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A twice-monthly podcast profiling positive, transformative climate action stories from across the globe.
🇬🇧 English
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2017-12-01 07:26
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2017-05-04 16:10
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Making Year-Round Food Production Possible in Benin

In Benin, a long dry season makes it almost impossible for women farmers to grow food. For six months of the year, there is little rainfall and the land is parched. For years, women farmers and their families were trapped in a cycle of poverty and poor...

Using Pay-As-You-Go Solar Home Systems in Sub-Saharan Africa

Did you know that more than 1.2 billion people around the world don’t have access to electricity in their homes? As a result, they are forced to burn expensive and polluting fuels for their basic lighting needs.Azuri PayGo Energy wants to change that. ...

Building a Network of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in the U.S.

Across the United States, transportation is responsible for 27% of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. ChargePoint is addressing climate change by making it easier and more fun for people to drive an electric vehicle. ChargePoint is the world’s lar...

Transforming Corporate Culture by Putting a Price on Carbon

What do you think about when you think about Microsoft? Maybe computers, software and Bill Gates were the first things that came to your mind. But did you know that Microsoft is also a leader when it comes to fighting climate change? In 2012, Microsoft...

Enabling Farmers to Adapt to Climate Change in Uganda

In Uganda, farmers depend on the right amount of rain coming at the right time. Farmers used to know when to plant and what to plant to expect a good harvest because they knew when rainfall would begin and end. But now rainfall in the country is becomi...

Powering Rwanda and Tanzania With Solar Home Systems

Did you know that 90 percent of all households in rural Rwanda and Tanzania still lack access to energy? Polluting and expensive kerosene lamps and diesel generators are the primary source of lighting and electricity. Berlin-based company Mobisol is ch...


Chances are that you’re listening to this podcast on your smartphone. It’s amazing to think how these devices connect us to each other and the entire world. But we’re not just talking about using your smartphone. The way your smartphone is made also co...

Using ICT Tools to Address Water Scarcity in Sub-Saharan Africa

For most countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, access to safe and reliable water remains a major challenge. In Kenya alone, 16 million people do not have access to clean water. Increased incidences of drought linked to climate change is worsening water scar...

Cutting Emissions While Reducing Poverty in India

In Kolkata, India, the Trash2Cash initiative has developed an innovative solution to the city’s waste problem. More than 5,000 tonnes of solid waste is generated by the city every day. Dumping this waste is polluting the groundwater and emitting large ...

Enabling Communities in Bangladesh Adapt to Climate Change

Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction in Bangladesh is a women-centered initiative that helps communities adapt to climate change. In particular, it seeks to address extreme weather conditions such as cyclones and flooding, as well as t...

Protecting People from Floods in the Hindu Kush Region

The Hindu Kush region of the Himalayas is one of the most complex and dynamic mountain systems in the world. This region is especially affected by climate change, meaning that floods have become more frequent and severe than ever before. To help vulner...

What Does the Paris Agreement Mean and What Happens Next?

The Paris Agreement is a game changer. It represents a major turning point in our collective efforts to address climate change. But what does that really mean? And what needs to happen next? To tell us more, we’re joined by Nick Nuttall, the Spokespers...

Zurich Flood Resilience Program

The impact of floods is significant – floods affect more people globally than any other type of natural disaster. This podcast looks at an initiative that lessens the impact of floods, in communities that need it the most. The Zurich Flood Resilience P...

National Resettlement Program

This podcast takes us to Uruguay, where climate-related flooding is increasingly a problem. During the last decade, flooding has displaced sixty-seven thousand people from their homes in sixty cities across Uruguay. In response to this increased floodi...

Community-based Micro-climate Resilience

This podcast takes a look at a project in Gorakhpur, India, called Community-Based Micro-Climate Resilience. The initiative helps urban poor communities adapt to climate change by designing and building new types of flood-resilient and affordable house...

Using Bus Rapid Transit in Guangzhou, China

This podcast takes a closer look at the Guangzhou bus rapid transit system in China. The system is exceptional, in that it carries more than three times the single-direction passengers than any other similar system in Asia. It is also the second busies...

Reducing Energy Consumption in Real Time

In Malaysia and India, SmartSense is helping companies become more energy efficient. SmartSense accesses data from the electrical metre, then sends it via wifi to devices like smartphones and computers. This allows companies to monitor, analyse and opt...

Empowering Women With Green Jobs and Clean Technologies in Indonesia

This podcast takes us to Indonesia, where Ibu Inspirasi is turning women into green technology agents – training them to sell solar lamps, water filters and fuel-efficient cook stoves. These small technologies are making a big difference in rural Indon...

Building Storm-Resistant Houses

This podcast takes us to Da Nang City in Vietnam. Climate-change related storms and floods there are taking a toll on the urban poor, who typically live in homes that are poorly constructed and maintained. Such homes have fewer defences against these s...

Fighting Coastal Erosion in Senegal

Our Senegal-based Momentum for Change award winning activity is protecting Senegal’s coastal areas against erosion caused by rising and storm surges. This reduces the impacts of climate change on the coast by protecting houses and infrastructure threat...

Creating a Market of Low-carbon Homes That Improve Lives

Millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa lack access to decent and affordable housing. Deforestation has led to scarcity of timber and straw for traditional roof construction. Families spend what little money they have on imported and expensive timber ...

Using an Innovative Financing Mechanism to Save Energy

Belgian-based EcoNation developed Lighten the Energy Bill to promote a unique financing mechanism that enables the installation and management of sustainable lighting systems, by absorbing the entire upfront investment and sharing the profits with the ...

Powering a Solar Energy Transformation in Thailand

Thailand is on the verge of a solar energy transformation as private companies have committed to investing at least USD 2 billion over the next five years in solar power production. The woman leading the country down a cleaner path is Wandee Khunchorny...

Powering Remote Locations with Solar Energy

Solar panels traditionally require a significant up-front investment and a long-term pay-back period, but what if you could rent them short term? Redavia leases cost-effective, convenient and clean solar farms without up-front capital investment or lon...

Ahmedabad Bus Rapid Transit

The Ahmedabad bus rapid transit system boasts climate friendly buses, integrated bicycle lanes and an ever-expanding network of routes that have helped reduce car journeys by more than 700,000 kilometres each year. To tell us more, we are joined by Pro...

Alliance for International Reforestation

The Alliance for International Reforestation (AIR) is an NGO in Guatemala that promotes tree planting to sequester carbon and improve farming techniques, such as preventing erosion, improving yields and increasing crop diversity. They also build highly...

The 2015 Momentum for Change Awards

The Momentum for Change awards recognize innovative examples of how people around the world are addressing climate change. Organizations, cities, industries, governments and other key players that are taking the lead on tackling climate change can nomi...

Food& Trees for Africa

Food & Trees for Africa is a South African initiative that fosters women's leadership to address climate change. They're focused on activities such as planting trees to sequester carbon and raising public awareness about climate change. Their progr...

Cleaner Cooking in Sudan

In Sudan, climate change, drought and desertification are facts of life. The Low Smoke Stoves Project transforms communities and reduces greenhouse gas emissions by replacing traditional wood and charcoal stoves with energy efficient stoves. To tell us...

Building Bamboo Bikes in Ghana

In Ghana, a women-run initiative to build bicycles out of local, sustainable bamboo is turning heads. Ghana Bamboo Bikes has provided jobs for over 30 bike builders, who produce bikes with less electricity and no hazardous chemicals. Not only are the b...

Renting Solar Panels in Remote Locations

Solar panels traditionally require a significant up-front investment and a long-term pay-back period, but what if you could rent them short term? Redavia leases cost-effective, convenient and clean solar farms without up-front capital investment or lon...

Financing Sustainable Energy Projects in the Philippines

On this week’s episode, we visit the to learn about the Sustainable Energy Finance (SEF) Program. It’s the first of its kind in the country, and it’s paving the way for more private financial sector investment into sustainable energy projects. These pr...

Enabling Poor Communities in Mozambique

Because of its coastal location, facing the Indian Ocean, Maputo, Mozambique is exposed to severe climate risks, such as flooding, cyclones and sea level rise. In addition, 44% of the population lives in poverty and access to services and other infrast...

Making Micro-Entrepreneurs in Kenya

In the arid lands of Kenya, the BOMA Project is helping vulnerable women adapt to climate change. These impoverished women are learning how to start small businesses in their villages, which enables them to diversify the ways in which they can make a l...

Enriching Farmers and Their Fields in Nepal

In Kathmandu, BioComp Nepal produces high-quality compost from a local, abundant resource: organic waste from vegetable markets and private companies. The compost assists farmers in producing organic and high-quality vegetables and fruits and generatin...

Fostering Women's Climate Leadership in Australia

In Australia, women are building a movement to tackle climate change. 1 Million Women has a simple goal with a big impact: get one million women to pledge to take small steps in their daily lives to save energy, reduce waste, cut pollution and lead cha...

Bringing Sustainable, Clean Water to Kenya

In 2011, Vestergaard Frandsen launched a breakthrough initiative called LifeStraw Carbon for Water. The LifeStraw is a water purification system that uses no fuel. Each filter can produce at least 18,000 liters of quality drinking water over a 10-year ...

Adapting to Climate Change in Namibia

In Namibia, a community-based adaptation programme is piloting six strategies for addressing climate change vulnerability in local communities. The strategies include the innovative use of energy-efficient stoves and agro-forestry and vegetable product...

Empowering Women Entrepreneurs With Solar Energy

On today's podcast, we talk with Neha Misra, Chief Collaboration Officer at Solar Sister. She talks about Solar Sister's work as a social enterprise that enables African women entrepreneurs to become sellers of solar-powered products and clean cookstov...

Building Low-Carbon Housing in Mexico

By increasing both the production of low-carbon housing and the supply of mortgages for such housing, EcoCasa is helping Mexico reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. By providing financing to build more sustainable houses, they're helping to construct o...

Lighting Up Bangalore's Slums

In the slums of Bangalore, children cannot do their homework after the sun sets. Families use polluting kerosene lamps, and the fuel eats up a significant percentage of their humble incomes. Pollinate Energy trains members of the local community to dis...

Making Energy-Efficient Bricks in Peru

We talk to Swisscontact's Jon Bickel about reducing the carbon footprint of traditional brick-making in Peru. By installing new, energy-efficient kilns, brick-producers have cut down their fuel consumption and carbon emissions by almost 50 percent, whi...

Helping Smallholder Farmers Confront Climate Change

This week we talk with Elwyn Grainger-Jones about the Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP). ASAP finances smallholder farmers so they can access the tools and technologies that help build their resilience to climate change.

From Trash to Cash: Upcycling in Ghana

This week our host Sarah Marchildon talks with Kwaku Kyei of Recnowa in Kumasi, Ghana. Recnowa employs local artisans and street youth in poor urban communities to take recyclable waste out of landfills and off the streets.