Nathania Gilson in the Guardian Online 2 October discusses how people are using podcasts to reconnect with nature.
Hilary Whitehouse from James Cook University, whose research focus includes environmental education, believes nature-related podcasts are finding an audience due to the rapid rates of animal and plant extinction across the world. As we get closer and closer to the cliff edge of species extinctions and the catastrophic feedback loops of climate change—all arising from the so-called success of modern global civilisation, such podcasts are not only helping people connect, but reminding them of what is at stake.
Nathania nominates Eight podcasts that embrace nature
Brain on Nature – Sarah Allely
A documentary following a journalist as she recovers from a mild traumatic brain injury and realises that nature can be a form of medicine.
Walking – Jon Mooallem
An experimental ambient podcast that involves walking – and very little talking – recorded on Seattle’s Bainbridge Island.
Noisy by Nature – ABC Kids
An educational podcast that introduces preschool-aged children to the weird and wonderful sounds of nature.
Look at Me – Guardian Australia
Animal lovers Benjamin Law and zoologist-turned-filmmaker Chris McCormack turn the spotlight on some of Australia’s most unusual and interesting creatures.
Forest 404 – BBC Radio 4
A scripted dystopian eco-thriller that takes a three-pronged approach: as a radio play, nature audio documentary and set of experimental soundscapes.
David Attenborough’s Life Stories – BBC Radio 4
A series of talks by the master of nature documentaries on the natural histories of animals and plants from around the world.
30 Animals That Made Us Smarter – BBC World Service
A series on all the different and unusual things humans have learned from observing animals.
HumaNature – Wyoming Public Radio
An interview-based series which explores the human experience of the natural world across the US.