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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.
240 Episodes
Thanks to the Women's Climate Justice Collective for sharing this event with us and allowing us to adapt it to a podcast episode. WCJC is a national collective led by women, aiming to mainstream feminist climate justice and support women in the climate and women's rights movements. Meet us at the intersections of gender and environment, rise above the noise and distraction, and be transported by the magic of story. Cut through the confusion and divisiveness of statistics, politics, vested interests and media coverage and listen - to first person accounts of climate impacts, beautifully told. Come with us to visit the heart of our shared global experiences through true, spellbinding narratives from diverse women. Having an event, want it to be adapted and released on Climactic? Get in touch at Support the show: See for privacy information.
Thanks to the Feminist Writers Festival for sharing this excellent episode with us.  In this episode, Ecofeminism, Greens Senator Lidia Thorpe and novelist Alice Robinson chat with nature writer Inga Simpson about a feminism that centres itself around country. Reading Notes Rachel Carson: The Life and Legacy On Judith Wright: Judith Wright in a new light, by Kevin Brophy Louisa Atkinson:  Louisa Atkinson's Nature Notes Protecting the Djab Warrung, Lidia Thorpe Other recommended reading Some other reading suggestions from our podcasters. Feminist Writers Festival FB: @feministwritersfest Insta/Twitter: @FemWritersFest Speakers Alice Robinson: Tw @critature, Insta @ciaoalicerobinson, Inga Simpson: Tw/FB @inga.simpson, Insta @nestofpages, Lidia Thorpe: Tw @lidia_thorpe  Shout Outs Kel Butler from Listen Up Podcasting for editing and pod mentoring. The Besen Family Foundation for vital funding support. We acknowledge that this recording took place across Australia on First Nations lands - lands whose sovereignty has never been ceded. Support the show: See for privacy information.
Author Katerina Cosgrove reads aloud a recent piece of writing, published by SBS Voices.  This feature vignette was produced and sound designed by Lloyd Richards featuring music by Omer Haber.  The coverart is by @leio on Unsplash.  To get in touch with us, to contribute your own creativity to engaging with the climate crisis, drop us a line at Or a voicemail from     Support the show: See for privacy information.
This is the pilot episode of a new series on the Climactic Collective podcast network, that will be recorded live on streaming TV platform We're calling it 'Degree of Difference' and it's like Jerry Springer. For the climate community. If Jerry Springer had been about mutual respect and constructive engagement over differences of opinion. So, less Jerry and more civil discourse.  In this episode Daniel Bleakley and Asher Coleman discuss their perspectives and the difference between them about: If it's fair or constructive to call Victorian Environment Minister Lily D'Ambrosio a climate denier.  If Twitter activism is productive.  If Tesla is going to save, or at least substantially change, the world.  The benefit and utility of climate reduction and net zero targets by a certain date.  It's fascinating, fractious, and dare we say even fun.  You can watch the video at Rate and review the show at Support the Collective at Send a COMMUNITY CORNER message at Support the show: See for privacy information.
The International Organization for Migration estimates that between 25 million and 1 billion people will move as a result of climate change within the next 30 years. Toby Kent, the City of Melbourne's first Chief Resilience Officer, joins Mark Spencer to talk to the Deputy Executive Director of the Mayors Migration Council to talk migration, urbanisation, climate change, and the collision of these factors.  Kate is an immigration policy expert with over a decade of experience working on international, national, state, and local policymaking and advocacy. Toby Kent is an entrepreneur, professional speaker, and business advisor. His work focuses on helping organisations thrive in the face of challenge. He is a board member of the  Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia and for over five years was metropolitan Melbourne’s Chief Resilience Officer. Mayors Migration Council MMC COVID-19 Response MMC Twitter And, for a migration crisis right on the doorstep of Australia, happening to Australian citizens, please take part in this campaign to call on the Australian Federal Government to act on climate change with the urgency required - as we see the Torres Strait Islands being inundated by rising seas. - Sign the petition, watch the video, share it with a friend. Support the show: See for privacy information.
The Climactic Collective is proud to host the Clean State WA Podcast Series, by Anthony James, creator of The RegenNarration. You might recognise Dr Vanessa Rauland from the recent ABC TV series Fight for Planet A. Vanessa’s the co-founder with Alexander Karan of ClimateClever, one of a growing number of WA social enterprises that are starting to realise some of the enormous opportunities in our energy transition. The ClimateClever team has nearly doubled in recent months (even during COVID-19), working with an increasing number of schools, their communities and now businesses, to help them reduce emissions, save money and up skill the next generation around regenerative living. Vanessa’s long-dedicated her days to addressing climate change and increasing awareness about the vast benefits of sustainability. And in the wake of the extraordinary youth-led global climate strikes, it seems fitting that schools would lead the way in the energy and related transitions we so urgently need. Today, Vanessa takes us to one of the WA schools doing just that. The Clean State WA podcast is produced and hosted by Anthony James, Perth-based creator of The RegenNarration podcast. For more stories of regeneration around WA, Australia and the world, tune into The RegenNarration wherever podcasts are found, or at Music: Eden is Lost, by Selfless Orchestra. Get more: On Vanessa and ClimateClever - For more on the emerging Perth hub of ‘clean technology’ start-ups, visit PowerLedger and ClearView solar window technology.  And check out the Clean State WA website, where you’ll see more on the Jobs Plan and how you can get involved - Including on the Bright Sparks Solar Powered School Program and the energy transition - Clean State is an independent initiative advocating for action on climate change and jobs in Western Australia. We represent thousands of individuals and hundreds of businesses and other organisations who are dedicated to climate action across the state. We promote solutions that create thousands of jobs supporting businesses, families and communities and make our state a regenerative, fair and prosperous place to live and work.  More than ever before, we have an opportunity to invest in a sustainable future for WA. The coronavirus pandemic is expected to put as many as 64,000 Western Australians out of work and an economic downturn is underway. That’s why Clean State has worked with industry experts from across WA to develop a plan for over 200,000 jobs that will also deliver action on climate change, conservation, and the care economy. This is the Clean State Jobs Plan. The Clean State office acknowledges that it resides on the land of the Nyoongar people. We pay respect to their Elders, past and present, and acknowledge the important role all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continue to play in advancing a Clean State of WA.  Thanks to the team at Clean State WA, and to the generous volunteers, supporters and active partners who are making this plan a reality. If you’d like to get in touch with ideas, questions or thoughts generated by the plan or this podcast, you can email Clean State at or simply join our mailing list And thanks for listening! Support the show: See for privacy information.
It’s Saturday, the 7th of November. November 9th, next Monday, a bill will be tabled in the Australian federal parliament. It’s called the Climate Change (National Framework for Adaptation and Mitigation) Bill 2020. Also known as the Climate Act. It is a net zero carbon emissions pledge, and plan, for Australia to achieve by 2050. It is the same pledge, and broad plan, already adopted by the UK. "Climate change is real for Australia, with immediate and deepening risks to our natural environment, economy and way of life. Last summer’s unprecedented bushfires are a mark of the worst of those risks, and how they will affect some communities more than others. But there are also opportunities to prosper, given our enormous natural, human and financial wealth." You, reading this, already know. But we all have people in our lives who have heard the facts, but don’t feel the urgency. So rather than reciting the facts, I’m honoured to now play you a song. It’s called Sky Was Blue (The Bushfire Song) and is performed by Bonesy. If you get the chance, in the next 48 hours ahead of November 9th, play this song for a friend or family member. I’m sure it’ll cast their minds back to this summer, and let all the other distractions fade. And after this song, take them to, and sign to support what really is a bare minimum commitment, to honour the losses our communities suffered over that summer. Support the show: See for privacy information.
Rebroadcast of an episode of Catastrophic, with a new introduction.  Sulari Gentill lives in the NSW town of Batlow, home of the Batlow apple. Her husband, Michael and son, Edmund, are both volunteer firefighters with the RFS. They have been fighting fires for years but they have never experienced anything like this. In the first weekend of January 2020 the town of Batlow was decimated by a mega fire. Sulari evacuated their home, while Michael and Edmund almost lost their lives fighting to save their beloved town. This is Sulari's story. New introduction includes reading from this article in The Conversation. And a video by Sara Rickards about the Climate Act.  Catastrophic is a dual podcast and political protest. Catastrophic tells the tales of the Australian bushfires and calls for all-partisan political action around Climate Change. Each episode of Catastrophic features an Australian talking about their experience of living through the bushfire crisis, what their fears are now and for the future and what they would like to see done about it on a government level. But it doesn’t end when the episode goes out. We at Listen Up Podcasting are taking every story we gather, every episode we release of the Catastrophic podcast and putting them together into one big audio file and sending it to ALL the politicians. These are our demands: They are the same demands people have been protesting about and calling for over the last few years: 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. SHOW NOTES: Catastrophic Facebook @CatastrophicPod Listen Up Podcasting -   Support the show: See for privacy information.
"The Long View on Environmental and Social Justice for Botany Bay: Interdisciplinary partnerships between UNSW and the community" This year's Hillier lecture will provide an opportunity to reflect on the past, present, and future of work on environmental and social justice issues in and around Botany Bay from the perspectives of researchers with the University of New South Wales. While UNSW and Council are partners in presenting the annual Hillier lecture, the interrelations between the communities of Botany Bay and the University are much deeper.This year's lecture will take the form of a round-table reflecting upon the broader lessons we can learn from the work done at UNSW addressing environmental, social, policy, water, planning, legal and urban issues around Botany Bay, and what these lessons might mean for new and existing interdisciplinary partnerships with Botany Bay's communities. Panel members:  Ian Tyrrell - Emeritus Professor, Environmental Historian. Author of "River Dreams: The people and landscape of the Cooks River" (2018) Sharyn Cullis - Georges River Environmental Alliance and Recent UNSW PhD Graduate. Emma Golledge - Director, Kingsford Legal Centre, UNSW Law James Weirick - Professor and Director of the Urban Development & Design Program, UNSW Anne Maree Kreller, Postgrad, Expert on planning for sea level rise in the Botany Bay Area, author: "Fair for whom? How residents and municipalities evaluate sea level rise policies in Botany Bay, Australia" (2018) Suhelen Egan - Associate Professor, UNSW School of Biological Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES) & The Centre of Marine Science and Innovation (CMSI) About Nancy Hillier: Nancy Hillier was a tireless campaigner on behalf of people and places in the Botany Bay area of Sydney. This annual lecture acknowledges Nancy's legacy by providing a forum to discuss major social and environmental issues from the perspective of campaigners and activists. Support the show: See for privacy information.
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.
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Nellie Goldflam

I loved this episode. Imogen Jubb is so inspiring!

Feb 5th
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