Podcasts are a big deal at the moment – with many more of us listening thanks in part to repeat lockdowns, and many more available to listen to as well. In fact, in only a year, the number of podcasts has tripled.
With so much choice out there, we’ve selected 10 of our favourite sustainability podcasts that you should be listening to.
1. Great Green Questions
Let’s kick off this list with our own Good Energy powered podcast Great Green Questions, hosted by our founder Juliet Davenport. It's a lighthearted and witty exploration of some of the big questions that come up when trying to 'walk the green line'.
Some of our favourite episodes so far have been ‘Can you be an environmentalist and still love cars?’ with Robert Llewellyn, ‘Is being a vegan the only way to save the planet?’ with Guy Singh Watson and Marcus Brigstocke and ‘How can we fight racism while fighting climate change’? with Mikaela Loach.
2. For What it’s Earth: Hosted by Emma Brisdion and Lloyd Hopkins, this environment, science and sustainability podcast aims to make big issues bite sized and empower individuals to make a difference in their own lives. Learn how to grow your own food, the environmental pawprint of pets, and how you can get sloshed, sustainably.
3. Jon Richardson and the Futurenaughts: This podcast is an amusing delve into all the things that make comedian Jon Richardson worry. Backed up by two optimistic futurenaughts, Ed Gillespie and Mark Stevenson, episodes include ‘The future of climate change’, ‘Thinking Meat’ and ‘The future of government’.
4. Fully Charged: Robert Llewellyn and his team chat EVs, renewable energy and sustainability on this very popular podcast filled with interesting stories, news, and a lot of laughs.
5. Sustainababble: Made for the confused, by the confused – Sustainababble is a weekly comedy podcast about the environment. You’ll be laughing along with hosts Olly and Dave, while also learning about subjects as varied as Easter eggs, hydrogen and eating insects. There’s also an episode featuring Good Energy’s own Juliet Davenport in there.
6. Yikes: Hosted by sustainability influencer and antiracism activist Mikaela Loach, and climate activist and self-proclaimed ‘sh*t stirrer’ Josephine Becker, Yikes is a podcast about all of the things that make us feel a bit squirmy. From white feminism and consumer activism, to the link between climate change and health. Prepare to broaden your horizons and learn a lot!
7. Who Cares Wins: Hosted by model and green queen, Lily Cole – and joined by an all-star line up that’s included David Attenborough, Paul McCartney and Patti Smith – this podcast covers some of today’s most topical and polarising issues. Is global economic development contributing to the climate crisis or is it helping to solve it? How is our public awareness of the climate crisis shaped by the media we consume? And is meat the problem?
8. Forest 404: A futuristic thriller from BBC Radio 4, this fictional podcast leads us into the 24th century, where forests have been erased from history. It’s an interactive feast for the senses, with original music by Bonobo.
9. Future Perfect: This podcast tackles some big topics about the best ways to save lives, fight climate breakdown and end world poverty. The latest two seasons have focused more wholly on environmental concerns – while scrolling back will see wider debates on subjects including religion and organ donation.
10. Costing the Earth: Another Radio 4 podcast, this time providing weekly insights from the sharpest minds working toward a cleaner, greener planet. Topics are everything from Killer Kitties, which asks whether cat owners can do more to limit their pet’s impact on wildlife; to Lockdown Planet, which analyses how a year of lockdown has changed our environment in the UK and globally.