Sustainababble

Sustainababble

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A weekly podcast about the environment. With jokes.


#157: Tories
Nov 17 • 42 min
Chances are, if you listen to this podcast you’re a bit of a lefty. And that’s fine. And we are too.But lefties surely can’t claim a monopoly on environmentalism, can they? There are plenty of non-lefties who say they care just as much about the planet,…
#156: Fireworks
Nov 10 • 35 min
Whizz! Bang! No, not BoJo’s pillow talk, but the sound of millions of home explosives polluting the sky and making pets’ insides go gooey. With the annual Guy Fawkes celebration now behind us, we ask if it might be time to ban yet another thing that’s…
#155: Beavers meet Sustainababble
Nov 3 • 45 min
In this special episode, Dave and Ol leave stinky London behind and head off to rainy, muddy Cornwall to try to meet some actual beavers. Without wellies. It’s been 400 years since the humble but sodding impressive beaver was wiped out in the UK due to…
#154: Eating Insects
Oct 27 • 40 min
One day, not very far from now, we might look back at 2019 and think it incredibly weird that people weren’t stuffing their gullets with cockroaches.Insects, we’re increasingly told, are a fantastic source of animal protein without all the planet-f*ckery…
#153: What’s next?
Oct 20 • 37 min
Even by recent high standards, some crazy big stuff is happening at the moment. Br- is about to actually -exit (or not), a general election is imminent (or isn’t) and it’s all so fast-moving that it will (or won’t) have resolved between this week’s babble…
#152: BP vs the RSC
Oct 13 • 40 min
“Time shall unfold what plighted cunning hides: Who cover faults, at last shame them derides” said Cordelia in King Lear.Words with which the Royal Shakespeare Company are presumably familiar, and a sentiment that was perhaps front of mind when they…
#151: Fusion
Oct 6 • 38 min
Boris Johnson has promised - PROMISED! - that good ol’ Blighty is going to produce infinite clean energy within two decades. That’s right, ‘nuclear fusion’ is just around the corner! But, er, is it really? And more importantly, what the HELL is nuclear…
#150: Greta
Sep 29 • 37 min
Prodigiously popular. Terrifyingly tenacious. Brilliantly bold. No silly, not Dave and Ol - we’re talking about the globe-conquering, Inhofe-silencing Greta Thunberg. We investigate how come an upstart teenager from Sweden has tipped the global climate…
#149: Naomi Oreskes meets Sustainababble
Sep 22 • 41 min
We chat to an actual proper Harvard Professor, blessed with a brain as large as her laugh. Author, activist and splendid person Naomi Oreskes - crusading scourge of Inhofes everywhere - tells us why we should trust science (spoiler: because it’s science).…
#148: Trees
Sep 15 • 42 min
When we go away the Amazon burns down, Boris Johnson becomes king, and London gets as hot as a farting hippo’s bottom. Sorry about that. Now. Everyone’s saying we need to plant more trees everywhere, which would be fine if we stopped torching and chopping…
#147: Cycling
May 19 • 47 min
Basically all of us learn to ride a bike, but vanishingly few grown-ups regularly cycle, especially in ‘car is king’ Blighty.So why is pootling around on two wheels such a niche pursuit, when the benefits and beneficiaries are so varied? And are cyclists…
#146: Nature Crisis
May 12 • 38 min
Someone needs to tell the UN to stop writing reports on the state of the planet. Their latest lolzfest, hot on the heels of 2018’s IPCC report (aka ‘Seriously, climate change is awks’), says humans are threatening A MILLION species with extinction. Tally…
#145: Emergency
May 6 • 39 min
Heavens to betsy! The UK parliament has declared a ‘Climate and Ecological Emergency’. Amazing, impressive, Extinction Rebellion-vindicating stuff. But, er, so what? And what now? And does it make those wonks telling the UK to eradicate (ish) emissions by…
#144: Fashion
Apr 22 • 41 min
Our clothes say a lot about who we are, but they also say “SCREW YOU, PLANET!” more often than not. Yup, clothes and fashion - like so many nice things - have some eye-watering environmental price tags.We peruse.Also this week, an update on the mega…
#143: Glaciers
Apr 14 • 38 min
Glaciers are shrinking, which is not good. Not good for glaciers, not good for people who like sea levels just the way they are, and certainly not good for those keen to avoid literal AVALANCHES OF SHIT emerging from newly slushy ice.We pontificate.Also…
#142: Right to Repair
Apr 7 • 40 min
You’re probably listening to this podcast on a device that’s deliberately designed to break in not very long and will be nigh on impossible to tinker with when it does.Gone are the days when a bit of blu-tack and a fair wind ensured your prized…
#141: Clusterf**k
Mar 31 • 40 min
It’s fair to say Brexit isn’t going superbly. Recent goings on in the UK parliament have redefined the very notions of chaos, calamity and - yes - clusterf**kery.All very well, but it rather begs the question: if politicians can’t sort out something as…
#140: Recycling
Mar 24 • 40 min
Of the zillion eco topics we’ve covered on this podcast, none come any more ‘I like to think I do my bit’ than recycling. You know the drill:You: “GLOBAL CLIMATE BREAKDOWN INSECTAGEDDON AAARGGHH!”Your auntie: “Well darling, I always recycle my Daily…
#139: Birthstrike
Mar 17 • 39 min
Would you forgo having children because the future looks too bleak? A growing group of ‘birthstrikers’ have decided just that, speficially declaring “not to bear children due to the severity of the ecological crisis and the current inaction of governing…
#138: Hygiene
Mar 10 • 41 min
Are we too clean? Is Ol clean enough? Should we stop using bog roll to save the planet? All these - ahem - burning questions and others are answered in a hygiene special this week. Includes guest SCIENCE appearance from the babble’s resident SCIENCE…
#137: Is Fracking Dead?
Mar 3 • 39 min
Despite years of effort, bottomless pockets, and unwavering state backing, there’s still nothing resembling a fracking industry in the UK. And for Cuadrilla, INEOS & co, things have been getting worse of late - earthquakes, crappy test results, trouble…
#136: School Strikes
Feb 24 • 31 min
Children, not thrilled about a dying planet and a compromised future, are rising up. In less than six months, one 15 year old’s lone protest outside the Swedish parliament has snowballed into global classroom walk-outs. The #schoolstrike4climate’s central…
#135: Asad Rehman meets Sustainababble
Feb 10 • 39 min
Asad is, according to his twitter bio, a “general activist against all bad things”. And then some. Currently the Executive Director of anti poverty charity War on Want, for 10 years Asad led Friends of the Earth’s international climate work, putting…
#134: Green New Deal
Feb 6 • 38 min
A new band of young Americans is organising to get the planet out of a death spiral and give decent jobs to people in the process. Hooray! The central demand - a ‘Green New Deal’ - is as ambitious as anything Roosevelt came up with, and spearheaded by…
#133: Caroline Lucas meets Sustainababble
Dec 30, 2018 • 32 min
Caroline Lucas - CAROLINE LUCAS! - is the UK’s first and only Green MP, former party leader, former MEP, and pretty much the lone voice of sanity in any political debate. Oh and she got nicked for protesting fracking. And she wore a “No More Page Three”…
#132: Sustainabauble 2018
Dec 21, 2018 • 39 min
Deck the halls with boughs of Ollie! (And Dave). It’s this year’s Xmas Xtravaganza, and as always our sacks are bulging with ripest sustainababble. Turns out Baby Ol isn’t getting any presents this year - particularly not bath salts. Whyever not? And can…
#131: Molly Scott Cato meets Sustainababble
Dec 17, 2018 • 37 min
For the past 4 years Molly has been a Member of the European Parliament, from where she’s championed all sorts of planet-saving causes. Now heavily involved in Extinction Rebellion, she’s simulteneously breaking and making the law. We chat to Molly about…
#130: Peat
Dec 9, 2018 • 37 min
Occasionally on fire and forever associated with the word “bog”, peat is many things to many people. Gardeners guiltily sprinkle it on petunias, while tweedy gun people gad about on it shooting grouses in the face. To the boss of Heathrow, however, it’s…
#129: Climate Act
Dec 2, 2018 • 38 min
It’s ten years since the UK passed a law compelling politicians to save the planet from a fiery death. Given recent news, you’d be forgiven for thinking that law - the Climate Change Act - has all the potency of a eunuch. But is that fair? Was the point…
#128: Extinction Rebellion
Nov 25, 2018 • 34 min
Climate protest has a new headline act, and its name is Extinction Rebellion. Seemingly from nowhere, ER is gathering attention and supporters at breakneck speed, and is unusually straightforward about the state we’re in. Hanging a ‘CLIMATE CHANGE - WE’RE…
#127: Electric Cars
Nov 19, 2018 • 34 min
We hate to PLUG ourselves but in our opinion this is one of the best TORQUEs we’ve ever had: a GRIPping and wide-RANGEing chat about cars what run on batteries, not oil. While electric cars aren’t a new thing, them not being a bit rubbish, frankly, is.…
#126: Alarmism
Nov 11, 2018 • 35 min
There’s every reason to be alarmed, but does it help? Does screaming from the rooftops about impending climate doom grab people’s attention or make them switch channel? Does *not* sounding the alarm give a false impression that everything’s kinda OK? It’s…
#125: Just Transition
Nov 4, 2018 • 37 min
Most people get it: blunting climate breakdown means ditching fossil fuels. Which is inconvenient for the men and women who dig up, drill, refine, ship, burn, market or otherwise earn their living from those fuels. People with mortgages and kids and bills…
#124: Work less
Oct 28, 2018 • 32 min
Work can be massively tedious. But would doing less of it - e.g. working 4 days rather than 5 - really be better for the planet? How would we pay the bills? And what would we do with all that extra time? We chat to Aidan Harper of the 4 Day Week campaign…
#123: Brazil
Oct 21, 2018 • 39 min
Beautiful Brazil looks set to elect a git. He goes by the name of Jair Bolsonaro and he is bad news for rainforests and those that live in them. We ask our Brazilian chum Fernanda Balata whether her country has gone totally nuts. Closer to home, we tear a…
#122: 1.5 Degrees
Oct 14, 2018 • 37 min
Climate scientists have piped up again! 2,000 international brainboxes report that the nitty gritty of *actually* doing what the world said it would do in Paris three years ago is, well, gritty. Very gritty. Like 12 years to avert irreversable climate…
#121: William Doyle meets Sustainababble
Oct 7, 2018 • 43 min
As East India Youth, electronic musician William Doyle has been nominated for a Mercury music prize and travelled the world promoting two highly successful albums. But the physical and emotional stresses of his own touring led him to ask whether musicians…
#120: Hedgehogs
Sep 30, 2018 • 38 min
Poor little sods are in big trouble. We pick over the plight of our prickly pals and ask: whose fault is the demise of the hedgehog? What’s Boycie from Only Fools and Horses got to do with it? And can Ol be trusted to look after a hedgehog in distress? We…
#119: Vybarr Cregan-Reid meets Sustainababble
Sep 23, 2018 • 43 min
Vybarr is not only the most fabulously named babble guest we’ve had, but also the author of TWO incredible books about humans and our environment. His new book - Primate Change: How the world we made is remaking us - uncovers the extraordinary tale of how…
#118: Heat
Jul 22, 2018 • 32 min
There’s a plan to make cold things hot - and hot things cold - using the lost rivers that wind under cities like London. Sounds like magic? Is magic. SCIENCE MAGIC. Just how *do* we warm ourselves up in winter without knackering the planet? Or should we…
#117: Trump Baby
Jul 12, 2018 • 19 min
Trump Baby will fly! Remarkably, permission has been granted for a 6 metre inflatable, nappy-wearing, perma-tweeting, orange skinned crying baby to fly above parliament when The Donald makes his controversial visit to blighty. As TB prepares for lift off,…
#116: Solar
Jul 8, 2018 • 37 min
Solar boomed in the UK a few years back, but now hardly any of it’s going up. Which seems a shame what with this INFERNAL sunny weather. What’s happened? Why are we stalling just as other countries go nuts for the most popular green technology? And where…
#115: Population
Jul 1, 2018 • 39 min
More and more people on Earth = nailed-on environmental catastrophe. Yes? We talk to Alistair Currie from Population Matters to find out. Dashedly thorny issue, this. Isn’t the real issue how much of a mess rich people are making of the planet, not how…
#114: Organic Farming
Jun 24, 2018 • 38 min
Helen Browning is an organic farmer and Chief Executive of the Soil Association. For one very lovely summer’s day, she was also our host and tour guide at her mixed organic farm in Wiltshire - introducing us to pigs, piglets and cows on the way. We ask…
#113: Periods
Jun 10, 2018 • 32 min
There’s no escaping that throwaway plastic menstrual products are just as bad for the fishes as throwaway plastic anything else. But what are the alternatives? Does anyone use them? And what the hell gives two men the right to blather on about periods?…
#112: Cricket
Jun 3, 2018 • 38 min
Ooh, dash it. Seems we may have to add cricket to the very long list of things that climate change is going to nause up entirely. We investigate, once Ol has explained to Dave what cricket actually is. More rain? Bad for cricket. Hotter summers? Bad for…
#111: Tourism
May 28, 2018 • 37 min
New research suggests - somewhat irritatingly - going on holiday is four times worse for the climate than previously thought. Flying, lavish eating, hotel maintenance & souvenirs all add up to a speedo-tightening 8% of global CO2 emissions. So should we…
#110: Shipping
Apr 23, 2018 • 34 min
Captain Birdseye and his pals have finally come to the climate party. An unprecedented agreement - signed just down the road from Babble HQ - will see global shipping cut CO2 in half. About time too. We dig around below deck to see what’s really going on,…
#109: Neoliberalism
Apr 15, 2018 • 32 min
‘Neoliberalism’, then. What the hell is it? Is it wrecking the planet? Is it responsible for Ol’s hair? And what’s it all got to do with the price of bees? Strap yourself in as mega-brain Christine Berry explains all. With the patience of a saint,…
#108: Carbon Bubble
Apr 8, 2018 • 34 min
This week we meet one of the most influential people on climate change you’ve probably never heard of. Mark Campanale is Founder & Executive Director of Carbon Tracker, a think tank whose ground-breaking Unburnable Carbon report made the entire financial…
#107: Sheffield’s Trees
Apr 2, 2018 • 37 min
Sheffield’s gone to war with itself over its trees. Is it all Margaret Thatcher’s fault? What have bunnies, squirrels and geckos got to do with it? And who the hell is Amy? We have a natter to splendid Sheffield tree campaigner, Fran Halsall. Also this…
#106: Russia
Mar 25, 2018 • 35 min
You’ll have noticed that Russia is cross with Blighty for being cross with Russia for allegedly attempting to bump off a spy and his daughter. Allegedly. All this crossness has made people jittery about whether Blighty’s gas supply might suddenly develop…
#105: Batteries
Mar 18, 2018 • 35 min
Scientists with beards have invented a battery. Trust us, it’s more interesting than it sounds. Despite shameful scientific illiteracy, even the ‘Babble gets that this invention - a rechargable proton battery, no less - is potentially Very Important…
#104: Cats
Mar 11, 2018 • 36 min
Vicious, bird-killing machines totally devoid of conscience, or unfortunate scapegoats (scapecats?) for humanity’s somewhat more ruinous ecological destruction? One thing’s for certain: lots of people have VIEWS when it comes to cats. So this week we try…
#103: Monkey Exhausts
Mar 4, 2018 • 32 min
In 2014, ten monkeys were watching cartoons in a sealed chamber, into which ACTUAL SCIENTISTS pumped exhaust fumes from a VW Beetle. For four hours. Why? Who was behind it? And why did people get so much more upset about the gassed monkeys than about the…
#102: Students
Feb 25, 2018 • 36 min
Good-for-nothing lay-abouts, potnoodling their future away while the rest of us do REAL JOBS and PAY TAX. Maybe. But do today’s students in fact care quite a lot about the planet? Do they get taught about it? Do they get angry about it? Or is the spectre…
#101: Straws
Feb 18, 2018 • 39 min
Everyone’s falling over themselves to stop using plastic straws. GOOD! Will this bring an end to the scourge of ocean plastic and save the ugly fish? Or will shunning straws be the beginning and end of efforts to kick our collective plastic habit? What if…
#100: A Century of Babbles
Dec 23, 2017 • 49 min
BUMPER EPISODE! Because we’ve got two very large reasons to be merry. It’s CHRISTMAS, so anything can happen - even, apparently, Liam Gallagher turning out to be the voice of the planet. And as the Babble finally hits 100, we look back on a ton of…
#99: Ocean Plastic
Dec 10, 2017 • 36 min
As Blue Planet II comes to a close, we ask if people having spent the last 7 weeks cooing at the pretty fishies will make any difference to whether they hoik Fanta bottles into the sea. Ol and Dave would walk the plank if Attenborough told us to - will…
#98: The Man From Shell
Dec 3, 2017 • 42 min
In a first for the Babble, we talk to someone very much on The Other Side. David Hone is chief climate change advisor… to Shell. After 30 years in the energy industry he’s written a new book, Putting The Genie Back: Solving the Climate and Energy Dilemma,…
#97: George Monbiot meets Sustainababble
Nov 26, 2017 • 40 min
Environmentalist. Author. Guardian columnist. Campaigner. Brain on legs. We grab some time at home with George Monbiot, everyone’s favourite font of wisdom. In a wide-ranging babblechat, we find out why everyone being so bloody lonely is knackering the…
#96: John Vidal meets Sustainababble
Nov 19, 2017 • 34 min
For 27 years John Vidal was environment editor at The Guardian, scouring the world to bring underreported environmental issues to light. John talks to us about his latest story - the remarkable discovery of billions of tonnes of carbon-rich peat in the…
#95: Inside The Climate Talks
Nov 12, 2017 • 35 min
Right now, a lot of hideously sleep-deprived people are in Bonn, Germany, figuring out how nations should work together to stop the planet frying. Thought this was all sorted out in Paris two years ago? Think again. To find out what really goes on at…
#94: Community Energy
Nov 5, 2017 • 32 min
Fancy getting your hands on a bit of lovely solar or wind power, while making friends and sticking it to the big energy companies? Course you do. So, er, why isn’t community energy more of a thing in the UK? Is it the fault of that nasty ol’ Government?…
#93: Liz Bonnin meets Sustainababble
Oct 29, 2017 • 28 min
We meet that Liz Bonnin off of TV and science to talk about the Galapagos Islands. It’s far away, an ecological wonder, and slowly getting ruined by plastic. Liz tells us what needs to be done. In our exclusive chat at the Royal Geographical Society, we…
#92: Insects
Oct 22, 2017 • 33 min
Insect numbers are plummeting and no-one knows why. What they do know is that the implications are, frankly, terrifying. Is it possible to get our heads round stuff like this without being paralysed by fear? What can we do? And why aren’t our leaders even…
#91: Scotland
Oct 15, 2017 • 30 min
Hoots! Scotland’s banned fracking! Ol and Dave don their Tam o’ Shanters and find out why. Elsewhere, there’s more suspiciously good news, particularly if you’re an elephant or you like making electricity out of poo. Even Theresa May’s new clean energy…
#90: Apathy
Oct 8, 2017 • 31 min
Is apathy the biggest barrier to stopping climate change? How do we persuade millions of preoccupied people to put climate into the “urgent/important” box? And do we need to convince the Inhofes to join our side - or can we save the planet without them?…
#89: Germany
Oct 1, 2017 • 30 min
Germans went to the polls recently and, somewhat astonishingly, elected a rather large number of fascists in the process. Nicht so gut. We talk to Kenneth Richter, an actual German, to find out what it all means and ask whether Germany and Mrs Merkel are…
#88: Formula One
Sep 24, 2017 • 33 min
Lewis Hamilton’s jacked in the meat and dairy cos he’s scared about the planet. We applaud, then ask: hang on, you drive pointless belchy cars for a living, don’t you? In other news, say eh-oh to a magic bucket that will make it easier than ever to lob…
#87: Bruce Parry meets Sustainababble
Sep 17, 2017 • 40 min
BAFTA award winning BBC presenter Bruce Parr, star of ‘Tribe’, ‘Amazon’ and ‘Arctic’, tells us all about his brand new film ‘Tawai: A Voice From The Forest’. As well as revealing the extraordinary stories behind the film - and what on earth a Tawai is…
#86: Macron vs Trudeau
Jul 2, 2017 • 32 min
France and Canada have bagged themselves two energetic young leaders, not only impossibly photogenic but also saying all the right things about the planet. Giggidy, giggidy goo indeed. But who’s the greenest? Are they in fact very green at all? And does…
#85: Michael Gove
Jun 18, 2017 • 31 min
He’s back! The man who tried to ban climate change from the national curriculum has been anointed as Environment Secretary. Knickers are properly in a knot; yer Babble’s on hand to see if this really is as bad news as all that. Meanwhile, Ol gets mushy…
#84: Election: Blimey
Jun 10, 2017 • 31 min
Holy Moley! What just happened? And what does it mean for the planet and stuff? Fresh from an election all-nighter, Dave and Ol interview superbrain political campaigner, Liz Hutchins. Will a deal with the DUP be bad news for the climate? What next for…
#83: Trump vs Paris
Jun 4, 2017 • 23 min
A man of his silly orange word, Donald Trump has finally confirmed the USA will quit the landmark Paris Climate Agreement. Aaargh! But just how sodding awful is this news? Ol’s away, so Dave (and Arabella) chat to Amy Mount from the Green Alliance, trying…
#82: Ivory
May 28, 2017 • 31 min
Very many elephants get their blocks knocked off every year for ivory. Grisly business. But are the UK Government doing enough to stop it? And are your granddad’s billiard balls to blame? We’ve also got some annoyingly damp seeds from Norway, and we try…
#81: Manifestos, again
May 21, 2017 • 32 min
Yes, again. Ol, Dave and Arabella summon some enthusiasm for yet another election and pick out the manifesti-babble from the manifesti-chaff. Fracking, coffee cups, expanding Heathrow and cherishing the oil industry: it’s all here. There’s also cheery…
#80: Fox Hunting
May 14, 2017 • 30 min
FOXES BEWARE! Your days of not being chased by dogs and men on horses in red coats might be numbered, according to that nice Mrs May. But is fox death really a vote winner? Has the ban actually stopped any hunting? And was the law an accident in the first…
#79: Flying
May 7, 2017 • 32 min
If YOU take a flight, are you a planet-wrecking bastard? Are some bastards more hypocritical bastards than others? And why aren’t politicians talking about Heathrow any more? We chat to brainy aviation campaigner Leo Murray, where we also learn things…
#78: Shell knew
Apr 23, 2017 • 32 min
A sensational report claims oil giant Shell took part in a vast bribery scheme that robbed the Nigerian people of over a billion dollars. We talk to Barnaby Pace of Global Witness to hear how the scandal was uncovered. Read the jaw-dropping report at…
#77: Kate Raworth meets Sustainababble
Apr 16, 2017 • 29 min
What’s wrong with economics? EVERYTHING. That’s what Dave & Ol found out when they interviewed the brainy & bags of fun ‘renegade economist’, Kate Raworth. Kate explained that saving the planet means thinking like a doughnut, that the 21st century needs a…
#76: Dirty Diesel
Apr 9, 2017 • 34 min
Everyone’s being mean about diesel cars all of a sudden. Why? Weren’t they supposed to be better for the planet? And why was Ol on the telly wearing a filthy tie? Also this week, massive Inhofery from a “think” tank in America, and Donald doing what…
#75: Stanley Johnson meets Sustainababble
Apr 2, 2017 • 27 min
Writer, politician, former Eurocrat, lifelong environmentalist, fearsome Remainer - oh yeah, and he’s also Boris’s dad. Dave and Ol chat all things Brexit with Stanley Johnson. Stanley tells us all about his hopes and (mostly) fears for the environment…
#74: Rules (& Squirrels)
Feb 26, 2017 • 30 min
A bad time to be either a piece of green law and/or a grey squirrel. What’s with all the war? We investigate. Plus, some Trump nepotism that may yet save us all from certain doom. And Ol orders a curry. Sustainababble is your weekly podcast about the…
#73: Geoengineering
Feb 19, 2017 • 30 min
Mirrors in space? Artificial volcanos? Refreezing the Arctic?! Can we? Will we? SHOULD we? Dave & Ol embark on a terrifying interview with geoengineering expert, Duncan McLaren. We’ve also got some Babble from an unholy Caledonian alliance, and an…
#72: Wasps
Feb 12, 2017 • 31 min
Climate change = more wasps. Is it time we all stopped freaking out and started to love the little blighters? Plus, Microsoft Excel has a plan for the nation’s newts - and clean coal oxymoronicism from our orange friend over the pond. Sustainababble is…
#71: Amazon Reef
Feb 5, 2017 • 28 min
An ENORMOUS coral reef has been discovered hiding near the Amazon and - in a welcome development - it’s not dead yet. We talk to Greenpeace’s Sara Ayech to find out all about it. Also this week, spectacular eco-guff from a Cornwall councillor and we…
#70: The Resistance
Jan 29, 2017 • 31 min
Pipelines approved, climate plans deleted, environmental workers silenced. It’s a tad bleak in Trumpsylvania. But vast marches and spikey twitter protests are kicking off in response. We ask: do they make the slightest difference? Also this week, some…
#69: Northern Ireland
Jan 22, 2017 • 42 min
What? Has a renewable energy scheme REALLY just brought down the Northern Ireland government? We interview Belfast’s Niall Bakewell to find out more, learning that the nation is very far from as green and pretty as it looks on Google Maps. In other news,…
#68: Sustainabauble
Dec 18, 2016 • 36 min
Hark! Sleigh bells! That can only mean one thing: FESTIVE ECO-GUFF! Dave and Ol stuff your stocking to the brim with seasonal blether, and some hypocrisy of the highest order. Also this week, the magical scarpering Transport Minister; the oil baron in…
#67: Standing Rock
Dec 11, 2016 • 39 min
Nuff respect to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe of North Dakota: they faced down the Man, his water cannons, and his plan to hoik a massive oil pipeline under their lake. But does the Donald make it only a temporary reprieve? In other news, several hundred…
#66: The Arctic
Dec 5, 2016 • 43 min
20 degrees warmer than normal. Bugger all sea ice. WTF is going on in the Arctic? We interview clever person Dr Mark Brandon to find out. Also this week, heroic old people defending trees in Sheffield and a much deserved promotion for that nice Mr Inhofe.…
#65: Babies
Nov 27, 2016 • 40 min
Are children an unjustifiable burden on the planet, as well as noisy and financially ruinous? And why on earth are Ol and Dave talking about them all of a sudden? Also this week, the triumphant return of Boaty McBoatface and a new section dedicated to…
#64: President Trump
Nov 20, 2016 • 40 min
The world’s most notorious climate denier is about to become the most world’s most powerful man. AAARGH! Ol and Dave, back from their hols, are properly freaking out. Is it time to put away the placards and give up? Has America just doomed the planet?…
#63: The Ethical Carnivore
Sep 25, 2016 • 34 min
Is it only ethical to eat meat you kill yourself? We interview author and journalist Louise Gray, who spent a year doing just that. We find out what it’s really like inside an abattoir, how likely you are to be a psychopath if you work there, and whether…
#62: State of Nature
Sep 18, 2016 • 41 min
The UK’s nature is in a state, say the country’s biggest green charities, and they’re blaming the farmers. Is that fair? Have farmers REALLY got beef with the hedgehogs and the bunny rabbits? Why? And should they have all their subsidies taken away? Plus,…
#61: Blackouts
Sep 11, 2016 • 42 min
Is running the country on renewables REALLY ‘fanciful nonsense’ that’ll make all the lights go out? How likely are blackouts? What causes them? And is YOUR fridge downloading nudey pictures when you’re not looking? We talk to an energy expert with a large…
#60: Amy Liptrot meets Sustainababble
Sep 4, 2016 • 37 min
Ol and Dave chat to Amy Liptrot about The Outrun, Amy’s phenomenally successful debut book in which she discovers how the wild can restore life and renew hope. Recently out in paperback, The Outrun is this year’s winner of the Wainwright prize for UK…
#59: Microbeads
Aug 28, 2016 • 35 min
Very big numbers of iddybiddy bits of plastic in the sea, and it’s all the fault of YOUR face scrubs. Should we ban microbeads? Who thought they were a good idea in the first place? And what’s it all got to do with Dave’s jam tarts? All this, and WOMBATS…
#58: Biodiversity offsetting
Aug 21, 2016 • 36 min
Bio-what? Good question. We find out, via mining in the article circle and the age old question “how many chaffinches equals one owl?” Also this week, bees related babble, a model Inhofe, and Arabella pronouncing a complicated word that Dave cannot.…
#57: Grouse Shooting
Aug 15, 2016 • 39 min
There’s been a lot of squabbling about grouse shooting with Ian Botham and Chris Packham taking, er, shots at each other. Why? Can hunting animals really be good for conservation? We’ve got a revolutionary American township that’s changing the law to stop…
#56: Mrs May Gets Busy
Aug 7, 2016 • 39 min
We’re back, and EVERYTHING IS DIFFERENT. Where’s Osborne gone? Who put Boris in charge of Foreign? And can we have our climate change department back please? Mrs May’s been hard at work doing stuff, including irking the Chinese by delaying the new Hinkley…
#55: Air
Jul 3, 2016 • 38 min
It’s 60 years since the UK’s Clean Air Act. Hooray! So why are so many people still dying from air pollution? Ol knows stuff, so Dave grills him. Not literally. There’s an attempt to make sad pigs happy, and heavens-to-betsy, has the UK done something…
#54: Brexit
Jun 26, 2016 • 32 min
Wait, what? We left? WE ACTUALLY SODDING LEFT? Jesus wept. Brexit, then. Not only an ugly word, but, it turns out, an exceptionally ugly reality. We rake over the ashes of political and economic union to see if there’s a glimmer of hope for the…
#53: Fish
Jun 19, 2016 • 40 min
Is the EU killing the UK fishing industry? Is Nigel Farage a fisherman’s friend? And what the hell has Bob Geldof got to do with it? Dave and Ol interview piscine expert, Griffin Carpenter, to sift the facts from the fish-ction. They also discuss how to…
#52: Football
Jun 12, 2016 • 36 min
Everybody’s going football-crazy, football-mad. But will the planet make it out of the group stages? We look at some spectacular eco-guff from UEFA and ask whether the beautiful game has a dirty underbelly. We heap praise on a cricketer standing up to the…
#51: Tigers
Apr 17, 2016 • 32 min
There are a few more wild tigers than the last time we checked, but Dave and Ol are finding it hard to be cheerful. This week, they ask: is it curtains for the big cat? There’s pricey whale sick and an octopus on the lam. And we interrupt Arabella to…
#50: Steel
Apr 10, 2016 • 35 min
Is it steel vs the planet? Is the ongoing the crisis in UK steel REALLY all the fault of us tree-huggers? And should - and could - the Government do more? We investigate. In other news, why are the UK & USA playing nuclear waste tennis? And why is that…
#49: Great Barrier Reef
Apr 3, 2016 • 36 min
Australia’s breathtaking natural wonder is currently experiencing more devastating bleaching than the Romanian footie team at World Cup ‘98. We speak to Professor David Suggett from down under to find out why. Also this week, bad times to be a chicken.…
#48: Palm Oil
Mar 27, 2016 • 37 min
It’s Easter! But as you chow down on your choccy eggs, how “sustainable” is the palm oil that’s almost certainly used? Are YOU killing orang-utans? Dave and Ol investigate. Another very big name divests from oil and has a pleasing pop at Exxon in the…
#47: Robots
Mar 20, 2016 • 36 min
Artificial Intelligence is here, and it’s freakin’ terrifying. Will the machines boot us off the planet for being the cause of all its problems, or are robots in fact the key to fixing climate change? Also this week, coffee cup babble, an all too familiar…
#46: Dale Vince meets Sustainababble
Mar 6, 2016 • 35 min
In the early 1990s Dale Vince was a New Age traveller living on a hill in Stroud. Now he is boss of the UK’s best known green energy firm, Ecotricity, which is worth £100m, and runs the world’s only all-vegan football club. Dave and Ol went to Stroud to…
#45: Heathrow 13
Feb 28, 2016 • 41 min
Hot off the dock at Willesden Magistrates’ Court, we interview Danni Paffard, one of 13 activists found guilty of - but not, it turns out, sent down for - aggravated trespass for occupying Heathrow’s north runway last year. Also this week, we aggressively…
#44: Nuclear
Feb 21, 2016 • 37 min
Dave and Ol investigate nuclear power: it costs a fortune, but do we still need it to save the planet? And what have didgeridoos, cups of tea, and radioactive moggies got to do with it? There’s some self-sustaining babble about beavers and some praise for…
#43: Love
Feb 14, 2016 • 36 min
It’s Valentine’s Day, so everyone’s throwing money at card shops and calling it romance. But what does it mean for the planet? Should we give up buying roses? Will anyone remember to give lil’ old Earth a cuddle? There’s inhofery from the oil company we…
#42: Europe
Feb 7, 2016 • 36 min
Lucky Brits will soon be asked if they want IN or OUT of the EU. What should you do if you love the planet? Ol and Dave grill an EU expert, Sam Lowe. We gawp at the UK Government pushing Chinese Weetabix onto the world, ask whether it can ever be OK to…
#41: Whales
Jan 31, 2016 • 38 min
They’re big, wet and lovely. Whether they’re washing up on our beaches or getting harpooned by naughty Japanese people, everyone’s talking about whales - and so are we. This week Ol and Dave wonder why it is people get so gooey about whales, and dig into…
#40: Space
Jan 24, 2016 • 38 min
With Tim Peake, Star Wars, and NEW ACTUAL PLANETS dominating the news, we ponder why everyone’s so gooey about space. And shouldn’t the human race get its own house in order before sodding off to Mars? Leonardo DiCaprio gets an icecream, Dave gets irate…
#39: Planet Earth is Blue
Jan 17, 2016 • 35 min
Dave’s back from his holidays to find out David Bowie has died, the UK’s lost killer whales it didn’t even know it had, and the bloke in charge of flood prevention went on holiday by mistake. Lawks. There’s a load of stinky air, fossil fuel barons suing…
#38: Tony Juniper meets Sustainababble
Jan 3, 2016 • 41 min
To kick off 2016 we serve up an interview with writer, environmentalist and campaigner extraordinaire Tony Juniper. Dave and Ol ask if the recent Paris deal is much cop, whether sticking a price tag on nature is a good idea, and what Tony thinks 2016 will…
#37: Technology
Dec 27, 2015 • 32 min
Can technology save the planet? Dave and Ol interview tech journalist, podcast host & stand-up comic Kirsty Styles. We ask: do politicians have the remotest clue about technology? How do you inspire the people building dating apps to put their efforts…
#36: Best of 2015
Dec 20, 2015 • 55 min
A bumper festive edition! Grab a vol-au-vent, hijack the sherry and let Ol and Dave take you on a sleigh ride through the best bits of babble from 2015. What will be crowned sustainababble of the year? Who’s the greatest #Inhofe of them all? And why does…
#35: Kindergarten COP21
Dec 13, 2015 • 38 min
Two big things happened in Paris last week. 1) Arnold Schwarzenegger (big) came to town, and took some kick-ass to climate deniers. 2) And then: crikey! - A climate deal happened! But is it any (kindergarten) cop? Will Arnie need to smash any more heads?…
#34: Billionaires
Dec 6, 2015 • 38 min
As Mark Zuckerberg doles out his billions and Bill Gates takes centre-stage on climate change, we ask: will the ultra-rich save the planet? Can they? Should they? We’ve some spoon-faced cheek from the Prime Minister, and Jezza’s brother’s making a doofus…
#33: The Climate March
Nov 29, 2015 • 36 min
Grab a megaphone, neck a can of cider, and scribble weak puns on a bed sheet. It’s march time! But hang on. Does marching through London make a blind bit of difference to the climate? We toddle along with a microphone to find out. Also this week: more…
#32: France
Nov 22, 2015 • 37 min
Listen very carefully, we will say zis only once: Ol and Dave are having a French-themed special. The horrific attacks in Paris have overshadowed the upcoming climate change talks. What’s at stake from the climate COP21, and will clampdowns on protest…
Extra: Sustainababble on the Weekly Economics Podcast
Nov 21, 2015 • 25 min
Here’s a bit of bonus Babble for you. Ol and Dave were chuffed and all agog to be invited to talk with Kirsty on the Weekly Economics Podcast. What’s the intersection between economics and the planet? Does this Government get it? If not, why not? And what…
#31: Protest
Nov 15, 2015 • 40 min
Protest. What’s the point? Far better to sit down, wear a suit and be reasonable. We’re not so sure, so we delve into recent green victories and ask: did angry hippies make any difference at all? Plus, the bosses of India and the UK are caught babbling…
#30: America
Nov 8, 2015 • 31 min
Yee-Haw! Mega news from across the pond as Obama rules out tar sand pipeline, Keystone XL. Is this as momentous a moment in the climate fight as it seems? Won’t Donald Trump just undo it all anyway? And is Obama really as green as all that? Ol’s off with…
#29: Meat
Nov 1, 2015 • 41 min
Can a bacon butty really be as bad for you as smoking? Is meat just a no no if you’re keen on the planet? Food and farming expert Vicki Hird joins us to answer these questions and more. Also this week, bees, Belgium and a bit of bother for Shell.…
#28: Back To The Future!
Oct 25, 2015 • 40 min
Great Scott! The future is actually here - so why are we still building stoopid concrete jungles and mega pricey nuclear power stations? Also this week Shell turn out to be vegan lovers and McDonalds are the planet’s unlikely saviours. And Donald Trump.…
#27: China
Oct 18, 2015 • 39 min
Chinese Premier Xi Jinping is in the UK being preened at by David Cameron & co. We turn our Babble-lens onto China: do all hopes for saving the planet rest on its mighty shoulders? And is it environmental hero or villain? Meanwhile, an Alaskan governor…
#26: Coal
Oct 11, 2015 • 38 min
Yucky, yucky coal. Cheap and abundant, but kryptonite for hippies (and any poor soul who mines the stuff). Why? Other big questions this week: - why are all the animals having such a great time at Chernobyl? - are YOU accidentally eating TURTLE for tea?…
#25: Naughty Volkswagen
Oct 4, 2015 • 40 min
Such terrible behaviour! Ol and Dave spank the bottom of Volkswagen for fiddling emissions tests. But how bad is it *really*? Who should care? And is it the tip of the fume-y iceberg? There’s a plastic bag charge with a trillion exemptions and a nice…
#24: Chris Packham meets Sustainababble
Sep 27, 2015 • 48 min
We only went to interview Chris Packham - star of Springwatch, Autumnwatch & The Really Wild Show! And his dogs. In our exclusive natter, we ask Chris whether there’s any room for ‘tradition’ when it comes to protecting wildlife. We find out what he…
#23b: Dr Karl meets Sustainababble
Sep 22, 2015 • 41 min
Blimey! Australia’s legendary Dr Karl Kruszelnicki talks exclusively to Ol and Dave. Is climate change real? Is it going to be bad? What should we do about it? And whose fault is it that we’re not doing enough? All this and some scientific explanations of…
#23a: Tony Abbott Schadenfreude Special
Sep 20, 2015 • 23 min
Tony Abbott has gone! TONY ABBOTT HAS GONE! A-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-HA-HA-HA! Ol and Dave bask. Episode 23b - an exclusive interview with Australia’s @doctorkarl - follows later in the week. Sustainababble is your weekly comedy podcast about politics, prattle…
#22: Refugees
Sep 13, 2015 • 38 min
As the refugee crisis continues to mount, Ol and Dave examine claims from politicians that climate change will only make things worse - are they right? In other news, there’s Vivienne Westwood gallivanting around in a tank, some Babble about trees, and an…
#21: So Long, Solar
Aug 30, 2015 • 33 min
Bad scenes in the sunshine business as the UK Government sets fire to the solar industry. Ol & Dave are righteously angry about it. Plus, some avian mistaken identity from the Antipodes, and some rather unpalatable Schadenfreude for the Prime Minister.…
#20: Religion
Aug 23, 2015 • 37 min
First the Pope, now 1.6bn Muslims. Religion is going ECO nuts. Can faith save the planet? Does it make a blind bit of difference? Are Ol & Dave going to hell? Sustainababble is your weekly comedy podcast about politics, prattle and the planet. Out…
#19: Happy Happy Joy Joy
Aug 16, 2015 • 36 min
Panic not! We’re back! And everything’s gone rubbish! Donald Trump and Tony Abbott are happening. And the new UK Government is setting fire to everything green. How on earth do we stay optimistic? We interview professional climate optimist, Alice Bell,…
Extra: Sustainababble Live!
Jun 21, 2015 • 17 min
Here’s an extra treat. Sustainababble Live! Caution - contains a few naughtier (than usual) words. We recently did a 15-minute set, live from the stage at the Hackney Attic. Thanks to Dave Pickering, Alice Bell & all at Stand Up Tragedy (@standup4tragedy…
#18: Eurovision Special!
May 18, 2015 • 43 min
It’s Eurovision! And it’s the last episode of Season 1 of Sustainababble! PARTY TIME! We’re joined by songwriter Diego Brown (aka Adam) for a special BUMPER edition looking at green protest songs - why are they all rubbish? All that, and the usual slots:…
#17: It’s All Our Fault
May 10, 2015 • 33 min
Well then. How did Ol’s prediction that Ed Miliband would be prime minster get on? Pardon? Oh. So the Tories won. What does that mean for the environment, then? Is it REALLY all our fault? And is the performance of the Green Party a reason to be cheerful?…
#16: General Election
May 3, 2015 • 34 min
There’s an election on Thursday (I know, us neither!) so with chaotic coalitions round the corner we ponder what small parties can hope to achieve. Plus we confidently predict who will be the next PM. Also this week, babbly BMW, naughty Norway and…
#15: Nationalism
Apr 26, 2015 • 32 min
What with St. George’s Day and the rise of political nationalists, we look at whether nationalism is a good or a bad thing for the environment. Does loving your country mean you can’t love the planet? There’s Earth Day - 24 times more babbly than Earth…
#14: Manifestos
Apr 19, 2015 • 32 min
With an election brewing all the parties have their manifestos out, and BOY are they packed with Babble. This week, Dave & Ol devote pretty much an entire show - with Arabella on overtime - to picking through the egregious eco-guff being offered to the…
#13: Drought
Apr 12, 2015 • 32 min
California’s drying up but Dave and Ol’s pun juices are flowing freely. The results aren’t pretty. Plus, aviation industry ‘babble, undeterred seals, and annoyingly time-sensitive predictions. Sustainababble is a weekly podcast for and by greeny types who…
#12: Leaders’ debates
Apr 5, 2015 • 30 min
Why didn’t the leaders’ debates mention the environment at all? Do politicians not care? Do WE not care? Also, grim news for fans of an Arctic not being covered in oil, a climate change minister behaving badly, and a butterfly that looks like a cat. And…
#11: Earth Hour
Mar 29, 2015 • 29 min
Earth Hour, WWF’s epic switch-off-yer-lights-athon, is a Very Good Thing, right? Well, maybe not… Also this week, BP’s political donations smell as bad as you’d expect and Dave adds his customary cloud to apparently sunny news from Costa Rica.…
#10: Death to Pandas
Mar 22, 2015 • 31 min
This week, cute fluffy animals v the rest - are people only interested in pointless pandas and the rest of the charismatic megafauna? Plus, is a teeny island in the middle of nowhere really the UK’s biggest conservation success story - and has the…
#9: Houses
Mar 16, 2015 • 31 min
This week Ol’s feeling mopey about the misery of trying to buy a flat in London. Shouldn’t we just build lots of new houses everywhere? Also, celebrity buffoon will.i.am’s been at the babble-aid, teaming up with Coca-Cola & Harrods to sell recycled…
#8: Politicians
Mar 9, 2015 • 35 min
Our first ever guest! Political campaigner extraordinaire and squirrel nemesis Martyn Williams reveals secrets from elections past and explains why we should be pleased that the planet’s problems are getting worse. There’s also girl news from Exxon,…
#7: THAT interview…
Mar 2, 2015 • 28 min
Green party leader Natalie Bennett’s “excruciating” interview hit the headlines this week. For more auspicious reasons, so did president Obama and his Keystone veto. But are we putting too much stock in the actions of our leaders? Can the planet ever be…
#6: Top Gear
Feb 23, 2015 • 24 min
Top Gear petrol head Jeremy Clarkson has made greenie-goading something of an artform. But this week we detect mellowing in his menace, and wonder whether fellow tofu terrorisers Andrew Neil and James Delingpole perhaps hate hippies less than everyone…
#5: Divestment
Feb 16, 2015 • 26 min
Like Barry White puffing cigars on a bed of straw, this week’s episode is dangerously sexy. For your aural pleasure we undress #divestment, the steaming hot fossil fuel finance campaign, while Dave is decidedly blue about buses as a Government transport…
#4: The Oil Price
Feb 8, 2015 • 27 min
In this week’s episode Dave and Ollie talk about the oil price, despite not really wanting to and finding it all very complicated and difficult. Are lower oil prices bad or good for climate change? Does anyone really know? Anyone? In mammal news, they’ve…
#3: Facts v Fiction
Feb 2, 2015 • 22 min
Sustainababble 3 then, and steam our underparts if it isn’t a cracker. Dave and Ollie get reflective about the extent to which it’s OK for people - in particular Americans - to treat scientific fact as an article of faith. While ‘belief’ in climate change…
#2: Frack! Frack! Frack!
Jan 26, 2015 • 22 min
In our second episode, we drill into the controversial world of fracking. What is it? Why don’t people like it? What’s going on in Lancashire? And does the UK’s biggest fracking firm sound like an evil lizard on purpose? There’s talk of world leaders…
#1: We’re going to need a bigger swimming pool
Jan 19, 2015 • 23 min
Sustainababble is go! In this debut episode, Dave and Ol get their head around whether the Earth’s just a big swimming pool that we’re stuffing full of crocodiles - and whether a controversial economist is right to say that it’s fine to swap polar bears…