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Here are 5 climate podcasts that will change how you view the planet

Looking to get broaden your horizons on Earth Day? These climate podcasts could be for you.

Get into Earth Day with these climate podcasts

Get into Earth Day with these climate podcasts. Photo by Porapak Apichodilok from Pexels

Climate scientists have warned that lifestyles must change to save the planet from global warming.

The recent report published by The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change suggested that increased awareness about over consumption could be a key way of fighting the climate crisis. 

Earth Day, the annual event to promote environmental protection, is intended to spark new conversations about how to improve environmental consciousness in daily life. 

With this in mind, here are some climate podcasts to tune in to if you’re looking to make a change or improve your knowledge: 

For What It’s Earth

For What It’s Earth informs its listeners about environmental issues by breaking down definitions into bite-sized chunks of around 30 minutes. 

With each episode focusing on themes relating to the environment, climate change and sustainability, the podcast explains the science behind the climate crisis alongside what can be done to make a difference. 

With 75 episodes (and counting), to choose from, it’s a great one for explainers, and those looking for an insight into the planet’s future if the climate crisis continues at its current pace. 

Mothers of Invention

Mothers of Invention focuses on feminist climate change solutions from the perspective of women around the world and features former Irish president Mary Robinson as one of its three co-hosts. 

Each episode highlights the stories of “black, brown and indigenous women”, who are recognised as the trailblazers on the frontlines of climate change for generations. 

Climate Change for Beginners: An Extinction Rebellion Podcast 

Those who have kept up to date with the news over the last couple of years will be no stranger to activist collective Extinction Rebellion. The global group, who have gained attention for disruptive protests being a global environmental movement, also have a podcast.

Hosted by scientist and activist Dr Ciaran O’Carroll, the podcast answers some of the most frequently asked questions about climate change, doing so in a way which is both accessible and entertaining. 

Dr O’Carroll says the podcast’s aim is to turn climate change “beginners into experts”. With 20 episodes to choose from lasting around five minutes each, that prospect is a difficult one to turn down. 

Outrage + Optimism 

With a new episode released every week, Outrage + Optimism focuses predominantly on the politics behind the climate crisis. Former United Nations climate change chief Christiana Figueres is the co-host on this one and a notable guest to feature alongside her has included Greta Thunburg.

Outrage + Optimism highlights the ways to fight the climate crisis head on, emphasising that members of the general public are able to make meaningful change

Special series making up the podcast include coronavirus and climate change , the future of food and the future of transport.

Sustainable (ish)

Sustainable (ish) is a podcast founded and hosted by self proclaimed ordinary mum Jen Gale. She started the series after getting fed up with the narrative that people can only make a difference to the climate crisis if they “live off the grid in a yurt and learn to knit our own yoghurt”.

The podcast emphasises the small changes that can be made in everyday life to help the environment. This includes ways to be more sustainable when doing mundane tasks like walking the dog, doing the school run and cooking dinner. As a result, it’s ideal for those who have limited spare time but are still keen to make a difference.

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