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Welcome to issue 126 of the climateAction.tech (CAT) Newsletter, your weekly summary of what’s happening inside the CAT community, and in the wider world of climate and tech.
CAT Community News * New to climateAction.tech? Have a quick skim of our community guidelines (https://climate-tech.getoutline.com/share/43230e9e-d9b7-4d38-8e72-7f5df46e5fc1) to get the most out of your experience here. * Weâre looking for an organizer to join our organizing team. Find out more with our role description here (https://climate-tech.getoutline.com/share/34101a7e-775e-45ed-819e-f57de042e25e) . * Even if you’re a techie, civic engagement is a really important lever for climate Action and in many cases, it can be the most impactful one you have available. There’s now a channel for using tech to help with engagement on climate, moderated by a couple of volunteers at democracy nerd house MySociety. Go check it out in #civic-tech (https://climate-tech.slack.com/archives/C03C0KZV933) , read and contribute to the #civic-tech outline page (https://climate-tech.getoutline.com/doc/civic-tech-MxzYTuoaIH) , and say hi!
CALL FOR SPEAKERS * We are looking for speakers for the next CAT Salon event series starting in June! See Heatherâs post in #2-lobby (https://climate-tech.slack.com/archives/C01A0THTQRW) and reach out either in the thread of the post (https://climate-tech.slack.com/archives/C01A0THTQRW/p1644597781194209) or in a DM.
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** ð¬ CAT Events
If you’re looking at organising event in your part of the world, you can ask for help in #events. (https://climate-tech.slack.com/archives/CDH9TKPMM) There’s a CAT event support kit, sample deck and so on to help.
:doughnut: CAT Roulette - 30mins - whenever you find a time
We’re continuing our programme of letting members connect to 1 other CAT member every second week for a nice beverage and chat about climate and tech. It’s a nice way to get to know other CATs, and you can start and stop at any time. Joining the #cat-roulette (https://climate-tech.slack.com/archives/C0202J3UYG7) channel to learn more.
âï¸ CAT Coffee (western friendly)- 19th May - PT 10am | ET 1pm | GMT 6pm | CET 7pm | IST 10:30pm Join for a facilitated conversation, a special #greener-webdev (https://climate-tech.slack.com/archives/CQW898TDZ) pop-up (where you can chat about software engineering, careers, struggles and delights).
Sign up via Meetup (https://www.meetup.com/cat-global/events/rstqssydchbzb/) | Join Via Wonder (https://www.wonder.me/r?id=cdde4ad0-4d3a-4a4d-851d-b58846a95767)
CAT Salon West Panel - Back to Basics in the Push for Systemic Change (https://www.meetup.com/cat-global/events/285843525/) - 7th June - PT 10am | ET 1pm | GMT 6pm | CET 7pm | IST 10:30pm Suitable for beginners and experts, this discussion aims to re-derive the need for societal and economic changes from the climate crisis’s first principles. With Diego Saez Gil, CEO of Pachama, and Paul Gambill, CEO of Nori.
7th June - CAT Coffee (eastern-friendly) - GMT 10am | CET 11am | IST 2:30pm (https://www.meetup.com/cat-global/events/lstqssydcjbkb/) A regular, open event to mingle, share ideas, discuss things or just meet other CAT members. The topics we’ll discuss will vary at every event. CAT volunteers may lightly structure and moderate the chat in a ‘lean coffee’ format.
ð¬ CAT Submitted Events Want an event listed here? Use this event listing form to submit the details so we can add it in the newsletter. (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdCcJz0jkn8huv1yLkuAlyDviccOwVSejwDwcLDDVKmwYPcQQ/viewform) June 15th - Hybrid event with tech.x.climate speakers from Greener and Ecologi - (https://www.meetup.com/GreenTech-South-West/events/285057163/) 6pm BST Green Tech South West presents a hybrid event with insightful talks combining tech and sustainability with brilliants speakers Mehrnaz Tajmir from Greener and Elliot Coad from Ecologi. Join in person or online in Bristol, UK.
June 15th - What If Solving The Climate Crisis Is Simple? 6:30 pm - BST (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/327949394467) What if the numbing complexity of the climate challenge is actually a belief, not a fact? Join guest Tom Bowman, author and campaigner, to explore how solving the climate crisis does not need to be the insurmountable challenge it appears to be. Use code CAT for a free ticket! June 6th - 17th - (https://summit.greensoftware.foundation/) The Green Software Foundation Summit (https://summit.greensoftware.foundation/) - global hybrid and remote (https://summit.greensoftware.foundation/) The Green Software Foundation Global Summit 2022 is a series of free events organized by Green Software Foundation members all around the globe that are passionate about sustainable software development, maintenance, and improvement. June 17th - (https://www.billetweb.fr/workshop-digital-collage-online-by-gael-duez1&multi=12991&color=5190F5&parent=1&color=5190F5) The Digital Collage Online workshop (https://www.billetweb.fr/workshop-digital-collage-online-by-gael-duez1&multi=12991&color=5190F5&parent=1&color=5190F5) A workshop to understand in a fun and interactive way, the impact of digital technology on the environment. A must-participate event already enjoyed by +14 000 people!
Check #events in the CAT slack (https://climate-tech.slack.com/archives/CDH9TKPMM) for more.
ð¤ Podcasts The latest climate-related podcast episodes. Don’t forget, if you’re looking around, there’s a list of podcasts maintained by CATs (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1dCxRnSdgJYehTkPlMA9lNVfw7C9m-mTb2FtIxnbH6AI/edit#gid=0)
The reversing climate change podcast - S3E14: How to Have Fearlessly Curious Conversations in Dangerously Divided Timesâw/ MÃ³nica GuzmÃ¡n (https://nori.com/podcasts/reversing-climate-change/S3E14-How-to-Have-Fearlessly-Curious-Conversations-in-Dangerously-Divided-Timesw-Mnica-Guzmn-e1ij70v) MÃ³nica GuzmÃ¡n has some difficult conversations with her parents. Sheâs a liberal Democrat, while her mom and dad voted enthusiastically for Trump both times.
Sustainababble #250: LIGHT POLLUTION (https://www.sustainababble.fish/?p=1518) The night sky, it seems, is getting brighter. At least according to some not-science we got sent by some not-scientists. But whether itâs true or not (it almost certainly isnât) the question of light pollution got us thinking.
Outrage and Optimisim - #154. African Clean Energy Access: Why Gas Cannot Be The Future Africa Chooses with Rachel Kyte (https://outrageandoptimism.libsyn.com/154-african-clean-energy-access-why-gas-cannot-be-the-future-africa-chooses-with-rachel-kyte) In this episode, we talk about the impacts of living through a global energy crisis while living through a climate crisis.
ClimateOne : COPING WITH CLIMATE THROUGH MUSIC (https://www.climateone.org/audio/coping-climate-through-music) Music and social movements have historically gone hand in hand. Folk music played a unifying role for the labor movements in the United States. Music was central to the protests against the Vietnam War and in favor of Civil Rights. As more people become aware of the climate crisis, music is starting to reflect that.
The Carbon Copy - How air pollution and heat make pregnancy more dangerous (https://www.canarymedia.com/podcasts/the-carbon-copy/how-air-pollution-and-heat-make-pregnancy-more-dangerous) As the Supreme Court appears poised to overturn federal-level abortion protections, we explore the direct link between reproductive health and climate change.
ð° News Highlights
Could Googleâs Carbon Emissions Have Effectively Doubled Overnight? (https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/could-googles-carbon-emissions-have-effectively-doubled-overnight?utm_source=nl&utm_brand=tny&utm_mailing=TNY_McKibben_05202022&utm_campaign=aud-dev&utm_medium=email&bxid=5f3988fa904a477335189d4c&user_id=61896102&hasha=dd1c85dcd27ce81745c6d7ac08f563e0&hashb=cf32c0521ded39aebb4127a9f7384ac0dbaf627b&hashc=51c45bdafa57b398659cd26eb45c7b634b0c51eb5a33a3b449e2e4b9b18223d8&esrc=&utm_term=TNY_ClimateCrisis) A new report suggests the money that Big Tech companies keep in the banking system can do more climate damage than the products they sell.
In Ecuador’s Amazon, youth take up the fight against oil pollution (https://news.trust.org/item/20220520122230-w4nbd/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=trf-climate&utm_content=thread) Young activists in the oil town of Lago Agrio are demanding government action to remove gas flares in the rainforest following a landmark court ruling. See companion twitter thread (https://twitter.com/TRF_Climate/status/1529402138958471169) .
Nature: Stranded fossil-fuel assets translate to major losses for investors in advanced economies (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-022-01356-y) Tackling climate change requires closing many oil and gas fields. Who owns these stranded assets? In Nature, we trace $1.4 trillion in losses at the field to their ultimate owners and show that mainly private persons in rich countries stand to lose.
The Importance of Insets: where mitigation and offsetting mix (https://climatetechvc.substack.com/p/-the-importance-of-insets-where-mitigation) ClimateTech VC on the underappreciated role of carbon insets in decarbonizing Scope 3 supply chains. - Whereas most carbon management frameworks today force us towards acknowledging destructive practices and reducing or covering up their malady, insets give us a view towards a constructive reorganization of processes and technologies that manage inputs more than outputs.
Cutting Carbon Is A Procurement Issue (https://spendnetwork.com/cutting-carbon-procurement-issue/?utm_medium=email&_hsmi=214209449&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8TfJ-xHsgFdyOGQjoG5VFjtGiedyIQyZdRkssE2YyDVM_VcHmsKKKtYyrZ8ojJQy2PAS8fYbVOsQ8YftQTeNbT8DhMlrvmZ3bGjb1jVxSBRbMNqf8&utm_content=214209449&utm_source=hs_email) Just a few months ago, we shared an article on findings by the Boston Consulting Group and the World Economic Forum that showed procurement is responsible for 15% of all greenhouse gas emissions, globally. Their study reported that governments spend $11trillion(USD) annually-or 15% of global GDP, on procurement every year. To aid this shift toward more greener and more transparent procurement, the Spend Network team has developed a dashboard analysis; showing the carbon emitted by the public sectorâs supply chain.
A City Fights Back Against Heavyweight Cars (https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-05-26/a-new-way-to-curb-the-rise-of-oversized-pickups-and-suvs) Oversized pickups and SUVs are exacting a deadly toll on urban streets. Hereâs how one US city plans to push back. The District of Columbia will soon charge owners of supersized trucks/SUVs 7x higher registration fees than more modest sedans.
ð¬ CAT videos ð¬ CAT videos, geddit? 10-15 minute videos providing accessible explainers to topics related to climate.
Capturing Carbon in Concrete with Carbon Cure (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdXJTWG6RY8) 7% of all greenhouse gas emissions result from the production of cement. CarbonCure enables the reduction of cement content in concrete mixes while maintaining its strength. Founded 10 years ago by Rob Niven, the company injects CO2 into the mix - making it stronger and sequestering CO2.
ð¼ Jobs & Opportunities
Also! Don’t forget the super handy “climate careers page” on outline (https://climate-tech.getoutline.com/doc/climate-careers-O56ZGk7fKt) listing a bunch of useful resources and sites to check.
Remember only jobs listing salary ranges are listed here - to get your job listed, you need to list a salary range. Folks can still look in the #jobs channel.
Climate Policy Radar - Python Engineer - Â£60k-Â£75k, depending on experience - Flexible - remote ok (https://climatepolicyradar.org/jobs/python-engineer-1) , Climate Policy Radar CIC (CPR) is a climate AI startup on a mission to map and analyse the global policy landscape using Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning. Our work helps governments, researchers, civil society and the private sector to understand and advance effective climate policies, enhance accountability, deploy climate finance, and promote data democratisation.
Climate Policy Radar - Front End Developer - Â£55k-Â£65k, depending on experience - Flexible - remote ok (https://climatepolicyradar.org/jobs/front-end-developer) , Weâre a not-for-profit startup, having secured our series-A, about to fundraise for the next round. With a team of ten and expanding, and about to launch our first product, CPR is at an extremely exciting stage. We are now looking for a brilliant and committed Mid-Senior React Developer to join our team.
Electriphi (Ford Pro Charging) - Associate Product Manager - 60-75K + bonus - Totally remote (https://boards.greenhouse.io/electriphi/jobs/4521290004?t=e32874344us) Digital product management for fleet charging SaaS solutions.
Positive Carbon - Full Stack Developer - â¬63,000 - â¬80,000 + Bonus + Stock Compensation - Totally remote (https://www.positivecarbon.org/) Positive Carbon is seeking a Full-Stack Software Engineer to join our Engineering team. The ideal candidate is passionate about web development, enjoys taking products from concept to finish, and crafting the perfect experience for customers.
Numina - Data Scientist - $90k-$130k - Flexible - remote ok (https://numina.co/lead-data-scientist-2020-05-2/) As our first Data Scientist, you will work with customers, from discovery through implementation, to translate Numina data into useful and actionable insights for their city, business, or campus.
Fossil Fuel Treaty - Head of Corporate Engagement (https://fossilfueltreaty.org/work-with-us/#corporate-engagement) - 75k-95k USD (https://fossilfueltreaty.org/work-with-us/#corporate-engagement) Stand.earth is hiring an experienced corporate engagement specialist/analyst to play a lead role in securing meaningful corporate endorsements of the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty (Treaty) and corporate support for related curtailments of fossil fuel production at the national and sub-national level. This is a senior strategist role that will work as part of the international team leading the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty Initiative. . You made it to the end! ðPlease share & forward this newsletter to a friend Feedback (https://app.slack.com/client/T4HLEQA3F/CLRPE39NX/thread/C4J8RQ2J3-1568299902.131900) â¢ Subscribe (https://tech.us19.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=08b8a799dd414ce9163cf3474&id=97c1d5f785) â¢ Join CAT (https://climateaction.tech/#join)
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