Stay Up on Sustainability: 26 of Our Favorite Podcasts and Newsletters

Aug 24th 2020

By Theodora Sutcliffe

In the middle of a global pandemic, it can be hard sometimes to stay up to date on what’s happening with climate change. Yet, the need to live a sustainable life is as important as ever. Thankfully, publishers and producers across the globe haven’t stopped delivering information that can help change the way we do things—in our homes, in our work, in our families, and as part of our communities.

At Bank of the West, we try to stay up on the latest sustainability news. You may not agree with all the perspectives in these resources, but we aim to keep an open mind to understand the discussion around climate change and sustainability. Here are 26 inspiring, informative, and popular sources that can help you keep you right up to date.


  1. Planet Service Announcement Podcast

    Presented by our friends at 1% for the Planet1, this sleek podcast profiles movers and shakers who are shaping the climate response, from climbers and athletes to scientists and business veterans.

    Listen here
  2. Mothers of Invention Podcast

    Former Irish president and lifelong humanitarian Mary Robinson joins comedian Maeve Higgins to profile the female creators, change agents, and grassroots operatives on the climate front lines.

    Listen here
  3. Outrage and Optimism Podcast

    Some of our favorite climate heroes, from Greta Thunberg to naturalists David Attenborough and Jane Goodall, have appeared on this weekly podcast. Tom Rivett-Carnac, Christiana Figueres, and Paul Dickinson host.

    Listen here
  4. Think 100% Podcasts #ClimateFriday Radio

    Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., president and founder of Hip Hop Caucus, discusses the importance of race, justice, and equity in climate change with interviews of leading voices in climate justice and civil rights.

    Listen here
  5. World-Changing Women Podcast

    Meet the women building purpose-driven companies, from SunRun solar panels to EILEEN FISHER fashion, on this podcast from sustainable business specialists Conscious Company Media.

    Listen here


  1. Greenbiz 350 Podcast

    Green business journalists meet the folks who are making corporations more sustainable and discuss ideas from the circular economy to geoengineering on this weekly podcast.

    Listen here
  2. edie Newsletter

    This British green business website offers global coverage. Customize your newsletter to suit your location and industry sector.

    Sign up here
  3. Conscious Company Newsletter

    Learn how they “do business better” with philosophy and philanthropy in this biweekly newsletter from Conscious Company.

    Sign up here
  4. Greenbuzz Newsletter

    Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is important to us at Bank of the West. So we love the Greenbuzz weekly newsletter from Greenbiz—with specialist offerings on niches, including energy.

    Sign up here


  1. HEATED Newsletter and Podcast

    Fresh, new voice Emily Atkin shares her passion—and, yes, rage—for what’s happening to our beautiful world through newsletters, original reporting, and her new podcast.

    Learn more
  2. Green Life Newsletter

    How to express your green soul and live your best life—a practical newsletter from the Sierra Club, San Francisco’s original environmentalists.

    Sign up here
  3. Sustainababble Podcast

    This comedy podcast from two young British environmentalists sifts through the greenwashing to track down what they call climate villains.

    Listen here
  4. No Place Like Home Podcast

    Activists Mary Anne Hitt and Anna Jane Joyner talk through the challenging feelings climate change provokes on this podcast—ideal for anyone who’s feeling stuck.

    Listen here


  1. The Interchange Podcast

    Business journalist Stephen Lacey and venture capitalist Shayle Kann dive deep into the nitty-gritty of financials, technology, markets, and policy that are shaping the energy transition.

    Listen here
  2. Daily Briefing Newsletter

    UK-based climate publisher Carbon Brief rounds up news stories, scientific studies, and essential comment pieces in a to-the-point daily newsletter. The weekly version features their own journalism, too.

    Sign up here
  3. The Energy Gang Podcast

    Greentech Media’s Stephen Lacey, consultant Katherine Hamilton, and entrepreneur-academic Jigar Shah interrogate the week’s big news stories through the lens of energy, cleantech, and climate.

    Listen here


  1. The Climate Crisis Newsletter

    Environmental journalist and activist Bill McKibben has worked the climate beat since the ’80s and is one of the most well-known climate activists of our time. His New Yorker newsletter shares climate news with passion.

    Sign up here
  2. Grist: The Daily Newsletter

    Irreverent, thought-provoking, and often original daily newsletters from an organization that’s been working on climate and social justice since last century. They even have a daily “Climate in the Time of Coronavirus” letter.

    Sign up here
  3. Inside Climate News Newsletter

    The weekly newsletter from this Pulitzer Prize-winning website delivers compelling reporting from the front lines of climate change, be that locust swarms or wildfires.

    Sign up here
  4. Hot Take Podcast

    So often the news isn’t as inclusive as it should be, even when it comes to climate. Hot Take’s Mary Annaïse Heglar and Amy Westervelt put an intersectional spin on climate coverage, in conversation with everyone from David Wallace Wells to COVID-19 researchers.

    Listen here
  5. Climate Nexus

    The “Nexus Hot News” newsletter delivers a daily roundup of top stories and headlines, organized by topic, so you never miss a beat.

    Sign up here


  1. Scientific American Earth & Environment Newsletter

    The veteran science publisher’s top stories, studies, and analysis on the science behind climate change and its cure, are all wrapped up in one weekly email.

    Sign up here
  2. Fix the Planet Newsletter

    New Scientist’s weekly newsletter provides some reasons to be cheerful: new developments in science and tech that could help combat climate change.

    Sign up here
  3. Yale Environment 360 Newsletter

    From the Yale School of Environment and Forestry Studies, this weekly update covers the environmental science, studies, and analysis on their E360 environment platform.

    Sign up here
  4. Yale Climate Connections Newsletter

    Another don’t-miss Yale publication, this weekly wrap ties up the news, reviews, and miniature radio broadcasts on the Yale Climate Connections site, showing how climate change is changing lives.

    Sign up here

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