New Danish podcast pursues global solutions to the climate crisis

Published 10-07-2020

In a podcast launched today, Denmark’s Minister for Climate and Energy Dan Jørgensen discusses the ideas that can address a climate catastrophe. The first guest is former U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry.

What does the COVID-19 crisis mean for our approach to the climate crisis? What does a carbon neutral society look like? Are behavioral changes or technological leapfrogging the best way forward? These are just some of the question that the podcast will address through discussions with some of the most prolific voices in the climate debate.

The podcast’s title “Planet A” is a reference to former UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon’s remark that: “There can be no Plan B because there is no Planet B”

”The climate crisis is the gravest and most complex threat that the world is facing. Fortunately, the science and technology is developing constantly, and produces new ideas that can help us in the fight against climate change. We will use the podcast as a platform to explore those ideas, and create a space to unfold the dilemmas and intricate questions that are rarely addressed in the public debate. It is not about “be-ing right” or “winning” the debate, but about gaining new insights and perspectives,” says Minister for Climate and Energy, Dan Jørgensen.

The podcast’s first guest, John Kerry, has had a distinguished political career. He was a U.S. Senator for 28 years, the Democrats nominee for the 2004 presidential election against George W Bush and served as Barack Obama’s Secretary of State for four years. In the latter capacity, he stood out as one of the driving forces be-hind the conclusion of the Paris Agreement.

In the interview, Kerry calls for political leadership: “The pandemic and climate change crises require leadership: to look over the horizon, see what is coming and get ahead of it. We didn’t do it with covid – we are not doing it with the climate.”


Three episodes of Planet A will be released in July and August. In the second epi-sode, the Minister interviews one of the world’s leading economists, Jeffrey Sachs, the former adviser to no less than three UN Secretary Generals and the author of numerous books, including ”The End of Poverty”.

In the third episode, Dan Jørgensen’s guest is the British Lord Nicholas Stern. Stern is the former chief climate adviser to the British government and in 2006 he authored its official report on the Economics of Climate Change, which argued that an early response to climate change would be both cheaper and more efficient.

Planet A can be downloaded via Apple Podcasts – or wherever you get your pod-cast – starting on July 10th. The second episode, featuring Jeffery Sachs, will be released on July 24th and the third episode is available on August 7th.

The Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities plans to release additional episodes, throughout the remainder of the year.

For further information, please contact:
Press Secretary for the Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities, Mr. Casper Dall, +45 2122 5084,