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Season 1 is a masterclass on Environmental and Climate Justice and Season 2 is full of captivating conversations with the young people who are pushing the climate crisis to the forefront of the nation and the world.
This show introduces you to the leaders you didn’t know you need to know! We share breaking news, captivating stories, and dispel false narratives about communities of color and the climate movement.
Guests range from the young solutionaries at the forefront of the movement, leaders in frontline communities dealing with the climate crisis, cultural influencers and artists, elected officials, and business innovators.
We’ve been honored to have special guests on the show including leaders like Vic Barrett, Xuhtezcatl Martinez, Dr. Robert Bullard, and Jamie Margolin; actors and artists like Regina Hall, Raheem DeVaughn, and Kendrick Sampson; and, elected officials like Senator Cory Booker, Governor Jay Inslee, Rep. Pramila Jayapal, Senator Jeff Merkley, and Rep. Donald McEachin; plus so many more.
Embodiment of Environment w/ Tina Johnson
2020 produced the largest voter turnout in history, and over 70 million people voted from Trump. “The status quo is no longer acceptable… We need to push further.” Tina Johnson is the Director of the National Black Environmental Justice Network. We caught up with her to discuss the EPA turning 50, the energy of young people in the EJ movement, and Black women leading.
Biden’s Climate Agenda w/ John Podesta
The Biden administration must move fast in the first 100 days to not only reverse harmful policies of the Trump administration, but also set new precedents for community-driven climate solutions. John Podesta is the former top advisor to Presidents Clinton and Obama, the founder and a Board member for the Center for American Progress, and an advisory board member for Climate Power 2020. We caught up with him to discuss climate at the forefront of this election, Biden’s climate plan, and the importance of science in fighting COVID-19.
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Youth v Gov. w/ Kelsey Juliana and Vic Barrett
Government investment in the fossil fuel industry infringes upon our constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property. A combination of litigation and demonstration is needed to hold our government accountable. Kelsey Juliana and Vic Barrett are plaintiffs in Juliana v. United States, also known as Youth v. Gov. We caught up with them to discuss the documentary Youth v Gov premiering at this year’s DOC NYC, America’s Largest Documentary Film Festival. Purchase tickets until November 19th here.
Triumph w/ Tamara Toles O’Laughlin
“Other people’s discomfort can risk your whole life.” It is time that we ensure adequate representation and compensation for injustices inflicted upon us. Expanding the U.S. Supreme Court and climate reparations are places to start. Tamara Toles O’Laughlin is the North American Director of 350 Action. We caught up with her to discuss the impact of Black women, voter suppression, and false climate solutions.
Climate Politics w/ Tiernan Sittenfeld
This election cycle, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) invested over $115 million in priority races. This election was crucial for climate policy, as we have nine years until the 2030 deadline of cutting global emissions in half. Tiernan Sittenfeld is the Senior Vice President for Government Affairs at LCV. We caught up with her to discuss the first 100 days of the next administration, selecting intersectional candidates, and the National Environmental Scorecard.
Choices & Chances w/ Ali A. Zaidi
National Grid is expanding a massive fracked gas transmission pipeline in North Brooklyn, also known as the North Brooklyn Pipeline. The disparities between upstate New York and NYC are evident in the cumulative impact of COVID-19, the placement of toxic facilities, and disinvestment. Ali A. Zaidi is the Deputy Secretary for Energy & Environment in the Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo. We caught up with him to discuss the legacy of Cecil Corbin-Mark, a clean energy revolution, and community access to state funds.
Solutions for Inclusion w/ Adrianna Quintero
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) needs to be more intentional. This includes the meaningful involvement of BIPOC and hiring and retaining them in leadership roles. Adrianna Quintero is the Senior Director of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion at Energy Foundation. We caught up with her to discuss the potential of philanthropy, Big Greens sourcing funding to other white organizations, and the impacts of lawsuits.
Black is King/Queen w/ La’Meshia “L.A” Whittington-Kaminski
Speaking truth empowers generations and communities whose history has been buried. We embody our connection to our heritage, culture, and land, and when those things are poisoned, we are left vulnerable. La’Meshia “L.A.” Whittington-Kaminski is the Deputy Director of Advance Carolina and Campaigns Director for NC Black Alliance. We caught up with her to discuss The Kingdom of Happy Land, the history of the EJ movement, and #RespectMyVote.
Generations of Lead w/ Michelle Mabson
Lead is a neurotoxin that has been intentionally used to inflict genocide upon Black people, ranging from family homes to the prison industrial complex. The effects of environmental justice are intergenerational so we must work to create policy for change and to hold agencies accountable. Michelle T. Mabson is a Healthy Communities staff scientist at Earthjustice and a co-founder of Black Millenials 4 Flint. We caught up with her to discuss translating the intersectionality of science, rebuilding the EPA, and “Big Greens” making space for organizations with fewer resources.
Activism Online w/ Lauren Ritchie
Social media has become a vehicle for activism. With climate celebrity culture on the rise, one begins to question whether people are using movements to gain a following or genuinely educating the masses. Lauren Ritchie is an intersectional climate activist and the founder of @itsecogal. We caught up with her to discuss climate change in the Caribbean, connecting climate and social justice, and online vs offline activism.
The Marathon Continues w/ Rep. Barbara Lee
Women Members of the Congressional Black Caucus have consistently had A+ scorecards in environmental and climate policy. They have been champions for decades, yet are not uplifted by the movement like they should be. Rep. Barbara Lee is the U.S. Representative for California’s 13th Congressional District. We caught up with her to discuss holding members of Congress accountable, supporting the Green New Deal, and where faith and environmentalism intersect.
Young, Elected, & Black w/ Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta
Everything is intersectional and interdisciplinary. Systems of injustice work in tandem, and we must work together so we do not recreate or internalize them. Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta is the first openly LGBTQ+ person of color and one of the youngest members elected to the Pennsylvania General Assembly. We caught up with him to discuss multi-issued causes, voter suppression, and a Just Transition.
Abolitionists’ Revolution w/ Destiny Harris
Abolition is tearing down systems and reimagining the world we want to live in. Violence comes from a lack of resources, and supplying oppressive systems with more resources is ineffective. Destiny Harris is a Black queer organizer, artist, abolitionist, and poet from the West Side of Chicago. We caught up with her to discuss the history of redlining and segregation in Chicago, being a 21st century abolitionist, and her top five Chicago artists.
Black Ownership w/ Kristal Hansley
In order for us to survive and thrive, we must transition to a green economy where there is opportunity for not only jobs but ownership. Black women are the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs in the country. Kristal Hansley is the first Black woman in the U.S. to own a community solar company, as the founder and CEO of WeSolar Inc. We caught up with her to discuss bridging the gap in the solar industry, solar legislation, and launching a business during a pandemic.
Protect the Arctic Part 3 w/ Isaiah Horace
Protect the Arctic is a special 3 part series on The Coolest Show. We are covering the urgency to preserve the Arctic Refuge from the Trump administration’s efforts to expand oil and gas development. Their plan is to lease 1.6 million acres on the Coastal Plains of the Arctic Refuge before the end of the year, and the plan must be stopped. This episode is in Part 3 in the series, and we speak to Isaiah Horace, a member of the Youth Council of the Gwich’in Steering Committee, to hear his view as a young adult who has found essential meaning and purpose in the traditions of his people. Listen to all three parts and take action in solidarity with the Gwich’in people at think100climate.com/arctic!
Protect the Arctic Part 2 w/ Chad Brown
Protect the Arctic is a special 3 part series on The Coolest Show. We are covering the urgency to preserve the Arctic Refuge from the Trump administration’s efforts to expand oil and gas development. Their plan is to lease 1.6 million acres on the Coastal Plains of the Arctic Refuge before the end of the year, and the plan must be stopped. This episode is Part 2 of the series and features Chad Brown, the founder of Soul River Inc., and delves into his deep personal connection he has to the Arctic Refuge as a military veteran and Black man in America.
Protect the Arctic Part 1 w/ Bernadette Demientieff
Protect the Arctic is a special 3 part series on The Coolest Show. We are covering the urgency to preserve the Arctic Refuge from the Trump administration’s efforts to expand oil and gas development. Their plan is to lease 1.6 million acres on the Coastal Plains of the Arctic Refuge before the end of the year, and the plan must be stopped. This episode is Part 1 of the series and features Bernadette Demientieff, the Executive Director of the Gwich’in Steering Committee. She discusses the Gwich’in people’s way of life and strong opposition to drilling in the Arctic.
Policy and Pollution w/ Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva & Rep. Donald McEachin
The Environmental Justice for All Act holds the government and industry accountable to the people and gives communities the right to redress. Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-03) and Rep. Donald McEachin (VA-04) introduced the bill in the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this year. We caught up with them to discuss the gutting of the EPA, voting for our future, and rebuilding climate resilient communities. Climate change should be a bipartisan issue because access to a clean and safe environment is a human right.
Hood Politics w/ Mia X
As we commemorate the 15th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, we are actively grieving those we have lost to COVID-19. The legacy of resilience is present in today’s generation, as they refuse to sweep issues like the aftermath of Katrina under the rug. Mia X is a best selling author, professor of music, and known as the Mother of Southern Gangsta Rap from the notorious No Limit Records. We caught up with her to discuss bridging cultural differences with Hip Hop, the importance of food and health, and preparing communities to prevent another Katrina.
Realism w/ Bree Newsome
To dismantle systems and build the world we want to live in we must be conscious of the culture we create in this moment. Systemic racism is the “through line” of all issues so we must center anti-racism in our actions. Bree Newsome is an artist and human rights activist. We caught up with her to discuss cultural production, removing symbols of white supremacy, and the reflection of life in art.
Pandemic Artivism w/ Antonique Smith
COVID-19 is changing life as we know it and it’s showing us how unequal crises are. Antonique Smith is a Grammy nominated singer, actress, artivist, climate champion, and has been a co-host on The Coolest Show. On this special episode, she and Rev Yearwood catch up to discuss being an artist and artivist in 2020, staying creative during the pandemic, and if and how the entertainment industry will survive.
Community Control w/ Rahwa Ghirmatzion
“Now is the moment to make a significant shift. Now is the moment to root in love and justice. Now is the moment to create economies that actually work for everyone.” Rahwa Ghirmatzion is the Executive Director of PUSH Buffalo. We caught up with her to discuss collective responsibility, community ownership, and the rich history of Buffalo, New York.
Shifting Power w/ Gina McCarthy
Climate is not just a planet problem, it’s a people problem. This is the time to shift power within the climate movement towards people driven just solutions. Gina McCarthy is the President and CEO of NRDC and former EPA Administrator under President Obama. We caught up with her to what she has learned from past movements, what an intergenerational approach looks like, and taking time to elevate ourselves.
Comedy as Critique w/ Caty Borum Chattoo
Comedy is often used to critique the status quo, disrupt harmful dominant narratives, and invite needed hope and optimism into challenging issues. Using comedy in activism can help people digest the serious and often overwhelming topic of the climate crisis. Caty Borum Chattoo is the executive director of the Center for Media & Social Impact. We caught up with her to discuss comedy as a shared cultural language, her new book and the report she wrote on the impact of Think 100% and our Co-created climate comedy project,Ain’t Your Mama’s Heat Wave.
Bailout Mainstreet w/ Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán
It is time to get on track. The fossil fuel industry has received billions of dollars in COVID-19 relief funds, while communities of color see increased poisoning and vulnerability to the pandemic. We must continue to mobilize and build coalitions, as there is strength in numbers. Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán is U.S. Congresswoman for California’s 44th District. We caught up with her to discuss fossil fuel bailouts, police brutality, climate smart ports, and change at the top.
Moms Strike Back w/ Heather McTeer Toney
As the pandemic continues, so are the Trump administration’s environmental rollbacks. With weakened restrictions on monitoring air pollution, we have no idea how bad it really is. Heather McTeer Toney is the National Field Director of Moms Clean Air Force, former mayor of Greenville, Mississippi, and former Regional Administrator for the EPA under the Obama administration. We caught up with her to discuss environmental policy, trust building, and internal transformation.
Youth to Power w/ Jamie Margolin
Young climate activists carry the weight of the world on their shoulders in a world that is ever presenting new crises and challenges. How do they cope? How do they thrive? . Jamie Margolin is the co-founder of This Is Zero Hour and author of Youth to Power: Your Voice and How to Use It. We caught up with her to discuss 21st century activism, colonialism and the climate crisis, intersectional environmentalism, and her new book.
Not The Last Poets w/ jessica Care moore
Words are powerful and even revolutionary. rt and culture connects our experiences and uplifts.. As an acclaimed poet, author, executive producer of Black Women Rock!, and CEO of Moore Black Press, jessica Care moore represents the nexus of hip hop, activism, and storytelling. We caught up with her to discuss the power of poetry, knowing Black history, her hometown of Detroit, environmental justice, and her newest book We Want Our Bodies Back.
Course Correcting w/ Marilyn Waite
How do we create a world where sustainability values of social cohesion, environmental consciousness, inter-generational equity, and economic health are the drivers of decision-making and business practices? This is the vision of global citizen Marilyn Waite, who leads the climate and clean energy finance portfolio at the Hewlett Foundation. We caught up with Marilyn to discuss some of the steps to make that vision a reality, which requires course correcting the climate movement to become anti-racist.
History Lives w/ Tara Houska
Systemic racism and structural inequity is deeply rooted in the history of America. But it’s not history – it’s reality for Indigenous people and people of color in 2020. As an Indigenous leader and freedom fighter, Tara Houska is on the frontlines, using her skills as a lawyer and organizer against the machines of injustice. We caught up with her to discuss her work to stop the Line 3 Tarsands oil pipeline, COVID-19’s impact on Indigenous people, the intersection of Indigenous rights and the Black lives matter movement.We also learn how she is doing after being maced and arrested by the Minneapolis police while protesting George Floyd’s murder.
Another Path w/ Jacqueline Patterson
While we are being killed by police and vigilante violence, we are also dying a death of a thousand cuts by pollution in our lungs. Corporations poison our air and water, violate our rules and laws hundreds of times over. But we are up against a three strikes and you’re out justice system. One out of every three Black boys born today can expect to go to prison in their lifetime, but polluters never end up behind bars. These are the realities of injustice in our country that Jacqui Patterson, Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program, has been working to change for decades as a researcher, advocate, and activist.
Take a Look w/ Dr. Adrienne Hollis
Advocating for what is right has been a journey, and Dr. Adrienne Hollis sits down with Rev to remind us that now is not the time to fear while facing the challenges ahead. Dr. Hollis is the Senior Climate Justice and Health Scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists. She recounts what influenced her to study law and science and the impact of the youth in the climate justice movement. Rev and Dr. Hollis address the influential green organizations and the lack of diversity in these establishments while suppressing voices of color.
Time for Transformation w/ Dr. Mildred McClain
In a period of powerful uprising for racial justice, we armor ourselves with love.. The living legend Dr. Mildred McClain joins The Coolest Show this week and shares why love is her leading force, how we can draw inspiration from those who came before us, and the necessity of communities of color taking the lead. Dr. Mildred McClain co-founded and is Executive Director of the Harambee House/Citizens For Environmental Justice, a community based organization in Savannah, Georgia, whose mission is to build the capacity of communities to solve their problems and to engage in positive growth and development. Conversations with Dr. McClain are nourishment for the soul!
We. Can’t. Breathe. w/ Emerald Garner
Emerald Garner is the daughter of Eric Garner, who was choked and killed by NYPD in 2014. His last words, which were recorded on video for the world to see, were “I can’t breathe.” George Floyd cried out with the same words as he died at the hands of Minneapolis police. Emerald discusses why it’s so dangerous to move through the environment while Black, whether birding in central park, sitting in your car at a park, or running down suburban tree-lined streets.
Black Lives Affirmation w/ Tamika Mallory
Tamika Mallory spoke with us as she was on the ground in Minneapolis seeking justice for George Floyd — which followed her trip to Louisville seeking justice for Breonna Taylor. She lays out why and how we must all come together to challenge police violence, racism, and environmental injustice.
“Examining the Clues” w/ Dr. Beverly Wright
Dr. Wright is an environmental justice pioneer and movement matriarch who gives us a deep historical perspective on what’s at stake and what the path forward should be. She’s a grassroots community leader who has been at the frontlines for decades, addressing environmental and health inequities along the Louisiana Mississippi River Chemical Corridor and the Gulf Coast Region, a.k.a. Cancer Alley. This episode was recorded days before the murder of George Floyd. It could not have been a more apt precursor to the current national discussion we are having on racial justice.
Always for Our People w/ Elizabeth Yeampierre
Returning from a brief hiatus due to COVID-19, Season 2 of The Coolest Show on Climate Change is back with weekly episodes. We could not return with a more insightful interview than this week’s conversation with Elizabeth Yeampierre, Executive Director of UPROSE, Brooklyn’s, oldest Latino community-based organization. UPROSE is an intergenerational, multi-racial, nationally recognized community organization, which promotes sustainability and resiliency in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park neighborhood. Rev Yearwood and Elizabeth discuss the mutual pain and mutual hope in movement building and the work of aligning climate solutions and racial justice as one mission.