Season 04 (Entrepreneurship) | Ep 01 | Climate Polyglot, Elliot David of Carbonbase

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Season 04 (Entrepreneurship) | Ep 01 | Climate Polyglot, Elliot David of Carbonbase

In this episode, our host Nicole Felts interviews Elliot David, a developer of business and partnerships at Carbonbase, a climate change fintech startup building a one-stop website service for carbon calculations and offsetting.

Join us as we explore what a career is like as a climate entrepreneur!

In this episode, Elliot shares with us

  • What motivates Elliot as a climate action polyglot

  • What sustainability means to him

  • Carbonbase’s mission to finance projects that net positive impact

  • Creative depth of offset projects

During this episode, we have in-depth conversations about

  • Ways to serve climate change from where you are

  • The difference between greenwashing tactics and real accountability

  • Defining value in climate-positive communities

  • The importance of communicating opportunities to youth in underserved communities

From this episode, you can expect to learn

  • How to get into sustainability entrepreneurship

  • Insights to drive motivation

  • How to effectively listen to people with differing perspectives

  • How to conduct stellar informational interviews

  • Emphasis on bridging access and opportunities with younger generations to enact change


08:15 Viewing sustainability as a journey instead of a destination

28:28 How to prevent band-aid solutions in the carbon removal world

33:00 What is climate fin-tech?

35:56 How Elliot got into climate fin-tech - climate change work is for everyone!

44:55 Elliot’s current career goals

53:22 Individual action and collective action/ accountability

57:00 The origin of carbon footprint calculators and their flaws

1:05:55 Using dialectics to comprehensively solve climate issues

1:08:25 Are carbon offsets negative?

1:13:15 How to find a job in climate entrepreneurship

1:14:55 How to conduct a successful informational interview

Tune In Now!

Connect with Elliot

Linked In


Carbonbase - Check out their website and find out your carbon footprint!

Resources Elliot mentioned

Schwarzman Scholars - Fully-funded one year Master’s degree and leadership program at Tsinghua University

Pildora - Sustainable clothing partner to Carbonbase

Greenlight Climate Festival - Virtual event featuring opportunities for sustainable jobs and panels by keynote speakers

Episode 5 of Carbonbase podcast with Gugu Nonjinge

Project Ark - Carbon neutral marketplace for NFTS funding conservation efforts

Medium Post about Project Ark - Oscars

Ottawa Business Journal

Hillary Clinton GCF Tweet - Hillary Clinton FB Post

Resource Nicole mentioned

Public Health Perspectives on Sustainable Diets, Johns Hopkins University course on Coursera (FREE!)

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