Updated: Oct 28, 2020
Politics, reportage and comedy, Sonya Hanson and It’s Freezing in LA! choose our favourite podcasts about environmentalism.
Costing the Earth
Started October 6, 2010 – 246 Episodes
Perhaps the BBC’s equivalent to Living Planet, below. This podcast takes a clear, international look at important green issues every episode, interviewing academics, activists and journalists. Topics include wildlife along the Berlin Wall, fertility and the Trump golf resorts.
Started Oct 21, 2018 – 26 episodes
Billed as a ‘true crime podcast about climate change’, this podcast looks at the ‘mad men’ of climate denial and misinformation. We recommend the new series, Jan 2020, which is better produced and focusses on fossil fuels executives, PR and psychological warfare.
DW’s: Living Planet
Started April 19, 2018 – 30 Episodes
A more news-focussed podcast, which comes alongside lots of other good listening; ‘Deutsche Welle’ is a German public international broadcaster. Living Planet doesn’t have the personal touch of others on this list, but delves deep into international news stories that reflect the current state of our ‘living planet’.
Extinction Rebellion Podcast
Started March 3, 2019 – 7 Episodes + additional material
A podcast from ‘Extinction Rebellion’ – follow the work and members of this high-profile environmental group. Includes celebrity interviews, a book club, and descriptions of actions across the world.
The Ezra Klein Show
Started Feb 4, 2016 – 300 episodes
This wide-ranging podcast isn’t only climate focussed, but includes a great mini-series on climate (starting Oct 28th), and since these episodes the podcasts often introduces climate into other discussions. Fast-paced political discussion from a host and guests at the top of their respective games.
Mothers of Invention
Started July 16, 2018 – 22 Episodes
Comedian Maeve Higgins (Wait Wait Don't Tell Me) makes up half of this podcast duo, alongside former Irish President Mary Robinson, who, as the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, has been immersed in climate change politics for years. She guides Maeve Higgins through the complex issues surrounding climate change, interviewing selected ‘Mothers of Invention’ who are fighting the good fight in a whole range of different ways. Now at the end of season 2, Maeve, under Mary’s tutelage, is becoming a master herself; hopefully new episodes aren’t far away.
No Planet B
Started April 14, 2019 – 6 Episodes
A podcast hosted by comedian Gemma Arrowsmith. This is a fun podcast that focuses on one interview with a climate change expert per episode, incorporating satirical sketches interwoven with the more serious material. A good introduction to lots of climate topics, and includes interesting discussion on corona virus and current affairs.
On the Green Fence
Started August 23, 2019 – 5 Episodes
A fun spin-off of DW’s: Living Planet, where journalists Neil and Gabe fumble their way through Germany trying to learn more about climate change while evaluating their own habits.
Started June 11, 2019 – 7 Episodes
A podcast hosted by comedian and climate scientist Matt Winning. Each episode he interviews a fellow comedian, and has them calculate their carbon footprint as they discuss behaviour changes and fears in the face of climate change through comedy. A great, informed alternative to news podcasts.
Started Aug 16, 2018 - 17 episodes
This season's series, Back to Earth, follows artists, as well as an arts organisation, developing projects, interventions and campaigns at the crossroads of art and the climate emergency. Presented by artist Victoria Sin with Serpentine’s curator of General Ecology Lucia Pietroiusti, plus special-guest hosts throughout, the series brings together conversations, sound commissions, music and field reports, tracking the journey of an arts institution dedicating itself to artist-driven approaches to ecology, technology and equality.
Started Sep 23, 2010 – 395 episodes Another one that isn’t solely focussed on the environment, but this fantastic design podcast brings some fantastic insight into green cities, infrastructure and architecture. Recommended episodes include: He’s Still Neutral (waste), The Anthropocene Reviewed, and Crude Habitat (oil).