing Minds: Climate Politics and Science

Donald Trump once advocated for climate action. Now, he’s moving Barack Obama’s efforts in the opposite direction. Obama’s former science advisor, John Holdren, talks about the damage being done by today’s White House. For twenty years, Jerry Taylor ran the energy and climate programs for conservative organizations funded by the Koch brothers, before coming around on climate change. He recounts his journey, going from a climate denier to a climate mainstreamer. On this episode of Climate...


Concussions, Cigarettes and Climate

What do football, tobacco and oil have in common? A common narrative of deceit. When tobacco companies faced public scrutiny about the link between cancer and smoking, the industry launched a campaign questioning the scientific evidence. Oil companies and the National Football League have used the same playbook to mislead the public. Listen to the stories of how industries endeavor to confuse. Adrienne Alford, Western States Director, Union of Concerned Scientists Steve Fainaru, Senior...


High Tide on Main Street

The coast line has been basically in the same place for all of human civilization and now that’s changing in very unpredictable and unsettling ways. Oceans will rise faster than the past but no one can say how fast that will happen or what’s the best strategy for protecting trillions of dollars in waterfront real estate. Kiran Jane, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel, Neighborly John Englander, Author, High Tide on Main Street Will Travis, Sea Level Rise Planning...


Bill Nye: Science Guy

Sifting through the Trump administration’s misleading statements on climate change can be a daunting task. That’s where scientist Bill Nye comes in. The Science Guy is on a quest to set the record straight when it comes to anti-scientific thinking and climate denial. Bill Nye, Television Host, Science Educator Jason Sussberg, Filmmaker, Bill Nye: Science Guy This program was recorded in front of a live audience at the Marines' Memorial Theater in San Francisco, CA on November 6, 2017.


Jeff Goodell: The Water Will Come

Rising waters represent the most visible and tangible impact of climate disruption. Protecting people and property from all that water, while simultaneously ensuring billions have enough to drink, will have unfathomable costs and alter the lives of most people living on earth. Jeff Goodell, Author, Contributing Editor, Rolling Stone Marco Kraples, Former VP, Tesla; Producer, Before the Flood Katharine Mach, Senior Research Scientist, Stanford University This program was recorded in...


Oppressive Heat: Climate Change and Civil Rights

Communities of color often live closest to factories and refineries that spew toxic pollution. That’s one reason why polls show more African Americans and Latinos say climate is a serious concern than whites. Ingrid Brostrom, Assistant Director, Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment Rev. Dr. Gerald Durley, Pastor Emeritus, Providence Missionary Baptist Church of Atlanta, GA Mystic, Musician, Bay Area Coordinator, Hip Hop Caucus This program was recorded in front of a live audience...


A Conversation with Amy Goodman and Kenneth Kimmell

When trying to fight a campaign of disinformation, who better to be on your side than a muckraking journalist like Amy Goodman and a lawyer running the Union for Concerned Scientists, Kenneth Kimmell. Between these two, they have seen it all. They know the lengths the oil industry will go to in order to keep drilling, and they are working to share that information with as many people as possible. Amy Goodman, Host, Executive Producer, Democracy Now! Kenneth Kimmell, President, Union of...


Deep Dive Into the Arctic

Climate One goes to the front line of climate change - the high Arctic - to hear from the people there how their economies, communities and culture are changing due to global warming. Nancy Karetak-Lindell, President, Inuit Circumpolar Council Canada Catherine McKenna, Canada’s Minister for Climate Change Pascal Lee, Planetary Scientist, NASA’s Mars Institute Brendan Kelly, Former White House Scientific Advisor Kuupik Kleist, Former Premier of Greenland Danko Taboroši, Director Coral...


Chasing the Harvest in the Heat

Rising temperatures are making hard outdoor jobs even harder. It is the kind of heat that will ground airplanes and melt rail lines, and health experts say agricultural workers are especially vulnerable, as they are already one of the most economically disadvantaged groups. This is a conversation on how rising temperatures are changing the way our food is grown and the choices we have at the grocery store. Blanca Banuelos, Co-Director, Migrant Unit, California Rural Legal Assistance,...


Elizabeth Kobert and David Roberts: Covering Catastrophe

Communicating about climate change and convincing the public that something needs to be done about it is a complicated proposition, one that reporters Elizabeth Kolbert and David Roberts face daily in their jobs of covering the looming catastrophe. Elizabeth Kolbert Journalist, The New Yorker David Roberts Staff Writer, Vox This program was recorded in front of a live audience at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, CA on September 22, 2017.


California's Climate Crusade

Some environmentalists said the law extending California’s cap and trade system to 2030 is a sellout to the oil industry and it shortchanges disadvantaged communities that breathe the dirtiest air. How do California’s climate moves play into national politics and policy? Will climate and energy play a meaningful role in the upcoming midterm elections? Will companies make energy policy more of a priority? We look back at how Gov. Schwarzenegger set the tone and how his past leadership...


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