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University of California and Vox Media’s Climate Lab Series Features Conservation International CEO Dr. M. Sanjayan

November 17, 2017

University of California and Vox Media’s Climate Lab Series Featuring Conservation International CEO Dr. M. Sanjayan Returns with Three New Episodes Today

Examining the impacts of online shopping, packaging and dietary choices, the new episodes are perfectly timed for the holiday season

The initial six episodes of the series released last Spring were hosted by Sanjayan. They have been viewed more than 12 million times on YouTube and continue to be shared widely on social media.

The latest episode, “The environmental cost of free two-day shipping,” arrives just in time for the holiday shopping season. Sanjayan engages leading UC engineers on the environmental impact of online shopping, breaking down how individuals and companies can make their shopping habits more sustainable.

“Most doom and gloom climate change messaging actually has the opposite of its intended effect — it turns people off,” said Sanjayan. “This series is different because it focuses on what messages and strategies are actually proven to galvanize corporate and consumer behavior on a scale large enough to make a real difference.”

Two more episodes will go live in December and January. As before, the series will feature conversations with UC scientists, researchers and sustainability experts about everything from making environmentally-friendly dietary choices to cutting down on packaging waste.

“UC’s pioneering climate science and research have put us on the forefront of the fight against global warming going back decades,” said UC President Janet Napolitano. “But we know that to break through and to continue to make progress, we need to explain in an approachable and engaging way how individuals and institutions can make smart, research-tested decisions to reduce their impact on the planet.”

Previous episodes of Climate Lab, also hosted by Sanjayan, examined the psychology of climate change, the environmental impact of smartphones and food waste, and the evolution of nuclear energy technology, among other topics, with appearances by Lauren Singer of Trash Is For Tossers, the chair of the California Air Resources Board Mary Nichols, political commentator Van Jones and more.

Every Climate Lab episode can be found on UC’s Climate Lab website along with infographics, quizzes and bonus content, and on Vox’s YouTube channel.

The Climate Lab series is aligned closely with Napolitano’s Carbon Neutrality Initiative, in which UC has committed to becoming carbon neutral in its operations by 2025. For more information UC’s carbon neutrality and sustainability efforts, visit http://ucop.edu/sustainability/.

Dr. M. Sanjayan is the CEO of Conservation International, a global nonprofit that uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, Conservation International works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all.


About the University of California

The University of California is a pioneer on climate research, renewable energy and environmental sustainability. UC is dedicated to providing scalable solutions to help California, and the world bend the curve on climate change. UC research is also paving the way for the university to meet its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2025.

About Conservation International

Conservation International uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, Conservation International works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Learn more about Conservation International and its groundbreaking “Nature Is Speaking” campaign, and follow Conservation International’s work on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.