Episode 11: Engineering Climate Change Solutions

Hugh Sealy

Climate advocate Dr. Hugh Sealy is an environmental engineer in the Caribbean.

Citizens’ Climate Radio is a monthly podcast hosted by CCL volunteer Peterson Toscano. Browse all our past episodes here, and check out the latest episode in the post below.

How do some people land on a path that leads them to climate action?  Host Peterson Toscano explores this question by featuring two passionate climate advocates. Dr. Hugh Sealy is an environmental engineer in the Caribbean. He has influenced environmental policy in Barbados, Grenada, St. Lucia, and Dominica. In addition to his work in helping low-lying island nations in a time of climate change, Dr. Sealy also served as a member of the Clean Development Mechanism or CDM for the UN Framework on Climate Change. He shares some of his story and discusses the CDM carbon pricing.

Adia Samba-Quee, is just beginning her career as a climate advocate. A 14-year-old student in Springfield, Mass., Adia makes connections between local pollution, asthma, and climate action. She hopes to use comedy to engage people in deeper conversations about climate.



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We travel back to the future to hear from climate historian, Dr. Timothy Meadows. He broadcasts from the year 2176 to look back to our time. In this segment he highlights the incredible achievements of three engineers known as “The Three Beans.” Starting around 2028, they made their mark as creative and skilled designers of major adaptation projects. They also operated with style and playfulness. The Three Beans stirred up hope in a difficult time. They became three of the biggest celebrities of the mid-21st Century. Hear from an eye-witness from the future and also discover what they are advertising 150 years from now.


Last month Peterson asked listeners why they’re passionate about climate change, beyond just the welfare of animal species and future generations. We hear from listener Dr. Stephen Hanson, who talks about climate change and health. Dave Barbier, the sustainability coordinator for University of Wisconsin in Stevens Point, connects climate action with national security.

Here’s our new puzzler for the month:

You are talking to someone named Barbara. You helped her see that climate change is a serious issue that needs her attention. Barbara then asks you, “What should I do next?” This is the question climate communicators long to hear. So what do you say when someone wants to know more about climate change? What are resources you recommend that help people better understand the issues, and how we can respond? Tell me about books, websites, video series, podcasts, and more.

Send in your answers by May 15, 2017, along with your name, contact info, and where you are from. You can email your answers to or leave a voice memo of 3 minutes or less at 570-483-8194 (+1 if calling from outside the USA).

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