113 episodes

Climate change. We know. It can feel too overwhelming. But what if there was a show about climate change that left you feeling... energized? One so filled with possibility that you actually wanted to listen? Join us, journalist Alex Blumberg and a crew of climate nerds, as we bring you smart, inspiring stories about the mess we're in and how we can get ourselves out of it.
Check out our Calls to Action archive here for all of the actions we've recommended on the show. Send us your ideas or feedback with our Listener Mail Form. And follow us on Twitter and Instagram.
How to Save a Planet is reported and produced by Kendra Pierre-Louis, Rachel Waldholz, Anna Ladd, Daniel Ackerman, and Hannah Chinn. Our intern is Nicole Welch. Our supervising producers are Katelyn Bogucki and Lauren Silverman. Our editor is Caitlin Kenney. Sound design and mixing by Peter Leonard with original music from Peter Leonard and Emma Munger.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 84 Ratings

Climate change. We know. It can feel too overwhelming. But what if there was a show about climate change that left you feeling... energized? One so filled with possibility that you actually wanted to listen? Join us, journalist Alex Blumberg and a crew of climate nerds, as we bring you smart, inspiring stories about the mess we're in and how we can get ourselves out of it.
Check out our Calls to Action archive here for all of the actions we've recommended on the show. Send us your ideas or feedback with our Listener Mail Form. And follow us on Twitter and Instagram.
How to Save a Planet is reported and produced by Kendra Pierre-Louis, Rachel Waldholz, Anna Ladd, Daniel Ackerman, and Hannah Chinn. Our intern is Nicole Welch. Our supervising producers are Katelyn Bogucki and Lauren Silverman. Our editor is Caitlin Kenney. Sound design and mixing by Peter Leonard with original music from Peter Leonard and Emma Munger.

    Should We Mine the Deep-Sea?

    Should We Mine the Deep-Sea?

    In the coming years, we'll need millions of batteries: batteries to store renewable electricity and power a massive fleet of electric vehicles. But those batteries will require certain metals, and those metals have to be mined. And the mining industry can be a mess, sometimes associated with deforestation, child labor, and deadly floods of toxic waste. Is there a better way? Today we journey to the bottom of the ocean to find out. Along the way, we discover a massive government conspiracy and meet an adorable octopus.

    Calls to Action:
    Keep up to date on deep-sea mining news with the Deep-Sea Mining Observer.
    Learn more about calls for a moratorium on deep-sea mining with the Deep-Sea Mining Science Statement.
    Check out the Ocean Forum's Ocean Justice Platform (shout-out to our former co-host, Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson!)
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    • 47 min
    Am I The (Climate) A**hole?

    Am I The (Climate) A**hole?

    Have you ever wondered if you were on the right side of an argument about climate change? Or just want to understand what everyday climate battles are worth fighting? A panel of expert climate judges take on the infamous Reddit thread ‘Am I The A**hole’ to issue judgments on climate-themed dilemmas. Along the way, we debate the ethics of roommate spats, office politics, baby showers and personal finances.
    Guests: Rollie Williams
    Calls to Action

    Better understand how much electricity the various appliances in your home are using. Check out this electricity calculator, to tell you how much electricity you’re using and how much it will cost you depending on where you are within the U.S.

    If you're in the market for a new heat pump, check out this Forbes article to get a better understanding of cost.

    Check out this video from This Old House to understand how heat pumps work.

    Also check out The Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency.


    Check out our Calls to Action archive for all of the actions we've recommended on the show. Send us your ideas or feedback with our Listener Mail Form. Sign up for our newsletter here. And follow us on Twitter and Instagram.
    This episode was produced by Janae Morris. The rest of our reporting and producing team includes Anna Ladd, Kendra Pierre-Louis, Rachel Waldholz, and Daniel Ackerman. Our supervising producer is Matt Shilts. Our editor is Caitlin Kenney. Our intern is Janae Morris. Sound design and mixing by Hansdale Hsu with original music by Peter Leonard and Emma Munger. Our fact checker for this episode is James Gaines. Special thx to Climate ethicist William Lynn. Thanks to all of you for listening. See you next week!
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    • 38 min
    Presenting: The Carbon Copy – Why Heat Waves Become Deadly

    Presenting: The Carbon Copy – Why Heat Waves Become Deadly

    Today we’re sharing an episode of The Carbon Copy, a climate change podcast produced by Canary Media. The topic is extremely timely: heat waves. This summer saw extreme heat blanketing almost every region of the northern hemisphere. And these heat waves aren’t just uncomfortable or inconvenient. They’re deadly. In most years, extreme heat kills more people in the U.S. than any other weather-related disaster. This episode asks: how can we better prepare for these heat waves? Some of the answers are surprisingly simple–and they could help address problems beyond extreme heat.
    Check out the rest of the series on Spotify or CanaryMedia.com.
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    • 33 min
    What are YOU Doing To Tackle Climate Change? Four Stories From Our Listeners

    What are YOU Doing To Tackle Climate Change? Four Stories From Our Listeners

    It’s How to Save a Planet’s second birthday! To celebrate, we’re sharing stories of climate action taken by our very own listeners. We'll hear from a listener who ran for an unexpected office, a grandmother who helped save her county’s recycling program, a mom who was inspired to launch a whole new business, and a group of students who took on one of the biggest oil companies in the world – and won. 

    Calls to Action:
    Do your climate action Venn diagram! You can find a template and other resources here. Send us pictures of your Venn diagram – and when you take action, tell us about that too!

    Check out our Calls to Action archive for all of the actions we've recommended on the show. Send us your ideas or feedback with our Listener Mail Form. Sign up for our newsletter here. And follow us on Twitter and Instagram.
    This episode of How to Save a Planet was produced by Anna Ladd and Janae Morris. The rest of our reporting and producing team includes Kendra Pierre-Louis, Rachel Waldholz, and Daniel Ackerman. Our supervising producer is Matt Shilts. Our editor is Caitlin Kenney. Our intern is Janae Morris. Sound design and mixing by Hansdale Hsu with original music from Peter Leonard and Emma Munger. Our fact checker for this episode was Claudia Geib. Special thanks to Sarah Seidschlag and Soham Ray.
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    • 43 min
    Is My Lawn Bad for the Climate?

    Is My Lawn Bad for the Climate?

    America loves its lawns. Altogether, grass lawns in the U.S. cover an area the size of Georgia. So, what does that mean for the climate? And can we do better? To find out, we’re joined by lawn expert and social ecologist Dr. Peter Groffman. He shares some surprising findings from his 20 years studying lawns and the people who tend them. Plus, we address one listener's pet peeve: artificial turf. And we share tips on how to make your yard as climate-friendly as possible.

    Calls to Action:
    1. Check out the Guide to Passing Wildlife-Friendly Property Maintenance Ordinances from the National Wildlife Federation.
    2. Ready to tear out your grass lawn? Your state’s university extension service or a local non-profit probably have tips. See examples here from Maryland and Colorado.

    Check out our Calls to Action archive for all of the actions we've recommended on the show. Send us your ideas or feedback with our Listener Mail Form. Sign up for our newsletter here. And follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

    This episode of How to Save a Planet was produced by Daniel Ackerman. The rest of our reporting and producing team includes Kendra Pierre-Louis, Anna Ladd, and Rachel Waldholz. Our supervising producer is Matt Shilts. Our editor is Caitlin Kenney. Our intern is Janae Morris. Sound design and mixing by Peter Leonard with original music from Peter Leonard and Emma Munger. Our fact checker for this episode was Claudia Geib. Special thanks to Dr. Cristina Milesi.
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    • 28 min
    Climate Change is Driving Migration. Could Smarter Ag Help?

    Climate Change is Driving Migration. Could Smarter Ag Help?

    In recent years more and more people from Central America have tried to emigrate north to Canada, Mexico, and the United States. Many leave home not because they want to, but because they have to: Droughts, brought on by climate change, have forced many to choose between staying home – and risking starvation – or migrating. But a different way of farming could change that calculus. We look at how climate change is driving immigration, and how climate smart agriculture could help families stay on their land.
    Learn more about the work that Catholic Relief Services is doing on climate smart ag.
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    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
84 Ratings

84 Ratings

Bell_books ,

My favourite podcast - funny, inspiring and illuminating

This podcast really grew on me to become my absolute favourite. The hosts make a brilliant team, making complex science truly accessible and keeping things really human. I’ve learned so much from it, especially about how climate activism intersects with so many other struggles. Favourite episodes have been the ones about Black Lives Matter (eye opening), renewable farming (inspiring and hopeful) and the undercover recycling of refrigerants (hilarious and niche). I’m so glad this show exists and also uplifts and highlights other podcasts doing great things.

Black Grouse ,

Eye opening podcast

What a wonderful and imaginative podcast.
It takes listeners around the world, inspires us with stories of ground breaking conservation efforts, each of which highlife the fragility of the natural world and how with our help it can thrive. It motivates us to get involved by sponsorship, telling others about the stories or making ourselves care more than we do about the magnificence of the species with whom we share the planet.
The people who lead these conservation efforts are dedicated, hard working heroes who sacrifice so much on our behalf. They are all truly inspiring individuals who should receive all our support and thanks.
Thank you to the producers of the podcast for lifting me out of my everyday life and taking me to places I know I will never go. Thank you for the information you provide and thank you for finding such incredible stories to describe.

Crusty_Collins ,

Climate solutions, solutions, solutions

One of my favourite podcasts. As usual high quality from Gimlet, but also sooo good interviews and story-telling about the many climate solutions already out there or being explored. This is my weekly dose of hope. Get on board, people! ;)

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