Your stories on climate change

About the show

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.

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  • Kri McNamara — COP Explainer with Dr. Sam Johnston

    December 8th, 2019  |  33 mins 49 secs
    climate change, cop25, sustainability

    Kri, one of Global Voices youth delegates to COP25, and a member of the Climactic Collective, recorded this chat with one of her professors before heading to Madrid. It's a great explainer on COP, the history until now, and also gets into some of Sam's work on traditional bushfire management in Australia and Africa.

  • 2040 x Climactic — School Strike Solidarity Sit-Down | inside the day, behind the speeches

    December 4th, 2019  |  24 mins 59 secs
    2040, bush fire, bushfire, climate change, colonialism, damon gameau, fire protection, indigenous, regeneration, school strike, seed, seed mob, ss4c, sustainability, traditional owner

    We take you inside the November 29th School Strike 4 Climate bushfire solidarity event in Naarm/Melbourne, to learn how the movement has grown in the last year, and how the community feels about the Australian bushfires.

  • Community Update | Jo Dodds in Canberra with Melinda and Dean/Can the Plan rally

    December 2nd, 2019  |  5 mins 21 secs
    climate change, sustainability

    Collective member and Bega Councillor Jo Dodds sends in an update from Canberra during one very eventful day.

  • Beth Spencer — with poet Magdalena Ball on writing about Climate Grief

    December 1st, 2019  |  1 hr 11 mins
    book, climate change, magdalena ball, novel, poem, poems, poetry, sustainability, the compulsive reader, writing

    Poetry is a powerful way to engage with big events and emotions. Magdalena Ball reads from her new book and discusses the art of dealing with the unimaginable.

  • The Weekly Wrap - pilot episode from Transition Australia

    November 28th, 2019  |  8 mins 37 secs
    climate change, events, sustainability, the weekly wrap, the wrap, transition australia

    Transition Australia wants to make it easier to find groups and events no matter where you's a bit of a test about how we could make this happen, and give you some ideas about what's on this week.

  • On the Parliament Steps with Daniel Bleakley | XR Global Hunger Strike

    November 25th, 2019  |  25 mins 53 secs
    climate action, climate change, dan andrews, hunger strike, sustainability, three demands, victoria, xr

    Mark sat down with XR member Daniel on day 7 of his 10 days as part of the worldwide XR hunger strike for climate action.

  • Road to COP25: A seminar from the Monash Energy Club

    November 24th, 2019  |  1 hr 14 mins
    canberra, climate change, cop25, governance, ipcc, kri, paris treaty, policy, politics, sustainability, un

    Climactic presents - Monash Energy Club (MEC) hosting a seminar discussing the topics that will dominate the COP25 agenda, including international carbon markets and the need for resource mobilisation to ensure the transition to a low-carbon economy.

  • Climate Strike Roundtable: The Strikes One Year On, and next strike November 29th.

    November 19th, 2019  |  49 mins 13 secs
    #fridaysforfuture, #ss4c, aycc, climate change, climate crisis, climate emergency, getup, greta thunberg, parents for climate action, school strike for climate, stop adani, sustainability

    Mark sits down with three organisers of the next climate strike, and they look back on the year of school and climate strikes that it's been since November 30th, 2018.

  • Sci-Fight — Does Nature Know Best? | Science Comedy Debates

    November 17th, 2019  |  1 hr 32 mins
    climate change, comedy, extinction, funny, live, nature, optimism, pessimism, reproduction, sci-fight, science, science communication, sustainability

    Listen into a Sci-Fight, a live science comedy debate, about whether or not in these climactic times, we think nature is in need of any improvement.

  • Bronwyn Gresham — Transition for Resilience with Paul Shelton

    November 10th, 2019  |  51 mins 13 secs
    climate change, home sustainability, lifestyle, low impact, sustainability, transition australia, transition towns

    Paul Shelton is a key figure in Transition Australia and Transition Towns

  • Climactic X Nori: Reversing Climate Change | Restoring Soil Health for Resilient Farms—with Louise Edmonds of Intuit Earth

    November 3rd, 2019  |  55 mins 29 secs
    carbon, carbon sync, christophe, climate change, drawdown, intuit earth, louise edmonds, nori, reversing climate change, ross, sequester, sustainability, west australia, wheatbelt

    This collaboration with the great Reversing Climate Change podcast brings you an interview with an Australian soil carbon expert, from a No-Till Conference in Kansas, USA.

  • From the Environmental Film Festival of Australia | A post-screening panel from The Hottest August

    November 1st, 2019  |  29 mins 23 secs
    academic, activism, climate change, climate crisis, effa, festival, film, live, panel, sustainability, the hottest august

    Host Mark moderates a panel with three well-known and respected climate academics to discuss the lived realities of climate crisis.

  • Tess Chapman — The Realities of Climate Change in the Solomon Islands | Patrick Rose

    October 27th, 2019  |  49 mins 25 secs
    adaptation, climate change, pacific, resilience, sdg, solomon islands, solomons, south pacific, sustainability, un, undp

    New Climactic host Tess interviews photographer Patrick Rose about his last 18 months with the UN Development Program in the Solomon Islands.

  • Bob Brown, Maiysha Moin, and more | La Trobe University — Climate Change in Australia: Where to Now?

    October 24th, 2019  |  51 mins 35 secs
    activism, amanda cahill, auspol, bob brown, climate change, david ritter, greenpeace, greens, la trobe, maiysha moin, new economy, ngv, politics, school strike, stop adani, sustainability

    Our thanks to La Trobe University and Prof. Robert Manne for allowing us to record and produce this episode.

    Recorced at the National Gallery of Victoria, September 17th 2019.

  • Art Breaker Launch | Interview with host Beth Spencer

    October 20th, 2019  |  57 mins 6 secs
    art breaker, arts, author, climate change, climate crisis, drought, poems, poetry, politics, sustainability, writing

    Climactic has launched it's first new show, Art Breaker. Hear an interview with host and author Beth Spencer, and then the first episode of the show with award-winning author James Bradley.

  • Veena Sahajwalla — Local Manufacturing, what a Circular Economy would really look like

    October 13th, 2019  |  37 mins 35 secs
    circular economy, climate change, local economy, manufacturing, sustainability, waste, waste crisis, waste reduction, waste reuse

    This is the third episode from Australian Science Week, from guest host Dr Renee Beale of the Royal Society of Victoria. Guest Dr Sahajwalla explains how a future economy, one built around localisation and reuse could solve our waste problems.