When you hear the word “podcast”, what comes to mind? If it’s not ‘pod-what?’ then you’ll likely answer, “Oh, that’s the way people hear about true crime dramas like Teacher’s Pet, or the story of Adnan Syed on Serial”. Those are stunningly successful podcasts that validated and exposed the form to millions of people, but they can do even more. Especially, when it comes to climate change.
I’ve been a podcast fan for over half my life, from when I found early recordings of people talking about the pressing issues of the day, like Apple versus Microsoft. Since the humble beginnings of nerds in garages talking tech, podcasts have become the zines of our age. Why? Low barrier to entry, global distribution, and space for every niche. When I found myself wanting to learn more about climate change, I knew I had my trusty podcasts to turn too.
Here are some of my favourites:
When an Irish comedian and a former President of Ireland get together to talk about climate change, you get a delightful result. Maeve Higgins and Mary Robinson bring an interesting contrast to how they approach the big issues. One is accustomed to the halls of power, the other is a seasoned wisecracker. This show is all about tackling man-made climate change through feminist solutions.
This is what happens when you get a group of entrepreneurs, who have a great idea of creating a marketplace for carbon removal but don’t quite know where to go from there. The founders of Nori did the radically transparent thing of recording their conversations with people in the field who knew more than them. The podcast covers technical aspects of potential ways we can reverse climate change, as well as social and personal ones. It’s great, it’s from Seattle, so bonus points for being from my hometown.
This podcast is hosted by Democrat and Republican energy experts – a former Obama Administration member and a former advisor to House Speaker Paul Ryan. These are two people on different sides of the political spectrum, getting stuck in how to make the politics of climate change less… absolutely broken. It’s a great podcast but may be a bit American focused for some. Although, Australia has been talked about quite a bit lately for very unfortunate reasons like our coal-loving PM.
Climactic tells stories of people making a difference. One week there is a politician talking about ways to exert pressure on the system to fight climate inaction. Next week we have a volunteer from Friends of the Earth talking about why they dedicate their time to this environmental not-for-profit, how they balance their life and stay motivated. The podcast has four hosts (one of whom is yours truly) and is actively growing. We’re always looking for new stories from regular people, so do get in touch if you have something to share.