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Insights and tips from remarkable women leaders and innovators - from business, policy, science, the arts - who are transforming our world - Energy and sustainability - Career advice too.

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Aug 15, 2023

People who have been to space really do speak about it with great reverence. And it is for that reason that we want to take people to space in our car. Neutral zero emission spaceship, spaceship vacuum, which as you saw is not a rocket. Enormous balloons. It's a very gentle flight. We want to take leaders to space. We want to take artists to space. We want to have teachers go to space.” Jane Poynter at Earth Day Network’s Climate Leadership Gala

As Virgin Galactic takes another set of civilians into space, think about all the emissions they are adding to the very airspace they are celebrating.  Space Perspective says they are doing similar space travel but without hurting the planet. Imagine how much energy those trips use. And, though they are also doing climate research up there, the capsules and rockets are not generally carbon neutral. Can they be?

Listen to veteran space executive and former Biosphere 2 leader Jane Poynter, CEO and cofounder of Space Perspective describe how they are doing carbon neutral space travel in this extraordinary conversation with Electric Ladies host Joan Michelson conducted at the Earth Day Network Climate Leadership Gala (so there will be a lot of background sound). 

You’ll hear:

  • How Space Perspective is making space travel carbon neutral (from fuel to materials).
  • Who is paying for it (and what it will cost you to take ride with them)
  • The general carbon footprint of today’s space shuttles and private companies’ space travel.
  • How her experience in Biosphere 2 led to Space Perspectives.
  • Plus, insightful career advice, such as…

There are so many ways to make a difference, right?... I think at the end of the day, you have to be true to yourself and what is it that fires you up. And, and what is it that that does light that fire within you that you have to pursue, that you're driven to pursue, and then go pursue it. And, you know, sometimes it takes going in at a level that maybe you don't feel is your level. Maybe it's beneath you, but if you are trying to move into a slightly adjacent career, you have to do that. Cuz you have to work your way up sometimes. And it's also the best way to learn.” Jane Poynter on Electric Ladies Podcast

Read Joan’s Forbes articles here too.

You'll also like:

  •         Kristen Siemen, Chief Sustainability Officer of General Motors
  •         Suzy Deering, Chief Marketing Officer of Ford – on bringing change to a legacy industry as an outsider.
  •        Neha Palmer, Founder/CEO of TeraWatt Infrastructure on charging for EV trucks
  •        Jackie Birdsall, Toyota, Senior Engineer, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles
  • Jennifer Gerbi, Ph.D., Deputy Director and Acting Director, ARPA-E, the innovation arm of the Department of Energy

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