Explore our podcasts with elected officials

From California to Maine elected officials share their stories with us about how they are working to combat the climate crises in their communities

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Mayor Heidi Harmon of San Luis Obispo, California

Hear how this San Luis Obispo progressive mayor talks about her work facing down the fossil fuel industry to move her city and the state forward, the challenges of drawing attention to a climate agenda during the pandemic, obstacles at the national level concerning comprehensive legislation on facing the climate emergency, how she’s  encouraged Governor Gavin Newsom to ban fracking and declare a climate emergency for California. She did it in  San Luis Obispo. Please listen here.

New Mexico State Representative Debbie Sariñana, Air Force veteran

Debbie has represented New Mexico House District 21 since 2016. She is an educator and military veteran with deep ties to House District 21. For the past 19 years, Debbie has taught mathematics and science at schools in Albuquerque and, today, teaches science at Manzano High School, her alma mater. She has assisted with a number of innovative education initiatives—including a credit recovery program that helps Native American students graduate. Please listen here.

New York Assistant Speaker Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, Army veteran

Felix is nationally and internationally recognized as an elected official who is not afraid to tackle unpopular issues and forge solutions on behalf of the people he represents. His cutting edge legislation aims to not only improve the health and well-being of children, families and immigrants of New York State, but the health and well-being of the people of the United States of America. Please listen here.

Rural areas in Alaska and other states that need stable jobs could benefit from the Biden climate plan

Listen to  Alaska Anchorage Assemblyman Felix Rivera talk about the potential in clean energy to grow the economy in his state as climate change threatens livelihoods. This is a podcast of the daily news brief from PNS Public News. We work with PNS to amplify our climate news. The daily news brief also covers a surge in COVID-19 cases is hitting hard in India, and President Biden pledges raw materials for vaccines. Please listen here.