Climate Change and Sustainability Podcasts -The My Good Planet Top 5

There are many ways in which we can learn about how to create a better and more sustainable future. One of the best methods of inspiration is to listen to podcasts. 

My Good Planet has compiled a list of the Top 5 educational and inspirational podcasts that address the issues of sustainability, climate change and how you, as an individual, can make a difference. Climate change demands society’s urgent attention, so look no further, and listen to some of the sustainability and climate change related podcasts below.

The list is organised alphabetically.

Climate Conversations: A Climate Change Podcast by ClimateX

Climate Conversations is the weekly climate change podcast from MIT Climate, an online community connecting questions to answers, research to solutions, and knowledge to action. MIT Climate is MIT’s central portal to all the work happening across MIT on climate change, and a place for worldwide discussion and learning. This podcast and platform is a window into the cutting-edge climate science and action emerging from MIT and beyond. As well as it is a place to ask questions, dig into emerging climate research, and engage in a global dialogue with people around the world.

Our favourite episodes:

Series 1 Episode 5: Teaching Kids about Climate Change. In this episode the Climate Conversations team is joined by the founder of ClimateCurriculum.com and Science Teacher at Boston Latin School Timothy Gay, whose goal is to get schools to teach students about climate change.

Series 3 Episode 1: The Psychology of Learning to Change, a conversation with a psychologist Renee Lertzman. In this episode the Climate Conversations team explores the ways how we can individually and with our communities create the necessary space to listen to others and develop emotional intelligence about climate issues.

Green Dreamer Host Kaméa Chayne
Green Dreamer Host Kaméa Chayne

Green Dreamer

Green Dreamer podcast hosted by Kaméa Chayne is a show for eco-creatives, visionaries, and entrepreneurs exploring how we can cultivate sustainability in all areas of our lives and help our planet thrive. If you’re dreaming of a bio-diverse, harmonious, and healthy world to call home, this podcast is here to inspire and activate the change maker in you, and to support you and all that you do.

Chayne and her guests strive to elevate sustainability as a top priority in this time of need. They look and explore ways how we can inspire more harmony and connection in our world, and how we can cut through the noise to bring our eco ideas and purpose-driven ventures to life.

Our favourite episodes are:

Episode 63: How to talk about climate change without scaring people away with special guest Meghann Percy, a host of Kiss That World Podcast.

Episode 71: The environmental impact of modern day burials we should know about with eco mortician Elizabeth Fournier.


Mothers of Invention

Mothers of Invention is an uplifting and solution seeking podcast hosted by a former Irish President Mary Robinson and comedian Maeve Higgins. This podcast’s slogan states it loud and clear: “Climate change is a man-made problem – with a feminist solution!” Indeed, every episode of this podcast celebrates amazing women doing remarkable things in pursuit of climate justice. Robinson and Higgins will give you an insight into climate change – from the grassroots to the court room, the front lines to the board room – all over the world.

Our favourite episodes are:

Series 1 Episode 6: Taking Over. In this episode Robinson and Higgins bring to forefront women who are helping us to leave our toxic relationship with single-use plastic behind.

Series 1 Episode 10: Against the Grain. This episode investigates food and how it is connected to climate.


Sustainability Defined

Sustainability Defined podcast easily and with humour cuts to the chase of sustainability. In each episode hosts Jay Siegel and Scot Breen give a general introduction to the subject they will be discussing before they break it down one concept at a time in an interview with a professional. The podcast is conversational, engaging and educational. It is a great way to get a crash course on sustainability topics, and understand what exactly sustainability is.

Our favourite episodes are:

Episode 26: Big Data and Sustainability with Kate Brandt, the Lead for Sustainability at Google. This episode gives you a peek inside Google and explains how Google uses big data to advance sustainability inside the company and around the world.

Episode 27: Sustainability and Art with Annie Griffiths, an award winning photojournalist and one of the first female photographers hired at National Geographic. Plus, this episode gives some green holiday gift ideas, in case you are looking for some inspiration.

The Sustainability Agenda

The Sustainability Agenda podcast with Fergal Byrne, a seasoned researcher and writer, who also hosts Inspiring Social Entrepreneurs, a popular podcast interviewing leading social entrepreneurs and innovators on the challenges and lessons building a successful social business. In this podcast Byrne talks with leading sustainability thinkers who offer their views on the biggest sustainability challenges, share the latest thinking, identify what’s working – and what needs to change – and think about the future of sustainability.

Our favourite episodes:

Episode 52: This episode is an interview with Professor Tim Jackson, Professor of Sustainable Development at the University of Surrey and Director of the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity. In this episode Jackson outlines the compelling arguments for a post growth economy, highlighting the contradiction between the idea of unlimited growth and life on a finite planet.

Episode 54: In this episode Byrne talks with Dr Steve Cohen, a professor at Columbia University and the co-author of the book The Sustainable City. Cohen explains and considers the ways how urban life is changing, and how we can effectively transition to a renewable resource based economy.

Baiba Šustere

Baiba Šustere is a writer whose work focuses on mindfulness, health and wellbeing.