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Outrage + Optimism

May 13, 2021

This week, the Nature Agenda. A forest the size of France has regrown since 2000 and The Biden administration introduced its “America the Beautiful” plan. In it, they plan to conserve 30 percent of the nation’s land and water by 2030, calling it the country’s first-ever national conservation goal. Long overdue, but on the table.


Speaking of nature, later in the episode we discuss the role philanthropy can play in accelerating innovative actions and radical collaboration across movements to meet the impact of the climate crisis with the requisite attention. ‘A Fund for the Earth’ as it were.


We invite Dr. Andrew Steer, formerly President and CEO of the World Resources Institute, and as of April 2021, the CEO and President of the Bezos Earth Fund, to talk us through the opportunities and challenges ahead for philanthropy as we begin to make the systemic transition to a green economy.  We ask how he will be looking to spend his whopping $10 Billion (with a B) budget to secure the SDGs by 2030 and create the biggest impact to accelerate various sectors towards their positive tipping points.


And an absolute smash this week in music from Marie Spaemann. Listen in!



Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now!


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Thank you to our guest this week, Andrew Steer!


Andrew Steer

President & CEO, Bezos Earth Fund

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Our musical guest this week is Marie Spaemann!

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Tap in to watch the live performance of ‘Oscar’s Dream’



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