5 episodes

To shake themselves out of climate anxiety and into climate action, hosts Ash Berdebes and Jess Hamilton make a pinkie promise to protect the planet and their sanity.

Together they hit up experts and everyday legends blazing a trail to a heaps better future, and find answers to the question that has so many of us beat: What should I do about climate change, and can I even make a difference?

Spoiler alert... You can.

Get your Action Kit for each episode and sign up for Heaps Better news on our website: http://act.gp/heapsbetter

Heaps Better Greenpeace Australia Pacific

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 108 Ratings

To shake themselves out of climate anxiety and into climate action, hosts Ash Berdebes and Jess Hamilton make a pinkie promise to protect the planet and their sanity.

Together they hit up experts and everyday legends blazing a trail to a heaps better future, and find answers to the question that has so many of us beat: What should I do about climate change, and can I even make a difference?

Spoiler alert... You can.

Get your Action Kit for each episode and sign up for Heaps Better news on our website: http://act.gp/heapsbetter

    04: How can we make leaders listen?

    04: How can we make leaders listen?

    For collective action to succeed, we need to influence the influential. Who should we be targeting here, and how do we communicate about climate change in a way that actually makes a difference? We hear inspiring stories of everyday people making big changes through their words, voices and stories, meet friends in the Pacific who’ve been fighting this fight for decades, and work out how we’re going to change course to a heaps better future, together. 

    Download the Heaps Better action plan from our website for a step-by-step guide to getting out of your floaties and speaking up to the people in power: http://www.greenpeace.org.au/heapsbetter

    Check out the work of the Pacific Climate Warriors and 350.org here: https://world.350.org/pacificwarriors/ 

    And the City of Sydney’s citizens jury here: https://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/advisory-panels/sydney-2050-citizens-jury

    90% of Australians want action on climate change: https://www.governanceinstitute.com.au/news-media/media-releases/2019/nov/annual-ethics-index-released-today-sends-a-tough-message-to-canberra-on-climate-change/ 

    Annie Leonard and the Story of Stuff: https://www.storyofstuff.org/ 

    Heaps Better is a podcast made by Ash Berdebes and Jess Hamilton, with Greenpeace Australia Pacific and Audiocraft. Our EP is Kate Montague, mixing engineer is Adam Connelly and the Creative Lead at Greenpeace Australia Pacific is Ella Colley. Podcast artwork by Lotte Alexis Smith. This episode featured the track Kyoto Krows by HC Clifford. Special thanks to Fenton Lutunatabua, Joe Moeno-Kolio, Jess Scully, Rebecca Huntley and Annie Leonard.

    Like what you hear? Please subscribe and rate Heaps Better on your favourite podcast app, and share online with the hashtag #heapsbetter. 

    You can sign up for Heaps Better updates on our website: http://www.greenpeace.org.au/heapsbetter. 
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    • 34 min
    03: How can we stop funding the climate crisis?

    03: How can we stop funding the climate crisis?

    Is our money financing the climate crisis? Our financial experts explain the influence of those holding the financial puppet-strings, and show us the potential impacts of divesting from fossil fuels like coal. Ash and Jess learn about the power we all have to shift money on a global scale, and how easy it is to make sure your money is clean and green!

    Download the Heaps Better action plan from our website for a step-by-step guide to cleaning up your finances: http://www.greenpeace.org.au/heapsbetter

    Read more about FEAT, Heidi Lenfer’s first artist-led renewable investment initiative here: https://www.abc.net.au/triplej/news/musicnews/feat-j-award-heidi-lenffer-renewable-energy-rally/11729384  

    See where your bank stands on Market Forces bank comparison table and get a template to ask them to quit financing fossil fuels here: https://www.marketforces.org.au/info/compare-bank-table/

    You can find the Responsible Returns tool that Ash and Jess used to find clean and ethical bank and super options here: http://responsiblereturns.org/ 

    Australia could fund 100% renewables by 2030 with 7.7% of super savings: https://reneweconomy.com.au/australia-could-fund-100-renewables-by-2030-with-7-7-of-super-savings-62354/ 

    Read Jess’s how to guide when she switched her banking and super: https://medium.com/@jjhamilton/how-to-make-your-banking-super-count-in-the-climate-crisis-eaef80089a2e

    Heaps Better is a podcast made by Ash Berdebes and Jess Hamilton, with Greenpeace Australia Pacific and Audiocraft. Our EP is Kate Montague, mixing engineer is Adam Connelly and the Creative Lead at Greenpeace Australia Pacific is Ella Colley. Podcast artwork by Lotte Alexis Smith. This episode featured the track There’s Nothing in the Water We Can’t Fight by Cloud Control. Special thanks to Heidi Lenffer, Katrina Bullock and Munira Chowdhury.

    Like what you hear? Please subscribe and rate Heaps Better on your favourite podcast app, and share online with the hashtag #heapsbetter. 

    You can sign up for Heaps Better updates on our website: http://www.greenpeace.org.au/heapsbetter.
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 39 min
    02: How can we speed up the renewables revolution?

    02: How can we speed up the renewables revolution?

    Ash and Jess find out about Australia’s potential as a global leader in renewable power, and start to unpack the structures and powers that keep us dependent on fossil fuels. We learn more about what everyday people can do to kick coal out of the system, speed up the renewable energy revolution, and encourage big businesses to do so too!

    Download the Heaps Better action plan from our website for a step-by-step guide to getting a slice of the solar pie: http://www.greenpeace.org.au/heapsbetter

    See where Australia’s biggest polluting businesses rank and call them out to switch to renewable power through the Re-Energise website: https://reenergise.org/ 

    Get your head around residential and commercial solar here: https://www.solarquotes.com.au/solar101.html 

    Check out Simon Holmes à Court’s graph comparing the NWS Vales Point burning power station with the emissions from Australia’s entire aviation sector: https://twitter.com/simonahac/status/1284738989430206464 

    Watch Greenpeace’s Dirty Power doco: https://act.greenpeace.org.au/dirtypower 

    Heaps Better is a podcast made by Ash Berdebes and Jess Hamilton, with Greenpeace Australia Pacific and Audiocraft. Our EP is Kate Montague, mixing engineer is Adam Connelly and the Creative Lead at Greenpeace Australia Pacific is Ella Colley. Podcast artwork by Lotte Alexis Smith. This episode featured the track Kyoto Krows by HC Clifford. Special thanks to Lindsay Satour, Simon Holmes à Court, Jenny Whelan & the Albert Park Kinder, Richard Adamson and the Young Henry's brewery.  

    Like what you hear? Please subscribe and rate Heaps Better on your favourite podcast app, and share online with the hashtag #heapsbetter. 

    You can sign up for Heaps Better updates on our website: http://www.greenpeace.org.au/heapsbetter.
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 43 min
    01: How can we be better planet savers?

    01: How can we be better planet savers?

    Ash and Jess begin in a world of climate anxiety - and to get out of it they’re going to need a plan. We go back to basics - what even is climate change? And what do we need to do to stop it? We unpack the concept of collective action - why it works and where it’s worked in the past. We realise that  instead of individual action we need to work out how to change the system - so together, we’re ditching the guilt and self-blame and finding where our personal ‘superpowers’ fit within collective climate action.

    So grab a mate, share this podcast with them, and then sit down and make a plan together. Download the Heaps Better action plan from our website for a step-by-step guide to Power Mapping yourself: http://act.gp/heapsbetter

    Ash has made you a Spotify playlist to listen to while you power map!! act.gp/playlistEp1

    Read the Paris Agreement here: https://unfccc.int/process-and-meetings/the-paris-agreement/the-paris-agreement

    Tune in to Jane Fonda x Greenpeace USA’s Firedrill Fridays on the first friday of every month here: https://firedrillfridays.com/

    Heaps Better is a podcast made by Ash Berdebes and Jess Hamilton, with Greenpeace Australia Pacific and Audiocraft. Our EP is Kate Montague, mixing engineer is Adam Connelly and the Creative Lead at Greenpeace Australia Pacific is Ella Colley. Podcast artwork by Lotte Alexis Smith. This episode featured the track Kyoto Krows by HC Clifford, and some lovely toe harp by Ash. Special thanks to the Greenpeace team for getting us out of the weeds and helping us make a heaps better podcast, especially David Ritter and his kids. Thanks also to Sarah Perkins Kirk-Patrick, Jarrah Bassal, Grace Gardiner, and Aunty Sue Haseldine. 

    Like what you hear? Please subscribe and rate Heaps Better on your favourite podcast app, and share online with the hashtag #heapsbetter. 

    You can sign up for Heaps Better updates on our website: http://www.greenpeace.org.au/heapsbetter.
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 40 min
    Want to make the planet heaps better?

    Want to make the planet heaps better?

    If you want to save the planet but don't know where to start, this podcast is for you. Treat Heaps Better as your rocket booster how-to guide, and turn your climate anxiety into climate action.
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
108 Ratings

108 Ratings

88Bclaire ,

The how to

Thanks for doing the hard work so people can just do the actions needed quickly to help save the planet!
I’m a vegan minimalist and I’m still learning lots here

LizdeVries ,

A very inspiring podcast 😊

I loved the first episode of this series. Ash and Jess are wonderful in how they approach this most complex issue. Can’t wait to hear the rest of the episodes. Thank you!

Gmoo12 ,

So helpful and fun!

Such a refreshing podcast that doesn’t leave you feeling helpless and deflated. I feel more informed and hopeful for our future. Thank you for creating!!!

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