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Why Do We Still Subsidize Fossil Fuels?

Dino Talks episode I

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Why Do We Still Subsidize Fossil Fuels?

Dino Talks episode I

We Don't Have Time
UNDP

(Nearly) Everyone says it’s Crazy — Why Do We Still Subsidize Fossil Fuels?

We Don't Have Time and UNDP are proud to present the first episode in a series of 10 in-depth table talks on the subject of fossil fuel subsidies.

According to the IMF, 11 MUSD/minute is spent on fossil fuel subsidies. We are heading towards a climate disaster, so why do we still subsidize the major cause of this disaster? In this first episode we discuss the impacts of fossil fuel subsidies, and look at what the money could be spent on instead, hearing from high-level speakers about the global situation and the opportunities that lie ahead if we bring them to a close.

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15:00/ 10:00 AM — Introduction 

The theme of the episode is presented. Our host Nick Nuttall, Strategic Communications Director of We Don't Have Time & Co-host Boaz Paldi, Global Partnerships & Campaigns, UNDP presents The Dino Talk series and we are introduced to both We Don't Have Time, UNDP and the #DontChooseExtinction Campaign.

15:10 / 10:10 AM — In-depth discussion
Listen to experts discuss the global situation and the impacts of fossil fuel subsidies.

  • George Gray Molina, Head of Strategic Policy Engagement and Chief Economist, UNDP
  • Ploy Achakulwisut, Scientist, Stockholm Environmental Institute
15:30/ 10:30 AM — Summary & End Of Broadcast

Reflections and concluding remarks, and we look ahead to the next episode, airing in April.

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Hosts and co-presenters

Nick Nuttall

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UK
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Host, Strategic Communications Director, We Don't Have Time

Previously with the Times Newspaper London, the U.N. Environment, and the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, Nick was the Director of Communications and Spokesperson for the Paris Agreement of 2015. More recently, he has served as the Director of Communications for the Global Climate Action Summit that took place in San Francisco in September 2018.

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Boaz Paldi

 (
US
)
Global Partnerships & Campaigns, UNDP

Boaz Paldi is the United Nations Development Programme Global Partnership & Campaigns Manger. In this role Boaz oversees UNDP’s advocacy, flagship campaigns, events and partnerships. Most recently Boaz managed the design, rollout and launch of the #dontchooseextinction campaign. Before being appointed to his current role, Boaz led UNDP’s advocacy and communication as well as implementing UNDP’s multimedia strategy and co-founding the Social Good Summit. Prior to joining UNDP, Boaz worked as a TV journalist for 17 years covering conflicts, natural disasters and human-interest stories in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the Balkans first for the BBC then the Associated Press and finally joining Reuters where he worked as a TV News Executive Producer for over 12 years.

Guests

Ploy Achakulwisut

 (
TH
)
Scientist, Stockholm Environmental Institute

Ploy Achakulwisut is a Scientist at the US Center of the Stockholm Environment Institute whose research focuses on the climate, air pollution, and health impacts of fossil fuels. She serves as a lead author of the UNEP Production Gap Report series and a reviewer of the Lancet Countdown US Policy Brief series. She has also served as a SustainUS youth delegate to the 2014 United Nations climate negotiations, led campaigns to engage youth and academics in climate advocacy, and published op-eds in outlets including The Guardian, Mashable, and Scientific American. Her research and advocacy led to her being named in 2019 as one of the Grist 50 Fixers. Ploy holds BA and MSci degrees in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge, and MA and PhD degrees in atmospheric and climate sciences from Harvard University.

George Gray Molina

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BO
)
Head of Strategic Policy Engagement and Chief Economist, UNDP

Bolivian development practitioner with over 20 years of experience at the UN, government, and academia. Current research on global trends, green and just transitions, and finance for development. Dphil in public policy from Nuffield College, Oxford, MPP in public policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and a BA in Economics from Cornell University.

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Hosts and co-presenters

Nick Nuttall

 (
UK
)
Host, Strategic Communications Director, We Don't Have Time

Previously with the Times Newspaper London, the U.N. Environment, and the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, Nick was the Director of Communications and Spokesperson for the Paris Agreement of 2015. More recently, he has served as the Director of Communications for the Global Climate Action Summit that took place in San Francisco in September 2018.

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Boaz Paldi

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US
)
Global Partnerships & Campaigns, UNDP

Boaz Paldi is the United Nations Development Programme Global Partnership & Campaigns Manger. In this role Boaz oversees UNDP’s advocacy, flagship campaigns, events and partnerships. Most recently Boaz managed the design, rollout and launch of the #dontchooseextinction campaign. Before being appointed to his current role, Boaz led UNDP’s advocacy and communication as well as implementing UNDP’s multimedia strategy and co-founding the Social Good Summit. Prior to joining UNDP, Boaz worked as a TV journalist for 17 years covering conflicts, natural disasters and human-interest stories in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the Balkans first for the BBC then the Associated Press and finally joining Reuters where he worked as a TV News Executive Producer for over 12 years.

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Guests

Ploy Achakulwisut

 (
TH
)
Scientist, Stockholm Environmental Institute

Ploy Achakulwisut is a Scientist at the US Center of the Stockholm Environment Institute whose research focuses on the climate, air pollution, and health impacts of fossil fuels. She serves as a lead author of the UNEP Production Gap Report series and a reviewer of the Lancet Countdown US Policy Brief series. She has also served as a SustainUS youth delegate to the 2014 United Nations climate negotiations, led campaigns to engage youth and academics in climate advocacy, and published op-eds in outlets including The Guardian, Mashable, and Scientific American. Her research and advocacy led to her being named in 2019 as one of the Grist 50 Fixers. Ploy holds BA and MSci degrees in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge, and MA and PhD degrees in atmospheric and climate sciences from Harvard University.

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George Gray Molina

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BO
)
Head of Strategic Policy Engagement and Chief Economist, UNDP

Bolivian development practitioner with over 20 years of experience at the UN, government, and academia. Current research on global trends, green and just transitions, and finance for development. Dphil in public policy from Nuffield College, Oxford, MPP in public policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and a BA in Economics from Cornell University.

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We Don't Have Time is the world's largest review platform for the climate, connecting everyone who wants to solve the climate crisis. Read climate news in one place and join the climate dialogue with corporate and governmental leaders. Download our mobile app or sign up on WeDontHaveTime.org

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is a United Nations organization tasked with helping countries eliminate poverty and achieve sustainable economic growth and human development. In October, 2021, UNDP launched the campaign #Dontchooseextinction as a response to the monumental challenge of billions of dollars spent on fossil fuels subsidies while hundreds of millions of people live in poverty. Read more.

A special thanks to our tech partner Prime Computer. Prime Computer is a young, fast-growing, climate-neutral and international award-winning tech company offering sustainable hardware and services. The company produces cutting-edge green IT devices in a closed-loop, accelerates the circular economy and thus contributes to a greener planet. The Swiss IT pioneer helps companies worldwide achieve their digitalization and environmental goals whilst reducing operating costs with smartly designed hardware. Prime Computer is the purpose brand dedicated to reducing e-waste, carbon emission and energy consumption in ICT. Read more.

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