265 episodes

Sustainababble: a weekly comedy podcast about the environment.

Visit us at www.sustainababble.fish, on Twitter @thebabblewagon, or search for 'Sustainababble' on Facebook. Contact at hello@sustainababble.fish.

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    • 4.9 • 358 Ratings

Sustainababble: a weekly comedy podcast about the environment.

Visit us at www.sustainababble.fish, on Twitter @thebabblewagon, or search for 'Sustainababble' on Facebook. Contact at hello@sustainababble.fish.

    #262: Liz Truss

    #262: Liz Truss

    What, or who, is a Liz Truss and why does anyone care? Well buckle up because approximately 17 old white men from the rich bits of England have just made her boss of Blighty and there are, we fear, going to be some changes around here.







    Or, er, are there? Because while Liz Truss is an MP with as many environmentalist bones in her body as a jellyfish, and as much as it's very, VERY tempting to get all shouty about her un-banning fracking etc., might we be getting too obsessed with individual politicians? Is one person - admittedly quite an important person - *really* going to irreparably nause things up any more than they were being naused anyway?







    That's how we're rationalising the situation, at any rate. And it's probably not a million miles from King Charles III's thought process right now either.







    Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell at Design by Mondial. Ecoguff read out by Arabella.







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    • 45 min
    #261: Leah Thomas meets Sustainababble

    #261: Leah Thomas meets Sustainababble

    'Intersectional environmentalism' is a) a lot of syllables, b) a brilliant concept explained simply and powerfully by writer and environmentalist Leah Thomas, and c) coincidentally also the title of Leah's new book.







    Part activist toolkit, part theory, and part history of environmental (in)justice, The Intersectional Environmentalist acknowledges and explores the overlap between systemic harm against Black, Indigenous, and people of colour (BIPOC) communities and the Earth.







    It also does a superb job of disentangling numerous knotty issues, like what privilege is and what it's got to do with the planet, with care and patience.







    And, talking of patience, Leah tells us that in a world overflowing with mansplain, her favourite pastime is "gracefully humbling men". The babble can neither confirm nor deny whether it was humbled during the course of this interview. (Yes, yes we were. Ed.)







    Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell at Design by Mondial. Ecoguff read out by Arabella.







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    • 53 min
    #260: Rupert Read meets Sustainababble

    #260: Rupert Read meets Sustainababble

    Rupert Read is an author, philosopher, and activist, perhaps best known for his prominent role in Extinction Rebellion. He's written more than a dozen books and his most recent - Why Climate Breakdown Matters - is, well, full on. Full on in that it argues that unless we confront the full horror of the situation we're in, and the very high likelihood that that situation will unravel towards some sort of societal collapse, then we can't possibly hope to plot a course towards a liveable future.







    So yeah, it's not for the faint hearted, but Rupert's argument also goes that it's *only* truth-telling that has had any success in recent years (see e.g. XR and Greta) and that love & compassion has to be at the heart of our response to climate breakdown, which when you think about it, is rather lovely. Apart from the climate breakdown bit.







    So strap in for a bracing but powerful chat with a very big brain, who - praise the Lord - seems to think that the Babble isn't a massive diversion from the task at hand.







    Get 20% off when you order Rupert's book from bloomsbury.com and use these discount codes:US orders: BREAK22USUK orders: BREAK22UKCanadian orders: BREAK22CAAustralian/New Zealand orders: BREAK22AU







    Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell at Design by Mondial. Ecoguff read out by Arabella.







    Love the babble? Bung us a few pennies at www.patreon.com/sustainababble.







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    • 45 min
    #259: The High Seas

    #259: The High Seas

    If you ever encounter a Sloane's Viperfish, you're in for a treat. The charming creature has a bite so ferocious that its first vertebra has to act as a shock absorber. When it chomps, it unhinges its skull, opens its jaw 90 degrees, and expands its stomach to eat things up to 50% bigger than itself. Its absurd fangs act as a cage, trapping anything trying to escape.







    Luckily for us, Viperfish are found in the high seas, which is a very good reason to never go there. But unfortunately lots of people ARE going there, or planning to, mainly to nause them up.







    But what, or where, is the 'high seas'? Are there pirates there? Does anyone really care about them given they're big, wet and miles away? Do they do anything useful for humanity, other than nurture killer fish?







    Dr Olive Heffernan, a superstar scientist with a forthcoming book on the High Seas, joins us to answer all these questions and to explain a) just how imperilled this extraordinary bit of planet earth really is, and b) what the good people of the UN are trying to do about it.







    Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell at Design by Mondial. Ecoguff read out by Arabella.







    Love the babble? Bung us a few pennies at www.patreon.com/sustainababble.







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    Available on iTunes, Spotify, Acast & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.

    • 43 min
    #258: Roads

    #258: Roads

    "WHY HAVEN'T YOU BABBLED ABOUT EVIL EVIL POO-BUM ROADS?!?!" yells twitter. Well, your bellowed word is our grudging command.







    But while we're delighted to go truffling for babble in tarmac territory, there is no way on god's earth we are picking sides in the internecine war that is anti-roads campaigners vs anti-HS2 campaigners.







    But still. It is true, is it not, that comparatively little fuss is made about comparatively bollocks-loads of big new roads planned or under construction in England. Which is odd, because big new roads are quite literally a highway to climate hell, aren't they? And not altogether spiffing for the trees or newts or humans that used to *not* have a four lane monstrosity on top of them.







    But roads are also really quite useful, and surely the government has a point when it says we need more because the ones we've got are full. And just how evil will roads be in the future when all the things driving on them are fossil-free?







    We discuss.







    Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell at Design by Mondial. Ecoguff read out by Arabella.







    Love the babble? Bung us a few pennies at www.patreon.com/sustainababble.







    MERCH: sustainababble.teemill.com







    Available on iTunes, Spotify, Acast & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.

    • 55 min
    #257: Bird Flu

    #257: Bird Flu

    Fans of our feathered friends, look away now...If you've been to the coast recently there's every chance you'll have seen, how can we put this delicately, an exceptionally dead bird washed up on the shore. Or, more likely, dozens of the bastards.







    Bird flu has been around for ever, but evidently got the hump while Covid hogged the viral limelight. Now it's back with a vengeance, ensuring everyone and H5N-y-1 knows its name.







    Predictably enough, concern is largely reserved for the economic impact of farmed chickens getting the deadly snuffle. But what about skewered skuas or puff-less puffins? Can anything be done to stop them falling from the sky? Might it, I dunno, involve NOT TREATING SENTIENT BEINGS SO GROTESQUELY?







    Also this week, babble respects are paid to James Lovelock, maverick scientist and father of the Gaia theory, who's dropped off his own perch at the ripe old age of 103.







    Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell at Design by Mondial. Ecoguff read out by Arabella.







    Love the babble? Bung us a few pennies at www.patreon.com/sustainababble.







    MERCH: sustainababble.teemill.com







    Available on iTunes, Spotify, Acast & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
358 Ratings

358 Ratings

waralenda ,

Funny and educational

Love the chemistry between Ol and Dave. They are very knowledgeable and silly, which makes digesting the horrific state of our world so much easier. If you want to learn about the environment, what’s going wrong and what’s going well without falling into the darkness of depression, this is a great podcast! If you just wanna have a giggle, this is also it.

Bonus: if you listen to the show on 1/2 speed, both Ol and Dave sound wonderfully off their faces drunk and it’s incredible 😂😂

BigMacBookPro ,

Authoritative and Entertaining Environmental Podcast

We love listening to Dave and Ol’s podcast. Each week tackles a different topic, often interviewing a subject expert.
Their combination of information and humour is just what we need to keep up to date without getting too down about the environmental problems we face.

HanWillz ,

Long live the babble!

I have been a listener for a few years now and they never fail to entertain me! Dave and Ol somehow manage to make an impending world on fire funny. Their thought provoking guests often leave me thinking of how I can make a difference. Keep up the good job guys! You are making a difference!

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