Are you interested in environmental issues or European policy? Would you like to understand what the European Green Deal is and how will it impact our lives in the years to come? Then you have come to the right place.

Together with exciting interview guests from policy, business, and science our podcast hosts – Aaron Best and Ewa Iwaszuk from Ecologic Institute – will help you make sense of the European Green Deal's complexity.

In a series of podcast episodes, we will help you understand the significance of different measures by focusing on relevant and relatable themes. We will talk about topics such as sustainable fashion, the future of cities and what our diets could look like in 2050.

The podcast is available online and on the following streaming platforms:
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Episode 5:  

Beating the heat: Europe prepares for climate change impacts 

In Europe and beyond, the summer of 2022 is hot. Very hot. A runway at a London airport melted in the heat and from Paris to Warsaw the grass in parks turned dry and yellow. The Rhine – the river flowing through Rotterdam, Köln and Strasbourg – is running dry. This is the same river that catastrophically flooded a year ago, destroying towns in Germany and Belgium. The impact of climate change on urban areas in Europe is unmistakable.

On one of those days when the temperature hit 30 degrees, the “Green Deal – Big Deal?” podcast host Ewa Iwaszuk from Ecologic Institute in Berlin speaks with her guests about the climate change impacts in cities and especially about the EU's plans on how to adapt to and better deal with those impacts. The discussion focuses on the possibilities that nature offers to help us cope with challenges such as heat and flooding. 

Episode 4

Farm to Fork: feeding a continent without wrecking a planet 

Food production is a sector completely dependent on healthy environment and predictable climatic conditions. At the same time, modern agriculture is among the major contributors to climate and biodiversity crises. We ask our expert guests about the food systems approach adopted by the European Commission's “Farm to fork” strategy and investigate how the strategy will impact producers, consumers and the global food markets. We discuss strategies to address food waste and explore why meat is a politically sensitive topic.  

Episode 3

Sustainability in style: circular fashion in the European Green Deal 

Clothing is something that everyone, everywhere deals with every day. However its production has an enormous environmental footprint. In our current podcast episode we explore the concepts of circular and sustainable fashion and discuss the potential impact of the recently published European Union Strategy for Sustainable and Circular Textiles. 

Episode 2

It's electric! The future of mobility in Europe.

In our second episode we discuss the challenges and issues that the mobility transformation needs to address, including environmental problems like climate change and air pollution, with our interview guests Katarzyna Sobótka-Demianowska (CLARITAS Investments) & Kerstin Meyer (Agora Verkehrswende).  A special focus is on electrification and batteries, which are central to the mobility transformation. 

Episode 1

What is the European Green Deal… and is it ambitious enough?

What is the European Green Deal, really? And how does the European Union plan to achieve its ambitious goals? In the first episode of our podcast we take a closer look at the European Green Deal with our two guests: Hans Bruyninckx and Åsa Persson.

Our podcast hosts

Ewa Iwaszuk

Ewa investigates how nature can help us address the climate crisis and different urban challenges from heatwaves to social exclusion. She works for Ecologic Institute in Berlin and grows eggplants on her balcony in her free time

Aaron Best

Aaron examines how the economy can provide for people’s well-being while protecting the planet. He works for Ecologic Institute in Berlin and enjoys chasing the light with his camera.