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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  • Carolyn Ingvarson — Creating Lighter Footprints

    February 21st, 2019  |  43 mins 4 secs
    climate change, climate grief, kooyong, letter writing, lighter footprints, psychology for a safe climate, self care, sustainability, victoria, victorian politics

    New member of the Climactic Collective, Bronwyn Gresham, brings us this week's episode. An interview with Carolyn Ingvarson, founder of influential Melbourne residents group Lighter Footprints, on how the group came about, her approach to leadership, activism, and the climate crisis, and valuable lessons for other groups on how to be effective.

  • Climactic x AIRAH — A New Phase

    February 14th, 2019  |  23 mins 22 secs
    airah, climactic collective, climate change, coal, community garden, dinosaurs, drawdown, electric, ev, food garden, net zero, oil, refrigeration, sustainability, tesla, the cape

    Mark announces the new changes to Climactic, and brings you an episode of the AIRAH on Air podcast about Australia's first large-scale carbon-neutral housing estate.

  • Sustainable Living Festival Bonus — Climate Leaders x Sustainable Hour

    February 12th, 2019  |  35 mins 23 secs
    climate change, climate leaders, school strike for climate, slf, sustainability, sustainable hour, sustainable living festival

    Second bonus episode from the National Sustainable Living Festival in Melbourne. The veteran hosts of The Sustainable Hour joined in a great conversation with two of the Melbourne organisers of Climate Leaders. Enjoy!

  • Sustainable Living Festival Bonus — Ten years on from Black Saturday

    February 11th, 2019  |  9 mins 18 secs
    black saturday, climate change, national sustainable living festival, psychology for a safe climate, self care, slf, sustainability

    In this bonus episode from the National Sustainable Living Festival in Melbourne, we hear from Carol Ride, founder of Psychology for a Safe Climate, on the tenth anniversary of Victoria's Black Saturday fires.

  • Maiysha Moin — Striking Leadership (School Strike for Climate)

    February 7th, 2019  |  31 mins 36 secs
    auspol, climate change, greta thunberg, maiysha moin, malala, margaret atwood, school protest, school strike for climate, sustainability, youth

    This week Mark talks to Maiysha, the MC of Melbourne's School Strike for Climate that place November 2018. They talk her path into activism, what's next for School Strike for Climate, and the group's next big initiative, Climate Leaders.

  • Their Own Words — Stop Adani Gold Coast

    January 31st, 2019  |  1 hr 7 mins
    activism, carmichael mine, climate change, community action, gold coast, stop adani, sustainability

    The Gold Coast chapter of Stop Adani, a grassroots environmental network Australia-wide, take over this week's show. They got in a studio to record this story of how their group works, the campaign they're on, and the successes they've had. They also give great advice to help you get involved in a group, and how to make groups more effective.

  • Jo Dodds — The Tathra Tiger

    January 24th, 2019  |  52 mins 2 secs, bushfire, climate change, climate fire, local politics, new south wales, politics, sustainability, tathra, tathra fires, wildfire

    Mark talks to Jo Dodds, city councilor in the Bega Valley Shire, on New South Wale's Sapphire Coast, an outspoken proponent for greater action on climate change, and critic of the current Australian government.

  • Live Talk: Psychology for a Safe Climate — Impact of experiencing bushfire in the era of climate change

    January 17th, 2019  |  34 mins 57 secs
    black saturday, blue mountains fire, bushfire, climate change, fire aftermath, fire survivor, psychology, psychology for a safe climate, sustainability, wildfire, wye river fire

    This episode is a live talk from Psychology for a Safe Climate, grappling with the topic of bushfire, and how to engage with the elephant in the room, climate change, in the aftermath of fire.

  • Why isn't there a Nobel Prize for Climate Change?

    January 10th, 2019  |  35 mins 22 secs
    climate change, family action on climate action, jay inslee, nobel prize, nobel prize for climate change, pacific northwest, paris, seattle, sustainability

    Mark talks to Helene and Raoul, a young couple behind a campaign to create a new Nobel Prize for Climate Change Action.

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

    January 6th, 2019  |  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.

  • The Blunt Report x Climactic - Can Mark sound smart talking climate change?

    January 3rd, 2019  |  1 hr 37 mins
    automation, climate change, konner blunt, philosophy, podcast, science, sustainability, the blunt report

    This episode is a collaboration with The Blunt Report, a long-form conversation podcast about science, technology, philosophy, et al.

  • Let's discuss: COP24, and the End of Year One

    December 20th, 2018  |  39 mins 54 secs
    climate change, climate crisis, climate emergency, cop24, greta thunberg, host talk, let's chat, sustainability, tobias geiger, un

    With 36 main episodes, close to 50 shows including bonuses and a miniseries, there's been over 24 hours of Climactic published since we launched in April. So with the end of the year looming, Rich and Mark look back on the first year of the show. But, because the UN COP24 summit has just wrapped up, they discuss the conference, what it actually is, how big it is, and how they feel about it. We also hear from a climate scientist from Potsdam about what the scientific community is watching at COP. It's been a huge year, and we go out with a bang.

  • Paulina Valdes — "Winner of the first Climactic Storytelling Contest"

    December 13th, 2018  |  35 mins 1 sec
    climate change, sustainability

    Earlier this year, in association with a student group at the University of Melbourne, Climactic ran our first climate change storytelling contest. In this episode, hear the winning story, and an interview with the winning storyteller.

  • Jenn Lavers and Annett Finger — "Legends in Ocean Plastics"

    December 6th, 2018  |  35 mins 48 secs
    a plastic ocean, albatross, blue, cds, climate change, david attenborough, drowning in plastic, lord howe island, marine debris, midway island, ocean plastic, science communication, shearwater, sustainability

    This week we have not one scientist, marine debris expert, and communicator, but two. Jennifer Lavers and Annett Finger are top of their fields, and old friends as well. So you'll hear not only insights and expertise, but be along for some laughs.

  • Lis Bastian — "The Big Fix"

    November 29th, 2018  |  42 mins 42 secs
    climate change, climate crisis, climate emergency, grassroots, local media, media, newspapers, permaculture, sustainability, the big fix

    Rich talks to Lis Bastian, founder of community media organisation The Big Fix, about using media for good, and living purposefully, both in the face of serious illness, and in facing the biggest issues threatening our communities.

  • Miniseries - Victorian Election 2018 Episode 9

    November 23rd, 2018  |  20 mins 50 secs
    act on climate, activism, campaigning, climate change, daniel andrews, friends of the earth, greens party, labour party, liberal party, local politics, melbourne, politics, renewables, solar, state politics, sustainability, victoria, victoria state election, vret, wind

    The day before polling day, here's a final update from Act on Climate, and interviews with voters and candidates on the importance of this election in the context of climate change.