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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.