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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  • Newsball — CFC You Next Tuesday

    August 3rd, 2019  |  1 hr 5 mins
    cfc, climate change, comedy, explicit, kigali amendment, montreal protocol, news, newsball, ozone, ozone hole, sustainability

    Guest episode from Newsball — This episode has explicit language.

  • Rapid Reaction — Victoria Waste Crisis | SKM Closure and CDS, with Cr Kat Copsey and Annett Finger

    July 31st, 2019  |  22 mins 25 secs
    cash for containers, cds, climate change, container deposit, container refund, epa, rapid reaction, recycling, skm, sustainability, waste

    Mark speaks to Port Phillip Councillor Kat Copsey and CDS campaigner Annett Finger about the closure of Victoria's largest recycler by the state Environmental Protection Agency, and where to next for a broken recycling system. Is it time for a Container Deposit Scheme, or well past due?

  • The RegenNarration — 2040 with Damon Gameau and Julie Leslie

    July 27th, 2019  |  54 mins 22 secs
    2040, climate change, regenerative, regennarration, sustainability, sustainable fashion

    Guest episode from The RegenNarration by Anthony James, a panel conversation with filmmaker Damon Gameau after a screening of his film, 2040.

  • Warndu — Eating good, eating native w/ Rebecca Sullivan, Damien Coulthard and Maree Lowes

    July 20th, 2019  |  45 mins 50 secs
    climate change, cookbook, cooking, davidsons plum, dirt girl, finger lime, food, gardening australia, get grubby, granny skills, lemon myrtle, native food, river cottage, sustainability, warndu, warndu mai

    Warndu Mai is the newest book from Rebecca Sullivan and Damien Coulthard about native Australian foods and plants. The story of Australian natives is an important one, and we dive into it here.

  • Costa Georgiadis and Dirt Girl — Get Grubby TV

    July 13th, 2019  |  30 mins 53 secs
    abc gardening, climate change, compost, costa, costa's world, dirt girl, kids, mulch, sustainability, tv

    Mark sat down with Costa and Dirt Girl after a Costa's World live performance at the Ballarat Begonia Festival in 2018. This recording has been revived and restored, by new Climactic editor Reece.

  • Tim Forcey — My Efficient Electric Home | How can a Facebook group tackle climate change?

    July 6th, 2019  |  47 mins 38 secs
    ac, climate change, community, efficiency, energy, energy efficiency, facebook, groups, heat pump, heating, meeh, power bills, reverse cycle, sustainability, utilities, winter

    Tim Forcey, through extensive work at the University of Melbourne, and the thinktank Beyond Zero Emissions, is a household name in a very particular type of household. But the work he does on home energy efficiency is relevant to every household. He started the Facebook group that became My Efficient Electric Home four years ago, and it has started to rapidly pick up steam.

  • What can we learn from Hong Kong? Can democracy save Lake Knox?

    July 5th, 2019  |  28 mins 43 secs
    activism, activists, china, climate change, democracy, hong kong, knox, lake knox, protest, save lake knox, sustainability

    In this special episode, we have two contrasting stories. One from Jo Dodds, Bega Shire Councillor, who has been in Hong Kong for the record-smashing protests, on how one act of violence has warped a mass movement. Another from Knox, in eastern Melbourne, from a young man working to save a lake, and habitat for endangered species, from short-sighted development.

  • ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019 presents Climate Bites: Nature

    July 1st, 2019  |  48 mins 34 secs
    chemicals, climate change, extinction, indigineous sovereignty, insect extinction, insects, murray darling, native rights, native title, riparian, sustainability, water law, water rights

    The fourth in a four-part series, recorded at the Living Pavilion, University of Melbourne. Climate Bites are lunchtime panels with experts where audience members are welcome to engage on a particular topic. In this episode, nature.

  • Lottie Dalziel — Banish Waste!? Sound good? Here's how!

    June 29th, 2019  |  44 mins 45 secs
    climate change, sustainability

    Lottie is the founder of Banish, an educational resource and platform for disposable product alternatives. Georgia met her at Climate Reality in Brisbane earlier in the month, and with Plastic Free July just around the corner, this was the perfect time to talk waste-free personal transition, conscious consumption, and forming better habits.

  • Rapid Reaction — City of Sydney Climate Emergency Declaration

    June 27th, 2019  |  12 mins 5 secs
    ced, cedamia, climate change, climate emergency, extinction rebellion, save the planet, stop adani, sustainability, sydney, xr

    Sydney has declared a climate emergency. We hear from the community, from messages sent into us, what that means, and what comes next.

  • ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019 presents Climate Bites: Fashion

    June 25th, 2019  |  22 mins 13 secs
    bamboo, climate change, drinking water, fashion, fast fashion, hara, natural dyes, pollution, sustainability, water, water scarcity

    The third of a four-part series, recorded at the Living Pavilion, University of Melbourne. Climate Bites are lunchtime panels with experts where audience members are welcome to engage on a particular topic. In this episode, fashion.

  • Damien Cole — Update | Tangaroa Blue — Re-release

    June 22nd, 2019  |  46 mins 6 secs
    climate change, sustainability

    Climactic guest and friend of the show Damien Cole has been injured in a surfing accident in Bali. Hear an interview with him from just before he went on holiday. And, we re-release our interview with Heidi Taylor of Tangaroa Blue.

  • A Museum for The Path Ahead: New York City’s Climate Museum — ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019 Keynote

    June 14th, 2019  |  58 mins 22 secs
    apollo theatre, climarte, climate change, climate museum, climate speaks, ian potter, miranda massie, museum, new york, nyc, sustainability, university of melbourne, zero hour

    The second keynote from the Climarte ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019 Festival, this podcast episode features embedded images. Listen in a podcast app for the best experience.

  • Violet — Extinction Rebellion Melbourne

    June 10th, 2019  |  30 mins 11 secs
    agenda, auspol, city council, climate change, direct action, extinction rebellion, inner west sydney, local council, politics, sustainability, sydney

    A bonus extended interview with Violet from Extinction Rebellion Melbourne on methods, motivations, and theories of change.

  • Extinction Rebellion Oz x UK - the people behind the protest

    June 8th, 2019  |  56 mins 31 secs
    activism, activist, climate change, council, extinction rebellion, inner west, ipa, leeds, london, melbourne, nonviolent direct action, nvda, sustainability, sydney, sydney harbour bridge, uk, xr

    This episode is a collaboration with friends of the show in Leeds, England, featuring voices from Melbourne, Sydney, Leeds and London. Go behind the headlines to learn more about Extinction Rebellion, and the people behind the movement, about why they are choosing to rebel.

  • ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019 presents Climate Bites: Food

    June 4th, 2019  |  52 mins 2 secs
    bruce pascoe, charles massy, climate change, compost, dark emu, farming, food, land rights, permaculture, sustainability, waste, water rights

    The second of a four-part series, recorded at the Living Pavilion, University of Melbourne. Climate Bites are lunchtime panels with experts where audience members are welcome to engage on a particular topic. In this episode, food.