6 episodes

Now What Now is a podcast about parents and carers figuring out how to act on climate while navigating their work and family life.
Meet parents and carers who are thinking about the legacy we leave as parents, have experienced climate grief, connected with other families, created groups for their community, championed local solutions, learnt new skills, met friends for life along the way and more.
If you're concerned but you haven't figured out how to act, hear how other parents and carers are carving out a path.

Now What Now - Parent and Carer Climate Journeys Now What Now

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Now What Now is a podcast about parents and carers figuring out how to act on climate while navigating their work and family life.
Meet parents and carers who are thinking about the legacy we leave as parents, have experienced climate grief, connected with other families, created groups for their community, championed local solutions, learnt new skills, met friends for life along the way and more.
If you're concerned but you haven't figured out how to act, hear how other parents and carers are carving out a path.

    Amy – How the 2019 Summer Bushfires changed Amy’s Life: A Journey of Courage, Action and Community

    Amy – How the 2019 Summer Bushfires changed Amy’s Life: A Journey of Courage, Action and Community

    Christmas 2019 - a family holiday on the NSW south coast will change Amy’s life forever.



    Caught in the midst of the devastating bushfires, Amy and her family endured a terrifying summer.

    Join us in this powerful episode as we sit down with Amy to unravel her journey to becoming a tireless climate advocate in the wake of the fires.

    Amy talks about her work with the People’s Climate Assembly, Electrify Canberra, and
    her local Buy Nothing group, approaching the climate crisis from multiple angles…often
    with her 3 year old in tow!

    We delve into the importance of grassroots movements, ways to build resilient
    communities, creative approaches to climate action, and the ways in which the bushfires
    still shape Amy her family’s lives today.

    Join us for a heartfelt conversation on resilience, activism, and the power of family and nature to provide hope.



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    Podcast Links

    Electrify Canberra

    People's Climate Assembly

    Parents 4 Climate - ⁠Meet your local group⁠







    Music by Lesfm. Track 'Travel to the city.'

    • 26 min
    Claire - Transforming climate grief. Bringing together community for a climate playgroup. Overcoming nerves to speak to the national media.

    Claire - Transforming climate grief. Bringing together community for a climate playgroup. Overcoming nerves to speak to the national media.

    Claire works in social policy, her love of people and social equality sparked her interest in unusual climate work - starting a climate playgroup.

    What is a climate playgroup? For Claire, it's a way for her community to explore what a good future life might look like. She was also inspired and supported by the group to take the nerve-wracking step of speaking to the national media on climate. She was surprised how she felt after taking that leap!

    After her toddler was born, Claire grappled with climate grief but she is managing to take it from something that paralysed her to something that drives her, hear how she transformed her grief.

    This episode is in partnership with Australian Parents 4 Climate Action.



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    Podcast Links

    Little Climate Heroes Playgroup on Instagram.  

    An article Milkwood Permaculture wrote about Claire's husband, which also mentions the Playgroup. 

    Australian Parents 4 Climate Action - Spokesperson program

    Australian Parents 4 Climate Action - Meet your local group



    Recommended links from Claire

    Milkwood Permaculture's ‘Permaculture Living Course’, which really informed our thinking on the playgroup, and has some great practical strategies for how to live  more sustainably. 

    Work that Reconnects site - I found a beautiful eco grief course through this site

    2040 movie - obvious I know

    Joanna Macy on Active Hope - I've slowly been making my way through Coming Back to Life

    Outrage and Optimism - This episode is a great listen on how powerful the Aus 2022 election was 



    Music by Lesfm. Track 'Travel to the city.'

    • 31 min
    Louise - How a psychologist and mum deals with climate change

    Louise - How a psychologist and mum deals with climate change

    In the autumn of 2022, Louise was becoming a pro door-knocker. A volunteer for Kylea Tink in the now independent seat of North Sydney, she was learning how to talk to her electorate about climate change.

    In this interview, Louise explains how she gained the knowledge and confidence to be a leader in this groundswell campaign.

    She also shares why climate change makes her sad. Louise, a psychologist with 25 years experience, is now turning her attention to ways psychology can help foster action and support people experiencing climate grief.

    We hope you enjoy this episode.



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    Podcast Links

    Australian Parents 4 Climate Action - Spokesperson program

    Australian Parents 4 Climate Action - Meet your local group





    Music by Lesfm. Track 'Travel to the city.'

    • 23 min
    David - From a protest, to finding your tribe. Why parents holding the government to account through submissions matters. Our fragile society.

    David - From a protest, to finding your tribe. Why parents holding the government to account through submissions matters. Our fragile society.

    David is a consultant and manager in the property and climate space. He lives in Sydney with his wife and two teenage kids. He's a details guy. In the early hours of the weekend you'll find him digging around the internet and gathering compelling Submissions to government inquiries on environmental issues for the Australian Parents 4 Climate Action team.

    Why would someone do this? You'll be surprised to hear what drives him.

    If you heard the previous interview with Claire, this is the David she mentioned - the David who was an early catalyst for her - the one who reached out after a protest to invite her to his home for another climate event. David talks about being an introvert and not an organiser, but he's driven. He's constantly trying to figure out how to invite more people in, and create opportunities for people and projects to go further, faster.

    This is a snapshot of his work in submissions. But if you get a moment to meet him - he has about a thousand other things going, please ask him about them. 



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    Links

    Read about and join the Submissions team at Australian Parents 4 Climate Action

    Read David's writing at Illuminem



    Music by Lesfm. Track 'Travel to the city.'

    • 26 min
    Hannah - From being oblivious about politics to speaking up in a conservative community

    Hannah - From being oblivious about politics to speaking up in a conservative community

    Hannah grew up on a dairy farm in picturesque North West Tasmania. 

    As a young adult and then mum, she was prompted to think about climate change in new ways. 

    In this conversation, Hannah shares how she went from being oblivious to politics to speaking on a panel discussion about the COP 26 conference. 

    She also talks about the emotional and personal ups and downs of fighting for a safe climate in her local community. 

    In 2023, Hannah was a nominee for the Waratah-Wynyard Council Citizen of the Year. 



    This episode is in partnership with Australian Parents 4 Climate Action.

    Subscribe to Now What Now to hear more stories on parents and carers figuring out how to act on climate while navigating their work and family life.



    Podcast Links

    Australian Parents 4 Climate Action - Spokesperson program

    Australian Parents 4 Climate Action - Meet your local group





    Music by Lesfm. Track 'Travel to the city.'

    • 28 min
    Jasper - The legacy we leave as parents. Making change at work. Local wins: EVs and recycling. The slow burn of national change. Creating time to take action. Technology advocate in nature.

    Jasper - The legacy we leave as parents. Making change at work. Local wins: EVs and recycling. The slow burn of national change. Creating time to take action. Technology advocate in nature.

    Jasper is a dentist who lives in Adelaide with his wife and young son. He enjoys working with technology but more and more he's making the big shift to see himself as part of an ecosystem.

    Jasper has a reputation as such an effective operator that people are baffled - how does he get it all done?

    He wears many hats, and he does this for a reason. We're going to talk about how he juggles 4 areas of climate work:

    - At work - How he's making change in the dental industry

    - Helping spread EV uptake in Adelaide

    - Solving local recycling problems

    - Transforming schools into resilience hubs through the solar our schools program

    Juggling all these projects - how does he manage the slow burn of gathering allied voices for national change? How has he figured out how to make easy local wins? And after all this, how has this work changed him? It all goes back to how he got started.

    This episode is in partnership with Australian Parents 4 Climate Action (AP4CA).



    Subscribe to Now What Now to hear more stories on parents and carers figuring out how to act on climate while navigating their work and family life.



    Links

    Join Australian Parents 4 Climate Action solar our schools program

    Connect with other local parents and carers through Australian Parents 4 Climate Action local groups



    Jasper's recommendations

    Cranky Uncle vs Climate Change - How to Understand and Respond to Climate Science Deniers By John Cook



    Music by Lesfm. Track 'Travel to the city.' 

    • 37 min

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