My Climate Diet

My Climate Diet
My Climate Diet follows Lisa Pettibone, a teacher, writer, and sustainability geek, as she goes on a new type of diet. It’s all about shedding unwanted pounds — or tons — of carbon dioxide and finding a lifestyle that doesn’t wreck the planet. Funny, personal, and informative, My Climate Diet provides real-life tips to help you slim down your carbon footprint.

Year 2, Ep. 12: My Media Diet
Jun 30 • 11 min
This coming month I’m going on a media diet. That means canceling my last streaming account to take a larger role in curating entertainment media, spending more time on news and analysis relevant to climate change and less on “stories of the moment,” and…
Year 2, Ep. 11: Take to the Streets
Jun 11 • 12 min
This week I weigh in on Black Lives Matter, connect it to the climate and sustainability crises, and explain why I’m joining Extinction Rebellion’s next Rebel Wave from June 12-21. A big shout-out to Osita Nwanevu’s excellent February essay “End the GOP”…
Year 2, Ep. 10: Stories from the Future
May 27 • 27 min
Today’s episode is something special: I talk about the new project I’m working on, a series of workshops called Stories from the Future. In these workshops, organized as part of the “Collective Practices” program at ACUD MACHT NEU, participants will come…
Year 2, Ep. 9: Vegan comfort food with Maria Koimtzoglou
May 7 • 28 min
This week I present an interview I did with Maria Koimtzoglou, owner of the Berlin restaurant Maria (, about the connections between food and sustainability and what it’s like owning a restaurant in our corona reality. Plus, crashing…
Year 2, Ep. 8: Going Vegan
Apr 23 • 17 min
This week, I’m responding to my friend Jason’s question: Do you have any tips on going vegan while being cooped up at home because of the coronavirus? I share 8 tips from my 8 months as a vegan (funny how that works out).
Year 2, Ep. 7: Stay Strong with Can-Do Invitations
Mar 31 • 14 min
With corona getting me down, I scrap my original plan of talking about the post-corona degrowth utopia to talk about scaled back ambitions and life in the new corona reality. Inside of giving myself a new challenge, I’m opting for can-do invitations.…
Corona announcement: DC Environmental Film Fest is streaming!
Mar 27 • 1 min
Hi everyone, just wanted to tell you that the DC Environmental Film Festival, the largest environmental film festival in the world, has put much of this year’s program online for free through the end of March. Check out over 70 films, great for…
Year 2, Ep. 5: Climate Change and Coronavirus
Mar 17 • 20 min
The news is saturated with coronavirus, so I wanted to put the global pandemic into a climate change context: what this outbreak means for global emissions and short- and long-term climate action. I set some new challenges for myself based on my new…
Year 2, Ep. 4: Climate Diet 101 - Green Electricity
Mar 4 • 16 min
I’ve been on a climate diet for a year now, so I thought I’d take a step back and talk about the first steps you can take to reduce carbon emissions. Today I’m talking about electricity and how important it is to our carbon footprint. I also talk about…
Year 2, Ep 3: Degrowth and race
Feb 13 • 23 min
Today I introduce the concept of degrowth and start my celebration of Black Future Month by looking for black voices who have written about degrowth or related visions. I look at a 2013 article in “Sustainability” by Brian Gilmore on degrowth and racial…
Year 2, Ep. 2: A Book-Buying Ban and Unread Shelves
Jan 28 • 13 min
This week, I talk about my plan with my husband to stop buying books and DVDs for six months, and what this means for the climate (hint: not much). I talk more generally about deprivation as a source of joy and look into the Unread Shelf Project…
Year 2, Ep. 1: Back on the Scales
Jan 14 • 21 min
It’s a new year and I’ve been on a climate diet for 10 months now. So today I step back on the scales and see how my carbon footprint has changed. I find I’ve lost nearly 2 tons from the challenges I’ve given myself since starting the podcast, and talk…
Episode 28: Clean sheets and a clean slate for Christmas
Dec 18, 2019 • 11 min
This week, I have to change my plans for December to gripe about setbacks at the junk house. But I share a great idea for a DIY advent calendar that reduces food waste, cleans out your pantry, and uses stuff you’ve already got lying around the house. It…
Episode 27: Buy Nothing Day
Nov 26, 2019 • 13 min
Hey everyone, this Friday, November 29, is Buy Nothing Day and the Global Climate Strike! I talk about Buy Nothing Day, why it’s important, and how to get involved. Learn more at and Plus, two stories about…
Episode 26: Go-To Recipes
Nov 20, 2019 • 11 min
This week, I challenged myself to cook and eat one type of local, seasonal vegetable I’ve never cooked before. Well, I failed, but primarily because I wanted to cook up vegetables I already had in the kitchen (just say no to food waste!). In the episode,…
Episode 25: Food Miles and Local Produce
Nov 12, 2019 • 12 min
What’s got a higher transportation footprint, bananas or strawberries? This week I figure out the importance of food miles to our carbon footprint and give some tips on how to reduce our transportation foodprint. I challenge myself to cook some seasonal…
Episode 24 - Where’s the Beef? Meat and Climate Change
Nov 6, 2019 • 13 min
To kick off a month of food-themed episodes, I start by going to the meat of the issue. I look at how important our diet is for climate change, and what parts of our diet have the highest emissions. The answer: beef is the real climate-killer. Then I…
Episode 23: Plastic
Oct 29, 2019 • 16 min
This week, I talk a bit about plastic, drawing heavily from the Guardian’s excellent series “The United States of Plastic.” I pledge to stop buying beverages in single-use plastic bottles, and complain about unfriendly packaging free supermarkets in…
Episode 22 - Extinction Rebellion Week in Berlin
Oct 15, 2019 • 22 min
This past week, I spent most of my free time at Extinction Rebellion’s DelibCamp in Berlin. I spoke with protesters, listened to workshops, and helped out in my small way. I want to share some information about Extinction Rebellion, Rebellion Week, and…
Episode 21 - How Bad Are Bananas?
Oct 8, 2019 • 18 min
This week is the first meeting of the Climate Book Club, where I talk about “How Bad Are Bananas? The Carbon Footprint of Everything” by Mike Berners-Lee. The book is packed with the climate impacts of loads of everyday things, from text messages, to…
Episode 20: The magic of yard sales with André Krüger
Oct 1, 2019 • 24 min
The second half of conversation with my husband about cleaning out his family’s house this summer. He shares his experience holding a yard sale and gives tips on what steps to take to get people to come, and take that junk off your hands. I also talk…
Episode 19: Talking Junk with André Krüger
Sep 24, 2019 • 22 min
I finally talk to my husband about his herculean effort cleaning out his family’s house this summer. He shares tips on how to sort things and save junk from the landfill. And vegetarianism gives me hope.
Episode 18: Upcoming climate actions with Marie Budde
Sep 17, 2019 • 27 min
This week I talk with sustainability manager and activist Marie Budde about upcoming climate actions taking place worldwide. She tells me how she stays informed, how she decides what events to go to, and shares information on three big events happening in…
Episode 17: A Pest-Proof Pantry for the Planet
Sep 10, 2019 • 12 min
Sorry, but I have to break into my own podcast with an important bulletin!! I discovered a moth infestation in my kitchen this past week, forcing me to throw out several packages of flour, grains, and sugar and waste the carbon emissions that went into…
Episode 16: Junk and the Circular Economy
Sep 3, 2019 • 10 min
This month I’m talking about junk, and how finding it a new home can help save resources—and climate emissions. This week I talk generally about the circular economy, and share some tips from my experience cleaning out a house in northern Germany over the…
Episode 15: Food Waste with Emily Stubits
Jul 16, 2019 • 16 min
This month I’m focusing on perspective, turning the podcast from My Climate Diet to Our Climate Diet. This week I talk with a former student about food waste. And I share an article from the Guardian’s new series, the United States of Plastic, about not…
Episode 14: Travel with Eco-Sensibility with Olivia Shoemaker
Jul 9, 2019 • 16 min
This month I’m focusing on perspective, turning the podcast from My Climate Diet to Our Climate Diet. This week I return to the question of travel, getting some advice from a former student who talks about how to travel with eco-sensibility. And I answer…
Episode 13: To Marjorie- Travel and Green Banks
Jul 2, 2019 • 20 min
This month I’m looking at perspectives, sharing my thoughts with others and tips from my former students. Today I’m excited to share a letter from a listener packed with questions on issues that have challenged me: how to reduce travel emissions, and how…
Episode 12: June Wrap-Up – Go Climate Finance!
Jun 25, 2019 • 12 min
I talk about what I’ve learned in covering climate finance for a month: individuals can make a big difference, if they have money, and live somewhere with green banks. And I talk about the recent German documentary “Die rote Linie” (The red line).
Episode 11: U.S. Green Mutual Funds Stink
Jun 18, 2019 • 11 min
This is the third episode in my month of climate finance. This week I look at the measurements available to evaluate the climate performance of financial investments, check out how green my U.S. mutual fund account is (spoiler: not very) and talk about…
Episode 10: German Green Banks Rule!
Jun 11, 2019 • 13 min
This week, I look into green banks in Germany and open a German checking account! And I find that doing so will save me over 1 ton of carbon dioxide this year.
Episode 9: More Money, More Emissions
Jun 4, 2019 • 15 min
This week marks the first of a series of four episodes on money and climate change. I start by going back to a classic article by Bill McKibben that looks at how important money is in fueling the extraction of oil and gas. I talk about how the divestment…
Episode 8: Cosmetics and Climate Change
May 28, 2019 • 19 min
This week I look more generally at the effects of cosmetics on the climate. I find that I’m not the only one who knows little about the impact of cosmetics on the climate. And I give one listener tips on how to maximize the climate benefits of cloth…
Episode 7: DIY deodorant with Josh Huffman, Part II
May 21, 2019 • 20 min
This week I share the second half of my chat with my friend Josh Huffman about homemade deodorant. He gives me some tips to perfect my recipe as well as more general advice about making your own cosmetics. And I share a recipe for an exfoliating face mask…
Episode 6: DIY deodorant with Josh Huffman, Part I
May 14, 2019 • 21 min
This month I’m focusing on cosmetics. This week is the first half of an interview with my friend Josh Huffman, who has made his own deodorant for over six years. He talks about how he got started, and shares his easy recipe for making the best deodorant…
Episode 5: Spargelwoche
May 7, 2019 • 13 min
This week I’m eating local in Lower Saxony. I talk about the importance of food miles and food groups and buy a kilogram of delicious white asparagus (or Spargel).
Episode 4: Potato, potato
Apr 23, 2019 • 13 min
My first week of eating local: I talk about what’s in season in April, what’s always available, and how easy it is to cook potatoes.
Episode 3: e-Waste, or, Failure as Success
Mar 28, 2019 • 10 min
I totally blew it on my challenge this week — to properly dispose of a bag of e-waste I’ve collected over the past year — but somehow managed to come out ahead anyway.
Episode 2: Fridays For Future
Mar 21, 2019 • 10 min
This week I talk about my experience at Fridays For Future in Berlin on March 15, 2019, a massive student-organized protest for climate action that took place on six continents with over 1 million demonstrators. I also reflect on the importance of…
Episode 1: The Weigh-In
Mar 14, 2019 • 13 min
The first episode of the podcast is up! In this episode, I introduce myself and explain why I’m going on a climate diet (spoiler alert: to reduce my environmental impact!). Then I do my first weigh-in to figure out where I stand, looking at my emissions…
Introducing My Climate Diet
Feb 18, 2019 • 1 min
Join Lisa Pettibone as she starts a diet to shed unwanted pounds—of greenhouse gas emissions. Launching March 12, My Climate Diet shares practical tips to do your part in reducing your climate footprint.