The Beam Podcast

The Beam Podcast

Do you hear the calls to fight climate change? The calls to mitigate its impact? To be more sustainable to preserve our planet for the generations to come? Sometimes, these calls leave us overwhelmed and confused. And at times, we still ask ourselves, ‘How should we deal with the changing climate?’, ‘What is our response? Is it fast enough?’, ‘How do we make sure that no one is left behind?' With the help of people of climate action around the globe, Anne-Sophie Garrigou, Editor-in-Chief of The Beam Magazine, and Anna Siwecka discuss how to include and inspire a greater number of people to participate in fighting climate change. They talk sustainable design, energy access and transition, women empowerment and more. They reach to the grassroots level, and go beyond cultures. And all of this, to stress the urgency of acting now and to equip us all in the tools needed to take action. Tune in to The Beam Podcast! For more stories on climate action, and to meet the changemakers, go to, check out @TheBeamMagazine on Instagram and Twitter. Join the conversation using #TheBeamPodcast Written by: Anne-Sophie Garrigou and Anna Siwecka. Theme music ‘Shape of Me’ by Dr. Hollywood. Production: Anna Siwecka.... Show More

About 4,2 billion of us—more than half of humanity—live in cities today. By 2030, which is barely 11 years from now, this figure is expected to reach 5 billion. This rapid urbanisation is exerting a huge pressure on fresh water supplies, sewage, the living environment, and public health, among other things. One of the key figures around cities today is that while the world’s cities occupy just 3 % of the Earth’s land, they account for 60-80 % of energy consumption and 75 % of carbon emissions.

In this episode, Anne-Sophie and Anna discuss how to build sustainable cities of the future and how to make the existing cities more sustainable. How we can move beyond the oil landscape. And finally, what threats climate change brings upon global cities. 


  • Carola Hein, Professor and Head of the Chair History
    of Architecture and Urban Planning, TU Delft, 
  • Chloé Pahud, CEO & Co-founder at Civocracy, 
  • Daniel Ringelstein, AIA, Director of Urban Design and Planning, Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM).

  • For more stories on climate action, and to meet the changemakers, go to, check out @TheBeamMagazine on Twitter and Instagram. Join the conversation using #TheBeamPodcast. 

    The Beam Podcast is written by Anne-Sophie Garrigou (@GarrigouAnneSo) and Anna Siwecka (@OutwithAnna). 

    Production and sound editing by Anna Siwecka. 

    Theme music by Dr Hollywood. 

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