Your stories on climate change
Why isn’t there a Nobel Prize for Climate Change?
Jan 9 • 35 min
Welcome back to year two of Climactic! To start off the new year we’ve got a first for you in today’s show. Our first overseas guests. Joining us are Helene and Raoul Costa de Bureaugard, a young couple living in my hometown of Seattle, Washington. We…
The Blunt Report x Climactic - Can Mark sound smart talking climate change?
Jan 2 • 97 min
Hello folks, hope you’ve had a fantastic holidays, and we are so happy to be back with you. We announced in our last episode of 2018, which was a ripper, and if you haven’t checked that out that, you’re missing out on some quality Rich banter, that we’d…
Let’s discuss: COP24, and the End of Year One
Dec 19, 2018 • 39 min
It's been a big year. In the cultural awareness and response to climate change, in dramatic moments, slow-burning stories, trends, macro-enomic factors. Sadly, it's also been a big year for emissions. But it was also the year that a new platform launched,…
Paulina Valdes — “Winner of the first Climactic Storytelling Contest”
Dec 12, 2018 • 35 min
Paulina Valdes is a pretty amazing person. She's well-travelled, with a great academic career, and extensive volunteering at some of Melbourne's most impactful climate change groups. But, she'd never told a story about climate change before, with an…
Jenn Lavers and Annett Finger — “Legends in Ocean Plastics”
Dec 5, 2018 • 35 min
Annett Finger and Jennifer Lavers are both top in their fields, of campaigning for waste reform, source reduction, marine plastics, and marine conservation. Which means there's plenty to talk about with these two amazing figures. But, even better, they're…
Lis Bastian — “The Big Fix”
Nov 28, 2018 • 42 min
Intrepid Climactic co-founder Rich Bowden is back in the interviewing saddle this week as he travels up to the Blue Mountains to speak to a local legend. Lis Bastian is a pillar of the permaculture community, and is now in the media game as well through…
Miniseries - Victorian Election 2018 Episode 9
Nov 22, 2018 • 20 min
The day before polling day, here's a final update from Act on Climate, and interviews with voters and candidates on the importance of this election in the context of climate change. Special Guest: Leigh Ewbank.
Beth Hill — “Finding Resilience in Vulnerability”
Nov 21, 2018 • 45 min
This chat with Beth goes into a whole new realm of intersecting topics with climate change, the myriad ways we experience and feel it, as humans. Beth is a member of Psychology for a Safe Climate, and we learn about what that group is and how it helps the…
Plastic-Free Victoria Alliance November meeting
Nov 18, 2018 • 46 min
Recorded excerpts from the Plastic-Free Victoria Alliance, November meeting, held at the Port Phillip Eco Centre. Links:Plastic-free Victoria Alliance (PVA)
Miniseries - Victorian Election 2018 Episode 8
Nov 17, 2018 • 7 min
This week we get a lot more of the collective members voices in the show, as we all pitch in to discuss how the Head in the Sand action went. As this episode goes up, AoC is about to embark on a week full of actions across Victoria, and you can get…
Leigh Baker - “Hacking Human Systems for Climate Progress”
Nov 14, 2018 • 34 min
Leigh Baker is a very experienced veteran of the manufacturing industry, and brings this grounded, realistic thinking to sustainability. She's a brilliant guest, a quick-wit, and out-of-the-box thinker, and her first episode with us was a listener…
Miniseries - Victorian Election 2018 Episode 7
Nov 10, 2018 • 14 min
Banter plus a 360 degree mic makes this a lively episode. Leigh gives a great overview not just of where we're at with the election, but of the history and wins of Act on Climate. Great on-ramp for new listeners. Special Guest: Leigh Ewbank.
Tim Lo Surdo — “Campaigners are people that believe in a better world”
Nov 7, 2018 • 37 min
Tim has done a lot in 24 years. He's been part of AYCC, ultimately leading one of their groups. He's worked on Senate campaigns across Australia. Jhatkaa, the Getup of India, brought him over to work in Bangalore. Now he's in Melbourne, and doing big…
Kate Wattchow from Act On Climate — Episode 6 of the AOC Miniseries
Nov 3, 2018 • 43 min
We're over halfway through this State Election miniseries with Act on Climate, and we're bringing you something different. Due to a change in schedule last week, the normal AoC meeting wasn't recorded, so instead we bring you an extended interview with…
Brett Hedger — Part Two: ” With Eyes Open”
Oct 31, 2018 • 35 min
This week is part two of a two-part interview with Brett Hedger, aka Zero Waste man. Find part one [here]( Brett is a normal enough guy by day, a Sustainability Officer at council, but on special occasions Zero Waste Man comes out to…
Miniseries - Victorian Election 2018 Episode 5
Oct 27, 2018 • 6 min
With a few new people joining the campaign, Leigh takes the chance to give an overview of the goals of the campaign. Great short listen this week. Special Guest: Leigh Ewbank.
Brett Hedger — Part One: “Zero Impact Man”
Oct 24, 2018 • 33 min
This week is the first of a two-part interview with Brett Hedger, aka Zero Waste man. Brett is a normal enough guy by day, a Sustainability Officer at council, but on special occasions Zero Waste Man comes out to drop reality bombs, and show a way…
Miniseries - Victorian Election 2018 Episode 4
Oct 20, 2018 • 11 min
After an absolutely full-on week for the Act On Climate team, we kick back and talk about the week's events in a more laid-back style. Halfway through the series, and the election run-up, and the nature of the campaign is starting to change. We wrap up…
Damien Cole — Part Two: “Passion in Politics”
Oct 17, 2018 • 33 min
Part 2 of Maxine's interview with Damien Cole. Part 1 is here. In this episode, Max talks to Damien Cole, independent candidate in the November 24th Victorian state election, about running a climate aware campaign. Damien has a refreshing, common sense…
Miniseries - Victorian Election 2018 Episode 3
Oct 13, 2018 • 21 min
This week it was unseasonably hot in the Friends of the Earth building in Collingwood, so this episode comes to you from the mezzanine above the cafe. You'll hear the hustle and bustle of trams and traffic from Smith Street just outside, and hear a great…
Damien Cole — Part One: “Common Sense Campaigning”
Oct 10, 2018 • 36 min
Climactic is happy to welcome aboard Maxine Bazeley for her inaugural interview. Max will be bringing us stories from the Surf Coast of Victoria, the Greater Geelong region, about how the area is confronting massive changes in the face of the climate…
Miniseries - Victorian Election 2018 Episode 2
Oct 7, 2018 • 8 min
This week hear from Kate Wattchow, Act on Climate member, outlining their goals for the election, and why it's so important to her. And get an update from Leigh on what the group has been up to this week. Special Guest: Leigh Ewbank.
Heidi Taylor — “Tangaroa Blue, marine debris forensics, and becoming a beach litter detective”
Oct 3, 2018 • 26 min
This is quite possibly one of the most relatable and urgent episodes of Climactic yet. Heidi Taylor is, to people who know of her, inspirational, almost to the point of folk hero status. But when Heidi sits down with Mark, she shows she's much more than…
Miniseries - Victorian Election 2018 Episode 1
Sep 29, 2018 • 7 min
Climactic goes behind the scenes with Act on Climate, Friends of the Earth's premiere political action group, as they gear up to fight a pivotal state election. This one's for you if you've ever wondered what political/climate activism is really like.…
ShareWaste - “Creating value, and friendships, from kitchen waste”
Sep 26, 2018 • 31 min
This week Climactic is happy to have the founders of ShareWaste, an amazing app that's connecting and creating communities through the simple act of sharing organic waste. We all produce it, it's our kitchen scraps, our yard clippings, our garden waste.…
Effect the Change — “Making videos about sustainability fun”
Sep 19, 2018 • 26 min
Chan and Lap are the two founders of Effect the Change, a YouTube channel that spreads useful information about sustainability, in a fun and easy way. This episode is a lot more light-hearted than previous interviews. It's obvious that Chan and Lap enjoy…
Let’s discuss: How best can I help?
Sep 12, 2018 • 24 min
We've noticed a theme emerging from our first twenty or so episodes, and we're taking an episode to break it down. We all want to do our part, and live sustainable lives, but is that enough? Or would our efforts be better spent pressuring lawmakers,…
Phil Wilkinson — “Reversing Global Warming with HVAC&R and Drawdown”
Sep 5, 2018 • 53 min
Phil is a leader in the HVAC&R (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Regfrigeration) industry, the largely invisible sector that powers our modern world. Without heating, cooling, and refrigeration, Australia would a very different place. But HVAC&R…
Leigh Baker — “The power of systems, optimism, and Project Drawdown”
Aug 29, 2018 • 40 min
Leigh has been a very important member of the Climactic community since Mark met her at an event in Melbourne. Her focus on scaleable solutions, and the way she keeps her finger on the pulse of the promising developments happening around the world, are a…
Bonus Episode: Jane Kou, Bring Me Home — Stopping food waste, saving money, and empowering individuals
Aug 27, 2018 • 16 min
What do food waste, a smartphone app, and discounted meals have in common? That's the formulae for a great new start-up from Melbourne. Mark sat down with Jane Kou, founder of Bring Me Home, a mission focused tech start-up that's set it sights on one of…
Nick Carter - “Impactful Activism with AYCC”
Aug 22, 2018 • 58 min
AYCC, the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, is an environmental advocacy group famous in Australia for it's laser focus on youth. All AYCC staff and volunteers are under 30. In this episode Mark sits down with one of AYCC's organizers, Nick Carter, who…
Climactic x Climarte — “The Artist and the Activist” feat. Dale Cox
Aug 15, 2018 • 57 min
This episode our two hosts will be heard only briefly, before we dive into a live conversation from the beautiful Australian Galleries in Fitzroy, Melbourne. This is a very on-topic conversation about living in the time of climate change, meaningful…
Liz O’Dwyer and Madeline Clarke — “Sustainable Consulting, and starting from anywhere”
Aug 8, 2018 • 35 min
Mark sat down with two of his personal heroes, Liz O'Dwyer, hospitality consultant, author, and sustainability leader, and Madeline Clarke, individual sustainability consultant, who runs workshops, does waste talks on Trash Bags on Tour, and much more.…
Tracy Sorensen — “Writing climate fiction, living climate reality”
Aug 1, 2018 • 41 min
Filmmaker, writer, academic, journalist and activist Tracy Sorensen is a woman of many talents. She touches on, and in some cases dives deeply into many of these areas in her chat with Rich. Her personal experience in learning about and coping with…
Gabriella Maher — “Six weeks waste free, and counting”
Jul 24, 2018 • 34 min
This is a great chat with one of those quietly inspiring people that surround us everyday. Gabby generously tells us about her life story, to really set the scene before getting into her experience of going totally waste-free for six weeks. Gabby is a…
Mark Rathbone — Biodynamic Farming and Climate Change
Jul 17, 2018 • 35 min
This week Rich talks to second generation biodynamic farmer Mark Rathbone about biodynamics, replenishment of the soil, creating a closed system (circular economy) and the relevance of biodynamics in helping farmers mitigate against the effects of climate…
Climate Reality Project — 12 years on from An Inconvenient Truth
Jul 11, 2018 • 45 min
In this episode Mark does a panel interview with members of the Climate Reality Project, the group formed by Al Gore just after the release of An Inconvenient Truth, to train others to give his powerful presentation on climate change facts. In the panel…
Laura Wilson — “The Tidy Kiwi”
Jul 4, 2018 • 52 min
This week is an exciting first for Climactic, with two Kiwis in the studio. Mark talks to Laura Wilson of Big Little Brush, a social enterprise in Melbourne using bamboo toothbrushes to do much, much more. Laura's story before getting involved with Big…
Fiona Rossiter — “The Practical Permaculturalist”
Jun 27, 2018 • 44 min
This week Rich talks to Fiona Rossiter, cafe owner, business woman, author, registered nurse, mother of eight and former councillor in the Central West city of Orange, NSW. Fiona tells her own history in running Orange’s iconic Bissy’s Cafe with husband…
Trash Bags on Tour
Jun 20, 2018 • 31 min
This week Mark does a solo flight, and by that we mean he takes a bus tour. But this is no normal tour — this is a beach clean-up and environmental outing put on by two tour groups employees looking to do something positive. And they pulled it off. Listen…
John Fry — “The Landcare Councillor”
Jun 13, 2018 • 41 min
Rich talks to John Fry, Environmental Projects Manager at Skillset, former Landcare co-ordinator, experienced land manager and now Greens councillor on Bathurst Regional Council. What John doesn’t know about sustainability in the Central West isn’t worth…
Oli Moraes – “Creating a Climate for Change”
Jun 6, 2018 • 46 min
In this episode Mark talks to Oli Moraes, a facilitator trainer for Climate for Change, an environmental group that's combining climate change conversations with a powerful model, one perfected decades ago by Tupperware. You'll learn what made a driven…
Waste Special, Part One
May 30, 2018 • 55 min
The first in a two-part series, this episode frames the new and concerning waste recycling problem in Australia. The situation has grown critical since China’s “National Sword” decision earlier this year, not to take our recycling. Changing the ground…
El Gibbs — “The Consensus Builder”
May 23, 2018 • 23 min
This week, Climactic co-host Rich Bowden trudges back — with microphone and coffee money in hand — to his previous hometown of Katoomba, in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney. There he sat down with old friend, community activist, freelance writer,…
Councillor Kat Copsey - “The Waste Guru”
May 14, 2018 • 39 min
In this week’s episode, Climactic co-host Mark Spencer talks to Cr Kat Copsey of Port Phillip Council in Melbourne, Victoria. Kat chats about her “aha” moments in her rise to becoming an advocate in the ongoing battle against global warming and also talks…
Dugald Holmes — “Unexpected Climate Activist”
May 9, 2018 • 57 min
In this episode, Mark talks to Dugald Holmes, his great friend and inspiration behind the setting up of Climactic. Inspiration? Well with his organisational skill, Dug was a driving force behind the prevention of the building a massive gas power station…
Councillor Tim Baxter — “Combating Climate Change through Local Government”
May 2, 2018 • 63 min
Episode 3 sees Mark Spencer go one-on-one with Councillor Tim Baxter of Melbourne’s Port Phillip Council. Tim’s passion for the environment and determination to drive through essential policies designed to mitigate against climate change is obvious in…
Maxine Bazeley — “The Recruiter”
Apr 25, 2018 • 49 min
The first of Climactic’s interviews conducted in a professional setting at the Library at the Dock studios, our second episode is Mark’s fascinating, fun, and informative chat with Maxine Bazeley of Teal Collective. Maxine has worked in recruitment for…
Welcome to Climactic
Apr 21, 2018 • 18 min
Setting the scene in this first episode, Mark Spencer, founder of Climactic, and co-host Rich Bowden talk about the goals they have for their new podcast. The pair discuss the storytelling approach they will take to bringing listeners information and…