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After a decade of work to connect food and climate, four experts say the link is being made, but much work remains to be done.

After a decade of work to connect food and climate, four experts say the link is being made, but much work remains to be done.

Over the past 10 years, we have seen a tidal shift in awareness about the dangers that climate change poses, and the fact that it’s only going to get much worse if we don’t quickly take dramatic action. In fact, data released just last week found that alarm over climate change in the U.S. has doubled in just the last five years.

Read more: As awareness grows about food’s role in climate change, what solutions exist?

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The Mothers of Invention podcast mixes serious, dense subjects with warmth and humor to help people grasp climate solutions.

Mary Robinson and Maeve Higgins, hosts of Mothers of Invention (Photo: Ruth Medjbe/ Doc Society)

Upon hearing stark numbers on how cows contribute to climate change, comedian and podcast host Maeve Higgins boils the problem down: “We mustn’t let them get their own nation,” she exclaims. “We have to stop them from organizing.”

Read more: Laughter helps deliver sobering messages on climate change

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Alexandria skips school on Friday morning to strike in front of the UN. Photo / Getty Images

On the ninth Friday of her strike, 13-year-old Alexandria Villasenor wakes to a dozen emails, scores of Twitter notifications, and good news from the other side of the planet: Students in China want to join her movement.

Every week since December, the seventh-grader has made a pilgrimage to the United Nations Headquarters demanding action on climate change. She is one of a cadre of young, fierce and mostly female activists behind the "school strikes for climate" movement. On March 15, with the support of some of the world's biggest environmental groups, tens of thousands of kids in at least two dozen countries and nearly 30 U.S. states plan to skip school to protest.

Read more: How a 13 year-old's strike against climate change exploded into a movement

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