Podcasts provide listeners from all over the world with content that is educational, entertaining, and easily accessible at any time and place. As it’s still a relatively new medium (although borrowing from the long traditions of radio), podcasters are continuing to play with style, format, and genre depending on the topic they’re exploring. With the urgency of the climate crisis weighing on the shoulders of global youth, it’s no wonder that many podcasters are harnessing the power of audio storytelling to help people understand what climate change is and what we can do about it.
Offering diverse perspectives and homing in on diverse facets of the #ClimateCrisis, here are some freely accessible podcasts to broaden your climate knowledge base on the go!
Get Your Feet Wet
How to Save a Planet: a podcast hosted by journalist Alex Blumberg and scientist / policy nerd Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson that asks the big questions: what do we need to do to solve the climate crisis and how do we get it done?
Outrage and Optimism: a weekly podcast hosted by #Youth4ClimateLive alum Christiana Figueres that bridges both the outrage we see on the streets as well as the deep conviction that we CAN address climate change
Costing the Earth: BBC podcast bringing you fresh ideas from the sharpest minds working toward a cleaner, greener planet
Forest 404: a narrative podcast in the style of an eco-thriller starring Pearl Mackie
The Biggest Story in the World: this is an older podcast (from 2015) but still gives listeners a strong introduction to the basics of climate change and what solutions we need by going behind the scenes of the Guardian’s mission to tell a compelling and effective climate story
YALE Climate Connections: this is a series of bite-sized audio stories on different climate topics hosted by Dr Anthony Leiserowitz of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication
Climate Talk: a youth-led and primarily youth-focused podcast for people all over the world to take practical and guided steps towards addressing Climate Change, hosted by #Youth4ClimateLive alum Seyifunmi Adebote
Just Transitions: An Introduction: a podcast from our colleagues at the Climate Investment Funds on how policy and investment can be leveraged to bring about a just transition to a sustainable future
1,5 Grad: a German-language podcast helmed by #Fridays4Future leader Luisa Neubauer in which she dicusses climate action strategies with experts from various sectors
Climate Biz: produced by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), this podcast looks at the news, highlights and opportunities in international climate business
MIT Climate Conversations: a weekly podcast from MIT Climate, an online community connecting questions to answers, research to solutions, and knowledge to action
TILClimate: this MIT podcast breaks down the science, technologies, and policies behind climate change, how it’s impacting us, and what we can do about it
Climate Rising: business and policy leaders join Harvard Business School faculty to discuss what businesses are doing, can do, and should do to confront climate change
Climate Change: this podcast from the National Parks Service asks the questions: how is climate change affecting plants and animals? How is climate change affecting national parks?
The Energy Gang: a weekly digest on energy, cleantech and the environment
Climate History Podcast: co-hosted by a Georgetown professor and a PhD student, this podcast features interviews and discussions about the history of climate change that consider what the past can tell us about our present and future