E41: Who Do We Want to Listen to and Trust in the Energy and Climate Transitions? – Jad Mouawad

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The right information in the right hands can make all the difference. Dive into our latest Energ'Ethic podcast episode where Jad Mouawad shares his journey from journalism to leading the IEA's charge towards a sustainable future.
E41 - Jad Mouawad Energ'Ethic Podcast

When it comes to the future of our planet, who we listen to and trust to bring change matters. On the Energ’Ethic podcast, we’re excited to bring you a conversation with someone who’s been changing the game in how we talk about energy and climate: Jad Mouawad.

From Reporting to Reforming
Jad’s story starts in the newsrooms of The New York Times, where he saw firsthand how energy – and information about energy – shapes our world, our trust and understanding. He’s spent the last few years at the IEA, turning it from an old-school energy club to a champion of clean, green power people and policymakers listen to.

The IEA’s Green Revolution
Under Jad’s watch, the IEA didn’t just talk the talk. They walked it, crafting a vision for a carbon-neutral future that’s lined up with the Paris Agreement. It’s about seeing the big picture: fix the energy, and you’re a huge step closer to fixing the climate.

Cutting Through the Jargon
Jad knows that a 500-page report isn’t going to cut it in our fast-paced world. That’s why he’s been all about making the IEA’s findings something everyone can grasp, from Twitter threads to YouTube videos, and even games that let you try saving the world yourself.

Fighting Fake News
In a world where Twitter hashtags can spread like wildfire, Jad’s been a voice for the facts. He’s tackled the tough job of keeping the IEA’s message clear and trusted, even when misinformation is just a click away.

Keeping Climate on the Radar
With so much going on in the world, it’s easy for climate change to slip down the newsfeed. Jad’s been on the front lines, making sure it stays in the spotlight, reminding us that this is about our survival.

Talking to Tomorrow’s Leaders
Today’s youth are tomorrow’s decision-makers, and Jad’s got his eye on them. He’s been finding new ways to get the climate message out in the places where young people hang out, from TikTok to Instagram.

Science We Can All Understand
Scientists are still the good guys in the story, but their message can get lost in translation. Jad’s been working to change that, making sure the science is something we can all get behind.

The Good News
It’s not all doom and gloom. Jad reminds us that we’re making strides in the right direction. Coal, gas, oil—they’re all on the downswing. That’s worth celebrating, even as we push for more.

The Power of a Good Story
At the end of the day, Jad believes in the power of storytelling. Get the facts right, tell them well, and you can change minds. It’s about showing the world the energy revolution that’s already underway.

So, what’s the takeaway from our chat with Jad Mouawad? It’s simple: People Want to Learn, Listen to and Trust, and organisations like the International Energy Agency do make a difference. The right information in the right hands is empowering. Tune in to the Energ’Ethic podcast and join the conversation about who we trust to guide us to a brighter, cleaner future.

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