Moment of Truth with Ami Chen Mills
Moment of Truth with Ami Chen Mills
"Fueling Fascism" with Award-Winning Climate Journalist and Podcast Diva Amy Westervelt

This show broadcast on Dec, 4, 2023, Day Four of the COP28, otherwise known as the Conference of the Parties and increasingly known by some as the global climate COP OUT. 

This year, the President of this UN-organized annual event on climate change, Sultan Al-Jabeer, is also CEO of the national energy company for the UAE … Indeed, the whole get up is being hosted in the United Arab Emirates, where reliance on fossil fuels, as in other Arab nations, is a predominant part of the national economy. What does this mean for the future of climate mitigation? Is there still hope for the COP? Is there still hope for the world?

How has the fossil fuel industry derailed efforts to save a liveable planet for humans and nearly all other species? How are they connected to authoritarianism worldwide? How do indigenous rights and sovereignty factor into climate mitigation? 

We discuss all of this …  and more on our program “Fueling Fascism” with our amazing guest, Amy Westervelt …

Amy Westervelt is an award-winning investigative print and audio journalist and founder of the podcast company, “Critical Frequency” specializing in narrative podcasts. Amy produced Unfinished: Short Creek, named one of the best podcasts of the year by The New Yorker and The Atlantic, and received a Wilbur award for religion reporting. 

In 2021, she led production of This Land S2—an investigative, narrative season revealing the forces behind efforts to unravel tribal sovereignty in the U.S. via attacks on the Indian Child Welfare Act, nominated in April 2022 for a Peabody Award

Her investigative climate podcast Drilled, a Critical Frequency original production, was awarded the Online News Association award for excellence in audio journalism in 2019 and Covering Climate Now’s award for excellence in audio journalism in 2021. Amy has won many other prestigious awards and her work has been featured on NPR, in The Guardian, The Economist, The Washington Post, the Atlantic and Inside Climate News … and is often cited as amongst the earliest examples of accountability reporting on climate.

Damages, a Drilled spin-off focused on climate litigation, launched in 2021 and received the Covering Climate Now audio award for 2022. (There are many more awards)

A 20-year veteran investigative journalist, Westervelt’s earlier work for NPR, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Inside Climate News, and various outlets earned her Edward R. Murrow, ONA, and Folio awards as well.

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