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Eco-Podcasts for your Commute

Isla Stubbs gives her rundown on the eco-podcasts perfect for your daily commute, there to ease your climate anxiety and open your eyes to the world around you.


Have you considered how the time you spend during your daily commute could be utilised? Podcasts can provide a convenient and engaging way to learn about environmental issues, explore sustainable living options, and stay informed about the latest green initiatives.


Commuting on Hong Kong's MTR. Image Credit: David Guyler


Planet Hope


"Planet Hope," a podcast by The Times’ Environmental Editor, Adam Vaughan, has garnered widespread acclaim for its engaging and informative approach to exploring environmental solutions. Recent episodes have explored topics including: the power of conservation photography, reduction of food waste, and mapping the future of Africa's resources. Whether you are an environmental enthusiast, a concerned citizen, or simply curious about the pressing environmental challenges we face, this podcast provides an informative platform to expand your knowledge, explore solutions, and motivate positive change.


Overheard at National Geographic


National Geographic is well-known for its outstanding photography and research. Their podcast "Overheard" delivers well-researched, informative content. The podcast offers unique perspectives on lesser-known topics, including: the dark reality behind India’s festival elephants,the problem with “Superchickens”, and whether stories about sharks help or hinder conservation attempts. This podcast in particular provides a sense of adventure, plus exemplary storytelling, and explores not only nature and environmental issues, but also important insights on world history and culture.


Watch the trailer here!

The Elephant Festival, Jaipur, India. Image Credit: Pradeep Kumar Chatterjee


The Climate Question


The Climate Question, produced by the BBC and hosted by Neal Razzell and Graihagh Jackson, is a podcast focused on the climate crisis facing humanity, and what can be done to help. New episodes are uploaded weekly, with recent episodes focusing on topics including: climate change in combination with the El Nino effect, the impact of fashion on the climate crisis, and the radical scheme in Barbados to fight climate change (through reformation of the international financial system). This podcast would be great for those eager to dip their toes in the pond of eco-politics, conveniently and comfortably.


Day 1 of Extinction Rebellion's Autumn Rebellion in Melbourne. Image Credit: Matt Hrkac.


For What it’s Earth


This podcast, hosted by Emma Brisdion and Lloyd Hopkins, focuses on making big environmental issues available to listeners in bite-sized portions. Still focusing on the more heavy topics, they are approached in a fun and lighthearted way, giving listeners a relaxed commute that lessens those troublesome feelings of eco-anxiety. They invite a lot of varied guests to their show, such as authors, charities and scientists. Some of my favourite episodes of theirs include “Episode 33: Alcohol: Getting sloshed, sustainably (and responsibly) " and “Episode 62: Soil: Essential and… Sexy?”.


Watch the trailer here!


Life, Death, and Taxonomy


This podcast is perfect for those interested in our Wildlife and Environment articles! Each episode, hosted by Joe Raspolich and Carlos Rivera, focuses on one animal; They start with looking at how it fits into the animal kingdom, and then delve into its life history and its amazing abilities. This is the podcast for you, if you want to learn which animal has the largest male sex organ (relative to its size), and hear about the only frog on Earth that pollinates flowers! This podcast is perfect for those who want to take a moment away from the barrage of environmental news, learn something new about our weird and wonderful animal kingdom, and get to work one podcast the wiser.


Common Rock Barnacle, Semibalanus balanoides. Image Credit: Auguste Le Roux.


You can find all of the above podcasts available on mainstream podcast platforms, including Spotify and Apple music. From all at Wild, happy listening!


About the Author: Isla Stubbs (she/her) has graduated from York with a BSc in Environmental Science, and will be starting her PhD in Ecotoxicology at York in September.

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