Climate Change as Socio-political Phenomena

A fool for podcasts…

Don’t know about you, but I’m gonzo about podcasts. I listen to podcasts almost daily. On the treadmill at the gym. Walking the dogs. Driving. Writing. Showering. Yes, I’m super annoying to my various cohabitants. There are specific podcasts where I wait for the next installment with the same expression of anxious excitement I’ve seen on my toddler’s face when I promise him a trip to the pool. It can’t happen soon enough. Seriously.

I am what I consume…

Big shout-outs to you, Stephen West (Philosophize This!), Mike Duncan (Revolutions), Carolyn Crist (Freelance Writing Roadmap), and Liz Covart (Ben Franklin’s World). Oh and of course there’s the glorious Jason Weiser (Myths and Legends). You might have noticed that there aren’t any shout-outs for climate science podcasts. There’s a reason for that. One that I’m not entirely comfortable with if I’m being honest.

“Stars, I have seen them…”

Stars, I have seen them fall,
But when they drop and die
No star is lost at all
From all the star-sown sky.
The toil of all that be
Helps not the primal fault;
It rains into the sea
And still the sea is salt.

-A.E. Houseman

It’s not for a lack. That’s for sure. It’s that I haven’t found one that’s thorough, sensible, entertaining, and apolitical.

A good one I’d been listening to (Lawson Hunter’s EarthMatters) never quite escaped the dry-as-dust cookie-cutterisms of its early episodes and eventually hammered me into a dull trance-like state.

A terrible one (David Allard’s Climate Change Myths), which prompted this blog entry, brazenly attacks a series of so-called myths with largely unsourced and facepalm worthy generalizations. He’s a biology professor, for love of Gaia! Allard’s podcast is obviously well-intentioned and on the correct side of the science, not to mention history. Nevertheless, its lack of nuance, debate, or an obvious understanding of the science he argues for is sadly the common stance on the climate crisis facing us. On both sides. Because, like so much in our modern world, there are only two sides, no matter what anyone else says. If you are not red or blue, black or white, liberal or conservative, communist or capitalist, etcetera or etcetera, then you don’t exist. Or at least you don’t deserve to.

So, this is my plea. If you, yes you fellow podcast junkies, know of a climate change podcast that I can slavishly follow let me know! I need something that doesn’t condemn climate-change skeptics but rather logically and openly explores the possibilities, all the possibilities; leaving the listener with a stronger sense of how climate works and how it affects our shared biosphere. Give me your best!

And failing that give me your worst. Because that’s always fun too.

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