5 Climate Justice Podcasts You Need to Follow
Claire
Spector
August 31, 2021
Nikki McCullough

For listeners looking to learn more about the climate crisis and the people involved in the climate justice movement, here are five informative and gripping podcasts to plug into. Press play and enjoy!

How to Save a Planet

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Hosted by journalist Alex Blumberg and scientist Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, How to Save a Planet covers a wide variety of topics, ranging from the connection between agricultural techniques and climate migration to the true ecological costs of renewable natural gas. The program is committed to answering one key question: what does humanity need to do to address the climate crisis and how do we make those things happen? This informative podcast outlines pressing climate issues through an intersectional lens, breaking down related scientific concepts to make them digestible and accessible to people of all backgrounds. It then highlights solutions to these issues, expanding on what else would need to happen moving forward to make them more impactful and scalable. It even includes specific calls to action for listeners wanting to contribute to change-making efforts. Through interviews with a diverse group of guests and an infusion of light humor into each episode, How to Save a Planet is engaging, educational, and inspirational. Listeners can access the podcast on the Gimlet Media website, as well as Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Podtail.

Drilled

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Credit: Drilled News

Drilled, a true-crime podcast about climate change, is hosted by award-winning investigative journalist Amy Westervelt, who guides listeners through the themed seasons. Whether digging into the history of fossil fuel propaganda with “The Mad Men of Climate Denial” or looking at the battle between Chevron and Ecuadorian Indigenous groups with “La Lucha En La Jungla,” listeners are swept along on a compelling journey as secrets and information previously unknown to them are uncovered. By bringing forward the power imbalances that allow the fossil fuel industry to systematically perpetrate environmental injustices and calling out those specifically responsible, this exposé-style podcast delves beyond the public messaging of oil and gas to explore what the industry is actually hiding behind the scenes. Drilled is available to listeners on the Drilled News website, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Podtail.

Cooler Earth

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Credit: Climate XChange

On Cooler Earth, Climate XChange’s interview-style podcast, the episodes feature different guests with unique backgrounds and areas of specialization, all united by their common interest in seeking equitable and just solutions to the climate crisis. These fascinating interviews cover a breadth of topics, from the connection between human psychology and climate change communication, to the role systemic racism plays in subsidizing the fossil fuel economy. The intersectionality of the issues covered and the focus on the often-overlooked social science aspect of the climate crisis are incredibly important and notable features of Cooler Earth. This podcast will leave listeners feeling informed and inspired to mobilize for change by the end of each episode. Cooler Earth is available on the Climate XChange website, as well as Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, and Podtail.

Stories From Home: Living the Just Transition

Stories from Home: Living the Just Transition Podcast
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Led by host Keenan Rhodes — a Climate Justice Alliance fellow, youth organizer, and artist — Stories From Home: Living the Just Transition explores what frontline communities imagine climate change solutions to look like through an intersectional lens of art, culture, and social justice. The podcast spotlights Climate Justice Alliance’s Story Snapshots project, featuring the work and experiences of everyday people from the climate justice movement and frontline communities around the world through conversational interviews with project contributors. 

By elevating the voices of this diverse collection of people working to build sustainable climate justice solutions in their local communities, Stories From Home opens the ears and minds of its listeners to the possibility of an equitable future through a Just Transition. This podcast is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, SoundCloud, and Podtail.

Living Downstream: The Environmental Justice Podcast

Living Downstream
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Living Downstream: The Environmental Justice Podcast highlights environmental injustices taking place across the United States and around the world as the people experiencing them firsthand share their stories with host Steve Mencher. By elevating the voices and work of those on the frontlines of the climate crisis, this podcast gives power to groups that have been historically silenced and shows listeners that the devastating impacts of climate change are already taking their toll. The emotions invoked by these personal stories, and the resulting connection the audience feels to those featured on the podcast, make Living Downstream unique. The program frames the climate justice crisis as an intersectional human rights issue, and leaves listeners motivated to make change. Living Downstream is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Podtail.

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