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Youth Activists -Episode 30 Geoversiv – Earth Intelligence

Kathryn Kaiser and Clara Garner are high-achieving high school seniors with big college plans.  They are also inexhaustibly energetic in the youth movement designed to change adults' future-vision.  Organized under the ClimateGeneration mantle and the YEA program (Youth Environmental Activists), they meet, and often graciously confront, legislators, city council members and anyone who will listen to them.  Their message is simple:  We are here and you need to pay attention to us, because we will soon be voting.  The message, never spoken, is clear:  "Do the right thing when it comes to climate change laws, regulations and policy, or you won't be in office when we become adults.  You will be charmed by these two young women, and if you are like the hosts of this podcast, you will come away with a sense of peace and comfort knowing there are hundreds of thousands of young people like them who are willing to put it all on the line for what they know is their futures, currently in the hands of men and women who fail youth at their public peril. 
  1. Youth Activists -Episode 30
  2. Professor Nancy Maclean – Episode #29 The Koch Effect
  3. Susan Joy Hassol – The Common Language of Climate Change – 028
  4. Dr. Jessica Hellmann – Geoengineering Caution-027
  5. Dr. Edward Maibach – Communicating Climate -023- 4/16/21
  6. Dr. Benjamin Santer-Part II -Episode 026
  7. Dr. Benjamin Santer – Episode 025
  8. Todd Churchill – Beef Nature's Way – 024
  9. Environmental Justice -Tina Johnson – Episode 022
  10. Climate Finance and Policy – Dr. Sandra Guzman – Episode 021

The Geoversiv Earth Intelligence podcast is your window into the frontier work of imagining, designing, forging, and securing a future of sustainable health and resilience, open to all. Legendary investigative journalist and long-time television news anchor Don Shelby is the host and executive producer of Geoversiv Earth Intelligence. The lead contributors are Myra Jackson and Joe Robertson.


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