United States, Ed Hawkins, White House Fellow discussed on The Energy Gang

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This is a good wrap up to our last conversation. Collective action on climate is much more powerful than individual action or individual state and regional action. So we we say a lot. We talk a lot about how are the administration. The current administration is rolling back public policies, but it's okay because it he's in states are taking action and corporates are taking action. Well, in the end, it turns out that it would be a lot better if all of it were happening, but they have a very data driven as the report would lead you to believe approach to this and. I just thought it was good that it came out. I think it's something we should all read at some point. We may want to even talk about it in more detail what your second one. Yeah. The second one is just how humbling it is to have people all over. Listen to the show from all different backgrounds, all different political persuasions also. So I've heard from people on the far. Right. I've heard from senators. I have hurt US senators. I've heard from all kinds of people. One of the most impressive as an example was a young woman who came to me and she said, I'm a fan of the show. I'm also White House fellow, which is a very prestigious position to get. And she said, I'm trying to think about what I'm gonna do next. And this happens a lot where people come and chat, and I love listening to young people in what are they wanna do I, I can't always lay a bunch of wisdom on them, but I ask them a lot of questions and just have a general interest in in meeting people. Will it turns out this young woman is named cherise, David's and she. Just won the democratic primary in Kansas. Third district, she is a mixed martial arts professional, a native American and part of the LGBTQ community and is just astounding. And she's a fan of the show. So I'm every day blown away by not just people from, you know that there are so many people who listen, but people who really care about what we talk about an m m. unhappy to be some small part of that. That's so cool. It's a testament to the power of this medium to because we can have a successful financially sustainable show that allows us to talk about a niche subject of great importance to people in the world and to influence people who are making decisions in the world. You know, ultimately, hopefully make the world a better place a hit, even hate using that term just because it's so Silicon Valley, but. You know to to truly like make an impact. And it goes back to the power of the podcasting medium. It allows us to do what what we can do every week. Yeah, it's great to be part of it. So as I was reading the losing earth feature, I saw a couple of tweets come through from guy name at Hawkins. He's a climate scientists at the university of reading and Ed Hawkins is known in social media for putting together the coolest graphs about climate change, that you can think of us coolest with air quotes because you know who really thinks that graphs that show extreme planetary warming are actually that cool that they are cooling that they get people thinking about climate change differently. So his latest visualization project is climate bar codes, and he uses bar codes to illustrate how much warming we have seen above twentieth century average. Ages in regions all around the world and in specific countries and regions. And you can see the colors change in the bar code over time and the lines get fatter, and fatter and fatter. So it's taking something that we know and recognize a bar code and applying increases in temperature averages. And it's just, you know, it's really stark like you can clearly see how quickly temperatures are changing as you know, the decades move on. He's also done another famous one that really broke through cautious must have been last year. I can't remember when it was, but it was. It's really cool. It's the climate spirals, and essentially you can see this little wheel turning and it's this little jagged line. That's the that's a wheel turning and slowly you see the spiral emerge, and that's how much temperatures have risen over twentieth.

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