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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  • Heidi Taylor — "Tangaroa Blue, marine debris forensics, and becoming a beach litter detective"

    October 4th, 2018  |  26 mins 40 secs
    australian marine debris database, climate change, heidi taylor, marine debris, nurdles, ocean plastic, operation clean sweep, plastic, sustainability, tangaroa blue, turtles

    Heidi Taylor, founder and director of Tangaroa Blue, one of Australia's leading marine debris and ocean plastic clean-up and source reduction campaign groups, sits down for interview with Mark. Hear the story of the founding of the group, how to get industry to implement sustainable changes, and why marine debris is so important to Heidi.

  • Miniseries - Victorian Election 2018 Episode 1

    September 30th, 2018  |  7 mins 21 secs
    act on climate, activism, campaigning, climate change, daniel andrews, friends of the earth, greens party, labour party, liberal party, local politics, melbourne, politics, renewables, solar, state politics, sustainability, victoria, victoria state election, vret, wind

    In the weeks leading up to the Victorian state election on November 24th, Climactic is going behind the scenes with a leading political and environmental campaigning group, Act on Climate. Listen in to updates about the campaign, report backs from actions, and news about the run-up as Victoria faces an election with massive climate safety implications.

  • ShareWaste - "Creating value, and friendships, from kitchen waste"

    September 27th, 2018  |  31 mins 52 secs
    bokashi, climate change, compost, foundry park, sharewaste, sustainability, worm farming

    Hear the story of the creation of ShareWaste, the easy way to use your kitchen scraps to create soil, avoid landfill, and stop greenhouse gas. The founders share their motivations, their thinking, and their views on climate change, and hear from a ShareWaste user that's helped dozens of others find a new, better home for their kitchen waste.

  • Effect the Change — "Making videos about sustainability fun"

    September 20th, 2018  |  26 mins 31 secs
    climate change, effect the change, media, sustainability, youtube

    Mark talks to the two founders of Effect the Change, a YouTube channel that spreads useful information about sustainability, while having fun.

  • Let's discuss: How best can I help?

    September 13th, 2018  |  24 mins 47 secs
    climate change, sustainability

    This week Mark and Rich break down a recurring theme from our first 20 episodes. Is it enough to be personally sustainable? Or is it much more effective to put pressure on governments and systems to adapt to our new reality?

  • Phil Wilkinson — "Reversing Global Warming with HVAC&R and Drawdown"

    September 6th, 2018  |  53 mins 30 secs
    ac, airah, climate change, decarbonisation, drawdown, emissions, humans of hvac&r, hvac, paul hawken, reversing climate change, sustainability

    Phil is a leader in the HVAC&R (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Regfrigeration) industry, a huge power consumer and emissions causer, but one vital to our world. We talk the human side of AC and cooling, Phil's story, and finally, share some highlights of a recent interview he did with Paul Hawken, editor of Project Drawdown.

  • Leigh Baker — "The power of systems, optimism, and Project Drawdown"

    August 30th, 2018  |  40 mins 24 secs
    climate change, climate solutions, drawdown, optimism, project drawdown, sustainability, systems thinking

    Leigh Baker is a great thinker, problem-solver, and researcher. She's delved deep into Project Drawdown, and other projects, that show we have all the tools we need to fix climate change.

  • Bonus Episode: Jane Kou, Bring Me Home — Stopping food waste, saving money, and empowering individuals

    August 28th, 2018  |  16 mins 50 secs
    bring me home, climate change, food waste, startup, sustainability, tech, zero waste

    This is a bonus episode of Climactic all about a new start-up from Melbourne, Bring Me Home, and the founder's mission to stop food waste.

  • Nick Carter - "Impactful Activism with AYCC"

    August 23rd, 2018  |  58 mins 13 secs
    activism, adani, aycc, climate change, great barrier reef, nick carter, stop adani, sustainability

    This episode Mark talks youth activism with Nick Carter, AYCC organizer working in Townsville, northern Queensland. They discuss volunteer-group fit, how volunteers can shape an organization, and how to keep volunteers satisfied and coming back for years. They also get into some practical discussion about what Mark and Nick are doing in their personal lifes for the sake of sustainability.

  • Climactic x Climarte — "The Artist and the Activist" feat. Dale Cox

    August 16th, 2018  |  57 mins 33 secs
    anthropecene, art, art gallery, climate change, fine art, live recording, sustainability

    Climactic goes to the art gallery! This show features the artist Dale Cox, in conversation with Climarte founder Guy Abrahams, about his new exhibition all about life in the Anthropocene, Inner Logic.

  • Liz O'Dwyer and Madeline Clarke — "Sustainable Consulting, and starting from anywhere"

    August 9th, 2018  |  35 mins 8 secs
    climate change, sustainability

    Mark speaks to two consultants focused on sustainability, for individuals, and for the restaurant industry.

  • Tracy Sorensen — "Writing climate fiction, living climate reality"

    August 2nd, 2018  |  41 mins 6 secs
    cli-fi, climate change, climate fiction, sustainability

    Rich talks to writer, activist, and community leader Tracy Sorensen about her motivations, her perspective, and her work.

  • Gabriella Maher — "Six weeks waste free, and counting"

    July 25th, 2018  |  34 mins 29 secs
    climate change, climate for change, gabby, no waste, pilates, steiner, sustainability, waste, zero waste

    Mark chats with Gabby Maher, a Climate for Change volunteer, who recently took up a zero-waste challenge to raise funds for C4C. We talk about what it's like to live without producing waste for six weeks, and what she's doing now.

  • Mark Rathbone — Biodynamic Farming and Climate Change

    July 18th, 2018  |  35 mins 50 secs
    biodynamics, carbon, climate change, farming, mark rathbone, soil, soil carbon, sustainability

    This week Rich interviews one of Australia's leading biodynamic farmers, Mark Rathbone. Mark talks eloquently on his family's introduction to biodynamics, what exactly it involves and how he's noticed, and dealt with, the harmful effects of a lack of water and other climate events over the years at his farm in Northern Victoria.

  • Climate Reality Project — 12 years on from An Inconvenient Truth

    July 12th, 2018  |  45 mins 55 secs
    al gore, an inconvenient truth, climate change, climate reality

    Climactic's first panel features 4 voices, Katy and Chris, interns at the Climate Reality Project's Australia office, Marcus Gibson, one of the first 150 trained by Al Gore in 2006, and co-host Mark, trying to keep up.

  • Laura Wilson — "The Tidy Kiwi"

    July 5th, 2018  |  52 mins 59 secs
    bamboo, climate change, environment, landfill, philanthropy, plastic, plastic free july, social enterprise, sustainability, toothbrush, toothbrushes, waste, zero waste

    This week is an exciting first for Climactic, with two Kiwis in the studio. Mark talks to Laura Wilson of Big Little Brush, a social enterprise in Melbourne using bamboo toothbrushes to do much, much more.