5 More Climate Justice Podcasts You Need to Follow
Madison
McDermott
November 11, 2021

  1. Green Dreamer

Suggested Episodes: “328) Nick Estes: Decolonial Histories and the Red Deal” and “325) Karen Washington: Food Security, Justice, and Sovereignty” 

Hosted by Kamea Chayne, the Green Dreamer Podcast is a listener-supported podcast that attempts to challenge dominant narratives in society and instill more just and eco-conscious thought patterns in their listeners. Through topical interviews, guests specializing in topics — from Anthropology and Indigenous history, to globalization and food poverty — are given a platform to explore their work and call listeners to challenge the narratives they understand. These discussions introduce the audience to a variety of themes such as wellness, healing, and ecological regeneration. Some suggested episodes include: #328 with Nick Estes: Decolonial Histories and the Red Deal and #325 with Karen Washington: Food Security, Justice, and Sovereignty.” The conversation with Nick Estes of the Red Deal highlights the history and politicization of native past, critiques of GND from the Red Deal perspective (including the need to fundamentally change the imperialistic nature of the US), calls for bottom-up social movements to drive this change instead of top-down leadership from the government, and the concept of Indigenous people as post-apocalyptic groups. The episode featuring Karen Washington focuses on food justice and decentralization in the food system, where it provides an important primer on the difference between food justice, sovereignty, and security. Her episode unearths the unique connection between free food from aid as well as undervaluing our food and food systems. Washington covers a unique analysis of how the nonprofit food aid systems that work in low-income communities of color lead to upholding predominantly White-led, non-local food systems and an ignoring of the root causes that led to that food assistance being necessary. Focusing on global and environmental issues, this podcast will help listeners expand their worldview and unravel the narratives they were taught. Listeners can tune in to Green Dreamer anywhere podcasts are found, including Spotify, Apple, and their website: https://greendreamer.com/.

  1. Generation Green New Deal 

Suggested Episodes: “Maine’s Green New Deal Champion” and “Stop Line 3! With Winona LeDuke”

Generation Green New Deal is hosted by filmmaker Sam Eilersten and tells stories from the youth climate movement, specifically focusing on the audience of the Green New Deal (GND) Generation. The “GND Generation” as they call it, is the youth-led climate organizers who make up the generation that will ultimately pass a GND. The podcast’s episodes include discussions on Stop Line 3!, interviews with climate organizers and politicians, and coverage of the federal GND movement. In the episode “Maine’s Green New Deal Champion,” the hosts tell the story of Maine State Senator Chloe Maxmim who is fighting for a statewide GND. Delving into Chloe’s decision to run for office to enact climate justice legislation and the path she took to get there, the episode reveals the primary inspirations for her work: her love for her community and her history of organizing at Harvard. In the “Stop Line 3! With Winona LeDuke” episode, Eilersten talks with Indigenous leader Winona LeDuke about the Anishinaabe people, the Line 3 Pipeline, and the fossil fuel economy. They discuss water rights and sovereignty, the need for a transition to green jobs, and the natural gas distribution company Enbridge’s role in the pipeline. By sharing the stories of young activists with its youth-centered audience, the Generation Green New Deal podcast works to celebrate climate justice wins and support climate fights. Episodes are available to listeners through Spotify, Apple, and the podcast website:  https://www.generationgreennewdeal.com/podcast


  1. A Matter of Degrees

Suggested Episodes: “How Gender Equity Can Save The Planet” and “Green Jobs…For All?”

A Matter of Degrees is a podcast hosted by Dr. Leah Stokes and Dr. Katharine Wilkinson that discusses the stories behind and the potential solutions to climate change with a focus on equity and justice. Episodes cover a range of issues — from fossil fuels and gender politics, to farming and jobs. In the episode “How Gender Equity Can Save the Planet,” the hosts speak with Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson on how gender inequality can worsen climate disparities. They discuss how women lack equal support in the climate movement through money and speaking events, explore studies revealing that women in power lead to better climate policies, and examine the Green Belt Movement in Africa. Another recommended episode, “Green Jobs…For All?,” explores The American Jobs Plan’s promises and how to set the stage for transformational change that will address the needs of communities of color and gender minorities. The episode analyzes barriers to clean energy implementation, state implementation models, and climate change education. This podcast covers many different climate justice topics with in-depth, inspiring interviews, exploring what it will truly take to have an inclusive and just green workforce in a manner that is accessible to all. Each episode concludes with helpful calls to action, extra resources to explore, and organizations to support. Listeners looking to learn more about climate justice can access A Matter of Degrees anywhere podcasts are found, including Spotify, Apple, Google, and the website: https://www.degreespod.com/


  1. Inherited

Suggested Episodes: “The Green New Dream” and “The Party Poopers”

Inherited, a podcast hosted by Georgia Wright and Julianna Bradley, tells stories from the youth climate movement and about the world we have inherited. In the episode “The Green New Dream,” Wright and Bradley take a hopeful approach to the climate crisis. Using the dreams of their audience members who submitted what they envision a new, green world to look like, they discuss the power of hope in creating a better future. Another episode, “The Party Poopers,” explores climate anxiety and the mental health struggles that often accompany the climate crisis. The hosts explore how different activists in the field are dealing with climate-related feelings of loneliness and hopelessness themselves. Through storytelling, this podcast discusses our entrenched climate problems and will help any climate justice advocate feel inspired and supported. Inherited just wrapped up its pilot season, and is available on Spotify, Apple, and the website: https://www.inheritedpod.com/listen



  1. For the Wild

Suggested Episodes: “Thea Riofrancos on Planetary Perspectives of Green Energy/250” and “Ruth Łchav'aya K'isen Miller on Relations of Reciprocity”

The For the Wild Podcast, hosted by Ayana Young, calls itself “An Anthology of the Anthropocene” due to its coverage of a wide range of topics from a wide range of academic perspectives. The podcast features interviews with experts from different fields — including climate activism, political science, and Indigenous organizing — on a range of topics highlighting environmental justice, decolonial perspectives, and social resistance. In the episode “Thea Riofrancos on Planetary Perspectives of Green Energy,” Young interviews Riofrancos on energy systems, Green New Deals, and global accountability. Specifically, Riofrancos provides insights on how decolonization, extraction, and solidarity relate to the renewable energy economy as it gains increasing momentum. In the episode “Ruth Łchav'aya K'isen Miller on Relations of Reciprocity,” Miller discusses the idea of a non-extractive future. Miller’s vision of a Just Transition centers on Indigenous practices and a focus beyond capitalistic economics. She examines Indigenous relationships with the land and how these perspectives could be expanded so that everyone may have the opportunity to improve their relations with the land. Through their many episodes and conversations, For the Wild elevates views of the world that depart from the hegemonic and explore a better, more sustainable future in its place. Listeners can find the podcast on Spotify, the radio, and their website: https://forthewild.world/podcast


For more of our favorite Climate Justice podcasts, check out our Spotify playlist: https://bit.ly/favCJpodcasts.

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