Our dream for Tomorrow’s Air is to mobilize collective action for a return to the atmosphere we had in the past, before an overload of greenhouse gas emissions - especially carbon dioxide - threatened Earth’s stable climate.
Tomorrow’s Air is a collective of passionate travelers, or as we like to say Airrows for Air. Travel’s benefits to our world - whether through the connections we make, the cultures we celebrate, the livelihoods it provides to local communities or the support it provides for conservation of land and wildlife - are worth preserving. And in order to do that, we want to do something about the carbon emissions associated with our travel.
Learn more about travel’s contribution to global emissions here.
Like to have your cake and eat it, too?
*Drum roll* ….We give you travel hacks for traveling with tomorrow’s air in mind. Whether you are at the beginning, middle or end of your journey towards climate clever travel. It’s time to travel for good; for tomorrow’s air.
Whether you’re a last minute accommodation booker or a months-in-advance type of gal/guy, we’ve got you covered.
The bottom line, lodging shouldn’t jeopardize the local area - environmentally, economically and socially.
If you want to get into the nitty gritty of being a climate clever lodger (do it!), be our guest.
Our climate road toll is highly dependent on who we’re with - quantity, and what we’re driving - quality.
But there still are plenty of tools to use regardless of if you’re behind the wheel of an electric car or a beat up kombi.
Carbon calculators down, flying friends. There is no denying the carbon impact of our jetsetting, but we think that counting our carbon calories doesn’t tell the whole story.
Let’s not lose sight of the good that travel brings.
When it comes to flying we’ve got some easy peasy tips to fly with tomorrow’s air in mind.
Whether we are at home or on hiatus, what we eat matters. Although, some of the rules that we apply in our own kitchen may not readily translate to all the destinations we travel to.
Aim for food that uses local ingredients and you’ll get a taste for the destination and do your bit to reduce the impacts that travel has on our planet.
It can be hard to get a perfect 10/10 for sustainable food choices because of the complexity of our food systems. We’ll point you in the right direction so that being a climate clever eater doesn’t take away from tasty food or experiences.
Retail brands are doing their part to make products for travel with sustainable materials and in ways that minimize their impact on our natural resources. Today’s travelers have a multitude of choices when it comes to shopping for your trip, and on it.
Here’s what to ask yourself before you pay:
• What is this item made of?
• Who made it?
• Where was it made?
• Can it be recycled or what happens to it when you’re done with it?
Don’t forget to bring up carbon emissions with whoever it is you’re planning that next getaway or business trip.
Welcome to Airrows on Air, a show exploring the intersection of art, travel and climate action. You’ll learn alongside host Christina Beckmann from guests’ personal histories and what motivates their passion for climate action, and from their technical knowledge - whether in art, climate science or tourism - in this series of laid-back conversations. Listen if you’re someone who takes inspiration from ordinary people doing extraordinary things; if you love a good travel story and are interested in the arts and creators; if you’re curious about climate and ready to feel optimistic about how travel can help us fight climate change.
Birds in the Freezer and How the Scientific Collections of the Past Can Predict Our Future. Today I’m chatting with Senior Preparator, Becky Desjardins, from the Naturalis Biodiversity Center in the Netherlands. Among other accolades, this museum earned the prestigious award of the European Museum of the Year Award (EMYA) in 2021. Becky may have one of the most interesting, and definitely the most unusual, jobs of anyone I've had on the show. After majoring in Geology, Becky began her 20-year career traveling from Boston to the swamps of North Carolina to the Netherlands. She has an infectious imagination and passion for science that is unmatched. Becky has the unique ability to collect scientific information and data, break it down, and present it as an engaging story with endless possibilities. We have a fun conversation where we talk a lot about scientific collections, but also roller derby, the difference between life/work balance in the US vs. the Netherlands, why Becky has dead birds in her freezer, eco-restoration camping, what museum collections tell us about climate change, and how Becky thinks they are going to save the world.
“I think museum collections are going to save the world because we have all the information about how animals, plants, everything really - responds to climate change.”
Recognizing the Impact Our Food Systems and Choices Have on Climate Change. I am so pleased to welcome Joyce Bergsma to the podcast today. Joyce is a registered nutritional therapist who has been practicing orthomolecular and functional medicine since 2010. Joyce was born in Canada and soon became a world citizen and traveler who now resides in Amsterdam. While conscious about the impact travel has on climate change, Joyce shares my belief in the many benefits and opportunities it also provides. My conversation with Joyce highlights the parallels between regenerative farming and travel, as well as the undeniable connection our eating habits as a society have on climate. With the world’s food system responsible for about ¼ of the annual planet-warming greenhouse gases, the work Joyce does to focus on individual nutrition is an important source of climate action we can all readily access. We chat about hobby farming, the impact generational farming had on her path in nutrition, the far-reaching benefits of regenerative agriculture, principles of permaculture, food sovereignty, victory gardens, what it was like working inside Patagonia with the sustainable foods team, and about a new series of online courses she’s launching.
"You can’t make long lasting change on your own. We all need support and community."
From Nuclear Weapons to Modernizing Congress: A Funny, Down to Earth and Expert Perspective on How Regular People Can Build Systems of Change. In today’s episode, I sit down with a true renaissance woman who always inspires and challenges my way of thinking. Lorelei Kelly is an expert on inclusive and informed democratic systems and her work explores how data, technology, and new participation methods can increase civic voice in the lawmaking process. She is the founder of the Resilient Democracy Coalition (RDC) based at the Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation at Georgetown University where she leads research on modernizing the US Congress. Lorelei got her start in Washington DC as a nuclear weapons expert and now turns her attention to how to better incorporate local expertise and voices in the political process. She attended Grinnell College, Stanford University and the Air Command and Staff College of the US Air Force. She has co-authored two books, both free and available online. We talk about the problems of climate change, how an engaged and inclusive political process can help, the power people have in organizing and banding together, and why we have to act now. We also talk about her many diverse experiences including transitioning from high school in Berkeley, CA to the desert in New Mexico to an underground library in Berlin during a historical revolution. We also talk about the shift the pandemic has had on thinking and actions for so many. Lorelei’s diverse experiences lead the way to an open dialogue and give an intimate, informed look at the impact of climate change on local, federal, and international levels.
“Getting humans to build systems that are precautionary or that are preventive is probably the largest task in humanity. But we can do it.”
An Aussie Academic’s Perspective on Climate Communications Reveals The Power of Optimism. Today I am joined by a kindred spirit in developing applicable climate solutions. Nicole Cocolas is a scholar of climate change by way of researching tourism and consumer attitudes and behaviors within the industry. A Lecturer in Transport Management at the University of Surrey. She is Australian-born, currently based in San Francisco where we met, and soon to be moving to the UK to work as a lecturer in Transport Management. As a world traveler, she has now dedicated her life to helping others travel responsibly and sustainably. We discuss how Nicole first came to the US by “winning the lottery”, her continuous and impactful research on consumer behavior in tourism, the relationship between air travel and climate change, how she sees the aviation industry’s role, thoughts on climate calculators, the importance of carbon removal, and more. Nicole’s research has shown that people often have binary extremes to travel attitudes, and she hopes through climate communication we can empower consumers on what they can do as opposed to guilting them into what is going wrong.
“That’s the real key with climate communication: what you can do about it.”
Young and Working in Climate Tech: A View from Switzerland On Natural and Technological Solutions. Anna Ahn is on the Communications Staff at Climeworks. Climeworks uses direct air capture carbon removal technology to clean up carbon from the atmosphere and store it permanently. Climeworks is Tomorrow’s Air’s first carbon removal supply partner. We discuss our mutual love of hiking and backpacking, knitting, the properties of volcanic stone in Iceland, and of course Anna offers us a beautiful summarization on the difference between direct air capture and carbon capture and storage.
“I just want to encourage everyone to connect with each other and building this industry or building climate solutions can only happen with each other.”
Stories of Women’s Empowerment + Climate Change in the Middle East through A Climber’s Lens. Today I am joined by the awe-inspiring Genevieve Hathaway, a travel and documentary photographer and entrepreneur telling stories of empowered women around the world.
“One day at a time, one change at a time.”
The Future is NOW in Climate Tech. Today I finally sat down with a guest I’ve been wanting to have on the podcast for a long time. Matt Eggers is a seasoned expert in climate tech with more than 20 years of experience. He is an investor at Breakthrough Energy Ventures, a coalition of private investors formed in 2015 by Bill Gates, funding the brightest hopes for leading the world to net-zero emissions. His extensive career has garnered him in-depth knowledge of solar, electric vehicles, clean energy, fuel cells, the colors of hydrogen, and more, in the fight against climate change. Matt grew up in Iowa on a farm and his work today proves his heart never left. He now lives in Northern California, but he shares my love of traveling the world. We also share a passion for science, the arts, meditation, and hiking. Matt is a true steward for the environment, consistently making career choices to align with his core values. Lots more on that in this episode that will truly inspire you, as Matt has inspired so many others, to take action!
“The way to cure everybody of everything is to keep the planet flourishing.”
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Another Call from Shannon Stowell: Out of Place in A Sea of Suits. On today’s episode I continue my conversation with Adventure Travel Trade Association’s CEO Shannon Stowell. I had to have Shannon back to share some inspiring and hilarious personal anecdotes about stepping into, and owning, unfamiliar places - in this case an economic conference in New York City.
"The friends I enjoyed being with the most are YES people."
Traveling Escapades, Mishaps and Humility. In today’s episode I’m talking with Adventure Travel Trade Association CEO, Shannon Stowell, who shares my hope for more sustainable and responsible tourism. Shannon brings to the conversation more than 25 years of business experience in adventure travel, e-commerce, outdoor retail, and environmental science. Shannon’s family history includes adventurers in Colorado’s wilderness and that spirit has been an underlying guide for most all his life’s journey. We talk about his many escapades around the world including climbing Mt. Rainier (twice), a trip with his teenage son to Kurdistan, a lavalier mishap at a conference in Scotland, sweating through success as well as a kidnapping escapade in Mexico. Shannon emphasizes the importance of balancing his adventurous spirit with other risk takers, while also teaming with more logical minds in order to push the conventional boundaries. We also talk about the importance of humility and gratitude while having the privilege to travel to other cultures.
“The friends I enjoyed being with the most are the YES people.”
Exploring the Role of Corporations in Sustainability and Climate Change. In this episode, I have the pleasure of speaking with Jeffrey Foote. Jeffrey is a career sustainability man who held an executive position with Coca-Cola for 20 years, spearheading climate action in the very early days, and now heads up his firm Footeprints Resourcefulness Consulting. We discuss how he got started in sustainability, his family’s roots in community benefit, and his various investments in clean-tech. Our conversation explores successes and challenges in key pillars of sustainability in our modern lives, including recycling, composting and the ways in which consumers are driving circular economy practices in the corporate landscape.
“We’ll see that there will be activism in the financial space around climate, as well. So if you’re a big user of energy and you don’t have really good commitments, you’re not really doing anything in the renewable space, and you’re not really looking at offsets, investors look at other companies that are much more efficient or have solutions.”
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On Mainstreaming Carbon Removal and the Adventure Travel Trade Association’s Role in Launching Tomorrow’s Air. In this week’s episode, we are doing something a little different. I am the subject of today’s interview with ATTA President and dear friend, Casey Hanisko, leading the conversation. She is a longtime traveler who began her career at the space voyage division of Zegrahm Expeditions and is a key player in helping Tomorrow’s Air take root.
“I would like to mainstream carbon removal.”
Women and Wool Come Together in a Brand Built for Women’s Empowerment and Climate Action. On today’s episode our guest is Jeff Shafer, Chief Empowerment Officer at BRANWYN. Jeff shares his story from growing up surfing in L.A., to ski-bumming in Flagstaff, Arizona, to launching multiple successful clothing brands including AGAVE and Bluer Denim. He has studied psychology and computer science along with wilderness survival and is blunt about the realizations behind his midlife pivot to sustainable brand BRANWYN, which is focused on women’s empowerment and sustainability. Jeff has an incredibly interesting background in sports, travel, and fashion that he’s now bringing together in his own way to make the world a better place.
“To me, really, female empowerment is how to save the world.”
An Exploration in Climate Action Tradeoffs and Stories of Resilience in Rural Communities. This week I am joined by Jessica Reilly-Moman. Jessica is a social scientist, political ecologist, and a mixed media journalist focusing on climate change and resilience in coastal communities. We discuss her climate research that has led her through the mountains, to large-scale solar projects in the desert, and sailing through Latin America. Jessica’s cross-national perspective has given her insight on the unique set of issues in different places but also their commonalities. She shines a light on inequities as they relate to climate change and why we must view climate actions not as having singular effects, but rather as a whole system. And who and how they impact.
“Climate change and environmental and social justice are just inextricably linked.”
Forests, Carbon Offset Verification and Monkey Poop in a Discussion on Nature-Based Solutions to Climate Change. Today I’m delighted to speak with a brilliant scientist and personal friend, Dr. Letty B. Brown. Letty is a Fulbright Scholar with a Ph.D. in Forest Science from UC Berkeley. As a scientist, she specializes in restoration, conservation planning, and nature-based solutions to climate change. If you’ve ever considered carbon offsetting a flight by supporting a forest project, you might be interested to hear how Letty describes what goes on behind the scenes to verify the integrity of that carbon offset purchase. Letty and her crew study forest areas and interview local communities to verify the claims that a project’s benefits are indeed present. There’s some technical talk in here along with some great stories as Letty shares how she got her start in conservation as a teenager — drawing some early inspiration in a Costa Rican jungle! — and a few of her experiences in the forests of the US, Brazil, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Cambodia, Peru, Indonesia, and Kenya. Stay tuned to the end to hear about Tabitha the bear guard in Alaska before we close out with some samba.
“These forest carbon projects that are happening all around the world are really about supporting the local communities to not extract.”
A Digital Nomad Speaks Up About Regenerative Travel & The Importance of Giving Back More Than You Take Away. Our guest today is Jonny Bierman. Jonny is a travel journalist and founder of Eco Escape Travel — a platform for travelers to find excellent sustainable travel experiences and businesses. He works with clients in values-based destination marketing and content creation. Jonny is from Canada, but he joins us today working remotely from Costa Rica. We have a shared idealism on what tourism can and should bring; including an ecological connection, cross-cultural engagement, environmental stewardship, and community empowerment. We cover a lot of territory in this discussion, from why Jonny’s favorite example of regenerative travel is Misool Eco Resort in Indonesia, to his perspective on marketing to LGBTQ travelers, to the wonders of British Columbia’s Cariboo Chilcotin Coast.
“Indigenous tourism is regenerative travel; it always has been.”
Systems Expert Grant Faber on the Cascading Effect of Climate Change and the Importance of Funding Carbon Removal. In this episode, I’m delighted to be joined by Renaissance man Grant Faber. Grant is a Research Assistant at the Global CO2 Initiative and is currently in the Master's program for Sustainable and Complex Systems at the University of Michigan. His focus when it comes to systems is on carbon capture and utilization, and he shares how climate change has a cascading effect on all systems.
“The unfortunate reality is that there will always be some amount of emissions associated with travel. I think it’s sort of unlikely that we’ll be able to decarbonize everything so that’s part of the importance of funding carbon removal.”
Carbon Expert Matthew Eshed on Changing our Mindset and Approach to Climate Change. This week I’m joined by Matthew Eshed. He is an entrepreneur, systems designer and engineer working in climate innovation. Matthew’s extensive background has made him an expert in the carbon community. He talks about his experience as one of the early players in Direct Air Capture and his latest projects with his organization Climatetech Advisors. Matthew talks about the power of “awe” and how he wants to change the way the world values an ecosystem on both a systemic and individual level.
“There are millions of people—possibly even hundreds of millions or maybe even a billion people—all around the world who sincerely at their core want to be in partnership with the Earth just like we do. And all we have to do is be open to seeing that they’re all around us.”
Bringing An Economist and Investigative Reporter Perspective to Sustainable Travel with Edmund Morris. In this episode, Edmund Morris speaks to me from the future! — from Perth, Australia a day ahead of my US west coast time zone. A market systems and tourism consultant with deep experience in the country of Jordan who, since this conversation was recorded, has launched Equator Analytics, a consulting firm that uses data analytics for sustainable tourism development.
“Carbon removal just hadn’t crossed my radar because it’s so nascent in terms of scaling. As I started to dive into the numbers though, unlike carbon offsetting, it gives me a lot of hope.”
Hard Realities and Real Optimism in a Discussion About Scaling Up Technologies Along Our Transition to Net Zero. David Hone is an expert in global warming scenarios as the Chief Climate Change Advisor for Shell; he is also the author of Putting the Genie Back and is on the board of the International Emissions Trading Association; the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, and the Global Capture and Storage Institute. He joins me today to discuss his perspective on energy and climate change issues, how the system is starting to move, and a few of the changes already in energy that are visible and available. David also is a world-class traveler and shares my love for Antarctica, so we talk a little about the beauty and magic of the land, and what he thinks is in store for travelers in the future.
“A combination of reducing fossil fuel use and increasing removals and geological storage gets us to a solution. But, that’s not going to happen in just a few years. It’s going to take some time, and that time frame needs to accelerate.”
Photojournalism As a Transcendent Language for Climate Action. This week, I am joined by Environmental Photographer and Visual Storyteller Maren Krings. Maren shares her fascinating story from milking cows on an Alpine Mountain to learning mountain rescue, and now using her photojournalism skills to advocate for the use of hemp in many applications including climate action. Maren also talks about what life was like growing up in Austria, the brilliant idea she had on a cross country bike ride, and how hemp can provide the world with a sustainable, environmentally friendly solution to many current issues.
“Photography was always a bit of a passport for me. I started to communicate things that I couldn’t really do in language.”
Whiffenpoofs, Obama, Penguins, the ‘How’ of Carbon Removal and the ‘Where’ of Carbon Storage with a Little Yeats Thrown In. In this episode we chat with Eli Mitchell-Larson, a former impact investor and social entrepreneur, currently at the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford where he focuses on carbon capture and storage, standards for credible carbon offsetting, and pathways for decarbonizing fossil fuels. Eli is a Tomorrow’s Air Supporter and Science Advisor. In this podcast Eli shares how his travels - from the White House to Antarctica - have inspired him, along with his perspective on the role of carbon offsets in voluntary carbon markets, and why all offsets are not created equal. And, unexpectedly closes with a song!
“CO2 is a cumulative pollutant. Once it’s released, it effectively is there forever in circulation. The first flight that our grandparents ever took, the first car that was ever driven, that CO2 is still up there.”
Grandmas Assert Their Influence and Tourism Planners Drink Whisky With The National Police. A lifelong expat and tourism development consultant, Natasha Martin has lived in 15 different countries throughout Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the Caribbean. Speaking from Cambodia she shares her personal escapades and insights on sustainability, tourism development and why it’s more fun to have a guide as we join her in Greenland, Saudi Arabia, Cambodia and India. You’ll learn why grandmas are never to be underestimated and how that food tour you loved actually came to be. Learn about Saudi Arabia’s sustainable tourism development plans and how Greendlanders are adapting to their changing climate.
“There’s so much information online, it’s hard to be surprised by a place, but Saudi was a place that really surprised me.”
On Wayzgooses and a Life Philosophy of ‘Always Have a Trip Planned’. In this episode Portland, Oregon based environmental illustrator and teacher Walker Cahall brings us into his creative process as we explore the connection between art, travel and climate change. We learn how a documentary about rivers in Argentina brought Walker to the challenge of bringing the subject of carbon removal to life for Tomorrow’s Air, the world's first collective of passionate travelers who clean up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
“If we always have a trip planned, it’s always something to look forward to - it can be a small or big trip - but the act having something to look forward to drives me.”
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As one of no more than eight participants in the Hinwil plant tour you’ll learn firsthand about the importance of carbon dioxide removal and what it actually means to extract carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and permanently store it. Pose questions to the pioneering company featured in the New York Times, Wired and many others to learn how carbon dioxide removal works and why it is so important for the future of our Earth.
The tour starts in front of the local waste incineration in Hinwil, on whose rooftop the Climeworks facility is located. Here, we will do some introductions to get to know each other. Next we’ll go inside the building and up to the rooftop, 20 meters above the ground. You will immediately hear the various sounds of the waste incineration and the humming of the Climeworks plant. As we make our way to the front of the rooftop, you will learn more about the plant, which is the world’s first commercial plant that Climeworks commissioned back in 2017.
If we’re lucky with the weather, you’ll also get a glimpse of the stunning Swiss landscape on the deck in front of the plant, with green fields and snowy mountains in the background.
Last but not least, we will take a close-up look at the plant by climbing on it! This is exclusively offered to the participants of this online experience - visitors are normally not allowed to take such a close-up look.