260 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 • 350 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.

    #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
    #256: 40 Degrees

    #256: 40 Degrees

    Famously soggy, predictably chilly. Well, not any more, cos Blighty has joined the global combustability club after turning in a world-beating and very much oven-ready 40.3 degrees C of scorchiosity in its latest heatwave.







    So how freaked out should we feel? Cos like, this was always going to happen wasn't it? And, as sure as tropical night follows sweltering day, it's only going to get hotter from here.







    But does extreme weather's inevitability in anyway dent its horror? Will the fact that much of London ACTUALLY CAUGHT ON FIRE change inhofe-ish minds about the need for climate action?







    What, in other words, The Hell are we supposed to make of all this?







    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.

    • 38 min
    #255: Green Capitalism?

    #255: Green Capitalism?

    How much, precisely, is one whale worth? Half an elephant? Three dozen gibbons?







    "Don't be silly, Ol and Dave, you can't put a price on nature" we hear you cry. Well tell it to the IMF, because they say our blubbery friends retail for $2m, a big figure which, in the world of excel spreadsheets and cost benefit analyses, means whales are worth saving. Unlike, say, earwigs, who aren't priced up and therefore can extinctify themselves without wider consequences.







    Bonkers, no? Well that's what Adrienne Buller, author of fab new book The Value of a Whale: On the illusions of Green Capitalism wants us to think about.







    Because there is also an argument that goes 1) everything's dead or dying, 2) the powerful only care about money, 3) give animals a dollar value & men in suits might prefer them alive, 4) NOTHING ELSE SEEMS TO BE WORKING SO LET'S GIVE THIS A SHOT, EH?







    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.

    • 49 min
    #254: Luke Turner Meets Sustainababble

    #254: Luke Turner Meets Sustainababble

    Epping Forest, or "Effing Forest" as it's known to the locals, is at the heart of Luke Turner's wonderful 2019 book about sexuality, trauma, god and personal recovery.







    The forest, Luke says, hums with an energy of people both enjoying the place but also getting up to things they can't do, and being people they can't be, in their normal lives. It's a human landscape, and kinda always has been - in contrast to the hippified, somewhat problematic idea of 'untouched' woodland.







    And despite all its undeniable loveliness, it's not necessarily a place which magically 'cures' your ills, no matter what forest-bathing evangelists might claim.







    We natter to Luke about all this, covering off grumble mags, Throbbing Gristle, Peter Lilley MP and the soullnessness of St Albans along the way.







    As you may have gathered, this week's episode features what prudes describe as 'adult themes', so you might want to avoid it if you're listening with kids and don't fancy trying to explain what a jazz mag is.







    You can find Luke's article about the pandemic and inequality of access to nature here.







    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.

    • 53 min
    #253: Badverts

    #253: Badverts

    The babble, it must be said, has a problem with authority. Probably cos of our upbringing or something. But this week, The Authority – specifically the Advertising Standards Authority – shot up in our estimation after it said NO, PURVEYORS OF SH*T LAWNS, YOU CANNOT CALL SH*T LAWNS ECO-FRIENDLY.







    Huzzah!







    BUT, they simultaneously stamped on vegan ads, so The Authority is firmly back in the bastards column again. We think.







    Also this week, Joe ‘Hey! I’m still alive!’ Biden gets all militaristic about heat pumps and Dave gets all heat pumped about Rishi Sunak.







    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.

    • 53 min
    #252: Business

    #252: Business

    If you were until recently, say, sustainability overlord at IKEA, should you be viewed as a suit who slapped green respectability onto a company that flooded living rooms with unnecessary tat? Or, perhaps, as a radical, transforming one of the word's biggest businesses into among the greenest while bringing veggie balls to the masses?







    Well, Steve Howard is said person - currently boss of sustainability at Singaporean investment fund Temasek - and as luck would have it he agreed to come on the babble and be asked about all things 'business' and the planet. And he doesn't even have a book out.







    Because if we're totally honest, for so many of us greenies, the 'B' word alone gets our babble antenna pinging. But, y'know, should 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.







    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
350 Ratings

350 Ratings

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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.

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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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Always funny. Sometimes smart.

They’re smart and funny. And when they’re not smart, they’re smart enough to speak to people who are. Love it. Long live the Babble.

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