7 sustainability podcasts to add to your library right now
As we’re coming to the end of 2022, we’ve been thinking about how we can consume ethically this Christmas and beyond. During a time when we’re encouraged to overconsume and overspend, tuning into podcasts is an excellent way to switch your focus. So, we’re rounding up some of our favourite sustainable living and climate podcasts to tune into right now.
Bought to you by Jen Gale, the sustainable(ish) podcast drops a weekly episode on sustainable living minus austerity, deprivation, or the need to live off the grid in a yurt. Instead, you can expect engaging conversations, accessible and actionable tips and knowledgeable guests. Sustainable(ish) is the pod for you if you’re ready to make small tweaks to do your part. Not sure where to start? We’d recommend episode 163 – the Carbon Footprint of Christmas and what’s in your control.
Mothers of Invention
Feminism and sustainability? Yes, please! Mothers of Invention is a podcast sharing feminist solutions to the man-made climate change problem. Brought to you by Mary Robison, Maeve Higgins, and Thimali Kodikara, Mothers Of Invention, shifts the focus to the stories of black, brown and indigenous women innovating from the front lines. Packed full of love, laughter, and exceptional storytelling, this is the podcast to turn to for inspiration to live more sustainably.
Fancy a good laugh and learn? Then, Sustainababble is the pod for you. Self-dubbed ‘a funny podcast about the environment, sustainability and all the guff people talk in the name of saving the planet’, the weekly episodes by Ol and Dave are as entertaining as they are educational. With 272 episodes and counting, you’ll be spoilt for choice on topics, but we’d recommend kicking off with episode 255 on Green Capitalism.
What do you get when you pair climate change with true crime? Drilled. Reported and hosted by award-winning journalist Amy Westervelt, Drilled has been delving into the crimes against the climate since 2017. From fossil fuels and tar sands to greenwashing and accountability, Drilled is entertaining, informative and, at times, shocking. The best kind of podcast, right? To get a feel for the podcast, we’d recommend tuning into Introducing: Who Killed Daphne, which is just 6 minutes long.
The YIKES podcast
Mikaela Loach and Jo Becker are a dynamic duo leaning into the yikes of the world without overwhelming themselves or their listeners. From the climate crisis to activism and racism, the pair offer nuanced and accessible takes on everything that’s going on around us. In a recent instalment, Mikaela has returned from COP27 in Egypt and Jo’s returned from university occupations with the End Fossil Occupy movement, and it’s a must-listen! Listen to YIKES here.
Outrage and Optimism
Outrage and Optimism focuses on solving the climate crisis and remaking the world. Hosts Christiana Figueres, Tom Rivett-Carnac and Paul Dickinson get together weekly to delve into the issues at the forefront of the climate crisis and educate listeners on their power to help solve it. With special guests including David Attenborough, Lily Cole, and Vanessa Nakate, you’ll hear from experts and the activists on the frontline. In short, Outrage and Optimism is our go-to for a global perspective on climate change!
A permanent fixture in our podcast library is Sustainably Influenced. Hosts Bianca Foley & Charlotte Williams are on a mission to guide their listeners through the minefield of sustainability. From ethical and sustainable jewellery to eating meat, the duo chat with sustainability and ethical living experts to delve into various sustainable living practices. With 83 episodes to get through, we suspect Sustainably Influenced will become a firm favourite for you too!
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