Burn: The Adaptors Earth Day Special

(Rochester, N.Y.) – Hosted by public radio veterans Alex Chadwick and Flora Lichtman, “The Adaptors” chronicles how people are adapting to climate change. Adaptors are all around us: from the farmers and coastal-dwellers finding new ways to work and live, to the scientists thinking outside the box about energy, to corporate leaders bringing new technologies to market, to the garage tinkerers and DIY inventors dreaming up the next big thing in green living. This special introduce you to them, one story at a time. Burn: The Adaptors Earth Day Special airs on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 9 p.m. on AM 1370.

Stories for this episode will include:

  • Retired engineer Louis Michaud believes he has an idea that could solve the world’s energy problems: a tornado machine.
  • NYU philosopher Matthew Liao has an outside-the-box proposal: Decrease energy use by engineering humans to have meat allergies, fur and eyes like cats.

In fact, we’re all adaptors. That’s what makes us human. So while climate change stories often feel impossibly hopeless and divisive, “The Adaptors” suggests the opposite. We are finding people from all walks of life who are creatively working to counteract energy and climate crises. These human-scale stories provide a window into the essence of who we are as a species — and a measure of hope that we can muster the will to tackle perhaps the biggest challenges we’ve ever faced.

Pictured: Alex Chadwick and Flora Lichtman


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