Episode 8: Nepal to the Marshall Islands

Chris Balos, Fayetteville CCL, Citizens' Climate Radio

Chris Balos (center), pictured here with the Fayetteville chapter of CCL, joins this episode of Citizens’ Climate Radio.

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.

We like to share perspectives from many parts of the world through the guests on our podcast. In today’s show, host Peterson Toscano interviews two men from two very different climates and cultures who share some real similarities. Aryan Uprety is 24 and lives 1400 meters above sea level in the city of Katmandu, the capital of Nepal. Chris Balos is a 28-year-old man in the American South, but he is originally from the Marshall Islands.

Both men are passionate about addressing climate change. In the episode, they speak about how global warming is affecting their home countries. But they are not one-issue guys—various issues move them to action. In fact, it is their ability to pursue answers to intersecting problems that make them successful in their climate advocacy.



Art House

Cover of Ashley Mazanec's album "Let's Talk About the Weather"Ashley Mazanec, a singer/songwriter from Encinitas, California, joins us in the art house. She tells us about some of the songs on her new album, “Let’s Talk about the Weather,” and fills the segment with her powerful and lively music. In addition to making music, Ashley holds regularly monthly events that bring together other eco-artists.


Jean Johnson from Alexandria, Minnesota sent in an excellent answer to last month’s puzzler about carbon dioxide. Not only does she accurately address Lucinda’s question about CO2, but she also models a warm and friendly response that no doubt will open up the conversation.

Here is our new puzzler: You are at a party, and you mention to a neighbor your renewed commitment to address climate change. Your neighbor, let’s call him Samuel, says, “Wait a minute, I kind of like the idea of a little warming. We could sure use more more heat up north. Think of the opportunities for agriculture. I don’t know—seems like global warming has some real upsides to it.” Samuel is not alone in thinking this. So what would you say to Samuel?

Send in your answers by February 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).

Dig Deeper

  • “Nepal highly vulnerable to climate change” (The Himalayan Times)
  • “Lives in the balance: climate change and the Marshall Islands” (The Guardian)
  • “Facing climate change through justice and intersectionality” (350.org)

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