8 BEST ENVIRONMENTAL PODCASTS ABOUT THE WILD & PEOPLE TRYING TO SAVE IT

Best Environmental Podcasts - Conservation Uncut Podcast
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With climate change and biodiversity loss happening at an alarming rate, it’s high time we tune in to conservation issues

What better way than to start subscribing to some inspiring, educational and environmental podcasts out there. These podcasts focus on a number of different topics, particularly wildlife conservation efforts, biodiversity, and various natural places and creatures. Basically anything that expresses the value of the natural world and the importance of a more sustainable lifestyle. 

We LOVE podcasts (and not just because we host one, we promise!). They’re a fantastic (and FREE!) medium for disseminating and digesting hard hitting information (and entertainment) in a pretty easy way. You can listen to them on your commute to and from work, on family road trips, or even if you just need some quality “me” time.

They’re also a great learning resource. Unlike many books and scientific journals, podcasts speak to these same conservation and environmental experts but break down complicated ideas into understandable and relatable terms.  Many of them also include epic stories of the wild, which we love! 

Here are some of our favorite inspiring and entertaining environmental podcasts.

QUICK LINKS: ENVIRONMENTAL PODCASTS

Best Environmental Podcasts - Threshold Podcast
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Best Environmental Podcasts - Threshold Podcast
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This multi award-winning podcast so far has two themes seasons.  The first season, which we devoured while appropriately traveling through Yellowstone National Park, focuses on the American Bison and its key role in American history.  We were so inspired that we later interviewed co-producer Nick Mott on our podcast.

Season 2 takes listeners north to the Arctic (of both Alaska, Scandinavia, and Russia) and examines the startling realities, impact, and implications of climate change from the front lines.

Where science meets journalism, Threshold is as much an informational podcast as it is a story-telling one.  With professional audio quality and sound design, it seamlessly blends the facts and stats with real human and animal stories.  Absolutely compelling, start to finish. One of the best produced podcasts out there.

They state it best: “We don’t lack data. Loads of facts and figures on environmental change can be found with the click of a mouse. What we lack is context and perspective. If we don’t absorb the meaning of what we’re taking in, the data is almost worthless.

Recommended Listening:

  • #1.3 Born Free: This episode contains the core of season one: the bison debate.  Do we let them roam free outside Yellowstone National Park or contain the population?  Hear both equally valid sides of the conversation, that both come from a care for animal welfare.  This episode highlights how sometimes, conversation is anything but black and white.
  • #2.8 Oil & Water: This heartbreaking episode tells the story of two native Alaskan whalers in Utqiuagvik, Alaska who are slowly losing the ability to live the lifestyle their culture has thrived in for hundreds of years. Utqiuagvik is the northernmost settlement in the U.S., on the same shore as Prudhoe Bay from which the Trans-Alaska pipe pumps millions of gallons of oil each year.  This oil simultaneously enriches the community and threatens to destroy its culture.
Best Environmental Podcasts - Protect your Wild Podcast
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Best Environmental Podcasts - Protect your Wild Podcast
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Hosted by Colin and Avinash, Protect Your Wild gives you ways to do just that, with a healthy dose of humor and games that make fact presentation fun.  Their range is impressive.

Aside from wildlife conservation stories, they cover everything from sustainable business profiles and product reviews to interviews with activists and other outdoor influencers.

For a podcast with a little bit of everything, this is a great and highly binge-able option.

As they see it, “if celebrities are running for president, and using the term ‘climate change’ is banned in the EPA then we need some voices of reason damn it!

Recommended Listening:

  • #34 Saving the Asian Elephant with Dr. Ron Chandler: Founder of the Conservation Initiative for the Asian Elephant, Ron Chandler is a truly inspiring protector of biodiversity.  This episode dives into how the legend got his humble start in fighting for a more sustainable world.
  • #69 The End of Coffee: Yes, you read that right! We hope you didn’t spit out that mouthful of morning joe in surprise either…because it may be in precious supply.  This episode talks about the shocking discovering that 60% of wild coffee species are threatened by deforestation and land development. If you rely on that black brew to get you going every morning, you may want to hear this.

THE SUSTAINABLE JUNGLE PODCAST

The Sustainable Jungle Podcast is a mission driven show, focusing on solutions for the world’s sustainability and conservation challenges. Hosts, Lyall & Joy, talk with some of the most interesting and inspiring people working to future proof our planet. Join us as we create a place to encourage and galvanize positive change.

Subscribe to the show:
iTunes  |  Spotify  |  Stitcher  |  Podbean 

Yes, this is our very own podcast so we’re probably a teensy bit biased (#shamelessplug). However, as objectively as possible, we do believe our podcast is a good source for hearing some amazing stories of animal activism. And that has nothing to do with us!  

It’s all to do with some great people we’ve interviewed on the show and the inspirational work they’re doing.

While we cover a lot of different sustainability topics, our ones that focus on conversation and biodiversity are among some of our favorites. 

Recommended Listening:

Best Environmental Podcasts - Conservation Uncut Podcast
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Best Environmental Podcasts
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Conservation Uncut is an environmental podcast run by scientist, writer, and conservationist Gianluca Cerullo, primarily known for his popular blog for which he won the Terra Incognito Blogger of the year award in 2018.

He focuses not only on conversation as a whole but practical guide on how we as individuals can support biodiversity. This “occasional podcast” is an outgrowth of those efforts. While it only has five episodes thus far, each one interviews a fascinating conservationist and dives into the gritty, often ignored aspects of conservation.

Recommended Listening:

  • Boots on the Ground (A Conversation with a Park Ranger): An interview with Selous National Park (Africa’s largest wildlife reserve) ranger Apollo Kwilabya. Aside from some pretty fun bush stories, Apollo gets real about his job, including the reality of the modern poaching war in one of the worst hit locations. 
  • The Dark Side of Conservation: Gianluca dives into a more neglected topic with Francis Masse. Conservation has its own areas of questionable ethics, such as military employed to defend against poaching and other impacts of anti-poaching methods.
Best Environmental Podcasts - Eyes on Conservation
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Best Environmental Podcasts - Eyes on Conservation
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Wild Lens, as the name implies, is primarily an eco-film company with two accompanying blogs: the Wild Lens and Eyes on Conservation blogs.  Their wonderful videos are often as short as five minutes.  

The Eyes on Conservation Podcast was born for those who want more.  More information about global conservation efforts, more research regarding the impacts, and more ways to get involved.  

With a new episode released every Wednesday, they have almost 200 episodes, all in the form of a conversation with an inspiring expert or just passionate conservationist.  A well-oiled environmental podcast machine!

Recommended Listening:

Best Environmental Podcasts - Wild Voices Project
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Hosted by Matt Williams, the Wild Voices podcast tells “the stories of people saving nature” whether they be conservationist, filmmakers, photographers, volunteers, or “guano collectors”!  

You never know what crazy concept will be their next subject, but you can bet it’ll feature someone who cares a whole lot about the natural world and how they take action to protect it.

Recommended Listening:

  • Ashley Bell: From horror movies to the plight of the Asian elephant: A super interesting episode with award-winning actress (most notably known for her role in the film The Last Exorcism).  Bell now focuses on environmental podcasts and documentaries, having directed and produced Love and Bananas: An Elephant Story about the Asian elephant crisis (often overshadowed by conservation concerns of the African elephant).  Hear about how she jumped from exorcisms to elephants, and what horror acting techniques she still uses when covering real-life horrors.
  • Louie Psihoyos: Oscar Award-winning wildlife filmmaker: Louie, a former National Geographic photographer turned filmmaker, directed the Oscar-winning documentary The Cove, which documents the slaughter of dolphins in Japan. In this episode, he tells all sorts of crazy stories, like his random meeting with fellow dinosaur lover Stephen Spielberg sparked his interest in extinction and inspired his film Racing Extinction
Best Environmental Podcasts - Sustainababble
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Best Environmental Podcasts - Sustainababble
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While “a comedy podcast about the environment” sounds fun (and yes it is, we have actually laughed out loud while listening to it), don’t let that and the wonderfully cartoonish nature of the hosts fool you: Sutainababble talks about some very serious sh*t (including literal avalanches of poo coming from melting glaciers in popular mountainous regions).

Without a filter or a fear of offending, these blokes frame sustainability issues with hot-button politics and other current events.

Best of all, they address these topics in a light hearted, extremely digestible way, proving that discussing the current state of the environment doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom. Sometimes, laughter is the best medicine. We love how they laugh about their own eco-anxiety… something we can related to and you no doubt feel it too if you’ve read this far 😉

Recommended Listening:

  • #128: Extinction Rebellion: An in depth look into the newest protest movement…”So will it work? Who’s it trying to appeal to? What will happen next?”
  • #120: Hedgehogs: Have you ever thought about the plight of our cutest garden friends? Did you know they’re in trouble?
  • #142: Right to Repair: You’re reading this on an electronic device.  What happens when that device becomes obsolete? How does it affect the environment?  This episode answers all these questions and more!
  • #143: Glaciers: A discussion about the implications of glacial melt, including “avalanches of poo”. Enough said.
Best Environmental Podcast - Ecosia Podcast
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Ecosia is perhaps best known for their search engine where you can “search the web to plant trees”.  In other words, for every search you make, they plant a tree. That’s better than Big Brother Google any day of the week! Do check them out if you haven’t done so already, it really is a no-brainer…

The Ecosia Podcast is a recent offshoot of their endeavors, where they talk more about their planting projects and its impacts in the communities in which they are located. This podcast is all FAQs about the logistics of their project as well as addressing some other environmental concerns.  

While posting only happens every couple of months, we hope the endeavor continues.

Recommended Listening:

  • Trees not profits: This conversation with Ecosia founder and CEO Christian Kroll breaks down Ecosia’s business model and their core philosophy of putting the planet over peoples’ profits.  Hear how that accomplish it.
  • The activists who risk their lives to defend our planet: A lot of these podcasts feature the voices of activists talking about animals.  This episode talked about the activists, especially the ones on the front lines of dangerous places where environmental activism isn’t regarded kindly.  In fact, it’s criminalized (even regarded as terrorism) in some countries.  

NOTABLE SUSTAINABILITY AND ENVIRONMENT RELATED PODCAST MENTIONS 

While these podcasts didn’t quite make it into the best of the best (because our focus in this article ended up being on wildlife conservation ),  we highly enjoy (and recommend) them for covering a wide range of sustainability and conscious living issues.   

  • The Slow Home Podcast: Less about conservation specifically but one of our favorites about the slow living minimalist movement in general (which ties in closely to zero waste principals!).
  • The Minimalists: Well known for their documentary Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things, these guys don’t just emphasize decluttering.  In fact, they’re all about the more of the minimalism lifestyle than the less of it all.
  • Podship Earth: Another award-winner, this quirky podcast hosted by David Blumfield covers TONS of eco-conscious and sustainability topics, which you can easily see with fun graphics right from their podcast page.
  • Eco Chic: These “Chic Chats” are a fun way to lighten to mood. They talk about not just sustainability, but what it’s like choosing to live a sustainable lifestyle in the modern world.  For example, “Dating Sustainably” features five women’s view on how their sustainable views shape their dating lives.
  • Think Sustainability: As the name suggests, big focus on sustainability here and the overall impact of consumption.  While less of a story-driven podcast, you can get tons of information and recent research regarding environmental issues. At only 20-30 minutes, these episodes are a lot like eating popcorn. 
  • Global Goals Cast: Determined to fight the doom and gloom of the modern world, this podcast tells uplifting stories about companies and individuals that are fighting for a more sustainable future.
  • Green Dreamer: Newer podcast with a huge range of professionally researched sustainability topics (from greenwashing to the impact of climate change on earth’s microbes). They already have almost 150 episodes and release a new one every couple days!
  • Humans on Purpose: A Melbourne-based profile podcast that features all sorts of inspiring and ambitious people, either in sustainability or otherwise.

FINAL THOUGHTS ON ENVIRONMENTAL PODCASTS

You can download or stream any of these podcasts at any number of places, including iHeart Radio, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, and more. 

To do some extra good though, listen through Podcoin.  This app rewards you for each 10 minutes you listen and you can then put the points toward good causes, such as purchasing CO2 offsets and feeding rescued animals.  

Did we mention podcasts are free?! It’s like a university education…without the decades of debt repayments.

So what are you waiting for? Hit subscribe and start getting your daily dose of inspiration and activism right through your own earbuds.  You know what they say: A podcast a day keeps the climate change deniers at bay.

Have a favorite environmental podcast that didn’t make the list? Us, too! There are just so many good ones we couldn’t include them all but we would love to hear yours. Drop us a line or leave a comment.

8 Best Environmental Podcasts About The Wild & People Trying To Save It

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