Behind the Episodes
All of the stories in our “Tales from the Fight Against Climate Change” webcomic series are inspired by real people and the incredible work they’re doing to combat climate change.
Here’s your chance to meet those people and learn about their work:
The People that Inspired Each Storyline
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Our video interviews with the experts. No need to wait until their work gives rise to an episode in “Tales from the Fight Against Climate Change.” Meet then now!
Growing Products from Fungi: Gavin McIntyre & Ecovative DesignEcovative Design began when Gavin and co-founder Eben Bayer, then students at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, were walking in the woods and had an idea for using fungi as the basis for manufacturing sustainable materials.
Since then, Ecovative has grown into a thriving business whose fungi-based products are disputing the packaging, building, and food industries.
Listen in as Gavin and host James Rea discuss this incredible work.
(This interview was recorded from a live show that aired May 28, 2020).
The Incredible Power of Green Chemistry - Paul Anastas of Yale UniversityWhen it comes to creating a vibrant economy that is healthier for humans and the environment, there’s no more powerful tool than Green Chemistry.
Listen in as green chemistry pioneer Paul Anastas talks with interviewer James Rea about the historical achievements, present-day opportunities, and future potential of this incredible science.
(This interview was recorded from a live show that originally aired on May 7, 2020).
Social Impact Bonds & Outcomes-Based Financing: Eric Letsinger & Quantified VenturesQuantified Ventures is a leader in the emerging space of Social Impact Bonds and Outcomes-Based Financing.
This extremely promising work harnesses the power of financial markets to make possible more creative, and more effective, environmental and social projects.
Quantified Ventures has helped to fund new environmental infrastructure in several cities, a major outdoor recreation / community development project in rural Ohio, and a push for more sustainable agriculture in several midwestern states.
(This interview was originally recorded from a live show that aired June 4, 2020).
Learn more about the projects mentioned in the interview on the Quantified Ventures site: https://www.quantifiedventures.com/
Refrigerants play a significant role in climate change - Tilden Chao works to reduce this threatTilden Chao is a student at Yale University who’s working to reduce the significant effects that refrigerants are having on climate change.
Resources mentioned in the video:
Project Drawdown – refrigerant management: https://drawdown.org/solutions/refrigerant-management
Project Drawdown – alternative refrigerants: https://drawdown.org/solutions/alternative-refrigerants
Yale Refrigerants Initiative: https://www.yalerefrigerantsinitiative.org/
Tilden’s article for NRDC: https://www.nrdc.org/experts/christina-theodoridi/unexpectedly-exciting-world-refrigerants
The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) EIA - non-HFC refrigerants: https://eia-global.org/initiatives/hfc-free-technologies
EIA Supermarket score card: https://eia-global.org/press-releases/20200625-supermarket-scorecard-pr
Climate Friendly Cooling Campaign’s list of non-HFC appliances: https://www.climatefriendlycooling.com/
New Yorkers for Cool Refrigerant Management: https://www.ny4cool.org/
Cornell featured Tilden on their “Down to Earth” podcast: https://anchor.fm/down-to-earth-cornell/episodes/The-Refrigerants-Guy-eu9ll9
Sustainable Tompkins: the group in the Finger Lakes region of NY that helped to launch Tilden’s first refrigerants efforts (when he was in high school): https://sustainabletompkins.org/
Green Chemistry Resources You Should Really Check OutGreen chemistry and green engineering offer some of the most exciting and fundamental ways to address our climate change and sustainability challenges.
Want to learn more about their potential, and see how these disciplines might intersect with your education, your career, and your life? The resources we cover in this video are for you!
Resources mentioned in the video:
American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute (ACS GCI): https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/greenchemistry.html
The ACS GCI list of academic programs in green chemistry & green engineering (The specific academic and workforce training programs mentioned in the conversation can be found here):
Brazil! Green Chemistry research at UNESP: https://www.iq.unesp.br/#!/pesquisa/laboratorios/biocatalise-e-biotransformacoes/research/
Beyond Benign: Green Chemistry Education:
John Warner's terrific presentation on green chemistry & green chem in education: https://bioneers.org/john-warner-intellectual-ecology-green-chemistry-bioneers/
United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO):
UNIDO Green Chemistry program: https://www.unido.org/our-focus-safeguarding-environment-resource-efficient-and-low-carbon-industrial-production/green-chemistry
UNIDO National Cleaner Production Centres: https://www.unido.org/our-focus/cross-cutting-services/partnerships-prosperity/networks-centres-forums-and-platforms/national-cleaner-production-centres-ncpcs-networks
The Climate Change Hope in Tackling Methane - featuring Jonathan Banks of the Clean Air Task ForceJonathan Banks is the Global Director for Methane programs at the Clean Air Task Force (CATF). In this episode, he offers terrific and tremendously clear explanations of the challenges and opportunities present in the methane issue.
Links to resources mentioned in the video:
Clean Air Task Force (CATF): https://www.catf.us/
CATF's page on Methane & other "Super Pollutants:" https://www.catf.us/work/super-pollutants/
Several terrific articles on Methane: