Environmental Podcasts You Should Listen To

2021-04-13

 |  The Starfish

Whether you’re out for a run, doing data entry, or just looking for a relaxing way to stay engaged with climate change, podcasts are a great way to stay informed. Below are six podcast suggestions that use investigative journalism, interviews, and storytelling to explore and educate listeners about environmentalism and climate change. 

1. How to Save a Planet

Join marine biologist Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and award-winning journalist Alex Blumberg as they ask “What do we need to do to solve the climate crisis, and how do we get it done?” From the effectiveness of everyday recycling and how to talk to your family about climate change to developments in agriculture, nuclear, and construction industries, this podcast offers a variety of topics to appeal to a broad audience. Johnson and Blumberg hope that by providing practical solutions to the often overwhelming concept of climate change, listeners will be inspired to apply their skills and expertise to help save the planet.

Episode SuggestionSoil: The Dirty Climate Solution

2. What on Earth

“What on Earth” is a CBC-produced show that asks common climate change questions from a distinctly Canadian perspective. How will global warming impact Northern communities that rely on ice roads for essential goods and travel? How might Canadian infrastructure and lifestyle hinder the nation’s transition to electric cars? What do environmental racism and climate justice look like in Canada? Climate change issues in Canada require unique conversations, policies, and solutions and this podcast provide a discussion platform which are rarely found in popular media.

Episode Suggestion‘Green is not white’: Racial justice and the climate fight

3. Outside/In

While Outside/In is not a podcast focused specifically on climate change or environmentalism, it is a self-described “show about the natural world and how we use it.” Based in New Hampshire, this podcast features stories about outdoor adventures, environmental history, little known animal species, green technology developments, and other ways that people interact with nature. In a four-part series entitled Powerline, the podcast examines Indigenous land rights, the continuing impacts of colonialism, and the expansion of clean energy in Quebec.

Episode SuggestionPowerline Parts 1-4

4. Floodlines

Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans almost 15 years ago and is still one of the most devastating storms to have hit the United States, but it certainly won’t be the last. Infrastructure failings, flooding, and appalling emergency responses from government officials resulted in mass destruction and loss of life across the city for weeks following the storm. Floodlines, produced by the Atlantic, is an enthralling story about class and racism in disasters, what happens when help doesn’t come… and what happens when it eventually arrives.

Episode Suggestion: Episode 1: Antediluvian

5. Commons: CRUDE

Aren’t you sick of talking about pipelines?…The problem with always talking pipelines is we risk losing the forest for the trees.” In CRUDE, host Arshy Mann barely acknowledges pipelines in his investigation into Canada’s ties to the oil industry. Instead, Mann focuses on other different moments or topics in Canada’s fossil fuel history. These include economic booms and busts, foreign-funded conspiracy theories, tar sands the size of Vancouver, and the thousands of abandoned wells littering the Alberta prairie. With this podcast, CRUDE offers listeners an all encompassing look at Canada’s good, bad, and lasting relationship with oil.

Episode Suggestion#9 Tar Teck: The Final Frontier

6. Drilled

If you’re a fan of true crime podcasts but want an environmental angle, Drilled is the podcast for you. Through interviews, legal cases, and investigative journalism, host Amy Westervelt traces instances of fossil fuel propaganda and its legal, economic, and societal consequences. Each season follows a different story. The current season looks at a decades-long battle between Indigenous peoples in Ecuador and Chevron Corporation over environmental damage. It provides listeners with a detailed look at fossil fuel publicity campaigns and their downfalls. 

Episode Suggestion: S5 Ep1: Lockdown