Maria Virginia Olano

eXchange Southwest: Hundreds convene to discuss smart, ambitious climate policy

After last week’s global climate march one thing was clear: there is more momentum and public support than ever before for meaningful climate action. The question that remains to be answered is what that action is, how it differs in...

The Amazon burns, but it’s ourselves we need to be praying for

As a diver, the vastness and power of the ocean have always been both grounding and humbling to me. Humbling because when in the ocean, you can see how small, vulnerable, and –dare I say –insignificant we really are, and...

Can Humanity’s History be the Solution for our Future?

Last year I read Yuval Noah Harari’s bestseller Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. The book is an exploration of the history of humanity on Earth, and how we came to form our current civilizations (this is not an ad...

Now what? We can’t blame our way out of climate change

Nearly everything we understand about global warming today was known in 1979. By that year, data collected since 1957 confirmed what had been theorized since before the turn of the 20th century: Human beings have altered Earth’s atmosphere mainly through...

Now What? Why there are not two sides to this story

“This is just too well-established to follow the journalism practice of having both sides. I don’t have to bring in someone to debate gravity, it’s the same here… The idea that there are two sides is a carefully cultivated lie.” This...

Seminario Web: El Rol del Precio del Carbono en una Transición Justa

Hace mucho tiempo que sabemos que el cambio climático perjudica de manera desproporcionada a las comunidades de color y de bajos ingresos. Estudios recientes muestran que el 80% de latinos en Estados Unidos viven en áreas que no cumplen con...

Now What? The Nobel Prize was a win for civil society in general

“The Nobel Prize is an accomplishment for civil society in general, and I hope that people working on other issues take a bit of credit for this as well.” This week on the podcast, we are doing things a little differently....

Now What? The data doesn’t speak for itself, you have to speak for it

“When people say human caused climate change is just a theory, I tell them well gravity is just a theory too, but if you fall off a cliff, you’re going down.” Susan Joy Hassol is the Director of Climate Communication, a...

Now What? Scaring people doesn’t lead to action, here is what does

“In order to get people to take action against risks, such as climate change – you can’t just scare them into action, you can’t just talk about the threat, but you also have to talk about the ways in which...