Want to know more about sustainability but don’t necessarily have the time to sit down and do some serious reading about the matter? Here’s a great idea: Why not tune in to a podcast?
Listening to a podcast while doing everyday mundane things—like commuting to or from work, doing the dishes, walking your dog, or even doing your business in the loo—is a great way to make the most of your time, especially if you don’t have a lot of it.
We’ve rounded up nine of the best podcasts to inspire you to keep on your sustainable journey:
1. Sustainababble: Making Sense of All That ‘Eco Guff’
A podcast that doesn’t take itself too seriously, Sustainababble is a “weekly podcast about the environment, for and by the confused.” Hosted by Ol and Dave, the show tackles serious issues on the environment (such as climate change, waste, wildfires, and deforestation) with a lighthearted, tongue-in-cheek twist. Sustainababble also frequently feature environmental experts from various fields on their programme.
2. Sustainable(Ish): Sustainability at Your Own Pace
Want to live more sustainably but don’t like being pressured to turn your life upside-down—or be judged if your efforts aren’t exactly perfect? Then let Jen Gale convince you with her easy everyday ideas for eco-friendly living.
The idea behind Sustainable(Ish) is simple: Little everyday tweaks and changes, when done by many people, make a big difference. So if you’d like to know more about how to get into the sustainability movement little by little, tune in to this weekly podcast tailor-made for the #imperfectlygreen.
3. Practical(ly) Zero Waste: Taking Baby Steps towards Going Green
Living zero waste may sound like a huge commitment. But if compressing all your year’s trash inside a mason jar sounds like a huge leap to make, Elsbeth Callaghan is here to show you that going zero waste can be done—one small step at a time.
Practical(ly) Zero Waste shows you that minimizing your environmental footprint doesn’t have to take mad effort. With topics ranging from fashion, food, community, parenting, gardening, to entrepreneurship Callaghan has got about every aspect of zero waste living covered.
4. The Minimalists: Less Is More
We’ve recently written about how to achieve a minimalist wardrobe. If you need any more advice and inspiration on living a minimalist life in the modern world, Joshua Fields Milliburn and Ryan Nicodemus are your go-to gurus.
With over 70 million downloads, The Minimalists is one of the most popular sustainability podcasts. The show has more than 250 episodes to date, with topics ranging from parenting, career, fashion, relationships, diet, health, and travel—almost everything, really.
5. Deliciously Ella: Plant-Powered Living
Part of living green is making healthy eating choices; it’s not only good for bodies but also good for the planet too! Deliciously Ella, which started as a personal blog of plant-based cookbook author, deli owner, and entrepreneur Ella Woodward-Mills, dishes helpful advice on eating well, keeping a healthy body and mind, achieving work-life balance, and starting a business with the help of guest-experts.
6. Hey Change: Finding Happiness in New Realities
Does all this talk about climate crisis have you feeling scared and anxious about the future of our planet? Join host Anne Therese as she shows you how, like her, you can be more of a ‘Climate Optimist’ instead.
Hey Change serves up a refreshing dose of positivity in every episode, which features uplifting stories, news, and solutions from eco-entrepreneurs, climate scientists, and environmental activists.
7. Sustainable World Radio: All Things Nature and Beyond
Does seeing trees and flowering plants make you happy? Have you ever wondered how you can have a garden in the middle of the city? Are you interested in growing your own food and medicine?
You can learn about these and more in the Sustainable World Radio podcast, hosted by Jill Cloutier. Originally a local radio programme, the show tackles anything everything nature- and plant-related, including aromatherapy, permaculture, farming, aquaponics, wildcrafting, landscaping, and composting, among others. As diverse as the topics are the guest-experts that Cloutier interviews on the show, which include conservationists, teachers, designers, engineers, and environmentalists from all over the globe.
8. Wardrobe Crisis: Making Fashion Clean Again
If you haven’t already heard, the garment industry is one of the world’s worst environmental offenders. The good news is, more and more insiders and stakeholders are wising up.
In Wardrobe Crisis, Sydney-based journalist and former Vogue Australia sustainability editor Clare Press talks about fashion, culture, sustainability, and the environment with thought leaders and change-makers in the fashion scene and beyond. Besides showing us how the fashion industry is cleaning up its act, Press also dishes much-needed information on how we can be more environmentally responsible, whether it be via making more responsible wardrobe choices, taking part in the second-hand economy, or living zero-waste.
9. David Attenborough’s Life Stories: One Man’s Love Story with Our Planet
If there’s one person who has inspired millions to appreciate and treasure our natural world, it would have to be iconic naturalist David Attenborough. His Life Stories is a BBC Radio 4 Extra series chronicling the histories of various plants and creatures, including some that are already endangered and extinct. And while his podcast revolves around nature, the hidden message that lies in each episode—that we ought to preserve and protect ecology—will surely inspire respect for our planet and encourage all of us to live more sustainably.
Where to listen: BBC Radio 4 Extra
Next time you’re doing something routine, tune in to any of these podcasts in the background to find out more about how you can live more sustainably. It’s definitely a better use of your time than mindlessly scrolling through social media.
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