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We live in Climactic times.
The culmination of billions of lives lived since the Industrial Revolution. The Anthropocene — our current age of technology, machines, and an insatiable need for fuel — has changed the planet and set us on a new path.
There is now broad agreement that the consequences of our collective actions are severe. We’re facing an unprecedented future with a destabilised natural world due to rising temperatures.
Climactic tells the stories of the people making a difference. Regular people like us, in a daily struggle to live sustainable lives. We want to be the people's voice on climate change, embedded in the community, from the perspective of the actual people.
We want to hear these powerful stories. Are you a member of a community environmental group? Do you have knowledge of climate change? A regular person struggling to figure out your role?
We'd love to help you tell your story.
231 Episodes
Simon Moore, from the Priestley International Centre for Climate, talks to a variety of people at the University of Leeds who are working to bring about a net-zero, socially just future. Dr Cat Scott explains the important role of trees and forests in tackling climate change. Then Dr Kirsty Pringle talks about her citizen science project in Bradford, looking at how air pollution impacts children’s health. PhD researcher Jefim Vogel discusses a wellbeing economy, the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill, and the community group Our Future Leeds. And finally, Dr Louise Ellis, Director of Sustainability, outlines what the University of Leeds is doing to reduce its own contribution to climate change, aiming for net-zero emissions by 2030. This episode was produced for Climactic, Bradford Science Festival, and the University of Leeds research showcase Be Curious. Find out more about the work of the Priestley International Centre for Climate on their website: Support the show: See for privacy information.
What’s the Grot? Or, what happens to form The Grot? A barely recognisable, muddy dystopia of a future? Or, a near at hand present with just a slap of mud and touch of humour? Eav Brennan explores graphic novel The Grot with author Pat Grant, and get into why he made it, what it reflects, and what he hopes you take away from it. You can already read it for free on his site, so get the director’s commentary here while you’re at it, you beautiful cheapskates! Links: Pat Grant The Grottiest Book Launch! Clips: Sydney Morning Herald - 'There's nothing to celebrate': Cronulla Riots 10 years on 2040 - Seaweed Crowdfunding Campaign Elysium Credits: Host | Eav Brennan Host | Mark Spencer Mix/Master | Seán Marsh Music/Production Assistance | Lloyd Richards Support the show: See for privacy information.
This is the Climactic adaptation of Everybody Now, a "podmarch". "A Podcast Climate Protest March, or Climate Podmarch, if you will." First we feature some audio from the excellent new Climate Ads project, then an introduction/explanation by Climactic founder Mark Spencer, a recording from Mark ahead of the September 20th, 2019 School Strike, before the Everybody Now podmarch.  Please find below the shownotes and credits of Everybody Now.  Everybody Now Climate Emergency and Sacred Duty We’ve caused a turning point in the Earth’s natural history. Everybody Now is a podcast about what it means to be human on the threshold of a global climate emergency, in a time of systemic injustice and runaway pandemics. Scientists, activists, farmers, poets, and theologians talk bravely and frankly about how our biosphere is changing, about grief and hope in an age of social collapse and mass extinction, and about taking action against all the odds. On 19th October 2020, Everybody Now is being released by podcasters all over the world as a collective call for awareness, grief and loving action. With contributions from: Dr. Gail Bradbrook - scientist and co-founder of Extinction Rebellion Prof. Kevin Anderson - Professor of Energy and Climate Change at the University of Manchester Dámaris Albuquerque - works with agricultural communities in Nicaragua Dr. Rowan Williams - theologian and poet, and a former Archbishop of Canterbury Pádraig Ó Tuama - poet, theologian and conflict mediator Rachel Mander - environmental activist with Hope for the Future John Swales - priest and activist, and part of a community for marginalised people Zena Kazeme - Persian-Iraqi poet who draws on her experiences as a former refugee to create poetry that explores themes of exile, home, war and heritage Flo Brady - singer and theatre maker Hannah Malcolm - Anglican ordinand, climate writer and organiser Alastair McIntosh - writer, academic and land rights activist David Benjamin Blower - musician, poet and podcaster Funding and Production: This podcast was crowdfunded by a handful of good souls, and produced by Tim Nash and David Benjamin Blower Permissions: The song Happily by Flo Brady is used with permission. The song The Soil, from We Really Existed and We Really Did This by David Benjamin Blower, used with permission. The Poem The Tree of Knowledge by Pádraig Ó Tuama used with permission. The Poem Atlas by Zena Kazeme used with permission. The Poem What is Man? by Rowan Williams from the book The Other Mountain, used with permission from Carcanet Press. Support the show: See for privacy information.
This is a guest episode from the Books, Books, Books podcast Rebecca Huntley on looking your children in the eye, managing eco-anxiety, and how to use emotions such as guilt, anger, fear and hope to change hearts as well as minds in the climate change debate. Rebecca Huntley is one of Australia's most experienced social researchers and former director of The Mind and Mood Report, the longest running measure of the nation's attitudes and trends. She holds degrees in law and film studies and a PhD in gender studies, and is a mum to three young children. It was realising she is part of the problem older generation that caused her change of heart and to dedicate herself to researching our attitudes to climate change. She is a member of Al Gore's Climate Reality Corps, carries out social research for NGOs such as The Wilderness Society and WWF, and writes and presents for the ABC. This is her sixth book. A toolkit for understanding our emotional responses to climate change and how we can have meaningful conversations across dividing lines. 'The antidote to climate anxiety is action. Make your first action reading this book.' Osher Gunsberg 'Rebecca Huntley has given us a great gift: an essential guide to understanding ourselves and each other as we face the climate crisis. Let's take down the walls that divide us. Collectively, with compassion and courage, we can make real change happen.' Kylie Kwong 'Explains whether and how we will choose to solve the climate problem. Immensely important analysis in a great read.' Professor Ross Garnaut Why is it so hard to talk about climate change? While scientists double down on the shocking figures, we still find ourselves unable to discuss climate change meaningfully among friends and neighbours - or even to grapple with it ourselves. The key to progress on climate change is in the psychology of human attitudes and our ability to change. Whether you're already alarmed and engaged with the issue, concerned but disengaged, a passive skeptic or an active denier, understanding our emotional reactions to climate change - why it makes us anxious, fearful, angry or detached - is critical to coping on an individual level and convincing each other to act. This book is about understanding why people who aren't like you feel the way they do and learning to talk to them effectively. What we need are thousands - millions - of everyday conversations about the climate to enlarge the ranks of the concerned, engage the disengaged and persuade the cautious of the need for action. Support the show: See for privacy information.
This is an episode of Growing Concern by Seán Marsh. Listen to more of the show and subscribe here.  In this episode, I chat with an old friend, recent father and Qantas pilot grounded indefinitely by COVID-19. Concerned for the future, Nick Thorne's on a new path, albeit a somewhat begrudging one, to become an atmospheric climate scientist. Added bonus: tune in to hear Nick's passionate speech in front of the Bayside City Council late last year. Support the show: See for privacy information.
This is an episode of Climactic Candid, honest talks with climate engaged people from across society. I'm Mark Spencer, publisher of the Climactic Collective Podcast Network. My guest for this episode is entrepreneur Sara Bell. Sara Bell founded AMPLIFY in the belief that conscious consumers have the power to generate the pressure points needed to drive rapid change before 2030. The companies whose business models cause climate change have too much vested in the status quo to change willingly. Yet with no customers, these companies would face falling revenues and business failure so the option will be to change or fail. Sara spent four years legally challenging a £5.6 billion fossil fuel subsidy in the European Court as CEO of an energy tech company in London. She won, marking a massive career high. Sadly, the win was temporary as the UK government and EU Commission unlawfully reintroduced the scheme. The fight continues, but the process has convinced Sara that with the clock ticking rapidly, we can no longer rely on incremental change. The stories we tell about the future and how to get there have to change for this to happen.  Mark and Sara talk about the Tempus lawsuit, the fight she won with the UK Gov't and European Council, demand response in the power industry, conscious consumerism and the power of personal purchasing.  Links: Sara in RenewEconomy   Support the show: See for privacy information.
In 2019 close to a thousand people gathered in Brisbane for a Climate Reality Leadership Corps training. In 2020, thousands met online as COVID19 reshaped the world in mere months.  What do 8 recently trained leaders think about the virtual Climate Reality Project flagship 3-day training? What's next for them?  Join former APAC Climate Reality lead Linh Do, and Climactic publisher Mark Spencer, for a roundtable chat with Masters of Environment at University of Melbourne students and alumni.  "Train with former Vice President Al Gore as a Climate Reality Leader and learn how you can inspire action for climate solutions in your community and beyond. The Climate Reality Leadership Corps is a global network of activists committed to spreading awareness of the climate crisis and working for solutions to the greatest challenge of our time. The program takes great leaders and makes them exceptional, providing training in climate science, communications, and community organizing to better tell the story of climate change and inspire communities everywhere to act. The result is a dynamic group of world-changers shaping the conversation on climate everywhere from family dinners to international summits and building a twenty-first century movement for solutions."   Listen and subscribe to the PEN Podcast here.  Support the show: See for privacy information.
Beyond Zero Emissions is an independent Australian research organisation developing detailed plans for how Australia can develop a zero-carbon economy. Their most recent work includes the Million Jobs Plan and their Zero Carbon Communities platform. In September 2020, Beyond Zero Emissions hosted an online Discussion Group to follow up on the ABC's Fight For Planet A: Our Climate Challenge Their star-studded speakers list included comedian and documentary producer Craig Reucassel (who made Fight For Planet A) alongside film maker Damon Gameau, writer/director of the movie 2040: Join the REGENERATION Also on the panel were: Jess Pangyres – land use solutions expert Imogen Jubb – BZE’s Zero Carbon Communities Manager  Aimee Mehan – Hunter Entrepreneur and Climate Leader Resources Find out what your local government issues are at: (which comes with share options so you can engage with your council). Join (or start) climate action in your community with the help of BZE’s Zero Carbon Communities Guide Explore the BZE Million Jobs Plan: What’s Your 2040? offers resources for activating your own REGENERATION plan: Tools from Fight for Planet A: And you can watch the full recording of the webinar here: The innovation skills courses mentioned are:  Credits Leigh Baker - Edit/Adaptation - find her at Tom Day - Intro music - Flemington Support the show: See for privacy information.
THE GAS FALLACY: why we need a renewable led recovery for our climate, health and economy Event description Drought, floods and the recent catastrophic bushfires have brought home the reality of the climate crisis to Australia - the burning of fossil fuels is destroying our world. The Covid caused recession creates an opportunity to transition rapidly to renewables as part of economic recovery, but the federal government maintains a gas-led approach to recovery is necessary. This is despite the fact that gas produces unacceptably high greenhouse emissions and that renewables are cheaper than fossil fuels, and better for the economy, environment, climate and our health. Port Phillip Emergency Climate Action Network (PECAN), Glen Eira Emergency Climate Action Network (GECAN) and Bayside Emergency Climate Action Network (BECAN) are bringing together key experts to help us understand the proposal for a so called gas-led recovery, and how an alternative renewable led recovery would work. This forum is supported by many other climate action groups throughout Melbourne’s South East, from Melbourne Central to Western Port Bay and The Mornington Peninsula. The Panel Professor Penny Sackett is Professor at the Climate Change Institute, ANU and was previously Australia's Chief Scientist. She will speak about the impact of plans for gas expansion on greenhouse gas emissions and the climate. Dr George Crisp, a GP and Committee Member, Doctors for the Environment, will speak on the less well known effects of gas on people’s health. Mark Ogge, Principal Advisor and gas expert at the Australia Institute will speak on The National COVID Coordinating Commission’s plans as well as the renewable alternatives to gas. The webinar will be moderated by Esther Abram, Consultant and Strategic Advisor at Estuary Resources and formerly the inaugural CEO at the Moreland Energy Foundation and Director of Environment Victoria. The Issues The speakers at the webinar will cover these questions:  What impact will plans for gas expansion have on greenhouse gas emissions and on the climate? What impact would it have on people’s health?  Why is the Australian government supporting this gas expansion? Do we actually need more gas?  Can the transition to renewables be achieved without gas? Why this Webinar? This important webinar will give us all the opportunity to learn more about gas and its impacts, and the government’s plans. It will also be an opportunity to make our voices heard to our parliamentary representatives before the federal budget, on 6 October. Many of Melbourne’s south east federal seats are held by Commonwealth Government members– some being key ministers. A Call to Action Climate For Change will be present to guide participants to engage with their local MPs through a letter writing activity. Our voices combined, can matter. Readings We have put together a list of readings on the potential impacts of the proposed gas recovery on our climate, health and economy to help inform us before the webinar.  Access the readings at: Support the show: See for privacy information.
Listen to the full episode on Climactic, or Climactic Live.  This an abridged version of the longer adaptation of the recent event, The Gas Fallacy.  Support the show: See for privacy information.
On the weekly flagship feed of the Climactic Collective, this week an episode of the Sustainable You Podcast. This week there's been multiple new episodes of shows on the network - check them all out at  There are tons of easy swaps that we can make in our lives to be more environmentally friendly. Waste is a crucial problem for today’s environment, but there are plenty of eco-friendly substitutes for single-use products that we use every day. Lisa and Jacqui troubleshoot some ways to help you focus on reusing products again, rather than using them once and then sending them to landfill. Remember there is no such thing as throwing plastic ‘away.’ Have you got any others to add to our list? Sustainable You can be found onFacebook,Instagram, and sign up to our mailing list for bonus material through ourwebsite. If you have an idea for an episode, or want to ask us something in more detail, send us an email! If you enjoy listening to our show, we would love you to give us a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. This episode is produced by Fran from 17th Street Audio. Support the show: See for privacy information.
The Climactic Collective is a podcast network of shows engaged with the climate crisis, and other pressing social issues. The network now numbers close to 20 shows, with more in development - and we welcome new members. But we now have a happy problem, it's hard to stay up-to-date with so much content. So, we're starting something new; monthly Climactic Curation episodes. They'll bring you the best of the Climactic Collective and friends, once a month. Sometimes on a theme, but not always. In this second Climatic Curation, the September Edition, hear episodes from: Growing Concern by Seán Marsh Serially Curious Half Measures and Hope Hear updates from the Stop Adani and Yes to Renewables campaigns: Stop Adani Yes to Renewables Get a supercut of August's Community Corner messages. Share your own, it's free. Special thanks to the musical friends of the Collective. Tom Day Puscha The General Assembly Greg Grassi/§OJUX   Support the show: See for privacy information.
Across Australia, there are more events about the climate crisis happening than one person can attend. And with events now digital, there’s even more available. Climactic Live adapts these events to audio, cutting the fluff and leaving the substance. Hear from Australia’s leading speakers, and grass roots voices, whenever and wherever you like. This episode is adapted from an event by Australia at Home - a lunchtime conversation with Paddy Manning, author of Body count: How climate change is killing us and Fiona Armstrong, Executive Director of the Climate and Health Alliance. Event links: Australia at Home - for more upcoming events, as well as the video for this event.  Climate and Health Alliance. Link to buy Body count: How climate change is killing us.  Further listening from Climactic: Imogen Jubb on Feeling the Change Prof. Tony Capon and Prof. Ro McFarlane on Climactic Greg Mullins and more at the National Climate Emergency Summit Find even more at Support the show: See for privacy information.
This episode features an episode of Catastrophic, the tales of the Australian bushfires from the 2019/2020 summer. But first, it contains a message about the August 2020 wildfires in California, and the relevance to Australia.  Why is this relevant? Because California is going through a transformation of their energy system, and the transition to renewables is being blamed in some quarters for the failure and blackouts wracking California. But it has been poor management and mistakes that have caused this, and in a time when governance here in Australia is under the microscope, we cannot afford to allow mismanagement or poor planning hide behind greenbashing, like we’re seeing in the US.  Links from the intro: Shownotes from Catastrophic | Zoe Pook Zoe Pook and her family live in Cobargo, NSW. She was travelling with her 2 children to Adelaide for a wedding when the firewall hit Cobargo and incinerated much of the town. Her husband, a volunteer firefighter, stayed to battle the fire and save their house. He is one of our nation's heroes. Fortunately he survived. Unfortunately, like many others in Cobargo that day, they lost everything. This is Zoe's story. Catastrophic is a dual podcast and political protest. Catastrophic tells the tales of the Australian bushfires and calls for political action around Climate Change. Every story we gather, every episode we release, of the Catastrophic podcast is being sent in a protest letter to over 100 politicians and members of the media, every week. These are our demands for effective Climate Action: No new coal, oil and gas projects, including the Adani mine and the Wallarah 2 coal project. 100% renewable energy generation & exports by 2030 Fund a just transition & job creation for all fossil-fuel workers & communities. Hand over land conservation management to First Nations Australians Start preserving our water and treating it as a precious resource not a commodity. @CatastrophicPod If you or anyone you know has a story they would like to share from or about the Aussie bushfires please instant message us via the Catastrophic Podcast Facebook page or email us at and we will get in touch to record your story. SHOW NOTES: Catastrophic Facebook @CatastrophicPod Listen Up Podcasting - Facebook - @ListenUpPodcasting Kel Butler - Facebook and Twitter @KelButler   Support the show: See for privacy information.
One guest - two interviews. Jimmy Halfcut has been engaged in activism, organising, and fundraising for many years. Mark and Seán, hosts of two shows on the Climactic Collective, had back to back chats with Jimmy about the story of Halfcut, and the lessons he learnt on the way to finding the formulae to their success.  Having a laugh, letting people have fun while engaging with serious topics like deforestation, and visual disruption all factor into the formula.  Hear more chats with folks Mark and Eav find interesting on Serially Curious.  Tune into Growing Concern, where Seán Marsh sands back the greenwash on dirty industries, discuss brand strategy for ethical organisations and learns from inspiring individuals. And sign up to get Halfcut, form a team with your friends, and help save a slice of the Daintree Rainforest.  Listen to James at a panel from the National Climate Emergency Summit: on ENDING FOSSIL FUELS.   Support the show: See for privacy information.
Dr Joëlle Gergis is an award-winning Australian climate scientist and writer, currently teaching at the Australian National University.  She’s the author of the book “The Sunburnt Country. The History and Future of Climate Change in Australia”. Joëlle is also one of the dozen or so Australian lead authors working on the IPCC’s upcoming 6th assessment  - in addition to her full-time teaching load.  The results of the refined climate models that she and her fellow scientists are working on terrify her.   While the final IPCC report won’t be published until 2022, the results are available now – and they’re terrifying. She wakes up in the middle of the night with terrifying dreams of tsunamis. She’s been brave enough, and honest enough to share publicly exactly what terrifies her and why. In this podcast she reads aloud her piece in The Monthly -  “Witnessing the Unthinkable”. Thanks to the State Library of Victoria, we can also share her launch speech for “Sunburnt Country” in 2018, which Tim Flannery calls  “a marvelous investigation of Australia's climate, and how we are affecting it”. Our thanks to Tom Day and The General Assembly for their music used in this episode.   Links: Support the show: See for privacy information.
The Climactic Collective is a podcast network of shows engaged with the climate crisis, and other pressing social issues. The network now numbers more than ten shows, with more in development - and we welcome new members. But we now have a happy problem, it's hard to stay up-to-date with so much content. So, we're starting something new; monthly Climactic Curation episodes. They'll bring you the best of the Climactic Collective and friends, once a month. Sometimes on a theme, but not always. In this first Climatic Curation, the August Edition, hear episodes from: Growing Concern by Seán Marsh Sustainable You These Trying Times And meet Climactic Collective hosts: Angelica Kross, of upcoming show Half Measures and Hope Maneet Hora and Upeksha Galappaththie, of thEMPOWER Beth Spencer, co-host of Art Breaker and meet repeat guest and friend of the Collective, Jo Dodds.  Special thanks to the musical friends of the Collective. Tom Day Puscha The General Assembly Greg Grassi/§OJUX   Support the show: See for privacy information.
This is not the next episode of Climactic. It's an announcement of a new format of show from the Climactic Collective, a monthly 'audio magazine' featuring some of the best from across the shows on the network. It's coming soon, early in the week starting August 3rd.  We'd love to hear what you think of this new style, what works and what doesn't. Get in touch at and let us know!   Cheers, The Climactic Collective. Support the show: See for privacy information.
Guest episode from the BZE Community radio show. Our thanks to the team for allowing us to share it with you.  Also, we're announcing two new shows on the Climactic Collective. thEMPOWER and Sustainable You. Check out all the shows on the network at CLIMATE CRISIS FRONTLINES Episode 1- BANGLADESH 13th July 2020 Guests: Runa Khan - Founder of "Friendship" floating hospitals in Bagladesh Dr Saleemul Huq - Scientist and Director of International Centre for Climate Change and Development Sound Effects: by Maqubul from Freesound "Be prepared" is the message from Bangladesh. Runa Khan describes the thousand rivers and silt islands in her country. She says  saving lives is not enough.  Her floating hospitals have expanded into schools in the refugee camps, paralegal help, para-veterinary help and training people to maintain the solar panels that connect them to government services. The secret of a long lasting project like this is treating everyone with dignity. It is thrilling to hear how Runa imbues her volunteers and staff with a deep respect for human rights. She speaks to European donors in the same way, wanting their empathy and understanding in a sustained partnership rather than just a guilty cheque. She says seeing the Rohingya refugee camps nearly broke her but she is undaunted. This is one of our best podcasts and should be a tonic for anyone feeling climate angst or despair. The motto of "Friendship" is "Think big, start small, begin now!". Dr Saleemul Huq spoke to an international audience about "Climate, Covid19 and the collaboration we need." He described how the recent Cyclone Amphan was supercharged by the elevated temperatures in the Bay of Bengal. It caused damage in the Sundarban Forests and over two million people were evacuated to safety with their lifestock. But his pride is in the fact that the death toll was low. Compared to the 140,000 killed in the 1990's, Bangladesh is now a model of early warnings and adaptation. The millions of volunteers who go around with loud speakers in the villages, warning of a climate emergency, now go round wearing face masks and giving a Covidsafe health message.  "Be prepared!" Dr Huq says that Covid19 is a rehearsal for the great climate crisis which will affect all of us. He says governments and businesses who refuse to listen to scientists are acting unconscionably. Just as the pandemic crosses all borders so does the climate disruption we cause by our emissions. Listening to these two compassionate and energetic Bangladeshis will remind you of the moral vision of Martin Luther King. When I read  that Global Fossil Fuel Subsidies are currently $5.2 Trillion and $29 Billion in Australia according to the IMF, I understand why the climate frontline states demand justice. As well as sending a cheque in a crisis and reconnecting with the Green bank, we need to understand and empathise with the suffering caused by the emissions our government is subsidising. This podcast might awaken some so please forward it to those who need to hear.   Support the show: See for privacy information.
Thanks for joining us for this bonus episode. My name’s Mark, and when I’m not publishing Climactic, and helping out in the Climactic Collective, I work in the podcasting industry. That's how I know the great team at Soundcartel. They've allowed us to share this episode of their new program Business Essentials Daily, this short, sweet, and in plain business English interview with Anna Skarbek of the thinktank Climate Works, on how businesses taking action on climate change isn’t just the right thing, it’s the financially sound thing. For some business owners the environment might be the last thing you’re considering as you navigate operations through the pandemic. With visible improvement in water and air across the globe during COVID-19 it’s an image we can have in the future if we begin to rebuild with climate in mind. The best part is that the solutions are accessible, available and won’t break the bank. Anna Skarbek is CEO of ClimateWorks Australia, a non-profit think-tank and advisory body helping bridge the gap between climate research and action, so not just talking about the numbers and data but working through policy to get the job done. And what’s the goal? Net zero emissions by 2050. Reference Find out more information about energy saving technologies for your business, by following the links below: Better Building Finance Climate Active - Carbon Neutral Certification) Decarbonisation Futures - ClimateWorks net zero emissions pathways report   Business Essentials Daily is produced by: SoundCartel +61 3 9882 8333 Support the show: See for privacy information.
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Nellie Goldflam

I loved this episode. Imogen Jubb is so inspiring!

Feb 5th
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