Outrage + Optimism / Special Series
Race to Zero
The stories of change-makers overcoming challenges, building new opportunities and fuelling this consequential race against time as the real economy shifts gears toward a zero emissions future.
About this series
History will look back at the 2020s as the most decisive decade in human history. The choices we make now will determine the kind of world this generation – and all those yet to come – will inhabit. As we often discuss on this podcast, science demands that we halve global greenhouse gas emissions by the end of this decade, to eventually reach net zero by 2050. Doing so will pull us away from the cliff’s edge, into a world that is fundamentally better – cleaner, more equal, safer, healthier and with an abundance of jobs and opportunities. The simple scientific truth means that the systems that underpin the global economy must shift to new, low carbon ways of operating and we must protect nature at the same time. This is unprecedented but it is in our hands to achieve. The only question is whether we can shift fast enough to avert the worst impacts of climate change. We’re at the turning point now – but everyone needs to play their part to make it happen faster. Can we count you in?
The Race to Zero is a campaign initiated by the High Level Climate Action Champions, to activate all sectors – local governments, business, finance, citizens – to embolden national governments to step up to the immense challenge and opportunities of this moment. During 2021 Outrage + Optimism is in the Race to Zero. We will explore the stories of change-makers overcoming challenges, building new opportunities and fueling this consequential race against time. We’ll expose the triumphs and the pitfalls, and most importantly, chart the pursuit of a high-stakes goal, where losing is quite simply unacceptable.
128: COP26 Halfway Point: A City of Two Tales With Nigel Topping
08 November 2021
One week down, one to go.
127: Live from COP26! Energy For People and Planet
04 November 2021
Coming to you LIVE from Energy Day at COP26! So, energy and climate change. Where should we start?
125: Banking on Net Zero with Noel Quinn
02 November 2021
This week, we’re joined by Group Chief Executive of HSBC, Noel Quinn.
122: What The Hale?! Introducing the Net Zero Tracker with Thomas Hale
27 October 2021
Tom Hale is BACK and here to announce the official Launch of the Net Zero Tracker!
109: The Race to Resilience!
08 July 2021
The Race to Resilience is on!
108: Climate, Fossil Fuels and the Future of Shell with Ben van Beurden
03 July 2021
This week, something different. An exclusive interview with Shell CEO, Ben van Beurden.
100: Financing The Race to Zero!
06 May 2021
Welcome to the third episode of our Race To Zero series!
93: The Race To Zero! Extreme Electrification with Nico Rosberg and Sara Price
18 March 2021
This is the second episode in our Race To Zero series!
91: The Race to Zero! Road to COP26
05 March 2021
Welcome to the first episode of our new Race To Zero series!