Podcasts on the Climate Crisis & the Environment

Whether you’re looking to learn more about the climate crisis or want to keep up to date with the latest news, views and information – take a look at some of these top-recommended podcasts by other young Scot’s who shared their thoughts through Membership and Young Scot’s Instagram.

1. Podship Earth

In this American podcast, each week you will meet a new guest who discusses navigating the climate crisis and how to get on to a healthy path. The podcast is hosted by Jared Blumenfeld who was the regional administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency from 2009-2016. Episodes are around 30 minutes long and there is a lot to catch up on covering a whole range of topics. Some episodes you might be interested in are:

  • Emotional First Aid – taking a look at the emotional impact of creating a healthy planet, guest Marianna Sousa who is a mental health first aider talks about looking after yourself.
  • Reuse – examining what happens to things that people no longer have use for but are still usable through visiting and talking to a range of guests.
  • Food fix – hear from Dr Mark Hyman who discusses the importance of connecting the soil, with the farmer, with the grocer, with our diet.

2. How To Save A Planet

This podcast aims to have you feeling energised at the end of each episode! Journalist Alex Blumberg and a crew of climate experts bring you inspiring and smart stories and share solutions about how the world can get out of the climate crisis. This podcast is also American and episodes last from 45 minutes to an hour.

Climate change is real and it’s serious, but we are not helpless, we have solutions - Alex Blumberg

Some episodes you might be interested in are:

  • The unexpected idea to get coal off the grid – hosts Alex Blumberg and Leah Stoke explore an expected idea to get coal off the grid.
  • Soil the dirty climate solution – listen to this episode as two farmers look at ways to harness the power of soil to help save the planet.
  • The Beef with Beef - Adopting a plant-based diet is one of the biggest steps an individual can take to reduce their own carbon footprint. So, should we all stop eating meat? Or is it more complicated than that? Listen to this podcast as they discuss this topic.

They’ve also put together a handy call to action guide, which summarises all of the calls to action from the different episodes.

3. Wild Voices Project

This podcast is hosted by Matt Williams and tells the stories of people saving nature. There haven’t been any new episodes for a while, but this podcast came highly recommended and there are lots of episodes you can listen to! Take a look at some of the suggestions below:

  • A champion for the wilderness, Jo Roberts – Jo is the Chief Executive of the Wilderness Foundation which works to transform the lives of young people. Listen to this episode where Jo and Matt discuss some of the questions and techniques Jo uses to support and challenge the young people she works with.
  • Behind the scenes at the Natural History Museum – join Steph who is the UK Biodiversity Training Manager at the Natural History Museum and hear about some of the fascinating work they’re doing to save nature; from conserving the wildlife to training young people.
  • Adventure is simply a way of thinking, Sean Conway – listen to Sean Conway an endurance adventurer tell tales of his epic journeys across the UK where Sean and Matt discuss appreciation of the British countryside, wilderness and wildlife.

You can listen to this podcast on Apple Podcasts or visit their website for more information.

4. Outrage and Optimism

Every week this podcast explores the stories behind the climate change headlines, talking to the change-makers and turning challenges into opportunities. This podcast is co-hosted by Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac who oversaw the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change, and CDP founder, Paul Dickinson. There are over 100 episodes already and episodes vary from 30 minutes to one hour. Some episodes you might be interested in include:

  • Small country, big vision with Nicola Sturgeon – listen to this episode where the First Minister shares the new vision she has for small countries collaborating on climate action just a few weeks before COP26.
  • IPCC Report: the tipping point for action – this episode discusses the findings of the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report’s Working Group 1 findings which has been dubbed as ‘code red for humanity’.
  • Dealing with climate grief – ahead of COP26 and with the countdown to 2030, Luisa Neubauer, climate activist, talks about the impact of climate change on mental health and the outlook for the future of young people.

5. The Yikes Podcast

Co-hosted by Mikaela Loach and Josephine Becker, this podcast discusses the things that make you go ‘yikes’ from climate crisis to activism to racism. Some episodes that you might be interested in are:

  • Episode 1: How We Got Into Climate Activism - find out how Mikaela and Josephine both got into climate activism.
  • Episode 2: Can Lifestyle Change Save the Planet? Listen to hear more about community and system change.
  • Episode 19: What is Climate Justice? Find out more about what the term means, how to get involved and the hosts' hopes for the future.
  • Episode 37: What Can I Do? Looking at activism and the different roles within social movements.

Thanks fo everyone that shared their recommendations. We didn’t have space for everyone’s suggestions, but other suggestions included:

Visit our dedicated pages for more information about COP26 or to learn about the environment, climate change and the climate crisis.