Climate solutions, changemakers, and celebrities: major UN podcast series launched | United Nations climate action podcast
Around the world, young people are refusing to accept the state of the climate and are fighting to make the planet a better place for them, their families and their communities.
However, their stories are often overshadowed by the stream of disturbing and sometimes overwhelming news about climate change and the real, immediate threats it poses to life on this planet.
Young activists are changing their communities
The young Kenyan entrepreneur Nzambi Matee, whose company produces sustainable, inexpensive building materials from recycled plastic, can be seen in No Denying It UN News / Grece Kaneiya
One more reason to emphasize the fact that while governments and large corporations need to fundamentally transform the global economy, we all have the power to make positive changes in our communities and encourage others to do something similar: Seemingly small projects can make a big difference.
The activists, engineers and entrepreneurs featured in this series range from a young engineer in Kenya who uses waste to make inexpensive building materials, to a social entrepreneur who has built a network for young climate leaders in South America, to the founder of the first fishing school in Greece that trains fishermen to collect plastic from the sea.
Each is working in their own way on initiatives that could be rolled out to other countries and regions to solve some of the planet’s major environmental problems, such as pollution, waste, water scarcity and of course the use of fossil fuels.
The title of the series reflects the fact that so-called “climate change deniers” have lost the argument: The fact of the human-made climate simply cannot be denied anymore. There really is no denying it – we have to tackle the climate emergency. The burning of fossil fuels for energy production must stop. It can be done, but it will require solutions in every industry, of every scale, and in every country in the world.
Supportive star power
Each episode of No Denying is narrated by a high-profile celebrity, many of whom are ambassadors of goodwill and ambassadors for peace.
They include actress Michelle Yeoh, who starred in the upcoming Marvel Studios movie Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and is best known for roles in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and the Bond movie Tomorrow Never Dies
Ms. Yeoh has been associated with the United Nations for several years as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Development Program, where she has focused on empowering the most vulnerable, including women, people living in poverty and affected by disasters and crises .
The first episode, which was released on August 26, features an interview with Chief Dana Tizya-Tramm, the elected chief of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation based in Old Crow, Canada.
Mr. Tizya-Tramm is helping arctic communities move away from polluting fossil fuels and become more sustainable by using renewable sources like solar energy. This episode is narrated by Ezra Miller, star of the Fantastic Beasts films, and the upcoming Flash movie.
You can find more information about No Denying It and all episodes here. You can also find the series wherever you can get your podcasts.
The 10 episodes of the series, produced by UN News and Good To Do Today, an independent podcast production company, will be released every Thursday, August 26th to October 28th, on the eve of the COP26 UIN climate change conference in Glasgow, which will appear as crucial step towards a more sustainable world is being billed.