May 6, 2021

Nourishing Books & Bites - Mark Spencer on Podcasters Declare and Climactic

Nourishing Books & Bites - Mark Spencer on Podcasters Declare and Climactic

Anthea speaks to Mark Spencer, Founder of Climactic, a network of Climate Change focussed Podcasts and Podcasters - including Nourishing. He is also one of the key people behind Podcaster's Declare, an initiative calling for Apple Podcasts to add a climate category to their platform. 


We live in Climactic times. Times that led Podcast Producer, Mark Spencer, to pose a simple question...

What if there was a podcast network dedicated to all the ways that our lives are defined by the climate crisis?

And Climactic was born. Climactic is an at-will collective of Podcasters, all with a shared concern for climate change, and engaging with the urgent need for action on the climate crisis. It tells the stories of the people making a difference. Regular people, in a daily struggle to live sustainable lives. Climactic is the people’s voice on climate change, embedded in the community, from the perspective of the the everyperson.

Climactic now boasts over 20 shows, with over 100k downloads and over 60 contributors from all over Australia and will soon be expanding into New Zealand. It is the biggest collective of climate positive shows and makers in the Asia Pacific and possibly the world. 

Check out Climactic, the collective and the shows at:

Facebook: @climacticshow

Twitter: @climacticshow

Instagram: @climacticshow


Sometimes a small change in the right place, at the right time can make all the difference in the world. That's exactly what Mark Spencer, Sean Marsh, Eav Brennan and Maneet Hora were thinking earlier this year, when they decided to create an initiative calling for Apple Podcasts to add Climate as a category to their massive podcast platform. 

Podcasters Declare is an open letter to Apple Podcasts requesting exactly that. A category dedicated to Climate and Climate related podcasts so that makers can accurately classify their work and listeners can easily find it. When apple did this for True Crime the genre exploded and that's exactly what is needed for Climate and Climate related content. Especially now when these conversations and works of art and investigation are about as important as they can get.  

The open letter can be signed by podcast makers and listeners alike and podcaster producers can even add their shows to the ever growing list of podcasts demanding this change. A small act that could make a massive difference in the long run. 

Podcasters Declare submitted the letter to Apple on Earth Day this year and they are currently considering their response and what action they will take but the campaign is far from over and Apple is only the start of the pressure that will be applied. There are many podcast distributors who should make this change for the sake of the planet. 

Which is why the letter is still open and signatures and shows are still being called for. To check it out and add your show or name to the list of 1300 strong supporters go to:

Facebook: @podcastersdeclare 

Twitter: @PodcastersDeclare

Instagram: @podcastersdeclare


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