Giving local weather change a worthy quantity of consideration can appear a frightening job. The scope of the issue is colossal; the obstacles to equitable options myriad. But we all know the time for ignoring world warming has lengthy handed. This Earth Day (Thursday), make a decision to study extra about our collective planetary issues, together with attainable options within the type of audio. There’s a sea of informative local weather podcasts on the market — in actual fact, a grass-roots motion has issued an open letter difficult Apple Podcasts so as to add a local weather class to its many classifications — however these 5 audio journeys of local weather storytelling are all fabulous locations to begin.
In case you love the true-crime style, this new investigative sequence from Vice Information is a should. You grow to be immersed into the story proper from the beginning, driving alongside on a bus filled with Colombian coal miners on their method dwelling after a weeklong shift, when instantly two vans filled with armed males maintain them up and execute their union chief. This epic story of environmental crime — filled with violence, political scandal and company malfeasance — finally unspools into an sudden story of the affect of fossil fuels. As “The Disaster” makes clear with its gripping narrative construction, this vitality supply isn’t simply harmful after it’s burned however lengthy earlier than, within the exploited locations the place fossil fuels are extracted.
All throughout the American South, persons are dwelling their day-to-day close to or on the heart of environmental crises, be it the aftermath of a coal-ash spill in Tennessee, the rising water ranges surrounding islands within the Chesapeake Bay, or quite a few cases of unsafe ingesting water. Contemplate this podcast an environmental “This American Life” for the South, with every episode telling the tales of on a regular basis folks and the shifting ecologies they depend on for his or her well being, livelihoods and well-being. The present’s host, Claudine Ebeid McElwain, introduces you to the varied ecology of the area and the lived experiences behind our more and more apocalyptic headlines.
This bimonthly podcast from PRX and the Louisiana public-radio stations WWNO and WRKF does the inconceivable: It makes surviving the local weather disaster enjoyable. The hosts Lauren Malara, a New Orleans comic, and Travis Lux, WWNO’s coastal reporter, make an enthralling pair as they mix nice reporting and storytelling to reply listener questions relating to life on a altering planet. Their first season (which simply wrapped) tackled native queries with common relevance, and the present options boisterous sound design and riveting interviews that make it really feel completely a product of New Orleans, a spot that out of necessity is aware of tips on how to survive by means of pure catastrophe all too nicely.