Episode One of Climate Curious is now live with special guest Charmian Love!
“We must move towards seeing problems and solutions as interconnected – and recognise that we don’t have to be solely responsible,” says Charmian Love, a social entrepreneur in residence at the University of Oxford and co-founder of B LAB UK, on the first episode of Climate Curious by TEDxLondon.
“What we need to do is make sure we have a clear vision and hope for the future, but actually act with the level of urgency that we know we need around the challenges we’re facing right now,” she explains. “We must actively work towards a solution at a systems level.”
Love says her hope comes from already seeing evidence of what the future could look like. In part, coming from working with young people at the Skoll Centre who are generating new and innovative ideas, but also, from the fact that she believes we’re already operating from a considerable level of urgency. She equates it to a heliotrope, or simply; a sunflower pointing towards the sun.
“I actually think we as humans, […] we’re like those sunflowers and will grow taller and stronger and faster when we are motivated by things that are full of light, warmth and positivity,” she explains. “We need to be rooted into the realities like the science of what’s actually happening out there. So that as we grow in the direction of the sun, we’re doing it in a way that’s really anchored in the realities of the situation we’re in right now.”
Love experienced this herself: founding the B LAB UK to spearhead the next generation of green business and tackle climate change on a systems level, whilst continuing to educate students in social entrepreneurialism.
In this conversation, recorded with TEDxLondon’s Maryam Pasha and advocate and activist Ben Hurst, Love explains her techniques to cultivating a mindset to help you access the climate conversation, reveals why she believes kindness and creativity are at the heart of a healthy planet, and shares a shady secret she confessed to hiding in her drawers.
As our co-host Ben Hurst put it, “maybe we’re all supposed to be part of the solution.”
Catch up with all of our episodes of the Climate Curious podcast by TEDxLondon here. The series is a weekly conversation exploring the climate ideas that matter, from a whole new perspective. It’s made possible by the generous support of TEDxLondon’s headline partner Citi.