Audio/Reading: Air Travel and Carbon Offset

A short audio and reading by MPR News on ‘Carbon Offset’ that gives an overview of what carbon offsets mean and how you can purchase them. It talks about the emission reduction that is linked to the travel industry through the principle of carbon credit.

Students will learn about carbon credit, emissions reduction, and carbon offset in the airline travel industry. They will also learn how consumers of air travel can buy carbon offsets to reduce individual carbon footprint and reduce deforestation.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. What is carbon offsetting?
  2. How can buying carbon credit reduce individual carbon emission?

About the Tool

Tool NameCarbon offsets 101: How they work and how to get the biggest bang for your buck
DisciplineEconomics
Topic(s) in DisciplineCarbon Credit, carbon Offset, Emission reduction, Greenhouse Gas Reduction, Carbon Footprint
Climate TopicEnergy, Economics and Climate Change
Type of toolAudio (7 mins)
Grade LevelUndergraduate, Graduate
LocationGlobal
LanguageEnglish
Translation
Developed byPaul Huttner and Megan Burks
Hosted atMPR News
LinkLink
AccessOnline
Computer SkillsBasic

Audio: Climate Action and Capitalism

An audio conversation between Jason Jay, director of the MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative, and Rajesh Kasturirangan and Curt Newton, from The Climate Conversations, to discuss the role of market forces and government regulation in climate action. They discuss the theoretical framework of capitalism – its heroic value as well as exploitative nature. They also analyse geopolitical interests in fossil fuels and alternative energies, and the challenges of transitioning to green energy.

Students will learn about climate action and climate justice at an individual level through parallels from geopolitical discussions. They will also learn about the limitations and challenges of capitalism in enabling ‘authentic’ conversations around climate action. Students will also learn how to create conversation around climate change by the use of shared values to understand and discover better solutions.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. What is capitalism and how has it impacted climate action?
  2. Why is it difficult to have open and authentic conversations about climate action?

About the Tool

Tool NameClimate Conversations S2E12: Market Forces and Climate Action
DisciplineEconomics
Topic(s) in DisciplineCapitalism, Climate Action, Climate Justice, Market Forces
Climate TopicClimate and Society; Energy, Economics and Climate Change
Type of toolAudio (35 mins)
Grade LevelUndergraduate, Graduate
LocationGlobal
LanguageEnglish
Translation
Developed byClimateX Team
Hosted atClimate Portal
LinkLink
AccessOnline
Computer SkillsBasic

Audio: Economic solutions for Climate Change

 

As a teacher of Economics, this podcast can teach your students about Environmental Resources and Energy Economics, and use of carbon tax policy as a possible economic solution to climate change.

This audio will help students understand the relationship between economics and climate change. Additionally, they will learn about carbon pricing theory and its effectiveness. They will be exposed to initiatives such as the Portfolio Decarbonization Coalition and will learn about the dynamics between technology, economics and politics.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

What is Environmental Economics?

  1. How has economics played a role in creating the current climate change crisis?
  2. What is carbon pricing and how does it work?
  3. What is ‘dirty’ infrastructure and how does it impact climate change?
Tool Name Can Economics save Climate Change?
Discipline Economics
Topic(s) in Discipline Environmental Economics, Climate Change Economics, Carbon Pricing, Economics of Fossil Fuels
Climate Topic Energy, Economics, and Climate Change; Climate Mitigation and Adaptation
Type of Tool Audio (51 mins)
Grade Level Undergraduate
Location  Global
Language English
Translation
Developed by The Elephant (Cameron Hepburn, Oxford University)
Hosted at Player FM
Link Audio Link
Access Online
Computer Skills Basic

Audio: Overview of Carbon Pricing

An audio conversation with Christopher Knittel, MIT, about carbon pricing and its impact on individual lifestyle. This audio podcast looks at the complexities of carbon pricing, its type, approximate individual cost and public policy around it.

Students will learn about the basics of carbon pricing and be introduced to carbon tax, cap and trade, and how and what such a tax will be used for. They will learn what carbon tax would mean for an individual consumer and what incentives can be used to create lifestyle changes towards a more sustainable consumption. Additionally, students will also look at the alternatives to carbon pricing.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. What is carbon pricing?
  2. What are the common policies associated with carbon pricing?
  3. How does carbon tax affect individual consumption?
  4. How should the government use the carbon taxes? 

About the Tool

Tool NameE7: TIL about carbon pricing
DisciplineEconomics
Topic(s) in DisciplineCarbon Pricing, Carbon Tax, Cap and Trade, Public Policy
Climate TopicEnergy, Economics and Climate Change
Type of toolAudio (11 mins)
Grade LevelUndergraduate, Graduate
LocationGlobal
LanguageEnglish
Translation
Developed byTILclimate Podcast
Hosted atClimate Portal
Linkhttps://climate.mit.edu/podcasts/e7-til-about-carbon-pricing
AccessOnline
Computer SkillsBasic

Audio: Fall of the Pyramid Age of Egypt

An audio by Michael Dee at ‘Teddy Talks’, University of Oxford that discusses the potential role of climate change in the collapse of the ‘pyramid age’ in Egypt. The audio discusses a timeline of the historic Northeast African region and its societies at the beginning of the ‘pyramid age’. Dee then discusses the use and effectiveness of radiocarbon dating to map out the impacts of climate change and the ‘mega-drought’ that potentially led to the fall of the Egyptian, Mesopotamia and Indus Valley civilizations.   

Students will learn about the history and fall of the Egyptian Civilization. They will also learn about the debate on whether the collapse was caused by climate change or inefficient governance. Students will also learn about the various environmental events in neighbouring regions that potentially affected ancient Egypt. 

Use this tool to help your students find answers to: 

  1. What is the ‘pyramid age’? 
  2. How did the ‘mega-drought’ cause the collapse of the Mesopotamian civilization?
  3. Discuss whether climate change caused the fall of the civilization.

About the tool

Tool NameClimate Change and the fall of the Pyramid Age of Egypt 
DisciplineHumanities, Social Sciences
Topic(s) in DisciplineClimate and Society 
Climate Topic History, Historical Studies, Archaeology, Anthropology, Radiocarbon Dating, Egyptian Civilization, Pyramid Age
Type of tool Audio (11 mins 30 secs)
Grade LevelHigh School, Undergraduate
LocationAfrica, Egypt 
LanguageEnglish 
Translation
Developed byThe University of Oxford Podcasts 
Hosted atThe University of Oxford
Linkhttps://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/climate-change-and-fall-pyramid-age-egypt
AccessOnline
Computer SkillsBasic 

Audio: Climate Change Literature

An audio podcast titled ‘Climate Change and Literature: Reading Change’ that features Dr. Jemma Deer, Harvard University Center for the Environment. The podcast discusses the role of literature to understand and deal with climate change. The podcast discusses how analysing literature can allow for various interpretations and perceptions of climate change and the anthropocene. The podcast further discusses how literature allows for physical traces of society to be tracked and linked to climate change and nature, hence can potentially influence solutions.  

Students will learn about the role of literature in understanding climate change and human society. They will also learn about the influence of literature on perceptions of climate change. Students will further learn about how understanding the anthropocene can influence climate change policy and solutions.   

Use this tool to help your students find answers to: 

  1. How does literature help understand climate change?
  2. What is the anthropocene?
  3. How can interpretations of literature influence how society responds to climate change?

About the tool

Tool NameClimate Change and Literature: Reading Change
DisciplineHumanities, English 
Topic(s) in DisciplineLiterature,  Anthropocene
Climate Topic Climate and Society
Type of tool Audio (28 mins)
Grade LevelUndergraduate
LocationGlobal 
LanguageEnglish 
Translation
Developed byAlice Evatt, Henry Tann
Hosted atThe Oxford Research Center in Humanities, University of Oxford 
Linkhttps://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/climate-change-and-literature-reading-change
AccessOnline
Computer SkillsBasic 

Audio: Rap Music and Climate Change

A music album titled ‘The Rap Guide To Climate Chaos’ by Baba Brinkman that contains 24 tracks on climate change. The album discusses the science, politics and economics of climate change. The tracks cover a variety of topics such as greenhouse gases, carbon emissions, climate taxes and green capitalism.  

Tracks include – Options, I.P.C.C., Keep It Positive, Greenhouse (feat. Aaron Nazrul), Party Don’t Stop, Run the Joules, Mo Carbon Mo Problems, What’s Beef (feat. Bill Nye), Battle Lines, Lost in the Numbers, Bright Side, Fossil Fuel Ballers (feat. Aaron Nazrul), Exxon Knew, Laudato Si, Yank the Plug, Make It Hot, Regulators, Carbon Bubble (feat. Mariella), Stranded Assets, Ride Electric (feat. Fand), This or That, Freedom Ain’t Free, Stand Up, Makin’ Waves (feat. Gaia’s Eye) 

In songs such as ‘IPCC’, Brinkman addresses the findings of the committee and even internal disagreements on projections. On songs such as ‘Greenhouse’, he takes the listener through a sonic journey of development including the greenhouse effect, predicted rise in global temperatures from Svante’s study and puts them alongside the findings of the IPCC and its accuracy. He critiques his own consumption and the paradox of being unable to individually contribute to reducing the impact of climate change without large scale policy reforms. Brinkman speaks extensively about cap and trade vs climate taxes, and the ecological debt that richer countries owe the marginalized. The album also focuses on Exxon’s failures and lies.

The album can be found at https://music.bababrinkman.com/album/the-rap-guide-to-climate-chaos

Note that the album is available for purchase at the link above.

The tracks are available for free viewing on YouTube as part of Baba Brinkman’s performance for ‘Talks At Google’. This free resource can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1ZH6R3Idb4&t=759s

Students will learn about the topic of climate change through music and learn about its current impacts.  They will also learn about the important stakeholders in climate change politics and how climate change politics plays a huge role in the development of the global economy. Students will further learn about how music can be used to discuss science based topics in order to better understand them.  

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. What is climate change? Discuss the various perceptions of climate change 
  2. Discuss climate change topics and the politics underlying the problem
  3. What is the role of fossil fuel burning in the warming of the planet?
  4. What is green capitalism?

About the tool

Tool NameThe Rap Guide To Climate Chaos
DisciplineHumanities
Topic(s) in DisciplineClimate Change, Music, Rap, Hip-Hop 
Climate Topic Introduction to Climate Change, Climate and the Anthrosphere, Energy, Economics and Climate Change
Type of tool Audio (60 min)
Grade LevelHigh School, Undergraduate
LocationGlobal
LanguageEnglish 
Translation
Developed byBaba Brinkman
Hosted atBaba Brinkman Music/ Talks at Google 
LinkAlbum Link or Youtube Link
AccessOnline
Computer SkillsBasic 

Audio: Climate Change Poems read by Celebrities

An audio resource that contains 21 poems on climate change. Compiled by UK poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, the resource provides audio files on themes of climate change by renowned poets, narrated by celebrities. The resource includes the following poems read by different celebrities:

  1. James Franco reads ‘Causeway’ by Matthew Hollis
  2. Jeremy Irons reads ‘Storm’ by Michael Longley 
  3. Ruth Wilson reads ‘Vertigo’ by Alice Oswald 
  4. Gabriel Byrne reads ‘Zoological Positivism Blues’ by Paul Muldoon 
  5. Michael Sheen reads ‘Scratching for Metaphor in the Somerset Coalfields’ by Sean Borodale
  6. Kelly Macdonald reads ‘Extinction’ by Jackie Kay 
  7. Maxine Peake reads ‘A Mancunian Taxi-driver Foresees His Death’ by Michael Symmons Roberts 
  8. Tamsin Greig reads ‘Last Snowman’ by Simon Armitage
  9. Iain Glen reads ‘Nostalgia’ by Don Paterson
  10. Iwan Rheon reads ‘Cantre’r Gwaelod*’ by Gillian Clarke 
  11. James Franco reads ‘Still like with Sea Pinks and High Tide’ by Maura Dooley
  12. Jeremy Irons reads ‘Turbines in January’ by Colette Bryce
  13. Ruth Wilson reads ‘Silent Sea’ by Rachael Boast
  14. Gabriel Byrne reads ‘The Solace of Artemis’ by Paula Meehan
  15. Michael Sheen reads ‘The Rhinoceros’ by Robert Minhinnick 
  16. Kelly Macdonald reads ‘X’ by Imtiaz Dharkar
  17. Maxine Peake reads ‘Doggerland’ by Jo Bell  
  18. Tamsin Greig reads ‘A Language of Change’ by David Sergeant
  19. Iain Glen reads ‘California Dreaming’ by Lachlan McKinnon
  20. Gabriel Byrne reads ‘Late Sentinels’ by Peter Fallon 
  21. James Franco reads ‘I was Born into a World’ by James Franco 

Both audio mp3 and text versions of the poems are available on the website

Students will learn about climate change through the use of poetry. They will also understand the techniques involved in writing and analysing poetry.  

Use this tool to help your students find answers to: 

  1. How is climate change portrayed in modern poetry?
  2. How do you analyse a poem? 

About the Tool 

Tool Name‘Our melting, shifting liquid world’: celebrities read poems on climate change
DisciplineHumanities
Topic(s) in DisciplinePoetry, Literature 
Climate Topic Climate and Society
Type of tool Reading, Audio
Grade LevelHigh school, Undergraduate
LocationGlobal
LanguageEnglish 
Translation
Developed byCarol Ann Duffy
Hosted atThe Guardian
LinkAudio Link
AccessOnline/Offline
Computer SkillsBasic

Audio: Mental Health Risks of Climate Change

An audio lecture from the ‘Climate Change and Health’ audio series by Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University, that discusses how climate change and environmental change will impact physical and mental health and well-being. The audio also discusses the connections between mental, physical and community health. 

Students will learn about cognitive, psychological and behavioural disorders caused by climate change. They will also learn about the current and future impacts of climate change on mental well being and the urgent need to address it. 

Use this tool to help your students find answers to: 

  1. Discuss how climate change affects aspects of mental health. 
  2. How is community health impacted by climate change? Discuss in the classroom 
  3. What are some direct and indirect mental health impacts of natural disasters caused by climate change?

About the tool: 

Tool NameClimate Change and Mental Health
DisciplineSocial Sciences, Psychology
Topic(s) in DisciplineClimate Psychology, Mental Health, Community Health, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Stress, Anxiety
Climate Topic Climate and Health, Climate and Society
Type of tool Audio (10 mins)
Grade LevelHigh School, Undergraduate 
LocationGlobal
LanguageEnglish 
Translation
Developed byHarvard T.H Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University
Hosted atYouTube
LinkLink
AccessOnline
Computer SkillsBasic

Audio: The Art of Storytelling

An audio conversation between storyteller and performing artist, Jo Blake and storyteller and art therapist, Sarah Deco on the relationship between mythologies and climate change narratives. This podcast focuses on how climate narratives can affect individual action and behaviour.

Students will be introduced to how ancient myths psychologically affect us as individuals and connect us to others through nature and culture. They will also learn how to use the nature of myth and storytelling to emotionally impact people to be hopeful and action-driven with reference to the current climate crisis. Additionally, they will also learn how to overcome trauma and grief caused by climate change through the use of myths, storytelling and collective experiences. 

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. What is the art of storytelling and how is it used to narrate myths?
  2. Give an example of how a myth can be used as a symbolism to overcome climate change related grief and trauma?

About the Tool

Tool NameCan ancient myths help transform the narratives that led to the climate change crisis?
DisciplineHumanities, Social Science, Psychology
Topic(s) in DisciplineEnglish, Storytelling, Climate Psychology, Behavioural Psychology, Myths and Mythology
Climate TopicClimate and Society; Climate Literacy
Type of toolAudio (28 mins)
Grade LevelHigh School, Undergraduate
LocationGlobal
LanguageEnglish
Translation
Developed byClimate Psychology Alliance
Hosted atClimate Psychology Alliance
LinkAudio Link
AccessOnline
Computer SkillsBasic

Audio: Climate Change and Children

An audio conversation between Caroline Hickman, psychotherapist and climate psychology lecturer at University of Bath, and host Verity Sharp about the methods of engaging children and young people in discussions surrounding climate change and ecological crisis.

Students will learn about the various methods in therapy of engaging children in climate change discussion while being mindful of climate change led trauma. Additionally, they will learn how to guide parents in their anxiety and fear of exposing their children to the climate crisis, and learn methods in which parents can be assisted to not burden their child with the information and responsibility.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. What is climate psychology?
  2. How does climate change affect children and young people?
  3. What are the methods of engaging children in climate change discussion?

About the Tool

Tool Name Talking with Children about Climate Change
Discipline Social Sciences, Psychology
Topic(s) in Discipline Climate Psychology, Psychotherapy, Child Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Anxiety, Fear, Trauma
Climate Topic Climate and Society; Climate and Health
Type of Tool Audio (37 mins)
Grade Level Graduate
Location Global
Language English
Translation None
Developed by Climate Psychology Alliance
Hosted at Climate Psychology Alliance
Link Link
Access Online
Computer Skills Basic

Audio: Climate Psychology and Psychotherapy

An audio interview by the Climate Psychology Alliance (CPA) of Paul Hoggett, Director of the Centre for Psycho- Social Studies at the University of the West of England and cofounder of CPA, and Caroline Hickman, climate psychology lecturer at University of Bath and psychotherapist, with host Verity Sharpon on climate psychology and psychotherapy. This interview discusses the importance of climate change conversations in psychotherapy and the practice of deep listening in therapy.

Students will be introduced to deep listening practices in psychotherapy such as non-judgemental listening, listening with respect and compassion, noticing the use of metaphors and imagery, noticing contradictions and silences, and asking open-ended questions. They will also be introduced to the two types of climate denials – soft denial and hard denial, and the role of ‘modelling’ in climate psychotherapy. 

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. What is climate psychology?
  2. What is ‘deep listening’ and how can it be used in psychotherapy?
  3. What are soft and hard climate denials? Discuss how to approach climate denial through psychotherapy.

About the Tool

Tool Name Podcast: What is Climate Psychology? A Way of Listening…
Discipline Social Sciences, Psychology
Topic(s) in Discipline Climate Psychology, Psychotherapy, Deep Listening, Climate Denial, Modelling
Climate Topic Climate and Health; Climate and Society
Type of Tool Audio (45 mins)
Grade Level Graduate
Location Global
Language English
Translation None
Developed by Climate Psychology Alliance (hosted by Verity Sharp)
Hosted at Climate Psychology Alliance
Link Link
Access Online
Computer Skills Basic

Audio: Climate Psychotherapy

An audio conversation between Caroline Hickman and Tree Staunton, hosted by the Climate Psychology Alliance, about the need for climate and environmental awareness in psychotherapy. 

This tool can be used to teach your students about ‘Eco-anxiety and ‘Eco-empathy in the therapy room. Additionally, students will learn about crisis work, negative capability, and resonance in psychotherapy. Students will also understand how climate-aware therapy can tackle climate emergencies through shared concern such as loss, despair, grief  and a sense of abandonment.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. Why has climate change become a prevalent discussion in psychotherapy?
  2. How can a therapist become  climate-aware?
  3. What is eco-anxiety and how is it impacting individuals who come in for psychotherapy?

About the Tool

Tool Name Talking Climate Change in Therapy Room
Discipline Social Sciences, Psychology
Topic(s) in Discipline Climate Psychology, Psychotherapy, Climate-aware therapy, Eco-anxiety, Eco-empathy, Climate Vulnerability, Grief, Loss, Despair
Climate Topic Climate and Health; Climate and Society
Type of Tool Audio (44 mins)
Grade Level Undergraduate (Senior Level), Graduate
Location Global
Language English
Translation None
Developed by Climate Psychology Alliance: Caroline Hickman and Tree Staunton
Hosted at Climate Psychology Alliance: Difficult Truths
Link Link
Access Online
Computer Skills Basic

Climate Change and Real Estate Pricing.

An audio interview that introduces the effects of climate change on real estate pricing. This interview is by Climate Cast, MPR News, with Ed Walter, Urban Land Institute Global CEO.

Students will learn how real estate firms view climate change and how rising sea levels, storm surges, and unprecedented flooding affects land prices. Through a case study, students will understand how climate change affects individual house locations and real estate pricing.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. How are climate change and real estate related?
  2. What is the impact of climate change on land prices?
  3. How are large real estate firms addressing climate change?

About the Tool

Tool Name Climate change risk showing up in real estate
Discipline Economics
Topic(s) in Discipline Environmental Economics, Economics of Climate Change, Carbon Pricing, Economics of Fossil Fuels
Climate Topic Land Pricing, Real Estate Pricing, Disaster Management
Type of Tool Audio (5 mins)
Grade Level High-school, Undergraduate
Location  Global
Language English
Translation
Developed by BBC World Service (Paul Huttner)
Hosted at MPRNews
Link Audio Link
Access Online
Computer Skills Basic

Geopolitics of Climate Change

This podcast is a dialogue between Bruno Latour and Dipesh Chakrabarty on the geopolitics of climate change. It includes a critical discussion on the underlying politics of what is considered scientific ‘facts’ today and its relationship to the current climate change discourse. This tool also includes discussion on different political science theories and schools of philosophical thought as related to climate science.

Students will learn about the politics of climate denial and how concepts such as ‘wicked universality’ and ‘exhaustion of modernisation’ are being utilized in the current climate change discourse. Students will also learn about issues related to climate justice and climate inequality based on geopolitics. 

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. Discuss the geopolitics of climate change.
  2. Can scientific ‘facts’ on climate change be trusted when making policy decisions on climate change?
  3. What is ‘wicked universality’ and how is it finding its way in the current climate discourse?
  4. Discuss how ‘exhaustion of modernisation’ and current capitalist theories may not provide a solution to the climate crisis.

About the Tool

Tool Name Bruno Latour and Dipesh Chakrabarty: Geopolitics and the “Facts” of Climate Change
Discipline Social Sciences, International Relations, Political Science
Topic(s) in Discipline Geopolitics, Political Theory, Wicked Universality, Industrial Revolution, Capitalism, Extraction Economies
Climate Topic Climate and Society; Policies, Politics and Environmental Governance
Type of Tool Audio (70 mins)
Grade Level Undergraduate, Graduate
Location  Global
Language English
Translation
Developed by Critical Inquiry
Hosted at WB202: the Critical Inquiry Podcast
Link Link
Access Online
Computer Skills Basic

Audio: Psychology of Climate Denial

This is an audio podcast of The Guardian on the psychology of climate science denial. This tool discusses psychological barriers and cognitive biases that determine individual responses to climate change.

Students will learn about the cognitive biases that play a pivotal role in climate science denial such as Confirmation Bias and Loss Aversion. Students will also learn about climate biases in corporate and government sectors and how behavioural psychology can be used for effective climate communication.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. What is the psychology behind climate science denial?
  2. What cognitive biases make it difficult to understand climate change?
  3. How can behavioural psychology be used for effective climate communication for individuals, corporations and governments?

About the Tool

Tool Name The psychology of climate science denial
Discipline Social Sciences, Psychology
Topic(s) in Discipline Climate Psychology, Behavioural Psychology, Psychology of Climate Denial, Cognitive Biases, Climate Communication
Climate Topic Climate and Society; Policies, Politics, and Environmental Governance
Type of Tool Audio (35 mins)
Grade Level High School, Undergraduate
Location US, Global
Language English
Translation None
Developed by Ian Sample (in conversation with Debika Shome, Tima Bansal, and Matthew McGregor)
Hosted at The Guardian
Link Link
Access Online
Computer Skills Basic

Audio: Climate Change, Capitalism, and Communism in Arctic Communities

An audio podcast (Prof. Bathsheba Demuth interviewed by Prof. Dagomar Degroot) to learn about environmental and climate-related changes in the Arctic, the history of capitalism and communism across the Bering Strait, and the unique ecological characteristics and economic ideologies in the Arctic that would be of interest to environmental historians.

Has Humanity Pushed Earth into a New Geological Epoch: the “Anthropocene?”

In this audio podcast from the Climate History Podcast, “Professor Dagomar Degroot interviews Professor John McNeill (Georgetown University) about the Anthropocene: the proposed geological epoch in which Earth’s environment is most profoundly shaped by humanity.”