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We live in Climactic times.
The culmination of billions of lives lived since the Industrial Revolution. The Anthropocene — our current age of technology, machines, and an insatiable need for fuel — has changed the planet and set us on a new path.
There is now broad agreement that the consequences of our collective actions are severe. We’re facing an unprecedented future with a destabilised natural world due to rising temperatures.
Climactic tells the stories of the people making a difference. Regular people like us, in a daily struggle to live sustainable lives. We want to be the people's voice on climate change, embedded in the community, from the perspective of the actual people.
We want to hear these powerful stories. Are you a member of a community environmental group? Do you have knowledge of climate change? A regular person struggling to figure out your role?
We'd love to help you tell your story.

Climactic Climactic Collective

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    • 4.8 • 52 Ratings

We live in Climactic times.
The culmination of billions of lives lived since the Industrial Revolution. The Anthropocene — our current age of technology, machines, and an insatiable need for fuel — has changed the planet and set us on a new path.
There is now broad agreement that the consequences of our collective actions are severe. We’re facing an unprecedented future with a destabilised natural world due to rising temperatures.
Climactic tells the stories of the people making a difference. Regular people like us, in a daily struggle to live sustainable lives. We want to be the people's voice on climate change, embedded in the community, from the perspective of the actual people.
We want to hear these powerful stories. Are you a member of a community environmental group? Do you have knowledge of climate change? A regular person struggling to figure out your role?
We'd love to help you tell your story.

    Serially Curious | What food is good for your pooch - and planet?

    Serially Curious | What food is good for your pooch - and planet?

    Mark speaks to GG, who along with Anna, are fur parents of Lyka. Anna and GG started feeding GG home-prepared meals, and it turned around Lyka's health. They started a pet food - no, a pet wellness - company also called Lyka. And the rest is history!




    Lyka: Australia’s only carbon negative dog food.

    There is no time to waste for climate action. The change happens with us and we are committed to helping the planet, one bowl at a time.

    That’s right. No hidden agenda, no greenwashing – just the facts. Lyka is as committed to the planet as we are to your pup. Because your pup deserves great food, but it shouldn’t be at the expense of our environment.

    Support the show: https://www.climactic.fm/p/support-the-collective/

    • 55 min
    Saltgrass | REPEAT: Adani Coal Mine + Blockade Australia

    Saltgrass | REPEAT: Adani Coal Mine + Blockade Australia

    Blockade Australia ran actions targeting fossil fuel extraction and exportation this month. In this episode, we feature an episode of Saltgrass that further explains and humanises the movement. 

    We add a clip of Art Breaker's documentary about the Black Finch Project, for the whole thing here's a link.

    This episode was recorded and first released in May 2020.

    This is an updated version with a new intro. The interview remains exactly the same.

    In this episode we speak with a family of activists and we take a closer look at what is going on with the Adani Coal mine.  A hotly contested mine that is still in construction in Queensland. 

    Long term residents of Castlemaine Ben and Jacynta have spent a lifetime living with the earth in mind, from building a sustainable house to participating in protests and activism. 

    Ben travelled on the Adani convoy a couple of years ago, as lead by renowned greens leader and activist, Bob Brown.  Ben is a visual artist and is known locally as something of an agitator, often providing cheeky and provocative takes on the current political issues.

    Jacynta has studied a masters in social ecology, trained in facilitation and participated in the transition towns movement.

    At the time of recording Rilka, their daughter, was heavily involved in the activist groups trying to disrupt the Adani coal mine from going ahead.  

    The reason I have chosen this one to replay right now is that Jacynta has, in the last week, moved from being the proud parent of an activist to taking action herself.

     

    LINKS:

    The Traditional Owners in the Galillee Basin where the Adani mine is happening and what they have been doing to stop the mine.

    Protest groups mentioned in the show:
    Blockade Australia
    FLAC – Frontline Action on Coal
    Stop Adani
    Galilee Rising
    Extinction Rebellion
    Galilee Blockade
    FOE
    Climate for Change
    Whistleblowers, Activists and Citizens Alliance (WACA)
    Latin American Solidarity Network (LASNET)
    Knitting Nanas

    Support the show: https://www.climactic.fm/p/support-the-collective/

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Simon Moore | On the streets at COP26

    Simon Moore | On the streets at COP26

    Join climate justice activist and science communicator Simon Moore, from Leeds (UK), for a walk through the streets of Glasgow during COP26.

     

    Listen to the perspectives of Indigenous leaders, youth strikers, scientists, musicians, and locals, as you experience a taste of the climate activism that occurred during this historic occasion. 

     

    You’ll be transported into the heart of two enormous climate marches, hear speeches from Vanessa Nakate, Raki Ap, and Greta Thunberg, and meet a variety of delegates from around the world. 

     

    Rou Reynolds explains why his band Enter Shikari felt compelled to play a gig during COP26. Marie Christina Kolo explains why the climate crisis makes gender inequality in Madagascar even worse. Professor Kevin Anderson dissects the flaws in the concept of ‘net zero’. And Dr Sam Mugume Koojo reflects on the progress made by the Ugandan government on carbon credits. Plus hear the welcome from Glaswegian residents as world leaders descended upon their city, to discuss our collective future. 

     

    You can follow Simon on Twitter @Simon_C_Moore and find more of his podcasts on Climactic. 

     

    Featuring, in order of appearance:

    Daisy Earl

    Anwen Thurlow

    Barbara Keal

    Marie Christina Kolo

    Rollie

    Prof Rupert Read

    Mikaela Loach

    Raki Ap

    Vanessa Nakate

    Dylan Hamilton

    Greta Thunberg

    Eva Murray

    Rou Reynolds

    Prof Kevin Anderson

    Dr Sam Mugume Koojo

     

    Credits

    Music by Tom Day

    Recorded, produced and edited by Simon Moore

    Support the show: https://www.climactic.fm/p/support-the-collective/

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Saltgrass | The Mallee, the Murray and the Mayor

    Saltgrass | The Mallee, the Murray and the Mayor

    Find more and follow Saltgrass from the Saltgrass website.

    Or, now from Climactic.fm. 

    Also recommended listening after this episode is the episode of Climate Ready Stories about small-hold farmers from Burundi and Congo in Mildura. 

    Following on from our last episode with Rob Law we head up to Mildura, over 400km to the north of Castlemaine.

    My interest in Mildura has been growing lately. It is a regional city sitting right on the mighty Murray River, and at the heart of a region called the Mallee.

    I have been up to Mildura twice this year and have collected interviews each time.

    Why Mildura?

    According to climate projections my town may have a climate more like Mildura’s within decades.

    I’d also heard about the huge solar farms going in up there and was curious about these developments.

    This interview was conducted in March 2021, with Mildura’s mayor, Jason Modica and councillor for environment and sustainability Jodi Reynolds. We talk about the environmental and social issues specific to the region, with water and solar power obviously up the top of the list.

     

    Find links and more at saltgrasspodcast.com

    Support the show: https://www.climactic.fm/p/support-the-collective/

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Climate Ready Stories | Joining the dots in Maldon

    Climate Ready Stories | Joining the dots in Maldon

    Today featuring Climate Ready Stories. Visit the page to subscribe and learn more about the show. 

    Also, check out Endgame Project for more incredible audio exploration of climate change. 

    As the coordinator of Maldon Neighbourhood House, Amy Atkinson is at the heart of a vibrant, engaged and active community where the median age is approaching 60. Climate change isn’t talked about much in Maldon - even though the impacts of are likely to have a disproportionately negative affect on older people.

     "We’re grass roots organisation - we’re activist organisations really, we can make change in the community."

     Amy Attkinson | Maldon Community House Coordinator

    In this soundwork Amy walks us through the Climate Ready Maldon project, and how she went about creating awareness of the impacts of climate change and the ways individuals can and need to better prepare for it without trying to get everyone onto the same page.

    FEATURING
    Amy Atkinson, Anna Robertson, Miranda Bone, Bernie Kriss, Lindsey Glover, Anthony Morrey and Andy McInnes.

    LINKS
    Maldon Neighbourhood Centre/Climate Ready Maldon

    CREDITS
    Presenter/Producer Kyla Brettle
    Music, Rob Law
    Images, Carmen Bunting
    Cover Art, Maddison Connors

    Executive Producers Dona Cayetana and Geoff Caine
    Produced by ADAPT Loddon Mallee as part of the Climate Ready Plan

    Support the show: https://www.climactic.fm/p/support-the-collective/

    • 23 min
    An episode from A Positive Climate, season 2

    An episode from A Positive Climate, season 2

    This is episode 3, season 2 of A Positive Climate. Find more and subscribe from their website (www.apositiveclimate.com).

    Julia Kay, co-founder of Great Wrap chats to us about how we can make cling wrap GREAT again! 

    Great Wrap has created Australia's first certified compostable cling wrap - it’s not only made from food waste but it also contains zero plastic. Great Wrap makes residential wrap (the sandwich wrapping kind), catering wrap and pallet wrap (the stuff heaps of things get wrapped in for transport). 

    You might think cling wrap is a niche issue but we use 150,000 tonnes of cling wrap per year in Australia alone - which is crazy when you think about how light cling wrap is. Soon the technology will be expanded to replace other plastics so we can stop adding to the 9 billion tonnes of the stuff that’s been created throughout history, which is sadly all still here on earth!   

    Julia, together with her husband Jordy Kay, have created a business that cleverly blends their respective backgrounds, a strong passion for design and an even bigger passion for creating a sustainable product. 

    In this episode we cover:
    The plastic problem: how one of our most convenient creations is also one of our most harmful
    The Great Wrap production method and how they create cling wrap from food waste
    Julia and Jordy’s future plans for Great Wrap - which include expanding into the US and ultimately looking to expand into replacing other plastic items in our grocery stores
    Inspiring innovations happening all across the world to reduce our reliance on plastic

    We left this conversation feeling uplifted and positive about the future of cling wrap and we hope you do too! 

    If you enjoy the show, subscribe! You can also follow us: on Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn or say hi at hello@apositiveclimate.com

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    Music by the late, great Nick Weaver

    Production by our hero Mark Spencer from Here.Media

    Socials by the legend Rebecca Sather Jenkins

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    Some more reading if you’re interested in the topic
    You can learn more about the history of plastic via this video

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    About the podcast

    Climate change is the greatest challenge facing humanity. The consequences are so dire that the media usually focuses on the negative and many of us have no idea where to begin.

    To flip the script, clean energy experts Alex McIntosh and Nick Zeltzer host A Positive Climate, an uplifting podcast focused on ways to tackle climate change.

    If you want to be inspired by interviews with some of Australia’s most innovative people, if you want to learn a lot (and laugh a little) and if you want a way to leave your climate related existential crises at bay, this podcast is for you.

    Support the show: https://www.climactic.fm/p/support-the-collective/

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
52 Ratings

52 Ratings

tshue234 ,

Just listened to violence in environmental activism pt 1

Why can't all university subjects be more like this?? This episode, which includes an interview with Mark Rudd will make you reconsider what political activism means. Do the actions we take shift power structures? It was surprising listening to Rudd's reflections on his involvement in the Vietnam War and how he believes it contributed to governments revolutionising war tactics. I never thought of governments having revolutions of their own. Spine chilling if you accept the argument being made. A must-listen. - on behalf of Rosie Pham

astroperson ,

Brilliant

Why isn’t this show winning more awards! Stunning journalism. Much needed words and sounds.

Binni Ann ,

Climactic: a brilliant climate community collaboration

I’ve been a Climactic listener since the early days of the podcast, and have always been impressed by the reporting, how sensitively and intelligently different aspects of climate change and in/action are explored. Mark has been inclusive from the start, with initiatives like ‘Community Corner’, and by focusing on broadcasting the voices of the climate community. Excellent!

Now, with the growth of the Climactic Collective channel featuring a variety of climate-related shows, there’s an explosion of talent, creativity and collaboration.

Wonderful work team!! The supportive spirit is heartening, thanks for doing all you’re doing!!!

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