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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  • ✍️🌏 Katerina Cosgrove | How surviving cancer helps me cope with the climate crisis

    January 20th, 2020  |  8 mins 46 secs
    bushfire, cancer, cancer survivor, climate change, climate grief, grief, resilience, sustainability, writing for the environment

    Katerina Cosgrove wrote a January 10th, 2020 feature for Al Jazeera. Here, she reads her piece aloud, in her home.

  • 🌊💙 Tess Chapman — Wantoks: Dance of Resilience, and the Power of Media | Iara Lee

    January 19th, 2020  |  41 mins 8 secs
    climate change, iara lee, independent film, independent media, national geographic, pacific, pacific islands, patrick rose, seasters, solomons, sustainability, wantoks

    Tess speaks to independent filmmaker and chronicler of social change and activism Iara Lee.

  • Nancy Hillier Lecture | Climate Justice — new community activism

    January 12th, 2020  |  1 hr 29 mins
    climate change, elly baxter, jean hinchliffe, lecture, nancy hillier, panel, ss4c, sustainability, sydney, tema milstein, unsw, varsha yajman, xr

    In 2016, staff in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of New South Wales proposed an annual lecture to commemorate the life and work of Nancy Hillier OAM, a prominent figure in the Botany Community, instigator of significant community services across many fields, and a life time supporter of education and scholarship.

  • #climatepodcase | Power of Youth — Youth Protest

    January 10th, 2020  |  53 mins 2 secs
    climate change, daisy jeffreys, greta, power of youth podcast, school strike, sustainability

    In August of 2018, then 15-year-old Greta Thunberg started striking outside Swedish Parliament, demanding stronger action on climate change. A year later, her global notoriety has inspired millions of young people around the world to take similar action, including in Australia, really showcasing the power of youth.

  • #climatepodcase | Go Simone — Cle-Anne Gabriel on degrowth & wellbeing economies

    January 9th, 2020  |  47 mins 55 secs
    climate change, degrowth, economics, go simone, sustainability

    During our conversation, Cle-Anne Gabriel questions the compatibility between environmental sustainability and economic growth. Is a de-prioritisation of economic growth as a policy objective a way forward to reduce emissions globally?

  • #climatepodcase | Newsfighters — Where there's smoke, there's blaming!

    January 8th, 2020  |  14 mins 41 secs
    climate change, newsfighters, sustainability

    While a bushfire crisis and catastrophic drought engulfs the country, Australia's politicians think it’s the perfect time to start blaming each other and triggering their opponents.

  • #climatepodcase | ArtBreaker — Charlotte Watson | The Black Finch Project — the Bird of the Year, and the mega-coal mine.

    January 7th, 2020  |  47 mins 14 secs
    #1000finches, artbreaker, black finch project, charlotte watson, climate change, sustainability

    The Black Finch Project, or #1000finches, swept through the Australian art and environmental world in mid 2019. People of all walks of life were creating art featuring this endangered finch, usually dead, and posting them to politicians and community figures across Australia.

  • #climatepodcase | A Rational Fear — Dodo AIDS is making a comeback | #ClimateWeekQLD | 6th June 2019

    January 6th, 2020  |  1 hr 34 mins
    #climatepodcase, #climateweekqld, climate change, comedy, dan ilic, qld, queensland, sustainability, tom ballard

    You may notice there is one word we’re avoiding to say in the show. That word begins with A and ends in I, has Dan in between. We were told about 20 minutes before the show, so some minor tweaks had to happen on the fly. I’m sure you’ll enjoy listening to that as we go.

  • #climatepodcase | Climactic — Episode of the Year

    January 5th, 2020  |  1 hr 13 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.

  • #climatepodcase | Wardrobe Crisis — Courage! Activist Anna Rose on How to Conquer Climate Anxiety

    January 4th, 2020  |  39 mins 33 secs
    anna rose, aycc, climate change, courage, sustainability, vogue

    How are you doing with all this climate news? Is it getting you down? This Episode to the rescue! It's all about climate hope and how we can feel more courageous and positive about our activism.

  • #climatepodcase | The Sustainable Hour — LOCAL FOOD, TREES AND LIVE MUSIC WITH A SPRINKLE OF CARBON

    January 3rd, 2020  |  1 hr 1 min
    climate change, feat, local radio, mik aidt, sustainability, the pulse, the sustainable hour

    Episode of The Sustainable Hour, December 11th 2019.

  • #climatepodcase | Like I'm A Six-Year-Old — 162 - Adam Bandt Returns (LIVE)

    January 2nd, 2020  |  1 hr 13 mins
    adam bandt, auspol, climate change, climate crisis, greens, sustainability

    After joining me at the end of the shitshow that was 2016 for the first live edition of the podcast, Greens MP Adam Bandt returned to reflect on how far we have (or haven't) come and what to make of the political year that was 2019.

  • #climatepodcase | Sustainable You — Fashion

    January 1st, 2020  |  20 mins 17 secs
    climate change, fashion, personal sustainability, sustainability

    When we think about consumables, we don't often think about the clothes and accessories we wear. But compared to 15 years ago, the average person buys 60% more items of clothing and keeps them for only half as long. Listen for some ways you can slow down the impact of fast fashion.

  • #climatepodcase | Custodians — Episode Zero

    December 31st, 2019  |  44 mins 23 secs
    bob brown, climate change, custodians, fuckgiving, sara rickards, sustainability

    This podcast was a pilot to explore how we could support activism as we move into 2020, with half of the funds being donated to The Bob Brown Foundation for their work on the front line in Takayna/The Tarkine.

  • #climatepodcase | The RegenNarration — #042 The Most Powerful Solution to Climate Change

    December 30th, 2019  |  1 hr 40 secs
    climate change, sustainability, system change, the regennarration

    Karen O’Brien on how people, systems & consciousness transform

  • #climatepodcase | Follow the Money — Climate and the Pacific with former President Anote Tong

    December 29th, 2019  |  23 mins 21 secs
    climate change, kiribati, sustainability, the australia institute, the pacific

    The recent Pacific Islands Forum turned from a 'Pacific step up' to a Pacific step back for Scott Morrison, as Australia held a hardline on coal and emissions cuts.

    Former president of Kiribati, Anote Tong urged that Australia’s membership of the Pacific Island Forum to be reviewed, asking “How can you justify being part of a family and part of a group which you’re trying to destroy?” and Follow the Money was fortunate enough to speak to him while he was in Canberra.