Why Global Citizens Should Care
Climate change is both simple and immensely complicated.
It’s simple in the sense that we know what’s causing it: greenhouse gas emissions and the destruction of the natural world for commercial purposes.
But it’s complicated in the sense that it causes endless consequences — from rising sea levels to more crop pests to vanishing species — and countries are scrambling to find ways to mitigate and adapt to it while still maintaining the status quo.
As a result, it takes time and effort to understand the impacts of climate change, the movement for climate action, and how we can keep temperatures from rising beyond catastrophic levels.
But there are a lot of resources available to help you grasp the issues at hand. In recent years, activists, scientists, and journalists have started a variety of podcasts dedicated to helping people better understand climate change and the natural world.
Here are seven podcasts on the subject that we recommend.
This succinct podcast is ideal for getting up to speed on a range of complex climate topics. Episodes are around 15 minutes long and explore topics such as carbon capture, clean technology, energy efficiency, and much more.
2. Emergence Magazine Podcast
The Emergence Magazine Podcast centers Indigenous perspectives. Episodes either feature an interview by editor-in-chief Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee or essays read by activists, authors, philosophers, and scientists. Recent essays include a piece on the forests that surround Mount Kenya, a meditation on the environmental wisdom of druidry, and a profoundly beautiful reflection on alternative economic models by the author and biologist Robin Wall Kimmerer.
3. For What It’s Earth
Emma Brisdion and Lloyd Hopkins have a friendly, easygoing rapport that makes tough, complex issues like wildfires, fast fashion, and flooding not just approachable but also enjoyable. The duo regularly brings on expert guests to discuss topics such as insects, sustainable cities, and electric cars. For What It’s Earth recently hit its 50-episode milestone with a fascinating episode about tea and coffee.
4. Mongabay Newscast
The nonprofit Mongabay publishes indispensable journalism on climate change,…