Climate change and ecological transition: the 10 podcasts to listen to for information

French podcasts are popular. According to Médiamétrie, in September 2022, 193 million programs were listened to. This is 42% more than in 2021. The ecological crisis being more and more significant, podcasts addressing the issues of climate change and energy transition are more and more numerous. As much fond of popularization pastilles as of long complex debates on these questions, we have got into the habit of listening to a lot of them, and have decided to offer you a selection of the podcasts which seem to us to be the most interesting to follow on this theme.

For a plural and scientific approach

The Climate in Questions

Launched in early 2021 with a review episode of a year 2020 like no other, this podcast hosted by Céline Ramstein, accompanied by climatologist researcher Gilles Ramstein and scientific journalist Sylvestre Huet, quickly established itself as a program not to be missed. In about thirty minutes, it combines climate issues twice a month with a social theme or a particular area, thanks in particular to the presence of guests who are always very relevant. The passages of Valérie Masson-Delmotte or Laurence Tubiana at his microphone have finished giving him his letters of nobility, while all the themes are approached with a solid technical background and discussions that manage to stay in the concrete.

The Earth Squared

Hosted by the excellent — and very curious — Mathieu Vidard, France Inter’s La Terre au Carré program has by nature always talked about ecology, but has recently completely taken on the task of refocusing its prism on climate change and the economic crisis. ecological. Every day, for an hour, very diverse themes are explored in depth, in a permanent popularization effort. Proof of the multiplicity of the fields mentioned, we have had the right in recent days to broadcasts devoted to the bicycle plan, to planetary limits, to advertising at the time of the climate challenge, to the overflow of waste or to sobriety in a world of overconsumption.

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The “Shifters” podcast is a logical continuation of the actions and areas of excellence of the Shift Project, this think-tank directed by Matthieu Auzanneau and chaired by Jean-Marc Jancovici. Each month, a new angle is found to talk about decarbonization and the exit from fossil fuels, in a fairly short and punchy format, sometimes at an extremely technical and concrete level, sometimes taking more height to address societal and human issues. The use of wood, the future of aviation, natural disasters or even the environmental impact of digital technology, without forgetting from time to time the direct interventions of the founders of the Shift Project, these are some of the episodes that have passion. Particularly addictive listening.

For digital enthusiasts

The Green Byte

We are a little sad, because we have not yet seen L’Octet Vert return for a possible third season. Tristan Nitot, its creator – who happens to be the founder of Mozilla Europe (of which he was president) – is a strong personality of French-speaking tech. His bi-monthly programs talking about climate and digital, always with a few good jokes, have often brightened up our trips. With its very professional and relaxed guests, L’Octet Vert mixes all the themes of the ecosystem and digital culture from the angle of energy consumption, eco-design and sustainable and responsible policies. An eye ofinsider informed that helps to become aware of certain difficulties and limits hindering the progress of a greener digital environment.

For those looking for a societal analysis

Human warmth

It’s a pleasure to see Nabil Wakim and the editors of the World, generally accompanied by experts, for analyzes of our societies at the time of transition, but also of ecological adaptation. Adaptation is an angle often retained or mentioned in this podcast which is beginning to find its cruising speed. After talking a lot about the political aspect in its first issues, Chaleur Humaine asks all but futile questions around eco-anxiety, small gestures, demography or even the burden to be placed on the main polluters. In short, a reading of the climatic and ecological challenges putting the place of the human being at the heart of the exchanges.

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With 290 episodes on the clock, Vlan, Grégory Pouy’s podcast, is certainly the most experienced of all those we invite you to listen to in this dossier. On the theme of the link “to oneself, to others and to nature“, this general-interest program has often talked about ecology before making it ultimately one of its main axes of discussion and analysis. For example, this program can focus on the place of the value of work in our contemporary society in connection with more sober lifestyles in response to climate issues, or dismantle the myth of responsible capitalism, or even address the interest in working on solutions for safeguarding the environment based on algae. Social justice and feminism are also themes often present in these one-hour shows, which are never boring, although very calm.

For those who love economic angles


In his program Monethique, Joseph Choueifaty (co-founder and boss of the Goodvest savings solution), tackles with technicality and relaxation one of the major ecological issues and yet little known and still relatively little documented: the environmental balance sheet of the saving. This expert in green finance surrounds himself with guests from this always very relevant universe, and knows how to avoid the language of wood which can quickly make the theme lose all consistency. Even without being a saver or investor yourself, it is impossible not to listen attentively to these fascinating discussions on sustainable finance, the ecological interest of crowdfunding, solidarity investment or even ecological activism within the financial sector. Discussions that sometimes move away from the strict banking framework to gain perspective on society, when it comes to the 2°C objective, cleaning up the oceans or urban recycling. A different but necessary approach.

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Finance and Biodiversity

Jean-Benoît Gambet, sure that “the financial sector can have a positive impact to help protect, preserve, conserve and restore nature and biodiversity for the benefit of society as a whole”, angle its “econological” programs on the transition with a great diversity of themes and speakers. If the regular intervention of CSR policy managers within large groups suggests an ounce of greenwashing, its programs know how to remain informative and, in our view, take on an even more interesting turn when the floor is given to associations or organizations that are committed to investing in the preservation of nature and living things. We can hear the IMF’s climate and financial stability manager discussing the important role of monetary regulations for an hour, as well as the founder of Time for the Planet, an investment fund that wants to raise one billion euros to finance ecological projects.

For those who understand English

The Climate Question

Already more than 100 episodes of the essential BBC podcast, The Climate Question, which tackles a theme, issue, personality, startup or solution to climate change each week in 27 minutes. If it has become a podcast star, it is not for nothing, as we know the BBC relevant in the environmental field. It’s always well documented, but the show knows how to keep it light enough to be enjoyable, and it even knows how to be inspiring at times, indirectly encouraging movement and action. There is as much focus on very specific points of the fight against global warming and the preservation of nature as broader reflections on the need to reorganize our societies and invent a new model. Bonus point, even if it is in English, diction and popularization work make it very accessible.

How to Save a Planet

Journalist Alex Blumberg, surrounded by “climate nerds” as he calls them, has been presenting a technology, a solution, information related to ecology every week for more than 2 years, and takes the opportunity to draw up an observation before imagining solutions to solve this problem. It’s what we call a “feel good” show and this Spotify exclusive sometimes clearly does good for morale by managing to remain entertaining and positive on a subject which, unfortunately and as we know, is generating anxiety. .

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