187 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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    • Earth Sciences
    • 4.6, 85 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.

    #184: Robert Llewellyn meets Sustainababble

    #184: Robert Llewellyn meets Sustainababble

    Kryten is on the Babble! SMEGGIN' HELL!Robert Llewellyn is an actor and comedian who since 1989 has played angular faced mechanoid Kryten in cult sci-fi classic Red Dwarf. But he's equally well known for presenting the legendary Scrapheap Challenge and, for the last ten years, phenomenally popular YouTube electric car review show Fully Charged. It's like Top Gear, but without bellends or CO2.Once Dave and Ol get over the fanboy thing, Robert talks to us about all things whizzy tech and clean cars, based on 10 years' experience driving and reviewing the things. We learn how EVs might put all the mechanics out of work, why greenies getting upset about lithium and cobalt may be a wee bit misguided, and - talking of wee - just how long one has to cross one's legs between charges of the latest models.Oh, and why Jeremy Clarkson called Robert a very rude word indeed.This show is dedicated to the memory of Seb Patrick.Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. Ecoguff read out by Arabella.







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    • 55 min
    #183: Gillian Burke meets Sustainababble

    #183: Gillian Burke meets Sustainababble

    The BBC's Springwatch is a cultural institution in the UK, showcasing the extraordinary but often overlooked wildlife of these crumbling isles with warts 'n all realism (i.e. lots of baby Blue T**s getting munched). Biologist Gillian Burke has for three years been at the heart of the show's presenting team, earning the nation's affection for her passion and powers of communication as much as for her unblinking resolve in the face of uncooperative protagonists and innuendo-tastic co-presenters.Gillian is also a Black woman in an industry - conservation, nature TV and the environment movement as a whole - notable for its woeful lack of representation of people of colour.In a longer-than-usual episode, we hear Gillian's reflections on why those banging on about the planet - the Babble very much included - present so little ethnic diversity, and on the extraordinary Spring of 2020, a period that will surely be remembered for the elevation of racial injustice laid bare by George Floyd's killing and the Black Lives Matter protests, and when millions took solace in the natural world as the global pandemic raged.Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. Ecoguff read out by Arabella.







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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.

    • 57 min
    #182: Roman Krznaric meets Sustainababble

    #182: Roman Krznaric meets Sustainababble

    Are you being a good ancestor? Are WE being good ancestors? What the hell is a good ancestor and do I have to buy them a present? Public philosopher Roman Krznaric thinks these are the most important questions we should ask ourselves (well, certainly the first two) if we're to escape the 'tyranny of the now', the hideous short-termism dominating our lives and knackering the planet in the process.His new book ('The Good Ancestor: How to think long term in a short term world') explains how our brains are perfectly capable of serious long-term thinking, despite our apparent crapness at it, and sets out key principles for public decision making fit for the next century, not just the next news cycle. Shockingly, none of those prinicples includes reacting in fury to something on twitter you didn't know you cared about 30 seconds previously. Who knew?Check out the wonderful empathy museum, founded by Roman, and Neal Agarwal's equally magestic animation of just how deep the deep sea is, as mentioned by Dave in the show. Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. 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.

    • 46 min
    #181: Litter

    #181: Litter

    The instant we were allowed out again we covered everything in rubbish: plastic and cans and humous packets and, er, cool boxes and chairs. Why?







    Has four months of lockdown made us all beserkers, or is this just what it's always like and we'd forgotten? Who's doing the littering anyway? And what even IS litter? We investigate.







    Also, the Government's promising to give us cash to insulate our homes, which sounds like a good thing. And governments doing good things make us very suspicious indeed.







    Links to some of the things we talked about:







    * Kirsty McNeil's piece talking about activism after coronavirus * Chris Rose's investigation into the 'Crying Indian' advert







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

    • 40 min
    #180: Being Ecofriendly

    #180: Being Ecofriendly

    "Smash capitalism" is among the least helpful answers people like Dave and Ol give when asked "So what should *I* do to help the planet?". But for most campaignery types, individual lifestyle change plays second or third fiddle to political action and corporate restraint. And - if we're completely honest - we're also luke-warm about personal behaviour change because so many of its proponents are such... hard work. You know, people who tilt their heads to one side and pity the poor soul yet to discover the wonders of £50 biodynamic toothpaste made from upcycled cow shit.HOWEVER, two things are also true: 1) the above question is one we get asked *a lot* and therefore feel like we should answer, and 2) Lianne Bell, entrepreneur and author of 'How on Earth can I be eco-friendly?', a new book on this subject, is very much not of the holier than thou eco-mould. Just listen to the workout she gives the bleep machine in this episode, for a start.We ask Lianne what our priorities, as individuals, should be, whether it's OK to go to a supermarket, why on earth so many breakfast condiments seem to end up on her face, and whether the mob should be in charge of recycling.







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

    • 44 min
    #179: Footballers

    #179: Footballers

    Modern footballers eh? Spoilt, obscenely rich, carbon-guzzling narcissists who couldn't spell planet, let alone save it. They're an open goal for moralising and high-handery, or at least must have seemed so to the UK Health Secretary when he pooh-poohed players' high pay at the pandemic's outset (omitting, accidentally no doubt, to pass comment on the wages of hedge fund managers or the like).Well, we in Babble towers don't buy that. We're unapologetic disciples of the beautiful game, for all its flaws, and we can't help noticing that, far from conforming to (stereo)type, high profile stars of both the men's and women's game have led from the front on all manner of social issues of late, not least the environment.So this week we pick our starting 11* of poverty-tackling, environment-defending, racism-clattering footie heroes and ask: might they be rather better at campaigning than the 'professionals' are?Also in today's episode, a belching bumful of macro-inhofery from the 'natural' gas industry, and some world-beating sustainababble from the world's richest man.*In fact, we only had time for a five-a-side team, but do check out this Global Citizen piece detailing more players doing excellent things.Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. 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.

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
85 Ratings

85 Ratings

Howard (a.k.a. Garden Aum) ,

Informative Humor…always

I came across this podcast after running out of episodes of a podcast on renewable energy. This was a fortuitous find because I commute long distances and would like to have information rather entertainment fill the sound space of my automobile. The production value of this podcast is really good. The podcast hosts manage to presentdepressing enviornmental news in a way that does not cause despair and motivates one to action. They also present happier news bits but, the scale of the happier bits still shows us how much work we need to do to prevent everything on the planet dying. So, if you like being alive and think the natural world should be available to future generations then this is the podcast for you. Humor, hope, planetary health...let us all share this with one another.

Asdjxkrsabspaljwx ,

The best

I don’t ever write review but I wanted to for this podcast, it’s simply amazing. I’ve listened to other podcasts about sustainability and issues pertaining to the environment, but this podcast is my absolute favorite! Dave and Ol tell you the facts in a comedic way— they aren’t shoving information down your gullet. I’m 18 and Instead of binge watching Netflix I binge listen to their podcast, instead of listening to music in the car I listen to their podcast. If you’re going to start listening to environmental podcasts start with this!!

JenCr8on ,

My favorite podcast!

I love this podcast. Fantastic editing and delivery. You can tell the hosts are actual friends as their work so well together, but not in an annoying way. It moves smoothly from person to person, making a really enjoyable listening experience while being absolutely chock full of interesting, thought-provoking, and urgent information about the environment.

While Dave and Ol have strong opinions, they are very open to debate and thinking from other perspectives, and that comes across well in the banter of the podcast. You are able to digest the information presented and form your own opinions or do more research later on. Their guests are always very informative and interesting, many of whom I have looked up separately.

And Mini Rant - NO VOCAL FRY!! Their voices are lovely! Excellent British accents with inflection and nuance. So many (U.S.) podcasts with important information are delivered by people who I’m sure are lovely, but whose voices sound like they’re gargling broken bits of rock while seeing how far back they can shove their chins into their necks. Grating is an understatement. Thank you, Dave and Ol, for your amazing and lyrical British voices that make me smile rather than grimace.

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