Whether you’re commuting to work or relaxing in the evening, podcasts are a great way to learn more about the world around you. From environmental science podcasts to comedy podcasts about the climate crisis, these are 15 of the best environmental podcasts available in 2021.

15 Best Podcasts About the Environment

A self-proclaimed comedy podcast about the environment for and by the confused, Sutainababble is a lighthearted weekly chat that aren’t afraid to tackle big environmental issues. Hosts Oliver Hayes and David Powell conduct in-depth yet entertaining interviews with interesting people to untangle confusing environmental concepts and policies, while exposing examples of greenwashing and the incompetents. It’s topical, funny and hopefully listeners will walk away learning something new.

It’s a well-known fact that fast fashion and the fashion industry as a whole have a detrimental effect on the environment. This environmental podcast dives into the problems that the industry currently faces and examines the strategies and solutions that we need to take on to transform it. From business leaders and activists to innovators and entrepreneurs, hear from a whole hosts of inspiring people who are trying to implement more sustainable solutions in the fashion world.

The third of environmental podcasts on Earth.Org’s list is How to Save the Planet. Brought to you by environmental charity Friends of the Earth, this podcast discusses popular stories from the climate movement and breaks down often-complex issues, like environmental racism, eco-anxiety and fracking. Frank yet inspiring, the podcast explores solutions to the climate crisis, and how anyone can have an impact, big and small. 

Hosted by Jen Gale, this podcast is for those who want to learn about the ways their actions affect the planet and how they can live more sustainable lives. Gale chats to inspiring people to talk about the changes they’re making and the businesses and campaigns that they’re running. In recent episodes, Gale offers advice on weird weather and our disappearing seasons, reducing plastic waste in the oceans and sustainable parenting.

A podcast about celebrating the world we’re in and finding a connection with it in order to protect it, hosts Andy McDonald and Jonathan Carson chat to guest sportspeople, creatives and leaders who talk about their adventures and conservation efforts. 

This podcast gives more information about global conservation efforts, more research about their impacts and more ways to be an advocate for the planet. An interview series, this podcast features top experts in conservation, wildlife and environmental justice. 

Hosted by Matt Williams, this podcast tells “the stories of people saving nature” in the fields of conservation, film, photography and environmental justice. Featuring a wide array of guests, the podcast promises “honest storytelling” from people passionately working to protect the planet. 

The Jane Goodall Institute is currently working with Dr. Goodall to produce a podcast series which includes fireside chat conversations with influencers, leaders from business, policy and NGO industries with topics related to Jane’s vision for making the world a better place for all. Each episode breaks down systems, ideas, and barriers to open the ability for every individual to act. The podcast will also highlight the work of the Jane Goodall Institute, including its community-led conservation work, captive welfare, and science & technology for conservation and youth empowerment. 

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This environment podcast focuses on sustainability and the overall impact of consumption. While less of a story-driven podcast, there is a lot of information and recent research regarding environmental issues. At only 20-30 minutes, these episodes are perfect for those looking for bite-sized snippets of larger issues.

This environmental podcast inspires and empowers listeners to make the world a better place by sharing the stories of individuals, companies and organisations working to achieve a more sustainable world. 

This podcast shares the stories of leaders in sustainable and rural living. Topics range from permaculture to waterfowl conservation to soil revival and building with natural materials. 

Hosted by Dr Anthony Leiserowitz of Yale University, this podcast is a daily 90-second investigative podcast detailing how the climate crisis is already shaping our lives and what we can do about it. From fossil fuels to extreme weather, clean energy to public health, and more, this is your daily dose of climate change reality- and hope. It seeks to help individuals, corporations, media, NGOs, government agencies, academics, artists, and more learn from each other about constructive “solutions” so many are undertaking to reduce climate-related risks and wasteful energy practices.

In one of the few food-related environmental podcasts on Earth.Org’s list, Matt Eastland and Lukxmi Balathasan examine the biggest challenges facing the food system, and the innovations and entrepreneurs looking to solve them. They ask some difficult questions including “Can we trust the food we eat?” and “Can we really feed 10 billion people by 2050?” 

Produced by Nature Journal, the last of these environmental podcasts on our list brings listeners the best stories from the world of science each week. Topics range from astronomy to zoology and highlight the most exciting research from each issue of Nature Journal. Featuring interviews with the scientists behind the results, the podcasts provide in-depth analysis from Nature’s journalists and editors.

Though this podcast haven’t updated since 2020, it’s still a fantastic resource in understanding how we can survive in the era of climate change. Environmental journalist Lucy Siegle and wildlife filmmaker Tom Mustill spoke to those who have made it their mission to be vocal about how we are laying waste to our beautiful planet, including David Attenborough, former president of Ireland Mary Robinson, UN climate negotiator Christiana Figueres and Native American Veteran and Organizer Krystal Two-Bulls. This podcast is informal, personal and passionate and will provide you with the tools to communicate about the climate crisis to anyone, be it your dad or the UN.