5 podcasts to inspire you to save the planet

Stick your earphones in and let these podcasts take you on a journey through nature and beyond.

Heard about the epic David vs Goliath battle to save the Arctic? Have pressing questions about how you can become a better eco-warrior? Listen up! These environmental podcasts from all over the world are sure to educate, inspire and entertain.

Climate change survivor and activist Joanna Sustento from the Philippines protests against the Norwegian government for its plans to drill for in the Arctic. Hear her story in the podcast series, Unburnable.

Unburnable

Would you sue your government if you disagreed with its plans to drill for oil? That’s what the people of Norway are doing.

For the first time in 20 years the Norwegian government is opening up a new oil frontier in the Arctic. Despite knowing that burning oil melts Arctic ice, leading to increased climate change and fueling extreme weather events around the world, this move by the government violates its own constitution that says the State shall ensure future generations the right to a safe and healthy environment.

Throughout the six part series, you’ll hear why what happens in the Arctic doesn’t stay in the Arctic; as well as behind-the-scenes characters helping shape this historic court case — the lawyers, Indigenous people, activists, scientists, and of course, the oil company representatives themselves. How do they respond when questioned over the massive climate risk their operations could bring?

Al Gore interview on WTF with Marc Maron

Whether he’s interviewing musician Alice Cooper, or former US President Barack Obama, comedian Marc Maron has an engaging way of interacting with his guests. Perhaps it’s his casual banter; his ability to empathise with his interviewees; or maybe it’s just because his studio is located in his garage.

During this interview, Al Gore opens up to Marc and speaks eloquently, emotionally and openly about his experience as a politician, what inspired him to become a strong environmental advocate, and his pressing call on what action we need to take right now for the future of our planet.

S-Town

Though more of a crime mystery, the subject of climate change takes a notable role in this viral podcast series through its character John B. McLemore. Living in a small US town and feeling alienated from his non-climate change caring community, McLemore is an extreme example of what it’s like to feel despondent about the state of our warming planet. He obsessively stays up late writing climate change manifestos and speaks to his friends about it to the point of boredom — not the best way to convince climate-denying friends. Amongst many other things, S-town is a story about life and in order to live it, you really do need to “be the change you want to see in the world”.

Living Planet

All corners of the world are reported and covered in this award-winning program. From how Senegalese farmers are using text messaging to increase their yields, to interviews with people who are truly living “off-grid” this is a sound-rich way to get up-to-date with environmental news and stories from the comfort of your home.

Costing the Earth

There’s no doubt about the impact that humans have had on the Earth. From our increasing consumerism, to companies causing deforestation, how does it take its toll on our environment and what can we do about it? Hear stories from the people who are trying to make the world a better place, and answers to some simple environmental questions to make you a better person.

Shuk-Wah Chung is a Writer and Content Editor for the Communications Hub at Greenpeace East Asia. Follow her on Twitter here.

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