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The world is burning and we should all give a crap! Join us every Wednesday while we tell each other wild stories from the environmental movement – corporate scams, ghost towns on fire, and underrated activists with amazing tales – and find ways we can all douse the fire. Hosted by Elise Nye and Olivia Hamilton.

World Is Burning World Is Burning

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 14 Ratings

The world is burning and we should all give a crap! Join us every Wednesday while we tell each other wild stories from the environmental movement – corporate scams, ghost towns on fire, and underrated activists with amazing tales – and find ways we can all douse the fire. Hosted by Elise Nye and Olivia Hamilton.

    Down The Rabbit Hole Minisode 5: Fossil Fuels 101

    Down The Rabbit Hole Minisode 5: Fossil Fuels 101

    In this minisode, we're focused on the star of the dystopian show – fossil fuels. How many of them are there? Are petroleum and gas the same thing? Why do I keep hearing so much about natural gas? Elise breaks down the categories of fossil fuels and debunks some common industry-speak.

    Related episodes include:
    Episode 43 - Carbon Footprints and Treehuggers
    Episode 14 - Fracking and the Deception Dossiers
    Episode 33 - Plastic Bottle Vanilla and CVS Receipts
    DTRH Minisode 3: Line 3 (for more on tar sands)

    Subscribe/follow/press the button to keep up with new episodes every Wednesday! You can also follow us @worldisburnin on Instagram and Twitter, and check out our website worldisburning.com for extended show notes including sources and photos.


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    • 17 min
    Ep. 43 - Carbon Footprints and Treehuggers - Climate Language

    Ep. 43 - Carbon Footprints and Treehuggers - Climate Language

    Did the fossil fuel industry really invent the carbon footprint? Did you know that the first "treehugger" came waaaay before the 1960s hippie, and took a much greater risk? This week we're talking about the language of climate change, specifically the carbon footprint and the term "treehugger." Olivia digs into the real story behind the corporate world's favorite unit of measurement, and whether it has any value in conversations today. Then Elise tells the story of the Bishnoi people and how the "treehugger" legacy echoes the stories of climate justice activists today.

    Subscribe/follow/press the button to keep up with new episodes every Wednesday! You can also follow us @worldisburnin on Instagram and Twitter, and check out our website worldisburning.com for extended show notes including sources and photos.

    World Is Burning is hosted by Olivia Hamilton and Elise Nye. Our theme music is by Kaycie Satterfield, and our logo was made by Sonja Katanic.


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    • 1 hr
    Ep. 42 - What’s the Deal With COP26? A Brief History and What To Expect

    Ep. 42 - What’s the Deal With COP26? A Brief History and What To Expect

    What is COP26, and why is it so important? In this episode, we're breaking down the history of the UNFCCC, previous climate conferences, and what to expect from this year's conference in Glasgow later this fall. And more specifically, what we need to demand from our leaders, because there's no time to mess around. Other topics include a wee back-to-school climate emergency, vampires, and what we've been watching.

    Subscribe/follow/press the button to keep up with new episodes every Wednesday! You can also follow us @worldisburnin on Instagram and Twitter, and check out our website worldisburning.com for extended show notes including sources and photos.

    World Is Burning is hosted by Olivia Hamilton and Elise Nye. Our theme music is by Kaycie Satterfield, and our logo was made by Sonja Katanic.


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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Ep. 41 - Imagining New Futures - Walkable Cities and Land Back

    Ep. 41 - Imagining New Futures - Walkable Cities and Land Back

    Happy first birthday to us! In our anniversary episode, we're looking forward: what does a climate just future look like? Olivia tells us how a more pedestrian-focused city can make people happier, healthier, and more connected. Then Elise explains the Land Back movement which is re-establishing indigenous rights over colonized land. Other topics include new pets, all the Molly Shannon shows you should be watching, and skipping that trip to Hawaii.

    Subscribe/follow/press the button to keep up with new episodes every Wednesday! You can also follow us @worldisburnin on Instagram and Twitter, and check out our website worldisburning.com for extended show notes including sources and photos.

    World Is Burning is hosted by Olivia Hamilton and Elise Nye. Our theme music is by Kaycie Satterfield, and our logo was made by Sonja Katanic.


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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Ep. 40 - The Bottle Episode - Milkmen and Plastic

    Ep. 40 - The Bottle Episode - Milkmen and Plastic

    This episode (recorded during IPCC report week, when our brains were mush) is literally about bottles — family heirloom glass milk bottles and the modern-staple-turned-environmental-cliché of the plastic bottle. We cover a little bit of everything: a visionary cartoonist who couldn't imagine a future without the milkman. The rapid decline of milk delivery thanks to supermarkets, suburbs, and "modern" packaging. Dramatic commercials for the same product in returnable glass and convenient plastic. Side trails include Phil of the Future, environmental justice narratives in television, and how maybe fossil fuels are the milkmen of right now?

    Related episodes include: Ep. 32 - Got Milk? and Ep. 35 - Coca Cola and the Single-Use Mindset.

    Subscribe/follow/press the button to keep up with new episodes every Wednesday! You can also follow us @worldisburnin on Instagram and Twitter, and check out our website worldisburning.com for extended show notes including sources and photos.

    World Is Burning is hosted by Olivia Hamilton and Elise Nye. Our theme music is by Kaycie Satterfield, and our logo was made by Sonja Katanic.


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    • 1 hr 13 min
    Down The Rabbit Hole Minisode 4: Golf

    Down The Rabbit Hole Minisode 4: Golf

    After we learned about the climate and cultural impacts of non-native lawn grass in North America, we were left wondering: what's up with golf? In this minisode, Elise tells us why golf might be one of the rare resource-intensive problems that could actually be on its way to solving itself. Topics include creative land use, solar farms, and affordable housing.

    Listen to Episode 28 - Lawn Culture and Mushroom Scams for more on America's longtime obsession with grass.

    Subscribe/follow/press the button to keep up with new episodes every Wednesday! You can also follow us @worldisburnin on Instagram and Twitter, and check out our website worldisburning.com for extended show notes including sources and photos.


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    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

put out the fire ,

Great!

So interesting & learned a lot!

LanTolleson ,

Smart and fun while also making me want to cry

Elise and Olivia have great chemistry and their subject matter is well researched. They do a good job of making sad topics slightly more palatable. Plus you learn a little. Give it a listen!

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