24 BEST PODCASTS ABOUT NATURE, SUSTAINABILITY, AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Meaghan Weeden | July 27, 2020 | 7 min read
Love Nature and Podcasts? Then This List is For You!
If you're looking for some nature podcast ideas, then look no further because we’ve compiled 24 of our favorite environment-related podcasts to share with you. On this list, you’ll find everything from climate chance and international perspectives on global energy systems to humorous Brits sharing the latest in sustainability research.
1. Jane Goodall: Hopecast is coming soon to a streaming service near you! Featuring fireside chat conversations with influencers and leaders from business, policy, and NGO industries, topics will be related to Jane’s vision for making the world a better place for all. Each episode will engage the interviewees and listeners to break down systems, ideas, and barriers to open the true ability for every individual to act. We don’t know about you, but we’re pretty excited to tune in!
2. Bioneers: Revolution From the Heart of Nature is an award-winning, international radio and podcast series produced by the same folks that put on the Bioneers Conference. Offering in-depth interviews with leading social and scientific innovators, it highlights the diverse voices of grassroots leaders and others that are often marginalized by the mainstream media. Topics range from intelligence in nature to climate justice, food and farming, gender equity, Indigenous knowledge, and youth activism to reining in corporate power.
3. Hosted by Matt Williams, the Wild Voices podcast tells “the stories of the people saving nature.” And from conservationists to filmmakers, photographers to volunteers to guano collectors, listeners are always in for a surprise. The only constant? You can bet it will feature someone who cares deeply about the natural world and is taking action to protect it.
4. Hosted and produced by Amisha Ghadiali, The Future is Beautiful“explores the weave between politics, spirituality, creativity, and sustainability” by sharing inspiring interviews every Thursday. The show aims to take listeners out of the mainstream narrative and deeply IN to long, authentic, unedited conversations about practical and transformative ideas that answer the question, “how will you create beauty in the world?”
Intersectional Voices on Sustainability
5. Breaking Green Ceilings is a weekly interview series produced by policy research and communications strategy firm Water Savvy Solutions. Dedicated to amplifying the voices of historically underrepresented environmentalists from Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and Disabled communities, as well as their White allies, Breaking Green Ceilings is all about raising awareness, humanizing guests, building community, and promoting a more diverse and inclusive environmental movement. Topics range from human ecology to wildlife conservation, youth education, and environmental justice.
6. Green Dreamer is a podcast and multimedia journal focused on illuminating our paths to ecological regeneration, intersectional sustainability, and true abundance and wellness for all. They define a green dreamer as “one who is dreaming of a biodiverse and thriving planet to call home, and yearning to realize a world of holistic wellness and true abundance for all.” To this end, the Green Dreamer explores the root causes of our social and ecological crises and leans into the complexities of our varied paths forward — drawing from a potent combination of scientific knowledge and ancestral wisdom.
7. A Sustainable Mind is all about creating an inclusive conversation around climate change and the environment. To that end, it features environmental change-makers whose campaigns, companies, and projects have changed the planet for the better. It’s geared towards activists, ecopreneurs, organizers, and anyone else that’s looking for inspiration! Recent topics included bamboo, eco-friendly small business, and cleaning up our oceans.
8. Think: Sustainability is a fascinating Australian podcast that dives deep into sustainability topics, examining them through intersectional lenses that open up deeper understanding. “From waste to wealth, and grids to growth, the show digs into the impact of consumption across all areas of life” and tracks the movements, discoveries, and technologies making way for a more sustainable future.
Navigating the Anthropocene
9. Hosted by 2009-2016 regional administrator of the US EPA Jared Blumenfeld, Podship Earth is a quirky, award-winning podcast that interviews people who can help us in the fight for a livable planet. Recent topics include microbes, the food system, and the toxic chemicals that firefighters, the new frontline responders in the battle against climate change, are exposed to.
10. Bionic Planet: Reversing Climate Change by Restoring Nature recognizes that we’ve entered a new epoch — the Anthropocene — and that “from the trees to the seas, nothing is the same.” Produced by Steve Zwick, Managing Editor of Ecosystem Marketplace, the podcast focuses on our new reality: life on a “managed” planet — and seeks to help listeners navigate it by diving into prescient issues with experts from a range of fields.
11. For the Wild, which styles itself as an “anthology of the Anthropocene” is focused on land based protection, co-liberation, and intersectional storytelling rooted in shifting from our existing paradigm of human supremacy towards one of deep ecology. By speaking with some of the brightest thought leaders and visionaries of our time, this podcast seeks to uplift many perspectives, amplify grassroots voices, and tell stories that would otherwise disappear in mainstream media. Key topics include the struggle to protect wild nature, to promote ecological renewal and resistance, and to heal from the disconnection furthered by consumer culture and human supremacy. Heady stuff!
12. The Mother Earth News and Friends podcast shares the stories of leaders in sustainable and rural living. Topics range from permaculture to waterfowl conservation to soil revival and building with natural materials.
It’s All Connected
13. Acknowledging that what we eat has a profound effect on planetary health, SourcingMatters closely examines the issues and stories around how we source food and why it matters. Broadcast from the Northeastern United States, they host conversations with speakers like renowned environmentalist Paul Hawken, U.S. Rep Jim McGovern, and former Rainforest Alliance CEO Han de Groot. They cover topics ranging from reimagining capitalism to animal welfare and ocean health.
14. Sustainable World Radio brings listeners news about ecology, soil, ethnobotany, herbal medicine, permaculture, organic gardening, sustainability, natural building, and regenerative farming. From teachers to designers, environmentalists, and earth activists, host Jill Cloutier interviews experts from around the globe that learn from and work with nature. Tune in for practical, earth-friendly, and nature-based solutions that can lead us to a better world.
15. Produced by the Wild Lens Collective, the Eyes on Conservation podcast is an interview series featuring top experts in the fields of conservation, wildlife, and environmental justice. Recent episodes covered the world’s oceans, COVID-19, and China’s wet markets.
16. And of course, we would be remiss not to mention our very own One Tree Planted Show! Tune in as we interview experts on everything from reforestation to social impact, wildlife conservation, and current events. Recent episodes covered the connection between deforestation and pandemics, how climate change impacts national security, and the truth behind Tiger King.
Dispatches From the Edge
17. Produced by journalist and radio veteran Steve Curwood, Living on Earth is the weekly environmental news and information program distributed by PRX. Located at the School for the Environment at the University of Massachusetts/Boston, it shares news, features, interviews, and commentary on a broad range of ecological issues. Tune in to stay informed!
18. Yale Climate Connections, hosted by Dr. Anthony Leiserowitz of Yale University, is a daily 90-second podcast that investigates how global warming is shaping our lives — and what we can do about it. From fossil fuels to extreme weather, clean energy to public health, and more, this can be your daily dose of climate change reality — and hope.
19. Produced by Nature Journal, the Nature Podcast brings listeners the best stories from the world of science each week. Topics range from astronomy to zoology and highlight the most exciting research from each issue of Nature Journal. Featuring interviews with the scientists behind the results, the podcasts provide in-depth analysis from Nature’s journalists and editors.
20. A trusted source for news about science, technology, and plenty of other cool stuff, Science Friday features both people in the know and those that want to be. Award winning science correspondent and TV journalist Ira Flatow discusses topics ranging from the outer reaches of space to the tiniest microbes in our bodies — and everything in between — and regularly features listeners that call in with their most riveting science questions.
Hear it From the Experts
21. Climate One is a leadership dialogue on energy, the economy, and the environment. By bringing together top thinkers and doers from business, government, academia, and advocacy groups, they provide a respectful space to discuss a clean energy future. They recently spoke with former US senator and Secretary of State John Kerry about the global dynamics of decarbonization. Other recent topics include the intersection of racism and climate, empowering women as a climate solution, and the future of energy.
22. Ologies, hosted by Daytime Emmy Award-winning CBS science correspondent and host of CW's “Did I Mention Invention?” Alie Ward, is a comedic science podcast that shares interviews with scientists, or, as they call them, “professional -ologists.” Listeners will take away a pocket full of science knowledge and charming, bizarre stories about things they didn’t know they needed to know. Topics range from volcanoes to trees, drunk butterflies, mars missions, slug sex, beauty standards, anxiety busters, and beer science to bee drama.
23. Sea Change Radio is a nationally syndicated weekly radio show and podcast covering the shift to social, environmental, and economic sustainability. Host and producer Alex Wise talks with innovators and industry leaders about topics ranging from permaculture gardening to home heating solutions and sustainable seafood.
24. Sustainability Defined believes that the concept of sustainability is too ambiguous and seeks to remedy that by defining it “one bad joke at a time.” Each episode focuses on a single topic that pushes sustainability forward and, with the help of a professional, explains it in-depth. If you’re looking to bump up your eco-knowledge, this may be a good place to start!
So there you have it! We hope you find something you like on this list. Looking to do more? Consider planting a tree with us today!