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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  • 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.

  • The International Rebellion — The End of the Beginning

    October 12th, 2019  |  20 mins 21 secs
    arrest, bail, brisbane, climate change, extinction rebellion, international rebellion, london, melbourne, police, spring rebellion, sustainability, sydney, wellington, xr

    Week one of the International Rebellion by XR is finishing, and we're sharing a couple stories from Brisbane and Melbourne about the week that was, before crossing to London for more from the epicentre of the rebellion.

  • Extinction Rebellion | On Arrests and Bail Conditions — Stories from the Spring Rebellion

    October 10th, 2019  |  32 mins 48 secs
    arrest, bail, brisbane, climate change, extinction rebellion, international rebellion, london, melbourne, police, spring rebellion, sustainability, sydney, wellington, xr

    Arrestees share their story with us, legal observers share your rights and their best advice.

  • XR London from Simon Moore — Day One | George Monbiot, KT Tunstall and more

    October 9th, 2019  |  11 mins 39 secs
    climate change, extinction rebellion, fall rebellion, george monbiot, kt tunstall, london, simon moore, sustainability, uk, xr

    Climactic member Simon Moore sends in a dispatch from the streets of London highlighting the first day of the International Rebellion there. The cat and mouse game with police, a rousing speech from journalist George Monbiot, and beautiful choiral singing.

  • XR Spring Rebellion Day One — From Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, London and Wellington

    October 8th, 2019  |  30 mins 51 secs
    brisbane, climate change, extinction rebellion, international rebellion, london, melbourne, spring rebellion, sustainability, sydney, wellington, xr

    We bring you on the ground chats with rebels in 5 cities to get beyond the headlines in three special episodes. Look out for specials Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

  • Georgia Sheil — On empowering women and girls and climate change with Asha Kayla, international sustainability expert

    October 5th, 2019  |  47 mins 26 secs
    climate change, corporate, corporate responsibility, corporate sustainability, csr, do it in a dress, drawdown, gender equity, girls and women, sdg, sustainability, sustainable development goals, un

    With 15 years in big corporations, working to increase their social responsibility and environmental sustainability, Asha became friends with host Georgia. They sit down for a chat about Asha' story, the power of finding your own story, and how Asha is building a social enterprise to help empower girls and young women.

  • Sci-Fight — Are Humans Worth Saving? | Science Comedy Debates

    October 3rd, 2019  |  1 hr 14 mins
    climate change, comedy, extinction, funny, live, optimisim, pessimism, sci-fight, science, science communication, sustainability

    Listen into a Sci-Fight, a live science comedy debate, about whether or not in these climactic times, humans are worth saving.

  • Rapid Reaction — Coca-Cola, Brisbane Festival, and refilling stations

    September 30th, 2019  |  18 mins 37 secs
    circular economy, climate change, closed loop, coca cola, coke, events, festivals, hydration, refill, sustainability, water, werefill

    Brett Tait, Founder of We-Refill joins Mark for a rapid reaction to Coca-Cola's hostility to refilling stations at the Brisbane Festival.

  • Kate Selway — Science at the Extreme

    September 29th, 2019  |  23 mins 44 secs
    climate change, dr renee beale, royal society, science week, sustainability

    Dr Kate Selway is an Earth scientist who is passionate about understanding how our amazing planet works. She has led research teams in the deserts of central Australia, the savannas of East Africa, and the frozen expanses of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets.

  • A Week after the Global Climate Strikes — Voices from Gosford, Airlie Beach, and Melbourne

    September 27th, 2019  |  44 mins 53 secs
    2040, airlie beach, climate change, climate strike, damon gameau, gosford, great barrier reef, greta thunberg, school strike, september 20, ss4c, sustainability, whitsundays

    Climactic contributors Beth and Fien were out at climate strikes outside of the main centres, and recorded great talks with strikers of all kinds. We also have a panel from a special screening of 2040, with SS4C and SEED organisers, and a representative of the City of Melbourne.

  • The Road to COP25 — Dispatch 1

    September 25th, 2019  |  7 mins 29 secs
    canberra, climate change, cop25, governance, ipcc, kri, paris treaty, policy, politics, sustainability, un

    Kri McNamara is attending COP25 in Chile in December as a youth delegate for Australia through Global Voices, a policy NGO. She'll be sharing with us her learnings and experiences along her journey leading up to, and at, the United Nations Climate Change Conference.

  • Beth Spencer — In Depth with James Bradley | Author of Clade

    September 22nd, 2019  |  1 hr 3 mins
    adani, art breaker, author, clade, climate change, essay, fiction, great barrier reef, literary, literature, non-fiction, sustainability, the change, wrack, writing, ya, young adult

    Author and new collective member Beth Spencer hosts award-winning Australian author James Bradley on Climactic.

  • Simon Moore — XR Leeds | The Rebellion Continues

    September 18th, 2019  |  47 mins 49 secs
    climate change, extinction rebellion, leeds, sustainability, uk, xr

    Correspondent Simon Moore sends in an update about the unfolding story of Extinction Rebellion, and the wider climate community, in Leeds, UK.

  • The Amazon Fires Special

    September 14th, 2019  |  41 mins 44 secs
    amazon, amazonia, bolsonaro, brazil, climate change, fires, sustainability

    In this episode we grapple with the emotions and reactions to the land clearing fires in the Brazilian Amazon. We hear from members of the community, past guests, and hear context from news services.

  • Violet Coco — My Arrest Story | Extinction Rebellion Victoria

    September 13th, 2019  |  12 mins 39 secs
    activism, activist, climate change, extinction rebellion, melbourne, nonviolent direct action, nvda, sustainability, xr

    Violet Coco shares the story of her arrest on September 6th.

  • Bronwyn Gresham — Three Lessons on Self-care in Activism, with Anthony Gleeson

    September 7th, 2019  |  39 mins 56 secs
    activism, adani, burnout, climate change, depression, extinction rebellion, mental health, sustainability, the sustainable hour

    Bronwyn has a great chat with community stalwart, long-time activist, former school teacher and community radio host Anthony Gleeson, and gleans three key lessons about personally sustaining activism.