We’re partnering with Earth Day Network to bring you the Climate Bridges podcast series. These interviews pair emerging climate leaders with veteran climate activists to discuss their passions and challenges and to envision a sustainable future.

The goal of this series is to use the climate crisis as an intergenerational bridge – to encourage conversations between leaders and learn how civic action can translate to climate action.

Recent Episodes

Jesse Gerstin & Hunter Lovins

This episode features Hunter Lovins, a giant in the renewable energy field and founder of Natural Capitalism Solutions, and Jesse Gerstin, Director of Sustainable Business at SimpliPhi Power, and former director of the Clinton Climate Initiative. Jesse has his MBA in sustainability from Bard College, where Hunter was his instructor and mentor.

Jesse and Hunter explore how renewable energy makes economic sense, what a regenerative recovery from COVID-19 might look like and how we can make sure that this recovery is equitable, inclusive and just.

Fatuma Emmad & John Piotti

This episode about sustainable agriculture features Fatuma Emmad, founder of Front Line Farming, and John Piotti, CEO of American Farmland Trust. In this episode they will explore how regenerative farming techniques are combatting the climate crisis, and they will unpack the layers of injustice that are baked into our current food system from farm to fork. This episode was recorded on May 11, 2020.

Liliana Flanigan & Denis Hayes

Our first episode of Climate Bridges features a conversation Denis Hayes, the organizer of the first Earth Day, and Liliana Flanigan, a youth climate activist and high school senior from Grand Junction, Colorado. This interview was recorded on April 6, 2020, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Now, more than ever, we need to talk. The Alliance Center and Earth Day Network are launching the Climate Bridges podcast to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, on April 22.

In this series we will feature conversations between emerging climate leaders and veteran climate activists to discuss what drives them, the challenges they face and how they think we can best solve our most pressing problems. Our goal is to use the climate crisis as an intergenerational bridge to encourage conversations between leaders of all ages and to learn how civic and climate action can translate to real results.

Please join us each month, as we bring together activists, scientists, artists, students, farmers and more to explore how we are all connected in the fight for the future of our planet.

What People Are Saying

“I just listened to the first Climate Bridges podcast, and I love it! I’m completely energized and inspired. I highly encourage everyone to listen and subscribe – the future speaker lineup is impressive.”
-Betsy Moszeter | Chief Operating Officer, Green Alpha Advisors