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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  • Fiona Rossiter — "The Practical Permaculturalist"

    June 28th, 2018  |  44 mins 47 secs
    climate change, permaculture, sustainability

    This week Rich talks to Fiona Rossiter, cafe owner, business woman, author, registered nurse, mother of eight and former councillor in the Central West city of Orange, NSW. Fiona tells her own history in running Orange’s iconic Bissy’s Cafe with husband Paul; how they “discovered” permaculture and how they now apply it their businesses, family life and even mode of thinking.

  • Trash Bags on Tour

    June 21st, 2018  |  31 mins 3 secs
    beach clean, bus tour, clean-up, climate change, great ocean road, melbourne, rainforest, sustainability, tourism, victoria

    This week Mark does a solo flight, and by that we mean he takes a bus tour. But this is no normal tour — this is a beach clean-up.

  • John Fry — "The Landcare Councillor"

    June 13th, 2018  |  41 mins 46 secs
    climate change, episode zero, intro, sustainability

    Rich talks to John Fry, Environmental Projects Manager at Skillset, former Landcare co-ordinator, experienced land manager and now Greens councillor on Bathurst Regional Council. What John doesn’t know about sustainability in the Central West isn’t worth knowing!

  • Oli Moraes – "Creating a Climate for Change"

    June 6th, 2018  |  46 mins 41 secs
    black saturday, climate change, climate for change, fires, sustainability, volunteering

    In this episode Mark talks to Oli Moraes, a facilitator trainer for Climate for Change, an environmental group that's combining climate change conversations with a powerful model, one perfected decades ago by Tupperware.

  • Waste Special, Part One

    May 31st, 2018  |  55 mins 45 secs
    australia, china, climate change, incineration, recycling, sustainability, waste, waste to energy

    The first in a two-part series, this episode frames the new and concerning waste recycling problem in Australia. The situation has grown critical since China’s “National Sword” decision earlier this year, not to take our recycling. Changing the ground rules on what they will — and won’t — accept has closed the door, leaving our councils effectively buried under a pile of waste.

  • El Gibbs — "The Consensus Builder"

    May 24th, 2018  |  23 mins 13 secs
    activism, advocacy, advocate, climate change, disability, local government, sustainability

    This week, Climactic co-host Rich Bowden trudges back — with microphone and coffee money in hand — to his previous hometown of Katoomba, in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney. There he sat down with old friend, community activist, freelance writer, disability advocate, Aussie Rules footy fan and local legend El Gibbs after a brilliant lunch for a fun, fascinating and, at times, passionate interview. Rich wore out the bleeper covering the swear words on this one!

  • Councillor Kat Copsey - "The Waste Guru"

    May 15th, 2018  |  39 mins 53 secs
    city council, city councillors can be cool, climate change, local government, sustainability

    In this week’s episode, Climactic co-host Mark Spencer talks to Cr Kat Copsey of Port Phillip Council in Melbourne, Victoria. They talk waste, and why they both hate that word, cool tech innovations in recycling, the path from a lawyer to an organiser to a Councillor, and have a good time along the way!

  • Dugald Holmes — "Unexpected Climate Activist"

    May 10th, 2018  |  57 mins 36 secs
    climate change, sustainability

    In this episode, Mark talks to Dugald Holmes, his great friend and inspiration behind Climactic.

  • Councillor Tim Baxter — "Combating Climate Change through Local Government"

    May 3rd, 2018  |  1 hr 3 mins
    climate change, sustainability

    Mark Spencer goes one-on-one with Councillor Tim Baxter of Melbourne’s Port Phillip Council. Tim’s passion for the environment and determination to drive through essential policies designed to mitigate against climate change is obvious in this free-wheeling and fascinating chat.

  • Maxine Bazeley — "The Recruiter"

    April 26th, 2018  |  49 mins 16 secs
    advice, career, climate change, how-to, interview, professional, recruitment, renewable energy, renewables, sustainability

    Climactic’s Mark Spencer talks to Maxine Bazeley, of Teal Collective, about her transition from the high-powered lifestyle of a career professional to her new sustainable projects!

  • Welcome to Climactic

    April 22nd, 2018  |  18 mins 5 secs
    climate change, episode zero, intro, sustainability, trailer

    Introducing a new Australian-based podcast about climate change, sustainable living and caring for our Earth.