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Tasmin Lockwood: Who will speak for the Trees?

Tasmin Lockwood: Who will speak for the Trees?

Insider's former senior climate tech reporter is on the road - we caught up with her from Buenos Aires.

Joining us from Buenos Aires, Tasmin Lockwood, a seasoned journalist with a rich background reporting at the intersection of people, climate and technology. Tasmin shares her journey from local news in South Wales to international climate tech coverage at Insider, discussing the pivotal moments that shaped her career and her passion for the intersection of technology, society, and climate. The conversation delves into the nuances of climate tech, the importance of adaptation, and the collaborative spirit within the industry.

Key Topics Discussed:

  • Tasmin's Career Journey: From her early days at the Northern Echo to her impactful role at Insider, Tasmin recounts her experiences covering tech and climate stories.

  • The Importance of Metadata and Privacy: How the Snowden revelations influenced Tasmin's focus on the societal impacts of technology.

  • The Power of Venture Capital: Understanding the critical role of VC in shaping today's technological landscape and its potential for driving climate solutions.

  • Collaboration in Climate Tech: The unique, cooperative atmosphere within the climate tech sector, where sharing knowledge and resources is crucial for collective progress.

  • Adaptation and Climate Finance: The urgent need for adaptation solutions and the debate around their investibility, highlighting the importance of creative approaches to climate resilience. And here’s that BBC report on “depaving” cities Tasmin mentioned.

  • The Role of Journalism in Climate Reporting: The challenges and responsibilities of reporting on climate issues, including the importance of accountability journalism and the rise of climate disinformation. And here’s that Grist scoop with Microsoft whistleblower Holly McAlpine, who tried from the inside to get the tech giant to cut its ties with Big Oil.

  • Climate journalists face growing attacks risks: UNESCO recently revealed a 42% rise in attacks on climate reporters.

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Tasmin’s Catalysts:

  • Dark Waters (2019): A film based on the 2016 New York Times article about a lawyer's battle against DuPont's pollution, highlighting corporate responsibility.

  • The Lorax by Dr. Seuss: A compelling introduction to environmental themes, suitable for both children and adults.

  • Drilled Podcast by Amy Westervelt: An insightful podcast series on climate disinformation and environmental reporting.

  • with : A podcast offering diverse perspectives on climate and technology, including critical analysis of current issues.

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