Mar 29, 2017
It’s an Earth Day extravaganza! Earth Day Co-Founder Denis Hayes and
climate change icon Bill
McKibben visit America
Adapts. This episode is coming out on the same day that
President Trump rescinded the climate change rules established
under President Obama. Take action by listening to Bill and Denis
share their experiences, as they offer advice on what to do
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Denis Hayes, Co-Founder of the original Earth Day and CEO of the
- HISTORY OF EARTH DAY – Denis describes the original Earth Day
in 1970 and the political environment at the time. Denis describes
the bi-partisan nature of environmental issues before President
Nixon executed his southern strategy, which further split the
- ENTER CLIMATE CHANGE - Doug and Denis discuss the unique
challenges of climate change and how it might have been dealt with
on the original Earth Day. Denis explains how climate change was
not yet an issue at the first Earth Day, but then through the 70s,
a consensus developed among scientists that it was a growing
- FROM CARTER TO REAGAN - Denis describes working for President
Carter running the Federal Solar Research Institute. Denis
describes how science and facts were not as controversial as they
are today. Denis describes an ambitious effort to reform the energy
sector that was ultimately scrapped when Reagan came to power.
- EARTH DAY 2020 – Denis and Doug talk about the upcoming 50 year
anniversary of Earth Day.
- THE EMERALD CORRIDOR – Denis talks about his work at the
Bullitt Foundation, which seeks to create a sustainable urban
corridor in the Pacific Northwest. Doug and Denis discuss
adaptation and challenges of planned retreat.
In the second segment, I talk with climate change legend, Bill
McKibben, founder of 350.org.
- BILL MAHER AND CLIMATE CHANGE – Bill discusses his recent
appearance on HBO’s Bill Maher show
and how these unique opportunities create opportunities to reach a
large number of people (and Bill was quite funny on the show).
- PRESIDENT COAL – Bill discusses what the election of Donald
Trump means for progress on climate change. Bill doesn’t spin the
situation: his administration is a pretty devastating
- BIPARTISAN SOLAR – Bill describes the opportunity for
legislative agreement through solar power, which polls extremely
well in both parties.
- ADAPTATION AT 350 – Doug and Bill talk adaptation and if it
takes away from society needing to focus on carbon
mitigation. Bill says, ““Adapt to that you can’t
prevent...but prevent at all cost, that, which you can’t adapt
- THE CLIMATE MARCHES ON - Bill discusses the upcoming climate
change march on April 29th in locations around the world. We talk
about how climate march compliments the science march.
- YOU AND CLIMATE CHANGE - Bill gives advice on what an
individual can do to affect change and how collective action will
be the only effective response. .
Links in episode:
Bill McKibben on the Bill Maher Show
Coming up next week on America Adapts, Judge Alice Hill,
of the Hoover Institution.
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