We have listed our podcast recommendations below! They range in topic and length, but they are all focused on climate change and the environment. Podcasts are a great way to hear new perspectives on well-known issues, as well as gain insights into more local or lesser-known problems.

General

  1. Costing the Earth

Where to listen: podcast website

Description: “BBC Radio’s program looks at how humans affect the environment and how the environment reacts, questions accepted truths, challenges those in charge and reports on progress towards improving the world.” “Fresh ideas from the sharpest minds working toward a cleaner, greener planet” 

2. Drilled 

Where to listen: podcast website, Radio Public, Apple Podcasts, Spotify

Description: “Drilled is a true-crime podcast about climate change. Season 1, ‘The Origins of Climate Denial’ traced the corporate-funded creation and spread of climate denial, including interviews with former Exxon scientists, primary source documents, and an in-depth look at the history of fossil fuel-funded influence campaigns. ‘Season 2,’ Hot Water follows a group of West Coast crab fisherman who are experiencing first-hand the devastating impacts of climate change. And this unlikely group of climate activists just became the first industry to sue big oil. Season 3, ‘The Mad Men of Climate Denial,’ digs into the history of fossil fuel propaganda and the few “Mad Men of climate denial” who shaped it. Season 4, ‘There Will Be Fraud,’ follows the fossil fuel industry’s efforts to use the COVID-19 pandemic to push through its wishlist of deregulation and subsidies. Season 5, ‘La Lucha En La Jungla,’ looks at the decades-long battle between indigenous groups in the Ecuadorian Amazon and Chevron. Season 6, ‘The Bridge to Nowhere,’ a season in three parts about the past, present, and future of the natural gas industry.” 

3. Erased

Where to listen: Audible 

Description: “Erased is a weekly environmental news podcast where we have connections and provide information on climate issues and stories that affect us every day.”

4. For What It’s Earth

Where to listen: podcast website, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts

Description: “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.”

5. How to Save a Planet

Where to listen: podcast website, Spotify

Description: “Climate change. We know. It can feel too overwhelming. But what if there was a show about climate change that left you feeling… energized? One so filled with possibility that you actually wanted to listen? Join us, journalist Alex Blumberg and a crew of climate nerds, as we bring you smart, inspiring stories about the mess we’re in and how we can get ourselves out of it.”

6. NPR’s Environment Podcast

Where to listen: NPR

Description: “Breaking news on the environment, climate change, pollution, and endangered species.”

7. Sea Change Radio

Where to listen: podcast website, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts

Description: “Nationally syndicated weekly radio show and podcast covering the shift to social, environmental and economic sustainability.”

8. The Climate Question

Where to listen: podcast website (BBC), Spotify, Apple Podcasts 

Description: “On The Climate Question, the BBC brings its journalistic might to a range of knotty questions, including: “How can we live with the SUV?” and “Will Africa really leapfrog to renewables?” Released semi-weekly, the podcast brings listeners into the heart of many of the issues animating policy rooms around the world.”

9. Threshold

Where to listen: podcast website, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify

Description: “Threshold Episodes uses the “story” tool to explore environmental change, one topic per season. Threshold Conversations interviews environmental thought leaders on issues affecting communities, cultures and ecosystems in the U.S. and globally.”

10. TILclimate (Today I Learned: Climate)

Where to listen: podcast website, iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify

Description: “Climate change is confusing. This award-winning MIT podcast breaks down the science, technologies, and policies behind climate change, how it’s impacting us, and what we can do about it. Each quick episode gives you the what, why, and how on climate change – from real scientists – to help us make informed decisions for our future.” 

11. Yale Climate Connections

Where to listen: podcast website, Spotify

Description: “An online news service providing daily radio broadcasts and original online reporting, commentary, and analysis on the issue of climate change. An initiative of the Yale Center for Environmental Communication.” “Our Climate Connections radio program is broadcasting nationwide on more than 680 public, university, community, and alternative radio frequencies, and internationally on a handful of English-language stations. The program also is available as a podcast. A new 90-second episode is released every weekday, 52 weeks a year.”

Education – Focused

  1. Talking With Green Teachers

Where to listen: podcast website, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts

Description: “This podcast from Green Teacher, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping educators promote environmental awareness, features interviews with environmental educators from around the globe.”

Policy – Focused

  1. Bionic Planet

Where to listen: podcast website, Radio Public, Apple Podcasts, iHeart Radio 

Description: “We’ve entered a new epoch: the Anthropocene, and nothing is as it was. Not the trees, not the seas – not the forests, farms, or fields – and not the global economy that depends on all of these. What does this mean for your investments, your family’s future, and the future of man? Each week, we dive into these issues to help you Navigate the New Reality.”

2. Parts Per Billion

Where to listen: podcast website, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify,

Description: “Parts Per Billion is Bloomberg Law’s environmental policy podcast. We cover everything from air pollution, to toxic chemicals, to corporate sustainability, and climate change. The reporters from our environment desk offer an inside look at what’s happening at Congress, in the courts, and at the federal agencies, and help explain the scientific and policy debates shaping environmental laws and regulations.”

3. Podship Earth

Where to listen: podcast website, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify,

Description: “Hosted by Jared Blumenfeld, former West Coast administrator of the EPA, this award-winning podcast explores different aspects of sustainability /environmental change and social impact each week.” “At a time when our planet is under existential threat, Podship Earth helps listeners engage in the adventure of life on earth.  Exploring how we connect with ourselves, nature and the universe, this award winning podcast offers an inspiring look at how we can make a difference.” 

Science – Focused

  1. No Planet B

Where to listen: podcast website, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify,

Description: “Environmental scientists Wyatt Jordan and Breanna Waterman interview researchers, farmers, professors and astrophysicists to learn about how they’re affected and what their research and experience can tell us about climate change.”

2. The Food Fight

Where to listen: Apple Podcasts

Description: “Matt Eastland and Lukxmi Balathasan present the Food Fight, a new series from EIT Food examining the biggest challenges facing the food system, and the innovations and entrepreneurs looking to solve them.”

Location – Focused 

  1. California Burning

Where to listen: podcast website, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify

Description: “Natural disasters are increasing across the nation. In the West, these disasters often come in the form of wildfire, and perhaps no State understands the true cost of wildfire as California. While the Golden State has always had forest fires, these conflagrations are progressively becoming harder to control and more deadly. At the same time, California’s population has surpassed 40 million, pushing people further into wild spaces that have been adapted to fire. California Burning takes a deep and critical look at how the State’s fire-prone forests have been managed, and how we can all learn from the past to be better stewards of the land and avoid catastrophic wildfires in the future.”

2. Chesapeake Uncharted

Where to listen: podcast website, iTunes, Spotify 

Description: “This podcast by Chesapeake Bay Journal staff writer and SEJ member Jeremy Cox is a reported journey around the Chesapeake Bay watershed, driving home the message that you don’t have to look to the north or south poles for evidence of climate change: It’s happening here and now.”

3. Drained

Where to listen: podcast website, NPR, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify,

Description: “In the final days of his administration, with the eyes of the world on Florida where the epic 2000 election recount was underway, President Bill Clinton quietly signed into law a plan to restore the Everglades. Twenty years and $17 billion later, the grandiose vision of reversing decades of environmental damage remains stuck in the swamp. In DRAINED, a podcast from WMFE and the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting, Amy Green wades into the controversy around one of the most ambitious environmental restoration efforts ever undertaken. From rivers of toxic slime to a mind-boggling plan to inject a giant bubble of freshwater a thousand feet underground, DRAINED examines the massive plan to restore the river of grass and poses the big question about the future of this natural wonder: Can it be saved?” 

4. Islands on Alert

Where to listen: YouTube 

Description: “Some of the clearest and most urgent calls for climate action have come from leaders and activists on small island nations. And there’s a good reason why: despite being responsible for less than 1% of cumulative greenhouse gas emissions, small island nations are on the forefront of rising sea levels, extreme storms, and other climate impacts. In this hard-hitting, informative, and compelling podcast hosted by Andy Liburd, a renowned media figure in Antigua and Barbuda, scientists, political negotiators, energy specialists, and Indigenous and youth voices will share the stage.”

5. Sustainable Asia

Where to listen: podcast website, Radio Public, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify 

Description: “Asian voices give perspective on how different countries in Asia are tackling environmental problems on a changing planet.” 

Example episode description: “The Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin is protected at the highest level in China, but its numbers are dwindling fast. In Hong Kong, where the species is affectionately known as the Chinese white dolphin, only 37 individuals remain. Their struggle for survival pits them against massive development projects and fishing vessels because dolphins use sonar – not sight – for survival. How can we mitigate the cacophony in Asia’s oceans to help keep vulnerable species like the Chinese white dolphin safe from harm?”

6. The Environment Report

Where to listen: podcast website, Michigan NPR

Description: “The Environment Report, hosted by Lester Graham, explores the relationship between the natural world and the everyday lives of people in Michigan.”

Health – Focused

  1. Environmental Health Chat

Where to listen: podcast website, Google Podcasts, iTunes 

Description: “The NIEHS (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences) Partnerships for Environmental Public Health network produces this podcast series exploring how environmental exposures affect our health. Each episode highlights ways researchers work in partnership with community groups to understand and address environmental health issues.”

Economics and Tech – Focused

  1. Climate One

Where to listen: podcast website, Apple Podcasts, Spotify 

“Climate One from The Commonwealth Club offers a weekly podcast exploring topics including economics, energy, food, resilience, technology, transportation, and water.” “We’re living through a climate emergency; addressing this crisis begins by talking about it. Host Greg Dalton brings you empowering conversations that connect all aspects of the challenge — the scary and the exciting, the individual and the systemic.”

Focused on Environmental Justice & Historically Marginalized Perspectives 

  1. Breaking Green Ceilings 

Where to listen: podcast website, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts

Description: “A weekly interview series produced by policy research and communications strategy firm Water Savvy Solutions. Dedicated to amplifying the voices of historically underrepresented environmentalists from Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and Disabled communities, as well as their White allies, Breaking Green Ceilings is all about raising awareness, humanizing guests, building community, and promoting a more diverse and inclusive environmental movement. Topics range from human ecology to wildlife conservation, youth education, and environmental justice.”  

2. Broken Ground

Where to listen: podcast website, Apple Podcasts, Spotify 

Description: “Broken Ground is a podcast by the Southern Environmental Law Center. Join us as we dig up environmental stories in the South and hear from the people bringing those stories to light. This season, Broken Ground talks with women on the frontlines of the fight for environmental justice. Subscribe to hear directly from these activists who are trailblazing a path to a healthier environment for all. The Broken Ground team is dedicated to telling the stories of people from all walks of life. We are looking for the stories of Southerners who are stewards of the environment, truth-tellers, and on the front lines fighting to protect our precious water, air, and land.”

3. Emergence Magazine Podcast 

Where to listen: podcast website, Spotify, Apple Podcasts

Description: “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.”

4. How to Save the Planet

Where to listen: podcast website 

Description: “The third of environmental podcasts on Earth.Org’s list is How to Save the Planet. Brought to you by environmental charity Friends of the Earth, this podcast discusses popular stories from the climate movement and breaks down often-complex issues, like environmental racism, eco-anxiety, and fracking. Frank yet inspiring, the podcast explores solutions to the climate crisis, and how anyone can have an impact, big and small.” 

5. Mongabay Newscast

Where to listen: podcast website, Spotify, Apple Podcasts 

Description: “The nonprofit Mongabay publishes indispensable journalism on climate change, wildlife and biodiversity, and Indigenous rights. Its podcast is an extension of this work, diving deeper into subjects with the help of scientists, conservationists, and activists. Recent episodes include restoration efforts in the Sumatra, the potential of rewilding landscapes, and agroforestry.”

6. Mothers of Invention

Where to listen: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Soundcloud 

Description: “Join former Irish president, Mary Robinson, comedian-writer, Maeve Higgins, and series producer, Thimali Kodikara for a groundbreaking season of Mothers Of Invention! Love, laughter and unforgettable storytelling lies in every episode as they celebrate the inspiring climate leaders around the world carving a path to climate justice for all!” “In each episode, they talk to badass climate heroes like Kenya’s former environment minister Judy Wakhungu and the amazing eco-feminist author, activist, scientific advisor, food sovereignty advocate and seed saver Vandana Shiva.”

7. Temperature Check

Where to listen: podcast website 

Description: “Grist’s weekly podcast covers climate, race and culture, hosted by Andrew Simon.”

8. Women in Environmental Science

Where to listen: Apple Podcasts, Audible

Description: “This podcast is to inspire other people and to educate them about the work researchers in environmental science are doing: the issues they face in the industry, the solutions they make, the roadblocks they push through, and what they learning to teach the society to keep the environment clean.” 

9. Yikes

Where to listen: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Radio Public

Description: “There’s a lot to make us Yikes in this world. From the climate crisis to racism to activism and resisting oppressive systems, it can call get a bit overwhelming. Yikes is a podcast which leans into the Yikes of the world rather than letting it overwhelm us. We breakdown the issues in an accessible intersectional and nuanced way to guide us towards action together.”

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