Engaging Podcasts for the Environmentally Conscious and Curious
It’s a common conundrum that people find themselves in amidst ever-growing concerns around climate change and other multifaceted environmental issues. Like most people, you try to do the day-to-day things to do your part like recycling at home, using reusable bags at the grocery store, forgoing plastic straws and the like. Yet you might still be left with a lingering sense of dread and unease, feeling generally uninformed about the issues and confused about what practical steps you can take in your life for the betterment of the planet.
Earth.org suggests some phenomenal podcasts for the environmentally inclined in their guide, “15 Best Environmental Podcasts of 2022.” So in a free moment on a walk, doing errands or on your commute, you can educate yourself on significant environmental subjects.
Environmental podcasts to try
- Living Life at Life U- Though our University podcast is not solely dedicated to environmental content, tune in occasionally for targeted information about getting an environmentally-focused education and how to live more sustainably. Catch Stephanie Wakefield in one of our first podcasts, discussing our fantastic Human Ecology program, which examines humanity’s impact on the surrounding environment. Or, tune in as B.A. in Human Ecology student Kaitlyn Ivey explores her experiences as a student in this groundbreaking program. For all other podcast interviews, visit Living.life.edu/Living-Life-Podcast/.
- Sustainababble- The environmental issues discussed in this podcast are of course very serious, but that doesn’t mean that the discussion has to be so dreary and sullen. Sustainababble is a lighthearted, weekly podcast that seeks to tackle big issues in an in-depth and entertaining interview format, speaking with interesting people that can help to untangle baffling environmental policies and concepts. Hosts Oliver Hayes and David Powell attempt to expose examples of greenwashing and often ill-conceived, incompetent environmental solutions. The podcast addresses topical issues with humor, and ideally, listeners walk away feeling like they learned something. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Acast or Sustainababble.fish.
- Sustainable(ish)- Host Jen Gale takes an accessible approach to sustainable living. This podcast is for anyone interested in learning about how their actions affect the planet and how to live more sustainably. Gale brings in inspiring guests to chat about changes they’re making, as well as the businesses and campaigns they are running. The podcast is fun and topical, covering everyday issues and products that impact the planet. Find it on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts or the Sustainable(ish) site.
- The Wild- Let’s remember what this sustainable effort is all for. Podcast hosts Andy McDonald and Jonathan Carson chat with guest sportspeople, creatives and leaders about their adventures in nature and their vital conversation efforts. The podcast is semi-regular, posting 1-2 times per month. Get wild by listening through Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Podcasts and several other streaming outlets.
- How to Save the Planet- This loftily titled podcast is hosted by the environmental charity Friends of the Earth. It focuses on popular stories and current events related to the climate movement and breaks down complex issues such as environmental racism and fracking. Blunt but inspiring, the podcast examines climate crisis solutions and how anyone can make an impact in big and small ways. The podcast is semi-regular, with a new episode posted every month or so. Tune in on Spotify or Apple Podcasts.
- Jane Goodall: The Hopecast- Who better to listen to then the queen of conservation herself, Jane Goodall? In conjunction with the Jane Goodall Institute, Goodall’s Hopecast podcast series is a fireside chat-style conversation with influencers, business leaders and policymakers on topics correlating with Goodall’s overall vision for a better world. Each episode seeks to break down systems, barriers and ideas to allow for everyone to act. The podcast also highlights the incredible and incomparable work of the Jane Goodall Institute, including community-led conservation work, welfare for captive animals, as well as emerging science and technology related to conservation and youth empowerment. Subscribe on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts or Stitcher.
- Global GoalsCast- For inspiration from others working hard to make the world a better place, this is the environmental podcast to turn to. This podcast works to empower listeners by sharing the stories of individuals, companies and organizations working toward a more sustainable Earth. Posts are shared on roughly a monthly basis via Apple Podcasts, Spotify and other platforms.
- Yale Climate Connections- Hosted by Dr. Anthony Leiserowitz of Yale University, this 90-second daily investigative podcast gives listeners a quick look into how climate change is already shaping the world and what can be done about it. The podcast tackles a lot of terrain, from crazy weather to fossil fuels, public health to clean energy resources. It’s a fast jolt of climate crisis reality, as well as hope. It seeks to help individuals, corporations, government agencies, media and more learn from each other about constructive possible solutions many are undertaking to reduce climate-related risks and wasteful practices. Get your daily fix on iHeartRadio, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher or Spotify.
For those interested in a formal education centered around how human activity affects the world we inhabit, Life University offers a unique B.A. in Human Ecology program committed to social change and the need for positive, proactive transformation of human-ecological relations. The Human Ecology program is designed to equip students with the skills they need to become thinkers and practitioners capable of reimagining and reinventing human-environment relations in the age of climate change. Please visit life.edu for more information.
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