Sustainababble

Sustainababble

By Sustainababble: comedy, nature, climate change.

A funny podcast about the environment, sustainability, and all the total guff people talk in the name of saving the planet.

Episodes

#174: No More Cars

A car-free future is hurtling our way faster than even the most ardent greenies dared dream, pre-Covid. Backed into a corner by a pandemic that simply refuses to stop being a dick, mayors throughout Europe are rapidly closing major roads to cars and building cycling infrastructure quicker than you can say “Eddy Merckz ate my chamois cream”. So momentous is this development that Dave even went out on his bike to see the transformation taking place in the city formerly known as Stinky London, and got all emosh in the process. Bless. Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. Ecoguff read out by Arabella. Love the babble? Bung us a few pennies at www.patreon.com/sustainababble. MERCH: sustainababble.teemill.com Available on iTunes, Spotify, Acast & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
25/05/2044m 59s

#173: Pangolins

What the world needs in these troubled times is someone to blame. A scapegoat or, in this instance, a scapepangolin.For it turns out everyone's favourite curly, scaley, insect-snuffling-y, heavily trafficked nature weirdos are very much in the dock for unleashing Covid-19 on the world. But is all as it seems? Dave has read some SCIENCE, and reveals all. Also this week, an absolute thug of a plant. If you encounter Giant Hogweed, for pete's sake just give it whatever it wants and back away quietly.Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. Ecoguff read out by Arabella. Love the babble? Bung us a few pennies at www.patreon.com/sustainababble. MERCH: sustainababble.teemill.com Available on iTunes, Spotify, Acast & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
17/05/2047m 39s

#172: The BBC

Central to British cultural life, if not quite as dominant as it once was, the Beeb still solicits widespread affection, a refuge of familiarity in these strange times. But many a spleen is vented over Auntie's perceived leftyness or rightyness, and its impartial, 'balanced' editorial stance in news reporting is frequently the subject of attack or riducule, not least in coverage of climageddon. So what really goes on when an angry man in a shed complains, and how exactly does celebrity climate denier Nigel Lawson get a platform on the Today programme? To find out, we speak to Richard Black, 25 years a BBC journalist and long-time environment correspondent. Richard currently runs the Energy & Climate Intelligence Unit and is the author of Denied: The Rise and Fall of Climate Contrarianism. This episode contains a clip of "I'm proud of the BBC" by Mitch Benn: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3q2iZuU5WM Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. Ecoguff read out by Arabella. Love the babble? Bung us a few pennies at www.patreon.com/sustainababble. MERCH: sustainababble.teemill.com Available on iTunes, Spotify, Acast & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
10/05/2043m 46s

#171: Mark Lynas meets Sustainababble

If the global pandemic is leaving you wanting more on the existential angst front, try dipping into chapter 6 of journalist and former activist Mark Lynas' new book, 'Our Final Warning', where you'll read that at six degrees of global heating "a wave of mass extinctions threatens life on earth". Theeeeeeere we go, that's the good stuff.The book, to an extent an updated version of 2007's groundbreaking 'Six Degrees', describes the most recent scientific understanding of what we can expect if carbon emissions don’t fall rapidly and temperatures continue to rise. Or, in other words, the civilisation-ending shitstorm that's in the post if humanity doesn't get its act together PDQ.We chat to Mark about what's changed - good and bad - in the twelve years between the two books, what Covid-19 might mean for global emissions, and why, despite it all, he retains a sense of optimism.Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. Ecoguff read out by Arabella. Love the babble? Bung us a few pennies at www.patreon.com/sustainababble. MERCH: sustainababble.teemill.com Available on iTunes, Spotify, Acast & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
04/05/2044m 12s

#170: Virus

Look, we were supposed to be on a break, but then the world broke. So we're back for a remotely-recorded Covid special. Fair to say this virus lark presents a few challenges on the chuckle front. But despite all the mayhem there are as always Inhofes to be fingered and green shoots of optimism to be nurtured. We roll up our sleeves. Should we truck any sympathy with polluters trying to capitalise on it all? Are you a git if you're happy about the cleaner air and the rampaging goats? And how many pairs of lockdown pants does a chap need? All this, and Dave updates us on his career break plans. Suffice it to say, they've changed. Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. Ecoguff read out by Arabella. Love the babble? Bung us a few pennies at www.patreon.com/sustainababble. MERCH: sustainababble.teemill.com Available on iTunes, Spotify, Acast & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
09/04/2049m 24s

#169: Stop

Shriek! One of us no longer works for an environmental charity. Is this the end? A more reflective / fewer-knob-jokes episode than usual. What happens when trying to change stuff gets all a bit bloody exhausting? How do we know whether anything we're doing is making the tiniest bit of difference? And - look, we KNOW it's a mid-life crisis, all right? Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. Ecoguff read out by Arabella. Love the babble? Bung us a few pennies at www.patreon.com/sustainababble. MERCH: sustainababble.teemill.com Available on iTunes, Spotify, Acast & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
08/03/2037m 30s

#168: Who Owns England?

It's all very well wanting to plant trees everywhere and stuff like that but you need to own the land first. And we don't. Not only that, we don't even really know who does. But one man knows more than most. Superstar activist Guy Shrubsole spent a very long time digging into who actually holds the deeds to England's green and pleasant land and what he found was proper scandalising. In 2019 his book, Who Owns England, took the papers by storm - both left- and right-wing ones, for different reasons - and is just about to come out in paperback. Remember all the stuff about half the country being owned by a very small number of posh people? That was Guy. Guy tells us all about his adventures hopping over fences and trawling over maps, and makes us gawp and shriek at the sheer secrecy about who holds the real power over England itself. You'll be sharpening your pitchforks by tea-time. A fascinating chat with a campaigner and author whose work has been called "brave and important" by Robert Macfarlane. Guy's investigative website can be found at www.whoownsengland.org, and you can follow him on Twitter @guyshrubsole. Who Owns England? is published in paperback on 19th March 2020. Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. Ecoguff read out by Arabella. Love the babble? Bung us a few pennies at www.patreon.com/sustainababble. MERCH: sustainababble.teemill.com Available on iTunes, Spotify, Acast & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
01/03/2047m 43s

#167: Kate Pankhurst meets Sustainababble

Children's author and illustrator Kate Pankhurst often finds herself addressing classrooms of kids, so she was completely at home chatting to Dave and Ol about her new book, Fantastically Great Women Who Saved The Planet.As the names suggests, the book bigs up a host of incredible women from around the world who have done more than most to stand up for mother Earth. Some are household names, but many aren't, despite their planet-saving (s)heroics.We ask Kate whether that's kinda the point of the book; that were our society and its cultural history somewhat less unequal, the legends of Wangari Maathai, Ingeborg Beling or the Chipko movement would be every bit as well known in classrooms as their male counterparts.Fantastically Great Women Who Saved The Planet is out now, published by Bloomsbury, and is the Booksellers Association children's indie book of the month for February.Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. Ecoguff read out by Arabella.Love the babble? Bung us a few pennies at www.patreon.com/sustainababble.MERCH: sustainababble.teemill.comAvailable on iTunes, Spotify, Acast & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
23/02/2038m 38s

#166: Chlorine Chicken

Now that we've Br-ucked Off, Blighty can look forward to supermarkets chock full of chlorine-drenched poultry. Lucky us (lucky chickens).Why? Because that's how chickens are made in America, goddammit, and Donald Trump smells a finger-lickin' opportunity to sell stinky US chooks to a market newly liberated from Yerp's pesky animal welfare standards.Obviously that's about as far as our understanding of trade goes, so we got someone in to tell us more. Returning guest Sam Lowe (see babble #42), from the Centre for European Reform, joins us to defend his fascination with one of the nerdiest subjects in the world and patiently explain why it's actually quite important.Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. Ecoguff read out by Arabella.Love the babble? Bung us a few pennies at www.patreon.com/sustainababble.MERCH: sustainababble.teemill.comAvailable on iTunes, Spotify, Acast & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
17/02/2039m 52s

#165: Wildfires

Australia's terrifying bushfires have made the climate emergency seem very real and very immediate. They've forced people everywhere to join the dots in ways previous 'yes obviously it's climate change' disasters haven't. Why? Does it really take a billion animals going up in smoke for people to give global apocalypse more than a passing thought? And is anything going to be different now, politically?Also this week, some truly biblical insect news from East Africa and a newspaper proving that, just occasionally, the least trusted profession can be a force for good.Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. Ecoguff read out by Arabella.Love the babble? Bung us a few pennies at www.patreon.com/sustainababble.MERCH: sustainababble.teemill.comAvailable on iTunes, Spotify, Acast & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
10/02/2040m 11s

#164: Climate Assembly

In a hotel room in Birmingham, one hundred ordinary people are doing something rather extraordinary. For four weekends, members of the UK's Climate Assembly are discussing - in a polite, constructive, and very un-2020 way - how on earth we achieve what the UK government has decided we will achieve, i.e. naff all climate pollution in 30 years time.What's really special is that these people are not yoghurt weavers like Dave and Ol. They represent a cross-section of society, including climate sceptics, so should arrive at solutions likely to meet with broad public and political approval. In theory.To find out what it's like in that hotel room, and what David Attenborough is really like, we speak to the person running the whole shebang. Sarah Allan is Head of Engagement at the participation charity 'Involve', who are running Climate Assembly UK for six committees of the UK Parliament.Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. Ecoguff read out by Arabella.Love the babble? Bung us a few pennies at www.patreon.com/sustainababble.MERCH: sustainababble.teemill.comAvailable on iTunes, Spotify, Acast & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
03/02/2039m 10s

#163: Jonathan Rowson meets Sustainababble

Chess Grandmaster Jonathan Rowson won the British Championship three times and has been the no.1 player in Scotland for basically ever. He's so clever, he's got a PhD in 'Wisdom'. That sounds like a joke but it isn't.Jonathan has written extensively about what it is in our heads and our societies that stops us being wiser, and is director of Perspectiva, an organisation that inspires Important People to examine real world problems with a deeper appreciation of the influence of our inner worlds. Problems like climate change, which is a principal theme in his new book, The Moves That Matter.So, fresh from an election all-nighter (this was recorded on 13 December), Dave and Ol try to conduct a conversation with a stupendously clever human all about philosophy, psychology and climate change. In addition - and why the hell not - Dave decides to **play** Jonathan at chess while conducting the interview. You can see how that went, move by move, here: https://tinyurl.com/babblechessSustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. Ecoguff read out by Arabella.Love the babble? Bung us a few pennies at www.patreon.com/sustainababble.MERCH: sustainababble.teemill.comAvailable on iTunes, Spotify, Acast & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
29/12/1952m 31s

#162: Sustainabauble 2019

We don't want a lot for Christmas - there is just one thing we need: piles of festive eco-guff underneath our (potted, reusable) Christmas tree. Make our dreams come true! Let us share this year's Sustainabauble with you. Happy Babblemas. Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. Ecoguff read out by Arabella. Love the babble? Bung us a few pennies at www.patreon.com/sustainababble. MERCH: sustainababble.teemill.com Available on iTunes, Spotify, Acast & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
22/12/1934m 58s

#161: Five More Years

Election 2019, then: Tories. LOTS of Tories. Boris is as delighted as pig in a massive pile of poo, and has carte blanche to sodding well do whatevs - including to the planet. Crikey, and indeed, Moses. What on Earth does all this mean for, well, Earth? Will the good green stuff the Tories promised ever actually happen? Is this the end for the climate movement? And if you're feeling a bit soggy and limp about it all, what's to do next? Dave and Ol haven't really been to bed, but the Babble never sleeps. Join us, and several cups of exceptionally strong coffee, for a post-electoral cuddle. Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. Ecoguff read out by Arabella. Love the babble? Bung us a few pennies at www.patreon.com/sustainababble. MERCH: sustainababble.teemill.com Available on iTunes, Spotify, Acast & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
13/12/1934m 16s

#160: Orcas

It's possible that a terrifyingly high proportion of babble listeners haven't seen Free Willy, which, if the case, is truly appalling. Not being alive in 1993 is NO EXCUSE.Anyway, it's a film about an orca, and orcas - killer whales - are extraordinary beings, but beings we know bugger all about. So we decided to interview someone who knows rather more.Enter Shilpa Shah, strategist and blogger for the wonderful Orca Guardians organisation in West Iceland. Shilpa is, by her own admission, completely obsessed with these animals, not only because of their remarkable social structures and astonishing intelligence, but because of what they might be trying to tell us about... us.To find out more about Orca Guardians and their work, please visit https://orcaguardians.org/. You can even adopt an orca! https://orcaguardians.org/adoption-packages/ Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. Ecoguff read out by Arabella.Love the babble? Bung us a few pennies at www.patreon.com/sustainababble.MERCH: sustainababble.teemill.comAvailable on iTunes, Spotify, Acast & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
08/12/1938m 0s

#159: Advertising

"The gentle art of persuading the public to believe that they want something they don’t need", so a 1905 definition goes. Selling in 2019 is basically the same, except now there's the added by-product - yay! - of hastening planetary self-combustion.But what's it actually like selling stuff you know is bad news? Can the ad industry - increasingly staffed by the eco-anxious, after all - use its dark arts to save the planet? And is Mad Men basically a documentary?We natter to recovering ad man, and co-founder of The Comms Lab, Jonathan Wise, to find out.Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. Ecoguff read out by Arabella.Love the babble? Bung us a few pennies at www.patreon.com/sustainababble.MERCH: sustainababble.teemill.comAvailable on iTunes, Spotify, Acast & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
02/12/1942m 2s

#158: Floods

Bits of northern England have been inundated by floodwater in recent weeks. Even the perpetually soggy Venice has managed to get somehow more underwater.It's grim as hell, flooding, made worse by the politicians stopping by with a mop and hi-vis. Grim, but not unpredictable. So why is everyone still reporting these events as if they're out of the blue? Shouldn't we start assuming they're going to happen more regualrly, and get our preparative shit together accordingly?Also this week, manifestos for the babble's THIRD general election make for surprisingly uplifting reading, and Coldplay kick blighty when it's down. Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. Ecoguff read out by Arabella.Love the babble? Bung us a few pennies at www.patreon.com/sustainababble.MERCH: sustainababble.teemill.comAvailable on iTunes, Spotify, Acast & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
24/11/1936m 0s

#157: Tories

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, after all.So, in a demonstration of BBC-standard impartiality, we decided to interview an Actual Tory. It's only been 157 episodes, after all.Step forward Sam Hall, director of the Conservative Environment Network and former aide to Michael Gove, to give a passionate defense of Tory environmentalism. Crikey moses.Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. Ecoguff read out by Arabella.Love the babble? Bung us a few pennies at www.patreon.com/sustainababble.MERCH: sustainababble.teemill.comAvailable on iTunes, Spotify, Acast & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
17/11/1942m 0s

#156: Fireworks

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 fun.Also this week, seismic news in fracking world: it's actually been banned in England! We pause to celebrate this epic win, and thank the people who made it happen.Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. Ecoguff read out by Arabella.Love the babble? Bung us a few pennies at www.patreon.com/sustainababble.MERCH: sustainababble.teemill.comAvailable on iTunes, Spotify, Acast & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
11/11/1935m 0s

#155: Beavers meet Sustainababble

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 having nice-smelling undercarriages. Now, a handful of rewilders are starting to reintroduce them - including organic farmer, sausage chaser and beaver fancier, Chris Jones. With the help of Babble listener extraordinaire Abi, we visited Chris's farm to see these fabby rodents up close. Thanks massively to Chris Jones (@kernowbeaver) and Abi Beath for all the help. Abi's alter ego is singer/songwriter Abi Sofia, and two of her tracks are used in this episode - listen at https://soundcloud.com/abisofiamusic. Find out more about the Cornwall Beaver Project at @cornwallbeaver (Twitter) or @cornwallbeaverproject on Facebook. Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. Ecoguff read out by Arabella. Love the babble? Bung us a few pennies at www.patreon.com/sustainababble. MERCH: sustainababble.teemill.com Available on iTunes, Spotify, Acast & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
03/11/1945m 55s

#154: Eating Insects

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 associated with meat production. But is anyone actually OK with eating loads of crunchy, spikey, crawly things? Does a bag of salted crickets compare favourably to pork scratchings? Happily, Ol is prepared to find out, so listen on to discover what a vegetarian chowing down on deep fried exoskeleton sounds like.What a time to be alive.Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. Ecoguff read out by Arabella.Love the babble? Bung us a few pennies at www.patreon.com/sustainababble.MERCH: sustainababble.teemill.comAvailable on iTunes, Spotify, Acast & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
27/10/1940m 40s

#153: What’s next?

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 being recorded and published. What *is* clear is that the planet continues to be imperilled and fixing it should be top of everyone's agenda, but isn't, largely because of all the uncertainty.WHAT ON EARTH'S GOING TO HAPPEN? We speculate, wildly.Also this week, XR get it a bit wrong, top babble from the aviation industry and Shell being, well, shell-ish.Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. Ecoguff read out by Arabella.Love the babble? Bung us a few pennies at www.patreon.com/sustainababble.MERCH: sustainababble.teemill.comAvailable on iTunes, Spotify, Acast & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
20/10/1937m 53s

#152: BP vs the RSC

"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 recently told BP to shove their sponsorship dosh where the sun shineth not.Kierra Box, from activist group 'BP or Not BP?' joins us to explain how a bunch of stage-invading, ruff-wearing hippies gave the RSC no choice but to dish out a spectacular "it's not us, it's you" dumping to everyone's favourite oil major.Also this week, Extinction Rebellion are back. Does it matter if Boris Johnson slags them off? Are the public still on their side? Is that missing the whole point? We ponder.Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. Ecoguff read out by Arabella.Love the babble? Bung us a few pennies at www.patreon.com/sustainababble.MERCH: sustainababble.teemill.comAvailable on iTunes, Spotify, Acast & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
14/10/1940m 17s

#151: Fusion

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 fusion?Also this week, pine martens join the war on grey squirrels, and the poor loves at Cuadrilla retreat from Lancashire with tails between their legs. Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. Ecoguff read out by Arabella.Love the babble? Bung us a few pennies at www.patreon.com/sustainababble.MERCH: sustainababble.teemill.comAvailable on iTunes, Spotify, Acast & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
07/10/1938m 56s

#150: Greta

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 debate on its head. Isn't it all a bit - let's face it - odd? (in a good way). Are we right to pin so much of our hopes on her? And what happens when she's old enough for her haters to hate her to her face? Meanwhile the UK Labour party has signed up to net zero emissions in just over a decade. Shriek! Is that - whisper it - *too* ambitious? Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. Ecoguff read out by Arabella. Love the babble? Bung us a few pennies at www.patreon.com/sustainababble. MERCH: sustainababble.teemill.com Available on iTunes, Spotify, Acast & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
29/09/1937m 37s

#149: Naomi Oreskes meets Sustainababble

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). In a giggle-packed natter, Dave and Ol learn all about how science is done when it's done properly, how come so many Americans think climate change is a communist lie, and what you should do if your dentist smells of pork. All this, and Dave gets a proper telling off for his terrible interview technique - not before time. You can follow Naomi on Twitter @naomioreskes. Her new book, 'Trust in Science', is out imminently. Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. Love the babble? Bung us a few pennies at www.patreon.com/sustainababble. MERCH: sustainababble.teemill.com Available on iTunes, Spotify, Acast & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
22/09/1941m 19s

#148: Trees

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 down the ones we had. Have we got any hope at all of planting (at least) half a billion more trees? Does it let Big Oil off the hook if we do? And is the world ready for Dave's soggy willows? We investigate. All this, and some proper cheeky abuse of the concept of 'net zero' by the fossil fuel lot. And the farming lot. And the aviation lot. Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. Eco-guff performed by Arabella. Love the babble? Bung us a few pennies at www.patreon.com/sustainababble. MERCH: sustainababble.teemill.com Available on iTunes, Spotify, Acast & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
15/09/1942m 36s

#147: Cycling

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 the red-light jumping, pavement-bothering lycra zealots the press would have you believe, or just, y'know, humans who ride a bike every now and then?We discuss.Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. Eco-guff performed by Arabella.Love the babble? Bung us a few pennies at www.patreon.com/sustainababble.MERCH: sustainababble.teemill.comAvailable on iTunes, Spotify, Acast & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
19/05/1947m 14s

#146: Nature Crisis

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 ho!Fear not though, even in this bleakest of topics, babble was saught and - by jove - babble was found.Also this week, encourging news on the do-people-give-a-shit barometer, as a recording of birdsong soars up the UK charts and Australian voters give politicians a planet flavoured kick in the Uluru.Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. Eco-guff performed by Arabella.Love the babble? Bung us a few pennies at www.patreon.com/sustainababble.MERCH: sustainababble.teemill.comAvailable on iTunes, Spotify, Acast & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
13/05/1938m 42s

#145: Emergency

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 2050 wildly ambitious, hopelessly weedy, or somewhere in between?Also this week, Gammons getting angry with Percy Pigs, McDonalds customers failing to suck it up, and Chris Packham's majestic response to phallic abuse.Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. Eco-guff performed by Arabella.Love the babble? Bung us a few pennies at www.patreon.com/sustainababble.MERCH: sustainababble.teemill.comAvailable on iTunes, Spotify, Acast & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
06/05/1939m 10s

#144: Fashion

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 protest that is Extinction Rebellion, and some bizarre Babble-flattery from Shell.Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. Eco-guff performed by Arabella.Love the babble? Bung us a few pennies at www.patreon.com/sustainababble.MERCH: sustainababble.teemill.comAvailable on iTunes, Spotify, Acast & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
24/04/1941m 42s

#143: Glaciers

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 this week, eggs, Shell, and cars all making the news for reasons of varying smelliness. Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. Eco-guff performed by Arabella.Love the babble? Bung us a few pennies at www.patreon.com/sustainababble.MERCH: sustainababble.teemill.comAvailable on iTunes, Spotify, Acast & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
24/04/1938m 41s

#142: Right to Repair

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 possessions outlasted most relationships. We live in a world restless to upgrade our shiny new things to shinier, newier things. Why is that? What does it mean for the planet? Might there be - perhaps surprisingly - some environmental upsides?Clever person Duncan McCann from the New Economics Foundation talks to us about the 'right to repair' and reveals the inhoffery that goes on in the electronics sector. Read his splendid blog on the subject here: https://neweconomics.org/2019/01/demanding-a-right-to-repair.Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. Eco-guff performed by Arabella.Love the babble? Bung us a few pennies at www.patreon.com/sustainababble.MERCH: sustainababble.teemill.comAvailable on iTunes, Spotify, Acast & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
24/04/1940m 0s

#141: Clusterf**k

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 simple* as buggering off from yerp, how in the name of all that is holy are they going to fix climate change? Is the political system remotely up to this challenge, and if not, what then?Also this week, some massive Inhofes putting birds in equally massive hairnets, and capitalism solving air pollution like only it knows how: one facial at a time.* We know, we know.Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. Eco-guff performed by Arabella.Love the babble? Bung us a few pennies at www.patreon.com/sustainababble.MERCH: sustainababble.teemill.comAvailable on iTunes, Spotify, Acast & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
24/04/1940m 0s

#140: Recycling

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 Mail".Probably the one thing we can all agree on is how sodding confusing it is. Can plastic bags be recycled? Doesn't it all go to China? Should I bother rinsing my hummus pot when No. 62 routinely shove half a dead dog in their green bin?We chat to one man who knows the answers to all these rubbish (geddit?) questions and more, waste nerd, mega-brain and friend of the babble, Julian Kirby.Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. Eco-guff performed by Arabella.Love the babble? Bung us a few pennies at www.patreon.com/sustainababble.MERCH: sustainababble.teemill.comAvailable on iTunes, Spotify, Acast & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
24/04/1940m 12s

#139: Birthstrike

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 forces in the face of this existential threat". It's clearly the most profound of personal decisions, woven through with complexity and heartache. To understand more about what Birthstrike is - and isn't - we talk to Alice Brown, long time listener to the 'babble and, more importantly, prominent Birthstriker. Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. Eco-guff read out by Arabella. Love the babble? Bung us a few pennies at www.patreon.com/sustainababble. MERCH: sustainababble.teemill.com Available on iTunes, Spotify, Acast & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
24/04/1939m 16s

#138: Hygiene

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.
24/04/1941m 54s

#137: Is Fracking Dead?

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 with the locals, not to mention a Government - outrageously! - failing to bend to their every will. At some point, surely, the flush is bust. So when can we call it? When can we whisper that fracking might actually be dead? Or is that a hopeless misreading of the situation? Also this week, delicious gourmet squirrels and Michael Gove being a weasel. Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. MERCH: sustainababble.teemill.com Available on iTunes, Spotify, Acast & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
24/04/1939m 57s

#136: School Strikes

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 message is that grown-ups need to start taking climate change seriously. Senior politicians, rather brilliantly making the strikers' points for them, have responded with sulky putdowns and verbal pats on the head. So what to make of all this? Are the kids hopelessly - if understandably - oversimplifying things? Is Theresa May actively trying to alienate the next generation? And does skipping school on a friday make the blindest bit of difference? Two haggard, irrelevant old geezers discuss. Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. MERCH: sustainababble.teemill.com Available on iTunes, Spotify, Acast & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
24/04/1931m 41s

#135: Asad Rehman meets Sustainababble

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 justice and the voices of the global South at the heart of civil society's demands during UN climate talks. We chat to Asad about his decades of anti-racism activism, the failings of the environment movement and what can be done about it, and why a Green New Deal for America won't cut the mustard. Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. MERCH: sustainababble.teemill.com Available on iTunes, Spotify, Acast & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
24/04/1939m 48s

#134: Green New Deal

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 Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a working class, socialist, woman of colour born in - gulp - 1989. Very much *not* Al Gore, in other words. We probe, ponder, and postulate this new phenomen, but mostly try not to get depressed about how everyone is so much younger than us these days. Also this week: Veganuary bringing out the bitter old man in Dave Iceland supermarket coming over all Inhofey American weather taking the piss Schoolchildren showing adults how to stop acting like children Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. MERCH: sustainababble.teemill.com Available on iTunes, Spotify, Acast & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
24/04/1938m 39s

#133: Caroline Lucas meets Sustainababble

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" t-shirt in Parliament. And she pwned Jacob Rees-Mogg in a recent brexit debate. We're quite big fans. As another year of enviro-catastrophe draws to a close, Caroline chats exclusively to the Babble about trying to get shit done in Parliament, why there aren't more Green politicians around, what she thinks of Extinction Rebellion and why she remains positive, despite it all. Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. MERCH: sustainababble.teemill.com Available on iTunes, Spotify, Acast & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
24/04/1932m 16s

#132: Sustainabauble 2018

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 Ol remember anything about 2018 at all? We find out. All this, and we find time to dole out our Inhofe of the Year award, and splatter Cuadrilla's melons. Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. MERCH: sustainababble.teemill.com Available on iTunes, Spotify, Acast, Soundcloud & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
24/04/1939m 19s

#131: Molly Scott Cato meets Sustainababble

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 simultaneously breaking and making the law. We chat to Molly about protest, the Gilets Jaunes, hope, and of course squeeze in some pointy-headed green economics chat. Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. MERCH: sustainababble.teemill.com Available on iTunes, Spotify, Acast, Soundcloud & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
24/04/1937m 36s

#130: Peat

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 the answer to all those knotty questions about carbon emissions, and to Michael Gove it's the inspiration for an outrageously smutty speech. Oh for peat's sake. We dig around to uncover why rotting plants are suddenly so important for the climate. Also this week, more planet-saving heroism from young people. Christ knows we need it. Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. MERCH: sustainababble.teemill.com Available on iTunes, Spotify, Acast, Soundcloud & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
24/04/1937m 18s

#129: Climate Act

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 of the law really to immediately fix climate change? If not, what was it? And how come Ol thinks it's spiffing and brilliant and marvellous given, y'know, everything? Also this week, we visit Poland (figuratively) for some splendid babble ahead of the latest international climate shindig, and get momentarily confused about Lego. Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. MERCH: sustainababble.teemill.com Available on iTunes, Spotify, Acast, Soundcloud & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
24/04/1938m 26s

#128: Extinction Rebellion

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 F*CKED' banner off Westminster bridge kinda straightforward. Far more interesting than its sweariness though is the movement's focus on civil disobedience. 'Join us, and be prepared to get nicked' seems to be the recruitment mantra, and it's working. Thousands of people are showing up, hundreds have now been arrested. Best of all Jim Davidson is cross. So will it work? Who's it trying to appeal to? What will happen next? Are these details even important when people are - not a minute too soon - getting seriously aggy about the planet? Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. MERCH: sustainababble.teemill.com Available on iTunes, Spotify, Acast, Soundcloud & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
24/04/1934m 47s

#127: Electric Cars

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. But like a fizzling-out in the hard shoulder halfway to your in-laws, do electric cars still have a long way to go? We interview the brainily jocular James Murray - editor of whizzy website businessgreen.com - and ask: did your kids like hanging out in supermarket car parks all week? Does driving one make you feel like a berk? And is an electric car better than no car at all? We bring you all this, free of CHARGE. Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. MERCH: sustainababble.teemill.com Available on iTunes, Spotify, Acast, Soundcloud & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
24/04/1934m 6s

#126: Alarmism

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 a debate as old as the hills, but one reignited by everyone's favourite nonagenarian coming down decidedly on the "alarmism's a turn-off" side. Is he right? We discuss. Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. MERCH: sustainababble.teemill.com Available on iTunes, Spotify, Acast, Soundcloud & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
24/04/1935m 51s

#125: Just Transition

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 to pay. Tree-huggers like us may think a low carbon economy sounds just spiffing, but for a lot of people it probably sounds a like a P45. What do to? Does Spain have the answer? We chew this all over, including what's meant by the - it turns out - entirely straightforwardly termed 'just transition'. Also this week: guff from the UK's finance minister, and monumentally catastrophic 'everything's dying' news from animal world. Lolz. Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. MERCH: sustainababble.teemill.com Available on iTunes, Spotify, Acast, Soundcloud & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
24/04/1937m 58s

#124: Work less

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 to find out. Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. MERCH: sustainababble.teemill.com Available on iTunes, Spotify, Acast, Soundcloud & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
24/04/1932m 37s

#123: Brazil

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 strip off the Government's Green Great Britain (and Northern Ireland) week. Shame about the fracking, eh. And yet with one of the Big Six energy companies apparently ditching fossil fuels forever, we find to our surprise that our cynicism glands may be running dry. Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. MERCH: sustainababble.teemill.com Available on iTunes, Spotify, Acast, Soundcloud & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
24/04/1939m 21s

#122: 1.5 Degrees

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 catastrophe gritty. After a bruising few days taking stock of all this, Dave has a wobble and Ol - surprisingly - finds some glitter in which to roll this most monstrous of news turds. Warning: episode may contain FEELINGS. Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. MERCH: sustainababble.teemill.com Available on iTunes, Spotify, Acast, Soundcloud & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
24/04/1937m 45s

#121: William Doyle meets Sustainababble

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 and the industry at large in anyway faces up to its environmental impact, and how it might change. William joins us to discuss what can be done, why U2 aren't actually all that bad, and how ramming climate change down people's throats, muscially speaking, leaves a lot to be desired. Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. Available on iTunes, Acast, Soundcloud & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
24/04/1943m 38s

#120: Hedgehogs

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 salute Chris Packham's march for wildlife and have a flick through his 200 things that should be done about it, and we find out what Auntie Beeb is planning to freak us out with next. All this, and putrid pig poo pots. Thanks to the BBC for the clip of Drowning in Plastic. It goes out on BBC One on Monday 1st October at 8.30pm and will be available to catch up on BBC iPlayer. Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. Available on iTunes, Acast, Soundcloud & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
24/04/1938m 7s

#119: Vybarr Cregan-Reid meets Sustainababble

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 our environment has changed our bodies, from our eyes and teeth down to our toes, while 2017's Footnotes: How running makes us human reconnects us to our bodies and the places in which we live. We pick Vybarr's mega brain in a wide ranging chat, during which - as well as discovering how the treadmill killed Oscar Wilde - we learn that Dave is in fact no more than 25% Dave. And poo transplants get a mention. Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. Available on iTunes, Acast, Soundcloud & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
24/04/1943m 17s

#118: Heat

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 just put a few more jumpers on and shiver? And what on Earth have we found in this pub's basement? We investigate with Alice Bell from 10:10 and Louise Waters from Scene. Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. Available on iTunes, Acast, Soundcloud & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
24/04/1932m 6s

#117: Trump Baby

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, the babble bags an exclusive chat with one of its creators, friend of the babble, Leo Murray. Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. Available on iTunes, Acast, Soundcloud & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
24/04/1919m 2s

#116: Solar

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 the hell are our solar powered flying cars, like we were promised? Never ones to pass up a cheese stick and some OJ, we crashed the Solar Trade Association's 40th birthday shindig to nobble some proseccoed solar-y types and find out whether the future really is bright. Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. Available on iTunes, Acast, Soundcloud & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
24/04/1937m 8s

#115: Population

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 many poor people there are? Is talking about population inherently racist? And short of nuclear war, what could anyone nice realistically hope to be done about it anyway? In our candid chat, Alistair takes all of that - and more - head on. Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. Available on iTunes, Acast, Soundcloud & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
24/04/1939m 6s

#114: Organic Farming

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 Helen what organic farming really is, why the produce costs so much, and her views on Brexit, Michael Gove and pig slaughter. Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. Available on iTunes, Acast, Soundcloud & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
24/04/1938m 40s

#113: Periods

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? Thank the lord, they're not alone. Julia Minnear from the Women's Environment Network joins Dave and Ol to explain the 'Environmenstrual' campaign and answer all our exceedingly ignorant questions. Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. Available on iTunes, Acast, Soundcloud & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
24/04/1932m 38s

#112: Cricket

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 cricket. And that's before we even start on the SQUIRRELS. Plus, plastics: why are the Europeans trying to wee higher against the wall than our dear old Michael Gove? Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. Available on iTunes, Acast, Soundcloud & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
24/04/1938m 14s

#111: Tourism

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 pack an extra suitcase of guilt on the easyjet to Magaluf? Can tourism ever be light touch, let alone beneficial for the places we go? And what the hell is an ecotourist when it's at home (or abroad, more to the point)? Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. Available on iTunes, Acast, Soundcloud & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
24/04/1937m 29s

#110: Shipping

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, and try to understand why there are 29,000 rubber ducks floating round the world's oceans. Also this week, another glorious victory for the Babble campaigning machine. Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. Available on iTunes, Acast, Soundcloud & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
24/04/1934m 35s

#109: Neoliberalism

'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, Christine takes Dave and Ol through the basics. Yes, it's a real thing. No, it isn't the same thing as capitalism. And could they stop being such a pair of cretins, please? Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. Available on iTunes, Acast, Soundcloud & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
24/04/1932m 34s

#108: Carbon Bubble

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 world sit up and go "oh, lordy, perhaps fossil fuels aren't so great after all". It also prompted Bill McKibben to write his epic Global Warming's Terrifying New Math article in Rolling Stone magazine, which quickly became one of the most downloaded climate pieces of all time and spawned an entire new activist movement. We quiz Mark on how all this came to be and what on earth a carbon bubble really is. Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. Available on iTunes, Acast, Soundcloud & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
24/04/1934m 22s

#107: Sheffield’s Trees

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 week, Michael Gove's done another good thing. But how come we didn't have a deposit return scheme years ago? We smell Inhofery. Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. Available on iTunes, Acast, Soundcloud & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
24/04/1937m 59s

#106: Russia

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 a mysterious... glitch. Could this actually happen? We find out. Also this week, rhinos (dead), coal mines (also dead), Tory keep cups (dear) and more fact checking with Big Dave. Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. Available on iTunes, Acast, Soundcloud & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
24/04/1935m 57s

#105: Batteries

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 Indeed and quite possibly planet-saving. We investigate. Also this week, Arnie pwning oil companies and the meat industry calling a spade an exquisite, thoughtfully re-imagined mastication aid. Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. Available on iTunes, Acast, Soundcloud & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
24/04/1935m 50s

#104: Cats

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 to understand some of the facts (spoiler: cats are really good at killing), and wrestle with questions like: Can you be a greenie and have a cat without being a massive hypocrite? Can cats be vegan? Is Ol's cat a git? Also this week, less than ideal weather news from the Arctic. Gulp. Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. Available on iTunes, Acast, Soundcloud & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
24/04/1936m 42s

#103: Monkey Exhausts

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 hundreds of thousands of people dying early 'cos of diesel fumes? We delve deep to find out, trying to avoid being sued by evil car companies as we go. Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. Available on iTunes, Acast, Soundcloud & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
24/04/1932m 7s

#102: Students

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 of a lifetime's debt and vanishing employment prospects more than enough to keep them occupied? And, most importantly, how do the yoof feel about the distinctly impoverished planet they look set to inhabit when their Top Shop discount finally expires? We quiz NUS president Shakira Martin, SOAS solar supremo Hannah Short, and some actual, living breathing (and smoking, mostly) students to find out. Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. Available on iTunes, Acast, Soundcloud & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
24/04/1936m 40s

#101: Straws

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 hating on straws distracts people from even worse environmental inhofery? Also this week, why no-one with a brain should be pleased about 'talking' orcas, and how the Babble saved ALL the elephants. Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. Available on iTunes, Acast, Soundcloud & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
24/04/1939m 38s

#100: A Century of Babbles

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 podcasts and ask: have things got better or worse? Does anyone remember any of the politicians that were around when we started? And why can't Dave still say the word sqwiwwel? All this, and Boris Johnson's been drinking nuclear waste, that charming Monsieur Macron's been putting other people's money where his mouth is, and someone's making electricity out of Ol's Christmas dinner. Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo. Sustainababble logo by the splendid Arthur Stovell. Available on iTunes, Acast, Soundcloud & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
24/04/1949m 6s

#99: Ocean Plastic

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 anyone else? Meanwhile, a clothing company is suing the wobbly bottom off the President of the Free World, and the Conservative party are trying very hard to not be seen to be being nasty to animals. And: Bitcoin. What the hell is it? And can it really be responsible for killing polar bears? Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – @dickymoo Available on iTunes, Acast, Soundcloud & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
24/04/1936m 21s

#98: The Man From Shell

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, in which he maintains that fossil fuels will be with us for many decades to come. "He would say that, wouldn't he?". Very possibly, but David is also unquestionably committed to finding ways to meet the Paris Agreement aims. So we ask how on earth he squares the 'more fossil fuels, less climate change' circle; what it's like trying to save the planet inside a company that's a life member of Inhofe Corner; and why gaffa taping CO2 in the ground is such a great idea. Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – https://soundcloud.com/dickymoo Available on iTunes, Acast, Soundcloud & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
24/04/1942m 33s

#97: George Monbiot meets Sustainababble

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 Earth, and how we can come together and make it all better again. Can saying hello to our neighbours more often really save the planet? We also chat rewilding and the perils of being a professional miseryguts. And Ol sneaks in a question he promised he wouldn't ask, but did anyway. Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by the legendary Dicky Moore – https://soundcloud.com/dickymoo Available on iTunes, Acast, Soundcloud & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
24/04/1940m 44s

#96: John Vidal meets Sustainababble

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 Congo basin - as well as some of the more hair-raising moments from his three decades of reporting on the state of the planet. Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme and other music by the legendary Dicky Moore – https://soundcloud.com/dickymoo Available on iTunes, Acast, Soundcloud & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
24/04/1934m 4s

#95: Inside The Climate Talks

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 these annual 'COP' meetings, we interview Rachel Kennerley, Friends of the Earth's International Climate Campaigner. Rachel explains why the Americans are still causing trouble despite Trump's very public climate chexit, and why Fijians are surprisingly crap party hosts. She never quite explains why she's talking to us from the bathroom. Also this week, GOOD NEWS for the bees! Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme and other music by the legendary Dicky Moore – https://soundcloud.com/dickymoo Available on iTunes, Acast, Soundcloud & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
24/04/1935m 5s

#94: Community Energy

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? In our first ever Babble panel chat, we meet Emma Bridge, CEO of Community Energy England; Leonie Cooper, Labour's lead on Environment in the London Assembly & chair of the Environment Committee; and Andy Hunt from Bury Community Hydro. Crikey! Also, listen to the end for the sound of two adults watching a bridge go up. Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme and other music by the legendary Dicky Moore – https://soundcloud.com/dickymoo Available on iTunes, Acast, Soundcloud & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
24/04/1932m 14s

#93: Liz Bonnin meets Sustainababble

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 learn why anteaters don't need straws, why being green is trendy, and what keeps Liz feeling optimistic despite it all. Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme and other music by the legendary Dicky Moore – https://soundcloud.com/dickymoo Available on iTunes, Acast, Soundcloud & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
24/04/1928m 8s

#92: Insects

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 talking about it? This week's episode is unashamedly heart-on-sleeve, confronting the profound anxiety often triggered by a never-ending slew of diabolical environmental news, and wondering how on earth we remain chipper. Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme and other music by the legendary Dicky Moore – https://soundcloud.com/dickymoo Available on iTunes, Acast, Soundcloud & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
24/04/1933m 9s

#91: Scotland

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 strategy isn't terrible. We're agog. Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme and other music by the legendary Dicky Moore – https://soundcloud.com/dickymoo Available on iTunes, Acast, Soundcloud & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
24/04/1930m 29s

#90: Apathy

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? These questions and more are answered by ex-pollster and mega brain Leo Barasi, who joins us to talk about his new book The Climate Majority . You can order Leo's book at https://newint.org/books/politics/the-climate-majority/ Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme and other music by the legendary Dicky Moore – https://soundcloud.com/dickymoo Available on iTunes, Acast, Soundcloud & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
24/04/1931m 22s

#89: Germany

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 the green heroes they're made out to be. Also this week, animals losing their shit. Specifically: otters, rats and hornets. Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme and other music by the legendary Dicky Moore – https://soundcloud.com/dickymoo Available on iTunes, Acast, Soundcloud & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
24/04/1930m 52s

#88: Formula One

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 litter out of your car, and the offshore wind that's so cheap it's surprised even miseryguts greenies. Plus: why using a plastic bag in Kenya may now land you in the clink. Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme and other music by the legendary Dicky Moore – https://soundcloud.com/dickymoo Available on iTunes, Acast, Soundcloud & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
24/04/1933m 34s

#87: Bruce Parry meets Sustainababble

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 when it’s at home - Bruce is candid in explaining some of the formative experiences in his own life. Check out the film at https://www.tawai.earth/ Additional music by David Szesztay, Ibuki Fkuda and Satellite Ensemble. Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme and other music by the legendary Dicky Moore – https://soundcloud.com/dickymoo Available on iTunes, Acast, Soundcloud & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
24/04/1940m 50s

#86: Macron vs Trudeau

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 wanting to dig up and sell 173 billion barrels of oil slightly take the shine off the Swampy vibe? Also this week, Bond goes electric, a famous museum takes babbletastic, and finally PROOF that decaf coffee is worse than satan. Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme and other music by the legendary Dicky Moore – https://soundcloud.com/dickymoo Available on iTunes, Acast, Soundcloud & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
24/04/1932m 4s

#85: Michael Gove

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 about the return of a small rodent. Again. And does Donald Trump really think he's a modern day King Cnut? Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme and other music by the legendary Dicky Moore - https://soundcloud.com/dickymoo Available on iTunes, Acast, Soundcloud & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
24/04/1931m 26s

#84: Election: Blimey

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 Jezza? Will the yoof save us? And is Brexit still a thing? We find out. Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft & Dream Themes. This episode also contains music from Tours and Podington Bear. Available on iTunes, Acast, Soundcloud & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
24/04/1931m 28s

#83: Trump vs Paris

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 in vain not to freak out too much. And with the UK election looming, we also natter about why on Earth the environment isn't getting a look-in in the leaders' debates. Is it all our own silly faults really? Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Theme music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft & Dream Themes. This episode also contains music from Daniel James Dolby and Blue Dot Sessions. Available on iTunes, Acast, Soundcloud & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
24/04/1923m 29s

#82: Ivory

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 to work out if cuddling plastic out of the ocean is a good thing or not. Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft and Dream Themes. Available on iTunes, Acast, Soundcloud & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
24/04/1931m 47s

#81: Manifestos, again

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 news from France, and we find out which food company is idiotically unrecyclable. All this, and there's even time for an ELECTION QUIZ. Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft and Dream Themes. Available on iTunes, Acast, Soundcloud & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
24/04/1932m 28s

#80: Fox Hunting

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 place? All this, plus ANOTHER way climate change has found to nark things up, this time by unlocking the ills of the distant past. Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft and Dream Themes. Available on iTunes, Acast, Soundcloud & all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish. Hooray!
24/04/1930m 18s

#79: Flying

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 about Richard Branson's coconuts. We've also time for a trip back to the early 80s for a warning about climate change that everyone ignored - and a chuckle at the Government's latest telling off about stinky air. Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft and Dream Themes. Available on iTunes, Acast, Soundcloud, and all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
24/04/1932m 53s

#78: Shell knew

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 www.globalwitness.org/shellknew Also this week, the UK Govt promoting planetary destruction and Chris Packham in the clink. Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft and Dream Themes. Available on iTunes, Acast, Soundcloud, and all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
24/04/1932m 12s

#77: Kate Raworth meets Sustainababble

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 new economics, sharpish, and that maybe books can save the world after all. Her new book, 'Doughnut Economics: 7 ways to think like a 21st century economist' is out now. Kate's website is http://www.kateraworth.com, she's on twitter @kateraworth, or Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/doughnuteconomics. Sustainababble is your friendly environment podcast, out weekly. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft and Dream Themes. Available on iTunes, Acast, Soundcloud, and all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
24/04/1929m 22s

#76: Dirty Diesel

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 Donald does. Sustainababble is your weekly podcast about the environment, with jokes. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft and Dream Themes. Available on iTunes, Acast, Soundcloud, and all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
24/04/1934m 58s

#75: Stanley Johnson meets Sustainababble

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 after Brexit, stands up for the great British newt, and tells us what he can see at the bottom of his garden. Sustainababble is your weekly podcast about the environment, with jokes. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft and Dream Themes. Available on iTunes, Acast, Soundcloud, and all those types of things, or at sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble. Email us at hello@sustainababble.fish.
24/04/1927m 27s

#74: Rules (& Squirrels)

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 environment, with jokes. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft and Dream Themes. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble (Apologies for the slightly sub-par sound quality on this episode. It's Dave's fault.)
24/04/1930m 48s

#73: Geoengineering

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 Anti-Inhofe Inhofe from Down Under. Sustainababble is your weekly comedy podcast about politics, prattle and the planet. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft and Dream Themes. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble
24/04/1930m 28s

#72: Wasps

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 your weekly comedy podcast about politics, prattle and the planet. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft and Dream Themes. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble
24/04/1931m 25s

#71: Amazon Reef

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 impose a Babble ban on Small Hands Orange Face. Sustainababble is your weekly comedy podcast about politics, prattle and the planet. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft and Dream Themes. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble
24/04/1928m 23s

#70: The Resistance

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 truly spectacular Robin Hood themed fracking Babble. Sustainababble is your weekly comedy podcast about politics, prattle and the planet. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft and Dream Themes. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble
24/04/1931m 39s

#69: Northern Ireland

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, there's some immediate Babble from the new President of the Free World. And the data's in on climate for 2016, and it's bloody terrifying. Sustainababble is your weekly comedy podcast about politics, prattle and the planet. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft and Dream Themes. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble
24/04/1942m 43s

#68: Sustainabauble

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 charge of the USA's climate talking; and Ol's head is all big because he's done a good thing. All this, and there's still time for a terrifying prediction about what 2016 may still have in store. Sustainababble is your weekly comedy podcast about politics, prattle and the planet. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft and Dream Themes. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble
24/04/1936m 7s

#67: Standing Rock

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 acres of snow geese picked a bad place to stop off for some chips. And can Ol say three interesting facts in just 30 seconds? Sustainababble is your weekly comedy podcast about politics, prattle and the planet. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft and Dream Themes. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble
24/04/1939m 29s

#66: The Arctic

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. Sustainababble is your weekly comedy podcast about politics, prattle and the planet. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft and Dream Themes. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble
24/04/1943m 16s

#65: Babies

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 that nice Mr Trump. Sustainababble is your weekly comedy podcast about politics, prattle and the planet. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft and Dream Themes. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble
24/04/1940m 54s

#64: President Trump

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? They interview American climate campaigner Janet Redman (@janetredman_DC) in  search for some reasons to be even slightly cheerful.  And, surprisingly, they actually find some. Sustainababble is your weekly comedy podcast about politics, prattle and the planet. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft and Dream Themes. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble
24/04/1940m 20s

#63: The Ethical Carnivore

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 the thrill of the hunt is a real thing.  And we ask: should everyone be prepared to kill animals if they want to eat meat? Louise's book, 'The Ethical Carnivore', is out now. Sustainababble is your weekly comedy podcast about politics, prattle and the planet. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft and Dream Themes. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble
24/04/1934m 6s

#62: State of Nature

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, we interview superstar investigative journalist Kyla Mandel from Desmog UK about ExxonMobil's sneaky lobbying against electric cars. And is Dave going to have to eat grass until he's sick? Sustainababble is your weekly comedy podcast about politics, prattle and the planet. Out Mondays. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft and Dream Themes. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble
24/04/1941m 1s

#61: Blackouts

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 brain, Alasdair Cameron, to find out. Also, there's some major babble from burbling miners in Druridge Bay - and as the world's two biggest polluters ratify the Paris Agreement, why are there STILL so many reasons to be glum? Sustainababble is your weekly comedy podcast about politics, prattle and the planet. Out Mondays. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft and Dream Themes. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble
24/04/1942m 5s

#60: Amy Liptrot meets Sustainababble

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 nature and travel writing, and Waterstones' September 2016 non-fiction book of the month. More importantly, it's bloody amazing, and you should buy it and read it. Photo of Amy Liptrot (c) The Orcadian. Songs featured in this week's episode include: Birdwoman by Poppy Ackroyd; The Silver Birch by The Magnetic North; Wasting My Young Years by London Grammar; The Creelman by Orkney Fiddle Gathering; Hyperballad by Björk; Wild is the Wind by David Bowie. Sustainababble is your weekly comedy podcast about politics, prattle and the planet. Out Mondays. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft and Dream Themes. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble
24/04/1937m 48s

#59: Microbeads

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 FIGHT BACK - not before time, by the sound of it. Sustainababble is your weekly comedy podcast about politics, prattle and the planet. Out Mondays. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft and Dream Themes. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble
24/04/1935m 32s

#58: Biodiversity offsetting

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. Sustainababble is your weekly comedy podcast about politics, prattle and the planet. Out Mondays. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft and Dream Themes. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble
24/04/1936m 54s

#57: Grouse Shooting

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 the frackers, and we find out when a bribe isn't a bribe really. All this, and Dave's got a fact so good it gets its own feature. Sustainababble is your weekly comedy podcast about politics, prattle and the planet. Out Mondays. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft and Dream Themes. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble
24/04/1939m 38s

#56: Mrs May Gets Busy

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 nuclear plant.  We ask: oh heavens, is that wise? All this, and there's an Olympic-sized bit of babble, and Arabella speaks in tongues. Sustainababble is your weekly comedy podcast about politics, prattle and the planet. Out Mondays. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft and Dream Themes. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble
24/04/1939m 21s

#55: Air

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 good on climate change? All this, and we laugh our knackers off at Boris Johnson. Sustainababble is your weekly comedy podcast about politics, prattle and the planet. Out Mondays. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft and Dream Themes. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble
24/04/1938m 51s

#54: Brexit

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 environment. Don't hold your breath. Also, Dave considers doing something VERY bad to old people. Sustainababble is your weekly comedy podcast about politics, prattle and the planet. Out Mondays. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft and Dream Themes. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble
24/04/1932m 42s

#53: Fish

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 persuade an oil-fearing giraffe to move across a river, and salute naughty Volkswagen for giving up on dirty diesel. Sustainababble is your weekly comedy podcast about politics, prattle and the planet. Out Mondays. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft and Dream Themes. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble
24/04/1940m 31s

#52: Football

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 creamery, and Ol gets his head around a series of very large numbers. All this, and why have Norway banned cars? And what's sebum? Sustainababble is your weekly comedy podcast about politics, prattle and the planet. Out Mondays. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft and Dream Themes. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble
24/04/1936m 48s

#51: Tigers

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 advise you that perhaps fracking doesn't mean what you thought it meant. Sustainababble is your weekly comedy podcast about politics, prattle and the planet. Out Mondays. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft and Dream Themes. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble
24/04/1932m 46s

#50: Steel

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 wild boar glowing in the dark? Sustainababble is your weekly comedy podcast about politics, prattle and the planet. Out Mondays. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft and Dream Themes. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble
24/04/1935m 32s

#49: Great Barrier Reef

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. Sustainababble is your weekly comedy podcast about politics, prattle and the planet. Out Mondays. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft and Dream Themes. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble
24/04/1936m 10s

#48: Palm Oil

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 process, and a polar research boat is all set to be named something very silly indeed. All this, and if it wasn't already a bad enough time to be an ash tree, here comes some invading beastly beetles to finish them off. Sustainababble is your weekly comedy podcast about politics, prattle and the planet. Out Mondays. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft and Dream Themes. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble
24/04/1937m 14s

#47: Robots

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 Inhofe, and a delicious lump of cheer from the newly liberated Tate museums. Sustainababble is your weekly comedy podcast about politics, prattle and the planet. Out Mondays. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft and Dream Themes. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble
24/04/1936m 55s

#46: Dale Vince meets Sustainababble

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 interview surely the only man on the planet who's convinced footballers to eat tofu. Sustainababble is your weekly comedy podcast about politics, prattle and the planet. Out Mondays. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft and Dream Themes. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble
24/04/1935m 56s

#45: Heathrow 13

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 trespass on some badger babble, the pigs want their money back, and a Peruvian German has made a terrible mess of the Amazon. Sustainababble is your weekly comedy podcast about politics, prattle and the planet. Out Mondays. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft and Dream Themes. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble
24/04/1941m 10s

#44: Nuclear

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 apple-faced young Nordics. And what's this about councils being told they have to continue to invest in stinky fuels, even if they don't want to any more? Sustainababble is your weekly comedy podcast about politics, prattle and the planet. Out Mondays. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft and Dream Themes. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble
24/04/1937m 55s

#43: Love

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 all love to hate, filthy babble from India, and yet another A-lister giving it to the PM. Lovely. Sustainababble is your weekly comedy podcast about politics, prattle and the planet. Out Mondays. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft and Dream Themes. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble
24/04/1936m 5s

#42: Europe

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 fly return to Germany just to make a point about train fares, and send a very cross message to Card Factory. All this, and what on Earth is happening to oil company profits? Sustainababble is your weekly comedy podcast about politics, prattle and the planet. Out Mondays. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft and Dream Themes. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble (special nod to the Don Bradmans, and their track 'Bill Oddie's Body')
24/04/1936m 50s

#41: Whales

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 exactly how the heck Japan keeps getting away with killing and eating so many of them in the name of 'science'. All this, and the world's sexiest President finds himself in Babble Corner - twice. Sustainababble is your weekly comedy podcast about politics, prattle and the planet. Out Mondays. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft and Dream Themes. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble
24/04/1938m 42s

#40: Space

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 about a mouse, and an exceptionally unlikely recipient gets this week's babble award. Sustainababble is your weekly comedy podcast about politics, prattle and the planet. Out Mondays. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft and Dream Themes. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble
24/04/1938m 6s

#39: Planet Earth is Blue

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 Barack Obama, and the weirdest thing Donald Trump has done yet. And with Bowie-puns agogo, who is this week's - ahem - Starman? Sustainababble is your weekly comedy podcast about politics, prattle and the planet. Out Mondays. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft and Dream Themes. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble
24/04/1935m 38s

#38: Tony Juniper meets Sustainababble

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 hold for the planet. Enjoy! Sustainababble is your weekly comedy podcast about politics, prattle and the planet. Out Mondays. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft and Dream Themes. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble
24/04/1941m 20s

#37: Technology

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 into battling climate change? And is VHS a sexual disease? Sustainababble is your weekly comedy podcast about politics, prattle and the planet. Out Mondays. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft and Dream Themes. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble
24/04/1932m 52s

#36: Best of 2015

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 Ol hate donkeys? All this and much, much more in your end-of-year babble-sack of joy. Sustainababble is your weekly comedy podcast about politics, prattle and the planet. Out Mondays. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft and Dream Themes. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble
24/04/1955m 4s

#35: Kindergarten COP21

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? Dave and a very bleary Ol investigate. There's anger from a Catholic, horticulture from Kim Jong-un, weasel words on Heathrow expansion, and a massive food company being caught a-babblin'. Sustainababble is your weekly comedy podcast about politics, prattle and the planet. Out Mondays. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft and Dream Themes. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble
24/04/1938m 20s

#34: Billionaires

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 of himself. Plus, a bloke who needs to stump up his 5p and get a new plastic bag sharpish, and some Schadenfreude in the direction of Volkswagen. Sustainababble is your weekly comedy podcast about politics, prattle and the planet. Out Mondays. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft and Dream Themes. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble
24/04/1938m 56s

#33: The Climate March

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 coal cronies, cross carbon-capturers, and cooing over Caroline. Sustainababble is your weekly comedy podcast about politics, prattle and the planet. Out Mondays. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft and Dream Themes. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble
24/04/1936m 36s

#32: France

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 affect the outcome? There's a ban on French lions and an airport that's very proud of its green credentials. All this, and Dave's finally won his prediction - or was there something unexpected in Amber Rudd's big energy speech after all? Sustainababble is your weekly comedy podcast about politics, prattle and the planet. Out Mondays. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft and Dream Themes. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble
24/04/1937m 10s

Extra: Sustainababble on the Weekly Economics Podcast

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 does it all mean for the climate talks in Paris? All of this while trying not to say anything *too* rude about politicians. To subscribe to the Weekly Economics Podcast and listen to back episodes, visit http://www.neweconomics.org/projects/entry/weekly-economics-podcast.
24/04/1925m 23s

#31: Protest

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 like there's no tomorrow and Dave devours a 'fish swim bladder' live on air. Yuck. Sustainababble is your weekly comedy podcast about politics, prattle and the planet. Out Mondays. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft and Dream Themes. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble (Music from today's show: 'Let’s Get It On' by Marvin Gaye; The Muppets Theme Song; 'Erotica' by Madonna; 'Star of County Down' by Eddie Matthews)
24/04/1940m 0s

#30: America

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 man-flu, so Dave interviews David Turnbull from US climate campaigners Oil Change International. Sustainababble is your weekly comedy podcast about politics, prattle and the planet. Out Mondays. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft and Dream Themes. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble (Music from today's show: 'Pipeline' by Dick Dale; 'Atmosphere' by Russ Abbott.)
24/04/1931m 51s

#29: Meat

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. Sustainababble is your weekly comedy podcast about politics, prattle and the planet. Out Mondays. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft and Dream Themes. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble
24/04/1941m 4s

#28: Back To The Future!

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. There's always Donald Trump. Sustainababble is your weekly comedy podcast about politics, prattle and the planet. Out Mondays. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft and Dream Themes. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble
24/04/1940m 54s

#27: China

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 wants to drill oil to pay for climate damages - and the multi-decadal wickedness of ExxonMobil is laid bare. Sustainababble is your weekly comedy podcast about politics, prattle and the planet. Out Mondays. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft and Dream Themes. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble
24/04/1939m 48s

#26: Coal

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? Sustainababble is your weekly comedy podcast about politics, prattle and the planet. Out Mondays. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft and Dream Themes. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble
24/04/1938m 16s

#25: Naughty Volkswagen

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 Canadian in a suit. Also: let's all laugh at Shell! Sustainababble is your weekly comedy podcast about politics, prattle and the planet. Out Mondays. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft and Dream Themes. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble
24/04/1940m 19s

#24: Chris Packham meets Sustainababble

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 thinks about rotters who kill animals for fun, and discuss whether poor ol' pandas are indeed up an evolutionary creek without a paddle. Chris even finds time to tell us what he thinks about fracking. And, we ask him what his favourite environmental song is - or are they all indeed rubbish? Sustainababble is your weekly comedy podcast about politics, prattle and the planet. Out Mondays. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft and Dream Themes. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble
24/04/1948m 15s

#23b: Dr Karl meets Sustainababble

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 how solar power works, and why marital relations can make you temporarily deaf. Sustainababble is your weekly comedy podcast about politics, prattle and the planet. Out Mondays. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft and Dream Themes. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble
24/04/1941m 26s

#23a: Tony Abbott Schadenfreude Special

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 and the planet. Out Mondays. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft and Dream Themes. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble
24/04/1923m 27s

#22: Refugees

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 Inhofe we can all get behind. And Paul McCartney's Earth song sickens us to our very stomachs. Sustainababble is your weekly comedy podcast about politics, prattle and the planet. Out Mondays. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft and Dream Themes. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble
24/04/1938m 47s

#21: So Long, Solar

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. Sustainababble is your weekly comedy podcast about politics, prattle and the planet. Out Mondays. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on sustainababble.fish. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble
24/04/1933m 24s

#20: Religion

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 Mondays. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on the sustainababble website. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble
24/04/1937m 5s

#19: Happy Happy Joy Joy

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, and get her top tips for not giving up and going home. This is the first episode of season two of Sustainababble - your weekly comedy podcast about politics, prattle and the planet. Out Mondays. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on the sustainababble website. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble
24/04/1936m 56s

Extra: Sustainababble Live!

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 / http://www.standuptragedy.co.uk) for having us! Sustainababble is a weekly podcast for and by greeny types who don’t really know what’s going on. It comes out every Monday. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on the sustainababble website. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble
24/04/1917m 15s

#18: Eurovision Special!

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: Australia being Inhofes, Boris being wiffly, and dodo news. Sustainababble is a weekly podcast for and by greeny types who don’t really know what’s going on. It comes out every Monday. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on the sustainababble website. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble
24/04/1943m 59s

#17: It’s All Our Fault

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? Sustainababble is a weekly podcast for and by greeny types who don’t really know what’s going on. It comes out every Monday. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on the sustainababble website. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble
24/04/1933m 22s

#16: General Election

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 climate-denying cheer. Sustainababble is a weekly podcast for and by greeny types who don’t really know what’s going on. It comes out every Monday. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on the sustainababble website. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble
24/04/1934m 13s

#15: Nationalism

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 Hour? Dr Tizer is this week's Inhofe, and the latest environmental / election news. Sustainababble is a weekly podcast for and by greeny types who don’t really know what’s going on. It comes out every Monday. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on the sustainababble website. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble
24/04/1932m 54s

#14: Manifestos

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 electorate by our politicians. Sustainababble is a weekly podcast for and by greeny types who don’t really know what’s going on. It comes out every Monday. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on the sustainababble website. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble
24/04/1932m 46s

#13: Drought

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 don’t really know what’s going on. It comes out every Monday. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on the sustainababble website. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble
24/04/1932m 39s

#12: Leaders’ debates

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 Arabella's back! Sustainababble is a weekly podcast for and by greeny types who don’t really know what’s going on. It comes out every Monday. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on the sustainababble website. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble
24/04/1930m 26s

#11: Earth Hour

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. Sustainababble is a weekly podcast for and by greeny types who don’t really know what’s going on. It comes out every Monday. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on the sustainababble website. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble
24/04/1929m 40s

#10: Death to Pandas

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 Chancellor's post-election Budget got *anything* good to say for itself? Sustainababble is a weekly podcast for and by greeny types who don’t really know what’s going on. It comes out every Monday. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on the sustainababble website. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble
24/04/1931m 10s

#9: Houses

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 backpacks that cost... oh, just wait till Arabella tells you how much. Sustainababble is a weekly podcast for and by greeny types who don’t really know what’s going on. It comes out every Monday. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on the sustainababble website. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble
24/04/1931m 54s

#8: Politicians

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, snowballs in the senate, and a whole new meaning to the phrase 'dirty power'. Sustainababble is a weekly podcast for and by greeny types who don’t really know what’s going on. It comes out every Monday. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on the sustainababble website. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble
24/04/1935m 4s

#7: THAT interview…

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 saved by powerful individuals? Also this week, vaporising birds, burger tossing scientists, and a star turn from Ol’s five year old niece. Sustainababble is a weekly podcast for and by greeny types who don’t really know what’s going on. It comes out every Monday. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on the sustainababble website. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble
24/04/1928m 28s

#6: Top Gear

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 assumes. There’s also a war on tiny fish, a Government plan to save the economy by “delivering cold” to homes, and shocking prediction news. Sustainababble is a weekly podcast for and by greeny types who don’t really know what’s going on. It comes out every Monday. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on the sustainababble website. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble
24/04/1924m 30s

#5: Divestment

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 speech gets critiqued. We ponder if the weekend’s climate coo-ing by Cam, Mili & Clegg is the good news it appears, and take aim at a rich American who’s done a cartoon about breaking up with fossil fuels. And for some reason the words “Boris Johnson” and “testicle” appear in close proximity. Maybe sexy isn’t the word? All this, and there’s still time to go weak at the knees for our first listener email! Sustainababble is a weekly podcast for and by greeny types who don’t really know what’s going on. It comes out every Monday. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on the sustainababble website. Visit us at @thebabblewagon and at Facebook.com/sustainababble.
24/04/1926m 24s

#4: The Oil Price

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 got door-to-door squirrel deliveries and a disagreement about beavers. And what's this about the curious incident of the Government paying a company that makes and sells LED lightbulbs to start using LED lightbulbs? All this, and they find time to come over all Patrick Moore, pondering inexpertly whether climate change is being caused by supernovae (clue: it isn't). Sustainababble is a weekly podcast for and by greeny types who don’t really know what’s going on. It comes out every Monday. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and on the sustainababble website. Visit us at @thebabblewagon.
24/04/1927m 17s

#3: Facts v Fiction

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 is on the rise in the UK, what excuses can be found for fully half of the American public to think it's a wicked fantasy? They get their teeth into 'natural capital' - whatever the hell that means. And revel in the rise and rise of solar, which makes the Chancellor's underhand love-in with the frackers all the more galling. All this, and time to see how Ollie's prediction of a telling off for Cuadrilla went. Sustainababble is a weekly podcast for and by greeny types who don’t really know what’s going on. It comes out every Monday. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and here on the sustainababble website. Visit us at @thebabblewagon.
24/04/1922m 5s

#2: Frack! Frack! Frack!

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 quaffing sturgeon while talking about how important it is not to wipe out endangered species, and momentary cheerfulness in the direction of the boss of the free world. And, is it really good enough to find climate science so complicated you rig up your own climate model on Microsoft Excel and get the Daily Mail to write about it? All this, and Dave leaning over Ollie whispering sweet frackings, all night. Sustainababble is a weekly podcast for and by greeny types who don’t really know what’s going on. It comes out every Monday. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and here on the sustainababble website. Visit us at @thebabblewagon.
24/04/1922m 14s

#1: We’re going to need a bigger swimming pool

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 for larvae. And does the UK Government really think that economic growth is more important than the planet? All this and yet some reasons to remain cheerful, with clean energy investment on the up. Sustainababble is a weekly podcast for and by greeny types who don't really know what's going on. It comes out every Monday. Music by Dicky Moore from Bearcraft. Available on iTunes*, Stitcher*, Soundcloud, and here on the sustainababble website. Visit us at @thebabblewagon. * coming very soon. promise.
24/04/1923m 49s
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