Humanism, Climate Change and Tagore
What got us here can get us out only if we change the way we think Can the tools that we have — science, technology and business — address the issues that we face from climate change? After all, these are the very things that has brought us to this problem. So it is right to be skeptical. But then in the limited time these tools are all that we have. It is not practical to think that we will build everything afresh . This difficult problem can be solved if we use the same tools with a different mindset. This is why the philosophy of Rabindranath Tagore, the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913 may need to be resurrected.
Podcast: Something priceless out of nothing
How can climate companies be scaled? 2 people attract 15 volunteers. These 15 volunteers are supported by people across the UK. Seeing the success of this first group, scores of groups spring up across the UK and the world all working on recycling plastic waste for products such as survival blankets for people who have nothing else to keep warm during the winter. The groups partner with corporate organisations, charities and public bodies. Scaling this organisation does not take money, it needs “admin time”. Is this how future of climate business should look like?
Podcast: Reinventing investing for climate crisis
Join together , solve climate change Suppose millions of people come together to fund innovations that have the highest impact on solving the climate crisis. The areas they target are the priority areas science is telling us to focus on, not just the VC flavour of the year. The innovations they support are examined by intelligent common people as well as by experts. The innovators license out the technology so that solutions scale rapidly. That is what Time for Planet is trying to build and making progress on.
Podcast: Rescuing food from being wasted
We cannot expect everything that we want at all times. Wasted food leads to a greenhouse gas emissions. Not only is food waste causing global warming but climate change will lead to greater food waste. Extreme events will damage crops. Unseasonal flowering will lead to short term surpluses. Food is wasted because as consumers we have some unsustainable habits and because retailers are seeking efficiency. Oddbox provides growers an option to sell the fruits and vegetables rejected by retailers and compensates them for cost of growing.
Collaboration is must for innovation
Innovating for a competitive edge is only part of the story The inside story behind the dramatic drop in renewable energy prices is often quite mundane. In this podcast, we discuss with Angus Vantach-Wood how nitty gritty technical and commercial details led to the rapid decline of offshore wind prices…
Podcast: Green Hydrogen and Circular Economy
Can you make green hydrogen from agriculture waste? Green hydrogen is necessary to decarbonise industry. It is possible to make green hydrogen from electrolysis process from renewable energy but the UK government has given out grants to test various ways of making green hydrogen from biomass. A few of them…
Podcast: Nurturing businesses to seed investment
Can the high mortality of early stage businesses be reduced? Helping climate businesses to get their first customers and the first seed investment is a very tough job. The Greenhouse at the at the Centre for Climate Change Innovation gets it done for about 60 to 70% of the companies…
What happens if the climate “trillions” does not materalize?
We need to adopt frugal innovation Every report on climate finance claims that we need trillions to adapt to climate change and moans that the money is not coming through. In this podcast Jaideep Prabhu , the international frugal innovation guru, contemplates the future where not enough money is available soon enough. His message is one of hope. Section 1: First 22 minutes about how you can do a lot with less.
Understand risks, proactively reduce vulnerability
How do you know what exact climate risks you will be exposed to? Climate change , by itself, will not cause disastrous impact. Vulnerability to it will. To reduce vulnerability, public and private managers will have to be clear headed about risks and plan for them. It is not hard…