Climate-engaged podcasts in Scotland

Below is a growing collection of climate-engaged podcasts based in or associated with Scotland. Do you know of any Scottish podcasts not included here? Drop Kaska a line at stories@scottishcommunitiescan.org.uk!

1000 Better Stories

  • Listening time: 30-60min
  • Frequency: Monthly (we try!)
  • Listen here

SCCAN’s very own podcast, featuring stories of community climate action from across Scotland. Currently hosted by SCCAN Story Weaver, Kaska Hempel, with contributions from a growing SCCAN Storyteller Collective

Climate Fringe Stories

  • Listening time: 30-60min
  • Frequency: Time-limited series
  • Listen here

Eminently topical series in the year of COP26 2021. It was embedded in the Climate Fringe 2021 website  which provides a platform for all of civil society, from activists to NGOs to Trade Unions, particularly in Scotland, to share events and connect around Climate Change and COP26. The website has been built by Stop Climate Chaos Scotland to join together all the activities that are happening in the run-up to, and during COP.   

12 solid episodes, hosted by Manish Joshi, Tami Pein and Kat Jones who chat with guests on a whole range of topics around COP26 & Climate from Indigenous leaders at COP26 to Ecofeminism and Intersectional Environmentalism. 

PLANT Voices

  • Listening time: 30-60min
  • Frequency: Monthly (-ish)
  • Listen here

A podcast from Tayport Community Garden where we tell local stories about gardening, food, nature and climate change. Hosted by Kaska Hempel on behalf of PLANT, Tayport Community Trust  and featuring interviews with locals involved in planet-friendly work and play in Tayport. Tales include conversation about the power of stories, our connections to nature under lockdown, first steps of the local community fridge project and explorations of what it’s like to be a local vegan. 

Decent jobs on a living planet

  • Listening time: 30-40min
  • Frequency: Occasional
  • Listen: here

Members of Young Friends of the Earth Scotland explore the concept of Just Transition, talking to experts and activists about what it means from a Scottish perspective. Topics include oil, renewables and unions.

Farmerama Radio

  • Listening time: 20-60min
  • Frequency: Fortnightly
  • Listen here

This is the longest-running podcast among our collection and is brought together by a team based across Britain -but the latest mini-series is focussed on Scotland. Founded in 2015, this award-winning podcast shares the voices behind regenerative farming. Hosted and produced by founders Abby Rose and Jo Barratt, and Glasgow based Katie Revell. Originally designed for the farming community, it has now grown a diverse audience interested in questions and solutions on how we can best produce food that’s planet- and people-friendly. And it showcases diverse voices within the farming community too. Recently, they have started producing mini-series, each focused on a single issue. The most recent of these, Landed, is an in depth exploration about the colonial nature of family farms, and an alternative model for ecologically and socially sensitive food production for Scotland. Truly mind-blowing stuff!

You can read more about the people and story behind the Farmerama Radio in a recent article in The Guardian.

Highland Good Food Conversation

  • Listening time: 30-60min
  • Frequency: Fortnightly
  • Listen: here

The Highland Good Food Podcast is a creation of the Highland Good Food Partnership who have been working towards creating a local food system that is better for the planet, better for people and better for producers. The project is funded by Transition Black Isle and The Pebble Trust. In its second series already, the podcast is a place for the locals to explore the big topics around local sustainable food together. It has created a space to hear from inspiring and progressive doers and thinkers. They chat to a wide range of folk in the local food sector, explore the challenges and highlight the opportunities. One of the recent episodes also contains highlights from the project’s Highland Good Food Conference – which provides much food for thought about what may be possible in the Highlands. A thriving, glasshouse-grown market garden industry perhaps?  

Eco-activist Journeys

  • Listening time: 60min
  • Frequency: fortnightly/monthly
  • Listen: here

Join host, Léa Weimannin, in exploring topics of sustainability, social justice, arts, and activism. Listen to inspiring conversations with people from around the world to explore how together we can and must change the world. Léa ’s podcast started while she was studying at St Andrews University she’s been using it as a way to share recordings of her Eco-Activist Journeys show from St Andrews Radio (STAR).

Connecting Women’s Voices on Climate Justice

  • Listening time: 50-60min
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • Listen: here

Launched in the year of COP26 coming to Scotland, this podcast from the UN House Scotland  Climate & Gender team explores perspectives on climate action from women in Scotland and around the world. Their aim is to outline the current struggles of local communities and build solidarity and awareness of women’s rights within climate justice. They are planning to bring together community leaders resisting environmental destruction and promoting collective change. With these discussions, they hope to inform environmental and social policy and widen engagement in the themes of gender and climate justice. Already two episodes in, it makes for inspiring listening.

Restorying the Earth

  • Listening time: 30-40min
  • Frequency: Fortnightly
  • Listen: here

This is another newcomer on the Scottish scene hosted by Alette Willis, a performance storyteller, author, teacher and researcher who works with stories and people to transform the world into one where every being can thrive. If you, like us, are interested in the transformative power of stories, this is the one for you!

Alette puts it so very eloquently herself: 

“The current environmental crises we are facing–including biodiversity loss, climate change–have their roots in the stories that dominate our societies, our communities and our identities. This fortnightly podcast explores working with story to bring about thriving futures for all life on Earth. The fabulous storytellers, storywriters, storyactivists and storyresearchers I speak with generously share their experience, wisdom and stories to help us collectively restory our relationship to this beautiful world.”

The guests come from all over the world, and the conversations so far included using personal journey stories for healing, how storytelling festivals can provoke change, and dilemmas of non-indigineous storytellers face around developing their own stories of connection to land and landscapes they call home. 

Degrowth in Scotland

  • Listening time: 30-40min
  • Frequency: weekly
  • Listen: here

Degrowth in Scotland is an interview podcast series brought to you by Enough!’s Scottish Degrowth Network. Hosted by emerging podcaster Nico Ndlovu, the Degrowth in Scotland podcast series invites you to (un)learn more about degrowth and decolonisation, through discussions with people involved in this work across Scotland.

Local Zero

  • Listening time: 60min
  • Frequency: weekly
  • Listen: here

Local Zero is a podcast with a key question in mind: how can local action help to tackle climate change? It is led by three researchers from the University of Strathclyde — Dr Rebecca Ford, Dr Matt Hannon, and Fraser Stewart – who work from various perspectives at the nexus of energy, innovation and society. Local Zero is for anyone who has any interest in local climate action. We want to have accessible conversations about real-life, practical, local solutions to climate change. This isn’t a conversation for boffins only, nor a podcast for ringing alarm bells about the climate emergency. This is a podcast for hope and discussing practical, actionable solutions. Produced by Bespoken Media, and funded by EnergyREV – the UK’s Energy Revolution Research Consortium – under the UK Government Prospering from the Energy Revolution Programme.

The Lay of the Land

  • Listening time: 40min
  • Frequency: weekly
  • Listen: here

This podcast aims to explore what land means to the people of Scotland: from the way it is used and owned and how those decisions are made, to the reuse of derelict sites and the wonderful transformations that have happened in communities across Scotland. Through discussion with a variety of guests, the podcast explores how we can become more involved with the land around us and how being more engaged in the conversation can bring significant benefits to our lives and our local communities. It is a part of My Land campaign by the Scottish Land Commission and is hosted by filmmaker and broadcaster Calum Maclean. Calum Maclean is best known for his work on BBC’s ‘The Social’ and BBC Alba series ‘Dhan Uisge’, which shared some of Scotland’s hidden outdoor swimming spots.

Marine Matters

  • Listening time: 15min
  • Frequency: occasional
  • Listen: here

A very occasional but well formed podcast hosted by Emily Burton, Conservation Officer at the Scottish Seabird Centre.

PCAN podcast

  • Listening time: 40min
  • Frequency: Monthly (-ish)
  • Listen: here

The PCAN Podcast launched in March 2021 as a platform to discuss the wave of local climate action that has emerged across the UK. Researchers, politicians and practioners from across the Place-based Climate Action Network (PCAN) tell their stories of trying to put climate policy into action on the ground.

The show is co-hosted by Professor John Barry, a co-investigator for PCAN, Queen’s University Belfast, and Kate Lock, Policy and Communications Manager for PCAN, the University of Leeds. It is produced and edited by Simon Moore, Communications and Engagement Officer, University of Leeds. The show is published by the Climactic Collective, an independent podcast network telling the stories of regular people pushing for climate action in their communities.

Culture and sustainability podcast

  • Listening time: 40min
  • Frequency: Occasional/ended in 2020?
  • Listen: here

Podcast from Creative Carbon Scotland on how the arts and culture have an essential role in achieving the transformational change to a sustainable future.

CliMates

  • Listening time: 40min
  • Frequency: 10 episodes, ended in 2020
  • Listen: here

Chats about Climate Change, hosted by Hazel Darwin-Clements. Listen to 100 conversations she had about Climate Change with friends, friends of friends, family, their friends, their dogs (not really), folk she met on the bus (ok, again not really) and pretty much anyone who would talk about it with her (really!). It’s recommended to start at the beginning, there’s an arc.