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ROLL ON: Travel In The Age of Climate Change

By April 20, 2023April 21st, 2023No Comments
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Episode #750



Travel allows you to experience different cultures, broaden your perspective, and gain a deeper appreciation for the world around you.

But there is no denying that it also comes with massive environmental costs.

Is it possible to travel in a completely sustainable way? And if so, how? What is the best way to move about the globe and make the most of experiences abroad?

Welcome to Roll On 2.0, an experiment in documentary-style storytelling in which we ask a big question, investigate that query with several experts, attempt to arrive at a reasoned conclusion, and hopefully entertain you along the way.

My co-host is Mr. Adam Skolnick, an activist, veteran journalist, author of One Breath, and David Goggins’ Can’t Hurt Me and Never Finished co-author. Adam writes about adventure sports, environmental issues, and civil rights for outlets such as The New York Times, Outside, ESPN, BBC, and Men’s Health.

“There are environmental costs baked into every trip we take—it’s time to reckon with them.”


Today we dive deep into the pillars of regenerative travel—a new movement that aims to heal the planet while exploring it—and ways we can all be better visitors to the places we explore. This episode makes use of Adam’s journalistic prowess, buffered by wisdom shared by experts in the field of sustainable tourism.

Topics included in today’s discussion include:

  • The benefits of traveling and experiencing different cultures;
  • the economic impact of tourism across the world;
  • the massive carbon footprint of air travel and the environmental effects of over-tourism;
  • the basics of sustainable and culturally sensitive travel; and 
  • the importance of connecting to your local watershed and supporting conservation.

Special guests featured in this episode include Amanda Ho, Kílian Jornet, Celeste Brash, Mehmet McMillan, Amanda Harris, Paul Feinstein, Robbie Balenger, Paul Hawken and Hugh Garvey. Thanks for your help in making this episode possible!

The visually inclined can watch today’s episode on YouTube. As always, the podcast streams wild and free on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.


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