On Thursday, the United Nations released No Denying It, a new 10-part climate action podcast that includes conversations with inspiring youth activists as well as the voices of internationally famous celebrities including actors Ed Norton and Michelle Yeoh.
Young people all over the world are refusing to accept the current status of the climate and are fighting to improve the earth for themselves, their families, and their communities.
Their stories, however, are frequently eclipsed by the steady stream of alarming, and at times overwhelming, news about climate change and the actual, urgent threats it poses to life on our planet.
All the more reason to emphasize that, while governments and big business must radically restructure the global economy, we all have the potential to make positive changes in our communities and persuade others to do the same: seemingly minor efforts can have huge consequences.
The activists, engineers, and entrepreneurs featured in this series range from a young woman engineer in Kenya who uses waste to make low-cost building materials, to a social entrepreneur in South America who has built a network for young climate leaders, and the founder of Greece’s first fishing school, which teaches fishermen to collect plastic from the sea.
Each is working on programmes that may be reproduced in other countries and regions, assisting in the resolution of some of the world’s most pressing environmental issues, such as pollution, waste, water scarcity, and, of course, fossil fuel use.
The series’ title reflects the fact that so-called “climate change deniers” have lost the argument: the reality of man-made climate change can no longer be contested. There is no way around it: we must address the climate emergency. The use of fossil fuels to generate energy must come to an end. It is possible, but it will necessitate answers in every industry, at every scale, and in every country on the planet.
Every episode of No Denying is narrated by a famous person, many of them are Goodwill Ambassadors and Peace Messengers.
Michelle Yeoh, who plays Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings in the next Marvel Studios film, is best recognised for her appearances in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and the Bond blockbuster Tomorrow Never Dies.
Ms. Yeoh has been a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme for several years, where she works on empowering the most vulnerable, such as women, those living in poverty, and those affected by disasters and crises.
Chief Dana Tizya-Tramm, elected chief of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation in Old Crow, Canada, is interviewed in the first episode, which was released on August 26.
Mr. Tizya-Tramm is assisting Arctic communities in making the transition from polluting fossil fuels to more sustainable renewable energy sources like solar electricity. Ezra Miller, star of the Fantastic Beasts films and the next Flash film, narrates this episode.
The ten episodes of the series, produced by UN News and Good To Do Today, an independent podcast production company, will be released every Thursday from August 26 to October 28, on the eve of the COP26 UIN climate conference in Glasgow, which is being billed as a critical step toward a more sustainable world.