Monthly Archives: November 2014

Sacred Earth: a Conversation with Dekila Chungyalpa



In this podcast WWF’s Dekila Chungyalpa, discusses the organization’s Sacred Earth program, which engages religious leaders and faith communities as stakeholders in the organization’s work. Religious leaders, Chungyalpa says, have long been the missing piece of conservation. Scientists often want to distance themselves from religion, or from addressing the moral and ethical questions inherent in many of our most critical environmental dilemmas. This idea that religion threatens science has been an Achilles heel, she says; instead, these leaders help reframe environmental issues in a way that resonates within their communities.


From Forest to Farmland and Moraine to Meadow: When did the Anthropocene Begin?



The start date for what scientists call the Anthropocene – the era in which human activities begin to have a significant global impact on Earth’s ecosystems – varies widely. Some researchers point to the industrial revolution, others look much further back. In this podcast Jed Kaplan, of the Institute of Earth Surface Dynamics, University of Lausanne, Switzerland, discusses his research, focused on the role of the Earth’s land surface in the climate system — and what it reveals about how humans were transforming ecosystem more than 3,000 years ago.


Grasslands, Compost and Climate Change Mitigation: a Conversation with Whendee Silver



In this podcast, Whendee Silver, Yale F&ES ’97 (PhD) and professor of ecosystem ecology at U.C. Berkeley, outlines how the use of composted organic material (agricultural and green waste) on rangeland soils can increase carbon storage and decrease greenhouse gas emissions.


Peter Couchman of the Plunkett Foundation talks Co-Operation



The Plunkett Foundation is a organization based in Oxfordshire, England. Their work helps predominantly rural communities set up and maintain multiple types of co-operatives: community shops, co-operative pubs, and community food enterprises amongst others. Peter Couchman is the CEO of the Plunkett Foundation, and has spend most of his working life in the co-operative movement.


Examining the Cultural Meaning of Place: a Conversation with Elizabeth Barlow Rogers



In this podcast Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, president of the Foundation for Landscape Studies and founding president of the Central Park Conservancy, discusses her work as a landscape design historian and a writer examining the cultural meaning of place.


Andy Nathan from Victor & Spoils



Chief marketing officer of Victor & Spoils, Andy Nathan, will share his experiences building the world’s first advertising agency based on crowdsourcing principles. Nathan uses marketing to create a healthier America. His most recent project pitted Kale against Broccoli in an effort to get more Americans to eat their (fad-free) vegetables. Hear him talk about his work, advertising culture,and conscious capitalism.


Building a Social Network for Climate Action: a Conversation with Alexander Verbeek



In this podcast Yale World Fellow Alexander Verbeek, strategic policy advisory on global issues at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, discusses how to build an robust social network — and how to use it effectively to communicate key issues and build a global community.


An Integrated Approach to Climate Action: a Conversation with Alexander Verbeek



In this podcast Yale World Fellow Alexander Verbeek, strategic policy advisory on global issues at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, discusses how we might address some of the most critical environmental issues with an integrated approach that has governments working together with industry, civil society, and think tanks.