Climactic is a weekly Australian podcast show telling the stories of the climate community. To get you started here are five episodes to listen to – for more see https://www.climactic.fm/ or subscribe in a podcast app.
Climactic is a collective of podcasters from the climate community. We believe in the power of stories to inspire and unite the community, and are dedicated to sharing the voices and stories of people engaging with the climate crisis across Australia and the Pacific.
Climactic tells the stories of the people making a difference. Regular people like us, in a daily struggle to live sustainable lives. We want to be the people’s voice on climate change, embedded in the community, from the perspective of the actual people.
5 Must-Listen Episodes
The Realities of Climate Change in the Solomon Islands – Patrick Rose
Tess Chapman interviews photographer Patrick Rose about his last 18 months with the UN Development Program in the Solomon Islands. Patrick has a wealth of experiences and stories from the Pacific and this episode will bring you closer to our neighbours, and give you a greater perspective on climate justice.
- Heart for Solo
- Patrick Rose (@beforethefloodphotos) • Instagram photos and videos — beforethefloodphotos
- Wantoks: Dance of Resilience in Melanesia | Cultures of Resistance Films
In Depth with the author of Clade – James Bradley
Author and new collective member Beth Spencer hosts award-winning Australian author James Bradley on Climactic. They discuss his cli-fi novel Clade, YA series The Change, his article in the Monthly earlier this year about the influence of the coal lobby on Australian politics and the background to the battle over the Adani mine, and his devastating and important essay in the latest issue of Meanjin Quarterly about living in the Anthropocene. Above all this is a discussion about how to face clearly the reality of the climate crisis while retaining hope and the ability to keep choosing and acting.
- Alumni and Giving – Unearthed: Last days of the Anthropocene
- James Bradley (@cityoftongues) / Twitter
- city of tongues
- UNEARTHED – Meanjin
Overcoming fatigue, building power – Matt Wicking
Matt Wicking is a well-known figure in the environmental community. Through years of mentoring and facilitating at the Centre for Sustainable Leadership, he’s worked with some of the leaders in the community, and helped them find their strength. He showed great humility and grace by being willing to speak to us not only about his work, his mindset and approach to life in the time of climate change, but also his issues and burdens.
Climate Community Care Bear – Holly Hammond
Holly Hammond is a stalwart of the social activism community, but when she’s not on the baricades or on a march, she’s practising radical self-care, and helping others to do the same. Burnout is endemic in the activist community, but maybe it doesn’t have to be. Holly’s efforts, and organising, have helped scores of members of the community overcome burnout, overwhelm, and emotional fatigue. With host Bronwyn, a self-care advocate in her own right, this conversation dives deep into how we need to look after ourselves, while looking out for others. Please check out the resources, Holly’s sites, and if you’re feeling overwhelmed, feel free to reach out to us and we’ll get you connected with the great people in the community eager to help.
- Plan to Thrive – Activist health and wellbeing
- Plan to Win | Social Movement Learning
- Reviewing your activist year
- Healthy goal setting
Facing the Climate Crisis – Senator Richard di Natale
Doctor Richard di Natale is many things, beyond being a general practitioner and public health specialist. He’s an Australian Senator in the Federal Government, and leader of the Australian Greens Party, a powerful third party. The Greens are a fascinating party with an amazing story, and this episode could easily have dived solely into politics, as Richard of course has a ringside perspective. But, instead of doing that, this is a conversation with a powerful politician about being a person, who, in the face of climate change, is just as fragile and small as everyone else. We talk about how Richard keeps motivated, what he’s doing in his life to be sustainable and have a lighter footprint, and how he feels about the future. But it’s also extremely hopeful, and Richard’s perspective is a welcome dose of optimism, and practical pragmatism.
Find relevant stories
Climactic has a great episode search function and tagging so you can track down shows relevant to your interests. For example see Climactic episodes on:
- Extinction Rebellion
- School Strike for Climate
- Episodes with a connection to arts – and the new spin-off Art Breaker podcast
Tell your story with Climactic
Are you a member of a community environmental group? Do you have knowledge of climate change? A regular person struggling to figure out your role? Get in touch so we can help you tell your story: [email protected]
Community Corner is a segment in each weekly show that’s dedicated to messages directly from the community. Think of it as the noticeboard at the local supermarket. These messages can be about:
- Calls for help
- Or even questions, thoughts, and perspectives
They just need the following:
- Maximum of one minute long.
- Your name, and group if applicable, in the message.
- A link to where listeners can learn more or take action, if applicable.